Wintery Reads for Young Adults

Posted on January 30, 2017

by Kathryn M

Baby it is cold outside! If this winter weather is giving you the chills, check out these hot young adult titles, guaranteed to make even the coldest evening just a little warmer. Make some cocoa, snuggle up with a few of these great books and let it snow. Remember, even if it is too frightful outside to drive to the library, you can use Overdrive to download free titles straight to your device. Who knows, maybe tomorrow will be a snow day.

Books

Between shades of gray / Ruta Sepetys

Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys

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In 1941, fifteen-year-old Lina, her mother, and brother are pulled from their Lithuanian home by Soviet guards and sent to Siberia, where her father is sentenced to death in a prison camp while she fights for her life, vowing to honor her family and the thousands like hers by burying her story in a jar on Lithuanian soil. Based on the author’s family, includes a historical note.

Dead of Winter by Kresley Cole

Dead of Winter by Kresley Cole Arcana chronicles, Book 3

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In order to protect Jack from two of the most horrific Arcana, The Lovers, and the vast army they command, Evie leaves the comfort offered by Death and joins her allies in a frozen and perilous post-apocalyptic wasteland, but for her battle plan to succeed, she must persuade Death and Jack to work together.

Frostblood / Elly Blake

Frostblood by Elly Blake Frostblood Saga, Book 1

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Seventeen-year-old Ruby is a Fireblood who must use her powers of heat and flame to help two Frostblood rebels overthrow a maniacal Frostblood king.

Frozen : heart of dread ; book 1 / by Melissa de la Cruz and Michael Johnston

Frozen by Melissa de la Cruz and Michael Johnston Heart of Dread, Book 1

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More than a century after a catastrophic disaster wiped out most of humanity and covered much of the earth with ice, fifteen-year-old Cass yields to the voice in her head urging her to embark on a dangerous journey across a poisoned sea to the mythical land, Blue.

The ice dragon / George R.R. Martin ; illustrated by Luis Royo

The Ice Dragon by George R.R. Martin

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Leaving in its wake desolate cold and frozen land, the legendary ice dragon has never been tamed until it meets Adara, a winter child who looks to the creature to help save her world from destruction.

Into the Grey / Celine Kiernan

Into the Grey by Celine Kiernan

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When they must move to an isolated seashore cottage after a fire, twins Dom and Pat see a strange boy, possibly a ghost, and Pat realizes his twin is dying and only he can help by finding clues in his dreams and his grandmother’s memory.

Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo

Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo

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Orphaned by the Border Wars, Alina Starkov is taken from obscurity and her only friend, Mal, to become the protege of the mysterious Darkling, who trains her to join the magical elite in the belief that she is the Sun Summoner, who can destroy the monsters of the Fold.

Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater

Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater Wolves of Mercy Falls trilogy, Book 1

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In all the years she has watched the wolves in the woods behind her house, Grace has been particularly drawn to an unusual yellow-eyed wolf who, in his turn, has been watching her with increasing intensity.

Snow Job by Charles Benoit

Snow Job by Charles Benoit

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Nick has created the perfect list of rules for remaking his life. But meeting dark-eyed Dawn, hanging out with teen thug Zod, and making illegal deliveries are nowhere on that list. Small steps lead to an avalanche of consequences as one boy attempts to take charge of his destiny.

Towering by Alex Flinn

Towering by Alex Flinn Kendra Chronicles, Book 3

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A contemporary retelling of Rapunzel told from the alternating perspectives of three teens whose fates unknowingly bind them together to destroy a greater evil.

The Vanishing Season by Jodi Lynn Anderson

The Vanishing Season by Jodi Lynn Anderson

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For Maggie Larsen, the town of Gill Creek is only a stopgap before college and freedom. Until she meets Pauline and Liam. What starts as an uneventful year suddenly changes. Someone is killing teenaged girls, and the town reels from the tragedy. As Maggie’s and Pauline’s worlds collide and change around them, they will both experience love and loss.

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