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YA books for post-Stranger Things stress disorder

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- Written by  By Ava & Evgenia


 

AHHH!!! After a year, the first episode of Stranger Things has finally aired. Here are six YA books with that supernatural element to tide you over until next Saturday, and the Saturday after that.

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1. RUNAWAYS: AN ORIGINAL NOVEL

Runaways: An Original Novel  by Christopher Golden

Turns out murderous Super Villains don't make for good parents. The Runaways had no choice. They had to kill them. Well, more or less. Now Nico, Karolina, Gert, Chase, and Molly are on the run again, hiding out and trying to regain a sense of normalcy. But kids with super powers don't get to be normal.

The city is overrun with criminals, each faction bent on murdering them for one reason or another. It's only when the Runaways uncover the truth behind their parents' past that they realize the evil isn't just in L.A.

It's everywhere.

By: Christopher Golden

 

2. SLAYER

Nina and her twin sister, Artemis, are far from normal. It’s hard to be when you grow up at the Watcher’s Academy, which is a bit different from your average boarding school. Here teens are trained as guides for Slayers—girls gifted with supernatural strength to fight the forces of darkness. But while Nina’s mother is a prominent member of the Watcher’s Council, Nina has never embraced the violent Watcher lifestyle. Instead she follows her instincts to heal, carving out a place for herself as the school medic.

Until the day Nina’s life changes forever.

Thanks to Buffy, the famous (and infamous) Slayer that Nina’s father died protecting, Nina is not only the newest Chosen One—she’s the last Slayer, ever. Period.

As Nina hones her skills with her Watcher-in-training, Leo, there’s plenty to keep her occupied: a monster fighting ring, a demon who eats happiness, a shadowy figure that keeps popping up in Nina’s dreams…

But it’s not until bodies start turning up that Nina’s new powers will truly be tested—because someone she loves might be next.

One thing is clear: Being Chosen is easy. Making choices is hard.

By: Kiersten White

 

3. CIRCLE OF SHADOWS

Sora can move as silently as a ghost and hurl throwing stars with lethal accuracy. Her gemina, Daemon, can win any physical fight blindfolded and with an arm tied around his back. They are apprentice warriors of the Society of Taigas—marked by the gods to be trained in magic and the fighting arts to protect the kingdom of Kichona.

As their graduation approaches, Sora and Daemon look forward to proving themselves worthy of belonging in the elite group—but in a kingdom free of violence since the Blood Rift Rebellion many years ago, it’s been difficult to make their mark.

So when Sora and Daemon encounter a strange camp of mysterious soldiers while on a standard scouting mission, they decide the only thing to do to help their kingdom is to infiltrate the group. Taking this risk will change Sora’s life forever—and lead her on a mission of deception that may fool everyone she’s ever loved.

By: Evelyn Skye

 

4. SPECTACLE

The Diabolic by S.J. Kincaid

Paris, 1887.

Sixteen-year-old Nathalie Baudin writes the daily morgue column for Le Petit Journal. Her job is to summarize each day's new arrivals, a task she finds both fascinating and routine. That is, until the day she has a vision of the newest body, a young woman, being murdered--from the perspective of the murderer himself.

When the body of another woman is retrieved from the Seine days later, Paris begins to buzz with rumors that this victim may not be the last. Nathalie's search for answers sends her down a long, twisty road involving her mentally ill aunt, a brilliant but deluded scientist, and eventually into the Parisian Catacombs. As the killer continues to haunt the streets of Paris, it becomes clear that Nathalie's strange new ability may make her the only one who can discover the killer's identity--and she'll have to do it before she becomes a target herself.

While Paris may be very far away from Hawkins, the common thread of extraordinary powers and strange experiments ties these stories together. 

By: Jodie Lynn Zdrok

 

 

5. THIS SAVAGE SONG

There’s no such thing as safe in a city at war, a city overrun with monsters. In this dark urban fantasy from author Victoria Schwab, a young woman and a young man must choose whether to become heroes or villains—and friends or enemies—with the future of their home at stake. The first of two books.

Kate Harker and August Flynn are the heirs to a divided city—a city where the violence has begun to breed actual monsters. All Kate wants is to be as ruthless as her father, who lets the monsters roam free and makes the humans pay for his protection. All August wants is to be human, as good-hearted as his own father, to play a bigger role in protecting the innocent—but he’s one of the monsters. One who can steal a soul with a simple strain of music. When the chance arises to keep an eye on Kate, who’s just been kicked out of her sixth boarding school and returned home, August jumps at it. But Kate discovers August’s secret, and after a failed assassination attempt the pair must flee for their lives.

