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July 11, 2013

Out This Week in YA (1): Romance, Magic, and Road Trips

Zareen and I have been collabing for the past month trying to figure out what to post, after finally figuring out our schedule and taking all the suggestions given to us during out giveaway we have delegated that every week  So starting this week The Reading Fish will be discussing some of the latest books in YA and MG so you can hear about some of the great books out there even if they aren't the most hyped up books!You know since there are so many amazing books that release each week, so why not highlight them yet at the same time give our first impressions of each book.

Who Needs Magic? (Magic, #2)
Title: Who Needs Magic?
Author: Kathy McCullough 
Release: July 9, 2013
 The sequel to DON'T EXPECT MAGIC! Now that Delaney Collins knows she’s a fairy godmother, she’s ready to make magic happen. But first, she has to find her next client. And it’s not as easy as she thought it would be.
Delaney’s spending the summer working at Treasures, a secondhand store at the mall, surrounded by cool vintage boots—and potential clients. But when she finally feels a connection with Jeni, a girl who needs a life-changing, happily-ever-after wish . . . Jeni doesn’t want her help. And to make matters worse, Delaney finds herself competing with another f.g. Glittery, sparkly Ariella is an uber-f.g., granting wishes with a flick of her lemon candy stick, while Delaney can’t seem to make anything happen. Not even a summer romance with her boyfriend, Flynn.
It takes more than waving a chopstick to make big wishes come true. But what good is being an f.g. if you can’t make the boy you like want to be with you as much as you want to be with him?
I actually met Kathy McCullough at our Author fair in March, and after hearing her speak I got really excited about Who Needs Magic?! She not only is darling, but her series seems to allow the reader relate to her characters, and her modern day fairy godmother story is unique and unlike those out today! I hope I get the chance to read her series soon!

In Too Deep
Title: In Too Deep
Author: Coert Voorhees
Release: July 9, 2013
Annie Fleet, master scuba diver and history buff, knows she can’t fight her nerd status as a freshman at her Los Angeles private school. And she doesn’t care—except for the fact that her crush, Josh, thinks she’s more adorable than desirable. Annie is determined to set him straight on their school trip to Mexico. But her teacher has other plans: he needs Annie to help him find Cortez’s lost-long treasure.
Suddenly, Annie finds herself scuba diving in pitch-black waters, jetting to Hawaii with Josh, and hunting for the priceless Golden Jaguar. But Annie and Josh aren’t the only ones lured by the possibility of finding the greatest treasure ever lost at sea. Someone else wants the gold—and needs Annie dead. In deeper danger than she ever imagined, can Annie get the boy and find the Jaguar, or is she in over her head?
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 Okay, so as a contemp lover, this book sounds really good. As a lover of water, Hawaii, history, and native SoCalian (is that a word?) I have a feeling I will relate with Annie really well in In Too Deep. Unfortunately with being behind, I haven't had the chance to read so many great books, because well...I need to catch up with my TBR pile. From what I can tell, Inn Too Deep will appeal to most lovers of adventures and contemporaries, and if that applies to you, you should definitely check it out!

Right of WayTitle: Right of Way
Author: Lauren Barnholdt
Release: July 9, 2013
Can a road trip repair a romance gone wrong? Find out in this standalone companion to Lauren Barnholdt’s Two-way Street.
Here are Peyton and Jace, meeting on vacation. Click! It’s awesome, it’s easy, it’s romantic. This is the real deal.
Unless it isn’t. Because when you’re in love, you don’t just stop calling one day. And you don’t keep secrets. Or lie. And when your life starts falling apart, you’re supposed to have the other person to lean on.
Here are Peyton and Jace again, broken up but thrown together on a road trip. One of them is lying about the destination. One of them is pretending not to be leaving something behind. And neither of them is prepared for what’s coming on the road ahead…
 I loved Two Way Street, and again as a contemp lover this book is ideal. I'm a huge fan of road trip books, those are probably my most favorite contemporaries out their. The simplicity, adventure, and how someone can form such a complex and enjoyable story when for a majority of the time the characters are in a car seems to amaze me every time. Definitely looking forward to reading Right of Way.

