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September 30, 2016
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TGIF --- Teenreads Gets into Fall (Reading)

Hi Teenreaders,

Happy last day of September! That's right, tomorrow is the first day of October, which means it's basically Halloween (that's how it works, right?). Although it hasn’t been very long since our last newsletter, September has been a really packed month, so we have lots to share with you.

Last week, my intern Dana and I left the office a bit early to race down to Books of Wonder to celebrate the release of STEALING SNOW by Danielle Paige. I’ve been a huge fan of Danielle and her fairy tale retellings since I read DOROTHY MUST DIE, a Teenreads favorite from long before I joined the team. Paige’s latest retelling focuses on the often-ignored tale of the Snow Queen...and if you ask me, it’s a fall must-read. As a bonus, the cover is just stunning and will make for some amazing #bookstagrams.

You can read more about the launch party here, and see some photos of the night above. As we were leaving the bookstore, Danielle hinted that there was a big announcement coming our way, which left us guessing all night long. Two days ago, Danielle dropped the HUGE news that she has signed a deal for another fairy tale retelling about the fairy godmother theme that is so popular in numerous stories. Needless to say, we couldn’t wish for a better announcement --- and we don't even have a fairy godmother! You can read an interview with her and learn more about her awesome news here.

This week, Dana attended another exciting book launch for CROOKED KINGDOM, the sequel to Leigh Bardugo’s bestselling hit SIX OF CROWS. Although she got there an hour early, she was nearly 100th in line! As overwhelming as that was, she has our full report here --- it sounds like it was an amazing night. I can’t wait to get my hands on the gorgeous book with its red-edged pages.

We have lots of Books on Screen news to share with you in this newsletter, the first of which being the new Fallen trailer. Based on the worldwide bestselling book series about an angelic love triangle, Fallen was expected to release this fall, but numerous delays pushed it back and now there is no official release date. Last week, however, producer Ryan Kavanaugh released a trailer for the film on his Twitter account, asking that fans retweet to show the studio that there is still interest. His tweets have since disappeared, but he says that we can expect a new trailer soon! If you're a fan, be sure to keep an eye on Kavanaugh's Twitter.

In similar movie-delay news, the film adaptation of Patrick Ness' A MONSTER CALLS --- originally slated to release next month --- has been pushed to a limited release on December 23rd, followed by a wide release January 6th. If you can handle the wait, you can watch the trailer here.

Up next, fans of Becky Albertalli's SIMON VS. THE HOMO SAPIENS AGENDA will be delighted to learn that the film is moving steadily along with its new director, Greg Berlanti (one of my personal favorites thanks to his work on nearly all of my favorite television shows). This book was a huge hit last year, so this is great news for fans who want to appreciate it in a new format.

DIVERGENT fans may want to reach for the ice cream this weekend as Shailene Woodley, the star of the movie series, has said that she has no interest in a TV spinoff. Back in July we learned that the fourth movie, Ascendant, would more than likely be coming straight to TV, but now that may not be the case --- and we're definitely bummed.

On a happier note, we're sending a HUGE congratulations to author and illustrator Gene Luen Yang, who recently won the MacArthur Fellowship for his work as a graphic novelist and cartoonist! Here's a great interview with him about his amazing win and future plans.

This weekend, I'll be celebrating books a bit closer to home by attending the Morristown Festival of Books. Although this event is mainly centered on adult books, there are some great YA and kids authors attending this year, including R.L. Stine (!), Carolyn Mackler, Victoria Schwab and Meg Medina.

On Sunday, I'll be heading to the movies to see Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children, which is in theaters today! Our Teen Board Members have been buzzing about this film all month, so it will be really exciting to see what everyone thinks. If you decide to check it out this weekend, shoot me a note!

Comic Con is coming to New York next week, and Teenreads will be all over town getting the scoop on the latest YA books and graphic novels. This year is even more special because BookCon will be making its NYCC debut with tons of amazing authors, including Mindy McGinnis, Raina Telgemeier, Scott Westerfeld and Kendare Blake. I'll be sure to report back in our next newsletter, but, as always, be sure to follow Teenreads on social media for sneak peeks!

Happy reading,

--- Rebecca Munro (Rebecca@bookreporter.com)
 

Fall Reading 2016 --- Enter for Your Chance to Win!
It's that time of year when all we can think about is the cooler weather, pumpkin-spiced everything and cuddling up to read in a cozy sweater with some hot cocoa (finally!). We know you must be all sorts of busy with the new school year, but that should not stop you from pleasure reading. Cue: Fall Reading. We've got some great titles for when you just need to catch a break (instead of a Pokémon) and a cool, fall breeze in our first Fall Reading feature and contest. From now through Friday, November 4th at noon ET, five lucky readers will win a copy of each of the featured books.

