THE BLIND WISH by Amber Lough
Released: July 28, 2015

"Enjoyable, thoughtful, packed with action, consequences, and a few kisses—readers will wish for a third book right away. (Fantasy. 12-16)"
The Middle Eastern-influenced jinn microtrend continues, as do the adventures of half-human, half-jinni twins Najwa and Zayele begun in The Fire Wish (2014). Read full book review >
ADRIFT by Paul Griffin
Released: July 28, 2015

"This fast-paced survival adventure makes an excellent crucible for Griffin's examination of class. (Adventure. 12-16)"
Two buddies who have been through trauma together before find themselves with three relative strangers out on the open Atlantic, where survival becomes extremely uncertain. Read full book review >

THE PHANTOM BULLY by Jeffrey Brown
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: July 28, 2015

"Everybody's middle school years should be as ultimately satisfying as Roan's, whether they are Jedis-in-training or not. (Graphic fantasy. 8-12)"
Perhaps playing off the principle that a great ending will mitigate almost anything, this story has at least a dozen endings, and all of them are pretty spectacular. Read full book review >
ALL WE HAVE IS NOW by Lisa Schroeder
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: July 28, 2015

"Uplifting. (Science fiction. 12-18)"
Two homeless teens wander Portland, Oregon, as they await the impact of an asteroid that will kill them and all other inhabitants of the American northwest. Read full book review >
THIRTEEN CHAIRS by Dave Shelton
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: July 28, 2015

"An enjoyable collection of ghost stories, perfect for reading by flashlight. (Short stories. 9-13)"
Summoning the courage to open a creaky door inside a spooky old house, Jack finds himself in a candlelit room with 12 strangers sitting around a table. Read full book review >

MY BROTHER'S SECRET by Dan Smith
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: July 28, 2015

"A heartfelt look at coming of age in a time of war. (Historical fiction. 9-12)"
It is 1941 in western Germany. World War II has been raging for almost two years, and Hitler's propaganda machine is in full force. Read full book review >
THE ACCIDENTAL AFTERLIFE OF THOMAS MARSDEN by Emma Trevayne
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: July 28, 2015

"Readers will find that this darkly intriguing faery story has an appealingly grounded hero. (Fantasy. 8-12)"
Discovering his true identity, a young grave robber uses his particular skills to help faeries trapped in Victorian London. Read full book review >
THE LAST EVER AFTER by Soman Chainani
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: July 21, 2015

"Ultimately more than a little full of itself, but well-stocked with big themes, inventively spun fairy-tale tropes, and flashes of hilarity. (Fantasy. 11-13)"
Good has won every fairy-tale contest with Evil for centuries, but a dark sorcerer's scheme to turn the tables comes to fruition in this ponderous closer. Read full book review >
TORN by Avery Hastings
Released: July 21, 2015

"The setting never comes to life, and the characters never inspire real caring in this paint-by-numbers second volume. (Dystopian romance. 12-15)"
Star-crossed lovers Cole and Davis may be miles apart, but their goals for the future still follow a similar trajectory—toward each other. Read full book review >
RESONANCE by Erica  O'Rourke
Released: July 21, 2015

"Standard rebels-against-impossible-odds plot with a mild twist. (Dystopian romance. 12-18)"
This sequel to Dissonance (2014) continues Del's adventures in a musical version of parallel universes.Read full book review >
NOBLE WARRIOR by Alan Lawrence Sitomer
Released: July 21, 2015

"A sequel that destroys the goodwill established by its predecessor. (Thriller. 12-16)"
A teenage mixed martial arts genius works covert ops for the U.S. government. Read full book review >
MODEL MISFIT by Holly Smale
Released: July 21, 2015

"Fluffy but funny for readers who can overlook the cultural cluelessness. (Fiction. 12-18)"
A girl entranced by physics, mathematics, history, and literature also works as a model for an innovative international fashion designer, but she's so inept she's likely to lose her job in this comic sequel to the original Geek Girl (2015).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 >