Happy pub day, SUBLIME!
True love may mean certain death in a ghostly affair of risk and passion from New York Times bestselling duo Christina Lauren, authors of Beautiful Bastard. Tahereh Mafi, New York Times bestselling author of Shatter Me calls Sublime “a beautiful, haunting read.”
When Lucy walks out of a frozen forest, wearing only a silk dress and sandals, she isn’t sure how she got there. But when she sees Colin, she knows for sure that she’s here for him.
Colin has never been captivated by a girl the way he is by Lucy. With each passing day their lives intertwine, and even as Lucy begins to remember more of her life—and her death—neither of them is willing to give up what they have, no matter how impossible it is. And when Colin finds a way to physically be with Lucy, taking himself to the brink of death where his reality and Lucy’s overlap, the joy of being together for those brief stolen moments drowns out everything in the outside world. But some lines weren’t meant to be crossed…
Who it’s for: Readers looking for an escapist romance, fans of lush romantic reads with lots of kissing, anyone who ever thought “hey, hooking up with a ghost seems unlikely to end well,” YA romance aficionados.
Why you’ll love it: Oh man, this book. It sucks you in and you’re turning pages going I NEED THEM TO BE TOGETHER even as your rational brain goes, “Woah woah wait, this is bad news bears.” That’s what I love about this book: Christina & Lauren go all in on the premise and follow it through to its honest conclusion; every word is true to the characters’ experiences and desires, even when you wish they would editorialize a little because the dread is building. Obsessive love: not great for having a well-rounded high school experience IRL, but freaking fantastic as a driving engine for a plot. I loved this read for all its atmospheric, creepy-shivery, love-as-tsunami potency. A perfect book for chilly nights and shortening days, and one you’ll be thinking about long after you turn the last page.
New release! Laura Drewry’s PRIMA DONNA
In USA Today bestselling author Laura Drewry’s witty, sizzling, and tender romance for readers of Jill Shalvis and Susan Mallery, a woman who can’t slow down discovers that the perfect guy is in hot pursuit.
Even when her hair salon goes under and she’s on the brink of breaking, Regan Burke keeps her “I’m just fine” attitude. She’s had a tough life, coping with a difficult family and keeping her act together … barely. Right now, she just needs a job, any job, so she can pay her mother’s medical bills. It’s the exact wrong time for Carter Scott to come into her life—and to be so damn sexy, so distracting, and so determined to get close.
Carter isn’t looking for anything serious—his heart belongs to the kids who depend on his pediatric practice—but something about Regan makes him reconsider. Maybe it’s the scars she hides so well, the secrets she can’t share. Carter knows all about that kind of pain, and he wants to help. But offering Regan a job in his office only makes things worse, even if their chemistry is off the charts. Lucky for them both, Carter isn’t about to let go of love without a fight.
Who it’s for: contemporary romance fans, readers who like realistic romances with characters who feel like old friends, bargain shoppers ($2.99 price point, heyo!), fans of Laura’s bestselling contemporary debut PLAIN JAYNE (we first met Regan and Carter in PJ, but you can pick up either book and dive right in)
Why you’ll love it: Laura has a remarkable gift for rich, emotional characterization. I adore her ability to take everyday-seeming people and reveal the rich beauty in finding love—I always finish her work with a smile on my face and a lighter heart. Her books are, to me, a very pure distillation of why we read romance of any sort: for stories of hope, and connection, and the essential humanity of finding a person who makes you the best version of yourself. That’s what her characters do, and you’ll find yourself cheering for Regan and Carter all the way.
MAYHEM IS HEEERE!
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New release! THE DOLLS by Kiki Sullivan
Pretty Little Liars meets Beautiful Creatures in this steamy southern suspense novel about a group of powerful teen voodoo queens who will do anything to get what they want.
Eveny Cheval has just moved back to Carrefour, Louisiana—a town she left fourteen years ago in the wake of her mother’s suicide. An outsider at first, Eveny quickly finds herself embroiled in a web of intrigue, betrayal, and lies. Enter Peregrine Marceau, Chloe St. Pierre, and their group of rich, sexy friends collectively known as the Dolls. They want to bring Eveny into their circle and share their darkest truths with her.
Eveny is wary of these girls, but after murder strikes and she discovers that everything she believes about herself, her family, and her life is a lie, she’s forced to turn to the Dolls for answers. Something’s wrong in paradise, and it’s up to Eveny, Chloe, and Peregrine to save Carrefour and make it right.
Who it’s for: Fans of supernatural YA, suspense, teen dramas, anyone obsessed with THAT COVER (isn’t it a wow?!)
Why you’ll like it: THE DOLLS reminded me why supernatural stories continue to have such power to move us. Kiki uses the magic that embues the town of Carrefour and the dolls themselves to highlight the essential questions of coming of age. Who am I in relation to my family? How much can I define my own life? What kind of person will I be? And answering those questions in the atmospheric setting of a small Louisiana town, with a pet snake to boot? SOLD.
New book! NIGHTMARES CAN BE MURDER by Mary Kennedy
Business consultant Taylor Blake has returned to Savannah, Georgia, to help her sister Allison turn her dream of running an old-fashioned candy store into a reality. Allison is also interested in dream interpretation and invites Taylor to her Friday night Dream Club, where members meet once a week to share and analyze their dreams.
