Since I’m the librarian who orders YA books at my library, I get to hear about great new books coming out. I’ve been to a few workshops lately and read a ton of journals. Some of the books I order are ones I have to because they’re popular author or celebrities and teens will read them (Tyra Banks, Hilary Duff, Twilight graphic novel). But most times the books I order look awesome. Here are some good ones that recently came out, from oldest to newest.
The Poisoned House by Michael Ford
Life can be cruel for a servant girl in 1850s London. Fifteen-year-old Abi is a scullery maid in Greave Hall, an elegant but troubled household. The widowed master of the house is slowly slipping into madness, and the tyrannical housekeeper, Mrs.Cotton, punishes Abi without mercy. But there’s something else going on in Greave Hall, too. An otherworldly presence is making itself known, and a deadly secret will reveal itself—a secret that will shatter everything Abi knows.
Just in time for Halloween, who doesn’t love a good ghost story.
The Eleventh Plague by Jeff Hirsch
Twenty years after the start of the war that caused the Collapse, fifteen-year-old Stephen, his father, and grandfather travel post-Collapse America scavenging, but when his grandfather dies and his father decides to risk everything to save the lives of two strangers, Stephen’s life is turned upside down.
I heard the author speak at Anderson’s Bookshop’s YA Literature Conference last weekend and ended up buying a copy of the book. I’m a fan of dystopian books, and this one sounds really good. Plus, Suzanne Collins liked it!
Sweet Venom by Tera Lynn Childs
As soon as I heard that this is essentially Percy Jackson with a female twist, I wanted to read it. Thanks to Rick Riordan, I am interested in Greek mythology, so I am on board with another book about it. And it is supposed to be good, not just a Percy Jackson knockoff.
Blood Wounds by Susan Beth Pfeffer
Willa is lucky: She has a loving blended family that gets along. But when a bloody crime takes place hundreds of miles away, it has an explosive effect on Willa’s peaceful life. The estranged father she hardly remembers has murdered his new wife and children and is headed east toward Willa and her mother. Under police protection, Willa discovers that her mother has harbored secrets that are threatening to boil over. Has everything Willa believed about herself been a lie? But as Willa sets out to untangle the mysteries of her past, she also keeps her own secret—one that has the potential to tear apart all she holds dear.
I wasn’t super-excited about this book at first; I think because I didn’t really know the plot, but I heard it booktalked and it sounds really suspenseful. And we all know how Susan Beth Pfeffer can keep us hooked! (Have you read Life As We Knew It???)
Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins