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Save the Date

Take Me Home Tonight

The Unexpected Everything

Since You’ve Been Gone

Second Chance Summer

Amy & Roger’s Epic Detour

The Ballad of Darcy and Russell



Calling all Fantasy Fans! Whether you’re in the mood for a book that combines lunar magic with a murder mystery, or a mostly dark and sometimes cozy story rooted in Polish folklore, we have your next read!

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Powerless by Lauren Roberts

Perfect for fans of Sarah J. Maas, this young adult fantasy follows the forbidden romance between a powerful prince and an ordinary girl as they try to survive their kingdom’s grueling laws pitting them against each other.

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Legendborn by Tracy Deonn

Filled with mystery and an intriguingly rich magic system, Tracy Deonn’s YA contemporary fantasy reinvents the King Arthur legend and “braids together Southern folk traditions and Black Girl Magic into a searing modern tale of grief, power, and self-discovery” (Dhonielle Clayton, New York Times bestselling author of The Belles).

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Curious Tides by Pascale Lacelle

Ninth House meets A Deadly Education in this gorgeous dark academia fantasy “that will capture readers like a rip current” (Publishers Weekly, starred review) following a teen mage who must unravel the truth behind the secret society that may have been involved in her classmates’ deaths.

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Where the Dark Stands Still by A. B. Poranek

A girl with dangerous magic makes a risky bargain with a demon to be free of her monstrous power in this young adult fantasy perfect for fans of An Enchantment of Ravens and House of Salt and Sorrows.

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A Door in the Dark by Scott Reintgen

“For readers who have just finished Naomi Novik’s The Golden Enclaves and are ravenous for more dark academia” (Booklist), this “pulse-pounding” (Publishers Weekly, starred review) fantasy thriller follows six teenage wizards as they fight to make it home alive after a malfunctioning spell leaves them stranded in the wilderness.

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King of Dead Things by Nevin Holness

For fans of Legendborn, Neil Gaiman, and Leigh Bardugo, this urban young adult fantasy steeped in Afro-Carribbean folklore follows two Black teens searching for a powerful artifact in the hidden magical side of London.

Did someone say new Free Reads? Yes, that’s right, we did! And we are so excited for May’s Free Reads. This month’s theme for Free Reads is in celebration of Asian America, Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander Heritage Month! Plus, we’re celebrating Morgan Matson May from 5/1 – 5/10 with swoony romance Free Reads, and check out all of May’s new releases with extended excerpts!

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Full Reads


1. Yolk by Margarita Engle

New York Times bestselling author Mary H.K. Choi comes a funny and emotional story about two estranged sisters and how far they’ll go to save one of their lives—even if it means swapping identities.

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2. The Summer I Turned Pretty by Jenny Han

Belly has an unforgettable summer in this stunning start to the Summer I Turned Pretty series from the New York Times bestselling author of To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before, Jenny Han.

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3. Of Curses and Kisses by Sandhya Menon

From the New York Times bestselling author of When Dimple Met Rishi comes the first novel in a brand-new series set at an elite boarding school that’s a contemporary spin on Beauty and the Beast.

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4. The Wild Ones by Nafiza Azad

From William C. Morris Finalist Nafiza Azad comes a thrilling, feminist fantasy about a group of teenage girls endowed with special powers who must band together to save the life of the boy whose magic saved them all.

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5. A Pho Love Story by Loan Le

When Dimple Met Rishi meets Ugly Delicious in this funny, smart romantic comedy, in which two Vietnamese American teens fall in love and must navigate their newfound relationship amid their families’ age-old feud about their competing, neighboring restaurants.

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Morgan Matson May Full Reads (Available 5/1 – 5/10)


1. Save the Date by Morgan Matson

Father of the Bride meets Sixteen Candles in the latest novel from New York Times bestselling author Morgan Matson.

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2. Take Me Home Tonight by Morgan Matson

Ferris Bueller’s Day Off meets Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist in this romp through the city that never sleeps from the New York Times bestselling author of Since You’ve Been Gone.

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3. The unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson

Andie must learn to embrace the beauty in chaos in this New York Times bestselling novel about friendship, finding yourself, and all the joys in life that happen while you’re busy making other plans.

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4. Since You’ve Been Gone by Morgan Matson

Emily is about to take some risks and have the most unexpected summer ever. Hellogiggles.com says, “Basically I couldn’t be more in love with this book,” from the bestselling author of Second Chance Summer and Amy and Roger’s Epic Detour.

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5. Amy & Roger’s Epic Detour by Morgan Matson

There were three things Amy Curry didn’t expect out of senior year. First: her father’s death. Second: her mother’s decision to relocate to the East Coast. Third: Roger Sullivan.

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6. Second Chance Summer by Morgan Matson

From the Flying Start author of Amy & Roger’s Epic Detour comes a powerful novel about hope in the face of heartbreak.

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Extended Excerpts


1. The Ballad of Darcy and Russell by Morgan Matson

From New York Times bestselling author Morgan Matson comes a sweeping romantic novel about love, fate…and that one night that can change everything.

Start reading now! 

2. Hot Boy Summer by Joe Jimenez

Four gay teens in Texas have the summer of their lives while discovering important truths about realness, belonging, and friendship in this joyful young adult contemporary novel for fans of Adam Silvera and Becky Albertalli.

