Posts Tagged ‘Romance YA fiction’

Compulsion

By Martina Boone

(Heirs of Watson Island Book 1)

ISBN 9781481411226)

“Three plantations. Two gifts. One ancient curse.
All her life, Barrie Watson has been a virtual prisoner in the house where she lives with her shut-in mother. When her mother dies, Barrie promises to put some mileage on her stiletto heels. But she finds a new kind of prison at her aunt’s South Carolina plantation instead–a prison guarded by an ancient spirit who long ago cursed one of the three founding families of Watson Island and gave the others magical gifts that became compulsions.
Stuck with the ghosts of a generations-old feud and hunted by forces she cannot see, Barrie must find a way to break free of the family legacy. With the help of sun-kissed Eight Beaufort, who somehow seems to know what Barrie wants before she knows herself, the last Watson heir starts to unravel her family’s twisted secrets. What she finds is dangerous: a love she never expected, a river that turns to fire at midnight, a gorgeous cousin who isn’t what she seems, and very real enemies who want both Eight and Barrie dead.”
Book two is coming out soon!

 

Benjamin McTish and door through the Grandfather Tree

Book 1 in the  Benjamin McTish series

By June M Pace

ISBN 9780989646406

This series has been out for a while but worth a share.

“When Benjamin finds a peculiar relic of a key in his grandmother’s garden shed, he could never know his world was about to change forever.”

He and his new-found friends, Annabel and Mathilda, two sisters who have come from America,  become an unlikely threesome ready to solve mysteries in a fantasy world where the Path of Prophecy leads them to many adventures and dangers. Benjamin has a sixth sense but will it be enough to protect the threesome from dark sorcery? Sit back and enjoy the trailer.

 

All the bright places
By Jennifer Niven

ISBN 9780141357034

I must say I have not read this novel but have been following its build up and it is high on my list to buy and read. I am in two minds though, as I can’t wait to see how this book about Violet Markey and Theodore Finch plays out but I am almost afraid to read it. In the space of 12 months 4 young men I have known have all tragically taken their lives. However, we can not hide the fact, that teen depression and mental illness exists. We can not ignore the damage and impact these illnesses have. So yes! I want to read this book but no spoilers please. I want to find out for myself how it all ends.
From the publisher’s web site because their blurb says it best.
“Theodore Finch wants to take his own life. I’m broken, and no one can fix it.

Violet Markey us devastated by her sister’s death. In that instant we went plowing through the guardrail, my words died too.

They meet on the ledge of the school bell tower, and so their story begins. It’s only together they can be themselves . . .

I send a message to Violet: ‘You are all the colors in one, at full brightness.’

You’re so weird, Finch. But that’s the nicest thing anyone’s ever said to me.

But, as Violet’s world grows, Finch’s begins to shrink. How far will Violet go to save the boy she has come to love?”

I commend the publishers who have made the following announcement as part of their publication details.

“Please be advised that this novel explores themes and issues that may be disturbing or upsetting to some individuals. These include self-harm, mental illness and grief.”
Please be mindful whom you recommend this book to. It is not for everyone. Those that it is for, will no doubt love it for its honesty and bravery.

Eleanor and Park
By Rainbow Rowell
ISBN 9781250012579

This book is on so many top reads lists with so many top reviews that it is now on my must read pile too.
While my teenage years are somewhat behind me, I still recall being the odd one out at high school. With Eleanor being a misfit I so want to read all about her and her life and relationship with Park.

Eleanor with the red hair and wrong clothes never feels good enough.
Park is just plain good for her. Eleanor and Park are sixteen and this story takes place over the course of one school year. It’s the story of two star-crossed lovers smart enough to know that first love almost never lasts, but also brave and desperate enough to try.

Endless Knight
Book 2 in The Arcana Chronicles
By Kresley Cole

After The Poison Princess, Evie is now the Tarot Empress, able to control her powers. Her and Jack have been through so much and have become close but when Evie meets Death, both gorgeous and dangerous, she finds life even more difficult. But is there more to Death than the man in front of her. They share a past which Evie can’t remember – but Death – well he can’t forget. And all the time the fight for survival continues as the war gets closer and closer.

Poison Princess
Book 1
“22 Arcana cards. 22 Chosen Teens. Let the cards fall where they may”.
Evie Greene discover she has powers after her disturbing hallucinations foretold the end of the world.
After the apocalypse there are very few survivors, but among them is Jack Deveuax, both handsome and dangerous. Evie and Jack team up only to discover that they are part of an ancient prophecy that must be played out. Survival is tough but there are others out there, some with special powers but not all of them are for the good of others. Good versus evil, action, adventure, race for survival and a little romance.

Song of the slums

By Richard Harland

Astor is seventeen and finds herself trapped in the lowly role of governess after a riches to rags sequence of events. This is not the life she wants and with the help of a young man, Verrol, they escape into the smoggy slums of Brummingham.

Together Astor and Verrol play music and soon join a band named The Rowdies. The band is at the start of a whole new music style which is about to set the world on fire. However, danger lurks not far behind. The Swale’s from where Astor escaped, have their own agenda and are on her trail.
I haven’t read much in the way of steampunk but this mix of romance, music and steampunk has me very intrigued. I think this is going to offer something quite different from many YA books out there so do keep an eye out for it. Verrol’s steampunk guitar on the cover is gorgeous. I will be adding this novel to my list.