Rachel Caine | The Children’s Book Review | April 16, 2016
We’re living in a golden age of great fiction … so many beautiful works being published every month, and it’s become a real paradise for readers, whatever they like to read.
I’d love to say I get to take full advantage of that, but it’s sometimes a struggle to balance my own book deadlines against the hunger for great stories to read. Still, I make time for things I really, truly crave, and I’m pleased to share a few with you.
SIX OF CROWS
Leigh’s work has always thrilled me, but in Six of Crows, it feels like she’s reached a new level … a daring, brilliantly crafted heist story, an unforgettable family of fully realized characters, a world so immersive that I vanished inside and didn’t come out until the last page (and then with reluctance). Can’t wait for CROOKED KINGDOM in September!
Ages 12-18 | Publisher: Henry Holt and Co. | 2015 | ISBN-13: 978-1627792127
WAKE OF VULTURES
Written by Lilah Bowen
An entirely, thrilling different journey into what we’re calling the Weird West … a Western story with a twist. Young Nettie Lonesome’s journey from virtual slave to fighter of paranormal threats is a surreal treat with loads of wonderful characters, and a world as rich and fascinating as any I’ve ever read. Fresh and entirely addictive, and the first in a series!
Ages 14+ | Publisher: Orbit | 2015 | ISBN-13: 978-0316264310
THE SCHOOL FOR GOOD AND EVIL
Written by Soman Chainani
Yes, I’m WAY late to the party, but I’m thrilled by this fantastic series already. It’s a lush, compelling story that reads like a Grimm’s fairy tale I always knew, but just discovered. I’m only partway through and already crave the next installment. LOVE.
Ages 8-12 | Publisher: HarperCollins | 2014 | ISBN-13: 978-0062104908
Written by Cindy Pon
I adore wonderful settings, and Cindy’s China is just as rich and lush as fine brocade … and her characters!Gorgeous and heart-pounding. There’s a really great reason this book is a Junior Library Guild selection: because it’s just that good. I can’t wait to see what Cindy gives us next.
Ages 12+ | Publisher: Month9Books, LLC | 2015 | ISBN-13: 978-1942664338
Written by Alexandra Bracken
Oh, Alexandra, you had me at music, but you conquered me with time travel. I adore this book, full stop. It hits every one of my unfulfilled needs … the seductive power of music, a great historical setting, paranormal goodness, fantastic characters. I time-traveled too … right through an entire day, lost in her world. More please!
Ages 14+ | Publisher: Disney-Hyperion | 2016 | ISBN-13: 978-1484715772
Those are my five for right now in YA … and I also read heavily outside of YA. So on my virtual bookshelf are A Head Full Of Ghosts by Paul Trembly, Seven for a Secret by Lyndsay Faye, The Rook by Daniel O’Malley, Dirty Magic by Jaye Wells, Staked by Kevin Hearne … yes, my reading tastes are far-ranging! And it’s a great time to be looking in any possible genre.
I’m delighted to be buying from so many amazing writers these days, and happy to share my picks with you!
About Rachel Caine
Rachel Caine is the NYT and USA Today bestselling author of fifty novels, including the bestselling Morganville Vampires series. Her newest YA series is The Great Library. Book 2, Paper and Fire, launches in July 2016. Website: rachelcaine.com and enterthelibrary.com
Written by Rachel Caine
Publisher’s Synopsis: New York Times bestselling author Rachel Caine presents a collection of stories—including six new tales—featuring the little Texas town that’s overrun by the undead.
WELCOME TO MORGANVILLE.
YOU’LL NEVER WANT TO LEAVE.
By day, Morganville, Texas, is just a typical college town. By night, the vampires emerge and take control….
In a town where it’s not safe to be out after dark, student Claire Danvers and her friends have had their fair share of thrills. But Morganville still has a few secrets left to tell.
Now, in this collection, you can venture down the town’s strange streets, revisit all the tales you’ve come to love, and experience six new stories featuring your favorite Morganville residents—both human and vampire…
Ages 14+ | Publisher: Penguin Random House | 2016 | ISBN-13: 978-1101989784
Rachel Caine, author of Midnight Bites, selected these five young adult books. Discover more articles on The Children’s Book Review tagged with Best YA and Young Adult Fiction.
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