Firebrand by Aaron Barnhart
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 6, 2015

"An accessible, historically rigorous tale."
Barnhart (The Big Divide, 2013) offers a YA novel about faith and courage, inspired by the true story of an immigrant who joined Kansas' anti-slavery cause during the Civil War. Read full book review >
THE UNQUIET PAST by Kelley Armstrong
Released: Sept. 29, 2015

"A compelling mystery unevenly executed. (Historical fiction. 12-14)"
An orphan with visons seeks her past in a Gothic 1964 Quebec. Read full book review >

WEIRD GIRL AND WHAT'S HIS NAME by Meagan Brothers
Released: Oct. 13, 2015

"Carefully and subtly imagined. (Fiction. 14-18)"
In a small town in North Carolina, a close friendship between two eccentric high schoolers breaks apart, leaving a rift. Read full book review >
THE SLEEPER AND THE SPINDLE by Neil Gaiman
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 22, 2015

"If this book isn't quite a masterpiece, it's certainly a treasure, and that's more than enough. (Fairy tale. 11-18)"
Is it fair to expect a masterpiece when Gaiman and Riddell work together? Probably. Read full book review >
PLACEBO JUNKIES by J.C. Carleson
Released: Oct. 27, 2015

"Raw, funny, grotesque, unsettling, and very sad. (author's note) (Fiction. 15-18)"
Teens earn a living as test subjects in medical trials in a novel that may feel dystopian but is very much set in the present day. Read full book review >

WOLF BY WOLF by Ryan Graudin
Released: Oct. 20, 2015

"For those who stay in it through the finish, there is a promise of more to come; here's hoping it's better balanced. (Historical fiction/fantasy. 12-16)"
Mixing fantasy elements into an alternative, what-if-Hitler-won historical setting, Graudin delivers a wildly oscillating tale. Read full book review >
HUNTER by Mercedes Lackey
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"Captivating, dynamic, well-paced, and thrilling. (Science fiction/fantasy. 12 & up)"
Joyeaux Charmand is a young Hunter, chosen from her village to join the Hunter corps of Apex, protecting its Cits from the Othersiders—fantastical, menacing creatures—and also protecting the secrets and people of her village back home. Read full book review >
SMOKED by Mari Mancusi
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"Where there's smoke, there's fire. And dragons. And the end of the world. (Fantasy. 14 & up)"
No one is immune to sacrifice and revenge, and sometimes even a vegetarian dragon can have a taste for blood. Read full book review >
CUT BOTH WAYS by Carrie Mesrobian
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"Pitch perfect, raw, and moving. (Fiction. 14-18)"
A high school senior struggles to understand himself after he falls for Brandy, a sophomore girl, while at the same time he and his friend Angus, who is openly gay, make out one night while stoned and drunk and then are continually drawn back to one another. Read full book review >
NEWT'S EMERALD by Garth Nix
Released: Oct. 1, 2015

"Slight but entertaining; even hobbled by cautious storytelling, it should satisfy genre fans. (Regency fantasy. 12-15)"
An author known for his imaginative worldbuilding tackles fantasy Regency romance. Read full book review >
THE WANDERERS by Kate Ormand
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"Despite the potential whimsy of a circus adventure narrated by a shape-shifting mare, this more closely resembles a brutal, angst-drenched dystopia à la Veronica Roth's Divergent (2011) than anything else. (Fantasy. 13-15)"
Flo and her friends are but poor, lost circus performers—who shape-shift into animals and try to evade governmental capture. Read full book review >
HAS TO BE LOVE by Jolene Perry
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"Breathtakingly earnest emotions packaged in a contrived narration. (Fiction. 13-16)"
A Mormon high school senior in small-town Alaska struggles with scars—both internal and external. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Jude Deveraux
author of EVER AFTER
July 1, 2015

New York Times bestselling author Jude Deveraux's eagerly awaited Ever After, the third novel in her blockbuster Nantucket Brides trilogy, continues the saga of the Montgomery-Taggerts, set on an island steeped in beauty and unforgettable romance. Life is anything but perfect for Hallie Hartley, a young physical therapist who has given up nearly everything—even her love life—for her beautiful blonde stepsister, Shelly. Though Shelly's acting career has never taken off, she has certainly perfected the crocodile tears to get what she wants—which all too often means Hallie's boyfriends. When Hallie arrives home early from work one fateful day, she makes two startling discoveries that will turn her life upside down. "This sexy, lighthearted romp brings the series to a satisfying close," our reviewer writes. View video >