Here’s a selection of some of the new YA novels hitting the shelves this week (September 30 - October 6). For more on new releases and all things YA lit, visit our website, follow us here and on Twitter, and subscribe to our biweekly newsletter!

Beauty of the Broken by Tawni Waters
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Release date: September 30th
Mara finds escape from her close-minded parents with her classmate Xylia. The closer Mara and Xylia become, the more Mara feels for her. Just as Mara begins to live a life she’s only imagined, the girls’ secret is threatened with exposure.

Belzhar by Meg Wolitzer
Publisher: Dutton
Release date: September 30th
If life were fair, Jam Gallahue would still with her boyfriend, but Reeve is dead. When an assignment leads Jam to Belzhar, Jam can feel Reeve’s arms around her again. But there are hidden truths on Jam’s path to reclaim her loss.

Complete Nothing (True Love #2) by Kieran Scott
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
Release date: September 30th
Banished from Mount Olympus and tasked with helping couples find love without using her powers, the goddess-formerly-known-as-Cupid is having a tough time. Especially now that True’s immortal love, Orion, has no memory of her.

Dead Zone (Blackout #2) by Robison Wells
Publisher: HarperTeen
Release date: September 30th
America is at war—and five teens are caught in the crossfire. It began with a virus. Then a series of attacks erupted across the nation. Now the true invasion has begun, and a handful of teenagers with powers are America’s only defense.

Famous Last Words by Katie Alender
Publisher: Point
Release date: September 30th
Willa is seeing things. A dead body in her swimming pool. Frantic messages on her walls. It’s as if someone is trying to send a message. Meanwhile, a killer reenacts movie murder scenes. Could Willa’s visions have to do with these murders?

The Fine Art of Pretending (The Fine Art of Pretending #1) by Rachel Harris
Publisher: Spencer Hill Press
Release date: September 30th
Aly devises a plan to shed her tomboy image with the help of best friend Brandon, now Aly’s pretend boyfriend. But the inevitable “break up” leaves their friendship in shambles, and Aly and Brandon with feelings they can’t explain.

Invisible (The Twixt #2) by Dawn Metcalf
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Release date: September 30th
Joy Malone wants it all—power, freedom and the boyfriend who loves her. Yet when an unstoppable assassin is hired to kill her, Joy learns that being the girl with the Sight comes with a price that might be too high to pay.

Lies We Tell Ourselves by Robin Talley
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Release date: September 30th
Sarah Dunbar is one of the first black students to attend Jefferson High School. Linda Hairston is the daughter of one of the town’s opponents of integration. Forced to work together, Sarah and Linda must confront harsh truths about race, power and how they really feel about one another.

Love Is the Drug by Alaya Dawn Johnson
Publisher: Arthur A. Levine Books
Release date: September 30th
A deadly flu virus is sweeping the nation. Homeland security agent Roosevelt David is certain that Emily Bird knows something about the virus. But Bird wakes in a hospital, days after meeting Roosevelt, with no memory of the night.

My Brother’s Keeper by Tom Bradman & Tony Bradman
Publisher: Bloomsbury Children’s Books
Release date: September 30th
Alfie signs up for the army aged just 15, carried away by patriotic fervour at the start of the Great War. But when he volunteers for a raid on the German trenches, Alfie begins to understand what war means, and to see the value of the lives thrown away on the Western Front every day.

The Only Thing to Fear by Caroline Tung Richmond
Publisher: Scholastic Press
Release date: September 30th
It’s been nearly 80 years since the Allies lost WWII against Hitler’s genetically engineered soldiers. 16-year-old Zara might hold the key to rebellion, something she’s spent her entire life hiding, under threat of immediate execution.

Party Games by R.L. Stine
Publisher: St. Martin’s Griffin
Release date: September 30th
Her friends warn her not to go to Brendan Fear’s birthday party. Rachel Martin has a crush on Brendan and is excited to be invited. But one game no one planned intrudes on his party—the game of murder.

The Queen of Zombie Hearts (The White Rabbit Chronicles #3) by Gena Showalter
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Release date: September 30th
Alice “Ali” Bell thinks the worst is behind her. Until Anima Industries, the agency controlling the zombies, launches a sneak attack, killing four of her friends.

Sacrifice (Elemental #5) by Brigid Kemmerer
Publisher: Kensington Teen
Release date: September 30th
Michael Merrick understands pressure. His power to control Earth could kill someone if he miscalculates. Now an Elemental Guide has it in for his family, and he’s all that stands in the way.

Schizo by Nic Sheff
Publisher: Philomel
Release date: September 30th
Miles’s little brother Teddy is missing. The police believe he drowned at the beach—the very same day Miles had his first schizophrenic episode. But Miles knows better—Teddy is alive. Fuelled by guilt, Miles sets off to rescue Teddy.

