Part shoot ’em up Western, part Middle Eastern legend, REBEL OF THE SANDS is a fun YA fantasy adventure featuring a young woman who’s sharpshooting skills may get her in trouble…sooner than she thinks.
Sophie Jordan’s REIGN OF SHADOWS promises a lush, evocative fairy tale retelling that will capture reader’s hearts and steal their breath. Despite some interesting twists, I thought it failed to deliver on that promise.
DARK HEART OF MAGIC is classic Jennifer Estep, action-packed and full of badass characters. But despite its strengths and similarities to the first book in the series, this one didn’t really work for me.
Patrick Ness is at the top of his game with THE REST OF US JUST LIVE HERE, a beautifully written and evocative novel about finding the extraordinary in an ordinary life. Add to that a loving send-up of YA sci-fi tropes, and you’ve got a winner!
Kristin Cashore’s Graceling Realm series is often hailed as the one of the crowning jewels of YA fantasy. BITTERBLUE, the final book in the trilogy, is complex, thought-provoking, and beautifully written. A must-read for YA fantasy fans.
Rae Carson’s WALK ON EARTH A STRANGER is a compelling and beautifully written YA historical fantasy that transports readers into the time of the U.S. gold rush. Carson impresses with a heroine to root for and a diverse cast of characters.
When it comes to YA fantasy, there’s nothing I like more than the ‘trifecta.’ Give me badass ladies kicking ass, using magic, and making out and I will be one happy reader. So imagine my delight when Kelley Armstrong’s EMPIRE OF NIGHT gave me all three!
THE DARKEST PART OF THE FOREST is a beautifully written standalone novel that showcases why Holly Black is considered the queen of YA faerie tales. Encompassing themes of family, love, and being true to yourself, this one is YA at its best.
If you’re big into webcomics, you’ve probably heard of NIMONA. Noelle Stevenson’s witty, off-beat and somewhat dark webcomic quickly developed a cult following, catching the attention of major publishing houses. Thus, the graphic novel version of NIMONA was born.
THE EXILED QUEEN begins right where the series left off, with our narrators Raisa and Han on the run. Not together, of course…but since apparently all roads lead to Oden’s Ford it’s only a matter of time until they’re face-to-face once more.