Some suggestions for the Cybils' YA Speculative Fiction category

1. I'm really excited to be a part of the Cybils again this year.  I love this part of the process when readers get to nominate their favorite books.  I thought I'd share some other YAs that are great reads but have been overlooked so far.

Here's my list of ten books that I loved:

1. THE ANATOMY OF CURIOUSITY by Maggie Stiefvater, Tessa Gratton, Brenna Yovanoff

I'm a huge fan of all of these YA authors.  What makes this book special and 'different' is it's a collection of short stories that tackle a theme in the writing process.  Maggie Stiefvater goes over characterization in her haunting short, 'Ladylike'.  I love how she shares her process of writing with readers.

2. FAIREST by Marissa Meyer

I loved the backstory of the evil queen Levana.  Meyer does a great job showing this villain's vulerabilities and her huge wound.

3. SANCTUARY by Jennifer McKissack

Love how McKissack creates a Gothic mood with a character who comes back to a house of her youth only to find ghosts with secrets.

4. 13 DAYS OF MIDNIGHT by Leo Hunt

This is a creepy tale where a boy finds his inheritance is packed with ghostly secrets.

5. TRAIL OF THE DEAD by Joseph Bruhac

The sequel to the amazing post-apocalyptic diverse tale KILLER OF ENEMIES.

6.  INK AND BONE by Rachel Caine

Fascinating new series with an alternative history where the Library of Alexandria still exists and the few brave enough to stand up to the controlling power that means to silence them. 


This fast-paced paranormal has just enough horror elements without going over the top. Intriguing characters set in a haunted asylum filled with secrets. The final confrontation had me guessing right to the very end. Readers who love a good horror tale, won't be disappointed.

8. THE CURSE OF ASH AND IRON by Christine Norris

Steampunk retelling of Cinderella

9.  THE ARK by Laura Liddell Nolen

Futuristic action packed tale with a street smart survivor who uses her wits to make amends with her past even with betrayals on every counter.

10. THE WINNER'S CRIME by Marie Rutkoski

**Adding another one:

THIS SHATTERED WORLD by Amie Kaufman & Meagan Spooner:


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