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Gobble-Gobbling Up Some Great Books

Hi Teenreaders,

Happy November! This is probably one of my favorite months of the year, not only because it brings us Thanksgiving (and if you're me, a full day of post-turkey napping), but because of all of the great bookish events occurring nationwide. Up first, we have NaNoWriMo, the national novel writing project that brings together professional and amateur writers from all over the world. It started on Tuesday, November 1st, with the goal to write a 50,000-word novel by 11:59pm on November 30th. Although I've never participated myself, I love watching others as they share tips and strategies for getting through the month --- and who knows, maybe one day we'll be reviewing a book someone is writing right this second. If you're riding the struggle bus to novel city, click here for some great tips to keep writing. And remember, we believe in you!

This past weekend, I was at the second annual Book Riot Live, a meetup of Book Riot-lovers, writers and activists within the literary community. One of the most exciting things about Book Riot Live is that the panels aren't all Q&As or author talks; instead, authors take part in really fun activities like writing slash fiction or singing Broadway tunes live. I had the chance to meet up with a few of my favorite YA authors, including Zoraida Cordova, Meg Medina and Maria Dahvana Headley. I also fangirled super hard when Mara Wilson --- aka the actress who played the original bookworm, Matilda --- came on stage to play Nerd Jeopardy. It was great to see so many young writers in the audience, many of whom organized meetups with others to work on their NaNoWriMo projects. I'll be blogging with pictures and commentary about the event later this week, but in the meantime, I need to show you all these adorable cookies from Swoon Reads on the above left.

Of course, November isn't just about starting your own path to authordom, it's also about celebrating some of the year's finest books with the National Book Awards, which I'll be attending for the first time ever tomorrow night. Just this morning, I was uptown to watch as 600 middle and high school students from all over New York City interviewed Kate DiCamillo, Jason Reynolds, Grace Lin, Nate Powell and Nicola Yoon, the finalists for the National Book Award in Young People's Literature (see the photo above on the right). You can find Nicola Yoon's book, THE SUN IS ALSO A STAR, reviewed below. I actually read this book last week over the course of two days last week and it was the perfect middle-of-the-week pick-me-up. The way Yoon pulls her storylines together at the end is amazing, and I was totally rooting for her adorable characters. But more on them later.

That's not all that's new in November! We are also proud to present our Books to Add to Your Guy-Brary Part 4 bookshelf, which is full of guy-friendly books releasing this November and December. I recently read this article from Bustle about the need for more YA romances from guy perspectives, and I like to think we're doing our part with these bookshelves. If you've been looking for a dude-ly perspective on relationships (friendly or otherwise), I recommend WE ARE STILL TORNADOES, which is reviewed by Teen Board member Jeremy H. below. This book is composed of letters between two friends, making it a quick, breezy read with plenty of emotion.

In Books on Screen news, a first look teaser trailer has been released for "A Series of Unfortunate Events," the upcoming Netflix series based on Lemony Snicket's beloved series. All eight episodes will be released on January 13th, but you can get your first look here.

Potterheads will finally be returning to the wizarding world this Friday when Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them hits theaters. If you've been anxiously awaiting this movie, be sure to check out actor Eddie Redmayne's guide to some of his favorite fantastic beasts before you hit the theaters. I personally cannot wait to see this movie, especially knowing that it's the first of a five-part series. Just like in July, when HARRY POTTER AND THE CURSED CHILD made its debut on stage, the book version of the screenplay will be hitting shelves the same day as the movie's release.

In other Harry Potter-related news, Emma Watson --- the brilliant actress who brought Hermione to life --- has been causing a stir lately by leaving signed books all over the London tube and New York subway system in conjunction with the Books on the Underground project. My friend actually left work early and raced through New York to get his hands on one, and I'm delighted to say he succeeded. It's so cool to see a celebrity encouraging people to get out there and read!

