And here it is! Even though it’s only half way through 2013 publishers are announcing releases for the year of 2014 and there already seems to be a lot to look forward to. Again, much like my 2013 list, these are books that I have a personal interest in or have been recommended to me. It will be an evolving list as new books are announced or discovered, and more information becomes available about those already holding a spot. Check back often!
Enders (Starters series) by Lissa Price – January 7, 2014
Enders picks up Callie’s story, freed from the clutches of the body bank called Prime Destinations but that doesn’t mean she’s completing free of danger. What about the chip embedded in her brain? And her younger brother suffering from a lung disease? And what will happen now that the divide between Enders (the wealthy and elderly echelons of society) and the Starters (poor young adults struggling to survive) has been so thoroughly exposed? Callie’s story is by no means over. I enjoyed the first novel (Starters) though I thought more could have been done with the interesting concept of the old using the youth of teens that Price developed. Second book to the rescue? Time will tell!
Vitro (Origin series) by Jessica Khoury – January 14, 2014
From the few synapses I have found online it seems that while Vitro is listed as being Book Two of the series, following Origin, Khoury is introducing two brand spanking new characters; Sophie whom is searching for her mother and the daring charter pilot Jim who joins her on her hunt. While there doesn’t seem to be any sign of Pia from the first novel, the Corpus scientists who made her still play a major role, including Sophie’s mother who happens to be one. Sophie is determined to find her mother and during her search stumbles on two Vitros, test tube babies who have been endowed with inhumane qualities. While part of me wants to feel disappointed that Pia is not a main feature in the second installment, her story was complete in some ways and so I’m content to see where Khoury can take this new story of science vs. morals.
Hollow City (Miss Peregrine series) by Ransom Riggs – January 14, 2014
Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children was one of the best reads of 2013 for me, one that caught me by surprise. The discovery that the second book was coming out in the new year made me giddy with excitement. I think it’s the combination of the story about a creepy but talented group of children and the mixture of pictures that illustrate that story that made it so enjoyable for me. Hollow City starts off right where the first book ends and this time around Jacob will learn first-hand just how dangerous being a “peculiar” can be when a person from Miss Peregrine’s past begins to hunt them down for reasons of their own. Rank this as one of the more anticipated releases for me!
Into the Still Blue (Under the Never Sky series) by Veronica Rossi – January 28, 2014
I admit I have yet to read this series. However, I have a friend who swears by it and claims that it is a great follow up if you’re a fan of the Hunger Games and Divergent series. In Into the Still Blue, conclusion to the series, Perry and Aria have proven their worth, both to each other and to the Dwellers who are now looking to them for leadership. Their world is in shambles and whether they are ready for the responsibility or not, Aria and Perry must now face the upcoming challenges head on. This is on my list of must-reads (as are so many other books as well) but hopefully I can get my hands on the first two novels before this is published in the new year!
Panic by Lauren Oliver – March 4, 2014
Oliver and her Delirium series is one of the few teen series that was based in love but didn’t make me to want to vomit from all the lovey-dovey goodness. I came to respect Oliver because she took love and showed how it came with gritty, destructive choices and outcomes. So when I found the announcement for Panic online, I got a little excited. Panic is a game that all graduating seniors in Carp are welcome to compete in to improve their means. Dodge has never feared the Panic while Heather has never seen any reason to compete. Yet when both find themselves competing nothing is what they expected and things will never be the same afterwards. The synopsis sings a lot like the Hunger Games and the thought of that premise draped in Oliver’s elegant and intriguing writing style makes me extremely excited for this one!
Ruins (Partials series) by Dan Wells – March 11, 2014
Ruins marks the conclusion of the Partials series and the story of two separate but very similar races, humans and the humanistic robots they created. Over the course of the last two books (Partials and Fragments) Kira has learned the cures to keeping human babies from dying a few days after birth and extending the expiration date programmed into all Partials. Separated from Sam, her Partial companion and Marcus, her human boyfriend, all three will struggle to end the devastating war that has broken out between humans and the Partials. Salvation may very well come in the form of something new; a hybrid. I’ve really enjoyed the science theme of this series with the second book being a worthwhile adventure story, so hopefully Ruins will be a fitting conclusion to a great series.
