Reading Riot: Winter Recommendations for Young Adults

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With short, dark and cold winter days nearly upon us, now’s the time to lose yourself in an atmospheric fantasy world. These recommendations are sure to make you feel like you’re in another place and time.

Snow like Ashes by Sara RaaschBook cover snow like ashes

Set in a stunning fantasy world this debut novel features orphaned Meira, part of a ragtag army of Winterian resistance fighters who survived a massacre of their homeland. Now she’s a fierce warrior and her goal is to restore magic and the monarchy to the kingdom. An ancient artifact holds the key to restoring power and Meira sets out to find it, free her people from tyranny and protect her own destiny. Along the way she encounters a world of evil magic and dangerous politics. Game of Thrones fans will be hooked on this three-book series.

Kingdom of Ash and Briars by Hannah West

In this gritty fairy-tale gone wrong, 16-year-old Bristal discovers she is a shapeshifter, one of three remaining elicromancers tasked with guarding the realm against dark magic while manipulating royal families to promote peace. Time is running out as an army of dark creatures grows closer and Bristal must find the courage to show her true form. With nods to Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, Mulan and Jane Austen’s Emma, this is a wholly original tale.

The Reader by Traci Chee

Another girl-powered adventure in which Sefia flees into the wilderness with her aunt Nin, who teaches her to hunt, track, and steal. When Nin is kidnapped the only clue to her rescue is the odd rectangular object Sefia’s father left behind. She comes to realize it’s a book– an unheard of item in her otherwise illiterate society and she learns the magical process of reading. Beautifully written with mystery, character growth, and world building perfect for fans of spell-binding fantasy.

Maybe you’d like to read a contemporary novel about real teens falling in and out of love during one snow-covered New York City December.

The Twelve Days of Dash & Lily by Rachel Cohn & David LevithanBook cover 12-days-of-dash two Christmas tree in snow

Dash and Lily have had a tough year since the couple first fell in love. Lily’s beloved grandfather suffered a heart attack, and his difficult road to recovery has taken a major toll on her typically sunny disposition. With only twelve days left until Christmas–Lily’s favorite time of the year–Dash and their closest friends take Manhattan by storm to help Lily recapture the holiday magic.

Enjoy these and other great young adult books at the library!

∼ Ann McDuffie, Youth Services Librarian, Bealeton branch library

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