Well hello again, Figs! We’ve got the scoop on some great new books that you should check out ASAP. You’ll definitely want to put these books on the top of your “to-read” list! And if you don’t have a “to-read” list . . . well, then you know what to put on top of your “to-do” list.
The Springsweet by Saundra Mitchell (4/17)
After the death of her fiancé, Zora Stewart is absolutely heartbroken. Tears. Everywhere. It’s utter chaos. She then decides to go to Oklahoma to stay with her widowed aunt and discovers that she has the ability to sense water under the earth. Now, her aunt wants to use that power to help the other settlers in Oklahoma figure out where to dig their wells. Woot! Sounds awesome . . . right? Nope. No such luck. After constantly being used for her powers, Zora starts to feel like there has to be more than life. She longs for love, but she will be able to find it with all the craziness going on around her? You can check out The Springsweet for yourself on Figment now!
The Chaos by Nalo Hopkinson (4/17)
Scotch is your average sixteen-year-old girl. She’s a good student, the perfect daughter, and some sort of weird black substance is devouring her skin. Pretty average stuff . . . right? Okay fine, you’re right. Being a good student at sixteen is pretty weird. Just kidding (stay in school, kids!). Things start to get real for Scotch when she goes out with her brother one day and he disappears after being enveloped by a bubble of light. On top of all that, the strange bubbles of light are starting to affect the entire city, making everyone turn into some sort of monster! What is this witchery?! Scotch really has to think fast before she’s turned into a crazy creature herself!
Mister Death’s Blue-Eyed Girls by Mary Downing Hahn (4/17)
On the last day of Nora Cunningham’s junior year of high school, two teenage girls have been brutally murdered. What a way to end the year, amirite? In her quiet town, everyone believes that Buddy Novak, the ex-boyfriend of one of the victims, is the culprit. There’s no doubt about it. None. Zilch. Nada. But Nora still feels differently. She’s the only one who believes that Buddy is innocent, but how will she find a way to prove it? In Mister Death’s Blue-Eyed Girls, we get to experience the story through a bunch of different perspectives, including the murderer’s. The suspense! Find out whether or not Buddy is innocent by picking up this book now!
Kill Switch by Chris Lynch (4/17)
Daniel is about to go off to college, but before he does so, he wants to spend his last summer in town with his beloved grandfather who’s suffering from dementia. Their time together does not turn out the way he expects. “Da” (his grandfather) tells him stories about his old job . . . all the people that he’s killed and all the governments that he’s overthrown. To top it all off, strange men show up at the house to ensure that his grandfather stays quiet about everything. Suspicious? I THINK SO! Badass grandpa? I THINK SO! Daniel finds himself on the run from the police and realizes that he must be the one to protect his grandfather from the meanies who are after him.
Glimmer by Phoebe Kitanidis (4/17)
Marshall King and Elyse Alton have just woken up in each other’s arms. So romantic. Except for the fact that they can’t remember anything–who they are, where they are, or how they got there. Awkward awakening, much? “So, do we walk away now? Or–” The two have decided to work together to try to restore their memories. Turns out that they’ve woken up in Summer Falls, a quaint little town. It’s a perfect town, really–everyone is happy and carefree. Too happy and carefree. None of the inhabitants can retain any bad memories. Of anything. It’s too much for Marshall and Elyse to bear, living in a world filled with cheerful zombies. Oh, and the town is also haunted by ghosts. Sheer madness! Now, Marshall and Elyse must work to find out who or what is behind all of this sinister business. And what they uncover is not pretty.