Latest in YA Popular Series: KING’S CAGE, A TORCH AGAINST THE NIGHT, and THE LAST OF AUGUST

Binging on a delicious series is what some readers love to do (and count us in at Lit for Kids).  When we finish “the latest” in a series we love, you’ll find us scanning the blogs and Author’s Pages to find out when the next installment will be out.  So far this year, lots of popular series have continued their on-going stories, and we have our reviews ready for you.  So pull up a chair and get set for a return to your favorite characters and their adventures.

King’s Cage  (Red Queen Series) by Victoria Aveyard

The saga of Mare Barrow continues in the thrilling third installment. When we last left our heroine, she was stripped of her Lightening Girl powers, and the captive of her enemy King Maven Calor.  In Mare’s world, the Kingdom is ruled by the Silver bloods, with the Reds, like Mare, the serfs and workers for their Silver  Lords.  But despite Mare’s red blood, she has the special powers thought to be unique to the Silvers:  a new breed  emerging in the land.  War has broken out among the Bloods, and intrigue simmers everywhere–at court, in the mountains, and throughout the land.  The revolution and romance continue in The King’s Cage in the midst of almost non-stop action.  I’ll be interested to hear from others about their views on the King’s cage itself. . .is it the prison Mare is in?  The one of King Maven’s making for himself?  Or. . .?

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A Torch Against the Night (An Ember in the Ashes) by Sabaa Tahir

There’s something about impenetrable prisons and YA dystopia novels this spring. . .In this sequel, heroes Tobias and Laia make an arduous–and adventurous–journey across the desert reach the prison of Kauf, where Laia’s brother has been imprisoned for having secret knowledge of Martial weapons. The Blood Shrike, aka the duo’s childhood friend Helen has orders from the Emperor to hunt them down and kill them.  The characters, villains as well as heroes, in this saga are fascinating.  I am intrigued by the Commandant, who is also Elias’ mother, who is scheming to seize power and is willing even to poison her own son to achieve her ends.  Many of the most compelling conflicts deal with emotions, though the fierce battle scenes and twists and turns of plot are also tension-filled.  The second installment is as great as the first!  It will be hard to wait for the third book in the series.

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The Last of August (Charlotte Holmes Novel) by Brittany Cavallaro

We met Jamie Watson and Charlotte Holmes in the first of this trilogy, A Study in CharlotteIn this contemporary setting, the two meet at a private school. in the United States, and become best friends, much as pairs from both families have for generations. (Yes, in this novel’s world, Sherlock and Watson were real human beings, not fictional.) There’s even a Moriarty family that figures in, and as with all families, some are good, and some are, well, villains set out to murder the good guys.  Hard to tell which is which at times.  What about August Moriarty?  Should Jamie and Charlotte  trust him or shun him as they undertake a dangerous race through the gritty underground scene in Berlin and glittering art houses in Prague.  In this second installment, Holmes and Watson discover that this complicated case might change everything they know about their families, themselves, and each other. Definitely for high school age at least with some more adult situations.

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