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New YA for November

Date posted: November 8, 2019, 6:40 pm

We have been cooking up some exciting new releases in YA for November. Check out these books featuring the retelling of a Greek myth, a murder mystery that takes place on a foggy island, and deadly sirens. Plus two new series by popular Authors Rin Chupeco and Maggie Stiefvater.

Check them out below!

Songs From the Deep by Kelly Powell
Keywords: Sirens, Murder, Fanstasy, Music

Moira Alexander has always been fascinated by the deadly sirens who lurk along the shores of her island town. Even though their haunting songs can lure anyone to a swift and watery grave, she gets as close to them as she can, playing her violin on the edge of the enchanted sea. When a young boy is found dead on the beach, the islanders assume that he’s one of the sirens’ victims. Moira isn’t so sure.

Certain that someone has framed the boy’s death as a siren attack, Moira convinces her childhood friend, the lighthouse keeper Jude Osric, to help her find the real killer, rekindling their friendship in the process. With townspeople itching to hunt the sirens down, and their own secrets threatening to unravel their fragile new alliance, Moira and Jude must race against time to stop the killer before it’s too late—for humans and sirens alike

An intoxicating blend of mystery and enchantment -Kirkus Reviews (08/ 13/19)

Orpheus Girl by Brynne Rebele-Henry
Keywords: Greek Mythology, LGBTQIA, Realistic fiction

Abandoned by a single mother she never knew, 16-year-old Raya—obsessed with ancient myths—lives with her grandmother in a small conservative Texas town. For years Raya has been forced to hide her feelings for her best friend and true love, Sarah. When the two are outed, they are sent to Friendly Saviors: a re-education camp meant to “fix” them and make them heterosexual. Upon arrival, Raya vows to assume the mythic role of Orpheus to escape Friendly Saviors, and to return to the world of the living with her love—only becoming more determined after she, Sarah, and Friendly Saviors’ other teen residents are subjected to abusive “treatments” by the staff.

Each tightly written paragraph is beautiful. -Booklist (09/13/19)

The Never Tilting World by Rin Chupeco
Keywords: Gods and Goddesses, Climate change, Magic, Twins

Generations of twin goddesses have long ruled Aeon—until one sister’s betrayal split their world in two. A Great Abyss now divides two realms: one cloaked in eternal night, the other scorched beneath an ever-burning sun.

While one sister rules the frozen fortress of Aranth, her twin rules the sand-locked Golden City—each with a daughter by their side. Now those young goddesses must set out on separate, equally dangerous journeys in hopes of healing their broken world. No matter the sacrifice it demands.

An engaging adventure that will leave readers anxious for the next book in this duology. -School Library Journal (09/01/19)

Impossible Causes by Julie Mayhew
Keywords: Psychological suspense, Superstition, Murder, Islands

For six months every year, Lark Island is fogged in, its occupants cut off completely from the mainland. The community is small, tight-knit, and deeply religious. Lark seems like a good place for 16-year-old Viola Kendrick and her mother to be alone as they mourn Viola’s father and brother, both killed in a tragic accident.

But the islanders are hiding dark secrets. As the winter fog sets in, Viola gets to know the Eldest Girls—the only three teenagers on Lark—and begins to learn about the island’s twisted history, including an old story of a young girl, whose death the islanders insist was accidental. When a man’s body is found at the end of Viola’s first winter on Lark, Viola finds herself at the center of a murder mystery: one that asks whether the man’s death was a righteous act of revenge, or a cold-blooded killing.

Engaging characters, well-crafted suspense, and a tone of growing, claustrophobic dread add up to an effective thriller. -Kirkus Reviews (09/02/19)

Call Down the Hawk by Maggie Stiefvater
Keywords: Fantasy, Dreams, Siblings

Ronan Lynch is a dreamer. He can pull both curiosities and catastrophes out of his dreams and into his compromised reality.

Jordan Hennessy is a thief. The closer she comes to the dream object she is after, the more inextricably she becomes tied to it.

Carmen Farooq-Lane is a hunter. Her brother was a dreamer… and a killer. She has seen what dreaming can do to a person. And she has seen the damage that dreamers can do. But that is nothing compared to the destruction that is about to be unleashed…

Mysterious magic and secrets abound. –Kirkus Reviews (08/28/19)