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YA Romance Titles for National Romance Month

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- Written by  By Ava, Evgenia, Amanda


In honor of National Romance Month, we’ve compiled a list of swoon-worthy YA books! ❤️❤️❤️

  1.THE SECRET OF A HEART NOTE

Sometimes love is right under your nose. As one of only two aromateurs left on the planet, sixteen-year-old Mimosa knows what her future holds: a lifetime of weeding, mixing love elixirs, and matchmaking—all while remaining incurably alone. For Mim, the rules are clear: falling in love would render her nose useless, taking away her one great talent. Still, Mimosa doesn’t want to spend her life elbow-deep in soil and begonias. She dreams of a normal high school experience with friends, sports practices, debate club, and even a boyfriend. But when she accidentally gives an elixir to the wrong woman and has to rely on the lovesick woman’s son, the school soccer star, to help fix the situation, Mim quickly begins to realize that falling in love isn’t always a choice you can make.

By: Stacey Lee

2. RED, WHITE & ROYAL BLUE

A big-hearted romantic comedy in which First Son Alex falls in love with Prince Henry of Wales after an incident of international proportions forces them to pretend to be best friends...

First Son Alex Claremont-Diaz is the closest thing to a prince this side of the Atlantic. With his intrepid sister and the Veep’s genius granddaughter, they’re the White House Trio, a beautiful millennial marketing strategy for his mother, President Ellen Claremont. International socialite duties do have downsides—namely, when photos of a confrontation with his longtime nemesis Prince Henry at a royal wedding leak to the tabloids and threaten American/British relations.

The plan for damage control: staging a fake friendship between the First Son and the Prince. Alex is busy enough handling his mother’s bloodthirsty opponents and his own political ambitions without an uptight royal slowing him down. But beneath Henry’s Prince Charming veneer, there’s a soft-hearted eccentric with a dry sense of humor and more than one ghost haunting him. 

As President Claremont kicks off her reelection bid, Alex finds himself hurtling into a secret relationship with Henry that could derail the campaign and upend two nations. And Henry throws everything into question for Alex, an impulsive, charming guy who thought he knew everything: What is worth the sacrifice? How do you do all the good you can do? And, most importantly, how will history remember you?

By Casey McQuiston

3. THE MUSIC OF WHAT HAPPENS

Max: Chill. Sports. Video games. Gay and not a big deal, not to him, not to his mom, not to his buddies. And a secret: An encounter with an older kid that makes it hard to breathe, one that he doesn't want to think about, ever.

Jordan: The opposite of chill. Poetry. His "wives" and the Chandler Mall. Never been kissed and searching for Mr. Right, who probably won't like him anyway. And a secret: A spiraling out of control mother, and the knowledge that he's the only one who can keep the family from falling apart.

Throw in a rickety, 1980s-era food truck called Coq Au Vinny. Add in prickly pears, cloud eggs, and a murky idea of what's considered locally sourced and organic. Place it all in Mesa, Arizona, in June, where the temp regularly hits 114. And top it off with a touch of undeniable chemistry between utter opposites.

Over the course of one summer, two boys will have to face their biggest fears and decide what they're willing to risk -- to get the thing they want the most.

LIKE A LOVE STORY is everything you ever needed—it’s angsty, hilarious, beautiful, and wholeheartedly swoon-worthy.

By Bill Konigsberg

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! - 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: Balzer + Bray - May 7th, 2019

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Published: Simon Pulse - May 21st, 2019

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Red, White & Royal Blue: A Novel Cover Image
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Beyond Magenta: Transgender Teens Speak Out Cover Image
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The Love Interest Cover Image
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Published: HarperTeen - October 9th, 2018

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Published: G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers - May 7th, 2019

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The Music of What Happens Cover Image
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Published: G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers - April 30th, 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.

Not Your Mother's Book Club Turns a Page!

After 15 years, Books Inc. is turning the page on Not Your Mother’s Book Club and bringing it into young adulthood with a new name and new look: YA @ Books Inc: A YA Author Event Series.  Our updated name reflects our desire to grow with the industry but continue our promise to connect our readers and community to amazing Young Adult authors. 

YA @ Books Inc. will be run with the same enthusiasm and professionalism as NYMBC and we will continue to support the love of literacy throughout the Bay Area. Following every YA @ Books Inc. event we will maintain our commitment to donate 10% of all event sales to local schools, via author visits, book donations, and various other special literary causes.

