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From Goodreads First Reads:
Keeping the Castle
by Patrice Kindl
Available as: hardcover, Kindle edition, ebook
Publisher: Viking Childrens Books
Release date: June 14, 2012
Suggested tags: young adult, historical fiction, romance
YA "literary champagne"? Well, I'm intrigued. :)
"Seventeen-year-old Althea is the sole support of her entire family, and she must marry well. But there are few wealthy suitors--or suitors of any kind--in their small Yorkshire town of Lesser Hoo. Then, the young and attractive (and very rich) Lord Boring arrives, and Althea sets her plans in motion. There's only one problem; his friend and business manager Mr. Fredericks keeps getting in the way. And, as it turns out, Fredericks has his own set of plans . . . This witty take on the classic Regency--Patrice Kindl's first novel in a decade--is like literary champagne!"
by Gwenda Bond
Available as: paperback, Kindle edition, ebook
Publisher: Strange Chemistry (Angry Robot)
Release date: September 4, 2012
Suggested tags: young adult, paranormal, romance
I've been fascinated by Roanoke since I first learned about it in grade school. Can't wait to see what Bond does with it!
"On Roanoke Island, the legend of the 114 people who mysteriously vanished from the Lost Colony hundreds of years ago is just an outdoor drama for the tourists, a story people tell. But when the island faces the sudden disappearance of 114 people now, an unlikely pair of 17-year-olds may be the only hope of bringing them back.
Miranda, a misfit girl from the island's most infamous family, and Phillips, an exiled teen criminal who hears the voices of the dead, must dodge everyone from federal agents to long-dead alchemists as they work to uncover the secrets of the new Lost Colony. The one thing they can't dodge is each other.
Blackwood is a dark, witty coming of age story that combines America's oldest mystery with a thoroughly contemporary romance."
Code Name Verity
by Elizabeth Wein
Available as: hardcover, paperback, Kindle edition, ebook, audiobook
Publisher: Hyperion Books for Children
Publication date: May 15, 2012
Suggested tags: young adult, historical fiction
This sounds so good. I have a feeling I'll cry, though.
"Oct. 11th, 1943—A British spy plane crashes in Nazi-occupied France. Its pilot and passenger are best friends. One of the girls has a chance at survival. The other has lost the game before it's barely begun.
When “Verity” is arrested by the Gestapo, she's sure she doesn’t stand a chance. As a secret agent captured in enemy territory, she’s living a spy’s worst nightmare. Her Nazi interrogators give her a simple choice: reveal her mission or face a grisly execution.
As she intricately weaves her confession, Verity uncovers her past, how she became friends with the pilot Maddie, and why she left Maddie in the wrecked fuselage of their plane. On each new scrap of paper, Verity battles for her life, confronting her views on courage and failure and her desperate hope to make it home. But will trading her secrets be enough to save her from the enemy?"