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.
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.
July is full of cool books to help you beat the heat, with something for
everyone. Find them below, grouped (loosely) by genre, so you can find what
you’re looking for to get you through the dog days of summer.
In Read More...
Summertime, and the reading is… well, maybe not easy, but a lot more fun than
assigned reading in school. Even if you’re not on a school schedule any more,
here are some books to check out for vacation reading.
the month is FORGIVE MY
FINS, by Tera Lynn
Childs. I love Tera, and Read More...
Some cool books coming out this month, including from adult author Sherrilyn Kenyon and
deceased (or possibly undead) author Louisa May Alcott. And more!
We start with the lovely and talented Jeri Smith-Ready. She’s
already a successful author of grown up urban fantasy Read More...
Ah, spring fever. Every April, I have the hardest time making myself do work. I
just want to lay around enjoying the gorgeous weather--not too hot, not too
cold--goofing off. Which for me means reading books.
Here are a few suggestions for your Spring Fever Slack Off, starting with
interviews with Kelley Armstrong Read More...
Here’s a fresh and very eclectic assortment of new releases for March, books to
curl up with as you wait for spring.
Elizabeth Scott has been delighting Read More...
As I write this, it is really cold outside. Perfect weather for some escapist fun.
Let’s start with a little art heist adventure. In a teen book, you say?
Considering that Ally
Carter’s popular Gallagher Girls series
concerns a girl’s boarding school that fronts for a spy training academy, I’d
say Read More...
Happy New Year! Lot’s of great books coming out this year, and some of the
nicest people I know are kicking things off in January. I’ve been looking
forward to some of these books for awhile, so it’s great to get to tell you
Leading things off is Stacey Jay’s Read More...
With the holidays come up, I have two cool recommendations for you. Both authors
were good enough to tell me about the books and share some of the inspiration
behind the books. They're good reading, and not coincidentally, would make great
gifts. They're highly praised, with broad appeal for young readers. (In other
words, there's nothing in them that will make your sister hate you for giving it
to your niece. In Read More...
I was lucky enough to cap off my October with an invitation to speak at the
Texas Book Festival on a panel called “Hot Reads for Cool Chicks.” A flattering
invitation, indeed, not least because it presumes I’m cool enough to hang with
some pretty neat chicks… Er, authors. Read More...
October is my favorite month. The weather cools off, Starbucks returns the
Pumpkin Spice Latte… Even the book world is obliging, because it seems October
books are full of my favorite things.
Fairy Tale retellings:
I love Sarah Beth
Durst’s Into the
Wild, a sort of fractured fairy adventure about a real Read More...
The theme for this month is hotly anticipated books. Even though these are
getting buzz, if you’re new to reading YA books, you may not be familiar with
these authors. They’re great proof that YA books aren’t just for kids.
The Ex Games is Jennifer Echols’ third
romantic comedy for Simon Pulse Read More...
It is a great time to be a teen reader. YA shelves in bookstores keep expanding
to hold all the fantastic books coming out for teens and young adults. Combing
through the releases for one month is overwhelming with awesome. Here are just
some highlights some of the recent releases for teens, young adults, and not so
young adults who enjoy all kinds of fiction. (Because here’s a secret: no one
checks your ID Read More...
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