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Teenreads.com is Getting SPOOKY!

For me, the entire month of October is dedicated to a Halloween countdown: going to a pumpkin patch and an apple orchard, picking out a great costume and settling into earlier and chillier nights. Similarly, October has been an appropriate month for me to sink my teeth into Teenreads! Because I’m still a little new to Teenreads, I’ve been enjoying learning about the book industry, picking out which books to feature, and growing accustomed to day-to-day happenings at the office.

With that in mind, I loved the photo of the pumpkin above that came our way from the folks at the Duck’s Cottage Downtown bookstore in Manteo, North Carolina. Doesn’t that just sum it up nicely?

During one of the first weeks I was here, I received a reader recommendation for TAP OUT by Eric Devine from Kathy. We really value reader response at Teenreads, so I looked into it. What I found was a compelling novel about a boy who lives in a trailer park and feels that leaving this life is hopeless. His mother serial dates men who abuse her and threaten Tony, plus the entire park is run by a meth gang who wants to recruit Tony. Fortunately, Tony finds solace in mixed martial arts and in shop class. Perhaps he has a future after all. If you are looking for a story with violence and suspense, this is for you.

Continuing our theme of reader participation, we’d like to reminder you that our 2012 YA Readers Survey is live! We ask about YA books and authors, but also delve into your thoughts on a whole lot more that is happening with pop culture media. We assume it will take between 20-30 minutes to complete. Please allow the appropriate amount of time to complete it in one sitting. We had a test group take it and they remarked that the time to take it flew by! (Note: While the survey is open until November 30th, we keep checking the replies; very interesting to see what interests you!)

By completing the survey, you are eligible to enter a contest to win one of 450 books our publisher friends have provided to us. There are PLENTY of prizes, which means spread the word! The 2012 Reader Survey is for everyone who loves reading YA books who is over 10 years old and living in the U.S. (We still love all of you in Canada and overseas, but we know enough of the questions are U.S.-centric and those residing elsewhere wouldn’t be able to reply.)

Answering some questions for a prize isn’t enough participation for you? Apply to be a part of our Teenreads.com Teen Board by Halloween. We are looking for 20-25 teens aged 13-18 to commit to a six-month term from January to June 2013. As a member of the board, you’ll be able to give us feedback on the website and YA on the regular, as well as write reviews, blog posts and be featured on the Teen Board page. We’ll also give you a certificate to show off to your buddies…or include on college applications!

Love books and meeting authors? Well if you live in the Miami, Florida area, you are in for a treat. The Miami Book Fair International, in its 28th year will open its Street Fair on Friday, November 16th. Thousands of South Florida schools will bring teens downtown will help kick off the Street Fair on Friday to hear authors and participate in activities. Comics and graphic novels are once again featured and there’s a section just for teens. Here's a link with all the teen-focused programming in one place

During Street Fair weekend, more than 250 publishers and booksellers exhibit and sell books. We have posted the guides for the fair for specific events for you to look through --- if you happen to live in South Florida, we hope you take the opportunity to visit the Fair! And if you do, drop me a note to tell us about it!

History class getting you down? I was never great at memorizing dates or historically important names that often sounds way odd --- WHO is Genghis Khan and when did he do his thing again??? It was hard to understand why learning events of the past are important when I couldn’t empathize for the people we were learning about in school. That is, until I began to read historical fiction.

We at Teenreads decided to create Historical Fiction Reading Lists for you to check out a different side of the historical events you are learning about, or if you would like to enter a story of a historical era you already love. Personally, I’m all about steampunk or the 1920s. Our reading lists include Before the 17th Century, 17th Century – 19th Century, Turn of the Century to the Present and American History. These are great lists to share with the teachers, media specialists and librarians you know!

Let’s talk about some FUN. Halloween is creeping closer and closer…are you prepared? It’s less than two weeks away. As you get excited for the festivities, please note that we’re extending our Book O’Lantern contest to October 31st! In this contest we award FIVE teens a Halloween tote filled with sweet treats and five books: SHIVER by Maggie Stiefvater, CLARITY by Kim Harrington, BREAK MY HEART 1,000 TIMES by Daniel Waters, LONG LANKIN by Lindsey Barraclough and THE INFECTS by Sean Beaudoin.