If you're looking for your own way to take your reading off the page, be sure to look at our latest Fashionable Fiction update. This month, we're focusing on HEARTLESS by Marissa Meyer and THE DIABOLIC by SJ Kincaid for girls, and THE SUN IS ALSO A STAR by Nicola Yoon and THE OUTSIDERS by S.E. Hinton for guys. Our look for THE OUTSIDERS is probably my favorite one yet, and I'm so excited that this amazing book has been inspiring readers for 50 years. If you wish you could hang with Ponyboy and the gang, you'll love this updated anniversary edition of the book, which is now in stores.

If you need more literary fashion, Quirk Books recently compiled this list of geeky shoes that is not to be missed. If anyone wants to buy me the Luna Lovegood shoes, I'm a size seven, thank you!

Since I apparently cannot stop talking about Harry Potter (I imagine I'm not alone), I recently learned about Harry Potter yoga. If you ask me, it's the perfect way to burn off those Halloween and Thanksgiving calories. If nothing else, it's a great excuse to practice your best swish and flick for when your letter from Hogwarts finally arrives in the mail (mine has been lost for about 14 years, but I'm still hopeful!).

Last, but definitely not least, we're officially getting in the holiday spirit by putting away the leftover Halloween candy, stuffing some turkeys and giving away seven amazing books in our Holiday Bundle of Cheer Feature and Contest. From now until Wednesday, December 21st at noon ET, you have the chance to win one of five prize packages, including books like RED QUEEN, REPLICA and THE THOUSANDTH FLOOR, all of which earned rave reviews on our site. Click here for your chance to win.

Happy reading,

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

Holiday Bundle of Cheer --- Enter for Your Chance to Win!

Here at Teenreads, we're kicking off the holiday season with our Holiday Bundle of Cheer Contest and Feature. As our gift to you, we are spotlighting some amazing books. From now until Wednesday, December 21st at noon ET, five lucky readers will win a copy of each featured title to curl up with this holiday season, along with some incredibly festive goodies.

This year's featured titles include:

Click here to enter our Holiday Bundle of Cheer contest!

 

Kids, Tweens and Teen Events at the Miami Book Fair

Generation Genius Days are here again from Friday, November 18th to Sunday, November 20th! Reading, writing, storytelling, art and music --- you'll find it ALL at the Miami Book Fair. More than 9,000 kids and teens will head to the Fair on Friday so they can meet their favorite authors and receive FREE books! Catch live presentations by some of the hottest authors for kids and YA, with readings by Lois Lowry, Jon Scieszka, Victoria Aveyard, Gene Yang, Ridley Pearson, Melissa de la Cruz, Leigh Bardugo and many more throughout the weekend! Trust us, it's one amazing weekend of books and authors. If you are going, let us know!
 

Click here to learn more about the Miami Book Fair.

 

Featured Review: GEMINA by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

GEMINA: The Illuminae Files, Book 2 by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff (Science Fiction)
Audiobook available, narrated by Carla Corvo, Steve West and P.J. Ochlan with a full cast.
Hanna is the station captain’s daughter; Nik the reluctant member of a crime family. But while the pair are struggling with life aboard the galaxy's most boring space station, little do they know that Kady Grant and the Hypatia are headed right toward Heimdall, carrying news of the Kerenza invasion. When an elite BeiTech strike team invades the station, Hanna and Nik are thrown together to defend their home. But alien predators are picking off the station residents one by one, and a malfunction in the station's wormhole means the space-time continuum might be ripped in two. Soon Hanna and Nik aren’t just fighting for their own survival; the fate of everyone on the Hypatia --- and possibly the known universe --- is in their hands. Reviewed by Emma B., Teen Board Member.

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Featured Review: THE DIABOLIC by S.J. Kincaid

THE DIABOLIC by S.J. Kincaid (Fiction)
Audiobook available, narrated by Candace Thaxton.
Nemesis is a Diabolic, a humanoid teenager created to protect a galactic senator’s daughter, Sidonia. The two have grown up side by side, but are in no way sisters. Nemesis is expected to give her life for Sidonia, and she would do so gladly. She would also take as many lives as necessary to keep Sidonia safe. When the power-mad Emperor learns Sidonia’s father is participating in a rebellion, he summons Sidonia to the Galactic court. She is to serve as a hostage. Now, there is only one way for Nemesis to protect Sidonia. She must become her. Nemesis travels to the court disguised as Sidonia --- a killing machine masquerading in a world of corrupt politicians and two-faced senators’ children. It’s a nest of vipers with threats on every side, but Nemesis must keep her true abilities a secret or risk everything. Reviewed by Makayla H., Teen Board Member.

