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YA Books I’m Super Excited About


There are a bunch of great YA books that are being released now or soon that I can’t wait to read. Most are sequels to outstanding YA novels I’d read previously and loved. A couple, Shallow Pond and The Tragedy Paper, are new, stand-alone releases that look amazing. Yay! 🙂

(All synopses courtesy of goodreads.)

darktriumphDark Triumph by Robin LaFevers – Sybella arrives at the convent’s doorstep half mad with grief and despair. Those that serve Death are only too happy to offer her refuge—but at a price. Naturally skilled in both the arts of death and seduction, the convent views Sybella as one of their most dangerous weapons.

But those assassin’s skills are little comfort when the convent returns her to a life that nearly drove her mad. Her father’s rage and brutality are terrifying, and her brother’s love is equally monstrous. And while Sybella is a weapon of justice wrought by the god of Death himself, He must give her a reason to live. When she discovers an unexpected ally imprisoned in the dungeons, will a daughter of Death find something other than vengeance to live for?

This heart-pounding sequel to Grave Mercy serves betrayal, treachery, and danger in equal measure, bringing readers back to fifteenth century Brittany and will keep them on the edge of their seats.

shallowpondShallow Pond by Alissa Grosso – Sisters uncover an unbelievable family secret

Barbara “Babie” Bunting is constantly mistaken for her sisters, but she’s determined not to end up like her family. She doesn’t plan to stick around Shallow Pond after graduation, and she certainly won’t be ruined by a broken heart. That is, until fellow orphan Zach Faraday walks into the picture, and Babie can’t deny their chemistry.

When her oldest sister, Annie, comes down with a mysterious illness—initially dismissed as “love sickness”—Babie and Zach start investigating what exactly killed the girls’ mother and why their late father became so consumed by grief. What they find changes everything

scarletScarlet by Marissa Meyer – Cinder returns in the second thrilling installment of the New York Times-bestselling Lunar Chronicles. She’s trying to break out of prison—even though if she succeeds, she’ll be the Commonwealth’s most wanted fugitive.

Halfway around the world, Scarlet Benoit’s grandmother is missing. It turns out there are many things Scarlet doesn’t know about her grandmother and the grave danger she has lived in her whole life. When Scarlet encounters Wolf, a street fighter who may have information as to her grandmother’s whereabouts, she has no choice but to trust him, though he clearly has a few dark secrets of his own.

As Scarlet and Wolf work to unravel one mystery, they find another when they cross paths with Cinder. Together, they must stay one step ahead of the vicious Lunar Queen who will do anything to make Prince Kai her husband, her king, her prisoner

prodigyProdigy by Marie Lu – June and Day arrive in Vegas just as the unthinkable happens: the Elector Primo dies, and his son Anden takes his place. With the Republic edging closer to chaos, the two join a group of Patriot rebels eager to help Day rescue his brother and offer passage to the Colonies. They have only one request—June and Day must assassinate the new Elector.

It’s their chance to change the nation, to give voice to a people silenced for too long.

But as June realizes this Elector is nothing like his father, she’s haunted by the choice ahead. What if Anden is a new beginning? What if revolution must be more than loss and vengeance, anger and blood—what if the Patriots are wrong?

In this highly-anticipated sequel, Lu delivers a breathtaking thriller with high stakes and cinematic action.

fuseFuse by Julianna Baggott – When the world ended, those who dwelled within the Dome were safe. Inside their glass world the Pures live on unscarred, while those outside—the Wretches—struggle to survive amidst the smoke and ash.

Believing his mother was living among the Wretches, Partridge escaped from the Dome to find her. Determined to regain control over his son, Willux, the leader of the Pures, unleashes a violent new attack on the Wretches. It’s up to Pressia Belze, a young woman with her own mysterious past, to decode a set of cryptic clues from the past to set the Wretches free.

An epic quest that sweeps readers into a world of beautiful brutality, Fuse continues the story of two people fighting to save their futures—and change the fate of the world.

tragedypaperThe Tragedy Paper by Elizabeth LaBan – Tim Macbeth, a seventeen-year-old albino and a recent transfer to the prestigious Irving School, where the motto is “Enter here to be and find a friend.” A friend is the last thing Tim expects or wants—he just hopes to get through his senior year unnoticed. Yet, despite his efforts to blend into the background, he finds himself falling for the quintessential “It” girl, Vanessa Sheller, girlfriend of Irving’s most popular boy. To Tim’s surprise, Vanessa is into him, too, but she can kiss her social status goodbye if anyone ever finds out. Tim and Vanessa begin a clandestine romance, but looming over them is the Tragedy Paper, Irving’s version of a senior year thesis, assigned by the school’s least forgiving teacher.

Jumping between viewpoints of the love-struck Tim and Duncan, a current senior about to uncover the truth of Tim and Vanessa, The Tragedy Paper is a compelling tale of forbidden love and the lengths people will go to keep their .

Hope you have some good reads to look forward to! Happy reading! 🙂

It’s Monday, What Are You Reading?

It’s Monday, What Are You Reading is hosted by Sheila at Book Journey. Stop by and see what everyone’s been reading!

My spring is packed with activities and events. All very fun things to do, but it’s definitely going to keep me busy! I have two running races, one mid-April, one mid-May, that I’m training for. I’m riding in the Five Boro Ride through NYC at the beginning of May. I have four birthdays and one wedding – road trip to Boston! And one book launch party (my friend, Alissa Grosso and her young adult book Popular being released in May). All this in addition to work and trying to finish my final revisions for my book. Craz-i-ness! 😀

In between running around like a crazy person, here’s what I’ve been reading:

Body Double by Tess Gerritsen – This was my first Gerritsen novel and I really enjoyed it. Interesting plot, compelling characters, fast-paced storyline, all the makings of a great TV series. Oh wait, it is a TV series! Rizzoli and Isles are characters that just beg to be put on a TV drama. Body Double is not the first in the series, but despite not realizing this until I was a quarter of the way through, I wasn’t too lost and quickly got wrapped up in the drama. A great read for anyone who likes Patricia Cornwell or Kathy Reich’s suspense-filled novels.




It’s Not Really About the Hair by Tabatha Coffey – Though Coffey’s memoir starts off a little too mired in “I really don’t care if people think I’m a b****” it quickly turns to interesting tales about how she came to be the host of Tabatha’s Salon Takeover on Bravo. She tells a horrifying tale about plastic surgery gone awry while trying to fit in with the American image of perfection. And her stories about the salon industry were intriguing. A quick, fun read that presents an interesting perspective on life.




Revolution by Jennifer Donnelly – I heard a lot of good things about this YA novel before I ever got my hands on it. I was a little nervous as I usually am when reading a book after hearing a lot of hype about it, but so far it’s living up to it and then some! I’m actually listening to this on CD and the narrator does a great job of getting the right tone. The most surprising element is that it’s not at all what I expected. There are a lot of unique characters, settings, and storylines already and I’m only on the first CD! I’m really impressed by Donnelly style of writing and the way she captures so many emotions in this YA novel.




Ill Wind by Rachel Caine – I’d seen some Caine other books floating around, and being checked out, at the library so I wanted to see for myself what the buzz was about. This is the first book in her Weather Warden series. Joanne, the protagonist, is on the run from corruption that has entangled her into its chaos. She controls storms, but can’t control the people trying to kill her. So far, a great, exciting read!




I’m enjoying all my great reads and can’t wait to see what you’ve been reading too! 🙂


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