30 day blog challenge – day 19
Last year, I really ramped up the amount of YA I read. I have always been a fan of the genre, and I’ve always read young adult, but last year most of the books I read were young adult! So I was taking a look at the YA titles in the to be released category on Goodreads, and the following five books are the ones I am most excited about so far.
Crash – Sean Williams (Twinmaker #2)
I’m not exactly sure whether or not this book will be out in 2014, but here’s to hoping! As soon as I read Twinmaker last fall–William’s YA science fiction thriller–I was HOOKED and needed the sequel, like, yesterday. So if you could please finish this book ASAP, Mr. Williams, that would be great, mmmmkay?
Panic – Lauren Oliver
Heather never thought she would compete in Panic, a legendary game played by graduating seniors, where the stakes are high and the payoff is even higher. She’d never thought of herself as fearless, the kind of person who would fight to stand out. But when she finds something, and someone, to fight for, she will discover that she is braver than she ever thought.
I’m a huge fan of Oliver’s Delirium series, and I’m a fan of Lauren Oliver in general as a writer (and I love her blog and her YouTube videos.) (Why are there so many YA authors I want to have tea with?)
The End or Something Like It – Ann Dee Ellis
Emmy’s best friend Kim had promised to visit from the afterlife after she died. But so far Kim hasn’t shown up even once. Emmy blames herself for not believing hard enough. Finally, as the one-year anniversary of Kim’s death approaches, Emmy is visited by a ghost—but it’s not Kim. It’s Emmy’s awful dead science teacher.
Emmy can’t help but think that she’s failed at being a true friend. But as more ghosts appear, she starts to realize that she’s not alone in her pain. Kim would have wanted her to move forward—and to do that, Emmy needs to start letting go.
How fun does that sound?
Tape – Steven Camden
In 1993, Ryan records a diary on an old tape. He talks about his mother’s death, about his dreams, about his love for a new girl at school who doesn’t even know he exists.
In 2013, Ameliah moves in with her grandmother after her parents die. There, she finds a tape in the spare room. A tape with a boy’s voice on it – a voice she can’t quite hear, but which seems to be speaking to her.
Ryan and Ameliah are connected by more than just a tape.
This is their story.
I love books like this. The description reminds me a litle of 13 Reasons Why. Also, apparently Steven Camden is a spoken word artist making his YA debut. I’m intrigued!
Fan Art – Sarah Tregay
Senior year is almost over, and Jamie Peterson has a big problem. Not college—that’s all set. Not prom—he’ll find a date somehow. No, it’s the worst problem of all: he’s fallen for his best friend.
As much as Jamie tries to keep it under wraps, everyone seems to know where his affections lie, and the giggling girls in art class are determined to help Jamie get together with Mason. But Jamie isn’t sure if that’s what he wants—because as much as Jamie would like to come clean to Mason, what if the truth ruins everything? What if there are no more road trips, taco dinners, or movie nights? Does he dare risk a childhood friendship for romance?
This book is about what happens when a picture reveals what we can’t say, when art is truer than life, and how falling in love is easy, except when it’s not. Fan Art explores the joys and pains of friendship, of pressing boundaries, and how facing our worst fears can sometimes lead us to what we want most.
Now doesn’t this just sound like a book I would be into?
What books are you looking forward to reading in 2014?