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June 26, 2013


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Wow! It is officially summer at last! A few high schools still are finishing up graduations and end of the year events, but for 99% of you, school is out and you are FREE! AND next week is the Fourth of July, which means time to relax, enjoy the great outdoors --- and READ! What are everyone’s holiday plans? Are you taking to the road?

This year, I’m flying back to Chicago to spend the holiday weekend with my family and friends who live in the Midwest. I still haven’t figured out how I’m celebrating on the 4th (other than finding some fireworks to gawk at and some barbeque to attend with friends), but my family is throwing a big barbeque on July 5th so I can see all the loved ones I haven’t seen since moving to New York City! I am looking forward to this reunion, which will most likely end up to be a nice “Round 2” of red, white and blue. Speaking of which, I still have to request which special cupcakes I'd like my cousin to make me. Yum! Summer is the best! What I do know is that I’m going to be bringing some great books with me, to read on the airplane and to share with my friends and family.

These days, everyone seems to be super into…super heroes! Has anyone seen Man of Steel yet? Nikki from 20SomethingReads.com is really into Superman, and I bet most of you know why. ;-) But do you envy his ability to fly? Turns out, most of you would prefer to shapeshift, read minds and control things with your mind. Don’t agree? Tell us which superpowers you’d want if you were a character in a fantasy or sci-fi adventure in our poll, which is open until Sunday!

Horror anyone? On June 16th, The Horror Writers Association gathered in New Orleans to announce the winners of the 2012 Bram Stoker Awards. The winner of the “Superior Achievement in a Young Adult Novel” is FLESH & BONE by Jonathan Maberry, which is the finale in his Benny Imura series following ROT & RUIN and DUST & DECAY. Reading a zombie horror trilogy straight through would be a delightful way to pass the time, right?

Let’s see what else is out in June. The GREATLY anticipated Sarah Dessen novel, THE MOON AND MORE, is here! Emaline has the perfect boyfriend. Luke is handsome, kind and fun. But now, in the summer before college, Emaline wonders if perfect is good enough. Caroline Osborn reviews, “Like much of Sarah Dessen’s previous work, this novel thrives on filling in the details of a world until it feels incredibly real.” This is a summer must-read if I’ve ever seen one!

When you’re living amidst the height of beauty in Parisian society, how can a girl manage to stand out? In Elizabeth Ross’s BELLE EPOQUE, Maude Pichon runs away from provincial Brittany to glamorous Paris and finds work with the Durandeau Agency, which provides its clients with a unique service --- the beauty foil. Hire a plain friend and become instantly more attractive. Reviewer Carly Silver writes, “Ross personifies the Belle Epoque, the 'Beautiful Age' of French history and culture, with every stroke of her pen.” If you aren’t vacationing this summer, at least you’ll be able to travel to the Belle Epoque by reading this novel!

Perhaps being in the spotlight isn’t all that it’s cracked up to be… In YOU LOOK DIFFERENT IN REAL LIFE by Jennifer Castle, Justine feels the pressure to live up to her own personality, the charm and humor she’s shown to the nation in documentaries when she was six years old and then again at 11. Now Justine is 16, and another sequel is in the works. Justine isn’t ready to have viewers examining her life again. But, ready or not, she and the other four teens will soon be in front of the cameras again. I loved reading this book so I reviewed it! This realistic fiction YA “is ultimately a story of self-identification, finding your passion, coming to peace with your past and seeing people beyond their appearances.”

In Tom McNeal’s FAR FAR AWAY, Jeremy Johnson Johnson once admitted he's able to hear voices, and the townspeople of Never Better have treated him like an outsider since. But the truth is, Jeremy can hear voices. Or, specifically, one voice: the voice of the ghost of Jacob Grimm, one half of the infamous writing duo, The Brothers Grimm. I’m a huge fan of the Grimms’ fairy tales, so I reviewed this book, too. I wrote, “Tom McNeal creates a wonderful story that weaves real life situations with fantasy. Because the story is narrated entirely by the voice of Jacob Grimm --- the voice that Jeremy alone can hear --- there are excellent facts about the lives of the Brothers Grimm, as well as glimpses into the fairy tales they collected and rewrote.”

Fuel your summer reading with a chance to win books! We’re still celebrating the release of the second book in Leigh Bardugo's The Grisha Trilogy, SIEGE AND STORM, in which Alina returns to the country she abandoned, determined to fight the forces against Ravka. We are giving five readers the chance to win both SIEGE AND STORM and the first book in the series, SHADOW AND BONE! Fill out this form before Monday, July 8th at noon EST to enter to win both books!

