Penguin Launches Kokila: A New Imprint for Diverse Books

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Penguin Random House has launched Kokila, a new diversity-focused Children’s and YA publishing imprint. Find out who will be running the show and what plans they already have.

Fiction Forward #6: Helloooo There!

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Welcome to Fiction Forward, episode 6. In this episode Jackie and Kelly talk a whole bunch about book publishing in general, plus the authors and books they’ll be featuring on upcoming episodes! Enjoy this short episode, and look forward to author Claire Kann in our next one!

Reign of the Fallen (And of My Heart) | A Spoiler-Free Review

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This book wasn’t on my shortlist of most exciting 2018 releases, but it absolutely should have been. 

Let’s Talk About Love (And Amazing Representation) | A Spoiler-Free Review

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Alice has known she’s asexual for a while. But the thing is, she still wants (and deserves) her own love story.

February 2018 YA Releases

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These February 2018 YA books are sure to help you escape the cold!

Rebekah Crane on Taking Charge of Her Imagination

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Enjoy a brief window into author Rebekah Crane’s writing process and inspiration before the release of her new book, The Upside of Falling Down!

Reining In My Love for ‘Reign the Earth’ | A Spoiler-Free Review

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‘Reign the Earth’ was an immersive, wonderfully-written YA fantasy. Strong women, magic, a pinch of politics, and thoughtful plotlines make this a must-read.

The Adventures of ‘Tess of the Road’ | A Spoiler-Free Review

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While this book is set in the world of the popular fantasy ‘Seraphina,’ it stands by itself.

‘Zenith’ Falls All the Way Back Down to Earth

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Let’s talk about Zenith, a hotly-anticipated book that let me so, so far down.

January 2018 YA Releases to Help You Forget 2017

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Use these January 2018 YA book releases to help dull the pain of 2017…

In Love with ‘Love, Hate & Other Filters’ | A Spoiler-Free Review

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Find out why I loved ‘Love, Hate & Other Filters,’ and find out where Ahmed’s inspiration came from!

A unique take on a beloved classic: ‘Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice in 61 Haiku (1,037 Syllables!)’

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James Gaynor’s unique take on a beloved classic left me entertained: Here’s why.

New ‘Neverwhere’ Illustrations: Fresh Addition or Distraction?

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Do new illustrations gracing pages of updated ‘Neverwhere’ editions add something to the classic Neil Gaiman novel, or are they a distraction? Find out here!

Fiction Forward #5: A Non-Problematic YA Fantasy?

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Today Jackie and Kelly talk about Before She Ignites, a YA fantasy by Jodi Meadows. While all of the characters are POC, Meadows is actually white. This could go terribly, terribly wrong. Or… maybe not?

‘The City of Brass’ Lit Me Up | A Spoiler-Free Review

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‘The City of Brass’ is an awesome journey into the world of djinn. Read our spoiler free review here!

‘The Dark Intercept’ Falls Flat | A Spoiler-Free Review

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‘The Dark Intercept’ had a lot of promise but fell flat for me. Find out why!

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