Ink and Ashes

By Salt Lake Tribune

If you're looking for a thrill ride of a read this summer, check out "Ink and Ashes," a debut young-adult novel by Salt Lake resident Valynne E. Maetani. The story revolves around Claire, a high-achieving, athletic high-school student who uncovers a troubling secret about her parents' past that could end up getting her killed. And while the novel is constructed as a mystery, it's squarely in the tradition of contemporary realistic fiction — something that has been more or less MIA from the young-adult literary scene ever since the publication of blockbusters like the Harry Potter, Hunger Games, and Twilight books.