Once again, I’ve managed to read fantasy YA almost exclusively. So, if you like fantasy (with a sprinkle of sci-fi, historical, and mystery) like me, these book reviews are for you.
New YA Books for Teens
Wolf by Wolf by Ryan Graudin HISTORICAL FANTASY
This is the best book I’ve read so far this year! Wolf by Wolf is a high-stakes journey of wits and bravery, an author’s skillful writing and imagination, and a compelling story that won’t soon be forgotten. It imagines a world in which WWII ended very differently — with the Axis powers winning. Yael, our heroine, is a death-camp medical experiment escapee who can shape shift into other humans. She braves a motorcycle race across half the world in order to first win and second get close enough to Hitler to kill him. This is a must-read novel!
A Study in Charlotte by Brittany Cavallari MYSTERY
This Watson, Jamie, is the direct descendant of that John Watson and it’s no coincidence that he’s at the same boarding school as Charlotte Holmes who is the descendant of Sherlock Holmes. When the two are framed for the murder of a classmate both hated, they pair up to solve the crime themselves. But more crimes are committed, each with a nod to their ancestor’s famous stories, and neither can figure out who is doing it. Is there a Moriarty around? If you’re like me and an Arthur Conan Doyle fan, you’ll LOVE the details that pay tribute to the original stories! This book does mention sex and drugs.
Into The Dim by Janet B. Taylor FANTASY TIME TRAVEL
Time-travel relic hunters? Romance? This new YA book for teens starts with action and adventure from the first page. (And I don’t usually like time traveling books.) I love how the plot and details wove together so artfully!
Truthwitch: A Watchbands Novel by Susan Dennard FANTASY
Safiya and Iseult are best friends and outcasts, running from life-threatening dangers. Safiya is a valuable Truthwitch and is hunted by those who want to use her for their nefarious purposes. An engaging adventure.
The Orphan Queen by Jodi Meadows ROMANCE FANTASY
The first in a duology, this is a romantic adventure about a princess whose lands were conquered. She infiltrates the invaders in order to get information to take back her lands. Of course, you can predict who she falls in love with, right? The Orphan Queen is a fun, lighthearted adventure story with book 2 out April 2015.
The Queen’s Poisoner (The Kingfountain Series Book 1) by Jeff Wheeler FANTASY
Taken from his family at age five, Owen lives at the castle as a hostage to the vicious king Severn. Fortunately he’s befriended by the old queen’s poisoner who trains and helps him survive — at least for now. Great fantasy adventure!
Calamity by Brandon Sanderson SCI-FI (book 3)
Darn, I though this was a trilogy — but after reading this third book, which was just as amazing as the first two, I now know better. This continues the world of Epics with crazy powers used for evil purposes. I won’t add too much because you must read the entire series to understand this book.
The Impostor Queen by Sarah Fine FANTASY
This is such a compelling book — in a world of magic only allowed to the queen and priests, the queen-in-training, Elli, flees the capital when the priests plot to kill her because she’s not blessed with magic. When she’s rescued by an outlander named Oskar and healed by an illegal magician, she learns she can void or expand the magic of others, making her a valuable prize for dangerous magicians.
Tell the Wind and Fire by Sarah Rees Brennan FANTASY
Unlike most romances in YA novels, I like that this story starts with a solid partnership and is about how the duo change and grow. In this world, there are Light and Dark magicians. The Light are in control and wall off the Dark city. The plot address injustice and prejudice as revolution and secrets unfold.
Reign of Shadows by Sophie Jordan FANTASY
I can’t wait for book two!! After her parents are murdered and an eclipse darkens the world, the princess Luna is safely taken to a tower by trusted guardians. She hates being cooped up even though the outside has flesh-eating beasts and almost total darkness. But she leaves with a mysterious archer named Fowler who is traveling to a land that is supposed to be safer. Together they encounter dangerous foes and new friends, but will Fowler’s secret destroy the little trust they have?