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New Young Adult books for November 2018

Written by · Published Oct 30, 2018

The Light Between Worlds, This Cruel Design, Glass Town Wars

The Lady’s Guide to Petticoats and Piracy, by Mackenzi Lee

Follow-up to The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue.

“A year after an accidentally whirlwind grand tour with her brother Monty, Felicity Montague has returned to England with two goals in mind: avoid the marriage proposal of a lovestruck suitor from Edinburgh and enrol in medical school. However, her intellect and passion will never be enough in the eyes of the administrators, who see men as the sole guardians of science.

“But then a window of opportunity opens: a doctor she idolizes is marrying an old friend of hers in Germany. Felicity believes if she could meet this man he could change her future, but she has no money of her own to make the trip. Luckily, a mysterious young woman is willing to pay Felicity’s way, so long as she’s allowed to travel with Felicity disguised as her maid.

“In spite of her suspicions, Felicity agrees, but once the girl’s true motives are revealed, Felicity becomes part of a perilous quest that leads them from the German countryside to the promenades of Zurich to secrets lurking beneath the Atlantic.”

The Legend of Sally Jones, by Jakob Wegelius

Prequel to the fantastic The Murderer’s Ape.

“This is the story of a gorilla like no other. This is the story of a fantastic voyage across the world, from the Congolese rainforest to the grand bazaar of Istanbul, from Borneo to London, Singapore and beyond. The story of a mysterious jewel thief and a sad sailor with a heart of gold. A story of friendship and adventure on the high seas. This is the story of Sally Jones.”

The Light Between Worlds, by Laura Weymouth

“Six years ago, schoolgirls Evelyn and Philippa Hapwell were swept from a war-time bunker to a fantasy kingdom. Now almost grown-up, they’ve returned to the real world, but grieving Evie will do almost anything to go back to the magical Woodlands that holds her heart.”

This has been described by publisher Chicken House as ‘The Magicians meets The Chronicles of Narnia.’

Glass Town Wars, by Celia Rees

“When Tom is in hospital in a coma his friend Milo decides that Tom can be a guinea pig for a new gaming device - a device that will take him far in to a troubled world where he meets the warrior-like Augusta who is fighting to save her kingdom from takeover by her rival.

“With Tom at her side, she finds extra courage. Tom’s knowledge and understanding of the complexities of war - learnt through his love of gaming - give her a distinct advantage in the complexities of war and the unfolding conflict. Slowly but surely Tom starts to leave his life in London behind as the two of them become ever more embroiled in a world of chaos and tension that encompasses the past, the present and the future.”

This Cruel Design, by Emily Suvada

Sequel to This Mortal Coil.

“Catarina thought they’d stopped the Hydra virus. She was wrong. After laying everything on the line to decrypt the vaccine, Cat realises that Lachlan’s daemon code is in the panel of every person on the planet. With it, he can reprogram humanity. She, Cole and Leoben set out to stop him, but they’re on a timer. Cartaxus - the shadowy corporation that’s both helped and hindered them - has a deadly endgame in play. The virus is evolving, the vaccine is dying, and if Cat can’t find Lachlan in three days, they’ll use lethal code to wipe out everyone.

“Their path takes them to Entropia, an underground city deep in the desert and home to the most extreme gene hackers, run by the queen of coding, Regina. Struggling with the revelations about her past, and plagued by strange visions, what Cat finds in Entropia is more than just a trail to Lachlan.”

Shadow of the Fox, by Julie Kagawa

First in a new series steeped in Japanese mythology from the author of the Talon saga.

“Every millennium the missing pieces of the Scroll of a Thousand Prayers are hunted, for they hold the power to call the great Kami Dragon from the sea and ask for any one wish.

“As a temple burns to the ground Yumeko escapes with its greatest treasure - the first piece of the scroll. And when fate thrusts her into the path of a mysterious samurai she knows he seeks what she has. Kage is under order to kill those who stand in his way but will he be able to complete his mission? Will this be the dawn that sees the dragon wake?”

Only the Ocean, by Natasha Carthew

“15-year-old Kel Crow lives in a water-logged world, with a family with whom she shares nothing but blood and a heart defect that she knows could kill her any day. She has a plan to escape, and it’s a good one: stowaway on the ship, kidnap the girl, swap the girl to buy passage to America and a life-saving operation. But plans never go how they’re meant to.”

Publisher Bloomsbury describes this as ‘sweet, raw and uncompromising … the story of an unforgettable relationship forged on an epic journey.’

The Rains and Last Chance, by Gregg Hurwitz

Republished adventure thriller series about two brothers trying to survive a zombie apocalypse type of alien invasion from the author of the Orphan X series.

Sophie Green

Sophie Green

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