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May 2014 young adult book releases: Mystery, Thriller, and Horror

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These books are being released in May 2014. For other May releases, please see the links at the bottom of the article. Stay tuned for more May releases.

In this list:

  • "Buzz Kill" by Beth Fantaskey
  • "Killer Instinct" by S. E. Green
  • "Oblivion" by Sasha Dawn
  • "Psi Another Day" by D. R. Rosensteel
  • "Secrets and Lies" (Truth or Dare #2) by Jacqueline Green
  • "The Secrets of Lily Graves" by Sarah Strohmeyer
  • "We Were Liars" by E. Lockhart

The list only contains summaries of the stories. For more information and reviews, please check out the individual titles on goodreads.com.

Buzz Kill
Buzz Kill HMH Books for Young Readers

Buzz Kill

Title:  Buzz Kill
Author: Beth Fantaskey
Release date: May , 2014
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 368
Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers
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Synopsis on goodreads.com:

In this fresh and funny teen mystery, seventeen-year-old Millie joins forces with her classmate, gorgeous but mysterious Chase Albright, to try to find out who murdered Coach Killdare.

Putting the dead in deadline
To Bee or not to Bee? When the widely disliked Honeywell Stingers football coach is found murdered, 17-year-old Millie is determined to investigate. She is chasing a lead for the school newspaper - and looking to clear her father, the assistant coach, and prime suspect.

Millie's partner is gorgeous, smart-and keeping secrets
Millie joins forces with her mysterious classmate Chase who seems to want to help her even while covering up secrets of his own.

She's starting to get a reputation…without any of the benefits.
Drama-and bodies-pile up around Millie and she chases clues, snuggles Baxter the so-ugly-he's-adorable bassett hound, and storms out of the world's most awkward school dance/memorial mash-up. At least she gets to eat a lot of pie.

Best-selling author Beth Fantaskey's funny, fast-paced blend of Clueless and Nancy Drew is a suspenseful page-turner that is the best time a reader can have with buried weapons, chicken clocks, and a boy who only watches gloomy movies…but somehow makes Millie smile. Bee-lieve it.

Pair with Fantaskey's best-selling Jessica's Guide to Dating on the Dark Side.

Killer Instinct
Killer Instinct Simon Pulse

Killer Instinct

Title: Killer Instinct
Author: S. E. Green
Release date: May 6, 2014
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 272
Publisher: Simon Pulse
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Synopsis on goodreads.com:

She’s not evil, but she has certain... urges.

Lane is a typical teenager. Loving family. Good grades. Afterschool job at the local animal hospital. Martial arts enthusiast. But her secret obsession is studying serial killers. She understands them, knows what makes them tick.

Why?

Because she might be one herself.

Lane channels her dark impulses by hunting criminals—delivering justice when the law fails. The vigilantism stops shy of murder. But with each visceral rush the line of self-control blurs.
And then a young preschool teacher goes missing. Only to return... in parts.
When Lane excitedly gets involved in the hunt for “the Decapitator,” the vicious serial murderer that has come to her hometown, she gets dangerously caught up in a web of lies about her birth dad and her own dark past. And once the Decapitator contacts Lane directly, Lane knows she is no longer invisible or safe. Now she needs to use her unique talents to find the true killer’s identity before she—or someone she loves—becomes the next victim...

Oblivion
Oblivion EgmontUSA

Oblivion

Title: Oblivion
Author: Sasha Dawn
Release date: May 27, 2014
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 400
Publisher: EgmontUSA
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Synopsis on goodreads.com:

Lisa McMann's Dead to You meets Kate Ellison's The Butterfly Clues in a psychological thriller full of romance, intrigue, and mystery.

One year ago, Callie was found in an abandoned apartment, scrawling words on the wall: "I KILLED HIM. His blood is on my hands. His heart is in my soul. I KILLED HIM." But she remembers nothing of that night or of the previous thirty-six hours. All she knows is that her father, the reverend at the Church of the Holy Promise, is missing, as is Hannah, a young girl from the parish. Their disappearances have to be connected and Callie knows that her father was not a righteous man.

Since that fateful night, she's been plagued by graphomania -- an unending and debilitating compulsion to write. The words that flow from Callie's mind and through her pen don't seem to make sense -- until now.

