It’s late July, and for me, this means scoping out some books for the beach before going back to school in the Fall. This teacher needs to enjoy the rest of summer!
So as your YA expert, I love to share with you weekly reads. This week, we have some fantasy, some romance and a little bit of realistic fiction books to keep you entertained. So read on and let me, and us, at Frolic know what you are reading this week!
Soul of Stars by Ashley Poston
In this fantasy, once, Ana was an orphaned space outlaw. Then she was the Empress of the Iron Kingdom. Now, thought dead by most of the galaxy after she escaped from the dark AI program called the HIVE, Ana is desperate for a way to save Di from the HIVE’s evil clutches and take back her kingdom.
Ana’s only option is to find Starbright, the one person who has hacked into the HIVE and lived to tell the tale. But when Ana’s desperation costs the crew of the Dossier a terrible price, Ana and her friends are sent spiraling through the most perilous reaches of the Iron Kingdom to stop the true arbiter of evil in her world: an ancient world-ending deity called the Great Dark.
Their journey will take the sharp-witted pilot, Jax, to the home he never wanted to return to, and the dangerous fate he left behind. And when Robb finds out who Jax really is, he must contend with his own feelings for the boy he barely knows, and whether he truly belongs with this group of outcasts.
When facing the worst odds, can Ana and her crew of misfits find a way to stop the Great Dark once and for all?
Enjoy this sequel to Heart of Iron and let me know if you enjoy the adventure as much as the first.
The Arrival of Someday by Jen Malone
In this realistic contemporary, Hard-charging and irrepressible eighteen-year-old Amelia Linehan could see a roller derby opponent a mile away, and that’s while crouched down, bent over skates, and zooming around a track at the speed of light. They don’t call her Rolldemort for nothing! What she couldn’t see coming, however, was the unexpected flare-up of a rare liver disorder she was born with. But now it’s the only thing she, and everyone around her, can think about.
With no guarantee of a viable organ transplant, everything Amelia’s been sure of, like her college plans, the mural she’d been commissioned to paint, or the possibility of one day falling in love, has become a huge question mark, threatening to drag her down into a sea of what-ifs she’s desperate to avoid.
Then a friend from the past shows up. With Will, it’s easy to forget about what’s lurking underneath the lightness of their time together. It’s easy to feel alive when all signs point elsewhere. On the other hand, with the odds decidedly not in her favor, Amelia knows this feeling couldn’t last forever. But what can?
This heart-filled novel will certainly reach you on an emotional level and will be one you want to share with friends.
The Spaces Between Us by Stacia Tolman
In this novel, two outcast best friends are desperate to survive senior year and break away from their rural factory town.
Serena Velasco and her best friend Melody Grimshaw are dying to get out of their shrinking factory town. Until now, they’ve been coasting, eluding the bleakness of home and the banality of high school. In a rebellious turn, Serena begins to fixate on communism, hoping to get a rise out of her blue-collar factory town. Her Western Civ teacher catches on and gives her an independent study of class and upward mobility—what creates the spaces between us. Meanwhile, Grimshaw sets goals of her own: to make it onto the cheerleading squad, find a job, and dismantle her family’s hopeless reputation. But sometimes the biggest obstacles are the ones you don’t see coming; Grimshaw’s quest for success becomes a fight for survival, and Serena’s independent study gets a little too real. With the future of their friendship and their lives on the line, the stakes have never been so high.
Perfect for lovers of adventurous stories centered on friendship, this is one you should add to your TBR shelf.