Victoria Schwab’s This Savage Song is a bit draggy at times, but is a generally pretty fun story with thoughtful worldbuilding and a few nice surprises.
Frances Hardinge’s The Lie Tree is a fantastically dark, twisted, and thoughtful novel about the inevitable consequences of secrets and lies.
Still Life with Tornado aims at ambitious storytelling, and it doesn’t quite get there.
Cindy Pon’s Sacrifice integrates elements of embracing the monstrous with Chinese folklore and culture, in an excellent followup to Serpentine.
Aaron Starmer’s Spontaneous is a super fun, silly, grossout read. If you like explosive love stories, you’ll need this book in your life.
Kendare Blake’s Three Dark Crowns would be almost perfect, if it weren’t for the painfully obvious attempt at setting up for a sequel.
Ghostly Echoes was a slightly underwhelming entry in the Jackaby series, but one character stood out.
The tyranny of the manic pixie dream girl in YA must end.
Sally Green’s Half Lost is a stellar conclusion to a thoughtful, dark, melancholy trilogy.
Mindy McGinnis’ The Female of the Species is a sharp look at crime, punishment, and contemporary teenage life.