Love Y.A.: Dead Queens, Matinees and Orange Trees

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Spring is right around the corner, or at least we hope so, so why not celebrate with a few new books?

This week’s releases include a fantasy read with dragons, a romantic contemporary and some queens. Read along and make room in your TBR!

Four Dead Queens by Astrid Scholte

In this epic fantasy, ​four queens rule together, one from each region:

Toria: the intellectual quarter that values education and ambition
Ludia: the pleasure quarter that values celebration, passion, and entertainment
Archia: the agricultural quarter that values simplicity and nature
Eonia: the futurist quarter that values technology, stoicism and harmonious community

When Keralie intercepts a comm disk coming from the House of Concord, what seems like a standard job goes horribly wrong. Upon watching the comm disks, Keralie sees all four queens murdered in four brutal ways. Hoping that discovering the intended recipient will reveal the culprit, information that is bound to be valuable bartering material with the palace, Keralie teams up with Varin Bollt, the Eonist messenger she stole from, to complete Varin’s original job and see where it takes them. 

Stay tuned and read on in this book full of drama and intrigue.

Rayne and Delilah’s Midnite Matinee by Jeff Zentner

In this sweet contemporary, every Friday night, best friends Delia and Josie become Rayne Ravenscroft and Delilah Darkwood, hosts of the campy creature feature show Midnite Matinee on the local cable station TV Six.

But with the end of senior year quickly approaching, the girls face tough decisions about their futures. Josie has been dreading graduation, as she tries to decide whether to leave for a big university and chase her dream career in mainstream TV. And Lawson, one of the show’s guest performers, a talented MMA fighter with weaknesses for pancakes, fantasy novels, and Josie, is making her tough decision even harder.

Scary movies are the last connection Delia has to her dad, who abandoned the family years ago. If Midnite Matinee becomes a hit, maybe he’ll see it and want to be a part of her life again. And maybe Josie will stay with the show instead of leaving her behind, too.

As the tug-of-war between growing up and growing apart tests the bonds of their friendship, Josie and Delia start to realize that an uncertain future can be both monstrous and momentous.

With the feeling of a cute romantic comedy, this book is one not to miss.

The Priory of the Orange Tree by Samantha Shannon

In this high fantasy, the House of Berethnet has ruled Inys for a thousand years. Still unwed, Queen Sabran the Ninth must conceive a daughter to protect her realm from destruction, but assassins are getting closer to her door.

Ead Duryan is an outsider at court. Though she has risen to the position of lady-in-waiting, she is loyal to a hidden society of mages. Ead keeps a watchful eye on Sabran, secretly protecting her with forbidden magic.

Across the dark sea, Tané has trained all her life to be a dragonrider, but is forced to make a choice that could see her life unravel.

Meanwhile, the divided East and West refuse to parley, and forces of chaos are rising from their sleep.

If you love dragons, good stories and fantastical writing, this is the book for you.

What romantic and magical YA reads are you looking forward to and what are some of your favorite young adult books? Let us know on Twitter or IG (@onfrolic) for a chance to have them featured in #LoveYA!

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