This book has monsters too, although they are a bit easier to empathise with...

By: V.E. Schwab

6. EVERY HEART A DOORWAY

Eleanor West’s Home for Wayward Children

No Solicitations

No Visitors

No Quests

Children have always disappeared under the right conditions; slipping through the shadows under a bed or at the back of a wardrobe, tumbling down rabbit holes and into old wells, and emerging somewhere... else .

But magical lands have little need for used-up miracle children.

Nancy tumbled once, but now she’s back. The things she’s experienced... they change a person. The children under Miss West’s care understand all too well. And each of them is seeking a way back to their own fantasy world.

But Nancy’s arrival marks a change at the Home. There’s a darkness just around each corner, and when tragedy strikes, it’s up to Nancy and her new-found schoolmates to get to the heart of the matter.

No matter the cost.

Strange parallel universes… that can be reached through gateways… Sounds familiar, doesn’t it?

By: Seanan McGuire

New Review! -This Savage Song by V.E. Schwab

 

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Teen Advisory Board Member Tiffany Reviews This Savage Song

A Very Large Expanse of Sea by Tahereh Mafi

by Victoria Schwab

There’s no such thing as safe in a city at war, a city overrun with monsters. In this dark urban fantasy from author Victoria Schwab, a young woman and a young man must choose whether to become heroes or villains—and friends or enemies—with the future of their home at stake. The first of two books.

Kate Harker and August Flynn are the heirs to a divided city—a city where the violence has begun to breed actual monsters. All Kate wants is to be as ruthless as her father, who lets the monsters roam free and makes the humans pay for his protection. All August wants is to be human, as good-hearted as his own father, to play a bigger role in protecting the innocent—but he’s one of the monsters. One who can steal a soul with a simple strain of music. When the chance arises to keep an eye on Kate, who’s just been kicked out of her sixth boarding school and returned home, August jumps at it. But Kate discovers August’s secret, and after a failed assassination attempt the pair must flee for their lives.

Possibly the best things about this novel are the complex characters and their compelling dynamic.  August in a soul-sucking monster who hates himself for it and yearns to be human; Kate is a human girl who is desperate to please her father by becoming monstrously powerful.  She is willing to do whatever it takes, and her ambition shows in her snarky attitude and intimidating actions.

If you’re looking for an alluringly dark book with complex characters to get attached to, This Savage Song is just for you.

 

 

YA books for those wishing for a sequel to The Greatest Showman

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         Written By: Alannah, Amanda, and Ava

 


 

The Greatest Showman was a smash hit when it came out last year. Quite frankly, it’s difficult to find anyone who doesn’t like it. Here’s a list of some of our favorite YA books which share some of the same themes as its wonderfully catchy soundtrack! (BTW, MSL=Most Suitable Lyric)

 

1. What’s The Greatest Show? CARAVAL!!!

Scarlett Dragna and her sister, Tella, are forced to endure their powerful, and cruel, father. But this year, Scarlett’s invitation to Caraval—the faraway, once-a-year performance where the audience participates in the show—arrives. But Tella is kidnapped by Caraval’s mastermind organizer, Legend. It turns out that this season’s Caraval revolves around Tella, and whoever finds her first is the winner. 

People say everything that happens during Caraval is only an elaborate performance. But whether Caraval is real or not, Scarlett must find Tella before the five nights of the game are over or a dangerous domino effect of consequences will be set off, and her beloved sister will disappear forever.

Both CARAVAL and the Greatest Show share themes of the fantastic wonder and dazzle that can only be produced by one’s imagination.
MSL: Impossible comes true, it’s taking over you/This is the greatest show!

By Stephanie Garber

 

 

2. It’s going to take A Million Dreams for Amelia to STAY SWEET.

 

For as long as she can remember, Amelia Van Hagen has been one of the Meade Creamery girls - a tight-knit group of friends who manage Molly Meade’s ice cream stand. That is—until she finds Molly Meade dead. The stand is transferred to Grady Meade, Molly’s grand-nephew and business entrepreneur. He is determined to save what he sees as Molly’s failing business, even if it means pushing the girls and Meade Creamery’s traditions aside. How can Amelia save the stand for future generations of girls like her - and her rapidly falling heart?

