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Keep cool this summer with these hot YA novels!

May 01, 2017

Whether you’re in a car, on a plane, at the beach, or on a staycation, these YA titles are sure to be the hit of your summer!

The Game of Lives
By James Dashner

Ages 12 & Up

Michael used to live to game, but the games he was playing have become all too real. Only weeks ago, sinking into the Sleep was fun. The VirtNet combined the most cutting-edge technology and the most sophisticated gaming for a full mind-body experience. And it was Michael’s passion. But now every time Michael sinks, he risks his life. The games are over. The VirtNet has become a world of deadly consequences, and Kaine grows stronger by the day. The Mortality Doctrine—Kaine’s master plan—has nearly been realized, and little by little the line separating the virtual from the real is blurring. If Kaine succeeds, it will mean worldwide cyber domination. And it looks like Michael and his friends are the only ones who can put the monster back in the box—if Michael can figure out who his friends really are.

 

Windfall
By Jennifer E. Smith

Ages 12 & Up

Alice doesn’t believe in luck—at least not the good kind. But she does believe in love, and for the last few years, she’s been pining for her best friend, Teddy. She and he are alike: both are outsiders, and both know tragedy. Alice lost both her parents when she was nine and now lives with her cousin. Teddy’s father abandoned the family, leaving his mother to grapple with the weight of his gambling debts and barely able to hold it all together.

Then on Teddy’s eighteenth birthday, Alice buys him a lottery ticket. To their astonishment, he wins 145 million dollars. In an instant, their lives are completely upended. But what first seemed to be a blessing soon starts to feel like a curse. As Alice and Teddy deal with the ripple effects caused by that one little ticket, they learn more than they ever could have imagined about themselves and about the unexpected ways that luck and love sometimes intersect . . . if only Teddy can see through his windfall and back to the ones who love him.

 

One of Us Is Lying
By Karen M. McManus

Ages 14 & Up

The Brain, the Beauty, the Criminal, the Athlete, and the Omniscient Narrator.

This is the story of what happens when five teens walk into detention and one drops dead.

Someone in the room is the killer—everyone has a motive, and everyone has something to hide.

 

 

Now I Rise
By Kiersten White

Ages 12 & Up

She has no allies and no throne. All she has is what she’s always had: herself. After failing to secure the Wallachian throne, Lada Dracul is out to punish anyone who dares to cross her blood-strewn path. Filled with white-hot rage, she storms the countryside with her men, accompanied by her childhood friend Bogdan. But brute force isn’t getting Lada what she wants. And thinking of Mehmed brings little comfort to her thorny heart. There’s no time to wonder whether he still thinks about her, or even loves her. What Lada needs is her younger brother Radu’s subtlety and skill, but Mehmed has sent him to Constantinople—and it’s no diplomatic mission. Mehmed wants control of the city, and Radu has earned an unwanted place as a double-crossing spy behind enemy lines. Radu longs for his sister’s fierce confidence, but for the first time in his life, he rejects her unexpected plea for help. Torn between loyalties to faith, to the Ottomans, and to Mehmed, he knows he owes Lada nothing. If she dies, he could never forgive himself. But if he fails in Constantinople, would Mehmed ever forgive him? As nations fall around them, the Dracul siblings must decide: What will they sacrifice to fulfill their destinies? Now I Rise is the riveting second book, in which empires will topple, thrones will be won . . . and souls will be lost.

 

Rickety Stitch
By James Parks and Ben Costa

Ages 12 & Up

Rickety Stitch is a walking, talking, singing skeleton minstrel, the only animated skeleton in the dungeon who seems to have retained his soul. He has no idea who he used to be when he was a living, breathing sack of meat and skin. His only clue to his former identity is a song he hears snippets of in his dreams, an epic bard’s tale that could also explain the fog covering the comical fantasy land of Eem. . . .

Oh, and his sidekick and only friend is a cube of sentient goo.

In this rollicking first volume, Rickety encounters imps, gnomes, giants, unicorns, a mysterious lady knight, and other fantasy dwellers on his quest to uncover his identity and spread his (painfully bad) music far and wide.

Trusting You and Other Lies
By Nicole Williams

Ages 12 & Up

Phoenix is not happy to be working at summer camp. Family summer camp at that. Her parents have been fighting for two years—do they seriously think being locked up in a cabin with Phoenix and her younger brother, Harry, is a good idea? Then there’s Callum, Phoenix’s training counselor who might be cute, but who is also an insufferable know-it-all about wilderness skills. But there’s no avoiding Callum. And now Phoenix isn’t sure she wants to. A pitch-perfect story about late nights, love, and learning to trust again.

New York Times bestselling new-adult author Nicole Williams delivers her YA debut in this sexy and sincere romance that’s perfect for reading beachside.