When a local dance instructor, Chico Hernandez, is found dead in his studio, and the murder scene has an eerie resemblance to one of the dreams shared at their meeting, Taylor can’t help but be intrigued. And when her sister, who was briefly involved with the dance teacher, becomes the prime suspect, Taylor and their fellow club members can’t be caught napping. It’s up to them to dream up a solution to the murder before Allison faces a real-life nightmare.
Who it’s for: Cozy mystery fans. Mystery readers who love a great cast of characters and a fun setting. Dream interpretation fans—or skeptics! You’ll find a kindred character either way.
Why you’ll like it: When she’s not writing, Mary is a practicing psychologist and uses her insight into the human mind to craft well-plotted, well-motivated mysteries that keep the pages turning and ring true. Add to that a great setting—both Savannah and the dream club, plus its newest, most reluctant member, skeptical Taylor— and you’re in business!
New release! AT YOUR SERVICE by Jen Malone
Chloe loves working as a junior concierge at an exclusive NYC hotel—but when three royal kids come to stay, her hospitality is put to the ultimate test!
Chloe Turner has pretty much the BEST life. She gets to live in the super fancy Hotel St. Michele. New York City is her hometown. And her dad, Mitchell Turner, concierge extraordinaire, is teaching her all the secrets of the business so she can follow in his footsteps. After helping him out with a particularly difficult kid client, Chloe is appointed the official junior concierge, tending to the hotel’s smallest, though sometimes most demanding, guests.
Her new position comes with tons of perks like cupcake parties, backstage passes to concerts, and even private fittings with the hippest clothing designers. But Chloe hasn’t faced her toughest challenge yet. When three young royals (including a real-life PRINCE!) come to stay, Chloe’s determined to prove once and for all just how good she is at her job. Except the trip is a total disaster—especially when the youngest royal disappears. Now it’s up to Chloe to save the day. Can she find the missing princess before it becomes international news?
Who it’s for: 9-12 year olds, budding entrepreneurs, parents & teachers, NYC dreamers
Why I think they’ll love it: As a kid I was straight up obsessed with Paula Danziger’s REMEMBER ME TO HAROLD SQUARE and I can totally see today’s ten year old loving AT YOUR SERVICE for the same reasons. It’s New York! It’s adventures your parents would probably not let you run loose around the city having yourself! It’s fun and friendship and that craving we all have to have the thing we’re best at noticed and rewarded. Plus hijinks! And who doesn’t like those?
New release! DELIVERANCE by CJ Redwine
In this final installment of C. J. Redwine’s Defiance trilogy, a rich postapocalyptic YA fantasy perfect for fans of Graceling and Tamora Pierce, Rachel Adams has been kidnapped by enemy forces and is being taken to Rowansmark while her love, Logan McEntire, is imprisoned and awaiting trial, unable to leave Lankenshire. As uneasy alliances are tested and their enemies plot against them, will the two manage to find a way to rid their world of the tyrannical Commander and destroy the tech that controls the deadly Cursed One once and for all?
Who it’s for: Fantasy fans, YA action-adventure fans, people who like to fear for the fates of characters they love (seriously CJ you are killing us!), anyone who was waiting for the full series to come out before jumping on board (first book DEFIANCE, second book DECEPTION, both available in paperback & e, all three books together here)
Why you’ll like it: The Courier’s Daughter trilogy is set in a world where threats come from your fellow man and the ground beneath your feet at equal rate. CJ’s plots play out with heartbreak and humanity that feels absolutely real. I’m not saying we should begin calling her C.J.R.R. Martin, but hers is a world where characters’ choices bear very real consequences, and she trusts her readers to bear the weight of that load with her characters as they grieve and find their own definitions for the what it means to survive. Logan and Rachel have been through hell and back, and one of the joys of the series is watching these two characters screw up, let each other down, and find each other anew. There are no easy answers in her world, but the light to be found there shines all the brighter for it.
Happy pub day, EVERYDAY ANGEL: SECOND CHANCES!
Meet a guardian angel like no other, from a writer like no other. Bold, rising star Victoria Schwab returns with the second book in this whimsical, inspiring, and clever middle-grade series.
There’s more to Aria than meets the eye. She’s a guardian angel. And to earn her wings, she’ll have to help three different girls… .
This time, Aria comes to Caroline Mason. At her all-girls’ prep school, Caroline is being bullied. She eats lunch alone and is picked on by her classmates every day. The ringleader of the mean girls is Lily Pierce. But Lily isn’t an ordinary bully: she used to be Caroline’s best friend.
When Aria arrives, she can see Caroline is suffering. But, to Aria’s surprise, so is Lily. What is the story behind Lily’s cruel actions? And can Aria help guide Caroline out of the darkness … and into better, brighter future?
Who it’s for: Readers 8-12, fans of EVERYDAY ANGEL: NEW BEGINNINGS; Schwab fans; parents, librarians, teachers; anyone who likes their angels more akin to Peter Pan than a greeting card
Why I think you’ll like it: If you know Victoria (V.E.) Schwab’s other work, the cover alone of these might seem shocking. But this is middle grade, Schwab style—brimming with humanity and heart and just note-perfect observations on kid dynamics. It’s easy to forget just how tough it is finding your way at this age—these books make the task seem not quite so dark, with a mysterious, magical compatriot like Aria along for the trip.