Hope and the value of hard work are both very apparent over the course of A Million Dreams and STAY SWEET!

MSL: I think of what the world could be/A vision of the one I see/A million dreams is all it’s gonna take

By Siobhan Vivian

 

3. Frances sees The Other Side despite the RADIO SILENCE

What if everything you set yourself up to be was wrong?

Frances is been a study machine with one goal. Nothing will stand in her way; not friends, not a guilty secret – not even the person she is on the inside. Then Frances meets Aled, and for the first time she's unafraid to be herself. 

In both this book and song characters are introduced to a new, exciting world of possibilities that they never could have imagined - one that could alter the course of their lives forever.
MSL: Don't you wanna get away to a whole new part you're gonna play/

'Cause I got what you need, so come with me and take the ride /To the other side

By Alice Oseman

 

4. If America doesn’t win THE SELECTION, her love life with be Never Enough

For thirty-five girls, the Selection is the chance to live in a palace and compete for the heart of gorgeous Prince Maxon. When America meets Prince Maxon, she realizes that the life she's always dreamed of may not compare to a future she never imagined.

The themes of unforeseen opportunities and the longing for more in one’s life are explored extensively in THE SELECTION as well as Never Enough!

MSL: You set off a dream in me/Getting louder now/Can you hear it echoing?

By Kiera Cass

 

5. In the SILENCE OF WINTER, Oliver says This Is Me

Normal is overrated. At least that's what Oliver Cromwell tells himself when he's being bullied for being different. He's a lover of all things paranormal, and when his nose isn't shoved into his sketchpad, drawing haunted houses and monsters, he and his best friend Bailey hang out in abandoned buildings and take long—very non-romantic—walks through graveyards looking for ghosts. Everything changes when they actually find one.

The characters in both this book and song express a wonderful lack of fear in presenting their true characters to the world, other people’s opinions notwithstanding.

MSL: But I won't let them break me down to dust/I know that there's a place for us/For we are glorious

By Avery Blake

 

6 SERAPHINA wishes that she could Rewrite the Stars.

Seraphina Dombegh has reason to fear humans and dragons. An unusually gifted musician, she joins the court just as a member of the royal family is murdered—in suspiciously draconian fashion. Seraphina is drawn into the investigation, partnering with the captain of the Queen's Guard, the dangerously perceptive Prince Lucian Kiggs. While they begin to uncover hints of a sinister plot to destroy the peace, Seraphina struggles to protect her own secret, the secret behind her musical gift, one so terrible that its discovery could mean her very life.

A deep struggle against the restraints of the characters’ societies is central in both Rewrite the Stars and SERAPHINA.

MSL: What if we rewrite the stars?/Say you were made to be mine/Nothing could keep us apart/You'd be the one I was meant to find

By Rachel Hartman

 

 

 

 

New Review! - The Girls of No Return by Erin Saldin

 

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Teen Advisory Board Member Tiffany Reviews The Girls of No Return

The Girls of No Return by Erin Saldin

 by Erin Saldin

Erin Saldin's The Girls of No Return is a lacerating young adult debut about girls, knives, and redemption. The Alice Marshall School, set within a glorious 2-million acre wilderness area, is a place where teenage girls are sent to escape their histories and themselves. Lida Wallace has tried to negate herself in every way possible. At Alice Marshall, she meets Elsa Boone, Jules, and Gia Longchamps, whose glamour entrances the entire camp. As the girls prepare for a wilderness trek, Lida is both thrilled and terrified to be chosen as Gia's friend. Everyone has their secrets – the “Things” they try to protect; and when those come out, the knives do as well.

Featuring heavy themes like toxic relationships and not knowing where one belongs, The Girls of No Return beautifully examines the complex aspects that make up a person’s identity.  I absolutely adored the way Saldin takes us through Laia’s journey of navigating her way through Alice Marshall School and finding herself, both through the inspirational support the school offers and the complex friendship dynamics she has with Gia and Boone.  And it really is complex-Saldin tackles the struggles of being stuck between feuding friends, a longing to please the popular girl, and the obligation one feels to someone who reaches out to them. The reader is also taken on an intense ride, feeling Laia’s roller coaster of emotions and sensing tension as it rises from beneath the surface.  Through it all, the line between love and hate, between friends and enemies, is captivatingly blurred.

The Girls of No Return is perfect for readers looking for a story about finding oneself.

