New Adult Books 4 Teens

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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…

All We Had : A Novel / Annie Weatherwax — The stunning debut novel from sculptor and painter Annie Weatherwax, a wry and sharply observed portrait of a gritty mother and daughter, living on the edge of poverty, who find an unlikely home amid the quirky residents of small town America. “The struggle to build a successful life will resonate with students who have seen their families (and towns) suffer financial hardship.” – Adult Books 4 Teens

Bones Never Lie : A Novel / Kathy Reichs — Dr. Temperance “Bones” Brennan is called to Charlotte, North Carolina to help with the investigation of kidnapped and murdered children from Vermont and North Carolina that bear a striking resemblance to murders in Canada several years ago. “In a textbook example of cross-marketing, Reichs’ series continues to feed the TV show’s popularity, and the TV exposure drives new readers to the books.” – Booklist

The Book Of Life / Deborah Harkness — After traveling through time in Shadow of Night, the second book in Deborah Harkness’s enchanting series, historian and witch Diana Bishop and vampire scientist Matthew Clairmont return to the present to face new crises and old enemies. “By bridging the gaps between Harry Potter, Twilight, and Outlander fans, Harkness artfully appeals to a broad range of fantasy lovers.” – Booklist

Dollbaby : A Novel / Laura Lane McNeal — A big-hearted coming-of-age debut set in Civil Rights-era New Orleans — a novel of Southern eccentricity, secrets, and laughter. “Teens will be drawn in by this well-crafted coming-of-age story with its plot twists and turns, flashbacks, secrets exposed, and exquisitely drawn characters. An engaging novel that is hard to put down.” – Adult Books 4 Teens

Edge Of Eternity / Ken Follett — Follett’s Century Trilogy follows the fortunes of five intertwined families—American, German, Russian, English, and Welsh—as they make their way through the twentieth century. Edge of Eternity, the finale, covers one of the most tumultuous eras of all: the 1960s through the 1980s, encompassing civil rights, assassinations, Vietnam, the Berlin Wall, the Cuban Missile Crisis, presidential impeachment, revolution—and rock and roll. “Once again, Follett has written pitch-perfect popular fiction that readers will devour.” – Library Journal

The Furies : A Thriller / Mark Alpert — For centuries, the Furies have lived among us. They’re human just like us, except for a rare genetic quirk so terrifying that they’ve hidden it from the rest of the world for the past four hundred years. Now, a chance encounter with a beautiful woman named Ariel has led John Rogers into the middle of a secret war among the Furies. “Readers who suspend their disbelief are in for addictive non-stop action akin to an all-night marathon of the television show 24.” – Adult Books 4 Teens

Half A King / Joe Abercrombie — Prince Yarvi has vowed to regain a throne he never wanted. But first he must survive cruelty, chains, and the bitter waters of the Shattered Sea — and he must do it all with only one good hand. “Dramatic exploits, multiple betrayals, some elegant plot twists, and no shortage of humor make this a sure winner with fans of fantasy and adventure.” – Adult Books 4 Teens

If I Knew You Were Going To Be This Beautiful, I Never Would Have Let You Go / Judy Chicurel — A novel in stories about a young woman’s coming of age during the summer of 1972 in a gritty, working-class community on the brink of gentrification, tracing her hedonist associations with friends and her struggles to understand her Vietnam-haunted crush. “A stunningly evocative portrait of a down-on-its-luck town and its people, who are trapped between the past as they’ve known it and the promise of the future.” – Booklist starred review

Landline / Rainbow Rowell — From New York Times bestselling author of Eleanor & Park and Fangirl comes a hilarious, heart-wrenching take on love, marriage, and magic phones. “Fans and newcomers alike will marvel at this delightful, challenging, and heartfelt novel.” – Booklist

Lock In / John Scalzi — A blazingly inventive near-future thriller from the Hugo Award-winning Scalzi. Not too long from today, a new, highly contagious virus makes its way across the globe. Most who get sick experience nothing worse than flu, fever and headaches. But for the unlucky one percent — nearly five million souls in the United States alone — the disease causes “Lock In”: Victims fully awake and aware, but unable to move or respond to stimulus. “Teens who like their science fiction straight and realistic (with a dash of humor) will enjoy this one.” – Adult Books 4 Teens

The Magician’s Land : A Novel / Lev Grossman — The stunning conclusion to the New York Times bestselling Magicians trilogy. Quentin Coldwater has lost everything. He has been cast out of Fillory, the secret magical land of his childhood dreams that he once ruled. With nothing left to lose he returns to where his story began, the Brakebills Preparatory College of Magic. “Fans won’t be disappointed with this emotional conclusion, full of the author’s wry voice, sharp characterization, and unique ability to blend pop culture with fantasy.” – Adult Books 4 Teens starred review

The Perfect Witness / Iris Johansen — When 16-year-old Teresa Casali was young she discovered she had a strange gift: the ability to read people’s memories. But the gift seemed more like a curse as her mob boss father used her to gain the upper hand in his world of corruption and violence. Exposed by her own family to the darkest impulses of mankind, Teresa is alone and unprotected. She realizes that if she is to survive, she has to run. “A fast-moving stand-alone thriller, which combines suspense, romance, and the paranormal into one whirlwind read.” – Booklist

Revival : A Novel / Stephen King — A dark and electrifying novel about addiction, fanaticism, and what might exist on the other side of life. “The first third of the book takes place in [the protagonist’s] childhood and teenage years, adding further interest for YA readers already addicted to Mr. King’s electricity.” – Booklist

Star Wars: Honor Among Thieves / James S. A. Corey — Nebula and Hugo Award nominees Daniel Abraham and Ty Franck–writing as James S. A. Corey–make their Star Wars debut in this brand-new epic adventure featuring Han Solo, Luke Skywalker, and Princess Leia Organa which begins after the destruction of the Death Star in Episode IV: A New Hope. “This is a book that needs only knowledge of the movies to follow. If you’re a fan of Han Solo, or Princess Leia, or just space adventures in general, get on it.” – Fantasy Review Barn

Station Eleven : A Novel / Emily St. John Mandel — An audacious, darkly glittering novel about art, fame, and ambition set in the eerie days of civilization’s collapse, Station Eleven tells a story about the relationships that sustain us, the ephemeral nature of fame, and the beauty of the world as we know it. “Teens will be mesmerized by Mandel’s frighteningly credible postapocalyptic world.” – Booklist

The Supernatural Enhancements : A Novel / Edgar Cantero — A mesmerizing novel…what begins as a gothic ghost story soon evolves into a wickedly twisted treasure hunt in this wholly original, modern-day adventure. “Give this to smart teens who appreciate the witty dialogue in John Green’s An Abundance of Katherines, the creepiness of the books by Ransom Riggs, or the nerdy codes and clues of Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore.” – Adult Books 4 Teens

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