Quarantine: The Saints (Quarantine, #2)

Title: Quaratine #2: The Saints
Author: Lex Thomas
Release: July 9, 2013

A cross between the Gone series and Lord of the Flies, Quarantine #2: The Saints contunues this frenetically paced and scary young adult series that illustrates just how deadly high school can be.
Nothing was worse than being locked in—until they opened the door...
McKinley High has been a battle ground for eighteen months since a virus outbreak led to a military quarantine of the school. When the doors finally open, Will and Lucy will think their nightmare is finished. But they are gravely mistaken.
As a new group of teens enters the school and gains popularity, Will and Lucy join new gangs. An epic party on the quad full of real food and drinks, where kids hookup and actually interact with members of other gangs seemed to signal a new, easier existence. Soom after though, the world inside McKinley takes a startling turn for the worse, and Will and Lucy will have to fight harder than ever to survive.
The Saints brings readers back to the dark and deadly halls of McKinley High and the QUARANTINE series.
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 I don't know too much about Quarantine, but I know as much that I got a review request a few months ago, but due to my schedule I had to decline. It definitely sounds like something Zareen would totally love, and I am really intrigued by the book as well. To me it seems like it would make a really good movie *food for thought*

Still Star-Crossed

Title: Still Star-Crossed
Author: Melinda Taub
Release: July 11, 2013
Romeo and Juliet are gone. Will love live on? Despite the glooming peace that's settled on Verona after the recent tragedy, Montagues and Capulets are brawling in the streets. Faced with more bloody battles, Prince Escalus concludes that the only way to truly marry the fortunes of these two families is to literally marry them together. Everyone is skeptical, but none more so than the pair selected, for the most eligible Montague bachelor is Benvolio, Romeo's best friend, still anguished by the loss of his companions, and the chosen Capulet maid is Juliet's older cousin Rosaline, the girl Romeo first loved and whose refusal of Romeo's affection paved the way for bloodshed. Contrary to their late cousins, there's no love lost between Benvolio and Rosaline, yet they forge a bond to end the renewed feud not only to escape their forced betrothal, but to save their lives and the city of Verona itself.
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 A retelling/ moderization of the most classic romance around. I recently read  Juliet Immortal, and Still Star-Crossed reminds me of it. Both plays on Shakespeare's classic play Romeo and Juliet, and  I have a feeling Still Star- Crossed will not disappoint. I definitely think the summery is interesting, and I do love the cover. The white and crimson is really eye appealing!
The Theory of Everything

Title: The Theory of Everything
Author: Kari Luna
Release: July 11, 2013

One part Libba Bray's GOING BOVINE, two parts String Theory, and three parts love story equals a whimsical novel that will change the way you think about the world.Sophie Sophia is obsessed with music from the late eighties. She also has an eccentric physicist father who sometimes vanishes for days and sees things other people don’t see. But when he disappears for good and Sophie’s mom moves them from Brooklyn, New York, to Havencrest, Illinois, for a fresh start, things take a turn for the weird. Sophie starts seeing things, like marching band pandas, just like her dad.
Guided by Walt, her shaman panda, and her new (human) friend named Finny, Sophie is determined to find her father and figure out her visions, once and for all. So she travels back to where it began—New York City and NYU’s physics department. As she discovers more about her dad’s research on M-theory and her father himself, Sophie opens her eyes to the world’s infinite possibilities—and her heart to love.
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This book sounds pretty adorable! Sophie seems quirky and I have a feeling I will be getting a lot of laughs out of this book. #Ilovecontemporaries <3

So here are the new releases for this week! Check in next Thursday to find out about more! If you know books that are going to release soon, do tell me below and I will definitely try to feature them! :D  

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