Start reading now! 

3. Powerful by Lauren Roberts

Set during the time of the New York Times bestseller Powerless, fan favorite Adena gets a story all her own in this captivating novella as she attempts to survive on the streets of Loot…and falls for a mysterious—and dangerous—Elite.

Start reading now! 

4. Another First Chance by Robbie Couch

They Both Die at the End meets You’ve Reached Sam, in this heart-stopping speculative young adult novel from New York Times bestselling author Robbie Couch that explores all the different ways love can live on after tragedy.

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5. Dead Things Are Closer Than They Appear by Robin Wasley

A painfully average teen’s life is upended by a magical apocalypse in this darkly atmospheric and sweepingly romantic novel perfect for fans of The Raven BoysBuffy the Vampire Slayer, and The Rest of Us Just Live Here.

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6. Kingdom of Without by Andrea Tang

A wily young thief must use her wits to survive futuristic, alternate history Beijing in this Les Misérables–inspired young adult cyberpunk that is perfect for fans of Six of Crows and Fullmetal Alchemist.

Start reading now! 

7. Powerless by Lauren Roberts

Perfect for fans of Sarah J. Maas, this young adult fantasy follows the forbidden romance between a powerful prince and an ordinary girl as they try to survive their kingdom’s grueling laws pitting them against each other.

Start reading now! 

8.These Violent Delights by Chloe Gong

Perfect for fans of The Last Magician and Serpent & Dove, this heart-stopping debut is an imaginative Romeo and Juliet retelling set in 1920s Shanghai, with rival gangs and a monster in the depths of the Huangpu River.

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Extras


1. The Eid Gift by S.K. Ali

The Eid Gift is a companion short story to Love from A to Z. Adam and Zayneb —engaged but continents apart for so long— are finally in the same city!

Start reading now!

2. Love at First Fight by Sandhya Menon

Join Dimple and Rishi as they do an escape room in this exclusive short story from Sandhya Menon! You’ll also see how Pinky and Samir met for the first time before you can read about them in 10 Things I Hate About Pinky.

Start reading now!

3. As Kismet Would Have It by Sandhya Menon

Will Dimple and Rishi find their happily ever after? Find out in this funny, romantic, endlessly charming e-novella sequel to When Dimple Met Rishi!

Start reading now!

4. The Thief by Jessica Brody and Joanne Rendell

A short story prequel to Sky Without Stars about the origins of fan-favorite character, Chatine!

Start reading now!

5. These Precious Scars by Emily Suvada

A haunting short story prequel to the Mortal Coil series.

Start reading now!

6. Better Than the Prom by Lynn Painter

A swoonworthy short story from Wes’s perspective from Better Than the Movies.

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7. Uncharted Dreams by Pascale Lacelle

Romie Brysden is a Dreamer, the best at the prestigious Aldryn College for Lunar Magics. She knows the realm of dreams like a sea captain knows the tides. And she’s gone deeper into this vast sleepscape than any Dreamer ever has. This is a prequest short story to A Curious Tides.

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8. The Priest and the Shepherd by Chloe Gong

Set six years before the events of Foul Lady FortuneThe Priest and the Shepherd follows Orion’s sister, Phoebe, and his best friend, Silas!

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9. Our First Chance by Robbie Couch

Long before they were best friends, River wasn’t a fan of Dylan—Mavis’ suspiciously perfect new boyfriend who was slowly stealing her away. But in this short story prequel to Another First Chance, Mavis cleverly plans for them both to attend an Astronomy Club meeting, hoping the after-school activity brings the pair closer together. Meanwhile, many states away, the mastermind behind a secretive research group scores a big win that will upend the high schoolers’ lives forever…

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10. Better Than Before by Lynn Painter

Lynn Painter’s Better Than the Movies collides with Betting on You when, after meeting the annoyingly cute Bailey on his flight, Charlie gets picked at the airport up by his cousin, Wes, who introduces him to his annoyingly cute neighbor, Liz.

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The weather is getting warmer, the flowers are blooming and we had an amazing group of must-read books that are coming out this May. If you haven’t added these reads to your TBR, stop what you’re doing and add them now!

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The Ballad of Darcy & Russell by Morgan Matson

From New York Times bestselling author Morgan Matson comes a sweeping romantic novel about love, fate…and that one night that can change everything.

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Hot Boy Summer by Joe Jiménez

Four gay teens in Texas have the summer of their lives while discovering important truths about realness, belonging, and friendship in this joyful young adult contemporary novel for fans of Adam Silvera and Becky Albertalli.

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Fifteenth Summer by Michelle Dalton

A teen unexpectedly finds love during a summer vacation at a lake town in this tender romance in the spirit of The Summer I Turned Pretty—now with a beautiful new look!

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Sixteenth Summer by Michelle Dalton

Now with a beautiful new look, this sweet summer romance about “the floaty happiness of first love” (BCCB) between a girl living in a beachside island town and a city boy is perfect for fans of Jenny Han and Morgan Matson.

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Seventeenth Summer by Maureen Daly

First published in the 1940s, Seventeenth Summer is considered the first young adult novel. Now with refreshed text and a brand-new look, this timeless, sweeping romance is perfect for fans of Morgan Matson and Jenny Han.

