YA Best Books of the Month: February 2016

These books are racing to the top of our popularity charts!

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The Forbidden Wish by Jessica Khoury The Forbidden Wish (The Forbidden Wish, #1)
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When Aladdin discovers the lamp, we meet Zahra, a powerful jinni who has been trapped for centuries. In order to escape, she must betray Aladdin, but she might be falling for him in this riveting retelling. Jessica says, “I loved everything! The characters, the world, the writing, the romance, everything!...And now I'm just going to cry a little because this book is a standalone, and boy do I want a sequel.” When Aladdin discovers the lamp, we meet Zahra, a powerful jinni who has been trapped for centuries. In order to escape, she must betray Aladdin, but she might be falling for him in this riveting retelling. Jessica says, “I loved everything! The characters, the world, the writing, the romance, everything!...And now I'm just going to cry a little because this book is a standalone, and boy do I want a sequel.”
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Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys Salt to the Sea
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This devastating historical novel brings a little-known WWII tragedy to life as it follows four young refugees whose paths intersect on the way to the Wilhelm Gustloff, a boat that promises to bring them to safety. Built to carry 1,463 passengers, it sank with seven times that number aboard. Sabaa Tahir says, “This book leveled me. I was unprepared. Beautiful.”
This devastating historical novel brings a little-known WWII tragedy to life as it follows four young refugees whose paths intersect on the way to the Wilhelm Gustloff, a boat that promises to bring them to safety. Built to carry 1,463 passengers, it sank with seven times that number aboard. Sabaa Tahir says, “This book leveled me. I was unprepared. Beautiful.”
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Blackhearts by Nicole Castroman Blackhearts (Blackhearts, #1)
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This Blackbeard origin story introduces us to Teach Drummond, a rebel whose path is forever altered when he meets his family’s maid, Anne Barrett, who is newly penniless and trying to make her way in a rigid society. Sarah says, “'BLACKHEARTS' is the perfect combination of subtle period piece and swoony drama.”
This Blackbeard origin story introduces us to Teach Drummond, a rebel whose path is forever altered when he meets his family’s maid, Anne Barrett, who is newly penniless and trying to make her way in a rigid society. Sarah says, “'BLACKHEARTS' is the perfect combination of subtle period piece and swoony drama.”
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Unhooked by Lisa   Maxwell Unhooked
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Kidnapped by shadowy creatures, Gwen realizes that her mother’s stories are not the product of mental illness after all. Now she has to survive in Neverland, but good and evil seem confused and Captain Hook is much more charming than she expected…
Alyssa says, “Pirates! Roguish captain! Insane storybook world that is trying to kill everyone! Hidden talents! Swoon swoon swoony romance! And it's a standalone and ends so well—this book made me smile so much.”
Kidnapped by shadowy creatures, Gwen realizes that her mother’s stories are not the product of mental illness after all. Now she has to survive in Neverland, but good and evil seem confused and Captain Hook is much more charming than she expected…
Alyssa says, “Pirates! Roguish captain! Insane storybook world that is trying to kill everyone! Hidden talents! Swoon swoon swoony romance! And it's a standalone and ends so well—this book made me smile so much.”
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These Vicious Masks by Tarun Shanker These Vicious Masks (These Vicious Masks, #1)
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Evelyn’s sister has disappeared. She heads to Victorian London with the dashing Mr. Kent to search for her. There they find mysteries upon secrets, including the possibility that the two sisters may have special powers. Jessica Cluess says, “The description 'Jane Austen meets the X-Men' is so on point that there's really no better way to describe it. You want a headstrong, self-assured, intelligent heroine who'd make Lizzie Bennet or a Georgette Heyer novel proud? You got her…Broody, sexy gentlemen à la Dar ...more Evelyn’s sister has disappeared. She heads to Victorian London with the dashing Mr. Kent to search for her. There they find mysteries upon secrets, including the possibility that the two sisters may have special powers. Jessica Cluess says, “The description 'Jane Austen meets the X-Men' is so on point that there's really no better way to describe it. You want a headstrong, self-assured, intelligent heroine who'd make Lizzie Bennet or a Georgette Heyer novel proud? You got her…Broody, sexy gentlemen à la Darcy? Hi there. Crazy abilities, London society, banter, thrills, secrets? Here's a second helping.”
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Symptoms of Being Human by Jeff Garvin Symptoms of Being Human
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Sometimes high schooler Riley Cavanaugh identifies as a girl, and sometimes as a boy. But growing up gender fluid in a conservative town isn't easy—or even safe—and Riley's politician dad is up for reelection in this novel for teens. Jon says, "An absolutely heartbreaking and achingly real novel about finding yourself. Easily one of the most important books published in years…." Sometimes high schooler Riley Cavanaugh identifies as a girl, and sometimes as a boy. But growing up gender fluid in a conservative town isn't easy—or even safe—and Riley's politician dad is up for reelection in this novel for teens. Jon says, "An absolutely heartbreaking and achingly real novel about finding yourself. Easily one of the most important books published in years…."
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