Afterworlds—Scott WesterfeldWhat it’s about: Darcy Patel has put college on hold to publish her teen novel, Afterworlds. With a contract in hand, she arrives in New York City with no apartment, no friends, and all the wrong clothes. But lucky for Darcy, she's taken under the wings of other writers who help her navigate the city and the world of publishing. Woven into Darcy's personal story is her novel, Afterworlds, a suspenseful thriller about a teen who slips into the “Afterworld” to survive a terrorist attack. The Afterworld is a place between the living and the dead, and where many unsolved—and terrifying—stories need to be reconciled. Like Darcy, Lizzie too falls in love…until a new threat resurfaces, and her special gifts may not be enough to protect those she cares about most.
Why I’m excited: Because of THIS VIDEO. Oh, and I’ve read it (TY, Edelweiss) and loved it! Afterworlds is a mix of YA contemporary and paranormal, which proves Westerfeld can write anything.
Love Is the Drug—Alaya Dawn JohnsonWhat it’s about: Emily Bird was raised not to ask questions. She has perfect hair, the perfect boyfriend, and a perfect Ivy-League future. But a chance meeting with Roosevelt David, a homeland security agent, at a party for Washington DC's elite leads to Bird waking up in a hospital, days later, with no memory of the end of the night. Meanwhile, the world has fallen apart: A deadly flu virus is sweeping the nation, forcing quarantines, curfews, even martial law. And Roosevelt is certain that Bird knows something about the virus--something about her parents' top secret scientific work--something she shouldn't know. The only one Bird can trust is Coffee, a quiet, outsider genius who deals drugs to their classmates and is a firm believer in conspiracy theories. And he believes in Bird. But as Bird and Coffee dig deeper into what really happened that night, Bird finds that what she knows could unleash the biggest government scandal in US history.
Why I’m excited: Because I just read The Summer Prince and I want more of Johnson’s intricate, free-thinking characters. Also, because of “biggest government scandal in US history” and other key words like: homeland security agent, genius, Roosevelt, virus, conspiracy.
The Young Elites—Marie LuWhat it’s about: Adelina Amouteru is a survivor of the blood fever. She’s believed to have mysterious and powerful gifts, and her and the other survivors have come to be called the Young Elites. Teren Santoro works for the king. As Leader of the Inquisition Axis, it is his job to seek out the Young Elites, to destroy them before they destroy the nation. Enzo Valenciano is a member of the Dagger Society. This secret sect of Young Elites seeks out others like them before the Inquisition Axis can. But when the Daggers find Adelina, they discover someone with powers like they’ve never seen. Adelina wants to believe Enzo is on her side, and that Teren is the true enemy. But the lives of these three will collide in unexpected ways, as each fights a very different and personal battle.
Why I’m excited: Because I finished the Legend trilogy a couple months ago and have required more Marie Lu ever since! The Young Elites promises to be a twisting dark tale and I’m thrilled that I now have the ARC in my possession! I can’t wait to dive in!
Althea and Oliver—Cristina MorachoWhat it’s about: Althea Carter and Oliver McKinley have been best friends since they were six; she’s the fist-fighting instigator to his peacemaker, the artist whose vision balances his scientific bent. Now, as their junior year of high school comes to a close, Althea has begun to want something more than just best-friendship. Oliver, for his part, simply wants life to go back to normal, but when he wakes up one morning with no memory of the past three weeks, he can’t deny any longer that something is seriously wrong with him. And then Althea makes the worst bad decision ever, and her relationship with Oliver is shattered. He leaves town for a clinical study in New York, resolving to repair whatever is broken in his brain, while she gets into her battered Camry and drives up the coast after him, determined to make up for what she’s done.
Why I’m excited: Because the reviews are coming in for this debut author and they look promising! I’m intrigued by the friends since forever aspect and the mid-90s setting. The title reminds me of Eleanor & Park and Zac and Mia, other tales about the interwoven lives of two teens.
Glory O’Brien’s History of the Future—A.S. KingWhat it’s about: Graduating from high school is a time of limitless possibilities—but not for Glory, who has no plan for what's next. Her mother committed suicide when Glory was only four years old, and she's never stopped wondering if she will eventually go the same way...until a transformative night when she begins to experience an astonishing new power to see a person's infinite past and future. From ancient ancestors to many generations forward, Glory is bombarded with visions—and what she sees ahead of her is terrifying: A tyrannical new leader raises an army. Women's rights disappear. A violent second civil war breaks out. And young girls vanish daily, sold off or interned in camps. Glory makes it her mission to record everything she sees, hoping her notes will somehow make a difference. She may not see a future for herself, but she'll do anything to make sure this one doesn't come to pass.
Why I’m excited: Because I’ve heard great things about Ask the Passengers and it’s near the top of my TBR list. Plus, the vision of the future that Glory has with a tyrannical leader and no women’s rights sounds so terrifying that I simply must know what happens.
My True Love Gave to Me: Twelve Holiday Stories—ed. Stephanie PerkinsWhat it’s about: If you love holiday stories, holiday movies, made-for-TV-holiday specials, holiday episodes of your favorite sitcoms and, especially, if you love holiday anthologies, you're going to fall in love with My True Love Gave to Me: Twelve Holiday Stories by twelve bestselling young adult writers (Holly Black, Ally Carter, Matt de La Peña, Gayle Forman, Jenny Han, David Levithan, Kelly Link, Myra McEntire, Rainbow Rowell, Stephanie Perkins, Laini Tayler and Kiersten White), edited by the international bestselling Stephanie Perkins. Whether you celebrate Christmas or Hanukkah, Winter Solstice or Kwanzaa, there's something here for everyone. So curl up by the fireplace and get cozy. You have twelve reasons this season to stay indoors and fall in love.
Why I’m excited: Because ONE DOZEN YA WRITERS IN ONE BOOK OF HOLIDAY SHORT STORIES?! Need I say more?
A Thousand Pieces of You—Claudia GrayWhat it’s about: Marguerite Caine grew up surrounded by cutting-edge scientific theories, thanks to her brilliant physicist parents. Yet nothing is more astounding than her mother's latest invention—a device called the Firebird, which allows people to leap into alternate dimensions. When Marguerite's father is murdered, all the evidence points to one person—Paul, her parents' enigmatic star student. Before the law can touch him, Paul escapes into another dimension, having committed what seems like the perfect crime. With the help of another physics student, Theo, Marguerite chases Paul through various dimensions. In each new world Marguerite leaps to, she meets another version of Paul that has her doubting his guilt and questioning her heart. As Marguerite races through these wildly different lives—a grand duchess in a Tsarist Russia, a club-hopping orphan in a futuristic London, a refugee from worldwide flooding on a station in the heart of the ocean—she is swept into an epic love affair as dangerous as it is irresistible.
Why I’m excited: Because when the cover was released, I KNEW this book was something I’d love before I even read the description. (But of course reading the description secured my interest.) Traveling through time and space would be my ideal superpower (particularly if Matt Smith was along for the ride) and this sounds like the perfect book manifestation of that power!
What books are you excited to read this fall?
*Book descriptions were adapted from those on BN.com.