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Featured Review: THE SUN IS ALSO A STAR by Nicola Yoon

THE SUN IS ALSO A STAR by Nicola Yoon (Fiction)
Audiobook available, narrated by Bahni Turpin, Raymond Lee and Dominic Hoffman.
Natasha believes in science and facts. Not fate. Not destiny. Or dreams that will never come true. She's definitely not the kind of girl who meets a cute boy on a crowded New York City street and falls in love with him. Not when her family is twelve hours away from being deported to Jamaica. Daniel is the good student, living up to my parents’ high expectations. Never the poet. Or the dreamer. Something about Natasha makes him think that fate has something much more extraordinary in store --- for both of them. Reviewed by Kaela N., Teen Board Member.

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Now in Stores: HEARTLESS by Marissa Meyer

HEARTLESS by Marissa Meyer (Fiction)
Long before she was the terror of Wonderland, she was just a girl who wanted to fall in love. Catherine may be one of the most desired girls in Wonderland, and a favorite of the unmarried King of Hearts, but her interests lie elsewhere. A talented baker, all she wants is to open a shop with her best friend. But according to her mother, such a goal is unthinkable for the young woman who could be the next queen. Then Cath meets Jest, the handsome and mysterious court joker. For the first time, she feels the pull of true attraction. At the risk of offending the king and infuriating her parents, she and Jest enter into an intense, secret courtship.

We will have our review soon!
 

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Books to Add to Your Guy-Brary, Part 4

Here at Teenreads, we want to encourage everyone to enjoy reading just as much as we do. Lately, however, it seems as though many of our readers are having trouble finding books that speak to them as guys. Back in June, we decided to curate a collection of books coming out in May-June that featured male protagonists, male narrators, or just plain great storylines that all genders can relate to.

In July, we followed up with a second bookshelf featuring all your favorite guy-friendly themes and characters, but with books releasing in July-August. Then in September, we released our third update, which featured books releasing in September-October.

Now we're back with Part 4, which focuses only on boy-friendly books releasing in November and December. Whether you're looking for a fun beach read, a hard-hitting story full of drama, or yes, even a romance, you're sure to find something great on our Books to Add to Your Guy-brary, Part 4 Bookshelf.

Check out Part 1 featuring books releasing in May and June here!

Check out Part 2 featuring books releasing in July and August here!

Check out Part 3 featuring books releasing in September and October here!
 

Click here to check out our "Books to Add to Your Guy-Brary Bookshelf - Part 4."

 

ICYMI: Thrills 'n' Chills Bookshelf

Although Halloween is already over (we're boo-hoo-ing over here), there's no reason you can't keep reading spooky thrillers and chilling mysteries all season long. Besides, with the days getting shorter and the nights getting colder, there's no better time to get your heart pounding with some great reads involving murder, mystery and magic.

To help you with your search for your next heart-pounding scare or suspenseful thrill, we've created a Thrills 'n' Chills bookshelf. From classic thriller choices like THE DEAD BOYFRIEND by the legendary R.L. Stein to a nonfiction title about the history of forensic science called BLOOD, BULLETS, AND BONES by Bridget Heos and even a new twist on the time-honored game of dare in DEAD GIRLS SOCIETY by Michelle Krys, there's something to scare everyone on our new bookshelf. Check it out...if you dare!
 

Click here to see our Thrills 'n' Chills Bookshelf.

 

Teen Board Update

Teen Board Question: With Thanksgiving (and turkey, stuffing and that post-meal nap) on the brain, we at Teenreads are feeling particularly thankful for our favorite books. Throughout the year, tons of authors have given us incredible gifts in the form of realistic fiction, laugh-out-loud rom-coms, dramatic fantasies and way more! Now we're inviting our Teen Board members to join us at the figurative Thanksgiving table and tell us which book(s), series, author or genre they’re most thankful for this holiday season. Since we have a whopping 50 members for this cycle, we have split up their answers into two parts. Click here to see part one and check back next time for part two!

