Flora has anterograde amnesia, which means she can’t make any new memories – or can she? When Flora gets her first kiss she definitely remembers it, and that one memory is the start of an exciting new adventure for Flora. While Flora’s parents are away in France with her dying brother, Flora sets out to follow her memory. What happens next is not only life-changing, but will reveal even more about Flora than she ever imagined. With a surprise ending, this is definitely a book to curl up and read in one sitting.
Dimple has big plans: for college, for her career, and for her life. They do not include going to Stanford just to find her IIH (Ideal Indian Husband), as the women in her family hope she will. Rishi, on the other hand, carries the expectations of his family with enthusiasm. Despite their different outlooks on their Indian upbringing, they quickly hit it off when they meet- maybe more so than Dimple is ready for! Sweet, charming and full of heart!
Amber Sands belongs to a family with a long history of people with power (read: magic!). In fact, Amber has her own magic – she’s a matchmaker. Just by looking into a person’s eyes, she can “see” their perfect match. Sometimes good – yes, the person you like is your match - and sometimes bad – no, the person you’re dating is not your match. When the son of the Mayor comes and asks for Amber’s help with his soon-to-be stepmother, who has gone missing, the two of them get swept into a mystery that puts them both at risk, and forms a bond between the two that goes against her own prediction. Funny, and real life (maybe even the magic part?), I read this book in one weekend!
Renée Adieh has done it again! Flame in the Mist is a gorgeous tale set in feudal Japan that has echoes of Mulan and a sweeping epic feel. Even though Mariko knows that she has one duty in life, to marry the man she has been betrothed to, she is not even remotely complacent with that. When her carriage is ambushed by the Black Clan and everyone except her killed, she decides to take action.
Dressed as a boy, she tracks down the Black Clan with the plan to infiltrate their ranks and find out why they would want her dead. But things don’t go exactly as planned, especially with her twin brother (the famed Dragon of Kai) searching for her. Gorgeously written, Adieh has created yet another stunning tale that will captivate readers. Flame in the Mist will appeal to fans of The Girl of Fire and Thorns and Throne of Glass.
Simon Snow may be the "Chosen One," but he can't seem to get a handle on his powers, his life, or even the whereabouts of his roommate. In their last year at Watford School of Magicks, the tension between Simon and Baz has reached its crescendo right as they need each other most. Should they help each other survive even as they seem fated to be each other's downfall? With an enormous amount of heart, this is the fantasy book you never knew you could love so much.
When Alice buys her best friend a Powerball ticket for his 18th birthday, she never imagines he could win the jackpot. But Teddy does, and when things start to change, Alice fears that their friendship might never be quite what it was. Filled with recognizable teenage worries in these extraordinary circumstances, Jennifer E. Smith is at her best in this story about friendship, first love, grief and the power that money can hold over us.
Every other year, Min is murdered on her birthday - and wakes up uninjured the next day. This year she is taking matters into her own hands. But who can she trust? Not her doctor, not the principal, maybe not her own mother. Tack? Noah? Each discovery hints at an ever larger conspiracy in this fast-paced thriller.
How can a novel about schizophrenia be an enjoyable, even funny, read? But Calvin is being spoken to by a giant version of Hobbes, the tiger from his favorite comic strip. Calvin's seemingly impossible quest will have you rooting for him as he tries to take back ownership of his life.
Just another retelling of Sleeping Beauty? Think again.
This tale-of-two-sisters story also weaves a tapestry of dark and light, chaos and peace, dreaming and reality: dichotomies reminiscing of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. You see, this YA novel not only twists the Sleeping Beauty we know, but offers themes from Lewis Carroll’s classic. Within it’s pages, Spindle Fire gathers up the vivid characters, and casts them across the rich landscape in a graceful narrative of the universality of loneliness, sisterly-love and the journey to self-affirmation.
A book about being yourself, especially if you are a girl obsessed with science fiction? Yes please! Fresh, fun, charming retelling of Cinderella just for fangirls with wonderfully human characters, great storytelling and fun little details. I kind of want the fictional show Starfield to exist! I devoured this book in one sitting, loved it!