Unmarked (The Legion #2) by Kami Garcia
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Release date: September 30th
Kennedy Waters lives in a world in which vengeance spirits kill, ghosts keep secrets, and a demon walks among us - a demon that she accidentally set free. Now Kennedy and the other Legion members have to hunt him down.

Winterspell by Claire Legrand
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
Release date: September 30th
After her mother is brutally murdered, seventeen-year-old Clara Stole is determined to find out what happened to her. Her father, a powerful man with little integrity, isn’t much help.

Witchrise (The Tudor Witch Trilogy #3) by Victoria Lamb
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Release date: September 30th
When Tudor witch Meg Lytton receives an unexpected legacy—her mother’s magical wand, ring and spellbook—she has no idea her future happiness is in danger. For the witchfinder Marcus Dent is back in her dreams, and he will use any weapon to gain her newfound powers for himself.

Cooper Bartholomew is Dead by Rebecca James
Publisher: Allen & Unwin
Release date: October 1st
Why and how did Cooper Bartholomew die? As Cooper’s girlfriend, Libby, searches for answers, and probes more deeply into what really happened the day Cooper died, she and her friends unravel a web of deception and betrayal.

The Gatekeeper’s Son (The Gatekeeper’s Son #1) by C.R. Fladmark
Publisher: The Shokunin Publishing Company
Release date: October 1st
Junya’s grandfather is a billionaire who keeps the secret to his success hidden in a heavily guarded safe. His mother is a martial artist who wields a razor-sharp katana—and seems to read his mind. And a mysterious girl can knock him over with just a look. What do they know that he doesn’t?

Girl On a Wire by Gwenda Bond
Publisher: Skyscape
Release date: October 1st
Sixteen-year-old Jules Maroni’s dream is to follow in her father’s footsteps as a high-wire walker. But the presence of the Flying Garcias may derail her plans. For decades, the two rival families have avoided each other as sworn enemies.

Perfectly Good White Boy by Carrie Mesrobian
Publisher: Carolrhoda Lab
Release date: October 1st
Sean is sure he’s seen his future and its “possibilities”. The only hopeful possibilities in Sean’s life are the Marine Corps, where no one expected he’d go, and Neecie Albertson, whom he never expected to care about.

Summer’s Shadow by Anna Wilson
Publisher: Pan MacMillan
Release date: October 1st
Forced to leave her life in London, Summer moves to Tristan’s creepy, ancient house in Cornwall. There she is met with indifference and open hostility. Soon Summer comes to believe that the house may be haunted.

Frozen (Heart of Dread #1) by Melissa de la Cruz & Michael Johnston
Publisher: Orchard Books
Release date: October 2nd
Natasha Kestal is a young blackjack dealer looking for a way out. Like many, she’s heard of a mythical land called “the Blue.” It’s a place where Nat won’t be persecuted, even if her darkest secret comes to light.

Misty Falls by Joss Stirling
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Release date: October 2nd
Misty is a one-girl disaster zone. Born with a Savant ‘gift’ that means she can never tell a lie, her compulsive truth-telling gets her into trouble wherever she goes. So when she meets Alex, Misty resolves to keep her distance…

Rock War (Rock War #1) by Robert Muchamore
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton
Release date: October 2nd
Jay plays guitar, writes songs and dreams of being a rock star. Summer works hard at school, looks after her nan and has a one-in-a-million singing voice. Dylan reluctantly joins a band to avoid crunching tackles and icy mud. They’re about to enter the biggest battle of their lives.

A Song for Ella Grey by David Almond
Publisher: Hodder Children’s Books
Release date: October 2nd
Claire is Ella Grey’s best friend. She witnesses a love so dramatic it is as if her best friend has been captured and taken from her. But the loss of her friend to the arms of Orpheus is nothing compared to the loss she feels when Ella is taken from the world.

The Ghosts of Heaven by Marcus Sedgwick
Publisher: Orion Books
Release date: October 3rd
The spiral has existed as long as time has existed. It’s there hiding the treacherous waters of Golden Beck that take Anna, who they call a witch. On the other side of the world as a poet watches the waves and knows the horrors the hide, and far into the future as Keir Bowman realises his destiny.

Lies We Tell Ourselves by Robin Talley
Publisher: MIRA Ink
Release date: October 3rd
Sarah Dunbar is one of the first black students to attend Jefferson High School. Linda Hairston is the daughter of one of the town’s opponents of integration. Forced to work together, Sarah and Linda must confront harsh truths about race, power and how they really feel about one another.

Charming by Krystal Wade
Publisher: Curiosity Quills Press
Release date: October 6th
Sixteen-year-old Haley Tremaine had it all: top-notch school, fantastic family, and a bright future, but all of that changed when an accident tore her family apart. Now, a cold headstone bearing her mother’s name is all she has left.

