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Fall-ing Into Another Season

Well, another summer has come and gone, and this year's summer months were untraditional to say the least. The April showers of spring gave way to...well, June showers, and it seems like we had a very limited amount of hot beach days. However, it has been a great season for YA, and hopefully fall will bring more traditional weather (albeit, I wouldn't mind a few more weeks of warmth before I need to grab the sweaters!), as well as some more fabulous reads.

Have you had a chance to read CATCHING FIRE? Suzanne Collins has written an amazing, page-turning sequel to THE HUNGER GAMES that is impossible to put down. For those of you who haven't read it yet, check out our review and an excerpt to learn more about this New York Times bestseller. We also have an updated interview with Collins in which she discusses what inspired her futuristic sci-fi trilogy and what her talent would be if she was picked for the Games.

If you like Collins's series, you're definitely going to want to enter to win a copy of the highly anticipated thriller THE MAZE RUNNER by James Dashner. Critics are calling the novel a mix of THE HUNGER GAMES and LORD OF THE FLIES. Thomas finds himself trapped inside a huge maze with other boys of various ages who are forced to form a community and somehow find a way to escape. With no recollection of how or why they got there, the boys of "the Glade" must fight to survive. Want to find out more? Read an excerpt and enter THE MAZE RUNNER Giveaway now!

We're also giving away 35 copies of GREEN, Book Zero of
Ted Dekker's Circle Series, which unveils the truth behind a saga that has captured the imagination of more than a million readers. Click here to read an excerpt and be sure to enter our GREEN Giveaway.

THE STONEKEEPER'S CURSE is the second installment in the critically acclaimed Amulet series by Kazu Kibuishi. A beautifully illustrated story, THE STONEKEEPER'S CURSE follows siblings Emily and Navin on their quest to save their mother. For those of you who are curious about the graphic novel format, this is a magical and visually stunning tale that is sure to appeal to all readers. Click here for a special preview, and get some behind-the-scenes info about Kibuishi and Amulet in our interview. And you can be selected as one of the 25 readers to win a copy of the book in THE STONEKEEPER'S CURSE Giveaway.

For another great reading suggestion, try CLEOPATRA'S DAUGHTER by Michelle Moran, the fateful story of Selene and Alexander, the children of historical icons Cleopatra and Marc Antony, set in imperial Rome. You can read an excerpt from the novel and then check out the book trailer here. Find out more about Moran and her love of historical fiction in our interview

If you are a fan of paranormal romance, you won't want to miss LIPS TOUCH: THREE TIMES by Laini Taylor. Though the book is composed of three separate tales of supernatural love, all three stories focus on one life-changing kiss. You're sure to get hooked after reading our review and an excerpt.

Congratulations to the winners of the SHIVER Giveaway! Also, check out the feedback we got from our IMPOSSIBLE Giveaway winners. Each winner read a copy of Nancy Werlin's IMPOSSIBLE and then gave his or her own personal reviews. And for your chance to share your thoughts and comments with any time, head over to our Word of Mouth feature and tell us what you're reading. One lucky reader can win a copy of LEVIATHAN by Scott Westerfeld.

This month in our Grab Bag of Books contest, you can enter for a chance to win THE AMANDA PROJECT: BOOK 1: INVISIBLE I by Melissa Kantor, THE COMPOUND by S.A. Bodeen, RUINED: A Ghost Story by Paula Morris, and VIOLA IN REEL LIFE by Adriana Trigiani. And keep up to date with the Blog and Facebook fan page for more great contests and book news updates, as well as a chance to chat with other readers.

As always, we have our Cool New Books and New in Paperback roundups, along with our reviews, which include both graphic novel and manga titles. Don't forget to vote in our poll and answer our question, both of which are inspired by Banned Books Week, taking place between September 26th and October 3rd.

And a BIG thank you to everyone who took the time to take part in the 2009 Reader Survey. We will be picking the 775 winners of the 27 titles within the next few weeks, and the survey results will be posted and released in an article in Publishers Weekly scheduled for late October, so stay tuned.