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Pulled Under by Michelle Dalton

Perfect for fans of The Summer I Turned Pretty, this swoon-worthy young adult romance follows a shy teen and an attractive beach town tourist on their summer of love—now with a beautiful new look!

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Swept Away by Michelle Dalton

Beachfront love blossoms in this sweet, sun-drenched romance between a townie and a tourist who turns her summer plans upside down, perfect for fans of Better Than the Movies and Today Tonight Tomorrow—now with a beautiful new look!

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Another First Chance by Robbie Couch

They Both Die at the End meets You’ve Reached Sam, in this heart-stopping speculative young adult novel from New York Times bestselling author Robbie Couch that explores all the different ways love can live on after tragedy.

The Waxways series is an AMAZING immersive dark fantasy series that kicks off with book one, A Door in the Dark, and book two, A Whisper in the Walls, is out this month!! If you’ve already read A Door in the Dark and don’t have time for a full reread before A Whisper in the Walls is here (or if you just need a quick refresher on where we left Ren at the end of book one, we’ve got you covered with this recap from author Scott Reintgen himself with this summary of A Door in the Dark!

WARNING! Spoilers ahead for A Door in the Dark!


Key Terms for Book One:


Balmerick – The most prestigious university in Kathor. Ren attends on a scholarship.

Bond Magic – A rare magic that’s established when two people choose to bond together magically—usually reserved for marriage or kin relationships

Breath – A hallucinogenic drug that’s harvested from the corpses of dragons

Delvea – The main continent featured in the book

Devorium – A magical artifact that steals ‘time’ from dying people and stores it in a single vessel that can be activated. These items are illegal

Dires – The only unsettled territory in all of Delvea and home to some of the most dangerous predators remaining in the world. Once the home of the last dragons.

Enhancer – A rare type of wizard whose main ability is strengthening other people’s magic

The Five Great Houses – Brood, Graylantian, Proctor, Shiverian, Winters. These are the five main families that discovered the magical veins beneath Kathor and founded the first city

The Heights – A floating section of the city that was created by the great houses. It is home to Balmerick University, as well as some of the wealthiest citizens in the world.

Kathor – The largest city on the eastern seaboard and the capital of Delvea

The Lower Quarter – The district in Kathor where Ren grew up. Home to many of the poorest citizens in the city.

Ockleys – The average amount of magic required to cast a simple spell. Wizards are given a certain number of ockleys per month depending on what tax bracket they’re in

Revenant – A magical entity that occupies a recently dead body for the purpose of revenge

Seventeen-String – An instrument that’s commonly played by three musicians simultaneously

Tusk – The other people group that occupy the western half of the continent

Vessel – An item that a wizard uses for storing their spell arsenals. Most wizards use wands for vessels, but other items—like jewelry, staves, or orbs—can also be used.

Waxways – The primary method of travel. Wizards can burn specific candles that allow them to travel to other places—as long as they have an established visual or memory of that place.


Recap of A Door in the Dark:


Ren Monroe is entering the final year of her studies at Balmerick University. Even though she’s ranked fifth in her class, she has no offers from the great houses. This is unacceptable, as her larger goal—to take revenge on House Brood for her father’s death—will require access to more power and resources. Desperate to work on her social connections, she agrees to go to a big party with her best friend—Timmons Devine. It doesn’t take long for the night to go awry as Ren realizes the host of the party is Theo Brood—the son of the man she hates most in the world. The night ends when a drunken Theo performs a disastrous party trick—dropping a large stringed instrument off the balcony, crashing down on a poorer city district below.

When the morning papers leave his name out of the story, Ren’s frustration with her fate—and the general inequality of the city—reach their peak. She heads for the portal room to return home with Timmons for winter break. The room functions as a group teleportation spell and only a small group of students—mostly the ones on scholarship—tend to use it. Ren and Timmons are regularly joined by Cora Marrin (a medical student) and Avy Williams (a combat specialist). But two other students join them this time: Clyde Winters and Theo Brood.

Both are direct heirs of the great houses. Entitled, spoiled, and exactly who Ren needs to impress to make her way forward in her revenge. Before she can decide what to say, a fight breaks out between Avy and Theo over what happened at the party the night before. Clyde steps in, hitting Avy with several spells, just as the teleportation room activates.

Instead of being ported home, all six wizards land in the wilderness. When they arrive, Clyde is dead. They do their best to get their bearings, only to realize they’re on the wrong side of a mountain chain. Stranded in the infamous Dires with little magic and even less food. The group backtracks and find that Clyde’s corpse has been taken. Worried the animal might start hunting them, the group begins a grueling trek through the night.

The group must ration their spells, relying mostly on Theo, who has the most magic stored in his vessels by far, as his family is the wealthiest. Ren’s clever spellwork is on display and helps them cross a river. However, right as they’re about to arrive at the opposite shoreline, the entity that’s been trailing them appears. It’s Clyde. Not eaten, as they assumed, but resurrected as a revenant.

In the first encounter, Avy tries to physically challenge Clyde, who paralyzes him with some kind of dark spell. Avy is killed and the rest of the group escapes. Cora reveals that revenants exist when there is unrest in a soul. They return seeking revenge—and can actually come back to life they consume everyone who witnessed their death. Knowing Clyde will keep hunting them, the group pushes on toward the mountain pass that’s their best path back to Kathor.

