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The follow-up to the feminist historical fiction anthology A Tyranny of Petticoats does not disappoint.
During World War II, Kiska's family and friends were arrested because of their race, had their property confiscated, and were transported to a grim internment camp. But these are not Japanese-Americans we're talking about.
Brian and his daughter Sophie review Laura Elliott's take on the life of the third Schuyler sister, Peggy.
The OG Teen Queen had more drama than she could shake a royal sceptre at.
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.
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.
Into the Bright Unknown, the final book in Rae Carson's Gold Seer Trilogy, doesn't shine as bright as its predecessors.
In Speak Easy, Speak Love, McKelle George reimagines Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing in a 1920s speakeasy.
Join the heir to the Earldom of Montague on a road trip, 1700s style, in The Gentleman's Guide to Vice and Virtue.
Mitali Perkins creates a homage to immigrants and complicated families in You Bring The Distant Near.
The latest Diviners installment Before The Devil Breaks You is everything you could hope for (except for having Book 4 in your hands right now).
Anna-Marie McLemore’s latest novel, Wild Beauty, is another magical-realism-story-featuring-beautiful-diversity-and-LGBTQ+-characters home run.
The final book in William Ritter’s Jackaby series, The Dire King, sees our heroes fighting their greatest battle yet.
This dual-perspective tale of the Radium Girls only hits the mark half the time.
A pair of teens investigate the murder of a (fictional) Cold War icon in The Arsonist by Stephanie Oakes.
In Jodi Lynn Anderson’s Midnight at the Electric, all it takes is a single spark to create entire worlds.
Mindy McGinnis’s A Madness So Discreet is an intensely dark and unapologetically feminist take on the Sherlock and Watson trope.
Kiersten White’s The Conqueror’s Saga continues with Now I Rise, which is half-Bridge Book, half-exciting adventure.
Carrie Anne Noble’s The Gold-Son reveals the secret, somewhat sordid, lives of Leprechauns.
Time travel to medieval Italy? What could go wrong?
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.
With her mom dead, Cammie is looking for a mother figure in her life. What she ends up with is a trustee. Hey, it's not easy being The Warden's Daughter.
Cindy Anstey, fan of alliteration, brings us Duels & Deception, a tale of ladies, law clerks, and licorice. I mean love.
Elizabeth Wein is back, with a prequel to Code Name Verity.
Want to start exploring the world of historical YA fiction, but don't know where to start? We've got you covered.
The Ship Beyond Time, the follow-up to Heidi Heilig’s debut novel The Girl From Everywhere, continues a voyage through time and feelings.
Mary Balogh makes hanging out at an orphanage a tantalizing affair in Someone to Hold (this is not as weird as it sounds).
In the summer of '76, two boys form a friendship born of tragedy and sealed with the promise of excitement, first loves, and alternate uses for mini golf statues. Setting Free the Kites by Alex George.
Jennifer Latham's brilliant Dreamland Burning is so much more than just the story of a girl uncovering a historical mystery.
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.
In The Dark Days Pact, Lady Helen returns to find that even when one is spending their summer at the beach, dastardly and devious plots lurk just beneath the waves.
S. Jae-Jones weaves a lush melody of love and loss in her debut novel, Wintersong.
Sherri L. Smith's Flygirl is a World War II-era tale of a young black pilot who will do whatever it takes--including presenting herself as a white woman--to be allowed to fly.
Brian and his ten-year-old daughter Sophie review Varmints, the perfect graphic novel to read when firing your pistol into the saloon ceiling while spitting tobaccy and dealing poker.
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.
Looking for a character-driven WWII novel? Look no further.
Things get heated in The Burning Page, the third book in Genevieve Cogman’s The Invisible Library series.
Performing for one night only! You won’t want to miss Liza Ketchum’s The Life Fantastic, a novel in three acts.
Enjoyed All Quiet on the Western Front, but found it too chipper and upbeat? Have we got the book for you!
Michaela MacColl’s latest, Secrets in the Snow, pits a fictional Jane Austen against family drama and a mysterious murder.
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.
Monica Hesse's Girl in the Blue Coat captures WWII-era Amsterdam beautifully, but reduces Jewish people to footnotes in their own story.
The second book in Genevieve Cogman’s Invisible Library series, The Masked City, turns the tired “damsel in distress” trope on its head.
Millard Nullings (with a little help from Ransom Riggs) shares a collection of folk stories with a peculiar twist in Tales of the Peculiar.
Get to know more about 926 Augur Lane’s resident specter—and the evil that lurks in the shadows of New Fiddleham—in Ghostly Echoes, the third book in William Ritter’s Jackaby series.
Do you like historical, supernatural, and romantic fiction all wrapped up in one book? READ ON.
Debutantes, dances, and demons, oh my! In The Dark Days Club by Alison Goodman, Lady Helen will never forget her first Season.
Lucinda Gray’s The Gilded Cage is a Gothic-ish mystery with a heroine who won’t let the man (or men) get her down.
In a game as old as time, Death and Love play a high stakes game with mortals.
Kiersten White’s And I Darken, the first book in her new Conqueror’s Saga series, examines what life might have been like for a female Vlad the Impaler.
Go on an adventure through alternate universes to procure obscure books in Genevieve Cogman’s The Invisible Library.
