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Christmas Gift Guide: New Gen / YA Reads

Charlotte Walker

By Charlotte Walker on 7th November 2018

Strings of street lights, even stoplights

Blinkin' bright red and green

As the shoppers rush home with their treasures

Hear the snow crunch, see the kids bunch

This is Santa's big day

It'll soon be time to select the tree, organise the lights, hang the baubles and of course, wrap the presents - so get ahead of the curve and plan the presents for all your bookworms. What could be better than giving a whole new world to immerse yourself in? We have a brilliant selection of New Gen books that are perfect for teenager or adults who love well-written YA fiction.

Kingdom of Ash

The amazing finale of Sarah J. Maas Throne of Glass trilogy has been released in time to be a perfect Christmas present. Editorial Expert Joanne Owen shared her view of this gripping finale with us:

Buckle up for an exhilarating, twisting, tormenting ride, Throne of Glass fans! The long-awaited conclusion to this expansive, thrill-a-minute extravaganza of high-stakes sass and skirmishes is here, and it certainly won’t disappoint the author’s legions of readers. As ever, the writing is crisp, direct, and dialogue-driven, with plenty of visual fireworks thrown in. A fitting finale, if ever there was one.

The Hate U Give

Read the book before you see the film of this powerful and tragic story. Joanne had this to say about Angie Thomas' relevant and gripping debut novel:

Stunning, vital wake-up call of a novel about racism, social inequality and not giving up told through the eyes of an incredible, unforgettable sixteen-year-old. Alongside the intense struggles and conflicts faced by Starr’s family and community, there are some truly heart-melting moments between Starr and her white boyfriend Chris (their shared love of the Fresh Prince of Bel Air is super cute), and also between Starr and her parents. Complex, gripping, stirring and so, so important – I can’t recommend this remarkable debut enough.

Dark Days: Deceit

Alison Goodman's final book in the Lady Helen Trilogy has a dark fantasy plot that was thoroughly enjoyed by Joanne:

I relished the first two books in this series (The Dark Days Club and The Dark Days Pact) and this final Bath-set instalment is a fittingly thrilling feast of fantastical foe-fighting and illicit liaisons. 

Wildly inventive, and driven by the vitalities and conflicts of an engaging heroine, this trilogy is a magnificent melange of history, fantasy and heart-pounding passion.

Almost Midnight

a collection of short stories perfect for anyone wanting to top up their festive cheer. Here is what Joanne thought:

This perfect little package (a cute clothbound hardback sprinkled with glittery goodness) comprises two festive-themed stories that are packed with heart, wrapped in hope and perfectly embellished with Simini Blocker’s warm and witty illustrations. 

Certainly a must-read for Rowell fans, this short and satisfying treat is also perfect for introducing newbies to her unique talent for creating believable characters and writing romance with real-life authenticity.

Only the Ocean

Natasha Carthew's new adventure tells a tale of survival, the loss of innocence and courage. This is Joanne's view:

A stunningly original ocean adventure by a one-of-a-kind author whose work defies convention and abounds with a purity of ideas and execution.

Steering clear of well-worn clichés, Carthew’s stories cut to the heart of human experience, often portraying and championing life’s underdogs and outsiders. What a thrilling, thought-provoking novel this is, brimming with perilous encounters, and the rawness of real-life relationships.

I hope this collection helps you find the perfect gift for any YA fan.

Click here to check out our full Christmas Gift Guide for the perfect gift this Christmas!

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