One of the books that was just published that I’m incredibly excited about is CREWEL by Gennifer Albin. In the world of Arras, a girl becoming a Spinster means a life of privilege, eternal beauty and power --- but it also means leaving your family behind and never starting your own. Adelice is handpicked to become a Crewler, the only Spinster the Guild cannot completely control, but discovers a deadly secret along the way. This book is one of the prizes in our Multi-Book Giveaway this month, where readers have a chance to win all four books featured in Macmillan Publishing Group’s "Fierce Reads" campaign. The others are MONSTROUS BEAUTY by Elizabeth Fama, THE SHADOW SOCIETY by Marie Rutkoski, OUTPOST by Ann Aguirre, PROMISED by Caragh M. O’Brien and NECROMANCING THE STONE by Lish McBride. Enter by Monday, November 19th at noon ET, and you could be one of five winners who will be sent all six books.

Just out this month is SON, the fourth book in The Giver quartet by Lois Lowry. The first book, released in 1993, THE GIVER earned the Newbery Medal and is known as the original dystopian novel, frequently appearing on banned book lists across the country. Now, SON marks the fourth book in the series, following GATHERING BLUE and MESSENGER. In this book, Lowry focuses on Gabriel’s mother Claire, and her struggle with having her son taken away from her, taking the reader back to the days THE GIVER took place. You also will see some characters who you first met in the earlier books!

Speaking of series, we are updating our Ruby Red series feature with SAPPHIRE BLUE by Kerstin Gier. Gwen’s life has been a rollercoaster since she discovered she was the Ruby, the final member in the secret time-traveling Circle of Twelves. In between searching through history for other time-travelers, she’s been trying to figure out what all the mysteries and prophecies surrounding the Circle really mean.

On October 10th, the National Book Award finalists were announced! To celebrate, we will feature a finalist each week until the announcement of the winner on November 14th. This week, we are featuring ENDANGERED by Eliot Schrefer, which is the compelling tale of a girl who must save a group of bonobos --- and herself --- from a violent coup. Other finalists include William Alexander for GOBLIN SECRETS, Carrie Arcos for OUT OF REACH, Patricia McCormick for NEVER FALL DOWN and Steve Sheinkin for BOMB: The Race to Build --- and Steal --- the World’s Most Dangerous Weapon. Keep an eye out for these weekly updates!

Did you get a chance to visit our Books on Screen feature for The Perks of Being a Wallflower? Well, it’s now out in theaters for general release and will continue to be featured on Teenreads for the rest of October. So far, I have heard GREAT reviews from my friends, although I have yet to see it. Be sure to check out Charlie’s story of getting through his first year of high school and the challenges of teenage life, complete with Rocky Horror Picture Show scenes!

Our Grab Bag of Books contest is still running! Winners will each receive a copy of THE DEAD GIRLS DETECTIVE AGENCY by Suzy Cox, FANG GIRL by Helen Keeble and SAFEKEEPING by Karen Hesse. The deadline for entries is Thursday, November 1st at noon ET.

This month’s Cool & New Books roundup includes the afore-mentioned SON, Lois Lowry’s finale of the Giver quartet about Gabriel's mother, Claire, and her struggle to give up her son and find him again; Rachel Cohn's BETA, which follows Alysia, an experimental model of a teenage clone, as she discovers she isn't the unfeeling clone she's supposed to be --- she has feelings, and if anyone finds out, she will suffer a fate too terrible to imagine; and the paperback edition THE PLEDGE, the first in Kimberly Derting's series about 17-year-old Charlaina, who can understand all languages in a world where status is determined by the language you speak.

We’ve also updated our Adult Books You Want to Read feature. This month, we are recommending you read THE ROUND HOUSE by Louise Erdrich, MARVEL COMICS: The Untold Story by Sean Howe and CLOCKWORK ANGELS by Kevin J. Anderson.

