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  • BN Editors 4:00 pm on 2016/11/14 Permalink
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    Bestselling Books for Teens 

    An impossible first love story between a curious boy and a girl allergic to the world. An origin story for the murderous Queen of Hearts. A hilarious peek into the offscreen lives of two onscreen superstars. These 10 books have been reader tested and reader approved, and deserve a spot on the shelf of any fan of teen lit. This holiday season, give your favorite reader the gift of distant worlds, long-shot love, and wonderful retold tales.

    Tales of the Peculiar, by Ransom Riggs
    Riggs’ story collection, styled as foundational lore for the world of the “peculiars” introduced in his Miss Peregrine trilogy, is full of stories that are genuinely eerie and surprising, and occasionally grotesque. He invents a fork-tongued princess whose happily ever after might not involve a prince; a girl who can see ghosts and who, in fact, has trouble befriending anyone who isn’t spectral; and, in perhaps the most memorable tale, a group of prosperous cannibals who find an appropriately horrifying solution to their food-supply issues. The stories are fairytalish in tone, with touches of sly humor and a modern sensibility that makes the collection a blast to read.

    Dan and Phil Go Outside, by Dan Howell and Phil Lester
    In their second book after New York Times bestseller The Amazing Book Is Not on Fire, YouTube Sensations Dan and Phil venture into previously unknown territory: the real world. Through hundreds of revealing annonated photos from their worldwide tour, they tell another chapter of the story behind their massive self-made fame.

    Jack & Jack: You Don’t Know Jacks, by Jack Gilinsky and Jack Johnson
    Social media and recording stars (and BFFs) Jack and Jack bring their whirlwind energy and delightful silly worldview to this insider’s take on their rise from regular teens to international superstars, and all the hilarious Vines, wild tales, and live performances along the way. Their first book, it includes photos illuminating the lives of the boys behind the screens.

    A Torch Against the Night, by Sabaa Tahir
    Tahir’s An Ember in the Ashes is a lush, bloody fantasy set in the fully fledged world of the Martial Empire, narrated in turns by Laia, a Scholar girl whose people were brutally vanquished by the Martial Empire, and Elias, an aspirant in the series of deadly Trials that will determine the empire’s next leader. They cross paths when Laia is embedded as a spy, masquerading as a slave, at Elias’s military school, in a mission that may amount to suicide. In A Torch Against the Night, they’re united and on the run, fighting their way toward Laia’s incarcerated brother and away from Elias’s inhuman commandant mother. Back in the brutal city, Marcus’s former best friend, Helene, is bound to serve a dangerously sociopathic new emperor, a task she might not survive.

    What Light, by Jay Asher
    Growing up on a Christmas tree farm means Sierra splits her life between Oregon and California, where her family travels each holiday season to sell their trees. When she falls for California kid Caleb, it’s against her father’s dating rules. And when Caleb’s dark secret gets out—about a mistake he made years ago, and can’t outrun—their love story is at threat of being cut short.

    Everything, Everything, by Nicola Yoon
    Yoon’s debut has a huge heart and vast emotional landscape, despite spending most of its pages within the walls of one house. There, 17-year-old Madeline lives with her mother behind air-tight doors, in sterilized air. She has a rare and deadly condition known as “bubble baby disease,” which essentially means she’s allergic to the world. But she’s not immune to longing for what she sees through the windows: seasons she’s cut off from, friends she can’t make…and the boy next door, with whom she begins a slow-blooming romance via instant message. But she quickly realizes there’s no such thing as “enough” when it comes to beginning to really live, and soon she’s taking risks that could prove fatal—or could expand her world beyond what she imagined possible.

    Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy, by Cassandra Clare, Sarah Rees Brennan, Maureen Johnson, and Robin Wasserman
    Four beloved YA authors take on the journey of Simon Lewis from novice to Shadowhunter in this collection of short stories, now in print for the first time—with the addition of 10 bonus illustrations. By the end of City of Heavenly Fire, one-time vampire Simon was scrubbed of his memories; in Tales he has found a new identity and purpose in training to take out demons. Stars of Clare’s beloved world, including Magnus Bane and Tessa Gray, make appearances throughout this collection fans will race through.

    Heartless, by Marissa Meyer
    Meet the Queen of Hearts before her ascension to legendary villainy in Meyer’s newest retelling, which opens on super-eligible royal Catherine doing what she does best: baking. Following her heart would mean open opening a bakery with her bestie, but her parents forbid her to duck her royal responsibilities. Then she meets Jest, a court jester she falls for hard, and all bets are off. Though Cath is determined to be with the one she loves, she can’t predict how the dark and sometimes monstrous magic of Wonderland may change her path.

