Melissa Albert is the founding editor of the Barnes & Noble Teen Blog and the managing editor of BN.com. She has written for McSweeney’s, Time Out Chicago, MTV, and more. Melissa is from Illinois and lives in Brooklyn, New York. The Hazel Wood is her first novel.
Genres: Young Adult Fantasy
Melissa Albert recommends
For a Muse of Fire (2018)
(Shadow Players, book 1)
"An ambitious, big-souled wonder of a book, FOR A MUSE OF FIRE cements Heilig as one of YA’s great creators of fascinating fantasy worlds. She spins a tale of rebellion and refugees, beauty and vulnerability, art and ugliness. It’s complicated and soaring, full of magic and pain."
The Boneless Mercies (2018)
April Genevieve Tucholke
"The Boneless Mercies maintains the mystical, haunting flavor of an ancient ballad across the length of a novel. Its every page hints at a deeper magic at work; it contains a whole world and all its myths and histories within its skin."
The Light Between Worlds (2018)
Laura E Weymouth
"An achingly lovely take on finding your own world. I loved this beautiful book!"
House of Salt and Sorrows (2019)
Erin A Craig
"An eerie, lovely Twelve Dancing Princesses retelling full of ghosts and gods and a fascinating waterfront world and I'm reading it from behind my fingers."
The Ten Thousand Doors of January (2019)
Alix E Harrow
"'Devastatingly good, a sharp, delicate nested tale of worlds within worlds, stories within stories, and the realm-cracking power of words."
The Electric Kingdom (2021)
"With luminous compassion and ceaseless invention, Arnold has built a postapocalyptic nesting doll of a tale, full of tricky resonances and moments of grace. All the pieces of this fascinating, ambitious book work together like the chambers of some great heart. I can't wait for teen readers to discover it and suspect it was written just for them."
The Project (2021)
"This book is brave and raw and exciting and wise--wise about girls and women, weakness and strength, and the bittersweet beauty of being human."
House of Hollow (2021)
"Stepping nimbly among the liminal spaces and eerie real-world haunts of our heroine’s cipher-sister, this haunting modern fairy tale will wrap you up like a glittering fog, before going for your throat."
The Chosen and the Beautiful (2021)
"Crisp as paper and delirious as a fever dream, this is a redrawn Gatsby daubed in gold leaf and lip rouge and blood. Nghi Vo gives a freshly imagined Jordan Baker her due, while infusing her glittering New York with a bottomless magical menace that feels both excitingly new and cosmically true to Fitzgerald’s original."
An Arrow to the Moon (2022)
Emily X R Pan
"An effortless fusion of myth and realism, coming of age and fairy tale, this luminous love story cuts bone deep."
Deep in Providence (2022)
Riss M Neilson
"Magic runs like a glittering thread through this densely woven tale of friendship, grief, and identity, and what begins as a backbeat of creeping dread deftly builds into a landscape of supernatural terrors. Neilson balances her page-turning fantasy narrative against the coming of age of a trio of bereaved best friends with grace, delicacy, and startling humanity."
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