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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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  • Melissa Albert 4:30 pm on 2016/10/20 Permalink
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    Watch the Exclusive Trailer for Trish Cook’s Outward Blonde 

    Outward Blonde

    In Trish Cook’s fish-out-of-water YA comedy Outward Blonde,  16-year-old Manhattan It Girl Lizzie Finkelstein is about to get a very rude awakening. When her latest disastrous, liquor-inspired exploits result in not just an arrest but a viral video of which she is the star, her parents ship her off to dry out and learn a lesson at wilderness survival program Camp Smiley.

    Thrown in with troubled kids she’s sure she doesn’t belong with (aside from cute fellow camper Jack, of course…), Lizzie has to conquer wilderness tasks ranging from the kinda gross (surviving on way too many baked beans) to the difficult (making a fire with two sticks) to the downright miserable (digging your own toilet?!).

    The book’s fittingly hilarious trailer features a series of idyllic vignettes (“Outdoor Brunch,” “Private Showers,” “Beauty Sleep”) that quickly devolve into an urban socialite’s worst nightmare. Will Lizzie survive life in the wilderness? Check out Outward Blonde, available exclusively at Barnes & Noble, to find out!

    Outward Blonde is available now, exclusively at B&N!

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  • Jenny Kawecki 7:09 pm on 2016/10/05 Permalink
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    8 Books to Convert a YA Naysayer into a YA Fanatic 

    We’ve all got that friend who thinks that, just because they’re an adult, they can’t be seen cracking the cover of a young adult book. Maybe they’re snobby about it, maybe they just don’t think YA could be their thing, but either way you’ve got a mission: help that friend find the right book, thus opening their eyes to a marvelous, ever-expanding category of fabulous reads. Here are 8 YA books that will entice even the most selective reader.

    I Capture the Castle, by Dodie Smith
    Dodie Smith’s old-school YA I Capture the Castle is a good place to start; it’s usually shelved with the adult books, so you may be able to recommend it with nary an eyebrow raised. Seventeen-year-old Cassandra lives in a broken-down castle with her crazy family and no money, waiting for the day when her famous novelist father overcomes his writer’s block. When they get a handsome new landlord—one who might actually expect them to pay rent—things around the castle start to change. Narrated in Cassandra’s clever, engaging voice, I Capture the Castle is the perfect gateway YA read.

    Eleanor & Park, by Rainbow Rowell
    This book is like a sucker punch to your emotions: full of beautiful, lovable teenage moments, but heartbreaking as hell. Eleanor and Park meet on the bus. Eleanor, red-haired and strange, is the new bully magnet; Park has been always stayed successfully under the radar. Slowly they fall in love over comic books and music. As they face struggles with other kids, their families, and each other, they both know it’ll never last—the only question is what will tear them apart in the end.

    Wolf by Wolf, by Ryan Graudin
    Fast-paced and wonderfully original, Wolf by Wolf will quell a lot of non-YA readers bad assumptions about YA stereotypes. Yael lives in an alternate post-WWII world in which the Axis powers won. After surviving torture and experimentation in a death camp, she’s determined to get revenge for the loved ones she lost. Her plan? Win the annual motorcycle race held to commemorate the Axis victory, gain an audience with Hitler, and kill him. Sounds foolproof, right?

    The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, by Sherman Alexie
    Junior has spent 14 years on the Spokane Indian Reservation, watching the people around him live hard and die young, and he wants out. So he uses his smarts to gain a transfer to the local all-white high school off the res. Building a new life for himself isn’t easy: his new classmates stereotype him, his old friends think he’s abandoned them, and on top of it all, he usually has to hitchhike to school. Funny, heart-wrenching, and beloved, The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian is basically irresistible.

    I’ll Give You the Sun, by Jandy Nelson
    I’ll Give You the Sun tells the story of Jude and Noah, twins who used to be inseparable. At thirteen, they complete each other. At sixteen, they barely speak. What happened in between? Told in alternating perspectives, with Jude narrating the later years and Noah narrating the early years, the story slowly pieces itself together. Full of family, grief, first love, and what comes after, this book will make your YA-reluctant friend cry and swoon in equal measures.

