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10 YA Books To Keep On Your Radar This Spring

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1. The Prom Goer's Interstellar Excursion by Chris McCoy

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Release Date: April 14th, 2015

When Bennett asks his dream date to prom, he never expected her to get abducted by aliens. After catching a ride to outer space with an extraterrestrial band of musicians, Bennett must maneuver through highly implausible sci-fi situations in order to save his dream girl in time for the big dance. This hysterically crafted, off-the-wall novel sounds like we can expect a truly unique experience.

2. The Witch Hunter by Virginia Boecker

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Release Date: June 2nd, 2015

Set in alternate 16th century England, The Witch Hunter follows Elizabeth Grey, one of the king's elite witch hunters whose mission is to eliminate witchcraft. After accusations of her being a witch arise, she receives a death sentence only to be rescued by a gentleman who was once her enemy. This book promises an enriching world filled with a compelling plot line, brilliant characters and tons of twisty, turny, magical adventure.

3. Tracked by Jenny Martin

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Release Date: May 5th, 2015

Speed racer gone sci-fi, Tracked takes place on a planet called planet Castra and follows a girl named Phee whose passion lies in professional racing. After Phee and her best friend are blackmailed into racing for Benroyal, a corrupt corporate organization, she uncovers dark secrets that this company is hiding and forms a plan to overthrow the organization. Action packed and freshly cultivated, Tracked sounds like the perfect read for adrenaline junkies everywhere.

4. Kissing Ted Callahan (And Other Guys) by Amy Spalding

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Release Date: April 14th 2015

Attempting to maneuver through the complex world of dating in high school, Kissing Ted Callahan (And Other Guys) follows Riley and Reid, two BFFs who've made a pact to boost their love lives by going after their crushes and documenting their experiences in a shared journal. This read sounds like it should be filled with messy, awkward scenarios and swoony romance--a real delight for delight for all contemporary lovers.

5. The Wrath and The Dawn by Renee Adieh

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Release Date: May 12th, 2015

A retelling of Arabian Nights, The Wrath and The Dawn is about a girl named Shahrzad who seeks revenge by voluntarily marrying Khalid, the Caliph of Khorasan who murders each of his new wives before morning. Determined to gain her vengeance by sunrise, Shahrzad uncovers deeper mysteries and beings to realize that Khalid isn't who she thought he might be. This fantasy sounds like a captivating retelling with the right amount of high-stake tension and beautifully crafted romance.

6. Saint Anything by Sarah Dessen

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Release Date: May 5th 2015

Contemporary fans can expect rejoice over the release of Dessen's 12th novel. Consistently overshadowed by her older brother, Sydney experiences conflicting feelings when her brother's brash behavior leads to his involvement in a drunk driving collision. While her family worries about him, Sydney's concern falls with the victim. Here she befriends a loving family and meets Mac--who no longer makes her feel invisible. Although the premise sounds darker than Dessen's prior work, I think we can still expect to find comforting themes of family, character growth, and romance.

7. An Ember In The Ashes by Sabaa Tahir

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Release Date: April 28th, 2015

This epic fantasy adventure follows Laia, who takes an undercover identity in the military academy in order to save her brother and Elias, a soldier of the Martial Empire forced to compete in a merciless contest in order to determine the next emperor. Their paths cross at the military academy, where their destinies align with the potential to change the power struggle of the empire. Set in a Rome-inspired country, I think we can expect a rich, dazzling world with incredible characters and a remarkably engaging plot.

8. None Of The Above by I. E. Gregorio

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Release Date: April 7th, 2015

This realistic contemporary novel follows Kristin Lattimer, a Homecoming queen nominee and track scholar who finds out she was born intersex. When the information gets around her school, she must deal with the reactions of her peers as well as her journey toward self discovery. This brave, powerful novel sounds like a freshly compelling read that's unafraid to break into uncharted territory.

9. The Cage by Megan Shepherd

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Release Date: May 26th, 2015

From the author who penned the The Madman's Daughter trilogy, The Cage follows Cora Mason, who wakes up trapped in a peculiar cage with no memory of how she got there. After realizing she is being held captive in a human zoo with other teens, she discovers her only hope for release lies with her otherworldly captors. This novel sounds like it's packed with forbidden romance and incredible sci-fi elements, so we can look forward to bizarre twists and a gripping adventure.

10. Kissing in America by Elizabeth Gilbert

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Release date: May 26th 2015

Fans of road trip novels may enjoy Kissing in America, which follows sixteen-year-old Eva whose family issues seem to fade away when falls hard for Will. But when Will abruptly moves to California, Eva and her BFF Annie form a plan to travel across the country so they can be reunited. I think we can expect themes of love and the complexities that follow it in this heartfelt, expertly compelling novel.

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