February 2011 New Books

Drought, by Pam Bachorz. Y Bachorz.
Ruby’s blood holds the secret to the Water that keeps her and her fellow Congregants alive and enriches Darwin West, who has enslaved them for two centuries, but when her romance with an Overseer, Ford, brings her freedom in the modern world, she faces a terrible choice.

You Killed Wesley Payne, by Sean Beaudoin. Y Beaudoin.
When hard-boiled, seventeen-year-old private investigator Dalton Rev transfers to Salt River High to solve the case of a dead student, he has his hands full trying to outwit the police, negotiate the school’s social hierarchy, and get paid

Trickster’s Girl (Raven Duet, Book One), by Hilari Bell. Y Bell.
In the year 2098, grieving her father and angry with her mother, fifteen-year-old Kelsa joins the magical Raven on an epic journey from Utah to Alaska to heal the earth by restoring the flow of magic that humans have disrupted.

The Nascenza Conspiracy (Cassaforte Chronicles, Book Three), by V. Briceland. YPB Briceland.
Petro Divetri, younger brother to a famed sorceress, tries to avoid unwanted attention by switching identities with his best friend while in far-off Nascenza for the Midsummer rituals, but when Adrio is kidnapped Petro must rescue his friend and defeat a political plot that threatens to wipe out all of Cassaforte.

Consumed, by Kate Cann. Y Cann.
A new manager brings many changes to Morton’s Keep, capitalizing on its gothic atmosphere and history, but Rayne sees ominous signs indicating that the one thing that has not changed is the evil presence she had thought was destroyed.

Stolen, by Lucy Christopher. Y Christopher.
Sixteen-year-old Gemma, a British city-dweller, is abducted while on vacation with her parents and taken to the Australian outback, where she soon realizes that escape attempts are futile, and in time she learns that her captor is not as despicable as she first believed.

Unearthly, by Cynthia Hand. Y Hand.
Sixteen-year-old Clara Gardner’s purpose as an angel-blood begins to manifest itself, forcing her family to pull up stakes and move to Jackson, Wyoming, where she learns that danger and heartbreak come with her powers.

The Big Crunch, by Pete Hautman. Y Hautman.
June is starting at her sixth school in four years when she meets Wes, who has just broken up with a girlfriend, and although they do not share an instant or intense connection, attraction turns to love and they wonder where it will lead.

Something Like Hope, by Shawn Goodman. Y Goodman.
Shavonne, a fierce, desperate seventeen year-old in juvenile lockup, wants to turn her life around before her eighteenth birthday, but corrupt guards, out-of-control girls, and shadows from her past make her task seem impossible.

Five Flavors of Dumb, by Antony John. Y John.
Eighteen-year-old Piper becomes the manager for her classmates’ popular rock band, called Dumb, giving her the chance to prove her capabilities to her parents and others, if only she can get the band members to get along.

The Iron Queen (Iron Fey, Book Three), by Julie Kagawa. YPB Kagawa.
Meghan Chase, who is half faery, half human, knows that the struggle against the Iron Fey is not yet over and that they will tear her away from the banished prince she loves and force her into battles she may not survive.

The Darlings Are Forever, by Melissa Kantor. Y Kantor.
Best friends Jane, Victoria, and Natalya, who call themselves the Darlings, find their relationship tested when they start their freshman year at three very different high schools.

Tempestuous (Wondrous Strange, Book Three), by Lesley Livingston. Y Livingston.
Sonny Flannery joins a group of underground Lost Fae as he struggles to recover from his heartbreak over Kelley Winslow, while Kelley tries to uncover who is hunting Sonny’s Green Magick so that she and Sonny can be together again.

Cryer’s Cross, by Lisa McMann. Y McMann.
Seventeen-year-old Kendall, who suffers from obsessive-compulsive disorder, lives with her parents on a potato farm in a tiny community in Montana, where two teenagers go missing within months of each other, with no explanation.

Angel (Maximum Ride, Book Seven), by James Patterson. Y Patterson.
Heartbroken after her best friend and soul mate, Fang, leaves her flock, Maximum Ride begins to believe the evil scientists trying to convince her she needs to save the world, and that Dylan, the newest member of her flock, is her perfect mate

The Gift (Witch and Wizard, Book Two), by James Patterson. Y Patterson.
After escaping imprisonment by the totalitarian regime known as the New Order, siblings Wisty and Whit Allgood, who possess magical powers, establish themselves as leaders of the Resistance, a hidden community of teenagers like themselves, hunted by the state and determined to defy its ban on the arts, magic, and all other forms of creativity.

Anna and the French Kiss, by Stephanie Perkins. Y Perkins.
When Anna’s romance-novelist father sends her to an elite American boarding school in Paris for her senior year of high school, she reluctantly goes, and meets an amazing boy who becomes her best friend, in spite of the fact that they both want something more

Slice of Cherry, by Dia Reeves. Y Reeves.
Portero, Texas, teens Kit and Fancy Cordelle share their infamous father’s fascination with killing, and despite their tendency to shun others they bring two boys with similar tendencies to a world of endless possibilities they have discovered behind a mysterious door

Across the Universe, by Beth Revis. Y Revis.
Teenaged Amy, a cryogenically frozen passenger on the spaceship Godspeed, wakes up to discover that someone may have tried to murder her.

You Are Not Here, by Samantha Schutz. Y Schutz.
Annaleah’s grief over the tragic death of seventeen-year-old Brian is compounded by the fact that her friends did not like him, while his friends and both of their families knew nothing of their intimate relationship.

The Lying Game, by Sara Shepard. Y Shepard.
Seventeen-year-old Emma Paxton steps into the life of her long-lost twin Sutton to solve her murder, while Sutton looks on from her afterlife.

Blessed, by Cynthia Smith. Y Smith.
Even as teenaged Quincie Morris adjusts to her appetites as a neophyte vampire, she must clear her true love, the hybrid-werewolf Kieren, of murder charges; thwart the apocalyptic ambitions of Bradley Sanguini, the vampire-chef who “blessed” her; and keep her dead parents’ restaurant up and running before she loses her own soul.

Fall For Anything, by Courtney Summers. YPB Summers.
As she searches for clues that would explain the suicide of her successful photographer father, Eddie Reeves meets the strangely compelling Culler Evans who seems to know a great deal about her father and could hold the key to the mystery surrounding his death.

Her and Me and You, by Lauren Strasnick. Y Strasnick.
Alex feels drawn to Fred, her first friend in town, and his twin sister Adina, despite warnings that she should stay clear of them.

Famous, by Todd Strasser. Y Strasser.
Sixteen-year-old Jamie Gordon had a taste of praise and recognition at age fourteen when her unflattering photograph of an actress was published, but as she pursues her dream of being a celebrity photographer, she becomes immersed in the dark side of fame.

The Latte Rebellion, by Sarah Jamila Stevenson. YPB Stevenson.
When high school senior Asha Jamison is called a “towel head” at a pool party, she and her best friend Carey start a club to raise awareness of mixed-race students that soon sweeps the country, but the hubbub puts her Ivy League dreams, friendship, and beliefs to the test.

The Oracle Rebounds (sequel to The Oracle of Dating), by Allison Van Diepen. YPB Van Diepen.
As the “oracle of dating,” Kayla is supposed to have all the answers about love and relationships. But Kayla feels like a total fraud until she begins to focus on what really matters.

Choker, by Elizabeth Woods. Y Woods.
Teenaged Cara, solitary and bullied in high school, is delighted to reconnect with her childhood best friend Zoe, whose support and friendship help Cara gain self-confidence, even as her classmates start dying.


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