strong female lead

The Hero and the Crown

The Hero and the Crown

Robin McKinley
4
Rated by
Sam S.
Monday, Dec 25, 2017

The Hero and the Crown follows Aerin, daughter of the king of Damar. Damar is an enchanted fantasy land, complete with witches, dragons, long-lost magics, and hidden destinies. As the daughter of the king's second wife, a woman believed by many to be an evil enchantress, Aerin is ostracized by the court and loathed by the people. She doesn't let this bother her much. She has bigger problems, after all -- namely, dragons.

The green cover of Sandcastle Empire shows palm fronds and an island.

The Sandcastle Empire

Olson, Kayla
4
Rated by
Kari E.
Thursday, Oct 5, 2017

The future of America is bleak in Olson’s debut novel, The Sandcastle Empire. A group of anarchists, called the Wolfpack, overthrow all systems of social and governmental order, flipping the classes. The haves are thrown into gulags and the have-nots now control everything. The East and West coast are underwater and global warming is threatening the world. The only choice is to build underwater pods.

Cover image of The Trespasser. A lace curtain is closed over the windows of a house.

The Trespasser

French, Tana
4
Rated by
Kari E.
Wednesday, Nov 23, 2016

An open-and-shut domestic murder case turns out to be much more than Antionette Conway or Stephan Moran bargained for when assigned Aislinn Murray’s case. Beautiful Aislinn is found dead in her perfectly decorated home, alone, with the doors locked. Her boyfriend Rory Fallon has a dinner date at Aislinn’s that night but she never answers the door or his many calls.

The cover of The Last Star features a girl on a cliff overlooking a futuristic landscape while the sun is rising.

The Last Star

Yancey, Richard
4
Rated by
Kari E.
Saturday, Aug 20, 2016

The Last Star is the final book of The Fifth Wave trilogy and picks up six weeks after the events of The Infinite Sea. After the Others, an alien race, sent four waves of death they killed seven billion people.