Title: The Crowns of Croswald
Author: D.E. Night
Genre: Fiction, fantasy, middle grade, YA
Where I got the book: I received a free copy from the author/JKS Communications in exchange for an honest review.
My rating: ★★★☆☆
Summary: Sixteen-year-old Ivy Lovely, who has lived a mundane life as a scaldrony maid for most of her life, discovers that she is to become a student at the Halls of Ivy. This is where she will learn how to master her magical blood and the power of Croswald’s mysterious gems. When she is threatened on her life by the Dark Queen, it’s up to Ivy to unearth her family history and save Croswald.
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Title: The Hate U Give
Author: Angie Thomas
Genre: Fiction, contemporary, YA
Where I got the book: I purchased this book at Platekompaniet.
My rating: ★★★★★
Summary: 16-year-old Starr tries to balance her life between two worlds: the poor neighborhood she lives in and the suburban prep school she attends. This balance is shattered when she witnesses her best friend Khalil being shot and killed by a police officer. Khalil was unarmed. Soon, his death becomes a national headline, protesters take to the street, and both the police and the local drug lord tries to intimidate Starr and her family. Starr is the only one who can tell the world what really happened the night Khalil was shot, but speaking up comes with a price.
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Author: Emerald Fennell
Genre: Fiction, horror, mystery, YA, children’s
Where I got the book: I purchased this book through Book Depository.
My rating: ★★★★☆
Summary: In the Cornish town of Fowey, the body of a young woman is discovered in the fishing nets. She has been murdered. While the small town is in grief and shock, there is a twelve-year-old girl who is not. She loves murders and is delighted with these recent events. She starts her own investigation and is eventually joined by Miles Giffard, a twelve-year-old boy who is in Fowey on summer vacation and who has similar morbid interests. The investigation deepens, slowly revealing the town’s dark secrets and the children’s twisted humor.
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Title: The Queen of the Tearling
Author: Erika Johansen
Genre: Fiction, YA, fantasy, dystopian
Where I got the book: I borrowed this book from a friend.
My Rating: ★★★☆☆
Summary: Young Kelsea Raleigh has been raised in hiding after the death of Queen Elyssa, her mother. On her 19th birthday, the Queen’s Guard arrives to escort her back to the royal Keep so she can take her rightful place as the new Queen of the Tearling. But becoming a queen is not without its dangers. There is great evil in the heart of the Tearling. Many are plotting to destroy Kelsea, no one can truly be trusted, and in the neighboring nation of Mortmesme, the cunning and powerful Red Queen threatens. Kelsea has never been more uncertain in her ability to rule, but this is her kingdom now and she is the only one who can save it.
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Title: The Enemy Within
Author: Scott Burn
Genre: Fiction, YA, science fiction
Where I got the book: I received a free e-copy from the author in exchange for an honest review.
My rating: ★★★☆☆
Summary: 17-year old Max suffers from agonizing apocalyptic visions and is about to commit suicide when he is saved and admitted to a psychiatric institution. It’s obvious there’s something exceptional about him, and it soon turns out that the hallucinations aren’t only in his head. At the same time, three others who share the same abilities as Max are now searching for him – but so is a covert military group. Not knowing who to trust makes it hard for Max to choose sides, but one thing soon becomes clear: it’s not just his fate alone that lies in his hands.
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