New Wave by Jennifer Ann Shore

Imagine living in a world of extreme poverty and famine while those in power thrive just like the Capital of The Hunger Games. Society is divided into sectors laid out across islands with each territory having a socialist purpose. Yet, no one is happy, people are being tortured and dying, and many resort to illegal activities to survive. Mol is no different, caught in a world she loves but equally despises. Her entire life is about to change as she attempts to hawk her dead mother’s necklace for money to buy food. Captured, she becomes a key player in a revolution while falling for the man who helped create the world that imprisons her. Sound like Bel Canto? New Wave by Jennifer Ann Shore is a brand new YA feminist fiction and dystopian novel about distrusting romance that questions if love can change all. Or is love a trick of…

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Empress Of All Seasons: Book Review

Imagine growing up in a village of strong women. In a world much like my alma mater, Smith College, women rule this mountainous city.  Mothers cast baby boys down the river and young girls seduce men only to marry them and runaway with their possessions. Ok, maybe the similarities stop at all women’s dwelling, but you get the idea. Empress Of All Seasons by Emiko Jean is a new YA feminist fantasy novel featuring much needed diversity in teen fiction. Pairing Japanese folklore with dystopian adventure, follow along with Animal Wife Mari as she fights to become Empress of all Seasons. Love, betrayal, prejudice, war–Empress Of All Seasons has it all. Book Review: Empress Of All Seasons by Emiko Jean In the village of Tsuma, Mari and the Animal Wives live isolated and free from men. Beautiful and deadly, these women are powerful mythological creatures known as yōkai. Each woman can transform into…

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Get Your Witch On! 10 Wickedly Witchy Books

Are you looking for witchy books this season? From witches grounded in a deep Wiccan past to whimsical beasties with powers, witches take on many roles in modern day literature. I always wondered what was borderline cultural appropriation as soon as authors bring in the Wiccan religion. I’d love to know your thoughts. Then, we watch steamy episodes of HBO’s True Blood with a different type of perverted witchy cult juxtaposed with naïve and endearing teenage witch coming of age stories.  Plus, have you started the Chilling Adventures of New Sabrina yet? Below are titles—all of which I have read and recommend—for adults and teens looking for books about witches. In some of these titles, witches are upfront and center, Hocus Pocus style.  In others, these powerful cacklers play minor but necessary background roles. Here are TUL’s top 10 wickedly witchy books to get you in the wickedly witchy spirit any time…

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Books With Magic and Romance: 5 Heart-Stopping Reasons To Read Grim Lovelies

 Book Review Of Grim Lovelies by Megan Shepherd Teen books with magic and romance make for a great Harry Potter-like fantasy series. Don’t get me wrong, nothing compares to HP in the bookish world, but I couldn’t help but think Megan Shepherd is onto something completely captivating with her newest magical witch series, Grim Lovelies. Although not as dark or grim as I was hoping for—no play on words intended—Grim Lovelies builds a thrilling magical world that tweens and younger teens will adore. Warning: tragic deaths and gruesome biting off of rats’ heads occur. Grim Lovelies focuses on good versus evil power, what it means to be human, and the innate power to love and grow within all of us. Reminiscent of a Cinderella story gone dark mixed with magical Harry Potter battles and a fantasy world with muggle-like Pretties, don’t miss Grim Lovelies as a top 2018 YA read.…

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Teen Summer Romance Books: Meant To Be Broken

Southern Belle (Well, Maybe The Opposite) Meets Hunky & Experienced Town Star Fiery southern belle, Rayne Davidson, finds herself in an unexplainably lucky situation. The town’s shinning star, Preston Howard, has eyes on her. Preston is already taking college courses as his parents groom him to inherit the successful family business. Straight-edged, sweet, and hot as heck, Rayne cannot believe her circumstances—and neither can her mean girl friends. Add in Preston’s witty and equally hunky brother and let the love triangle begin. In one of the best teen summer romance books of the year, Meant To Be Broken (Carolina Clay #1), written by Brandy Woods Snow, thrillingly takes readers on a plot filled with high school twists and turns of Rayne’s love life. You will not be able to put down this book, especially once you hit the halfway mark. Woods Snow just keeps the heartbreaking suspense and deceitful drama…

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YA Books About Anxiety: Finding Audrey

Sophie Kinsella Takes On YA And Anxiety, Semple-Style Semple Meets Kinsella Meet Bernadette Fox’s teen doppelgänger, Audrey.  Audrey is the lead teen role in Sophie Kinsella’s YA book, Finding Audrey.  The cover is uniquely reminiscent of Where’d You Go, Bernadette: A Novel by Maria Semple. Both book jackets portray brunette women with bangs and dark glasses.  The background colors are nearly the same shade of The Uncorked Librarian’s favorite blueish-turquoise, and the titles imply missing subjects. In addition, Where’d You Go and Finding Audrey are both about slightly off-kilter females desperately trying to find themselves.  In our always-striving-to-be-better environment with curated social media bubbles and the generally tapped out world today, publishing YA books about anxiety is essential to teen health.       Much Needed YA Books About Anxiety With 13 Reasons taking off on Netflix and a trend in more contemporary and angsty YA, Kinsella adds another insightful viewpoint into teen mental illness.  Although Finding Audrey debuted in…

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