1. Carve the Mark by Veronica Roth
On a planet where violence and vengeance rule, everyone develops a currentgift, a unique power meant to shape the future. While most benefit from their currentgifts, Akos and Cyra do not—their gifts make them vulnerable to others’ control. Can they reclaim their gifts, their fates, and their lives, and reset the balance of power in this world?
Love, love, love the cover on this one and I can’t even quite explain why. But I loved me some Divergent, so I’m in for whatever Roth has to show us next!
2. Love and First Sight by Josh Sundquist
Age: Young Adult
Release Date: January 3
On his first day at a new school, blind sixteen-year-old Will Porter accidentally groped a girl on the stairs, sat on another student in the cafeteria, and somehow drove a classmate to tears.
As Will starts to find his footing, he develops a crush on a charming, quiet girl named Cecily. Then an unprecedented opportunity arises: an experimental surgery that could give Will eyesight for the first time in his life. But learning to see is more difficult than Will ever imagined. It turns out Cecily doesn’t meet traditional definitions of beauty–in fact, everything he’d heard about her appearance was a lie engineered by their so-called friends to get the two of them together. Does it matter what Cecily looks like? No, not really. But then why does Will feel so betrayed?
Interesting premise. If you fall in love with someone without actually knowing what they look like , but then find out that they looked completely different, would it change the way you feel about them? Life is always more complicated when your friends are trying to get you hooked up with someone, isn’t it?
3. The X Files Origins: Devil’s Advocate by Jonathan Maberry
The X-Files Origins: Devil’s Advocate will explore the teen years of Dana Scully, the beloved character depicted in the cult-favorite TV show The X-Files. Her story is set in the spring of 1979, when serial murder, the occult, and government conspiracy were highlighted in the news.
Sooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo excited about this series!!!! I can’t even explain to you how much of an X Files geek I was back in the day!!! Now the characters get to come back to me in a YA form??? Are you kidding??? AND they’re written by two amazing authors. Jonathan Maberry (Rot & Ruin) and….
4. The X Files Origins: Agent of Chaos by Kami Garcia
Age: Young Adult
Release Date: January 3
The X-Files Origins: Agent of Chaos explores the teen years of Fox Mulder, the beloved character depicted in the cult-favorite TV show The X-Files. His story is set in the spring of 1979, when serial murder, the occult, and government conspiracy were highlighted in the news.
Okay, so from what I gather the books are going to be about the same series of events and watching how teen Fox and Dana react to them? Seriously…I can’t stop geeking out about this…
5. Freeks by Amanda Hocking
Mara has always longed for a normal life where no one has the ability to levitate or predict the future. Instead, she roams from place to place, cleaning the tiger cage while her friends perform supernatural feats every night.
But before long, performers begin disappearing and bodes are found mauled by an invisible beast. Mara realizes that there’s a sinister presence lurking in the town with its sights set on getting rid of the sideshow freeks.
So yes, another book about a girl with a power to save people that she didn’t know she had. BUT, this one works in a legit freak show. Which is kind of awesome…
6. Snowbirds by Crissa-Jean Chappell
Every year, Lucy waits eagerly for the arrival of the “snowbirds,” the Old Order Amish who come trundling into Florida on buses from the north, bringing Lucy’s best friend Alice, with whom she’s spent every winter she can remember. This winter is different. At sixteen, Alice is in the middle of “Rumspringa,” a season in which Amish teens try out forbidden temptations, in order to get them out of their system. Lucy is part of a different sect, in which teens aren’t allowed such bold experimentation, and she’s fighting to keep up as Alice races from one wild party to the next. Then, one night after just such a party, Alice vanishes. Now, Lucy plunges into a search for her best friend—while also hiding her own secret, which could put her in even more danger.
Okay, admit it. If you’ve heard of it, you’re at least slightly fascinated with the idea of Rumspringa, especially how it can go bad. And this one seems to have gone very bad. Plus, how on earth does a sheltered Amish girl go about searching the modern world for a missing teen? See, kids? This is what wild partying can get you….
7. The Book Jumper by Mechthild Gläser
Amy’s grandmother, Lady Mairead, insists that Amy must read while she resides at Lennox House—but not in the usual way. It turns out that Amy is a book jumper, able to leap into a story and interact with the world inside. As thrilling as Amy’s new power is, it also brings danger: someone is stealing from the books she visits, and that person may be after her life. Teaming up with fellow book jumper Will, Amy vows to get to the bottom of the thefts—at whatever cost.
