It's an exciting week for YA publishing, with releases from debut authors as well as trusted favorites, and the conclusion to a best-selling paranormal romance series. The books in this week's pick five list feature time travelers, murder mysteries, and epic battles between angels and demons.
The Here and Now by Ann Brashares
From the author of the "Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants" series comes a science fiction tale of time travel. Prenna James escapes a ravaged, plague-ridden future by traveling back to present day New York. There she must live a life of secrecy with her time traveling community, whose strict rules limit contact with members of present day society. But when Prenna falls in love with a boy named Ethan, the secrecy of the community is threatened and Prenna begins to question the motives of the leaders who brought her here.
Plus One by Elizabeth Fama
Two star-crossed teens fight to be together in a society that separates its citizens into two groups forbidden to interact: day dwellers and night dwellers.
Always Emily by Michaela MacColl
In this historical novel, Michaela MacColl reimagines the famous writers Emily and Charlotte Brontë as teenagers who must solve a murder and other mysterious happenings in the moors of England.
Far From You by Tess Sharpe
When seventeen-year-old Sophie's best friend, Mina, is murdered during what appears to be a botched drug deal, all eyes turn to Sophie, whose history with drug addiction makes some believe she is responsible for Mina's death. Cut off from her family and friends, and believed by no one, Sophie must try to find Mina's real killer before it is too late.
Dreams of Gods and Monsters by Laini Taylor
The story of Karou and Akiva, star-crossed lovers caught in a battle between angels and demons, draws to its conclusion in the final book of Laini Taylor's best-selling Daughter of Smoke and Bone series.