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Tomi Adeyemi’s debut novel, Children of Blood and Bone, is a magical novel in more ways than one.
The stakes are higher than ever in Alwyn Hamilton’s Hero at the Fall.
Celebrate the successes (and sexiness) of the worlds’ greatest athletes.
Iko’s mission to stop Alpha Steele—and discover the truth about herself—comes to a close in Marissa Meyer’s Wires and Nerve, Volume 2: Gone Rogue.
Rati Mehrotra’s Markswoman is genre-spanning novel that features a sisterhood of trained assassins, blades formed of semi-sentient metal, and one woman’s quest to right wrongs.
Holly Black is at her finest with The Cruel Prince, the first installment of the Folk of the Air trilogy.
In Claudia Gray’s Leia, Princess of Alderaan, Leia Organa is your typical YA MC dealing with first loves, intense schoolwork, and a rebellion that could affect the fate of an entire galaxy.
Tamora Pierce wraps up her female-empowering series with Lady Knight, showing you just what a woman can get done when in a position of power.
The sequel to Nevernight, Jay Kristoff’s Godsgrave features cutthroat action, brutal fight scenes, and character growth.
Three young women in Amy Reed’s The Nowhere Girls start a movement to combat rape culture in their town.
Sarah J. Maas’s Tower of Dawn, the sixth book in the Throne of Glass series, follows Chaol and Nesryn on an adventure across the ocean—and through the human heart.
Leigh Bardugo’s Wonder Woman: Warbringer is a fantastic addition to the iconic superhero’s canon.
In her debut YA novel, Roar, Cora Carmack includes unexpected twists on the standard fantasy fare.
Victoria Schwab’s Monsters of Verity duology wraps up in Our Dark Duet.
Meagan Spooner’s Beauty and the Beast retelling, Hunted, incorporates darker themes, but remains true to the heart of the story.
Sarah J. Maas’ A Court of Wings and Ruin has us (once again) looking for one-way tickets to Velaris.
Here We Are: Feminism for the Real World is both an educational primer and call-to-action.
Matthew Laurence’s Freya tells a tale of gods and goddesses in the modern age.
The rebellion continues to grow in the second book of Alwyn Hamilton’s Rebel of the Sands series, Traitor to the Throne.
Revisit Marissa Meyer’s Lunar Chronicles universe in the first volume of Wires and Nerve, a graphic novel starring sassy android (and unsung series hero) Iko.
Lesley Livingston’s The Valiant proves that you can take a girl away from her warrior clan, but you can’t take the warrior out of the girl.
Although it’s set in the far future, S.J. Kincaid’s The Diabolic touches on familiar and timely themes.
Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff’s Gemina picks up where Illuminae left off and never lets up on the throttle.
Crooked Kingdom, the second book in Leigh Bardugo’s Six of Crows duology, is what some movie critics might call a “total romp.”
Rae Carson’s Like a River Glorious, the second book in The Gold Seer Trilogy, moves the action off the cross-country trail to a settlement in California, but that doesn’t mean it becomes any less dangerous.
Empire of Storms, the fifth book in Sarah J. Maas’ Throne of Glass series, finds our heroes making deals and calling in favors with the hopes of overcoming evil.
Jay Kristoff’s Nevernight is a brutal but beautiful read. And you might even laugh a time or three.
A look back at memorable moments from the Olympics so far!
The final book in Mary E. Pearson’s Remnant Chronicles trilogy, The Beauty of Darkness, brings the series to a truly satisfying (if not easy) close.
Enemies become allies in the first book in Victoria Schwab’s new The Monsters of Verity duology, This Savage Song.
The magic of the Cirque Americain is back in Gwenda Bond’s Girl in the Shadows.
Romeo and Juliet meet Nancy Drew—at the circus—in Gwenda Bond’s Girl on a Wire.
Investigate murder and a missing gem in A.J. Hartley’s Steeplejack, the first in the new Alternative Detective series.
The rebel forces in Queen of Shadows, the fourth book in Sarah J. Maas’ Throne of Glass series, make some serious progress—and some unfortunate discoveries.
Celaena Sardothian returns to her ancestral roots in Heir of Fire, the third book in Sarah J. Maas’ Throne of Glass series.
Crown of Midnight, the second novel in Sarah J. Maas’ Throne of Glass series, offers some major revelations.
Sarah J. Maas’ A Court of Mist and Fury turns Prythian's ways (and reader’s emotions) on their heads.
The five prequel novellas of Sarah J. Maas’ The Assassin’s Blade tell of a younger, but no less deadly, Celaena Sardothien.
Chris Howard’s Night Speed is a drug-fueled sprint through the streets of NYC (and an examination of the struggles that come with addiction). You could win a copy!
The first book in Sarah J. Maas’s Throne of Glass series introduces Celaena Sardothian—one of the most badass lady assassins to ever grace the page—to the YA world.
The final books in Lisa T. Bergren’s Remnants trilogy, Season of Fire and Season of Glory, veer sharply from adventure to allegory.
Rachel Hawkins brings us the conclusion to the Rebel Belle series.
Alwyn Hamilton’s debut novel, Rebel of the Sands, mixes Arabian nights with Wild West days (and superpowered afternoons).
A badass heroine is on a quest to avenge her family in Michelle Modesto's western-meets-paranormal debut, Revenge and the Wild.
Pierce Brown’s Red Rising trilogy ends with a bang, not a whimper, in Morning Star.
Miss Mayhem, the second book in Rachel Hawkins' Rebel Belle series...well, it's a bridge book with an insane cliffhanger.
Michael Grant’s Front Lines imagines a world in which women were allowed—and drafted—to fight in WWII.
This science fiction show about a band of misfit mercenaries will remind you of shows you've seen before—no, not that one—but this kind of nostalgia can be a good thing.
