I’ve been a fan of novel series since I was a child starting with “Cat in the Hat”. I eventually graduated to the Ramona series, then Anne of Green Gables,
and V.C. Andrews. I don’t know why, but I just love being with a
character, lost in the world an author creates for more than just one
book. Reading the YA explosion of series has been heaven, and a whole
ton of fun. A few weeks ago I finished Ellen Oh’s masterpiece Prophecy
series and thought to myself, “what is the next series I could get
into?” Luckily, there is no shortage of YA series with characters of
color and/or by authors of color that are being released, so I am one
happy camper and thought I’d share just a few of my findings. Excuse my
fan-girling for the next few minutes.
I was able to meet Sabaa Tahir (she’s so pretty) and snag an ARC of
her debut novel, Ember in the Ashes. OMG! It was delicious. Made getting
stuck in a Chicago snowstorm enjoyable. I cannot wait for the next
Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir
Laia is a
slave. Elias is a soldier. Neither is free. Under the Martial Empire,
defiance is met with death. Those who do not vow their blood and bodies
to the Emperor risk the execution of their loved ones and the
destruction of all they hold dear. It is in this brutal world,
inspired by ancient Rome, that Laia lives with her grandparents and
older brother. The family ekes out an existence in the Empire’s
impoverished backstreets. They do not challenge the Empire. They’ve seen
what happens to those who do. But when Laia’s brother is arrested for
treason, Laia is forced to make a decision. In exchange for help from
rebels who promise to rescue her brother, she will risk her life to spy
for them from within the Empire’s greatest military academy. There,
Laia meets Elias, the school’s finest soldier—and secretly, its most
unwilling. Elias wants only to be free of the tyranny he’s being trained
to enforce. He and Laia will soon realize that their destinies are
intertwined—and that their choices will change the fate of the Empire
If you haven’t read Susan Ee’s Angelfall series, start now! The last book of the series comes out next week.
Angelfall by Susan Ee
It’s been six weeks
since the angels of the apocalypse destroyed the world as we know it.
Only pockets of humanity remain. Savage street gangs rule the day while
fear and superstition rule the night. When angels fly away with a
helpless girl, her seventeen-year-old sister Penryn will do anything to
get her back…
I’m also a fan of re-tellings, so I was looking forward to Danielle Paige’s Dorothy Must Die
series, and she didn’t disappoint. The first book so much fun filled
with all sorts of intrigue. The second book just came out, and while I
haven’t had a chance to read it yet, I expect it will be just as
exciting as the first one.
Dorothy Must Die by Danielle Paige
ask for any of this. I didn’t ask to be some kind of hero. But when your
whole life gets swept up by a tornado - taking you with it - you have
no choice but to go along, you know? Sure, I’ve read the books. I’ve
seen the movies. I know the song about the rainbow and the happy little
bluebirds. But I never expected Oz to look like this. To be a place
where Good Witches can’t be trusted, Wicked Witches may just be the good
guys, and winged monkeys can be executed for acts of rebellion. There’s
still a yellow brick road - but even that’s crumbling. What happened?
Dorothy. They say she found a way to come back to Oz. They say she
seized power and the power went to her head. And now no one is safe. My
name is Amy Gumm - and I’m the other girl from Kansas. I’ve been
recruited by the Revolutionary Order of the Wicked. I’ve been trained to
fight. And I have a mission.
Those are the series I have started, but here are some series that are part
of the ever-growing stack of “to be read” books that is slowly taking
over my living room.
Gates of Thread & Stone by Lori M. Lee
the Labyrinth, we had a saying: keep silent, keep still, keep safe. In a
city of walls and secrets, where only one man is supposed to possess
magic, seventeen-year-old Kai struggles to keep hidden her own
secret—she can manipulate the threads of time. When Kai was eight, she
was found by Reev on the riverbank, and her “brother” has taken care of
her ever since. Kai doesn’t know where her ability comes from—or where
she came from. All that matters is that she and Reev stay together, and
maybe one day move out of the freight container they call home, away
from the metal walls of the Labyrinth. Kai’s only friend is Avan, the
shopkeeper’s son with the scandalous reputation that both frightens and
intrigues her. Then Reev disappears. When keeping silent and safe means
losing him forever, Kai vows to do whatever it takes to find him. She
will leave the only home she’s ever known and risk getting caught up in a
revolution centuries in the making. But to save Reev, Kai must unravel
the threads of her past and face shocking truths about her brother, her
friendship with Avan, and her unique power.
Talon by Julie Kagawa
Long ago, dragons were
hunted to near extinction by the Order of St. George, a legendary
society of dragon slayers. Hiding in human form and growing their
numbers in secret, the dragons of Talon have become strong and cunning,
and they’re positioned to take over the world with humans none the
wiser. Ember and Dante Hill are the only sister and brother known to
dragonkind. Trained to infiltrate society, Ember wants to live the teen
experience and enjoy a summer of freedom before taking her destined
place in Talon. But destiny is a matter of perspective, and a rogue
dragon will soon challenge everything Ember has been taught. As Ember
struggles to accept her future, she and her brother are hunted by the
Order of St. George. Soldier Garret Xavier Sebastian has a mission to
seek and destroy all dragons, and Talon’s newest recruits in particular.
