New Releases for November

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We have eight titles on our November release list. There’s quite a mix with a few contemporaries, some romance, a fantasy, a super hero story, and a thriller to look forward to this month. Here’s a peek.

Illustrated cover for With or Without You. Two teenagers are lying across the top of their food trucks so they can stare at each other. The boy has his arms braced under him and has short curly hair and a light blue t-shirt. The girl has shoulder-length curly hair and is using her hand to prop up her chin. She is wearing a yellow shirt. Behind them you can see the tops of a few city buildings and billowing pink clouds.With or Without You by Eric Smith
Inkyard Press

All’s fair in love and (food truck) war.

Everyone knows Jordan Plazas and Cindy Ortiz hate each other.

According to many viral videos of their public shouting matches, the Plazas and Ortiz families have a well-known food truck rivalry. Jordan and Cindy have spent all of high school making cheesesteaks and slinging insults at each other across their shared Philadelphia street.

But the truth? They’re in love, and it’s all just an act for the tourists.

When the fake feud lands them a reality tv show pilot, Jordan and Cindy find themselves having to lie on a much bigger scale. Trapped between pursuing their dreams or their love, can they find a way to have their cheesesteak and eat it too?

Cover of Gorgeous Gruesome Faces. The view is a close up of the right half of a teen Asian girl's face. Pieces of dark brown hair frame her face messily. She has heavy blue and purple glitter under her green eye, and she appears to be wearing ink blush and lipstick. There is a small amount of blood splatter extending from the corner of her jaw toward her lips.Gorgeous Gruesome Faces (Gorgeous Gruesome Faces #1) by Linda Cheng
Roaring Brook Press

After a shocking scandal that abruptly ended her teen popstar career, eighteen-year-old Sunny Lee spends her days longing for her former life and cyberstalking her ex-BFF and groupmate, Candie. The two were once inseparable, but that was then—before the tragedy and heartache they left in their wake.

In the here and now, Sunny is surprised to discover that Candie is attending a new K-pop workshop in her hometown. Candie might be there chasing stardom, but Sunny can’t resist the chance to join her and finally confront their traumatic history. Because she still can’t figure out what happened that horrible night when Mina, the third in their tight-knit trio, jumped to her death. Or if the dark and otherworldly secrets she and Candie were keeping had something to do with it . . .

But the workshop doesn’t bring the answers Sunny had hoped for, nor a happy reunion with Candie. Instead, Sunny finds herself haunted by ghostly visions while strange injuries start happening to her competitors—followed by even stranger mutilations to their bodies. In her race to survive, Sunny will have to expose just who is behind the carnage—and if Candie is out for blood once more—in Linda Cheng’s spellbinding sapphic thriller that will have readers screaming and swooning for more.

Illustrated cover for Static Up All Night. The superhero Static casually stands in front of a storefront with some friends. He is a Black teenager with locs, a black t-shirt with a gold lightning bolt on it, and brown pants. Electricity is coming from his right hand, while his left is in his pants pocket.Static Up All Night by Lamar Giles & illustrated by Paris Alleyne
DC Comics

VIRGIL (aka STATIC) can do amazing things with his vast array of electrical abilities, but instantly mending a broken heart isn’t in his skill set.

Virgil Hawkins has just gone through a bad break up. He can’t get over his ex, so his best friend Richie has an idea for how to distract attend a music festival in their city of Dakota. But wouldn’t you know it—his ex is in attendance. And that’s just the beginning of his troubles.

A series of encounters and events leads to an all-night adventure involving super villains, a diner, a reluctant rapper, and a size-changing kleptomaniac, as well as Virgil’s frequent bad decision making. But in the end, with the help of his friends, Virgil will find he can move on from a broken heart.

Illustrated cover for Wish of the Wicked. A Black teenage girl with long curly hair stands in front of a far-off castle. It is night, and a full moon shines illuminates the scene. She is wearing a dark green dress and a hooded cloak that looks like a starry night sky. She is looking right at the viewer and holds a glowing wand in her hands.Wish of the Wicked (Wish of the Wicked #1) by Danielle Paige
Bloomsbury YA

For centuries, the enchanted members of the Entente have worked in tandem with the Three Fates—the Present, the Past, and the Future—to maintain destiny across the Thirteen Queendoms. But when Queen Magrit learns of her untimely demise from Hecate, Fate of the Future, Magrit burns Hecate at the stake and decrees death to all Entente in order to live forever.

But some survive, including sixteen-year-old Farrow, who hatches a dangerous plan to seek revenge. Along the way, she finds herself falling for the one person who could ruin everything. With life and love hanging in the balance, she must decide who to trust and what’s most important: living in the past or forging a new future.

Bestselling author Danielle Paige launches a brand-new fairy godmother origin story full of intrigue, magic, and romance.

Illustrated cover of Artifacts of an Ex. Two Asian American teens are each holding up half of a broken cartoon heart above their heads. The girl is wearing a a blue sweater with clouds, a darker blue top, a pink skirt, and sneakers. Her foot is popped up behind her. The boy is wearing a green striped shirt, blue jeans, and sneakers. Scattered beneath them are several objects: a metro card, an umbrella, a post it note with "iArtifacts of an Ex by Jennifer Chen
Wednesday Books

When Chloe Chang gets dumped via USPS after moving across the county from NYC to LA, her first instinct is to throw her box of memories in the garbage. Instead, she starts buying other teenagers’ break-up boxes to create an art exhibit, Heartifacts. Opening night is going great, until she spots Daniel Kwak illicitly filming his best friend’s reaction to his ex’s box. When she tries to stop him, an intense discussion ends up launching a creative partnership and friendship… and a major crush for Chloe.