Investigate murder and a missing gem in A.J. Hartley’s Steeplejack, the first in the new Alternative Detective series.
Julie Eshbaugh’s Ivory and Bone takes ideas from Pride and Prejudice on a time-travel trip back to the Stone Age.
Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton and Jodi Meadows put a fantastical spin on the history of the Nine-Day Queen in My Lady Jane.
Historical fiction meets modern-day crime investigation in Joy Preble’s It Wasn’t Always Like This.
Stacey Lee once again brings the tears, friendship, and beautifully-written history in this novel about the 1906 San Francisco earthquake.
Cat Winters brings us a Hamlet retelling set in rural 1920s Oregon.
Alwyn Hamilton’s debut novel, Rebel of the Sands, mixes Arabian nights with Wild West days (and superpowered afternoons).
This charming historical anthology is the cure for common history.
Heidi Heilig’s debut novel, The Girl From Everywhere, takes you on a trip through time and interpersonal relationships.
Tarun Shanker and Kelly Zekas mix Austen-esque sass with superpowers in These Vicious Masks.
Michael Grant’s Front Lines imagines a world in which women were allowed—and drafted—to fight in WWII.
Once again, Ruta Sepetys' beautiful book is going to make you ugly cry.
Lee Kelly's captivating new novel immerses you in a 1920s world in which Prohibition didn't ban alcohol--it banned magic.
Fans of The Diviners and Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries will love The Secret Life of Anna Blanc, about a 1907 Los Angeles socialite who wants to solve murders.
Embark on a whirlwind tour of sights and years with Alexandra Bracken's Passenger.
Half In Love With Death didn't live up to its 1960s serial killer promise.
In a world gone mad, there's only one man who can save us. And that hero's name is...Charlie Chaplin? What the hell? But he's only one of The Sixteen Burdens.
Mackenzi Lee’s Frankenstein retelling, This Monstrous Thing, breathes new life into the classic tale.
In Da Vinci’s Tiger, L.M. Elliot takes an educated guess at the story behind one of Leonardo da Vinci’s earliest works.
Get your sleuth on with Jennifer Donnelly's These Shallow Graves, a satisfying mystery set in 1890s New York.
Ryan Graudin's Wolf By Wolf creates a terrifying past in which the Axis Powers won World War II -- and one girl sets out to catalyze their downfall.
Appearances are very deceiving in Katherine Howe’s The Appearance of Annie van Sinderen.
Garth Nix’s latest novel, Newt’s Emerald, mixes magic with Regency romance.
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.
Abigail Rook and R.F. Jackaby are back on the case in William Ritter’s Beastly Bones, a no-less delightful follow-up to his debut novel, Jackaby.
Fill up yer canteens and oil up yer Colt pistols before you head out on the trail with Erin Bowman’s Vengeance Road.
Ashley Hope Pérez's Out of Darkness is everything a reader could want in a historical novel.
Sarvenaz Tash takes us back to the original Woodstock concert, for a Three Day Summer.
In Shanna Swendson’s Rebel Mechanics, magic is a gift of the nobility—and industry is the yell of the revolution.
Blood might be thicker than water, but as the charming heroines of Jessica Day George's Silver in the Blood find out, that might not be such a good thing...
Michaela MacColl returns with another mystery based on the real life of a literary lady with The Revelation of Louisa May.
Our Royal Diaries review series comes to a fitting end with Catherine: The Great Journey.
Warm up after a long cold lonely winter with Kazunomiya: Prisoner of Heaven.
1849 Missouri: two teenage girls are running from the law, pretending to be boys, and heading west on the Oregon Trail in Stacey Lee's Under A Painted Sky.
Teenage foster siblings Teo and Em fly above 1930s Ethiopia in Elizabeth Wein's Black Dove, White Raven.
Look past the odd character names in Justine Larbalestier’s Razorhurst, and you’ll find an action-packed historical novel with a little paranormal business thrown in for flavor.
Other leopard-based wordplay considered for the title included "a leopard can't change its spots," but when the leopard is a princess as badass as Nzingha: Warrior Queen of Matamba, she can do whatever the hell she damn pleases.
Kaiulani: The People's Princess proves that sometimes two great flavors—in this case, the Victorian Era and Hawaii—really do taste great together.
Silver People, a poetic novel by by Margarita Engle. Wanted: stalwart young men for large scale construction project in Panama. Bring your own shovel. No whiners.
Now this is a princess book.
In her debut novel, I'm Glad I Did, acclaimed songwriter Cynthia Weil gives us a taste of what life was like for aspiring young female songwriters in the 1960s.
Explore the cosmos with Sŏndŏk: Princess of the Moon and Stars, the latest in our Royal Diaries review series.
Check out award-winning author Marcus Sedgwick's The Ghosts of Heaven - AND CUE "THUS SPAKE ZARATHUSTRA"
Claire Legrand’s Winterspell, a retelling of The Nutcracker, takes Clara’s magical Christmas dream to a whole other world.
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.
Happy Thanksgiving! In the Royal Diaries book Weetamoo: Heart of the Pocassets, Patricia Clark Smith provides the non-Pilgrim perspective.
She's the Man? Man-arch? Monarch? Get it? Never mind.