September is always a really great month for new releases! Already we’ve got Pittacus Lore’s fifth instalment of his Lorien Legacies series, Revenge Of Seven (can’t wait to get my teeth into that). Plus Rick Yancey follows up his massively popular The 5th Wave with it’s sequel The Infinite Sea this month. I hear that series is already up for film syndication and the series isn’t even complete yet! YA dystopian is hot property these days!
So, without further ado, here are my 5 most anticipated YA releases.
Afterworlds by Scott Westerfeld (23 Sept)
So I read the Uglies trilogy a long time ago, but I didn’t love it like most people seem to. That said, I’ve read other books by Scott Westerfeld and I think he’s a fabulous writer. For me, the realism in his characters is what sets him apart; they are riddled with fears and insecurities and they don’t always make the right choice. This book is about a young author trying to get her book published and the chapters switch from the authors perspective, to the first person narrative of her written protagonist. Intriguing!
Clariel (The Old Kingdom) by Garth Nix (02 Oct)
Garth Nix’s Abhorsen trilogy was one of my first forays into fantasy books. Though aimed at a younger audience, the books never feel dumbed down and are downright brutal at times. Nix gives us some incredible female protagonists and a world so rich it’ll leave you drooling. It’s been eleven years since Nix released the third book in this series, so, as you can imagine, I screamed in delight when I heard he was releasing a prequel this year. Big recommendations for this series, it’s fantasy at it’s best for all ages.
Black Ice by Becca Fitzpatrick (07 Oct)
From the author that gave us the Hush, Hush series, comes her latest new novel. I know not everyone loved Hush, Hush, but it totally made my toes curl. Becca Fitzpatrick created one of the best ‘bad boy’ characters I’d ever experienced, so I’ll remain eternally loyal to her. Her new book sounds like it has a Stockholm syndrome vibe, with a pair of girls being trapped on a mountain during a storm. I hate to use the words ‘guilty pleasure’, but I suspect this is one book to quicken the heart rate.
The Darkest Part Of The Forest by Holly Black (15 Jan, 2015)
Holly Black is back with a new fae based series! Woo hoo! It’s been years since I read the Tithe series, but those books still read so well years later. And her Curseworkers series is one of the most original out there. What Holly Black is so good at is making her books feel like a sensory experience. She brings her characters to life with little habits and ticks and builds her worlds so effortlessly. Urban fantasy is such a hard thing to write, but Holly Black gets it right every time. I’ll be adding a pre-order of this one to my Christmas list!
Lair Of Dreams by Libba Bray (14 April 2015)
Quite a wait for the sequel to The Diviners, but that’ll give you time to read the first book! At a whopping 900+ pages, The Diviners is a hefty read, but well worth it. This series is set in 1920s New York and our protagonist is a flapper with a paranormal gift – need I say more? Dripping with glamour and unflinching violence, this series is explosive and I have high hopes for this sequel. If it has the same crackling dialogue as the first book, it’s sure to be a hit.