It’s not too late to answer our poll question about Halloween costumes and enter our Word of Mouth contest! This month, you have a chance to win a copy of SON by Lois Lowry and ZOM-B by Darren Shan by telling us your current reading recommendations. Both close on Thursday, November 1st at noon. Look forward to our new poll about dystopian worlds that will come up right after that!

And remember! We are starting to update reviews and features during the month AND we are increasing our newsletters to come out twice a month starting in January! Want a more regular update? Make sure to follow our Twitter and be a fan of our Facebook page!

Have a happy and safe Halloween! And keep enjoying your pleasure reading.

---Liz Kossnar (liz@bookreporter.com)

Now in Stores: SON by Lois Lowry

SON by Lois Lowry (Dystopian/Fantasy)
SON thrusts readers once again into the chilling world of the Newbery Medal-winning book, THE GIVER, as well as GATHERING BLUE and MESSENGER where a new hero emerges. In this thrilling series finale, the startling and long-awaited conclusion to Lois Lowry’s epic tale culminates in a final clash between good and evil. Reviewed by Jana Siciliano.

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Now in Stores: DODGER by Terry Pratchett

DODGER by Terry Pratchett (Historical Fantasy)
Seventeen-year-old Dodger may be a street urchin, but he gleans a living from London's sewers, and he knows a jewel when he sees one. He's not about to let anything happen to the unknown girl --- not even if her fate impacts some of the most powerful people in England. Reviewed by Norah Piehl.

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Now in Stores: THE LAST DRAGONSLAYER by Jasper Fforde

THE LAST DRAGONSLAYER by Jasper Fforde (Fantasy)
In the good old days, magic was indispensable, but now magic is fading. Fifteen-year-old foundling Jennifer Strange runs Kazam, an employment agency for magicians --- but it’s hard to stay in business when magic is drying up. If the visions predicting the death of the world’s last dragon at the hands of an unnamed Dragonslayer are true, everything will change for Kazam --- and for Jennifer. Reviewed by Benjamin Boche.

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Special Contest: Enter to Win 6 "Fierce Reads" from Novelists Whose Books Will Captivate You

This month, Macmillan Children's Publishing Group gets Fierce...again! Fierce Reads is an online home and a brand where teens can interact with books they love and be a part of the discovery of new books. Fierce Reads will promote books across all of Macmillan's publishing divisions, with a mix of debut and well-known authors.

To celebrate the release of six books that are being featured in this exciting campaign, we're giving five readers the opportunity to win them all! Enter by Monday, November 19th at noon ET for your chance to be awarded CREWEL by Gennifer Albin, MONSTROUS BEAUTY by Elizabeth Fama, THE SHADOW SOCIETY by Marie Rutkoski, OUTPOST by Ann Aguirre, PROMISED by Caragh M. O’Brien and NECROMANCING THE STONE by Lish McBride.

CREWEL by Gennifer Albin (Dystopian/Fantasy)
Gifted with the rare ability to weave time with matter, Adelice is exactly what the Guild is looking for, and in Arras, being chosen as a Spinster means privilege, eternal beauty, and being something other than a secretary. But once you become a Spinster, there is no turning back. Now caught in a web of lies and intrigue, Adelice must decide who to trust.

MONSTROUS BEAUTY by Elizabeth Fama (Fantasy/Thriller)
Fierce, seductive mermaid Syrenka falls in love with Ezra, a young naturalist. When she abandons her life underwater for a chance at happiness on land, she is unaware that this decision comes with horrific and deadly consequences. Almost 140 years later, 17-year-old Hester meets a mysterious stranger named Ezra and feels overwhelmingly, inexplicably drawn to him. For generations, love has resulted in death for the women in her family. Is it an undiagnosed genetic defect...or a curse?

