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Savoring These Last Summer Days
The last week in August, which is right on the horizon, always feels like a really long Sunday to me. For us in the New York metro area, it is basically a week-long last hurrah before school starts. For others of you, it’s just the week before Labor Day and you already are entrenched in the routine of classes and endless activities. Whether you are looking at a couple of more days of relaxing, or are already into the routine, we have lots of choices for your “free reading” time.

We’ll start you off with the conclusion to James Patterson’s Maximum Ride series, NEVERMORE. In this grand finale, Max, Dylan and Fang have one last chance to save the world. Will they succeed, or will the world implode? The wrap of a series is always interesting…you can see the end to the path that the author started in the first book and all the threads come together. Just how do things end? Time to read and find out!

Pittacus Lore’s The Lorien Legacies continues with THE RISE OF NINE. In this newest installment, the remaining Loriens realize the only way to stop the evil Mogadorians from destroying the earth is to work together. While there is power in numbers, success is not necessarily guaranteed. The fate of the world lies in their hands and not everyone may survive.

All you Maze Runner fans out there can celebrate, because James Dashner has released a prequel to his popular trilogy, a chance to see what happened before the story as you know it got started. In THE KILL ORDER, Thomas has not yet entered the Maze. It’s 13 years before that perplexing event occurs, and Mark and his friends must struggle with a world gone awry, complete with sun flare destruction and a mind-altering contagious disease that is almost sure to wipe out humankind.

Shifting gears from prequels to sequels, we’re featuring book two in Richard Paul EvansMichael Vey series, RISE OF THE ELGEN. After narrowly escaping an Elgen trap, Ostin’s discovery of bizarre “rat fires” in South America leads his gang to the jungles of Peru, where the Electroclan meets new, powerful foes and faces their greatest challenge yet as Michael learns the extent of the Elgen’s rise in power --- and the truth of their plan to “restructure” the world.

We also have reviews of a couple of books that will be releasing very soon.

In EVERY DAY by David Levithan (on sale August 28th), A wakes up in a different person’s body every morning, a different person’s life, and has learned pretty fast never to get attached. One day, he wakes up in Justin’s body and meets Justin’s girlfriend, and suddenly he has found someone he wants to be with day in, day out. The only problem is he’s still in Justin’s body. Really compelling concept.

Raina Telgemeier follows up her Eisner Award winner SMILE with her next graphic novel, DRAMA (on sale September 1st). Callie is a terrible singer, so instead of trying out for the school play, she becomes the set designer. However, with her lack of knowledge about carpentry and engineering a special effect she wants to accomplish, brawling crew members, and onstage/offstage drama once the actors are chosen, Callie has her challenges! Oh, and did we mention there are two brothers, each of whom like her in a different way?

Calling all book clubs! We’re happy to announce a giveaway for Ann Aguirre’s debut novel, ENCLAVE, which is now available in paperback. Deuce has finally achieved her dream of becoming a huntress for her enclave, but as soon as she reaches her goal, she learns her entire enclave is in danger. Partnered with a mysterious hunter, Deuce must find a way to save her home. We’re awarding up to 20 copies of the book to the winning book club, so please enter by Friday, September 21st at noon ET for your chance to win a book for each member of your group! (The sequel to ENCLAVE, OUTPOST, releases on September 4th.)

We continue to be in a giving mood with our latest Grab Bag of Books contest. Enter by Wednesday, September 19th at noon ET for your chance to win OVER YOU by Emma McLaughlin and Nicola Kraus and THE RAFT by S. A. Bodeen, along with a Teenreads.com tote bag.

BLOOD CRAVE, Jennifer Knight’s sequel to her paranormal romance BLOOD ON THE MOON, is now in stores, and we’re spotlighting both in a special feature. In this follow-up, Faith would like nothing better than to have some downtime with her (occasionally furry) boyfriend, Lucas. However, with a vampire uprising and her best friend, Derek, about to wake up a half-werewolf, half-vampire, rest and relaxation is the last thing she’s going to get.

We continue our special feature for THE FORSAKEN by Lisa M. Stasse, a dystopian thriller about a 16-year-old girl named Alenna who is sent to “the Wheel,” a dirty prison island where the prisoners aren’t expected to survive more than two years. Alenna and the others plan to escape, but as they embark on this journey, they uncover shocking secrets about their country and about themselves. As promised in last month’s newsletter, Lisa was kind enough to contribute to our blog with a piece called “Oh no! Not another dystopian!” where she offers five reasons why you should move THE FORSAKEN to the top of your “to be read” pile of dystopians. Here’s something we love, too. Lisa has been reading Teenreads.com for years. Since the site has been around for FIFTEEN years now, she has been a long-time reader. We think it’s pretty cool that there is a generation of YA writers who read Teenreads.com through the years.

