Today’ subject: Young Adult
Shadow and Bone, Leigh Bardugo
When Alina’s best friend is injured in the magically blighted area known as the Ford, she reveals a dormant power she never knew she had. Whisked away to the court of the Darkling, Alina must master her newfound power. But little of her new life is what it appears to be, and soon she discovers a secret that could change the entire country forever. Fabulously original — and the sequel, Siege and Storm, is also excellent.
The Diviners, Libba Bray
Set in New York in the roaring twenties, this book is all jazz and ghosts and technological industrialists and a truly terrifying serial killer. Protagonist Evie’s risks and fears are viscerally real. A sprawling, deeply absorbing novel, for fans of historicals, epics, and atmosphere.
Seraphina, Rachel Hartman
Seraphina has a secret. Her mother was a dragon; her father, a human. Their union — and Seraphina herself — is technically against the law. So she’s used to lying, but it becomes harder when she’s chosen to tutor the royal princess; harder still when she meets the Captain of the Guard. When she uncovers a conspiracy to rekindled to human-dragon wars, court politics turn deadly. A wonderful, wonderful book.
Planesrunner, Ian McDonald
Everett Singh’s brilliant physicist dad has been kidnapped, but no one believes him. When Everett realizes that his father has given him a key that permits travel to other quantum realities, he also realizes that there are people who will do anything to get it. This is the best combination of quantum physics, multiple-world theory and airships for teens EVAR! (The sequel, Be My Enemy, is equally good).
Unspoken, Sarah Rees Brennan
Unspoken simultaneously manages to be 1) a subversion of the idea that a magival telepathic boyfriend is in any way a good idea; 2) a modern Gothic, or post-Gothic maybe, either way there are big spooky houses and family secrets; 3) funny as hell. The sequel, Untold, is also available (and you will want it immediately).