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Inspiring Reads | books

BY SERENE BLAIR

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oung adult literature is often mistaken for being written only for angsty teens and tweens to enjoy. Thankfully, that’s not the case, and thankfully, the stories transcend age, making them enjoyable for almost everyone! Often the most inspiring women start off as inspiring girls –here are some books to curl up with this upcoming fall.

Marilla of Green Gables by Sarah McCoy The story of Anne of Green Gables has been read and well-loved for generations, telling the story of a red-haired orphan girl who comes to Green Gables and turns her caregivers and the entire town upside down with her big heart and knack for getting into scrapes. Sarah McCoy tells the prequel to that story, taking place in the early nineteenth century, featuring Marilla, the headstrong girl who lived, loved and lost before Anne Shirley came into her life.

Renegades by Marissa Meyers The first of a trilogy, Renegades puts a fantastical spin on the superhero genre, taking you into a world of humans with extraordinary powers, known as prodigies. While the Renegades appear to be the beacon of hope in a world post-chaos caused by the Anarchists, good and evil aren’t as black and white as they appear to be.

A Large Expanse of Sea by Tahereh Mafi

An #ownvoics novel based on aspects of Tahereh Mafi’s own life, A Large Expanse of Sea tells the story of a sixteen-year-old Muslim girl, Shirin, who faces a post-2001 America, where every stare and insult cuts deep to the core. Although she has her parents and brother, she’s lonely and angry. The narrative tackles subjects dealing with tolerance, young love and racism. A Large Expanse is a sincere, deep, and thought provoking read, still topical in today’s social climate.

Sky in the Deep by Adrienne Young A Viking tale, Sky in the Deep focuses on warrior Eelyn who fights with her people, the Aska, in a rivalry against the Riki that’s as old as either clan. Seeing her brother who died just five years prior on the battlefield, Eelyn’s quest for answers leaves her trapped in the enemy’s land, forced to bide her time as she plots her escape. However, hate turns into understanding as she realizes that maybe the Aska and Riki aren’t as different as they appear.

A Blade So Black by L.L. McKinney McKinney weaves the worlds of Alice in Wonderland meets Buffy the Vampire Slayer in this high-paced fantasy retelling. Alice juggles the world of being a regular teen in Atlanta while fighting nightmares back in Wonderland. This a perfect read for fans of literary childhood remixes done in a fresh way.

tallahassee woman | 16 | august • september 2019

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