The journey pushes them all to their physical limits, but it also gives Ren an informal interview with Theo Brood. She impresses him so often that he starts relying on her for all the spellwork they’re doing. The group also begins experiencing nightmares. Ren figures out they’re being forced on the group by their hunter—Clyde. Each of them is having to relive their own worst memories over and over each night. For Ren, that’s the day her father died.

Their first true obstacle is a nest of kobolds. They negotiate with the creatures, who allow them through, but unintentionally lead them straight to a wyvern’s nest. Theo surprises the group by removing his shirt and performing a ceremonial dance. It puts the wyvern to sleep and they nearly make it around the creature when it wakes up. Theo suffers critical wounds and the group escapes to a nearby cave. Cora Marrin performs minor surgery to save Theo. In the cave, Ren and Theo’s feelings continue to develop—which is particularly difficult for Ren because of her hatred for his father.

Eventually, the group continues on, not knowing how much progress Clyde has made while they’ve been holed up. The path turns into a climb and as they scale the side of the mountain, Clyde attacks. He uses a chain spell that traps the target inside of a dark memory, which also renders their physical forms useless. During the fight, Theo lands a crucial spell that knocks Clyde off the cliff—but as he falls, he grabs Timmons by the hair, dragging her to her death.

The three survivors press on. In her grief, Ren seeks distraction in Theo and makes out with him for the first time. They make a plan to stop running and face Clyde on their own terms. It very nearly works, as they briefly trap the revenant, who escapes at the last minute. This gives the group a small head start as they finally reach the pass that leads to the other side of the continent.

There, they stumble upon people for the first time. A farm. The group agrees to go ask for a meal, but not to stay long, as they don’t want Clyde to hurt any innocent bystanders. Della and Holt—the owners—invite them in, but during dinner, Ren starts to feel sick. She realizes too late that they’ve been drugged. Ren, Theo, and Cora wake up bound in a dark shed. The farm is a front for breath harvesters—people who use the corpses of buried dragons to create Kathor’s most popular and addictive drug. Ren faces torture as Della suspects them of being city spies—and they only escape when Cora activates a devorium. An illegal artifact that rewinds time.

The three of them return to the moment just before dinner and make their escape. Chased by Della and her fieldhands, they run right into Clyde. Caught between both, they take a side-hatch that leads straight into the dragon’s burial chamber. Even dead, the creature attempts to manipulate Ren, promising to deliver Theo and his family to her. They resist and make it through the chamber only to be ambushed again. In a split-second moment, Ren saves Theo—and Cora Marrin is killed by a crossbow. She and Theo escape into the woods.

They push on for hours, hoping to get close enough to Kathor to use the only waxway candle they have on them. Ren is out of magic, though, and any dueling from this point on would just be Theo against their pursuers. Theo surprises Ren again and asks to bond with her. A rare magic that’s normally reserved for marriage. He knows it would give her access to his magic, though, and he clearly likes her a lot. Ren agrees, but with the secret understanding that this might be exactly what she needed to get inside House Brood.

The two make a final stand on a bridge as their waxway candle burns. Two of Della’s fieldhands arrive, but it becomes clear they’re not attacking on their own. Clyde is there, mind-controlling them as a distraction. But Ren has a plan. They purposefully allow Clyde to draw them into their darkest memories. Ren noticed a key difference between her nightmares and Theo’s. For some reason, when she dreamed, Clyde was present. Forcing her to watch the terrible memory. But in Theo’s worst moment—the failed party trick—there was no sign of the revenant.

And Ren figured out why. This time, she experiences her worst memory with Theo there as a witness. He watches her father die and is surprised to see his own father in the memory. The two of them travel together into Theo’s darkest memory, and Ren’s guess is there. The revenant version of Clyde isn’t in the dream because the real Clyde already exists there. He attended the party. And this version of Clyde is vulnerable. Ren and Theo attack him there, which reverses his own spell—paralyzing the current Clyde—and allowing them to destroy him, once and for all.

The victory is short-lived, as Theo suffers a knife wound from one of the other fighters. Pushed by her bond and her own growing feelings, Ren uses magic to save Theo—and then teleports to Balmerick. Just in time to get Theo the treatment he needs to survive. Ren gets her first face to face with Landwin and it’s clear he doesn’t remember her. The ruler of House Brood attempts to dismiss her, but Ren mentions that she and Theo are bonded and have every intention of remaining together.

Once the immediate impact of her ordeal has worn off, Ren attends the funerals of Clyde and her friends, and mentally promises to destroy Landwin and all of the other great houses. She returns with Theo to the city district that was affected that was destroyed by his failed party trick, and encourages him to make amends by helping those who were impacted by the accident. He agrees, showing that there’s hope for him yet, and Ren leaves him to visit campus.

She arrives at the spot where it all began, and reveals that SHE is the reason that they were all transported into the wilderness. Ren had intended for only herself, Theo, and Clyde to be transported, but her spellwork had accidentally pulled in Timmons, Avy, and Cora too, and had gotten them all lost. Ren leaves campus with one final goodbye to her fallen friends, and the story ends with Ren mentally promising to destroy Landwin and all of the other great houses.

