Are you ready for summer? You know we here at T Rex Reads are! (Especially TheDinoWhisperer who won’t have school to get in the way of her reading time!!!)
If you’re looking for some new reads to carry you through those long, lazy days, take a look at some of the new releases that we can’t wait to read!
1. United As One by Pittacus Lore
The Mogadorian have all but won the battle for our planet. The Garde are all that stand in their way . . . but they are no longer alone in this fight. Human teens from across the globe have begun to develop Legacies of their own.
If the Garde can find these new allies and join forces with them, they just might be able to win this war.
FINALLY. The last installment in the I Am Number Four series!!! (Can we call it a saga at this point???) Tritops and Trilogies has been waiting for this series to complete for YEARS!!!! Need to see if John and Sam can finally pull this thing off!!!
2. Cure for the Common Universe by Christian McKay Heidicker
Sixteen-year-old Jaxon is being committed to video game rehab . . . ten minutes after he met a girl. A living, breathing girl named Serena, who not only laughed at his jokes but actually kinda sorta seemed excited when she agreed to go out with him. And now he’ll do whatever it takes—lie, cheat, steal, even learn how to cross-stitch—in order to make it to his date.
Love the idea of a kid having to go through video game rehab, because I’m telling you guys it’s a thing that’s coming to this world. It’s already accepted as an addiction in China. Feel like this could possibly be the video game version of Fan Girl. Guess we’ll have to wait and see!
3. Unplugged by Donna Frietas
Humanity is split into the App World and the Real World—an extravagant virtual world for the wealthy and a dying physical world for the poor. Years ago, Skylar Cruz’s family sent her to the App World for a chance at a better life. Now all Skye wants is a chance to unplug and see her mother and sister again.
But when the borders between worlds suddenly close, Skye loses that chance. Desperate to reach her family, Skye risks everything to get back to the physical world. Once she arrives, however, she discovers a much larger, darker reality than the one she remembers.
This one sounds a lot like the upcoming Gamescape: Overworld, but they both sound so good! We can all relate to feeling too plugged in to our electronics, can’t we? What happens if you were to put them all away and it turned out that real life just sucked?
4. Winning by Lara Deloza
Whoever said being nice would get you to the top?
Certainly not Alexandra Miles. She isn’t nice, but she’s more than skilled at playing the part. She floats through Spencer High, effortlessly orchestrating the actions of everyone around her, making people bend to her whim without even noticing they’re doing it.
Alexandra has a goal, you see—Homecoming Queen. Homecoming is just the first step to achieving total domination. So when peppy, popular Erin Hewett moves to town and seems to have a real shot at the crown, Alexandra has to take action.
So this is one of those contemporary books that I’d never pick up off the shelf–just because I don’t read a ton of contemporary. But the writing style alone on the book blurb gives me a sneaking suspicion that this one might be worth the look.
5. The Marked Girl by Lindsey Klingele
Once upon a time, in a land far, far away (Los Angeles)…
When Cedric, crowned prince of Caelum, and his fellow royal friends (including his betrothed, Kat) find themselves stranded in modern-day L.A. via a magical portal and an evil traitor named Malquin, all they want to do is get home to Caelum—soon. Then they meet Liv, a filmmaker foster girl who just wants to get out of the system and on with her life. As she and Cedric bond, they’ll discover that she’s more connected to his world than they ever could’ve imagined…and that finding home is no easy task…
Love me some fish-out-of-water stories, especially when they involve time travel. Or world travel? Either way, sounds good to me!
6. Red Velvet Crush by Christina Meredith
Teddy Lee’s mother ran off when she was in second grade. And ever since Teddy Lee has tried to keep her family together. But her older brother Winston usually keeps himself busy with smoking, drinking, and girls, and who knows what else. Her younger sister Billie is occupied with her shoplifting habit and boys . . . and who knows what else. So when Teddy Lee finally takes the songs she’s always written and forms a band, maybe it’ll bring everyone closer together, maybe it’ll be her time to shine. Unless Billie steals the spotlight—and the boy—just like she always does.
I don’t know why but based only on the description this one seems to maybe have a Sarah-Dessen-Saint-Anything kind of vibe to it. Guess we’ll have to wait and see!
