His Fair Assassin series by Robin LaFevers
Ismae - Grave Mercy
Sybella - Dark Triumph
Annith - Mortal Heart




His Fair Assassin series by Robin LaFevers

Ismae - Grave Mercy

Sybella - Dark Triumph

Annith - Mortal Heart





Some new books to add to your 2014 TBR piles…

It’s still a great year for series, both new and ongoing, but if you’re in the mood for a story that begins and ends with one book, here are a few of the novels for (most of) the latter half of the year - ranging from science fiction and fantasy to paranormal to realistic contemporary - that have us intrigued. And of course they’re not the only ones on our radar - visit us on Goodreads to find many, many more! 

Follow the links to find copies of available books in our catalog:

Free to Fall, Lauren Miller

Everything Leads to You, Nina Lacour

Inland, Kat Rosenfield

Say What You Will, Cammie McGovern

Complicit, Stephanie Kuehn

Conversion, Katherine Howe

Fiendish, Brenna Yovanoff

(Don’t You) Forget About Me, Kate Karyus Quinn

Servants of the Storm, Delilah Dawson

Beware the Wild, Natalie Parker

Illusions of Fate, Kiersten White

Belzhar, Meg Wolitzer

Stitching Snow, R.C. Lewis

Afterworlds, Scott Westerfeld

Falling into Place, Amy Zhang

Kiss of Broken Glass, Madeline Kuderick

Bleed Like Me, Christa Desir




2014 reads | Maggot Moon by Sally Gardner

It had struck me then that the world was full of holes, holes which you could fall into, never to be seen again. I couldn’t understand the difference between disappearance and death. Both seemed the same to me, both left holes. Holes in your heart holes in your life.


2014 reads | Maggot Moon by Sally Gardner

It had struck me then that the world was full of holes, holes which you could fall into, never to be seen again. I couldn’t understand the difference between disappearance and death. Both seemed the same to me, both left holes. Holes in your heart holes in your life.

(via paperbackd)

Think about it this way:

There’s a group of us. We’re either whispering quietly because we don’t want to upset anyone, or we’re just out of your sight so you can’t really hear us. And then, all of a sudden, somehow you hear us or someone leaves the group and tells you or someone voices their frustrations to you. And instead of listening, or providing them a space to boost that voice so people in other rooms will hear them, you walk back to their private room and start shouting. And people in other rooms hear you and they say ‘wow this is so great I’ve never thought of this before’ and they keep passing it on.

But we’ve been having this conversation the entire time.

— “I’m Still Here" by Sumayyah Daud


If we were *maybe* *perhaps* *possibly* going to host some “Best of the YA Web” awards, what categories would you want to see?

Teens “are hungry for good literature and it hurts me because we’re not offering them enough of what they need,” said Sharon Draper, author of award-winning books like “November Blues” and “Copper Sun.”

In 2014, the movement to publish more authors of color and write multicultural main characters remains slow and incremental.

This is not a new discussion: There has long been criticism about the lack of diversity in young adult literature, books written for readers ages 12 to 18. Experts and authors like Walter Dean Myers point back as early as 1965, when educator Nancy Larrick stirred the conversation with an article entitled “The All-White World of Children’s Books.”

— “ Where’s the African-American Harry Potter or the Mexican Katniss?" by Ashley Strickland at (via diversityinya)

(via malindalo)


Here is a selection of excerpts from new and upcoming young adult novels that have recently hit the web.

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Broken Hearts, Fences and Other Things to Mend (Broken Hearts and Revenge #1) by Katie Finn
Publisher: Feiwel and Friends
Release date: May 13 2014
Devastated by being dumped, Gemma ends up in the Hamptons for the summer - but that adds new complications, especially the risk of her bumping into her ex-best friend, Hallie. Things take a twist when a case of mistaken identity causes Hallie, as well as her dreamy brother Josh, to think that Gemma is someone else. But how long will Gemma keep from being discovered?
To read an excerpt, click here.

Hungry by H.A. Swain
Publisher: Feiwel and Friends
Release date: June 3 2014
In the future, food is no longer necessary. People take medications to stave off the hunger. According to Thalia’s parents, this is enough - but when Thalia starts to feel hunger, and meets a boy who is part of the underground movement to bring food back, she knows that not everyone is fortunate as she is, and the only way to really keep away hunger is to find real, nourishing food.
To read an excerpt, click here.

