Two weeks ago, I took a look at the 2013 young adult book releases I loved. Today, I'm looking ahead to some of the young adult books that are going to be published this year. In no particular order, here are ten of the books that I'm most looking forward to this year.
All book descriptions are from the library catalog, unless otherwise noted.
Panic by Lauren Oliver
In the poor town of Carp, New York, a group of teens enters a high-stakes game that involves a series of secretive, possibly deadly challenges throughout the summer, with the winner receiving more than $50,000--enough money to start a new life.
Her Dark Curiosity by Megan Shepherd (sequel to The Madman's Daughter)
Inspired by The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, this tantalizing sequel to Megan Shepherd's gothic suspense novel, The Madman's Daughter, explores the hidden natures of those we love and how far we'll go to save them from themselves.
Hollow City: The Second Novel of Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs (sequel to Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children)
Having escaped Miss Peregrine's island by the skin of their teeth, Jacob and his new friends must journey to London (circa 1940), the "peculiar" capital of the world.
The Impossible Knife of Memory by Laurie Halse Anderson
Hayley Kincaid and her father move back to their hometown to try a "normal" life, but the horrors he saw in the war threaten to destroy their lives.
Unhinged by A.G. Howard (sequel to Splintered)
Life gets complicated once again for teenaged Alyssa when her mother returns home from an asylum and the mysterious Morpheus tempts Alyssa with another dangerous quest in the dark, challenging Wonderland.
The Sound of Letting Go by Stasia Ward Kehoe
At seventeen, Daisy feels imprisoned by her brother Steven's autism and its effects and her only escape is through her trumpet into the world of jazz, but when her parents decide to send Steven to an institution she is not ready to let him go.
Maybe One Day by Melissa Kantor
Zoe thought that being cut from her ballet program was the worst thing that could happen, but when her best friend Olivia is diagnosed with a life-threatening disease, Zoe quickly learns that not being able to dance is the least of her problems.
Side Effects May Vary by Julie Murphy
Alice is ready to go out in a blaze of glory, but then she discovers she's in remission from cancer and she must deal with all of the mistakes she's made and the people she's hurt.
No One Else Can Have You by Kathleen Hale
As sixteen-year-old Kippy of Friendship, Wisconsin, reads her best friend Ruth's diary, she is shocked at what she learns and spurred to solve Ruth's murder, certain that the boy who was arrested is innocent.
Road Rash by Mark Parsons
When teenage drummer, Zach, signed up to spend the summer on tour with a rock band, he didn't realize the stairway to heaven was such a bumpy ride.
This is just a small sampling of all the young adult books that are coming out this year. The Teen Librarian Toolbox offers a fairly comprehensive list of upcoming books.