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YA books of the month for February 2021

  • This month we have a retelling of Shakespeare’s ‘Romeo and Juliet’ set in 1920s Shanghai, and a new take on Agatha Christie’s mysterious disappearance
  • Every month we recommend great reads for teens to add to your TBR pile
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Mysteries and monsters abound in our top book picks for this month

Sure, February is usually about Valentine’s Day, and often about the Lunar New Year, but our book recommendations this month steer clear of lovey-dovey plots, or even family gatherings, and focus instead on mysteries, monsters, and things that go bump in the night.

If you read any of these, share on social media, and don’t forget to tag us @youngposthk!

A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder

A Good Girl’s Guide to MurderPippa isn’t convinced by the official explanation of a crime that rocked her home town five years ago. She may be a “good girl”, but she’s not going to let that label stop her looking into the closed case, and getting to the bottom of facts that just do not add up.

Read our review here and buy a copy here.

The Monsters of Rookhaven

The Monsters of RookhavenIn an alternate reality, humans and monsters live side by side in the village of Rookhaven. There’s a longstanding arrangement that the monsters can remain protected and unbothered, living a mansion in the village, and receive food deliveries as long as they don’t hunt the villagers. But when a pair of human teenagers find their way into the home, the two different worlds collide – with disastrous consequences.

Read our review here and buy a copy here.

The Mystery of Mrs Christie

The Mystery of Mrs ChristieMarie Benedict is the author of several fictionalised versions of real-life women, including actress and scientist Hedy Lamarr, and physicist Mileva Maric, who would go on to marry Albert Einstein. In her latest, Benedict provides a thrilling possible reconstruction of the famous 1926 disappearance of the Queen of Crime, Agatha Christie.

Read our review here and buy a copy here.

The Ghost of Gosswater

The Ghost of GosswaterThere was a trend in the Victorian times for “sensation fiction”, a genre that combined melodrama, Gothic elements and often mystery. This YA release follows in that tradition, combining the best of ghost stories and mystery writing. Aggie goes from pampered to pauper overnight, and must try to find out why her fortunes have changed so suddenly, and so drastically – all while dealing with the ghost of a woman in white who haunts Aggie’s former home.

Read our review here and buy a copy here.

These Violent Delights

These Violent DelightsSet in 1920s Shanghai, this epic reinterpretation of William Shakespeare’s tale of ill-fated love, Romeo and Juliet, combines not only gang wars, but mental health issues and monsters. Add to that the fact the author is only just out of the YA age range herself (she’s still at uni), and this is pretty much unmissable.

Read our review here and buy a copy here.

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