And if this next contest does not get your attention, I'm not sure what will. Here’s your chance to enter our annual Beach Bag of Books Giveaway, where the prize is 20 books! Twenty books seems like a lot to win, right? But if you factor in traveling time, time waiting for friends to pick you up to go to see a movie, beach time and time spent lounging outside, you’d be surprised how many books you can enjoy in just one summer! Then again, you also can share them with friends and family. You have until Thursday, July 18th to enter to win the books, which will be packed up in a beach bag with a towel, sunscreen and an “I Love YA” tote and button. And don't forget to tell your friends --- the more friends who enter, the most likely you'll get to grab a great beach read as they share with you!

Have siblings or kids you babysit? Give them a summer gift and enter to win a the 39 Clues book for them! Enter to win one of 25 copies of THE 39 CLUES: THE CAHILL FILES, Book Two: SPYMASTERS by Clifford Riley in Kidsreads.com's contest. Flee alongside a young Cahill as Washington burns, unlock Houdini's magic, and stow away with young Fiske Cahill on a desperate mission that could cost him his life. This volume contains three stories previously published as ebook adventures. We’re giving away a LOT of copies, so make sure to tell your friends, family and neighbors to enter the contest until Monday, July 1st.

YA lit doesn’t have to be boys vs. girls, right? There are books that boys AND girls can love! Teenreads.com’s "He Said/She Said" feature aims to highlight a book each month to discuss its guy and girl appeal, first with the cover and then with its content --- and YOU get to tell us what you think. Our first featured title, TANDEM by Anna Jarzab, gathered some terrific attention. Now our cover survey for Emil Ostrovski’s THE PARADOX OF VERTICAL FLIGHT is up! Vote whether this is a boy book, a girl book or both based on its cover. At the end of this week, read the responses from a Teen Board boy and girl about their thoughts on reading the book. The twist? They never saw the cover, title or author name! So they will be weighing in without the visuals or context which may sway their opinions.

We recently updated our Teen Ultimate Reading List and we are adding two more genre lists to the four we already have up! Check out our new romance list, Books About Mothers, Sisters and Lovers…of YA and our new series list, Books to Furiously Chain Read. We’ve added these two lists to our YA fiction list, Books that Keep it Real and our adult fiction and classics list, Books to Bring to a Coffee Shop, science fiction and dystopian list, Books to Keep Your Eyes On While Big Brother Keeps An Eye On You, and our paranormal and fantasy list, Books That Give You Flight…Or Another Power. And don’t hesitate to share these lists with your friends, teachers, librarians, media specialists and family! Everyone deserves some help finding the exact book to fit their mood!

Plus, don't miss Adult Books You Want to Read, reviews that we've recently featured on our site for adults, Bookreporter.com, that we think you'll love, too. This month's addition is THE OCEAN AT THE END OF THE LANE by Neil Gaiman.

The term for our first-ever Teen Board is coming to an end. It’s been wonderful working with this inaugural group! Make sure to check up on their profiles and which blogs and reviews they've written. We are currently on round two of Teen Board applications --- by the next newsletter, we’ll have our new Teen Board to announce to you all. Thank you to everyone who applied and who takes an interest in Teenreads.com!

I've already mentioned our Kidsreads.com and 20SomethingReads.com websites, but here's another note for you all graduating or with little ones around. Kidsreads.com gives great recommendations for books for kids younger than you all (think younger siblings or kids you may babysit!), and 20SomethingReads.com is great for those of you graduating high school! We at The Book Report Network believe there's a book for everyone in the family!

No matter how you celebrate the Fourth of July, or summer for that matter, make sure to make time for your pleasure reading. Summer is the BEST time to lounge, unplug and read. Enjoy it while you can!

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

Now in Stores: THE MOON AND MORE by Sarah Dessen

THE MOON AND MORE by Sarah Dessen (Romance)
Luke is the perfect boyfriend: handsome, kind, fun. He and Emaline have been together all through high school in Colby, the beach town where they both grew up. But now, in the summer before college, Emaline wonders if perfect is good enough. Reviewed by Caroline Osborn.

