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Melissa Albert

Melissa Albert is the founding editor of the Barnes & Noble Teen Blog and the managing editor of 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)
Heidi Heilig
"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)
David Arnold
"A postapocalyptic nesting doll of a tale."

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