In other Teenreads.com blog news, Julianna Baggott --- bestselling author of the post-apocalyptic novel PURE --- contributes a piece in which she discusses the inspiration for her novel, and the unexpected supporter she had who encouraged her to keep writing this story. Julianna and her publisher also have a special opportunity for readers in celebration of the paperback release of PURE to win a Pure Party Pack so you can celebrate this book with your book group! I read this dystopian and can assure you this is unlike any party pack I have ever seen, which makes sense since the world that Julianna has created is pretty amazing. There’s a lot of fusing unusual things to the human bodies we know. Think a doll’s head connected to a hand, a visual I cannot get out of my head! Click here for all the details.

Along with our Cool & New Books roundup and latest reviews, we’ve updated our Adult Books You Want to Read feature. This month we’re recommending you read IN THE SHADOW OF THE BANYAN by Vaddey Ratner, DARE ME by Megan Abbott, WHAT HAPPENED TO MY SISTER by Elizabeth Flock and MONSTER: A Novel of Frankenstein by Dave Zeltserman.

We have a fun new poll question that asks which characters from books you’d like to talk to during your school’s lunch period. If none of our choices appeal to you, feel free to suggest your own!

THE RAVEN BOYS by Maggie Stiefvater and CARNIVAL OF SOULS by Melissa Marr are two of the most highly anticipated books releasing this fall, and we’re giving you an opportunity to win them in our Word of Mouth contest. Just let us know what you’re reading by Friday, September 21st at noon ET, and you could be the very proud owners of both books.

That’s a wrap for now! Please enjoy what’s left of the summer, and best of luck to all of you in the new school year.

Carol Fitzgerald (Carol@bookreporter.com)

Now in Stores: NEVERMORE by James Patterson

NEVERMORE: The Final Maximum Ride Adventure by James Patterson (Fantasy/Adventure)
Are you ready for the final chapter of the Maximum Ride series? Are you ready for the ultimate flight? Because THIS IS IT. In NEVERMORE, James Patterson has given readers one last incredible, explosive adventure with an astonishing ending that no one could have seen coming. Reviewed by Chris Shanley-Dillman.

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Now in Stores: THE RISE OF NINE by Pittacus Lore

THE RISE OF NINE by Pittacus Lore (Science Fiction/Adventure)

It’s either unite or die. The remaining Loriens realize that the only way to stop the evil Mogadorians from destroying the earth is to work together. While there is power in numbers, success is not necessarily guaranteed. The fate of the world lies in their hands, and not everyone may survive. Reviewed by Benjamin Boche.

-Click here to read more about the book.

 

Click here to read a review.
Now in Stores: MICHAEL VEY 2: RISE OF THE ELGEN by Richard Paul Evans

MICHAEL VEY 2: RISE OF THE ELGEN by Richard Paul Evans (Science Fiction/Adventure)
After narrowly escaping an Elgen trap, Ostin’s discovery of bizarre “rat fires” in South America leads his gang to the jungles of Peru, where the Electroclan meets new, powerful foes and faces their greatest challenge yet as Michael learns the extent of the Elgen’s rise in power --- and the truth of their plan to “restructure” the world. Reviewed by Amy Alessio.

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Now in Stores: THE KILL ORDER by James Dashner

THE KILL ORDER by James Dashner (Science Fiction/Adventure)

Surviving the sun flares was easy for Mark and Trina compared to what came next. Now a disease of rage and lunacy races across the eastern United States, and there’s something suspicious about its origin. Worse yet, it’s mutating, and all evidence suggests that it will bring humanity to its knees. Mark and Trina are convinced there’s a way to save those left living from descending into madness. And they’re determined to find it --- if they can stay alive. Reviewed by Terry Miller Shannon.

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In Stores August 28th: EVERY DAY by David Levithan

EVERY DAY by David Levithan (Romance)
Every morning, A wakes in a different person’s body, a different person’s life. He lives by three rules: Never get too attached. Avoid being noticed. Do not interfere. That is, until he wakes up in Justin's body and meets Justin's girlfriend. From that moment, the rules by which A has been living no longer apply. Because finally A has found someone he wants to be with --- day in, day out, day after day. Reviewed by Benjamin Boche.