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Now in Stores: BELLE EPOCHE by Elizabeth Ross

BELLE EPOQUE by Elizabeth Ross (Historical Fiction)
When Maude Pichon runs away from provincial Brittany to Paris, her romantic dreams vanish as quickly as her savings. Desperate for work, she answers an unusual ad. The Durandeau Agency provides its clients with a unique service --- the beauty foil. Hire a plain friend and become instantly more attractive. Reviewed by Carly Silver.

- Click here to read more about the book.
 

Click here to read a review.

 
Now in Stores: FAR FAR AWAY by Tom McNeal

FAR FAR AWAY by Tom McNeal (Fairy Tales)
Jeremy Johnson Johnson once admitted he's able to hear voices, and the townspeople of Never Better have treated him like an outsider since. After his mother left, his father became a recluse, and it's been up to Jeremy to support the family. But it hasn't been up to Jeremy alone. The truth is, Jeremy can hear voices. Or, specifically, one voice: the voice of the ghost of Jacob Grimm, one half of the infamous writing duo, The Brothers Grimm. Reviewed by Liz Kossnar.

- Click here to read more about the book.
 

Click here to read a review.

 
Special Contest: The Grisha Trilogy by Leigh Bardugo
In anticipation of the release of SIEGE AND STORM --- the second in Leigh Bardugo's The Grisha Trilogy, which follows Alina back into the country she abandoned in order to fight the forces against Ravka --- we have a special contest. Five readers will have the opportunity to win a copy of SHADOW AND BONE and SIEGE AND STORM. To enter, please fill out this form by Monday, July 8th at noon ET.

More about SHADOW AND BONE:
Surrounded by enemies, the once-great nation of Ravka has been torn in two by the Shadow Fold, a swath of near impenetrable darkness crawling with monsters who feast on human flesh. Now its fate may rest on the shoulders of one lonely refugee.

More about SIEGE AND STORM:
The Darkling has emerged from the Shadow Fold with a new power and a dangerous plan. Alina returns to the country she abandoned, determined to fight the forces against Ravka. But as her power grows, Alina slips deeper into the Darkling's game of forbidden magic and farther away from Mal. Somehow, she'll have to choose between her country, her power and the love she always thought would guide her.
 
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Teenreads.com's Seventh Annual Beach Bag Giveaway With a Prize Package of 20 Books!

It's time to think about Summer Reading --- and we're not talking about the list of books you'll be receiving for Required Summer Reading from school. What we're talking about are the kinds of books that you're glad you now have time to kick back and enjoy. The way we see it, it wouldn't be summer without sun, surf, and great reading. You supply the beach chair, and we'll provide the fantastic fiction in our Seventh Annual Teenreads.com Beach Bag of Books Feature.

You have until July 18th to enter to win the following 20 books in a beach bag with sunscreen and a beach towel!

- MY WOLF'S BANE by Veronica Blade
- JERSEY ANGEL by Beth Ann Bauman
- ABANDON, Book Three: AWAKEN by Meg Cabot
- THIS IS WHAT HAPPY LOOKS LIKE by Jennifer E. Smith
- ICONS by Margaret Stohl
- TRUTH OR DARE by Jacqueline Green
- BOY NOBODY by Allen Zadoff
- RULES OF SUMMER by Joanna Philbin
- CONFESSIONS OF A MURDER SUSPECT by James Patterson and Maxine Paetro
- SNAP DECISION: MAYBE TONIGHT? by Bridie Clark
- CONFESSIONS OF A HATER by Caprice Crane
- THE RAVEN BOYS by Maggie Stiefvater
- QUARANTINE 2: The Saints by Lex Thomas
- INFINITYGLASS: An Hourglass Novel by Myra McEntire
- HOW I LOST YOU by Janet Gurtler
- ACROSS A STAR-SWEPT SEA by Diana Peterfreund
- BORN OF ILLUSION by Teri Brown
- THE BURNING SKY by Sherry Thomas
- UNBREAKABLE by Elizabeth Norris
- MONUMENT 14: SKY ON FIRE by Emmy Laybourne

 

Click here to enter the contest.

 
He Said/She Said Feature: THE PARADOX OF VERTICAL FLIGHT by Emil Ostrovski

Stereotypically, girl books are pink, have a girl on the cover and FILLED with sickeningly sweet romance. Boy books, on the other hand, are darker, have blood dripping or something more creepy on the cover and there are NO girls to be found. But we all know this isn't true, right? There are books that boys AND girls love!!! Teenreads.com's “He Said/She Said” feature aims to highlight a book each month to discuss its guy and girl appeal. Each month, there will first be a cover survey to ask YOU what you think of the cover. After that, we'll reveal the results of the poll along with the reader responses from a Teen Board boy and a Teen Board girl --- but they never saw the cover, title or author's name!

