Leigh Bardugo does not disappoint with this fast-paced, tight-knit, emotionally gut-punching sequel to last year's bestseller Six of Crows. Kaz and his diverse crew of criminals are back, determined to wreak vengeance on their enemies and reap their just rewards. Full of twists and turns, heists and havoc, you will most likely finish this book with a racing heart, paper cuts from speedy page-flipping, and an overwhelming craving for waffles (you'll see).
– Madeline S.
Every Heart a Doorway has it all. It’s dark and creepy, mysterious and macabre, and at its heart there's a whole lot of that feel-good love. Love that comes from new friendships and finding your way in a world that is no longer home. And if you are lucky... back to the home of your heart. "You’re nobody’s doorway but your own, and the only one who gets to tell you how your story ends is you." (Seanan McGuire)
– Mecca A.
When I read this book back in March, I knew instantly it would make my Staff Top Five list for 2016. I've read many other great books this year, but none could unseat this one as my favorite. Far from being your standard apocalyptic YA fare, this well-written and thought-provoking novel explores the human toll of a world-ending natural disaster. Relatable characters, tense action, and emotional turmoil make this book impossible to set down. I can't recommend it enough!
– Carrie L.
No way could I have predicted much of anything in this final volume of the series, but it was a perfect ending. You must read the other books first, but, take my word for it, you will not be disappointed.
– Kathy H.
Reeling from the death of her parents and the capture of her gypsy-warrior aunt, Sefia has only a mysterious inheritance — a book, though in her world no one reads or writes — to help her find and punish the ones responsible for their deaths. Traci Chee's debut novel is lush and adventurous, brimming with imagination and magic. She has taken the experience of reading, the creation of story, and imbued both with a sense of wonder that is still with me, even months later.
– McKenzie W.
Haunting, heartbreaking, and yet uplifting. World War II can be overwhelming to read about, but author Ruta Sepetys makes history graspable by telling the small, intimate tales of four young adult strangers. Tossed together by the messiness of war, these strangers learn to watch over each other as they struggle to the coast of Prussia to attain what they hope will be safety and freedom aboard the Wilhelm Gustloff. (Salt to the Sea was inspired by maritime WWII history.)
– Tracey T.
Over the course of one fateful day in New York City, Natasha and Daniel unravel the impact of one day's worth of choices. Yoon tackles crucial subjects such as immigration, race, suicide, and heartbreak while delivering honest and genuine protagonists. I also appreciated that every minor character had a story to tell. In a world full of constant struggle, Yoon's second novel gifted me with the power of hope and love!
– Lisa A.
This amazing, funny, heartbreaking, adventurous, love-filled sci-fi (but maybe not sci-fi), coming-of-age, young-adult-but-grown-up story is indescribable, but exactly what you need.
– Doug C.