I’m an evangelical for this gorgeously written fantasy novel about criminals, heists, and moral complexity set in Bardugo’s already well-established Grishaverse. Kaz Brekker and his gang of teen outcasts are sharp, formidable, and ruthless, with fascinating backstories and surprising vulnerabilities. The intricate and painstakingly detailed plot is as elaborate as the Crows’ scheme, and you will catch yourself second-guessing who really has the upper hand at all times. Six of Crows is the kind of book you will want to read over and over again, especially teen and adult fantasy fans.
In this sprawling historical epic re-imagining of the early years of Vlad the Impaler, author Kiersten White switches Vlad for Lada, the fierce and ruthless Princess of Wallachia, and examines the complexity of her relationship with her brother Radu, as their father trades them to the Ottoman Empire. Lada spends her days training as a warrior and planning vengeance on both her father and the Ottomans, while Radu slowly embraces the culture and religion of the Ottomans. Everything changes when they befriend Mehmed, the son of the sultan, and Lada and Radu must decide where their loyalty truly lies. And I Darken deftly handles questions of religion, love, family, and loyalty with a fascinating historical background.
You wouldn't think that a revisionist history of Lady Jane Grey would be the most revolutionary book in YA in 2016. You would be wrong. My Lady Jane is similar to the The Princess Bride in its parody of the Romance genre, but it's more reminiscent of Monty Python with its plentiful pop culture references. This book was hilarious, clever, and charming, and I would recommend it to almost anyone.
The Sun Is Also a Star is profoundly beautiful and heart wrenching. Natasha and Daniel are complicated and sympathetic characters, and you'll join the Universe in rooting for them. The Sun Is Also a Star uses science, history, poetry, and multiple perspectives to narrate the one day that changes Natasha and Daniel's lives forever: they day they meet, which is the day Natasha is supposed to be deported.
James Moriarity and Sherlock Holmes may be geniuses, but they've got nothing on Moria Moriarity in this exploration of the early years of Sherlock and Moriarity. Set in modern times, the trio attend the prestigious Baskerville Academy, where James and Sherlock are quarreling roommates, and Moria is the left-out little sister. When an important artifact goes missing and James begins receiving mysterious clues, he is determined to solve the riddles on his own. Sherlock Holmes, however, refuses to let the mystery slide and begins working with Moria to assist James, whether he wants his help or not. Overlooked by her brother and father, Moria thrives under Sherlock's interest, and the two become fast friends, much to the chagrin of James. The three become entangled in an ancient and deadly mystery that will change them forever.