New Books in the Edge: February 2023

One of the best parts of my job is ordering new books for the Edge–reading the reviews, seeing what popular authors come up with next, or finding out about an upcoming sequel to an old favorite. Read on to find out about some of the new YA fiction titles coming to our shelves this month.

Going Dark by Melissa de la Cruz
Grades 9 and up
Library Catalog / hoopla / Libby

“Josh Rueter and his influencer girlfriend, Amelia Ashley, travel to Rome for vacation, but when only Josh returns home and Amelia's busy social media goes dark, he is the prime suspect in her disappearance. Matters only become worse when the police find blood in Josh's suitcase. Hacker Harper Delgado becomes involved, scouring the internet for digital breadcrumbs that might help solve the case.” –School Library Journal

The Wicked Bargain by Gabe Cole Novoa
Grades 8 and up

“For 16 years, Mar's life on the ocean has been pretty much perfect, as long as they keep their fire and ice magia under control. Mar's beloved Papá, Captain de la Rosa, leads the extremely successful crew of La Catalina until the night of Mar's 16th birthday, when el Diablo shows up to collect on an old bargain, resulting in the destruction of La Catalina and the disappearance of Mar's father. Pulled from the ocean by the annoyingly attractive Bas onto Captain de la Rosa's greatest rival's ship La Ana, Mar learns that el Diablo will accept only one thing in exchange for Mar's father—Mar's own soul. ” –School Library Journal

Chaos Theory by Nic Stone
Grades 9 and up
Library Catalog / Libby

“The latest from best-selling Stone is a beautiful exploration of neurodivergence, grief, and taking risks. Shelbi plans to enter her new high school without drawing any attention to herself, and everything was going well until an unknown number starts a text conversation with her. Shelbi soon realizes that her mysterious texter is none other than Andy Criddle, her school’s golden boy who uses alcohol to cope with his younger sister’s unexpected death. Through compassion, understanding, and honesty, Shelbi and Andy strike up a friendship and allow themselves to just be okay in a world that demands much more than they are able to give.” –Booklist

Imposter Syndrome and Other Confessions of Alejandra Kim by Patricia Park
Grades 8 and up
Library Catalog / Libby

“Senior year of high school is bad enough, but for Alejandra Kim, there is extra drama, and not just dealing with her misunderstanding mother. She is also dealing with microaggressions for her traditional Spanish first-name and very Korean face and last name, grieving her father's death, and feeling like she doesn't fit in with her clueless white ‘woke’ classmates. On Alejandra's first day of school, a teacher comments about how she will have no problem getting into college. While she lets it slide, her friend, white Laurel, takes action and thrusts Alejandra into a spotlight she never wanted in a school where she feels like she doesn't belong.” –School Library Journal

The Wrong Kind of Weird by James Ramos
Grades 9 and up
Library Catalog / hoopla / Libby

“Cameron Carson’s membership in Geeks and Nerds United, or G.A.N.U., a school club he’s in with best friends D’Anthony and Jocelyn, is a source of pride and joy and a big part of his identity. But Cam has a potentially explosive secret that may well shake the foundations of his social circle and perhaps even of the whole school: his clandestine summer fling with super popular student council president and theater snob Karla Ortega. But as senior year starts and he and Karla continue to hook up behind everybody’s backs while working together backstage on the school production of Pride and Prejudice, Cam starts to wonder if this is what he really wants—especially when he starts hanging out with Mackenzie, a new G.A.N.U. member.” –Kirkus Reviews


Immortality: A Love Story by Dana Schwartz
Grades 10 and up
Library Catalog

“In this sequel to Anatomy: A Love Story, Hazel Sinnett is alone…. When saving a life leads to her arrest, Hazel prepares to be executed while rotting in prison. However, her life is spared when she receives a royal invitation to treat Charlotte, the beloved Princess of Wales.” –School Library Journal

The first book in the series, Anatomy: A Love Story, can be found here: Library Catalog / Libby.

The Mysteries of Thorn Manor by Margaret Rogerson
Grades 7 and up
Library Catalog / Libby

“Rogue magical wards trap Elisabeth Scrivener and her companions inside Thorn Manor in this novella that revisits the world of Sorcery of Thorns (2019). A violent, magical gale surrounds Thorn Manor, separating the inhabitants from the rest of Hemlock Park. And for once, the calamity seems not to be the fault of Nathaniel Thorn himself.” –Kirkus Reviews

The first book in the series, Sorcery of Thorns, can be found here: Library Catalog / Libby.

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