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!