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Highly Anticipating - The Heart of Betrayal by Mary E. Pearson

The Heart of Betrayal by Mary E. Pearson
Expected Publication Date: July 7th
Publisher: Henry Holt & Co.
Page Count: 480 pages

Held captive in the barbarian kingdom of Venda, Lia and Rafe have little chance of escape . . . and even less of being together.

Desperate to save her life, Lia's erstwhile assassin, Kaden, has told the Vendan Komisar that she has a magical gift, and the Komisar's interest in Lia is greater than either Kaden or Lia foresaw.

Meanwhile, the foundations of Lia's deeply-held beliefs are crumbling beneath her. Nothing is straightforward: there's Rafe, who lied to her, but has sacrificed his freedom to protect her; Kaden, who meant to assassinate her but has now saved her life; and the Vendans, whom she always believed to be barbarians but whom she now realizes are people who have been terribly brutalized by the kingdoms of Dalbreck and Morrighan. Wrestling with her upbringing, her gift, and her very sense of self, Lia will have to make powerful choices that affect her country, her people . . . and her own destiny.

Why we can't wait: Okay, we LOVED The Kiss of Deception and we can't WAIT for this sequel!!! We needs more Rafe!!!

Review - None of the Above by I.W. Gregorio

None of the Above by I. W. Gregorio
Publication Date: April 7th, 2015
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
Genre: Social issues, dating/sex, LGBTQI

A groundbreaking story about a teenage girl who discovers she's intersex . . . and what happens when her secret is revealed to the entire school. Incredibly compelling and sensitively told, None of the Above is a thought-provoking novel that explores what it means to be a boy, a girl, or something in between.

What if everything you knew about yourself changed in an instant?

When Kristin Lattimer is voted homecoming queen, it seems like another piece of her ideal life has fallen into place. She's a champion hurdler with a full scholarship to college and she's madly in love with her boyfriend. In fact, she's decided that she's ready to take things to the next level with him.

But Kristin's first time isn't the perfect moment she's planned, something is very wrong. A visit to the doctor reveals the truth: Kristin is intersex, which means that though she outwardly looks like a girl, she has male chromosomes, not to mention boy "parts."

Dealing with her body is difficult enough, but when her diagnosis is leaked to the whole school, Kristin's entire identity is thrown into question. As her world unravels, can she come to terms with her new self?

I am so glad that there are more and more YA books coming out about the lesser known/less talked about marginalized orientations, gender identities and intersex conditions. None of the Above is about Kristin Lattimer: Homecoming Queen with a track scholarship to her dream school, the perfect boyfriend and best friends. She thinks she has it all until she finds out she's actually intersex. After a diagnosis of Androgen Insensitivity Syndrome (AIS), Krissy struggles to figure out her identity and how her life is (or hasn't) affected by her condition, and how it effects everyone else. None of the Above is a great introduction to the intersex world for people who have no idea what being intersex means. It opened up a lot of conversations between my friends and family about how much or how little biology informs gender identity and how we all see ourselves and others.
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Current Obsession - Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo
Expected Publication Date: September 29th, 2015
Publisher: Henry Holt and Company
Page count: 480 pages

Ketterdam: a bustling hub of international trade where anything can be had for the right price--and no one knows that better than criminal prodigy Kaz Brekker. Kaz is offered a chance at a deadly heist that could make him rich beyond his wildest dreams. But he can't pull it off alone...

A convict with a thirst for revenge.

A sharpshooter who can't walk away from a wager.

A runaway with a privileged past.

A spy known as the Wraith.

A Heartrender using her magic to survive the slums.

A thief with a gift for unlikely escapes.

Six dangerous outcasts. One impossible heist. Kaz's crew is the only thing that might stand between the world and destruction-if they don't kill each other first.

Yes, we're aware that Six of Crows doesn't come out until September, but hear us out.
This book is freakin amazing. Seriously. You loved Bardugo when she wrote Shadow ando Bone and you're going to love her more for this one.
Game of Thrones meets, Oceans 11 meets pirates, meets awesome female protagonists, meets great story. Yes, you need this. Just pre-order it now.