As the anniversary of Hannah's vanishing approaches, more words and memories bubble to the surface and a new guy in school might be the key to Callie putting together the puzzle. But digging up the secrets she's buried for so long might be her biggest mistake.

Psi Another Day
Psi Another Day Entangled Teen

Psi Another Day

Title: Psi Another Day
Author: D. R. Rosensteel
Release date: May , 2014
Format: Paperback
Pages: 352
Publisher: Entangled Teen
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Synopsis on goodreads.com:

When spunky teen Rinnie is forced to bust out her secret Psi Fighter moves in school in order to bring downs its drug ring, she encounters a deeper plot…and a more sinister danger.
My name is Rinnie Noelle.

By day I'm just another girl in high school who likes lip gloss. But by night I'm a Psi Fighter—a secret guardian with a decade of training in the Mental Arts. Kinda like Batman, but without the cape.

Bad guys beware.

After screwing up my first mission, I'm now supposed to fix the problems at my school. Major, fly-catching yawn. Sure, drugs are bad, but what crime fighter wants to put bullies in detention when she can save the world from nefarious villains?

’Cause I will take you out.

But things heat up fast. Now I have two guys into me—yummy new kid, Egon, and my old nemesis-turned-nice-guy, Mason. Plus, word on the street is that a Walpurgis Knight, the Psi Fighter's worst enemy, has infiltrated the school. And everyone is a potential suspect, even Mason and Egon. Darn. Fingers crossed I find the Knight before he finds me.

Secrets and Lies
Secrets and Lies Poppy

Secrets and Lies

Title: Secrets and Lies (Truth or Dare #2)
Author: Jacqueline Green
Release date: May 6, 2014
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 320
Publisher: Poppy
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Synopsis on goodreads.com:

Can you keep a secret?
Tenley Reed and Sydney Morgan have never seen eye to eye -- until now. United by a common goal, they are determined to find out who was behind their friend's murder. Joined by Emerson Cunningham, a gorgeous but troubled teen model, the girls start their own investigation. But in the isolated beach town of Echo Bay, it's hard to know who's a friend and who's an enemy.

Secrets and Lies is the second book in the Truth or Dare series -- and will keep readers in suspense from beginning to end.

The Secrets of Lily Graves
The Secrets of Lily Graves Balzer + Bray

The Secrets of Lily Graves

Title: The Secrets of Lily Graves
Author: Sarah Strohmeyer
Release date: May 13, 2014
Format: Paperback
Pages: 304
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
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Synopsis on goodreads.com:

With the intrigue of Pretty Little Liars and plenty of romance, bestselling author Sarah Strohmeyer weaves a story of secrets and lies—set in a funeral parlor.

Growing up in a house of female morticians, Lily Graves knows all about buried secrets. She knows that perfect senior-class president Erin Donohue isn’t what she seems. She knows why Erin’s ex-boyfriend, hot football player Matt Houser, broke up with her. And she also knows that, even though she says she and Matt are just friends, there is something brewing between them—something Erin definitely did not like.

But secrets, even ones that are long buried, have a way of returning to haunt their keeper.

So when Erin is found dead the day after attacking Lily in a jealous rage, Lily's and Matt’s safe little lives, and the lives of everyone in their town of Potsdam, begin to unravel. And their relationship—which grew from innocent after-school tutoring sessions to late-night clandestine rendezvous—makes them both suspects.

As her world crumbles around her, Lily must figure out the difference between truth and deception, genuine love and a web of lies. And she must do it quickly, before the killer claims another victim.

We Were Liars
We Were Liars Delacorte Press

We Were Liars

Title: We Were Liars
Author: E. Lockhart
Release date: May 13, 2014
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 240
Publisher: Delacorte Press
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Synopsis on goodreads.com:

A beautiful and distinguished family.
A private island.
A brilliant, damaged girl; a passionate, political boy.
A group of four friends—the Liars—whose friendship turns destructive.
A revolution. An accident. A secret.
Lies upon lies.
True love.
The truth.

We Were Liars is a modern, sophisticated suspense novel from National Book Award finalist and Printz Award honoree E. Lockhart.
Read it.
And if anyone asks you how it ends, just LIE.

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