Thursday, December 29, 2016

Faves of 2016: Kady's Best

 From now until the end of the year we're counting down some of our favorite books of the year. Here are ten of Kady's faves:

10. A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J Maas
The follow up to Court of Rose and Thorns finds Feyre once again fighting for her life in the fairy realm and discovering that her true enemies, friends and lovers might not be who she thought they were.

9. The Girl From Everywhere by Heidi Heilig
Nix has traveled through space and time on her father's magical time traveling ship. Now he wants to go to the one place she can't follow- 1868 Honolulu, to save the life of her mother who died giving birth to her.

8.Goldfish by Nat Luurtsema
Lou has failed at the one thing in life she's ever been good at- swimming. Now redemption is being offered in the form of some popular boys who need her help to win a Britian's Got Talent-esque reality show. Perfect for fans of Louise Rennison and Georgia Nicholson.

A personal struggle to survive and rise above set during the notorious New York City summer of 1971. Heat waves, blackouts and a serial killer are the least of Nora's troubles.

6. The Serpent King by Jeff Zentner
The tale of three outcasts who have found family with each other, marking time and making plans until they graduate high school and can leave all of their problems behind in their small close-minded town. But sometimes problems follow you no matter where you go.

5. Places No One Knows by Brenna Yovanoff
Another home run slam dunk from my favorite writer of creepy YA and of mysterious loner boys with a hard exterior and hearts of gold.

4. Six Impossible Things by Fiona Wood
Available for the first time in the US, this Australian novel centers around Dan who has just had his entire life collapse around him as he tries to pick himself back up. Be sure to check the absolutely satisfying companion novel, Wild Life, which has been around in the US since 2014.

3. The Call by Peadar Ó Guilín
You don't know when it will happen, just that it will. At some point during your teenage years you will be called to the Gray Land where the fairies live. Once there you will have one day to evade, escape and survive as every fairy, creature, and sometimes even the landscape itself tries to kill you. Live or die, you get sent back, landing in the exact same place you left, just 3 minutes later in earth's timeline.

2. Scythe by Neal Shusterman
A world where disease, accidents and death no longer exist. The only way to die is for a Scythe to reap you. When two ordinary teens are chosen as apprentice Scythes they get a glimpse into a hidden world, only to find out that only one of them will actually become a scythe, while the other will be reaped.

1. Exit, Pursued by Bear by E.K. Johnston
This is a hard book to read at times, about a hard subject, so make sure you know what you're getting yourself into before you pick it up. That being said, it's also an incredibly rewarding read and a rich portrait of one girl's struggle to learn how to live with trauma.

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