Happy Sunday! I hope you had an amazing weekend! There were three releases that caught my eye this week.
Heart of Iron by Ashley Poston- Seventeen-year-old Ana is a scoundrel by nurture and an outlaw by nature. Found as a child drifting through space with a sentient android called D09, Ana was saved by a fearsome space captain and the grizzled crew she now calls family. But D09—one of the last remaining illegal Metals—has been glitching, and Ana will stop at nothing to find a way to fix him. Ana’s desperate effort to save D09 leads her on a quest to steal the coordinates to a lost ship that could offer all the answers. But at the last moment, a spoiled Ironblood boy beats Ana to her prize. He has his own reasons for taking the coordinates, and he doesn’t care what he’ll sacrifice to keep them. When everything goes wrong, she and the Ironblood end up as fugitives on the run. Now their entire kingdom is after them—and the coordinates—and not everyone wants them captured alive. What they find in a lost corner of the universe will change all their lives—and unearth dangerous secrets. But when a darkness from Ana’s past returns, she must face an impossible choice: does she protect a kingdom that wants her dead or save the Metal boy she loves?
The Right Move by Amy Sparling- Four years ago, Olivia Westland dropped out of college to take care of her grandmother in the tiny town of Mable Falls. Now that Grandma has passed, she finds herself friendless, jobless, and with nowhere to go. An unlikely friend at her favorite bakery sets her up with a place to sleep for the night. Only it’s not just a bedroom in some random person’s house—it’s a room at Mason Sharp’s mansion. The guy is just as gorgeous as he is unavailable. Mason is a broody loner who prefers a small-town life away from the gold-digging women of his past, but when his cousin asks him to take in a friend who has nowhere to go, he can’t tell her no. It was just a favor and he never thought he’d find himself falling for Olivia, with her sweet smile and kind eyes. He promises to let her stay as long as she needs to get back on her feet, but the promise he makes himself—to stay away from her—will be harder to keep.
Hope Nation- We all experience moments when we struggle to understand the state of the world, when we feel powerless and–in some cases–even hopeless. The teens of today are the caretakers of tomorrow, and yet it’s difficult for many to find joy or comfort in such a turbulent society. But in trying times, words are power. Some of today’s most influential young adult authors come together in this highly personal nonfiction collection of essays, poems, and letters, each a first-hand account that ultimately strives to inspire hope. Like a modern day Chicken Soup for the Teenage Soul or Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff for Teens, Hope Nation acknowledges the pain and shines a light on what comes after.
Authors include: Marie Lu, David Levithan, Gayle Forman, Renee Ahdieh, Alex London, Julie Murphy, James Dashner, Christina Diaz Gonzalez, Sarah Mlynowski, Jeff Zentner, Ally Condie, Jenny Torres Sanchez, Romina Russell, Angie Thomas, Howard Bryant, Aisha Saeed, Margaret Stohl, Ally Carter, Nic Stone, I.W.Gregorio, Kate Hart, Atia Abawi, Libba Bray