New Adult Books 4 Teens, Part 1

In addition to reviews for books written for teens (both fiction and nonfiction), I also read reviews for books written for adults that have teen appeal (the Adult Books 4 Teens blog is an incredibly useful resource for this reason). Here are some recent adult fiction titles we’ve added to the collection that are also recommended for teen readers…

  • And The Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini — In 1952 Afghanistan, Abdullah and his sister Pari live with their father and step-mother in the small village of Shadbagh. Their father, Saboor, is constantly in search of work and they struggle together through poverty and brutal winters. “Teens who loved The Kite Runner and A Thousand Splendid Suns will be happy that this book is as equally powerful and will and savor its pages. Teens who haven’t read him before will enjoy the big story.” – Adult Books 4 Teens
  • The Arrivals: A Novel by Melissa Marr — Waking up in The Wasteland, a world populated by monsters unfamiliar landscapes, and in the company of people just like her, Chloe, riddled with the guilt of five years of sobriety down the drain, and a group strangers are trapped in an eternal afterlife and must help each other find salvation. “The more intrepid of Marr’s teen fans and other advanced fantasy readers will enjoy this otherworldly adventure.” — Booklist
  • The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon — In the mid-21st century major world cities are controlled by a formidable security force and clairvoyant underworld cell member Paige commits acts of psychic treason before being captured by an otherworldly race that would make her a part of their supernatural army. “This series may well be the Next Big Thing, with action, romance and just enough paranormal to fill the void left by the conclusion of the “Twilight” and “Hunger Games” series.” – Adult Books 4 Teens
  • Bones Of The Lost by Kathy Reichs — The latest from Kathy Reichs finds Tempe Brennan investigating the connections between a long-dead business man, the smuggling of mummified dogs from Peru, and the death of a teenage girl killed in a hit and run. “There’s nothing like a hit TV show to help promote your new book, and there will be plenty of back-and-forthing going on between Reichs’ latest and ‘Bones’, the popular Fox series.” — Booklist
  • The Cuckoo’s Calling by Robert Galbraith — Detective Cormoran Strike investigates the supposed suicide of supermodel Lula Landry, called The Cuckoo by her friends. “Teen appeal arises from the merits of a well-written mystery novel by a beloved author [J.K. Rowling].” – Adult Books 4 Teens
  • Death Was In The Blood by Linda L. Richards — Kitty Pangborn, having found work at a detective agency, owned by P.I. Dex Theroux, after her father commits suicide when the stock market crashes, finds herself trying to determine who is threatening a young equestrienne aiming to be the first horsewoman to compete at an Olympic level just before the 1932 Olympic Games. “The adventures of the gutsy young female detective will draw teens to this neat murder mystery.” — Booklist
  • Deeply Odd: An Odd Thomas Novel by Dean Koontz — Medium Odd Thomas, having had a vision of three helpless people being executed by a man who once held him at gunpoint, races against time to track down the potential victims with the help of the ghost of Alfred Hitchcock and some unlikely allies. “Another satisfying entry in this wildly popular series.” — Booklist
  • Earth Afire: The First Formic War by Orson Scott Card and Aaron Johnston — Traces the events of the First Formic War a century before the events of Ender’s Game, following the unsuccessful attempt of Victor Delgado to warn skeptical Earth governments of an imminent alien invasion and the efforts of Mazer Rackham and the Mobile Operations Police to meet unprecedented threats. “Laying their own foundations under Card’s Ender Wiggin saga, the Formic Wars promise to add to Card’s already high reputation and to his collaborator’s as well.” — Booklist
  • Eternally 21: A Mrs. Frugalicious Shopping Mystery by Linda Joffe Hull — Maddie Frank is a successful blogger about frugal shopping, but when she becomes a prime suspect in the death of store manager Laila DeSimone, she starts her own investigation to find the killer. “Mall rats will enjoy the shopping tips and identify with the doings of Maddie’s teen twin sons.” — Booklist
  • Flat Water Tuesday by Ron Irwin — Rob Carrey, a filmmaker, returns to the Fenton School for his fifteen year reunion and must confront the past tragedy that happened when he was a competitor on the school rowing team, and in doing so finds new focus on his life. “Teens will be drawn by the story’s honesty, suspense, and heart-stopping racing descriptions.” – Adult Books 4 Teens
  • The Fort by Aric Davis — Three boys in Grand Rapids, Michigan spot a deranged Vietnam veteran as he abducts sixteen year-old Molly, but the police will not believe them, so the boys take action to find Molly and protect themselves. “With its young protagonists, this is a slam dunk for teen readers and can sit right alongside Davis’excellent YA novel Nickel Plated.” — Booklist
  • The Humans by Matt Haig — An extraterrestrial visitor arrives on Earth and takes the form of mathematician Professor Andrew Martin, his first impressions are less than positive, but as time goes on he starts to realize there may be more to humans than he has been led to believe. “Teens will embrace this highly imaginative, always-readable delight.” – Booklist

I’ll highlight twelve more titles in the next post!

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