Here are last week’s new additions to the YA fiction collection.

Guilt Trip, by Anne Cassidy (220 pages) – Daniel Feeny was suicidal, and he’s gone missing without leaving any kind of clue as to his whereabouts. Alison and her friends do know what happened, however, and there will be consequences.

First line: ‘Alison couldn’t believe it when she heard that Jackson was back.

The Lady in the Tower, by Marie-Louise Jensen (317 pages) – It is 1540, and Elanor’s mother has been imprisoned in a castle tower for four years. Eleanor discovers a plot to off her mum, so she must somehow free her. Based on an historical event!

First line: ‘I gripped the reins tightly in one hand and my practice lance in the other.

Payback, by Rosemary Hayes (207 pages) – Halima was brought up in Pakistan and now lives with her family in London. She’s met a boy she really likes and her future looks bright. BUT! Her dad has planned to marry her to the son of a distant relation in Pakistan as payback for a favour.

First line: ‘I was only four years old when my father came back.

I Kissed a Zombie, and I Liked It, by Adam Selzer (177 pages) – Alley lives in a world where post-humans – vampires, werewolves, and whatnot – are common. She falls for Doug, who, she discovers, is a zombie, and she must break up with him. Because I guess he is an animated corpse? Ewww. There is an official website!

First line: ‘Watching a vampire make out with an idiot is kind of like going to the farmers’ markets and noticing just how many farmers have lost fingers in on-the-job accidents.

Moribito : Guardian of the Spirit (248 pages) and Moribito II : Guardian of the Darkness (245 pages), by Nahoko Uehashi – These are translations of the first two books in a series very popular in Japan (there are ten books, and it’s there are manga and anime adaptions). Here’s the official website in Japanese. The series is about Balsa, a woman warrior in feudal Japan, and is an ‘epic martial arts fantasy’.

The Lost Conspiracy, by Frances Hardinge (568 pages) – Long fantasy books are always difficult to summarise, so here’s the catalogue entry: ‘When a lie is exposed and their tribe turns against them, Hathin must find a way to save her sister Arilou–once considered the tribe’s oracle–and herself.’

First line: ‘It was a burnished, cloudless day with a tug-of-war wind, a fine day for flying.

Lord Sunday : The Keys to the Kingdom, by Garth Nix (311 pages) -This is the seventh and final book in The Keys to the Kingdom series. So now you can read them all without having to wait for the next one to be written. OR. You could read one per day, starting on Monday with Mister Monday, and be very sleepy for days after.

First line: ‘Arthur fell.

The Carbon Diaries 2017, by Saci Lloyd (400 pages) – The sequel to The Carbon Diaries 2015, and about a near-future where carbon is rationed, war over water threatens, and the climate is quickly going to hell. ‘Adrian Mole does the apocalypse.’

First lines: ‘Mon, Jan 2nd: So exhausted. My family is in deathlike trance after the village New Year’s Eve Organic Goose Fayre.

Goth Girl Rising, by Barry Lyga (390 pages) 
A Season of Gifts, by Richard Peck  (164 pages)
Purple Heart, by Patricia McCormick (199 pages)