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Library Reads

Find out the latest popular reads at City of Ryde Libraries, as well as staff picks!

March 2022 — Staff Picks for Young Adult Fantasy


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The Bear and the Nightingale
(The Winternight Trilogy #1)
by Katherine Arden
The Cruel Prince
(The Folk of the Air #1)
by Holly Black
Spinning Silver
by Naomi Novik

Perfect winter read set in a beautifully atmospheric world inspired by Russian mythology and fairy tales. The writing is as whimsical as it is haunting, and lends itself well to the feeling of living "in between" the old magic and a rising modern faith, and to say nothing of the cast of wonderful characters, among which also includes Winter itself.

Reviewed by Wendy

A mortal girl is brought to live in the world of Faerie and struggles with finding her place amongst those who find her a lesser being. Add in the wickedness of the Fey folks (hint: a certain Prince) that can enchant mortals to do their bidding and it's a recipe for disaster, if not at least drama. Tension is ripe in the air, thick enough to cut with a knife.

Reviewed by Wendy

Enchanting storytelling in a loose retelling of Rumpelstiltskin, interwoven with other folklore of Eastern European. Familiar story beats are subverted in clever and new ways, with a potent focus on building solid character dynamic. It is deeply satisfying to have all the separate storylines neatly converge together at the end.

Reviewed by Wendy

Last updated on 18 March 2022