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‘Children of Blood and Bone’ Best Audiobook of 2018

The cover to 'Children of Blood and Bone' by Tomi Adeyemi

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According to Publisher’s WeeklyChildren of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi won big at last night’s 24th annual Audie Awards. Held in Manhattan, the awards recognize outstanding audiobooks and spoken-word entertainment. Children of Blood and Bone is the debut novel from young author Tomi Adeyemi, and it depicts the story of a young woman called Zélie Adebola who leads her clan of maji against a brutally oppressive regime. A popular YA fantasy novel, the book the first in a highly-anticipated series and has already climbed the ranks of The New York Times’ bestseller list. The audiobook’s narrator is Bahni Turpin, known for her roles in Malcolm X and Cold Case Files. 

The book took home the award for Top Audiobook of the Year, a well deserved win for such a striking debut. Other highlights of the evening included Edoardo Ballerini winning Best Male Narrator for his narration of Watchers by Dean Koontz, Julia Whelan taking home Best Female Narrator for Educated by Tara Westover, and Richard Armitage nabbing Best Audio Drama for The Martian Invasion of Earth by HG Wells.

Tomi Adeyemi and Bahni Turpin are no doubt very pleased with their win. We look forward to seeing more entries in this series!

 

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We Need More YA Books on High School Reading Lists

As an English student and aspiring writer, I learned that school is for ‘literary’ fiction—and I learned that ‘literary’ is not synonymous with ‘good.’ The definition appeared to be based more upon what a book isn’t than what a book is. Literary fiction was rarely ever genre fiction. Literary fiction was rarely ever queer. Literary fiction was rarely about modern teenagers. When you replace the word ‘literary’ with the word ‘meaningful,’ none of these statements remain true. It’s time to reconsider which books will be most meaningful to high school students today—and why that emotional impact has academic value.

 

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YA has always been a groundbreaking genre. When S.E. Hinton‘s The Outsiders earned its publication in 1967, it was published as an adult book. It wasn’t one. Written by a teenager, the novel told a story far darker than any other featuring high-school-aged characters. Hinton’s protagonists were vandals, smokers, poor, and angry. These characters were not what parents and educators wanted teenagers to be—but they were who teenagers were.

 

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Today, YA books are increasingly diverse. Years of fun, superficial dystopias have given way to biting political novels, with Samira Ahmed‘s upcoming Internment and Victoria Lee‘s upcoming The Fever King using YA genre fiction to capture the realities of racism, bigotry, and immigration. As topics of LGBTQ+ rights, socioeconomic inequality, rape culture, discrimination, and violence permeate classrooms like never before, it’s more important than ever to consider the impact of a curriculum that reflects a students’ reality. Some YA novels have gained traction as literary classics: The Catcher in the RyeLord of the Fliesand The Book Thief. Yet rarely does anyone refer to these as YA books, as children’s books. ‘Literary’ is not synonymous with good—and YA is not synonymous with inconsequential.

 

While there’s no reason to remove books from high school curriculums, it’s time to make some room. These ten books serve as examples for what a school curriculum with more YA novels might look like:

 

1. Perks of Being a Wallflower

 

Stephen Chbosky's 'The Perks of Being a Wallflower'

 

Stephen Chbosky‘s debut, The Perks of Being a Wallflower, is the classic YA bildungsroman, addressing topics of drugs, homosexuality, and sexual abuse before most YA books dared to venture into such territory. This year marks the book’s twenty-year anniversary, and, through its heartbreaking honesty, the novel continues to resonate with the next generation of teenagers.

The critically acclaimed debut novel from Stephen Chbosky, Perks follows observant “wallflower” Charlie as he charts a course through the strange world between adolescence and adulthood. First dates, family drama, and new friends. Sex, drugs, and The Rocky Horror Picture Show. Devastating loss, young love, and life on the fringes. Caught between trying to live his life and trying to run from it, Charlie must learn to navigate those wild and poignant roller-coaster days known as growing up.

 

2. The Hate U Give

 

Angie Thomas' 'The Hate U Give'

 

High school reading lists are notoriously male… and notoriously white. Few books on high school reading lists take place in this century, which is a pretty big deal, given that it’s no longer the turn of the millennium. The twenty-first century has been around for nearly twenty years—and those twenty years have been violent. Angie Thomas‘ The Hate U Give, a timely contribution to the #BlackLivesMatter movement, addresses modern social issues in a way that outdated books (let’s say Heart of Darkness) can’t and don’t.

