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by Kevin Emerson - Coming of Age, Contemporary Fiction, Fiction, Friendship, Mental Health, Young Adult 13+

Five years after being kidnapped, Elian's captor sends him into the mall --- with a bomb strapped to his chest. Across the mall is Maya, a girl whose crippling anxiety holds her prisoner in its own way.  Whether it's chance or fate, Maya keeps Eli from ending them all. And now nothing is the same. Drawn together by their dark pasts, Maya and Eli know it takes only seconds for their entire worlds to change. But time will tell if meeting each other will change them for better or worse.

by Meredith Tate - Fantasy, Fiction, Thriller, Young Adult 13+, Youth Fiction

Evelyn Summers is imprisoned for a crime that was wiped from her memory. In order for Evelyn to be released she must pass seven mental physical and virtual challenges known as the Freedom Trials. One mistake means execution and with her history of being a snitch her fellow inmates will do everything they can to get revenge. But competing in the trials and dredging up her erased past may cost Evelyn the one thing more valuable than freedom: her life.

by Gregory Scott Katsoulis - Fiction, Science Fiction, Young Adult 12+

On the day she went silent, Speth never meant for anyone to follow her lead in a rebellion of Silents. But after taking down the tyrant Silas Rog and freeing the city from his grasp, everyone is looking to Speth for answers. All she wants is to find her parents, who are shackled to a lifetime of servitude in exchange for a debt they can never repay. When the government threatens to restore the WiFi and take back the city, Speth is forced to flee with her friends. Together, they embark on a dangerous journey outside the dome they’ve lived in their entire lives.

by Vicky Skinner - Contemporary Fiction, Fiction, Romance, Young Adult 13+

Kate’s father has been pushing her to be the best swimmer she can be. But when Kate finds her dad cheating on her mom, Kate is forced to leave home. Faced with the prospect of starting over, Kate isn't so sure that swimming is what she wants anymore. When she decides to quit, her whole world seems to fall apart. But then Kate gets to know Michael, the cute boy that lives across the hall, and she starts to think that starting over might not be so bad. There's only one problem: Michael has a girlfriend.

by Sara Wolf - Fairy Tale, Fantasy, Fiction, Young Adult 14+

Bound to the witch Nightsinger, Zera longs for freedom. With her heart in a jar under Nightsinger's control, she serves the witch unquestioningly. Until Nightsinger asks Zera for a prince's heart in exchange for her own, with one addendum: if she's discovered infiltrating the court, Nightsinger will destroy Zera's heart. Crown Prince Lucien d'Malvane hates the royal court as much as it loves him. No one can challenge him --- until the arrival of Lady Zera. She's inelegant, smart-mouthed, carefree and out for his blood. The prince's honor has him quickly aiming for her throat. So begins a game of cat and mouse between a girl with nothing to lose and a boy who has it all. Winner takes the loser's heart. Literally.

by Joelle Charbonneau - Family, Fantasy, Fiction, Young Adult 14+

The Trials of Virtuous Succession have ended. Prince Andreus is king --- and Princess Carys is dead. But even as he’s haunted by what he did to win the throne, Andreus discovers that people love his twin even more in death than they did when she was alive. But despite what everyone believes, Carys is alive. Exiled to the wilderness, Carys struggles to control the powers that have broken free inside her. And as she grows stronger, so does her conviction that she must return to the Palace of Winds, face her twin and root out the treachery that began long before the first Trials started.

by Tiffany Schmidt - Family, Fiction, Romance, Young Adult 14+

Merrilee Campbell, 15, thinks real-life chivalry is dead and there’d be nothing more romantic than having a guy woo her like the heroes in classic stories. Then she, her best friend and her sister transfer to Reginald R. Hero Prep. When the brooding Monroe Stratford scales Merri’s trellis in an effort to make her his, she thinks she might be Juliet incarnate. But soon Merri’s tale begins to unfold in ways she couldn’t have imagined. Merri soon realizes that only she is in charge of her story. And it is a truth universally acknowledged that first impressions can be deceiving...

by L.E. DeLano - Fantasy, Fiction, Young Adult 14+

Jessa has learned that traveling to alternate dimensions isn’t all delicious desserts and fancy parties: it also means running into people she thought she'd never see again. Still mourning a devastating loss, Jessa isn’t prepared for the arrival of a reckless version of someone she once loved who is now bent on revenge. Add a complicated relationship with her best friend, the reappearance of an old enemy and the threat of the multiverse collapsing, and Jessa’s got a lot on her plate. She may be destined to help save an infinite multitude of worlds...but in the end, all Jessa really wants to do is save her friends.

by Brittany Cavallaro - Fiction, Mystery, Thriller, Young Adult 13+

It’s been a year since the shocking death of August Moriarty, and Jamie and Charlotte haven’t spoken. Jamie is going through the motions at Sherringford, trying to finish his senior year without incident. Charlotte is on the run, from Lucien Moriarty and from her own mistakes. She knows she isn’t safe to be around. She knows her Watson can’t forgive her. Holmes and Watson may not be looking to reconcile, but when strange things start happening, it’s clear that someone wants the team back together. Someone who wants to see one of them suffer and the other one dead.

by Tara Sim - Fantasy, Fiction, Gay & Lesbian, Historical Fantasy, Historical Fiction, Romance, Young Adult 13+

Clock mechanic Danny Hart knows he’s being watched. To make matters worse, clock towers have begun falling in India, though time hasn’t Stopped yet. He'd hoped after reuniting with his father and exploring his relationship with Colton, he'd have some time to settle into his new life. Instead, he’s asked to investigate the attacks. After inspecting some of the fallen Indian towers, he realizes the British occupation may be sparking more than just attacks. As Danny and Colton unravel more secrets about their past, they find themselves on a dangerous path --- one from which they may never return.