THE SHADOW SOCIETY by Marie Rutkoski (Fantasy/Romance)
Darcy Jones doesn’t remember anything before the day she was abandoned as a child outside a Chicago firehouse. She has never really belonged anywhere --- but she couldn’t have guessed that she comes from an alternate world where the Great Chicago Fire didn’t happen and deadly creatures called Shades terrorize the human population. In this smart, compulsively readable novel, master storyteller Marie Rutkoski has crafted an utterly original world, characters you won’t soon forget, and a tale full of intrigue and suspense.

OUTPOST by Ann Aguire (Dystopian/Series)
In this sequel to ENCLAVE, Ann Aguirre ramps up the action and horror. If you were scared of the blood-thirsty Freaks before, brace yourself for this incredible sequel. The Freaks have grown smarter. They’re watching. Waiting. Planning. The monsters don’t intend to let Salvation survive, and it may take a girl like Deuce to turn back the tide.

PROMISED by Caragh M. O'Brien (Science Fiction/Adventure)
After defying the ruthless Enclave, surviving the wasteland, and upending the rigid matriarchy of Sylum, Gaia Stone now faces her biggest challenge ever. She must lead the people of Sylum back to the Enclave and persuade the Protectorat to grant them refuge from the wasteland. Is Gaia ready, as a leader, to sacrifice what --- or whom --- she loves most?


NECROMANCING THE STONE by Lish McBride (Paranormal/Urban Fantasy)
With the defeat of the evil Douglas behind him, Sam LaCroix is getting used to his new life as a powerful necromancer. Still, he’s not exactly sure how to use all the power he possesses. But when everything starts falling apart, he decides it’s time to step up and take control. His attempts to do so just bring up more questions, though, the most important of which is more than a little alarming: is Douglas really dead?

 

Click here to read all the contest details and enter to win.

 
Series Feature Update: Ruby Red Trilogy

The second book in the Ruby Red trilogy, SAPPHIRE BLUE, is out!

SAPPHIRE BLUE by Kerstin Gier, translated by Anthea Bell
Gwen’s life has been a rollercoaster since she discovered she was the Ruby, the final member of the secret time-traveling Circle of Twelve. With the help of her best friend Lesley, an 18th-century ghost named James, Xemerius the demon gargoyle, as well as her hot-and-cold love interest Gideon, Gwen searches through history for the other time-travelers and tries to figure out what all the mysteries and prophecies surrounding the Circle really mean.

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-Click here to read about RUBY RED.

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Special Contest: Book O'Lantern

Teenreads.com is celebrating the season of ghouls and ghosts with our Third Annual Book O'Lantern Contest! Between now and Wednesday, October 31st, teens can enter to win a bag perfect for trick-or-treating, filled with a few special sweet treats, plus some spooky reads that will help make the scariest season of them all last well beyond Halloween.

Five winners each will receive a selection of books from our list of featured titles, which includes the following:

BREAK MY HEART 1,000 TIMES by Daniel Waters
Living in the aftermath of the Event means that seeing the dead is now a part of life, but Veronica wishes that the ghosts would just move on. Instead, the ghosts aren’t disappearing --- they’re gaining power.

CLARITY by Kim Harrington
Clare sees things no one else can see. All she has to do is touch a certain object, and the visions come to her. When a teenage girl is found murdered, Clare's brother --- who has supernatural gifts of his own --- becomes the prime suspect. Clare must venture into the depths of fear, revenge and lust in order to track the real killer.


THE INFECTS by Sean Beaudoin
Seventeen-year-old Nero is stuck in the wilderness with a bunch of other juvenile delinquents on an "Inward Trek." As if that weren't bad enough, his counselors have turned into flesh-eating maniacs overnight and are now chowing down on his fellow miscreants.

LONG LANKIN by Lindsey Barraclough
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.

SHIVER by Maggie Stiefvater
Grace has spent years watching the wolves in the woods behind her house. And one yellow-eyed wolf --- her wolf --- is a chilling presence she can't seem to live without.

Click here for more details and enter the contest.

 
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
THE DEAD GIRLS DETECTIVE AGENCY by Suzy Cox, FANG GIRL by Helen Keeble and SAFEKEEPING by Karen Hesse. The deadline for entries is Thursday, November 1st at noon ET.

