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Riveted Summer Reads: Summer of Deception

June 19, 2017
The Riveted Team
YA Fiction Is Our Addiction

Happy Monday!

It’s the third week of our Riveted Summer and though our Summer of Love has come to an end, we hope the rest of YOUR summer is filled with love! With the Summer of Love concluded, we’re moving on to something new, something darker and more devious, and decidedly more mysterious….the Summer of Deception! Yes, for the second portion of our Riveted Summer, we’re celebrating a particular set of of books: YA mysteries and thrillers where all is not what it may seem, where characters masquerade as someone else, hiding their true identity…or their true motives.

Our first featured title for the Summer of Deception couldn’t be a more exemplary fit! In Cristin Terrill’s Here Lies Daniel Tate, a young con artist thinks he’s stumbled into the scam of a lifetime when he takes on the role of Daniel Tate, a young boy from a wealthy family that’s been missing for six years. We won’t spoil anything here but take it from Beth Revis, author of Across the Universe, that “You will not guess the ending to this unputdownable thriller full of lies, mystery, and unexpected twists!” Start reading our extended excerpt now here!

Adding a little variety to our Summer of Deception, for our next featured read, we’ve got another thriller with a little sci-fi and a dash of dystopia: Cindy Pon’s Want! Set in Taipei in the near feature, the city is plagued by pollution and the rich wear special suits that protect them and extend their lives while the poor suffer and often die. Jason Zhou is determined to change things and with the help of his friends, orchestrates an elaborate plan to infiltrate the elite society and the powerful and controlling Jin Corporation. You’ll need to read the extended excerpt to find out more but know that you’re in for action-packed thriller, an immersive and intriguing setting, a well-fleshed out and diverse cast of characters, and even an intense romance!

Moving right along: while our previous two titles really take the concept of deception literally, centering on characters posing as someone else, the deception in Amanda K. Morgan’s Such a Good Girl is a little more subtle. For years, Riley Stone has crafted the perfect appearance. She’s won every spelling bee (and pretty much any contest) she’s ever entered, started fundraisers for the homeless, and won an impressive amount of college scholarships. She’s a very bright, very good girl. At least, that’s how it seems. After all, who would suspect such a good girl of being capable of doing bad things? Being a “good girl” is the perfect cover-up for being bad and Riley is willing to do anything to make sure the truth never gets out. Absolutely anything. If you’re a fan of books like Pretty Little Liars and Luckiest Girl Alive, you’re going to love Riley Stone.

Next up, we’ve been fans of bestselling author Becca Fitzpatrick since the days of the Hush, Hush Saga and her most recent novel, Dangerous Lies, is another perfect fit for the Summer of Deception, so we’re delighted to bring it to you as featured free read! Dangerous Lies features Stella Gordon, another character living a life of deception…in her case however, it’s a result of being relocated in the witness protection program. Stella witnessed a violent crime and as the star witness in a murder trial against a drug dealer, she finds herself in a small town in Nebraska, living a fake life. To make matters worse, even a new life can’t stop the lies from her old life from catching up with her. With a “swoonworthy romance (Kirkus Reviews),” Dangerous Lies will “keep readers guessing to the end (School Library Journal).”

For our penultimate Summer of Deception featured read, we’re pleased to introduce you to Girl About Town, a Lulu Kelly Mystery from Adam Shankman and Laura L. Sullivan. Let Girl About Town take you back to the glitz and glamour of classic Hollywood where Lucille O’Malley, the latest It Girl, has just met Freddie van der Waals, the only son of a New York tycoon. Sparks fly—and gunshots follow—and suddently Lulu finds herself framed for attempted murder. With its cinematic pacing, you’ll swear you’re watching a movie rather than reading a book! Will Lulu be able to extricate herself from the complicated situation she’s found herself in?  Start reading to find out, and then don’t miss Murder Among the Stars, the second book in the Lulu Kelly Mystery series, which just went on sale last week (6/13)!

Finally, worlds collide in romantic, unexpected, and heartbreaking ways in Jen Brooks’s out-of-this-world debut novel, In a World Just Right. High school senior Jonathan Aubrey has a unique ability: ever since coming out of a coma as a kid, he has been able to create alternate worlds. Worlds where he is heroic, desirable, or simply a better version of himself, and where, perhaps most importantly, Kylie Simms is his girlfriend. But when Jonathan confuses his worlds and tries to kiss the real Kylie Simms, everything unravels, and Jonathan must confront the truth of his power and figure out where he actually belongs—before he loses both Kylies forever. In a World Just Right features a mind-blowing concept, a protagonist you’ll cheer for, and a romance that will leave you swooning!

Find out more about our Summer of Deception reads:

Here Lies Daniel Tateby Cristin Terrill

It seems too good to be true when Daniel Tate, missing since he was abducted from one of California’s most elite private enclaves at the age of ten, turns up on a snowy street in Vancouver six years later. At first too traumatized to speak, he is eventually able to tell the authorities who he is and is reunited with his overjoyed family. In time, they tell him, he’ll recover the memories he’s missing; all that matters is that they have him back.

