Young Adult New Releases: Week of August 21, 2018

Happy release week to these YA titles! Thank you to the publishers for providing free review copies for Kid Lit Exchange reviewers.



(Kaylie Jones Books ~ August 21, 2018)

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This one is still making its way to our reviewers ~ stay tuned to our hashtag for more!


The Kaleidoscope Sisters is a debut novel hinging on the indomitable spirit of young women. It centers on fifteen-year-old Quinn and her younger sister, Riley, who is dying from a degenerative heart defect. As the novel opens, Riley is weeks away from her seventh birthday, and her decline is obvious. Years in and out of hospitals have left the family with no support system, but Quinn is determined to save her younger sister. In her quest, Quinn discovers a portal to another realm peppered with characters based in history, all of whom disappeared mysteriously. Aiding Quinn throughout her journey in the Other Realm is Meelie. Quinn learns that a new heart for Riley can be harvested in the Other Realm, but not without sacrifice. While Meelie helps Quinn come to terms with an impossible decision, Quinn uncovers the truth about Meelie’s disappearance and why she never returned home. The book chronicles Quinn’s journey, focusing on the inevitability of loss and the realization that no matter what Quinn decides, her mother must lose one of her daughters.

The Kaleidoscope Sisters is the second release in the Oddities Kaylie Jones Books series, an e-first line that focuses on unconventional, edgy, risk-taking novels that boldly defy the traditional forms and conventions of the literary novel, with a focus on YA, horror, and mystery.

TO BE HONEST by Maggie Ann Martin

(Swoon Reads ~ August 21, 2018)

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Review and photo by Sara ~ @texasgirlreads on Instagram

Y’all. YA authors are seriously hitting it out of the park lately with body-positive main characters. To Be Honest by Maggie Ann Martin is the newest addition (out August 21) and it is SO GOOD.

Savvy is smart, confident, talented, and, yes, fat. She doesn’t care and is happy with herself. YES. Her mom, having just competed in a weight loss reality show (total sendup of The Biggest Loser) is unhealthily obsessed with losing weight and how little she can eat. Between that dynamic, a little romance, and friends, Savvy has to figure out how to keep being her wonderful self and not let the negativity affect her. This is a YA romance, but at its heart is about the broken relationship between a mother and daughter and how difficult (and slow) that can be to repair.

This book is so, so good, and I think everyone should read it!!!

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