Meg Leder's sophomore novel is full of heart, swoon, and a worthy MLD.
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We've rounded up our favorite Swoontastic stand-alone books for your summer reading enjoyment.
Welcome back to the world of Caraval. It's only a game...
Jenn Bennett brings the swoon once again (did you have any doubt?!) with Starry Eyes.
Kami Garcia’s Broken Beautiful Hearts wants you to know that even when life is going for the knock-out, you can’t let it beat you down.
In Jessica Brody’s new book, In Some Other Life, Kennedy’s entire future hinges on a single decision she made when she was fourteen—so, you know, no pressure.
When people accidentally stumble through time portals, they end up in The Wood, Chelsea Bobulski's fun debut.
A lost secret and a found secret send Juniper on a quest for answers in Julie Israel's Juniper Lemon's Happiness Index.
Kayla Olson’s The Sandcastle Empire doesn’t bring anything new to the dystopian genre, but it’s not not entertaining.
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.
K dramas and courtship collide in Maurene Goo's I Believe in a Thing Called Love.
Erin Beaty’s The Traitor’s Kiss could have been a grand adventure.
Victoria Scott’s Violet Grenade will have you rooting for the “good” guys.
Elly Blake’s debut Frostblood is a familiar, but entertaining, fantasy about a gifted girl and her quest to right wrongs.
The star-crossed lovers in Jeff Giles’ The Edge of Everything face literal hell to be together.
Brenna Yovanoff's latest novel is a tantalizing tale of insomnia, mean girls and one hell of an MLD.
Philip Reeve’s Railhead takes readers on a wild (train) ride through the future of humanity.
Julie Buxbaum’s debut YA novel Tell Me Three Things brings the swoon in the form of an anonymous email admirer.
Flawed, Cecelia Ahern’s first foray into the YA genre, mixes dystopian themes with classic literary ideas.
Tarun Shanker and Kelly Zekas mix Austen-esque sass with superpowers in These Vicious Masks.
Debut author Emily Henry arrives on the YA scene with her time travel romance, The Love That Split the World.
Ava Dellaira's love letters might be to the dead, but they pulsate with the rhythm of genuine heart.
Light the Bat signal—there’s a new gang of detectives in town in Becky Cloonan, Brenden Fletcher and Karl Kerschl’s Welcome to Gotham Academy.
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.
We've got dark secrets, a mysterious loner dude, and a misunderstood bully in Ann Aguirre's The Queen of Bright and Shiny Things.
A group of friends turn to making and selling moonshine for a better future in My Best Everything by Sarah Tomp.
Jodi Meadows’ The Orphan Queen hits all the right high fantasy marks.
Ryan Graudin's sequel to All That Glows—All That Burns—upps the action and brings new life to familiar (to Arthurian scholars, at least) characters.
Holly Smale's Geek Girl is ready to take the runway (and the YA world) by storm!
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.
Get ready to swimfan over Rebecca Serle's Famous In Love.
Mandy C. is super glad she didn’t have to travel to another dimension to read Claudia Gray’s A Thousand Pieces of You (but she totally would have).
Kendall Kulper's Salt & Storm is an atmospheric book seething with magical realism and Victorian mores.
Meg Wolitzer combines Sylvia Plath, boarding school and a whole mess of grief into a recipe for a deeply compelling read.
Unmade, the last installment in Sarah Rees Brennan's The Lynburn Legacy trilogy, will shock, delight, and wrap up all those loose ends.
Sarah Rees Brennan's Untold raises the stakes and brings the swoon.
Buffy meets a snarkier Once Upon a Time in Kelly Thompson’s Storykiller.
Sarah Rees Brennan's Unspoken is a Gothic mystery with a charming protagonist and a leather-clad love interest.
Erika Johansen’s The Queen of the Tearling will make you thankful you’re not Tearling royalty, but you’ll enjoy reading about them.
Stephanie Perkins' Isla and the Happily Ever After is well worth the wait -- TRUST.
There are no grand arias in Sarah Fine’s Of Metal and Wishes, but there’s a phantom operatic feeling to the story nonetheless.
Although it sounds like it should be, Samantha Shannon’s debut novel The Bone Season is not a Jeffrey Deaver book starring Lincoln Rhyme.
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.
Gossip Girl gets real in Rebecca Serle's compelling exploration of grief and guilt on the Upper East Side.
Amanda MAY have switched her nightlight on while reading The Glass Casket in bed.
The dystopia in Sophie Jordan’s Uninvited hits a little too close to home.
In Tiffany Schmidt's Bright Before Sunrise, good girl meets MLD. Obviously, romance ensues.
Need your brain blown to smithereens? Try Marisha Pessl's Night Film.
Carol Goodman’s Blythewood is reminiscent of both Harry Potter and The Diviners, but in a way that doesn’t distract from the entertaining story within.
Marissa Meyer’s fairy tales+cyborgs series, The Lunar Chronicles, continues with Scarlet, in which the main character dons a red hoodie and hangs out with a guy named Wolf.
