YA Bookshelf: What's New?

What's new to the bookshelves in Young Adult? I'll be posting new releases in the YA genre - as well as a glimpse of what's to come!



Publisher: Random House Children's Books
Release Date: March 22, 2011
ISBN13: 9780385738590
Page Count: 384 

Ryan delivers the thrilling conclusion to the Forest of Hands and Teeth trilogy.

There are many things that Annah would like to forget: the look on her sister's face before Annah left her behind in the Forest of Hands and Teeth, her first glimpse of the Horde as they swarmed the Dark City, the sear of the barbed wire that would scar her for life. But most of all, Annah would like to forget the morning Elias left her for the Recruiters.  

Annah's world stopped that day, and she's been waiting for Elias to come home ever since. Somehow, without him, her life doesn't feel much different than the dead that roam the wasted city around her. Until she meets Catcher, and everything feels alive again.

But Catcher has his own secrets. Dark, terrifying truths that link him to a past Annah has longed to forget, and to a future too deadly to consider. And now it's up to Annah: can she continue to live in a world covered in the blood of the living? Or is death the only escape from the Return's destruction? 

See the TeenReads review for more details. Plus, I'm reading this now and will be posting my review as soon as I'm finished - check back to see what I think!

5/2 Update: See my review of the third and final installment in The Forest of Hands and Teeth posted here on my blog! Amazing, amazing, amazing read.

SUMMER AND THE CITY: A Carrie Diaries Novel, by Candace Bushnell

Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Release Date: April 26, 2011
ISBN13: 9780061728938
 Page Count: 416 

"Summer and the City" is the highly anticipated second book in the Carrie Diaries series, a teen prequel to "Sex and the City" which follows a young Carrie Bradshaw.

Summer is a magical time in New York City and Carrie is in love with all of it—the crazy characters in her neighborhood, the vintage-clothing boutiques, the wild parties, and the glamorous man who has swept her off her feet. Best of all, she's finally in a real writing class, taking her first steps toward fulfilling her dream.

This sequel to The Carrie Diaries brings surprising revelations as Carrie learns to navigate her way around the Big Apple, going from being a country "sparrow"—as Samantha Jones dubs her— to the person she always wanted to be. But as it becomes increasingly difficult to reconcile her past with her future, Carrie realizes that making it in New York is much more complicated than she ever imagined.

With her signature wit and sparkling humor, Candace Bushnell reveals the irresistible story of how Carrie met Samantha and Miranda, and what turned a small-town girl into one of New York City's most unforgettable icons, Carrie Bradshaw.

See the TeenReads review for more details. I just ordered this one and will be reading this next - check back again, for my review.

BUMPED, by Megan McCafferty

Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Release Date: April 26, 2011
ISBN13: 9780061962745
Page Count: 336  

When a virus makes everyone over the age of eighteen infertile, would-be parents pay teen girls to conceive and give birth to their children, making teens the most prized members of society. Girls sport fake baby bumps and the school cafeteria stocks folic-acid-infused food.

Sixteen-year-old identical twins Melody and Harmony were separated at birth and have never met until the day Harmony shows up on Melody’s doorstep. Up to now, the twins have followed completely opposite paths. Melody has scored an enviable conception contract with a couple called the Jaydens. While they are searching for the perfect partner for Melody to bump with, she is fighting her attraction to her best friend, Zen, who is way too short for the job.

Harmony has spent her whole life in Goodside, a religious community, preparing to be a wife and mother. She believes her calling is to convince Melody that pregging for profit is a sin. But Harmony has secrets of her own that she is running from.

When Melody is finally matched with the world-famous, genetically flawless Jondoe, both girls’ lives are changed forever. A case of mistaken identity takes them on a journey neither could have ever imagined, one that makes Melody and Harmony realize they have so much more than just DNA in common.

From New York Times bestselling author Megan McCafferty comes a strikingly original look at friendship, love, and sisterhood—in a future that is eerily believable.

I'm starting to see this book everywhere. I think I'll order this title in my next go-round - check back soon for my review!

CITY OF FALLEN ANGLES, by Cassandra Clare

Publisher: Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing
Release Date: April 05, 2011
ISBN13: 9781442403543
Page Count: 432 

The Mortal War is over, and sixteen-year-old Clary Fray is back home in New York, excited about all the possibilities before her. She's training to become a Shadowhunter and to use her unique power. Her mother is getting married to the love of her life. Downworlders and Shadowhunters are at peace at last. And—most importantly of all—she can finally call Jace her boyfriend.

But nothing comes without a price.

Someone is murdering Shadowhunters, provoking tensions between Downworlders and Shadowhunters that could lead to a second, bloody war. Clary's best friend, Simon, can't help her. His mother just found out that he's a vampire and now he's homeless. Everywhere he turns, someone wants him on their side—along with the power of the curse that's wrecking his life. And they're willing to do anything to get what they want. Not to mention that he's dating two beautiful, dangerous girls—neither of whom knows about the other one.

When Jace begins to pull away from her without explaining why, Clary is forced to delve into the heart of a mystery whose solution reveals her worst nightmare: she herself has set in motion a terrible chain of events that could lead to her losing everything she loves. Even Jace.

Love. Blood. Betrayal. Revenge. The stakes are higher than ever in City of Fallen Angels.

See my review posted on April 26, 2011, here on my blog.



Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
Release Date: May 10, 2011
ISBN13: 9780670012947
Page Count: 416 

Since her parents' bitter divorce, McLean and her dad, a restaurant consultant, have been on the move-four towns in two years. Estranged from her mother and her mother's new family, McLean has followed her dad in leaving the unhappy past behind. And each new place gives her a chance to try out a new persona: from cheerleader to drama diva. But now, for the first time, McLean discovers a desire to stay in one place and just be herself, whoever that is. Perhaps Dave, the guy next door, can help her find out. 

Combining Sarah Dessen's trademark graceful writing, great characters, and compelling storytelling, What Happened to Goodbye is irresistible reading. 

BITE CLUB: The Morganville Vampires, by Rachel Caine 

Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
Release Date: May 03, 2011 
ISBN13: 9780451233189
Page Count: 352

After discovering that vampires populate her town, college student Claire Danvers knows that the undead just want to live their lives. But someone else wants them to get ready to rumble. 

There's a new extreme sport getting picked up on the Internet: bare-knuckle fights pitting captured vampires against each other -or humans. Tracking the remote signal leads Claire - accompanied by her friends and frenemies -to discover that what started as an online brawl will soon threaten everyone in Morganville...