All events from June 1st and on will reflect our new brand, as will our social media accounts and website. Thank you for your continued support and we look forward keeping our great partnerships growing.

Books to Read Based on Your Favorite Game of Thrones Characters!

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The shocking conclusion to eight seasons of Game of Thrones has finally been released, and it has shocked many viewers. If you or anyone you know is experiencing withdrawal symptoms, here are some books that remind us of your favorite characters. Be warned, this contains some spoilers for the series.

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1. Dragons are just one of the things that SERAPHINA and Daenerys Targaryen have in common

Aurora Rising by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

Even people who haven’t watched the show know this: Daenerys is the mother of dragons and also a complete badass. The protagonist in the YA book we chose is equally fascinating, however she happens to actually be part dragon, herself.

Four decades of peace have done little to ease the mistrust between humans and dragons in the kingdom of Goredd. Folding themselves into human shape, dragons attend court as ambassadors, and lend their rational, mathematical minds to universities as scholars and teachers. As the treaty's anniversary draws near, however, tensions are high.

Seraphina Dombegh has reason to fear both sides. 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.

By Rachel Hartman

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2. Jon Snow reminds us a bit of the hero in RED RISING

 Red Rising by Pierce Brown

Both Jon and Darrow came from low, humble beginnings, and then became the heroes that we now know and love. They both gained power and became leaders despite their upbringing.

Darrow is a Red, a member of the lowest caste in the color-coded society of the future. Like his fellow Reds, he works all day, believing that he and his people are making the surface of Mars livable for future generations.

Yet he spends his life willingly, knowing that his blood and sweat will one day result in a better world for his children.

But Darrow and his kind have been betrayed. Soon he discovers that humanity already reached the surface generations ago. Vast cities and sprawling parks spread across the planet. Darrow—and Reds like him—are nothing more than slaves to a decadent ruling class.

Inspired by a longing for justice, and driven by the memory of lost love, Darrow sacrifices everything to infiltrate the legendary Institute, a proving ground for the dominant Gold caste, where the next generation of humanity's overlords struggle for power. He will be forced to compete for his life and the very future of civilization against the best and most brutal of Society's ruling class. There, he will stop at nothing to bring down his enemies... even if it means he has to become one of them to do so.

By Pierce Brown

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3. Arya Stark reminds us of one of our favorite cross-dressing pickpockets, Lila Bard from A DARKER SHADE OF MAGIC

A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab

Both Arya and Lila Bard share a thirst for adventure and a disregard of typical gender roles. Those are just some of the reasons why we adore them so much!

Kell is one of the last Antari—magicians with a rare, coveted ability to travel between parallel Londons; Red, Grey, White, and, once upon a time, Black. Kell was raised in Arnes—Red London—and officially serves the Maresh Empire as an ambassador, traveling between the frequent bloody regime changes in White London and the court of George III in the dullest of Londons, the one without any magic left to see. Unofficially, Kell is a smuggler, servicing people willing to pay for even the smallest glimpses of a world they'll never see. It's a defiant hobby with dangerous consequences, which Kell is now seeing firsthand.

After an exchange goes awry, Kell escapes to Grey London and runs into Delilah Bard, a cut-purse with lofty aspirations. She first robs him, then saves him from a deadly enemy, and finally forces Kell to spirit her to another world for a proper adventure.

Now perilous magic is afoot, and treachery lurks at every turn. To save all of the worlds, they'll first need to stay alive.

By V.E. Schwab

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4. Complicated marriages, royalty, court intrigue… Sansa Stark would fit right into FATAL THRONE

Fata Throne by M.T. Anderson, et al

Sansa has definitely had her fair share of struggles, just like all of the women in Fatal Throne.

If you were one of King Henry VIII's six wives, who would you be? Would you be Anne Boleyn, who literally lost her head? Would you be the subject of rumor and scandal like Catherine Howard? Or would you get away and survive like Anna of Cleves?

Meet them and Henry's other queens - each bound for divorce or death - in this epic and thrilling novel that reads like fantasy but really happened. Watch spellbound as each of these women attempts to survive their unpredictable king as he grows more and more obsessed with producing a male heir. And discover how the power-hungry court fanned the flames of Henry's passions...and his most horrible impulses.