Sixteen-year-old Starr Carter moves between two worlds: the poor neighborhood where she lives and the fancy suburban prep school she attends. The uneasy balance between these worlds is shattered when Starr witnesses the fatal shooting of her childhood best friend Khalil at the hands of a police officer. Khalil was unarmed.

Soon afterward, his death is a national headline. Some are calling him a thug, maybe even a drug dealer and a gangbanger. Protesters are taking to the streets in Khalil’s name. What everyone wants to know is: what really went down that night?

But what Starr does—or does not—say could upend her community. It could also endanger her life.

 

3. Looking for Alaska

 

John Green's 'Looking for Alaska'

 

John Green‘s Looking for Alaska treats its audience as mature enough for existential questions. The novel depicts both the freedom and destruction inherent in coming of age—when you get the chance to grab the steering wheel of your own life, it comes with the chance to crash. Looking for Alaska is a complex portrait of youth: a time of discovery, love, and recklessness.

Before. Miles “Pudge” Halter is done with his safe life at home. His whole life has been one big non-event, and his obsession with famous last words has only made him crave “the Great Perhaps” even more (Francois Rabelais, poet). He heads off to the sometimes crazy and anything-but-boring world of Culver Creek Boarding School, and his life becomes the opposite of safe. Because down the hall is Alaska Young. The gorgeous, clever, funny, sexy, self-destructive, screwed up, and utterly fascinating Alaska Young. She is an event unto herself. She pulls Pudge into her world, launches him into the Great Perhaps, and steals his heart. Then. . . .
After. Nothing is ever the same.

 

4. The Miseducation of Cameron Post

 

Emily M. Danforth's 'The Miseducation of Cameron Post'

 

Emily M. Danforth‘s The Miseducation of Cameron Post is especially relevant in a world in which gender and sexuality are increasingly part of the conversation. For many high schoolers, growing up means realizing your feelings are not the ones you might have expected—and discovering what it means to live when your existence is so politicized.

 

When Cameron Post’s parents die suddenly in a car crash, her shocking first thought is relief. Relief they’ll never know that, hours earlier, she had been kissing a girl.

But that relief doesn’t last, and Cam is soon forced to move in with her conservative aunt Ruth and her well-intentioned but hopelessly old-fashioned grandmother. She knows that from this point on, her life will forever be different. Survival in Miles City, Montana, means blending in and leaving well enough alone (as her grandmother might say), and Cam becomes an expert at both.

Then Coley Taylor moves to town. Beautiful, pickup-driving Coley is a perfect cowgirl with the perfect boyfriend to match. She and Cam forge an unexpected and intense friendship–one that seems to leave room for something more to emerge. But just as that starts to seem like a real possibility, ultrareligious Aunt Ruth takes drastic action to “fix” her niece, bringing Cam face-to-face with the cost of denying her true self–even if she’s not exactly sure who that is.

 

5. The Poet X

 

Elizabeth Acevedo's 'The Poet X'

 

Elizabeth Acevedo‘s National Book Award winning novel, The Poet X, is a diverse story of body acceptance, rape culture, gender roles, religion, abuse, and homophobia. The story describes the sort of personal development any school would be lucky to cultivate, as Acevedo’s protagonist becomes herself through the art of language. The Poet Xis a novel of creativity, passion, and the power that comes from both.

Xiomara Batista feels unheard and unable to hide in her Harlem neighborhood. Ever since her body grew into curves, she has learned to let her fists and her fierceness do the talking.

But Xiomara has plenty she wants to say, and she pours all her frustration and passion onto the pages of a leather notebook, reciting the words to herself like prayers—especially after she catches feelings for a boy in her bio class named Aman, who her family can never know about. With Mami’s determination to force her daughter to obey the laws of the church, Xiomara understands that her thoughts are best kept to herself.

So when she is invited to join her school’s slam poetry club, she doesn’t know how she could ever attend without her mami finding out, much less speak her words out loud. But still, she can’t stop thinking about performing her poems.

Because in the face of a world that may not want to hear her, Xiomara refuses to be silent.

