10 Most Anticipated YA Books for the Rest of 2014
This has been a great year for YA lit so far. From John Green’s ‘The Fault in Our Stars’ hitting the big screen in a very big way, to the growing celebration of authors such as Rainbow Rowell and Veronica Roth, to the recently sparked debate over whether Young Adult is really only meant for those whose age ends in the word “teen,” YA literature has taken over, and 2014 isn’t over yet. Check out some of the great books the rest of the year has to offer in our Most Anticipated YA Books of 2014 list! Whether your thing is dystopian, fantasy, or just plain romance, there’s something for you in this bunch.
‘Four: A Divergent Collection’ by Veronica Roth
Veronica Roth, one of YA’s big players since the release of ‘Divergent,’ recently added an additional book to the series based around the novel’s secondary character, Four. Told from Four’s perspective, ‘Four: A Divergent Collection’ delves into pre-‘Divergent’ and pre-Tris Prior time as readers learn of Four’s transfer between factions, when he was known only by the name Tobias Eaton. The collection also features scenes from the ‘Divergent’ series told from Four’s perspective as opposed to the series’ heroine, Tris.
‘Dissonance’ by Erica O’Rourke
‘Dissonance’ is an exciting fantasy novel that follows Delancy Sullivan, a girl who can walk between alternate realities. Every decision that is made, every choice to turn right or left, creates a reality. Choosing to turn left creates a reality in which a person goes left, but there is also another reality in existence where that person turned right instead. As a Walker, Delancy patrols these alternate decisions, making sure there is stability and harmony within the many worlds.
Delancy becomes forbidden from Walking after a training session goes awry, but chooses to investigate some of her curiosities on her own, following echo versions of her crush, Simon Lane. Trouble ensues when Delancy begins falling for these echo Simons, uncovering a secret that changes everything.
‘Let’s Get Lost’ by Adi Alsaid
Five strangers from across the country come together in Adi Alsaid’s ‘Let’s Get Lost,’ all drawn by one person: a girl named Leila. Leila arrives in her red car at the moment each stranger needs her, though they don’t know that they do until they follow her for the most exciting journey of their lives. Hudson (a small-town mechanic with a big heart), Bree (a runaway with sticky fingers), Sonia (who believes she has lost her ability to love) and Elliot (a film buff who may be taking those happy endings too seriously) all needed to get lost for a little while. Maybe you should ‘Get Lost’ in a good book, too?
‘Undead With Benefits’ by Jeff Hart
The sequel to Jeff Hart’s ‘Eat, Brains, Love,’ ‘Undead With Benefits’ jumps back into the lives of Jake and Amanda, as they race to Iowa where a cure for the zombie infection may be waiting for them. They’ve picked up their new friend, ex-government zombie hunter and psychic Cass, and are on the road. But between undead war lords, and what could be lurking in all of those cornfields, who knows if the three will even make it?
If Isaac Marion’s film ‘Warm Bodies’ warmed your heart, this is the book for you. It’s bitingly funny with moments of romance to still the heart — possibly forever.
‘Heir of Fire’ by Sarah J. Maas
‘Heir of Fire’ is the third addition to the best-selling ‘Throne of Glass’ series by Sarah J. Maas. The series is picking up steam quickly, and this book is one of the most anticipated of the year by far.
According to her website, the series all started when Maas asked herself, “What if Cinderella was an assassin, and went to the ball not to dance with the prince, but to kill him?” Thus Celaena Sardothien was born. Though the story has developed vastly and morphed dramatically in the decade it took her to write the series, it is still a gripping fantasy read that puts battles and romance side by side in an epic way.
‘Anatomy of a Misfit’ by Andrea Portes
This Andrea Portes coming-of-age novel is described as “‘Mean Girls meets ‘The Perks of Being a Wallflower,'” so do we even have to say more?
Anika Dragomir, the third most popular girl at her high school, knows she isn’t cut out for the popular table anymore. When former-loner Logan McDonough walks in on the first day of 10th grade new and improved, Anika is drawn to his mysterious air, leaving her with a choice: stick with the popular kids, or become a little bit more of herself and risk being seen with the troubled Logan?
‘Winterspell’ by Claire Legrand
This chilly tale, based on ‘The Nutcracker,’ reimagines the story in an exciting new way. From the author that penned ‘The Cavendish Home for Boys and Girls’ comes ‘Winterspell,’ a magical story filled with murders, royalty and mystery.
Seventeen-year-old Clara Stole is determined to find out what happened to her mother who was brutally murdered. Soon after, her father — a New York City gang lord in an empire called Concordia — is abducted, and Clara accidentally frees a prince named Nicholas from a statue (close enough to a nutcracker, we’d say). In an attempt to rescue her father and return Nicholas to his rightful kingdom outside the city, Clara encounters magic and corruption she never knew existed.
‘Trust Me, I’m Lying’ by Mary Elizabeth Summer
Mary Elizabeth Summer’s debut novel, ‘Trust Me, I’m Lying,’ follows Julep Dupree, a smart sophomore at Chicago’s St. Agatha High, who scams her classmates for extra cash on the weekends. When her father goes missing, leaving her apartment ransacked, Julep must follow a sticky trail of family secrets to uncover the truth. She enlists her hacker sidekick, Sam, and St. Agatha’s golden boy, Tyler, in a quest that goes over even Julep’s head.
‘Beware the Wild’ by Natalie C. Parker
For those addicted to Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl’s ‘Beautiful Creatures’ series, meet ‘Beware the Wild’ — a southern gothic tale that takes place in the swamps of Louisiana.
When Sterling’s brother Phin disappears into the town’s swamp and a girl named Lenora May walks out in his place, Sterling must figure out what happened to her brother, and why no one in town can remember he ever existed.
‘A Thousand Pieces of You’ by Claudia Gray
Described as “‘Cloud Atlas’ meets ‘Orphan Black,'” this book’s already got our attention. ‘A Thousand Pieces of You,’ the first in Claudia Gray’s anticipated ‘Firebird’ series, follows Marguerite Cain as she uses her parent’s dimension-jumping invention, the Firebird, to chase her father’s murderer, the previously-charming assistant Paul. But as she follows Paul through the dimensions, sinister things begin to arise, and everything may be more complicated for the Cain’s than it seems.
This is sure to be a series that grabs the attention of YA book lovers everywhere.