UPDATE: I’ve now read and reviewed Ruins, so click the book’s cover image above to check it out!
Dreams of Gods and Monsters (Daughter of Smoke and Bones series) by Laini Taylor – April 8, 2014
The first book in this series, Daughter of Smoke and Bone, is one of the best books I have read from the genre this year. I know what the teen genre is about but there are a few authors out there that write Young Adult novels that are mature and intricate in their development. Maggie Stiefvater comes to mind and now she will be joined by Laini Taylor. I have yet to read the second installment of the series Days of Blood and Starlight as I’m saving it for the right moment. In an effort to not ruin the second for myself I haven’t read the summary for Dreams of Gods and Monsters but if I could recommend any book (and any series) it would be this one. Karou has been raised by what anyone else would consider monsters but she only sees them as a family she loves. Akiva is a warrior angel who has made himself emotionless and cold, results of a devastating loss in his past. They are from two completely different worlds but find themselves drawn to one another for unknown reasons. It is beautifully-written story of magic, the unknown and choices. Please, please, please, for your own good, read the first two before this comes out in April!
Frozen (Taken series) by Erin Bowman – April 15, 2014
With the completion of Veronica Roth’s Divergent series room for a new popular series has become available and this might just be the series to step in and fill that literary void. In the first novel Taken Gray Weathersby has escaped the Heist, the moment when all boys in Claysoot mysteriously disappear on the eve of their eighteenth birthday. Along with Emma, he has climbed the wall and survived, only to discover a world outside that is fractured, caught between numerous opposing sides. In Frozen Grey has proven himself a valuable member of the rebels and will embark on a journey that will take him to the Test Group A, formally thought to be extinct but now showing signs of life. These individuals may hold knowledge and talents that can turn the tide of revolution and give them an advantage against Frank and his army. Grey will face a more personal challenge as well, as both Emma and Brie will accompany him on this voyage. I loved Taken because we have a hero, male not female which so often seems to be the case in the teen genre now, who young male readers can now relate to. It has the feel of the Divergent and Hunger Games series – deception, social rebellion and survival- while still staying unique. This will certainly be an exciting read when it comes out in April.
The One (Selection series) by Kiera Cass – May 6, 2014
The One finishes the Selection series and will finally reveal that one last choice that fans of the series have been waiting for. America has kept herself in the competition for marriage to the young prince Maxon, though her reasons for doing so have changed since her arrival. The previous book, The Elite, saw America as one of the final six and even as the numbers dwindled the competition has not become any easier. If anything America is beginning to see a side of society, and of Maxon, that has her questioning her reasons for staying and the state of her emotions. Cass has written America as the lowly, poor girl who could change the world for the better, but it will be interesting is that is indeed the course the final book takes. Though Cass has upped the anti as far as the serious tone of the book, it still retains love as its main theme. For anyone who loves the idea of becoming a princess and the changes, positive or negative, this brings, the Selection series is an entertaining read!
Raging Star (Dustlands series) by Moira Young – May 13, 2014
This is the book I have been waiting for. Blood Red Road (the first book) is one of the best teen novels I have read in years. The Dustlands series follows Saba, a rebellious, stubborn young woman fighting (quite literally) for those she loves and securing them lives that are worth living. Despite victory against DeMalo and his Tonton army in the previous book, Saba will continue to lead a resistance against DeMalo’s new social order while harboring a secret of her own. I loved the Saba from Blood Red Road and I really hope Young reverts back to this version and leaves the common-sense abandoning, emotionally-volatile Saba of Rebel Heart behind. I have really high expectations for Raging Star so fingers crossed it ends the series with a memorable bang!