 

6. It’s Kind of a Funny Story

 

Ned Vizzini's 'It's Kind of a Funny Story'

 

Ned Vizzini‘s It’s Kind of a Funny Story is a candid yet earnest depiction of mental illness, going beyond more superficial depictions of depression to actually show its protagonist on a psychiatric ward. Though the novel explores the full weight of mental illness, it also shares the less visible parts of depression: the hope and desire for happiness that comes just after hitting bottom. In a time of increased depression and overworked students, this novel addresses a reality that many older classics may not.

Ambitious New York City teenager Craig Gilner is determined to succeed at life – which means getting into the right high school to get into the right job. But once Craig aces his way into Manhattan’s Executive Pre-Professional High School, the pressure becomes unbearable. He stops eating and sleeping until, one night, he nearly kills himself.

Craig’s suicidal episode gets him checked into a mental hospital, where his new neighbors include a transsexual sex addict, a girl who has scarred her own face with scissors, and the self-elected President Armelio. There, Craig is finally able to confront the sources of his anxiety.

Ned Vizzini, who himself spent time in a psychiatric hospital, has created a remarkably moving tale about the sometimes unexpected road to happiness.

 

7. Beneath a Meth Moon

 

Jacqueline Woodson's 'Beneath a Meth Moon'

 

Though schools and parents continue to censor drug-related content, addiction is a reality for many students—regardless of whether the addiction is a parent’s, a friend’s, or their own. Especially over the past decade, natural disasters have also increased in frequency; often, these communities struggle to recover both physically and psychologically. So do the people in them. Jacqueline Woodson‘s novel, Beneath a Meth Moon, addresses these issues.

Laurel Daneau has moved on to a new life, in a new town, but inside she’s still reeling from the loss of her beloved mother and grandmother after Hurricane Katrina washed away their home. Laurel’s new life is going well, with a new best friend, a place on the cheerleading squad and T-Boom, co-captain of the basketball team, for a boyfriend. Yet Laurel is haunted by voices and memories from her past.

When T-Boom introduces Laurel to meth, she immediately falls under its spell, loving the way it erases, even if only briefly, her past. But as she becomes alienated from her friends and family, she becomes a shell of her former self, and longs to be whole again. With help from an artist named Moses and her friend Kaylee, she’s able to begin to rewrite her story and start to move on from her addiction.

 

8. Eleanor & Park

 

Rainbow Rowell's 'Eleanor and Park'

 

Rainbow Rowell‘s stunning Eleanor & Park depicts an interracial relationship, a troubled home life, and a town too small to hide the secrets and prejudices that live inside it. This sounds like a love story, and it is one. But romantic love for someone else isn’t the only kind of love there is.

Eleanor… Red hair, wrong clothes. Standing behind him until he turns his head. Lying beside him until he wakes up. Making everyone else seem drabber and flatter and never good enough…Eleanor.

Park… He knows she’ll love a song before he plays it for her. He laughs at her jokes before she ever gets to the punch line. There’s a place on his chest, just below his throat, that makes her want to keep promises…Park.

Set over the course of one school year, this is the story of two star-crossed sixteen-year-olds—smart enough to know that first love almost never lasts, but brave and desperate enough to try.

 

9. Speak

 

Laurie Halse Anderson's 'Speak'

 

Laurie Halse Anderson‘s classic Speak addresses a topic that we as a society have waited years to address openly: rape. Anderson wrote on this issue in 1999, well before the #MeToo movement that, even in a time period of increased awareness, has proven divisive and controversial.

The first ten lies they tell you in high school.

“Speak up for yourself–we want to know what you have to say.”

From the first moment of her freshman year at Merryweather High, Melinda knows this is a big fat lie, part of the nonsense of high school. She is friendless, outcast, because she busted an end-of-summer party by calling the cops, so now nobody will talk to her, let alone listen to her. As time passes, she becomes increasingly isolated and practically stops talking altogether. Only her art class offers any solace, and it is through her work on an art project that she is finally able to face what really happened at that terrible party: she was raped by an upperclassman, a guy who still attends Merryweather and is still a threat to her. Her healing process has just begun when she has another violent encounter with him. But this time Melinda fights back, refuses to be silent, and thereby achieves a measure of vindication.

