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Check Out 7 Great Summer Reads!

See the great summer reading titles in our Sixth Annual Beach Bag of Books Feature.

Who Can You Trust if You Can't Trust Yourself?

B.A. Paris follows up her instant NYT bestseller, BEHIND CLOSED DOORS, with her second chilling, propulsive novel, THE BREAKDOWN.

Read Our Review of THE MARRIAGE PACT

The New York Times bestselling author has written an intense and shocking tale that asks: How far would you go to protect your marriage?

Kathy Reichs Introduces Readers to a New Heroine in Her First Stand-Alone Thriller

Sunday Night has spent years running from her past. But when asked to help find a missing girl, Sunnie knows it's time to face her own demons.

Does Our Sexuality Define Us? If So, How?

Perrotta's latest novel is a timeless examination of sexuality, identity, parenthood, and the big clarifying mistakes people can make when they’re no longer sure of who they are or where they belong.

A Hilarious and Unforgettable Adventure

New York Times bestselling author Sarah Mlynowski tells the story of a girl learning to navigate secret romances, thorny relationships, and the London Tube.

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July 11, 2017
One of our most highly-anticipated releases this summer is BECAUSE YOU LOVE TO HATE ME: 13 Tales of Villainy, a collection of short stories edited by Ameriie. In these 13 short stories written by 13...
May 15, 2017
The YA community has been buzzing about “13 Reasons Why,” the Netflix show based on the YA book of the same name by Jay Asher. Since the show's release, it has been given a trigger...
October 24, 2016
Who John Green: New York Times bestselling author of LOOKING FOR ALASKA, AN ABUNDANCE OF KATHERINES, PAPER TOWNS, WILL GRAYSON, WILL GRAYSON and, of course, THE FAULT IN OUR STARS
October 17, 2016
The Alternative Press Expo in San Jose, California, took place on a beautiful day where the golden light was like something out of a Maxfield Parrish painting. On October 8 and 9, 2016, The San Jose...
October 7, 2016
The Basics Title: LONER Author: Teddy Wayne Published: September 13, 2016 Other books: THE LOVE SONG OF JOHNNY VALENTINE, KAPITOL

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A gripping memoir of friendship with a tragic twist --- two childhood best friends diverge as young adults, one woman is brutally murdered and the other is determined to uncover the truth about her wild and seductive friend. As girls growing up in rural New Jersey in the late ‘80s, Ashley and Carolyn had everything in common, but during high school they began to grow apart.  While Carolyn went to NYC for college, Ashely ended up in Los Angeles where she became a stripper and an escort. Then, at age 22, she was stabbed to death in her Hollywood home. 

THE HOT ONE
By Carolyn Murnick

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Daria Esfandyar is Iranian-American and proud of her heritage, unlike some of the “Nose Jobs” in the clique led by her former best friend, Heidi Javadi. Daria and her friends call themselves the Authentics, because they pride themselves on always keeping it real. But in the course of researching a school project, Daria learns something shocking about her past, which launches her on a journey of self-discovery. It seems everyone is keeping secrets. And it’s getting harder to know who she even is any longer.

When Dee Moreno makes a deal with a devil --- her heart in exchange for an escape from a disastrous home life --- she finds her trade may be more than she bargained for. With reality turned on its head, Dee has only a group of other deal-making teens to keep her grounded, including the charming but secretive James Lancer. And as something like love grows between them amidst an otherworldly ordeal, Dee begins to wonder: can she give James her heart when it's no longer hers to give?

Bad Girl Gone by Temple Mathews - Paranormal Mystery

Sixteen year-old Echo Stone finds out she’s in Middle House, an orphanage filled with mysteriously troubled kids. There’s just one problem: she’s not an orphan. Soon, she escapes...only to find out that her home is sealed off by crime scene tape and that her parents car drives away...right through her. Her parents are alive, but she is not. A ghost desperate to get her life back and reconnect with the living, Echo embarks on a quest to solve her own murder. As the list of suspects grows, the quest evolves into a journey of self-discovery in which she learns she wasn’t quite the girl she thought she was.

Soldier Boy by Keely Hutton - Historical Fiction

SOLDIER BOY begins with the story of Ricky Richard Anywar, abducted at age 14 in 1989 to fight with Joseph Kony's rebel army in Uganda’s decades-long civil war. Ricky is trained, armed, and forced to fight government soldiers alongside his brutal kidnappers, but never stops dreaming of escape. The story continues 20 years later, with a fictionalized character named Samuel, representative of the thousands of child soldiers Ricky eventually helped rehabilitate as founder of the internationally acclaimed charity Friends of Orphans.