 

New Review! - A Winter's Promise by Christelle Dabos

 

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Teen Advisory Board Member Evgenia Reviews A Winter's Promise

A Winter's Promise: Book One of the Mirror Visitor Quartet by Christelle Dabos

by Christelle Dabos

On the Ark of Anima, some objects can have a life of their own. Ophelia knows this better than anyone, considering that she deals with old artifacts daily at the family museum that she manages. Her skills as a reader, gleaning the past of an object through touch, make her perfect for the job. Still, the looming shadow of suitors and marriage remains, hanging over her. Finally, after ages of refusing her family’s attempts at marrying her off, she finds herself engaged to the mysterious, frigid, and rude Mr. Thorn, and spirited away to his distant home at the Pole. There, she finds herself in a nest of vipers, threatened by cutthroat nobles and ruthless in-laws, with Thorn himself offering little comfort or familiarity. And, of course, there’s still the question of why he chose to marry her, of all of the suitable young women on Anima.

I was enveloped by the beautiful worldbuilding and I found myself extremely invested in the lives of the characters. I adored the elegant, old-fashioned style of writing and felt that it was a perfect fit to the tone of the book. Each chapter built more and more of this fantastical world and its colorful characters. This book is filled to the brim with spellbinding images: people stepping through mirrors, scarves with lives of their own, and gigantic arks soaring in the sky. The world created by Dabos is immersive and wondrous, an interesting mix of magic and some elements of steampunk.

This book would be good for fans of “pseudo-Victorian” fantasy who love a long, winding tale of court intrigue and an extremely slow-burning romance.

 

A Winter's Promise is in stores now! 

Love A Winter's Promise? You're in luck! The second in the series: This Missing of Clairdelune is also available. 

Monthly Bookseller Feature: In July, Andrea Loves....

Aurora Rising by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

Aurora Rising by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff is a new YA Sci-Fi adventure and is set in the year 2380, where the graduating class of Aurora Academy are being assigned their first missions. The golden boy Tyler Jones gets stuck with a group of discipline cases and psychopaths that shouldn’t be in the same room together. In it is a diplomat, a sociopathic scientist, a tech whiz, a warrior with anger issues, a tomboy pilot (who’s totally not in love with anyone, especially Ty), and the mystery girl (cough, cough her name is the title) Ty has just rescued from space who has been cryogenically frozen for two centuries. And who could also set off a war a million years in the making. Meaning Ty’s group of dregs could be the last hope for the entire galaxy.

This is a hilarious, heart-wrenching adventure in space filled with angsty characters who are flawed yet lovable in every way, as well as incredibly lifelike; making readers want to protect them at all costs. Amy Kaufman and Jay Kristoff do a wonderful job of breaking your heart and making you laugh at the same time while anxiously waiting for the continuation in this whole new universe with this ragtag group of misfits.

About Andrea:

Andrea is a native of Daly City and has been a book lover all her life.  Young Adult is her favorite genre right now.  She is currently the children’s specialist at Compass Books Terminal 3 and attends San Francisco State University.

New Review! - The Princess and the Fangirl by Ashley Poston

 

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Teen Advisory Board Member Evgenia Reviews The Princess and the Fangirl

There's Something About Sweetie by Sandhya Menon

by Ashley Poston

Imogen, a die-hard fan of a major science fiction franchise, Starfield, has been campaigning to try to prevent the death of her favorite character in the series, Princess Amara. Through the internet, she has garnered lots of support and is hopeful that maybe the princess will be saved after all. Jessica, the actress playing Amara, cannot wait to leave behind the franchise and move on to more serious roles. Her hatred of Starfield is no secret and she will soon be moving onto Oscar-worthy roles, that is, as long as she doesn’t have to sign her contract again. When someone begins leaking pages from the Starfield script, Jessica and Imogen work together, using their similarity to switch places. Imogen must field panels, meet fans, deal with Jessica’s annoyingly attractive assistant, and most importantly, try not to reveal her true identity. On the other side of the convention, Jessica must try to track down whoever is leaking that script while still trying to hide herself from Imogen’s family and trying to deal with developing feelings for Imogen’s friend, Harper.

With a large convention as the setting, and fandom references galore, this book is a fairy tale transposed into a modern geek’s fantasy. Romance and fluff are in abundance, making this book a quick, happy, pleasant read. Unlike many romance books, however, one of the main romantic plots contains lesbian representation. Every aspect of the book is tinged with pop-culture references and just over all geekiness. Poston has created a book that stays mostly true to the major theme, fandom.