This year's featured titles include:
Click here to enter our Fall Reading contest!

 
Now in Stores: CROOKED KINGDOM by Leigh Bardugo

CROOKED KINGDOM: A Sequel to Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo (Fantasy)
Audiobook available; narrated by Brandon Rubin, Jay Snyder, Elizabeth Evans, Fred Berman, Peter Ganim, Lauren Fortgang, Roger Clark, Kevin T. Collins.
Kaz Brekker and his crew have just pulled off a heist so daring even they didn’t think they’d survive, but instead of divvying up the reward, they’re fighting for their lives. Double-crossed and badly weakened, old rivals and new enemies emerge to challenge Kaz’s cunning and test the team’s fragile loyalties. A battle for revenge and redemption will be waged on the city’s streets that will decide the fate of the Grisha world.


We will have our review soon!
 

Featured Review: THREE DARK CROWNS by Kendare Blake

THREE DARK CROWNS by Kendare Blake (Fantasy)
Audiobook available, narrated by Amy Landon.
In every generation on the island of Fennbirn, a set of triplets is born: three queens, all equal heirs to the crown and each a possessor of a coveted magic. Mirabella, a fierce elemental, Katharine, a poisoner, and Arinsoe, a naturalist, must fight each other to the death. The night the sisters turn 16, the battle begins. The last queen standing gets the crown. Reviewed by Danielle F., Teen Board Member.


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Featured Review: THE FEMALE OF THE SPECIES by Mindy McGinnis

THE FEMALE OF THE SPECIES by Mindy McGinnis (Fiction)
Audiobook available; narrated by Amanda Dolan, Bittner Bolding, Dan Justis.

Three years ago, when her older sister, Anna, was murdered and the killer walked free, Alex Craft uncaged the language she knows best --- the language of violence. While her own crime went unpunished, Alex knows she can’t be trusted among other people. Not with Jack Fisher, the star athlete who still feels guilty over the role he played the night Anna’s body was discovered. And not with Peekay, the preacher’s daughter who befriends Alex while they volunteer at an animal shelter. Then one night at a party, Alex’s darker nature breaks out, setting these three teens on a collision course that will change their lives forever. Reviewed by Bryn D., Teen Board Member.

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Now in Stores: LIKE A RIVER GLORIOUS by Rae Carson

LIKE A RIVER GLORIOUS by Rae Carson (Fantasy)
Audiobook available, narrated by Erin Mallon.

Lee Westfall has finally found a home rich in gold, thanks to her magical power, in California. This home is rich in other ways too, with friends like Jefferson --- her longtime best friend who hasn’t stopped trying to win her heart. But her uncle Hiram hasn’t given up his quest to get Lee and her power under his control. When she’s kidnapped and taken to him, she sees the true depth of his villainy. Yet Lee’s magic is growing --- is it enough to destroy her uncle once and for all?


We will have our review soon!
 
Featured Review: STALKING JACK THE RIPPER by Kerri Moniscalco

STALKING JACK THE RIPPER by Kerri Moniscalco (Mystery)
Audiobook available, narrated by Nicola Barber.

Seventeen-year-old Audrey Rose Wadsworth was born a lord's daughter with a life of wealth and privileges. But between the social teas and dress fittings, she leads a forbidden secret life. Against her stern father's wishes, Audrey often slips away to her uncle's laboratory to study the gruesome practice of forensic medicine. When her work on a string of savagely killed corpses drags Audrey into the investigation of a serial murderer, her search for answers brings her close to her own sheltered world. Reviewed by Harleen K., Teen Board Member.

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Featured Review: BRIGHT SMOKE, COLD FIRE by Rosamund Hodge

BRIGHT SMOKE, COLD FIRE by Rosamund Hodge (Fantasy)
Audiobook available, narrated by Lisa Larsen.

When the fog of the Ruining caused the living to die and the dead to rise, only the walled city of Viyara was left untouched. The heirs of the city’s most powerful, warring families, Mahyanai Romeo and Juliet Catresou are in love, but magic laid on Juliet at birth compels her to kill Romeo. Paris Catresou has always wanted to serve his family by guarding Juliet, but she tries to escape her fate and ends up dying, Paris is left bound to Romeo. Mahyanai Runajo only wants to protect her city, but in her desperate hunt for information she accidentally pulls Juliet from the mouth of death and finds herself bound to the bitter, angry girl. Reviewed by Kiersten R., Teen Board Member.