 

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We have an AMAZING group of must-read books coming out this April! With everything from a highly-anticipated novella to a gorgeous contemporary novel in verse, there’s something for everyone on this list. Which of these books are you most looking forward to reading?

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Otherworldly by F.T. Lukens

A skeptic and a supernatural being make a crossroads deal to achieve their own ends only to get more than they bargained for in this lively young adult romantic adventure from the New York Times bestselling author of Spell Bound and So This Is Ever After.

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King of Dead Things by Nevin Holness

For fans of Legendborn, Neil Gaiman, and Leigh Bardugo, this urban young adult fantasy steeped in Afro-Carribbean folklore follows two Black teens searching for a powerful artifact in the hidden magical side of London.

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The Lady of Rapture by Sarah Raughley

Penny Dreadful meets The Gilded Wolves in this breathtaking finale to the young adult historical fantasy Bones of Ruin trilogy!

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Finally Fitz by Marisa Kanter

A bisexual teen girl tries to make her ex jealous by faking an Instagram romance that leads to surprisingly real feelings in this hijinks-filled rom-com perfect for fans of To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before and She Gets the Girl.

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A Whisper in the Walls by Scott Reintgen

In this sequel to the New York Times bestselling, “pulse-pounding” (Publishers Weekly) A Door in the Dark, Ren’s intellect and cunning are stretched to the limit in her quest to take down the system that stole her father’s life.

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Wild Dreamers by Margarita Engle

In this stirring young adult romance from award-winning author Margarita Engle, love and conservation intertwine as two teens fight to protect wildlife and heal from their troubled pasts.

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Powerful by Lauren Roberts

Set during the time of the New York Times bestseller Powerless, fan favorite Adena gets a story all her own in this captivating novella as she attempts to survive on the streets of Loot…and falls for a mysterious—and dangerous—Elite.

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Where Was Goodbye? by Janice Lynn Mather

A teen girl searches for closure after her brother dies by suicide in this breathtaking novel from the author of Learning to Breathe and Facing the Sun.

Did someone say new Free Reads? Yes, that’s right, we did! And we are so excited for April’s Free Reads. This month’s theme for Free Reads is in celebration of National Poetry Month! Plus, check out all of April’s new releases with extended excerpts.

Free Reads are only available to Simon Teen members! Not a Simon Teen member yet? It’s free and easy to sign up! Click here to set up your account now. 

Full Reads


1. Your Heart, my sky by Margarita Engle

Acclaimed author Margarita Engle tells a “deeply felt and engrossing” (Horn Book Magazine) story of love in a time of hunger inspired by her own family’s struggles during a dark period in Cuba’s history.

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2. Lawless Spaces by Corey Ann Haydu

Perfect for fans of Deb Caletti, this “powerful, absorbing, and beautiful” (Booklist) coming-of-age novel in verse follows a teen girl who connects with the women of her maternal line through their journals and comes to better understand her fraught relationship with her mother.

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3. Spin by Rebecca Caprara

The Song of Achilles and Circe get a sapphic, young adult twist in this “exciting, richly textured, thought-provoking” (Kirkus Reviews, starred review) retelling of the myth of Arachne spun in moving verse.

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4. Crank by Ellen Hopkins

The #1 New York Times bestselling tale of addiction—the first in the Crank trilogy—from master poet Ellen Hopkins.

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5. After the Kiss by Terra Elan McVoy

This moment changes everything. 

Camille and Becca have never met, but their lives will unravel and intertwine in surprising ways as they deal with what happens after the kiss.

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Extended Excerpts


1. Otherworldly by F.T. Lukens

A skeptic and a supernatural being make a crossroads deal to achieve their own ends only to get more than they bargained for in this lively young adult romantic adventure from the New York Times bestselling author of Spell Bound and So This Is Ever After.

Start reading now! 

2. King of Dead Things by Nevin Holness

For fans of Legendborn, Neil Gaiman, and Leigh Bardugo, this urban young adult fantasy steeped in Afro-Carribbean folklore follows two Black teens searching for a powerful artifact in the hidden magical side of London.

Start reading now! 

3. Powerful by Lauren Roberts

Set during the time of the New York Times bestseller Powerless, fan favorite Adena gets a story all her own in this captivating novella as she attempts to survive on the streets of Loot…and falls for a mysterious—and dangerous—Elite.

Start reading now! 

4. Finally Fitz by Marisa Kanter

A bisexual teen girl tries to make her ex jealous by faking an Instagram romance that leads to surprisingly real feelings in this hijinks-filled rom-com perfect for fans of To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before and She Gets the Girl.

Start reading now! 

5. A Whisper in the walls by Scott Reintgen

In this sequel to the New York Times bestselling, “pulse-pounding” (Publishers WeeklyA Door in the Dark, Ren’s intellect and cunning are stretched to the limit in her quest to take down the system that stole her father’s life.

Start reading now! 

6.Wild Dreamers by Margarita Engle

In this stirring young adult romance from award-winning author Margarita Engle, love and conservation intertwine as two teens fight to protect wildlife and heal from their troubled pasts.

Start reading now! 

7. Where Was Goodbye? by Janice Lynn Mather

After her private school is rocked by a gruesome murder, a teen tries to find the real killer and clear her brother’s name in this psychological thriller perfect for fans of The Taking of Jake Livingston and Ace of Spades.

