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July 2014: Top 5 YA Releases

On the Fence by Kasie West
On the Fence by Kasie West
HarperTeen

Goodreads.com gathers lists and creates a page of most popular releases for each month. For the month of July, five YA books neared the top of the charts and certainly sound interesting enough to garner the extra attention. Most of these are Fantasy/Paranormal, but the top pick? A YA Contemporary Romance. So there might be something in this list of the YA reader in your life.

In this list:

  • On the Fence by Kasie West
  • Silver Shadows (Bloodlines #5) by Richelle Mead
  • The Kiss of Deception (The Remnant Chronicles #1) by Mary E. Pearson
  • Sinner (The Wolves of Mercy Falls #3.5) by Maggie Stiefvater
  • Midnight Thief (Midnight Thief #1) by Livia Blackburne

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On the Fence by Kasie West
On the Fence by Kasie West HarperTeen

On the Fence by Kasie West

304 Pages, Paperback
Published by HarperTeen on July 1, 2014
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Synopsis:

She's a tomboy. He's the boy next door…

Charlie Reynolds can outrun, outscore, and outwit every boy she knows. But when it comes to being a girl, Charlie doesn't know the first thing about anything. So when she starts working at a chichi boutique to pay off a speeding ticket, she finds herself in a strange new world. To cope with the stress of her new reality, Charlie takes to spending nights chatting with her neighbor Braden through the fence between their yards. As she grows to depend on their nightly Fence Chats, she realizes she's got a bigger problem than speeding tickets-she's falling for Braden. She knows what it means to go for the win, but if spilling her secret means losing him for good, the stakes just got too high.

Fun, original, and endearing, On the Fence is a romantic comedy about finding yourself and finding love where you least expect.
Silver Shadows by Richelle Mead
Silver Shadows by Richelle Mead Razorbill

Silver Shadows by Richelle Mead

380 Pages, Hardcover
Published by Razorbill on July 29, 2014
Book 5 in the Bloodlines Series
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Synopsis:

Sydney Sage is an Alchemist, one of a group of humans who dabble in magic and serve to bridge the worlds of humans and vampires. They protect vampire secrets—and human lives.

In The Fiery Heart, Sydney risked everything to follow her gut, walking a dangerous line to keep her feelings hidden from the Alchemists.

Now in the aftermath of an event that ripped their world apart, Sydney and Adrian struggle to pick up the pieces and find their way back to each other. But first, they have to survive.

For Sydney, trapped and surrounded by adversaries, life becomes a daily struggle to hold on to her identity and the memories of those she loves. Meanwhile, Adrian clings to hope in the face of those who tell him Sydney is a lost cause, but the battle proves daunting as old demons and new temptations begin to seize hold of him. . . .

Their worst fears now a chilling reality, Sydney and Adrian face their darkest hour in this heart-pounding fifth installment in the New York Times bestselling Bloodlines series, where all bets are off.
The Kiss of Deception by Mary E. Pearson
The Kiss of Deception by Mary E. Pearson Henry Holt and Co.

The Kiss of Deception by Mary E. Pearson

489 Pages, Hardcover
Published by Henry Holt on July 8, 2014
Book 1 in The Remnant Chronicles
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Synopsis:

 In this timeless new trilogy about love and sacrifice, a princess must find her place in a reborn world.

In a society steeped in tradition, Princess Lia’s life follows a preordained course. As First Daughter, she is expected to have the revered gift of sight—but she doesn’t—and she knows her parents are perpetrating a sham when they arrange her marriage to secure an alliance with a neighboring kingdom—to a prince she has never met.

On the morning of her wedding, Lia flees to a distant village. She settles into a new life, hopeful when two mysterious and handsome strangers arrive—and unaware that one is the jilted prince and the other an assassin sent to kill her. Deception abounds, and Lia finds herself on the brink of unlocking perilous secrets—even as she finds herself falling in love.
Sinner by Maggie Stiefvater
Sinner by Maggie Stiefvater Scholastic Press

Sinner by Maggie Stiefvater

368 Pages, Hardcover
Published by Scholastic Press on July 1, 2014
Book 3.5 in The Wolves of Mercy Falls
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Synopsis:

Sinner follows Cole St. Clair, a pivotal character from the #1 New York Times bestselling Shiver Trilogy. Everybody thinks they know Cole's story. Stardom. Addiction. Downfall. Disappearance. But only a few people know Cole's darkest secret -- his ability to shift into a wolf. One of these people is Isabel. At one point, they may have even loved each other. But that feels like a lifetime ago. Now Cole is back. Back in the spotlight. Back in the danger zone. Back in Isabel's life. Can this sinner be saved?

Midnight Thief by Livia Blackburne
Midnight Thief by Livia Blackburne Disney-Hyperion

Midnight Thief by Livia Blackburne

368 Pages, Hardcover
Published by Disney-Hyperion on July 8, 2014
Book 1 in the Midnight Thief series
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Synopsis:

 Growing up on Forge’s streets has taught Kyra how to stretch a coin. And when that’s not enough, her uncanny ability to scale walls and bypass guards helps her take what she needs.

But when the leader of the Assassins Guild offers Kyra a lucrative job, she hesitates. She knows how to get by on her own, and she’s not sure she wants to play by his rules. But he’s persistent—and darkly attractive—and Kyra can’t quite resist his pull.

Tristam of Brancel is a young Palace knight on a mission. After his best friend is brutally murdered by Demon Riders, a clan of vicious warriors who ride bloodthirsty wildcats, Tristam vows to take them down. But as his investigation deepens, he finds his efforts thwarted by a talented thief, one who sneaks past Palace defenses with uncanny ease.

When a fateful raid throws Kyra and Tristam together, the two enemies realize that their best chance at survival—and vengeance—might be to join forces. And as their loyalties are tested to the breaking point, they learn a startling secret about Kyra’s past that threatens to reshape both their lives.