Sunday, February 12, 2017

YA must-reads

Dive into these YA must-reads:

Remember to Forget by Ashley Royer
Ever since the death of his girlfriend, Delia, Levi has been in a slump, refusing to speak to anyone. Desperate to help, Levi’s mother sends him from Australia to Maine to live with his father. Still full of self-doubt and at ends with his father, Levi passively accepts his fate…until he meets Delilah, a girl who reminds him a lot of someone he lost.

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Within Reach by Jessica Stevens
Xander Hemlock was not planning to die this summer. But now, he’s found himself trapped in a realm of darkness with only 30 days to convince his girlfriend, Lila, that he’s not actually dead. As Xan fights to get her attention, Lila struggles to get over Xan’s death. But how do you get over someone you still feel is within reach?

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Running for Water and Sky by Sandra Kring
17 years of being shuffled between families has left Bless Adler protective of her heart…until she meets and instantly falls in love with Liam Reid. But when Bless visits a psychic, her reading shatters everything: Liam’s lying in a pool of blood, gun at his side. Bless races off to reach Liam, but can she make it to him before it’s too late?

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The Alienation of Courtney Hoffman by Brady Stefani
All 15-year-old Courtney wants is to be normal. But thanks to her mysterious tattoo and conspiracy-obsessed grandfather, everyone has labeled Courtney as the girl who is destined to go crazy. When alien scouts start visiting Courtney, claiming to be aligned with her grandfather, she must work to uncover the secrets of her past in order to stop the apocalypse of the future.

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One Paris Summer by Denise Grover Swank
Sophie Brooks is not looking forward to her summer in Paris. She does not want to see her father, who walked out without explanation, and she definitely doesn’t want a new stepmother and sister. But after a few encounters with a gorgeous French boy, Sophie begins to warm up to the City of Lights…until her stepsister, Camille, threatens to ruin everything.    

Ashley Royer
Ashley Royer is a seventeen-year-old high school honor student. She lives north of Boston, Massachusetts. She works at a local retirement community where she is part of the wait staff and serves the residents. Ashley has been publishing her writing on Wattpad since she was thirteen years old, and she has over 30 million combined reads on her stories. Remember to Forget is her first published book. Ashley also has a YouTube channel, callmeashley98, where she posts videos and covers of songs. You can follow her on twitter, @singsongash, and @RTFbook.

Jessica Stevens
Jessica Stevens grew up knowing without a doubt that she would become a professional ballet dancer. When life told her otherwise, she went to college like the rest of the world and earned a degree in psychology. Shortly after, while raising her two boys, she found herself glued to her computer, writing, all hours of the night while everyone else slept. Today she lives in suburbs of Milwaukee, where she spends as much time as possible on lakes and rivers.

Sandra Kring
Sandra Kring is the author of five novels, including bestseller The Book of Bright Ideas, which was named to the New York Public Library’s Books for the Teen Age list in 2007. Her novel Carry Me Home was a Book Sense Notable Pick and Midwest Bookseller’s Choice Award nominee. She lives in Northern Wisconsin with her high school sweetheart; they have three grown children. Writing is her greatest passion, but she also loves reading, music, and movies. Running for Water and Sky is her first YA novel.

Brady G. Stefani
Brady G. Stefani has a bachelor's degree in creative writing and a graduate degree in law. During law school, he spent time as an involuntary commitment caseworker for the Massachusetts Department of Mental Health, where he interacted with patients suffering from severe thought disorders, including numerous patients presenting with subjectively real memories of being visited and abducted by alien beings (commonly referred to as alien abduction phenomenon). It was through his study of these patients, along with his own struggles with anxiety and cognition, that Stefani became aware of just how deceiving, mysterious, and powerfully resilient the human mind can be. After law school, Stefani wrote and directed a feature film, The Wind Cried Larry, which received honorable mentions at the East Lansing Film Festival. In addition to working on a second YA novel that continues the storyline from The Alienation of Courtney Hoffman, Stefani continues to write YA fiction for his website, exploring issues of mental health in the context of our boundary-less imaginations.

Denise Grover Swank
New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Denise Grover Swank was born in Kansas City, Missouri and lived in the area until she was nineteen. Then she became a nomadic gypsy, living in five cities, four states and ten houses over the course of ten years before she moved back to her roots. She speaks English and smattering of Spanish and Chinese which she learned through an intensive Nick Jr. immersion period. Her hobbies include witty Facebook comments (in own her mind) and dancing in her kitchen with her children. (Quite badly if you believe her offspring.) Hidden talents include the gift of justification and the ability to drink massive amounts of caffeine and still fall asleep within two minutes. Her lack of the sense of smell allows her to perform many unspeakable tasks. She has six children and hasn't lost her sanity. Or so she leads you to believe.

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