Ninth House – Leigh Bardugo

YA fiction this isn’t. It covers some triggering and thought-provoking topics. Great for fans of Dan Brown and those that like their fantasy novels routed in truth with a smattering of magic.

Two Can Keep A Secret – Karen McManus

If you love a bit of suspense in your YA then this one is worth a look. A little more predictable than most but no less enjoyable!

The Queen’s Assassin – Melissa De La Cruz

It very much sticks to YA fantasy themes. Yes they have been done before and I could completely trash this novel for giving me nothing original BUT, I ENJOYED it.

A Throne of Swans – Katharine & Elizabeth Corr

I’m always a bit wary of book titles starting with “a throne of” these days. I’m always expecting a bland imitation of the ever-popular throne of glass series… boy was I proved wrong!

Smoke in the Sun – Renée Ahdieh*

A change of pace from the first book with a very satisfying end to the duology even if I was left wanting more.

The Quiet at the End of the World – Lauren James

A very apt read during lockdown with plenty of twists to thought-provoking cultural references to keep things interesting.

Stepsister – Jennifer Donnelly*

A retelling with a twist, what happens after happily ever after with some “strong girl” feminism thrown in.

Let Me Lie – Clare Mackintosh*

A book full of twists and turns that even for a seasoned reader of similar novels will enjoy as it will keep you guessing until the very end.