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Heat Index: 5 Hot New Books that Sent Us Straight to Fantasy Land

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Fantasy/urban fantasy, science fiction and dystopian genres are some of the hottest books available right now, especially in YA, and I’m going to be completely honest: I had a really hard time ranking these five amazing novels. From Gena Showalter to A.L. Davroe to Karen Marie Moning, I just couldn’t say a bad thing about any of them. That’s why you’ll find that the temp never dropped below 90° in this edition of Heat Index. Get ready to dive right in, because you’re going to want to immerse yourself in these worlds. Guile, Constance Cooper (Clarion Books, March 1, 2016) “Memorable, well-drawn characters…Those who like unusual fantasies will enjoy this and will identify with the appealing Yonie as she searches for her roots and a place…

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Jonesin’ For a Fix: Awkward Teen Drama Edition

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It’s not always easy to nail a teen show. Sometimes they’re too cheesy, or too boring. Too full of drama, or too many over-the-top issues. For every Dawson’s Creek, there’s a 90210 remake — don’t even get me started — just waiting in the wings. After years of entrusting all my teen needs to The WB, Read: The CW, lately I’ve been turning to cable networks for my high school fix. Specifically, MTV and ABC Family. MTV teen shows are funny, subversive and totally willing to go there. Just look at Awkward, coming back for its fifth and final season on August 31. From the first season, where unpopular Jenna starts a secret relationship with the school hottie and deals with…

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