Heir of Blood and Secrets by Linda Xia

This dystopian YA murder mystery is told from the perspective of Scylla Delevan, a 16-year-old daughter of a magistrate in Devovea. Despite their difficult relationship, when Scylla’s father is accused of murder, she goes on a quest to prove his innocence. Her loyalties are challenged and she uncovers a number of secrets along the way.

The Guidal: Discovering Puracordis by Roxy Eloise

4 stars In this YA fantasy book, 16-year-old Aurora lives in the Boulderfell Institute where she and the other adoptees must adhere to a strict set of rules. The story starts with Aurora moving up from the Mustards, the children’s section, to the adult quarters (Navies). Her move makes her eligible for the Unity ceremony, … Continue reading The Guidal: Discovering Puracordis by Roxy Eloise

Anywhere Else by Kayla Hicks

Photo by Flash Mama Photography 4 out of 5 stars Anywhere Else is my most recent book discovery from participating in the Twitter #writingcommunity.  Self-reliant Leena, a pick-up truck driving young woman with an alcoholic mother, is the main character of this YA novel. Through this story, we see Leena navigate romantic relationships, figure out … Continue reading Anywhere Else by Kayla Hicks