As far as young adult literature is concerned, 2018 was a year that did not disappoint. From American Civil War Era zombie fighters to a friendship that endures a death row sentence, YA authors brought us raw, strong and emotional characters that give you all the feels. If you did not have a chance to read these great titles this year, resolve to add them to your to-be-read list in 2019.
Seventeen-year-old Zâelie, her older brother Tzain, and rogue princess Amari fight to restore magic to the land and activate a new generation of magi, but they are ruthlessly pursued by the crown prince, who believes the return of magic will mean the end of the monarchy.
Jane McKeene was born two days before the dead began to walk the battlefields of Gettysburg, Pennsylvania—derailing the War
Between the States and changing the nation forever. Jane is studying to become an Attendant, trained in both weaponry and etiquette to protect the well-to-do. But that’s not a life Jane wants. When families around Baltimore County begin to go missing, Jane is caught in the middle of a conspiracy, one that finds her in a desperate fight for her life against some powerful enemies. And the restless dead, it would seem, are the least of her problems.
When Mara’s twin brother Owen is accused of rape by her friend Hannah, Mara is forced to confront her feelings about her family, her sense of right and wrong, a trauma from her past, and the future with her girlfriend, Charlie.
When the scary, magical world in her grandmother’s book of dark feminist fairy tales becomes real, seventeen-year-old Alice, partnered with Ellery, an obsessed fan of the fairy tales, must enter the world to rescue Alice’s kidnapped mother.
Followed by Grandpa Ed in his RV and backed by her brother and friends, Annabelle, eighteen, runs from Seattle to Washington, D.C., becoming a reluctant activist as people connect her journey to her recent trauma.