2. A Gilded Lady (Hope and Glory saga) by Elizabeth Camden
3. Storing Up Trouble (American Heiresses #3) by Jen Turano
4. The Spice King (Hope and Glory saga) by Elizabeth Camden
5. A Portrait of Loyalty (The Codebreakers Book #3) by Roseanna M. White
6. Around the World in 80 Days by Jules Verne
7. Romanov by Nadine Brandes
My name is Anastasia . . . The history books say I died . . . They don’t know the half of it.
Like hello?! Nadine Brandes is the author of one of my most favorite books of all time Fawkes, so as soon as this one came out I had to get it. Unlike the other ones that I've listed, this one is actually geared for young adults. But I LOVED IT. This is a totally new spin on the ancient tale of the missing princess Anastasia Romanov and it's very fresh and fun. It is history with some magical fantasy thrown in. Twists and turns as well that caught me off guard! I was glued to the book to the very end and still wanted MORE! That is a sign of an absolute winner! Now it needs to become a movie. Just saying. :) Whether you get it for yourself to read, or for your own young adult genre lover in the house, do it. In fact, as of today (3/30/2021) it's on sale for Kindle for only $1.99!
8. To Best the Boys by Mary Weber
Every year for the past fifty-four years, the residents of Pinsbury Port have received a mysterious letter inviting all eligible-aged boys to compete for an esteemed scholarship to the all-male Stemwick University. The poorer residents look to see if their names are on the list. The wealthier look to see how likely their sons are to survive. And Rhen Tellur opens it to see if she can derive which substances the ink and parchment are created from, using her father’s microscope.
In the province of Caldon, where women train in wifely duties and men pursue collegiate education, sixteen-year-old Rhen Tellur wants nothing more than to become a scientist. As the poor of her seaside town fall prey to a deadly disease, she and her father work desperately to find a cure. But when her mum succumbs to it as well? Rhen decides to take the future into her own hands—through the annual all-male scholarship competition.
With her cousin, Seleni, by her side, the girls don disguises and enter Mr. Holm’s labyrinth, to best the boys and claim the scholarship prize. Except not everyone is ready for a girl who doesn’t know her place. And not everyone survives the deadly maze.
Welcome to the labyrinth.
If you love Hunger Games, you will LOVE this. If you love Divergent, you will love this. This is one of the hands-down best books for young adult lit I've ever read. It was captivating and I could NOT put it down. The cover is gorgeous. The story is amazing. And I love love love love this tale of pushing the boundaries of what girls can do in a time period when girls weren't even allowed to attend university. You will be enthralled all the way to the last page! If you are looking for a book with strong female leads--THIS is it. Rhen will be someone girls will identify with. It desperately needs to become a movie--although that probably will ruin it. LOL. But I'm willing to give it a chance. Trust me, you need to read this if you love young adult lit. I happily will rank this one right up with the best-selling Divergent and Hunger Games series. It can absolutely hold its own!
So...which ones have you read too? Which ones are going on your "to read" list? Leave me a comment below and share!