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The year is coming to a close and we're having a blast looking back at all of the good times, including the books our reviewers liked the most!

Return to the World of the Shadowhunters in QUEEN OF AIR AND DARKNESS

In Cassandra Clare's new book, the Shadowhunters fight for survival while maneuvering love, lust and long lost secrets.

In Arwen Elys Dayton's New Book, Perfection Can Ruin Everything

Perfection is a place that does not exist, but in STRONGER, FASTER, AND MORE BEAUTIFUL there is a constant reach, and it can be catastrophic.

Sarah Beth Durst’s FIRE & HEIST is a Sizzling Masterpiece with Dragons & Danger

FIRE & HEIST is a novel about fighting for acceptance, but then learning that some things may be worth more.

Check Out Our December Guy-Brary Bookshelf!

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

Ultimate Reading List: Our MUST-Reads for December

Check out the books we recommend this month!

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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!” This month, we're adding A HOPE MORE POWERFUL THAN THE SEA: One Teen Refugee's Incredible Story of Love, Loss, and Survival (Young Readers' Edition) by Melissa Fleming (Biography) and STRONGER, FASTER, AND MORE BEAUTIFUL by Arwen Elys Dayton (Dystopian).

Latest Reviews

What Momma Left Me by - Fiction/Family

Serenity is good at keeping secrets, and she's got a whole lifetime's worth of them. Her mother is dead, her father is gone, and starting life over at her grandparents' house is strange. Luckily, certain things seem to hold promise: a new friend who makes her feel connected, and a boy who makes her feel seen. But when her brother starts making poor choices, her friend is keeping her own dangerous secret, and her grandparents put all of their trust in a faith that Serenity isn't sure she understands, it is the power of love that will repair her heart and keep her sure of just who she is.

The Girl King by Mimi Yu - Fantasy

Sisters Lu and Min have always known their places as the princesses of the Empire of the First Flame: Lu will become the dynasty's first female ruler, while Min will lead a quiet life in Lu's shadow. Until their father names their male cousin Set his heir instead. Lu has no choice but to go on the run, leaving Min to face the volatile court alone. Lu soon crosses paths with Nokhai, a survivor of the Ashina, a clan of wolf shapeshifters. Nok never learned to shift, but working with the princess might be the only way to unlock his power. As Lu and Nok form an alliance, Min's own hidden power awakens, a forbidden, deadly magic that could secure Set's reign...or win her the throne instead.

After the revelation that Oak is the heir to Faerie, Jude must keep her younger brother safe, so she has bound the wicked king, Cardan, to her. Navigating the constantly shifting political alliances of Faerie would be difficult enough if Cardan were easy to control. But he does everything in his power to humiliate and undermine her even as his fascination with her remains undiminished. When it becomes all too clear that someone close to Jude means to betray her, Jude must uncover the traitor and fight her own complicated feelings for Cardan to maintain control as a mortal in a Faerie world.

Even if I Fall by Abigail Johnson - Contemporary Fiction

A year ago, Brooke Covington lost everything when her beloved older brother, Jason, confessed to the murder of his best friend, Calvin. When Brooke encounters Calvin’s younger brother, Heath, on the side of the road and offers him a ride, everything changes. Soon, they’re meeting in secret, despite knowing that both families would be horrified if they found out. But when a new secret comes out about the murder, Brooke has to choose whose pain she’s willing to live with --- her family’s or Heath’s. Because she can’t heal one without hurting the other.

A Sky for Us Alone by Kristin Russell - Contemporary Fiction

When 18-year-old Harlowe Compton’s brother is killed by the Praters --- the family who controls everything, from the mines to the law to the opioid trade --- he wonders if the future will ever hold more than loss. Until he meets Tennessee, who makes Harlowe believe that they can dare to forge their own path. But as Harlowe searches for the answers behind his brother’s death, his town’s decay and his family’s dysfunction, he discovers truths about the people he loves --- and himself --- that are darker than he ever expected. Now, Harlowe realizes, there’s no turning back.

Ellery's never been to Echo Ridge, but she knows her aunt went missing there at age 17. And only five years ago, a homecoming queen put the town on the map when she was killed. Now Ellery has to move there to live with a grandmother she barely knows. Before school even begins for Ellery, someone has declared open season on homecoming, promising to make it as dangerous as it was five years ago. Then, almost as if to prove it, another girl goes missing. Ellery, who has secrets of her own, soon learns that in Echo Ridge, it's safest to keep your secrets to yourself.

Fragments of the Lost by Megan Miranda - Thriller/Suspense

Jessa knows she doesn't belong in her ex-boyfriend Caleb's room. But Caleb's mother asked her to pack up his things, even though she blames Jessa for his accident. How could she say no? As Jessa begins to box up the pieces of Caleb's life, she realize their past relationship may not be exactly as she remembered. Each fragment of his life reveals a new clue that propels Jessa to search for the truth about Caleb's accident. What really happened on the storm-swept bridge? And did she ever really know Caleb at all?

Famous in a Small Town by Emma Mills - Contemporary Romance

When Sophie’s beloved Acadia High School marching band is selected to march in the upcoming Rose Parade, it’s her job to get her and her four best friends all the way to LA. Her plan is to persuade singer Megan Pleasant, their town’s only claim to fame, to come back to headline a fundraising festival. The only problem is that Megan has very publicly sworn never to return. What ensues is a journey filled with long-kept secrets, hidden heartbreaks and revelations that could change everything --- along with a possible fifth best friend: a new guy.

Slayer by Kiersten White - Paranormal

It’s hard to be normal when you grow up at the Watcher’s Academy. Here teens are trained as guides for Slayers --- girls gifted with supernatural strength to fight the forces of darkness. But Nina has never embraced the violent Watcher lifestyle. Instead she follows her instincts to heal, carving out a place for herself as the school medic. Until Nina becomes the newest Chosen One --- and the last Slayer, ever. Period. As Nina hones her skills with her Watcher-in-training, Leo, there’s plenty to keep her occupied… But it’s not until bodies start turning up that Nina’s new powers will truly be tested --- because someone she loves might be next. One thing is clear: Being Chosen is easy. Making choices is hard.

Meet nine courageous young adults who have lived in the United States with a secret for much of their lives: they are not U.S. citizens. They came from Colombia, Mexico, Ghana, Independent Samoa, and Korea. They came seeking education, fleeing violence, and escaping poverty. All have heartbreaking and hopeful stories about leaving their homelands and starting a new life in America. And all are weary of living in the shadows. Since the last presidential election and the repeal of DACA, it is no longer safe for these young adults to be identified in photographs or by name. Their photographs have been replaced with empty frames, and their names are represented by first initials. We are honored to publish these brave accounts that encourage open conversation about the complexities of immigration --- and the uncertain future of immigrants in America.

On the day her village was burned to the ground, Janneke was taken captive by the malicious Lydian and sent to work for his nephew Soren. Janneke’s survival has come at the cost of her connection to the human world. And when the Goblin King’s death ignites an ancient hunt for the next king, Soren senses an opportunity for her to finally fully accept the ways of the brutal Permafrost. Janneke must choose between holding on or letting go of her last connections to a world she no longer belongs to. She must make the right choice to save the only thing keeping both worlds from crumbling.