Each week, Bookstr will be offering a look at some of the best novels in a particular genre for your continued reading list. Today, we’ll be recommending five recent young adult books for your reading pleasure. Young adult novels are generally written with a twelve-eighteen age bracket in mind but over half of the audience for YA novels is adults (as our audience can attest!) Young adult novels are often just as sophisticated as their adult contemporaries, with a lot of themes about growing up into adulthood and dealing with the perils of being a teenager mixed in. Below, are some of our favorite recently published YA must-reads!
5. The Cold in her bones by Peternelle van Arsdale
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The Cold in Her Bones is a richly atmospheric, scary piece of work that functions as both a horror story and a mystery. The story follows a young girl called Milla who lives on the outskirts of a village she’s never allowed to visit. This is because a demon prowls the village, stalking and possessing young girls. However, another girl from the village comes to Milla, staying with her and giving Milla a glimpse of the outside world. When the demon takes Iris, Milla must leave her sheltered life and track down the demon to save her new friend at great personal risk to herself.
4. Wicked Saints by Emily A. Duncan
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In this gothic tale, a kingdom besieged by war centers around three misfits who must band together to assassinate the city’s dark king. Wicked Saints is full of action, twists, and a backdrop of gothic romance. With shadowy characters around every corner, this is a thrilling debut novel sure to please any fantasy fan.
3. Descendent of the Crane by Joan He
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In this Chinese inspired debut novel, Descendent of the Crane centers on Princess Hesina, whose father has been murdered, forcing her to inherit the throne under stressful circumstances. A murder mystery begins to unfold, as Hesina is forced to turn to illegal means to find her father’s killer. She first consults a soothsayer, despite magic being outlawed, then to an investigator with a criminal past. A compelling read for sure and a nice break from European inspired fantasy.
2. Sherwood by Megan Spooner
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A feminist reimagining of Robin Hood, Sherwood tells of a world where Robin Hood himself is dead. Maid Marian is left to go on without him, unsure how she will even begin to function without her true love. But the people of Sherwood Forest need a champion and Maid Marian is forced to step into the famous shoes of Robin Hood. Taking up a bow, she becomes a new legend to the people and fights against the Sheriff of Nottingham to free her people from tyranny.
1. The Waking Forest by Alyssa Wees
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The Waking Forest tells the story of a young woman called Rhea whose dreams are haunted by someone or something waiting in the attic for her. One night, she decides to confront the thing but is drawn into a spiraling murder mystery, where she is drawn into a forest she thought was a hallucination. Full of witches, feral children, and dark monsters, this is a modern fairy tale where stories collide into a dark fantasy tale.
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