New May Releases

Don’t want to break the bank? Check out these exciting new May releases — literally, check them out — from the library!

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Flame in the Mist by Renee Ahdieh

Release Date: May 16

In need of another strong heroine? Meet Mariko, the daughter of a samurai who is betrothed for purely political reasons … until bandits attack her home, forcing her to masquerade as a boy to infiltrate the Black Clan and discover who wants her dead.

 

 

 

 

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The Names They Gave Us by Emery Lord

Release Date: May 16

A heartfelt, endearing novel with all the feels. Lucy is hit with a curve ball when her mother’s cancer returns, her boyfriend hits “pause” on their relationship, and she is sent to help at a camp for “troubled teens”instead of Bible camp. This is a diverse story filled with important characters and relevant issues to teens today.

 

 

 

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When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon

Release Date: May 30

This POV romantic comedy is the perfect read for summer, and it comes out just in time! Dimple and Rishi unexpectedly end up at the same computer coding camp and discover their parents have been arranging their marriage for years. Despite their “accidental” circumstances, Dimple and Rishi are in for more surprises as the summer continues and love grows.

 

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Ramona Blue by Julie Murphy

Release Date: May 9

You’re going to fall in love with Ramona, a 6-foot-tall lesbian with a fierce devotion to her family. Nothing proves her devotion more than when her younger sister, Hattie, becomes pregnant. Ramona’s life and her hard-set rules quickly tumble and she must learn to become more fluid than she ever thought she could be. This story, from an author known for her unique voice, should not be missed.

 

 

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Girl Out of Water by Laura Silverman

Release Date: May 2

Laura Silverman’s debut is being compared to the likes of Anna and the French Kiss and The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants. So you know it’s got to be good, right? Ansie is headed to California for the summer when her aunt gets into a car accident. She decides to help watch her two younger cousins in glamorous Nebraska. Battling with her desires, Ansie spends the summer deciding between love and duty, for herself and her family.

 

 

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One of Us Is Lying by Karen M. McManus

Release Date: May 30

Five kids go into detention, but only four come out. Basically, it’s The Breakfast Club turned mystery/thriller in modern-day society. With social media revealing secrets and the chances of someone going to jail or being the next victim, the stakes are high in this new YA novel.

 

 

 

 

 

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A Million Junes by Emily Henry

Release Date: May 16

This book has been pitched as Romeo and Juliet meets One Hundred Years of Solitude. Now, before you blow this off as required reading, you have to meet June and hear her family’s legendary storytelling. Ghosts, magic and wolves thrive in this magical realism book.

 

 

 

 

 

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Windfall by Jennifer E. Smith

Release Date: May 2

What would you do if you had a million dollars? What about $140 million? Alice buys Teddy a lottery ticket for his 18th birthday. Together they decide just what they would do if they could do anything. Then Teddy wins the lottery! This story is cute and happy, even as these friends discover the corruption of money, friendship, and what the true value in life is.

 

 

 

Tell us in the comments which one you plan to read first!

10 Books Turning 10 in 2017

Check out some of these YA faves that were published 10 YEARS AGO! Yeah, this post is about to make you feel old.

 

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Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling

10th Birthday: July 21, 2017

Popular Quote: “‘After all this time?’ ‘Always,’ said Snape.”

 

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City of Bones by Cassandra Clare

10th Birthday: March 27, 2017

Popular Quote: “Sarcasm is the last refuge of the imaginatively bankrupt.”

 

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Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher

10th Birthday: October 18, 2017

Popular Quote: “When you mess with one part of a person’s life, you’re messing with their entire life. Everything … affects everything.”

 

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Eclipse by Stephanie Meyer

10th Birthday: August 7, 2017

Popular Quote: “The clouds I could handle, but I can’t fight with an eclipse.”

 

Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead

10th Birthday: January 2, 2017

Popular Quote: “Only a true best friend can protect you from your immortal enemies.”

 

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The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie

10th Birthday: September 12, 2017

Popular Quote: “Life is a constant struggle between being an individual and being a member of the community.”

 

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Beastly by Alex Flinn

10th Birthday: October 2, 2017

Popular Quote: Just because something is beautiful doesn’t mean it’s good.”

 

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The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick

10th Birthday: January 1, 2017

Popular Quote: “Maybe we are all cabinets of wonders.”

 

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The Titan’s Curse by Rick Riordan

10th Birthday: May 5, 2017

Popular Quote: “Ever had a flying burrito hit you? Well, it’s a deadly projectile, right up there with cannonballs and grenades.”

