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.
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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.
S. Jae-Jones weaves a lush melody of love and loss in her debut novel, Wintersong.
Brian and his daughter Sophie review Artemis, a graphic novel about a kick-ass goddess.
Elly Blake’s debut Frostblood is a familiar, but entertaining, fantasy about a gifted girl and her quest to right wrongs.
Swan dive back into the magical world of Tortall in Wild Magic, the first book of Tamora Pierce’s second series.
Fall under the spectacular spell of Caraval, an adventure filled with romance, magical delights and one hell of a scavenger hunt.
Time—and love—make the world go ‘round in Tara Sim’s Timekeeper.
Katherine Arden’s new fairy tale, The Bear and the Nightingale, is the perfect story to cozy up with during a cold winter’s night.
Amy Tintera delivers on her promise of action and kissing in her trilogy starter, Ruined.
Sally Green’s debut novel is not Half Bad!
Lisa Maxwell crafts us a sexy, tragic hero in Hook, but, alas, doesn’t bring the swoon in her Pan retelling, Unhooked.
Marie Lu's The Young Elites series reaches its breathtaking conclusion.
We’ve reached the grand conclusion of Tamora Pierce’s first series with Lioness Rampant, in which Alanna returns home and proves firsthand why she’s earned that Knight’s shield.
Erika Johansen’s Queen of the Tearling series ends on a satisfying, if surprising, note.
In Of Fire and Stars, an arranged marriage between two kingdoms gets complicated when the princess starts falling for her future sister-in-law.
S.E. Grove imagines a world fractured into different ages—and you thought different time zones were a hassle.
Alanna's changing minds about what women can and can't do one tribe at a time in The Woman Who Rides Like a Man from Tamora Pierce.
Get to know the Queen of Hearts when she was a young woman with hopes and dreams—before she became obsessed with chopping off heads—in Marissa Meyer’s Heartless.
Garth Nix brings the weird, the fantastical, and the odd in Across the Wall: A Tale of the Abhorsen and Other Stories.
Killer of Enemies by Joseph Bruchac. Mad Max meets Jurassic Park.
Death waits for no woman in Goldenhand by Garth Nix.
Sanctum, part two of Madeleine Roux's Asylum series, does not live up to the original.
Maria Dahvana Headley’s Aerie revisits the fascinating sky world and sassy main character introduced in Magonia.
Three sisters, one throne. There's no sharing of power in Three Dark Crowns, the first book in a new trilogy by Kendare Blake that's sure to captivate even the most seasoned of fantasy readers!
In Clariel by Garth Nix, our protagonist must ask herself: Does the walker choose the path, or the path the walker?
Crooked Kingdom, the second book in Leigh Bardugo’s Six of Crows duology, is what some movie critics might call a “total romp.”
Scary Out There, a couple dozen short stories designed to, well, scare you.
Strap on your bells and running sneaks, because we’re going full tilt to prevent the world from ending in Abhorsen by Garth Nix.
Brian and his nine-year-old daughter, Sophie, review Mighty Jack, a graphic novel take on Jack and the Beanstalk.
Sarah Porter brings the magic of a Russian folk tale to modern Brooklyn in Vassa in the Night.
The second book in Genevieve Cogman’s Invisible Library series, The Masked City, turns the tired “damsel in distress” trope on its head.
Before reading the latest installment of Garth Nix’s Abhorsen series in October, re-introduce yourself to Lirael, a book about a young girl with mysterious connections to magic and the Dead.
For this Brooklyn bruja, with great power comes great desire to get rid of said powers... and then travel to an alternate dimension after doing causes a huge clusterfuzz.
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.
Traci Chee’s The Reader introduces readers to a rich world filled with magic, storied heroes … and illiteracy.
Millard Nullings (with a little help from Ransom Riggs) shares a collection of folk stories with a peculiar twist in Tales of the Peculiar.
Sabaa Tahir delivers on the promise of An Ember in the Ashes--and we've still got two more books to go!
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is a thing that exists.
Eliot Schrefer gives us the ultimate Geek Fantasy Novel in the appropriately-named Geek Fantasy Novel.
Jay Kristoff’s Nevernight is a brutal but beautiful read. And you might even laugh a time or three.
In the second installment of Tamora Pierce’s Song of the Lioness quartet, In the Hand of the Goddess, Alanna learns to let go of her many, many fears.
Take a trip to the “real” world on the other side of the K-drama screen.
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.
Cinda Williams Chima’s Flamecaster expands her Seven Realms world into an engaging new generation of characters.
Do you have what it takes to be a Knight of Tortall? Find out how to (wo)man up in Tamora Pierce's Alanna: The First Adventure.
In Christina Lauren's book The House, Delilah has a new boyfriend, but has to compete with his family. All two stories, 23,000 square feet of them.
Enemies become allies in the first book in Victoria Schwab’s new The Monsters of Verity duology, This Savage Song.
In a game as old as time, Death and Love play a high stakes game with mortals.
Go on an adventure through alternate universes to procure obscure books in Genevieve Cogman’s The Invisible Library.
Stephanie Perkins returns with a short story anthology for summertime swoon.
Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton and Jodi Meadows put a fantastical spin on the history of the Nine-Day Queen in My Lady Jane.
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.
There’s more than avalanches to fear in Lindsay Ribar’s Rocks Fall, Everyone Dies.
Celaena Sardothian returns to her ancestral roots in Heir of Fire, the third book in Sarah J. Maas’ Throne of Glass series.