THE KEY by Sara B. Elfgren
Released: July 14, 2015

"Epic in length if not scale, the closer puts its small-town teen ensemble through the wringer. (castlist) (Fantasy/horror. 13-18)"
The rise of a rival coven spells both complications and loyalty conflicts for the young witches charged with saving the world from a demon invasion. Read full book review >
ABOUT A GIRL by Sarah McCarry
Released: July 14, 2015

"Fluid and aching, with a diverse cast and rich worldbuilding. (Urban fantasy. 14-18)"
Tally, the scientist daughter of now-vanished Aurora from All Our Pretty Songs (2013), leaves her cozy New York home in search of blood family.Read full book review >

Released: July 14, 2015

"A warmly gracious invitation to a convincing middle school world. (Fiction. 10-14)"
Seventh-graders Alexia, Anna, Danielle, Jessica, Jeffrey, Luke, and Peter struggle to hold on to the bonds formed in Mr. Terupt's class in fifth and sixth grade and to their favorite teacher, whose job is in jeopardy. Read full book review >
A SCHOOL FOR BRIDES by Patrice Kindl
Released: July 14, 2015

"This airy soufflé of a tale, garnished with quirky charm, is an unmitigated delight from start to finish. (author's note) (Historical fiction. 12-18)"
Several years after the events of Keeping the Castle (2012), the Winthrop Hopkins Female Academy has opened in the rainy hamlet of Lesser Hoo. The school's mission: to ready eight young ladies, ages 12 to 19, for the marriage market. Read full book review >
Released: July 14, 2015

"A long slog to the good parts. Naomi Novik's Temeraire series for adults offers a similar premise (with dragons rather than dinos) and quicker rewards. (Historical fantasy. 12-14)"
Falkner gives Napoleon a toothy secret weapon in this decidedly alternate history. Read full book review >

REBEL MECHANICS by Shanna Swendson
Released: July 14, 2015

"Despite lackluster worldbuilding, steampunk fans will enjoy this gadget-filled costume drama. (Steampunk. 12-14)"
Plucky Miss Verity Newton intends to become a governess in the British colony of New York, circa 1888. Read full book review >
RUTHLESS by Carolyn Lee Adams
Released: July 14, 2015

"A between-books read for avid fans of survival fiction and serial-killer tales. (Thriller. 14-18)"
Can 17-year-old Ruth's relentless drive to win save her from a serial killer? Read full book review >
Released: July 14, 2015

"Well-rounded characters and an interesting concept make this a solid read. (Fiction. 10-14)"
George's beloved dog, Bart, seems to always know when the Cape Cod grade schooler will be returning home and waits eagerly for his arrival. Read full book review >
Released: July 14, 2015

"Whether sports fans, fantasy enthusiasts, or just comics lovers, readers will be eager for more adventures with this unlikely duo.(Graphic fantasy. 12-18)"
A young wizard apprentice and a brutish tomb raider rebound from a deadly pickup game. Read full book review >
MANIA by J.R. Johansson
Released: July 8, 2015

"Less mystery but more action finishes the trilogy. (Paranormal suspense. 12-18)"
This conclusion to the Night Walkers trilogy turns into a shoot-'em-up without abandoning its original paranormal premise. Read full book review >
JESSE'S GIRL by Miranda Kenneally
Released: July 7, 2015

"Highly enjoyable. (Romance. 12-18)"
Maya lives for rock music, so when she gets the chance to shadow a country music star for career day, she isn't impressed. Read full book review >
THE FIXER by Jennifer Lynn Barnes
Released: July 7, 2015

"Intriguing despite its unevenness. (Thriller. 12-18)"
A girl from a ranch in Montana must quickly adjust to life in Washington, D.C., when her older sister puts their ailing grandfather into a facility. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Sabaa Tahir
August 4, 2015

Sabaa Tahir’s novel An Ember in the Ashes reveals a world inspired by ancient Rome and defined by brutality. Seventeen-year-old Laia has grown up with one rule for survival: Never challenge the Empire. But when Laia’s brother Darin is arrested for treason, she leaves behind everything she knows, risking her life to try and save him. She enlists help from the rebels whose extensive underground network may lead to Darin. Their help comes with a price, though. Laia must infiltrate the Empire’s greatest military academy as a spy. Elias is the Empire’s finest soldier—and its most unwilling one. Thrown together by chance and united by their hatred of the Empire, Laia and Elias will soon discover that their fates are intertwined—and that their choices may change the destiny of the entire Empire. We talk to An Ember in the Ashes author Sabaa Tahir this week on Kirkus TV. View video >