YA Spotlight (7/6/20)

This week we celebrate the #bookbday of a feminist fairytale about a princess with a poisonous touch, and a return to the magical world of the Trylle.

GIRL, SERPENT, THORN by Melissa Bashardoust

“In her sophomore novel, Bashardoust (GIRLS MADE OF SNOW AND GLASS, 2017) draws from the myths and religions of her own Persian culture to create a world simmering with magic and treachery where no one is quite what they appear to be. With crystalline, sometimes sensuous prose, she digs into her characters’ motivations and manipulations, deftly keeping readers on the hook until the final, stunning turn.”–Booklist, starred review

“Surefire for middle school readers fond of princesses capable of embracing actual demons as well as the inner sort.”–School Library Journal, starred review

THE LOST CITY by Amanda Hocking

“Hocking’s fast, engaging fantasy will draw in new and seasoned fans of the genre…In both plotting and characterization, Hocking keeps the surprises coming. Hanna, a whiny teenage girl, is so real she may remind readers of their own bratty younger sibling. There is extensive detailing of troll life, with information about different tribes and terminology. A cliffhanger will keep readers guessing.”–School Library Journal, starred review

GIRL, SERPENT, THORN by Melissa Bashardoust; 9781250196149; available 7/7/20.
THE LOST CITY by Amanda Hocking; 9781250204264; available 7/7/20.

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