YABC Staff's Current Reads ~ March 9th, 2020

Current-Reads

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 book or books you're reading as well!!

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Happy Reading!!

 

  

 

 

*Kim's Current Reads*

(YABC Staff Reviewer)

 

Bent Heavens (Daniel Kraus)

Author: Daniel Kraus

Expected publication: February 25th, 2020

Publisher: Henry Holt BYR

  

Liv Fleming's father went missing more than two years ago, not long after he claimed to have been abducted by aliens. Liv has long accepted that he's dead, though that doesn't mean she has given up their traditions. Every Sunday, she and her lifelong friend Doug Monk trudge through the woods to check the traps Lee left behind, traps he set to catch the aliens he so desperately believed were after him.

But Liv is done with childhood fantasies. Done pretending she believes her father's absurd theories. Done going through the motions for Doug's sake. However, on the very day she chooses to destroy the traps, she discovers in one of them a creature so inhuman it can only be one thing. In that moment, she's faced with a painful realization: her dad was telling the truth. And no one believed him.

Now, she and Doug have a choice to make. They can turn the alien over to the authorities...or they can take matters into their own hands.

 

 

 

*Beth's Current Reads*

(YABC Blog Manager)

 

The Rise Of The Magicks (Nora Roberts)

Author: Nora Roberts

Expected publication: November 26th, 2019

Publisher: St Martin's Press

 

The #1 New York Times bestselling author of Year One and Of Blood and Bone concludes her stunning trilogy that the New York Times Book Review praised as "A match for end-of-the-world classics like Stephen King's The Stand."

After the sickness known as the Doom destroyed civilization, magick has become commonplace, and Fallon Swift has spent her young years learning its ways. Fallon cannot live in peace until she frees those who have been preyed upon by the government or the fanatical Purity Warriors, endlessly hunted or locked up in laboratories, brutalized for years on end. She is determined to save even those who have been complicit with this evil out of fear or weakness—if, indeed, they can be saved.

Strengthened by the bond she shares with her fellow warrior, Duncan, Fallon has already succeeded in rescuing countless shifters and elves and ordinary humans. Now she must help them heal—and rediscover the light and faith within themselves. For although from the time of her birth, she has been The One, she is still only one. And as she faces down an old nemesis, sets her sights on the enemy’s stronghold, and pursues her destiny—to finally restore the mystical shield that once protected them all—she will need an army behind her…

 

 

 

*Caitlin's Current Reads*

(YABC Staff Reviewer)

 

Squad Goals (Jessica Bucher/M.F. Lorson)

Author: Jessica Bucher/M.F. Lorson

Expected publication: February 1st, 2020

 

Three laugh out loud romantic comedies to remind you that falling in love never goes the way you planned.

Hot by Halloween:

When her boyfriend shattered her universe last spring, Addy convinced herself that if only she were a little hotter, then she could have kept him. Which is why her senior year goal is to get revenge.

Step one: Join the swim team and get seriously fit. 
Step two: Find some gorgeous new arm candy to take to ex's big Halloween party and make him crazy with jealousy. 
Step three: Try not to fall super hard for said arm candy.

Nerdy by New Year:

Lucy and Simon used to be inseparable...until Lucy hopped on the popularity train by humiliating Simon in front of the whole school. Now, her senior year goal is to get him back by New Year's Eve.

Step one: Join his club and find a cause.

Step two: Prove to him she's more than a mean girl.

Step three: Earn his trust, and maybe his heart

Promised by Prom:

Nora has always been the odd duck in her squad of three--a trait that never bothered her before. But now that Lucy and Addy are going off to college and Nora is stuck in Delinki, she's ready to find her match. Which is why her senior year goal is to score a serious relationship by Prom.

Step one: Hit the dating scene.

Step two: Keep the loyal guy friend on the sidelines as an escape plan.

Step three: Do not get caught kissing the escape plan!

"This is the girl squad we all deserve and these are the squad goals we maybe shouldn't be making but probably do anyway... like getting hot for the wrong reasons or making an ex boyfriend jealous even though he's not worth our time or trying to fit into an elite clique despite our better judgment. These characters are relatable to the core and the lessons they learn from their crazy shenanigans are heartfelt and memorable. I loved these books and laughed out loud well into the night with each one. Bravo!" -Nina Walker, USA Today Bestselling Author

 

 

 

*Samantha's Current Reads*

(YABC Staff Reviewer)

 

Shadow Of The BatGirl (Sarah Kuhn/Nicole Goux)

Author: Sarah Kuhn/Nicole Goux

Expected publication: February 4th, 2020

Publisher: DC Comics

 

Cassandra Cain, teenage assassin, isn't exactly Batgirl material...not yet, at least. But when Batgirl goes missing from Gotham, can Cassandra defy her destiny and take on a heroic mantle of her very own?

