There isn’t a wardrobe in Genevieve Cogman’s The Mortal Word, the fifth book in her Invisible Library series, but there is a murder, and—as you'd expect—a lot of book love.
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Although Emiko Jean’s Empress of All Seasons is filled with magical creatures, the story doesn’t have a spark.
Seven books—and a novella collection—later, Aelin Ashryver Whitethorn Galathynius has finally come home.
So...Hogwarts or the Jedi Academy? Make your choice in Charlie Jane Anders All the Birds in the Sky.
Umbertouched, the sequel to Livia Blackburne’s Rosemarked, wraps up the duology on a hopeful, if not totally happy, note.
Machiavellian, magical, gender-fluid characters in an old-world-Italian setting? In the words of poet/philosopher Al Green, HERE I AM, BABY. COME AND TAKE ME.
Although Hocus Pocus and the All-New Sequel released back in July, it’s a perfect(ly nostalgic) Halloween read.
Make sure you don’t read this book too close to an open flame, because in Natasha Ngan’s latest fantasy, paper has a tendency to catch the light.
I can totally picture Natalie C. Parker singing girl-power sea shanties while writing her latest adventure, Seafire.
In Blanca & Roja, Anna-Marie McLemore uses her magical storytelling to infuse Latinx flavor into some familiar fairy tales.
April Genevieve Tucholke’s latest, The Boneless Mercies, is an atmospheric female-led reimagining of classic warrior epics.
Much like the way Hayden’s mom disappears into the misty woods, the plot for What the Woods Keep from newcomer Katya de Becerra becomes quite murky and insubstantial.
Rebecca Schaeffer’s Not Even Bones is a gruesome read about monsters, both literal and figurative.
Erin Cashman’s Uncharted does not feature a Nolan North cameo.
In this third installment of the Ember in the Ashes series, the stakes are high and nothing is certain--except for the fact that Sabaa Tahir doesn't give a f*ck about your blood pressure.
Tracy Banghart's Grace and Fury lives up to her last name.
Annie Sullivan’s A Touch of Gold posits that King Midas wasn’t the only one to suffer from his curse. (And there’s pirates!)
An all-star lineup of authors contribute 15 witchy short stories for an enchanting anthology.
Twin authors Krista and Becca Ritchie explore deep (and literal) emotional bonds and what it really means to live life to the fullest in The Raging Ones.
Plucked from her home, a poor village girl must serve as the princess' body double on a neighbouring planet in Somaiya Daud's debut, Mirage.
Lisa Maxwell’s The Last Magician takes readers on a magical ride to 1902.
Return to the world of Mary E. Pearson’s Remnant Chronicles in her new book, Dance of Thieves.
In Spinning Silver, Naomi Novik proves that she is no one-hit fantasy wonder by giving us a complex faux-historical world tinged with magic and menace.
Can a supervillain really save a city and get the girl?
When someone important is sold into slavery, Beka and her partners must go on a protracted Hunt with a capital H in the trilogy’s final book, Mastiff, by Tamora Pierce.
Andrew Shvarts’s bastard heroes are back in City of Bastards, the second book in his Royal Bastards series.
The main character of Sara Wolf’s Bring Me Their Hearts is after a prince’s heart—literally.
Welcome back to the world of Caraval. It's only a game...
This Tristan & Isolde retelling will appeal to actual young adults more than the young-at-heart (what?! Gasp!).
The dead don’t stay that way—on purpose—in Sarah Glenn Marsh’s Reign of the Fallen.
Maisie is just one in a long line of Blakely women cursed by crappy men--uh, I mean, the woods--in Julia Fine’s debut novel, What Should Be Wild.
Bloodhound has Beka acquiring a new, fuzzier partner in her efforts to keep the streets clean (or as clean as they can be when people throw their chamber pots onto them).
Sarah Tolcser concludes her first duology by inviting readers along on a grand adventure in Whisper of the Tide.
Did Tempests and Slaughter, Tamora Pierce’s long-anticipated origin story of mage Numair Salmalin, deliver the goods?
Celebrate Winter Solstice with the Court of Dreams in Sarah J. Maas’ A Court of Frost and Starlight.
Within the Provost's Dogs, Beka is going to have to prove she's more Terrier than Puppy in order to survive.
Tomi Adeyemi’s debut novel, Children of Blood and Bone, is a magical novel in more ways than one.
Travel to the fantastical City of Sin with Amanda Foody’s Ace of Shades.
It makes my heart happy when the middle book of a trilogy is just as awesome as its predecessor. You’ll be feeling the wait for the final installment of the Winternight Trilogy after reading Katherine Arden's latest, The Girl in the Tower.
The stakes are higher than ever in Alwyn Hamilton’s Hero at the Fall.
A story that invites you to ponder what would have happened if Ariel was raised by Ursula.
Can’t get enough of Tamora Pierce’s fantasy world, Tortall? Then consider Tortall: A Spy’s Guide for your next read.
The main character of Gwendolyn Clare’s Ink, Iron, and Glass might be The Special, but her gift for writing worlds into existence is pretty darn enviable.
Tricia Levenseller finishes up her Daughter of the Pirate King duology with a second book that outshines the first.
Irene and Kai’s surprisingly dangerous bookish adventures continue in The Lost Plot, the fourth book in Genevieve Cogman’s The Invisible Library series.
Shadowsong, S. Jae-Jones’ sequel to Wintersong, is a shadow of its predecessor.
If sixteen stories about love triangles sounds like torture, never you fear! The shorts in Three Sides of a Heart are anything but basic with a capital B.
Behold the power of the spy report in Trickster’s Queen, part two of Aly’s duology.
