While the fourth of July may have passed, this month’s book list is based on the great red, white and blue…though I’m sure you figured that out from the title. As you know, I’m mostly centric around YA books. So, I have also dedicated this list to the YA genre.
Here we go…
The Space Between
Author: Brenna Yovanoff
Daphne is the half-demon and half-angel daughter of Lucifer and Lilith. When her brother Obie is kidnapped, she leaves her home, Pandemonium, and goes up to the streets of Earth. With the help of a boy who is supposedly the last person to see her brother, Daphne delves deeper into this world, her demonic powers, and while discovering what it means to be human.
Author: Neal Shusterman
There’s no hunger. No disease. No war. No misery.
Citra and Rowan are chosed to apprentice to a scythe. They must learn the ‘art’ of taking life. Scythes are the only ones who can end a life. They are ordered to do so to keep population under control. Neither Citra or Rowan want this, but who would?
Simon vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda
Author: Becky Albertalli
Simon, not openly gay, prefers to reserve drama for the school musical, but when an e-mail is sent to the wrong person he’s blackmailed. His secret is threatened and unless he plays wingman for the class clown it could become everyone’s business. Even worse, the person meant to receive the e-mail, the guy he’s been crushing on, could revealed as well. Simon has to find a way to step WAY out of his comfort zone in order to preserve his secret.
Author: Marissa Meyer
Catherine, though desired by many of Wonderland, has only ever wanted toopen a bakery. Her mother deems that unthinkable for the next possible queen. When she meets Jest, the mysterious jester, she feels an attraction. At the risk of infuriating the great king and her parents, the two begin a secret courtship, determined to be with each other.
The Raven Boys
Author: Maggie Stievvater
Every year, Blue stands next to her clairvoyant mother as the soon-to-be dead walk past. Usually she never sees them until this year.
Gansey ask for her help. He’s on a quest, but he’s from the private school, Aglionby, and Blue stays away from Aglionby boys also called the Raven Boys. They can only mean trouble. Somehow, she’s drawn to him.
For as long as Blue can remember, she’s been warned that she’d cause her true love to die. As she gets caught up with Gansey she never thought it would be a problem, especially with him. Now, she’s not so sure.
The Hate U Give
Author: Angie Thomas
Starr Carter moves between two worlds: the poor neighborhood she lives in and the fancy prep school she attends. These worlds shatter when she witnesses her best friend, Khalil, being shot by a police officer. His death becomes a national headline. Some are calling him a thug or drug dealer. Protesters take to the streets in Khalil’s name.
What everyone wants really wants to know is: what really happened that night?
All My Dangerous Friends
Author: Sonya Hartnett
Louie has finished with her old life and stepped into the world of sinners. Morality is a nuisance. It’s good to be bad. Everything can be bought, but the prices paid are high.
One of Us is Lying
Author: Karen M McManus
The Breakfast Club meets Pretty Little Liars. Five strangers walk into detention and only four walk out alive. Everyone is a suspect.
How to Hang a Witch
Author: Adriana Mather
Sam Mather moves to Salem, Massachusetts, the site for the infamous Salem Witch Trials, when her dad fall ill. A turn of events makes Sam the target of the Descendants—the original descendants of the witches—and the center of a centuries old curse. With visions plaguing her, Sam must get to the bottom of the curse to stop a deadly cycle that’s been going on since the first witch was hung before history can repeat itself.
Daughter of Smoke and Bone
Author: Laini Taylor
Karou fills her sketchbooks with monsters that may or may not be real. Her hair is naturally blue and she speaks multiple languages, some of which aren’t human. But, who is she? When Akiva fixes on her in an alley, the result unleashes a star-crossed love that in rooted in a violent past that also lead Karou to learn the truth about herself, but will she regret it?
Carve the Mark
Author: Veronica Roth
Akos is thrust into Cyra’s world, the sister of the brutal tyrant that rules the Shotet people. He’s just a farmer and oracle of Thuvhe. Cyra is exploited by her brother, but he has no idea just how strong she is. The hostility between Akos and Cyra’s countries seems insurmountable. Will they help each other survive or destroy each other?
the strange and beautiful sorrow of ava lavender
Author: Leslye Walton
Foolish love appears to be the Roux Family birthright. Sixteen year-old Ava just wants to fit in with her peers, though she’s naïve about the twisted motives of others. Nathan Sorrows mistakes her for an angel and grows more and more obsessed with her until the Summer Solstice. It’s a night filled with rain and feathers and devastation for many.
Some of these are currently on the NYT Bestseller List, some are being turned into movies and some of these are just too good to miss…though I haven’t read every single one. I still recommend them.
More to come soon…