Articles tagged "YA Fantasy"

Day’s YA – LEGENDARY

Happy Friday, YA librarians! 

We’re ending this week with a *legendary* book recommendation! [insert How I Met Your Mother pun here]

LEGENDARY by Stephanie Garber
9781250095312
Available now from Flatiron Books
Also available in audio
Ages 13 to 18

You all know how much I loved CARAVAL, with its magical circus and evil mastermind, and now Stephanie Garber is back at it again with LEGENDARY (an instant #1 New York Times bestseller!!). This time the story is told from Scarlett’s sister Tella’s point of view (whom I adore), and oh boy, does she have a story to tell. readmoreremove

Teen Talk (6/14/2018 Edition)

Happy Thursday, YA librarians!

Check out our latest & greatest teen titles out this month, then join us on Twitter today at 2:30pm EST for Early Word YA Galley Chat (hashtag: #ewgcya) and tell us what you’ve been reading & loving!

KISSING GAMES by Tara Eglington
9781250075260
Ages 12 to 18
After a perfect first kiss, Aurora’s second kiss lands her boyfriend in the hospital, and her matchmaking strategies start to backfire in this sequel to HOW TO KEEP A BOY FROM KISSING YOU. When Aurora’s best friend decides to run for class president and offers up Aurora’s matchmaking service as one of her campaign initiatives, the kissing games begin. Aurora has to convince everyone that her program works—but that might be hard to do when it seems like her own love life might be falling apart.

“This light, dreamy, and easy read is filled with strong character development as the teens find their way in their everyday lives.” —School Library Journal

BRING ME THEIR HEARTS by Sara Wolf
9781640631465
Ages 14 and up
Zera is a Heartless—the immortal, unageing soldier of a witch. Bound to the witch Nightsinger ever since she saved her from the bandits who murdered her family, Zera longs for freedom from the woods they hide in. With her heart in a jar under Nightsinger’s control, she serves the witch unquestioningly . . . until Nightsinger asks Zera for a Prince’s heart in exchange for her own. So begins a game of cat and mouse between a girl with nothing to lose and a boy who has it all. Winner takes the loser’s heart. Literally.

“Zera is an exemplar of confident, capable, relentlessly witty young womanhood. She is assertive, proactive, and, above all, a fun character to follow . . . ” —Kirkus Reviews

Also available this month in trade paperback from Flatiron Books:

IF I WAS YOUR GIRL by Meredith Russo
9781250078414
Ages 13 to 18
Amanda Hardy is the new girl in school in Lambertville, Tennessee. Like anyone else, she wants to make friends and fit in. But Amanda has a secret. She’s determined not to get too close to anyone. Because the secret that Amanda’s been keeping? At her old school, she used to be Andrew. IF I WAS YOUR GIRL is an award-winning, bighearted novel about being seen for who you really are, and a love story you can’t help rooting for.

“Above all, this is a necessary, universal story about feeling different and enduring prejudices, and it’s full of love, hope, engaging writing, and truth.” —Kirkus Reviews, starred review

AFTERCARE INSTRUCTIONS by Bonnie Pipkin
9781250114853
Ages 12 to 18
“Troubled.” That’s seventeen-year-old Genesis according to her small New Jersey town. She finds refuge and stability in her relationship with her boyfriend, Peter—until he abandons her at a Planned Parenthood clinic during their appointment to terminate an unwanted pregnancy. The betrayal causes Gen to question everything. This powerfully immersive and format-crushing debut follows Gen from dorm rooms to diners to house parties to auditions—and ultimately, right into readers’ hearts.

“Genesis’s conflicted relationships with her mother, grandparents, and friends are as engrossing as her breakup with Peter, and her story packs a big emotional punch.” —Publishers Weekly

Check out all of our 2018 Books for Teens!

BFYA 2019 Nominee – SKY IN THE DEEP

Congratulations to our nominee for YALSA’s 2019 Best Fiction for Young Adults list: SKY IN THE DEEP!!

SKY IN THE DEEP by Adrienne Young
Available now from Wednesday Books
Ages 12 to 18

OND ELDR. BREATHE FIRE.

Raised to be a warrior, seventeen-year-old Eelyn fights alongside her Aska clansmen in an ancient, rivalry against the Riki clan. Her life is brutal but simple: fight and survive. Until the day she sees the impossible on the battlefield—her brother, fighting with the enemy—the brother she watched die five years ago. Faced with her brother’s betrayal, she must survive the winter in the mountains with the Riki, in a village where every neighbor is an enemy. But when the Riki village is raided by a ruthless clan, Eelyn must confront her own definition of loyalty and family while daring to put her faith in the people she’s spent her life hating. readmoreremove

Publishers Weekly Spotlight on Somaiya Daud

Somaiya Daud, author of MIRAGE (available August 28, 2018 from Flatiron Books and Macmillan Audio), was featured in Publishers Weekly earlier this month.