When Greg said his girlfriend 'ghosted' him, I assumed she was ignoring him. Brian and his daughter Sophie review Nick Tapalansky's graphic novel Cast No Shadow.
Wil has discovered the most deadly weapon in her father's kingdom. It's Wil herself, The Glass Spare.
A witch, a foundling, a dragon, a madwoman, and a swamp monster walk into the woods... Meet The Girl Who Drank the Moon in Kelly Barnhill's Newbery Award-winning book.
The lake, it is said, never gives up her dead...
Tamora Pierce takes the reader—and Aly—beyond the borders of Tortall into the political unrest of the Copper Isles in Trickster’s Choice.
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.
A failed Scrooge becomes the new Ghost of Christmas Past in Cynthia Hand's retelling of A Christmas Carol.
The sequel to Nevernight, Jay Kristoff’s Godsgrave features cutthroat action, brutal fight scenes, and character growth.
The new guy in Annabelle's life is so perfect. It's like he was Literally written for her.
Livia Blackburne’s Rosemarked is a science fiction novel that reads like a historical fantasy.
In An Enchantment of Ravens, Margaret Rogerson spins a fairy tale about what happens when you’re too good at your job.
Witchy twins and a coastal European town are the shining stars of this darkly magical debut from Lana Popovic.
In Squire, Tamora Pierce asks if it ever gets old watching a woman put a sexist man in his place. The answer is no, no it doesn't.
In M.C. Atwood's The Devils You Know, five teenagers make their way through a spooky haunted museum. Zoinks!
The stories in Leigh Bardugo’s The Language of Thorns: Midnight Tales and Dangerous Magic are both familiar and fresh.
Anna-Marie McLemore’s latest novel, Wild Beauty, is another magical-realism-story-featuring-beautiful-diversity-and-LGBTQ+-characters home run.
Elly Blake’s Frostblood Saga continues—both the storyline and the too-familiar fantasy feeling—with Fireblood.
In Tamora Pierce’s Page, Kel won’t let anything—people, her own shortcomings, or circumstances—keep her from accomplishing her dreams.
The illustrated edition of Night of Cake & Puppets is the perfect addition to the Daughter of Smoke & Bone collection.
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.
Brian and his ten-year-old daughter, Sophie, review the next installment in Ben Hatke's Mighty Jack series.
Return to Tortall to join Kel as she embarks on her first year of knight school in Tamora Pierce’s First Test.
Sarah Rees Brennan's In Other Lands is her best work yet: a frenzied romp through magic school, heartbreak, and growing up.
Yer a Scrivenist, Ivy! In D.E. Night's The Crowns of Croswald, we visit The Halls of Ivy, the community college of wizarding schools.
When people accidentally stumble through time portals, they end up in The Wood, Chelsea Bobulski's fun debut.
In her debut YA novel, Roar, Cora Carmack includes unexpected twists on the standard fantasy fare.
Cocktails are magical. No, really. Cocktails are MAGICAL.
Monstress, Volume 1: Awakening is a comic that features gorgeous art, an alternate fantasy universe, and a girl battling her literal inner demon.
Carrie Anne Noble’s The Gold-Son reveals the secret, somewhat sordid, lives of Leprechauns.
Time travel to medieval Italy? What could go wrong?
Megan Whalen Turner returns (after an excruciating wait) with Thick As Thieves. The bad news: it's a bridge book. The good news: it's a really good bridge book.
Sarah Tolcser’s debut novel, Song of the Current, will have you breaking out in song.
In Avenged, Amy Tintera continues her tale of the Ruined with a lot more action but a lot less kissing.
Each one of the characters in Andrew Shvarts’ debut novel, Royal Bastards, is a bastard, a stable-hand, a princess, and an outcast.
The first in Renée Ahdieh’s new series, Flame in the Mist, is a lush, powerful, swoony tale that incorporates aspects of both Mulan and Robin Hood while standing on its own two feet.
Meagan Spooner’s Beauty and the Beast retelling, Hunted, incorporates darker themes, but remains true to the heart of the story.
Erin Beaty’s The Traitor’s Kiss could have been a grand adventure.
Charley has wound up stranded on Nil, an island that doesn't exist.
Sarah J. Maas’ A Court of Wings and Ruin has us (once again) looking for one-way tickets to Velaris.
The promising plot of Laurie Forest’s The Black Witch is overwhelmed by the book’s problematic themes.
Daine and Numair fight foes and feelings in Tamora Pierce’s The Realms of the Gods, the final book in The Immortals quartet.
The Half Bad series wraps up with Half Lost, a one-two punch of TEABS and TESBS (the end of a sad book syndrome, obvi).
This book is basically like a DVD's deleted scenes section for your favorite movie.
Daine must pretend to play nice with a guy she’s preeetty sure is a megalomaniac murderer in Emperor Mage, the third installment of The Immortals series.
Apollo -- god of the sun, music, etc., that Apollo -- begins a journey to regain his immortality in Rick Riordan's latest series.
The Ship Beyond Time, the follow-up to Heidi Heilig’s debut novel The Girl From Everywhere, continues a voyage through time and feelings.
Strange the Dreamer does not disappoint.
Michelle Knudsen proves that you can write the exact same book twice and call it a sequel, in Revenge of the Evil Librarian.
Sally Green's second book is all grown up. Sex, potions, and rock and roll—Half Wild is NOT the book the Obamas read to children last year at Easter.
The rebellion continues to grow in the second book of Alwyn Hamilton’s Rebel of the Sands series, Traitor to the Throne.
In which Stephanie refrains from making nary a “walk the plank” or Jack Sparrow joke while reviewing Tricia Levenseller’s Daughter of the Pirate King.
Daine and Numair find themselves part of the pack as they uncover a treasonous plot in Tamora Pierce’s Wolf-Speaker.