The Paris Mysteries (Confessions #3) by James Patterson & Maxine Paetro
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Release date: October 6th
After investigating her family’s decades-old skeletons in the closet, Tandy Angel is finally reunited with her lost love in Paris. But as he grows increasingly distant, Tandy is confronted with disturbing questions about him.

Wicked Path (Daath Chronicles #2) by Eliza Tilton
Publisher: Curiosity Quills Press
Release date: October 6th
Avikar still can’t remember his battle with Lucino. On the hunt for answers, he returns to the scene of the fight and discovers a strange connection between his family’s dagger and the mysterious kingdom of Daath.

Love Christina Farley’s Gilded? She’s got more to share with upcoming sequel Silvern! In this exclusive quote - one that didn’t even make our feature - she alludes to the chaos coming for Jae in Korea. A chaos that includes the god of darkness and the mystical White Tiger Orb…

hey! you posted something about banned books, and I was just wondering where exactly they're banned /from/? thanks!~

It varies, depending on the book. Most are banned from small town schools or libraries, where individual parents wield a lot of klout and can ban together to stop a book from hitting the shelves.

For example, Cape Henlopen’s school board banned The Miseducation of Cameron Post - and later removed the entire reading list - for containing LGBTQIA+ characters. Meridan School banned The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian for “cursing and sexual references.”

Not every book that is challenged is removed from the shelves, and for that we thank the librarians, teachers and school boards who stand up to senseless removal of reading material.


5 fascinating histories of common punctuation marks
In honor of National Punctuation Day, we reveal the complicated backstories of your favorite typographical devices.

We see some cool information about the interrobang in here. Want to know more about the punctuation that gives us our name?

Celebrate your intellectual freedom. Read a banned book.

Learn more about each book here: The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, Looking for Alaska, I Hunt Killers, Eleanor & Park, Gossip Girl, The Hunger Games, TTYL, 13 Reasons Why, The Giver, Speak, Hold Still, Whale Talk, The Miseducation of Cameron Post, Twenty Boy Summer, Boy Meets Boy, Living Dead Girl, Fallen Angels, Vampire Academy, The Supernaturalist, A Wrinkle In Time.

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inspired by everything leads to you by nina lacour  listen ]

01. can’t help falling in love - ingrid michaelson  // 02. falling slowly - glen hansard & marketa irglova (cover) // 03. falling in love at a coffee shop - landon pigg  // 04. boats and birds - gregory and the hawk // 05. flaws (acoustic) - bastille // 06. stray italian greyhound vienna teng // 07. darling i do - lucy schwartz & landon pigg // 08. empire- jukebox the ghost // 09. un sogno di libertà - dolcenera  

❝… I could keep going forever, listing all my flaws on order from the most innocuous to the least. I am afraid of spiders… I fall in love to easily… I have fierce spells of self doubt. Because in the conversation beneath this one, what we’re really saying is I am an imperfect person. Here are my failures. Do you want me anyways?❞
-Everything Leads to You, Nina Lacour (via just-blurt-it-out)


When you see their rooms and you discover that they love a certain band, or that they collect seashells or hang their clothes with equal space between each perfectly ironed shirt or have stacks of papers on their desks or a week’s worth of dirty dishes in the sink and bras strewn over brass doorknobs - all of that is us. The art department creates the world.

- Everything Leads To You by Nina LaCour


But Also: But then.

Our lips touch.  The imaginary music goes quiet.  The room is only a room and we are the miracles.  Her mouth is human and warm and soft, her hand presses hard and insistent against my back, her breasts press against mine.  My hand grazes the delicate line of her jaw; there’s a whisper of her hair against my fingers as we kiss harder.

We love films because they make us feel something. They speak to our desires, which are never small. They allow us to escape and to dream and to gaze into eyes that are impossibly beautiful and huge. They fill us with longing.

But also.

(A low-spoiler/spoiler-free fanmix for Nina LaCour’s Everything Leads to You.)

8tracks || download

1. Teenage Dream - Katy Perry 2. Fall - The Vamps 3. Spinning - Jack’s Mannequin 4. Starry Eyed - Ellie Goulding 5. Dear California - Vanessa Carlton 6. Girl - Davy Jones 7. Holding Onto Heaven - Foxes 8. Human - Cher Lloyd 9. Believe (Studio Recording) - Ella Henderson 10. Nobody Said It Would Be Easy - Margaret Wehr 11. One Thing (Acoustic) - One Direction 12. All I Can Do - Jump5 13. Green - Brendan James 14. Crush On You - Huckapoo 15. Something More - Aly & AJ 16. Long Time Coming - Oliver James 17. Volare - Vitamin C 18. Fallen For You - Rubyblue 19. Can’t Say - BBMak 20. Hollywood Girl - Drake Bell