Click here for details and to enter the contest

 
Take the 2012 YA Readers Survey!

 

A reminder that our 2012 YA Readers Survey is live! We ask about YA books and authors, but also delve into your thoughts on a whole lot more that is happening with pop culture media.

By completing the survey, you are eligible to enter a contest to win one of 450 books our publisher friends have provided to us. There are PLENTY of prizes, which means spread the word! The 2012 Readers Survey is for everyone who loves reading YA books who is over 10 years old and living in the U.S. (We still love all of you in Canada and overseas, but we know enough of the questions are U.S.-centric and those residing elsewhere wouldn’t be able to reply.)

We assume it will take between 20-30 minutes to complete. Please allow the appropriate amount of time to complete it in one sitting. We had a test group take it and they remarked that the time to take it flew by!

Click here for more details and to take the survey.

 
Teenreads.com Teen Board --- A New Way for Readers to Interact with Us

 

We are looking around the country for 20-25 teens between the ages of 13 and 18 years old who are passionate about books and committed to contributing to Teenreads.com to serve on our new Teen Board for a six-month period, from January to June 2013. Opportunities will include contributing reviews, writing blog posts, sharing ideas for the site, giving feedback on features we have, and scouting trends in your own community. You'll be given a Contributor profile on the site, as well as a snazzy certificate of proof of your involvement on the Teen Board. That would look pretty nice on a college application, wouldn't it? Our application will be up until Wednesday, October 31st.

Click here for more information and to apply to be a Teenreads.com Board member.

 
New Feature: Historical Fiction Reading Lists

 

Because history is not typically a favorite subject, whether you are still in school or not, we have decided to create Historical Fiction Reading Lists to inject some fun into exploring the past. Forget fantasy! Historical eras are worlds in themselves. Escape an arranged marriage in the Middle Ages! Be a spy in Regency England. Defend your country in a brutal war! Anything is possible when you are free from the limits of time. Check it out for yourself!

-Click here for Historical Fiction: Before the 17th Century
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-Click here for Historical Fiction: 17th Century - 19th Century.

-Click here for Historical Fiction: Turn of the Century to the Present.
-Click here for Historical Fiction: American History.

Click here for all Teenreads.com Reading Lists.

 
Cool & New Books for October

October’s roundup of Cool & New Books includes ENDANGERED by Eliot Schrefer, a recent National Book Award Finalist, which is a compelling tale of a girl who must save a group of bonobos --- and herself --- from a violent coup in the Congo; SON, Lois Lowry’s finale of the Giver quartet about Gabriel's mother, Claire, and her struggle to give up her son and find him again; and Rachel Cohn's BETA, which follows Alysia, an experimental model of a teenage clone, as she discovers she isn't the unfeeling clone she's supposed to be --- she has feelings, and if anyone finds out, she will suffer a fate too terrible to imagine.

Among the paperbacks releasing this month are THE FUTURE OF US by Jay Asher and Carolyn Mackler, where estranged childhood friends Josh and Emma discover their future selves' Facebooks from a free AOL CD; in Lauren McLaughlin's SCORED, a high score means the school of your choice, a low score means a tough life is ahead, but for Imani, the score means choosing between friendship and questioning everything she’s ever known; and THE PLEDGE, the first in Kimberly Derting's series about 17-year-old Charlaina, who can understand all languages in a world where status is determined by the language you speak.

Click here to read our latest Cool & New Books roundup.

 
This Month’s Reviews

CONFESSIONS OF A MURDER SUSPECT by James Patterson and Maxine Paetro (Thriller)
On the night Malcolm and Maud Angel are murdered, Tandy Angel knows just three things: 1) She was the last person to see her parents alive. 2) The police have no suspects besides Tandy and her three siblings. 3) She can't trust anyone --- maybe not even herself. Tandy decides that she will have to clear the family name, but digging deeper into her powerful parents' affairs is a dangerous-and revealing-game. Who knows what the Angels are truly capable of? Reviewed by Chris Shanley-Dillman.

