A Handful of Current YA Books

Linking to reviews of books that could be worthy of a purchase!

Let’s start with one of the top books on my tbr list, Shimmer and Burn by Mary Taranta, wherein our protagonist gets caught up in a scheme to smuggle stolen magic in order to rescue her sister from slavery. Arctic Books offers a review that only serves to further whet my appetite for the book, praising it as a standout YA fantasy, with the caveat that the magic system is can be a bit confusing. Sadly, Literary Dust was less impressed, citing the same problem of confusing world building as a main problem with the story. She is still planning to continue with the series though, and I’m definitely still going to check this book out when I get the chance.

Another book that has caught my fancy is There’s Someone Inside Your House by Stephanie Perkins. This Scream-style slasher novel is certainly a shift in tone for Perkins from the likes of Anna and the French Kiss, and according to Overflowing Bookshelves, she sticks the landing. The Books’ Buzz offers a theory about the killer after checking out a partial arc.

Now we turn to In Some Other Life by Jessica Brody. Many of Brody’s previous works have been fairly meh for me, but I really enjoyed her last book, A Week of Mondays, and this new offering has a similar alternate life theme to it, as the protagonist sees what could have happened if she had made a different choice at a key point in her past.  The Eater of Books offered a somewhat negative review, though she actually seemed to like much of the book. The problem for her is the inciting incident of the novel is the reveal the protagonist’s boyfriend and best friend have been cheating on her with each other.  This is pretty much a non-starter for her, and the plot was apparently not dealt with well at all. Bookmark Lit provided another mixed review, though she leaned more towards the positive.

Overflowing Bookshelves took a look at The Dazzling Heights, the upcoming second book in Katherine McGee’s futuristic Gossips Girl series The Thousandth Floor. I had some issues with the first book in the series, most notably that I found Avery, the character at the centre of the story, completely unappealing.  Overflowing Bookshelves was more impressed than me with that book, and also gave this one a solid review.  She also took a look at another upcoming sequel, One Dark Throne.  This of course is the continuation of Kendare Blake’s Three Dark Crowns, about triplets who must use their magical powers to fight each other for the right to rule the kingdom.  I liked the first book in this series more than The Thousandth Floor, so I am pleased to see Overflowing Bookshelves offer a glowing review for the sequel.

Overflowing Bookshelves also liked Click’d by Tamara Ireland Stone, an upcoming middle grade novel. Click’d tells the story of a young protagonist who created an app to pair people based on common interest, only to see a glitch in the app threaten to reveal everyone’s secrets.  Other than saying that one relationship was a bit rushed, the review is very pos

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  1. Pingback: Ranking Recent Reads 11 – Spindle Fire, Dividing Eden, The Bone Witch, Saving Hamlet and Shimmer and Burn – Entertainment for the Young and Young-at-heart

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