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Somebody Up There Hates You by Hollis Seamon

Seventeen-year-old Richard’s recent transfer from the oncology ward to hospice signifies he has less than one month to live.  The utter finality of this diagnosis causes him to coin the term SUTHY Syndrome (Somebody Up There Hates You).  But as he is about to discover, there is a lot of adventure, love, and self-discovery to be had in a month.  This bittersweet story told from the perspective of an honest and sarcastically hilarious teenager is a great bet for fans of John Green’s The Fault in Our Stars. ~Lynette Pitrak

The Burning Sky by Sherry Thomas

In a mad attempt to save a batch of light elixir, novice mage Iolanthe Seabourne calls down a bolt of lightning and is thrown headfirst into fulfilling a prophecy that will pit her against some of the most powerful figures in the country. Helping her is Prince Titus of Elberon, who has sworn to protect her and his country. ~Debra Wischmeyer

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Falling Hard by Megan Sparks

Annie, a 14-year-old girl, has just moved to the U.S. with her dad from London.  Annie has a background in gymnastics, and plans on joining the cheerleading squad at school. However, she is introduced to the world of Roller Derby! Training for both cheerleading and roller derby quickly gets overwhelming. Deciding which sport to choose is even harder, especially when Tyler the soccer player hangs out with the cheerleaders and Jesse the skateboarder hangs out at the rink. Decisions, decisions . . .  

Wild Born by Brandon Mull

The children of Erdas are required to drink Nectar when they turn eleven to see if they will become one of the few to have a spirit animal.  Four children are about to discover that they each have spirit animal bonds which are rare links between human and animal that give great powers to both.  Conor, an indentured servant, calls Briggan the wolf.  Abeke, the young warrior, calls Uraza the leopard.  Jhi the panda comes to Meilin, the daughter of a general, and Rollan, an orphan from the streets, calls Essix the falcon.

Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge

Since she was young, Nyx has always known she was destined to marry the Dark Lord who has enslaved her kingdom. Her father has been preparing her for this match for many years, and while her destiny is marriage, the prophecy states that she will be the one to kill him, if he doesn’t kill her first. Nyx rails against the unfairness of the prophecy, as it was her father who bonded her and not her angelic twin sister to the Dark Lord, and yet her fierce determination will be what is needed to defeat him in the end. Or is the Dark Lord not what he seems?

A Little Night Magic by Lucy March

A small town waitress seeking to shake up her life gets more than she bargained for in this light, funny, and magical paranormal romance about friendship, love, and adorable magical creations. After spending years in her small hometown living in the same house, working at the same diner, and in love with the cook, Tobias, Olivia decides she needs to get out of her rut. Then everything changes when a mysterious woman shows up at the diner, warning Olivia that she not only has magic of her own, but she’s also in grave danger.

Almost Super by Marion Jensen

Finally, it’s the day that Rafter and his brother Benny will get their superpowers!   They are both part of the Bailey Family – superheroes that protect their town from the evil supervillains, the Johnsons.  However, after all that waiting . . . when they do get their powers, they’re duds.  Benny can turn his belly-button from an innie to an outie.  And Rafter can make a match light by striking it on polyester.  How can they fight evil Johnsons (shake fist) with those powers? 

The Silent Wife by A.S.A. Harrison

Jodi Brett and Todd Gilbert seem to possess an enviable life together.  Todd, a general contractor, flips houses on Chicago’s north side affording them a comfortable lifestyle.  Jodi, a psychologist in part-time private practice from their lakeside condo, celebrates her professional achievements alongside their twenty-year relationship.  Then Todd’s best friend’s daughter, a college student named Natasha, announces her pregnancy and upcoming nuptials to Todd, and Jodi’s world tilts on its axis.  Receiving notice to vacate their home spurs Jodi to

Crash and Burn by Michael Hassan

David “Burn” Burnett has had it in for Steven “Crash” Crashinsky since elementary school.  David is positive the two are connected in the same way as Harry Potter and Lord Voldemort- one will have to die in order for the other to live.  Crash recounts their entire twisted history, including on-and-off periods of friendship and fighting, rivalries over girls, and horrific family tragedies.  All of this leads up to April 21st of the boys’ senior year of high school: the day David brings automatic rifles and explosives to school.  This novel is

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