7. Gifted by H. A. Swain
In Orpheus Chanson’s world, geniuses and prodigies are no longer born or honed through hard work. Instead, procedures to induce Acquired Savant Abilities (ASAs) are now purchased by the privileged. And Orpheus’s father holds the copyright to the ASA procedure.
Zimri Robinson, a natural musical prodigy, is a “plebe”–a worker at the enormous warehouse. Her grueling schedule and her grandmother’s illness can’t keep her from making music–even if it is illegal.
Orpheus and Zimri are not supposed to meet. He is meant for greatness; she is not. But sometimes, rules are meant to be broken.
All I’m picturing here as a dystopian Save the Last Dance kind of scenario and I have to be honest with you: I’m loving it!
8. Goldfish by Nat Luurtsema
Lou Brown is one of the fastest swimmers in the county. But when she comes in dead last at the Olympic time-trials and her best mate makes the team, Lou is left behind.
Starting again is never easy, particularly when you’re the odd-one out in a family of insanely beautiful people and a school full of social groups way too intimidating to join. Where do you go from here? Finding a new thing turns out to be the biggest challenge Lou’s ever faced and opens up a whole new world of underwater somersaults, crazy talent shows, b****y girls and a great big load of awkward boy chat.
I’m always down to watch people have to restart their lives. It happens over and over again to all of us, but that first time is often the hardest.
9. The Way to Game the Walk of Shame by Jenn P. Nguyen
Taylor Simmons is screwed.
Things were hard enough when her single-minded dedication to her studies earned her the reputation of being an Ice Queen, but after getting drunk at a party and waking up next to bad boy surfer Evan McKinley, the entire school seems intent on tearing Taylor down with mockery and gossip.
Desperate to salvage her reputation, Taylor persuades Evan to pretend they’re in a serious romantic relationship. After all, it’s better to be the girl who tames the wild surfer than just another notch on his surfboard.
Interesting take on the stereotypes and gossip that happen in high school. All it takes is one incident to ruin a reputation and the results can be devastating. I’m want to read this one and see where this story goes….
10. Shadow of the Dark Crystal by J. M. Lee
Jim Henson’s The Dark Crystal: Shadows of the Dark Crystal is set years before the events of the classic film and follows the journey of a young Gelfling woman who leaves her secluded home to uncover the truth surrounding the disappearance of her brother who has been accused of treason by the sinister Skeksis Lords.
Did you grow up watching and rewatching The Dark Crystal??? Are you as stoked as we are that there’s more to the story now????
11. Never Missing Never Found by Amanda Panitch
Stolen from her family as a young girl, Scarlett was lucky enough to eventually escape her captor. Now a teen, she’s starting a summer job at an amusement park. Her first day on the job, Scarlett is shocked to discover that a girl from the park has gone missing. And as she meets her new coworkers, one of the girls seems strangely familiar. When Scarlett chose to run all those years ago, what did she set into motion?
I have this weird fascination with people that kidnap and hold their victims captive. It goes beyond your regular crazy right there and this story sounds all kinds of creepy and dangerous!
12. The End by Charlie Higson
Shadowman, realizing that Saint George’s army is headed toward the center of London, has raced ahead to warn the kids of the impending disaster. He knows that he has to make them understand–somehow–that they are going to have to work together. This means that Nicola and her kids at the Houses of Parliament, David and his kids at Buckingham Palace, Matt at St. Paul’s, General Jordan Hordern and his troops at the Tower of London, the squatters in St. James Park, and all the kids at the Natural History Museum must unite. But will they do it in time?
Have I mentioned that I love this series? In the same way the Bourne movies tie together in this thick, intricate web, The Enemy series is complex and amazing. Both Tritops and Trilogies and Bronto Incognito are super pumped for the last book in this thrill ride!!
13. Escape From Asylum by Madeleine Roux
Prequel to the Asylum series.
Ricky Desmond has been through this all before. If he could just get through to his mother, he could convince her that he doesn’t belong at Brookline. From the man who thinks he can fly to the woman who killed her husband, the other patients are nothing like him; all he did was lose his temper just a little bit, just the once. But when Ricky is selected by the sinister Warden Crawford for a very special program—a program that the warden claims will not cure him but perfect him—Ricky realizes that he may not be able to wait for his mom a second longer. Ricky needs to escape now.
