Happy December! ’Tis the month of gift-giving holidays, so if you are at a loss for what to ask for or what to get your YA-reading loved one, check out the recent releases on my list for inspiration.
1. Rejected Princesses: Tales of History’s Boldest Heroines, Hellions, and Heretics by Jason Porath – This book started as a Tumblr blog featuring gorgeous illustrations and short descriptions of “women too awesome, awful, or offbeat for kids’ movies.” These include a mixture of mythological and historical figures from Ching Shih the Chinese pirate, to Hypatia, and ancient Greek mathematician. Porath’s work is witty and approachable and he is transparent about his sources and historical accuracy. I’m dying to own some of these beautiful drawings and stories in physical form. It was released in October of this year and is available in physical and kindle form on Amazon.
2. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them: The Original Screenplay by J.K. Rowling – If you didn’t get a chance to see the movie or you just want to relive its scenes over and over again between now and when it comes out on DVD, this is the gift for you. As an avid collector of every Harry-Potter-Universe book JKR has ever written, I can’t call my collection complete without it. The screenplay came out just one day after the movie’s release in November and is available in physical and kindle form on Amazon.
3. Swarm (Zeroes #2) by Scott Westerfeld – This is the second installment of a new series by the author famous for The Uglies and other major sci-fi works (check out our review of the first book in the Zeroes series here). The Zeroes are a group of teenagers with special powers but who are not moral, organized, or strong enough to call themselves superheroes. The first book did a good job of getting you invested in the characters and their interpersonal relationships so now I’m excited to find out what they get up to next. Swarm came out in September and is available in hardcover, paperback, kindle, and audible form on Amazon.
4. The Swan Riders (Prisoners of Peace #2) by Erin Bow – In a post-apocalyptic version of our world, world leaders are discouraged from starting wars by the fact that their children are held hostage at a special school separate from any country. Should any parent make a move of aggression, their child and heir will pay. But Princess Greta refuses to sit still as a hostage and play by the rules. In book one we watched her reject her fate, and now book two will show us what she does with the new path she has carved out for herself. (Check out my review of the first installment, The Scorpion Rules, here). The Swan Riders came out in September and is available in hardcover, paperback, kindle, and audible form on Amazon.
5. The Bronze Key (Magisterium #3) by Holly Black and Cassandra Clare – You know anything by this YA power duo is going to be good. Callum was raised to hate magic and fear the school where magic is taught but then he attends the Magisterium for himself and discovers that all is more complex than it seems. The books have a very Potter-esque feel, but deal more the with notion of chaos magic versus structured magic than pure light against dark. (Check out our review of the first book here.) All I can get out of the reviews on Goodreads for this particular installment without getting spoiled is that everyone is super emotional about the ending. Can’t wait to see what that is all about. The book was published in August and is available in hardcover, paperback, kindle audible, and audiobook CD form from Amazon.
What books are on your wishlist? Be sure to let me know in the comments!