YA Spotlight (11/28/22)

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Today’s YA Spotlight includes new and classic fairy tales reimagined, an unexpected and royal reality TV romance, the return to a favorite fantastical world, and a debut fantasy blending all the best tropes!

AT MIDNIGHT: 15 Beloved Fairy Tales Reimagined edited by Dahlia Adler

2 starred reviews!

“Intersectionally diverse and globally inclusive—stories take place across time in locales such as British-occupied India, Russia, New York City’s Chinatown, and suburban U.S. neighborhoods—this simultaneously whimsical, adventurous, and bone-chilling genre-spanning collection smartly riffs on the referenced source material to explore contemporary values.”–Publishers Weekly, starred review

“Adler brings together numerous YA authors to spin inclusive updates on some classic fairy tales…The included 15 tales will delight and surprise readers with their fresh takes on classics. The inclusion of the original tales is also helpful for those who want to compare, or are unfamiliar with the originals.”–School Library Journal, starred review


2 starred reviews!

“Employing hilariously biting alternating perspectives and a cast populated by strongly characterized female heroines and deliciously despicable reality TV villains, Gonzales (IF THIS GETS OUT) expertly taps into contemporary society’s Bachelor obsession to deliver a smart rom-com with a twist.”–Publisher’s Weekly, starred review

“Fans of the enemies-to-friends-to-lovers trope will find lots to love here, as will anyone who’s wanted to knock their pretentious ex down a few pegs. Narrated in alternating points of view by two layered, complex characters, this fun YA romance is full of twists and turns, petty revenge schemes, and chaotic drama that rivals an actual reality show.”–Booklist, starred review

SAINT by Adrienne Young

“A prequel to the Fable duology…Returning and new readers alike will find much to love in this absorbing tale.”–Kirkus Reviews

OF CAGES AND CROWNS by Brianna Joy Crump

“Using a richly detailed near-contemporary setting and blending well-trod fantasy tropes with romance, intrigue, and action, Crump capably delivers an opulent tale of defiance and resilience in this absorbing debut.”–Publishers Weekly

AT MIDNIGHT: 15 Beloved Fairy Tales Reimagined by Dahlia Adler; 9781250806024; available now
SAINT by Adrienne Young; 9781250846761; available now
NEVER EVER GETTING BACK TOGETHER by Sophie Gonzales; 9781250819161; available now
OF CAGES AND CROWNS by Brianna Joy Crump; 9781990259029; available now

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