But he cannot kill unless he is certain he has found his prey: and
nothing is certain about Ember Hill. Faced with Ember’s bravery,
confidence and all-too-human desires, Garret begins to question
everything that the Order has ingrained in him: and what he might be
willing to give up to find the truth about dragons.
To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han
Jean’s love life goes from imaginary to out of control in this
heartfelt novel from the New York Times bestselling author of The Summer
I Turned Pretty series. What if all the crushes you ever had found out
how you felt about them…all at once? Lara Jean Song keeps her love
letters in a hatbox her mother gave her. They aren’t love letters that
anyone else wrote for her; these are ones she’s written. One for every
boy she’s ever loved—five in all. When she writes, she pours out her
heart and soul and says all the things she would never say in real life,
because her letters are for her eyes only. Until the day her secret
letters are mailed, and suddenly, Lara Jean’s love life goes from
imaginary to out of control.
Extraction by Stephanie Diaz
Extraction testing.” Clementine has spent her whole life preparing for
her sixteenth birthday, when she’ll be tested for Extraction in the
hopes of being sent from the planet Kiel’s toxic Surface to the much
safer Core, where people live without fear or starvation. When she
proves promising enough to be “Extracted,” she must leave without Logan,
the boy she loves. Torn apart from her only sense of family, Clem
promises to come back and save him from brutal Surface life. What she
finds initially in the Core is a utopia compared to the Surface—it’s
free of hard labor, gun-wielding officials, and the moon’s lethal acid.
But life is anything but safe, and Clementine learns that the planet’s
leaders are planning to exterminate Surface dwellers—and that means
Logan, too. Trapped by the steel walls of the underground and the lies
that keep her safe, Clementine must find a way to escape and rescue
Logan and the rest of the planet. But the planet leaders don’t want her
running—they want her subdued. With intense action scenes and a cast of
unforgettable characters, Extraction is a page-turning, gripping read,
sure to entertain lovers of Hunger Games and Ender’s Game and leave them
breathless for more.
Adopted by a pair of diehard hippies, restless, marginal Jude Keffy-Horn [ Asa Butterfield ] spends much of his youth getting high with his best friend, Teddy [ Avan Jogia ], in their bucolic and deeply numbing Vermont town. But when Teddy dies of an overdose on the last day of 1987, Jude’s relationship with drugs and with his parents devolves to new extremes. Sent to live with his pot-dealing father [ Ethan Hawke ] in New York City’s East Village, Jude stumbles upon straight edge, an underground youth culture powered by the paradoxical aggression of hardcore punk and a righteous intolerance for drugs, meat, and sex. With Teddy’s half brother, Johnny [ Emile Hirsch ], and their new friend, Eliza [ Hailee Steinfeld ], Jude tries to honor Teddy’s memory through his militantly clean lifestyle. But his addiction to straight edge has its own dangerous consequences. While these teenagers battle to discover themselves, their parents struggle with this new generation’s radical reinterpretation of sex, drugs, and rock ‘n’ roll and their grown-up awareness of nature and nurture, brotherhood and loss.
In the Labyrinth, we had a saying: keep silent, keep still, keep safe.
In a city of walls and secrets, where only one man is supposed to possess magic, seventeen-year-old Kai struggles to keep hidden her own secret—she can manipulate the threads of time. When Kai was eight, she was found by Reev on the riverbank, and her “brother” has taken care of her ever since. Kai doesn’t know where her ability comes from—or where she came from. All that matters is that she and Reev stay together, and maybe one day move out of the freight container they call home, away from the metal walls of the Labyrinth. Kai’s only friend is Avan, the shopkeeper’s son with the scandalous reputation that both frightens and intrigues her.
Then Reev disappears. When keeping silent and safe means losing him forever, Kai vows to do whatever it takes to find him. She will leave the only home she’s ever known and risk getting caught up in a revolution centuries in the making. But to save Reev, Kai must unravel the threads of her past and face shocking truths about her brother, her friendship with Avan, and her unique power.
“… but now he is starting to realize that because him and Jo both share this secret together… he’s starting to develop feelings for her…?” - Kylie Bunbury
All I know is that Lacey is one of the best characters I’ve ever witnessed in my seventeen years of existence. She’s thoughtful, caring, brave and so, so much more. We have all seen Lacey going in and conquer. Even though Lacey has been thrown into the background multiple times, she stills finds her way into our hearts. After everything she has been through, she put her feelings aside so she can help a dear friend. Like Avan said, “I just wish Danny would be more honest with Lacey,” she deserves it. Writers have taken love triangles ran with it…and beat it to death. Twisted needs to be in the Olympics, for fuckery.