New releases: November 2017 – young adult

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Howdy there! It’s Wednesday, and today we’ll be looking at the young adult new releases of November 2017. As usual, Goodreads was kind enough to rate them and make a top 5. Based on the covers, I predict one sci-fi tinted book, two girly books, one mysterious book and one game show-inspired book? I’m not at all sure about the last one, but I have a feeling I will have predicted the first four well enough.Other new releases of November 2017 can be found by genre right here on Goodreads.

  1. Renegades by Marissa Meyer (Renegades #1)
    Publication date: November 7th, 2017
    The Renegades are a syndicate of prodigies—humans with extraordinary abilities—who emerged from the ruins of a crumbled society and established peace and order where chaos reigned. As champions of justice, they remain a symbol of hope and courage to everyone… except the villains they once overthrew. Nova has a reason to hate the Renegades, and she is on a mission for vengeance. As she gets closer to her target, she meets Adrian, a Renegade boy who believes in justice—and in Nova. But Nova’s allegiance is to a villain who has the power to end them both.
  2. Here We Are Now by Jasmine Warga
    Publication date: November 7th, 2017
    Despite sending him letters ever since she was thirteen, Taliah Abdallat never thought she’d ever really meet Julian Oliver. But one day, while her mother is out of the country, the famed rock star shows up on her doorstep. This makes sense – kinda – because Julian Oliver is Taliah’s father, even though her mother would never admit it to her. Julian asks if Taliah if she will drop everything and go with him to his hometown of Oak Falls, Indiana, to meet his father – her grandfather – who is nearing the end of his life. Taliah, torn between betraying her mother’s trust and meeting the family she has never known, goes. With her best friend Harlow by her side, Taliah embarks on a three-day journey to find out everything about her ‘father’ and her family. But Julian isn’t the father Taliah always hoped for, and revelations about her mother’s past are seriously shaking her foundation. Through all these new experiences, Taliah will have to find new ways to be true to herself, honouring her past and her future.
  3. The Becoming of Noah Shaw by Michelle Hodkin (The Shaw Confessions #1)
    Publication date: November 7th, 2017
    In the first book of the Shaw Confessions, the companion series to the New York Times bestselling Mara Dyer novels, old skeletons are laid bare and new promises prove deadly. This is what happens after happily ever after. Everyone thinks seventeen-year-old Noah Shaw has the world on a string. They’re wrong. Mara Dyer is the only one he trusts with his secrets and his future. He shouldn’t. And both are scared that uncovering the truth about themselves will force them apart. They’re right.
  4. Rosemarked by Livia Blackburne (Rosemarked #1)
    Publication date: November 7th, 2017
    When Zivah falls prey to the deadly rose plague, she knows it’s only a matter of time before she fully succumbs. Now she’s destined to live her last days in isolation, cut off from her people and unable to practice her art—until a threat to her village creates a need that only she can fill. Broken by torture at the hands of the Amparan Empire, Dineas thirsts for revenge against his captors. Now escaped and reunited with his tribe, he’ll do anything to free them from Amparan rule—even if it means undertaking a plan that risks not only his life but his very self. Thrust together on a high-stakes mission to spy on the capital, the two couldn’t be more different: Zivah, deeply committed to her vow of healing, and Dineas, yearning for vengeance. But as they grow closer, they must find common ground to protect those they love. And amidst the constant fear of discovery, the two grapple with a mutual attraction that could break both of their carefully guarded hearts. 
  5. Kat and Meg Conquer the World by Anna Priemaza
    Publication date: November 7th, 2017
    Kat and Meg couldn’t be more different. Kat’s anxiety makes it hard for her to talk to people. Meg hates being alone, but her ADHD keeps pushing people away. But when the two girls are thrown together for a year-long science project, they discover they do have one thing in common: They’re both obsessed with the same online gaming star and his hilarious videos. It might be the beginning of a beautiful friendship—if they don’t kill each other first.

Hmm, some kind of X-men where the X-men actually won? Does that count as sci-fi or fantasy? Probably depends on where these prodigies get their power from, right? Whether it’s magic (fantasy) or genetics or some kind of alien influence (sci-fi)? I’m not really clear on what the difference between fantasy and sci-fi is exactly. If you want to explain this to me, I’m all ears! And I’m not sure what the second book is about (a coming-of-age story for a young girl, rediscovering herself?) because I got stuck on the Nirvana song: Smells Like Teen Spirit. Jep, definitely something mysterious with a lot more going on than meets the eye in book 3 – I’m guessing we won’t figure out exactly what’s going on until the last book. But it’s a companion series, so will it be understandable without having read the other novels? Or will reading the others spoil the plot of this one? Book 4 is actually less girly than the cover makes it out to be: it is pink because of a “rose plague”. But still, there is a caring, female character encountering an aggressive boy who wants revenge – way to play into stereotypes guys! Ah, and the fifth book is explained quite nicely by the blurb: it’s about online gaming and two girls who are complete opposites bonding over their love of the same online gaming star and his videos. I’m going to give myself a 4 out of 5 score on guessing these books correctly by their covers.

Happy reading,

Loes M.

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