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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

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.

 

After a move to Punxsutawney, PA, for her senior year, Andie gets caught in an endless loop of her first day at her new school, reliving those 24 hours again and again. Convinced the curse will be broken when she meets her true love, Andie embarks on a mission: infiltrating cliques to find the one boy who can break the spell. What she discovers along the way is that people who seem completely different can often share the very same hopes, dreams and hang-ups. And that even a day that has been lived over and over can be filled with unexpected connections and plenty of happy endings.

Inventing Victoria by Tonya Bolden - Historical Fiction

As a young black woman in 1880s Savannah, Essie's dreams are very much at odds with her reality. Ashamed of her beginnings, but unwilling to accept the path currently available to her, Essie is trapped between the life she has and the life she wants. Until she meets a lady named Dorcas Vashon, the richest and most cultured black woman she's ever encountered. When Dorcas makes Essie an offer she can't refuse, she becomes Victoria. Transformed by a fine wardrobe, a classic education, and the rules of etiquette, Victoria is soon welcomed in the upper echelons of black society in Washington, D. C. But when the life she desires is finally within her grasp, Victoria must decide how much of herself she is truly willing to surrender.

When Abdi's family is kidnapped, he's forced to do the unthinkable: become a child soldier with the ruthless jihadi group Al Shabaab. For weeks, Abdi trains with them, witnessing atrocity after atrocity, becoming a monster himself, wondering if he's even pretending anymore. He only escapes after he is forced into a suicide bomber's vest. Eventually, he finds himself on the streets of Kenya, stealing what he can find, sleeping in alleyways and wondering what's become of his family. But everything changes when Abdi's picked up for a petty theft, which sets into motion a chain reaction that forces him to reckon with a past he's been trying to forget.

Match Me if You Can by Tiana Smith - Contemporary Fiction

Mia's best friend Robyn is known for her matchmaking skills. But Robyn refuses to set Mia up with the guy of her dreams for homecoming, which forces Mia to take matters into her own hands. She uses Robyn's service to make sure popular Vince Demetrius falls for her. Vince asks her out, but Mia doesn't count on Logan, the persistent school newspaper photographer who seems to like her out of the blue. Now she has to choose and make sure Robyn doesn't find out that Mia's been matchmaking behind her back. Can she fix the mess she made or will she have to kiss her perfect match goodbye forever?

Kiss Collector by Wendy Higgins - Contemporary Fiction

Zae is over relationships. Between getting cheated on by the only guy she’s ever loved and watching her parents' marriage crumble, she decides to turn the tables and go after what she wants, and what she wants are kisses. Zae proposes a contest with her friends to see who can kiss the most boys during spring break. But what starts as a harmless competition leads to a downward spiral of drama. Zae is forced to face the reasons behind her boy angst and starts to wonder if she was wrong about the male race...or at least some of them.

When Lady Katherine's father is killed for being an illegally practicing Catholic, she discovers treason wasn't the only secret he's been hiding: he was also involved in a murder plot against the reigning Queen Elizabeth I. With nothing left to lose, Katherine disguises herself as a boy and travels to London to fulfill her father's mission, and to take it one step further --- kill the queen herself. Katherine's opportunity comes in the form of William Shakespeare's newest play, which is to be performed in front of Her Majesty. But what she doesn't know is that the play is not just a play. 

Pondering math problems is Esther Ainsworth’s obsession. If only life’s puzzles required logic. Her stepfather’s solution? Avoidance. He’s exiled the family to Truth or Consequences, New Mexico, to erase a big secret from Esther’s past. Here are the consequences: an empty swimming pool, a water-sucking cactus outside her window, a goldfish rescued from a church festival, and Esther’s thirst for something real. Step one: forget about her first love. Step two: make allies. Esther meets a girl named Color who finds beauty in an abandoned video store; Beth, the church choir outcast; and Moss, a boy with alluring possibilities. Step three: confess her secret to those she hopes she can trust. Together, Esther and her friends hit the road to face Esther’s past head-on. It’s a journey that will lead her to embrace her own truth --- in all its glory, pain, and awesomeness.

With her empathic powers gone, Sonya can no longer protect her beloved Anton from his vindictive brother Valko, who will stop at nothing to get his revenge and reclaim his throne. Even if that means using an Auraseer to hunt both Sonya and Anton. Then Sonya hears about an empath in a far-off kingdom who may be able to heal her, but without her powers, finding the legendary Auraseer will be dangerous. And if she doesn’t succeed, the peace Sonya sacrificed so much to achieve will be shattered forever.