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Featured Review: STEALING SNOW by Danielle Paige

STEALING SNOW by Danielle Paige (Fantasy)
Audiobook available, narrated by Bailey Carr.

Seventeen-year-old Snow has spent the majority of her life within the walls of the Whittaker Institute, a high security mental hospital in upstate New York. Deep down, she knows she's not crazy and doesn't belong there. When she meets a mysterious, handsome new orderly and dreams about a strange twisted tree she realizes she must escape and figure out who she really is. Using her trusting friend Bale as a distraction, Snow breaks free and races into the nearby woods. She finds herself in icy Algid --- her true home --- with a strangely alluring boy named Kai, whom she's sure she can't trust. Reviewed by Shannon C., Teen Board Member.

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Teen Board Update

Meet the Teen Board: In case you missed it, September marks the start of a new cycle of our Teenreads.com Teen Board. In their applications for a position on the Teen Board, these 50 teens from all across the nation have demonstrated their passion for reading and their readiness to share their opinions about books and authors. During their term, they will write blog posts, contribute book reviews, answer poll questions and share feedback on Teenreads.com. Click here to meet them!

Teen Board Question: It’s back-to-school season here at Teenreads, so we decided to ask our new Teen Board Members about the best book they were assigned to read during a recent school year. As a bonus, we also asked what fall release each member was most excited to read outside of school and their methods for juggling assigned reading with personal reading. Click here to see their answers!

Reviews: Our Teen Board members reviewed a bunch of terrific YA books this month from various genres. Kaela N. was sucked deep into the storyline of GAMESCAPE: Overworld by Emma Trevayne, and said “Trevayne creates incredible landscapes and game levels with puzzles leading to rewarding boss fights.” THE BOMBS THAT BROUGHT US TOGETHER by Brian Conaghan brought fiction to reality for Alize J. who stated, “We could imagine a number of places in the word right now where this story could be taking place. I would guess that with the massive numbers of refugees leaving both Africa and the Middle East, we will see more and more stories like this.” Lauren H. took a spooky trip to Sleepy Holly with WAKE THE HOLLOW by Gaby Triana and raved, "Triana's WAKE THE HOLLOW has made it to my list of all time favorites and will stay there until I find someone who can match her skill of weaving suspense with anxiety, excitement, passion, and romance."
 

September's Books on Screen
September is upon us, and all of you are officially back in school, which means you're all contemplating what movies to go see with your friends on your precious Friday nights and weekends. If you ask us, the movie theater is the place to be. But if you would rather spend your weekend binge-watching a show on Netflix or popping in a DVD --- in between homework and reading, of course --- we totally understand and have some recommendations for you there, as well.

In theaters this September, we have Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children, based off the New York Times bestselling novel by Ransom Riggs. Enter a world of mystery and danger with Jake, who finds Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children and discovers his own "peculiarity" might just be the only thing that can save his new friends.

Debuting this month on Netflix is "Luke Cage" --- the next installment in the Marvel television universe. If you watched Jessica Jones, you will have already met Luke Cage, a man who is basically invincible and manages to escape those who experimented on him. He decides to use his powers to become a superhero for hire. If you're a Marvel fan, you will not want to miss this.

Speaking of Marvel, Captain America: Civil War is out on DVD this month. All of your favorite Marvel characters make an appearance in this action-packed movie that follows Captain America as he tries to save his oldest friend, Bucky Barnes, while dealing with the conflict brewing over putting limitations of The Avengers.

 
Click here to read more in September's Books on Screen feature.

 
September’s Cool and New Roundup
This month’s Cool & New roundup includes OPERATION TENLEY, the first book in a new series from Jennifer Gooch Hummer, in which a teen has the power to produce weather; PASADENA, award-winning author Sherri L. Smith's newest mystery, where Jude has to find out the truth behind her best friend's death; and TALES OF THE PECULIAR by Ransom Riggs, a companion to the bestselling Miss Peregrine's Home For Peculiar Children series.
 
Click here to see the rest of September's Cool and New roundup.