A final reminder: If you know any children ages 6-12 (perhaps some you babysit for, brothers, sisters, cousins, etc.), spread the word about our 2009 Reader Survey. The survey can be accessed by clicking here. It's a short, simple survey and a quick way to win free books! The survey ends Wednesday, September 30th at 11:59 PM.

And I hope you are ready to celebrate Teen Read Week at your local or school library. The events take place October 18-24. This year's theme is "Read Beyond Reality @ your library," which encourages teens to read something out of this world, just for the fun of it.

Happy reading!

Carol Fitzgerald (

Click here to learn more about Teen Read Week.


New Special Feature: CATCHING FIRE by Suzanne Collins

Suzanne Collins's latest book, CATCHING FIRE, revisits the dystopian world of Panem and its victorious tributes Katniss Everdeen and Peeta Mellark, first introduced in the 2008 bestseller THE HUNGER GAMES. In this updated interview, Collins discusses the various sources --- ranging from Greek mythology to reality television --- that inspired the plot of this futuristic sci-fi trilogy and explains how her father's stories from her childhood helped her with elements of the novel's plot, themes and characters. She also gives readers insight into how she has mapped out plot and character developments for each book, shares what she found most surprising about the feedback she received from fans, and imagines what her own special skill would be if she was ever required to participate in the Games.

CATCHING FIRE by Suzanne Collins (Science Fiction/Fantasy)
Against all odds, Katniss Everdeen has won the annual Hunger Games with fellow district tribute Peeta Mellark. But it was a victory won by defiance of the Capitol and their harsh rules. Katniss and Peeta should be happy. After all, they have just won for themselves and their families a life of safety and plenty. But there are rumors of rebellion among the subjects, and Katniss and Peeta, to their horror, are the faces of that rebellion. The Capitol is angry. The Capitol wants revenge.

-Click here to read an excerpt from CATCHING FIRE.
-Click here to read an interview with Suzanne Collins.
-Click here to read Suzanne Collins’s bio.


Click here to read a review of CATCHING FIRE.


Win a Copy of THE MAZE RUNNER by James Dashner

When Thomas wakes up in the lift, the only thing he can remember is his first name. His memory is blank. But he’s not alone. When the lift’s doors open, Thomas finds himself surrounded by other boys of various ages --- trapped within a maze.

To celebrate the October 6th release of THE MAZE RUNNER by James Dashner, is giving 30 readers the chance to win a copy of this highly anticipated first installment in a planned trilogy. To enter, fill out this form and answer the following question by Monday, November 16th at 11:59PM.

What does the boy call Thomas once he is lifted out of the box and into the Glade?

You can find the answer by reading the excerpt here.

THE MAZE RUNNER by James Dashner (Science Fiction/Thriller)
When Thomas wakes up in the lift, the only thing he can remember is his first name. His memory is blank. But he’s not alone. When the lift’s doors open, Thomas finds himself surrounded by kids who welcome him to the Glade --- a large, open expanse surrounded by stone walls.

Just like Thomas, the Gladers don’t know why or how they got to the Glade. All they know is that every morning the stone doors to the maze that surrounds them have opened. Every night they’ve closed tight. And every 30 days a new boy has been delivered in the lift.

Thomas was expected. But the next day, a girl is sent up --- the first girl to ever arrive in the Glade. And more surprising yet is the message she delivers.

Thomas might be more important than he could ever guess. If only he could unlock the dark secrets buried within his mind.

-Click here to read Chapters 1-9 online!
Click here for all the contest details.


New Special Feature and Giveaway: GREEN by Ted Dekker

GREEN: The Circle, Book Zero: The Beginning and the End by Ted Dekker (Fantasy/Suspense)
At Last…The Circle Reborn

The story of how Thomas Hunter first entered the Black Forest and forever changed our history began at a time when armies were gathered for a final battle in the valley of Migdon. GREEN is a story of love, betrayal and sweeping reversals set within the apocalypse. It is the beginning: the truth behind a saga that has captured the imagination of more than a million readers with the Books of History Chronicles.

