Shelf Recommendations: YA
The Rest of Us Just Live Here by Patric Ness
We always get the hero's story. The stories of the zombie fighters and crime stoppers, but what about the average high-school student that goes to school with the hero? In this novel, we follow Mikey, who just wants to graduate and to go to prom with the girl he has a crush on. Mikey is trying to enjoy his high school experience, hoping that someone doesn't blow up the school, again. Life can be hard when you're in the universe of superpowers and supervillains. Ness captures the stories of the non-heroes in a fun and new way!
Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys
The author of the novel, Beyond Shades of Gray, Ruta Sepetys writes another moving historical fiction novel. It is the winter of 1945 and the story follows four teenagers trying to escape Soviet advances and make it to the coast. Sepetys recounts the little-known tragic story of the Wilhelm Gustloff, a ship that promises safety and freedom. A truly remarkable read that will leave you laughing and in tears.
Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas
In need of a fantasy series with a strong female character? The Throne of Glass series by Sarah J. Maas follows the assassin Celaena Sardothien. The novel begins with Celaena serving out her prison sentence doing hard labor in the mines of Endovier. When the Crown Prince rescues her and proposes that she compete in the competition to find the king's new assassin she knows she can't say no. However, getting ready for the competition becomes complicated when one of the competitors shows up dead.
Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs
As readers, we love to read about the fantastical and we crave stories about characters that are interesting and sometimes a little peculiar. This is the first book in a trilogy about a group of children in a home that is meant for children that have unusual capabilities, such as being able to float, being invisible, or starting fires with the snap of their fingers. Jacob discovers these children and realizes that he may not be so different from them after all. However, there are creatures waiting to attack and Jacob has the means to stop them.
The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh
A YA retelling of A Thousand and One Nights, this story follows the story of a young Caliph, Khalid, who takes a young woman each night. However, the next morning she is found dead with a silk cord around her neck. When the young Caliph takes Shahrzad's dear friend, she vows vengeance and offers herself to be taken. Throughout the night, she tells Khalid stories to help save her own life. Although, that night, Shahrzad uncovers secrets she never thought imaginable and finds herself falling in love.
We Were Liars by E. Lockhart
This is the perfect read for summer. The story is about a seemingly perfect family on their private island for the summer. There is a beautiful girl and an intelligent boy. We follow four friends and their summer fun. However, tragedy strikes one summer and they're left trying to figure out what exactly happened. Suspenseful and captivating. This is a must read!