Learning Not to Drown by Anna Shinoda
Publisher: Atheneum Books for Young Readers
Release date: April 1 2014
Clare knows her family is on the brink of disaster: from her, the overprotected baby, to Luke, a drug-addicted felon who is constantly being bailed out by their parents. Though Clare loves her eldest brother, life as his sister has never been easy - and when he is arrested again, new truths are uncovered that shake her knowledge of her family to her core. And then, her mother makes an unthinkable decision in order to protect him. Clare has to decide between cutting ties with her family for her own sake, or drowning along with them.
To read an excerpt, click here.

Pointe by Brandy Colbert
Publisher: Penguin
Release date: April 10 2014
Theo has finally started to get her life back together. However, things are shattered when her old friend Donovan reappears, after four years of being kidnapped. Theo starts reliving memories of his abduction - and abductor - and though Donovan himself isn’t talking, and Theo knows she didn’t do anything wrong, telling the truth about what happened might ruin everything she’s been working for. But keeping quiet could be worse.
To read an excerpt, click here.

Raging Star by Moira Young
Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books
Release date: May 13 2014
Saba is ready to seize her destiny and defeat DeMalo and the Tonton. But when she finally meets him, he confounds her with his visions of a healed earth, a New Eden - for the few that can pay their way in. To Jack, the decision is clear: DeMalo needs to be taken down. Still uncertain, and keeping her connection of DeMalo a secret, Saba still determines to join the fight, leading an inexperienced guerrilla band against DeMalo and his trained militia.
To read an excerpt, click here.

The Taken (The Taken #1) by Kimberly Derting
Publisher: HarperTeen
Release date: April 29 2014
When sixteen-year-old Kara Agnew wakes up behind a dumpster at the Gas n’ Sip, she has no idea how she ended up there. When she wanders home, though, she finds out the truth - she’s been missing for five years, but she hasn’t aged a day. Meanwhile, life has moved on without her: her boyfriend and best friend are living the life she thought she’d have, her parents have divorced and her loss turned her father into a conspiracy theory freak. Confused and lost, Kyra knows she has to learn the truth in order to move on.
To read an excerpt, click here.


Fan of young adult novels in verse? Here’s a guide to the books out or coming out in 2014 that are in verse, and I’ve included links to additional resources and book lists featuring YA verse novels. Enjoy! 

(via yaflash)

More Book Recommendations: THE COLDEST GIRL IN COLDTOWN and CRESS


I’m on vacation, and I’ve gotten into this really great rhythm of reading all the time and eating and then sometimes reading whileeating, which is trickier but still enjoyable.

These two books are good, good in that way where you feel like you have to tell someone about them or else your brain will actually explode.



This book is for people who like vampire books. This book is also for people who got burned out on vampire books a few years ago and have sworn them off forever. This book is also for people who never liked vampire books all that much in the first place. Basically, if you are a person who likes to read good books, this book is for you, no matter how you feel about vampires or have ever felt about vampires in the past.

Personally, if I had a “ship” for this book, it was Tana and Humanity (you know, as opposed to Vampirism). Yes, I had my heart set on Tanamanity in a pretty intense way, because in a world where so many people are voluntarily trading in life for their idealized notions of eternal death, all Tana, who has a more realistic understanding of that “eternal death”, wants is to stay human…BUT not at the expense of the people she cares about, which is why that fight keeps getting harder and harder for her. And Tana is a great character, imperfect and interesting and someone I passionately rooted for all the way through. This book doesn’t romanticize vampirism or have you rooting for it for Tana OR even villainize all those who choose it for themselves (because: nuance!). It’s also written beautifully, with a really rich setting and complex characters, and basically, I can’t do it justice, so you just have to read it, okay? Great.

Here, a quote:

“‘Haven’t you ever thought about it—being a vampire?’

It would be good-bye, Pearl; good-bye, Pauline; good-bye, dream of Los Angeles and palm trees and bright blue ocean. Good-bye, lying on a towel in the backyard under the summer sun, ants crawling across her foot, slippery cocoa butter gleaming on her skin. Good-bye, beating heart and burgers and having blue-gray eyes.

Kill Aidan or die herself. Die and rise.”

(155 in the e-book)


If you haven’t started this series, I recommend it, and basically all you need to know is: fairytale retellings…in the future! With cyborgs, and spaceships, and aliens! And substantially fewer “damsels in distress” than you might be anticipating when I say the word “fairytale.” In fact, generally the damsels are rescuing other people, or themselves.

I don’t want to say much, because this is the third book in what should be a four-parter, but each subsequent book in the series incorporates the characters that came before and new ones, and their stories continue to grow and intertwine in very interesting ways. Can’t wait for the next one (which is called Winter, out in 2015).

And now, to read more things!