Need some reading suggestions for Winter Break!? Checkout Teen Librarian Colleen’s recommended titles below from her list of books she read this year. And don’t forget to stop by the second floor Fiction/AV/Teen desk to learn more about the Teen Winter Reading program for your chance to win!
YA PIERSON, D.
Recommended to: Anyone who what’s to laugh out loud! The premise itself is hilarious: a teen boy finds out he is to be the next leader of a fantastical kingdom, only when he gets there it is literally crap. The kingdom is mostly literal garbage and its citizens aren’t much better. What happens after he rejects his destiny..? Well, it definitely gets more weird and more funny!
YA SF SKOVRON, J.
Recommended to: Readers who like a spin on classic tales. This is a modern day Frankenstein, but the main character is the son of Frankenstein and the Bride of Frankenstein. There are all kinds of other traditional monsters and classic literature beasts that make appearances. The bonus is that this novel is also packed with a ton of sci-fi elements.
YA MY CAVALLARO, B.
Recommended to: Those that love mysteries! This is a play on the Sherlock Holmes story where you have the great great granddaughter of Sherlock Holmes and the great great grandson of John Watson attending the same boarding school and who happen to just become embroiled in solving a mystery. This definitely kept me guessing and the relationship between Charlotte and Jaime is well-played!
YA TOTEN, T.
Recommended to: Realistic Fiction readers. This is a frenemy story with a psychological twist. It can get pretty gritty but if you like drama and a story where a character or characters are struggling with psychological disorders or depression, then this book is for you.
YA FFORDE, J.
Recommended to: Those who love British fantasy! Seriously, this has everything that a British fantasy fan could want. Humor, magicians, dragons, and a young woman in the middle of everything that just wants to be left alone. Definitely something to read if you have loved Terry Pratchett’s works.
YA HAMILTON, A.
Recommended to: Those looking for a unique read. This novel is part Arabian fantasy and part Western. If you love kick-butt female leads then this is also a book you should pick up! It’s action packed and kept me turning the page!
YA MOLDAVSKY, G.
Recommended to: Anyone who has ever been a fangirl or who likes a quirky novel that makes you laugh. This book is darkly funny and has a bit of mystery to it. It is definitely a must-read!
YA CARTER, A.
Recommended to: Readers who like political thrillers. This is a fantastic novel about a teen who lives in a fictional country called Adria where her grandfather is an ambassador and they live in an area filled with many other ambassador residences. Her mother was murdered years ago and it is only now that she happens to come across clues as to why and follows a dangerous trail to discover her mother’s killer. Filled with many twists and turns this is an intense read!
YA MCKAY, K.
Recommended to: Those who love zombies! I have, admittedly, read as many zombie novels as I can get my hands on. I love them! Undead was one I just wasn’t drawn to right away, but I am so glad I picked it up! It is a good mix of danger, gore, and comedy. I also love the premise of being stuck in a ski town in Scotland, on a school ski trip, with packs of roaming undead. It’s definitely one of the best zombie novels that I have read in awhile!
YA MY GLEASON, C.
Recommended to: Steampunk fans! This novel takes the niece of Sherlock Holmes and the sister of Bram Stoker and puts them in a steampunk Victorian London to solve their first mystery together that may or may not be tied to an ancient Egyptian cult! There’s so much in this novel! It’s an action-packed page turner with to very interesting and very tough female leads.