Maas, S. (2015). A Court of Thorns and Roses. New York, NY: Bloomsbury.
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Awards/Honors: 2015 Goodreads Choice Awards for YA Fantasy
Feyre must agree to live among the Fae to pay a debt and keep her family safe.
I love Sarah J. Maas and I couldn’t wait for this book to come out when I heard she was doing a version of Beauty and the Beast (my favorite Disney movie ever). I like that they are making more reimagined fairy tales because they are easier to relate to and the girls are stronger. -Samantha S., age 17
Let me tell you a story about a beauty and a beast. You’ve already heard that one? Trust me, you haven’t heard this one! Our “tale as old as time” has been revamped and it has more action and adventure than ever. Feyre’s family had it all and now they have nothing, so she spends her time hunting and looking for ways to provide for her father and sisters. In traditional fashion, she finds trouble in the eerie woods and is taken to a land of dangerous Fae to pay the price. Don’t be fooled, there are darker powers at work than the mere likes of Gaston.
A Court of Thorns and Roses has the fun, magical elements of our beloved Beauty and the Beast, but with a dark twist. Follow Feyre to the land of the Summer Court and help her break the curse. Face it, who doesn’t love a good fantasy?
Here is Sarah introducing you to this new series!
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Demetrios, H. (2015). I’ll Meet You There. NewYork, NY: Henry Holt and Company.
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A quirky motel in the middle of nowhere offers an escape for two teens working through their painful personal problems.
Skylar can’t wait to get out of Creek View. Who could blame her when the alternative is to stay in the trailer park, get knocked up, and work as a waitress in the middle of nowhere. Sky has spent her high school career working hard to get into art school, while also working the desk at a local motel to save up enough to get out of town. As if doing all of that isn’t tough enough, she also has to deal with the loss of her father and her emotionally unstable mother.
Of course, things get interesting when the town hero gets back from his military tour overseas with his own baggage. Skylar and Josh somehow manage to create an unlikely friendship while fighting their demons. Between her mixed feelings toward Josh and things getting worse at home, will Skylar give up everything she has worked for?
Heather Demetrios highlights the hardships of teens trying to make their own way in the world, while also framing the struggle of living with physical and emotional disabilities.
Pearson, M. (2014). Kiss of Deception (The Remnant Chronicles #1). New York, NY: Henry Holt and Company.
Hardcover-I received this book as part of a giveaway hosted by the publisher. All opinions are my own.
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Awards/Honors: 2014 Goodreads Choice Nominee for YA Fantasy/Sci-Fi
A princess runs away from an arranged marriage, unaware that she is being tracked.
Seventeen-year-old Lia has a duty to her kingdom as the princess of Morrighan. Right before her wedding (the result of an arranged marriage with a prince from a neighboring kingdom who she has never met), she convinces her maid to run away with her. They manage to hide their identities and find work in a harbor town, but Lia’s spurned betrothed won’t let her go that easily. He wished he had thought of a similar plan, so the intrigue of his runaway bride leads him to search her out. Unfortunately, he isn’t the only one searching for her. Will Lia’s heart be won by her prince or will she just end up with a kiss of deception?