YA Best Books of the Month: September 2014

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Illusions of Fate by Kiersten White Illusions of Fate
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Downton Abbey plus magic? It’s an enchanting combo in this romantic fantasy that follows islander Jessamin as she discovers the dangerous, alluring secret world of the Albion nobility and gets to know a young lord, Finn. Goodreads member Jillian Heise said, “I totally loved reading this book…. It has a historical feel, with elements of class and acceptance woven throughout a story of doing good by standing up to bad, entwined with fate and romance.” Downton Abbey plus magic? It’s an enchanting combo in this romantic fantasy that follows islander Jessamin as she discovers the dangerous, alluring secret world of the Albion nobility and gets to know a young lord, Finn. Goodreads member Jillian Heise said, “I totally loved reading this book…. It has a historical feel, with elements of class and acceptance woven throughout a story of doing good by standing up to bad, entwined with fate and romance.”
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Made for You by Melissa Marr Made for You
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Eva was hit by a car. When she wakes up, she finds that she now has a sixth sense: She knows how people will die. Eva and her friend Nate try to prevent their friends’ deaths while eluding a mysterious killer in this dark and twisty Southern Gothic tale. Sue said, “[A] thrilling book that will…make you turn on the lights in the middle of the night because you don’t want to face the darkness. This story is engrossing, vivid, and creepy.” Eva was hit by a car. When she wakes up, she finds that she now has a sixth sense: She knows how people will die. Eva and her friend Nate try to prevent their friends’ deaths while eluding a mysterious killer in this dark and twisty Southern Gothic tale. Sue said, “[A] thrilling book that will…make you turn on the lights in the middle of the night because you don’t want to face the darkness. This story is engrossing, vivid, and creepy.”
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Lies We Tell Ourselves by Robin Talley Lies We Tell Ourselves
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Virginia, 1959. As part of the battle for civil rights, schools are being integrated, and tempers are running high. This brave and emotional dual POV novel follows the relationship between Sarah, one of the first black students at the all-white Jefferson High, and Linda, whose white father wants to keep things “separate but equal.” Leanne Bell said, “Words cannot describe how amazing this book is. Not only does it deal with racism, it also deals with attitudes toward gay/lesbian relationships in the 1950s…s ...more Virginia, 1959. As part of the battle for civil rights, schools are being integrated, and tempers are running high. This brave and emotional dual POV novel follows the relationship between Sarah, one of the first black students at the all-white Jefferson High, and Linda, whose white father wants to keep things “separate but equal.” Leanne Bell said, “Words cannot describe how amazing this book is. Not only does it deal with racism, it also deals with attitudes toward gay/lesbian relationships in the 1950s…such a beautiful and inspiring story.”
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Rites of Passage by Joy N. Hensley Rites of Passage
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When Sam joins the first-ever class of girls at Denmark Military Academy, she faces punishing physical trials and meets a sexy drill sergeant—nothing she can’t handle. But soon she is the target of brutal hazing at the hands of a secret society. Will they drive her out? Joshua Bellin said, “Hensley, who attended military school herself, gets all the details right…. A book about courage, loyalty, and daring to be different, Rites of Passage marks the emergence of a major new talent in the world of YA.” When Sam joins the first-ever class of girls at Denmark Military Academy, she faces punishing physical trials and meets a sexy drill sergeant—nothing she can’t handle. But soon she is the target of brutal hazing at the hands of a secret society. Will they drive her out? Joshua Bellin said, “Hensley, who attended military school herself, gets all the details right…. A book about courage, loyalty, and daring to be different, Rites of Passage marks the emergence of a major new talent in the world of YA.”
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Jackaby by William Ritter Jackaby (Jackaby, #1)
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Investigator R.F. Jackaby can see supernatural beings. When young Abigail Rook becomes his assistant, she is thrust into the hunt for a serial killer who may not be at all human in this detective thriller set in turn-of-the-century New England. Emily May said, “This book is so many things, and all of them are good. It has all the atmosphere of a creepy Victorian mystery, all the humorous banter of BBC Sherlock; it has complex characters and wonderful writing. And most of all: It is just so damn charming.” Investigator R.F. Jackaby can see supernatural beings. When young Abigail Rook becomes his assistant, she is thrust into the hunt for a serial killer who may not be at all human in this detective thriller set in turn-of-the-century New England. Emily May said, “This book is so many things, and all of them are good. It has all the atmosphere of a creepy Victorian mystery, all the humorous banter of BBC Sherlock; it has complex characters and wonderful writing. And most of all: It is just so damn charming.”
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