great teen reads

YA Romances Even a Cynic Might Love

Tired of zombies? Well, romance isn't dead as evidenced by some of the titles of 2017. Check out some of these newer titles for a sweet read:

  • Windfall by Jennifer E. Smith - Alice harbors a secret crush on her best friend, Teddy, with whom she’s bonded over their shared misfortune in life. When she buys him a lotto ticket for his 18th birthday and he wins $140 million, they begin to understand that money not only doesn’t buy happiness, it might take some away.
  • What to Say Next by Julie Buxbaum - Popular Kit and outsider David form an unlikely bond in the most everyday of ways: Kit, reeling from her dad’s death, sits down with David for lunch. Kit soon finds that David’s odd inquisitiveness — at a time when everyone else around her is trying to be polite — feels like just the thing she needs.
  • Once and For All by Sarah Dessen - Louna’s summer job is helping brides plan their big day. The problem? Louna’s a cynic and doesn’t really believe in true love. After all, her first love ended tragically. Enter girl-magnet Ambrose, who — in Louna — has finally laid eyes on the one girl he’d like to keep around for a while (maybe for always). 
  • I Believe in a Thing Called Love by Maurene Goo - Desi Lee is what’s known as an overachiever. She can build a carburetor. She gets straight A’s. She was a 5-year-old CPR expert. But she’s never had a boyfriend. In that arena, she’s not even a C student. In her quest for romance — with her eyes on elusive artist Luka Drakos — Desi crafts a plan to win him over, using rules she’s penned from the Korean dramas she watches with her father. 
  • A Million Junes by Emily Henry - teens Jack “June” O’Donnell and Saul Angert are famed names of two Five Fingers, Michigan families: famed because the O’Donnells and Angerts are meant to hate one another. 
  • Romancing the Throne by Nadine Jolie Courtney - Charlotte and Libby Weston have never attended the same school, but when a scandal at Libby’s all-girls school looks like it could ruin her shot at the higher education of her dreams, Libby winds up at social-climbing Charlotte’s elite boarding school--the boarding school where Prince Edward, the next heir to the British throne, happens to be a student. Maybe sisters aren’t supposed to fall for the same guy, but who can mess with chemistry?
  • Cold Summer by Gwen Cole - Kale Jackson can time travel, even when he doesn’t want to. This means he might wind up watching friends die in World War II one day and be back in the present with post-traumatic stress disorder the next. When his ex, Harper, moves back to town, he wonders what life could be like if he could stop time traveling (and overcome his PTSD) once and for all. The already-high stakes are kicked up a notch when Harper sees Kale’s name listed in an old newspaper as a casualty of war. 
  • Alex & Eliza: A Love Story by Melissa de la Cruz - Alex and Eliza are Revolutionary War-era Alexander Hamilton, George Washington’s right-hand man, and Elizabeth Schuyler, a daughter of one of the United States’s most distinguished founding families. When the couple meets at a ball in 1777, a love story that will affect the country’s history begins.
  • Always and Forever, Lara Jean by Jenny Han - Lara Jean, letter writer extraordinaire, has her life in order: she has Peter, the boyfriend she’s in love with; her dad is getting remarried to someone she likes; and her sister is on the way home for the wedding. But she has big life decisions looming about college and the future, and she finds that one’s head and heart aren’t always in agreement. This book is the sequel to To All the Boys I've Loved Before and P.S. I Still Love You.

Happy Swooning!

2017 Most Anticipated YA Books

Wondering what to read next or what to look forward to? Check out this list from Pop Crush and get your reading list ready for summer and beyond.

March Book Madness

March Madness doesn't have to be just about basketball. How would you like some March BOOK Madness? Awesome teen reads are pitted against each other to see which book comes out on top. Check out the site to see the contenders and get your read on!

Vote for the Best Teen Book

Voting is now open for the Teens' Top Ten Books. You may vote for up to three titles through October 15. The list contains books nominated by fellow teens as the best books of the previous year. If you haven't read any or many, you now have a great list of teen reads to check out.

Twilight Reimagined

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The wildly popular vampire romance Twilight is celebrating its tenth anniversary. In honor of this, author Stephenie Meyer has reimagined her story with reversed gender roles in her new companion book, Life and Death: Twilight Reimagined. The main character is now a boy named Beau who is attracted to a mysterious golden-eyed vampire named Edythe. Jacob fans, don't worry--he is in the story as Julie. The new book is packaged with the original for this tenth anniversary edition.

