The Future of Us

The Future of Us is a thoughtful piece of fiction about what social media can really tell us about our lives (but also very pacey–this is a quick read because the story really moves). The story takes place in the late nineties (the ages of the characters matched my own at the time–so I found this incredibly satisfying as a blast through the past!).

The Downstairs Girl

Historical fiction set in the deep south can give us insight into personal difficulties that other people these days might seem happy to bury. This story focuses on Jo Kuan and the way her own pluck and talent help in the fight against racism and inequality.

Warcross

If you are ready for stories for the next generation, then Warcross is your novel. Warcross brings readers to a near-future world where virtual reality (VR) is literally everywhere.

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?

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.

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.

Cinder (Lunar Chronicles)

I have to say, I love a good retelling. Of course, the Cinderella concept is always popular, and this one, complete with cyborg, is definitely an intriguing and gripping read. Besides, I love futuristic, speculative fiction–especially if it throws in a little romance.

The Girl of Fire and Thorns

I think this particular book popped up on my library recommended reads. I have read a great deal of teen fantasy, but because I was working on a manuscript of my own, I was trying to discover more in this genre (I’d been a huge consumer of the genre as a twenty-something).

The Wrath and the Dawn

I devoured Tales of Arabian Nights as a teen. Scheherazade is a personal hero. That’s why I was so excited about this novel.

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.