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Visit the Witchlands with a New Prequel

Susan Dennard shares the backround of several fan-favorite characters in this new prequel to TRUTHWITCH.

THE BELLES is a Lush, Vivid Fantasy Full of Beauty and Intrigue

In a twisted version of New Orleans, the Belles have the highly coveted power of Beauty...but beauty comes at a price.

Check Out Our February Guy-Brary Bookshelf!

We’re back with our February Guy-Brary update recommending guy-friendly books releasing throughout the month!

BookTuber Sasha Alsberg Reveals the First Book in the Androma Saga

Along with Lindsay Cummings, Alsberg pens an action-packed thrill ride of adventure, intrigue and steamy star-crossed romance.

LOVE, HATE & OTHER FITERS is a Poignant Tale of Prejudice and Hope

In Samira Ahmed's debut, an Indian-American teen deals with racism and prejudice while grappling with normal teen woes like college and boys.

Melissa Albert's THE HAZEL WOOD is the Dark Fairy Tale of Your Dreams

When Alice's mother disappears, she learns that there may be some truths behind her reclusive grandmother's cult classic book of fairy tales.

Features and Contests

February Teen Board Question
Flowers, chocolates, romance novels --- February is in full swing and we’re in a lovey-dovey mood here at Teenreads. To get in the spirit of things, we asked our Teen Board members a few questions about book boyfriends, romance novels, and OTPs. First, we asked if they have a favorite book boyfriend or girlfriend --- AKA a character they would love to date, if only he or she was real?  We know not everyone is ready to bare their bookish crush to the world, so we also asked about a scene from a book that they feel would make the perfect dream date. Of course, for those members whom Cupid hasn’t quite struck yet this season, we asked them to tell us about their favorite romance novel and/or OTP -- One True Pairing --- and why it stands out. Click here for the first half of their answers, and click here for the rest!

Ultimate Reading List Monthly Update
One of our most popular features on Teenreads is our Ultimate Reading List, a selection of books that are compelling, beautifully written, pure fun, thought-provoking or edge-of-your-seat gripping --- books that we would hand to someone and say, “Read this!” Here are the titles we've added this month: WHEN MY HEART JOINS THE THOUSAND by A. J. Steiger (Contemporary Fiction); SPEAK: The Graphic Novel written by Laurie Halse Anderson and illustrated by Emily Carroll (Graphic Novel); and AMERICANIZED: Rebel Without a Green Card by Sara Saedi (Memoir).

Latest Reviews

Unearthed by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner - Science Fiction

When Earth intercepts a message from a long-extinct alien race, it seems like the solution humanity has been waiting for. The Undying's advanced technology has the potential to undo environmental damage and turn lives around, and their message leads to the planet Gaia, a treasure trove waiting to be explored. But the more they learn about the Undying, the more Jules and Mia start to feel like their presence in the temple is part of a grand design --- one that could spell the end of the human race ...

Busted by Gina Ciocca - Contemporary Fiction

Marisa never planned to be a snoop for hire. But as her reputation for sniffing out cheaters spreads all over school, Marisa finds herself the queen of busting two-timing boys. And her next case? It's for ex-frenemy Kendall. She's convinced her boyfriend, TJ, is cheating and persuades Marissa to start spying on him. But the more Marisa gets to know TJ, the more she starts to fall for him. Marisa knows she needs to give up her investigation --- then she uncovers new secrets about Kendall and TJ, secrets that take "cheater" to a whole new level....

Say You'll Remember Me by Katie McGarry - Contemporary Romance

When Drix was convicted of a crime he thought his life was over. But opportunity came with the Second Chance Program. Drix knows this is his chance to get his life back on track, even if it means being paraded in front of reporters for a while. Elle knows she lives a life of privilege. But as the governor’s daughter, the pressure to be someone she isn’t may be too much to handle. When Drix and Elle meet, their connection is immediate, but so are their problems. But sometimes love can breach all barriers. Fighting against a society that can’t imagine them together, Drix and Elle must push themselves and each other to finally get what they deserve.