    An Ember in the Ashes, by Sabaa Tahir
    If you know someone who thinks YA novels can’t include complex, well-built worlds, this book will prove them wrong. Laia and Elias are on opposite sides of an ancient Rome-esque world: Laia’s people have been conquered, and Elias is training to lead the conquerors. As Laia embeds herself as a slave in order to gather intel from the military academy Elias is training at, Elias enters into a deadly competition he wants nothing to do with. Dark, detailed, and action-packed, An Ember in the Ashes is a standout.

    Outrun the Moon, by Stacey Lee
    Looking for an excellent young adult historical fiction novel to recommend? Outrun the Moon is it. It’s 1906 in San Francisco, and Mercy Wong is determined to go to a posh private school so she can become a businesswoman. The problem? She’s Chinese, and the school is open only to white students. But Mercy is stubborn, and through a combination of bribery and blackmail, she gets in. Cue a massive earthquake that tears apart the city, leaving Mercy stranded among her less-than-friendly classmates.

    Six of Crows, by Leigh Bardugo
    What could be better than a heist novel full of six lovably damaged characters, a gritty backstory, and a touch of magic? Kaz Brekker is notorious for his criminal skill, so when he’s offered the job of a lifetime, he can’t turn it down. But the only thing more impossible than the task ahead is getting his team of talented misfits to get along long enough to pull it off. Full of twists and distinct, well-developed characters, Six of Crows will make anyone fall in love with YA.

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  • Jeff Somers 8:58 pm on 2015/10/27 Permalink
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    James Dashner’s The Game of Lives Answers Readers’ Most Burning Questions 

    When you start reading The Maze Runner series, by James Dashner, you’re embarking on a journey. Dashner doesn’t write simple thrillers—his books are wildly imaginative and complex, building tense and complicated plots that set readers up for serious withdrawal between releases.

    So the arrival of The Game of Lives, the third and final book in Dashner’s Mortality Doctrine series, is a gift to his fans and to new readers about to discover the series. It answers all of readers’ most burning questions, while serving up new twists, surprises, and an action-packed story.

    The Solutions
    The Game of Lives picks up right where The Rules of Thoughts left off, with Michael, Bryson, and Sarah in the back seat of a car. Sarah’s parents have just broken Michael out of prison following his strange encounter with an unnamed man and, separately, Agent Weber. Dashner doesn’t waste time throwing Michael and his friends back into the fight against Kaine and his horrific plans for humanity—and he doesn’t hold back in finally revealing the truth behind Kaine’s creation, the Mortality Doctrine itself, and, most shockingly…well, you’ll have to read the book to find out. It’s a fast-paced series of revelations that will leave your head spinning.

    The True Death
    Stories taking place in a virtual reality setting have to work hard to maintain their stakes—after all, when “reality” is mutable and death just means a reboot, why does anything matter? So Dashner’s inclusion of a “true death” in the world of VirtNet—a death that means the end of a life in both the Wake and the Sleep—is absolutely vital to keep the tension high. Michael and his friends are literally risking their lives by fighting for the truth and the defeat of the Mortality Doctrine. The whole world, in fact, is at risk of actually ending.

    Twists and Turns
    To say that Dashner makes your head spin with the twists and turns of this concluding story is an understatement. Michael teams up and allies with the one character you won’t believe he ever would, and the true enemy they’re all fighting against shifts and changes as the story unfolds—but it’s all seamlessly done. As everyone’s true agendas are laid bare, there’s a moment when everything that has gone before is turned on its head in the most thrilling way possible.

    It All Ends in The Wake
    One of the most exciting choices Dashner makes is where he ends his story. Will its final pages play out in The Sleep, the VirtNet worlds where anything is possible and code can be bent to your will in exciting ways? Or will his story conclude in The Wake, the flesh-and-blood world? His choices serves to brilliantly up the stakes, and to answer lingering questions about the mystery man who visited Michael in prison at the end of The Rule of Thoughts, the resolution of which is one of the neatest tricks Dashner pulls off.

    That Last Line
    After a surprising ending, Dashner gives loyal readers a contemplative epilogue that gives us one last visit with Michael—and also offers a ray of hope, lightening a grueling event that takes place earlier in the book. Without undoing anything or playing any sort of “bait and switch” with his own rules, Dashner ends the story with a killer line that will have fans of the Mortality Doctrine cheering.

  • Melissa Albert 5:50 pm on 2015/07/10 Permalink
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    July’s Top Picks in Teen Fiction 

    July’s most exciting teen releases include gory horror, sweet romance, and thrillers more chilling than iced sweet tea. These are the teen books you should be reading this month.