 

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Nick & Norah’s Infinite Playlist by Rachel Cohn & David Levithan

10th Birthday: May 23, 2017

Popular Quote: “But I guess you don’t see the planets when you’re staring at the sun. You just get blinded.”

 

New April Releases

Here are some exciting new YA novels releasing in April 2017:

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Given to the Sea

by Mindy McGinnis
Genre(s): Fantasy, Adventure, Romance, Political. This is the first in a new fantasy series by the author of The Female of the SpeciesNot a Drop to Drink, and A Madness So Discreet. Told from two teens in an arranged marriage, two siblings of the war-ridden native tribe, and a soldier with a secret. Dive into this world of magic, tradition and intrigue. Release date: April 11, 2017

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The Upside of Unrequited

by Becky Albertalli
Genre(s): LGBTQ+, Realistic Fiction, Humor. Molly is all about loving from afar and has never been loved back. Her twin sister, Cassie, tells her to get over it, but that’s easy for her to say when she is skinny and confident in her sexuality. But then Cassie’s new girlfriend brings along a hipster boy sidekick, just when Molly notices that her new co-worker is the right amount of nerdy. How can someone go from having no prospects to having too many? Release date: April 11, 2017

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Alex and Eliza

by Melissa de la Cruz
Genre(s): Historical Fiction, Romance. In love with Hamilton: The Musical?  Then read this origin love story about Alexander Hamilton and Eliza Schuyler. It’s 1777, and Alex and Eliza meet for the first time at the Schuylers’ ball, beginning a love story that alters the course of American history. Release date: April 11, 2017

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Defy the Stars

by Claudia Gray
Genre(s): Science Fiction, Adventure, Suspense. Noemi is a space soldier for the planet Genesis. In the middle of a battle she gets stranded on a floating piece of machinery run by the AI, Abel. Their relationship grows complicated as Abel is forced to submit to Noemi as his commander and aid her as she journeys to save her planet, all while his feelings grow into something more human. Release date: April 4, 2017

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Letters to the Lost

by Brigid Kemmerer
Genre(s): Realistic Fiction, Romance. Juliet writes letters to her mother, an investigative international journalist. She continues to write letters, leaving them on her mom’s grave after her unexpected death. Declan reads one of these haunting letters and can’t help but write back. This begins a relationship neither one ever expected — discovering truths that might save them or tear them apart. Release date: April 4, 2017

 

New This Month: March 2017

Try a new book while you are enjoying spring break!

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The Inexplicable Logic of My Life by Benjamin Alire Saenz

The first day of senior yearEverything is about to change. Until this moment, Sal has always been certain of his place with his adoptive gay father and their loving Mexican-American family. But now his own history unexpectedly haunts him, and life-altering events force him and his best friend, Samantha, to confront issues of faith, loss and grief. Suddenly, Sal is throwing punches, questioning everything, and discovering that he no longer knows who he really is. But if Sal’s not who he thought he was, who is he?

 

 

 

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The End of Oz by Danielle Paige (Dorothy Must Die series #4)

Dorothy Gale was buried when the Emerald Palace crashed to the ground; Ozma has been restored to the throne. But girls from Kansas are harder to kill than you’d think. Now Amy Gumm is following the Road of Yellow Brick toward the mysterious land of Ev, where the Nome King rules a bleak and angry world. Surprise! He has a gingham-clad bride. And the line between good and wicked is blurring.

 

 

 

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The White Road of the Moon by Rachel Neumeier

Imagine you live with your aunt who hates you so much she’s going to sell you into a dreadful apprenticeship. Imagine you run away before that can happen. Imagine that you can see ghosts — and talk with the dead. People like you are feared, even shunned. Now imagine the first people you encounter after your escape are a mysterious stranger and a ghost boy who seem to need you desperately, though you don’t understand who they are or exactly what they want you to do. So you set off on a treacherous journey, with only a ghost dog for company. And you find that what lies before you is a task so monumental that it could change the world.

 

 

Continue reading “New This Month: March 2017”

CONTEST: Advance Copy of The Bone Witch

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The Bone Witch
by Rin Chupeco

Tea didn’t mean to raise her brother from the dead. It was a complete accident. While witchcraft is normal in her world, necromancy is another thing, and now she’s an outcast. Tea journeys to another land to learn more about her powers — powers that will come in handy as dark forces gain strength and threaten the land.

This is the first in a new series, due out in March.

Sound like something you’d enjoy? Leave a comment below for a chance to win an advance reader copy of The Bone Witch. Don’t wait! The door closes on this opportunity March 2.