Fresh Takes from the Teen Shelves
All the news, updates and gossip for the Young Adult -- books, authors, movies and more!
It's gift giving season, so for this month's Fresh Takes I have featured
suggestions of some of my favorite recent books and completed series for the YA
book lover in your life (even if it's you). All of these are either stand alone
books or completed series (except where noted), and I've made a few notes about
age appropriateness (though your mileage may vary).
For the Contemporary Romance Lover Read More...
Happy Holidays Everyone!
Join us in celebrating Entangled Teen's 12 Days of Kick-ass
Christmas Event! This event is going to be a blast!
Our authors are joining together to share some exclusive content with you
all! There will be 2 teams: The Smart-Ass Team will post a
good or swoon-worthy deleted scene or an excerpt and The Bad-Ass
Team will post Read More...
It’s November! Cool weather, fall carnivals, and my very favorite holiday:
Avoid All The Malls and Stay At Home and Read Friday! Here are some books you
may want to bring into your Black Friday Bunker, along with that leftover turkey
October's YA releases are heavy on the paranormal... and the awesome. Lots of cool
books this fall, including the kick off of several new series by best selling
July's Fresh Takes from the Teen Shelves feature giggles, thrills, chills, and goosebumps—just what you need to get you through the summer heat.
Since You Asked.... by Maurene Goo (July 1; Scholastic)
Perfect Summer Reads
Summer contemporary reads, chilling thrillers and frothy romance lead off a heavy hitting line-up of most excellent vacation reads. Lots of paranormal, supernatural thrillers, and science fiction adventure round out the field. Enjoy!
Contemporary, Triller and Romance (i.e., non-paranormal)
THE MOON AND MORE by Sarah Dessen
March brings the Madness of too many great books to choose from! I
managed to narrow it down to a collection of paranormal romance, magical
suspense, period-set adventure, and quirky contemporary romance... sometimes in
the same book. Enjoy!
by Victoria Scott
Romance, Adventure and Thrillers heat things up with these February YA releases
from favorite and debut authors.
ESPIONAGE (Finishing School) Gail Carriger (Little Brown)
Week of January 1
DAUGHTERS Suzanne Weyn (Scholastic)
Dr. Frankenstein left behind a legend...as well as two unacknowledged twin
daughters. When Giselle and Ingrid claim their inheritance, nobody is safe as
the mad doctor's legacy leads to a twisted, macabre journey of romance and horror.
ALTERED Jennifer Read More...
Two historical YA adventures lead the pack of releases this week, along with
comedy, horror and popular paranormal romance.
CODE NAME VERITY by
Elizabeth Wein (Hyperion Books Read More...
ENCHANTED by Alethea Kontis.
(Harcourt) It isn't easy being the overlooked sibling to six older sisters.
Sunday's only comfort is writing stories, and her new friendship with an
enchanted frog. One night Sunday kisses her frog goodbye and leaves, not
realizing Read More...
Blockbusters and slow boilers, May has got it all. Here are books I'm most
looking forward to this week.
WERE MINE – Read More...
So many cool books to tell you about this month! Some are departures--new
things from established authors--and some are debuts, and some are just cool.
Contemporary YA Romances heat up the dog days of summer, with (of course) plenty
of chilling paranormal novels when things get to steamy. Read on for cool July
and August Picks from the Teen Shelves.
If you’ve been hankering for a delicious romance grounded in reality, here are
some great books to check out.
If you’ve been looking for an engaging contemporary or an engrossing paranormal
to take to the beach or the pool this summer, you are in luck. June is bursting
out all over with both fun and frightening reads.
Beauty-queen survivalists, time travel, blood magic and a little Cyrano de
Bergerac--this jumbo-sized edition of Fresh Takes has a whole bunch of
somethings for everyone.
CONTEMPORARY (mostly) NOVELS
The YA lexicon has yet to come up with a standardized way to classify the wide
variety of the category. I usually break my recommendations up into "Paranormal"
and "Contemporary" meaning “non-paranormal.” But this time I have a historical
novel. And Read More...
April is blooming with exciting YA books. Paranormal books, like this months
feature from Jennifer
Archer, continue to run rampant, but I’m including a bonus interview with
contemporary debut author Kirsten Hubbard.
Veteran woman’s fiction author Jennifer Archer makes her YA debut this month
with Read More...
The book landscape in March is in full bloom. Lots of great releases this month,
so you should hit the Teen section of your local (or online) bookstore early and
Visions, demons and fairies abound in this month’s plethora of paranormal
books. Girls undercover as boys, prom dress shenanigans and chilling danger
highlight the contemporary offerings. Read on to find out more.
I caught up with debut author Read More...
January’s YA novels will take you back in time, to far away lands, and across
The debut month of the year brings Eilis O’Neal’s debut
novel Read More...
Looking for a new book to curl up with while you escape the holiday rush? Here
are a few suggestions, if you manage to grab a few minutes in the rush.
Rosebush, by Read More...
I love November. It kicks off with Halloween and ends with my favorite family
holiday: Thanksgiving. (All the family (and food) of Christmas with none of the
give-giving stress.) And this November includes some YA releases from some of
my favorite authors.
First up, a contemporary novel from award-winning author, Caridad Ferrer, who
graciously answered my questions about her upcoming (11/23) novel Read More...
I may have mentioned, October is my favorite month. It's finally cool enough to
throw open the windows, sprawl out on my patio in a lawn chair with a pumpkin
spice latte and an equally delicious book.
There's something for everyone in YA; it only seems like paranormal dominates
the shelves in September. Okay, maybe it does a little, but fortunately you have
your intrepid Fresh Takes Column to help you find what you're looking for.
Let’s just get this straight: I do not set foot outside during the daylight
hours of August unless I absolutely have to. Fortunately for me (and you) there
are some fabulous books to spend the day with in air conditioned comfort.
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