Posted by kacates on January 9, 2012
In my last post I blogged about my favorite YA books of 2011. Now it’s time to start getting excited for the books coming out in 2012! Here’s a list of some of the biggest titles coming out this winter and spring. You can also check out YALit for even more upcoming books.
|A Million Suns by Beth Revis: January 10
It’s been three months since Amy was unplugged. The life she always knew is over. And everywhere she looks, she sees the walls of the spaceship Godspeed. But there may just be hope: Elder has assumed leadership of the ship. He’s finally free to enact his vision – no more Phydus, no more lies. But when Elder discovers shocking news about the ship, he and Amy race to discover the truth behind life on Godspeed. They must work together to unlock a puzzle that was set in motion hundreds of years earlier.
|The Fault in Our Stars by John Green: January 10
Despite the tumor-shrinking medical miracle that has bought her a few years, Hazel has never been anything but terminal, her final chapter inscribed upon diagnosis. But when a gorgeous plot twist named Augustus Waters suddenly appears at Cancer Kid Support Group, Hazel’s story is about to be completely rewritten. Insightful, bold, irreverent, and raw, The Fault in Our Stars is John Green’s most ambitious and heartbreaking work yet, brilliantly exploring the funny, thrilling, and tragic business of being alive and in love.
|Try Not To Breathe by Jennifer Hubbard: January 19
Ryan spends most of his time alone at the local waterfall because it’s the only thing that makes him feel alive. He’s sixteen, post-suicidal, and trying to figure out what to do with himself after a stint in a mental hospital. Then Nicki barges into his world, brimming with life and energy, and asking questions about Ryan’s depression that no one else has ever been brave enough – or cared enough – to ask. Ryan isn’t sure why he trusts Nicki with his darkest secrets, but that trust turns out to be the catalyst that he desperately needs to start living again.
|There is No Dog by Meg Rosoff: January 24
What if God were a teenaged boy? In the beginning, Bob created the heavens and the earth and the beasts of the field and the creatures of the sea, and twenty-five million other species (including lots of cute girls). But mostly he prefers eating junk food and leaving his dirty clothes in a heap at the side of his bed. Every time he falls in love, Earth erupts in natural disasters, and it’s usually Bob’s beleaguered assistant, Mr. B., who is left cleaning up the mess. So humankind is going to be sorry indeed that Bob ever ran into a beautiful, irresistible girl called Lucy…
|Two Truths and a Lie by Sara Shepard: February 7
My killer is out there. And my sister might be next. Two months before I died, my best friend’s brother vanished. I have no idea where Thayer went, but I know it’s my fault. When I was a live, I did a lot of things that made people hateme, maybe even enough to kill me. Desperate to solve my murder, my sister Emma is pretending to be me and unraveling the mysteries I left behind—my cryptic journal, my tangled love life, the dangerous pranks I played. She’s uncovered my friends’ darkest secrets, but she’s never had the chance to dig into Thayer’s past—until now. Thayer’s back and Emma has to move fast to figure out if he’s after revenge…or if he’s already gotten it.
|Dead To You by Lisa McMann: February 7
Ethan was abducted from his front yard when he was just seven years old. Now, at sixteen, he has returned to his family. It’s a miracle… at first. Then the tensions start to build. His reintroduction to his old life isn’t going smoothly, and his family is tearing apart all over again. If only Ethan could remember something, anything, about his life before, he’d be able to put the pieces back together. But there’s something that’s keeping his memory blocked. Something unspeakable…
|Bewitching by Alex Flinn: February 14
Once, I put a curse on a beastly and arrogant boy. That one turned out all right. Others didn’t. I go to a new school now—one where no one knows my secret. You see, I’m immortal. And I pretty much know everything after so long—except for when to butt out. I want to help, but things just go awry. Like when I tried to free some children from a gingerbread house and ended up being hanged. And that little mermaid I found in the Titaniclifeboat? I don’t even want to think about it. Now a girl named Emma needs me. I shouldn’t get involved, but her stepsister is conniving to the core. I have just the thing to fix that girl. Although you never know what will happen when I start…bewitching.
