Young Adult

The Brilliant Death

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ISBN: 9780451478467
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Published: Penguin Books - September 3rd, 2019

Though Teodora di Sangro can transform her enemies into inanimate objects, she keeps her magical abilities a secret. But when the ruler of Vinalia poisons her father, Teodora must master her powers to protect her family and discover who she was always meant to be. This gorgeous queer fantasy draws upon strega lore to paint a breathtaking story of love, self-actualization, and transformation. One of the best books I read in 2020.

Rebecca


The Firekeeper's Daughter

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ISBN: 9781250766564
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Published: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR) - March 16th, 2021

Firekeeper's Daughter is an emotional roller coaster that considers issues of justice, integrity, community, family, fairness, and trust, while also thrilling and enthralling. A masterpiece of YA fiction, Firekeeper's Daughter is going to rock the YA literary world like Angie Thomas did with The Hate You Give. I don't have the space to expound how brilliant this thriller is; a 2021 must-read.

Marika


Crown

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ISBN: 9780062840356
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Published: Katherine Tegen Books - September 15th, 2020

When legendary R&B artist Korey Fields spots Enchanted Jones at an audition, her dreams of being a famous singer take flight. Until Enchanted wakes up with blood on her hands and zero memory of the previous night. Who killed Korey Fields? I read this book until three in the morning and could not tear my eyes away. This ripped-from-the-headlines story shook me to my core and was the most heart-wrenching story I've read in a long time. A vital book for the #MeToo era.

April


Love is for Losers

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ISBN: 9780374313975
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR) - February 23rd, 2021

Fifteen year old Phoebe is the most delightful character, but her opinion of love is not great. Is falling in love really like falling in a ditch? So she thinks, “that is” until she meets Emma. Upbeat and lol funny, this is the perfect book for these last weeks of winter.

Robin


Fat Chance, Charlie Vega

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ISBN: 9780823447176
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Published: Holiday House - February 2nd, 2021

Charlie Vega will absolutely charm you. Her voice is smart, funny, and heartbreakingly honest, and ALL of the relationships in this book--between mothers and daughters, best friends, and, yes, an incredibly sweet love interest--are so well-drawn. I wish high-school-me could have read this book!

Kate


We Are the Ashes We Are the Fire

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ISBN: 9780525556053
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Published: Dutton Books for Young Readers - February 9th, 2021

When her older sister's rapist is sentenced to no jail time--and her own comment about learning to use a sword gets taken out of context--Em takes inspiration from a 15th-century woman who defended the women of her era.

Sarah


The Valley and the Flood

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ISBN: 9780593114353
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Published: Razorbill - February 23rd, 2021

Almost a year after the death of her best friend, Rose Cutter finds herself broken down in the desert. After following a message no one but her should have towards a distant radio tower, she finds herself in Lotus Valley and quickly becomes embroiled in an impending disaster that somehow centers on her.  For a book about dealing with grief and PTSD, with a sense of doom hanging over the whole town, this book is filled with a lot of levity and forgiveness, with a sort of surrealist horror vibe to this book but like, funny. Also, I would literally die for multiple characters in this book.

Katherine


The Project

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ISBN: 9781250105738
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Published: Wednesday Books - February 2nd, 2021

When Lo Denham wakes up from a coma, her parents are dead and her sister Bea has joined The Unity Project. Lo is sure that something sinister is going on with The Unity Project, so she sets out to expose it and its leader Lev Warren. The book will have you asking, what would you do to belong? Truly brilliant; I can't put words to how this book made me feel. My best read of last year.

April


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