    The Fever Code, by James Dashner
    Picking up where The Kill Order—his original prequel to The Maze Runner series—left off, The Fever Code promises to let us know just how Thomas and WICKED built the maze. No bigs. Just the KEY TO THE WHOLE FREAKING SERIES. Like, how did the gladers get chosen? Who do Thomas and Teresa really work for? And who are group B, anyway? There will be secrets. There will be lies. There will be betrayals. And—spoiler—there will be a maze. A must-read for fans of the series, and a spoilery place to start if you haven’t read any of the ot

    The Midnight Star, by Marie Lu
    In The Young Elites Lu introduced a dangerous monarchic world in the years after a blood fever swept its population. Adelina Amouteru survived the fever, but it left her with an eerily altered appearance and abilities beyond her understanding. She’s rescued from her cruel father by similarly gifted survivors the Young Elites, who are vulnerable to two warring sects: the king’s Inquisition Axis, which wants to see the Young Elites dead, and the Dagger Society, which claims to want to protect them. In book two, The Rose Society, Adelina, now known as the terrifying White Wolf, is on the run with her sister, hoping to build up a force to strike back against the Inquisition Axis. In finale The Midnight Star, Adelina fights to hold onto all that she’s gained, even if it means taking on unlikely allies.

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  • BN Editors 3:00 pm on 2016/11/14 Permalink
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    The Best Gifts for Teen Fantasy Fans 

    This holiday season, inspire your favorite reader of teen fiction to lose themselves in distant fictional worlds inspired by Wonderland, Ancient Rome, and found photography that will give you the chills (in the best possible way). From the final installment of Marie Lu’s brutal feminist fantasy trilogy to a collection of stories from Cassandra Clare’s vast Shadowhunters world, these are the kind of books that will make you cross your fingers for a snow day.

    Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, by Ransom Riggs
    You’ll never look at vintage photos the same way after finishing Ransom Riggs’ creepy-cool debut novel, the start of a beloved trilogy. A juxtaposition of text and eerie, black-and-white found imagery, the book follows 16-year-old Jacob Portman as he travels to a Welsh island to uncover the secrets of his recently murdered grandfather’s past. A mysterious orphanage seems to be hiding those secrets—and many more.

    A Torch Against the Night, by Sabaa Tahir
    Tahir’s An Ember in the Ashes is a lush, bloody fantasy set in the fully fledged world of the Martial Empire, narrated in turns by Laia, a Scholar girl whose people were brutally vanquished by the Martial Empire, and Elias, an aspirant in the series of deadly Trials that will determine the empire’s next leader. They cross paths when Laia is embedded as a spy, masquerading as a slave, at Elias’s military school, in a mission that may amount to suicide. In A Torch Against the Night, they’re united and on the run, fighting their way toward Laia’s incarcerated brother and away from Elias’s inhuman commandant mother. Back in the brutal city, Marcus’s former best friend, Helene, is bound to serve a dangerously sociopathic new emperor, a task she might not survive.

    Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy, by Cassandra Clare, Sarah Rees Brennan, Maureen Johnson, and Robin Wasserman
    Four beloved YA authors take on the journey of Simon Lewis from novice to Shadowhunter in this collection of short stories, now in print for the first time—with the addition of 10 bonus illustrations. By the end of City of Heavenly Fire, one-time vampire Simon was scrubbed of his memories; in Tales he has found a new identity and purpose in training to take out demons. Stars of Clare’s beloved world, including Magnus Bane and Tessa Gray, make appearances throughout this collection fans will race through.

    Heartless, by Marissa Meyer
    Meet the Queen of Hearts before her ascension to legendary villainy in Meyer’s newest retelling, which opens on super-eligible royal Catherine doing what she does best: baking. Following her heart would mean open opening a bakery with her bestie, but her parents forbid her to duck her royal responsibilities. Then she meets Jest, a court jester she falls for hard, and all bets are off. Though Cath is determined to be with the one she loves, she can’t predict how the dark and sometimes monstrous magic of Wonderland may change her path.

    The Fever Code, by James Dashner
    Picking up where The Kill Order—his original prequel to The Maze Runner series—left off, The Fever Code promises to let us know just how Thomas and WICKED built the maze. No bigs. Just the KEY TO THE WHOLE FREAKING SERIES. Like, how did the gladers get chosen? Who do Thomas and Teresa really work for? And who are group B, anyway? There will be secrets. There will be lies. There will be betrayals. And—spoiler—there will be a maze. A must-read for fans of the series, and a spoilery place to start if you haven’t read any of the ot

    The Midnight Star, by Marie Lu
    In The Young Elites Lu introduced a dangerous monarchic world in the years after a blood fever swept its population. Adelina Amouteru survived the fever, but it left her with an eerily altered appearance and abilities beyond her understanding. She’s rescued from her cruel father by similarly gifted survivors the Young Elites, who are vulnerable to two warring sects: the king’s Inquisition Axis, which wants to see the Young Elites dead, and the Dagger Society, which claims to want to protect them. In book two, The Rose Society, Adelina, now known as the terrifying White Wolf, is on the run with her sister, hoping to build up a force to strike back against the Inquisition Axis. In finale The Midnight Star, Adelina fights to hold onto all that she’s gained, even if it means taking on unlikely allies.

    The Diabolic, by S.J. Kincaid 
    Nemesis may look like a girl, but in truth she’s a weapon: a ruthless, not-quite-human assassin in a futuristic world. She’ll do anything it takes to save the life of the senator’s daughter she was made to protect—including standing in for her as a hostage of their galaxy’s mad emperor. While hiding her abilities and waiting for a brewing revolution to reach the emperor’s doors, Nemesis discovers there may be more to her makeup than violence.

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