A Curse So Dark and Lonely
by Brigid Kemmerer
Prince Rhen is cursed. Not only does he have to relive his eighteenth autumn over and over, he must also find a woman to fall in love with him in order to break the curse. All is going as well as planned until Rhen takes the form of monstrous beast and destroys his entire family and those who live in his palace. When only him and his guard commander are left alive, they decide to start taking matters into their own hands.
Harper is used to being underestimated because of her cerebral palsy, so when she’s relegated to lookout on one of her brother’s ‘jobs’ she is left wondering if he will ever see her for the strong woman she is. While waiting in the darkness, Harper sees a strangely dressed man kidnapping a young woman. She pounces into action and is pulled from Washington, D.C into Emberfall.
At first Harper is at odds with Prince Rhen, but as the curse looms and Rhen’s transformation creeps closer, they start to work together in order to tackle the obstacles that lay ahead.
A fast paced and unique retelling of Beauty and the Beast, A Curse So Dark and Lonely is a must read for fans of retellings and fairytales!
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These Violent Delights
by Chloe Gong
It is 1926 in Shanghai, and Juliette Cai is the heir to the Scarlet Gang. After returning from America, Chloe must assert herself back into a leadership position and earn the respect of the gangsters she will one day lead.
On the other side of town is the White Flowers, the Scarlet Gang’s only opposition. At their helm is Roma Montagov, Juliette’s once lover, now turned enemy.
While both heirs try to navigate the hierarchy within their gangs, a madness takes the city. Civilians, and gangsters on both sides are starting to claw their own throats out and the city is afraid. Together, Roma and Juliette must figure out the cause of this disease and end it.
In this Romeo and Juliet retelling, Chloe Gong weaves a beautiful and inventive tale full of intrigue and action. It is compelling and witty and is sure to leave your heart pounding.
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by Kylie Schachte
Flora Calhoun has a history of finding dead bodies. First, it was Lucy, a classmate whose body she discovered while out for a jog. Now, years later, Flora is still resentful toward the polices inability to arrest the killer.
At school, Flora now has a reputation for sticking her nose in other people’s business and getting into trouble. One night, Flora receives an unexpected phone call from Ava McQueen, a girl who captured her heart, then stopped talking to her.
When Flora arrives to help Ava, she finds her bleeding on the pavement, and Flora is launched back into her memories of finding Lucy. Now, after finding not one, but two bodies, Flora sets herself out to find the murderer, no matter the cost.
Kylie Schachte has written a gripping thriller! An intense story with a flawed main character, You’re Next is bound to be your next favourite read.
by Katie Alender
Margot would not consider herself lucky, at least not lucky like the other orphans see her. They say she’s lucky because she survived the crash that killed her entire family. Margot still wakes up screaming, so she wouldn’t consider herself lucky. When a wealthy family comes to the orphanage to bring Margot home, she thinks the others may have been right.
However, when she arrives, Margot realizes there was a reason that she was brought here. She was hand picked to be the companion to the Suttons silent daughter, Agnes.
At first, Margot enjoys getting to know Agnes, and her older brother. She soon realizes that the house, and the Suttons, have secrets far darker than she could ever imagine.
An unsettling gothic thriller, The Companion takes the reader on a dark journey through the history of a prestigious family and the darkness that resides inside their family tree.
Heartstopper Vol. Two
by Alice Oseman
Heartstopper Vol. Two picks up where Heartstopper Vol. One left off. Charlie and Nick are slowly discovering that their bond may be more than friendship.
As Charlie discovers who he is, and who his friends are, Nick grapples with his mental illness and his love for Charlie.
Together, they share the small things in life that equal the big picture. And in each other they find a love worth sharing.
A beautiful second installment in the Heartstopper series, Alice Oseman has created a story about love, friendship and finding yourself.
Heartstopper Vol. One
by Alice Oseman
Charlie and Nick could not be more different. Charlie, an openly gay, anxious teen has spent the last year avoiding bullies and dealing with being outed at school. Nick is a soft hearted jock who just happens to be the star of the school rugby team.
Nick and Charlie do not know each other, at least not yet. As Charlie learns more about Nick and gets to know him, he discovers that there may be something there that’s bigger than friendship.
Meanwhile, Nick thinks he’s chasing after something that’s impossible. Little does he know that Charlie may be exactly what he’s looking for.
A beautiful and heartfelt romance, Heartstopper Vol. One is the book version of the heart eye emoji.
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.