Start reading now! 

8. Powerless by Lauren Roberts

Perfect for fans of Sarah J. Maas, this young adult fantasy follows the forbidden romance between a powerful prince and an ordinary girl as they try to survive their kingdom’s grueling laws pitting them against each other.

Start reading now! 

9.These Violent Delights by Chloe Gong

Perfect for fans of The Last Magician and Serpent & Dove, this heart-stopping debut is an imaginative Romeo and Juliet retelling set in 1920s Shanghai, with rival gangs and a monster in the depths of the Huangpu River.

Start reading now! 

10. Lady of Rapture by Sarah Raughley

Penny Dreadful meets The Gilded Wolves in this breathtaking finale to the young adult historical fantasy Bones of Ruin trilogy!

Start reading now! 


Extras


1. The Eid Gift by S.K. Ali

The Eid Gift is a companion short story to Love from A to Z. Adam and Zayneb —engaged but continents apart for so long— are finally in the same city!

Start reading now!

2. Love at First Fight by Sandhya Menon

Join Dimple and Rishi as they do an escape room in this exclusive short story from Sandhya Menon! You’ll also see how Pinky and Samir met for the first time before you can read about them in 10 Things I Hate About Pinky.

Start reading now!

3. As Kismet Would Have It by Sandhya Menon

Will Dimple and Rishi find their happily ever after? Find out in this funny, romantic, endlessly charming e-novella sequel to When Dimple Met Rishi!

Start reading now!

4. The Thief by Jessica Brody and Joanne Rendell

A short story prequel to Sky Without Stars about the origins of fan-favorite character, Chatine!

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5. These Precious Scars by Emily Suvada

A haunting short story prequel to the Mortal Coil series.

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6. Better Than the Prom by Lynn Painter

A swoonworthy short story from Wes’s perspective from Better Than the Movies.

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7. Uncharted Dreams by Pascale Lacelle

Romie Brysden is a Dreamer, the best at the prestigious Aldryn College for Lunar Magics. She knows the realm of dreams like a sea captain knows the tides. And she’s gone deeper into this vast sleepscape than any Dreamer ever has. This is a prequest short story to A Curious Tides.

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8. The Priest and the Shepherd by Chloe Gong

Set six years before the events of Foul Lady FortuneThe Priest and the Shepherd follows Orion’s sister, Phoebe, and his best friend, Silas!

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Did someone say new Free Reads? Yes, that’s right, we did! And we are so excited for March’s Free Reads. This month’s Free Reads are dark fantasies. Plus, check out all of March’s new releases with extended excerpts.

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Full Reads


1. Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare

Magic is dangerous—but love is more dangerous still. Discover the “compulsively readable” (Booklist) first book in the #1 New York Times bestselling Infernal Devices trilogy, prequel to the internationally bestselling Mortal Instruments series! Clockwork Angel is a Shadowhunters novel.

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2. The Ones We Burn by Rebecca Mix

Love and duty collide in this richly imagined young adult debut about a witch whose dark powers put her at the center of a brewing war between the only family she’s ever known and the enemy who makes her question everything. Featuring a brand-new short story and character art!

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3. Vespertine by margaret Rogerson

From the New York Times bestselling author of Sorcery of Thorns and An Enchantment of Ravens comes a thrilling, “dark coming-of-age adventure” (Culturess) about a teen girl with mythic abilities who must defend her world against restless spirits of the dead.

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4. Winterwood by Shea Ernshaw

From New York Times bestselling author of The Wicked Deep comes a haunting romance perfect for fans of Practical Magic, where dark fairy tales and enchanted folklore collide after a boy, believed to be missing, emerges from the magical woods—and falls in love with the witch determined to unravel his secrets.

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Extended Excerpts


1. The Revenant Games by Margie Fuston

All of Us Villains meets Kingdom of the Wicked in this action-packed fantasy following a teen determined to win the competition held by warring vampire and witch kingdoms, only to develop complicated feelings for the vampire she’s supposed to hand over.

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2. the Lady of Rapture by Sarah Raughley

Penny Dreadful meets The Gilded Wolves in this breathtaking finale to young adult historical fantasy Bones of Ruin trilogy!

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3. These Violent Delights by Chloe Gong

Perfect for fans of The Last Magician and Serpent & Dove, this heart-stopping debut is an imaginative Romeo and Juliet retelling set in 1920s Shanghai, with rival gangs and a monster in the depths of the Huangpu River.

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4. The No-Girlfriend Rule by Christen Randall

Julie Murphy meets Casey McQuiston in this unforgettable queer romance about a teen girl whose foray into fantasy tabletop roleplaying brings her new confidence, true friends, and a shot at real, swoon-worthy love.

Start reading now! 

5. To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny han

Lara Jean’s love life gets complicated in this New York Times bestselling “lovely, lighthearted romance” (School Library Journal) from the bestselling author of The Summer I Turned Pretty series.

Start reading now! 

6.Where the dark stands still by A.B. Poranek

A girl with dangerous magic makes a risky bargain with a demon to be free of her monstrous power in this young adult fantasy perfect for fans of An Enchantment of Ravens and House of Salt and Sorrows.

