New Young Adult Books: Spring 2013
As the winter doldrums dissipate a new batch of brilliant young adult lit is about to start hitting shelves. This year's spring 2013 line up reflects the diversity of subgenre and storytelling that the writers of young adult lit are offering readers of all ages (let's face it, we know teens aren't the only ones perusing the YA section). Here's a cross-section of our most-anticipated picks, straight from the Bookish stacks to yours.
If you fell in love with Prince Maxon in "The Selection," you might want to block off some time to read the follow-up "The Elite." Now that America Singer is down to the final six in Max's "Bachelor"-like quest for a wife, the competition intensifies. America is left wondering if it's Aspen, her ex-boyfriend-turned-palace-guard or the prince who holds her heart. Fingers crossed that the pilot based on these books gets picked up for a fall debut on the CW!
In this debut novel, author J.J. Howard imagines a story in which Lexi, a New York City teen, does what so many joke about: She runs away and joins the circus. In search of her mother, Lexi falls into place as the fortune teller--but she couldn't predict that she would find a new family in the band of acrobats and animals around her.
The king of co-written young adult novels, David Levithan, pairs with "Nightshade" author Andrea Cremer for a story that mixes contemporary and supernatural elements. The chapters alternate between narrators Stephen, who actually is invisible, and Elizabeth, a girl who just wishes that she was. Expect all of the coming-of-age emotionis that go with a Levithan book with a dose of Cremer's thrills.
Just when you think that all ideas of the supernatural and weird have made their way into YA, a new book comes along to blow your mind. Page Morgan takes on the lore surrounding gargoyles in this new book set to launch a trilogy. Set in Paris, twins Ingrid and Grayson have rented a house, actually an abbey, lined with the types of stone monsters that freak out tourists. When Grayson goes missing and Ingrid finds out there's a killer in the city, she sets out to save her brother before it is too late.
It wouldn't be spring without the birth of a new dystopian YA series. This year, meet "Icons," a new series by Margaret Stohl. You might know her as a co-author of the New York Times bestselling Caster Chronicles, which was recently adapted into the "Beautiful Creatures" film. Her solo effort moves away from the southern gothic paranormal and into "Hunger Games" territory as four teens--Dol, Ro, Tima and Lucas fight against government conspiracy. The best news about this book: It's the first in a series.
Told from the perspective of 14-year-old Ryan Dean, "Winger" is set at a fancy boarding school. Ryan is no angel--in fact, he has a penchant for making trouble. But when life finally hands Ryan a big ol' sack of lemons, he ends up having to find ways to cope with the unthinkable. Complete with doodles and graphics, this book manages to capture the realities of being a high school student (and for those beyond school age, evoke the nostalgia of scribbling in a notebook in class).
Building on the trend of the rich, historical settings of time and place seen in "The Diviners" and "Out of the Easy," Jennifer Bradbury's "A Moment Comes," transports readers to 1947 India--a country on the verge of turmoil. Three characters--Tariq, a Muslim with dreams of escaping to England; Margaret, an English girl with a past; and Anupreet, a Sikh trying to get by--are all brought together for a dramatic tale.
Movie-lovers, paranormal addicts and history buffs will find a nice literary companion in Saundra Mitchell's "The Elementals." Set in Los Angeles in 1917, the novel tells the story of Kate Witherspoon, a teenager who wants nothing more than to be a film director. It's not until she meets the crippled Julian Birch that her wildest dreams are imagined, and two discover that they share a magical power--they can both cheat death and time.