What's Hot in KU

What's Hot in KU

 

Welcome to YA Books Central's "What's Hot in KU" post. This weekly event will highlight what's hot, new and exciting in the Amazon Kindle Unlimited Library.

Amazon's Kindle Unlimited subscription is a great way to enjoy unlimited reading on a tight budget. With over a million titles and counting, we thought a spotlight on our favorite KU hits was our logical next step in sharing the book love. Check us out on Thursdays.

Don't miss out on these fantastic reads, available in the Kindle Unlimited libraryand for purchase on Amazon.com

 

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Many of our staff here at YABC are also incredibly talented authors

Check out some of their works available in the KU Library

 

 

 

Emerge: The Awakening

By Melissa A. Craven, YABC Indie Manager & Staff Reviewer

Allie Carmichael has always believed life is simple.

You're born. You live. You die.

She has no cause to believe those rules don't apply to her.

All her life, Allie has suffered in silence as those around her shrink from her touch, too intimidated to take the time to get to know her. It's left her feeling like an outcast for fifteen years.

When an unexpected move to Kelleys Island brings Aidan McBrien crashing into her life, Allie is thrown by his reaction. He isn't affected by her touch. He doesn't stutter or make a quick exit. He smiles and welcomes her into his circle of friends.

For the first time ever, Allie knows what true friendship means. Finally, she has a real shot at normal--until "normal" crashes and burns when she wakes in agony on her sixteenth birthday. Aidan calls it her Awakening, a rite of passages he and their friends have all faced. Allie struggles in ignorance through the experience, uncertain of what is real and what isn't. When she emerges, she is different. She has always been different, but even among her extraordinary friends, she and Aidan are special.

As Allie struggles to maintain her tenuous grasp on the power that threatens to overwhelm her, she worries she will lose herself in this strange new world of ancient Immortal beings. A dangerous world where she will have to fight tooth and nail to defend the power and freedom that is her birthright.

Start Reading Emerge: The Awakening

 

 

 

 

We Thought We Were Invincible

by Michelle Lynn, YABC Assistant Indie Manager & Staff Reviewer

California "Callie" McCoy feels most alive when her feet are planted firmly on her surfboard on a big swell. And one day, she dreams of riding that wave out of her small town. Away from everyone.

Her plan is simple: graduate high school. With Callie's best friend gone away to college, she plans on spending her senior year skating by. She isn't looking for friends, and especially not for love - all she needs are her waves and her twin brother. Even if he comes with an annoying best friend, Jamie Daniels, who she can't stand.

Jamie is a care-free, easy-going surfer who has everything. On the surface, his life appears perfect, but reality is far from it. He has his share of secrets, including one that burns deeper than any other. It's a good thing Callie hates him because if she didn't, Jamie knows there's no way he'd be able to stay away.

And then, one night, everything changes. And nothing will ever be the same.

Start Reading We Thought Were Invincible

 

 

 

 

The Retreat (The After Trilogy Book 1)

by Kelly St. Clare, YABC Staff Reviewer

Keepers of Earth.

One hundred and fifty years ago, global warming brought humankind to the edge of extinction. In a desperate bid for survival, four thousand genetically enhanced soldiers--the last slice of humanity--were sent to eight space stations.

To serve. To protect.

Then the Critamal arrived, uninvited. Waves of aliens now work to break through the Orbitos' defences, the black-shelled creatures seeking to colonise the vacated and barren world.

War is their reality.

All Romy can do is fight alongside her knot and watch from the mocking midst of the stars as Earth rises and falls in the distance. She dreams of a different life--one free from the mark of death and the never-ending touch of loss. Be careful what you wish for. . . . 

When a technical glitch during battle leaves Romy and the four other members of Knot 27 hurtling through orbit towards Planet Earth, Romy knows they are dead one way or another. 

If the crash doesn't kill them, post-global warming conditions will.

Yet days pass as Romy wanders injured and aimless through the bush. Alone. Every second, every day she continues to breathe disputes what they have been told.

As Romy desperately searches for her knot, she comes across a grey-eyed man--a mysterious and close-lipped presence she is not certain she can trust. Especially when he shouldn't even exist.

Secrets are unmasked. 

A different version of Earth bursts to the surface. 

Will Romy survive the betrayal and lies threatening to shatter her mind like glass? 

Earth was ruined. Humankind destroyed. Or so they were told. . . . 

Start Reading The Retreat 

 

 

 

 

 

One Wish Away (Djinn Empire Book 1)

by Ingrid Seymour ,YABC Staff Reviewer

Sophomore year starts off on a positive note, with Margot Maples enjoying a circle of new friends, an influx of confidence, and the attention of the oh-so-cute new basketball player, Kirk. But she quickly finds herself stuck in a rut, battling mean girls, and getting caught up in Kirk's past. Margot's friendships, heartaches, and presidential campaign lead her on a path to self-discovery, making sophomore year one to remember.

Come along on Margot's journey in this sequel to Freshman Fourteen that has new faces, backroom politics, and a few twists and turns along the way.

