It’s Grace, comfortably settled into the first few weeks of school. It’s such an exciting time to be in Lexington, and surrounded by friends. I love the frenzy of the beginning; stressfully plotting out classes, getting into a routine, and generally figuring out what the flavor of the year is looking like.
While I’m not looking too far into the future, I still want to highlight some books as I go that I’m looking forward to as I forge into the fall, head-on.
Novel: Fire and Heist by Sarah Beth Durst | Goodreads
Release Date: December 4, 2018
Publisher: Crown Books for Young Readers
In Sky Hawkins’s family, leading your first heist is a major milestone–even more so than learning to talk, walk, or do long division. It’s a chance to gain power and acceptance within your family, and within society. But stealing your first treasure can be complicated, especially when you’re a wyvern–a human capable of turning into a dragon.
Embarking on a life of crime is never easy, and Sky discovers secrets about her mother, who recently went missing, the real reason her boyfriend broke up with her, and a valuable jewel that could restore her family’s wealth and rank in their community.
With a handpicked crew by her side, Sky knows she has everything she needs to complete her first heist, and get her boyfriend and mother back in the process. But then she uncovers a dark truth about were-dragon society–a truth more valuable and dangerous than gold or jewels could ever be.
For one, although I love anything magical or odd in YA, I rarely read books about dragons. They don’t exist!
Sarah Beth Durst is the perfect writer to tackle subject matter like this, because she has a middle-grade oriented touch. One that’s absorbing and sweet, with plot that’s just developed enough to engage you but not get bogged down in details. It’s thorough and inventive. Also, I love the twist about jewel heisting! It’s an excellent reinterpretation of the hoarding bit of the legend.
Reviews mention that it reads more like a contemporary than a fantasy, but I think that could be refreshing — or at least worth a shot.