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In Stores September 1st: DRAMA by Raina Telgemeier

DRAMA by Raina Telgemeier (Graphic Novel)
Callie decides to throw herself wholeheartedly in helping to stage Moon Over Mississippi, a musical, at her school. Her boy-crazy nature gets a boost when two cute twin brothers named Justin and Jesse show an interest in the play and in her --- albeit in different ways. Reviewed by Ryan Donovan.

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Book Club Giveaway: Win a Copy of ENCLAVE by Ann Aguirre for Your Reading Group!

Looking for a great book that is sure to generate lots of discussion in your reading group? Then check out the post-apocalyptic novel ENCLAVE, Ann Aguirre's first book for young adults. Teenreads.com is giving away up to 20 copies of the paperback edition to the winning book club. The deadline for entries is Friday, September 21st at noon ET.

ENCLAVE by Ann Aguirre (Dystopian Fantasy)
New York City has been decimated by war and plague, and most of civilization has migrated to underground enclaves, where life expectancy is no more than the early 20s. When Deuce turns 15, she takes on her role as a Huntress, and is paired with Fade, a teenage Hunter who lived Topside as a young boy.

When she and Fade discover that the neighboring enclave has been decimated by the tunnel monsters --- or Freaks --- who seem to be growing more organized, the elders refuse to listen to warnings. And when Deuce and Fade are exiled from the enclave, the girl born in darkness must survive in daylight, in the ruins of a city whose population has dwindled to a few dangerous gangs.

As the two are guided by Fade’s long-ago memories, they face dangers, and feelings, unlike any they’ve ever known.

-Click here to read an excerpt.

-Click here to read Ann Aguirre’s bio.

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Teenreads.com's Latest Grab Bag of Books Contest
Each month in our Grab Bag of Books contest, five readers are awarded a Teenreads.com signature tote bag filled with some of the hottest books --- and may even include a sneak peek at titles that haven’t been released yet!

This contest period's winners will each receive a copy of OVER YOU by Emma McLaughlin and Nicola Kraus and THE RAFT by S. A. Bodeen. The deadline for entries is Wednesday, September 19th at noon ET.
 
Click here to read all the contest details and enter to win.
Special Feature: BLOOD ON THE MOON and BLOOD CRAVE by Jennifer Knight

BLOOD ON THE MOON featured a headstrong heroine and all of the thrills, chills, and otherworldly boys with deadly charm that a human could ask for. Now, author Jennifer Knight follows up her deliciously suspenseful and immediately addictive debut with the sequel, BLOOD CRAVE. Lose yourself once more in the world of werewolves versus vampires, otherworldly boys with deadly charm, and addictive, spine-tingling action and romance!

BLOOD ON THE MOON
by Jennifer Knight
(Paranormal Romance)
Boys, romance, classes and annoying roommates are all within the realm of the expected for a college freshman. Trying to solve the mysterious murders of young college coeds near campus is not. Darkness seems to be creeping into every corner of Faith Reynolds' life, no matter the hour. And when she seeks the truth, danger seems to be the only thing that finds her. Before long, she finds herself entrenched in the deep-seeded battle between werewolves and vampires.

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BLOOD CRAVE by Jennifer Knight (Paranormal Romance)
After surviving being kidnapped by a vampire, Faith would just love to focus on some alone time with her hot (though occasionally furry) boyfriend, Lucas. Unfortunately, with a vampire uprising on the horizon and her best friend, Derek, about to wake up and find himself transformed into a half-werewolf, half-vampire being without a beating heart, Faith has a few other things to take care of first.

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Special Feature: THE FORSAKEN by Lisa M. Stasse

THE FORSAKEN by Lisa M. Stasse (Dystopian Thriller/Adventure)
After failing a government personality test, 16-year-old Alenna Shawcross is exiled to "The Wheel," a mysterious prison island where all would-be criminals end up. The life expectancy of its prisoners is just two years, and the conditions are dirty, violent and chaotic. So when Alenna meets Liam, a charismatic warrior who wants to escape, she decides to embark on an epic journey that will uncover shocking secrets about the UNA (the super-country that was once Mexico, the USA and Canada) --- and her own identity as well.

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-Click here to read Lisa M. Stasse's Teenreads.com blog post, "Oh no! Not another dystopian!"
-Click here to visit Lisa M. Stasse’s official website.

-Connect with Lisa M. Stasse on Facebook and Twitter.

