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Fall is a busy time for everyone, including us, but we wanted to check in with our loyal readers at least briefly to recommend several books for your reading pleasure.


the near witch

The Near Witch – Have you read any of V.E./Victoria Schwab’s series? She’s easily one of the best voices in the market right now. She writes everything: adult, YA, and middle grade, and they’re all good! Her stories are unique, and her prose is close to perfect. I haven’t read everything she’s written yet, but I started with her Shades of Magic series and fell in love with her style. Then I gave her Villains series a try and decided she was a genius. After finishing Vengeful, book two in the Villains series, I decided to go back to Schwab’s very first novel and give it a try. It did not disappoint! Read my review if you need more convincing or want to hear a little more about this book.

want by cindy pon

Want and Ruse – Did you enjoy Marie Lu’s Warcross series? If so, do I have a recommendation for you! Cindy Pon’s Want duology was another tech-savvy series with a sweet love story. And Pon’s books are quick reads that deliver almost non-stop action. Check out my reviews if you want to see the different direction the technology takes in this series and hear more of my thoughts about these books.

warrior of the wild

Warrior of the Wild – Girl power is all the rage right now, and Tricia Levenseller knocks it out of the park feminism-wise in this standalone novel. Her first books were the Daughter of a Pirate King duology, and both of these books promoted girl power as well. Warrior had a different feel than the duology, but Levenseller’s fun voice still came shining through. And she always achieves a good YA tone, which I appreciate. Read a few more details in my short Goodreads review!

Or maybe you’re ready to tackle a series but don’t want to be left hanging for the end of the story. Sara recently posted an article about some series that are complete that you might want to check out!

A Hunger Games Prequel Novel!

hunger games prequel

Suzanne Collins is releasing a new book set in the Hunger Games world! The Untitled Panem Novel (as it’s designated on Goodreads) will take place 64 years before the first book in the Hunger Games trilogy. It’s rumored to begin on the morning of the reaping of the 10th Hunger Games. Will there be any familiar faces in this prequel series? Click for more…

Author Interview Part 2: Helen Scheuerer discusses her series, The Oremere Chronicles

war of mist

Book Series Recaps: What was the inspiration for The Oremere Chronicles series?

Helen Scheuerer: This question always stumps me because I didn’t have a lightning bolt of inspiration for this series. I think it grew from a love of the genre and reading numerous YA fantasy books. It was definitely a form of escape for me!

Book Series Recaps: Did you have the entire series outlined before book 1 was in its final stages

Helen Scheuerer: I wish I had been that organized! When I wrote book 1, I had a vague notion of how the series would pan out, but I guess at that time, I didn’t really understand what it meant to take a series on. I learned so many lessons about the importance of planning while writing The Oremere Chronicles. 

Next project is going to be planned meticulously, I swear! 

Book Series Recaps: How was writing the second and third books different than writing the first one?

HS: (click to read the full interview)

Recaps you don’t want to miss!

Check out our recaps to refresh your memory on the predecessors to five recent or upcoming releases:

Five Dark Fates (Three Dark Crowns #4) – September 3, 2019
Three Dark Crowns, One Dark Throne, Two Dark Reigns

Supernova (Renegades #3) – November 5, 2019
Renegades, Archenemies

Children of Virtue and Vengeance (Legacy of Orisha #2) – December 3, 2019
Children of Blood and Bone

Clean Books for Teens, Tweens, or Anyone

clean teen books

We’ve been overwhelmed by the response to the newest segment of our website. We’ve been hard at work adding new books to our clean teen list, and we’ve received SO MANY recommendations from our readers. So we’re in the process of constructing a new user-recommended page to include all of these amazing suggestions. We also recently sent out our first Clean Teen Newsletter. If you’re interested in finding clean reads, signing up for its newsletter, or simply wonder what clean reads is, visit our Clean YA Books page here.

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