But even more, GREEN brings full meaning to the Circle Series as a whole, reading as both prequel to BLACK and sequel to WHITE, completing a full circle. This is Book Zero, the Circle Reborn, both the beginning and the end. The preferred starting point for new readers…and the perfect climax for the countless fans who’ve experienced BLACK, RED and WHITE.

For your chance to win one of 35 copies of GREEN, fill out this form and answer the following question by Monday, November 16th at 11:59PM.

What is the enemy group called?

You can find the answer by reading the excerpt here.

-Click here to read Ted Dekker’s bio.

Click here to read a review of GREEN.


New Special Feature and Giveaway: AMULET, BOOK TWO: THE STONEKEEPER'S CURSE by Kazu Kibuishi

Comic book artist Kazu Kibuishi is the founder and editor of the comic anthology Flight, as well as the creator of Amulet, a young adult graphic novel series about two children who must rescue their mother, taken captive by a dangerous creature inhabiting a sinister underground world found below the basement of the great-grandfather's home. In this interview with's John Hogan, Kibuishi provides insight into the process of creating the series and credits the legendary film The Empire Strikes Back as a source of inspiration for its newly released second installment, THE STONEKEEPER'S CURSE. He also discusses his background in animation, recalls some of the first comics he enjoyed as a child, and shares details about projects currently in the works.

AMULET, BOOK TWO: THE STONEKEEPER’S CURSE written and illustrated by Kazu Kibuishi (Graphic Novel)
Emily and Navin’s mother is in grave danger, and there’s only one place to find help: Kanalis, the bustling, beautiful city of waterfalls. Leon Redbeard, a mysterious fox, joins Emily, Navin and Miskit on their journey, as they are pursued by the Elf King’s son, Trellis, and his dangerous guard. In order to save them all, Emily has to unleash the power of the amulet --- but can she do so without destroying herself?

You can be one of 25 lucky winners to receive a copy of THE STONEKEEPER'S CURSE, the second book in Kazu Kibuishi’s graphic novel series, Amulet. To enter, fill out this form and answer the following question by Monday, November 16th at 11:59PM.

According to Morrie, why is Emily’s mother’s condition worse?

You can find the answer by taking a look at the excerpt here.

-Click here to read our interview with Kazu Kibuishi.
-Click here to read Kazu Kibuishi’s bio.


Click here to read a review of THE STONEKEEPER’S CURSE.

New Special Feature: CLEOPATRA'S DAUGHTER by Michelle Moran

Michelle Moran is the bestselling author of three works of historical fiction --- NEFERTITI, THE HERETIC'S QUEEN and the newly released CLEOPATRA'S DAUGHTER --- each of which is centered on legendary princesses of ancient Egypt. In this interview with's Melanie Smith, Moran recalls the college experience that sparked her interest in this particular time and setting, and recounts the moments of inspiration that prompted her to write each of her books. She also provides some background information on her characters, shares what she hopes readers will take away from her work, and reveals which historical era she will focus on in her next novel.

CLEOPATRA'S DAUGHTER by Michelle Moran (Historical Fiction)
The marriage of Marc Antony and Cleopatra is one of the greatest love stories of all time, a tale of unbridled passion with earth-shaking political consequences. Feared and hunted by the powers in Rome, the lovers choose to die by their own hands as the triumphant armies of Antony’s revengeful rival, Octavian, sweep into Egypt. Their three orphaned children are taken in chains to Rome; only two --- the 10-year-old twins Selene and Alexander --- survive the journey. Delivered to the household of Octavian’s sister, the siblings cling to each other and to the hope that they will return one day to their rightful place on the throne of Egypt. As they come of age, they are buffeted by the personal ambitions of Octavian’s family and court, by the ever-present threat of slave rebellion, and by the longings and desires deep within their own hearts.