    Suicide Notes from Beautiful Girls, by Lynn Weingarten
    Weingarten’s story of a headlong best friendship that ends with one half of the BFF necklace dead promises to be a dark delight. A year after once-airtight Delia and June drifted apart, Delia’s nosedive into hard living has ended with her suicide by fire. But June has the horrible suspicion there’s more to Delia’s death. Her plunge into a small-town netherworld of conspiracy and deceit in search of the truth is intercut with flashbacks to the girls’ intense bond.

    Jesse’s Girl, by Miranda Kenneally
    Best. Career day. Ever. After Maya fesses up to her rock star dreams, her high school’s principal uses his unexpected connections to let her shadow country star Jesse Scott for a day. But the opportunity is bittersweet: seeing what Jesse has reminds Maya of what she doesn’t, and the singer’s giant ego threatens to derail their connection before it even begins. It’s a fairy-tale romance rooted in realistic issues, that goes down like cold lemonade.

    Survive the Night, by Danielle Vega
    Vega’s gory horror story is set deep below the streets of New York City. Fresh out of rehab, Casey follows the sociopathic bad girl who first led her astray to a hellish underground rave called Survive the Night. There, far greater horrors than ex-boyfriends and police raids await them, including a fresh corpse in a subway tunnel, and the thing that killed it…

    Stone Rider, by David Hofmeyr
    In a far-future dystopic wasteland, few humans live to middle age, and 15-year-old Adam has lost his whole family to their world’s harsh conditions. Alone and facing the same fate, he enters the Blackwater Race, taking off on his biomechanical byke in the hopes of winning entrance to the utopian haven of the Sky-Base, a city in the clouds. But first he must beat out vicious competitors, the races’s bloodthirsty overseer, and the brutal landscape itself.

    From This Moment, by Lauren Barnholdt
    In the third and final book in Barnholdt’s Moment in Time trilogy, in which three former friends face their past promises to each other during a senior trip, Aven takes the wheel. When she, Lyla, and Quinn were freshmen, they swore to commit one act of wild bravery over the course of their high school career. Now, Aven wants to make good on the promise, by finally admitting to her best friend, Liam, that her feelings for him are anything but platonic.

    The New Order, by Chris Weitz
    In his dystopian thriller The Young World, in which Earth’s adult population falls prey to a fatal plague known as the Sickness, Weitz introduced a Manhattan-based crew of of teen survivors attempting to make their way in a frightening new world. In The New Order, book two in a planned trilogy, survivors (and love-match-waiting-to-happen) Donna and Jefferson are a continent apart, and facing an even more terrifying threat than the Sickness.

    The Battle of Zombie Hill, by Nancy Osa
    In this new series starter, Rob finds his way to a mysterious beach after his plane crashes over the ocean. There he meets a girl, Frida, who teaches him how to survive. But when he decides survival isn’t enough and tries to make his way home, he finds himself in the middle of a supernatural war against the nefarious Dr. Dirt. Frida and Rob form their own army, pitting their motley forces against zombie attack.

    The Escape, by Hannah Jayne
    Two boys head off on a hike in the forest abutting their hometown. Only one comes back, bloody and confused, discovered by police chief’s daughter Avery. When the body of the other boy, Adam, is discovered, it’s down to his traumatized companion to remember what happened—before the murder charge is pinned on him. Avery, no stranger to a painful past, wants to help him recover his memories, but quickly learns things aren’t exactly as they seem.

    Outrage (Singular Menace series #2), by John Sandford and Michele Cook
    Sandford and Cook’s Uncaged combined kids in peril with the dangerous side of animal-rights activism. Foster child Shay went looking for her brother, Odin, after he disappeared following his activist group’s strike on the scary Singular corporation. In follow-up Outrage, Shay and her street kid allies have rescued Odin and human test subject Fenfang from Singular’s secret lab. Now, armed with the memories Singular implanted in Fenfang’s brain, Shay and Odin are working to bring the evil company down.

    The Six, by Mark Alpert
    Suffering from muscular dystrophy that will eventually take his life, Adam escapes into virtual reality games, where he can leave his physical body behind. And when his father’s artificial intelligence program, Sigma, goes rogue and sets out to destroy humanity, Adam is recruited alongside five other terminally ill teens by the U.S. Army’s Pioneer Project. The six give up their earthly existence, allowing their minds to be uploaded into robot bodies, becoming the world’s best hope of surviving AI attack.

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