There’s just one problem: Daniel is dead set on not being another rebound.

Five times he’s been the guy who makes the girls he’s dating realize they want to get back with their ex. And he refuses for there to be a sixth. She insists she’s over her ex, but when he shows up unexpectedly with his new girlfriend, it turns out Daniel was right. She isn’t ready for a new relationship.

She throws herself into making Heartifacts successful, but flashy influencers threaten her original vision of the exhibit. To create the exhibit she’s always wanted, Chloe needs to go back to basics, learn to work with artists in a more collaborative way, and discover what love can be. Only then will she convince Daniel she’s truly ready for everything they could be to one another.

Illustrated cover for Didn't See that Coming. Two teenagers are sitting with their backs toward each other. They each have a headset and game controllers and are wearing private school uniforms. The uniforms are white shirts, blue ties, black shoes, and blue skirt or pants. Along the edges are purple flowers and macaroons.Didn’t See That Coming by Jesse Q. Sutanto
Delacorte Press

A hilariously fresh and romantic send-up to You’ve Got Mail about a gamer girl with a secret identity and the online bestie she’s never met IRL until she unwittingly transfers to his school, from the bestselling author of Dial A for Aunties, The Obsession, and Well, That Was Unexpected.

Seventeen-year-old Kiki Siregar is a fabulous gamer girl with confidence to boot. She can’t help but be totally herself… except when she’s online.

Her secret? She plays anonymously as a guy to avoid harassment from other male players. Even her online best friend—a cinnamon roll of a teen boy who plays under the username Sourdawg—doesn’t know her true identity. Which is fine, because Kiki doesn’t know his real name either, and it’s not like they’re ever going to cross paths IRL.

Until she transfers to an elite private school for her senior year and discovers that Sourdawg goes there, too.

But who is he? How will he react when he finds out Kiki’s secret? And what happens when Kiki realizes she’s falling for her online BFF?

Illustrated cover for Kingdom of Without. The background is a cyberpunk cityscape of an industrial-looking area of Beijing. Three teens are in the foreground. One is a girl who is crouched down to face the viewer. She has a cybernetic right arm and left leg, and there's a red light near her left eye. Behind her are two boys, one wearing red armor and a demon-esque horned mask, holding a staff, and the other more in shadow, wearing a bandoleer across his chest, a pauldron, with something dangling from his hand.Kingdom of Without by Andrea Tang
Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers

When Zhong Ning’er takes the job, she expects a smash-and-grab burglary she’s doing to make rent and help out a friend. What she doesn’t expect: a sad-eyed army boy who dreams of insurrection, a former rebel leader trapped inside a secret lab, a group of aspiring revolutionaries who are first collaborators, then compatriots, and then, perhaps, friends.

But this is Beijing, nearly a hundred and fifty years after General Yuan Shikai successfully declared himself emperor in 1915. His descendants rule the country from their seat in the imperial city, their gendarmerie—the Beiyang Army—run the streets, aided by cyborgs and the Brocade Guard. Walls have risen, dividing the city into districts called Rings—nominally only by geography, but in truth by class. Earthquakes devastate the northern farmlands, crops drown in the southern typhoons, and all over the country people are hooked on a drug they call Complacency.

As a Sixth Ring girl who watched previous uprisings crushed brutally by the court, Ning’er isn’t much of an optimist, and she’s certainly no revolutionary. But that might not be up to her—as the stakes get higher, the time for passivity is quickly running out, and she must decide if she wants to sit idly in her cynicism, or embrace the breathless, terrible possibility of hope.

Cover image of the crimson fortress. There is a design made up of four large castle type buildings in a circle that have slightly smaller buildings in between.The Crimson Fortress (The Ivory Key Duology #2) by Akshaya Raman
Clarion Books

In this thrilling, action-packed sequel and conclusion to the critically acclaimed Ivory Key duology called “a dream”* (Booklist, starred review), royal siblings Vira, Ronak, Kaleb, and Riya battle vengeful enemies, centuries-old mysteries, and their own personal demons in order to save their country from ruin.

The search for the Ivory Key has brought royal siblings Vira, Ronak, Kaleb, and Riya closer than they have been in years as they try to restore magic and stability to Ashoka. But despite finally getting their hands on the long-lost key, uncovering its cipher has proved more complicated and dangerous than they ever expected.

Their missions force them to split up and disperse them across Ashoka and beyond. When a rash decision by the council strips Vira of her power, her journey to reclaim her throne takes on new meaning. Kaleb travels to the neighboring country of Lyria to uncover its emperor’s motives and meets a prince seeking answers of his own. Ronak’s efforts to escape his arranged marriage and exonerate his brother lead to a series of risky deals that only bring him closer to what he’s running from. And Riya’s newfound power has turned unpredictable, but her search for answers only raises more questions.

When their attempts at decoding the key release an ancient power, the siblings must align to face the past and save their future once and for all. In a quest that culminates in a deadly labyrinth, there’s only one way they will succeed: together.