YABC Staff's Current Reads ~ September 27, 2020

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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 book or books you're reading as well!!

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Happy Reading!!

 

 

*Kim's Current Read*

(Staff Reviewer)

Vampires Never Get Old: Tales with Fresh Bite

Author: Various

Publication Date: September 22, 2020

Publisher: Imprint

Eleven fresh vampire stories from young adult fiction’s leading voices!

In this delicious new collection, you’ll find stories about lurking vampires of social media, rebellious vampires hungry for more than just blood, eager vampires coming out―and going out for their first kill―and other bold, breathtaking, dangerous, dreamy, eerie, iconic, powerful creatures of the night.

Welcome to the evolution of the vampire―and a revolution on the page.

Vampires Never Get Old includes stories by authors both bestselling and acclaimed, including Samira Ahmed, Dhonielle Clayton, Zoraida Córdova and Natalie C. Parker, Tessa Gratton, Heidi Heilig, Julie Murphy, Mark Oshiro, Rebecca Roanhorse, Laura Ruby, Victoria “V. E.” Schwab, and Kayla Whaley.

 

 

*Stephanie's Current Read*

(Staff Reviewer)

Forget Me Not (Anca Antoci)

Author: Anca Antoci

Publication Date: January 31, 2020

Publisher: Independent

Deceiving the vampire that saved her could get her killed, but it's a risk she's willing to take.

When tragedy strikes, Rae makes a terrible choice and struggles with the aftermath. Lost in the wilderness of the Tongass rainforest, Rae discovers a secret race, the chimera who follow a strict code.

To survive, Rae must comply with Ari, her reluctant hero, and allow him to wipe away any memory of this realm. If this fails, the council will send hellhounds to finish the job.

Once she finds out that her nightmares are in fact snippets from the future and that magic runs in her blood, Rae can no longer accept her fate. To pull off her escape plan she had to deceive the one who saved her.

Once her plan is set in motion there is no going back and her chances to pull through are slim to none. 

 

 

*Olivia's Current Read*

(Staff Reviewer)

Fence: Striking Distance (Sarah Rees Brennan)

Author: Sarah Rees Brennan

Anticipated Publication Date: September 29, 2020

Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

The boys of Kings Row bout with drama, rivalry, and romance in this original YA novel by The New York Times bestselling author Sarah Rees Brennan--inspired by the award-nominated comic series by C.S. Pacat and Johanna The Mad.

Sixteen-year-old Nicholas Cox is the illegitimate son of a retired fencing champion who dreams of getting the proper training he could never afford. After earning a place on the elite Kings Row fencing team, Nicholas must prove himself to his rival, Seiji Katayma, and navigate the clashes, friendships, and relationships between his teammates on the road to state championships--where Nicholas might finally have the chance to spar with his golden-boy half-brother.

Coach Williams decides to take advantage of the boys' morale after a recent victory and assigns them a course of team building exercises to further deepen their bonds. It takes a shoplifting scandal, a couple of moonlit forest strolls, several hilariously bad dates, and a whole lot of introspection for the team to realize they are stronger together than they could ever be apart.

The first installment of this enticing original YA novel series by Sarah Rees Brennan, rich with casual diversity and queer self-discovery, explores never-before-seen drama inspired by C.S. Pacat's critically acclaimed Fence comic series and boasts original cover and interior art by Johanna The Mad.

 

 

 *Samantha's Current Read*

(Staff Reviewer)

Like Spilled Water (Jennie Liu)

Authors: Jennie Liu

Anticipated Publication Date: September 1, 2020

Publisher: Carolrhoda Lab

Nineteen-year-old Na has always lived in the shadow of her younger brother, Bao-bao, her parents' cherished son. Years ago, Na's parents left her in the countryside and went to work in the city, bringing Bao-bao along and committing everything to his education.

But when Bao-bao dies suddenly, Na realizes how little she knew him. Did he really kill himself because of a low score on China's all-important college entrance exam? Na learns that Bao-bao had many secrets and that his death may not be what it seems.

 

 

*Lillian's Current Read*

(Staff Reviewer)

The Code for Love and Heartbreak (Jillian Cantor)

Author: Jillian Cantor

Publication Date: October 6, 2020

Publisher: Inkyard Press

In this contemporary romcom retelling of Jane Austen’s Emma by USA TODAY bestselling author Jillian Cantor, there’s nothing more complex—or unpredictable—than love.

When math genius Emma and her coding club co-president, George, are tasked with brainstorming a new project, The Code for Love is born.

George disapproves of Emma’s idea of creating a matchmaking app, accusing her of meddling in people’s lives. But all the happy new couples at school are proof that the app works. At least at first.

Emma’s code is flawless. So why is it that perfectly matched couples start breaking up, the wrong people keep falling for each other, and Emma’s own feelings defy any algorithm?

  

 

*CJ's Current Read*

(Site Manager)

The Beckoning Shadow (Katharyn Blair)

Author: Jillian Cantor

Publication Date: August 18, 2020

Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books

From debut author Katharyn Blair comes a heart-stopping fantasy novel, perfect for fans of Cassandra Clare and The Young Elites, about a teenage runaway who enters a dangerous tournament with an impossible prize.

Vesper Montgomery can summon your worst fear and turn it into a reality—but she’s learned the hard way that it’s an addicting and dangerous power. One wrong move and you could hurt someone you love.

But when she earns a spot in the Tournament of the Unraveling, where competitors battle it out for a chance to rewrite the past, Vesper finally has a shot to reverse the mistakes that have changed her forever.

She turns to Sam Hardy, a former MMA fighter who’s also carrying a tragedy he desperately wants to undo. However, helping heal Sam’s heart will mean breaking her own, and the competition forces her to master her powers—powers she has been terrified of since they destroyed her life.

 

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