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Featured Reads: Week of 4/17

April 17, 2017
The Riveted Team
YA Fiction Is Our Addiction

Happy Monday!

It’s “Suzanne Young Week” here on Riveted this week! We’re BIG fans of Suzanne and we hope you are too (if you’re not, let’s see what we can do about that!). The FIFTH book in Suzanne’s amazing Program series, The Adjustment, is out this week and of course, we’re happy to provide you with an extended excerpt so you can jump right in! The Adjustment begins a new Program duology, this time following Tatum Masterson. Tatum never went through The Program, never had to have her memories stripped….but her boyfriend Weston did. Now’s he’s back, but he doesn’t remember Tatum at all, much less all of the years he and Tatum spent together. Then they hear about The Adjustment, a new therapy that implants memories from a donor and Tatum and Weston agree to go through the process. Surely, it will all go smoothly, right? 😉

No doubt, The Adjustment will be another riveting entry in Suzanne’s Program series but if you’re new to the series, we’ve got you covered: we couldn’t feature an extended excerpt of The Adjustment without bringing back The Program, the first book in the series, as a featured read for any newbies out there! Granted, as the start of a new duology, you could easily jump right in to The Adjustment and enjoy it all on it’s own but if you’d rather start right from the beginning, now’s your chance: start reading The Program and enter a dystopian future where teen suicide has become an international epidemic and a desperate society has resorted to wiping at-risk teens’ memories to cure their depression. Protagonist Sloane has gotten good at hiding her feelings, knowing that one outburst could land her in The Program. She takes solace in her boyfriend James, who has promised to keep them both safe and out of treatment. But despite the promises they made to each other, they are both growing weaker, depression is setting in…and The Program is coming for them. If you’re among those that STILL haven’t read The Program, please please PLEASE read it now and let us know what you think—you’ll be happy you did!

Then on a completely different note, we’ve got something else from Suzanne Young we think you might like! Teaming up with author Cat Patrick, Suzanne published Just Like Fate a few years ago. It’s practically impossible to talk about Just Like Fate without mentioning the Gwyneth Paltrow moving Sliding Doors—have you seen it? If you have, then you’ve already got a pretty good idea of what Just Like Fate is all about but in case you haven’t… Just Like Fate explores how the consequences of one decision can impact the rest of a life. In this case, protagonist Caroline must decide: take up her best friend’s offer to venture out to a Friday night party, or stay home with her family and her sick grandmother. The novel follows both decisions, revealing the unexpected ramifications on Caroline’s life with either choice, and though there are two distinct ways for her fate to unfold, there is only one happy ending.

Of course, don’t forget that last week’s reads are still available as well! Take a trip back in time for some piratey action in Nicole Castoman’s Blackhearts AND its sequel, Blacksouls, get lost in the novel-within-a-novel that is Scott Westerfeld’s Afterworlds, or dive into Delilah S. Dawson’s suspenseful thriller, Hit!

Find out more about this week’s reads:

The Adjustmentby Suzanne Young

How do you go back to a life you can’t remember? Find out in this follow up to the New York Times bestselling The Program and The Treatment.

Tatum Masterson never went through The Program. She never had her memory stripped, never had to fight to remain herself. But when Weston, her longtime boyfriend and love of her life, was taken by handlers, she hoped he’d remember her somehow—that their love would be strong enough.

It wasn’t.

Like all returners, Weston came back a blank canvas. The years he and Tatum spent together were forgotten, as well as the week when he mysteriously disappeared before The Program came for him.

Regardless of his memory loss, Tatum fights to get Weston to remember her. And just as they start to build a new love, they hear about the Adjustment—a new therapy that implants memories from a donor. Despite the risks, Tatum and Weston agree to go through the process. Tatum donates her memories from their time together.

But the problem with memories is that they are all a matter of perspective. So although Weston can now remember dating Tatum, his emotions don’t match the experiences. And this discrepancy is slowly starting to unravel him, worse than anything The Program could have done.

And as the truth of their life together becomes clear, Tatum will have to decide if she loves Weston enough to let him go, or to continue to live the lie they’d build together.

Prepare for your Adjustment.

The Programby Suzanne Young

The only cure for the epidemic is... THE PROGRAM.

In this “gripping tale for lovers of dystopian romance” (Kirkus Reviews), true feelings are forbidden, teen suicide is an epidemic, and the only solution is The Program.

Sloane knows better than to cry in front of anyone. With suicide now an international epidemic, one outburst could land her in The Program, the only proven course of treatment. Sloane’s parents have already lost one child; Sloane knows they’ll do anything to keep her alive. She also knows that everyone who’s been through The Program returns as a blank slate. Because their depression is gone—but so are their memories.

Under constant surveillance at home and at school, Sloane puts on a brave face and keeps her feelings buried as deep as she can. The only person Sloane can be herself with is James. He’s promised to keep them both safe and out of treatment, and Sloane knows their love is strong enough to withstand anything. But despite the promises they made to each other, it’s getting harder to hide the truth. They are both growing weaker. Depression is setting in.

And The Program is coming for them.

Just Like Fateby Suzanne Young and Cat Patrick

One decision changes everything in this Sliding Doors meets Anna and the French Kiss novel that explores split realities of romance and family loyalties, “recommended for fans of Sara Zarr, Elizabeth Scott, and Maureen Johnson (School Library Journal).”

