Chokshi weaves a mystical fantasy that drips with lush enchantments, pushing past the tropes and older tales it nods toward to walk a fresher, more perilous path.Fleeing a childish mother, a stalled life, and a guilty conscience, 15-year-old Anna runs away to Los Angeles to live with Delia, her D-list actress sister.Her characters are fighting to build good lives amid harsh circumstances—Ruth is an almost-orphan grappling with a terrible secret, Dora is terrified she’ll be forced back under her violent father’s roof, Hank and his brothers have no choice but to escape, and Alyce doesn’t know how to claim her future without losing her past.All take a circuitous path toward finally making the connections they need to survive., the final chapter in the star-crossed love story between Kestrel, disgraced daughter of a conquering Valorian general, and Arin, a Herrani slave-turned-rebel leader.At the book’s start, Kestrel is in miserable exile for treason against her people, and Arin is far away and unaware of all she has sacrificed for him.This year saw the publication of a library’s worth of wonderful reads—these are my picks for the 25 that grabbed on and didn’t let go.
In the park where refugees gather, Lee evokes a place out of time, a tiny, hard-won idyll in the midst of a broken city. Clare’s School reject panic and base survivalism in favor of compassion and collaboration.
It’s the happiest, hardest day in the bookish calendar, when all the past year’s most glorious reads are winnowed down into a list of the best of the best books to cross my desk in 2016.
Here there be magnificent debuts, swoony, promise-keeping series finales, and bolts from the blue; books that enchant, provoke, and break hearts.
It runs on its heroine’s white-hot rage, complicated but never quenched by her love for her gentle younger brother and for Mehmed, the sultan’s heir.
Lada must balance her political aspirations, hunger for vengeance, and the desires of her heart to thrive in a brutal, high-intrigue world she has spent her whole life learning to navigate.