 
September's New in Paperback
This month’s New in Paperback roundup includes THE BOY MOST LIKELY TO, Huntley Fitzpatrick's highly acclaimed romantic companion to MY LIFE NEXT DOOR; THE SILENCE OF SIX, E.C. Myers' thrilling tale of hacktivists, government conspiracy and tons of suspense; and A MADNESS SO DISCREET, a haunting story from Mindy McGinnis in which a ruthless and brutal killer shakes the foundation of teen Grace's sanity.
 
Click here to see the rest of September's New in Paperback roundup.

 
More New Reviews

GHOSTS by Raina Telgemeier (Graphic Novel)
Catrina and her family are moving to the coast of Northern California because her little sister, Maya, is sick. Cat isn't happy about leaving her friends for Bahía de la Luna, but Maya has cystic fibrosis and will benefit from the cool, salty air that blows in from the sea. As the girls explore their new home, a neighbor lets them in on a secret: There are ghosts in Bahía de la Luna. Maya is determined to meet one, but Cat wants nothing to do with them. Reviewed by Julia Luedtke.

FROST LIKE NIGHT
by Sara Raasch (Fiction)
Audiobook available; narrated by Kate Rudd, Nick Podehl, Eileen Stevens.

Meira will do anything to save her world, and she desperately needs to learn to control her magic. So when the leader of a mysterious Order offers to help her, Meira jumps at the chance. Mather will do anything to save his queen, but with a major betrayal within their ranks, winning the war and protecting Meira slips farther and farther out of reach. Ceridwen will do anything to save her people. So when she’s freed from her prison by an unexpected ally who reveals a shocking truth behind Summer’s slave trade, she knows must take action to save her true love and her kingdom. Reviewed by Grace P., Teen Board Member.

A SHADOW BRIGHT AND BURNING
by Jessica Cluess (Fiction)
Audiobook available, narrated by Fiona Hardingham.

Henrietta Howel can burst into flames. Forced to reveal her power to save a friend, she's shocked when instead of being executed, she's invited to train as one of Her Majesty's royal sorcerers. Henrietta is declared the chosen one, the girl who will defeat the Ancients. But Henrietta Howel is not the chosen one. As she plays a dangerous game of deception, she discovers that the sorcerers have their own secrets to protect. With battle looming, what does it mean to not be the one? And how much will she risk to save the city --- and the one she loves? Reviewed by Harleen K., Teen Board Member.

SOMETHING IN BETWEEN
by Melissa de la Cruz (Fiction)
Audiobook available, narrated by Cassie Simone.

Pretty, popular Jasmine de los Santos receives a national scholar award invitation that compels her Filipino immigrant parents to reveal the truth: their visas expired years ago. Her entire family is illegal, meaning no scholarships, maybe no college at all, and the very real threat of deportation. For the first time, Jasmine rebels, and her life is turned upside down by Royce Blakely, the charming son of a high-ranking congressman. Reviewed by Janine Chouinard.

THE WOMEN IN THE WALLS
by Amy Lukavics (Horror)
Lucy Acosta's mother died when she was three. Growing up with her cold, distant father, her closest friend is her cousin, Margaret. When her aunt Penelope, the only mother she's ever known, tragically disappears, Lucy finds herself alone. Margaret claims she can hear her dead mother's voice whispering from the walls. Emotionally shut out by her father, Lucy watches helplessly as her cousin's sanity slowly unravels. But when she begins hearing voices herself, Lucy finds herself confronting an ancient and deadly legacy that has marked the women in her family for generations. Reviewed by Sheridan N., Teen Board Member.

PHANTOM LIMBS
by Paula Garner (Fiction)
Audiobook available, narrated by Nicholas Mondelli.

Otis and Meg were inseparable until her family abruptly moved away after the accident that left Otis’s little brother dead and both of their families changed forever. Since then, Otis has become the unlikely protégé of Dara, who’s hell-bent on transforming Otis into the Olympic swimmer she can no longer be. But when Otis learns that Meg is coming back, he must face some difficult truths about the girl he’s never forgotten and the brother he’s never stopped grieving. As it becomes achingly clear that he and Meg are not the same people they were, Otis must decide what to hold on to and what to leave behind. Reviewed by Alyssa Cami.

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VASSA IN THE NIGHT
by Sarah Porter (Fantasy)
In Vassa’s neighborhood, where she lives with her stepmother and bickering stepsisters, one might stumble onto magic, but stumbling out again could become an issue. Babs Yagg, the owner of the local convenience store, has a policy of beheading shoplifters ---and sometimes innocent shoppers as well. So when Vassa’s stepsister sends her out for light bulbs in the middle of night, she knows it could easily become a suicide mission. Reviewed by Wren L., Teen Board Member.