MAGISTERIUM by Jeff Hirsch (Science Fiction)
Glenn has always wondered what was on the other side of the Rift. When her father is arrested, he gives her a metal bracelet that sends Glenn and her friend Kevin on the run, and it looks like there's only one place to go... Reviewed by Chris Shanley-Dillman.

THE OPPOSITE OF HALLELUJAH by Anna Jarzab (Fiction)
Caro Mitchell considers herself an only child. So when Caro's parents drop the bombshell that Hannah --- her sister that she barely remembers --- is returning to live with them, Caro feels as if an interloper is crashing her family. Unable to understand Hannah, Caro resorts to telling lies about her mysterious reappearance. But when those lies alienate those closest to her, she seeks solace from an unexpected source, and starts to see her sister in a whole new light. Reviewed by Norah Piehl.

THE SHADOW SOCIETY by Marie Rutkoski (Dystopian/Fantasy)
Darcy Jones doesn't remember anything before the day she was abandoned as a child outside a Chicago firehouse. She has never really belonged anywhere --- but she couldn't have guessed that she comes from an alternate world where the Great Chicago Fire didn't happen and deadly creatures called Shades terrorize the human population. In this smart, compulsively readable novel, master storyteller Marie Rutkoski has crafted an utterly original world, characters you won't soon forget, and a tale full of intrigue and suspense. Reviewed by Sarah Wood.

TIME BETWEEN US by Tamara Ireland Stone (Fiction/Paranormal)
Anna and Bennett were never supposed to meet: she lives in 1995 Chicago and he lives in 2012 San Francisco. But Bennett's unique ability to travel through time and space brings him into Anna's life, and with him, a new world of adventure and possibility. Reviewed by Erin Allen.

ZOM-B by Darren Shan (Horror/Thriller)
When news reports start appearing of a zombie outbreak in Ireland, B's racist father thinks it's a joke --- but even if it isn't, he figures, it's ok to lose a few Irish. B decides it's easier to take out his father's hateful tendencies on his fellow classmates, until zombies attack the school. B is forced on a mad dash through the serpentine corridors of high school, making allegiances with anyone with enough gall to fight off their pursuers. Reviewed by Sally Tibbetts.

SANCTUM by Sarah Fine (Fantasy)
No one willingly walks through the Suicide Gates, into a place smothered in darkness and infested with depraved creatures. But Lela isn't just anyone --- she's determined to save her best friend's soul, even if it means sacrificing her eternal afterlife. Reviewed by Erin Allen.

NECROMANCING THE STONE by Lish McBride (Paranormal)
With the defeat of the evil Douglas behind him, Sam LaCroix is getting used to his new life as a powerful necromancer. Still, he's not exactly sure how to use all the power he possesses. But when everything starts falling apart, he decides it's time to step up and take control. His attempts to do so just bring up more questions, though, the most important of which is more than a little alarming: Is Douglas really dead? Reviewed by Sarah Rachel Egelman.

TEAM HUMAN by Justine Larbalestier and Sarah Rees Brennan (Paranormal/Fantasy)
Just because Mel lives in a city founded by vampires doesn't mean she knows any personally. Until the day a vampire shows up at her high school and Mel's best friend, Cathy, starts falling for him. On top of trying to help Cathy, Mel is investigating the disappearance of another friend. Soon, she finds herself hip-deep in an adventure that is equal parts hilarious and touching. Reviewed by Norah Piehl.

DARKWATER by Catherine Fisher
To regain the power and wealth her family has lost, Sarah makes a bargain with Azrael, Lord of Darkwater Hall. He gives her 100 years and the means to accomplish her objective --- in exchange for her soul. One-hundred years later, Tom dreams of attending Darkwater Hall School and meets a professor named Azrael, who offers him a bargain. Will Sarah be able to stop Tom from making the same mistake she did a century ago? Reviewed by Benjamin Boche.

