Love Y.A.: The Red Scrolls of Magic, Dreaming Darkly and The Sword and the Dagger

Love Y.A.

Welcome to another edition of Love YA! Here at Frolic we scour weekly young adult releases to bring you the hottest releases of the week for all to enjoy.

While the bookstore might seem daunting, it’s easy enough to read on and take this list with you for quick book-finding at the bookstore. Read on for magical, fantastical and romantic reads for this week! We sure love us some YA books!

The Red Scrolls of Magic by Cassandra Clare and Wesley Chu

For lovers of the Shadowhunters series comes this fantasy tale. All Magnus Bane wanted was a vacation—a lavish trip across Europe with Alec Lightwood, the Shadowhunter who against all odds is finally his boyfriend. But as soon as the pair settles in Paris, an old friend arrives with news about a demon-worshipping cult called the Crimson Hand that is bent on causing chaos around the world. A cult that was apparently founded by Magnus himself. Years ago. As a joke.

Now Magnus and Alec must race across Europe to track down the Crimson Hand and its elusive new leader before the cult can cause any more damage. As if it wasn’t bad enough that their romantic getaway has been sidetracked, demons are now dogging their every step, and it is becoming harder to tell friend from foe. As their quest for answers becomes increasingly dire, Magnus and Alec will have to trust each other more than ever—even if it means revealing the secrets they’ve both been keeping.

This book is perfect for fans of this author, known for imaginative worlds and well-developed characters.

Dreaming Darkly by Caitlin Kittredge

In this thriller, Ivy Bloodgood’s mother is dead, and she should probably be sad about it. But she isn’t. Myra Bloodgood was confusing mix of protective and abusive, a manipulative personality who never told the truth, especially about where she came from, who Ivy’s father was, or why they were living their lives on the run.

Now that Ivy has been sent to Darkhaven, an island off the New England coast, to live with a rich uncle she didn’t know existed, she is forced to reckon with her mother’s past. Ivy can tell right away there are long-held family secrets buried within these walls, but when she wakes up from one of her nightmares covered in someone else’s blood, Ivy fears that whatever demons her mother battled while she was alive have come to roost in her own mind. Scared that she can no longer trust what she sees, Ivy seeks the help of a boy who thinks her episodes are connected to the sordid history of Darkhaven, but what they don’t know might kill them both.

This mystery will have you quickly flipping pages wanting to know more.

The Sword and the Dagger by Robert Cochran

In this fantasy, During the time of the Crusades, an unlikely trio, which includes a Christian princess, her affianced prince, and a Muslim assassin, embarks on a quest to the court of the most fearsome warrior the world has ever known, Genghis Khan.

A rousing tale of adventure and romance about three young people who must grapple with fundamental issues of loyalty, friendship, faith, honor, and courage against the backdrop of conflicts that still resonate today. 

This book is the perfect pick for lovers of thrilling sagas and sweeping, fantastical, tales.

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

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