Check out these Urban Fiction titles

Librarian Donna Neblett from Warren Library created this list of awesome Urban Fiction Authors for you to check out.

get ready for warGet Ready for War, ebook, Print.

While attending their ultra-exclusive private school in Hollywood, London must hide her relationship with Justice from her parents, Heather cleans up her act in rehab, Spencer reveals secrets to the media, and Rich’s web of lies catches up with her.

Teen chick lit, high-drama.





tyrellTyrell, ebook, Print.

Fifteen-year-old Tyrell, who is living in a Bronx homeless shelter with his spaced-out mother and his younger brother, tries to avoid temptation so he does not end up in jail like his father.

Realistic fiction, fast-paced, atmospheric, serious, compelling conversation, dialect-filled.




1616 On the Block, Print.

When she is expected to pay back her sister’s old debt, sixteen-year-old Summer must take to the streets, learning hard, fast lessons about survival, loyalty, and love.

Realistic, urban fiction.





drama highStreet Soldiers, ebook, Print.

Starting with a murder in front of Jayd’s grandparents’ house, Mama and Daddy are convinced the police have the wrong suspect in custody and have joined forces to help organize the neighborhood and find the real killer. Mickey’s ex-boyfriend has been arrested for the gruesome act, which is more like their wicked next-door neighbor, Esmeralda, and her shape-shifting boyfriend, Rousseau’s handiwork. And, to make matters worse, Esmeralda’s influence in the community is growing stronger every day as are the powers of her top apprentices and Jayd’s best frenemies, Misty and Emilio.

two the hard wayTwo the Hard Way, ebook, Print.

Star high-school quarterback Romeo has everything on the right track until his older brother Kwamé gets out of jail, their absentee mother returns to their lives, and Romeo’s girlfriend Ngiai wants a serious relationship.

Realistic, Urban fiction.





Looking for more excellent teen urban fiction authors? Here are some more for you to check out.

Karyn Folan, Rashawn Hughes, Travis Hunter, Patrick Jones, Peggy Kern, Paul Langan, Darrien Lee, Kelli London, Booker T. Mattison, Janet McDonald, Walter Dean Myers, Ni-Ni Simone, Sparkle, and Chris L. Terry.








white rose
“After the Duchess of the Lake catches Violet with Ash, the hired companion at the Palace of the Lake, Violet has no choice but to escape the Jewel or face certain death, so along with Ash and her best friend, Raven, Violet runs away from her unbearable life of servitude”– Provided by publisher.

Check out the free short story (Sil’s Story) that covers a period before the Jewel thanks to Epic Reads! This short story gives a little backstory to the world 40 years BEFORE The Jewel began.




The Break-Up Artist REVIEW


The Break-Up Artist by Philip Siegel

Available in Print and ebook.

Philip Siegel’s debut novel, The Break-Up Artist, is going to please even the most reluctant readers with its fast pace and entertaining characters. Named a top ten most anticipated YA book by Barnes and Noble, this novel brought me back to my high school years and how painful it can be when friends start pairing up, and friendships begin to change.

Even though Becca has never had a boyfriend, she has witnessed her sister’s heartbreak, and that has jaded Becca’s view of love and relationships. The girls in the school treat people who have never been in a relationship as “other” and constantly act as if Becca can’t possibly understand anything pertaining to relationships since she has never had one. From Becca’s POV, relationships are over-rated and not worth having when they force you to change who you are for the other person.

Becca’s secret job as the break-up artist was entertaining and kept me wondering how she was going to manipulate or trick people next. It sounds kind of mean, but she justifies it by saying if they were really in love, these things would not break them up. Although you might be tempted to dislike Becca, you can also totally understand why she is doing these things. Plus, she’s getting paid to do it. People are hiring her to do it. It’s not like she’s picking people out of the crowd herself. Right?

Teens will like this fast-paced, simple narrative from Becca’s POV.

-Review by Michelle Frost



In a future world where those between the ages of thirteen and eighteen can have their lives "unwound" and their body parts harvested for use by others, three teens go to extreme lengths to uphold their beliefs--and, perhaps, save their own lives.
In a future world where those between the ages of thirteen and eighteen can have their lives “unwound” and their body parts harvested for use by others, three teens go to extreme lengths to uphold their beliefs–and, perhaps, save their own lives.

Unwind by Neal Shusterman

Available in Print, CD Audiobook, ebook

This book was amazingly good. The entire premise of the story was thought provoking. Instead of abortion, when kids are between the ages of 13-18, their parents can send them to harvest camps to be “unwound.” There are various contemporary elements to this dystopian story… for example, safe haven laws for women who want to abandon their babies today are called “storking” in this book… and storking comes with its own set of rules.

Some kids are “tithed.” Unwanted kids are conveniently unwound. Orphaned kids and storked kids are frequently unwound. They don’t view it as killing the kids, because they live on, in pieces. In fact, in one particularly gruesome chapter, the reader gets to experience an unwind being unwound, with him. They are required to keep the unwinds conscious during the process… Imagine having your entire body harvested while you are conscious of what is being done to you, until the very end.I’d love to see this series be made into a movie, but I am not sure how this scene could be shown.

There are also “clappers” in the book, which I equate with suicide bombers of today. There is one chapter that actually attempts to delve into the mind of a clapper and how they justify and rationalize their actions. The novel, at times, almost has a holocaust feel to it, especially when the kids are sent off to the harvest camps to be unwound and then have to walk up to the guarded building, flanked with other guards. If you like dystopian adventures, I would definitely recommend this one. It has unique ideas, interesting twists on controversial topics of today, light romance, adventure, and more! This is the 1st book in a 4 book series (Dystology!) that also includes a novella that you will want to read after the Unwind.

-Review by Michelle Frost