I considered doing a “favorite books of 2013” list, but those are popping up all over the Internet right now, and I figured people might be getting a little tired of them. Instead, I figured I’d get a jump on posting about all the YA books I’m excited for in 2014. In order of release date, here they are…
Hollow City by Ransom Riggs, 1/14/14
This is the long-awaited sequel to Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, which came out all the way back in 2011. It wasn’t one of my absolute favorites, but I was intrigued enough that I can’t wait to see what’s next for this band of peculiars. Also, they’ve given the book a cover just as awesomely creepy as the first book.
The Unbound by Victoria Schwab, 1/28/14
I read and loved Victoria Schwab’s The Archived and Vicious this year, so I’m very excited for The Unbound, which is the sequel to The Archived. It’s set in a creeptastic world where the dead are shelved like books, and Schwab’s writing style is absolutely vivid and beautiful. I’m basically going to read every book she writes from now on.
White Space by Ilsa J. Bick, 2/11/14
I haven’t read the Ashes trilogy yet, but there are a few people in my book club who are obsessed with it. I only know the Goodreads description of this book, and that’s enough for me: “pitched as The Matrix meets Inkheart, about a seventeen-year-old girl who jumps between the lines of books and into the white space where realities are created and destroyed – but who may herself be nothing more than a character written into being from an alternative universe.” So. Cool.
Sekret by Lindsay Smith, 4/1/14
I have a secret (ha!) about this book: for a while, I was really bitter about it because the concept of psychic spies had the smallest similarity to my first book. Except that my book wasn’t set in Communist Russia, and frankly wasn’t nearly as cool as this book sounds. And guys, THAT COVER. Amazing.
Dreams of Gods and Monsters by Laini Taylor, 4/8/14
This is the third and final book of the Daughter of Smoke and Bone trilogy, which is one of my favorites in YA right now. I’m expecting this book to be epic. At the very least, I’ll get to enjoy and envy Taylor’s stunning prose.
The Retribution of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin, 6/10/14
This is the third book in the Mara Dyer trilogy, and was originally set for release in October 2013. I was all set for it and didn’t realize it had been pushed until only the month before–devastating! I don’t exactly know how to describe these books (you’re better off reading a Goodreads summary for that), but they creep me out like no others I can think of. Read this series with the lights on.
Midnight Thief by Livia Blackburne, 7/8/14
Full disclosure: I know the author. I haven’t yet read her book though, and I really think I’ll like it because I’ve been getting more and more into fantasy.
Okay, so I also know this author. In fact, she’s the one who introduced me to Livia Blackburne. But I’ve been looking for some good YA sci-fi set in space since I finished Beth Revis’s Across the Universe trilogy, and this sounds like it could be just the thing! It takes place on a colony on the toxic moon, which could be very cool.
Lair of Dreams by Libba Bray, 8/5/14
This is the sequel to The Diviners, Bray’s 1920s-set supernatural novel about a serial killer ghost and a group of teens with powers. I pretty much love anything that deals with dreams vs. reality, so the fact that there’s a dreamworld element to this sequel makes me doubly excited to read it.
There are a ton more 2014 releases in my to-read list, but these are the ones that I’m most excited about right now. Maggie Stiefvater’s third Raven Cycle book also comes out, but there’s no cover or title yet, so I didn’t include it even though it’s one of my top two for next year.
What books are you excited for? Anything else I should add to my to-read list?