Monday, December 29, 2014

Ten of the best debut Young Adult novels of 2014

Caitlin White rounded up her top ten debut young adult novels of 2014 for Bustle. One title on the list:
Sekret by Lindsay Smith (Roaring Brook)

Even if you’re not into historical fiction, you need to get your hands on Sekret. And once you get your hands on it, you won’t be able to put it down. It’s a gripping story set during the early 1960s Soviet Union, where 17-year-old Yulia Andreevna Chernina learns that she is psychic. She is forced by the KGB to use her gift to support their cause, one she doesn’t believe in, and undermine the U.S. space program. Smith’s love of Russian history is so clear in the story; the setting envelops you, and even with its abuses and horrors, her description of Soviet-era Moscow and Berlin is brilliant. And reminder: Pick it up when you have some time, because its twists and turns, suspense, and high-risk situations will have you reading and reading.
Read about another book on the list.

Writers Read: Lindsay Smith (April 2014).

--Marshal Zeringue