What is it about asylums that are so creepy and great? I think it’s the idea that, especially in the old days, you could get trapped there without a way out. Because anyone can lose it, even if only once in a while.
14. Darkstalker by Tui T. Sutherland
Releases: June 28
Age: Middle Grade
In the SeaWing kingdom, a young prince learns he is an animus — capable of wonderful magic that comes with a terrible price.
In the mind of a NightWing dragonet, a thousand futures unfold — and almost all of them, she knows, lead to disaster and destruction.
And under three full moons and the watchful eyes of his NightWing mother and IceWing father, the most powerful dragon Pyrhhia will ever know is clawing his way out of his egg. Darkstalker, the dragon who will change the world forever.
Haven’t read any of these books yet, but I do love me some dragons and this series sounds pretty good!
16. Hogwarts Classics by J.K. Rowling
This one is just a fancy boxed set of Quidditch Through the Ages and The Tales of Beedle the Bard, but look how pretty!!!
17. Break Me Like a Promise by Tiffany Schmidt
All Magnolia Vickers has ever wanted was to follow father’s path as head of the Family Business. But new legislation is poised to destroy the Family’s operations in the black-market organ trade and Maggie’s recent behavior has wrecked the business-savvy reputation she’s worked her whole life to build.
Then Maggie messes up: she downloads a virus onto her father’s computer, and must sneak it off-estate for repair. When Alex, a tech whiz, uncovers the type of information on the machine, he offers Maggie a choice: her Family can give him a kidney, or he’ll irreparably scramble the data.
Another series I’d never heard of and now I’m wishing I had! A family in the black-market organ trade with a teen at the head? Sounds so unique and fascinating!!!
18. Doctor Who novellas
Releases: June 28
Age: Young Adult
Doctor Who adventures in novella form. Don’t care what they’re about. Goign to read all the things. Give them to me now!!!!
19. The Cresswell Plot by Eliza Wass
Castella Cresswell and her five siblings know what it’s like to be different. For years, their world has been confined to their ramshackle family home deep in the woods of upstate New York. They abide by the strict rule of God, whose messages come directly from their father.
At school, they’re still the freaks they’ve always been to the outside world. Marked by their plain clothing. Unexplained bruising. Utter isolation from their classmates. That is, until Castley is forced to partner with the totally irritating, totally normal George Gray, who offers her a glimpse of a life filled with freedom and choice.
I am completely captivated by cults and the mentality that flows into them. While a small family unit isn’t exactly Waco, it’s still crazy how much isolation and brainwashing can do to people. Plus you have to love the creepy Barbie in the woods with the halo. Nice cover.
20. Lotus and Thorn by Sara Wilson Etienne
Ravaged by a plague known as Red Death, the planet Gabriel, a former colony of Earth, is a barren wasteland. Since being abandoned by Earth 500 years ago, resources are scarce and life is cheap. To steal is the ultimate sin. So when tough-as-nails seventeen-year-old Leica is caught doing just that, she’s exiled and left to the mercy of Gabriel’s unforgiving desert for the rest of her life.
While in exile, Leica discovers a mysterious shuttle, which may not only lead her home, but even more impossible—reestablish contact with Earth.
Yeah for alien worlds and colonization of planets and creepy Red Death Poe references. Is there a Wall-e unit somewhere in there, too?
21. Julia Vanishes by Catherine Egan
Julia has the unusual ability to be . . . unseen. Not invisible, exactly. Just beyond most people’s senses.
It’s a dangerous trait in a city that has banned all forms of magic and drowns witches in public Cleansings. But it’s a useful trait for a thief and a spy. And Julia has learned–crime pays.
Her latest job is paying very well indeed. Julia is posing as a housemaid in the grand house of Mrs. Och, where an odd assortment of characters live and work. But Julia suspects that there’s a connection between these people and the killer leaving a trail of bodies across the frozen city.
Not often you get stories about invisible…ish girls. At least not anything I’ve seen lately. It’d be a cool ability to have. What magical ability would you have if you could?
There you have it! 21 lovely books to make you drool and swoon. Enough to catch your interest no matter your tastes! What are you excited about? What can you not wait to get your hands on??