What YA’ Reading: The End

All good things must come to an end. A large number of really well written YA series came to an end in 2019 or will be ending in 2020. While it’s sad, I think we should celebrate their awesomeness! I’m the kind of person who needs a series to have all of its parts finished before I start reading book 1, which means this is going to be a great year to read some amazing series! Here are three that I recommend.

The Queen of Nothing (The Folk of the Air #3)
by Holly Black

26032912. sy475 Jude, human exiled queen of the Faerie Court, is forced to return to the land of Faerie and its treacherous court to save her sister. She risks everything to venture back into the world and man who tricked her out of everything she had worked so hard for. However, Elfhame is now on the cusp of war and its politics make every move more important than the last. Jude must wade through what is real and what isn’t to save herself, her world and everyone she loves.

At this point, Holly Black is the undisputed queen of faerie. The world building, characters and writing in this series are her best yet. Sometimes even great series have low points or weak areas but not this series. The characters are strong, complicated and polarizing. The descriptions of the world Black creates are unmatched. Somehow, Black makes even the most unbelievable situations seem completely plausible. I truly haven’t met a person who didn’t like this series. It was absolutely one of the best series I have ever read!

Hero at the Fall (Rebel of the Sands #3)
by Alwyn Hamilton

29739428. sy475 When Amani escaped her home, and all of the terrible people that went with it, she never could have imagined what she would find. Love, heartbreak, a revolution and powers she never dreamed of have been her constant companions during the course of this series. Now Amani must pick up the remaining pieces of her Demdji crew and embark on a rescue mission to a place that doesn’t exist for a future that isn’t at all certain.

Author Alwyn Hamilton created a world in the Rebel of the Sands that is rich and lush. She used Middle Eastern influence mixed with djinni folklore to create a fast-paced desert story that sparks with power. Readers are led on a journey with strong characters and magical elements that leave you feeling invested, raw and hungry for more.

One reader described this final installment as cruel and great. I can’t agree more.

Capturing the Devil (Stalking Jack the Ripper #4)
by Kerri Maniscalco

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Capturing the Devil is the fourth installment of Merri Maniscalco’s Stalking Jack the Ripper series. This book focuses on Audrey and Thomas’s hunt to find the White City Devil, a killer using the Chicago World’s Fair as hunting grounds. The cat and mouse nature of this hunt will either lead to the ending Audrey and Thomas deserve or ultimate disaster.

Stalking Jack the Ripper is a series with an almost cult-like following. Each installment is different, interesting and propels the overall story arc forward well. This finale is emotional because of the extended period of time the readers have been with the characters. So much happened in the first three books that by the time you get to this one the anticipation is agonizing.

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Rachael Schmidtlein

Rachael is always listening to an audiobook or a podcast, usually while doing a mountain of housework that comes with having a young kid. Her favorite genres include historical fiction, young adult fantasy and historical romances. In her off time she enjoys hand lettering, using power tools and watching heavy metal rock concerts with her husband. She purchases the young adult and juvenile fiction for the library.