The fateful tale of Selene and Alexander is brought brilliantly to life in CLEOPATRA’S DAUGHTER, a fascinating portrait of imperial Rome and of the people and events of this glorious and most tumultuous period in human history. Emerging from the shadows of the past, Selene, a young woman of irresistible charm and preternatural intelligence, will capture your heart.

-Click here to read an excerpt from CLEOPATRA’S DAUGHTER.
-Click here to read our interview with Michelle Moran.
-Click here to read Michelle Moran’s bio.
-Click here to view a trailer for CLEOPATRA’S DAUGHTER.
-Visit Michelle Moran’s official website,
-Click here to enter some fabulous contests.
-Click here to read Michelle Moran’s History Buff Blog.


Click here to read a review of CLEOPATRA’S DAUGHTER.


New Special Feature: LIPS TOUCH: THREE TIMES by Laini Taylor

LIPS TOUCH: THREE TIMES written by Laini Taylor and illustrated by Jim Di Bartolo (Supernatural Romance/Short Stories)
Three tales of supernatural love that all hinge on a life-changing kiss.

Everyone dreams of getting the kiss of a lifetime --- but what if that kiss carried some unexpected consequences? A girl who’s always been in the shadows finds herself pursued by the unbelievably attractive new boy at school, who may or may not be the death of her. Another girl grows up mute because of a curse placed on her by a vindictive spirit, and later must decide whether to utter her first words to the boy she loves and risk killing everyone who hears her if the curse is real. And a third girl discovers that the real reason for her transient life with her mother has to do with belonging --- literally belonging --- to another world entirely, full of dreaded creatures who can transform into animals, and whose queen keeps little girls as personal pets until they grow to child-bearing age.

From a writer of unparalleled imagination and emotional insight, three stories about the deliciousness of wanting and waiting for that moment when lips touch.

-Click here to read an excerpt from LIPS TOUCH: THREE TIMES.
-Click here to read Laini Taylor’s bio.


Click here to read a review of LIPS TOUCH: THREE TIMES.


Special Feature: MURDER AT MIDNIGHT by Avi

In this interview with's Norah Piehl, award-winning children's and young adult author Avi discusses why he chose to revisit characters from his 1999 novel, MIDNIGHT MAGIC, in his 70th published work, MURDER AT MIDNIGHT, and his reasoning behind the book's recurring elements and unique format. He also elaborates on some of its characters --- most notably a magician who doesn't believe in magic --- explains how his interest in history influences his story ideas, and shares details about the projects he's currently working on.


A plot to overthrow King Claudio is brewing in the Kingdom of Pergamontio, Italy. Mangus the Magician has been marked as an easy scapegoat for the traitor lurking within the king’s court. Against all odds, his faithful new servant boy, Fabrizio, sets out to solve the mystery and prove his master’s innocence before the stroke of midnight…in order to save him from certain death!

Intricate plotting, surprise twists, a marvelous literary duo, and an artful blend of medieval history with magic and intrigue make for another gripping and suspenseful page-turner that stands alone or sets the stage for more captivating adventure in MIDNIGHT MAGIC!

-Click here to read an excerpt from MURDER AT MIDNIGHT.
-Click here to read our interview with Avi.
-Click here to read Avi’s bio.

Click here to read a review of MURDER AT MIDNIGHT.


Special Feature: DAUGHTERS OF THE SEA: HANNAH by Kathryn Lasky

Kathryn Lasky is the award-winning author of nearly 50 books for children and young adults, including the Dear America, The Royal Diaries and The Guardians of Ga'Hoole series. In this interview with's Sarah Wood, Lasky discusses her latest book, DAUGHTERS OF THE SEA: HANNAH --- which is the first in a trilogy about three orphaned mermaids in 19th-century Boston --- and why she chose to write it both for and about teens. She also explains the motivations behind some of her characters' actions and behavior, reveals her own personal cure for homesickness, and hints at what readers can expect from the next two installments in the series.