 

 

10. Aristotle & Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe

 

Benjamin Alire Saenz' 'Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe'

 

There isn’t enough LGBTQ+ literature on high school reading lists. There aren’t enough authors of color on high school reading lists—and, unlike in life, there are almost no queer PoC in the high school curriculum. (Unless their school is phenomenal enough not to have banned Alice Walker‘s The Color Purple, students who share these characters’ experience have almost no material in the English curriculum representing their experiences.) Benjamin Alire Sáenz tells such a story in his novel Aristotle & Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe—and he tells it devastatingly well.

Aristotle is an angry teen with a brother in prison. Dante is a know-it-all who has an unusual way of looking at the world. When the two meet at the swimming pool, they seem to have nothing in common. But as the loners start spending time together, they discover that they share a special friendship—the kind that changes lives and lasts a lifetime. And it is through this friendship that Ari and Dante will learn the most important truths about themselves and the kind of people they want to be.

 

 

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Plan Your 2019 In Books: The Monthly Release Calendar

2019 promises to be a year of diverse, compelling, and topical books across all genres. Since 2018 promised to be a disaster and then pretty much followed through, this seems a bit more optimistic. While this isn’t a definitive list of every quality book to be released in 2019—which would probably take until 2019 to finish reading—it’s a sampling of both YA and adult titles to excite you month by month. So if your life plan for 2019 is less than certain, the least you can do is plan out your year in reading.

January

Maid by Stephanie Land

 

Maid - Stephanie Land

 

Stephanie Land writes: “my daughter learned how to walk in a homeless shelter.” As the gap widens between America’s wealthy and its underclass, Land’s work as a maid isn’t a door between these two worlds – instead, it’s only a window. The more Land struggles as an underpaid single mother, the more she witnesses the dark truth of what it takes to survive in a rigidly stratified society.

 

The Love and Lies of Rukhsana Ali by Sabina Khan

 

The Love and Lies of Rukhsana Ali

 

Seventeen-year-old Rukhsana Ali is leaving soon: Caltech and her dream of becoming an engineer wait at the end of a few a few short months… which seem to get longer and longer. Although she tries to live up to her conservative Muslim parents’ expectations, it’s hard not to react when they favor her brother and criticize her choice in clothing. It’s harder to hide her girlfriend. Swept off to Bandgladesh in a whirlwind of cultural panic, Rukshana realizes that she will have to fight for her love. But will she also have to lose everything?

 

February

Black Leopard, Red Wolf by Marlon James

 

Black Leopard, Red Wolf - Marlon James

 

Tracker is known far and wide for his skills as a hunter: “He has a nose,” people say. Engaged to track down a mysterious boy who disappeared three years earlier, Tracker breaks his own rule of always working alone when he finds himself part of a group that comes together to search for the boy. The band is a hodgepodge, full of unusual characters with secrets of their own, including a shape-shifting man-animal known as Leopard.

On the Come Up by Angie Thomas

On The Come Up - Angie Thomas

 

Sixteen-year-old Bri wants to be one of the greatest rappers of all time. Or at least make it out of her neighborhood one day. As the daughter of an underground rap legend who died before he hit big, Bri’s got big shoes to fill. But now that her mom has unexpectedly lost her job, food banks and shutoff notices are as much a part of Bri’s life as beats and rhymes. With bills piling up and homelessness staring her family down, Bri no longer just wants to make it—she has to make it.

 

March

Gingerbread by Helen Oyeyemi

 

'Gingerbread' - Helen Oyeyemi

Influenced by the mysterious place gingerbread holds in classic children’s stories–equal parts wholesome and uncanny, from the tantalizing witch’s house in “Hansel and Gretel” to the man-shaped confection who one day decides to run as fast as he can–beloved novelist Helen Oyeyemi invites readers into a delightful tale of a surprising family legacy, in which the inheritance is a recipe.

 

The Fever King by Victoria Lee

 

The Fever King - Victoria Lee

In the former United States, sixteen-year-old Noam Álvaro wakes up in a hospital bed, the sole survivor of the viral magic that killed his family and made him a technopath. His ability to control technology attracts the attention of the minister of defense and thrusts him into the magical elite of the nation of Carolinia.

