Labor Day weekend is almost here! That means you need some good reads to kiss summer goodbye.
Below are my top picks as your Frolic YA expert for some amazing books to enjoy this long weekend and beyond. So, save some shelf space!
Wild Savage Stars by Kristina Perez
In this powerful sequel, Branwen has a secret powerful enough to destroy two kingdoms.Her ancient magic caused a terrible betrayal by both her best friend, the princess Essy, and her first love, Tristan. Now this same magic is changing Branwen, growing ever stranger and darker.
Adrift in a rival court, she must hide the truth from the enemy king by protecting the lovers who broke her heart. Not everyone wants the alliance with Branwen’s kingdom to succeed, peace is balanced on a knife’s edge, and her only chance is to embrace the darkness within.
This book is filled with intriguing characters and is a gorgeous tale.
These Divided Shoresby Sara Raasch
In this sequel to These Rebel Waves, as a child, she committed unforgivable acts to free Grace Loray from King Elazar of Argrid. Now Elazar’s plan to retake the island has surpassed Lu’s darkest fears: he’s holding her and his son, Ben, captive in an endlessly shifting prison, forcing them to make a weapon that will guarantee Elazar’s success. Escape is impossible—unless Lu becomes the ruthless soldier she hoped never to be again.
Vex failed to save Lu and Ben—and that torments him as much as his Shaking Sickness. With the disease worsening, Vex throws himself into the rebellion against Argrid. The remaining free armies are allied with the stream raider syndicates—and getting them to cooperate will take a strength Vex thought burned on a pyre six years ago.
Imprisoned, betrayed, and heartbroken, Ben is determined to end his father’s rampage. Watching Elazar sway the minds of Grace Loray as he did those of Argrid, Ben knows he has to play his father’s game of devotion to win this war. But how can a heretic prince defeat the Pious God?
As armies clash and magic rises, Lu, Vex, and Ben will confront their pasts . . . or lose their futures.
Stay tuned for amazing action-packed moments in this novel.
Pumpkinheads by Rainbow Rowell and Faith Erin Hicks
In this cute graphic YA novel, Pumpkinheads tells the story of Deja and Josiah, two high school seniors working their last shift at the local pumpkin patch-alooza. Josiah is in mourning. He’s not ready to let go of the patch. It’s not just a job for him; it’s his favorite place in the world!
But Deja doesn’t want to spend their last shift moping. She has plans. First: to try all their favorite fall-themed snacks (pie! s’mores! kettle corn!) one last time — and second: to help Josiah finally take a big risk.
Pumpkinheads is a book about fall and friendship and saying good-bye. About puns and pumpkin spice. And about taking a moment, while everything around you changes, to appreciate something wonderful.
This is the perfect graphic novel to usher in cooler days and say goodbye to summer.