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Burning Waves, Toothy Rivers, and More YA Book Talk and News: September 15, 2022

Hey YA Readers!

I had my first Summer Scares committee meeting for the 2023 season, which means I am back into my all-things-horror reading mode. Convenient that I am in the midst of a YA horror now, of course, but ’tis the season for all things creepy, crawly, and unsettling.

As I prepare to settle in for the long scary reading haul, let’s dive into this week’s new paperback releases and YA book news.

Bookish Goods

skeleton book tee

Skeleton Book Tee by TeeSpill

Who doesn’t need a little more fun horror in their wardrobe? I love this skeleton reading shirt, which comes in a few color options. It goes up to a size 3XL and starts at $15.

New Releases

Here are this week’s new releases out in paperback–this is a much slower pub week than usual. As always, you can grab the full list of paperback books out this week over here!

Note that you may need to toggle to the paperback edition from the link.

beneath the burning wave book cover

Beneath the Burning Wave by Jennifer Hayashi Danns

I know very little about this book except that it explores gender fluidity and that it is a YA fantasy book with undertones from Japanese folklore and Egyptian mythology.

Kaori and Kai are the first set of twins to survive on the island of Mu. The reason none have survive before is because of an ancient prophecy and now, the rivalry is beginning to emerge. But what’s more important–loyalty to the island or to one another?

the river has teeth book cover

The River Has Teeth by Erica Waters

Natasha’s sister went missing and her car was found at the Bend, and she wants answers. Della and her family have conjured magic from the Bend, setting spells for those who are desperate. When Natasha arrives at Della’s door, itching to find out what happened to her sister, Della knows this is going to be a case requiring a lot more than a little magic.

YA Book News

Thanks for hanging out! We’ll see you on Saturday with some great book deals.

Until then, happy reading.

— Kelly Jensen, @veronikellymars on Twitter.