Caroline is at a crossroads.

Her grandmother is sick and, like the rest of her family, Caroline’s been at Gram’s bedside since her stroke. With the pressure building, all Caroline wants to do is escape—both her family and the reality of Gram’s failing health. So when Caroline’s best friend offers to take her to a party one fateful Friday night, she must choose: stay by Gram’s side, or go to the party for a few hours?

The consequences of this one decision will split Caroline’s fate into two separate paths—and she is about to live them both.

Friendships are tested and family drama hits an all-new high as Caroline attempts to rebuild old relationships and even make a few new ones. If she stays, her longtime crush, Joel, might finally notice her, but if she goes, Chris, the charming college boy, might prove to be everything she’s ever wanted.

Though there are two distinct ways for her fate to unfold, there is only one happy ending…

Blackheartsby Nicole Castroman

In this stunningly creative debut, Nicole Castroman reimagines the origins of history’s most infamous pirate—Blackbeard—and tells the story of the girl who captured his heart and then broke it, setting him on a path to destruction.

When Edward “Teach” Drummond, son of one of Bristol’s richest merchants, returns home from a year at sea, he finds his life in shambles. Betrothed to a girl he doesn’t love and sick of the high society he was born into, all Teach wants is to return to the vast ocean he calls home. There’s just one problem: he must convince his father to let him leave and never come back.

Following the death of her parents, Anne Barrett is left penniless. Though she’s barely worked a day in her life, Anne takes a job as a maid in the home of Master Drummond. Lonely days stretch into weeks and Anne longs to escape the confines of her now mundane life. How will she ever achieve her dream of sailing to Curaçao—her mother’s birthplace—when she’s trapped in England?

From the moment Teach and Anne meet, they set the world ablaze. Drawn together by a shared desire for freedom, but kept apart by Teach’s father, their love is as passionate as it is forbidden. Faced with an impossible choice, Teach and Anne must decide whether to chase their dreams and leave England forever—or follow their hearts and stay together.

Blacksoulsby Nicole Castroman

On Sale April 11, 2017!

Nicole Castroman brings the dangerous pirate ports of the Caribbean to life in this vibrant sequel to Blackhearts—the reimagined origin story of history’s most infamous pirate, Blackbeard.

Edward “Teach” Drummond is setting sail to the Caribbean as first mate on the most celebrated merchant ship in the British fleet—until he rebels against his captain. Mutiny is a capital offense and Teach knows it could cost him his life, but he believes it worth the risk in order to save his crew from the attacking Spanish ships.

Sailing on the same blue waters, Anne barely avoids the Spanish attack, making it safely to Nassau. But lawless criminals, corrupt politics, and dangerous intentions fill the crowded streets of this Caribbean port. Soon, Anne discovers that the man entrusted to keep the peace is quite possibly the most treacherous of them all—and he just happens to hold Teach’s fate in his terrifying hands.

Life and death hang in the balance when Teach and Anne are given a dangerous mission. It’s a mission that will test their love, loyalty, and devotion, forcing them down a path neither one could have ever imagined.

Afterworldsby Scott Westerfeld

From the #1New York Times bestselling author Scott Westerfeld comes a “masterful” (Cory Doctorow) novel-within-a-novel that you won’t be able to put down.

Darcy Patel has put college on hold to publish her teen novel, Afterworlds. With a contract in hand, she arrives in New York City with no apartment, no friends, and all the wrong clothes. But lucky for Darcy, she’s taken under the wings of other seasoned and fledgling writers who help her navigate the city and the world of writing and publishing. Over the course of a year, Darcy finishes her book, faces critique, and falls in love.

Woven into Darcy’s personal story is her novel, Afterworlds, a suspenseful thriller about a teen who slips into the “Afterworld” to survive a terrorist attack. The Afterworld is a place between the living and the dead, and where many unsolved—and terrifying—stories need to be reconciled. Like Darcy, Lizzie too falls in love…until a new threat resurfaces, and her special gifts may not be enough to protect those she cares about most.

Hitby Delilah S. Dawson

No one reads the fine print.

The good news is that the USA is finally out of debt. The bad news is that it was bought out by Valor National Bank, and debtors are the new big game, thanks to a tricky little clause hidden deep in the fine print of a credit card application. Now, after a swift and silent takeover that leaves 9-1-1 calls going through to Valor voicemail, they’re unleashing a wave of anarchy across the country.

Patsy didn’t have much of a choice. When the suits showed up at her house threatening to kill her mother then and there for outstanding debt unless Patsy agreed to be an indentured assassin, what was she supposed to do? Let her own mother die?

Patsy is forced to take on a five-day mission to complete a hit list of ten names. Each name on Patsy’s list has only three choices: pay the debt on the spot, agree to work as a bounty hunter, or die. And Patsy has to kill them personally, or else her mom takes a bullet of her own. Since yarn bombing is the only anarchy in Patsy’s past, she’s horrified and overwhelmed, especially as she realizes that most of the ten people on her list aren’t strangers. Things get even more complicated when a moment of mercy lands her with a sidekick: a hot rich kid named Wyatt whose brother is the last name on Patsy’s list. The two share an intense chemistry even as every tick of the clock draws them closer to an impossible choice.

An absorbing, frightening glimpse at a reality that is eerily just steps away from ours—Hit is a taut, suspenseful thriller that absolutely mesmerizes from start to finish.