One of my favorite books of the year so-far is The Edge of Everything by Jeff Giles — which is in stores NOW! — and today, I’m so delighted to be hosting a stop on the official blog tour. (Including a CONTEST – so be sure to read all the way down for the details!)
The Edge of Everything takes place during the winter, and the first part of the book features a scary and intense blizzard. And well, frankly … this winter has been pretty scary and intense in real-life. Anybody else ready to never see snow again? Ready for spring and warmth and sunshine?
Well, we’re not done yet (she types with a forecast of more possible snow being announced for this week) … so it’s time to hunker down and keep warm. To help you out — and in honor of The Edge of Everything now available in stores everywhere — we’ve put together our list of the Top 6 YA Books to Get You Through Winter.
Black Ice by Becca Fitzpatrick
A seductive thriller, Black Ice is filled with plenty of surprising twists, engaging characters, and a dangerous but starkly beautiful winter setting. I devoured this book when I first got my hands on a copy, unexpectedly reading it one sitting! But that’s how captivating it is — you’ll keep reading because you simply must know what happens next. Plus, Fitzpatrick does an excellent job of bringing the blizzard and wintery landscape to life — you can really sense the crunch of the snow, the eerie silence of winter in the woods, and the bone-deep chill of the cold.
Cold Spell by Jackson Pearce
A retelling of the classic fairy tale “The Snow Queen,” Cold Spell is the fourth (and final) book in a series that reimagine classic fairy tales in a contemporary setting. Though the stories are all connected, the books are written as companion novels and can be read individually. (Though I’d recommend bingeing all four!) Cold Spell is filled with romance, magic, horror, and above all else, a journey of self-discovery. And yes, there’s some snow, too. It is a retelling of “The Snow Queen,” after all.
A Thousand Pieces of You by Claudia Gray
There are plenty of reasons to adore A Thousand Pieces of You (and the other two books in the Firebird trilogy), but I chose this first book for this list because of a significant chunk of time spent in the wintery, so-called “Russiaverse.” That is, an alternate timeline in which Imperial Russia never fell, and the book’s main character finds herself falling in love with an alternate version of her friend amidst growing civil unrest and a brutal winter. If you’re anything like me, you’ll fall in love, too.
The Tragedy Paper by Elizabeth Laban
A story of first love and tragic loss, The Tragedy Paper is a literary debut that explores the true meaning of “tragedy” through alternating storylines. The book follows present-day student Duncan, as he works on an important essay project — the titular tragedy paper — and the clandestine relationship between two past students, an outcast albino and the school’s most popular “it” girl. A moody story to begin with, the cover hints at the wintery scene that unfolds in the book’s most climactic scene.
What Light by Jay Asher
If winter just isn’t the same for you without twinkle lights and Christmas music, then let the holiday season linger with this festive romance. What Light is brimming with Christmas spirit, as it follows a teen girl who travels to California for one month every year with her family to sell Christmas trees, and the heartache that ensues when she falls for a townie whose keeping some dark secrets of his own.
The Edge of Everything by Jeff Giles
Of course The Edge of Everything makes our list! It starts out in the midst of a freak blizzard, and heats things up with an intense romance that involves a literal journey to hell in the name of love. It’s smart, intoxicating, and deeply addictive. Here is the official synopsis:
It’s been a shattering year for seventeen-year-old Zoe, who’s still reeling from her father’s shockingly sudden death in a caving accident and her neighbors’ mysterious disappearance from their own home. Then on a terrifying sub-zero, blizzardy night in Montana, she and her brother are brutally attacked in a cabin in the woods–only to be rescued by a mysterious bounty hunter they call X.
X is no ordinary bounty hunter. He is from a hell called the Lowlands, sent to claim the soul of Zoe’s evil attacker and others like him. Forbidden to reveal himself to anyone other than his victims, X casts aside the Lowlands’ rules for Zoe. As X and Zoe learn more about their different worlds, they begin to question the past, their fate, and their future. But escaping the Lowlands and the ties that bind X might mean the ultimate sacrifice for both of them.
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What are your favorite books to warm up with during winter?
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