Tuesday, May 11, 2010

New and Upcoming Books For Young Adults

I've scoured the internet for new YA releases and I found some seriously awesome titles by seriously awesome authors. So, in order to fill you in on all of this awesomeness, I've compiled a list of all of the newest YA releases that have come out in the last few months and the upcoming titles that I am most definitely pre-ordering. Enjoy!

New Releases:

The Red Pyramid by Rick Riordan: This is the first book of the new series called The Kane Chronicles by the author of The Percy Jackson series. But instead of being about Greek mythology, this book and is all about Egyptian mythology. It is about a brother and a sister who were separated after their mother's death, Sadie lives with her grandparents in London and Carter travels the world with his father, an egyptologist. I can't wait to read this book, mostly because I loved Percy Jackson and Rick Riordan's writing style is fluid, fun, and hilarious. The book came out May 4th so you have no excuses not to get it.

This is the newest book by Holly Black, one of the authors of The Spiderwick Chronicles entitled White Cat, the first book in The Curse Workers Series. Holly Black also wrote Tithe, Ironside, and Valient. The only books that I've read by her is Spiderwick and, though it was awhile ago, I really enjoyed them. It's about a 'curse worker' named Cassel who has the ability to change memories, emotions, and even luck. But he lives in a world where this curse work is illegal. It sounds like an interesting premise and I'll probably read it over the summer. This book came out on May 4th as well so you might want to add it to your summer reading list as well.

This is the newest book by Francisco X. Stork which is entitled The Last Summer of the Death Warriors. I read Marcelo in the Real World (which I will be writing a review of soon) and it was an incredibly thought-provoking book. I can't wait to read this book and it came out in March so I don't have to wait!

Start Here by Alex and Brett Harris. Okay, I know this book isn't fiction like the rest of the books on my list but it's definitely for young adults and if it's even half as good as Do Hard Things, it'll be pretty epic. If you've read Do Hard Things, you'll definitely want to read the Harris twin's newest book about where to start doing hard things! Though it came out in March, I still haven't gotten my hands on it yet. Looks like I'm going to need to visit amazon.com..

Upcoming Releases:

Artemis Fowl #7: Atlantis Complex by Eoin Colfer. On August 3, get ready for the comeback of one of the most awesome modern literary characters ever! In the seventh installment of The Artemis Fowl Series, The strangely lovable criminal mastermind, Artemis Fowl, is the only one who can save Atlantis from an army of fairy space probes that are programmed to destroy the city. This is the seventh book in the series and it looks awesome-tastic! (Come on, you have to admit, fairy space probes sound so awesome, a combination between the words, 'awesome' and 'fantastic', is the only way to accurately describe its epicness).  If you haven't read The Artemis Fowl Series, you should be ashamed of yourself. Read them now or you shall feel my wrath.

Words cannot describe how excited I am about this book. It's called Zombies vs. Unicorns by Holly Black and Justine Larbalestier. This is a book that explains the differences and levels of awesomeness of zombies and unicorns in order to discover which one is better. Some of the other contributors are: Cassandra Clare, Libba Bray, Maureen Johnson, Meg Cabot, Scott Westerfeld, and Margo Lanagan. It just can't get anymore awesome than this. But, while I will read--and, I'm sure enjoy--this book, I'm afraid my mind is already made up on the subject: Team Zombie all the way! This book comes out September 21st so you should definitely pre-order it or you might miss out on the awesomeness and that would not be good.

The Lost Hero by Rick Riordan--It's the next book in the Percy Jackson series! Except it has a different name, a new generation of demigods, and a new prophecies. This book is about what happens after The Last Olympian and, according to the information on Amazon.com, Percy Jackson will make an appearance in the new book. Exciting, right? Well, don't get too excited because you have to wait until October 12th to get it. But I may just have to pre-order this awesomeness...

Oh, happy day! This book is the sequel to the award-winning book, The Monstrumologist by Rick Yancey entitled: The Curse of the Wendigo. I'm currently reading The Monstrumologist and, so far, it's one of the best books I've read this year. But I shall not give you a description of this book because then I would have to read aforementioned description and it might contain spoilers and, seeing that I'm still reading the first book in the series, that just wouldn't do.
When I found out this book was coming out, I started to sing. This is the prequel to Jonathan Stroud's The Bartimaeus Trilogy called: The Ring of Solomon. If you've read the extremely fantastic Bartimaeus books, you'd know that the djinni has served countless magicians for over 5,000 years, now this goes way back to 950 B.C. while he is serving King Solomon. It really has been too long since I've read The Bartimaeus Trilogy and I can't wait to get reacquainted with one of my favorite literary characters, the wise-cracking and extremely lovable Bartimaeus. Unfortunately, I have to wait until November 9th. *sadness**misery**despair*

Is there a book (or maybe more than one) that's coming out soon or has just been released? Let me know about which ones you're looking forward too!


Jessie said...

These look so awesome! I didn't know that Rick Riordan was writing another Percy Jackson book! I'm sure I will be totally depressed while reading it, because all of my favorite characters will be gone, but I'm sure it will be awesome all the same. =) Aaaand about Artemis Fowl, I am sorry to say that I just didn't find that series very interesting. When I think about the idea, it sounds way cool, but it wasn't that great of a read for me. Have you ever read the Books of Pellinor? If not, you HAVE to! It's so good! I'm only on the third book, but it's already one of my favorite series! PTTP

Kayla said...

I've been wanting to get my hands on the Rick Riordan's new book, I can't wait to read it!