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.
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.
A Song of Wraiths and Ruin
by Roxanne A. Brown
The Solstasia celebration is a time of great rejoicing, and for Malik, it is an even greater joy because he gets the chance to leave his war stricken home. Malik plans to start a new life in Ziran, where the celebration takes place, but his plans get turned upside down when a sinister spirit kidnaps his sister. Malik quickly realizes that his sisters kidnapping was meant as payment into the city; to save her, he strikes a deal with the spirit: he will kill the crown princess Karina in order to get her back.
Karina, however, has plans of her own. Her mother has been assassinated and her court is on the brink of mutiny . With nowhere else to go, Karina decides to use ancient magic to bring her mother back, which calls for the heart of a king. And Karina knows just how she’s going to get one: offer her hand to the winner of the Solstasia celebration.
Malik and Karina’s paths crash together in this intense and romantic own voices novel. An action packed and lush story, A Song of Wraiths and Ruin is fast paced and engaging read.
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by Justina Ireland
Jane McKeene was born into a world about to change. A world where the dead started walking, changing the civil war and America forever. Along with many others, Jane is required by the Native and Negro Reeducation Act to attend combat school to learn how to kill the dead who walk among them. However there are other opportunities, and Jane starts training to become an Attendant, training in both weaponry and etiquette to protect the rich and wealthy.
Jane however, does not want the life of an Attendant and has every notion of returning to her home in Kentucky and being rid of the politics of America. When she arrives back home, Jane does not expect to become entangled in a conspiracy when she returns, fighting against powerful enemies. Now the walking dead are the least of her worries.
A compelling Historical Fantasy, Justina Ireland has creating a moving, own voices horror novel that will stand the test of time.
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Felix Ever After
by Kacen Callender
Felix Love wants love. He’s never been in love and has always wondered why it seems so easy for everyone else to find that perfect someone.
After an anonymous student starts sending him transphobic messages and posting his deadname along with a picture of him before he transitioned, Felix comes up with a plan for revenge. Little does he know that his revenge plan will land him in a love triangle.
Not only will navigating these feelings be a journey, but Felix will begin to discover that the most important journey is figuring out how he feels about himself.
Felix Ever After is a feel good inspiring novel about relationships, finding love and redefining the love you deserve.
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We Are Okay
by Nina LaCour
Marin believes that you need a lot in life, until she just picks up and leaves for New York City without speaking to anyone. Marin is convinced that running is the only answer to a tragedy she is unwilling to face and unwilling to talk about.
Now, alone in New York City, Marin realizes that she has not spoken to anyone from her hometown since she left. And although she has tried her best to forget, sometimes ignoring a situation only makes it worse.
In the cold, Marin sits alone in her dorm room, waiting for her best friend Mabel to visit her. She will finally have to confront her past and the loneliness that has made room in her heart.
We Are Okay is an emotionally intense and moving novel, and is an own voices read. With complex and introspective characters, We Are Okay will question how someone should face their own past.
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