What would it take to unleash your story?

Since this year’s Teen Read Week (October 8-14) theme is “Unleash Your Story,” we’re awarding superlatives to the new books that unleash girlboss inspiration, limitless imagination and seriously unforgettable feels!

Most Marvelous Maleficent

Mistress of All Evil by Serena Valentino

We all know the story of Sleeping Beauty, but what about the other half of the story? What about the dark fairy, Maleficent? Why does she curse the innocent princess? What led to her becoming so filled with malice, anger, and hatred? This book explores her side; a tale of love and betrayal and magic.

“Maleficent is like a black orchid in a field of pink peonies.”

Fans of Disney’s Descendants will fall happily into this familiar tale turned on its head! The backstory of one of Disney’s most feared villains reveals a young fairy both misunderstood and wronged; and that made us crazy to discover what turned her young heart into one of stone. We also loved how this delivered a modern message that everyone’s not always as they appear.

Favorite Feminist

Moxie by Jennifer Mathieu

Vivian Carter is fed up. Fed up with with sexist dress codes, hallway harassment, and gross comments from guys during class. But most of all, Viv is fed up with always following the rules. So she takes a page from her mother’s Riot Grrrl past and creates a feminist zine that starts a revolution at her high school.

“MOXIE is sweet, funny and fierce. Read this and then join the fight.” -Amy Poehler

Warning…this book may inspire you to show up to school with hearts and flowers on your hands and a riot in your heart! And no surprise, this laugh out loud funny and whip smart look at how a girl could rise from back row silence to girlboss activist has been acquired by Amy Poehler’s Paper Kite production!

Best Supernatural Sherlock

The Dire King by William Ritter (Jackaby #4)

Our favorite supernatural detective, Jackaby, and his intrepid assistant Abigail have been thrust into the heart of a war between the magical worlds. Now they must prepare to make their last stand as Abigail and Charlie’s romance deepens and Jackaby’s feelings for ghostly Jenny begin to give way.

“I might be better prepared to slay dragons, I decided, than to flirt with boys.”

Are you Team Rookaby? Or more Team Charagail and Jackenny? We’ve argued these ships until we’re breathless. But the one thing we all agree on? That this is hands down the most magical, funny, exciting and flat out FUN series out there. We’ll be savoring every last page in this epic finale!

Most Spellbinding Secret Love

All The Wind in the World by Samantha Mabry

Sarah and James are in love, but their bleak world offers few options. They dream of a better place, but for now, they work in the maguey fields. Tough and brave, they keep their love secret by saying they’re cousins, but a cursed ranch called the Real Marvelous may force them to pay a frighteningly high price for their love.

“It’s dangerous out here. I’ve warmed up to that danger. I still want my house in the hill, but I’m hot blooded now, too.” 

This dangerous dystopian love story set in near-future America delivers threats at every turn – the dry land, the desperate characters, the deadly storms and the rumors of witchcraft. A sense of foreboding had us desperately flipping pages to discover if their love survived, or if they did! Mystical and beautifully written, this will haunt you for days.

Most Swoonworthy Superhumans

Select by Marit Weisenberg

Beautiful, freakishly athletic and extremely smart, Julia Jaynes comes from a race of highly-evolved humans. In order to preserve the secrecy of their elite society, they’re forced to suppress their abilities. So when Julia accidentally reveals her powers in public, she’s banished to public high school, where she meets John Ford.

“We stood there, holding hands for the second time tonight. I couldn’t let go.” 

X-Men superpowers, dangerous secrets, forbidden romance, impossible choices. This perfect mashup of sci-fi and contemporary blossoms when Julia’s forced to pick between the future her father sees for her and the one she wants.  this adrenaline rush romance!