I've spent these past few days catching up on some YA books ... books that have been on my reading list for a while, but that I never seem to have time to read. The first book, Meg Medina's Burn Baby Burn is a real page turner!! Historical fiction in nature, the book follows a young adult during a terrifying time in late 1970s when serial killer Son of Sam stalked young couples in New York and the city was under siege of various arson scenes and a massive blackout! Medina smoothly ties these historical events in with the inner workings of Nora's dysfunctional family, her dreams for the future, and young love.
The second book on my list was Heather Dixon's novel Entwined. I wasn't as impressed with Entwined, but for those who like fairy tales, it will be a positive read. A retelling of the famous "The Twelve Dancing Princesses" story, this novel follows Princess Azalea and her sisters' experiences after the death of their mother and their adventures in the magical world of the Keeper. If one is familiar with the original fairy tale, then there are no surprises to be found here ... in fact, everything and everyone follows the same path. The only exception is the relationship between the King and his daughters ... throughout most of the book there is a great divide between the thirteen characters, and while the immediate cause/effect is obviously a result of the deep grief felt by the King, it is never really explained what originally caused the division between the family members. The lack of information left me wanting ... and I never really found a satisfying answer.