I'm really looking forward to these books being released next month:
You Look Different in Real Life by Jennifer Castle (HarperTeen hardcover, 4 June 2013).
The premise was simple: five kids, just living their lives. There'd be a
new movie about them every five years, starting in kindergarten. But no
one could have predicted what the cameras would capture. And no one
could have predicted that Justine would be the star.
Now Justine is sixteen, and another sequel is in the works. Justine
isn’t ready to have viewers examining her life again. She feels like a
disappointment, not at all like the girl everyone fell in love with in
the first two movies. But, ready or not, she and the other four teens
will soon be in front of the cameras again.
Deviant by Helen Fitzgerald (Soho Teen hardcover, 11 June 2013).
When sixteen-year-old Abigail's mother dies in Scotland—leaving a faded
photo, a weirdly cryptic letter, and a one-way ticket to America—she
feels nothing. Why should she? Her mother abandoned her as a baby to
grow up on an anti-nuclear commune and then in ugly foster homes. But
the letter is a surprise in more ways than one: Her father is living in
California. What's more, she has an eighteen-year-old sister, Becky. And
the two are expecting Abigail to move in with them.
struggling to overcome her natural suspicions of a note from beyond the
grave (not to mention anything positive) Abigail tries to fit in with
her strange, new American family: a distant father with a closed past, a
too-perfect stepmother, and most puzzling of all, her long-lost sister.
Becky sweeps Abigail into a shadowy underground movement involving
clandestine street art, jailbreaks, and a bizarre double life. Soon,
Abigail uncovers something unimaginable: a plot with vast implications,
one that is aimed not only at controlling her sister, but the behavior
of rebellious teens across the globe.
The Secret Ingredient by Stewart Lewis (Delacorte Books for Young Readers hardcover, 11 June 2013).
Sixteen-year-old Olivia loves living in Silverlake, Los Angeles, with
her dads, Bell and Enrique, and her brother, Jeremy. But when Olivia
discovers that Bell's restaurant, FOOD, is in trouble, she applies for a
job at a casting agency. The day of her interview, Olivia meets a
psychic in an elevator who tells her that this summer will be pivotal.
Soon after, Olivia stumbles upon a vintage cookbook with handwritten
notes in the margins and starts to date a gorgeous boy named Theo. As
Olivia reads the notes in the cookbook and cooks the recipes, she forms a
kinship with the previous owner and becomes increasingly aware of the
emptiness she feels without a mother. When Olivia discovers her
birthmother's name and address, there's nothing to stop Olivia from
meeting her. But sometimes the things we search for are the things we've
Star Cursed (The Cahill Witch Chronicles #2) by Jessica Spotswood (Putnam Juvenile hardcover, 18 June 2013).
With the Brotherhood persecuting witches like never before, a divided
Sisterhood desperately needs Cate to come into her Prophesied powers.
And after Cate's friend Sachi is arrested for using magic, a war-thirsty
Sister offers to help her find answers—if Cate is willing to endanger
everyone she loves.
Cate doesn't want to be a weapon, and she
doesn't want to involve her friends and Finn in the Sisterhood's
schemes. But when Maura and Tess join the Sisterhood, Maura makes it
clear that she'll do whatever it takes to lead the witches to victory.
Even if it means sacrifices. Even if it means overthrowing Cate. Even if
it means all-out war.