In April, HQ's Teen Book Club read a LOT. We finished up Bardugo's Grisha Trilogy, started Alwyn Hamilton's Rebel of the Sands Trilogy, and we threw in a couple of graphic novels for good measure.
First, I would like to rave about Hope Larson's All Summer Long. I picked up the ARC of this graphic novel and absolutely loved it, then we started passing it around book club, since there was only the one copy. It's a light-hearted examination of the time between the end of middle school and the beginning of high school when friendships are changing, interests are beginning to crystallize and the way you see people of various ages begins to be less black and white.
We also read Rebel of the Sands. It is the first installment of a trilogy, and it is a little challenging to understand initially. The author is in uncharted territory, mixing elements from Spagetti Westerns and Middle Eastern Foklore. It has some overdone tropes, such as the magical girl who doesn't know about her powers until a strange, dark, and magical boy turns up in her life. Taking all of that into account, its a fun guity-pleasure read. I feel like this story would make a great graphic novel, the characters are so very colorful and intriguing. The kids in book club also mentioned struggling to get into it in the beginning, but gradually coming around. Some of them have decided to read the rest of the series and I will likely also read at least the sequel.