The Last True Poets of the Sea sets high drama in an idyllic seaside town. Julia Drake’s send-up to Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night is romantic, hilarious, and full of heart.
Rules For Vanishing is old-school paranormal horror: suspense, gore, and sinister threats from unexpected directions. Kate Alice Marshall orchestrates a strong ensemble and perfectly plotted twists.
Who Put This Song On is an honest exploration of the intersection of mental illness and Blackness circa 2008 that probably shouldn't have been a novel.
If there's any justice in the world, The Ten Thousand Doors of January will soon be a YA classic. My favorite read of 2019 so far.
The Babysitters Coven doesn't have the story to back up its fun hook. A shallow series-starter that might have been more successful as upper-Middle Grade.
The Young Adult rewrite of Anderson and Bolden's award-winning One Person, No Vote never justifies its existence. Read the original instead.
It's a Whole Spiel uses its all-star lineup of Jewish YA authors to maximum impact, painting a nuanced, intersectional picture of the joys and pains of contemporary teenage Jewish identity.