Okay, admit it. You’ve always wanted this ability. What avid reader hasn’t? The premise of having a book jumping skill be a real thing is enough to hook me.
8. Life in a Fishbowl by Len Vlahos
Jackie Stone is a prisoner in her own house. Everything she says and does 24/7 is being taped and broadcast to every television in America. Why? Because her dad is dying of a brain tumor and he has auctioned his life on eBay to the highest bidder: a ruthless TV reality show executive at ATN.
Intriguing premise. I won’t lie, I started reading the summary not expecting to be interested, but someone auctioning their life off on eBay makes for good story 🙂
9. Roseblood by A. G. Howard
In this modern day spin on Leroux’s gothic tale of unrequited love turned to madness, seventeen-year-old Rune Germain has a mysterious affliction linked to her operatic talent, and a horrifying mistake she’s trying to hide. Hoping creative direction will help her, Rune’s mother sends her to a French arts conservatory for her senior year, located in an opera house rumored to have ties to The Phantom of the Opera.
Haven’t finished her first series, I won’t lie. But I loved it. I’ve never been a huge fan of Phantom of the Opera, but I’m totally willing to give A. G. Howard’s take a try!
10. You Don’t Know My Name by Kristen Orlando
Reagan Elizabeth Hillis is used to changing identities overnight, lying to every friend she’s ever had, and pushing away anyone who gets too close. Trained in mortal combat and weaponry her entire life, Reagan is expected to follow in her parents’ footsteps and join the ranks of the most powerful top-secret agency in the world, the Black Angels. Falling in love with the boy next door was never part of the plan.
I’m down. I’m so down. I love a story about a girl with a life that doesn’t allow her to connect to people. It’s not a choice, but a necessity. I love it.
11. Beheld by Alex Flinn
#1 New York Times bestselling YA author Alex Flinn is back with magical twists on four fairy-tale favorites, each featuring a little help from Kendra, the witch from Beastly, as she searches through cities and centuries for her lost love.
Again. I’m in. So very in. Loved Beastly and I’m ready to see what Kendra is up to next. She was awesome!
12. Poison’s Kiss by Breeana Shields
Marinda has kissed dozens of boys. They all die afterward. It s a miserable life, but being a visha kanya a poison maiden is what she was created to do. Marinda serves the Raja by dispatching his enemies with only her lips as a weapon.
Then she receives orders to kiss Deven, a boy she knows too well to be convinced he needs to die.
Of course she’s ordered to kill the boy she likes. What else would you do with a deadly kissing power?
13. The Last Message Received by Emily Trunko
What if a message someone sends you today is the last you ll ever receive from them? Would you respond differently, or even at all, if you knew that the end of a friendship, a brutal breakup, or worse might be coming, and that this might be your only chance?
The collection The Last Message Receivedincludes over a hundred final text messages, social media posts, emails, and more. Adapted from the popular Tumblr The Last Message Received followed by more than 85,000 people and selected as a finalist for the Shorty Award the Last Message Received book features sudden endings and the type of loss that will inspire readers to reflect on what s essential in their own lives and the importance of celebrating the people they love every day.
So maybe I’m behind, but I was not even aware that this was a thing. I’m so fascinated already and I haven’t even gone searching for it yet!
14. Teen Hyde: High School Horror by Chandler Baker
Head Cheerleader Cassidy Hyde’s life should have been perfect. But it really, really wasn’t, and she’s about ready to give up and disappear. Until, the first time she takes Sunshine. This new experimental drug makes Cassidy feel like the perfect, golden girl once again. A little memory loss seems like a small price to pay to get her life back . . . at least until boys start to go missing . . . boys that Cassidy NEVER wanted to think of again .
I loved reading the original story, and I love me some good adaptation. Plus I love me a story set in Texas.
15. As Red as Blood by Salla Simukka
In the midst of the freezing Arctic winter, seventeen-year-old Lumikki Andersson walks into her school’s dark room and finds a stash of wet, crimson-colored money. Thousands of Euros left to dry—splattered with someone’s blood.
So this is a translation of a Swedish book that’s already popular in Europe. Which bodes well for it. Plus, who’s hanging up money to dry in a dark room anyway?….