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Cool & New Books for August
August's roundup of Cool & New Books includes NEVERMORE, the final Maximum Ride novel that finds Max, Fang and Dylan involved in one last explosive adventure with an ending no one could have seen coming; EVERY DAY by David Levithan, a supernatural love story that poses the question: Can you love someone who is destined to change every day?; and RISE OF THE ELGEN, the second book in Richard Paul Evan’s Michael Vey series, in which Michael learns the extent of the Elgen’s rise in power and the truth of their plan to “restructure” the world.

Among the paperbacks releasing this month are THE GRAY WOLF THRONE, book three in Cinda Williams Chima's
Seven Realms series, in which Han Alister makes the shocking discovery that the beautiful girl he knew as Rebecca is actually a blueblood; GOLIATH, the conclusion to Scott Westerfeld’s steampunk trilogy, Leviathan; and SHELTER, Harlan Coben’s young adult debut novel that introduces readers to Mickey Bolitar, whose new girlfriend’s mysterious disappearance reveals a conspiracy so deep and dark that his entire world is upended.

 
Click here to read our latest Cool & New Books roundup.
This Month’s Reviews

SUCH WICKED INTENT: The Apprenticeship of Victor Frankenstein, Book Two by Kenneth Oppel (Science Fiction/Thriller)
After discovering a portal into the spirit world, 16-year-old Victor Frankenstein and his brother's betrothed, Elizabeth --- along with Victor’s twin, Konrad, and their friend Henry --- venture into a place of infinite possibilities where power and passion reign. But as they search for the knowledge to raise the dead, they unknowingly unlock a darkness from which they may never return. Reviewed by Sarah A. Wood.

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WAKE: A Watersong Novel by Amanda Hocking (Paranormal Romance/Fantasy)
Gemma seems to have it all --- she’s carefree, pretty, and falling in love with Alex, the boy next door. He’s always been just a friend, but this summer they’ve taken their relationship to the next level, and now there’s no going back. Then one night, Gemma’s ordinary life changes forever. She is forced to choose between staying with those she loves --- or entering a new world brimming with dark hungers and unimaginable secrets. Reviewed by Kim Naples.


TIGER LILY by Jodi Lynn Anderson (Fantasy/Romance)
Fifteen-year-old Tiger Lily meets the alluring teenage Peter Pan in the forbidden woods of Neverland and immediately falls under his spell. Peter is unlike anyone she's ever known. Despite being an unthinkable match for her, soon Tiger Lily is risking everything --- her family, her future --- to be with him. Reviewed by Sarah A. Wood.


SMALL DAMAGES by Beth Kephart (Fiction)
In a unique slant on a fairly common subject, 18-year-old Kenzie finds herself pregnant. Her boyfriend's response is "What are you going to do?" Her mother's response is to pack Kenzie off to Spain where adoptive parents await. Of course, Kenzie has her own response to the twist in her story...and what it is may well surprise both her and the readers of this subtly stunning tale. Reviewed by Terry Miller Shannon.


WAKING STORMS by Sarah Porter (Urban Fantasy/Romance)
After parting ways with her troubled mermaid tribe, Luce is pulled back in by the pleas of the collapsing and desperate tribe in this second volume of the Lost Voices trilogy. The mermaid queen wants Luce dead, the boy Luce broke mermaid law to save is determined to make her pay for the murder of his family, and there is new evidence that humans now know that mermaids exist. Reviewed by Sarah Hannah Gomez.


INSIGNIA by S. J. Kincaid (Science Fiction/Adventure)
Fourteen-year-old gamer Tom Raines’ dream comes true when he’s offered the chance to join the military’s elite fighting force. Becoming someone important has a cost, though: a computer implant in his brain. Equipped with superhuman capabilities, Tom will now have to figure out who the real enemy is. Reviewed by Benjamin Boche.


MESSY by Heather Cocks and Jessica Morgan (Fiction)
Now that Brooke has caught a taste of fame and her movie star father's attention, she wants to launch a blog that will position her as the ultimate Hollywood insider. But she hardly has the time to write it herself. Enter Max McCormack, an aspiring author who reluctantly agrees to play Brooke's ghost-blogger for an impressive salary. The site takes off, but how long can their lie last? Reviewed by Norah Piehl.


PERFECT ESCAPE by Jennifer Brown (Fiction)
Kendra has always felt overshadowed by her older brother, Grayson, whose OCD forces him to live a life of carefully coordinated routines. Behind the wheel of her car, with Grayson asleep beside her, Kendra decides to drive away from it all. But eventually she must stop running and come to terms with herself, her brother, and her past. Reviewed by Chris Shanley-Dillman.

-Click here to read Jennifer Brown’s Teenreads blog post, “On Writing PERFECT ESCAPE.”


