EVERNEATH by Brodi Ashton
FANTASY
Released: Jan. 3, 2012

"The intense prose is slow-motion grieving mixed with mythology, awakening hope and redemption—a mix ideal for angst connoisseurs. (Paranormal romance. 13 & up)"
Ashton's debut is a melancholy, modern retelling of Greek underworld myths. Read full book review >
FANTASY
Released: Dec. 27, 2011

"An exciting and inspirational must-read that begs a sequel. (Paranormal romance. 12 & up)"
High-school temptresses wield magic to emancipate a lovelorn girl from her pain in this finely wrought tale. Read full book review >

MELODY BURNING by Whitley Strieber
FICTION
Released: Dec. 6, 2011

"Too many sour notes in this melody. (Fiction. 12 & up)"
A ham-handed contemporary Phantom of the Opera that features a teen pop sensation and an agoraphobic boy by the adult author of The Wolfen (1978). Read full book review >
ILLUMINATED by Erica Orloff
ROMANCE
Released: Dec. 1, 2011

"A beach read that might inspire an interest in history. (Romance. 12-17)"
The hunt for the origins of a medieval tome sets the backdrop for revelations and romance in a Boston teen's savvy first-person tale. Read full book review >
SHATTERED DREAMS by Ellie James
FICTION
Released: Dec. 1, 2011

"There's definitely more to Trinity's story than what is revealed here, and readers will want to find out what it is. Luckily, there is more to come in the Midnight Dragonfly series. (Paranormal mystery. 12 & up)"
Debut author James crafts a sexy, suspenseful paranormal thriller. Read full book review >

SAVING JUNE by Hannah Harrington
ROMANCE
Released: Dec. 1, 2011

"Still, Harper's voice rings true, and readers looking for a mildly steamy romance (with more than a splash of alcohol, smoking and sex) won't be disappointed. (Fiction. 13 & up)"
It's clear from the start that high-school senior June, days away from graduation, is past saving, since 16-year-old Harper begins her account on the day of her sister's funeral. Read full book review >
SHATTER ME by Tahereh Mafi
ADVENTURE
Released: Nov. 15, 2011

"Part cautionary tale, part juicy love story, this will appeal to action and adventure fans who aren't yet sick of the genre. (Science fiction. 12 & up)"
A dystopic thriller joins the crowded shelves but doesn't distinguish itself. Read full book review >
PAST CONTINUOUS by K. Ryer Breese
FANTASY
Released: Nov. 8, 2011

"Intrigued readers should start with the first book, in which Ade, Vauxhall and their rapidly shifting universe are introduced. (Science fiction. 14 & up)"
Ade Patience, who spent most of Future Imperfect (2011) giving himself concussions in order to see the future and experience "the Buzz," now chases a new high and fights still more aspects of himself. Read full book review >
SPARKS by S. J. Adams
FICTION
Released: Nov. 1, 2011

"A kinetic and well-paced comedy that just might win a few converts. (Fiction. 12 & up)"
What's a heartbroken teen to do when the object of her secret lesbian crush ditches her for a boring boyfriend? Read full book review >
THE POISON DIARIES:  NIGHTSHADE by Maryrose Wood
FICTION
Released: Oct. 25, 2011

"Promising Weed's continued pursuit (and, hopefully, reviving the intriguing issue of Mr. Luxton's poisoning), part three's sure to levy as much page-turning enthrallment as its predecessors. (Paranormal romance. 13 & up)"
Second of three, this fine paranormal gothic continues the tortured journeys of estranged teenage lovers Jessamine Luxton, a healer, and Weed, an orphan who communicates with plants. Read full book review >
SWEAR by Nina Malkin
FANTASY
Released: Oct. 18, 2011

"With romances between supernatural creatures and humans dominating the market, this seems like a shameful ploy to draw out something that should have been left where it was—kind of like resurrecting the dead to find a potential boyfriend. (Paranormal romance. 14 & up)"
Not every teen paranormal romance requires a sequel—and this demonstrates why. Read full book review >
THE SCORPIO RACES by Maggie Stiefvater
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 18, 2011

"Masterful. Like nothing else out there now. (Fantasy. 13-18)"
The bestselling author of Shiver (2009) and Linger (2010) turns the legend of the water horse into a taut, chilling, romantic adventure. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Fatima Bhutto
April 14, 2015

Set during the American invasion of Afghanistan, Fatima Bhutto’s debut novel The Shadow of the Crescent Moon begins and ends one rain-swept Friday morning in Mir Ali, a small town in Pakistan’s Tribal Areas close to the Afghan border. Three brothers meet for breakfast. Soon after, the eldest, Aman Erum, recently returned from America, hails a taxi to the local mosque. Sikandar, a doctor, drives to the hospital where he works, but must first stop to collect his troubled wife, who has not joined the family that morning. No one knows where Mina goes these days. But when, later in the morning, the two are taken hostage by members of the Taliban, Mina will prove to be stronger than anyone could have imagined. Our reviewer writes that The Shadow of the Crescent Moon is “a timely, earnest portrait of a family torn apart by the machinations of other people’s war games and desperately trying to survive.” View video >