Whether you're a huge fan of all things Tudor or new to this jaw-dropping saga, you won't be able to get the unique voices of Henry and his wives - all brought to life by seven award-winning and best-selling authors - out of your head. This is an intimate look at the royals during one of the most treacherous times in history. Who will you root for, and who will you love to hate?

By M. T. Anderson, Candace Fleming, Stephanie Hemphill, Lisa Ann Sandell, Jennifer Donnelly, Linda Sue Park, and Deborah Hopkinson

 

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5. Fighting skills and ferocity are what make Hazel, from THE DARKEST PART OF THE FOREST, and Ser Brienne of Tarth kindred spirits

The Darkest Part of the Forest by Holly Black

For us, there’s nothing we love more than a strong woman with a sharp sword, and both Hazel and Brienne fit those requirements and more.

Hazel lives with her brother, Ben, in the strange town of Fairfold where humans and fae exist side by side. The faeries’ seemingly harmless magic attracts tourists, but Hazel knows how dangerous they can be, and she knows how to stop them. Or she did, once. At the center of it all, there is a glass coffin in the woods. It rests right on the ground and in it sleeps a boy with horns on his head and ears as pointed as knives. Hazel and Ben were both in love with him as children. The boy has slept there for generations, never waking.

Until one day, he does…

As the world turns upside down, Hazel tries to remember her years pretending to be a knight. But swept up in new love, shifting loyalties, and the fresh sting of betrayal, will it be enough?

By Holly Black

 

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6. Tyrion Lannister would be a perfect addition to the strong, resourceful, and often ruthless crew in SIX OF CROWS

Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

Both Tyrion and Kaz Brekker, are intelligent, witty, and powerfully, both proving anyone who underestimates them to be completely wrong.

Ketterdam: a bustling hub of international trade where anything can be had for the right price—and no one knows that better than criminal prodigy Kaz Brekker. Kaz is offered a chance at a deadly heist that could make him rich beyond his wildest dreams. But he can’t pull it off alone. . . .

A convict with a thirst for revenge

A sharpshooter who can’t walk away from a wager

A runaway with a privileged past

A spy known as the Wraith

A Heartrender using her magic to survive the slums

A thief with a gift for unlikely escapes

Kaz’s crew is the only thing that might stand between the world and destruction—if they don’t kill each other first.

By Leigh Bardugo

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7. It’s not very clear whether Jaime Lannister is the hero or the villain, like the characters in VICIOUS

Vicious by V.E. Schwab

Jaime Lannister has done lots of questionable things, but also you could argue that he has done some good as well. If you want to read about some other characters in a confusing moral grey area, then luckily for you, Vicious has plenty of them.

Victor and Eli started out as college roommates—brilliant, arrogant, lonely boys who recognized the same sharpness and ambition in each other. In their senior year, a shared research interest in adrenaline, near-death experiences, and seemingly supernatural events reveals an intriguing possibility: that under the right conditions, someone could develop extraordinary abilities. But when their thesis moves from the academic to the experimental, things go horribly wrong.

Ten years later, Victor breaks out of prison, determined to catch up to his old friend (now foe), aided by a young girl whose reserved nature obscures a stunning ability. Meanwhile, Eli is on a mission to eradicate every other super-powered person that he can find—aside from his sidekick, an enigmatic woman with an unbreakable will. Armed with terrible power on both sides, driven by the memory of betrayal and loss, the archnemeses have set a course for revenge—but who will be left alive at the end?

By V.E. Schwab

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8.The magic and darkness in WICKED SAINTS remind us of Bran Stark

Wicked Saints by Emily A Duncan

Bran Stark can be a little bit creepy, but his character arc is undeniably interesting. Wicked Saints blends in perfectly with that theme.

A girl who can speak to gods must save her people without destroying herself.

A prince in danger must decide who to trust.

A boy with a monstrous secret waits in the wings.

Together, they must assassinate the king and stop the war.

In a centuries-long war where beauty and brutality meet, their three paths entwine in a shadowy world of spilled blood and mysterious saints, where a forbidden romance threatens to tip the scales between dark and light. Wicked Saints is the thrilling start to Emily A. Duncan’s devastatingly Gothic Something Dark and Holy trilogy...

By Emily A. Duncan

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