It’s perfect. A miracle. Except for one thing:

That boy isn’t Daniel Tate.

But he wants to be. A young con artist who’s been taking on false identities for years, this impostor has stumbled onto the scam of a lifetime. Daniel has everything he’s ever dreamed of—wealth, privilege, the chance to make a fresh start, and most importantly, a family that loves him. Now that he’s finally found a place to belong, he doesn’t question his luck.

Until he realizes that maybe Daniel isn’t missing at all. Maybe someone knows what really happened to the boy he’s pretending to be…and if he can’t uncover the truth—he could be next the next Daniel Tate to disappear.

Wantby Cindy Pon

Jason Zhou survives in a divided society where the elite use their wealth to buy longer lives. The rich wear special suits, protecting them from the pollution and viruses that plague the city, while those without suffer illness and early deaths. Frustrated by his city’s corruption and still grieving the loss of his mother who died as a result of it, Zhou is determined to change things, no matter the cost.

With the help of his friends, Zhou infiltrates the lives of the wealthy in hopes of destroying the international Jin Corporation from within. Jin Corp not only manufactures the special suits the rich rely on, but they may also be manufacturing the pollution that makes them necessary.

Yet the deeper Zhou delves into this new world of excess and wealth, the more muddled his plans become. And against his better judgment, Zhou finds himself falling for Daiyu, the daughter of Jin Corp’s CEO. Can Zhou save his city without compromising who he is, or destroying his own heart?

Such a Good Girlby Amanda K. Morgan

Pretty Little Liars meets Luckiest Girl Alive in this riveting novel about a practically perfect girl who is willing to do anything to make sure it stays that way. Absolutely anything.

Things to know about Riley Stone:

Riley Stone is just about perfect. (Ask anyone.)
She has a crush on her French teacher, Alex Belrose. (And she suspects he likes her, too.)
Riley has her entire life planned out. (The plan is nonnegotiable.)
She’s never had a secret she couldn’t keep. (Not ever.)
Riley is sure that her life is on the right track. (And nothing will change that.)
She’s nothing like a regular teenager. (But she doesn’t have any problem admitting that.)
Riley doesn’t usually play games. (But when she does, she always wins.)

She thinks a game is about to start…
But Riley always has a plan…
And she always wins.

Dangerous Liesby Becca Fitzpatrick

A teen is forced to make a fresh start after witnessing a violent crime—but love and danger find her anyway in this novel from Becca Fitzpatrick, the New York Times bestselling author of the Hush, Hush saga.

Stella Gordon’s life is a lie.

She does not belong in Thunder Basin, Nebraska. As the star witness in a murder trial against a drug dealer, Stella is now in the Witness Protection Program. The small town locals can never know who she really is. Not even Chet Falconer, the one boy who makes her want to reveal her true self. She knows that telling the truth will only bring violence to this safe haven.

Despite how hard Stella tries to stay under the radar, danger is fast-approaching. Criminals have a way of getting rid of witnesses, and Stella may have made the one mistake that could lead the cold-blooded men hunting for her right to her doorstep.

Girl About Townby Adam Shankman

Acclaimed film producer/director Adam Shankman and coauthor Laura Sullivan pen a sparkling, witty, romantic mystery inspired by Nick and Nora Charles and Hollywood glamour.

Not too long ago, Lucille O’Malley was living in a tenement in New York. Now she’s Lulu Kelly, Hollywood’s newest It Girl. She may be a star, but she worries that her past will catch up with her. Back in New York she witnessed a Mafia murder, and this glamorous new life in Tinseltown is payment for her silence.

Dashing Freddie van der Waals, the only son of a New York tycoon, was a playboy with the world at his feet. But when he discovered how his corrupt father really made the family fortune, Freddie abandoned his billions and became a vagabond. He travels the country in search of redemption and a new identity, but his father will stop at nothing to bring him home.

When fate brings Lulu and Freddie together, sparks fly—and gunshots follow. Suddenly Lulu finds herself framed for attempted murder. Together, she and Freddie set out to clear her name. But can they escape their pasts and finally find the Hollywood ending they long for?

In a World Just Rightby Jen Brooks

Worlds collide in romantic, unexpected, and heartbreaking ways in this “picture-perfect” (VOYA, starred review) debut novel about a young man with a truly unique power.

Sometimes high school senior Jonathan Aubrey wishes he could just disappear. And as luck—or fate—would have it, he can. Ever since coming out of a coma as a kid, he has been able to create alternate worlds. Worlds where he is heroic, desirable, or simply a better version of himself. That’s the world he’s been escaping to most often, a world where he has everything he doesn’t have in real life: friends, a place of honor on the track team, passing grades, and most importantly, Kylie Simms as his girlfriend.

But when Jonathan confuses his worlds and tries to kiss the real Kylie Simms, everything unravels. The real Kylie suddenly notices Jonathan…and begins obsessing over him. The fantasy version of Kylie struggles to love Jonathan as she was created to do, and the consequences are disastrous. As his worlds collide, Jonathan must confront the truth of his power and figure out where he actually belongs—before he loses both Kylies forever.