Revis, Beth. Give the Dark My Love. Razorbill, 2018. $17.99. ISBN: 978-1595147172. 368p. Gr. 7-9. Genre: Supernatural Fantasy.
A teenage medical alchemy student goes to a elite school, determined to find a cure for the plague that is killing people from her rural, impoverished region. She uncovers secrets about necromancy that threaten to take her to the “dark side.” What could go wrong?
Weeks, Sarah. Soof. Scholastic Press, 2018. $17.99. ISBN: 978-0545846653. 208p. Gr. 3-7. Genre: Realistic Fiction.
This sweet little book is about a young girl trying to figure out who she is and why her family doesn’t understand her. On top of all this, her family is struggling with bad luck. It’s a great book for younger readers about communicating with your family, especially when times get hard.
West, Hannah. Realm of Ruins: A Nissera Novel. (Nissera Chronicles, book 2). Holiday House, 2018. $17.99 ISBN: 978-0823439867. 464p. Gr.7+ Genre: Fantasy.
This book is the 2nd in the Nissera Chronicles and it reminds me a lot of fairy tales I read when I was younger, but with a dark edge. It was very interesting and exciting but at times hard to follow because the transitions between scenes were rough (it makes it a better book for older readers.)
Jean, Emiko. Empress of All Seasons. HMH Books for Young Readers, 2018. $18.99 ISBN: 978-0544530942. 384p. Gr.9-12 Genre: Fantasy.
I really liked this book and think it should be popular with other high school readers. It weaves together fantasy and Japanese folklore, which gives the story more atmosphere and depth. I loved the characters, because they aren’t perfect and they face huge obstacles like real people (even though they are far from that!)
Tahir, Sabaa. A Reaper at the Gates. (Ember in the Ashes series, book 3). Razorbill, 2018. $19.99 ISBN: 978-0448494500. 480p. Gr.9-12 Genre: Fantasy.
This is sort of Game of Thrones combined with The Living Dead. It’s a complicated story that uses magic and mythology and multiple points of view to keep the reader interested. It’s got romance, horror, and a lot of bloody violence – not really a book for younger or more sensitive readers.
Oelke, Lianne. Nice Try, Jane Sinner. Clarion Books, 2018. $17.99 ISBN: 978-0544867857. 432p. Gr. 9-12 Genre: Realistic Fiction.
Jane is a troubled teen who got expelled from her high school. Her parents enroll her in a GED program at a nearby community college where she has a chance to be in a student production called House of Orange. The production gains popularity because of her snarky humor and she gains a fan base. The characters are all easy to relate to and funny, I think it will be popular with kids who like realistic fiction.
Brayden, Elyse. Shadow State. Imprint, 2018. $17.99 ISBN: 978-1250124234. 288p. Gr.9-12 Genre: Thriller/Action.
I liked this book, it kept me interested, though I wasn’t crazy about the ending. The leading character gets embroiled in a government conspiracy coverup and they give her drugs to make her forget what happened. The romance, family secrets, and cliff-hanging action would make this a good book for high school.
Kaufman, Amie & Meagan Spooner. Unearthed. Disney-Hyperion, 2018. $17.99 ISBN: 978-1484758052. Gr.9-12. Genre: Dystopian/Sci-Fi.
This book has everything: nonstop action, strong and believable characters, intriguing settings, and enough surprise to make it stand out from a lot of the formulaic dystopian teen fiction on the market these days. I liked that the leading character was a strong female and that there was a bit of romance thrown in, but not enough to distract from the fast plot line.
McGhee, Alison. What I Leave Behind. Atheneum/Caitlyn Dlouhy Books, 2018. $17.99 ISBN: 978-1481476560. Gr. 9-12. Genre: Realistic Fiction.
Wow – this book hit me hard in the gut, it was so sad. It wasn’t what I was expecting but it was easy to read and kept my interest. It was amazing that the author stayed with the 100 chapters of 100 words each without sounding too mechanical. There are some topics in here that could disturb others – suicide and rape – but it’s not so much about victims as it is about mourning and finding a way to honor the memory of those we love and lose.
Kristoff, Jay. LifeL1k3. Knopf Books for Young Readers, 2018. $18.99 ISBN: 978-1524713928. Gr9-12. Genre: Dystopian/Sci-Fi.
At first, it was kind of hard to get into reading this, but once I did, I couldn’t put it down. The leading character’s logic can be a little confusing at times, but that makes them more human (in contrast to the “lifel1k3” androids around her) and easier to relate to. There’s a lot of romance and drama in this fast-paced thriller.
Lix, Caryn. Sanctuary. Simon Pulse, 2018. $19.99 ISBN: 978-1534405332. Gr. 9-12 Genre: Dystopian/Sci-Fi
Every single aspect of this book was amazing, and I am glad it’s going to be a series! There was a lot of violence in it, though, so it’s not for everyone. It reminded me a lot of Ender’s Game, but with a strong female character who is a lot more complex. The author manages to throw in a dash of romance into this space-thriller, too.