Sunday, June 15, 2014

Most Anticipated Teen Releases: Summer 2014

There are many amazing things about summer and one of my favorites is reading by the pool, beach or even just with the window open. Here are eight YA summer releases that I’m excited to dive into with the summer breeze fluttering through the pages!

 

July 8
Kiss of Deception—Mary E. Pearson

What it’s about: In a society steeped in tradition, Princess Lia’s life follows a preordained course. As First Daughter, she knows her parents are perpetrating a sham when they arrange her marriage to secure an alliance with a neighboring kingdom—to a prince she has never met. On the morning of her wedding, Lia flees to a distant village. She settles into a new life, hopeful when two mysterious and handsome strangers arrive—and unaware that one is the jilted prince and the other an assassin sent to kill her. Deception abounds, and Lia finds herself on the brink of unlocking perilous secrets—even as she finds herself falling in love.

Why I’m excited: Because (FULL DISCLOSURE) I’ve already read and LOVED this book. I got my hands on the DRC last month and devoured this book in just one evening/night. It was one of those I-don’t-need-sleep-I’d-rather-read reads. I am so excited for it to be released in July so I can grab my own copy and start (continue really) recommending it!

 

July 15
Earthquake—Aprilynne Pike

What it’s about: Tavia Michaels is an Earthbound—a fallen goddess with the power to remake the Earth. The rival faction of Earthbounds, the Reduciata, has created a virus that is literally wiping swaths of the planet out of existence. But before Tavia can act, she’s captured and imprisoned, along with her eternal lover, Logan. Huddled in a claustrophobic cell, they lose track of the days, their attempts to escape proving as ephemeral as Tavia’s newly gestating powers. But then Tavia and Logan are mysteriously rescued and brought to the underground headquarters of the Curatoria, another group of Earthbounds Tavia doesn’t fully trust. When Benson—Tavia’s former best friend and romantic interest—appears at Curatoria headquarters, Tavia will again have to make a choice about who to be with even as she tries to stop the virus that is destroying the world and uncover the truth about the two Earthbound organizations that have her tangled up in their webs.

Why I’m excited: Because I was pleasantly surprised by the first book in the series, Earthbound. It ended in a way that made me want SO MUCH MORE and I have a feeling Earthquake will give me what I want (to a certain extent, and then I’ll be right back in the same position). This is a love triangle (Tavia-Benson-Logan) that will no doubt be ripe with history and possible distrust. Yay!

 

July 24
Like No Other—Una LaMarche

What it’s about: Devorah is a consummate good girl who has never challenged the ways of her strict Hasidic upbringing. Jaxon is a fun-loving, book-smart nerd who has never been comfortable around girls (unless you count his four younger sisters). They've spent their entire lives in Brooklyn, on opposite sides of the same street. Their paths never crossed until one day, they did. When a hurricane strikes the Northeast, the pair becomes stranded in an elevator together, where fate leaves them no choice but to make an otherwise risky connection. Though their relation is strictly forbidden, Devorah and Jax arrange secret meetings and risk everything to be together. But how far can they go? Just how much are they willing to give up? 

Why I’m excited: Because this book is an old story with a new twist. Devorah and Jaxon are two teens in Brooklyn when a hurricane traps them in the same elevator, forcing them together when they never would have met otherwise. Connections and secret meetings = star-crossed love! 

 

July 29
The Young World—Chris Weitz

What it’s about: After a mysterious Sickness wipes out the rest of the population, the young survivors assemble into tightly run tribes. Jefferson, the reluctant leader of the Washington Square tribe, and Donna, the girl he's secretly in love with, have carved out a precarious existence among the chaos. But when another tribe member discovers a clue that may hold the cure to the Sickness, five teens set out on a life-altering road trip to save humankind. The tribe exchanges gunfire with enemy gangs, escapes cults and militias, braves the wilds of the subway and Central Park… and discovers truths they could never have imagined.

