Buckle up my dudes because The Cruel Prince is a wild (and fun) ride. Jude and her sister Taryn have a normal life until they're swept into a Jim Henson-like fairy world to live in court. As the only two humans raised in a powerful magical world, they must navigate the complicated and magical social sphere while avoiding the malevolent young prince Cardan. But as the fairy king prepares to step down and name one of his children as successor, Jude is caught up in a world of revenge and secrets that could give her the power she has always craved. This isn't a light fluffy read. Jude as a main character is complicated, dark, and wholly compelling. Brutal revenge, secrets, and some serious family drama carried me through Black's vivid world. My only regret is how long I'll have to wait for the sequel..
The future is now. Inequality and suffering have been eliminated, and death is a fairy tale most can only imagine. But with the reward of immortality also comes the necessity of population control, and so the Scythes exist to glean a small portion of the population without bias or malice. But after hundreds of years a dark disease has infiltrated the Scythedom, and apprentices Citra and Rowan must fight the corruption or risk being swallowed by it. A fresh and fascinating perspective on utopia mixed with the human condition.
The author of the wonderful Graceling trilogy has written a charming standalone mystery with 5 different outcomes - all based on a single choice. ROMANCE! INTRIGUE! ESPIONAGE! ART THEFT! UMBRELLAS! Suspend your disbelief and go with Jane to Tu Reveins. You won't regret it.
We meet brother and sister, Ben and Hazel, at a typical high school party. Atypical is the glass coffin in the middle of the party which holds a sleeping prince with pointed ears and horns. He's never woken until one night, he does, and adventure, struggle, and the fight against the Darkest Part of the forest begins. This is a book you will never want to end, and Hazel is a protagonist you'll never want to leave.
If you thought you were sick of vampire novels, you'll have to reevaluate. Black has created a truly delicious and original world of vampires with a heroine who is loyal, brave, and all-around fierce! Characters are individual and complex, and the themes range everywhere from morality to personal responsibility to mortality.
After a weird incident 3 years ago, Poughkeepsie has never been the same. Meat puppets populate the buildings, animals went wonky, and tornados of everyday objects hang in suspended motion. Despite the danger, Addison braves the quarantined zone to capture photos of these sci-fi wonders to sell on the black market. When a patron comes to her with a dangerous proposal to retrieve something from the zone, Addison must decide if a cool $1 mil is worth gambling with the zone's unearthly phenomena. SO GOOD.
Don't be fooled by this novel's lack of length - it packs a serious punch. Stone tackles heavy and important topics - police brutality and racial profiling - in a nuanced and innovative way. The main character Justyce writes letter to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. to process the racial tensions at his prep school and his (and our) society at large. A timely and honest book with unmistakable voice and heart.
Can you imagine not knowing what a book is or looks like but somehow still understanding how powerful an object it is? Enter Sefia, whose father entrusted her with such a rectangular object before he was murdered. Then, her aunt gets kidnapped and Sefia begins to unlock the mysteries and magic of reading this book, which might be the only way to save her aunt and uncover the details behind her father's death. This self-reflexive read will leave you enthralled.
Ladycastle is part comic, part musical (!?), part genderbent Knight's Tale, and all awesome. Frankly, it's also suitable for most ages, and it has less to do with physical combat and more to do with changing the status quo according to the strengths (and there are many: blacksmithing, etiquette- and chivalry-teaching, horiticulturing, practicing medicine, and library-keeping) of the individuals in this excellent series. Please read now.
Jess and Angie are best friends, so when Angie comes out and starts dating Margot, a rich girl from a different high school, Jess tries to be supportive. Jess has secretly loved Angie for a long time - and she doesn't plan on losing their relationship to the shark-infested waters of Angie's new, cliquish social circle so easily. But then a girl goes missing after a wild house party, with Jess and Angie right in the middle of it. And both of them are lying. Spooky, contemporary queer YA packed with morally complex female characters!