New YA: April 5-11.
Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda, by Becky Albertalli:
While reading the last 25 or so pages of Becky Albertalli’s Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda, I happily cried all over myself, laughed out loud, and occasionally paused to clutch the book to my chest…and I was so blissed out that I didn’t care that I happened to be manning the circulation desk or that I was arming my more smirky patrons with prime Leila-mocking fodder. The last book that inspired a reaction that publically passionate—not counting Susan Juby’s upcoming The Truth Commission, which I plan to go on about at length (and soon!), but which is an entirely different animal—was Stephanie Perkins’ Anna and the French Kiss.
Kissing Ted Callahan (and Other Guys), by Amy Spalding:
Laugh-out-loud funny, but the real standout about this one, for me, was that the stereotypical gender roles were reversed: Reid very much longs for actual romance, whereas Riley just wants to have herself some sex.
Miss Mayhem: a Rebel Belle Novel, by Rachel Hawkins
Invisible Girl, by Mariel Hemingway and Ben Greenman
Empire of Night (Age of Legends), by Kelley Armstrong
Awakening, by Shannon Duffy
The Tower of Bones (Three Powers), by Frank P. Ryan
None of the Above, by I. W. Gregorio
Don't Stay Up Late: A Fear Street Novel, by R. L. Stine
The Queen of Bright and Shiny Things, by Ann Aguirre
I Am Her Revenge, by Meredith Moore
Palace of Lies (The Palace Chronicles), by Margaret Peterson Haddix
Ask the Dark, by Henry Turner
Anastasia and Her Sisters, by Carolyn Meyer
Fig, by Sarah Elizabeth Schantz
Lies I Told, by Michelle Zink
Twist, by Karen Akins
Before Tomorrowland, by Jeff Jensen and Damon Lindelof
Skandal (Sekret Series), by Lindsay Smith
The Lost Marble Notebook of Forgotten Girl & Random Boy, by Marie Jaskulka
New paperbacks (that I've read):
Sekret (Sekret Series), by Lindsay Smith: I read this one a million years ago, but apparently never commented on it? It's a SF historical set in Cold War-era Soviet Russia. The heroine has psychic powers, and is forced by the KGB to work for them. Which is an AWESOME premise, but it ultimately felt discombobulated and somewhat messy—what with all of the mind control and so on, that may well have been deliberate, but it wasn't as good a fit for me as I'd hoped.