Why: This book beyond surprised me. It kept me enthralled from the very beginning. The pacing and the story were fantastic, but the characters stole the show.
YABC Staffer Bethany Wicker's Favorite of 2020:
Why: I loved From Blood and Ash because it is both riveting and unique. The main guy is so perfect and I love his devotion. The female character is also a strong female lead that you hope breaks away from those who suppress her.
I'm dying for The Crown of Gilded Bones because it's the third in the From Blood and Ash series. The second one ended in a huge cliffhanger and I'm craving me some more Casteel!
YABC Staffer, Beth Rodgers' 2020 Favorite:
Why: It made me feel like I was in the midst of summer, relishing time with friends, and enjoying the beach. It didn't hurt that it made mention of The Beach Boys, who are my favorite band.
YABC Staffer, Jazmen Greene's 2020 Favorite:
Why: Not only is this book funny, it's charming and utterly romantic. Between the heroine's growth, the endearing family dynamic—and the top tier banter between Alex and Mary, I have to say this is probably one of my favorite YA novels. It was as adorable as it was heartwarming. 'By the Book' was an all-around enjoyable literary experience. I'm eager to see what else this author cooks up!
The Books YABC Staffers are Most Looking Forward to in 2021
2021 is finally here and we are ready for all the new books! Listed below are just some we're most looking forward to! Be sure to drop yours in the comments.
YABC Staffer, Samantha Randolph's Pick:
Why: I am utterly hooked on the Nightmare-Verse series. Each book brings you deeper into Alice’s Wonderland, where something evil rises. I could read 50 books of Alice and her friends’ adventures and still be eager for more.
YABC Staffer, Michelle Lynn's Pick:
Runaway by Melissa A. Craven
Why: The Emerge series has had me hooked for YEARS, and this year we're finally getting to the last two installments. I feel like I've been waiting so long, yet the story is still fresh in my mind. I can't wait to see how it ends.
YABC Staffer, Angela Blount's Pick:
Why: And in that same vein... I am VERY much looking forward to this year's release of the third book in Sanderson's Skyward series: Nowhere
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YABC Staffer, Caitlin Haines' Pick:
Why: This is one of my favorite series of all time, and I am beyond excited to finally get my Nessian story!
YABC Staffer, Jazmen Greene's Pick:
The One's We're Meant to Find by Joan He
Why: It's Fantasy and Thriller/Mystery, it sounds like it'll be a thrill ride! Plus, that cover!