|The Disenchantments by Nina Lacour: February 16
Colby and Bev have a long-standing pact: graduate, hit the road with Bev’s band, and then spend the year wandering around Europe. But moments after the tour kicks off, Bev makes a shocking announcement: she’s abandoning their plans – and Colby – to start college in the fall. But the show must go on and The Disenchantments weave through the Pacific Northwest, playing in small towns and dingy venues, while Colby struggles to deal with Bev’s growing distance and the most important question of all: what’s next?
|Bloodrose by Andrea Cremer: February 21
Calla has always welcomed war. But now that the final battle is upon her, there’s more at stake than fighting. There’s saving Ren, even if it incurs Shay’s wrath. There’s keeping Ansel safe, even if he’s been branded a traitor. There’s proving herself as the pack’s alpha, facing unnamable horrors, and ridding the world of the Keepers’ magic once and for all. And then there’s deciding what to do when the war ends. If Calla makes it out alive, that is.
|Fugitives: Escape From Furnace 4 by Alexander Gordon Smith: February 28Forever altered by his experience in Furnace Penetentiary, Alex has done the impossible and escaped. But the battle for freedom is only just beginning. Charged with his superhuman abilities, Alex must uncover the last of Furnace’s secrets—the truth about the man who built the prison, the man known as Alfred Furnace. And to do that he must stop running and finally confront his greatest fears.
|Curveball: The Year I Lost My Grip by Jordan Sonnenblick: March 1
When a freakish injury ends his pitching career, Peter Friedman has some major things to figure out. Is there life after sports? Why has his grandfather suddenly given him thousands of dollars worth of camera equipment? And is it his imagination, or is the super-hot star of the girls’ swim team flirting with him, right in front of the amazing new girl in his photography class? In his new novel, Jordan Sonnenblick performs his usual miraculous feat: exploring deep themes of friendship, romance, family, and tragedy, while still managing to be hilariously funny.
|Pandemonium by Lauren Oliver: March 6
After escaping from Portland, Maine, Lena makes it to the Wilds and becomes part of an Invalid community, where she transforms herself into a warrior for the resistance. A future without Alex is unimaginable, but Lena pushes forward and fights, both for him and for a world in which love is no longer considered a disease. Swept up in a volatile mix of revolutionaries and counterinsurgents, Lena struggles to survive—and wonders if she may be falling in love again.
|Out of Sight, Out of Time by Ally Carter: March 20
The last thing Cammie Morgan remembers is leaving the Gallagher Academy to protect her friends and family from the Circle of Cavan – a terrorist organization that has been hunting her for over a year. But when Cammie wakes up in an alpine convent and discovers months have passed, she must face the fact that her memory is now a black hole. The only traces left of Cammie’s summer vacation are the bruises on her body and the dirt under her nails, and all she wants is to go home. Once she returns to school, however, Cammie realizes that even the Gallagher Academy now holds more questions than answers.
|Tessa Masterson Will Go To Prom by Brendan Halpin and EmilyFranklin: March 27
Lucas and Tessa’s friendship is the stuff of legend in their small Midwestern town. So it’s no surprise when Lucas finally realizes his feelings for Tessa are more than friendship and he asks her to prom. What no one expected was for Tessa to come out instead of accepting his heartfelt invitation. Lucas feels humiliated and betrayed that his best friend kept such an important secret from him. What’s worse is Tessa’s decision to wear a tuxedo to escort her female crush, sparking a firestorm of controversy. Lucas must decide if he should stand by his friend to make sure that Tessa Masterson will go to prom.
|The List by Siobhan Vivian: April 1
An intense look at the rules of high school attraction — and the price that’s paid for them. It happens every year. A list is posted, and one girl from each grade is chosen as the prettiest, and another is chosen as the ugliest. Nobody knows who makes the list. It almost doesn’t matter. The damage is done the minute it goes up. This is the story of eight girls, freshman to senior, “pretty” and “ugly.” And it’s also the story of how we see ourselves, and how other people see us, and the tangled connection of the two.
|Black Heart by Holly Black: April 3
Cassel Sharpe knows he’s been used as an assassin,but he’s trying to put it behind him and be good, even though he grew up in a family of con artists and cheating comes as easily as breathing to him. And he’s trying to convince himself that working for the Feds is smart, even though he’s been raised to believe the government is the enemy. But with a mother on the lam, the girl he loves about to take her place in the Mob, and new secrets coming to light, the line between what’s right and what’s wrong becomes increasingly blurred. When the Feds ask Cassel to do the one thing he said he would never do again, he needs to sort out what’s a con and what’s truth.
