YABC Staff's Current Reads ~ May 20th, 2019

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Hello YABC'ers!

Welcome to the weekly post by the Staff at YA Books Central called Current Reads Monday!

We love everything bookish and just wanted to share with our readers what books we are currently reading and

obsessing about! So check out what books the YABC Staff are currently reading below and comment to let us

know what your book or books your reading as well!!

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Happy Reading!!

 

 

 

 

 

*Beth's Current Reads*

(YABC Blog Manager)

 

Before The Broken Star (Emily R King)

 
Author: Emily King

Expected publication: June 1st, 2019

 Publisher: Skyscape Publishing

 

A fierce young female adventurer battles time itself to claim her destiny in a sweeping new fantasy saga from the author of the Hundredth Queen series.

Everley Donovan is living on borrowed time. The lone survivor of her family’s unexplained assassination, she was saved by an ingeniously crafted clockwork heart. But the time she was given won’t last forever. Now, every tick-tock reminds her how fragile her existence is and hastens her quest to expose Killian Markham, the navy admiral who shattered her world and left her for dead. But Everley’s hunt for justice will be a long and hard-won voyage.

Her journey takes her to a penal colony on a cursed isle, where she will be married off and charged to build the new world. It is here, and beyond, that hidden realms hide, treasures are unearthed, her family secrets are buried, and young love will test the strength of her makeshift heart. When Everley discovers Markham may not be who he seems, her pursuit for truth is bound to his redemption, her tragic history, and her astonishing destiny.
 

 

 

 

 

*Caitlin's Current Reads*

(YABC Staff Reviewer)

 

North To Nara (Amanda Marin)

Author: Amanda Marin

Expected publication: March 20th, 2018

 Publisher: Inkspell Publishing

 

Neve Hall has always admired the good works of the civil servants who brought prosperity back to the Nation. She especially respects the Sufferers—empaths who, with the help of technology, anonymously bear others’ troubles for them. But when her assigned empath is abruptly retired, she uncovers certain secrets. Like the identity of her new Sufferer, Micah Ward... and the fact that behind his kind smile is a life filled with loneliness and pain.

The closer Neve grows to Micah, the more desperate she becomes to protect him from a cruel and gruesome fate. But in a world where only a few are allowed the luxury of love, saving Micah comes with a price: Neve must choose between her loyalty to the Nation or her heart—a decision that will take them both on a race for their freedom, and their lives.

 

 

 

*Olivia' s Current Reads*

(YABC Staff Reviewer)

 

Shadowfrost (CoCo Ma)

Author: CoCo Ma
Expected publication: October 1st, 2019

 Publisher: Blackstone Publishing

 

IN THE KINGDOM OF AXARIA, a darkness rises.

Some call it a monster, laying waste to the villagers and their homes. 
Some say it is an invulnerable demon summoned from the deepest abysses of the Immortal Realm. 
Many soldiers from the royal guard are sent out to hunt it down.

Not one has ever returned. 


When Asterin Faelenhart, Princess of Axaria and heir to the throne, discovers that she may hold the key to defeating the mysterious demon terrorizing her kingdom, she vows not to rest until the beast is slain. With the help of her friends and the powers she wields—though has yet to fully understand—Asterin sets out to complete a single task. The task that countless, trained soldiers have failed. 

To kill it. 

But as they hunt for the demon, they unearth a plot to assassinate the Princess herself instead. Asterin and her friends begin to wonder how much of their lives have been lies, especially when they realize that the center of the web of deceit might very well be themselves. With no one else to turn to, they are forced to decide just how much they are willing to sacrifice to protect the only world they have ever known. 

That is… if the demon doesn’t get to them first.
 

 

 

 

*Libby's Current Reads*

(YABC Staff Reviewer)

 

The Last Of August (Brittany Cavallaro)

Author: Brittany Cavallaro
Expected publication: February 14th, 2017

  Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books

 

Watson and Holmes: A match made in disaster.

Jamie Watson and Charlotte Holmes are looking for a winter-break reprieve after a fall semester that almost got them killed. But Charlotte isn’t the only Holmes with secrets, and the mood at her family’s Sussex estate is palpably tense. On top of everything else, Holmes and Watson could be becoming morethan friends—but still, the darkness in Charlotte’s past is a wall between them.

A distraction arises soon enough, because Charlotte’s beloved uncle Leander goes missing from the estate—after being oddly private about his latest assignment in a German art forgery ring. The game is afoot once again, and Charlotte is single-minded in her pursuit.

Their first stop? Berlin. Their first contact? August Moriarty (formerly Charlotte’s obsession, currently believed by most to be dead), whose powerful family has been ripping off famous paintings for the last hundred years. But as they follow the gritty underground scene in Berlin to glittering art houses in Prague, Holmes and Watson begin to realize that this is a much more complicated case than a disappearance. Much more dangerous, too.

What they learn might change everything they know about their families, themselves, and each other.
 

 

 

 

 

 

*Bethany W's Current Reads*

(YABC Staff Reviewer)

 

Frogkisser (Garth Nix)

 
Author: Garth Nix
Expected publication: February 28th, 2017

Publisher: Scholastic

 

The last thing she needs is a prince. The first thing she needs is some magic.

