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Past articles by Melissa:

Online Bookstore: Books, NOOK ebooks, Music, Movies & Toys

Barnes & Noble’s online bookstore for books, NOOK ebooks & magazines. Shop music, movies, toys & games, too. FREE shipping on $25 or more! → Read More

Five Books in Which Magic Has Consequences

Magic without consequences is like a fairy offering without milk: unlikely to get you killed, but kinda incomplete. The best books about magic are the kind that extract something from their charact… → Read More

New Releases: Living Illusions, Secret Societies, and Love Gone Toxic

Daughter of the Burning City, by Amanda Foody Buxbaum's debut is set in the dark and dangerous Gomorrah Festival, where heroine Sorina has grown up making → Read More

25 of Our Most Anticipated YA Books of July

In short: books! In long: here are 25 YA books hitting shelves next month that you want to get onto your lists and into your hands. Read them, love them, loan → Read More

30 of Our Most Anticipated May YA Books

Thirty? Yes, thirty. A committed May reader will mow down this list with a day to spare (on that day, you'll reread The Golden Compass because reasons). So stretch your reader muscles, stock up on Gatorade, and get thee to the reading fort. May's gonna be a doozy. Girl Out of Water, by Laura Silv → Read More

25 of Our Most Anticipated February YA Books

This month's most exciting new YA books include a magical-realistic immigrant's tale, a Black Lives Matter–inspired debut that's already being made into a movie, and a Sherlock and Holmes update that's the sequel to one of our favorite releases of 2016. Here are 25 books to add t → Read More

25 of Our Most Anticipated February YA Books

This month's most exciting new YA books include a magical-realistic immigrant's tale, a Black Lives Matter–inspired debut that's already being made into a movie, and a Sherlock and Holmes update that's the sequel to one of our favorite releases of 2016. Here are 25 books to add t → Read More

15 of Our Most Anticipated YA Debuts of 2017

This year's crop of debuts you can't miss includes kaleidoscopic fantasy-world visions, huge-hearted romance, a high-school story so true it'll make you cringe-laugh, and thrillers set in distant cities and distant galaxies. Here are 15 of my favorites, introducing vivid new voices an → Read More

Great Books on the Big Screen — Barnes & Noble Reads

Winter is the perfect time to hit the movies: the theater provides respite from the cold, it's the perfect family escape in between holiday meals and cookie bakeoffs, and it's way easier to sneak in snacks when you're wearing a parka. Before you see these 10 film adaptations—high-octa → Read More

20 Scary Stories for Teens — The B&N Teen Blog

For some people, autumn means cozy sweaters, gourd-flavored lattes, and Sexy Trump costumes. For others, it means restless spirits, bloody knives, and bedtime reading so freaky you can't even get out of bed to go to the bathroom. If you're in the latter camp, these books are for you, rangi → Read More

Philippa Gregory’s Top 9 Historical Novels — Barnes & Noble Reads

{{ean10}}Philippa Gregory is the author of dozens of lush, richly researched historical novels that put a spotlight on women, particularly the queens and paramours of the 15th- and 16th-century British court. Among her most beloved works are her Tudor Court series, telling the stories of King Henry → Read More

In a Dark, Dark Wood Author Ruth Ware’s Top 10 Psychological Thrillers — Barnes & Noble Reads

In Ruth Ware's twisty thriller In a Dark, Dark Wood, homebody mystery novelist Nora Shaw receives a fateful invitation: Clare, a high school friend she hasn't seen in a decade, is having a bachelorette weekend at an isolated cabin in the woods. Two days after she arrives at the cabin, Nora → Read More

In a Dark, Dark Wood Is Your Next Up-All-Night Read — Barnes & Noble Reads

A broken friendship. A dark past. A doomed bachelorette party. And an isolated cabin in a dark, dark wood. {{ean1}}These are the ingredients of Ruth Ware's wickedly twisty In a Dark, Dark Wood, in which narrator Nora Shaw can't trust anyone—not even herself. Two stories are told in alte → Read More

August’s Top Picks in Fiction — Barnes & Noble Reads

In the final month of summer, we're looking for reads that are dishy with depth, and page-turners that are smart and engrossing enough to keep our attention in the season's dog days. From the debut works of a fiction master to a survival story set in Henry VIII's court to an eerie thr → Read More

Change Comes to Maycomb in Harper Lee’s Must-Read Go Set a Watchman — Barnes & Noble Reads

By now we all know the origin story of To Kill a Mockingbird: an editor read Harper Lee's manuscript for Go Set a Watchman, was most drawn to the scenes from Scout Finch's childhood, and asked Lee to rewrite the book with a focus on young Scout. Lee agreed, and the result was the Pulitzer → Read More

June’s Top Picks in Teen Fiction — Barnes & Noble Reads

This month's most exciting teen reads range from the realistic (a gently funny tale of overcoming social anxiety, a story about a kidnapping's aftermath) to the fantastical (a collection of genre-bending tales from consummate fantasy author Garth Nix, a time travel tale that starts with a → Read More

Top Picks in Paperback — Barnes & Noble Reads

Sometimes you want your beach reads as light and fluffy as the foam atop a piña colada. And sometimes you want something with a little more heft, a book more suited to reading alongside a Dark and Stormy. When you're looking for the kind of beach reading that won't fade from memory even f → Read More

The Incomparable Judy Blume Talks Diary-Keeping, Creative Lightning Bolts, and In the Unlikely Event — Barnes & Noble Reads

Judy Blume is tiny, lovely, and perennially smiling, and when I first laid eyes on her, I thought I might cry. All my long-dormant feelings about Margaret and Sheila the Great and Forever... swirled up, and it was almost too much to actually see her in the flesh. But I held it together. We tal → Read More

Judy Blume Is Back With In the Unlikely Event, a Portrait of a Town Under Siege — Barnes & Noble Reads

In her first adult novel in 17 years, Judy Blume returns to preoccupations familiar to fans who met her at any age: family ties, sex, the innocent and not-so-innocent pleasures of Dixie Cups and dances, cashmere sweaters and trying to get up them. From the rec rooms of Elizabeth to NYC soda shops → Read More

Summer 2015 Books We Can’t Wait to Read — Barnes & Noble Reads

Kids get summer vacation. But adults? We get summer reading. Not the academic required reads you used to race through on August 1, but the kind of books you dive into like a swimming pool. This summer brings a fresh crop of brand-new books, including a creepy thriller by the king of creepy thrill → Read More