|Fear by Michael Grant: April 3
Night is falling in the FAYZ. Even though it’s been nearly a year since everyone over the age of fifteen disappeared, the sun has continued to shine on the kids of Perdido Beach. Now, though, the gaiaphage has blotted out the sun and plunged the FAYZ into perpetual gloom. Divided and dispirited, the survivors face their greatest enemy yet – the darkness of their own minds…
|The Obsidian Blade by Pete Hautman: April 10
The first time Tucker’s father disappeared, he simply climbed on the roof to fix a shingle, let out a scream, and vanished – only to walk up the driveway an hour later, looking older and worn, with a strange girl named Lahlia in tow. In the months that followed, Tucker watched his father grow distant and his mother slide into madness. But then both of his parents disappear. Now in the care of his Uncle Kosh, Tucker suspects that the disks of shimmering air he keeps seeing hold the answer to restoring his family. And when he dares to step into one, he’s launched on a time-twisting journey.
|Kill Switch by Chris Lynch: April 17
All Daniel wants to do is spend one last summer with his grandfather before he moves away for college and his grandfather’s dementia pulls them apart. But when his dear old Da starts to let things slip about the job he used to hold—people he’s killed, countries he’s overthrown—old work “friends” show up to make sure he stays quiet. Was his grandfather really involved in a world of assassinations and coups, or are the stories just delusions of a crumbling mind? On the run from the police before he has time to find out, Daniel may have to sacrifice everything to protect his grandfather from those who would do him harm.
|The Chaos by Nalo Hopkinson: April 17
Scotch struggles to fit in—at home she’s the perfect daughter, at school she’s a troublemaker, and thanks to her mixed heritage, she doesn’t feel she belongs with the Caribbeans, whites, or blacks. And even more troubling, lately her skin is becoming covered in a sticky black substance that can’t be removed. While she tries to cope with this creepiness, her brother disappears. A mysterious bubble of light just swallows him up, and Scotch has no idea how to find him. Soon, the Chaos that has claimed her brother affects the city at large. Scotch needs to get to the bottom of this situation before the Chaos consumes everything—and she knows that the shadowy entity that’s trailing her every move is probably not going to help.
|The Last Echo by Kimberly Derting: April 17
Violet kept her morbid ability to sense dead bodies a secret from everyone except her family and her childhood-best-friend-turned-boyfriend, Jay Heaton. That is until forensic psychologist Sara Priest discovered Violet’s talent and invited her to use her gift to track down murderers. Now, as she works with an eclectic group of individuals – including mysterious and dangerously attractive Rafe – it’s Violet’s job to help those who have been murdered by bringing their killers to justice. When Violet discovers the body of a college girl killed by “the girlfriend collector” she is determined to solve the case. But now the serial killer is on the lookout for a new “relationship” – and Violet may have caught his eye…
|Insurgent by Veronica Roth: May 1
Tris’s initiation day should have been marked by celebration and victory with her chosen faction; instead, the day ended in horror. War now looms as conflict between the factions and their ideologies grows. And in times of war, sides must be chosen, secrets will emerge, and choices will become even more irrevocable—and even more powerful. Transformed by her own decisions but also by haunting grief and guilt, radical new discoveries, and shifting relationships, Tris must fully embrace her Divergence, even if she does not know what she may lose by doing so.
|Black Dawn by Rachel Caine: May 1
Ever since the draug—mysterious creatures that prey on vampires — took over Morganville, the lives of student Claire Danvers and her friends have been thrown into turmoil. Using the city’s water system to spread, the draug have rapidly multiplied and vampire Amelie — the town founder — has been infected by the master draug’s bite. Now, unless Claire and her friends figure out how to cure Amelie and defeat the draug, Morganville will become little more than a ghost town…
|Bitterblue by Kristin Cashore: May 1
Eight years after Graceling, Bitterblue is now queen of Monsea. But the influence of her father, a violent psychopath with mind-altering abilities, lives on. Her advisors, who have run things since Leck died, believe in a forward-thinking plan: Pardon all who committed terrible acts under Leck’s reign, and forget anything bad ever happened. But when Bitterblue begins sneaking outside the castle—disguised and alone—to walk the streets of her own city, she starts realizing that the kingdom has been under the thirty-five-year spell of a madman, and the only way to move forward is to revisit the past.
|City of Lost Souls by Cassandra Claire: May 8
They thought they’d already faced the worst that could be thrown at them. But now, the Shadowhunters – Clary, Jace, Simon, Isabelle, Alec, and Magnus – must struggle to piece together their shattered world after a betrayal by one of their own leaves them reeling in the hotly-anticipated fifth book in the Mortal Instruments series.