Poor Princess Anya. Forced to live with her evil stepmother’s new husband, her evil stepstepfather. Plagued with an unfortunate ability to break curses with a magic-assisted kiss. And forced to go on the run when her stepstepfather decides to make the kingdom entirely his own.

Aided by a loyal talking dog, a boy thief trapped in the body of a newt, and some extraordinarily mischievous wizards, Anya sets off on a Quest that, if she plays it right, will ultimately free her land—and teach her a thing or two about the use of power, the effectiveness of a well-placed pucker, and the finding of friends in places both high and low.

 

 

 

 

*Lillian's Current Reads*

(YABC Staff Reviewer)

 

Never Fade (Alexandra Bracken)

Author: Alexandra Bracken
Expected Publication: October 15th, 2013
 
Publisher: Disney-Hyperion
 
Ruby never asked for the abilities that almost cost her her life. Now she must call upon them on a daily basis, leading dangerous missions to bring down a corrupt government and breaking into the minds of her enemies. Other kids in the Children’s League call Ruby “Leader”, but she knows what she really is: a monster. 

When Ruby is entrusted with an explosive secret, she must embark on her most dangerous mission yet: leaving the Children’s League behind. Crucial information about the disease that killed most of America’s children—and turned Ruby and the others who lived into feared and hated outcasts—has survived every attempt to destroy it. But the truth is only saved in one place: a flashdrive in the hands of Liam Stewart, the boy Ruby once believed was her future—and who now wouldn’t recognize her. 

As Ruby sets out across a desperate, lawless country to find Liam—and answers about the catastrophe that has ripped both her life and America apart—she is torn between old friends and the promise she made to serve the League. Ruby will do anything to protect the people she loves. But what if winning the war means losing herself?

 

 

 

*Robin's Current Reads*

(YABC Staff Reviewer)

 

The N Word (Michelle MacQueen/Ann Maree Craven)

 
Author: Michelle MacQueen/Ann Maree Craven

 

One party. One accident
Six lives changed forever

Nari Won Song isn’t the girl anyone expects her to be. To her classmates she’s the nerd.

To her parents, she is the quiet daughter who always does as she’s told.

And the popular boy next door? The one who was once her best friend. Well, to him she doesn’t exist at all.

Yet, the weekends are her saviors. Only then does she step from the shadows to show who she’s become since the accident that changed all of them forever.

And who is she? A rock star.



Avery St. Germaine is one of the pretty people. The golden elite of Twin Rivers High. As the talented son of NFL Hall of Famer, Grayson St. Germaine, the world is Avery’s oyster.

And he doesn’t want any part of it.

Avery’s best friend died in a tragic accident almost two years ago, and since then, Avery has avoided everything from his old life. But recent events have him emerging from the fog of his mourning, and he isn’t proud of the person he’s become.

Breaking up with Meghan Lewis is the best decision he’s made in a long time, but in the aftermath, Avery has become her pathetic cast off, and he’s determined to show her and everyone else he’s a better man without her. But Avery’s not ready for a real relationship. 

Can he convince the girl next door to be his fake girlfriend?

 

 

 

 

 

*Stephanie's Current Reads*

(YABC Staff Reviewer)

 

Catching Ivy (Eliza Tilton)

 
Author: Eliza Tilton
Expected publication: November 7th, 2018

Publisher: Blaze Publishing

 

Total Recall meets Inception in this Science Fiction Romance where dreams and technology collide. 

Damion Scole has an obsession and it's one that just might get him killed. 

He spends his free time hooking into VRR's: Virtual Reality Reads which replaced e-readers almost thirty years ago. 

When his connection sells him a new vid, Damion slips into the virtual world and watches a grim scene unfold. The main character is running for her life: a girl with bright blonde hair, deep amber eyes, and a mission to take down the biggest biotech company in the world.

After a fire in the book makes the news headlines the next morning, he realizes something is very wrong. Convinced what he's watching is in real time, and the mysterious girl is in real peril, he begins a desperate search through the city to find her.

What he discovers will force him to leave his virtual world of safety to save his real one.

 

 

 

 

 

*Karen's Current Reads*

(YABC Staff Reviewer)

 

The Wise and The Wicked (Rebecca Podos)

 
Author: Peter Brown
Expected publication: May 28th, 2018

 Publisher: Balzer + Bray

Ruby Chernyavsky has been told the stories since she was a child: The women in her family, once possessed of great magical abilities to remake lives and stave off death itself, were forced to flee their Russian home for America in order to escape the fearful men who sought to destroy them. Such has it always been, Ruby’s been told, for powerful women. Today, these stories seem no more real to Ruby than folktales, except for the smallest bit of power left in their blood: when each of them comes of age, she will have a vision of who she will be when she dies—a destiny as inescapable as it is inevitable. Ruby is no exception, and neither is her mother, although she ran from her fate years ago, abandoning Ruby and her sisters. It’s a fool’s errand, because they all know the truth: there is no escaping one’s Time.

Until Ruby’s great-aunt Polina passes away, and, for the first time, a Chernyavsky’s death does not match her vision. Suddenly, things Ruby never thought she’d be allowed to hope for—life, love, time—seem possible. But as she and her cousin Cece begin to dig into the family’s history to find out whether they, too, can change their fates, they learn that nothing comes without a cost. Especially not hope.
 

 

 

 

 

 

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