In our second He Said/She Said feature, we're asking YOU if you think THE PARADOX OF VERTICAL FLIGHT by Emil Ostrovski looks like a boy book, a girl book or both based on it's cover. Check in later this week to see how you all voted and what our Teen Board members thought about reading the book!

- Click here to visit our He Said/She Said feature for TANDEM by Anna Jarzab.

Click here to vote in our He Said/She Said cover survey for THE PARADOX OF VERTICAL FLIGHT by Emil Ostrovski!

 
Ultimate Reading List --- And Two More NEW Genre Lists
One of our goals each month is to inspire you to read...and to keep reading. We have found that required reading lists for school --- especially summer reading lists --- are not exactly inspiring. Thus, we have created what we think is the Ultimate Teen Reading List: over 400 titles that we believe are perfect choices for reading and discussing. We've updated the feature with books that have released in the past year. They include a mixture of fiction and nonfiction, plus graphic novels and manga titles.

And now, we're introducing two new genre lists to add to the last two! You asked for them, and we listened! Since our Ultimate Reading List is so long, we wanted to help you all find reads by genre to help you find the right book on our list for you!

- Click here to visit our romance and family list, Books About Mothers, Sisters and Lovers…of YA

- Click here to visit our series list, Books to Furiously Chain Read

- Click here to visit our science fiction and dystopian list, Books to Keep Your Eyes on While Big Brother Keeps an Eye on You.

- Click here to visit our fantasy and paranormal list, Books That Give You Flight...Or Another Power.

- Click here to visit our YA fiction list, Books that Keep it Real

- Click here to visit our adult fiction and classics list, Books to Bring to a Coffee Shop.
Click here to see our updated Ultimate Reading List for teens.


 
The Last Month of our First Teen Board!
Our first-ever Teenreads.com Teen Board began their term in January and have been doing some impressive things for us since then: writing blog posts, writing reviews and providing us general feedback on our features. As their term comes to an end in June, we are excited to find the new members within the applications you sent to us! The July-December Teen Board will be announced shortly. Keep an eye out for it!

- Click here to read blog posts written by Teen Board members.
Click here to meet our current Teen Board.

 
From the Teenreads.com Blog
Here is a selection of blog posts we've recently run on Teenreads.com!

Emily Hoenig from The Book Report Network team continues to hilariously break down the classics she read in high school in "Real Talk," in her blog series, "Telling It How It Is: Classics Edition." In addition to her first post about THE GREAT GATSBY, you can now read synopses of LORD OF THE FLIES by William Golding and GREAT EXPECTATIONS by Charles Dickens.

Did you see our author blog posts? Dianne K. Salerni wrote about her inspiration to write THE CAGED GRAVES --- which follows a teenage girl as she tries to uncover the secrets behind why her mother was buried in "unhallowed ground" --- in "Caged Graves, Mortsafes and a Mystery in Catawissa, Pennsylvania." And in "Best Friends Not Forever," Janet Gurtler, author of HOW I LOST YOU, lets us know about her hardest best friend breakup and how it affected her...and eventually, her writing.

Our Teen Board continues to contribute to our blog! Kate F. reacts to the finales of several series in "End of a Series" and also gives us some tips (and pictures!) from an author signing she went to in "Meeting Authors," Harman K. gave us the run-down on what happened during a festival she attended in "Teen Book Festival in Rochester, NY," Samantha W., Cara S., and Amanda P. teamed up to write about prom in "Prom: The Night of Your Life or the Night to Stay In and Read?," Alonzo D. let us in on a book you may not realize is based on a classic myth in "Myths in Modern YA," and Kate F. gives us some insight on what exactly "girly" books are in "What Makes a Novel 'Girly.'"
 
Click here to read our blog.


 
Other Reviews

YOU LOOK DIFFERENT IN REAL LIFE by Jennifer Castle (Fiction)
Justine charmed the nation in a documentary film featuring five kindergartners. Five years later, her edgy sense of humor made her the star of a second movie. Now Justine is 16, and another sequel is in the works. Justine isn’t ready to have viewers examining her life again. But, ready or not, she and the other four teens will soon be in front of the cameras again. Reviewed by Liz Kossnar.

