A Torch Against the Night

A Torch Against the Night (Ember in the Ashes #2) by Sabaa Tahir (2016)

a torch against the night

YA Fiction | Dark Fantasy
4 Stars
Blurb:

“Elias and Laia are running for their lives. After the events of the Fourth Trial, Martial soldiers hunt the two fugitives as they flee the city of Serra and undertake a perilous journey through the heart of the Empire.

Laia is determined to break into Kauf—the Empire’s most secure and dangerous prison—to save her brother, who is the key to the Scholars’ survival. And Elias is determined to help Laia succeed, even if it means giving up his last chance at freedom.  Continue reading

A Shadow Bright and Burning

A Shadow Bright and Burning (Kingdom on Fire #1) by Jessica Cluess (2016)

A shadow bright and burning

YA Fiction | Fantasy
4 Stars
Blurb:

I am Henrietta Howel. The first female sorcerer. The prophesied one. Or am I?

Henrietta Howel can burst into flames. When she is brought to London to train with Her Majesty’s sorcerers, she meets her fellow sorcerer trainees, young men eager to test her powers and her heart. One will challenge her. One will fight for her. One will betray her. As Henrietta discovers the secrets hiding behind the glamour of sorcerer life, she begins to doubt that she’s the true prophesied one. With battle looming, how much will she risk to save the city–and the one she loves?”
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The Midnight Star

The Midnight Star (Young Elites #3) by Marie Lu (2016)

the midnight star

YA Fiction | Historical Fantasy | Villain’s Story
4 Stars
Blurb:

“There was once a time when darkness shrouded the world, and the darkness had a queen.

Adelina Amouteru is done suffering. She’s turned her back on those who have betrayed her and achieved the ultimate revenge: victory. Her reign as the White Wolf has been a triumphant one, but with each conquest her cruelty only grows. The darkness within her has begun to spiral out of control, threatening to destroy all that she’s achieved.  Continue reading

Illusion

Illusion (The Grimoire Saga #4) by S.M. Boyce (2014)

Illusion

YA Fiction | Fantasy
4 Stars
Blurb:

“The final chapter in the war for Ourea ends with blood.

Kara Magari is an icon. A hero. The people love her. The royalty tolerates her. She has everything—an army, allies, and a close circle of chosen family. They believe she will end the war, and they shouldn’t. She’s as scared as they are. She just can’t show it.

The war she accidentally started ends with a final battle that will either save or enslave her people. She will do anything to win—until she learns the cost of victory.  Continue reading

The Darkest Minds

The Darkest Minds (Darkest Minds #1) by Alexandra Bracken (2012)

The Darkest Minds

YA Fiction | Dystopian | Paranormal
4.5 stars
Blurb:

“When Ruby woke up on her tenth birthday, something about her had changed. Something frightening enough to make her parents lock her in the garage and call the police. Something that got her sent to Thurmond, a brutal government “rehabilitation camp.” She might have survived the mysterious disease that had killed most of America’s children, but she and the others emerged with something far worse: frightening abilities they could not control.  Continue reading

The Reader

The Reader by M.K. Harkins (2016)
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The Reader

YA Fiction | Paranormal Romance
3 Stars
Blurb:

“Hunted, shot, and without her memory, eighteen-year-old Ann Baker wakes in shallow water on a deserted Pacific Northwest island. She is soon approached by two young men claiming to be her friends. Something isn’t right, but when gunshots sound, Ann is left with little choice but to allow Devon and Archer to help her escape. Soon she finds herself in their North Bend mountain compound, where the higher evolved humans claim to be mind-readers. While Ann heals, she realizes they believe her to be one of the last and most powerful of all – The Lost One.  Continue reading

Volcrian’s Hunt

Volcrian’s Hunt (The Cat’s Eye Chronicles #3) by T.L. Shreffler (2013)

Volcrian's Hunt

YA Fiction | Dark Fantasy
4 Stars
Blurb:

“A plague is spreading across the land. Crops are rotting. People are dying in the streets. Sora, with the help of her magical Cat’s Eye necklace, is the only one who can stop it.

She must travel overseas to the Lost Isles, a place of legend and mystery. Only there can she destroy the bloodmage, Volcrian, putting an end to the curse. She is accompanied by Crash, a lethal assassin who once threatened—and saved—her life. But Sora is beginning to question her dark companion. He seems to be carrying a secret; a hidden past that could endanger them all. Continue reading

Sora’s Quest

Sora’s Quest (The Cat’s Eye Chronicles #1) by T.L. Shreffler (2012)

Sora's Quest

YA Fiction | Dark Fantasy 4 StarsBlurb:

“This book is permanently free on Amazon, BN.com, Apple, Kobo and more!

Sora Fallcrest always dreamed of adventure, but as a member of the nobility, she learned the ways of a Lady instead. Now seventeen, she is expected to choose a husband and marry. She plots to run away, but just as she is stepping out the door, she runs into a mysterious man–and is kidnapped. Continue reading

White Cat

White Cat (Curse Workers #1) by Holly Black (2010)

White Cat

YA Fiction | Fantasy | Crime & Mystery
3.5 StarsBlurb:

“Cassel comes from a shady, magical family of con artists and grifters. He doesn’t fit in at home or at school, so he’s used to feeling like an outsider. He’s also used to feeling guilty; he killed his best friend, Lila, years ago.

But when Cassel begins to have strange dreams about a white cat, and people around him are losing their memories, he starts to wonder what really happened to Lila. In his search for answers, he discovers a wicked plot for power that seems certain to succeed. But Cassel has other ideas and a plan to con the conmen.”
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