LIFELESS by Adrianne Strickland
Released: Aug. 8, 2015

"Fans of action-packed dystopias will enjoy Tavin's attempts not to lose himself in the ferocity of his power, and they will stay tuned for Volume 3 and its likely romantic angst. (Science fiction. 14-17)"
An 18-year-old boy doesn't want the phenomenal cosmic power that's turning him into an out-of-control killing machine in this trilogy's middle volume. Read full book review >
ANCIENT APPETITES by Oisín McGann
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Aug. 11, 2015

"A slow story of a dysfunctional dynasty with little plot but a lot of plotting. (Science fiction. 14 & up)"
Internecine squabbles fill this first book in a series. Read full book review >

THE ACCIDENT SEASON by Moïra Fowley-Doyle
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 11, 2015

"A powerful novel from an exciting new talent. (Fiction. 14 & up)"
Ghosts, secrets, and magic collide in this Irish author's astonishing debut. Read full book review >
JUBILEE MANOR by Bethany Hagen
Released: Aug. 11, 2015

"Even the requisite romance is drowned in florid prose and uneven characterization. (Science fiction. 13-15)"
Madeline Landry, the daughter of one of the richest and most powerful noble houses of a nuclear future, hopes to empower society's weakest without endangering her own wealth and comfort. Read full book review >
THE SALVATION OF GABRIEL ADAM by S.L. Duncan
Released: Aug. 11, 2015

"A horrific merging of dimensions looms for fans in the next installment as the teen archangels grapple their way toward ultimate salvation. (Fantasy. 12-18)"
This second book in the Revelation Saga finds teen archangel Gabriel in human form as he begrudgingly continues fighting demons from hell. Read full book review >

BRIGHT LIGHTS, DARK NIGHTS by Stephen Emond
Released: Aug. 11, 2015

"There are no easy answers to the issues at play in this story, and fittingly, there is much that is left open-ended. Readers will be left with plenty on their minds and in their hearts. (Fiction. 12 & up)"
First love, racism, family strife, and the Internet's culture of anonymous cruelty are some of the many themes explored in this illustrated novel by Happyface (2010) author Emond.Read full book review >
SIX IMPOSSIBLE THINGS by Fiona Wood
Released: Aug. 11, 2015

"This romance is effervescent and sweet, but it offers welcome substance along with the sparkle. (Fiction. 12-16)"
A young teen seeks platonic, familial, and romantic connections. Read full book review >
THE CREEPING by Alexandra Sirowy
Released: Aug. 18, 2015

"Intriguing all the way through. (Suspense. 12-18)"
Although she remembers little, Stella witnessed her friend Jeanie's murder when they were 6 years old. Now Stella needs to learn just what kind of monster was responsible. Read full book review >
SHACKLED by Tom Leveen
Released: Aug. 18, 2015

"Simple but suspenseful. (Suspense. 12-18)"
Six years after her friend Tara disappeared from a shopping mall during a game of hide-and-seek, prickly, anxious Pelly thinks she spots her buying coffee with her captor. Read full book review >
ICEBREAKER by Lian Tanner
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 18, 2015

"An artfully crafted adventure that's equal parts thought-provoking and thrilling. (character list) (Science fiction. 9-12)"
Scientists hide a secret aboard a ship headed for the farthest reaches of the Earth in the hopes of saving a remnant of modern technology and knowledge from the Anti-Machinists, a group of zealots determined to throw the world into another Dark Age. Read full book review >
INTO THE DANGEROUS WORLD by Julie Chibbaro
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 18, 2015

"A thought-provoking, beautiful exploration of the artistic process. (Historical fiction. 12 & up)"
Aurora, raised in a rural commune, finds her notions of art challenged by her introduction to the New York City graffiti-art scene in the 1980s. Read full book review >
COURT OF FIVES by Kate Elliott
Released: Aug. 18, 2015

"A compelling look at racial and social identity wrapped in a page-turning adventure. (Fantasy. 12-18)"
After the death of the highly placed aristocrat whose patronage ensured their safety, Jessamy's mixed-race family is targeted by political enemies; spared thanks to her skill at the game of Fives, she must find a way to save them. 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 >