THERE ARE SO MANY BOOKS I WANT THIS WEEK! There are tons of reviews out on a lot of these books, so I hope you have at least one picked out. My copies of The Hate U Give and The Ship Beyond Time are arriving tomorrow, but I’m hoping a couple others will be in subscription boxes in the next month. Which one are you most looking forward to?
Here are the new YA releases for February 28, 2017 (all blurbs from Barnes & Noble):
The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
B&N: Thomas’s hotly awaited debut, inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement and already the subject of a planned film adaptation: believe the hype. The story of Starr Carter, sole witness to her childhood friend’s killing by a white cop during a traffic stop, is a breathless, topical, and heartbreaking take on an issue that trends with horrifying frequency. But it’s also a warm, hilarious look at the life of a family and a neighborhood, rendered with vivid, loving specificity. Her eye for telling detail is true, her dialogue is perfect, and her characters are so concisely drawn you can see every one of them with perfect clarity.
The Ship Beyond Time by Heidi Heilig
B&N: At the end of Heilig’s magnificent debut, The Girl from Everywhere, Nix, wayfaring daughter of the captain of a time-traveling pirate ship, has been handed the keys (as it were) to the ship. After spending her entire life searching for a map that will bring him back to his wife prior to her death giving birth to Nix—a bit of time-folding that might result in Nix’s winking out of existence—her father, Slate, swears he’s done with that foolhardy addiction. Their ship is able to travel to the terrain of any map, to lands real and imagined; or, if traveling without a map, to wash up in Slate’s original timeline, that of contemporary New York. It’s there that Nix meets an oddly dreamy girl, who gives her a map and disappears into the rain. The map will carry them to the mythical, doomed island of Ys, where they imagine they can solve all the problems that ail them. In Ys they find a madman, a tangled, myth-touched mystery, and further explorations into the perils of trying to save the past without sacrificing the present.
Frogkisser! by Garth Nix
B&N: In Nix’s latest skewed fairy tale, Princess Anya is the oppressed ward of an evil stepmother and an even eviler duke step-stepfather, with a magical lip balm–enhanced knack for turning her sister’s suitors, transformed into frogs by the evil duke, back into men. But with lip balm supplies running low and her sister’s latest love stuck in amphibian form, Anya sets off on a quest to replenish her magical toolkit—and to escape the duke’s wickedness—while being dogged by annoying heralds and in the company of three animal companions, two of whom would like to be human again.
The Daughter of the Pirate King by Tricia Levenseller
B&N: Alosa’s the tough as nails titular pirate king’s daughter, and she’s not about to get captured unless it’s her idea. At the start of this debut, she sets out to do just that, allowing herself to be taken by a rival gang of pirates in order to case their ship for a treasure map. Though she’s tough and resourceful (and then some), she didn’t reckon on the wiles of irritatingly appealing first mate Riden, who matches her trick for trick. As she attempts to locate her quarry without giving up the game, she reckons with a growing attraction to the enemy.
10 Things I Can See From Here by Carrie Mac
B&N: Anxiety has plagued Maeve for as long as she can remember, and it’s only heightened when her mom (i.e., the only one who Gets It) leaves for six months, forcing Maeve to relocate to Vancouver to live with her dad. But while the move brings its own stresses and new things to be anxious about, it also brings Salix, the superchill girl who helps get her through everything from her dad’s shaky sobriety to her stepmother’s pregnancy. Salix embodies the fearlessness Maeve would kill to possess, and the romance that blossoms between them may not “cure” Maeve, but it sure does help make the move worth it.
A Good Idea by Cristina Moracho
B&N: Even after she left town, Fin still planned to spend her immediate future with Betty, two best friends taking on NYU together. But then Betty drowns, and though her boyfriend, Calder, confesses to the crime, his confession being thrown out means no one has to pay. Fin can’t stand the injustice, and she returns to her Maine hometown of Williston for one last summer to get to the bottom of what really happened to Betty. It’s there that she meets Serena, the only person who seems to care as much as she does about Betty’s demise, and in her Fin finds not only a partner in her quest for the truth, but an irresistible attraction that quickly turns into an intense romance. But how well do they really know each other? Hell, in this town, in this noir, how much does anyone really know anyone? How well did Fin even really know Betty?
Rebels Like Us by Liz Reinhardt
B&N: When her mother’s tanking relationship sends the two of them fleeing Brooklyn for a new life in the small-town south, biracial city girl Agnes plans to stay quiet and escape as soon as she can. Her plan quickly goes awry, as she draws the eye of her new principal, the school’s queen bee…and popular Doyle, who’s soon serving as her unofficial guide. But there’s a more troubling side to her new life: a depth of racism she has never encountered, laid bare in a traffic stop and in her school’s tradition of holding two segregated proms. As Agnes helps plan an alterna-prom, she makes herself a target—and discovers the power of taking a stand.
Sad Perfect by Stephanie Elliot
B&N: Pea lives life under the power of avoidant/restrictive food disorder, which makes her relationship with eating one of anxiety and terrible dread. A supportive best friend and the interest of a good-hearted boy help her feel like she’s on a path toward wellness, but a dangerous decision—to go off her antidepressants—puts her on the path to a setback that threatens to drag her under. Pea’s painful, ultimately hopeful journey immediately draws readers in with its urgent, second-person narration.