(Staff Favorites) Sierra’s Picks
WOVEN IN MOONLIGHT
I absolutely loved this book! The bold and adventurous Ximena has lived her whole life in Inkasia: a beautiful but war-torn country where she serves as a decoy condesa. Ximena’s only goal is to protect her best friend and heir to the throne of Inkasia. But when Ximena must go abroad to the rival kingdom in order to marry the evil King, she faces the ultimate test of bravery and loyaty. Ximena must decide between peace and war, between friendship and doing what she believes is right.
This novel blends gorgeous prose with delightfully subtle magic to create one of the best new YA novels of 2020.
An Absolutely Remarkable Thing by Hank Green
This fun and fast-paced novel features a smart, quirky, and exuberant narrator with a knack for story-telling and a powerful curiosity. Hank Green has written a fun sci-fi adventure that mixes laugh-out-loud adventures with relevant commentary on the power of social media, and how it can deeply affect our sense of identity. You will root for April May despite her flaws, and be left on the edge of your seat waiting for more.
The Bookish Life of Nina Hill by Abbi Waxman
Nina is good at being alone. She has a favorite reading chair, a overly posesive cat, and a great job in a local bookstore. When she learns a shocking secret about her family, she begins to question what is really important. This novel is full of fun and smart humor, and its characters feel like close friends. Waxman has mastered the art of warm dialoge and portraying real life with all its trials and successes. Those who loved Where’d You Go Bernadette and Eleanore Oliphant is Completely Fine will feel right at home in this novel.Grab a hot cup of tea, settle in, and spend some time in Nina’s world.
LITTLE FIRES EVERYWHERE
What does it mean to be part of a family? How can you balance being a parent with chasing your dreams? Celeste Ng tackles these difficult questions and more in her latest brilliant novel. Described by critics as powerful and poignant, Little Fires Everywhere is about two very different families brought together in the same small seemingly perfect suburban town. Yet, as fans of Celeste Ng already know, nothing is ever quite as it seems.