A lighthearted, fandom-filled twist on a familiar tale, this book will delight geeks and romance fans alike.

 

The Princess and the Fangirl is in stores now! 

Happy Pride Month!

Throughout the month of June, Books Inc. will be celebrating Pride Month with displays (and events) in our stores featuring titles for all ages. Below are some of our stores current displays. Stop by your local Books Inc. and see what they have showcased because they're always changing and ask a bookseller about some of their favorites. We'll be updating this blog, and the post over on the kids blog, throughout the month wtih recommendations and reviews.  

**Most of these displays feature an array of age ranges, not all appropriate for young readers, so a list of YA specific books will be listed at the end of this post.**

Books Inc. Palo Alto 

Books Inc. Palo Alto's Pride Display

On this display from Left to Right from the Top, Row 1: Love Is Love by Michael Genhart 

Row 2: Art of Feminism by Helena Reckitt, Art and Queer Culture by Catherine Lord and Richard Meyer, The Stonewall Riots by Gayle E. Pitman, Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit by Jeanette Winterson, Queer Heroes: Meet 52 LGBTQ Heroes from Past and Present! by Arabelle Sicardi, UNICORN SOCKS.

Row 3: (a bit hidden) Read with Pride Scholastic sign, MORE unicorn merchandise, Don't Call Us Dead by Danez Smith, Taking the Arrow Out of the Heart by Alice Walker, Rainbow merchandise, Sissy: A Coming-of-Gender Story by Jacob Tobia, Boy Erased by Garrard Conley, Unbound: Transgender Men and the Remaking of Identity by Arlene Stein, Kiss Number 8 by Ellen T. Crenshaw

Row 4: Maiden & Princess by Daniel Haack and Isabel Galupo, unicorn mug and rainbow socks, Stonewall: A Building. An Uprising. A Revolution by Rob Sanders, Red Bunny & Yellow Bunny by Claire Garralon, The Family Book by Todd Parr, The Love and Lies of Rukhsana Ali by Sabina Khan, The Lady's Guide to Petticoats and Piracy by Mackenzie Lee, The Autobiography of a Transgender Scientist by Ben Barres

Row 5: Lot: Stories by Bryan Washington, Except When they Don't by Laura Gehl, Damron Men's Travel Guide 52nd Edition by Gina Gatta, A Hiss Before Dying: A Mrs. Murphy Mystery by Rita Mae Brown, Out Magazine, The Confessions of Frannie Langton by Sara Collins, Leah on the Offbeat by Becky Albertalli, The Gentleman's Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzie Lee , Less by Andrew Sean Greer

Row 6:Do One Fun Thing Everyday journal, Pedro and Me: Friendship, Loss, and What I Learned by Judd Winick, My Lesbian Experience with Loneliness by Nagata Kabi, Fun Home by Alison Bechdel, Are You My Mother? : A Comic Drama by Alison Bechdel, GRL PWR Journal, Julian is a Mermaid by Jessica Love, True Colors by Billy Steinberg and Tom Kelly, The Moon Within by Aida Salazar 

 

Books Inc. Berkeley 

Books Inc. Berkeley Pride Display

Starting with the display on the left, from the top-left corner:

My to Moms and Me by Michael Joosten and Izak, Queer: A Graphic History by Meg-John Barker, Fun Home by Alison Bechdel, We Are Everywhere: Protest, Power, and Pride in the History of Queer Liberation by Matthew Riemer and Leighton Brown, Autonomous: A Novel by Annalee Newitz, a Note Pad, On the Move: A Life by Oliver Sacks , Our Rainbow by Little Bee Books,  Yay! You're Gay! Now What What?: A Boy's Guide to Life by Riyadh Khalaf, Amateur: A Reckoning with Gender, Identity, and Masculinity by Thomas Page McBee, Black on Both Sides: A Racial History of Trans Identity by C. Riley Snorton, This Book is Gay by Juno Dawson, When Brooklyn was Queer: A History by Hugh Ryan, Who Are You?: A Kids Guide to Gender Identity by Brook Pessin-Whedbee, A Quick & Easy Guide to Queer & Trans Identities by Maddy G. and J.R. Zuckberg

Display on right, from top-left corner:

RAINBOWS, Maiden & Princess by Daniel Haack and Isabel Galupo, In the Darkroom by Susa Faludi, PRIDE: Fifty Years of Parades and Protests from the Photo Archives of the New York Times by The New York Times, Socks, Mommy, Mama, and Me by Leslea Newman, The Book of Pride by Mason Funk, Laura Dean Keeps Breaking Up With Me by Mariko Tamaki and Rosemary Valero-O'Connell, Rainbow Bike Lights, Kings, Queens, and In-Betweens by Tanya Boteju, The Life and Death of Latisha King: A Critical Phenomenology of Transphobia by Gayel Salamon, Do One Fun Thing Everyday journal, Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Saenz, Logical Family: A Memoir by Armistead Maupin 

Berkeley Favorites

The Love and Lies of Rukhsana Ali by Sabina Khan

Review: "I related to this book. Hard. Sometimes parents make the most drastic decisions and alter all your amazing life plans! It happens. Rukhsana just wants to be Ariana, but her parents want to force her to marry a Bengali boy. In Bangladesh, Rukhsana meets her husband-to-be and they hash a plan. Exciting and real, I blew through this." - Sam

 

The Gentleman's Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzie Lee

Review: "Queer people have always existed, but they have not always existed in historical fiction. This book offers that representation in a highly entertaining, well written, and fun story. Expect character developement!" - Danella

 

Opera Plaza

Opera Plaza Pride Display

Starting from top left: The Music of What Happens by Bill Koinsberg, Stonewall: A Building. An Uprising. A Revolution by Rob Sanders, Brave Face: A Memoir by Shaun David Hutchinson, They Both Die in the End by Adam Silvera, Our Rainbow by Little Bee Books,  Red, White & Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston, Pride: The Story of Harvey Milk and the Rainbow Flag by Rob Sanders, Hold My Hand by Michael Barakiva, Anger is a Gift by Mark Oshiro, Maiden & Princess by Daniel Haack and Isabel Galupo, Two Boys Kissing by David Levithan, The Miseducation of Cameron Post by Emily M. Danford, Julian is a Mermaid by Jessica Love, Carry On by Rainbow Rowell, Beyond Magenta by Susan Kuklin, The Love Interest by Cale Dietrich, Boy Meets Boy by David Levithan, Peacful Fights for Equal Rights by Rob Sanders, What If It's Us? By Becky Albertalli and Adam Silvera 

 

Mountain View

Mountain View Pride Display

Starting from the top left:

Row 1: Jacobs Room to Choose by Sarah Hoffman, Jack (Not Jackie) by Erica Silverman, Julian is a Mermaid by Jessica Love

Row 2: What If It's Us? By Becky Albertalli and Adam Silvera, Girls of Paper and Fire by Natasha Ngan, Her Royal Highness by Rachael Hawkins, The Gentleman's Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzie Lee , The Lady's Guide to Petticoats and Piracy by Mackenzie Lee, Runaways by Christopher Golden, Carry On by Rainbow Rowell, The Music of What Happens by Bill Koinsberg,The Love and Lies of Rukhsana Ali by Sabina Khan, The Meaning of Birds by Jaye Robin Brown, These Witches Don't Burn by Isabel Sterling, The Princess and the Fangirl by Ashely Poston, Kiss Number 8 by Ellen T. Crenshaw, Will Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green and David Levithan, They Both Die in the End by Adam Silvera, History Is All You Left Me by Adam Silvera, Hot Dog Girl by Jennifer Dugan, Huntress by Malinda Lo

Row 3: Lily and Dunkin by Donna Gephart, The Prince and the Dressmaker by Jen Wang, The Witch Boy by Molly Knox Ostertag, The Moon Within by Aida Salazar, None of the Above by I.W. Gregorio, Yay! You're Gay! Now What What?: A Boy's Guide to Life by Riyadh Khalaf, Kings, Queens, and In-Betweens by Tanya Boteju, Brave Face: A Memoir by Shaun David Hutchinson, This Book is Gay by Juno Dawson, The Stonewall Riots by Gayle E. Pitman

Row 4: Love Is Love by Michael Genhart , Vanilla by Billy Merrell, George by Alex Gino, Meet Cute by Jennifer L. Armentrout, et al., We Set the Dark on Fire by Tehlor Kay Mejia, The Miseducation of Cameron Post by Emily M. Danford, Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli, Felix Yz by Lisa Bunker, If I Was Your Girl by Meredith Russo

