Love, Hate & Other Filters by Samira AhmedStarring: 17-year-old Maya Aziz, who knows what she wants from college (film school) and dating (her longtime crush Phil), but worries that her protective Indian American parents won't let her follow her dreams – especially after their family is threatened by anti-Muslim violence in the wake of a terrorist attack.
Author alert: This is author Samira Ahmed's debut, and it's already getting buzz for its humor, insight, and authentically drawn characters.
The Cruel Prince by Holly BlackWhat it's about: After being kidnapped and adopted by the faerie warrior who murdered her parents, human teen Jude grew up experiencing a blend of privilege and anti-human scorn, leaving her with a fierce desire to prove herself as a knight of the Faerie Court.
For fans of: Sarah J. Maas' A Court of Thorns and Roses series and other dark, intricately plotted fantasies packed with political intrigue.
Series alert: The Cruel Prince is the 1st in a new trilogy from popular author Holly Black.
Don't Cosplay with My Heart by Cecil CastellucciWhat it's about: While facing painful family problems, a distant best friend, and an awkward love triangle, Edan Kupferman finds strength in cosplaying Gargantua, her favorite character from the Team Tomorrow comics.
Who it's for: No matter what fandoms you're in, you'll root for the relatable Edan as she fends off "fake geek girl" accusations and plans her San Diego Comic-Con debut.
Truly Devious by Maureen JohnsonWhat it's about: Sixteen-year-old true-crime enthusiast Stevie Bell arrives at Ellingham Academy (an unusual school for exceptional students) with one goal: to solve a kidnapping that took place there in 1936. Cracking the cold case proves complicated, however, when a present-day murderer begins targeting Ellingham students.
Series alert: Hold on tight and prepare for some cliffhangers in this atmospheric, multilayered mystery: Truly Devious is just the 1st in a trilogy.
The Reluctant Assassin by Eoin ColferWhat it's about: After a wormhole transports Riley, a 14-year-old killer-in-training, from 1898 London to the present day, he's followed by his evil illusionist master, Albert Garrick. Can Riley, along with teen FBI agent Chevie, stop Garrick from changing history to suit his murderous plans?
Series alert: The clever, gruesome, and explosive W.A.R.P. series continues with The Hangman's Revolution and The Forever Man.
Hit by Delilah S. DawsonWhat it's about: In the not-so-distant future, credit card debtors who can't pay face a grim choice: agree to hunt down other debtors, or forfeit your own life. Trapped by her mother's debts, 16-year-Patsy enlists as a bounty hunter/assassin, and soon discovers that every debtor on her hit list has a connection to her past.
Is it for you? Though this violent, provocative, dystopian story (and its sequel, Strike) might not be for everyone, it's sure to grab fans of Alex London's Proxy series.
Crimson Bound by Rosamund HodgeWhat it's about: Straying from the forest path has heavy consequences for Rachelle: she's unwillingly "bloodbound" to a wolfish creature and imbued with deadly supernatural powers. After channeling her abilities into a job as the king's assassin, Rachelle finds herself torn between her feelings for the king's son and for fellow bloodbound Erec.
Try this next: Cruel Beauty, another captivating, fairy tale-inspired fantasy from author Rosamund Hodge.
Grave Mercy by Robin LaFeversWhat it's about: Seventeen-year-old Ismae escapes a brutal arranged marriage and finds refuge at the convent of St. Mortain, where the nuns train female assassins and serve the god of Death. Ismae's first mission is to infiltrate Brittany's high court...but can she follow her orders to kill without question?
Why you might like it: An uncompromising heroine, a heart-rending love story, and a richly described historical setting bring depth to this enthralling 1st in the His Fair Assassin series.
Boy Nobody by Allen ZadoffStarring: "Ben," a nameless boy without a past. Trained by the mysterious Program to be an undercover assassin, Ben's current target is the mayor of New York. But when Ben meets the mayor's daughter Sam, he suddenly finds himself questioning the Program -- and his own identity.
Why you might like it: Awesome spy tech and a lightning-fast pace make this series opener tough to put down.
For fans of: the Jason Bourne movies or Anthony Horowitz's Alex Rider books.
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