A WRINKLE IN TIME: The Graphic Novel written by Madeleine L'Engle, adapted and illustrated by Hope Larson (Graphic Novel)
It's been 50 years since Madeleine L'Engle's classic A WRINKLE IN TIME was first published, and as part of the anniversary celebration of the award-winning children's book, FSG has published Hope Larson's graphic-novel adaptation. It shines in glorious blue, black, and white hues, faithfully adapting an epic tale that multitudes of people hold near and dear to their hearts. Reviewed by John Hogan.

And keep an eye out for these reviews later this month!

BETA by Rachel Cohn (Science Fiction)
Elysia is a Beta, an experimental model of a teenage clone created in a laboratory. She knows she is soulless and cannot feel, yet overpowering sensations cloud Elysia's mind. If anyone discovers that she isn't the unfeeling clone she must pretend to be, she will suffer a fate too terrible to imagine. Reviewed by Norah Piehl.

ALL YOU NEVER WANTED by Adele Grifin (Family and Relationships)
Alex has it all --- brains, beauty, popularity, and a dangerously hot boyfriend. Her little sister Thea wants it all, and she's stepped up her game to get it. Even if it means spinning the truth to win the attention she deserves. Even if it means uncovering a shocking secret her older sister never wanted to share. Even if it means crying wolf. Reviewed by Molly Horan.

CREWEL by Gennifer Albin (Dystopia/Fantasy)
Gifted with the rare ability to weave time with matter, Adelice is exactly what the Guild is looking for, and in Arras, being chosen as a Spinster means privilege, eternal beauty, and being something other than a secretary. But once you become a Spinster, there is no turning back. Now caught in a web of lies and intrigue, Adelice must decide who to trust. Reviewed by Liz Kossnar.

BREAK MY HEART 1,000 TIMES by Daniel Waters (Paranormal)
Living in the aftermath of the Event means that seeing the dead is now a part of life, but Veronica wishes that the ghosts would just move on. Instead, the ghosts aren’t disappearing --- they’re gaining power. Reviewed by Sally Tibbetts.

Daniel X: ARMAGEDDON by James Patterson and Chris Grabenstein (Science Fiction/Series)
Number Two has amassed an underground army of aliens to help him enslave Earth's population in preparation for the arrival of Number One, Daniel's arch-nemesis. Thousands of humans defect to the alien's side, but Daniel isn't alone in his fight. Along with several military and intelligence groups, Daniel is prepared to lead a truly epic battle against the evil that has plagued Earth for so long. Reviewed by Amy Alessio.

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:

THE ROUND HOUSE by Louise Erdich (Thriller)
The victim of a recent attack, Geraldine Coutts is reluctant to relive or reveal to anyone what happened. She will not leave her bed and slips into an abyss of solitude. Her son, Joe, becomes frustrated with the official investigation and sets out with his trusted friends to get some answers of his own. Their quest takes them first to the Round House, a sacred space and place of worship for the Ojibwe. And this is only the beginning.

MARVEL COMICS: The Untold Story by Sean Howe (Popular Culture)
Drawing on more than 100 original interviews with Marvel insiders then and now, MARVEL COMICS is a story of fertile imaginations, lifelong friendships, action-packed fistfights, reformed criminals, unlikely alliances, and third-act betrayals --- a narrative of one of the most extraordinary, beloved and beleaguered pop cultural entities in America's history.

CLOCKWORK ANGELS by Kevin J. Anderson (Science Fiction)
In a young man’s quest to follow his dreams, he is caught between the grandiose forces of order and chaos. He travels across a lavish and colorful world of steampunk and alchemy with lost cities, pirates, anarchists, exotic carnivals, and a rigid Watchmaker who imposes precision on every aspect of daily life.

 

Click here to see all the adult books we recommend you read.

 
Poll and Word of Mouth

Poll:

Do you dress up for Halloween at school?

I always do!
This year I am.
No way!
I haven't decided yet.
My school doesn't allow it.

-Click here to answer the poll.


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 SON by Lois Lowry and ZOM-B by Darren Shan. The deadline for entries is Thursday, November 1st 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.

-Click here to read all the contest details and enter to win.

 

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