DAUGHTERS OF THE SEA: HANNAH by Kathryn Lasky (Fantasy)
Hannah Albury is not like other girls in the turn-of-the-century Boston orphanage where she grew up. Instead of seasickness, she gets land-sickness. Billowing waves exhilarate her, but flat plains away from the ocean leave her dried out, parched and ill. She leaves a ring of salt in the tub when she bathes, and sometimes she sees a faint tracing of scales on her delicate feet. It’s freakish, horrifying…and deeply thrilling.

As Hannah becomes a young woman, she can sense that a powerful change is coming. A choice lies ahead, and Hannah must discover if she is a creature of the land --- or of the sea.

-Click here to read an excerpt from DAUGHTERS OF THE SEA: HANNAH.
-Click here to read our interview with Kathryn Lasky.
-Click here to read Kathryn Lasky’s bio.


Click here to read a review of DAUGHTERS OF THE SEA: HANNAH.'s Grab Bag of Books Contest

Every month in our Grab Bag of Books contest, five readers are awarded a 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 AMANDA PROJECT: BOOK 1: INVISIBLE I by Melissa Kantor, THE COMPOUND by S.A. Bodeen, RUINED: A Ghost Story by Paula Morris, and VIOLA IN REEL LIFE by Adriana Trigiani. All you have to do to enter is fill out this form by Wednesday, October 14th.

-Click here for the winners of our past giveaways.
Click here for all the contest details.


Now in Stores: GOING BOVINE by Libba Bray

GOING BOVINE by Libba Bray (Fiction)
All 16-year-old Cameron wants is to get through high school --- and life in general --- with a minimum of effort. It’s not a lot to ask. But that’s before he’s given some bad news: he is sick and is going to die. Hope arrives in the winged form of Dulcie, a loopy punk angel/possible hallucination with a bad sugar habit. She tells Cam there is a cure --- if he’s willing to go in search of it. Reviewed by Norah Piehl.

-Click here to read an excerpt from GOING BOVINE.
-Click here to read Libba Bray's blog post, "Why I Love Disney World."


Click here to read a review of GOING BOVINE.

Now in Stores: VIOLA IN REEL LIFE by Adriana Trigiani

VIOLA IN REEL LIFE by Adriana Trigiani (Fiction)
Viola doesn't want to go to boarding school, but somehow she ends up at an all-girls school in South Bend, Indiana far away from her home in Brooklyn, New York. There's no way she's going to survive the year. Boarding school, though, and her roommates and even the Midwest are nothing like she thought they would be.
Reviewed by Lourdes Orive.

-Click here to browse inside VIOLA IN REEL LIFE.

Click here to read a review of VIOLA IN REEL LIFE.


Cool New Books for September

September’s roundup of Cool New Books includes CATCHING FIRE, the powerful second installment in Suzanne Collins’s The Hunger Games Trilogy, which continues the amazing story of Katniss Everdeen; GOING BOVINE by Libba Bray, in which a 16-year-old who just wants to get through high school finds out he’s dying of mad cow disease; THE MONSTRUMOLOGIST, a gothic tour de force from critically acclaimed author Rick Yancey that explores the darkest heart of man and monster and asks the question: When does a man become the very thing he hunts?; FOREST BORN, the fourth title in Shannon Hale’s The Books of Bayern series, an emotionally wrenching journey of self-discovery set in the magical and alluring world first encountered in THE GOOSE GIRL; and VIOLA IN REEL LIFE, Adriana Trigiani’s novel about a group of boarding school friends navigating the ups and downs of living together, falling in love, and following their dreams.

Click here to read our Cool New Books feature for September.

September's New in Paperback Roundup
September’s roundup of New in Paperback titles includes ENVY, the third installment in the Luxe series, Anna Godbersen’s thrilling saga of romance, scandal and intrigue in the Gilded Age; PAPER TOWNS, which marks the highly anticipated return of Printz Medalist John Green in an irresistible plot combining a friendship tale, a road trip and a mystery; Shannon Hale’s BOOK OF A THOUSAND DAYS, a unique retelling of a little-known Grimm’s fairy tale filled with adventure, romance, drama and disguise; CONNECTING, a continuation of Wendy Corsi Staub’s paranormal suspense series, in which Calla finally uncovers the mystery behind her mother’s death; and LIVING DEAD GIRL, Elizabeth Scott's deeply disturbing and heart-wrenching novel about a girl who suffers indescribable physical and mental abuse at the hands of her abductor.
Click here to see what’s New in Paperback for September.


