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March 20, 2017

Your YA Snow Day Checklist


Last week in New York City we had a snow day, which was the perfect opportunity to catch up on some much needed reading. As an intern at Teenreads, I like to make sure that I'm on top of all new YA releases, but it can be difficult to keep up between school and interning, which is why I was so excited about the winter storm. With my classes canceled and Teenreads closed for the day, I created a #blizzard2017 TBR and eagerly read my way through it while drinking a steaming cup of coffee and snacking on some Girl Scout Cookies.

Spring may now be upon us, but that doesn’t necessarily mean you're ready to read outside yet (there's still snow on the ground here in NYC!). So here are some wintery reads to keep you busy while you wait for that perfect outdoor reading weather.

  • 13 REASONS WHY by Jay Asher
    The television adaptation of 13 REASONS WHY debuts on March 31st on Netflix so now is the perfect time to give this one a read. It is a novel about suicide and everything that can lead someone to that mental state. It is unique that it takes place in one day as the main character listens to tapes about the 13 people that Hannah Baker attributes to her death and the main character is one of them. This story is compelling and thought provoking as you seek to learn more about Hannah and those on the tapes.
    This story starts off in the midst of a giant Montana blizzard, so you can read this one to match the weather outside. Jeff Giles’ debut has fantastic world building and a brilliant mystery, but more importantly a beautiful love story. This book is unputdownable and will definitely keep you entertained while you are homebound.
  • FROSTBLOOD by Elly Blake
    Fans of action-packed high fantasy will fall in love with Elly Blake’s debut FIREBLOOD. In a world full of frostbloods, Ruby is a fireblood. This fire and ice story is just the start to an incredible new series. Once you finish you will be dying for book two.
  • WINTERSONG by S. Jae-Jones
    This epic fantasy novel takes place at the end of the year and will fully envelope you into its dark world. When Liesel's sister is take to be the Goblin King's bride, Liesel decides to save her sister and in doing so finds herself drawn between two worlds. WINTERSONG is a dark new fairytale that will sweep you off your feet.
  • BEFORE I FALL by Lauren Oliver
    Lauren Oliver's BEFORE I FALL has recently been adapted as a movie --- which is fantastic and a must see --- but in proper reader fashion you have to read the book first. Sam wakes up after a car accident to realize that she is reliving the same day over again. Sam has to try and change the outcome in order to end the cycle. This story of friendship, identity, and being your best self is beautiful and inspiring. 
  • KING'S CAGE by Victoria Aveyard 
    This third installment of the Red Queen series is just as epic as the first two. This series is action packed with a strong female lead. Fans of Sarah J. Maas will absolutely love this series. If you haven't read the first two now is the perfect time to marathon the entire series in preparation for the final book in the series!