The son of undocumented immigrants, Noam has spent his life fighting for the rights of refugees fleeing magical outbreaks—refugees Carolinia routinely deports with vicious efficiency. Sensing a way to make change, Noam accepts the minister’s offer to teach him the science behind his magic, secretly planning to use it against the government. But then he meets the minister’s son—cruel, dangerous, and achingly beautiful—and the way forward becomes less clear.

Internment by Samira Ahmed

 

Internment - Samira Ahmed

 

Set in a horrifying near-future United States, seventeen-year-old Layla Amin and her parents are forced into an internment camp for Muslim American citizens.

With the help of newly made friends also trapped within the internment camp, her boyfriend on the outside, and an unexpected alliance, Layla begins a journey to fight for freedom, leading a revolution against the internment camp’s Director and his guards.

 

April

Women Talking by Miriam Toews

 

Women Talking - Miriam Toews

 

One evening, eight Mennonite women climb into a hay loft to conduct a secret meeting. For the past two years, each of these women, and more than a hundred other girls in their colony, has been repeatedly violated in the night by demons coming to punish them for their sins. Now that the women have learned they were in fact drugged and attacked by a group of men from their own community, they are determined to protect themselves and their daughters from future harm.

In the Neighborhood of True by Susan Kaplan Carlton

 

In the Neighborhood of True - Susan Kaplan Carlton

 

After her father’s death, Ruth Robb and her family transplant themselves in the summer of 1958 from New York City to Atlanta—the land of debutantes, sweet tea, and the Ku Klux Klan. In her new hometown, Ruth quickly figures out she can be Jewish or she can be popular, but she can’t be both.

 

May

Home Remedies by Xuan Juliana Wang

 

Home Remedies - Xuan Wang

 

This dazzling collection interrogates the fractures, collisions and glorious new alloys of what it means to be a Chinese millennial. Xuan Juliana Wang has the dark soul of an old poet’s inkwell, the deep knowing of an ancient remedy, and linguistic incandescence of a megacity skyline.

From a crowded apartment on Mott Street, where an immigrant family raises its first real Americans, to a pair of divers at the Beijing Olympics poised at the edge of success and self-discovery, Wang’s unforgettable characters – with their unusual careers, unconventional sex lives and fantastical technologies – share the bold hope that, no matter where they’ve come from, their lives too can be extraordinary.

 

These Witches Don’t Burn by Isabel Stirling

 

'These Witches Don't Burn' - Isabel Stirling

 

Hannah’s a witch. But even though she lives in Salem, Massachusetts, her magic is a secret she has to keep to herself. If she’s ever caught using it in front of a Reg (read: non-witch), she could lose it. For good. So, Hannah spends most of her time avoiding her ex-girlfriend (and fellow Elemental Witch) Veronica, hanging out with her best friend, and working at the Fly by Night Cauldron selling candles and crystals to tourists, goths, and local Wiccans. But dealing with her ex is the least of Hannah’s concerns when a terrifying blood ritual interrupts the end-of-school-year bonfire.

Evidence of dark magic begins to appear all over Salem, and Hannah’s sure it’s the work of a deadly Blood Witch. The issue is, her coven is less than convinced, forcing Hannah to team up with the last person she wants to see: Veronica.

June

Mostly Dead Things by Kristen Arnett

 

'Mostly Dead Things' Kristen Arnett

 

One morning, Jessa-Lynn Morton walks into the family taxidermy shop to find that her father has committed suicide, right there on one of the metal tables. Shocked and grieving, Jessa steps up to manage the business, while the rest of the Morton family crumbles.

Jessa struggles to salvage the failing taxidermy shop, seeking out less-than-legal ways of generating income, all the while clashing with her mother and brother. As their mother’s art escalates to include a figure of her dead husband and a stuffed buffalo in an uncomfortably sexual pose, Jessa must find a way to restore the Morton clan’s delicate balance, and that means first learning who these people truly are, and ultimately how she fits alongside them all.

 

The Grief Keeper by Alex Villasante

 

The Grief Keepers - Alexandra Villasante

 

Seventeen-year-old Marisol has always dreamed of being American. She never pictured fleeing her home in El Salvador under threat of death and stealing across the US border as “an illegal”, but after her brother is murdered and her younger sister, Gabi’s, life is also placed in equal jeopardy, she has no choice, especially because she knows everything is her fault. If she had never fallen for the charms of a beautiful girl named Liliana, she and Gabi wouldn’t have been caught crossing the border.