Control by Lydia Kang kicks off an exciting new series about mutants in the future, with healthy doses of swoon and science.
Mandy W. reviews the Time Between Us series by Tamara Ireland Stone. (Think The Time Traveller's Girlfriend.)
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.
In Megan McCafferty's new book, Jessica Darling meets junior high. And the results are unsurprisingly awesome.
In sort-of honour of Daddy-Long-Legs, the FYA Book Club pick for July, behold the literary MLD Hall of Fame! (Though with these guys, it's more of a Nonchalantly-Leaning-Against-the-Wall of Fame.)
Mandy W. can't resist a catchy, descriptive title. One such example is Amy Fecteau's Real Vampires Don't Sparkle.
Suzy Cox's The Dead Girls Detective Agency is packed with ghosts who hauntingly remind Posh that her youth is dead.
Mandy C. reviews Page Morgan’s The Beautiful and the Cursed, in which characters stop being polite ... and start getting surreal.
In which Jenny reads a genre book that restores her faith in the existence of good writing.
Alix reviews Nobody's Secret by Michaela MacColl, a mystery novel about Emily Dickinson, Teen Detective.
A review of Katie Williams' enthralling ghost story Absent, in which Mandy draws some eerie parallels to MTV's Awkward. Also: lots of Swayze.
Mandy discovers the perils of crushing on a MLD in Swati Avasthi's Split.
Posh gets down on the dance floor with White Lines.
Alix reviews some Avatar: The Last Airbender comics because IS IT TIME FOR SEASON TWO OF KORRA YET?!
A review of Pulse by Patrick Carman, a book that's a sure sign the dystopia trend needs to stop. Now.
Kirsten Miller's How to Lead a Life of Crime is dangerously entertaining.
Would a book enjoy a box of chocolates? Because I'd totally send some to Brenna Yovanoff's Paper Valentine.
Just in time for the release of Rebel Heart, we *finally* read Blood Red Road, book 1 of The Dust Lands Trilogy, by Moira Young.
A review of Paul Griffin's Burning Blue, a book about a girl burned with acid with a title that makes no sense.
Alix reviews Lurlene McDaniel's latest book, Red Heart Tattoo, but couldn't bring herself to use the usual format for a book about a school bombing.
Where Jenny uses any excuse to reference Marcus Flutie, and reviews Eve & Adam by Michael Grant and Katherine Applegate.
Smarty Pants Hope make a compelling case for her not-so-guilty pleasure.
A review of Never Enough by Denise Jaden -- there's a boy who's the an MLD of the Cameron Quick variety!
Jenny says goodbye to the Wings series with Aprilynne Pike's Destined.
A review of The Princesses of Iowa by Molly Backes, a book about the mistakes you make as a teenager, and how they help you grow into who you need to be.
A book review of Kimberly Derting's The Last Echo, A Body Finder Book, about a girl who... finds bodies.
A review of When You Were Mine by Rebecca Serle, who could really teach Shakespeare a thing or two about love.
In which Megan extols the virtues of Nickelodeon's The Legend of Korra, spin-off the the late, great Avatar: The Last Airbender.
Forever Young Adult Presents a book review of Along For the Ride by Sarah Dessen
Forever Young Adult presents: A review of Harbinger by Sara Wilson Etienne
Forever Young Adult presents a book review of Legend by Marie Lu
Forever Young Adult presents: A review of Saving June by Hannah Harrington
In Maggie Stiefvater's The Scorpio Races, two participants try to win the brutal competition for freedom and family.
A review of Daughter of Smoke & Bone by Laini Taylor, an angel book with a killer twist.
This ain't no Cinderella Story: Megan reviews Ash by Malinda Lo, a neat take on a classic tale.
A review of Enclave by Ann Aguirre, which joins the ever-growing dystopia bandwagon without bringing anything special to the party.
Posh reviews The Beginning of After by Jennifer Castle, in which swoon is found in the most unlikely (and tragic) of circumstances.
A review of City of Fallen Angels, a Mortal Instruments book by Cassandra Clare, which left Jenny wanting more (and not in a good way).
A review of Aprilynne Pike's Illusions. If only Jenny could use a Forget-Me-Now to cure her of the Wings series.
Meghan gets a wicked case of TEABS (and an urge to belt out Jackson Five classics) after reading I'll Be There by Holly Goldberg Sloan.
A book review of Divergent by Veronica Roth, an action packed novel that has the potential to cure your Hunger Games TEABS.
Posh lists the many clichés found in Disney's Prom.
A review of Just Listen by the swoonmaster herself, Sarah Dessen.
In Mindi Scott's Freefall, the tables turn on the mysterious loner dude as HE'S the sufferer, not the object, of unrequited love.
Meghan discovers Madeleine L'Engle's And Both Were Young for the first time and unsurprisingly loves it (because HELLO! Madeleine L'Engle!).
Meghan hangs out with cool, nineteenth century teens in The Vespertine by Saundra Mitchell.