If you can identify random, unexplained references to a variety of fandoms including Star Wars, Star Trek, Battlestar Galactica, Firefly, Dr. Who and more - this book is totally for you!
Four fans invite a young famous actor on a cross-country road trip, never thinking he’d accept. Best selling author Chris Colfer takes you on a journey of laughter, tears, and life-changing memories.
A stunning and timely debut novel. What I loved most about this book was the humanity on every single page. I found myself laughing just as much as I found myself tearing up or feeling angry. The story is important and the characters are beautifully written.
Sixteen year old Starr lives two lives. She lives in a rough area surrounded by gang lords, drugs, guns and violence. She goes to school an hour away where she is one of only a few black students. When she witnesses her childhood friend killed by a police officer, Starr's struggle to keep her two selves separate starts to fall apart.
A coming of age novel inspired by Black Lives Matter, The Hate U Give is an important book that everyone should read.
What do you do if all of your friends have hit puberty, but you haven’t? Well, if you’re Jack Sprigley, you fake it! Jack, the former star of a reality show, is the quick-thinking, fast-talking, joke-cracking hero of Spurt, which is a very funny and frequently touching story about the difficulties of growing up and fitting in.
Fans of Greek Mythology, listen up! Bull is the next book you should pick up. I’m not kidding, pick it up! It has all the Greek Mythology goodness that you know and love: meddling Gods, corrupt Kings, monsters, and some pretty twisted plot lines. Have you picked it up yet? This retelling of the myth of the Minotaur is unlike anything I have ever read before. Done completely in verse, Elliot is able to capture each character perfectly in their own unique style of poetry. Amazing!
Love and adventure collide in this heart-pounding follow up to The Great Hunt. Monsters and princesses. Warriors and magic. All your questions will be answered and a highly satisfactory conclusion reached. This installment is even more romantic, even more gripping. With breathtaking descriptions and compulsively readable writing this is certainly another success for Wendy Higgins. This book will keep you turning the pages with fervor to the very end. If you're a romantic fantasy lover this series is a must!
— Nora, age 16
The more I got to know Jade, the more I understood the complicated grey area she lives in. Caught between blatant racism and "special opportunities," she must find the path that is right for her. Insightful and heartwarming; an important perspective to understand in 2017.
Don’t let this title fool you, this book is anything BUT your typical fairy tale romance! If you like funny and unconventional fractured fairy tales then this book is for you. Let Garth Nix take you on this haphazard quest with his very atypical princess, Anya, as she attempts to save, not only her sister’s latest suitor (who has been turned into a frog), but also her kingdom from her evil step-step father. Filled with quirky characters and a quest that just keeps getting more and more complicated, Frogkisser is one of those books you need to put on your TBR list!
Freya is a nobody; 23rd in line for the throne. She has never cared for court life and would much rather be free to work in her lab where she can experiment in peace. And then, before she can even blink, she is thrust into the spotlight and crowned as Queen. Why? The entire royal line before her has been killed; poisoned at the King’s birthday celebration.
Freya must now struggle with the heavy burden of what it means to be Queen all while trying to avoid the same fate as the rest of the court. In this dangerous and somewhat chaotic world that is strikingly realistic, Freya is a compassionate and smart young main character that you cannot help rooting for. Perfect for fans of Rae Carson and Sarah J. Maas!
Scarlett and her sister, Tella, have longed to be a part of Caraval ever since they were little. When they finally get the chance to attend, Scarlett, a newly engaged young woman, is no longer sure it is the right thing to do. Tella, however, has other plans.
With the help of a roguish sailor, Tella brings Scarlett to Caraval but when they wash up on the island, Tella is nowhere to be found. Scarlett and the sailor, Julian, are left to carry on to Caraval to find her. The catch? Tella has been taken by Legend, the mysterious maker of Caraval itself and finding her is the object of the game.
Now, Scarlett and Julian must stay one step ahead of the other players to find Tella. But who can you trust when you are told to trust no one and that nothing is as it seems? Caraval is absolutely spellbinding, engrossing and just plain magical. I could not put it down for even a minute!