GIRL MANS UP
by M-E Girard (LGBT+)
Audiobook available, narrated by Emma Galvin.
All Pen wants is to be the kind of girl she’s always been, but everyone seems to think the way she looks and acts means she’s trying to be a boy --- and that she should quit trying to be something she’s not. Old-world parents, disintegrating friendships and strong feelings for other girls drive Pen to see the truth --- that in order to be who she truly wants to be, she’ll have to man up.
Reviewed by Katherine Szabo.

RIPPLE
by Heather Smith Meloche (Fiction)
Tessa would do anything to escape the pressure-cooker she calls home. So she finds a shot of much-needed power and confidence by hooking up with boys, even though it means cheating on her boyfriend. Jack is a prankster who bucks the system every chance he gets --- each transgression getting riskier and riskier. He loves the thrill and each adventure allows a little release because his smug smile and suave demeanor in the face of authority doesn’t make life at home with his mom any less tough. He tries to take care of her, but the truth is he's powerless in the face of her fragile mental health. Reviewed by Reanna H., Teen Board Member.

AFTERWARD
by Jennifer Mathieu (Fiction)
Audiobook available, narrated by Nina Alvamar, Jeffrey Brick.

When 11-year-old Dylan Anderson is kidnapped, his subsequent rescue leads to the discovering of 15-year-old Ethan Jorgensen, who had gone missing four years earlier. Dylan’s older sister, Caroline, can’t help but wonder what happened to her brother, who has nonverbal autism and isn’t adjusting well to life back home. There’s only one person who knows the truth: Ethan. But Ethan isn’t sure how he can help Caroline when he’s fighting traumatic memories of his own captivity. Reviewed by Jeremy H., Teen Board Member.

COMICS CONFIDENTIAL: THIRTEEN GRAPHIC NOVELISTS TALK STORY, CRAFT AND LIFE OUTSIDE THE BOX
by Leonard S. Marcus (Graphic Novel)
Respected anthologist Leonard S. Marc the Boxus turns his literary microscope to the world of comics, which has lately morphed and matured at a furious pace. Powerful influences from manga to the movies to underground comix have influenced the thirteen artists and writers interviewed in these pages to create their own word-and-picture narratives. Here are their moving, funny, inspirational stories: true tales from the crucible of creative struggles that led each to become a master of one of today’s most vibrant art forms. Reviewed by Michael Lee Harris.

DESSERT FIRST by Dean Gloster (Fiction)
Upbeat --- that's Kat, the girl in the family who everyone turns to when things get difficult. Especially now, when her beloved younger brother Beep is in his second leukemia relapse, and a bone marrow transplant from Kat may be his only chance. But Kat's worried that she and her bone marrow may not be up to the job: She can't even complete homework, and she's facing other rejection --- lost friendships, a lost spot on the soccer team, and lots of heartache from her crush on her former best friend, Evan. Kat doesn't know if her bone marrow will save Beep, or whether she can save herself, let alone keep her promise to Beep that she'll enjoy life and always eat dessert first. Reviewed by Taylor F., Teen Board Member.

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KEEP HER: A NOVEL
by Leora Krygier (Fiction)
Destiny doesn’t factor into 17-year-old adoptee Maddie’s rational world, where numbers and scientific probability have always proven to be the only things she can count on. Then fate deals Maddie a card she can’t ignore: Aiden, a young filmmaker she meets when a water main bursts inside a camera store. Caught in a whirlpool of love and loss, Maddie and Aiden find that art and numbers, a mission to save endangered whales and a worn-out copy of MOBY DICK all collide to heal and save them both. Reviewed by McKenzie S., Teen Board Member.
 
September Poll

Do you read for pleasure during the school year?

  • Yes, I read for pleasure throughout the year. No amount of homework can stop me!
  • I do read for pleasure during the school year, but mostly during the weekend or on breaks.
  • I tend to focus more on schoolwork and assigned reading, but I may squeeze in a book or two.
  • I don't read for pleasure during the school year, but I buy them in anticipation of summer.
  • I don't read for pleasure during the school year, but I keep a list of new books to check out when I can.
  • I don't read for pleasure or pay attention to new books during the school year.

Last month, we asked how many of you had successfully met (or were about to successfully meet) your summer reading goal. Congratulations to the combined 55% of you who either reached your goal or took it a step further and surpassed it! And to the 21% of you who did not meet your original goal, don't worry, there's always next year! To see the full results, click here.
 

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