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July 18, 2013

Out This Week in YA (2): Pressure, Apocalypse, Death (This week is a grim one)

Every week there is another new release, so why not highlight them? This week there have been some great releases, these are some that I am most excited for: 

Title: 45 Pounds (More Or Less)
Author: Kelly Barson
Release: July 16, 2013

She is 16.
And a size 17.
Her perfect mother is a size 6.
Her Aunt Jackie is getting married in 2 months, and wants Ann to be a bridesmaid.
So Ann makes up her mind: Time to lose 45 pounds (more or less).
Welcome to the world of informercial diet plans, wedding dance lessons, endless run-ins with the cutest guy Ann's ever seen—and some surprises about her not-so-perfect mother.
And there's one more thing—it's all about feeling comfortable in your own skin—no matter how you add it up!
I really really want to read this one! I definitely feel like I can relate to this, because I have always felt self conscious about my weight, so I have a feeling this book will not only be enjoyable but it will be a learning experience for me as well. Definitely sounds like a great contemporary novel! 

No Easy Way Out (No Safety In Numbers, #2)
Title: No Easy Way Out
Author: Dayna Lorentz
Release: July 16, 2013
It's Day 7 in the quarantined mall. The riot is over and the senator trapped inside is determined to end the chaos. Even with new rules, assigned jobs, and heightened security, she still needs to get the teen population under control. So she enlists Marco's help--allowing him to keep his stolen universal card key in exchange for spying on the very football players who are protecting him.
But someone is working against the new systems, targeting the teens, and putting the entire mall in even more danger. Lexi, Marco, Ryan, and Shaybelieve their new alliances are sound.
They are wrong. Who can be trusted? And who will be left to trust?
The virus was just the beginning.
Fans of Life As We Knew It and those who love apocalyptic plots will love this modern Lord of the Flies. The sequel to No Safety in Numbers is a pounding, relentless rush that will break your heart and keep you guessing until the end.
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Ahh Sequels! These are seriously the days I wish I read the first book so I can jump into a book that sounds this good. Post Apocalyptic books are some of my favorites, because it's crazy to imagine "Hey! This may be your future, so you better pay attention!" I generally love thinking about the future even if it's dire, so definitely looking into reading this.

Imperfect Spiral

Title: Imperfect Spiral
Author: Debbie Levy
Release: July 16, 2013
Danielle Snyder's summer job as a babysitter takes a tragic turn when Humphrey, the five-year-old boy she's watching, runs in front of oncoming traffic to chase down his football. Immediately Danielle is caught up in the machinery of tragedy: police investigations, neighborhood squabbling, and, when the driver of the car that struck Humphrey turns out to be an undocumented alien, outsiders use the accident to further a politically charged immigration debate. Wanting only to mourn Humphrey, the sweet kid she had a surprisingly strong friendship with, Danielle tries to avoid the world around her. Through a new relationship with Justin, a boy she meets at the park, she begins to work through her grief, but as details of the accident emerge, much is not as it seems. It's time for Danielle to face reality, but when the truth brings so much pain, can she find a way to do right by Humphrey's memory and forgive herself for his death?
Woah woah woah! Okay this something totally different from any contemp I have heard of. But I have a hunch that it will turn out to be amazing. There is politics, self discovery, romance, and  their is grief, a lot of grief. I kinda like the mix, and an really curious to see what reading Imperfect Spirals will be like.

Dangerous GirlsTitle: Dangerous Girls
Author: Abigail Haas (Abby McDonald)
Release: July 16, 2013
Paradise quickly gets gruesome in this thrilling page-turner with a plot that’s ripped from the headlines and a twist that defies the imagination.It’s Spring Break of senior year. Anna, her boyfriend Tate, her best friend Elise, and a few other close friends are off to a debaucherous trip to Aruba that promises to be the time of their lives.
But when Elise is found brutally murdered, Anna finds herself trapped in a country not her own, fighting against vile and contemptuous accusations. As Anna sets out to find her friend’s killer, she discovers harsh revelations about her friendships, the slippery nature of truth, and the ache of young love.
Awaiting the judge’s decree, it becomes clear to Anna that everyone around her thinks she is not only guilty, but also dangerous. And when the whole story comes out, reality is more shocking than anyone ever imagined..
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Contemps! This is the week of contemporaries, and well I do not dissaprove! Who doesn't love crime dramas well here is a YA version for you. Paradise vacation, crime drama, and romance, this is definitely Zareen's and my cup of tea!

Dirty Little Secret
Title: Dirty Little Secret
Author: Jennifer Echols
Release: July 16, 2013
Bailey wasn’t always a wild child and the black sheep of her family. She used to play fiddle and tour the music circuit with her sister, Julie, who sang and played guitar. That ended when country music execs swooped in and signed Julie to a solo deal. Never mind that Julie and Bailey were a duet, or that Bailey was their songwriter. The music scouts wanted only Julie, and their parents were content to sit by and let her fulfill her dreams while Bailey’s were hushed away.
Bailey has tried to numb the pain and disappointment over what could have been. And as Julie’s debut album is set to hit the charts, her parents get fed up with Bailey’s antics and ship her off to granddad’s house in Nashville. Playing fiddle in washed-up tribute groups at the mall, Bailey meets Sam, a handsome and oh-so-persuasive guitarist with his own band. He knows Bailey’s fiddle playing is just the thing his band needs to break into the industry. But this life has broken Bailey’s heart once before. She isn’t sure she’s ready to let Sam take her there again…
Tee-hee another contemp :D This one really reminds me of Nashville or something with the whole music, country, etc. Sounds like a fun pass time read, maybe I'll read it sometime soon.
Vigilante Nights
 Title: Vigilante Nights
Author: Erin Richards
Release: July 18, 2013
A "good boy" will do anything for vengeance when a gang rite kills his twin sister. Will Lucas win, or follow his sister Silver into the darkness?
After a hideous car wreck, Lucas wakes from a coma to find that his world is gutted. Not only is his beloved twin sister, Silver, gone forever, but Lucas is broken in body and spirit. He will never be a college athlete, and is robbed of what he now realizes was the most important bond of his life. Although they weren't identical twins, Lucas and Silver shared a bond so fierce it defied reason, and was nearly supernatural.
After her death, that bond seems to endure when Lucas sees Silver everywhere he turns. Either he's crazy, or Silver is trying to tell him something about the California gang initiation they stumbled into that cost Silver her life. Lucas is bent on revenge, turning on Raymond, Silver's former boyfriend; the one Lucas never wanted her to date. He forms a posse of vigilantes to take out the gangsters responsible for Silver's death, but he risks not only his own life, but the love of the new girl on his block, who knows more about Lucas and Silver than can be accounted for by mere chance.
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I have only one thing to say about this book: Nightmares. I swear I will be up all night reading, and then when I need to sleep I'm going to freak out or something. But the books that keep you awake are you usually the best ;)

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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