Reviews: Our Teen Board members reviewed a bunch of terrific YA books this month from various genres. Taylor F. was blown away by the writing and absolutely shocked by some of the plot twists in SPARE AND FOUND PARTS by Sarah Maria Griffin. She said, “It was such an insane roller coaster ride of emotions that I kept wanting to experience time and time again.” AERIE by Maria Dahvana Headley provoked Carolyn C.'s thoughts. However, she said, "One of the downfalls to this read is that when a character pops up that you haven't read about since the last book you forget to go back to read about who that character is. Over time this left me with a sense of only seeing half of the story.”
 

November's Books on Screen
It is officially November, and the weather is getting colder and colder with every week, which means it is also officially comfy sweater and warm drinks season. If you and your friends are in need of some shows or movies to cozy up with, our Books on Screen list is here to save the day! With Thanksgiving break right around the corner, we have an excellent selection of entertainment to choose from on your days off from school.

In theaters this November, fans of the Harry Potter series will be treated to the much-anticipated release of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them based on J.K. Rowling's novel and set in the wizarding world of 1926. The story follows Newt Scamander as he sets out on a global excursion to document magical creatures and faces unimaginable trouble on his stop in New York when his beasts escape from their case.

Marvel's Dr. Strange comics have also been brought to the big screen this month. The adaptation begins as Dr. Stephen Strange's injury from a horrific car accident leads him to seek healing in the Kamar-Taj enclave. When Dr. Strange uncovers a whole new world of unforeseen dark forces, he must decide between returning to his life of fortune or leaving it all behind to defend the world with his newly developed powers of sorcery.

If staying home is what you're looking forward to over break, than warm up those Thanksgiving leftovers and turn on two of our great TV show recommendations. Returning for their latest seasons are "The Flash" and "Arrow," both based on the DC Comic Universe. If you're not caught up on these yet, fall is the perfect time for your next binge.


 
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November’s Cool and New Roundup

This month’s Cool & New roundup includes many new and exciting books. First there's FANTASTIC BEASTS AND WHERE TO FIND THEM: The Original Screenplay by J. K. Rowling, which brings us back into the world of magic just in time for the movie release. The magic continues with Cassandra Clare's new release, TALES FROM THE SHADOWHUNTER ACADEMY, which resumes Simon Lewis' story after the events of CITY OF HEAVENLY FIRE. Finally, an old favorite comes back in its 50th anniversary edition: THE OUTSIDERS by S.E. Hinton, which contains new material that's perfect for all fans. The leaves may be changing color, but we want you to "Stay gold."
 

Click here to see the rest of November's Cool and New roundup.

 

November's New in Paperback

This month's New in Paperback roundup includes SOUNDLESS by Richelle Mead, in which sound becomes Fei's greatest weapon to save her village; STRANDED by Melinda Braun, where Emma must use her own survival instincts to safely venture through the forest to Lake Superior with her lost camping group; and Charlotte Huang's FOR THE RECORD, which follows Chelsea as she navigates the treacherous waters of fame and rock stardom on one unforgettable summer tour.
 

Click here to see the rest of November's New in Paperback roundup.

 

More New Reviews

A MILLION WORLDS WITH YOU by Claudia Gray (Science Fiction)

Ever since she used the Firebird, her parent’s invention, to cross through alternate dimensions, Marguerite has been at the center of a cross-dimensional feud. Now she has learned that the evil Triad Corporation plans to destroy hundreds of universes, using their ultimate weapon: another dimension’s Marguerite who is wicked, psychologically twisted, and always one step ahead. Even though her boyfriend Paul has always been at Marguerite’s side, the Triad’s last attack has left him a changed man, and he may never be the same again. Marguerite alone must stop Triad and prevent the destruction of the multiverse. It’s a battle of the Marguerites...and only one can win. Reviewed by Reanna H., Teen Board Member.

