Charlotte Kuchinsky, a close friend of mine, has published the first two books in her Trials of Hope trilogy, Awakening Hope and Extinguishing Hope. The 3rd book will be out at some point this summer, so now's a great time to dive into this series. It involves angels and while it's intended for adults, I think it will appeal to young adults as well. Here's the blurb for Awakening Hope:
When a dream awakens a past that Nadia Merrick had forgotten, her world is forever changed. She must leave her home and family behind to respond to a call she cannot deny. As the Angel of Hope, she's tasked with training children to fight the demons threatening her world.
Along the way, she'll learn that someone she loved more than life itself has betrayed her. Sadly, he won't be the last one to break Hope's heart before her trials are finally completed.
Our cousin-in-law, Allen Houston, just published his first book. It's a YA fantasy that will make for great summer reading. Here's the blurb:
What evil grows in Nightfall Gardens?
Vain Lily Blackwood and her shy brother Silas wonder if their family will ever settle in one place long enough to lead a normal
life. When a mysterious stranger in a wolf-hide cloak arrives claiming to be their uncle, they discover their parents have been hiding a secret that turns their world upside down.
The two are kidnapped and transported to Nightfall Gardens, the family’s ancestral home, a place shrouded in fog and ancient mystery, where they meet their dying grandmother and learn of an age-old curse placed on Blackwood females.
Lily must take over as protector of the house and three haunted gardens that hold mythical beasts, fairy-tale nightmares and far worse. If she doesn’t, the evil trapped there will be unleashed and bring on a new dark age.
While she deals with malevolent ghosts, murderous dolls and killer insects inside the house, Silas is put to work in the gardens, a hothouse of terror, where one wrong step means death.
Along the way, they search to unlock the riddle of the curse and to stop the creatures in the gardens before time runs out and the world is destroyed.
#3. Down a Dark Hall by Lois Duncan
Lois Duncan was one of my favorite authors growing up, and I would read her book, Down a Dark Hall, every summer. The exciting news that Stephenie Meyer, author of the Twilight Saga, will be producing the movie adaptation of Down a Dark Hall came out last year, so you should read it before the film comes out! Here's the blurb:
Why does the exclusive boarding school Blackwood have only four students?
Kit walks the dark halls and feels a penetrating chill. What terror waits around the next corner?
Happy reading!! And Happy 4th of July! :-)