David Levithan has successfully done what so many have failed to do in his novel Every Day; he has captured the very essence of the human condition. Levithan created A’s life and tied it to thousands of others, putting his characters to the test as they try to make sense of A’s odd and once solitary existence.
In Melissa Marr’s Carnival of Souls were brought into two worlds. One is where humans are blind to the witches and supernatural powers that be, and the other is a more carnal place where daimons kill for a higher place in society and lower caste members sell themselves for food and coin. Marr’s writing brings us flawlessly into these places, and gives us just enough to set our imaginations free.
In Kat Rosenfield’s debut novel, Amelia Anne is Dead and Gone, we’re brought into the lives of two young women who are trying to escape their circumstances. They both have bright futures, but only one has a chance to follow her dreams. Though Becca plans to move forward, she’s obsessed with the mysterious death of Amelia Anne and is reevaluating everything and everyone around her.
Magic changes everything, and that’s especially true for Alex Lee, a teenager who until recently, believed that she didn’t have any living relatives. Set in Savannah, Georgia, Katie Crouch’s The Magnolia League series explores Hoodoo, generations of grudges, and the need for self identity for the League’s youngest members. Crouch’s newest book in the series is The White Glove War.
In Sangu Mandanna’s The Lost Girl we enter a world where those who can afford it, have Echoes weaved of their loved ones. If something were to happen to the original, the Echo steps into their life. They are trained to be exactly like their counterpart, from what they eat and experience, to having identifying tattoos and hair styles.
In Scott Speer’s enthralling Immortal City, the world has changed. Angels have ‘come out’ and now it’s their turn to have a piece of the American dream. No longer are the Hollywood Hills & Walk of Fame filled with movie stars, instead they’re names of the greatest Angels, and the best shows are the real life saves that a streamed real time. Angels are the rock stars of the world, and no one can forget that it’s pay to save.
In author Kiera Cass' novel The Selection, it’s 300 years in the future, and the 3rd world war has brought the United Stated crumbing to ground with a take-over by China. Yet there is hope, and all of North America has banned together to rebuild and govern the country. Illea is the country’s name, and kings and queens are the rulers. Enter 17 year old America Singer. She and 35 other girls are competing to become the princess and Prince Maxon’s hand in marriage. The twist?
It’s a fairy tale we all know well: a fairy godmother, step sisters, and a prince. But what if you throw in a little sci-fi, and Cinderella is part cyborg? Marissa Meyer’s inventive mind has done just that and it takes the classic tale to a whole new level with her novel Cinder.
We’ve learned about the Greek Gods, and read the Iliad where the Trojan War was precipitated by Helen’s abduction. Steeped in Greek myth, Josephine Angelini’s Starcrossed series is based on the premises that not only were the gifts and faces of the Gods were handed down for generations, but the blood wars and divided houses. Josephine Angelini’s novel is Dreamless, the second in the Starcrossed trilogy.
As we peel away the intricate layers of Jennifer Bosworth’s novel Struck, we’re brought into a world that’s not so black & white. As meteorological events have begun to tear apart civilization, two cults have formed and both claim to be able to save the world. Stuck in the middle is Mia, both cults will stop at nothing to recruit her, and the red scars all over her body are even more enticing to the cults as they know how much power they hold.