New Books for Young Adults
Betting on you
Painter, Lynn, author
When they first meet, Bailey and Charlie cannot stand one another, but when they met a year later as coworkers, Charlie secretly bets a colleague he can get Bailey to go out with him, and their relationship gets more complicated as they get closer and closer.
Dark star burning, ash falls white
Zhao, Amélie Wen, author.
Determined to finish her mother's mission, Lan seeks to destroy the legendary four Demon Gods, while Zen, who made a perilous pact with one of these demons, seeks to use their power to save his kingdom and the girl he loves.
Didn't see that coming
Sutanto, Jesse Q., author
"A rom com about a gamer girl with a secret identity and the online bestie she's never met IRL--until she unwittingly transfers to his school"-- Provided by publisher.
A drop of venom
Patel, Sajni, 1981- author
"The legend of Medusa is retold as an empowering feminist tale in an Indian-mythology-inspired world"-- Provided by publisher.
A fragile enchantment
Saft, Allison, author.
When eighteen-year-old magical dressmaker Niamh is commissioned for a royal wedding, she finds herself embroiled in scandal when a gossip columnist draws attention to her undeniable chemistry with the groom.
"Compiling what little they know, the Investigation Club deduces that the forest at the center of town is also at the heart of the mystery behind the glitches. High fences on all sides make getting into the forest impractical--but the library is always a good place to start! In its short history, Touka-cho's shadowy specters and unique mix of otherworldly residents have always been part of the town's fabric, though the library doesn't have much to offer on the provenance of the forest--or why it was fenced off years ago..."--Back cover.
Gold kingdom and water kingdom
"Once upon a time, two kingdoms, one rich in gold, the other rich in water, shared a border. The two nations were always fighting until an agreement was struck: the most beautiful girl in the gold kingdom would marry the smartest man in the water kingdom,binding the two nations together. However, both sides tried to renege on the deal by sending animals instead! Sarah, a low-level princess, is selected to wed the man from the water kingdom, but is sent a puppy in place of a groom! Meanwhile, the candidate from the water kingdom, Naranbayar, is saddled with a kitten!"-- Provided by publisher.
If only I had told her
Nowlin, Laura, author
Finn has always loved Autumn. She is a constant in his life ... except it's in the role of friend, not girlfriend. Finn wants her to see him as more, wants to prove HE should be the man by her side. Even if that means heartache for the people they are each dating. It would be worth the pain to be with right person. Finn knows he and Autumn are fated to be together. But sometimes fate can be cruel to those in love.
Layers : a memoir
Bagieu, Pénélope, author, illustrator
Pénélope Bagieu never thought she'd publish a graphic memoir. But when she dusted off her old diaries (no, really--this book is based on her actual diaries), she found cringe-worthy, hilarious, and heartbreaking stories begging to be drawn. In 'Layers', Bagieu reflects on her childhood and teen years with her characteristic wit and unflinching honesty. The result is 15 short stories about friendship, love, grief, and those awkward first steps toward adulthood.
Lunar New Year love story
Yang, Gene Luen, author
Graphic novel superstars Gene Luen Yang and LeUyen Pham join forces in this heartwarming rom-com about fate, family, and falling in love. Val is ready to give up on love. It's led to nothing but secrets and heartbreak, and she's pretty sure she's cursed--no one in her family, for generations, has ever had any luck with love. But then a chance encounter with a pair of cute lion dancers sparks something in Val. Is it real love? Could this be her chance to break the family curse? Or is she destined to live with a broken heart forever?
My life with the Walter boys
Novak, Ali, author
Devastated when her parents are killed in a car accident, sixteen-year old Jackie moves from New York City to Colorado to live with her mother's best friend, who has twelve children, including two boys who start to show an interest in Jackie that goes beyond brotherly.
People to follow : a novel
After arriving on a remote island to star in a reality television show, ten teen influencers find themselves caught in a deadly game, and as they receive threatening messages from a mysterious Sponsor, the influencers must figure out who is trying to "cancel" them before it is too late.
"Drawing on her own diaries, Phoebe Wahl presents the illustrated journal of a teenage girl careening through the turmoil and ecstasy of adolescence amid school plays, art projects, favorite bands, blossoming friendships, and new love"-- Provided by publisher.
A place for vanishing
Fraistat, Ann, author.
