2) Burning Glass by Kathryn Purdie. I got to meet Kathryn at an English conference we had here at BYU-I in October, and she was great! Her life's been intense, man. Initial reviews for her debut, a YA fantasy about an empath who is used by her empire sort of like a food taster but with people's intentions, are looking good. And I've always been a fan of empath characters. Releases March 1st.
4) The First Time She Drowned by Kerry Kletter. This YA contemporary is about a girl put in a mental institution by her mother for something she didn't do, and the complexities of their unhealthy relationship, which sounds super deep and interesting. Releases March 15th.
5) The Way I Used To Be by Amber Smith. This YA contemporary is about a girl throughout all her high school career dealing with the trauma of a rape. A very important issue, of course. Releases March 22nd.
6) Burning by Danielle Rollins. This is a YA horror about a bunch of girls in juvie who have to deal with the mysterious dangers brought by a very young girl who did something terrible. Releases April 5th.
7) A Fierce and Subtle Poison by Samantha Mabry. This YA fantasy about a mythological girl with green skin and a poison touch is entrenched in Puerto Rican culture, and I think it sounds awesome! Releases April 12th.
8) American Girls by Alison Umminger. This YA thriller tells the story of a girl facing a sort of modern reincarnation of the Manson family. Which is, like, a really cool concept. Releases June 7th.
9) Into White by Randi Pink. This book was one of the first to hit my top 2016 TBR: it's a YA magical realism about a black girl who prays to be white and gets her wish. WHICH IS SUCH A COOL PREMISE OMGOODNESS I CAN'T WAIT. Releases September 13th.
10) Ever the Hunted by Erin Summerill. When Kathryn came to BYU-I, Erin came along, so I got to meet her too! Erin's wondrously friendly and enthusiastic. Her debut is a YA fantasy about a bounty hunter with a bow and arrow, releasing sometime in the fall (to be determined).
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