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This Fall’s Most Anticipated Young Adult Reads | Kirkus

1. 'Afterworlds' by Scott Westerfeld”
Watching Darcy’s story play off Darcy’s novel will fascinate readers as well as writers. (Fiction. 14 & up)”

Westerfeld offers two novels in one: the story of Lizzie Scofield, a teenager who escapes a terrorist attack by somehow crossing into the afterlife and develops a relationship with a “smoldering Vedic psychopomp,” and the story of 18-year-old Darcy Patel, who has just signed a contract to publish the novel Lizzie anchors.
2. 'Belzhar' by Meg Wolitzer”
An enticing blend of tragedy, poetry, surrealism and redemption. (Magical realism. 12-16)”

In a riveting exploration of the human psyche, her debut for teens, best-selling author Wolitzer offers a story about what it means to lose someone, or something, you love. Twice.
3. 'I'll Give You The Sun' by Jandy Nelson
"Here’s a narrative experience readers won’t soon forget. (Fiction. 14 & up)"

Twins Noah and Jude used to be NoahandJude—inseparable till betrayal and tragedy ripped them apart.

4. 'Skink—No Surrender’ by Carl Hiaasen

"Hiaasen’s fierce love for the wilds of Florida, his fundamental commitment to decency and his penchant for the bizarre are all on full display in this, a read as agreeable as his hero is. (Fiction. 10-15)"

If you were pursuing your cousin’s kidnapper across Florida, you would want a man like Skink at your side. Maybe.

5. 'Blue Lily, Lily Blue' by Maggie Stiefvater
"Expect this truly one-of-a-kind series to come to a thundering close. (Fantasy. 14 & up)"

As the Raven Boys grow closer to their goal of finding the Welsh king Glendower, not surprisingly, problems arise in this third book of a planned four-volume series.

6. 'The Young Elites' by Marie Lu
"A must for fans of Kristin Cashore’s Fire (2009) and other totally immersive fantasies. (Fantasy. 13 & up)"

A new series—fantasy, this time—from the author of the best-selling Legend dystopia.

7. 'Clariel: The Lost Abhorsen' by Garth Nix
"A thunderstorm of a tale, bitter and brutal but dazzling in its ferocity.
(Fantasy. 14 & up)”

Selfishness and betrayal provoke inexorable tragedy in this dark prequel to a beloved fantasy trilogy.

8. 'Egg & Spoon' by Gregory Maguire
"An ambitious, Scheherazade-ian novel, rather like a nesting-doll set of stories, that succeeds in capturing some of the complexities of both Russia and life itself. (Historical fantasy. 12 & up)"

Two girls switch identities while colliding with Baba Yaga and the Firebird in Czarist Russia.

9. 'Mortal Heart' by Robin LaFevers

"Although much of this book’s gravity and richness is carried forward from the first two, devotees of His Fair Assassin will be gratified to receive this closure, especially on the political front. (Historical fantasy. 14 & up)"

The glorious series about convent-trained assassins concludes, reframing a main character in ways that shift the meaning of the whole series.
10.'Perfectly Good White Boy' by Carrie Mesrobian

"Engaging, perceptive, witty and at times gut-wrenchingly sad—this is an extraordinary addition to fiction for teens and adults alike. (Fiction. 14 & up)"

An honest, insightful novel about a young man’s final year in high school and his eventual decision, which he initially conceals from his family, to join the Marines.

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The mountains, bathed in starshine,
Rises from the fog, stirring them aside
To reveal the hidden valleys and green,
Waking beasts and chasing shadows
For another day - awake!

The mountains, bathed in starshine,

Rises from the fog, stirring them aside

To reveal the hidden valleys and green,

Waking beasts and chasing shadows

For another day - awake!

I love life - that’s my real weakness. I love it so much that I am incapable of imagining what is not life.

—Albert Camus, The Fall

I think it is good that books -still- exist, but they make me sleepy.

—Frank Zappa

The truth doesn’t always set you free; people prefer to believe prettier, neatley wrapped lies

—Jodi Picoult, Keeping Faith

I mean, you could claim that anything’s real if the only basis for believing in it is that nobody’s proved it doesn’t exist!

—J.K. Rowling

Dust and Shadows | Cassandra Clare, Clockwork Angel

  • “I believe in good and evil," said Jem.
  • "And I believe the soul is eternal.
  • But I don't believe in the fiery pit, the pitchforks, or endless torment. I do not believe you can threaten people into goodness."
  • Tessa looked at Will.
  • "What about you? What do you believe?
  • "Pulvis et umbra sumus," said Will, not looking at her as he spoke.
  • "I believe we are dust and shadows.
  • What else is there?”