YA Best Books of the Month: March 2016

The books have been racing up our popularity charts!

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Rebel of the Sands by Alwyn Hamilton Rebel of the Sands (Rebel of the Sands #1)
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In the desert nation of Miraji, sharpshooting heroine Amani teams up with a handsome fugitive on the run from the sultan's army. This epic fantasy for teens sports magical djinni, mythical sand horses, a rebel prince, and plenty of romance. Roshani “>says, "The story is so vivid, you'll feel the burning iron handle of a gun against your palm, gritty sand flying in your face, and the power of an ancient, fantastical desert surging beneath your feet."
In the desert nation of Miraji, sharpshooting heroine Amani teams up with a handsome fugitive on the run from the sultan's army. This epic fantasy for teens sports magical djinni, mythical sand horses, a rebel prince, and plenty of romance. Roshani “>says, "The story is so vivid, you'll feel the burning iron handle of a gun against your palm, gritty sand flying in your face, and the power of an ancient, fantastical desert surging beneath your feet."
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Wink Poppy Midnight by April Genevieve Tucholke Wink Poppy Midnight
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Three voices. Three strange, possibly unreliable, narrators. Misfit Wink, mean girl Poppy, and confused Midnight are drawn together in a mesmerizing, fairy tale-esque situation where it’s difficult to decide who is the hero and who is the villain. Viktoria “>says, “Quirky, nostalgic, and bone-chilling.… Tucholke has a knack for brewing a lyrical storm.… Wink Poppy Midnight is a grimoire― spilling magic and misery and thrill. I honestly couldn't put it down!”
Three voices. Three strange, possibly unreliable, narrators. Misfit Wink, mean girl Poppy, and confused Midnight are drawn together in a mesmerizing, fairy tale-esque situation where it’s difficult to decide who is the hero and who is the villain. Viktoria “>says, “Quirky, nostalgic, and bone-chilling.… Tucholke has a knack for brewing a lyrical storm.… Wink Poppy Midnight is a grimoire― spilling magic and misery and thrill. I honestly couldn't put it down!”
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The Way I Used to Be by Amber   Smith The Way I Used to Be
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At 14, Eden was raped by her brother’s best friend—a guy everyone loves, including her parents. This heart-wrenching debut follows her for the four years after the rape, detailing her struggle through high school and her survival. Karen Fortunati “>says, “It is a powerhouse of a story—raw, tragic, and disturbing…Smith is a fabulous writer and captures perfectly the doubt, self-denial, and self-hatred of Eden. Despite Eden's frightening and horrific downward spiral, this is a story of hope, of taking back ...more At 14, Eden was raped by her brother’s best friend—a guy everyone loves, including her parents. This heart-wrenching debut follows her for the four years after the rape, detailing her struggle through high school and her survival. Karen Fortunati “>says, “It is a powerhouse of a story—raw, tragic, and disturbing…Smith is a fabulous writer and captures perfectly the doubt, self-denial, and self-hatred of Eden. Despite Eden's frightening and horrific downward spiral, this is a story of hope, of taking back control, and most importantly of self-reliance.”
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The Girl Who Fell by S.M. Parker The Girl Who Fell
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Insta-love expectations are turned on their head with this gripping cautionary tale. Zephyr is swept off her feet by the cute new boy in school, but as their romance progresses, he pulls her away from her friends and interests and into a dark place. Laurie Flynn “>says, “I could probably talk forever about The Girl Who Fell. That’s how much my heart is bursting with it, how heavily my brain is still processing its pages. Once in a while you read a book that burrows into you and fills you with a whole kal ...more Insta-love expectations are turned on their head with this gripping cautionary tale. Zephyr is swept off her feet by the cute new boy in school, but as their romance progresses, he pulls her away from her friends and interests and into a dark place. Laurie Flynn “>says, “I could probably talk forever about The Girl Who Fell. That’s how much my heart is bursting with it, how heavily my brain is still processing its pages. Once in a while you read a book that burrows into you and fills you with a whole kaleidoscope of emotions, and that book for me is The Girl Who Fell.”
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The Steep & Thorny Way by Cat Winters The Steep & Thorny Way
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Hamlet, reset in 1920s Oregon, with Hanalee, a mixed-race girl in a decidedly racist town, as the heart of the story. Her father, who is black, was killed, and she has to figure out—with the help of his ghost—if the murderer was actually her stepfather. Hannah “>says, “Ladies and gentlemen, Cat Winters has done it yet again. I’m running out of praise for this author. Her combination of the supernatural, history, and feminism is unparalleled—and how great is it to find an author who just delivers each tim ...more Hamlet, reset in 1920s Oregon, with Hanalee, a mixed-race girl in a decidedly racist town, as the heart of the story. Her father, who is black, was killed, and she has to figure out—with the help of his ghost—if the murderer was actually her stepfather. Hannah “>says, “Ladies and gentlemen, Cat Winters has done it yet again. I’m running out of praise for this author. Her combination of the supernatural, history, and feminism is unparalleled—and how great is it to find an author who just delivers each time?”
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