The first book in Susan Dennard’s new fantasy series doesn’t disappoint.
In Alexander Gordon Smith's new trilogy, The Devil's Engine, a wish-granting machine will decide the fate of the battle between good and evil.
Marie Lu's The Young Elites series -- and its main character -- ventures deeper into darkness in the second installment, The Rose Society.
Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff’s Illuminae features terrifying accidents in space, an artificial intelligence gone rogue, biochemical warfare, and the power of love.
Garth Nix’s latest novel, Newt’s Emerald, mixes magic with Regency romance.
Marvel meets YA in Margaret Stohl’s Black Widow: Forever Red.
Go back to a time when traveling 20 miles per day was extraordinary and the Oregon Trail was (much) more menacing than a 2-D video game with Rae Carson’s Walk on Earth a Stranger.
Return to the world Leigh Bardugo created in The Grisha Trilogy with a new cast of (dangerous, morally questionable and awesome) characters in Six of Crows.
A dystopia with Christian Bale can't possibly be that bad of a life, can it?
Presenting an all-female supervillain squad in honour of Adelina Amouteru from Marie Lu's The Young Elites series!
Fill up yer canteens and oil up yer Colt pistols before you head out on the trail with Erin Bowman’s Vengeance Road.
Join Maggie Q—and her killer action skills—on a quest for vengeance. There will be stops for hot guys along the way.
But sometimes the head sticks its nose in the heart’s business, like it does in the second book in Mary E. Pearson’s The Remnant Chronicles, The Heart of Betrayal.
Heavy lies the crown in The Invasion of the Tearling, the second book in Erika Johansen’s The Queen of the Tearling series.
Naomi Novik’s Uprooted is a new fairy tale that feels ancient in the best of ways.
Sarah J. Maas’ latest book, A Court of Thorns and Roses, is a faerie book filled with action, adventure and some serious swoon.
The revolution rages on in Danielle Paige’s The Wicked Will Rise.
Cori McCarthy’s Breaking Sky mixes military action with a dash of dystopia, and features badass fighter pilots who also happen to be teenage girls.
Becky Wallace’s debut novel, The Storyspinner, weaves a tale of acrobatics, nobility, magic and danger. Mandy C. wants to visit the world within, stat.
Jodi Meadows’ The Orphan Queen hits all the right high fantasy marks.
Courtney Alameda’s debut novel Shutter is a delightful read featuring a badass lady, unsanctioned romance … and vicious and disgusting paranormal creatures.
Starring Detective Agent Scully and serial killer Christian Grey. (But really, we're totally here for Scully.)
Pierce Brown deserves all the laurels for not falling prey to the dreaded sequel doldrums with his second novel in the Red Rising trilogy, Golden Son.
The second book in the Dispossessed series—The Lovely and the Lost—falls prey to a bit of Bridge Book Blues, but is entertaining nonetheless.
But it’s definitely aliens in the first book in James Frey and Nils Johnson-Shelton's new Endgame series, The Calling.
Spend an hour and a half watching Jeremy Renner wearing tight leather and wielding a ranged weapon? Don’t mind if I do.
The second book in Colleen Gleason’s Stoker and Holmes series involves steampunk, the occult, mysterious men—and builds on an already great series.
A.S. King stops by FYA to talk about her latest novel, Glory O'Brien's History of the Future -- and to invite y'all to celebrate the badasses in your lives!
We all want to be a badass. From riding a horse to shooting a gun, Bianca shares some literature-inspired tips to get you there.
Buffy meets a snarkier Once Upon a Time in Kelly Thompson’s Storykiller.
Erika Johansen’s The Queen of the Tearling will make you thankful you’re not Tearling royalty, but you’ll enjoy reading about them.
Feeling re-BELLE-ious? Well even that terrible pun can't stop you from enjoying the awesomeness that is Rachel Hawkins's Rebel Belle.
Kendare Blake's Anna Dressed in Blood hits all the right horror and humor notes.
It’s hard to believe there’s a universe out there that makes the “universe” of a normal high school experience appealing, but Amalie Howard has included one in The Almost Girl.
Mandy C. is totally enamored with the story of the red-haired, faerie killing, Buffy-like main character in Elizabeth May’s The Falconer.
In the first book in her new Remnants series, Season of Wonder, Lisa T. Bergren takes readers on an epic quest full of mysticism and badasses.
In Danielle Paige’s new novel, Dorothy Must Die, Ms. Gale is looking awful green.
Megan Whalen Turner's The Queen's Thief series offers political intrigue, memorable characters, and moments so hot you'll need a church fan.
Kiersten White’s Mind Games duology is what some faceless movie critics might call a “fast-paced thrill ride.”
Pierce Brown’s first novel might actually live up to the “next Hunger Games” hype.
Veronica Roth’s Divergent series comes to an end with Allegiant—a book Mandy C. guarantees will cause even more division among the factions.
Colleen Gleason’s The Clockwork Scarab introduces two awesome ladies with the last names of Stoker and Holmes who are so much cooler than their more famous relatives.
Mandy C. would be totally on board having a dragon as a companion, but wouldn't really appreciate the kidnapping or torture that might come as a result.
In which Mandy W. implores you to check out Orphan Black without giving you any details about it.
A review of Veronica Roth's Insurgent, the sequel to Divergent, in which Beatrice makes Katniss look like a pansy.
Meghan is spellbound (sorry) by Alex Epstein's The Circle Cast: The Lost Years of Morgan Le Fay.
Meghan found Kristin Cashore's Fire to be decent, but falling short of the high and swoontastic expectations set by its predecessor, Graceling.
Meghan finds a BFF, Lords & Ladies style, in Graceling by Kristin Cashore.