In the feature, Daud discusses the role that her Moroccan heritage plays in the novel, specifically the inspiration she found in Moroccan poet Laabi Abdellatif.

“‘I’d known that poetry could be and often was a form of dissent,’ Daud says, ‘but it took on new meaning as I wrote this novel because I was drawing so heavily on my Moroccan roots to shape the world.’ With the assistance of her mother and her aunt, Daud sought out and translated poems from Arabic-speaking women to include in the novel, bringing these works to an audience who likely would not have read them otherwise. For [the main character,] Amani, as her days as a prisoner in the imperial palace become increasingly bleak, the poems [in the novel] serve as ‘a light in the darkness.'”

Click here to read the full article.

Check out all of our 2018 Books for Teens here.

Teen Talk Tuesday (5/16/2018 Edition)

Happy Wednesday, YA librarians, and welcome to this special *Wednesday edition* of Teen Talk Tuesday!

Check out our latest & greatest teen titles out this month, then join us today at 2:30pm EST for Early Word YA Galley Chat (hashtag: #ewgcya) and tell us what you’ve been reading and loving.

LEGENDARY by Stephanie Garber
9781250095312
Ages 13 to 18
Also available in audio
The sequel to the New York Times bestselling and #1 IndieNext Pick CARAVAL, following Scarlett’s younger sister, Tella. After being swept up in the magical world of Caraval, Donatella Dragna has finally escaped her father and saved her sister Scarlett from a disastrous arranged marriage. The girls should be celebrating, but Tella isn’t yet free. She made a desperate bargain with a mysterious criminal, and what Tella owes him no one has ever been able to deliver: Caraval Master Legend’s true name.

“The pacing is impeccable, with urgency increasing to an almost breathless point as Tella runs from clue to clue, while bittersweet truths and devastating betrayals unfold.” —The Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books, starred review

” . . . a tour de force of imagination.” —Kirkus readmoreremove

Day’s YA – DEAR READER

Happy Wednesday, YA pals!

Do you love classic literature with a modern twist? Well, dear reader, have I got just the book for you!

DEAR READER by Mary O’Connell

Available now in hardcover and audio from Flatiron Books YA and Macmillan Audio

Available in trade paperback on December 4, 2018 from Flatiron Books YA

Ages 13 and up

When seventeen-year-old Flannery Fields’ favorite teacher (Miss Sweeney) misses class, Flannery knows something is tragically wrong. Flannery temporarily forgoes her good-girl persona, ditches school, and steals Miss Sweeney’s beloved copy of Wuthering Heights to gain more insight into Ms. Sweeney’s disappearance. But when Flannery opens the book, she finds a strange account of her teacher’s day, leading Flannery on a spontaneous trip to New York City. As Flannery wanders the city, following the clues she finds in the magical pages of Wuthering Heights, she ends up at Columbia University and meets Heath Smith—a handsome and mysterious boy from England who bears an uncanny resemblance to Brontë’s Heathcliff. Heath joins Flannery on her search for Miss Sweeney (who is spiraling downwards with every turn of the page), and the two of them end up on a magical, literary adventure.

Mary O’Connell’s novel is incredibly lovely. She has truly crafted a love letter to classic literature, but with a unique contemporary twist. The contrasting voices of Flannery’s third-person narrative and Miss Sweeney’s first-person account are thoughtful and captivating—I was completely swept up in their adventures. The touch of magical realism is just enough to add a hint of the fantastical to an otherwise totally plausible story. Ideal for fans of Gilmore Girls and THE DISREPUTABLE HISTORY OF FRANKIE LANDAU-BANKS by E. Lockhart (and, of course, Wuthering Heights), DEAR READER is a boarding school tale like no other. readmoreremove

BFYA 2019 Nominee: THE HAZEL WOOD

Congratulations to our nominee for YALSA’s 2019 Best Fiction for Young Adults list: THE HAZEL WOOD!!

THE HAZEL WOOD by Melissa Albert 
Available now from Flatiron Books YA
Ages 12 to 18

Welcome to THE HAZEL WOOD, Melissa Albert’s fierce, captivating contemporary fantasy about a seventeen-year-old girl who must venture into the world behind a pitch-dark, cult-classic collection of fairy tales to save her mother.

You can view the full list of nominees here.

Teen Talk Tuesday (4/24/2018 Edition)

Happy Tuesday, YA Librarians, and welcome to this month’s edition of Teen Talk Tuesday!

