November 21, 2017

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Strange the Dreamer

Do I start with why this is not going to win an award, or with why it should? Let’s start with the issues: it’s fantasy. It’s the start of a series. We’ve all heard this song before, and I don’t have faith that this is the book that will change the tune – but man, […]

Laini Taylor on Genre Blurring and “Strange the Dreamer”

While writing her latest YA fantasy, Laini Taylor followed her hearts.

SLJ’s Starred Reviews | February 2017

Another stunning folktale adaptation from Jerry Pinkney, Steve Sheinkin’s latest work of narrative nonfiction, and Laini Taylor’s strangely beautiful new novel.

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Books in Brief: Series

Some time in the next few days I’ll have a lot to say about the year end lists, and we’ll be going back and making some additional edits to our start of season list in light of time crunches and more data. Today, though, I’m taking a moment away from that madness to reflect on […]

Conclusions to Bardugo’s, Cass’s, and Taylor’s Sagas and More | What’s Hot in YA

After teens have devoured the final volumes in the popular fantasy series by Leigh Bardugo, Kiera Cass, and Laini Taylor out this spring, offer the following hot picks in fiction, graphic novels, and nonfiction. Whether a fantasy die-hard or a fan of contemporary fiction with diverse characters, readers will find a smorgasbord of engrossing titles in these selections.