YA Best Books of the Month—January 2016

These books have been racing to the top of our popularity charts!

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Truthwitch by Susan Dennard Truthwitch (The Witchlands, #1)
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Safiya is a Truthwitch, able to suss out lies. It is a powerful magic, and as war descends on the Witchlands, there are many who want to possess it. Luckily she has friends with magic of their own on her side in this heart-pounding story. Jamie says, “What a page-turner—so magical, fierce, and overflowing with characters who will inspire you to be braver, kinder, courageous and to love genuinely and with all your heart. OH, AND HOT DAMN...sexual tension to boot.” ...more Safiya is a Truthwitch, able to suss out lies. It is a powerful magic, and as war descends on the Witchlands, there are many who want to possess it. Luckily she has friends with magic of their own on her side in this heart-pounding story. Jamie says, “What a page-turner—so magical, fierce, and overflowing with characters who will inspire you to be braver, kinder, courageous and to love genuinely and with all your heart. OH, AND HOT DAMN...sexual tension to boot.”
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This Is Where It Ends by Marieke Nijkamp This Is Where It Ends
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This controversial novel details a school shooting as it happens, taking the reader through various students’ points of view. There is chaos and fear, questioning and confusion, and difficult acts of heroism. Mel says, “I feel like, regardless of anyone's thoughts on this book, you have to admit it is a powerful story that makes you think. It makes you wonder how you would react in this situation, it makes you think about the hundreds of people who have been through the same thing, and it makes you realize ...more This controversial novel details a school shooting as it happens, taking the reader through various students’ points of view. There is chaos and fear, questioning and confusion, and difficult acts of heroism. Mel says, “I feel like, regardless of anyone's thoughts on this book, you have to admit it is a powerful story that makes you think. It makes you wonder how you would react in this situation, it makes you think about the hundreds of people who have been through the same thing, and it makes you realize that this could happen anywhere at any time.”
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The Dark Days Club by Alison Goodman The Dark Days Club (Lady Helen, #1)
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Regency London is a world of glamour and shadows, and on the eve of her presentation at court, Lady Helen begins to know both—because she’s not just a well-bred young woman, she also has the potential to be a demon hunter. Allison says, “[W]ell-researched and bursting with historical detail, a perfect (but not in the annoying way) heroine, a ridiculously villainous (tasty, not-so-villainous) lord, a wealth of other amazing characters, worldbuilding to die for. READ IT.”
Regency London is a world of glamour and shadows, and on the eve of her presentation at court, Lady Helen begins to know both—because she’s not just a well-bred young woman, she also has the potential to be a demon hunter. Allison says, “[W]ell-researched and bursting with historical detail, a perfect (but not in the annoying way) heroine, a ridiculously villainous (tasty, not-so-villainous) lord, a wealth of other amazing characters, worldbuilding to die for. READ IT.”
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Sword and Verse by Kathy MacMillan Sword and Verse (Sword and Verse, #1)
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This high-fantasy epic is also a love letter to language. Raisa was raised as a slave in the kingdom of Qilara, but because of her ability to read and write, she also trained to be an adviser to the king. Now her fellow slaves want her help to lead a revolt, but she and the prince are secretly in love.… Damaris says, “Sword and Verse takes readers on an unforgettable adventure. Not only is this book amazing from the first word to the very last, it is also unpredictable and has the PERFECT romance.”
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This high-fantasy epic is also a love letter to language. Raisa was raised as a slave in the kingdom of Qilara, but because of her ability to read and write, she also trained to be an adviser to the king. Now her fellow slaves want her help to lead a revolt, but she and the prince are secretly in love.… Damaris says, “Sword and Verse takes readers on an unforgettable adventure. Not only is this book amazing from the first word to the very last, it is also unpredictable and has the PERFECT romance.”
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The Love That Split the World by Emily Henry The Love That Split the World
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Kentucky teen Natalie starts catching glimpses of a parallel world, just as she meets and falls hard for football player Beau. This novel for young adults weaves together Native American myth, high school football, and plenty of romance. Jeff says, "I just finished this, and I'm exhausted in the way people are exhausted from a perfect day of standing in the ocean and riding roller coasters. The beauty, intelligence, and profundity of this book are staggering. And the ending. Oh, the ending."
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Kentucky teen Natalie starts catching glimpses of a parallel world, just as she meets and falls hard for football player Beau. This novel for young adults weaves together Native American myth, high school football, and plenty of romance. Jeff says, "I just finished this, and I'm exhausted in the way people are exhausted from a perfect day of standing in the ocean and riding roller coasters. The beauty, intelligence, and profundity of this book are staggering. And the ending. Oh, the ending."
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