This Month's Reviews Reviews:

THE MONSTRUMOLOGIST by Rick Yancey (Gothic Horror)
An apprentice to a monstrumologist, or monster hunter, should be familiar with the strange and unexplainable. Twelve-year-old orphan Will Henry is no exception. When monsters that feed through mouths of sharp teeth located in their bellies start terrorizing a local town, Will Henry’s apprentice skills are put to the test. Reviewed by Benjamin Boche.

-Click here to read an excerpt from THE MONSTRUMOLOGIST.

LOVE IS THE HIGHER LAW by David Levithan (Fiction)
The lives of three teens are altered forever on September 11, 2001. Claire, a high school junior, has to get to her younger brother in his classroom. Jasper, a college sophomore from Brooklyn, wakes to his parents’ frantic calls from Korea, wondering if he’s okay. Peter, a classmate of Claire’s, has to make his way back to school as everything happens around him. Reviewed by Norah Piehl and excerpted.

-Click here to read an excerpt from LOVE IS THE HIGHER LAW.
-Click here to read a Q&A with David Levithan on the Blog.

BOYS R US: The Clique #11 by Lisi Harrison (Fiction)
The Pretty Committee is in shambles after Massie has disbanded the exclusive clique. To make matters worse, Alicia is challenging Massie’s Alpha status by forming Briarwood-Octavian Country Day School’s first boy-girl clique, the Soul-M8s. But Massie isn’t giving up without a fight, and Alicia learns to “be careful what you wish for.” Reviewed by Donna Volkenannt.

-Click here to read our Clique series feature.

TRICKS by Ellen Hopkins (Fiction)
Ellen Hopkins’s sixth novel in verse is a blistering account of five very different young people’s descent into the desperate, dangerous world of teenage prostitution.
These moving stories remain separate at first, then interweave to tell a larger, powerful story --- a story about making choices, taking leaps of faith, falling down and growing up. Reviewed by Norah Piehl.

FOREST BORN: The Books of Bayern, Book 4 by Shannon Hale (Fantasy)
The Books of Bayern series continues in this latest installment with Razo’s younger sister, Forest-born Rin, traveling to the city and meeting up with Isi, Enna and Dasha. A mysterious threat sends the four women on a journey full of self-discovery and the usual mix of humor and suspense. Reviewed by Benjamin Boche.

LIAR by Justine Larbalestier (Psychological Thriller)
Micah is a compulsive liar, but she’s making a concerted effort to tell the truth to you, the reader, after her boyfriend Zach is found murdered. But is she telling the truth? This novel shies away from nothing and plays with your mind the whole way through. Reviewed by Sarah Hannah Gómez.

NIGHT RUNNER by Max Turner (Fantasy)
Zack Thomson has spent almost his whole life in a mental ward that looks after his special condition. When a crazed old man breaks in and tells Zack to run, Zack is forced on a journey that has him confronting the truth --- vampires exist and he is one of them. Reviewed by Benjamin Boche.

-Click here to read Max Turner’s blog post, “Max Turner on Writing the ‘Perfect Bad Guy.’”

RAGE: A Love Story by Julie Anne Peters (Fiction)
Johanna dreams of finding love like her sister and her husband, or her friend Novak with her guy of the week. Unfortunately, she thinks that the girl she fantasizes about doesn’t know she’s alive. But then Reeve does notice her and things go really wrong. Author Julie Anne Peters garnered a National Book Award nomination for LUNA, her novel about a transgender character, and she tackles another tough subject here: dating abuse. Reviewed by Amy Alessio.

