Kicking off today’s Teen Reads Tuesday is “September Girls” by Bennett Madison.
The book, which toys with a variation of the mermaids concept – arguably – is written from the perspective of Sam, a boy whose father takes him to a secluded beach resort wherein all the ladies are young, perky and definitely interested in Sam and his brother. The scenery and scenarios are confusing and wistful, and there’s a definite backdrop of relationship drama between his parents hidden in the mix there as well, so it’s one of those stories that takes a bit of closer inspection to understand.
See also: ARC Review: ‘September Girls’ by Bennett Madison
Also releasing today are the following new YA titles: “Timeriders: The Eternal War” by Alex Scarrow, “All I Need” by Susane Colasanti, “Absent” by Katie Williams, “Night School” by C.J. Daugherty, “Transparent” by Natalie Whipple and “Dark Shore” by Kevin Emerson.
Which will you be picking up and why?
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‘September Girls’ by Bennett Madison
In “September Girls,” Sam is spending the summer in a beach town filled with beautiful blond girls who all seem inexplicably attracted to him. But that’s not the only reason why he thinks the Girls are strange. They only wear flats because heels make their feet bleed. They never go swimming in the water. And they all want something from him.
Sam finds himself in an unexpected summer romance when he falls for one of the Girls, DeeDee. But as they get closer, she pulls away without explanation. Sam knows that if he is going to win her back, he’ll have to learn the Girls’ secret.
See also: ARC Review: ‘September Girls’ by Bennett Madison
“TimeRiders: The Eternal War” by Alex Scarrow
Continuing the heart-pounding, time-bending action of the “TimeRiders” series, “The Eternal War” brings readers back to a pivotal time period in American history: the Civil War. Only this alternate history is one where a young Abraham Lincoln has somehow followed Liam into the present from 1831, and the entire course of American history has changed. If the TimeRiders can’t return Lincoln to the past, the country could be trapped in a dangerous state of never-ending civil war. Can Maddy persuade two colonels on either side of no man’s land to cease fire long enough to save the future?
“All I Need” by Susane Colasanti
The last night of summer is only the beginning.
Skye wants to meet the boy who will change her life forever. Seth feels their instant connection the second he sees her. When Seth starts talking to Skye at the last beach party of the summer, it’s obvious to both of them that this is something real.
But when Seth leaves for college before they exchange contact info, Skye wonders if he felt the same way she did—and if she will ever see him again. Even if they find their way back to each other, can they make a long-distance relationship work despite trust issues, ex drama, and some serious background differences?
“Absent” by Katie Williams
When seventeen-year-old Paige dies in a freak fall from the roof during Physics class, her spirit is bound to the grounds of her high school. At least she has company: her fellow ghosts Evan and Brooke, who also died there. But when Paige hears the rumor that her death wasn’t an accident—that she supposedly jumped on purpose—she can’t bear it. Then Paige discovers something amazing. She can possess living people when they think of her, and she can make them do almost anything. Maybe, just maybe, she can get to the most popular girl in school and stop the rumors once and for all.
“Night School” by C.J. Daugherty
Welcome to your new school, Allie.
Welcome to your new life.
The gates locked into place with a shudder.
Allie Sheridan ‘s world has fallen apart. Her family’s in tatters, school after school has kicked her out for bad behavior, and she’s just been arrested. Again.
Sent away to a strict boarding school, Allie expects a prison. Instead, she finds Cimmeria Academy is something very different. Its students are an odd mixture of the gifted and the rich, though Allie is sure she is neither. Its rules are stern but arcane, and among its students is an elite group in a mysterious organization. They call it Night School.
Soon Allie finds that, especially at night, Cimmeria is alive with secrets.
That everybody lies. And as the school begins to seem like a very dangerous place, she must decide who she can trust if she’s going to find out what’s really going on.
“Transparent” by Natalie Whipple
Plenty of teenagers feel invisible.
Fiona McClean actually is.
An invisible girl is a priceless weapon. Fiona’s own father has been forcing her to do his dirty work for years—everything from spying on people to stealing cars to breaking into bank vaults.
After sixteen years, Fiona’s had enough. She and her mother flee to a small town, and for the first time in her life, Fiona feels like a normal life is within reach. But Fiona’s father isn’t giving up that easily.
Of course, he should know better than anyone: never underestimate an invisible girl.
‘Dark Shore’ by Kevin Emerson
Beware the gods and their horrors.
Owen, Lilly, and Leech have escaped Camp Eden, but the next step on their journey to find Atlantis and protect it from Paul and Project Elysium involves crossing the perilous wastelands of a wrecked planet. And unlike in EdenWest, where bloody truths were kept hidden beneath the surface, out here the horrors live bright beneath the poisonous sun.
With treachery at every turn, Owen has no choice but to bring his wounded clan to the dark shores of Desenna, the city built from the ashes of EdenSouth. Desenna’s blood-soaked walls may hold the key to Owen’s journey in the form of the third Atlantean as well as a deeper understanding of the true purpose of the Three, but there are also secrets lurking in the shadows, waiting to be unleashed, and once they rise, there may be no escape.
Filled with sizzling romance, action, mind-bending twists, and powerful scenes of emotional and physical sacrifice, The Dark Shore: Book Two of the Atlanteans takes readers on a journey to a question that’s so great, even the gods have trouble answering it: What would you be willing to do to save humanity from itself?