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7. Tender Beasts by Liselle Sambury

After her private school is rocked by a gruesome murder, a teen tries to find the real killer and clear her brother’s name in this psychological thriller perfect for fans of The Taking of Jake Livingston and Ace of Spades.

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8. Powerless by Lauren Roberts

Perfect for fans of Sarah J. Maas, this young adult fantasy follows the forbidden romance between a powerful prince and an ordinary girl as they try to survive their kingdom’s grueling laws pitting them against each other.

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Extras


1. The Eid Gift by S.K. Ali

The Eid Gift is a companion short story to Love from A to Z. Adam and Zayneb —engaged but continents apart for so long— are finally in the same city!

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2. Love at First Fight by Sandhya Menon

Join Dimple and Rishi as they do an escape room in this exclusive short story from Sandhya Menon! You’ll also see how Pinky and Samir met for the first time before you can read about them in 10 Things I Hate About Pinky.

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3. As Kismet Would Have It by Sandhya Menon

Will Dimple and Rishi find their happily ever after? Find out in this funny, romantic, endlessly charming e-novella sequel to When Dimple Met Rishi!

Start reading now!

4. The Thief by Jessica Brody and Joanne Rendell

A short story prequel to Sky Without Stars about the origins of fan-favorite character, Chatine!

Start reading now!

5. These Precious Scars by Emily Suvada

A haunting short story prequel to the Mortal Coil series.

Start reading now!

6. Better Than the Prom by Lynn Painter

A swoonworthy short story from Wes’s perspective from Better Than the Movies.

Start reading now!

7. Uncharted Dreams by Pascale Lacelle

Romie Brysden is a Dreamer, the best at the prestigious Aldryn College for Lunar Magics. She knows the realm of dreams like a sea captain knows the tides. And she’s gone deeper into this vast sleepscape than any Dreamer ever has. This is a prequest short story to A Curious Tides.

Start reading now!

8. The Priest and the Shepherd by Chloe Gong

Set six years before the events of Foul Lady FortuneThe Priest and the Shepherd follows Orion’s sister, Phoebe, and his best friend, Silas!

Start reading now!

Spring is approaching, and with it comes amazing new releases! We have three must-read new books hitting shelves this March, including a gorgeous special edition of a fan favorite, a feel-good queer romance, and a thrilling vampires vs. witches fantasy read! How many of these books have made it onto your TBR?

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The Revenant Games by Margie Fuston

All of Us Villains meets Kingdom of the Wicked in this action-packed fantasy following a teen determined to win the competition held by warring vampire and witch kingdoms, only to develop complicated feelings for the vampire she’s supposed to hand over.

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The No-Girlfriend Rule by Christen Randall

Julie Murphy meets Casey McQuiston in this unforgettable queer romance about a teen girl whose foray into fantasy tabletop roleplaying brings her new confidence, true friends, and a shot at real, swoon-worthy love.

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To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han

Lara Jean’s love life gets complicated in this New York Times bestselling “lovely, lighthearted romance” (School Library Journal) from the bestselling author of The Summer I Turned Pretty series. This special edition features a deluxe faux notebook cover with real elastic enclosure and a new foreword from the author—a true love letter to both new and established fans of the series.

We’re looking forward to a TON of amazing books that are coming out in 2024! There are so many more that we could add to this list, but we had to ask everyone to pick just one read to recommend. Check out this list of all the upcoming books we can’t for you to read this year, and be sure to add them all to your TBR.

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Another First Chance by Robbie Couch

Out 5/28!

If you're looking for a read that will rip your heart out and blindside you (in the best way), Robbie Couch's latest book is IT. Another First Chance will take you on a journey through first love, tragedy, a (possibly sinister) research study called the Affinity Trials, and make you reevaluate just how much you'd do for a fresh start with the one you love.

-Trey

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Make My Wish Come True by Rachael Lippincott and Alyson Derrick

Out 10/1!

The holidays might seem like they're ages away, but this swoony sapphic holiday romcom from married duo Alyson Derrick and Rachael Lippincott is worth the wait! After the falling head over heels for the last book Alyson and Racahel wrote together, fan-favorite She Gets the Girl, I was thrilled to hear that they were teaming up again to bring us another adorable romance. I can't wait for you to read all about Arden and Caroline's holiday hijinks. I mean... twelve fake holidates?! Sign me up!!  

-Nadia

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Nothing Like the Movies by Lynn Painter

Out 10/1!

Wes and Liz are BACK in the highly anticipated sequel to Better Than the Movies! Now in college, Wes and Liz struggle to balance their feelings for each other with the growing pains of being a college student. Will their relationship survive it? With dual POVs, readers will get all of the heart wrenching and swoony moments they're been waiting for as Wes tries his hardest to win back the love of his life.

-Lindsey

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Reckless by Lauren Roberts

Out 7/2!

I and MANY other readers have been at the edge of our seats waiting for this sequel! After the epic conclusion of Powerless, Paedyn and Kai’s journey is filled with even more twists and turns than ever before. Will duty or desire win in the end?! If July feels too far away, Powerful, a novella in the same universe coming out this Spring should satiate at least a little part of our curiosity—plus it comes with a special extended Reckless teaser!

-Remi

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Stranger Skies by Pascale Lacelle

Out in Fall 2024!