Miles Morales: Spider-Man Written by Jason Reynolds with illustrations by Kadir Nelson. - Superhero Fiction

Miles Morales is just your average teenager: chilling out playing video games with his best friend, crushing on beautiful poet Alicia. He's even got a scholarship at the prestigious Brooklyn Visions Academy. Oh yeah, and he's Spider Man. When a misunderstanding leads to his suspension from school, Miles begins to question his abilities, but he can't shake the nightmares that continue to haunt him or the relentless buzz of his spidey-sense every day in history class, amidst his teacher's lectures. After his scholarship is threatened, Miles uncovers a chilling plot, one that puts his friends, his neighborhood and himself at risk. It's time for Miles to suit up.

Sam Walsh had been missing for three years. His older sister, Beth, thought he was dead. His childhood friend, Josh, thought it was all his fault. They were the last two people to see him alive. Until now. Because Sam has been found, and he’s coming home. Beth desperately wants to understand what happened to her brother, but her family refuses to talk about it --- even though Sam is clearly still affected by the abuse he faced at the hands of his captor. And as Sam starts to confide in Josh about his past, Josh can’t admit the truths he’s hidden deep within himself.

Watch Me Disappear by Janelle Brown - Mystery/Thriller

It’s been a year since Billie Flanagan went on a solo hike in Desolation Wilderness and vanished from the trail. Her husband and teenage daughter have been coping with Billie’s death the best they can: Jonathan drinks as he works on a loving memoir about his marriage; Olive grows remote, from both her father and her friends at the all-girls school she attends. But then Olive starts having strange visions of her mother, still alive. Jonathan worries about Olive’s emotional stability, until he starts unearthing secrets from Billie’s past that bring into question everything he thought he understood about his wife. Together, Olive and Jonathan embark on a quest for the truth.

A serial killer is on the loose in San Diego with a most unusual M.O. With each kill, the perpetrator leaves behind mystifying random objects. In this confusing array of unrelated evidence, the one thing that is clear is that the murders all have one characteristic in common: they all require the specific skills of Kendra Michaels, hired gun for both the CIA and FBI. Kendra, who was blind for the first 20 years of her life, gained her sight through a revolutionary surgical procedure and now uses her acute powers of observation to assist in cases all over the United States. FBI investigators soon make a startling discovery: the left-behind objects are actually souvenirs of other unsolved serial murder cases from around the country.

Growing up in a mill town in Rhode Island, in a household that didn’t foster a love of literature, Ann Hood discovered nonetheless the transformative power of books. She learned to channel her imagination, ambitions and curiosity by devouring ever-growing stacks. In MORNINGSTAR, Hood recollects how THE BELL JAR, MARJORIE MORNINGSTAR, THE HARRAD EXPERIMENT and THE OUTSIDERS influenced her teen psyche and introduced her to topics that could not be discussed at home. Later, JOHNNY GOT HIS GUN and THE GRAPES OF WRATH dramatically influenced her political thinking, while the Vietnam War and the Kent State shootings became headline news.

If you open your dictionary, you will discover that there is no such word as “bibliomystery.” However, most mystery readers know that the word refers to a mystery story that involves the world of books: a bookshop, a rare volume, a library, a collector or a bookseller. The stories in this unique collection were commissioned by the Mysterious Bookshop and were written by some of the mystery genre’s most distinguished authors --- tough guys like Ken Bruen, Reed Farrel Coleman, Loren D. Estleman, and Mickey Spillane and Max Allan Collins; bestsellers like Nelson DeMille, Anne Perry and Jeffery Deaver; and Edgar winners such as C. J. Box, Thomas H. Cook and Laura Lippman.

Marion Palm prefers not to think of herself as a thief but rather "a woman who embezzles." Over the years she has managed to steal $180,000 from her daughters' private school, money that has paid for European vacations, a Sub-Zero refrigerator, and perpetually unused state-of-the-art exercise equipment. But now, when the school faces an audit, Marion pulls piles of rubber-banded cash from their basement hiding places and flees, leaving her family to grapple with the baffled detectives, the irate school board, and the mother-shaped hole in their house.

The Quiet Child by John Burley - Historical/Psychological Thriller

It's the summer of 1954, and the residents of Cottonwood, California are dying. At the center of it all is six-year-old Danny McCray, a strange and silent child who appears to bring ruin to those around him. Even his own mother is plagued by an illness that is slowly consuming her. Sheriff Jim Kent has watched the people of his town suffer, increasingly aware of the whispers and rumors surrounding the boy --- and he worries someone might take drastic action to protect their loved ones. Then a stranger arrives, and Danny and his 10-year-old brother Sean go missing. In the search that follows, everyone is a suspect, and the consequences of finding the two brothers may be worse than not finding them at all.