Looking for a fresh start, sixteen-year-old Libby and her family return to her mother's childhood home only to discover that the house's strange beauty may disguise a sinister past.
Roberts, Lauren, author
The Elites have possessed powers for decades, gifted to them by the Plague, while those born Ordinary are just that, banished from the kingdom and shunned from society. No one knows this better than Paedyn Gray, an Ordinary posing as an Elite. When she unsuspectingly saves one of Ilya's princes, Kai Azer, she's thrown into the Purging Trials, a brutal competition to showcase her 'Elite' powers. If the Trials and the opponents don't kill her, the prince she's fighting feelings for will if he discovers what Paedyn really is . . . completely Ordinary.
Ruthless vows : a novel
Ross, Rebecca (Rebecca J.), author.
Two weeks after returning home from the front, Iris and Attie seize another chance to report on Dacre's movements, while Roman, who's lost his memory and is stuck in Dacre's realm, becomes entangled in a mysterious pen pal correspondence, leading to a pivotal decision that could impact the course of the war and his relationship with Iris.
A shadow crown
Blair, Melissa, 1995- author
To the kingdom, Keera is the king's Blade, his most feared and trusted spy and assassin. But in the shadows, she works with Prince Killian and his Shadow -- the dark, brooding Fae, Riven, who sets her blood on fire. Together, they plot to kill a tyrant king. In Myrelinth, the lush, secret city of trees, Fae, Elves, and Halflings like Keera live in harmony. But Keera cannot escape her past: her crimes against her own people have followed her all the way to the Faeland. There is a traitor in their midst, and Keera is the top suspect. Keera finds comfort in the allies that have become her family. She swore she would never open her heart again after a loss she barely survived. But she will soon find she has more to lose than she ever imagined . . .
Gregson, Marc J., author.
Plummet into a kill-or-be-killed competition where a scrappy underdog hell-bent on revenge must claw his way to the top in this thrilling YA fantasy debut.
Stress less : mindfulness for teenagers
Avin, Adam, author
"Adam walks you through the reasons why stress and pressure are bad for your body and mind. He will teach you what mindfulness is and how to develop a mindful mindset so that you can be in the moment and focus on the present, rather than worrying about the past or the future. Adam also shares his favorite tried-and-tested ways to overcome difficult feelings. You will learn about affirmations, meditation, breathwork and how to use journaling, all of which can help you feel less overwhelmed, anxious and depressed. Using these tools will help you to become calmer, happier and more content, and establish a solid mental health practice and toolkit to rely on for years to come." --Publisher.
A study in drowning
Reid, Ava, author
Effy Sayre has always believed in fairy tales. Haunted by her visions of the Fairy King since childhood, she's had no choice. Her tattered copy of Angharad--Emrys Myrddin's epic about a mortal girl who falls in love with the Fairy King, then destroys him--is the only thing keeping her afloat. So when Myrddin's family announces a contest to redesign the late author's estate, Effy feels certain it is her destiny.
Summer ghost : the complete manga collection
Inomi, Yoshi, author, artist
"According to urban legend, there's an abandoned airfield on the edge of town where a spirit known as the Summer Ghost can be summoned. After discovering each other on the internet, three teenagers from different high schools who share a special connection to death meet up to summon the mysterious specter. Thus begins a story that will bridge the boundary between life and death on a midsummer night that none of them will ever forget"--Amazon.com.
The Summer Queen
Hassan, Rochelle, author.
Aziza, Leo, and Tristan struggle to rebuild their lives amidst painful secrets, emotional and physical scars, and lingering mysteries, all while dealing with the arrival of the Summer Court, a group of Fair Folk who seek to reclaim something Leo is unwilling to part with, leading to a risky deal and a perilous journey, where winning against the Fair Folk comes at a cost.
To kill a shadow
"Jude Maddox knows nothing of love or even light. He knows only his grim duty as the Hand of Death, to lead the Knights of the Eternal Star into a land filled with nightmares and certain demise. It's only when he sees her--a young woman with wild, amber eyes who's as fierce, defiant, and swift as the shadow beasts themselves--that he feels the warmth of life in his blood... Outcast Kiara Frey sees only a leader, a man who knows how to survive. Someone like her. But wanting him is as treacherous as the shadows themselves"-- Provided by publisher.