Posted by kacates on March 30, 2010
Stephenie Meyer has announced the publication of a new novella set in the Twilight world, due to come out June 5, 2010. The book will be called The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner, and will tell the story of the newborn vampire Bree, who we see briefly in Eclipse. A dollar from each sale will be donated to the Red Cross. Entertainment Weekly has a bit more information here.
So…what do you guys think? Are you excited to hear the viewpoint of a minor character? Do you wish Meyer would get working on Midnight Sun instead? Or are you over the whole Twilight thing? Feel free to discuss in the comments!
Posted by kacates on March 20, 2010
I don't know about you, but I'm excited for the wave of awesome new teen fiction that's going to be coming out later this year, including lots of sequels and new series from some of the top authors right now. Here's a sneak peak at some of the biggest and best you can look forward to:
|A Conspiracy of Kings (Queen's Thief book 4) by Megan Whalen Turner, release date March 23
In Attolia, Eugenides, the new and unlikely king, has never stopped wondering what happened to Sophos, heir to the throne of Sounis, kidnapped and rumored to be dead. Nor has the Queen of Eddis. They send spies. They pay informants. They appeal to the gods. But as time goes by, it becomes less and less certain that they will ever see their friend alive again. Darkening the horizon, the Mede Empire threatens from across the sea. And Sophos, anonymous and alone, bides his time. Sophos, drawing on his memories of Gen, Pol, the magus—and Eddis—sets out on an adventure that will change all of their lives forever.
|This World We Live In by Susan Beth Pfeffer, release date April 1
It’s been a year since a meteor collided with the moon, catastrophically altering the earth’s climate. For Miranda Evans, life as she knew it no longer exists. Her friends and neighbors are dead, the landscape is frozen, and food is increasingly scarce. The struggle to survive intensifies when Miranda’s father and stepmother arrive with a baby and three strangers in tow. One of the newcomers is Alex Morales, and as Miranda’s complicated feelings for him turn to love, his plans for his future thwart their relationship. Then a devastating tornado hits the town of Howell, and Miranda makes a decision that will change their lives forever.
|Will Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green and David Levithan, release date April 6
One cold night, in a most unlikely corner of Chicago, two teens—both named Will Grayson—are about to cross paths. As their worlds collide and intertwine, the Will Graysons find their lives going in new and unexpected directions, building toward romantic turns-of-heart and the epic production of history’s most fabulous high school musical.
|Spirit Bound (Vampire Academy book 5) by Richelle Mead, release date April 20
Dimitri gave Rose the ultimate choice. But she chose wrong…After a long and heartbreaking journey to Dimitri's birthplace in Siberia, Rose Hathaway haws finally returned to St. Vladimir's – and to her best friend, Lissa. It is nearly graduation, and the girls can't wait for their real lives beyond the Academy's iron gates to begin. But Rose's heart still aches for Dimitri, and she knows he's out there, somewhere. She failed to kill him when she had the chance. And now her worst fears are about to come true – Dimitri has tasted her blood, and now he is hunting her. Only this time, he won't rest until Rose joins him…forever.
|Burned (House of Night book 7) by P.C. Cast and Kristin Cast, release date April 27
Things have turned black at the House of Night. With everything she’s ever stood for falling apart, and a broken heart making her want to stay in the Otherworld forever, Zoey’s fading fast. It’s seeming more and more doubtful that she will be able pull herself back together in time to rejoin her friends and set the world to rights. As the only living person who can reach her, Stark must find a way to get to her. But how? He will have to die to do so, the Vampire High Council stipulates. And then Zoey will give up for sure. There are only 7 days left…
|The Red Pyramid by Rick Riordan, release date May 4
Since their mother’s death, Carter and Sadie have become near strangers. While Sadie has lived with her grandparents in London, her brother has traveled the world with their father, the brilliant Egyptologist, Dr. Julius Kane. One night, Dr. Kane brings the siblings together for a “research experiment” at the British Museum, where he hopes to set things right for his family. Instead, he unleashes the Egyptian god Set, who banishes him to oblivion and forces the children to flee for their lives. To stop him, the siblings embark on a dangerous journey across the globe – a quest that brings them ever closer to the truth about their family, and their links to a secret order that has existed since the time of the pharaohs.
