There are quite a few great new releases this week. Check them out.
Little & Lion by Brandy Colbert
When Suzette comes home to Los Angeles from her boarding school in
New England, she isn’t sure if she’ll ever want to go back. L.A. is
where her friends and family are (along with her crush, Emil). And her
stepbrother, Lionel, who has been diagnosed with bipolar disorder, needs
her emotional support.
But as she settles into her old life, Suzette finds herself falling
for someone new…the same girl her brother is in love with. When Lionel’s
disorder spirals out of control, Suzette is forced to confront her past
mistakes and find a way to help her brother before he hurts himself–or
The Epic Crush of Genie Lo by F.C. Yee
The struggle to get into a top-tier college consumes sixteen-year-old
Genie Lo’s every waking thought. But when her sleepy Bay Area town
comes under siege from hell-spawn straight out of Chinese folklore, her
priorities are suddenly and forcefully rearranged.
Her only guide to the demonic chaos breaking out around her is
Quentin Sun, a beguiling, maddening new transfer student from overseas.
Quentin assures Genie she is strong enough to fight these monsters, for
she unknowingly harbors an inner power that can level the very gates of
Genie will have to dig deep within herself to summon the otherworldly
strength that Quentin keeps talking about. But as she does, she finds
the secret of her true nature is entwined with his, in a way she could
never have imagined…
The Authentics by Abdi Nazemian
Balzer + Bray
The Authentics is a fresh, funny, and insightful novel about culture, love, and family—the kind we are born into and the ones we create.
Daria Esfandyar is Iranian-American and proud of her heritage, unlike
some of the “Nose Jobs” in the clique led by her former best friend,
Heidi Javadi. Daria and her friends call themselves the Authentics,
because they pride themselves on always keeping it real.
But in the course of researching a school project, Daria learns
something shocking about her past, which launches her on a journey of
self-discovery. It seems everyone is keeping secrets. And it’s getting
harder to know who she even is any longer.
With infighting among the Authentics, her mother planning an
over-the-top sweet sixteen party, and a romance that should be totally
off limits, Daria doesn’t have time for this identity crisis. As
everything in her life is spinning out of control—can she figure out how
to stay true to herself?
The Hearts We Sold by Emily Lloyd-Jones
Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
When Dee Moreno makes a deal with a demon—her heart in exchange for
an escape from a disastrous home life—she finds the trade may have been
more than she bargained for. And becoming “heartless” is only the
beginning. What lies ahead is a nightmare far bigger, far more monstrous
than anything she could have ever imagined.
With reality turned on its head, Dee has only a group of other
deal-making teens to keep her grounded, including the charming but
secretive James Lancer. And as something grows between them amid an
otherworldy ordeal, Dee begins to wonder: Can she give someone her heart
when it’s no longer hers to give?