Breaking the Spine and features books that we just can't wait to get our hands on!
The Fire Wish by Amber Lough
"A jinni. A princess. And the wish that changes everything. . . .
is a jinni, training to be a spy in the war against the humans. Zayele
is a human on her way to marry a prince of Baghdad—which she’ll do
anything to avoid. So she captures Najwa and makes a wish. With a rush
of smoke and fire, they fall apart and re-form—as each other. A jinni
and a human, trading lives. Both girls must play their parts among
enemies who would kill them if the deception were ever
discovered—enemies including the young men Najwa and Zayele are just
discovering they might love."
Stories involving wishes always have the potential to be plenty of fun...as is a Freaky Friday–style switcheroo!
Conversion by Katherine Howe
"From the New York Times bestselling author of The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane comes a chilling mystery—Prep meets The Crucible.
It’s senior year at St. Joan’s Academy, and school is a pressure
cooker. College applications, the battle for valedictorian, deciphering
boys’ texts: Through it all, Colleen Rowley and her friends are expected
to keep it together. Until they can’t.
First it’s the
school’s queen bee, Clara Rutherford, who suddenly falls into
uncontrollable tics in the middle of class. Her mystery illness quickly
spreads to her closest clique of friends, then more students and
symptoms follow: seizures, hair loss, violent coughing fits. St. Joan’s
buzzes with rumor; rumor blossoms into full-blown panic.
the media descends on Danvers, Massachusetts, as everyone scrambles to
find something, or someone, to blame. Pollution? Stress? Or are the
girls faking? Only Colleen—who’s been reading The Crucible for
extra credit—comes to realize what nobody else has: Danvers was once
Salem Village, where another group of girls suffered from a similarly
bizarre epidemic three centuries ago . . .
Inspired by true events—from seventeenth-century colonial life to the halls of a modern-day high school—Conversion casts a spell. With her signature wit and passion, New York Times
bestselling author Katherine Howe delivers an exciting and suspenseful
novel, a chilling mystery that raises the question, what’s really
happening to the girls at St. Joan’s?"
Not too many YA books involve conversion disorder, so that's a neat idea. Add in the Salem witch trials and the fact that it's "inspired by true events" and this book sounds like it has the potential to be fascinating (if bizarre!) Plus that cover is both striking and kind of unsettling...
Kiss Kill Vanish by Jessica Martinez
"Valentina Cruz no longer exists.
moment, she was wrapped in Emilio’s arms, melting into his kiss. The
next, she was witnessing the unthinkable: a murder in cold blood,
ordered by her father and carried out by her boyfriend. When Emilio
pulled the trigger, Valentina disappeared. She made a split-second
decision to shed her identity and flee her life of privilege, leaving
the glittering parties and sultry nightlife of Miami far behind.
doesn’t know how to explain to herself what she saw. All she knows now
is that nothing she believed about her family, her heart, or Emilio’s
love, was real.
She can change her name and deny her past, but
Valentina can’t run from the truth. The lines between right and wrong,
and trust and betrayal, will be blurred beyond recognition as she
untangles the deceptions of the two men she once loved and races to find
her own truth."
I've read two of Jessica Martinez's other books and enjoyed both of them. This one sounds like it's in a bit of a different vein from her previous books — a thriller rather than a straight-up contemporary. Love that powerful pop of colour in the cover!
What books are you waiting for?