THE SHADOW HOUR
This sequel to Grey’s The Girl at Midnight ends on a cliffhanger that will have fans of the series groaning in frustration. Grey’s storybuilding is fast-paced, magical and enthralling, and she’s done a spectacular job crafting a fierce protagonist whom readers can get behind. Not only that, but Grey’s antagonist is easily one of the best YA villains of 2016. There are several romances going on, and as such, it will be interesting to see where Grey goes with each of them.
Echo now knows that she is the firebird, the creature of light said to bring peace. But by awakening the firebird, Echo has also created an imbalance in the universe that has allowed darkness to enter. As if she doesn’t have enough on her mind, she’s worried about Jasper and why his injury isn’t healing. Then there is Caius, whom Echo has grown closer to, and his twin, whose greed just might spell doom for them all. And what of her relationship with her childhood friend Rowan? Echo thinks that by leaving, she might be keeping those close to her safe, but with Caius’ twin looking everywhere for her, can she stay hidden for long? (DELACORTE, Jul., 432 pp., $17.99, ISBN: 9780385744676, HC, 14 & Up)