But they have been caught and their asylum request will most certainly be denied. With truly no options remaining, Marisol jumps at an unusual opportunity to stay in the United States. She’s asked to become a grief keeper, taking the grief of another into her own body to save a life. It’s a risky, experimental study, but if it means Marisol can keep her sister safe, she will risk anything.

 

July

The Nickel Boys by Colson Whitehead

 

The Nickel Boys - Colson Whitehead

As the Civil Rights movement begins to reach the black enclave of Frenchtown, Elwood Curtis takes the words of Dr. Martin Luther King to heart: He is “as good as anyone.” Elwood is about to enroll in the local black college. But for a black boy in the Jim Crow South in the early 1960s, one innocent mistake is enough to destroy the future. Elwood is sentenced to a juvenile reformatory called The Nickel Academy, a grotesque chamber of horrors. Stunned to find himself in such a vicious environment, Elwood tries to hold on to Dr. King’s ringing assertion “Throw us in jail and we will still love you.”

Based on the real story of a reform school in Florida that operated for one hundred and eleven years and warped the lives of thousands of children, The Nickel Boys is a devastating, driven narrative that showcases a great American novelist writing at the height of his powers.

 

The Arrival of Someday by Jen Malone

 

'The Arrival of Someday' Jen Malone

 

Hard-charging and irrepressible eighteen-year-old Amelia Linehan could see a roller derby opponent a mile away. They don’t call her Rolldemort for nothing! What she couldn’t see coming, however, was the unexpected flare-up of a rare liver disorder she was born with. But now it’s the only thing she—and everyone around her—can think about.

With no guarantee of a viable organ transplant, everything Amelia’s been sure of—like her college plans, the mural she’d been commissioned to paint, or the possibility of one day falling in love—has become a huge question mark, threatening to drag her down into a sea of what-ifs she’s desperate to avoid.

 

August

Doxology by Nell Zink

 

Doxology - Nell Zink

 

Pam, Daniel, and Joe might be the worst punk band on the Lower East Side. Struggling to scrape together enough cash and musical talent to make it, they are waylaid by surprising arrivals—a daughter for Pam and Daniel, a solo hit single for Joe. As the ‘90s wane, the three friends share in one another’s successes, working together to elevate Joe’s superstardom and raise baby Flora.

On September 11, 2001, the city’s unfathomable devastation coincides with a shattering personal loss for the trio. In the aftermath, Flora comes of age, navigating a charged political landscape and discovering a love of the natural world.

 

 

September

The Testaments by Margaret Atwood

 

The Testaments - Margaret Atwood

 

The wait is over.

And so I step up, into the darkness within; or else the light.

When the van door slammed on Offred’s future at the end of The Handmaid’s Tale, readers had no way of telling what lay ahead for her – freedom, prison or death.

With The Testaments, the wait is over.

 

Full Disclosure by Camryn Garrett

 

Full Disclosure - Camryn Garrett

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Simone Garcia-Hampton is a black teen born HIV-Positive. Raised by loving queer parents who assure her that her diagnosis doesn’t define her, Simone must navigate a whole new world of fear, disclosure, and radical self-acceptance when she falls in love—and lust—for the first time.

October

No Mercy by Martina Cole

 

'No Mercy' - Martina Cole

 

The brand new novel from Sunday Times No. 1 bestseller and ‘undisputed queen of crime writing’ (Guardian) Martina Cole. The biggest selling female crime writer in the UK, Martina’s unique and powerful novels have gripped their readers for twenty-five years, and include Dangerous LadyThe Take and Damaged.

 

Ninth House by Leigh Bardugo

 

'Ninth House' - Leigh Bardugo

 

The new series centers on Alex Stern, a 20-year-old California high school dropout with a criminal past who is mysteriously offered a second chance as a Yale University freshman. Ninth House, the first book, follows Stern’s freshman year, where she is charged with monitoring Yale’s secret societies, who engage in sinister occult activities.

November

The Devil in Paradise by James L Haley

 

'The Devil in Paradise' - James L Haley

The gripping naval saga by award-winning historian James L. Haley moves to a tropical setting as Captain Bliven Putnam takes on pirates in the Phillipines and diplomatic relations in Hawaii.

