by Shveta Thakrar
Sheetal Mistry has secrets. One, her hair is an unnatural silver that she dyes black. Two, the stars seem to call her by name. And three, her mother is a star. Since her mother was called back to the sky, Sheetal has been hiding herself away, living with her father on Earth.
As her 17th birthday approaches, Sheetal feels the pull of the stars more strongly than ever before and is unable to control her power. In a tragic accident, Sheetal loses control of her star fire and burns her father, sending him to the hospital. With no options, Sheetal and her cousin venture into the sky to collect the blood of a full star in order to heal her father.
When they arrive, Sheetal realizes that she was being called for a very specific reason, one that sits uneasily with her. Thrown into a competition for power, Sheetal must compete with mortals in order to win the favour of her family.
An adventure unlike any other, Sheetal discovers the dark past of the stars and must decide where she belongs.
A beautiful story brimming with light and friendships, Shveta has created a magical world full of sparkle and grandness.
I Killed Zoe Spanos
by Kit Frick
Anna Cicconi has high hopes for the summer. A fresh start, and a babysitting gig at an elegant home in the Hamptons. What could go wrong? Almost immediately, Anna notices something off about the small town of Herron Mills. After asking some questions she realizes she has stepped into a town that is still reeling from the loss of one of it’s residents; teenager Zoe Spanos. Not only does Anna bear an uncanny resemblance to Zoe, she also finds herself remembering Zoe, even though she has never met her.
But Anna brushes this off, chalking it up to nerves and her lack of sleep.
However, when Zoe’s body is found at the bottom of a lake, Anna can’t ignore the memories she is having of Zoe, and her possible murder.
When Anna confesses, local podcaster Martina Green immediately notices that her confession is full of holes, and sets off to prove the truth of what happened to Zoe Spanos.
A slow burn thriller, Kit Frick amps up the chills in this compelling YA novel.
by Jordan Ifueko
Tarisai has only ever known loneliness. Raised by a mysterious and often absent mother, she craves a family and the love that comes with it. After years of studying and being kept at arms length, Tarisai’s mother, The Lady, sends her to the Capital for a mysterious compeition.
Once there, Tarisai realizes she is there to compete with other children for the coveted spot on the Crown Princes council. If she is chosen, Tarisai will be connected to the Crown Prince by The Ray, a powerful and unbreakable bond.
Wanting nothing more than a family, Tarisai relishes the idea of becoming one with the council. However, The Lady has another plan. Use Tarisai to gain the Crown Prince’s trust, and then, through a magical wish, have her kill him.
Will Tarisai overcome The Lady’s last wish, or will she kill the boy her destiny is entwined with.
Jordan Ifueko has created a sparse yet lush story, with characters that spring off the page. An emotionally charged and own voices novel, a perfect read for those who love YA Fantasy.
The Shadow of Kyoshi
by F.C Yee
Kyoshi is now the avatar, and without the guidance of her mentors, she is on her way Ba Sing Se. There, Kyoshi meets the Fire Lord and becomes enveloped in Fire Nation politics.
However, before Kyoshi can help with politics, she must deal with a threat from the spirit world, and an old friend, who she is convinced is not himself.
Follow Kyoshi, Rangi and their allies as they fight for peace and try to repair the Four Nations before they fall apart.
An absorbing and well written follow up to The Rise of Kyoshi, F.C Yee has produced a masterpiece in YA fiction.
The Silence of Bones
by June Hur
It is 1800 in Joseon, Korea and Seol is indentured to the Police. She spends her days doing menial tasks and fending off homesickness and memories of her long lost brother.
Suddenly, Seol finds herself helping a young inspector solve a high profile killing of a noblewoman. As they work together, Seol and the inspector form a bond of friendship that is truly tested when he becomes the prime suspect.
Seol now feels the burden of solving the case and figuring out who killed the noblewoman.
June Hur has written an elegant and atmospheric story, a true wonder in YA historical fiction and mystery.