Will this flood of new books arriving on our shelves ever stop? The answer is no.
Three Dark Crowns, by Kendare Blake.
“In every generation on the island of Fennbirn, a set of triplets is born—three queens, all equal heirs to the crown and each possessor of a coveted magic. Mirabella is a fierce elemental, able to spark hungry flames or vicious storms at the snap of her fingers. Katharine is a poisoner, one who can ingest the deadliest poisons without so much as a stomachache. Arsinoe, a naturalist, is said to have the ability to bloom the reddest rose and control the fiercest of lions.
“But becoming the Queen Crowned isn’t solely a matter of royal birth. Each sister has to fight for it. And it’s not just a game of win or lose…it’s life or death. The night the sisters turn sixteen, the battle begins.
“The last queen standing gets the crown.” From Goodreads.
Flamecaster, by Cinda Williams Chima.
“Adrian sul’Han, known as Ash, is a trained healer with a powerful gift of magic—and a thirst for revenge. The son of the queen of the Fells, Ash is forced into hiding after a series of murders throws the queendom into chaos. Now Ash is closer than he’s ever been to killing the man responsible, the cruel king of Arden. As a healer, can Ash use his powers not to save a life but to take it?
“Abandoned at birth, Jenna Bandelow was told the mysterious magemark on the back of her neck would make her a target. But when the King’s Guard launches a relentless search for a girl with a mark like hers, Jenna assumes that it has more to do with her role as a saboteur than any birth-based curse. Though Jenna doesn’t know why she’s being hunted, she knows that she can’t get caught.
“Eventually, Ash’s and Jenna’s paths will collide in Arden. Thrown together by chance and joined by their hatred of the king, they will come to rescue each other in ways they cannot yet imagine.
“Set in the world of the acclaimed Seven Realms series a generation later, this is a thrilling story of dark magic, chilling threats, and two unforgettable characters walking a knife-sharp line between life and death.” From Goodreads.
Mirror Mirror, by Cara Delevigne.
“Red, Leo, Rose, and Naomi are misfits. Red has an alcoholic mother and a father who’s never around. Leo’s brother has been in prison for years and is about to come back home. Rose turns to boys and alcohol to numb the pain from her past. Naomi’s punk-rock-princess persona gives her freedom she can’t find anywhere else. Everyone has a reason not to go home, but the four high schoolers have formed a family of their own through their band, Mirror Mirror—the only place they can truly be themselves.
“When Naomi mysteriously vanishes and then is found unconscious, her friends are shaken, confused, and scared. Could it have been an accident—or did someone deliberately try to hurt Naomi? Did a stranger do this, or worse, someone she was close to? How well do they really know their bandmate—and one another? If Naomi wakes up from her coma, what will she have to say?
“To understand what happened to Naomi, Red, Leo, and Rose must ultimately face their own dark secrets and fears. When they look in the mirror, what do they see?
“Cara Delevigne reveals another facet of her amazing talent with this powerful novel about identity, emotional pain, the complicated world of social media, and the dangerous weight of secrets.” From the publisher.
The Girls in the Garden, by Lisa Jewell.
Atria Paperback, 2015.
“Imagine that you live on a picturesque communal garden square, an oasis in urban London where your children run free, in and out of other people’s houses. Your neighbors have been living here for generations and you trust them implicitly. You think your children are safe. But are they really?
“When a father’s schizophrenic break ends in tragedy, Clare absconds with her two daughters, Grace and Pip, to the idyllic Virginal Park. Clare soon befriends stay-at-home mother Adele and her devastatingly charming husband, Leo, and the girls become enmeshed in a clique of neighborhood children. Everyone seems so welcoming.
“Then one midsummer night, during a neighborhood party, preteen Pip discovers her thirteen-year-old sister Grace lying unconscious and bloody in a hidden corner of a lush rose garden. What really happened to her? And who is responsible?
