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New Book Releases July 2016

New Book Releases for July 2016

Looking for some new books to add to your to-be-read list this month? July 2016 has a number of exciting books due for release. Here are the ones I’ve got my eye on. Click on the covers for full reviews.

Adult Fiction

Clear To LiftClear To Lift  – Anne A Wilson – Forge Books – Published 12 July 2016

Set amongst the beautiful Sierra Nevada landscape, Clear To Lift is a compelling story of adventure, love, family and self-discovery. The tension, both romantic and life-and-death-danger, leaps off the page, drawing you into this epic story. It is unforgettable, addictive and just so much fun! Very, very highly recommended, this book is my top pick for July 2016. 

Adult fiction: Adventure, contemporary.


Young Adult Fiction

Defending TaylorDefending Taylor – Miranda Kenneally – Sourcebooks Fire – Published 5 July 2016

Taylor has sworn off boys after taking the fall for her boyfriend. But she never could have predicted just how big the fallout was going to be. Expelled from school, dumped from her soccer team, and the reason her father has dropped in polls during the key time in his political campaign, Taylor is ordered back home where she is to start a new school and hide out until the bad press dies down. But the other girls on Taylor’s new soccer team don’t seem to want her there and bumping into her older brother’s best friend only adds more complications to her already complicated life.

Young adult fiction: Contemporary.


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New Book Releases June 2016

New Book Releases for June 2016

June is now upon us. And it may be time to update your to-read list. So, check out this list of new fiction releases. Click on the covers for reviews.

Young Adult Fiction

Loose Ends ListLoose Ends List – Carrie Firestone – Little, Brown Books – Published 7 June 2016

The Loose Ends List is unlike any other book I’ve ever read. It is hilarious, frank, crude, beautiful, honest and so emotional.  Maddie’s family is slightly crazy. They are passionate, fight lots, openly talk about sex and drugs, and swear like troopers. And Maddie’s grandmother is the craziest of the lot. She is Maddie’s favourite person, her confidant and idol. So the news that Grandma Astrid is dying and has booked the whole family on a death with dignity cruise hits them all, especially Maddie, really hard.

Young adult fiction: Contemporary.


How It Feels To FlyHow It Feels To Fly – Kathryn Holmes – HarperTeen – Published 14 June 2016

Sam has always known she’d be a professional dancer—but that was before her body betrayed her, developing unmanageable curves in all the wrong places. Lately, the girl staring back at Sam in the mirror is unrecognizable. Dieting doesn’t work, ignoring the whispers is pointless, and her overbearing mother just makes it worse.

Following a series of crippling anxiety attacks, Sam is sent to a treatment camp for teens struggling with mental and emotional obstacles.

Young adult fiction: Contemporary.


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New Book Releases May 2016

New Book Releases for May 2016

 Looking for a book to read? Well, May 2016 is your month. Check out this epic list of new young adult fiction releases, as well as couple of epic Christian novels (New book by Dee Henderson, anyone?)

Young Adult Fiction

Holding SmokeHolding Smoke – Elle Cosimano – Hyperion – Published 3 May 2016

John “Smoke” Conlan is serving time for two murders but he wasn’t the one who murdered his English teacher, and he never intended to kill the only other witness to the crime. A dangerous juvenile rehabilitation center in Denver, Colorado, known as the Y, is Smoke’s new home and the only one he believes he deserves. 

Young adult fiction: Contemporary, paranormal.

A Court of Mist and Fury


A Court of Mist and Fury – Sarah Maas – Bloomsbury – Published 3 May 2016

Feyre survived Amarantha’s clutches to return to the Spring Court–but at a steep cost. Though she now has the powers of the High Fae, her heart remains human, and it can’t forget the terrible deeds she performed to save Tamlin’s people.

Nor has Feyre forgotten her bargain with Rhysand, High Lord of the feared Night Court. As Feyre navigates its dark web of politics, passion, and dazzling power, a greater evil looms–and she might be key to stopping it. But only if she can harness her harrowing gifts, heal her fractured soul, and decide how she wishes to shape her future–and the future of a world cleaved in two.

