Teen Read Week is October 9-15 and we decided to celebrate by giving special awards to these new fall reads featuring girl-power heroines.
FAVE FROZEN FAIRY TALE
Stealing Snow by Danielle Paige
Dorothy Must Die author Danielle Paige is back with a “Frozen” retelling of The Snow Queen. But this Snow has no idea she’s a princess when she escapes from a mental institution and jumps into the wintery world of Algid in search of Bale, the boy she loves. Darker and more twisted than the story you grew up with, the complicated romance and adventurous thieves found in this glittering and magical world will thaw even the iciest heart.
THE NEED IT NOW FINALE
The Black Key by Amy Ewing
For too long, Violet and the people of the outer circles of the Lone City lived in service to the royalty of the Jewel. Now the secret society Black Key is preparing to seize power. Violet’s been at the center of this rebellion, and now that her sister’s been taken by the Duchess of the Lake, Violet will once again test the outside limits of our pulse rate! Romance, heroism and an explosive conclusion make this must read worth the wait.
FUTURISTIC GIRL BOSS AWARD
Star Wars Ahsoka by E. K. Johnston
After the Clone Wars, ex-Jedi apprentice Ahsoka flees to a remote farming moon and tries to carve out a new life for herself. But then the Imperial forces arrive and her desire to fight the evil Empire and protect the weak leads her back to the Rebel Alliance. Ahsoka once again reminds us why she’s our fave Star Wars she-ro, how she completes this world with her self-sacrificing heroism and bravery, and why two lightsabers are always better than one.
CHOICEST CRIMSON COMRADES
Black Widow: Red Vengeance by Margaret Stohl
S.H.I.E.L.D. agent-assassin Natasha Romanoff (The Black Widow) and vigilante hero-in-training Ava Orlova (The Red Widow) face a new threat from a mysterious enemy using tactics from the Red Room they thought they’d destroyed. With these two super spies on the job, it’s no surprise that this explosive, action-packed plot is perfectly framed by the tortured big sister-little sister dynamic between the Widows (and the cameos from Tony Stark and Captain Marvel).
MOST TEMPTING NEW TWIST
As Old as Time by Liz Braswell
We’re not shy about sharing that bookish Belle is hands down our fave Disney heroine and that we’re hungry for anything B&B! So we were immediately intrigued when we learned that As Old as Time provided a new spin on this classic tale by having Belle’s magical mom be the Enchantress who cursed Beast! Love how this flashes between Belle’s mother in the past and back to Belle and the Beast in his castle to deliver a fresh new twist on a much-loved favorite.
COLD CASE CHILLER
The Amateurs by Sara Shepard
If you love twisty murder mysteries with shocking endings, get ready for the newest from PLL author Sara Shepard! Like PLL, The Amateurs focuses on the murder of a character (Helena) and is told through the POV of several characters who meet through a shared obsession with the Case Not Closed website. As Seneca, Brett, Maddy and Aerin begin to unravel dark secrets, they rouse the killer, who wants to keep those long-buried mysteries where they belong.
THRILLING TIME TRAVELERS
Passenger by Alexandra Bracken
Hey, your wanderlust called and it wants to go exploring! Feed it with Passenger and travel not only all over the world, but across time! When violin prodigy Etta is forced through a passage from 2016 Manhattan to 1776, she discovers she’s the lost member of the time-traveling Ironwood family. Etta and Nicholas, a ship’s captain, are then forced by treacherous Cyrus Ironwood to embark on a perilous journey to recover a