The fifth book in Chris Colfer's magical #1 "New York Times" bestselling "Land of Stories" series takes you on "An Author’s Odyssey"! Fifteen-year-old Conner Bailey must venture into his own short stories to recruit help saving the fairy tale world and all who live there. With the aid of his twin sister, Alex, he encounters pirates, cyborgs, superheroes, and more. However, it’s a race against time, as the Masked Man and other dark forces are m...

The life of college junior Megan revolves around soccer, but her dreams of becoming a professional are threatened when her mother secretly registers her to be a Bluebonnet debutante - the most elite debut for young ladies in all of Texas. To avoid causing family strife, she attempts to conform to Bluebonnet’s exacting standards while finishing her soccer season. Being a part of both isn’t easy, especially when you throw in some catty colleague...

When 82-year-old Evie Snow dies peacefully in her sleep, she finds herself back at her former apartment building in her younger years and unable to reach her personal heaven. Upon discovering that her soul is too heavy to move on to the afterlife, Evie realizes she must unburden the secrets of her past life that have weighed her down for over 50 years.

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Tara Krishnan’s junior year of high school isn’t off to a great start: her best friend is spending the year studying abroad, meaning that Tara will be left alone to navigate the clique-filled halls of Brierly, where she’s never quite felt she fit in with her wealthy, mostly white classmates. To make things more interesting, NASA has just intercepted a message from outer space confirming that there’s life on other planets. In fact, the world so...

Best friends Kaz and Ruby should be in for the weekend of their lives - they’re off to the Remix music festival! Not only will they get to see their favorite band perform live, they’ll also have the chance to finally get over their respective exes and get some partying in before the summer’s over. Too bad both of their exes will also be at the festival…

Graham and his best friend, Roxy, are nerds. Uber nerds. Together, they obsess about "Harry Potter", video games, and comics - especially their favorite series, "The Althena Chronicles". When the reclusive creator of Althena announces that he’s appearing at New York Comic Con, Graham knows he and Roxy have to go - and that it’s the perfect place to tell her that he loves her.

Fans of Philip Reeve’s futuristic "Mortal Engines" quartet or "Larklight" trilogy will be glad to know the author is back with a new steampunk odyssey, which takes place in a future where passengers ride trains (that have their own personalities and consciousness) between worlds. At the beginning of "Railhead", Zen Starling is just a petty thief who loves to ride the rails when he can. Before long he’s caught up in a swirl of events that will ...

Wylie doesn’t expect to fall for a guy at her brother’s going away party - she’s here to spend time with her brother Joshua, not make small talk - but she especially doesn’t expect to fall for a guy who can fly and lives on an island where teenagers never grow up. When the mysterious Phinn whisks away both Wylie and her two brothers to Minor Island, the Dalton siblings are in for an experience they’ll never forget.

Abe Sora has ALS, and he’s going to die, and soon. Unlike in many other YA novels that feature a terminally ill protagonist, there’s no hope for remission or salvation. In "Last Leaves Falling", Abe struggles to find a new normal in a life where he won’t go to college, or play baseball, or walk, or fall in love, or...anything. Two new friends he meets in an online chatroom bring a feeling of belonging that he thought he’d lost forever, but eve...

Josie can’t believe that she and her girlfriend, Annette, are actually escaping their small Minnesota town (and Annette’s alcoholic mother) to attend an elite boarding school in Connecticut. There, she hopes they’ll be free of the stigma of small-town gossip, and that Annette will be safe from her mother’s verbal and physical abuse. But from the moment they arrive, Josie feels Annette pulling away from her, attaching herself to a group of popu...

Book Review: “Alice + Freda Forever: A Murder in Memphis” by Alexis Coe
Book Reviews / October 22, 2014

It's unusual for a nonfiction book for teens to sound so riveting from the get-go: Alice and Freda were two nineteenth-century teenagers who happened to be in love. When the standards of the day kept them apart, perhaps not unexpectedly, Alice murdered Freda. I mean, come on. That's a story that begs to be told, and I'm surprised that Alexis Coe's account of their relationship, Freda's demise, and the resulting trial is the first I'v...

In celebration of #GLAADSpiritDay: Ten LGBTQ* books
Book Reviews / October 16, 2014

From Daniel Radcliffe’s work for Trevor Project and portrayal of Allen Ginsberg, to Jessie Cave’s recent role as Zoe in the film "Pride", the "Potter" cast has shown their support for LGBTQ* individuals over the years, and today millions go purple for Spirit Day in a stand against bullying. Observed annually since 2010, purple symbolizes "spirit" on the rainbow flag. Charlie recommends ten books that celebrate diversity and include L...

Book Review: “The Sleeper and the Spindle” by Neil Gaiman and Chris Riddell
Book Reviews / October 13, 2014

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Book Review: “Made for You” by Melissa Marr
Book Reviews / October 4, 2014

"Made for You" reminded me why I avoid psychological thrillers. Long story short: I'm a wuss, and "Made for You" gave me the chills. Which is great because Melissa Marr did achieve her goal as writer, but also, yeah, I'll be double-checking my door is locked tonight.

Author Takeover: Whodunnit Harry?
Author Takeover / October 1, 2014

We are starting a new series here on MuggleNet - Author Takeovers! In these posts, we will get current authors writing children's, YA, and adult literature talking about their experiences with "Harry Potter" and how it has shaped their view of writing, fandom, and the world of literature as a whole. Our first Takeover is by Robin Stevens, author of "Murder Most Unladylike".

Book Review: “The Iron Trial” by Holly Black and Cassandra Clare
Book Reviews / September 29, 2014

In "The Iron Trial," co-authors Holly Black and Cassandra Clare have begun a series that's bound to soon have legions of followers. The first book of the Magisterium series follows twelve-year-old Callum Hunt after he is admitted to a school of magic. At the Magisterium, Callum not only faces the trials of learning magic, but also of discovering details of his own identity that his father kept from him.

Book Review: “A Little Something Different” by Sandy Hall
Book Reviews / September 14, 2014

"A Little Something Different" is a romantic comedy for anyone who dabbles in drabbles, a college age meet cute split up into 14 different points of view. When Lea and Gabe bump into each other at the beginning of the semester, their chemistry is obvious to everyone around them, from their best friends, their creative writing teacher, the local Starbucks baristas, to the park bench and a squirrel. With a shared love of "Buffy", a joi...