Start Reading One Wish Away

 

 

 

 

Sweet Fifteen

by Beth Rodgers, YABC Staff Reviewer

Sophomore year starts off on a positive note, with Margot Maples enjoying a circle of new friends, an influx of confidence, and the attention of the oh-so-cute new basketball player, Kirk. But she quickly finds herself stuck in a rut, battling mean girls, and getting caught up in Kirk's past. Margot's friendships, heartaches, and presidential campaign lead her on a path to self-discovery, making sophomore year one to remember.

Come along on Margot's journey in this sequel to Freshman Fourteen that has new faces, backroom politics, and a few twists and turns along the way.

Start Reading Sweet Fifteen

 

 

 

 

 

Unexpected Alpha (Aluna Series Book 1)

By Bethany Wicker, YABC Staff Reviewer

Female Alphas are unheard of in werewolf society, and the Sapphire Pack is no different. So when Lena’s father dies, no one is more shocked than she to discover that his Alpha powers have transferred to her. Lena has her hands full protecting her pack from hunters and rogue wolves, while simultaneously facing prejudices and power-hungry males who want to mate with her just to steal her title.

But when the uber-sexy Kane enters the picture, Lena gets a lot more than she bargained for. He irritates her to no end, while giving her butterflies at the same time. With his interference and her new-found power bubbling under her skin, something inside her changes, leaving her confused as to what she truly is. She soon discovers that searching for answers is most difficult when the last person she can trust is the only one who has them.

Start Reading Unexpected Alpha

 

 

 

 

Joshua’s Island

by Patrick Hodges, YABC Staff Reviewer

Joshua is small for his age. Bullied relentlessly for years, all his friends have drifted away from him. Eve is a pretty girl who has just entered the popular clique. The two could not be more different.

As they begin their final year of middle school, the unlikely pair find themselves partners in Science class. At first reluctant to work with him, Eve soon discovers hidden truths about not only Joshua but their school that turn her world upside-down.

The two form a relationship that will teach them both the true meaning of friendship, loyalty, and love... a relationship that will end up changing not only their lives, but the complexion of their entire school.

Start Reading Joshua's Island

 

 

 

 

 

The Clay Lion (The Clay Lion Series Book 1)

by Amalie Jahn, YABC Staff Reviewer

What if you could go back in time to save the person you love the most? 

The rules are simple. If you want to travel back in time, you need to be at least eighteen years old. You can only travel within your own lifespan for a maximum of six months. And above all else, you must never, ever, change the past. 

But that's exactly what Brooke Wallace plans to do. 

As Brooke faces existence without her beloved brother, his life cut short by a rare disease, she can think of only one solution - travel back in time to prevent his death. However, her attempts at fixing the past challenge her to confront everything she believes to be true about herself. And ultimately, she is forced to discover whether or not we can ever truly be in charge of our own destiny.

Start Reading The Clay Lion

 

 

 

 

Fantasy of Frost (The Tainted Accords Book 1)

by Kelly St Clare  YABC Staff Reviewer

I know many things. What I am capable of, what I will change, what I will become. But there is one thing I will never know…

The veil I’ve worn from birth carries with it a terrible loneliness; a suppression I cannot imagine ever being free of.

Some things never change…

My mother will always hate me. Her court will always shun me.

…Until they do.

When the peace delegation arrives from the savage world of Glacium, my life is shoved wildly out of control by the handsome Prince Kedrick who, for unfathomable reasons, shows me kindness.

And the harshest lessons are learned.

Sometimes it takes the world bringing you to your knees to find that spark you thought forever lost.

Sometimes it takes death to show you how to live.

Start Reading Fantasy of Frost 

 

 

 

 

Choices (New Beginnings Book 1)

by Michelle Lynn, YABC Assistant Indie Manager & Staff Reviewer

Michaela Matthews wants nothing more than to be happy.

In her way is a family pushing her down a specific path, and the man she loves who doesn't allow her to choose anything different. When she moves to the city for the next step in her parents' plan, she begins to figure out what she wants - or more importantly, what she doesn’t want.

Jason Marks has had the life where things just seem to happen for him, and he struggles to keep his past at bay while he moves forward. He is no longer the unwanted foster kid; he is a business owner, surrounded by people who love him. But he isn’t in love, and doesn't believe in it.

At least not until a heartbroken girl falls apart in his arms. But is it enough to make him give all of himself to someone who might not choose him in return?

Start Reading Choices 

 

 

 

 

 

Emerge: The Judgment (Emerge book 2)

By Melissa A. Craven, YABC Indie Manager & Staff Reviewer

The Prophecy's about you, Red...

Allie Carmichael has so many secrets, she doesn't know which way is up anymore. After dropping a huge bombshell and then leaving her in limbo all summer, Greggory McBrien still hasn't answered the questions that have haunted her for months. The knowledge that her life was built on a foundation of lies and deception has left Allie an angry, twisted mess of emotions. She still feels overwhelmed with guilt for her mistakes that left her scarred for life and Quinn, one of her closest friends, a captive of the Coalition. 