Young adult fiction: Fantasy.


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New Book Releases April 2016

New Book Releases for April 2016

Here is a small collection of young adult and Christian fiction new releases for April 2016. Click on the book covers for full reviews.

Young Adult Fiction

Don't Get CaughtDon’t Get Caught – Kurt Dinan – Sourcebooks – Published 1 April 2016

This book had me at Ocean’s 11. It’s a great mix of humour and outrageous escapades, with a cast of realistic, if slightly crazy, teenage characters.

When Max is invited to the water tower by the school’s infamous Chaos Club he is happy to throw off his Just-Max, nobody role and do something a bit daring. But when he and the four other students told to meet there are set up and embarrassingly caught and then punished in front of the whole school, Max is determined to seek his revenge. And just like any good heist leader, Max needs a crew – and the four teens also caught in the first embarrassing prank setup prove to be excellent and willing conspirators.

Young adult fiction: Contemporary.


9781633752252Romancing the Nerd – Leah Rae Miller – Entangled:Teen – Published 5 April 2016

Dan was a nerd once a upon a time, but that was before a growth spurt and his dad landed him on the basketball team and propelled him to popularity glory (or torture, as he sees it). It meant leaving his nerdy friends behind, including Zelda, who has never forgiven him for it. An unfortunate incident (involving a basketball, a tuba and a whole lot of blood) puts Dan in Zelda’s crosshairs. Zelda is determined to enact her revenge. But Zelda never imagined that there was still a cute, fumbling, geeky guy under all that popularity. And it might just be harder for Zelda to hate him than she thought. 

Young adult fiction: Contemporary.


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New Book Releases March 2016

New Book Releases for March 2016

March is shaping up to be an epic month for new book releases. Here are some I have already read and reviewed and a few others that have caught my eye. Click on the book covers for full reviews.

Young Adult Fiction

You Were HereYou Were Here – Cori McCarthy – SourcebooksFire – Published 1 March 2016

Brilliantly told, this story is beautiful and authentic, surprising and totally enjoyable. You Were Here is told in alternating chapters from each of the five main characters. 
Jaycee’s brother died five years ago when he snapped his neck doing a backflip off the top of a playground swing in front of Jaycee and a dozen other kids. Jaycee’s life changed that day and five years hasn’t lessened the Jake-sized hole she has in her life.    Full review.

Young adult fiction: Contemporary.


In Real LifeIn Real Life – Jessica Love – St.Martin’s Press – Published 1 March 2016

Nick and Hannah have been best friends online for years, but when Hannah decides it’s finally time to meet she sets off to surprise Nick at his band’s performance in Las Vegas. But Nick has a few surprises of his own for Hannah, none of which Hannah is all that happy about. They have one night to sort things out and rescue their friendship.    Full Review.

Young adult fiction: Contemporary.


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New Book Releases February 2016

New Book Releases for February 2016

February. Despite being the shortest month and having clunky spelling February is set to be a fantastic month for new book releases. Here are some I have already read and reviewed and a few others that have caught my eye. Click on the book covers for full reviews.

Young Adult Fiction

In Place of NeverIn Place of Never – Julie Anne Lindsey – Lyrical Press – Published 2 February 2016

With a unique, lyrical writing style, jaw-dropping romance, a heroine you can really get behind and all the intrigue of a good mystery, this book has it all.

Mercy’ sister died three years ago in a tragic drowning everyone labelled an accident. But the three-year anniversary of Faith’s death sees the return of the Lovells’ travelling performing group and a chance for Mercy to uncover what really happened at the river that fateful night three years ago.  Full review.

Young adult fiction: Mystery.


9780062360243The Shadow Queen – C.J. Redwine – Balzer+Bray – Published 16 February 2016

Once upon a time there was a princess who was unlike any other princess.

Lorelai lost almost everything the day her stepmother, Irina, killed her father and assumed the crown of Ravenspire.  For nine years she has evaded Irina, stealing from the Queen’s stores, helping the peasants who starve under Irina’s harsh rule, and planning for the day when she can take back her kingdom.   Full review.

Young adult fiction: fantasy, fairytale retelling.


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