YA Best Books of the Month: December 2016

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Ever the Hunted by Erin Summerill Ever the Hunted (Clash of Kingdoms, #1)
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After her bounty hunter father is murdered, outcast Britta is offered a deal: freedom in exchange for her father’s killer. But the main suspect is Cohen, her father's former apprentice and Britta's first love. A perilous quest to discover the truth ensues. Julie Daines says, “A wonderful story of adventure, love, and discovery. Summerill has done an excellent job of creating a world that feels real and dangerous and characters that speak to your heart.” After her bounty hunter father is murdered, outcast Britta is offered a deal: freedom in exchange for her father’s killer. But the main suspect is Cohen, her father's former apprentice and Britta's first love. A perilous quest to discover the truth ensues. Julie Daines says, “A wonderful story of adventure, love, and discovery. Summerill has done an excellent job of creating a world that feels real and dangerous and characters that speak to your heart.”
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Did I Mention I Miss You? by Estelle Maskame Did I Mention I Miss You? (The DIMILY Trilogy, #3)
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Eden met her troubled stepbrother Tyler when she was 16. A forbidden, seemingly doomed, love took seed. Then Tyler fled. Now, a year since they spoke, the pair reunites for a final test of their hearts and the powers of forgiveness and change. Georgia says, “Estelle Maskame has a stunning, distinct writing style.... The whole series puts you under a spell…. I have two words for Did I Mention I Miss You?: phenomenal and flawless. I cannot wait to see what Maskame does next.” Eden met her troubled stepbrother Tyler when she was 16. A forbidden, seemingly doomed, love took seed. Then Tyler fled. Now, a year since they spoke, the pair reunites for a final test of their hearts and the powers of forgiveness and change. Georgia says, “Estelle Maskame has a stunning, distinct writing style.... The whole series puts you under a spell…. I have two words for Did I Mention I Miss You?: phenomenal and flawless. I cannot wait to see what Maskame does next.”
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Teach Me to Forget by Erica M. Chapman Teach Me to Forget
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Consumed by guilt over her little sister’s death, Ellery decides to end her life. But when the gun malfunctions and the perfect boy from English class intervenes, her grief and pain must wage war with the tiniest sliver of hope. Kerri says, “One of the most heart-wrenching, funny, beautiful, dark, swoonworthy, and hopeful stories I've ever read. This masterful debut features cracks of light that not only shine through but also shatter the darkness of depression and living through loss…. A must-read.”
Consumed by guilt over her little sister’s death, Ellery decides to end her life. But when the gun malfunctions and the perfect boy from English class intervenes, her grief and pain must wage war with the tiniest sliver of hope. Kerri says, “One of the most heart-wrenching, funny, beautiful, dark, swoonworthy, and hopeful stories I've ever read. This masterful debut features cracks of light that not only shine through but also shatter the darkness of depression and living through loss…. A must-read.”
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The Odds of Loving Grover Cleveland by Rebekah Crane The Odds of Loving Grover Cleveland
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At a summer camp for at-risk teens, Zander feels out of place among her "crazy" campmates, such as anorexic Cassie and confrontational Grover Cleveland. But as tragic secrets emerge, unlikely bonds and self-discovery result. christel l. doucette says, “Heartwarming, charming, funny, tragic.... The Odds of Loving Grover Cleveland is sort of a coming-of-age story about loss, courage, trust, love, and acceptance…. Highly recommended.”
At a summer camp for at-risk teens, Zander feels out of place among her "crazy" campmates, such as anorexic Cassie and confrontational Grover Cleveland. But as tragic secrets emerge, unlikely bonds and self-discovery result. christel l. doucette says, “Heartwarming, charming, funny, tragic.... The Odds of Loving Grover Cleveland is sort of a coming-of-age story about loss, courage, trust, love, and acceptance…. Highly recommended.”
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The Burning Page by Genevieve Cogman The Burning Page (The Invisible Library, #3)
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Librarian-spy Irene moves between alternate worlds in search of magical books. But when the dimension-linking gates from her library stop working, Irene and dragon apprentice Kai must face an archenemy hell-bent on destruction. Jennifer Kelley says, “I love this series, and this third one doesn't disappoint! This series has it all: adventure, humor, dragons, fae, and alternate reality. The characters are well thought out, and it's interesting how Cogman envisions all these connected worlds and the role of ...more Librarian-spy Irene moves between alternate worlds in search of magical books. But when the dimension-linking gates from her library stop working, Irene and dragon apprentice Kai must face an archenemy hell-bent on destruction. Jennifer Kelley says, “I love this series, and this third one doesn't disappoint! This series has it all: adventure, humor, dragons, fae, and alternate reality. The characters are well thought out, and it's interesting how Cogman envisions all these connected worlds and the role of the library. A thoroughly enjoyable series.”

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Take the Key and Lock Her Up by Ally Carter Take the Key and Lock Her Up (Embassy Row, #3)
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Part three of the suspenseful Embassy Row series finds Grace Blakely, the traumatized diplomat brat, facing potentially deadly knowledge about her heritage. Despite terrible risk, she is determined to save the ones she loves. Shannon Thompson says, “If you love thrilling suspense and imperfect heroines (who are also determined and brave despite fear and trauma), you’ll love the Embassy Row series. Gracie is the perfect enigma. Her character sets a very realistic tone, making an unbelievable story absolutel ...more Part three of the suspenseful Embassy Row series finds Grace Blakely, the traumatized diplomat brat, facing potentially deadly knowledge about her heritage. Despite terrible risk, she is determined to save the ones she loves. Shannon Thompson says, “If you love thrilling suspense and imperfect heroines (who are also determined and brave despite fear and trauma), you’ll love the Embassy Row series. Gracie is the perfect enigma. Her character sets a very realistic tone, making an unbelievable story absolutely believable…just like the complicated secrets she exposes.”
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