Young adult literature is hot. Summer is hot. They are a match made in heaven. Here are 10 hot summer reads for teens...and you. We can’t let them have all the fun, can we?
Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins - Without a doubt Mockingjay is the most anticipated young adult novel of the summer, if not the entire year. It’s the third and final book of Collins’ fantastic Hunger Games trilogy. Looking for a strong female protagonist who kicks some serious butt? Looking for a little “rage against the machine” action? Look no further than Katniss and her revolt against District 1. There’s also a romance triangle that has everyone wondering who Katniss will choose. Will #teampeeta be the victors? Or #teamgale? Or maybe she won’t choose either of them...
The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner by Stephenie Meyer - This novella about a newborn, non-Cullen vampire hasn’t been as widely anticipated as the rest of the books set in the Cullens world. Perhaps part of it is because it’s not part of the Bella/Edward love story. It’s still a must-read for any Twihard, and it is perfect for a day at the pool, assuming you don’t glitter like a disco-ball in the sun.
Flipped by Wendelin Van Draanen - Unlike the rest of the books in this list Flipped is not a new release, but thanks to Rob Reiner having a film based on it coming out in August, it is hot, hot, hot this summer. Check out this movie trailer, doesn’t it make you want to read the book?
The Red Pyramid by Rick Riordan - This one is targeted at slightly younger kids, but teens that grew up reading Riordan’s Percy Jackson series will be tempted by it. There are similarities to the Percy Jackson series in that there are children who discover that they have special power and there are gods who like to run around behaving badly, only this time he tackles Egyptian mythology instead Greek. While reading it Jenny from Red Hot Eyebrows figured out why these books work for kids, and I’d argue for adults as well -- we never quite get over our superhero dreams.
The reason why Rick Riordan is making enough money to use it as toilet paper is because he speaks to the most innate desire of any child: to wake up one day and discover that you're actually a superhero/princess/supernatural being. Who didn't pretend to be able to fly or fight off powerful enemies or rule a nation or be wicked smart when you were a kid? Riordan's books are about kids who discover that they are so much more than they seem.
I Am Number Four by Pittacus Lore. There are aliens among us. The look like us, talk like us and appear to be like us. They want to help us fight the enemy, but they are discovered. The enemy is hunting them own one-by-one. Pittacus Lore is number four...and he is next. Disney has already nabbed I Am Number Four for a movie that should appear in theaters early next year.
Only The Good Spy Young by Ally Carter - I may be biased with this one. You see, if alternate worlds existed and I could step into the pages of a book, I’d be entering this world immediately. I want to be a Gallagher Girl. In this fourth installment in the series, one of Cammie’s trusted allies turns out to be a double agent leaving Cammie not knowing who she can trust. Disney Hyperion has released this book trailer for the novel.
White Cat by Holly Black - The first book in a new series from Black, White Cat takes place in a world where magic is both real and feared. Cursing people is illegal, but Cassel is the only one in his family who doesn’t curse. After he starts having dreams of a white cat, he has to start unraveling the past and questioning everything he knows. Catie at Twisted Fates’ Cafe gave White Cat four steaming coffee cups.
The way Holly leaves clues reminded me a bit of following a trail of breadcrumbs. There were just enough hints left that I could sometimes guess some of the things that were coming, but not all of them. I liked how even when everything seemed like it might fall apart at any second, Cassel never gave up.
Sisters Red by Jackson Pierce - I love a good retelling of a traditional fairy tale. Pierce tackles Little Red Riding Hood in this story about a world in which wolves disguise themselves as attractive men and attack young girls. After the March sisters are attacked and their grandmother killed, they set out for revenge. Doret at TheHappyNappyBookseller says that Sisters Red has the best ending she’s read all year, but don’t worry! She doesn’t give it away.
Clementine by Cherie Priest - Cherie Priest! Steampunk! Dirigible pirates! Ahem, excuse me. I got a little excited there. Set in a steampunk version of the Civil War, former Confederate spy Maria Isabella Boyd’s first job at the Pinkerton Detective Agency is to help get a secret shipment of weapons to the Union Army. In the process, the shipment is being pursued by the airships previous owner, former slave and air-pirate Captain Croggon. On the Tor Blog, reviewer John Klima said that part of the novel’s appeal is that it feels, “[...] eerily plausible. The characters, the actions, the settings, feel so real and tangible that at times I wanted to do some research about Civil War era airships.” Did I mention dirigible pirates?
Linger by Maggie Stiefwaver - This is the much anticipated follow up to Stiefwaver’s Shiver, and it seems difficult to talk about it without potentially spoiling the first book. So without spoiling anything here’s what Jen Robinson had to say about it.
So, we have beautiful writing, an intriguing premise, and multi-dimensional characters. I did find the pace of Linger to be a bit slow at times. It's perhaps hard to keep up momentum when the story continually shifts from character to character. [...]
It's a book to linger over. It takes time to convey four complex personalities, and their interactions, in addition to the plot.
Author Maggie Stiefwaver released this beautiful trailer for Linger, which has me wanting to have the book in my hands right now.
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