Books on Our Radar: June 2013

Crushed on by Shannon, on May 6, 2013, in Books On Our Radar / 3 Comments

There are so many great books getting released next month that I thought I’d take some time to spotlight a few that have really caught my attention. I’m already seeing myself, laying by the pool, e-reader in hand, tearing through all of these. What do you think? Will any of these be on your to read list this summer?

linkedLinked by Imogen Howson 
Expected Release: June 11, 2013 by Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers
Genre: Young Adult, Mystery, Thriller
Synopses: Goodreads
Pages: 368
Purchase: here

Elissa used to have it all: looks, popularity, and a bright future. But for the last three years, she’s been struggling with terrifying visions, phantom pains, and mysterious bruises that appear out of nowhere.


Finally, she’s promised a cure: minor surgery to burn out the overactive area of her brain. But on the eve of the procedure, she discovers the shocking truth behind her hallucinations: she’s been seeing the world through another girl’s eyes.


Elissa follows her visions, and finds a battered, broken girl on the run. A girl—Lin—who looks exactly like Elissa, down to the matching bruises. The twin sister she never knew existed.


Now, Elissa and Lin are on the run from a government who will stop at nothing to reclaim Lin and protect the dangerous secrets she could expose—secrets that would shake the very foundation of their world.


Riveting, thought-provoking and utterly compelling, Linked will make you question what it really means to be human.

anotherAnother Little Piece by Kate Karyus Quinn
Expected Release: June 11, 2013 by HarperTeen
Genre: Young Adult, Mystery, Thriller
Synopses: Goodreads
Pages: 432
Purchase: here

The spine-tingling horror of Stephen King meets an eerie mystery worthy of Sara Shepard’s Pretty Little Liars series in Kate Karyus Quinn’s haunting debut.


On a cool autumn night, Annaliese Rose Gordon stumbled out of the woods and into a high school party. She was screaming. Drenched in blood. Then she vanished.


A year later, Annaliese is found wandering down a road hundreds of miles away. She doesn’t know who she is. She doesn’t know how she got there. She only knows one thing: She is not the real Annaliese Rose Gordon.


Now Annaliese is haunted by strange visions and broken memories. Memories of a reckless, desperate wish . . . a bloody razor . . . and the faces of other girls who disappeared. Piece by piece, Annaliese’s fractured memories come together to reveal a violent, endless cycle that she will never escape—unless she can unlock the twisted secrets of her past.

insomniaInsomnia (The Night Walkers #1) by J.R. Johansson 
Expected Release: June 8, 2013 by Flux
Genre: Young Adult, Mystery, Thriller
Synopses: Goodreads
Pages: 360
Purchase: here

It’s been four years since I slept, and I suspect it is killing me.


Instead of sleeping, Parker Chipp enters the dream of the last person he’s had eye contact with. He spends his nights crushed by other people’s fear and pain, by their disturbing secrets—and Parker can never have dreams of his own. The severe exhaustion is crippling him. If nothing changes, Parker could soon be facing psychosis and even death.


Then he meets Mia. Her dreams, calm and beautifully uncomplicated, allow him blissful rest that is utterly addictive. Parker starts going to bizarre lengths to catch Mia’s eye every day. Everyone at school thinks he’s gone over the edge, even his best friend. And when Mia is threatened by a true stalker, everyone thinks it’s Parker.


Suffering blackouts, Parker begins to wonder if he is turning into someone dangerous. What if the monster stalking Mia is him after all?

testingThe Testing (The Testing #1) by Joelle Charbonneau 
Expected Release: June 4, 2013 by Houghton Mifflin Books for Children
Genre: Young Adult, Dystopian
Synopses: Goodreads
Pages: 336
Purchase: here

Keep your friends close and your enemies closer. Isn’t that what they say? But how close is too close when they may be one in the same?


The Seven Stages War left much of the planet a charred wasteland. The future belongs to the next generation’s chosen few who must rebuild it. But to enter this elite group, candidates must first pass The Testing—their one chance at a college education and a rewarding career.


Cia Vale is honored to be chosen as a Testing candidate; eager to prove her worthiness as a University student and future leader of the United Commonwealth. But on the eve of her departure, her father’s advice hints at a darker side to her upcoming studies–trust no one.


But surely she can trust Tomas, her handsome childhood friend who offers an alliance? Tomas, who seems to care more about her with the passing of every grueling (and deadly) day of the Testing. To survive, Cia must choose: love without truth or life without trust.

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