Saturday, July 10, 2010

Future Young Adult Releases...

With a teenager in the house that loves to read, I'm always on the look out for YA books. We usually get most of them from the library, since many are released in hardcover and would break the budget if I bought every book she read. If you have a teen reader or are like me and enjoy reading YA, here's a few upcoming releases to either add to your wishlist or request from the library. :)

Winter Longing by Tricia Mills (Trish Milburn)

Winter Craig finally gets up the nerve and tells her long-time friend Spencer that she likes him as more than a friend. The best part? Spencer likes her as more than a friend too. With the perfect boy to love and be loved by, she begins her senior year at her small Alaska school and indulges in the dream of becoming a costume designer for the movie industry. Life is perfect — until tragedy strikes. Winter’s perfect life turns upside down as she deals with an unbearable loss, doubts about her future, a best friend whose home life is getting worse by the day, and unexpected feelings for an unexpected boy. (Razorbill/August 12, 2010)

Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare

Magic is dangerous - but love is more dangerous still.

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.

Friendless and hunted, Tessa takes refuge with the Shadowhunters of the London Institute, who swear to find her brother if she will use her power to help them. She soon finds herself fascinated by—and torn between—two best friends: James, whose fragile beauty hides a deadly secret, and blue-eyed Will, whose caustic wit and volatile moods keep everyone in his life at arm's length . . . everyone, that is, but Tessa. As their search draws them deep into the heart of an arcane plot that threatens to destroy the Shadowhunters, Tessa realizes that she may need to choose between saving her brother and helping her new friends save the world. . . . and that love may be the most dangerous magic of all. (Margaret K. McElderry/August 31, 2010/Infernal Devices/Book 1)

Empty by Suzanne Weyn

It's the near future - the very near future - and the fossil fuels are running out. No gas. No oil. Which means no driving. No heat. Supermarkets are empty. Malls have shut down. Life has just become more local than we ever knew it could be.

Nobody expected the end to come this fast. And in the small town of Spring Valley, decisions that once seemed easy are quickly becoming matters of life and death. There is hope - there has to be hope - just there are also sacrifices that need to be made, and a whole society that needs to be rethought.

Teens like Nicki, Tom, and Leila may find what they need to survive. But their lives are never going to be the same again. (Scholastic Press/October 1, 2010)

Behemoth by Scott Westerfeld

The behemoth is the fiercest creature in the British navy. It can swallow enemy battleships with one bite. The Darwinists will need it, now that they are at war with the Clanker powers.

Deryn is a girl posing as a boy in the British Air Service, and Alek is the heir to an empire posing as a commoner. Finally together aboard the airship Leviathan, they hope to bring the war to a halt. But when disaster strikes the Leviathan's peacekeeping mission, they find themselves alone and hunted in enemy territory.

Alek and Deryn will need great skill, new allies, and brave hearts to face what's ahead. (Simon Pulse/October 5, 2010/Leviathan series/Book 2)

They all sound interesting to me. I still need to read Westerfeld's Leviathan before reading Behemoth. I didn't include Suzanne Collins' Mockingjay cause everybody knows about that! And I still need to read Catching Fire!


  1. Leslie, I'm taking notes for the young adults in my family. Let's see which of these they choose. I'll let you know. :)

  2. Hils ~ the market is just flooded with YA now so it should be easy to find something for everyone. I just wish they were printed in mmp instead of trade and hardcover.

  3. Some very interesting titles you have there, Leslie. Love the covers of Winter Longing and Clockwork Angel.

    Going to wait to see what you think of Winter Longing, it sounds good and cute. I was going to pick up Clockwork Angel based on the cover (LOL, yes, I'm shallow), but not sure anymore due to the blurb. Love triangle, meh.

    Empty actually sounds scary ^_^; Because it could be so real ^_^;

  4. Nath ~ so many pretty covers in YA these days. I like the sound of Empty - reminds me of the Joss Ware books.