As a child, Laura Ingalls Wilder traveled across the prairie in a covered wagon. Her daughter, Rose, thought those stories might make a good book, and the two created the beloved Little House series. Sara Breedlove, the daughter of former slaves, wanted everything to be different for her daughter, A'Lelia. Together they built a million-dollar beauty empire for women of color. Marie Curie became the first person in history to win two Nobel prizes in science. Inspired by her mother, Irène too became a scientist and Nobel prize winner. BORROWED NAMES is the story of these extraordinary mothers and daughters.

Emma's father is headmaster of her prestigious boarding school, her friends take her advice as gospel and she's convinced that a relationship with her crush is on the horizon. When she finds an old book in an abandoned library, things really start going Emma's way: anything she writes in the book comes true. But the power of the book is not without consequences, and Emma soon realizes that she isn't the only one who knows about it. Someone is determined to take it from her --- and they'll stop at nothing to succeed. A new boy in school becomes Emma's unlikely ally as secrets are revealed and danger creeps ever closer.

On a hot day in July 1919, five black youths went swimming in Lake Michigan, unintentionally floating close to the "white" beach. An angry white man began throwing stones at the boys, striking and killing one. Racial conflict on the beach erupted into days of urban violence that shook the city of Chicago to its foundations. This mesmerizing narrative draws on contemporary accounts as it traces the roots of the explosion that had been building for decades in race relations, politics, business and clashes of culture.

Josh has never really thought twice about girls before. He’s usually too busy watching old movies with his friends Sal and Carver, petitioning for more vegetarian options in the school cafeteria, or flailing in yoga class with his best friend Ramona. But when new girl Jena Capistrano walks into school, Josh loses his heart faster than he’s ever lost his balance on a double downward dog. Not that he has any real aspirations, of course: he knows Jena is completely out of his league. And then, against all odds --- they become friends. The closer they get, the more infatuated Josh becomes, and the more he wonders if just maybe Jena might like him back. There’s only one way to find out. But it’s not exactly easy to put your heart on the line.

Fourteen-year-old Emmett Till, a black teenager from Chicago, was visiting family in a small town in Mississippi in 1955, when he allegedly whistled at a white woman. Three days later, his brutally beaten body was found floating in the river. In clear, vivid detail Chris Crowe investigates the before-and-aftermath of Till's murder, as well as the dramatic trial and speedy acquittal of his white murderers, situating both in the context of the nascent Civil Rights Movement. Newly reissued with a new chapter of additional material this book grants eye-opening insight to the legacy of Emmett Till.

Odessa is a master necromancer, catering to the kingdom's Dead. Whenever a noble dies, it's her job to retrieve their soul from a shadow world called the Deadlands. But there is a cost: the Dead must remain shrouded or a grotesque transformation begins, turning the Dead into bloodthirsty Shades. A dramatic uptick in Shade attacks raises suspicion around the kingdom. Soon, a disturbing conspiracy is revealed: Someone is intentionally creating Shades --- and training them to attack. Odessa is forced to wonder if her magic is the weapon that brings the kingdom to its knees? Fighting alongside her fellow mages, Odessa must untangle the gruesome plot to destroy Karthia before the Shades take everything she loves.

It's been happening since Min was eight. Every two years, on her birthday, a strange man finds her and murders her in cold blood. But hours later, she wakes up in a clearing just outside her tiny Idaho hometown --- alone, unhurt and with all evidence of the horrifying crime erased. Across the valley, Noah just wants to be like everyone else. But he’s not. Nightmares of murder and death plague him, though he does his best to hide the signs. But when the world around him begins to spiral toward panic and destruction, Noah discovers that people have been lying to him his whole life. Everything changes in an eye blink.
 

For an athlete, every second counts. Raesha knows minus five on the scale will let her sit deeper in her saddle, make her horse lighter on his feet. And lighter, leaner, faster gives her the edge she needs over the new girl on the team, a girl who keeps flirting with Raesha's boyfriend and making plans with her best friend. So she focuses on minus five. But if she isn't careful, she's going to lose more than just the people she loves, she's going to lose herself to lighter, leaner, faster...