Read excerpts from new YA books! (May 30)


Here is a selection of YA excerpts from new books that have recently hit the web.

The Epic Crush of Genie Lo by F.C. Yee
Publisher: Amulet Books
Release date: August 8th 2017
When Genie Lo’s sleepy Bay Area town comes under siege from hell-spawn straight out of Chinese folklore, her priorities are suddenly and forcefully rearranged. Her only guide to the demonic chaos breaking out around her is Quentin Sun, a beguiling, maddening new transfer student from overseas. Genie will have to dig deep within herself to summon an otherworldly strength.
To read an excerpt, click here.

Flame in the Mist (Flame in the Mist #1) by Renee Ahdieh
Publisher: G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers
Release date: May 16th 2017
The only daughter of a prominent samurai, Mariko has always known she’d been raised for one purpose and one purpose only: to marry. Mariko is sent to the imperial palace to meet her betrothed, a man she did not choose. But the journey is cut short when Mariko’s convoy is viciously attacked by the Black Clan, a dangerous group of bandits who’ve been hired to kill Mariko before she reaches the palace.
To read an excerpt, click here.

Grit by Gillian French
Publisher: HarperTeen
Release date: May 16th 2017
Darcy Prentiss has long held the title of “town slut.” When you’re a girl, every little thing that happens seems to keep people whispering—especially when your ex-best friend goes missing. So when someone in town anonymously nominates Darcy to be in the running for Bay Festival Princess all of the things that Darcy wants to keep hidden threaten to erupt in ways she wasn’t prepared to handle.
To read an excerpt, click here.

How Dare the Sun Rise by Sandra Uwiringiyimana
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books
Release date: May 16th 2017
Sandra grew up in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and was just ten when she found herself with a gun pointed at her head. She had watched as rebels gunned down her mother and six-year-old sister. Remarkably, the rebel didn’t pull the trigger, and Sandra escaped. Thus began a new life for her and her surviving family members, who moved to America, only to face yet another ethnic disconnect.
To read an excerpt, click here.

If Birds Fly Back by Carlie Sorosiak
Publisher: HarperTeen
Release date: June 27th 2017
Linny has kept a journal of famous disappearances ever since her sister Grace ran away. Sebastian is an aspiring astrophysicist and the one thing he can’t figure out is the identity of his birth father. They haven’t met—yet—but Linny and Sebastian have one thing in common: an obsession with famous novelist and filmmaker Àlvaro Herrera, who who went missing three years ago and has just reappeared.
To read an excerpt, click here.

by Holly Bourne
Publisher: Usbourne
Release date: October 1st 2017
Audrey is over romance. Since her parents’ relationship imploded her mother’s been catatonic, so she takes a cinema job to get out of the house. But there she meets wannabe film-maker Harry. Nobody expects Audrey and Harry to fall in love as hard and fast as they do. But that doesn’t mean things are easy. Because real love isn’t like the movies…
To read an excerpt, click here.

by Philip Pullman
Publisher: Penguin Random House Children’s UK
Release date: October 19th 2017
Philip Pullman returns to the world of His Dark Materials with this magnificent new novel, set both ten years before and ten years after Northern Lights and featuring his much-loved character, Lyra Belacqua. An 11-year-old boy called Malcolm Polstead – who lives in an inn on the banks of the river Thames in Oxford – will be at the centre of the first volume of Philip Pullman’s hotly anticipated new trilogy.
To read an excerpt, click here.

Lord of Shadows (The Dark Artifices #2) by Cassandra Clare
Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry
Release date: May 23rd 2017
Emma Carstairs has learned that the love she shares with her parabatai, Julian Blackthorn, isn’t just forbidden—it could destroy them both. She knows she should run from Julian. But how can she when the Blackthorns are threatened by enemies on all sides? Their only hope is the Black Volume of the Dead, a spell book of terrible power. Everyone wants it. Only the Blackthorns can find it.
To read an excerpt, click here.

Love Songs & Other Lies by Jessica Pennington
Publisher: Tor Teen
Release date: January 30th 2018
Back-of-the-classroom anonymity is all Cam wants. A life uninterrupted by the tragedy he left behind. Until he meets a girl who piques his interest and their relationship quickly turns into a confusing mix of friendship, musical adventure, and a love he didn’t expect. Vee agrees to join a battling bands reality show tour bus. What she doesn’t know is that they also invited Cam. Her first love and first heartbreak.
To read an excerpt, click here.

Romancing the Throne by Nadine Jolie Courtney
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books
Release date: May 30th 2017
If there are any rules of sisterhood, “Don’t fall for the same guy” should be one of them. When Libby decides to join her sister Charlotte at posh Sussex Park school, Charlotte considers it her sisterly duty to bring Libby into her circle—which just so happens to include handsome Prince Edward, heir to Britain’s throne. But the sisters soon discover there may be a price to pay for romancing the throne….
To read an excerpt, click here.

That Thing We Call a Heart by Sheba Karim
Publisher: HarperTeen
Release date: May 9th 2017
Shabnam Qureshi is facing a summer of loneliness and boredom until she meets Jamie, who scores her a job at his aunt’s pie shack. Shabnam quickly finds herself in love, while her former best friend, Farah, who Shabnam has begun to reconnect with, finds Jamie worrying. In her quest to figure out who she really is and what she really wants, Shabnam looks for help in an unexpected place—her family, and her father’s beloved Urdu poetry.
To read an excerpt, click here.

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Lucy Nisbet

Lucy is an English teacher-in-training and a self-confessed book nerd. She often buys more books than she can reasonably afford or possibly have time to read. Her Hogwarts letter is now several years too late, but she’s sure it’s just gotten lost in the post.

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