Row 5: Queer Heroes: Meet 52 LGBTQ Heroes from Past and Present! by Arabelle Sicardi, Sewing the Rainbow: A Story About Gilbert Baker by Gayle E. Pitman, Who Was Frida Kahlo? by Sarah Fabiny, What Was Stonewall? by Nico Medina, Stonewall: A Building. An Uprising. A Revolution by Rob Sanders

Row 6: Our Rainbow by Little Bee Books, My Two Moms and Me by Michael Joosten, My Two Dads and Me by Michael Joosten , Frida Kahlo: My First Frida Kahlo (Little People, Big Dreams) by Isabel Sanchez Vegara,  A Day in the Life of Marlon Bundo by Marlo Bundo, Jill Twiss, and EG Keller

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Published: Harry N. Abrams - May 14th, 2019

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Published: First Second - March 12th, 2019

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Published: Scholastic Press - January 29th, 2019

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Published: Katherine Tegen Books - October 2nd, 2018

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Published: Katherine Tegen Books - September 4th, 2018

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Published: Balzer + Bray - May 7th, 2019

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Published: Frances Lincoln Children's Books - April 16th, 2019

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Published: Arthur A. Levine Books - February 26th, 2019

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Published: Simon Pulse - May 21st, 2019

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New Review! - Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

 

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Teen Advisory Board Member Amanda Reviews Six of Crows

Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo 

In Ketterdam, home to some of the most infamous criminal organizations, anything can be bought for the right price. When Kaz Brekker is offered enough money to make himself rich beyond his years, he accepts, of course, being the notorious “Bastard of the Barrel.” However, the heist he has to pull off can’t be done by him alone, and he needs a crew to help him accomplish it. Inej, Nina, Wylan, Jesper, Matthias join Kaz, each with their own traumatic backstory and special powers. Together, they must bond and become a team or risk tearing themselves apart. When they realize that more is at stake than ever thought possible, they must succeed—or die trying. Using their tricks and skill, will they have enough power, and guts, to pull off this impossible heist?

If you haven’t heard of this book already, you seriously need to drop what you are doing and go get it. It’s such an incredibly well-written book and there is something in it for everyone. There’s an adventure, angst, pain, and even a pinch of romance! I love each and every character so much, and they are all precious to my heart. Unlike most YA books, the characters in Six Of Crows have their own unique, multidimensional personality. You can always choose one person whose your favorite, someone who just really speaks to you.

Honestly, this makes my list of one of the best YA books of all time. I could not put it down at all, and it is something where one moment could be joyful and happy, and the next could leave you anxiously waiting for something dangerous to happen. I would totally recommend this for any fans of YA, no matter the genre. With the adaptation coming to the screen soon via Netflix, all readers should give this book a try.

New Review! - Rule by Ellen Goodlett

 

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Teen Advisory Board Member Ava Reviews Rule

Rule by Ellen Goodlett

Rule by Ellen Goodlett

Three girls with three deadly secrets. Only one can wear the crown.

The king is dying, his heir has just been murdered, and rebellion brews in the east. But the kingdom of Kolonya and the outer Reaches has one last option before it descends into leaderless chaos.

Or rather, three unexpected options.

Zofi has spent her entire life trekking through the outer Reaches with her band of Travelers. She would do anything to protect the band, her family. But no one can ever find out how far she's already gone.

Akeylah was raised in the Eastern Reach, surrounded by whispers of rebellion and abused by her father. Desperate to escape, she makes a decision that threatens the whole kingdom.

Ren grew up in Kolonya, serving as a lady's maid and scheming her way out of the servants' chambers. But one such plot could get her hung for treason if anyone ever discovers what she's done.

When the king summons the girls, they arrive expecting arrest or even execution. Instead they learn the truth: they are his illegitimate daughters, and one must become his new heir. But someone in Kolonya knows their secrets, and that someone will stop at nothing to keep the sisters from their destiny... to rule.

 

Goodlett creatively builds RULEs world with meticulous attention to detail, making it intriguing to read about! Each part of the kingdom is unique to its own culture, but are all woven together seamlessly. Also, I love the spin on the classic “blood magic” trope. Zofi, Akeylah, and Ren are what make the book interesting, with their opposite personalities and backstories. Right off the bat, they don’t trust each other because the king keeps pitting them against each other, but seeing their relationships progress is fascinating to read. And shout out to the shippable f/f romance!

 

RULE is highly recommended for fans of THREE DARK CROWNS and GRACELING.

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