An adventurous and romantic story, that begins when a girl meets the guy of her dreams- literally. Finn has been appearing in Jessa's dreams for months, when one day he appears in real life and tells her that she can travel between realities, and that her life may be in danger. Luckily for her, he is more than willing to do whatever it takes to help her fight against this new force of evil in her life. The other realities that Jessa travels to are inventive and fun to explore, and include some of the best scenes of the book!
This fantasy novel is thrilling and packed with action, from the first scene to the last page. Crown Princess Rhiannon and reluctant reality star Alyosha find their lives separately thrown into chaos when a plan to overtake the throne leads to Rhee's attempted assassination. Their journeys for vengeance (her) and innocence (him) take them from planet to planet, searching for allies, as they try to keep the threat of a carefully orchestrated interplanetary war at bay.
Fans of the Lunar Chronicles MUST read this!
Sure, love can be messy and complicated. But for the girls who live on Brooklyn's Devonairre Street, a long-rumored curse could actually make love fatal for any boy who becomes the object of their affection. With intensely high stakes, this book heart-wrenchingly handles loss, grief, tragedy, sacrifice and love with a unique and dreamy feel of modern folklore.
All of our favorite characters from The Lunar Chronicles are back, and there is still plenty of conflict to keep them busy! This graphic novel lets Iko, Cinder's android best friend, take center stage, and she is a spirited and fierce protagonist. From raiding the dens of wolf-hybrid soldiers to letting the world know that she deserves as much credit as the rest of her crew for taking down Queen Levana, Iko is as fun as ever to root for! (And don't worry, she's still got great fashion sense!)
This is an essential and incredibly important book for all people to read, especially young women. It tackles hard to talk about issues including sex, gender, race and mental illness in a compelling and eloquent way voiced by a diverse group of influential, intelligent and empowered women. It is exactly the kind of book I would like to have given myself as a teenager, and contains information and inspiration I hope all women can carry with them in both times of uncertainty and strength.
When Griffin's ex-boyfriend dies suddenly, he is left with plenty to figure out about what his world looks like now that his first love and best friend is no longer in it. His grief is compounded by guilt, jealousy of Theo's newer love, and his struggles with OCD. Raw and emotionally wrenching, this story will leave you feeling deeply for all the characters coming to terms with this shattering loss in their own ways.
A smartly written and beautiful book about all the small things that can influence the course of a life. When scientific Natasha and poetic Daniel meet by chance, they both realize that there's something between them, but they couldn't disagree more about what to do with it. Add to this the pressure of the imminent deportation of Natasha's family, and the stakes are even higher. Faced with so many reasons why this day shouldn't become any more than what it is, will they find a way to believe in the fate that brought them together?
A magical collection of holiday-themed stories by twelve fantastic, best-selling Young Adult authors. Whether from a YA author you know and love, or from one that you're just being introduced to, you'll be enchanted by a variety of experiences and a diverse cast of characters. I can't think of a better gift for a book-loving YA reader, or a better way for anyone to get in the holiday spirit!
Jae is a Closest, or as you would better know it, a slave. In this world she is less than nothing. Worse still, she (along with all the other Closest) is cursed to obey every command that the Avowed give to her. When her home is on the brink of being abandoned by the Avowed, Jae discovers that she has magic hidden inside her that could save her people from wasting away. But, when she is discovered by the son of the Highest he begs her to use her power to find the magical Well that could save them all. Bound by Blood and Sand is a wonderful blend of High Fantasy, magic, revenge and a struggle between classes that goes deeper than it first may seem.
Dylan and Jamie are both struggling with their place in the world- Dylan because he is quickly approaching 7 feet tall, and Jamie because of her gender identity. They form a quick bond but aren't sure if their new relationship is meant to last. Dealing with obstacles that will be relatable to any high schooler with a new crush, and a few that are specific to their circumstances, this is a heartfelt and authentic love story.
I loved this book when I started it- smart, funny, well-written- I was quickly invested in the characters and their lives. Fans of John Green's "Looking for Alaska" will likely be fans of this debut author, and will eagerly anticipate her next work.