Fresh Takes from the Teen Shelves
All the news, updates and gossip for the Young Adult -- books, authors, movies and 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.
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