Check out our latest & greatest teen titles out this month, then join us today at *2:30pm EST* for Early Word YA Galley Chat (hashtag: #ewgcya) and tell us what you’ve been reading and loving.

SKY IN THE DEEP by Adrienne Young
9781250168450
Ages 12 to 18
Raised to be a warrior, seventeen-year-old Eelyn fights alongside her Aska clansmen in an ancient, rivalry against the Riki clan. Her life is brutal but simple: fight and survive. Until the day she sees the impossible on the battlefield—her brother, fighting with the enemy—the brother she watched die five years ago. Faced with her brother’s betrayal, she must survive the winter in the mountains with the Riki, in a village where every neighbor is an enemy, every battle scar possibly one she delivered. But when the Riki village is raided by a ruthless clan thought to be a legend, Eelyn must confront her own definition of loyalty and family while daring to put her faith in the people she’s spent her life hating.

“A rousing saga and moving coming-of-age tale, perfect for those who appreciate the wild and the wildlings, strong female protagonists, and cinematic battles.” —Kirkus Reviews, starred review

“A refreshing tale where life is tested and people have to overcome their differences to fight a bigger foe to survive. A fast-paced, action-filled fantasy for all YA collections.” —School Library Journal

FROM THE EARTH TO THE SHADOWS: Valkyrie Book Two by Amanda Hocking
9781250084804
Ages 12 to 18
The adventure and romance continues in the final installment of the new fantasy duology by New York Times bestselling author Amanda Hocking. While dealing with dark revelations about her life and her world, Malin finds herself with new allies—and new enemies. Her quest for the truth leads her to places she never thought possible, and she’s never been one to shy away from a fight. But for all her strength and determination, will it be enough to save the world before it’s too late?

“Fans of this fictional world will enjoy seeing more of it—and appreciate that the story’s conclusion leaves the door open for more adventures.” —Kirkus Reviews readmoreremove

Maximum Shelf: SKY IN THE DEEP

In case you missed it, last week’s edition of Maximum Shelf Awareness featured SKY IN THE DEEP by Adrienne Young!

“Vegr yfir fior. Honor above life. The first whistle cut into the air from our right, warning us to get ready and I closed my eyes, feeling the steadiness of the earth beneath my feet. The sounds of battle rushing toward us bled together as the deep-throated prayers of my clansmen rose up around me like smoke from a wildfire. I let the words march out under my breath, asking Sigr to guard me. To help me bring down his enemies.”

As a member of the Aska clan, seventeen-year-old Eelyn has spent her entire life learning how to be a warrior—preparing for the traditional battle against the enemy clan. For many centuries, the gods of the Riki and the Aska have been at war, so the people battle it out every five years on behalf of their gods. This time is different for Eelyn, though. She has been waiting for five long years to avenge the death of her brother, who fell off of a cliff in front of Eelyn during the last battle against the Riki. So when Eelyn sees her dead brother, Iri, fighting with the Riki in battle, she is forced to question everything she thought she knew. In a moment of uncertainty, Eelyn is captured by the Riki and must spend the winter in their village, living among the enemy in the place her brother now calls home. Eelyn desperately longs to get back to her clan and her family, but there is no way for her to do so. When a third clan—one even more brutal than the others—attacks the Riki village, Eelyn must convince the Riki and the Aska to put their differences behind them and work together to defeat the new enemy.

“Young’s SKY IN THE DEEP is full of bloody action and eternal feuds, but it is Eelyn’s halting, painful transformation and the tender depictions of loving human bonds in all their iterations that make this novel truly ond eldr: “breathe fire.” —Shelf Awareness

See the full summary, review, and interview with Adrienne Young at shelf-awareness.com. readmoreremove

Day’s YA – BRING ME THEIR HEARTS

Hey YA folks!

Whew! Anyone else feel like January was approximately 400 days long? Well, we’ve officially made it to February AND it’s ALA Midwinter month! We’ll be heading to Denver next week for the conference, so be sure to stop by our booth (#1741) if you’re also going to be there.

BUT before I get ahead of myself, allow me to introduce you to a lovely YA fantasy novel.

BRING ME THEIR HEARTS by Sara Wolf
9781640631465
Available June 5, 2018 from Entangled: Teen
Ages 14 and up

“I take one final look in the mirror. A girl with paper skin and pale blond hair looks back at me. She wears a heart-shaped locket of silver. Her too-thin lips are pink in the center. Her gray eyes are bolded with dark kohl, two lines tracing down her cheekbones as is the current Vetrisian style. She has a zit beneath her bangs she’s worried about, but she’s worried more about her teeth, the sharp ones that come out when she’s hungry.
She is young. She is terrified. She is playing dress-up. She is playing a very dangerous game.
She is Heartless.

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