|The White Cat by Holly Black, release date May 4
Cassel comes from a family of curse workers. But since curse work is illegal, they're all mobsters, or con artists. Except for Cassel. He hasn't got the magic touch, so he's an outsider, the straight kid in a crooked family. You just have to ignore one small detail – he killed his best friend, Lila, three years ago. Ever since, Cassel has carefully built up a facade of normalcy. Then he starts having terrifying dreams about a white cat that wants to tell him something. As Cassel begins to suspect he's part of a huge con game, he also wonders what really happened to Lila. Could she still be alive? To find that out, Cassel will have to out-con the conmen.
|Lies (Gone book 3) by Michael Grant, release date May 4
It's been seven months since all the adults disappeared. A girl who died now walks among the living; Zil and the Human Crew set fire to Perdido Beach; and amid the flames and smoke, Sam sees the figure of the boy he fears the most: Drake. But Drake is dead. Sam and Caine defeated him along with the Darkness—or so they thought. As Perdido Beach burns, battles rage: Astrid against the Town Council; the Human Crew versus the mutants; and Sam against Drake. And all the while deadly rumors are raging like the fire itself. Conditions are worse than ever and kids are desperate to get out. But are they desperate enough to believe that death will set them free?
|Hell's Heroes (Demonata book 10) by Darren Shan, release date May 11
Beranabus and Dervish are gone. Bec has formed an unholy alliance with Lord Loss. Kernel is blind, held on Earth against his will. Grubbs is mad with grief and spinning out of control. The demons are crossing. The Disciples are falling. The Shadow is waiting. Welcome to the end. The tenth and final novel in the chilling Demonata series by Darren Shan, author of the Cirque Du Freak series, will bring everything to a terrifying, cataclysmic conclusion.
|For the Win by Cory Doctorow, release date May 11
Millions of people around the globe are engrossed in multiplayer online games, questing to win virtual “gold”. Meanwhile, others run electronic sweatshops in the world’s poorest countries, where countless “gold farmers” harvest virtual treasure for their employers to sell to First World gamers. In India, Mala's leadership skills in virtual combat have earned her the title of “General Robotwalla.” In China, Matthew is defying his former bosses to build his own gold-farming team. Leonard lives in Southern California, but spends his nights fighting virtual battles alongside his buddies in Asia. All of these young people will become entangled with the mysterious young woman called Big Sister Nor, who will use her experience and her connections with real-world organizers to build them into a movement that can challenge the status quo.
|The Demon's Covenant (Demon's Lexicon book 2) by Sarah Rees Brennan, release date May 18
Mae has always thought of herself as in control, but in the last few weeks her life has radically changed. She’s learned that her brother Jamie has magical powers—and Gerald, the new leader of the Obsidian Circle, is trying to persuade Jamie to join the magicians. Even worse…Jamie hasn’t told Mae a thing about any of it. Mae turns to brothers Nick and Alan to help her rescue Jamie, but they are in danger from Gerald themselves because he wants to steal Nick’s powers. Will Mae be able to find a way to save them all from the power-hungry magician’s devious trap?
|The Kings of Clonmel (Book 8 in the Ranger's Apprentice series) by John Flanagan, release date May 18
Mankind puts its faith in many things—gods, kings, money—anything for protection from the world’s many dangers. When a cult springs up in neighboring Clonmel, promising to quell the recent attacks by lawless marauders, people flock from all over to offer gold in exchange for protection. But this particular group, with which Halt is all too familiar, has a less than charitable agenda. Secrets will be unveiled and battles fought to the death as Will and Horace help Halt in ridding the land of a dangerous enemy.
