In Blanca & Roja, Anna-Marie McLemore uses her magical storytelling to infuse Latinx flavor into some familiar fairy tales.
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In Sara Farizan's latest novel, on-court success draws backlash from racist detractors for a basketball-loving teen.
Preston Norton’s Neanderthal Opens the Door to the Universe is filled with heartbreak and humor, and a delightfully realistic teenage boy.
Celebrate Winter Solstice with the Court of Dreams in Sarah J. Maas’ A Court of Frost and Starlight.
Samira Ahmed scores a win for #ownvoices with a relatable and realistic heroine in her debut novel, Love, Hate & Other Filters.
Two socially awkward people come together in an unlikely and heartwarming romance in The Love Letters of Abelard and Lily.
The main character in Marcella Pixley’s Ready to Fall deals with the loss of a loved one in a very personal—and slightly crazy—way.
Victoria Namkung wants to give notice to any inappropriate teachers out there: Never underestimate the power of justice.
Three young women in Amy Reed’s The Nowhere Girls start a movement to combat rape culture in their town.
Mitali Perkins creates a homage to immigrants and complicated families in You Bring The Distant Near.
Robin Benway is going to try her hardest to make you cry in her new novel, Far From The Tree.
Tillie Walden’s memoir, Spinning, is a poignant look at youth sports, first love, and growing up.
Krystal Sutherland weaves magical realism and mental illness into a poignant yet uplifting novel about facing your greatest fears with A Semi-Definitive List of Worst Nightmares.
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.
Francesca Zappia’s Eliza and Her Monsters is an exploration of mental illness, creativity and love, wrapped in a fandom package.
Katie Kennedy’s What Goes Up starts out entertaining, but gets a little muddied in the second half.
Ready your kleenex for The Avengers 2.5.
Sarah J. Maas’ A Court of Wings and Ruin has us (once again) looking for one-way tickets to Velaris.
Victoria Scott’s Violet Grenade will have you rooting for the “good” guys.
The promising plot of Laurie Forest’s The Black Witch is overwhelmed by the book’s problematic themes.
Two grieving teens connect through art and theatre, and learn that you're never alone in loss, in Sonia Belasco's Speak Of Me As I Am.
The main characters of Whitney Taylor’s Definitions of Indefinable Things struggle with depression, deception—and what it means to truly live.
Autism and romantic relationships get a closer look in Claire LaZebnik’s new book, Things I Should Have Known.
Here We Are: Feminism for the Real World is both an educational primer and call-to-action.
Make the essential geek pilgrimage to San Diego Comic Con—I mean SupaCon—in Jen Wilde’s Queens of Geek.
Jennifer Latham's brilliant Dreamland Burning is so much more than just the story of a girl uncovering a historical mystery.
Tiffany D. Jackson’s Allegedly takes a look at life on the other side of a prison sentence and the lengths people will go to protect their own.
Debut author Kate Hart brings us her first book, After The Fall: a complicated look at consent, reputations, and damaging secrets.
First love meets last love in Adam Silvera’s History is All You Left Me.
Erica M. Chapman’s Teach Me to Forget is a book about suicide—and a book about hope.
Sisters can be terrible, but the ones who might be actual psychopaths are definitely the worst.
What happens when your kidnapped sister returns after thirteen years?
Chris Struyk-Bonn’s Nice Girls Endure tries to deal with heavy-hitting issues, but misses the mark.
Melina Marchetta's Saving Francesca is a sympathetic story of the search for identity in the midst of chaos.
Emily France’s debut novel, Signs of You, adds a new stage to the Kübler-Ross model of mourning: mystery solving.
Kat Howard's dark, sexy (adult) book explores art, sisterhood, and escaping an abusive childhood. Also, there are really hot dudes.
The main character of Paula Stokes’ Girl Against the Universe might be the unluckiest girl in the word, or she might just have some growing to do.
Sarah J. Maas’ A Court of Mist and Fury turns Prythian's ways (and reader’s emotions) on their heads.
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!
Finally, the US gets a copy of Rae Earl's 1989 teenage diary.
Jeff Zentner’s debut novel The Serpent King, which tells the story of three best friends from rural Tennessee, is both humorous and heartbreaking.
Rebecca Podos’ debut novel, The Mystery of Hollow Places, investigates a case of missing parents.
In first two books of the Four Sisters series, Stray and companion novel Burn, Elissa Sussman crafts a world that’s familiar, yet wholly separate, from classic fairy tales.
Francesca Zappia’s debut novel Made You Up features a main character who struggles with paranoid delusions and schizophrenia—and has a predisposition for some serious sass.
Clarissa Darling, star of Clarissa Explains it All, is grown up—and dealing with Real Life—in Mitchell Kriegman’s Things I Can’t Explain.
Aaron Hartzler's What We Saw is a nuanced, pitch-perfect look at rape culture today.
Lori Rader-Day takes a look at the darker side of small-town living—and high school memories—in Little Pretty Things.
Be thankful that your high school experience wasn’t like the one in Anthony Breznican’s Brutal Youth. (Or, if it was, I’m SO sorry.)
Life isn’t easy when you’re a big girl named Sugar. Especially if you're part of a family like the one in Deirdre Riordan Hall’s novel Sugar.
Adam Silvera’s debut novel More Happy Than Not holds no punches and tugs at the heartstrings.
I.W. Gregorio's None of the Above is a thoughtful exploration of intersexuality and gender identity.
Neal Shusterman draws from real life in Challenger Deep, the story of a boy’s descent into mental illness and his efforts to break free.
The first season of this horror anthology is a little bit scary, a lotta bit weird, and an all-around interesting way to spend some free time.
Get to know the girl behind the glamour in Fairest, the latest in Marissa Meyer’s Lunar Chronicles series.
J.R. Johansson's Cut Me Free is a thriller about a girl who escapes from an attic and gets a new identity.
Michelle Falkoff’s Playlist for the Dead might involve the aftermath of a suicide, but it’s more about how people learn to come to terms with it than the why of it all.
Jason Schmidt's memoir of a terrible childhood is heartbreaking and occasionally hilarious.
It’s not exactly a cheerful holiday movie, but it might make you extra thankful for your Thanksgiving feast.
If you’re looking for a retelling of Edgar Allen Poe’s The Fall of the House of Usher that is a little less bleak than the original … Bethany Griffin’s The Fall is not it.
In Every Breath, author Ellie Marney brings the suspense and the swoon.
Jessie Ann Foley's The Carnival at Bray is a beautifully-done coming of age story set amongst the 90s grunge scene.
Pamela Ribon's Notes To Boys (And Other Things I Shouldn't Share In Public), a memoir about youth in the days before the internet, is choke-on-your-champagne funny.
Meghan reviews Edges by Léna Roy, in which the characters learn to deal with loss without addiction.