THE LUCY VARIATIONS by Sara Zarr (Realistic Fiction)
Before she turned 14, Lucy Beck-Moreau had a promising future as a concert pianist. Now, at 16, it's over, leaving her talented 10-year-old brother, Gus, to shoulder the family expectations. Gus gets a new piano teacher who is interested in helping Lucy rekindle her love of piano. But when you're used to performing for sold-out audiences and world-famous critics, can you ever learn to play just for yourself? Reviewed by Norah Piehl.

THE LANGUAGE INSIDE by Holly Thompson (Social Issues)
Emma Karas was raised in Japan; it's the country she calls home. But when her mother is diagnosed with breast cancer, Emma's family moves to a town outside Lowell, Massachusetts, to stay with Emma's grandmother while her mom undergoes treatment. Reviewed by Norah Piehl.

A MOMENT COMES by Jennifer Bradbury (Historical Fiction)
Tariq. Anupreet. Margaret. As different as their Muslim, Sikh and British names. But in one moment, their futures become entirely dependent on one another's. Against the backdrop of the nearly forgotten history of the partition of India, Jennifer Bradbury weaves together the heart-pounding tale of three teenagers on wildly different paths, on the verge of changing each other’s lives forever. Reviewed by Amy Alessio.

THE GIRL WHO WAS SUPPOSED TO DIE by April Henry (Thriller)
She doesn’t know who she is. She doesn’t know where she is, or why. All she knows when she comes to in a ransacked cabin is that there are two men arguing over whether or not to kill her. And that she must run. Reviewed by Christine M. Irvin.

THE SECRET INGREDIENT by Stewart Lewis (Realistic Fiction)
Sixteen-year-old Olivia loves living with her dads and her brother. But then Olivia meets a psychic who tells her that this summer will be pivotal. Soon after, Olivia finds a vintage cookbook with handwritten notes in it and becomes aware of the emptiness she feels without a mother. When Olivia discovers her birth mother's name and address, there's nothing to stop Olivia from meeting her. Reviewed by Jennifer B., Teen Board member.

DEVIANT by Helen FitzGerald (Mystery)
When 16-year-old Abigail's mother dies in Scotland --- leaving a faded photo, a weirdly cryptic letter and a one-way ticket to America --- she feels nothing. Her mother abandoned her as a baby to grow up on an anti-nuclear commune and then in foster homes. But the letter is a surprise in more ways than one: Her father is living in California, and she has an 18-year-old sister, Becky. And the two are expecting Abigail to move in with them. Reviewed by Samantha E., Teen Board member.

NOTHING CAN POSSIBLY GO WRONG by Prudence Shen and Faith Erin Hicks (Graphic Novel)
Charles and Nate are high school best friends, even though they couldn’t be more different. Charles is a basketball star, and Nate is a science nerd who likes to build robots. But they’ve been friends for years, and nothing’s going to tear them apart…except possibly the head cheerleader, Holly, who wants to kill them both. Reviewed by John Hogan.

THE RULES FOR DISAPPEARING by Ashley Elston (Crime)
She's been six different people in six different places. But now that she's been transplanted to rural Louisiana, she has decided that this fake identity will be her last. Meg has just about had it and it's time she got some answers for herself. But Ethan Landry knows Meg is hiding something big. As they embark on a perilous journey to free her family once and for all, Meg discovers that there's only one rule that really matters --- survival. Reviewed by Patrick C., Teen Board member.

THE RITHMATIST by Brandon Sanderson (Science Fiction/Fantasy)
More than anything, Joel wants to be a Rithmatist, a person who has the power to infuse life into two-dimensional figures known as Chalklings. But as the son of a lowly chalkmaker, he can only watch. When students start disappearing, Joel and his friend Melody are assigned to help the professor investigating the crimes. They find themselves on the trail of an unexpected discovery, one that will change Rithmatics --- and their world --- forever. Reviewed by Ashley Tran.

ELEGY by Tara Hudson (Paranormal)
The passionate love between ghost girl Amelia and human boy Joshua was powerful enough to break the barrier between life and death. But demonic forces threaten to tear them apart. The evil beings tell Amelia she must turn herself over to darkness or they will kill a human every week. Forces of light offer Amelia a solution. She can join them in gathering souls, but she will never see Joshua again. Reviewed by Lexibex V., Teen Board member.