Cassandra Cain is the daughter of super-villains and a living weapon trained from birth to be the ultimate assassin. But that doesn't mean she has to stay that way, right? She'll have to go through an identity crisis of epic proportions to find out. But how do you figure out who you're supposed to be when you've been trained to become a villain your entire life?

After a soul-shattering moment that sends Cass reeling, she'll attempt to answer this question the only way she knows how: learning everything she possibly can about her favorite hero--Batgirl. But Batgirl hasn't been seen in Gotham for years, and when Cass's father threatens the world she has grown to love, she'll have to step out of the shadows and overcome her greatest obstacle--that voice inside her head telling her she can never be a hero.

Sarah Kuhn, author of Heroine Complex and I Love You So Mochi, takes on her favorite hero of color for a new audience of readers. Featuring the edgy art style of Nicole Goux, Shadow of the Batgirl tells the harrowing story of a girl who overcomes the odds to find her unique identity.
 

 

  

 

 

*Stephanie's Current Reads*

(YABC Staff Reviewer)

 

Chain Of Gold (Cassandra Clare)

Author: Cassandra Clare

Expected publication: March 3rd, 2020

Publisher: Margaret K McElderry Books

 

Clark thought he knew what grief was. Addie thought she understood the dangers of the Tempest Sea.
They couldn’t have been more wrong.

When their only chance at survival lands them on opposite ends of an island that shouldn’t exist, they will both be forced to contend with the consequences of their latest mistakes – and each other’s.

Will they be able to keep the promises they made one another, even as loss and circumstance morphs them into the very people they never thought they would be? Or will their relationship be the next casualty in this never-ending battle?

 

 

 

 

*CJ's Current Reads*

(YABC Blog Owner)

 

Vanishing Deep (Astrid Scholte)

Author: Astrid Scholte

Expected publication: March 3rd, 2020

Publisher: G.P. Putnam BYR

Bestselling author Astrid Scholte, returns with a thrilling adventure in which the dead can be revived...for a price.

Seventeen-year-old Tempe was born into a world of water. When the Great Waves destroyed her planet, its people had to learn to survive living on the water, but the ruins of the cities below still called. Tempe dives daily, scavenging the ruins of a bygone era, searching for anything of value to trade for Notes. It isn't food or clothing that she wants to buy, but her dead sister's life. For a price, the research facility on the island of Palindromena will revive the dearly departed for twenty-four hours before returning them to death. It isn't a heartfelt reunion that Tempe is after; she wants answers. Elysea died keeping a terrible secret, one that has ignited an unquenchable fury in Tempe: Her beloved sister was responsible for the death of their parents. Tempe wants to know why.

But once revived, Elysea has other plans. She doesn't want to spend her last day in a cold room accounting for a crime she insists she didn't commit. Elysea wants her freedom and one final glimpse at the life that was stolen from her. She persuades Tempe to break her out of the facility, and they embark on a dangerous journey to discover the truth about their parents' death and mend their broken bond. But they're pursued every step of the way by two Palindromena employees desperate to find them before Elysea's time is up--and before the secret behind the revival process and the true cost of restored life is revealed.

 

 

 

 

*Olivia's Current Reads*

(YABC Staff Reviewer)

 

Defy The Sun (Jessika Fleck)

Author: Jessika Fleck

Expected publication: March 10th, 2020

Publisher: Swoon Reads

 

Civil war has come to the island of Bellona. Veda Adeline believes in the Night. She’s joined the underground revolutionaries, led by Dorian Winters, and they're determined to overthrow the ruling Imperi and find justice for her people.

Nico Denali, Veda’s childhood friend and maybe-something-more, is one of those ruling Imperi, and he’s just been named heir to the most powerful man above ground.

As the war intensifies, Veda and Nico are leveraged against each other: Veda is above as a hostage of the Imperi and Nico is below, taken by the Night. There's no way Dorian is letting such a valuable hostage go.

The island will burn unless Veda and Nico can come together to rip everything apart. But Nico and Dorian will never trust each other, and Veda's heart might be the biggest casualty.

The stakes are all or nothing in this second and final book in the BEWARE THE NIGHT duology.
 

 

 

 

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