“Dark secrets, a devastating mystery, and the games both children and adults play twist together in this unforgettable novel, packed with utterly believable characters and page-turning suspense.” From the publisher.
The Getaway, by Jeff Kinney.
Harry N. Abrams, 2017.
“Greg Heffley and his family are getting out of town.
“With the cold weather and the stress of the approaching holiday season, the Heffleys decide to escape to a tropical island resort for some much-needed rest and relaxation. A few days in paradise should do wonders for Greg and his frazzled family.
“But the Heffleys soon discover that paradise isn’t everything it’s cracked up to be. Sun poisoning, stomach troubles, and venomous critters all threaten to ruin the family’s vacation. Can their trip be saved, or will this island getaway end in disaster?” From Goodreads.
This Darkness Mine, by Mindy McGinnis.
Katherine Tegen Books, 2017.
“Sasha Stone knows her place—first-chair clarinet, top of her class, and at the side of her oxford-wearing boyfriend. She’s worked her entire life to ensure that her path to Oberlin Conservatory as a star musician is perfectly paved.
“But suddenly there’s a fork in the road in the shape of Isaac Harver. Her body shifts toward him when he walks by, her skin misses his touch even though she’s never known it, and she relishes the smell of him—smoke, beer, and trouble—all the things she’s avoided to get where she is. Even worse, every time he’s near Sasha, her heart stops, literally. Why does he know her so well—too well—and she doesn’t know him at all?
“Sasha discovers her by-the-book life began by ending another’s: the twin sister she absorbed in the womb. But that doesn’t explain the gaps of missing time in her practice schedule or the memories she has of things she certainly never did with Isaac. As Sasha loses her much-cherished control, her life—and heart—become more entangled with Isaac. Armed with the knowledge that her heart might not be hers alone, Sasha must decide what she’s willing to do—and who she’s willing to hurt—to take it back.
“Edgar Award-winning author Mindy McGinnis delivers a dark and gripping psychological thriller about a girl at war with herself, and what it really means to be good or bad.” From the publisher.
Beasts Made of Night, by Tochi Onyebuchi.
“In the walled city of Kos, purity is exalted, but cleansing wrongdoings comes at a cost. Corrupt mages can magically extract sin from a sinner in the form of sin-beasts—lethal creatures spawned from feelings of guilt. Young sin-eaters, known as aki, are indentured by the mages to slay the beasts.
“Seventeen-year-old Taj is the most talented of the aki, but his livelihood comes with dangerous consequences. When he kills a sin-beast, a tattoo of the beast stains his skin while the guilt of committing the sin appears in his mind. Most aki are driven mad by the process, but Taj is cocky and desperate to provide for his family.
“When Taj is called to eat the sin of a royal, he faces off against the most fearsome beast he’s ever encountered. And the battle doesn’t end at the beast’s demise. The sin opens Taj’s eyes to a dark conspiracy. There is someone in the palace plotting to destroy Kos. Now Taj must fight to save his homeland—and his own life.
“Debut author Tochi Onyebuchi delivers an unforgettable fantasy adventure that powerfully explores the true meaning of justice and guilt.” From the publisher.
The Memory Trees, by Kali Wallace.
Katherine Tegen Books, 2017.
“Sorrow Lovegood’s life has been shaped by the stories of the women who came before her: brave, resilient ancestors who settled long ago on an unusual apple orchard in Vermont. The land has been passed down through generations, and Sorrow and her family take pride in its strange history. Their offbeat habits may be ridiculed by other townspeople—especially their neighbors, the Abrams family—but for the first eight years of her life, the orchard is Sorrow’s whole world.
“Then one winter night everything changes. Sorrow’s sister, Patience, is tragically killed. Their mother suffers a breakdown. Sorrow is sent to live with her father in Miami, away from the only home she’s ever known.