City of Heavenly Fire (Mortal Instruments series) by Cassandra Clare – May 27, 2014
While I have read the first book, City of Bones, my attention wasn’t grabbed enough to continue reading the rest of the series as they were released. However, there is no denying the popularity of the Mortal Instruments series with the first novel being made into a movie and this being the sixth, and final, book. I can’t think of too many series that reach beyond three or four books, so for that mere fact alone I will put City of Heavenly Fire on this list. The Shadowhunter society is crumbling and Clary, Jace, Simon and their friends must band together one last time to stand against an unbeatable foe, Clary’s own brother. This final act will demand sacrifices made in another world. No doubt fans around the world are rejoicing and mourning the arrival of the final book in this series.
Push (The Games series) by Eve Silver – June 10, 2014
Push follows the first book of the series, Rush, in which Miki Jones was pulled into a world where fighting an alien race called the Drau might be much like a video game if not for the fact that players don’t get multiple lives. It is an escape of sorts for Miki however, who seeks to forget the grief that clouds her everyday life. In Push the game takes a new turn and Miki will begin to question the game’s overseeing force, the Committee, as it begins to lose hold on the very rules that give the game structure. And it is when the game begins to creep into Miki’s life that she will truly begin to understand what is at risk. Rush was a fresh story and it seems Silver will continue this with the release of Push!
Sinner (Shiver series) by Maggie Stiefvater – July 1, 2014
This book will fall under the category of novels that I have yet to read but have heard nothing but great things about the series. Couple that with the fact that I believe Maggie Stiefvater is one of the best Teen novel writers at this time explains why Sinner has found its way onto this list. In the Shiver series the main character Cole St. Clair has a secret, one many believed was due to his stardom and subsequent downfall, but only a few truly know its source. Isabel was one of those few and even though she was a keeper of this secret a love grew between them. It was not fated however and they soon slipped from one another’s lives. But things have changed once again and now Cole has returned to Isabel’s life and his presence will attract the same dangers it did before. The release of Sinner may be just the thing to prompt me to read the series leading up to this release.
The Infinite Sea (The 5th Wave Series) by Rick Yancey – September 16, 2014
In one of the more popular releases from 2013, The 5th Wave, Cassie Sullivan wandered alone, constantly avoiding the human look-alikes called “Others” who have taken over the planet with deadly speed and intentions, while still holding out on the hope that she is not the last human left. In The Infinite Sea Cassie’s defiance, coupled with the insubordination from small group of human survivors, will provoke the wrath of the Others in a way she could never imagine. This is a series I have not yet read (believe me, my piles of to-read books are only getting higher and higher!) but the reviews, from both professionals and every day readers, have praised the first book The 5th Wave as a must read. If you enjoyed the first book, May 6th will be an exciting day for you!
Mortal Heart (My Fair Assassin series) by Robin LaFevers – November 4, 2014
2014 seems to be full of books bringing series to their ends. Mortal Heart concludes the My Fair Assassin series with the story of Annith who has been guarded and kept safe to become the coveted Seeress of the convent of St. Mortain. It is not necessarily the life Annith has hoped for, watching her fellow sisters be trained and sent out into the world to kill. Despite her future obligations Annith will defy what is expected of her and escape the walls of the convent into a world she barely knows or understands. I gained a new respect for this series after reading Dark Triumph which restored my faith in the concept mostly due to the feral and cold character of Sybella. Annith has always seemed somewhat innocent in the previous two books but maybe LaFevers has a few more surprises up her sleeve. With a good mixture of historical fiction and strong female leads, I’ll be sure to scoop this one up quickly when it finally comes out!
Blue Lily, Lily Blue (Raven Cycle) by Maggie Stiefvater – November 1, 2014
Yes, I may be fangirling a bit at the moment. As mentioned previously, Maggie Stiefvater is one of my two favourite Teen authors and any time I see her name I get extremely excited. Especially in anticipation of what new elements Stiefvater will add to this series. As the previous books have focused on Gansey and Ronan, it is exciting (and no surprise really when the title is taken into consideration) that this novel will dive deeper into Blue and all the interesting things going on in her mind. I cannot stress how much I am looking forward to this release!