My TOP 3 picks for this week:
The Wish Granter (Ravenspire #2) by C.J. Redwine
I have heard so many good things about this book, and I think a re-telling of Rumplestiltskin sounds really interesting. Having looked at a bunch of Q&A’s on this, I will note that they say you do not have to have read Ravenspire # 1 (The Shadow Queen) to be able to read this book. FYI for all you Rumple fans!
The world has turned upside down for Thad and Ari Glavan, the bastard twins of Súndraille’s king. Their mother was murdered. The royal family died mysteriously. And now Thad sits on the throne of a kingdom whose streets are suddenly overrun with violence he can’t stop.
Growing up ignored by the nobility, Ari never wanted to be a proper princess. And when Thad suddenly starts training Ari to take his place, she realizes that her brother’s ascension to the throne wasn’t fate. It was the work of a Wish Granter named Alistair Teague who tricked Thad into wishing away both the safety of his people and his soul in exchange for the crown.
So Ari recruits the help of Thad’s enigmatic new weapons master, Sebastian Vaughn, to teach her how to fight Teague. With secret ties to Teague’s criminal empire, Sebastian might just hold the key to discovering Alistair’s weaknesses, saving Ari’s brother—and herself.
But Teague is ruthless and more than ready to destroy anyone who dares stand in his way—and now he has his sights set on the princess. And if Ari can’t outwit him, she’ll lose Sebastian, her brother…and her soul.
The Last of August (Charlotte Holmes #2) by Brittany Cavallaro
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books
This is book two in the Charlotte Holmes books. The first book, A Study in Charlotte, was released just this past year. I know a lot of people looking forward to this sequel.
Jamie Watson and Charlotte Holmes are looking for a winter break reprieve in Sussex after a fall semester that almost got them killed. But nothing about their time off is proving simple, including Holmes and Watson’s growing feelings for each other. When Charlotte’s beloved uncle Leander goes missing from the Holmes estate—after being oddly private about his latest assignment in a German art forgery ring—the game is afoot once again, and Charlotte throws herself into a search for answers.
So begins a dangerous race through the gritty underground scene in Berlin and glittering art houses in Prague, where Holmes and Watson discover that this complicated case might change everything they know about their families, themselves, and each other.
American Street by Ibi Zoboi
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
This is featured on Epic Reads First 5 this week, so I haven’t read anything more than the first two chapters yet, but I like it so far! (Epic Reads First 5 is an email service you can sign up for and it’s free. Each week they feature a new book, and send a chapter a day, Monday through Friday. It’s a great way to get a taste for new books!)
On the corner of American Street and Joy Road, Fabiola Toussaint thought she would finally find une belle vie—a good life.
But after they leave Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Fabiola’s mother is detained by U.S. immigration, leaving Fabiola to navigate her loud American cousins, Chantal, Donna, and Princess; the grittiness of Detroit’s west side; a new school; and a surprising romance, all on her own.
Just as she finds her footing in this strange new world, a dangerous proposition presents itself, and Fabiola soon realizes that freedom comes at a cost. Trapped at the crossroads of an impossible choice, will she pay the price for the American dream?
More releases for today in YA:
Dare You (Nikki Kill #2) by Jennifer Brown
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books
Piecing Me Together by Renée Watson
The Release (The Prey #3) by Tom Isbell
A Season of Daring Greatly by Ellen Emerson White
Stranger than Fanfiction by Chris Colfer
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Switching Gears by Chantele Sedgwick
Publisher: Sky Pony Press
The Valiant by Lesley Livingston
We Are Okay by Nina LaCour