INHERIT THE STARS by Tessa Elwood
Released: Dec. 8, 2015

"Better in concept than in execution. (Science fiction. 13-18)"
The fates of two interplanetary kingdoms hang upon the success of an arranged marriage in this futuristic romance. Read full book review >
SOULSHIFTER by Barbara Pietron
Released: Nov. 24, 2015

"Late excitement can't save this flat story. (Paranormal suspense. 12-18)"
A boy faces the dark god of the dead as he tries to rescue a missing girl from hell. Read full book review >

MAX HELSING AND THE THIRTEENTH CURSE by Curtis Jobling
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Nov. 10, 2015

"A delightful bit of ghoulish escapism. (Horror. 9-13)"
A series opener about a middle school monster hunter. Read full book review >
TEN THOUSAND SKIES ABOVE YOU by Claudia Gray
Released: Nov. 3, 2015

"The inventiveness of the many worlds Marguerite traverses should keep fans happy. (Science fiction. 12-18)"
The parallel-universe sci-fi/romance story begun with A Thousand Pieces of You (2014) continues.Read full book review >
INFINITY LOST by S. Harrison
Released: Nov. 1, 2015

"All setup with no payoff. (Science fiction. 12-16)"
A teenage girl's mysterious dreams suggest her past isn't what she remembers. Read full book review >

YOUNG WIDOWS CLUB by Alexandra Coutts
Released: Nov. 10, 2015

"Tissues not required. (Fiction. 12-16)"
Tamsen Baird has always lived a different kind of normal. Read full book review >
I'M AN ALIEN AND I WANT TO GO HOME by Jo Franklin
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Nov. 10, 2015

"Unfortunately, this book doesn't let Daniel fulfill the promise of the unreliable comedic narrator; most of the time, he's just plain wrong about everything. (Fiction. 9-12)"
One of the best things about unreliable narrators is that very often they're hilariously wrong about everything. But readers may be a little sad when Daniel's conspiracy theories turn out not to be true. Read full book review >
FAST BREAK by Mike Lupica
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Nov. 3, 2015

"Nothing groundbreaking here, but Lupica delivers solid sports action and character growth. (Fiction. 10-14)"
Twelve-year-old Jayson, a tough kid from the poor part of Moreland, North Carolina, is sent across town to live with foster parents, where he'll play basketball for a rival team. Read full book review >
EVERYTHING BUT THE TRUTH by Mandy Hubbard
Released: Nov. 17, 2015

"Harmless wish-fulfillment for romance fans. (Romance. 12-18)"
A Cinderella story set near modern-day Seattle brings a poor girl together with a handsome, uber-rich, famous guy. Read full book review >
CAPTIVE by A.J. Grainger
Released: Nov. 3, 2015

"What better forbidden romance than with a man who chloroforms a girl and zip-ties her to a bed? (Thriller. 12-14)"
The 16-year-old daughter of the U.K.'s prime minister is kidnapped by terrorists. Read full book review >
FINDING FORTUNE by Delia Ray
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Nov. 10, 2015

"Like its protagonist, full of heart. (Fiction. 9-12)"
Ren (short for Renata) spends her summer after sixth grade in a long-abandoned town near her Midwest home not far from the Mississippi River. Read full book review >
DA VINCI'S TIGER by Laura Malone Elliott
Released: Nov. 10, 2015

"Not credible as fiction, but the bonanza of fascinating details about life in Renaissance Italy has appeal. (Historical fiction. 13-18)"
In politically turbulent Renaissance Florence, the admirer of a beautiful, married noblewoman changes her life when he commissions a young Leonardo da Vinci to paint her portrait. 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 >