Do you think this is an interesting twist? Will Twilight fans love it or leave it? Check it out and see for yourself.

Voting Open for Teens' Top Ten

Voting is now open for the 2015 Teens' Top Ten. Help choose the books recommended by teens for teens. You may vote now until October 24 for your favorite titles of the previous year. This is a great place to find the best reads, and check out previous years' winners for more great reading suggestions.

Too bad I am too old to vote. My top fave is The Shadow Throne by Jennifer Nielsen, the third book of the Ascendance trilogy--absolutely loved these books on audio!

Teen Book Awards Announced

The American Library Association has announced the 2015 award-winning books for teens:

Michael L. Printz Award for excellence in literature written for young adults:
I’ll Give You the Sun, written by Jandy Nelson, is the 2015 Printz Award winner. 
Four Printz Honor Books also were named: 
And We Stay by Jenny Hubbard.
The Carnival at Bray by Jessie Ann Foley.
Grasshopper Jungle by Andrew Smith.
This One Summer by Mariko Tamaki, illustrated by Jillian Tamaki.

Alex Awards for the 10 best adult books that appeal to teen audiences:
All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr.
Bellweather Rhapsody by Kate Racculia.
Bingo’s Run by James A. Levine.
Confessions by Kanae Minato, translated by Stephen Snyder.
Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng.
Lock In by John Scalzi.
The Martian by Andy Weir. 
The Terrorist’s Son: A Story of Choice by Zak Ebrahim with Jeff Giles. 
Those Who Wish Me Dead by Michael Koryta.
Wolf in White Van by John Darnielle.

Click the link to see the complete list of award winners: 2015 ALA Awards

Maze Runner by James Dashner

An exciting young adult novel gets the big screen treatment this fall. Check out the official trailer for The Maze Runner:

Vote for the Top Ten Teen Books

Do you have a favorite book from the previous year or are you looking for a few good reads? Be sure to check out YALSA's Top Ten nominees and vote for your favorites now through October 19. All the books on the list were nominated by fellow teens. Voting is open to readers ages 12-19.

What does YALSA stand for? The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) is a national association of librarians, library workers and advocates whose mission is to expand and strengthen library services for teens, aged 12-18. 

One of my personal favorites from the list is The False Prince by Jennifer Nielson, which is the first title of the Ascendance trilogy. The second book, The Runaway King, is great, too, and I anticipate it will be on next year's Top Ten. Of course, now I am stuck in that awful place of having to wait for the third book to come out! I listened the the audio version, and I found both books to be riveting.

What are your favorites from the list? Post a comment and let me know.


Seraphina is the winner of the 2013 Morris Award, which honors a debut book written for teens by a first-time author. I listened to the audiobook while driving back and forth to work, and I had to peel myself out of the car each time as I was so enchanted by the world created by author Rachel Hartman.

Seraphina is the assistant music director of the court in the medieval kingdom of Goredd. Though incredibly gifted musically, Seraphina does all she can to avoid the limelight, for she holds a secret that could prove deadly to her: she is half-dragon. In Goredd, dragons and humans have an uneasy truce which becomes more strained when a member of the royal family is murdered in a rather draconian fashion. Seraphina soon discovers a plot to create war between the species, and she must do all she can to expose the culprits who would destroy the peace. 

The dragons in Seraphina's world can take on human form and are teachers and scholars, and Seraphina is taught by Orma on whom she strongly relies. The story is stellar in its treatment of Seraphina's struggle to accept herself as she grapples with human emotion and the logical and cold side of being half-dragon. The story is replete with action, intrigue of the court, a love interest, and, of course, dragons in this sumptuous fantasy world--highly recommended for teens and adults who love fantasy! 

Check out the YALSA Blog The Hub for a more detailed review of Seraphina.

There is a sequel in the making, Drachomachia, which is currently scheduled to be released in February 2014--a definite on my "must read" list!

Have you read the book? Leave a comment and let us know what you thought of it.


Here's another great book trailer from Kelsey. Pick up a copy of Legend by Marie Lu today!

Just Listen

Kelsey has created a new book trailer for Just Listen by Sarah Dessen. Take a look:

Check out the book today!