What Light

This book by Thirteen Reasons Why author Jay Asher is a different kind of story from the hard-hitting bestseller. This light and beautiful Christmas story is classified as a middle grade plus, making it appropriate for young middle schoolers, all the way through high school.

American Royals

What if America had a royal family? Yeah,  I know. It’s a little hard to wrap our minds around. But what if George Washington had said yes when he was asked to become king?

That’s the premise behind Katherine McGee’s new novel in a new series. American Royals poses the question: what would it be like to have an American royal dynasty?

I Am Not a Serial Killer

I had to post something truly scary on Halloween, and this book scared the heck out of me. Now, as I’ve mentioned before, I’m not a fan of scary. But I’d heard some buzz about this mystery, and I decided to give it a go.

Ten

Hello, Agatha Christie!

Now, it’s impossible to compare any murder mystery with some of the best by Agatha Christie. One of my favorites as a teen was And Then There Was None

Panic

I was fortunate enough to meet Lauren Oliver at yet another great event at our local bookstore, Edmond’s Best of Books. She was joined by Adam Silvera, and they offered a scintillating talk about writing inspirations, techniques, and character-driven plots.

Bone Gap

Haunting, cool, zany, funny, creepy, intriguing, thrilling. Laura Ruby’s Bone Gap are all these things.

I wasn’t sure what to expect when I read this for a writing critique group assignment. What I experienced was a book so extraordinary, I had this sense of beauty and unsettlement for days following.

If I Stay

This is one of those books you should read, but it may not be an easy journey.

This story, about a girl in coma who must come to terms with whether she wants to stay or go, will make you think about death, and that’s not always easy for a society who likes to push tragedy away.

Dreamland Burning

I think the topic of race is a very salient one at this moment in history. And, I think this book does an excellent job showing where we have been, and where we should be going.

Everything, Everthing

Rich romantic chemistry and intriguing family drama combine in this contemporary YA romance novel.  With a main character who can’t go outside because she’s bound to get sick, and a charming love interest who won’t walk away, you’ll keep turning the pages on this one. Oh, and your teenager will to!

To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before

One of my all time favorite romance series, because it really features teen love and heartbreak in an authentic way. Add in the unique, witty voice of Laura Jean and her Korean background, and this book, and the two that follow, are hard to put down.

Prom & Prejudice

Oh, I’m a sucker for anything that even hints at Jane Austen. Even better if it has ties to my favorite novel of hers, Pride and Prejudice. I’ve read the novel, watched the BBC series (oh Colin Firth!), and have watched every movie adaptation as well.

The Lonely Dead

I will admit…I’m biased. I had an exclusive interview with April Henry when she visited Edmond’s Best of Books. I had not read her work before (which is not advisable, if you are sitting down to chat with an author).