|Carter's Big Break (sequel to Carter Finally Gets It) by Brent Crawford, release date June 1
After surviving freshman year (just barely), Carter is craving his summer break. Unfortunately, when he and his girlfriend, Abby, part ways, it looks as though summer just might break him. Things start to look up when he’s unexpectedly cast in an independent film opposite the world’s biggest tween sensation, Hilary Idaho. With Hollywood knocking on his door, Carter gets a taste of the good life. But as the film spirals out of control, he begins to fear that he’s not the “somebody” he thinks he is and more the “nobody” he’s sure he always has been. Find out if Carter goes Hollywood…or Hollywood goes Carter.
|Only the Good Spy Young (Gallagher Girls book 4) by Ally Carter, release date June 15
When Cammie Morgan enrolled at the Gallagher Academy, she knew she was preparing for the dangerous life of a spy. What she didn’t know was that the serious, real-life danger would start during her junior year of high school. But that’s exactly what happened two months ago when Cammie faced off against an ancient terrorist organization dead set on kidnapping her. Now the danger follows her everywhere, and even Cammie “The Chameleon” can’t hide. When a terrifying encounter in London reveals that one of her most-trusted allies is actually a rogue double-agent, Cammie no longer knows if she can trust her classmates, her teachers—or even her own heart.
|Linger (sequel to Shiver) by Maggie Stiefvater, release date July 20
In Maggie Stiefvater's Shiver, Grace and Sam found each other. Now, in Linger, they must fight to be together. For Grace, this means defying her parents and keeping a very dangerous secret about her own well-being. For Sam, this means grappling with his werewolf past…and figuring out a way to survive into the future. Add into the mix a new wolf named Cole, whose own past has the potential to destroy the whole pack. And Isabelle, who already lost her brother to the wolves…and is nonetheless drawn to Cole.
|Mockingjay (The Hunger Games book 3) by Suzanne Collins, release date August 24
Against all odds, Katniss Everdeen has survived the Hunger Games twice. But now that she’s made it out of the bloody arena alive, she’s still not safe. The Capitol is angry. The Capitol wants revenge. Who do they think should pay for the unrest? Katniss. And what’s worse, President Snow has made it clear that no one else is safe either. Not Katniss’s family, not her friends, not the people of District 12. Powerful and haunting, this thrilling final installment of Suzanne Collins’s groundbreaking The Hunger Games trilogy promises to be one of the most talked about books of the year.
|The Clockwork Angel (Infernal Devices, book 1) by Cassandra Clare, release date September 14
When sixteen-year-old Tessa Gray crosses the ocean to find her brother, her destination is England, the time is the reign of Queen Victoria, and something terrifying is waiting for her in London's Downworld, where vampires, warlocks and other supernatural folk stalk the gaslit streets. Only the Shadowhunters, warriors dedicated to ridding the world of demons, keep order amidst the chaos. Kidnapped by the mysterious Dark Sisters, members of a secret organization called The Pandemonium Club, Tessa soon learns that she herself is a Downworlder with a rare ability: the power to transform, at will, into another person. What's more, the Magister, the shadowy figure who runs the Club, will stop at nothing to claim Tessa's power for his own.
|Monsters of Men (Chaos Walking book 3) by Patrick Ness, release date September 28
Three armies march on New Prentisstown, each one intent on destroying the others. Todd and Viola are caught in the middle, with no chance of escape. As the battles commence, how can they hope to stop the fighting? How can there ever be peace when they’re so hopelessly outnumbered? And if war makes monsters of men, what terrible choices await? But then a third voice breaks into the battle, one bent on revenge… The electrifying finale to the award-winning Chaos Walking trilogy, Monsters of Men is a heart-stopping novel about power, survival, and the devastating realities of war.
Posted by kacates on February 11, 2010
Great news for those of you who have read The Hunger Games and Catching Fire and are eagerly waiting for the third book in Suzanne Collins' scifi trilogy – Scholastic has finally announced what the title of the third book will be on their blog. Plus, they've revealed what the cover will look like, and are giving us a few “spoilers” of what will NOT be in the third book. At first I was surprised by the light blue color and the image of a live mockingjay- very different from the dark, heavy feel of the previous two covers. Perhaps this is a sign of hope for Katniss and the revolution against the Capitol? I especially like how the circular design behind the mockingjay of the earlier books is now breaking up. What do you guys think?
P.S. – If you're looking for some good reads to tide you over until the release, don't forget our Hunger Games Readalikes list.