THE GEORGES AND THE JEWELS by Jane Smiley (Fiction)
In the 1960s, seventh grader Abby Lovitt lives on a small California horse ranch with her strict but kind parents. Normally, Abby loves helping to train the horses and rarely does she encounter a problem that she can’t handle --- until she meets Ornery George. The two of them just can’t seem to speak the same language. But then an unusual man drops by and shows Abby another way to communicate with the horses. Reviewed by Chris Shanley-Dillman.

PROPHECY OF THE SISTERS by Michelle Zink (Fantasy)
When Lia Milthorpe’s father dies, she thinks she’ll at least have her brother, Henry, and her twin sister, Alice, to share in her mourning. But when the siblings become parentless, Lia learns of an ancient prophecy that pits her and her twin against each other. As Lia struggles to battle ancient dark forces, she must also grapple with her position in the prophecy and decide whether she has free will in it all. Reviewed by Sarah Hannah Gómez.

-Click here to read Michelle Zink’s blog post, “Outlines, Magic and Not Knowing.”

THE DEMON’S LEXICON by Sarah Rees Brennan (Urban Fantasy)
Sarah Rees Brennan’s debut novel introduces readers to a world of magicians and demons, possession and obsession
--- and two memorable brothers who inhabit it. THE DEMON’S LEXICON will keep its audience guessing through a series of increasingly shocking revelations, including one that is a complete game-changer. Reviewed by Norah Piehl.

-Click here to read our reviews.

Manga Reviews:

BLOODY KISS, Volume 1 written and illustrated by Kazuko Furumiya
When Kiyo inherits a rundown mansion from her grandmother, she doesn’t realize there are already boarders --- two handsome vampires who quickly decide that Kiyo should become a vampire’s bride. Reviewed by Snow Wildsmith.

CANON, Volumes 3 and 4 written and illustrated by Chika Shiomi
Canon finds the vampire who killed her friends and turned her into a vampire herself. But what used to be obvious is now confusing, and not everyone is telling her the truth. She starts to realize that what she believed was true is actually a lie. Reviewed by Danica Davidson.

THE TAROT CAFE, Volumes 1-3 written and illustrated by Sang-Sun Park
Pamela, who was born in Scotland hundreds of years ago, helps people --- and mythical creatures --- by giving them tarot readings. The artwork in The Tarot Café series is amazing. Reviewed by Danica Davidson.

Manhwa Review:

SARASAH, Volume 1 written and illustrated by Ryu Ryang
Ji-Hae has no luck getting love in modern-day Korea. Then a goddess sends her back in time more than a thousand years for another shot at romance. Hopefully things will work out better this time! Reviewed by Danica Davidson.

-Click here to read our manga and manhwa reviews.

Recent Titles Perfect for Teens:

THE LAST SONG by Nicholas Sparks (Fiction)
At first, 17-year-old Veronica "Ronnie" Miller is angry when her mother forces her to spend time with her father in his North Carolina beach bungalow. But as the summer wears on, she discovers nuances and truths in both romantic and family love. Reviewed by Terry Miller Shannon.

A BIG LITTLE LIFE: A Memoir of a Joyful Dog by Dean Koontz (Memoir)
Dean Koontz thought he had everything he needed, both in his professional and personal lives. Then along came Trixie. Koontz had always wanted a dog and had even written several books in which dogs were featured. But not until Trixie was he truly open to the change that such a beautiful creature could bring about in him. Reviewed by Roz Shea.

SOUL OF A DOG: Reflections on the Spirits of the Animals of Bedlam Farm by Jon Katz (Memoir)
Do animals have souls? Some of our greatest thinkers --- Aristotle, Plato, Thomas Aquinas --- and countless animal lovers have been obsessed with this question for thousands of years. Now New York Times bestselling author Jon Katz looks for an answer and finds even more questions as he recounts the lives and stories of the residents of his celebrated Bedlam Farm. Reviewed by Judy Gigstad.

-Click here to read the titles perfect for teens.


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