I got some awesome books in my most recent library haul. Big shout-out to Spokane County Library District--they're better stocked in YA books than any library I've been to. Thank you taxpayers for feeding my reading addiction!
Huntress by Malinda Lo
Set in the same world as Malinda Lo's first novel, Ash, Huntress tells the story of two different girls, Kaede and Taisin, as they embark on a journey to meet with the Fairy Queen.
I just finished this and really enjoyed it--even more than Ash! Makes me really wish there was more YA high fantasy out right now.
Vaclav and Lena by Hayley Tanner
Vaclav and Lena are inseparable childhood friends, both Russian immigrants living in Brooklyn. Vaclav's greatest ambition is to be a magician and for Lena to be his beautiful assistant. But, one day when they're 11, Lena disappears and Vaclav doesn't learn what happened to her until they're 17.
I just started this and am really enjoying it. Some of the turns of phrase are astonishing, but the real heart of this book is the characters. I was surprised to learn it's technically adult fiction, because it's so perfect for YA readers.
The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship in Her Own Making by Catherynne M. Valente
This first book in a new series tells the tale of September who, one boring day, gets visited by the Green Wind (a gentleman in a green jacket). He invites her to Fairyland where the Marquisse, a girl not much older than her, sends her on a quest.
I'm going to read this for the Once Upon a Time challenge and am really looking forward to it. From the first time I heard the title, I've wanted to get my hands on this one. It's been described as having "the charm of Alice in Wonderland and the soul of The Golden Compass"--um, yes please!
Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys
This novel recounts the not well-known history of Lithuanians forced to travel to Soviet work camps in Siberia during World War II. Lena, a girl with a appreciation for art, is the teenage protagonist.
This book has been praised by readers. It's been a while since I've read any historical fiction, and I'm really looking forward to reading this one. I've been doing research about how to write war for my next WIP, so I'm hoping this one gives me some insight.
Ruby Red by Kerstin Gier
Gwyneth is born into a family of time travelers. Her entire life, her beautiful cousin Charlotte is expected to be the time traveler of their generation, but when Gwyneth suddenly goes back in time to 18th century London, she realizes her destiny is different from what everyone expected.
I've never been too happy about the fact that American children and teens have such little exposure to translated works, so when a translated book like Ruby Red makes a big splash in America, I have to read it. Plus, time travel. It's a no brainer.