WE ARE STILL TORNADOES by Michael Kun and Susan Mullen (Fiction)

Growing up across the street from each other, Scott and Cath have been best friends for most of their lives. Now they've graduated high school, and Cath is off to college while Scott stays at home trying to get his band off the ground. Neither of them realized that their first year after high school would be so hard. Fortunately, Scott and Cath still have each other, and it's through their letters that they survive heartache, annoying roommates, family dramas, and the pressure of figuring out what to do with the rest of their lives. Reviewed by Jeremy H., Teen Board Member.

THE BEST POSSIBLE ANSWER by E. Katherine Kottaras (Fiction)

Viviana Rabinovich-Lowe has never had room to be anything less than perfect. But her quest for perfection is derailed when her boyfriend leaks secret pictures of her to the entire school --- pictures no one was ever meant to see. Making matters worse, her parents might be getting divorced and now her perfect family is falling apart. For the first time, Vivi feels like a complete and utter failure. Then she gets a job working at the community pool, where she meets a new circle of friends who know nothing about her past. For the first time in her life, Vivi realizes she can finally be whoever she wants. But who is that? Reviewed by Carolyn C., Teen Board Member.

BALCONY ON THE MOON: Coming of Age in Palestine by Ibtisam Barakat (Nonfiction)

Picking up where TASTING THE SKY left off, BALCONY ON THE MOON follows Ibtisam Barakat through her childhood and adolescence in Palestine from 1972-1981 and chronicles her desire to be a writer. This memoir is a touching, at times funny, and enlightening look at the not often depicted daily life in a politically tumultuous area. Reviewed by Catherine Rubino.

A DARKLY BEATING HEART by Lindsay Smith (Paranormal)

No one knows how to handle Reiko. After a failed suicide attempt at her home in Seattle, Reiko's parents send her to spend the summer with family in Japan, hoping she will learn to control her emotions. But while visiting Kuramagi, a historic village preserved to reflect the nineteenth-century Edo period, Reiko finds herself slipping backward in time into the nineteenth-century life of Miyu, a young woman even more vengeful than Reiko herself. Reiko loves escaping into Miyu's life...until she discovers Kuramagi's dark secret and must face down Miyu's demons as well as her own. Reviewed by Wren L., Teen Board Member.

UPROOTED by Albert Marrin (Nonfiction)

Just 75 years ago, the American government did something that most would consider unthinkable today: it rounded up over 100,000 of its own citizens based on nothing more than their ancestry and, suspicious of their loyalty, kept them in concentration camps for the better part of four years. How could this have happened? UPROOTED takes a close look at the history of racism in America and carefully follows the treacherous path that led one of our nation’s most beloved presidents to make this decision. Meanwhile, it also illuminates the history of Japan and its own struggles with racism and xenophobia, which led to the bombing of Pearl Harbor, ultimately tying the two countries together. Reviewed by Donna Rasmussen.

BOY ROBOT by Simon Curtis (Science Fiction)

In a single night, Isaak’s life changed forever. His adoptive parents were killed, a mysterious girl saved him from a team of soldiers, and he learned of his own dark and destructive origin. Isaak is a Robot: a government-made synthetic human, produced as a weapon and now marked for termination. He and the Robots can only find asylum with the Underground --- a secret network of Robots and humans working together to ensure a coexistent future. But with a deadly military force tasked to find him at any cost, his odds are less than favorable. Now Isaak must decide whether to hold on to his humanity and face possible death…or to embrace his true nature in order to survive. Reviewed by Rachel D., Teen Board Member.

IT’S NOT ME, IT’S YOU by Stephanie Kate Strohm (Fiction)

Avery Dennis is a high school senior and one of the most popular girls in her class. But a majorly public breakup with the guy she's been dating causes some disastrous waves. It is right before prom and Avery no longer has the perfect date. Post-breakup, Avery gets to thinking about all of the guys that she has ever dated. How come none of those relationships ever worked out? To investigate, Avery tracks down all of the guys she's ever dated, and uses that information along with her friends, family, and even teachers' thoughts, to compile a total account of her dating history. Avery discovers some surprises about herself and the guys she's spent time with just in time for prom night! Reviewed by Juliette G., Teen Board Member.