“Now sixteen, Sorrow’s memories of her life in Vermont are maddeningly hazy; even the details of her sister’s death are unclear. She returns to the orchard for the summer, determined to answer the questions that have haunted her: Why has her mother kept her distance over the last eight years? What actually happened the night Patience died? What other long-buried secrets has the orchard been waiting for her to uncover?
“By the critically acclaimed author of Shallow Graves comes a darkly magical novel about a mysterious family legacy, the bonds of sisterhood, and the strange and powerful ways we are shaped by the places we call home.” From the publisher.
Earth Hates Me: True Confessions from a Teenage Girl, by Ruby Karp.
Running Press Teens, 2017.
Earth Hates Me presents a look inside the mind of the modern teenager—from a modern teenager’s perspective. Sixteen-year-old Ruby Karp addresses the issues facing every highschooler, from grades to peer pressure to Snapchat stories, and unpacks their complicated effects on the teen psyche.
“Ruby advises her peers on the importance of feminism (“not just the Spice Girls version”), how to deal with jealousy and friend break-ups, family life, and much more. The book takes an in-depth look at the effect of social media on modern teens and the growing pressures of choosing the right college and career. Amy Poehler says, “This book is filled with juicy young person wisdom.”
“With Ruby’s powerful underlying message “we are more than just a bunch of dumb teenagers obsessed with our phones,” Earth Hates Me is the definitive guide to being a teen in the modern age.” From Goodreads.
The Costume Making Guide: Creating Armor & Props for Cosplay, by Svetlana Quindt.
IMPACT Books, 2016.
“Get ready to impress ordinary mortals with your superhuman costume-making skills. You can do it no matter what your experience level with this first full step-by-step book on cosplay—with no sewing! Internationally known cosplayer Kamui Cosplay (a.k.a. Svetlana Quindt) shows you how to easily create costumes and props out of items available at your local arts and craft and hardware stores: turn foam into a realistic axe, create a breastplate from scratch, learn 3D painting techniques and use a glue gun to modify just about anything. You will even learn techniques for working with specialty cosplay materials such as Worbla!
“Packed with more than 30 step-by-step demonstrations that teach the skills you need to bring all your favorite characters to life. Kamui Cosplay deconstructs the work that goes into making a complete costume, from the first thought to the final photo. Best of all, you can adapt every lesson to use in all your future fandom projects for video games, books, anime, movies and even your own original characters!” From the publisher.
The Girl from the Other Side, vol. 3, by Nagabe.
Seven Seas, 2017.
“Shiva’s aunt has come to the Outside to bring her home, with several soldiers in tow. Alarmed at this show of force, Teacher tries to protect Shiva, but to no avail. Meanwhile, chaos threatens to engulf the small hamlet on the Inside. Where does Shiva truly belong?” From the publisher.
Black Butler, vol. 24, by Yana Toboso.
Yen Press, 2017.
“A mysterious cult mesmerizes legions of followers with glorious rituals of song and dance. But the unbridled passion it inspires gives Queen Victoria cause for concern, and she urges Earl Ciel Phantomhive and his expert butler, Sebastian, to do some digging. Ciel has his own reasons for taking this lot to task, but the discovery of the cult’s penchant for blood means the Queen’s Watchdog must take swift action. When Sebastian goes probing behind the stage and into the shadows, however, he is met by a girl standing in his way, glinting sword at the ready…” From the publisher.
Spinning, by Tillie Walden.
First Second, 2017.
“For ten years, figure skating was Tillie Walden’s life.
“She woke before dawn for morning lessons, went straight to group practice after school, and spent weekends competing in glitter and tights. It was a central piece of her identity, her safe haven from the stress of school, bullies, and family.
“But over time, as she switched schools, got into art, and fell in love with her first girlfriend, she began to question how the closed-minded world of figure skating fit in with the rest of her life.
“Poignant and captivating, Ignatz Award-winning Tillie Walden’s powerful graphic memoir captures what it’s like to come of age, come out, and come to terms with leaving behind everything you used to know.” From the publisher.