Do you love YA books? Well I do. As the Teen Services Librarian I’m constantly reading to keep up with our Teen book collection and what to recommend. Each month I’ll be posting some of my favorite reads from our collection.
I’m currently listening to the audiobook of The Dark Days Club by Alison Goodman. I’m loving it so far, it’s perfect for those who have equal love of Jane Austen and macabre stories and demon hunting. It’s a bit like Pride & Prejudice meets Buffy the Vampire Slayer. It moves a bit slow in the beginning to introduce the reader to Regency England, but if Historical Fiction isn’t your genre this may not be for you. A good one for fines of Pride & Prejudice and Zombies.
For fantasy and/or adventure lovers try Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo. Six of Crows is like a fantasy Ocean’s 11-esque heist story. Kaz Brekker, mast thief, takes on the seemingly impossible job of breaking into the Ice Palace with his crew of teen criminals. All the characters are wonderfully flawed, total anti-heroes. This one is technically set in the same universe as Bardugo’s other series (The Grisha trilogy) though you don’t have to read it to read Six of Crows (I didn’t). Six of Crows is light on the romance and big on the action and violence. At one point someone even has their eye plucked out and its fairly gruesome. If you like anti-heroes and crime fiction this might be for you.
For the more serious reader, particularly fans of Laurie Halse Anderson’s Speak or Jay Asher’s 13 Reasons Why I suggest trying The Way I Used to Be by Amber Smith. This one begins in Eden’s Freshman year when her brother’s college roommate and best friend rapes her one night. Eden doesn’t tell anyone what happens and the reader follows Eden through each year of high school and how her rape has effected her. This isn’t an easy read, but it is important in that it shows the effects of trauma and gives a view as to why a victim wouldn’t just come forward. The book also shows how it can affect everyone around you and that we don’t know the reasons behind someone’s seemingly self destructive behavior. I would recommend this one for older teens.