It’s 1818 and Bliven Putnam is now a captain in the American Navy. Doing battle with the deadly pirate Jean Lafitte, off the coast of Texas, Putnam has come into his own as a leader. But he’s plagued by thoughts of home, where his wife, Clarity, is managing the family farm, the fortune, and an extenstive building project. When their long-planned reunion is cut short by a new assignment, Clarity at last puts her foot down. If she can’t keep Putnam with her, then she’ll just have to go with him.

 

The Starless Sea by Erin Morgenstern

 

'The Starless Sea - Erin Morgenstern'

Zachary Ezra Rawlins is a graduate student in Vermont when he discovers a strange book hidden in the library stacks. As he turns the pages, entranced by tales of lovelorn prisoners, key collectors, and nameless acolytes, he reads something strange: a story from his own childhood. Bewildered by this inexplicable book and desperate to make sense of how his own life came to be recorded, Zachary uncovers a series of clues — a bee, a key, and a sword — that lead him to a masquerade party in New York, to a secret club, and through a doorway to a subterranean library, hidden far below the surface of the earth.

December

Shooting Cole Stone by SC Megale

 

SC Megale

Author S.C. Megale
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Wednesday Books has bought Shooting Cole Stone, S.C. Megale’s #ownvoices debut YA novel. The book features irreverent Maeve, who has Muscular Dystrophy and plans to become an Oscar-winning film director, if only she can graduate high school and get some action with her leading man first. Publication is projected for winter 2019.

 

 

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Check out the Top 5 Anticipated YA Fantasy 2019 Releases!

December is finally here and that means there is less than a month left before New Year’s Eve. With the new year comes anticipated release dates for our favorite books and series. As any normal book lover, we mark those dates down on our phones and calendars and wait for the new year and hype to takeover. Even if all the books you planned to read in 2018 continue to sit quietly in an unkempt pile in the corner of your bedroom (and we all know we have more books in our TBR piles than we should) we still await the day that the new book from Sarah J Maas releases. I know I do. From murder mysteries to psychological thrillers to the overdone tropes of love stories you want to despise, but simply can never get enough of, we know that’s what you truly need. Here are a few books you can look forward to cracking the spine and dog earring after the holiday season ends and the new year begins.

 

1. The Wicked King by Holly Black

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Jude must keep her younger brother safe and to do so she has bound the wicked king, Cardan, to her and made herself the power behind the throne. Holly Black’s second book to The Folk of the Air series will be released right in the beginning of 2019! The Wicked King releases in January 8, 2019.

 

2. Darkdawn by Jay Kristoff

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A ruthless young assassin’s journey for revenge comes to a stunning end in the conclusion of this acclaimed epic fantasy trilogy. The third in The Nevernight Chronicles will be released September 2019. Although the wait is long it’ll give you a chance to finally pick it up from your TBR pile and catch up on the hype before its release.

 

 

3. Capturing the Devil by Kerri Maniscalco

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Now this one doesn’t even have a blurb yet because it’s still in the first draft stages, but Kerri Maniscalco officially announced the name of the fourth and final installment in the Stalking Jack the Ripper series on November 26 and I am both sad and excited for it! From where the last book left off, this new book will follow Audrey Rose Wadsworth and Thomas Cresswell in America, most likely in New York. Being absolutely fascinated with serial killers (creepy, I know) I feel like I have a pretty good hunch on what the story will take place on. If you haven’t read this series yet, I highly recommend it. The expected release date will be September 26, 2019.

 

4. Lady Smoke by Laura Sebastian 

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The sequel to Ash Princess, this story is about a tale of a throne cruelly stolen and a girl who must fight to take it back for her people. Ash Princess was an instant New York Times Best Seller so no doubt this second book will do just as well as the first one. Lady Smoke will be released February 5, 2019

 

5. Finale by Stephanie Garber 

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The third and final installment to the Caraval series will be released May 7, 2019. In the third and final book, two months after the last Caraval game concluded and the Fates have been freed from an enchanted deck of cards, Tella is determined to to stop Legend’s coronation. I won’t say much more than that because there are a lot of good details that will spoil the second book, but the third book promises to be the grand finale of the series. Hopefully its name will live up to it!

 

 

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