Curious Tides by Pascale Lacelle was an amazing debut with a unique magic system, a dark atmosphere, and a tragic mystery. I’m so excited to see Pascale expand this world as Emory, Baz, Romie, and Kai uncover more answers to the mystery surrounding The Song of the Drowned Gods. I can already tell that Stranger Skies is going to be a book that will pull you under its spell and drown out the world around you as you dive deeper into its lore. 

-Thad 

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Love, Off the Record by Samantha Markum

Out 6/11!

Love, Off the Record might go down in history as the book I gush about most! I read this DELIGHTFUL enemies-to-lovers romcom in one sitting, and quite literally couldn't put it down (even though I absolutely should've been sleeping instead of reading). Wynn and Three both have big goals and a lot to prove as freshmen staffers on their university newspaper, and when a rare reporter spot opens up unexpectedly, chaos ensues. Who will win the game of sabotage that pushes them to do their worst, and more importantly, will these two ever face their real feelings for each other?! If you're a fan of Lynn Painter, Rachel Lynn Solomon, or simply love a swoony, hilarious romcom (and who doesn't?) this book is 100% a must read!

-Amy

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Otherworldly by F.T. Lukens

Out 4/2! 

Otherworldly is a like a warm hug on a (very) chilly night. This cozy fantasy takes place in a region that has been stuck in winter for the past five years, destroying the livelihood of many farmers, including main character Ellery's family.

To help alleviate their family's financial situation, Ellery moves to the big city with their cousin to work at a diner, where they first meet Knox. Together, Ellery and Knox must figure out how to end the forever winter, while a sweet romance buds. Otherworldly has nonbinary rep, a swoonworthy queer romance, and fun magical characters. Cozy and heartwarming, this is a must-read this April!

-Saleena

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Where the Dark Stands Still by A. B. Poranek

Out 2/27!  

I will never stop yelling about how much I love this book!! Where the Dark Stands Still has a little of everything you want in a book: the whimsy of Howl’s Moving Castle, the (less-steamy but still heart-pounding) romance of ACOTAR, the cursed wood and amazing worldbuilding of Uprooted, and the beautiful but deadly magical setting of An Enchantment of Ravens. If you like fantasy, Where the Dark Stands Still is a must-read!

  -Emily

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The Blonde Dies First by Joelle Wellington

Out 7/30!  

The Blonde Dies first is the perfect blend of Scream Queens, Scream (1996), Scary Movie (the first two), and The Blackening; equal parts horror and hilarity that makes for an electrically good time.

When Devon heads to her twin sister Drew’s graduation party with their circle of child good friends in tow, Devon expects a eye-rolling, but laughable night in bougie, gentrified Brooklyn. However, the party from bad to worse when Drew’s upper crust private school friends decide to play with fire in the form of a Ouija board. Suddenly,  the twins and their friends are followed by an entity who seems hell-bent on killing them, and with her Blonde braids, Devon is afraid –– because everyone knows the blonde always dies first.

I finished this book in one sitting and loved Joelle’s fresh take on old tropes and horror stereotypes while also exploring gentrification, found family, and the queer experience!

  -Ashley

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The No-Girlfriend Rule by Christen Randall

Out 3/5!  

Hollis’s boyfriend won’t let her play tabletop role-playing game Secrets & Sorcery with his friends, so she joins a gaming group of vibrant, funny, and supportive girls. And for the first time, she starts to feel like herself. Plus, her sweet, slow-burn romance with a fellow player had me giggling and kicking my feet. Empowering, earnest, witty, and full of first-queer-crush yearning—this read is perfect for fans of Heartstopper!

  -Caroline

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Tender Beasts by Liselle Sambury

Out 2/27!  

If you like thrillers with mind-bending paranormal twists, Liselle Sambury is a must-read author, which is why I’m so excited for Tender Beasts. Sunny is trying to maintain her wealthy family’s picture-perfect façade after the death of her mother. But when her estranged brother Dom – newly released from juvie – is accused of murdering one of her classmates, Sunny has to discover the truths, and the monsters, her family has worked so hard to bury. This book combines chilling suspense with thoughtful commentary on race, class, and who gets to presume innocence, in an unforgettable psychological thriller.

  -Bezi

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Past Present Future by Rachel Lynn Solomon

Out 6/4!  

Rachel Lynn Solomon is back with a romantic, dual POV sequel for anyone who wanted more of Rowan and Neil, which – let’s face it – is basically everyone and especially me. In Today Tonight Tomorrow, Rowan and Neil fell in love on the last day of high school, but now, summer is over and our favorite academic rivals-to-lovers couple is faced with a long-distance relationship during their first year of college. This is a can’t-miss romance for readers who like a dash of angst with their swoon!

  -Amelia

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The Ballad of Darcy & Russell by Morgan Matson

Out 5/7!  

Prepare to swoon at the latest addition to Morgan Matson’s classic summer rom-com lineup!  Stranded at a rundown bus station on the way home from a music festival, Darcy has the cinematic meet-cute she’s been dreaming of when she locks eyes with Russell. As they explore a historical town in the middle of nowhere, picnic on a football field under the sunset, and chase after an escape-artist dog, they are led to wonder how well can you know someone after a day and whether an instant connection can ever last. Even if you don’t believe in love at first sight, it will take just one read for you to fall for Darcy and Russell.

  -Elizabeth

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