SHUTTER by Laurie Faria Stolarz (Mystery)

Sixteen-year-old Day Connor views life through the lens of her camera, where perspective is everything. But photographs never tell the whole story. After Day crosses paths with Julian, the world she pictures and the truths she believes-neatly captured in black and white-begin to blur. Julian is not the "armed and dangerous" escapee the police are searching for, but his alibis don't quite add up, either. There is more to his story. This time, Day is determined to see the entire picture...whatever it reveals. Did he? Or didn't he? Reviewed by Rebecca Munro.

LOST STARS by Lisa Selin Davis (Fiction)

Before her older sister, Ginny, died, Carrie was a science nerd, obsessively tracking her beloved Vira comet. But now that Ginny is gone, sixteen-year-old Carrie finds herself within the orbit of Ginny’s friends, a close-knit group of seniors who skip school, obsess over bands and party hard. Fed up with Carrie’s behavior, her father enrolls her in a summer work camp at a local state park. And when she meets Dean, a guy who likes the real Carrie, she starts to get to the heart of who she is and who she wants to be. Reviewed by Niraja S., Teen Board Member.

BLOOD RED SNOW WHITE by Marcus Sedgwick (Historical Fiction)

When writer Arthur Ransome leaves his unhappy marriage in England and moves to Russia to work as a journalist, he has little idea of the violent revolution about to erupt. Unwittingly, he finds himself at its center, tapped by the British to report back on the Bolsheviks even as he becomes dangerously, romantically entangled with Trotsky's personal secretary. Both sides seek to use Arthur to gather and relay information for their own purposes...and both grow to suspect him of being a double agent. Reviewed by Amanda Melfi.

WE KNOW IT WAS YOU by Maggie Thrash (Fiction)

"Twin Peaks" meets "Pretty Little Liars" in acclaimed author Maggie Thrash’s new Strange Truth series. Halfway through Friday night’s football game, beautiful cheerleader Brittany Montague --- dressed as the giant Winship Wildcat mascot --- hurls herself off a bridge into Atlanta’s surging Chattahoochee River. Just like that, she’s gone. Eight days later, Benny Flax and Virginia Leeds will be the only ones who know why. Reviewed by Brynn S., Teen Board Member.

MERROW by Ananda Braxton-Smith (Fiction)

The people of Carrick Island have been whispering behind Neen’s back ever since her father drowned and her mother disappeared. The townspeople say her mother was a merrow and has returned to the ocean. Neen, caught in her hazy new in-between self --- not a child, but not quite grown up --- can’t help but wonder if the villagers are right. But if her mother was a merrow, then what does that make Neen? Reviewed by Alanna B., Teen Board Member.

THE BOOMERANG EFFECT by Gordon Jack (Fiction)

It all started with a harmless prank. But now high school junior Lawrence Barry is one step away from reform school unless he participates in a mentorship program. His mentee? Spencer Knudsen, a Norwegian exchange student with Spock-like intelligence but the social skills of the periodic table. Then disaster strikes. Homecoming Week. When someone dressed as the school Viking mascot starts destroying the fairytale-inspired floats, all suspicion falls on Lawrence. Add to the mix a demon Goth girl, a Renaissance LARPing group, an overzealous yearbook editor, and three vindictive chickens, and Lawrence soon realizes that his situation may be a little out of control. Reviewed by Zoe I., Teen Board Member.
 

November Poll

Do you prefer reading books in a series or stand-alones?

  • I prefer reading books in a series.
  • I prefer reading stand-alone books.
  • I do not have a preference, but I tend to read more series books.
  • I do not have a preference, but I tend to read more stand-alone books.
  • I do not have a preference and read both equally.
  • I have never thought of this before.

Last month, we asked whether or not you read graphic novels. 32% of you admitted that while you have dabbled in the graphic novel and comic area, you don't see them as something you pick up right away. Polling second were the 30% of you who say that you read comic books and graphic novels regularly! To see the full results, click here.
 

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