YABC Staff's Current Reads ~ August 16th, 2017

Current-Reads

Hello YABC'ers!

Welcome to the newest 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 Assistant Blog Manager)

 

A Poison Dark and Drowning (Jessica Cluess)

Author: Jessica Cluess

Book: Hardcover, 432 pages

Expected publication: September 19th, 2017

Publisher: Random House BYR
 

The magicians want her to lead.
The sorcerers want her to lie.
The demons want her blood.
Henrietta wants to save the one she loves.
But will his dark magic be her undoing?

In this seductive and explosive second book in the Kingdom on Fire series, Jessica Cluess delivers her signature mix of magic, passion, and teen warriors fighting for survival. Hand to fans of Victoria Aveyard, Sarah J. Maas, and Kiersten White.

Henrietta doesn’t need a prophecy to know that she’s in danger. She came to London to be named the chosen one, the first female sorcerer in centuries, the one who would defeat the Ancients. Instead, she discovered a city ruled by secrets. And the biggest secret of all: Henrietta is not the chosen one.

Still, she must play the role in order to keep herself and Rook, her best friend and childhood love, safe. But can she truly save him? The poison in Rook’s system is transforming him into something monstrous as he begins to master dark powers of his own. So when Henrietta finds a clue to the Ancients’ past that could turn the tide of the war, she persuades Blackwood, the mysterious Earl of Sorrow-Fell, to travel up the coast to seek out strange new weapons. And Magnus, the brave, reckless flirt who wants to win back her favor, is assigned to their mission. Together, they will face monsters, meet powerful new allies, and uncover the most devastating weapon of all: the truth.

 

 

 

The Fire Queen (Emily R King)

Author: Emily R King

Book: Hardcover, 286 pages

Expected publication: September 26th 2017

Publisher: Skyscape Publishing
 

In the second book in The Hundredth Queen Series, Emily R. King once again follows a young warrior queen’s rise to meet her destiny in a richly imagined world of sorcery and forbidden powers.

Though the tyrant rajah she was forced to marry is dead, Kalinda’s troubles are far from over. A warlord has invaded the imperial city, and now she’s in exile. But she isn’t alone. Kalinda has the allegiance of Captain Deven Naik, her guard and beloved, imprisoned for treason and stripped of command. With the empire at war, their best hope is to find Prince Ashwin, the rajah’s son, who has promised Deven’s freedom on one condition: that Kalinda will fight and defeat three formidable opponents.

But as Kalinda’s tournament strengths are once again challenged, so too is her relationship with Deven. While Deven fears her powers, Ashwin reveres them—as well as the courageous woman who wields them. Kalinda comes to regard Ashwin as the only man who can repair a warring world and finds herself torn between her allegiance to Deven and a newly found respect for the young prince.

With both the responsibility to protect her people and the fate of those she loves weighing heavily upon her, Kalinda is forced again to compete. She must test the limits of her fire powers and her hard-won wisdom. But will that be enough to unite the empire without sacrificing all she holds dear?

 

 

 

 

*Bethany W's Current Reads*

(YABC Staff Reviewer)

 

The Great Wizard Wars (Christina Clarry)

Author: Christina Clarry

Book: Hardcover, 286 pages

Expected publication: January 28th, 2017

Publisher: Matador
 

A children's fantasy novel for ages 7 to 9+ years. A humorous tale of good against evil.
Thoroughly modern wizards and witches are living in a secretive community hidden from the world. Their lives are turned around when their old enemy, the not-so-good descendants of the first Great Wizard War, find them and launch an attack which breaks a centuries' old truce.
The evil Dark Army are hilariously backward and outrageous. They constantly battle for power amongst themselves.
A chivalrous Golden Army is raised to combat them.
Four young wizards and witches play a pivotal role in the outcome of the war. They are forced into an ironic showdown in the end.
Chases across the world, fascinating creatures and a comic zany snake are woven into the story. And the biggest characters of all are the amazing dragons and zilants that are drawn into the fight of their lives.

Suitable for children who can read and for adults who enjoy reading to their children.

 

 

 

*Joanne's Current Reads*

(YABC Staff Reviewer)

 

Refugee (Alan Gratz)

 

 Author: Alan Gratz

Book: Hardcover, 352 pages

Expected publication: July 25th, 2017

Publisher: Scholastic Press

 
JOSEF is a Jewish boy living in 1930s Nazi Germany. With the threat of concentration camps looming, he and his family board a ship bound for the other side of the world . . .

