To Arms! We’re Celebrating Young Adult Fantasy Week!

Young Adult fantasy is expansive and growing, which makes it all the more surprising that Book Riot hasn’t had a must-read list of the best YA fantasy books before. But better late than never.

As you can expect, this list of YA fantasies isn’t comprehensive. Dipping into sub-genres of contemporary, historical, and high fantasies, it includes a mix of new and newer titles, a few to look forward to (and preorder!) and a few classic YA fantasy mainstays that are just so good that you, well, must read them. And if you want more, you can find lists of the best feminist YAYA fantasies by women of color, and #Ownvoices YA fantasy. 

The Surprising Story of Napoleon’s Stepdaughter: A Sandra Gulland Interview

Sandra Gulland has made her name writing literary adult fiction about the Napoleonic era of French history. Her internationally best-selling Josephine B. Trilogy explores the life of Josephine Bonaparte, Napoleon's wife. These books were followed by Mistress of the Sun and The Shadow Queen, both set in the court of Louis XIV, the Sun King. This month sees publication of her first YA novel The Game of Hope. In this new book, Gulland shifts her focus to Josephine's daughter (and Napoleon's stepdaughter), Hortense. With a younger protagonist comes a new type of story, this time aimed at a teenage audience. Sandra joined...Continue Reading

10 Books to Read After You’ve Read Harry Potter

It happens to me all the time. As a school librarian, students constantly want to know what to read after they've read the Harry Potter series. To some, there's nothing quite like the series, it means something special to them. It's like a thick furry blanket that they can wrap around themselves to feel better when they are down. They're usually looking for the next book to do that. I can never promise that the next books will do that, but it doesn't mean I don't try to find something that will hit them in the guts and the heart like...Continue Reading