Melissa de la Cruz | The Children’s Book Review | May 18, 2018
We asked Melissa de la Cruz—a #1 New York Times, USA Today, Wall Street Journal, Los Angeles Times, and Publishers Weekly internationally bestselling author of many critically acclaimed novels—to share 5 young adult books that she is really looking forward to getting her hands on, or young adult books that she recently read and loved. Here’s the fantastic list that she came up with . . .
Written by Laini Taylor
I’m such a huge fan of Laini Taylor, and I can’t wait for the sequel to Strange the Dreamer. Her lyrical writing, deeply felt characters and extraordinary take on fantasy are always satisfying and unpredictable.
Ages 14+ | Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers | October 2, 2018 | ISBN: 978-0316341714
Written by Leigh Bardugo
Another favorite. Six of Crows is one of my favorite novels ever, just structurally perfect and gorgeously written. I was a huge fan of the Grisha trilogy too and look forward to reading what’s up next for the pirate king Nikolai.
Ages 14+ | Publisher: Imprint | January 29, 2019 | ISBN: 978-1250142283
Written by Mary H. K. Choi
Oh this book! Just wonderful all around, with a prickly main character and a swoon-worthy sensitive tattooed hero. I devoured this in two days. Smart, funny, modern and with so much feeling.
Ages 14+ | Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers | March 27, 2018 | ISBN: 978-1534408968
Written by Emily X.R. Pan
I was on a panel with Emily and she spoke about the inspirations for this book, which include Taiwanese legend, family history and grief, and I can’t wait to get my hands on it.
Ages 13+ | Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers | March 20, 2018 | ISBN-13: 978-0316463997
Written by Sandhya Menon
I loved When Dimple Met Rishi, which was fun and funny and vibrant and featured south Asian protagonists, who are rarely stars in mainstream romantic comedies. I look forward to more of the same humor, romance and lightness in her next book.
Ages 12+ | Publisher: Simon Pulse | May 22, 2018 | ISBN-13: 978-1481495400
Written by Melissa de la Cruz
Publisher’s Synopsis: The thrilling romance of young Alexander Hamilton and Eliza Schuyler continues in the sizzling sequel to the New York Times bestselling Alex & Eliza: A Love Story.
1781. Albany, New York.
As the war for American independence rages on, Alexander Hamilton and Elizabeth Schuyler begin their new life as a married couple. Still, Alex is as determined as ever to prove his mettle and secure his legacy . . . even if that means leaving his beloved Eliza behind to join the front lines at the Battle of Yorktown. But when the war unexpectedly arrives on Eliza’s doorstep, she must fight for a better future–for their fledgling country and for her marriage.
Yet even after the Revolution comes to its historic close, Alex and Eliza’s happily-ever-after is threatened. Eliza struggles to build a home in the hustle and bustle of New York City just as Alex’s burgeoning law practice brings him up against his greatest rival–the ambitious young lawyer Aaron Burr. And with Alex’s star on the rise, Eliza can’t help but feel neglected by a husband who seems to have time for everyone but her. Torn apart by new trials and temptations, can Alex and Eliza’s epic love survive life in the big city?
The battles are just beginning in the sumptuous sequel to Melissa de la Cruz’s New York Timesbestselling Alex & Eliza: A Love Story.
Ages 14+ | Publisher: G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers | April 17, 2018 | ISBN: 978-1524739652
About the Author
Melissa de la Cruz is the #1 New York Times, USA Today, Wall Street Journal, Los Angeles Times, and Publishers Weekly internationally bestselling author of many critically acclaimed novels, including The Isle of the Lost: A Descendants Novel and Triple Moon: Summer on East End. Her Blue Bloods series has sold over three million copies, and her Witches of East End series became an hour-long television drama on the Lifetime network. To learn more, visit melissa-delacruz.com.
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