RULES OF SUMMER by Joanna Philbin (Love & Romance)
Seventeen-year-old Rory McShane signed on to be a summer errand girl for the Rules --- a wealthy family with an enormous beachfront mansion in East Hampton. When she is told to avoid socializing with the family, her situation becomes complicated by the youngest member, Isabel. Isabel engages in an illicit love affair and brings Rory along for the ride. Will Rory's own summer romance jeopardize her friendship with Isabel? And, after long-hidden family secrets surface, will the Rules' picture-perfect world ever be the same? Reviewed by Nicole Sherman.

BORN OF ILLUSION by Teri Brown (Historical Fiction/Paranormal)
A gifted illusionist, Anna assists her mother, the renowned medium Marguerite Van Housen, in her stage show and séances, easily navigating the underground world of magicians and mentalists in 1920s New York. What Marguerite doesn't know is that Anna possesses a true ability to sense people's feelings and foretell the future. As Anna's powers intensify, she experiences frightening visions of her mother in peril, which lead her to explore the abilities she's tried so long to hide. And when mysterious Cole moves into the flat downstairs, introducing Anna to a society that studies people with gifts like hers, she begins to wonder if there's more to life than keeping secrets. Reviewed by Emma Kantor.

BURNING by Elana K. Arnold (Realistic Fiction)
Ben is set to leave Gypsum, Nevada. But his best friends don't have college to look forward to, so to make them happy, Ben goes with them to check out the hot chick parked on the side of Highway 447. Lala and her Gypsy family earn money by telling fortunes. But lately Lala's been questioning whether there might be more to life than her upcoming arranged marriage. And the day she reads Ben's cards is the day that everything changes for her...and for him. Reviewed by Kate F., Teen Board member.

LINKED by Imogen Howson (Science Fiction)
When Elissa learns her telepathic twin is the subject of government experiments, the girls find themselves on the run with secrets worth killing for in this futuristic, romantic thriller. Reviewed by Patrick C., Teen Board member.

STUNG by Bethany Wiggins (Dystopian)
When the honeybee population collapsed, a worldwide pandemic occurred and the government tried to bio-engineer a cure. Only the solution was deadlier than the original problem --- the vaccination turned people into ferocious, deadly beasts who were branded as a warning to un-vaccinated survivors. Key people needed to rebuild society are protected from disease and beasts inside a fortress-like wall. But Fiona has awakened branded, alone --- and on the wrong side of the wall... Reviewed by Akia D., Teen Board member.

 

Around the Web

Do you follow us on Facebook or Twitter? If you do, you'll know that we LOVE to share fun, YA-related articles with you from other sources around the web. Pictures of authors' work spaces? The movie trailer to the next YA movie adaptation? List of banned books? Check them out here!

Graphic Novel Programming at ALA (GraphicNovelReporter.com)

Sarah Dessen and Regina Hayes: The Slate Book Review Author-Editor Interview (Slate)

I Am Judy Blume: Are You There Reddit? It's Judy! (Reddit)

An Interview with Aaron Hartzler, Author of RAPTURE PRACTICE (Bookreporter.com)

Feminism in Young Adult Fiction (Book Riot)

Amid Dropping Test Scores, Teen Writers' Creativity Soars (NPR)

Gennifer Albin: Weaver of Stories (Publishers Weekly)

10 Famous Literary Characters That Are Significantly Younger Than You Think (Flavorwire)

 

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 is our latest featured title:

THE OCEAN AT THE END OF THE LANE by Neil Gaiman (Fantasy)
Once upon a time in a rural English town, an 11-year-old girl named Lettie Hempstock shows a little boy the most marvelous, dangerous and outrageous things beyond his darkest imagination. But an ancient power has been disturbed, and now invasive creatures from beyond the known world are set loose. There is primal horror here, and menace unleashed --- within the boy's family and from the forces that have gathered to consume it. Reviewed by Stephen Hubbard.
 
This Month's Poll

Poll

If you were a character in a fantasy or sci-fi adventure, which superpowers would you want? (Check as many as apply.)

Ability to fly
Cloning (Ability to be at two places at once)
Intangibility (Ability to walk through walls, etc.)
Invincibility
Invisibility
Photographic memory
Psychokinesis (Control things with your mind)
Shapeshifting (Change into animals or objects)
Super speed
Super strength
Telepathy/Read minds
I have no idea.
I'm not down with having a superpower.

-Click here to answer the poll.

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