ISABEL is a Cuban girl in 1994. With riots and unrest plaguing her country, she and her family set out on a raft, hoping to find safety in America . . .

MAHMOUD is a Syrian boy in 2015. With his homeland torn apart by violence and destruction, he and his family begin a long trek toward Europe . . .

All three kids go on harrowing journeys in search of refuge. All will face unimaginable dangers -- from drownings to bombings to betrayals. But there is always the hope of tomorrow. And although Josef, Isabel, and Mahmoud are separated by continents and decades, their stories will tie together in the end.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

*CJ's Current Reads*

(YABC Blog Owner)

 

The Temptation Of Adam (Dave Connis)

 

Author: Dave Connis

Book: Hardcover, 224 pages

Expected publication: November 21st, 2017

Publisher: Sky Pony Press
 

Adam Hawthorne is fine.

Yeah, his mother left, his older sister went with her, and his dad would rather read Nicholas Sparks novels than talk to him. And yeah, he spends his nights watching self-curated porn video playlists.

But Adam is fine.

When a family friend discovers Adam’s porn addiction, he’s forced to join an addiction support group: the self-proclaimed Knights of Vice. He goes because he has to, but the honesty of the Knights starts to slip past his defenses. Combine that with his sister’s out-of-the-blue return and the attention of a girl he meets in an AA meeting, and all the work Adam has put into being fine begins to unravel.

Now Adam has to face the causes and effects of his addiction, before he loses his new friends, his prodigal sister, and his almost semi-sort-of girlfriend.

 
 
 
 
 

*Samantha's Current Reads*

(YABC Staff Reviewer)

 

Vicarious (Paula Stokes)

 

Author: Paula Stokes

Book: Hardcover, 336 pages

Expected publication: April 16th, 2016

Publisher: Tor

Winter Kim and her sister, Rose, work as high-tech stunt girls for Rose’s ex-boyfriend, Gideon, engaging in dangerous and enticing activities while recording their neural impulses for his Vicarious Sensory Experiences, or ViSEs. Whether it’s bungee jumping, shark diving, or grinding up against celebrities at the city’s hottest dance clubs, Gideon can make it happen for you—for a price.

When Rose disappears and a ViSE recording of her murder is delivered to Gideon, Winter is devastated. She won’t rest until she finds her sister’s killer. But when the clues she uncovers conflict with the digital recordings her sister made, Winter isn’t sure what to believe. To find out what happened to Rose, she’ll have to untangle what’s real from what only seems real, risking her life in the process.

 
 
 
 
Tiny Pretty Things (Sona Charapiotra & Dhonielle Clayton)
 
 
 

Author: Sona Charaipotra & Dhonielle Clayton

Book: Hardcover, 448 pages

Expected publication: May 26th, 2015

Publisher: Harper Teen

Gigi, Bette, and June, three top students at an exclusive Manhattan ballet school, have seen their fair share of drama. Free-spirited new girl Gigi just wants to dance—but the very act might kill her. Privileged New Yorker Bette's desire to escape the shadow of her ballet star sister brings out a dangerous edge in her. And perfectionist June needs to land a lead role this year or her controlling mother will put an end to her dancing dreams forever. When every dancer is both friend and foe, the girls will sacrifice, manipulate, and backstab to be the best of the best.

 
 
 
 
 

*Cody's Current Reads*

(YABC Staff Reviewer)

 

Invictus (Ryan Graudin)

 

Author: Ryan Graudin

Book: Hardcover, 464 pages

Expected publication: September 26th, 2016

Publisher: Little, Brown Books For Young Readers

 

Time flies when you're plundering history.

Farway Gaius McCarthy was born outside of time. The son of a time-traveling Recorder from 2354 AD and a gladiator living in Rome in 95 AD, Far's birth defies the laws of nature. Exploring history himself is all he's ever wanted, and after failing his final time-traveling exam, Far takes a position commanding a ship with a crew of his friends as part of a black market operation to steal valuables from the past. 

But during a heist on the sinking Titanic, Far meets a mysterious girl who always seems to be one step ahead of him. Armed with knowledge that will bring Far's very existence into question, she will lead Far and his team on a race through time to discover a frightening truth: History is not as steady as it seems.

In this heart-stopping adventure, Ryan Graudin has created a fast-paced world that defies time and space. 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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