MY LIFE IN BLACK AND WHITE by Natasha Friend (Fiction)
When Lexi’s face goes through a windshield, she's not sure what's worse: the scars she'll have to live with forever, or what she saw going on between her best friend and her boyfriend right before the accident. With the help of her trombone-playing, defiantly uncool older sister and a guy at school recovering from his own recent trauma, Lexi learns she's much more than just a pretty face. Reviewed by Norah Piehl.


LONG LANKIN by Lindsey Barraclough (Historical Mystery/Horror)
Cora and Mimi are sent to stay with their Aunt Ida, an eccentric and rigid woman, in the isolated village of Byers Guerdon. What the girls don’t know is that Aunt Ida’s life was devastated the last time two young sisters were at Guerdon Hall, and she's determined to protect her nieces from an evil that has lain hidden for years. It’s up to Aunt Ida and Cora to uncover the horrifying truth before something happens to them. Reviewed by Chris Shanley-Dillman.

Adult Books You Want to Read

Throughout the year, we feature books from Bookreporter.com, our site for adult readers, that we think will have appeal to teen audiences.

Here are our latest featured titles:


IN THE SHADOW OF THE BANYAN by Vaddey Ratner (Historical Fiction)
For seven-year-old Raami, the shattering end of childhood begins the night her father comes home bringing details of the civil war that has overwhelmed the streets of Phnom Penh, Cambodia’s capital. Over the next four years, as she endures the deaths of family members, starvation, and brutal forced labor, Raami clings to the remaining vestige of childhood --- the mythical legends and poems her father told her. Reviewed by Alexis Burling.


DARE ME by Megan Abbott (Psychological Thriller)
Addy Hanlon and Beth Cassidy are the cheerleaders all the other girls fear and admire, but everything changes when the new coach arrives. Coach Colette French instantly overturns the girls’ pecking order and gains their fierce alliance --- until a shocking event shakes their fragile peace. Reviewed by Joe Hartlaub.


WHAT HAPPENED TO MY SISTER by Elizabeth Flock (Fiction)
In this follow-up to ME & EMMA, nine-year-old Carrie Parker and her mother have fled their small North Carolina town for a fresh start, when they meet another mother-daughter pair, Honor and Cricket, with a troubled past of their own. Carrie and Cricket become fast friends, especially when they discover a surprising secret that could change both of their lives forever. Reviewed by Terry Miller Shannon.


MONSTER: A Novel of Frankenstein by Dave Zeltserman (Supernatural Thriller/Horror)
In 19th-century Germany, one young man counts down the days until he can marry his beloved...until she is found brutally murdered, and the young man is accused of the crime. Broken on the wheel and left for dead, he awakens on a lab table, transformed into an abomination. Friedrich must go far to take his revenge --- only to find his tormentor, Victor Frankenstein, in league with the Marquis de Sade, creating something much more sinister deep in the mountains. Reviewed by Joe Hartlaub.

Click here to see all the adult books we recommend you read.
This Month’s Poll and Word of Mouth Contest

Poll:

Which of the following characters from a book would you like to talk to during your lunch period? Please check as many as apply.


Aria Montgomery (Pretty Little Liars)
Augustus Waters (THE FAULT IN OUR STARS)
Bella Swan (Twilight)
Daniel Grigori (Fallen)
Delilah (BETWEEN THE LINES)
Edward Cullen (Twilight)
Emily Fields (Pretty Little Liars)
Gale Hawthorne (The Hunger Games)
Hanna Marin (Pretty Little Liars)
Harry Potter (Harry Potter)
Hazel Lancaster (THE FAULT IN OUR STARS)
Hermione Granger (Harry Potter)
Jacob Black (Twilight)
Katniss Everdeen (The Hunger Games)
Luce Price (Fallen)
Maximum Ride (Maximum Ride)
Peeta Mellark (The Hunger Games)
Prince Oliver
(BETWEEN THE LINES)
Ron Weasley (Harry Potter)
Spencer Hastings (Pretty Little Liars)
Tris Prior (Divergent)
None of the above
Other (Please specify)

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Word of Mouth:

Send us your current reading recommendations with your comments and a rating of 1 to 5 stars. This contest period, one teen reader will be randomly chosen to win a copy of
THE RAVEN BOYS by Maggie Stiefvater and CARNIVAL OF SOULS by Melissa Marr. The deadline for entries is Friday, September 21st at noon ET.

To make sure other readers will be able to find the books you're writing about, please include full titles and correct author names (your entry must include these to be eligible to win).
For complete rules and guidelines, click here.

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