Why I’m excited: Because teens run the world in this post-apocalyptic future where a plague wipes out the rest of the world. From the description, it seems that NYC will be a character itself and I’m interested to see the overall eeriness of a Manhattan split into tribes.  

 

August 5
Gates of Thread and Stone—Lori M. Lee

What it’s about: In a city of walls and secrets, where only one man is supposed to possess magic, seventeen-year-old Kai struggles to keep hidden her own secret—she can manipulate the threads of time. When Kai was eight, she was found by Reev on the riverbank and her “brother” has taken care of her ever since. Kai doesn’t know where her ability comes from—or where she came from. All that matters is that she and Reev stay together and maybe one day move out of the freight container they call home, away from the metal walls of the Labyrinth. Kai’s only friend is Avan, the shopkeeper’s son with the scandalous reputation that both frightens and intrigues her. Then Reev disappears. When keeping silent and safe means losing him forever, Kai vows to do whatever it takes to find him. She will leave the only home she’s ever known and risk getting caught up in a revolution centuries in the making. But to save Reev, Kai must unravel the threads of her past and face shocking truths about her brother, her friendship with Avan, and her unique power.

Why I’m excited: Because there are so many good words/phrases in this description that I just can’t contain myself! Magic! Threads of time! Labyrinth! Scandalous reputation! A revolution centuries in the making! LABYRINTH! I think you get the idea. *winks*

 

August 14

Isla and the Happily Ever After—Stephanie Perkins

What it’s about: From the glittering streets of Manhattan to the moonlit rooftops of Paris, falling in love is easy for hopeless dreamer Isla and introspective artist Josh. But as they begin their senior year in France, Isla and Josh are quickly forced to confront the heartbreaking reality that happily-ever-afters aren't always forever. Their romantic journey is intertwined with those of beloved couples Anna and √Čtienne and Lola and Cricket, whose paths are destined to collide in a sweeping finale certain to please fans old and new.

Why I’m excited: Because after Anne and Etienne in Paris and Lola and Cricket in San Francisco, I know Isla and Josh back in Paris is going to be a gorgeous, swoon-worthy love story. (That’s right: I KNOW this.) Perkins writes love that both feels real and feels like it only exists in books and movies. I’m sure this series finale will live up to its predecessors and I very well expect it to surpass them!

 

September 2
Heir of Fire—Sarah J. Maas

What it’s about: Celaena has survived deadly contests and shattering heartbreak—but at an unspeakable cost. Now, she must travel to a new land to confront her darkest truth…  a truth about her heritage that could change her life—and her future—forever. Meanwhile, brutal and monstrous forces are gathering on the horizon, intent on enslaving her world. Will Celaena find the strength to not only fight her inner demons, but to take on the evil that is about to be unleashed?

Why I’m excited: Because this is one of my favorite YA series and I’ve been on edge for almost a year waiting for the third book! The second book, Crown of Midnight, ended with a gasp-worthy cliffhanger and I NEED TO KNOW what happens next. That is all.

 

September 16
The Vault of Dreamers—Caragh M. O’Brien

What it’s about: The Forge School is the most prestigious arts school in the country. The secret to its success: every moment of the students' lives is televised as part of the insanely popular Forge Show and the students' schedule includes twelve hours of induced sleep meant to enhance creativity. But when first year student Rosie Sinclair skips her sleeping pill, she discovers there is something off about Forge. In fact, she suspects that there are sinister things going on deep below the reaches of the cameras in the school. What's worse is, she starts to notice that the ridges of her consciousness do not feel quite right. And soon, she unearths the ghastly secret that the Forge School is hiding—and what it truly means to dream there.

Why I’m excited: Because dystopia-meets-reality-TV has been a big hit in the YA world with the likes of Hunger Games and The Selection so I’m eager to see how The Vault of Dreamers does the Forge Show. Plus, dreams to enhance creativity, after-hour adventures and (as always) secrets!! I’m intrigued!

 


*Book descriptions were adapted from those on BN.com. 

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