16. Genesis Girl by Jennifer Bardsley
Blanca has never been online and doesn’t even know how to text. Her lack of a virtual footprint makes her extremely valuable, and upon graduation, Blanca and those like her are sold to the highest bidders. Blanca is purchased by Cal McNeal, who uses her to achieve personal gain. But the McNeals are soon horrified by just how obedient and non-defiant Blanca is. All those mind-numbing years locked away from society have made her mind almost impenetrable.
By the time Blanca is ready to think for herself, she is trapped. Her only chance of escape is to go online.
This is a hardcover printing of a book that’s already been available as an ebook, but I love the idea in this day and age of a teen who’s never been online and what that life would be like for them. Plus I already follow the author on Facebook (under The YA Gal) and love her stuff. So I’m more than willing to give it a try.
17. Allegedly by Tiffany D. Jackson
Mary B. Addison killed a baby.
Allegedly. She didn’t say much in that first interview with detectives, and the media filled in the only blanks that mattered: A white baby had died while under the care of a church-going black woman and her nine-year-old daughter.
Mary survived six years in baby jail before being dumped in a group home.There wasn’t a point to setting the record straight before, but now she’s got Ted—and their unborn child—to think about. When the state threatens to take her baby, Mary must find the voice to fight her past. And her fate lies in the hands of the one person she distrusts the most: her Momma.
So many different issues going on here. I just can’t even imagine how this story is going to unfold. I can guess, but I’m pretty sure I’d be wrong…
18. Caraval by Stephanie Garber
Scarlett thinks her dreams of seeing Caraval, the far-away, once-a-year performance where the audience participates in the show, are over.
But this year, Scarlett’s long-dreamt of invitation finally arrives. Only, as soon as they arrive, Tella is kidnapped by Caraval’s mastermind organizer, Legend. It turns out that this season’s Caraval revolves around Tella, and whoever finds her first is the winner.
So much intrigue in this one, and Barnes and Noble has listed it as one of the books they are most looking forward to next year. So that’s gotta mean something, right?
19. Loving vs. Virginia by Patricia Hruby Powell
From acclaimed author Patricia Hruby Powell comes the story of a landmark civil rights case, told in spare and gorgeous verse. In 1955, in Caroline County, Virginia, amidst segregation and prejudice, injustice and cruelty, two teenagers fell in love. Their life together broke the law, but their determination would change it. Richard and Mildred Loving were at the heart of a Supreme Court case that legalized marriage between races, and a story of the devoted couple who faced discrimination, fought it, and won.
A history story told in verse, with illustrations, and a story I know that I personally am not familiar enough with. I can’t wait to read it.
20. The Careful Undressing of Love by Corey Ann Haydu
Everyone who really knows Brooklyn knows Devonairre Street girls are different. They’re the ones with the curse. The ones who can get you killed. Lorna Ryder is a Devonairre Street girl, and for years, paying lip service to the curse has been the small price of living in a neighborhood full of memories of her father, one of the thousands killed five years earlier in the 2001 Times Square Bombing. Then her best friend’s boyfriend is killed, and suddenly a city paralyzed by dread of another terrorist attack is obsessed with Devonairre Street and the price of falling in love.
Set in an America where recent history has followed a different path.
An alternate history that seems to be more mystical than any I’ve ever read. I’m already wondering how their post 9/11 world looks….
21. Exo by Fonda Lee
It’s been a century of peace since Earth became a colony of an alien race with far reaches into the galaxy. Some die-hard extremists still oppose alien rule on Earth, but Donovan Reyes isn’t one of them. His dad holds the prestigious position of Prime Liaison in the collaborationist government, and Donovan’s high social standing along with his exocel (a remarkable alien technology fused to his body) guarantee him a bright future in the security forces. That is, until a routine patrol goes awry and Donovan’s abducted by the human revolutionary group Sapience, determined to end alien control.
I’ve been in the mood for some good sci fi lately and it’s hard to find in YA. I like aliens coming to earth. It’s like getting even more X Files!
22. The Edge of Everything by Jeff Giles
It’s been a shattering year for seventeen-year-old Zoe, who’s still reeling from her father’s shockingly sudden death in a caving accident and her neighbors’ mysterious disappearance from their own home. Then on a terrifying sub-zero, blizzardy night in Montana, she and her brother are brutally attacked in a cabin in the woods–only to be rescued by a mysterious bounty hunter they call X.
X is no ordinary bounty hunter. He is from a hell called the Lowlands, sent to claim the soul of Zoe’s evil attacker and others like him.
Come on, bounty hunters from hell. Is there a better way to finish off this list??