Great Book Suggestions from Library Staff

Lizzy's YA Picks

Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard: Dystopian fantasy with a major edge. In this world the color of your blood determines your place in society. Red blood means you are servants to the ruling Silvers. Silver bloods rule because with their blood comes power--super powers to be exact. 17 year old Mare Barrow is not one to follow the rules and hates the state of the world in which she lives. Mare is a red and struggles to help her family survive. When by luck or chance she is discovered to have a power to control lightning she is suddenly whisked away into the world of Silvers; forced to pretend to be one while working with a rebel group of Reds that plan to overthrow the rulers, at any cost. Bloodshed, betrayal, and romance, this is a thrilling roller coaster you won’t want to be over.

Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell: Classic story of first love told in heartbreaking detail. It’s 1986 in Nebraska and Eleanor is from a bad home, new in school with no friends. Park is Asian-American and even though he has lived in town his whole life, he too feels like an outsider. When these two misfit teens meet, love develops slowly and then all at once. Through shared comic books and mix tapes their love story grows; but the reality of life always has a way of changing things. Do first loves ever last? For Eleanor and Park it’s the journey itself not necessarily the destination.  Eleanor and Park’s story is one you won’t soon forget.  Fans of Fault in Our Stars by John Green and I’ll Give you the Sun by Jandy Nelson will love this one.

Ms. Marvel: No Normal by G. Willow Wilson: Ms. Marvel gets a remix in this AWESOME rendition of the classic Ms. Marvel Superhero. Khamala Kahn is a teenager living in New Jersey dealing with balancing her life with friends at school with that of her family’s traditional Muslim background and the expectations that go with it. Khamala feels like an outsider and just-well-different. When she suddenly is endowed with the powers of superhero Ms. Marvel, Khamala’s world gets turned upside down. Full of bad guys, funny one-liners, friendship, family, and more this everything you want in superhero comic.

Graceling by Kristin Cashore: In this masterfully built fantasy world certain people are born with graces—special abilities or talents. Gracelings are known by having two different colored eyes and their skills range from cooking and swimming to telling really bad jokes (not all graces are useful!). Katsa was born with a killing grace. With the power to easily kill, katsa is forced by her Uncle the King to be his official assassin. Katsa hates killing for her Uncles petty slights and decides to secretly work against him by saving prisoners and helping others throughout the country. Then she meets the boy Po, he also has a killing grace… and things get complicated from there. When Katsa and Po rescue a little girl who is being chased by someone with an imaginably evil grace…things get even MORE complicated. Fans of The Hunger Games and Divergent won’t want to put this one down

Vanishing Girls by Lauren Oliver: Sisters Dara and Nick were closer than best friends-practically inseparable…until a boy gets in the way. Now the sisters barely talk but when Dara disappears on her birthday, along with another local girl, Nick is determined to find her. Nick grows increasingly anxious as she tries to piece together the missing parts of Dara’s life and find out what happened. This is a thrilling mystery with a major shocking twist at the end! For Fans of We Were Liars by E. Lockhart.