When she returns to school and her normal routine, Allie finds herself constantly dancing on the edge of losing control of her power, too afraid and too angry to confide in anyone––even her handsome and broody best friend, Aidan. 

A chance encounter at the Immortal club, Amrita, gives Allie and her friends the opportunity to aid in the search for Quinn. If they have any hope of ever bringing him home safely, they'll have to act quickly. 

As Allie continues to struggle with the nightmares that only Aidan can keep at bay, she vows to face them on her own. But she doesn't understand what her clairvoyant gift is trying to tell her. Just when she begins to put the pieces together, she fears it might be too late––and this time the price for her mistakes will be much too high. 

Last time she was afraid. This time she is angry. 

Start Reading Emerge: The Judgment 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ignite the Shadows (Ignite the Shadows, Book 1)

by Ingrid Seymour ,YABC Staff Reviewer

Sixteen-year-old Marci Guerrero is one of the best teen hackers in Seattle. However, she’d give up all her talents to know she isn’t crazy.

Marci feels possessed by shadowy spectres that take control of her body and make her do crazy things. While spying on the clandestine group known as IgNiTe, she is confronted by their mysterious leader, James McCray. His presence stirs the spectres inside her brain into a maddening frenzy. Her symptoms and ability to control them don’t go unnoticed by James, who soon recruits her. As IgNiTe reveals its secrets, Marci starts to realise that half the world’s population is infected with sentient parasites, which are attacking and eventually supplanting the human brain.

Now Marci wishes she was crazy, because this truth is far worse . . .

Start Reading Ignite the Shadows 

 

 

 

 

 

Aluna (Aluna Series Book 2)

by Bethany Wicker, YABC Staff Reviewer

Desperate to find out what she is and where she belongs in the werewolf society, Lena seeks out Dash—the only other werewolf of her kind. But Dash is reluctant to give up any information.

Along with her newly founded comrade, Stark, Lena must uncover what Dash is hiding. But she learns that sometimes the truth only leads to more trouble.

Wanting to get back to her pack and Kane, her mate, Lena struggles to find how to break away from the mess she’s gotten herself into. But when old enemies come back into the picture, things take a turn for the worst.

Start Reading Aluna (Aluna Book 2) 

 

 

 

 

 

Among the Shrouded (The Sevens Prophecy Book 1)

by Amalie Jahn, YABC Staff Reviewer

From the author of the award-winning Clay Lion trilogy comes a new, darker paranormal series...

What if a group of psychic strangers came together to save the world? 

Mia, Thomas, and Kate have paranormal abilities. 

And a common destiny. 

They just don't know it yet. 

Mia Rosetti is used to being different, especially since she can tell if people are good or evil just by looking at their auras. 

But when a mysterious (and handsome) stranger walks into her life without one, she starts questioning her power and begins a search to find the true purpose of her gift. 

What she doesn't know is that aura-less Thomas harbors secrets of his own - an abusive past and the ability to avoid danger. 

Halfway around the world, Kate uses a form of telepathy to provide for her sisters and is excited by the prospect of going to the United States to secure their financial independence.
None are aware of the ancient prophesy foretelling the birth of seven psychics destine to change the world. Among the Shrouded follows Mia, Thomas and Kate, three unsuspecting strangers whose lives intertwine to reveal the significance of their gifts and the greater purpose of their collective lives. 

Start Reading Among the Shrouded

 

 

 

 

 

Pawns (The Wielders of Arantha Book 1)  

by Patrick Hodges, YABC Staff Reviewer

Seven hundred years in the future, the Jegg – a powerful alien race – invade Earth, wiping out half of the Terran Confederation.

In a hidden base under the Sahara Desert, a team of scientists works to mount a resistance against the invaders. Their plan is to fit an Earth ship with Jegg folding-space technology, and travel to the other side of the galaxy to find a mysterious energy source… one that could help them defeat the Jegg.

But just before departure, catastrophe strikes. Only two of the crew survive and make it to their destination: the team leader's wife Maeve, and her teenage son Davin. What they find on the distant planet will forever change both the future of their family and their planet, as they enter a race against time... and against impossible odds.

Start Reading Pawns 

 

 

 

 

 

Freshman Fourteen

by Beth Rodgers, YABC Staff Reviewer

Navigating the halls of Kipperton High should be easy for someone like Margot Maples. She's smart, sweet, and ready to start fresh. But with her best friend moved away, she's stuck wondering just how to fit in. Making her transition more difficult is Max, who always knows how to push her buttons, Walter, her geeky suitor, Cassie, the girl who seemingly has it all, and Peter, her first true crush. So, life doesn't go just the way she hopes. Join Margot on a journey through the beginning of ninth grade – a time when your reputation is determined by the most trivial of matters, including where you eat, how many friends you have, and – most notably – who you kiss.

Start Reading Freshman Fourteen

 

 

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