So here we are in a new year, and I thought it might be neat to take a look at the upcoming books in both the YA and JF sections. This is not a complete list, just a few books that caught my eye or I am following. And if you have a book you would like to see here, let me know. If it is appropriate somewhere in grades 1 to 12 then you might see it featured in Coming Attractions!
Coming in just a week is the second in a wonderful YA series called “Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children” The first book combined creepy photos (usually from the turn of the century) and told a story about each. The second book being released January 14 is “Hollow City” and should be just as intriguing and fun to read. For older children and teens who like ghost stories. Hollow City: The Second Novel of Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs (Jan 14, 2014)
A new novel that grabbed my attention is Avalon by Mindee Arnett (Jan 21, 2014). This is a science fiction story about young mercenaries in space. Since I liked the Sci-Fi series “Firefly” and the byline said “for fans of Firefly” it has me intrigued, and I love to see science fiction stories for the YA reader.
The first Junior Fiction book I am looking forward to is a retelling of the Snow Queen. Now the Snow Queen was the one story that always scared me when I read it growing up. And this one shows some promise in setting the story in a town that is always snowing and placing the children not in a castle, but a museum. Ophelia and the Marvelous Boy by Karen Foxlee (Jan 28, 2014) For ages 8-12.
Another genre bending YA series “the Lunar Chronicles” has its third book arriving in February. Cress (Lunar Chronicles) by Marissa Meyer (Feb 4, 2014) is a Rapunzel story set in space. No really, the whole series is about our favorite heroines (Little Red Riding Hood and Cinderella and now Rapunzel) and places them in a space punk galaxy filled with robot mice, a handsome helpmeet hero, and androids all fighting a powerful Queen.
For all my Origami Yodda fans out there. Princess Labelmaker to the Rescue!: An Origami Yoda Book by Tom Angleberger (Mar 4, 2014). Do I need to say any more?
Now Garth Nix wrote a series called “the Keys to the Kingdom” that I found both wonderful and a little scary. In his newest series “Troubletwisters” imagine the wonder of Susan Cooper’s “The Grey King” mixed with a bit of “a Series of Unfortunate Events” and you get Troubletwisters. Two siblings with mysterious powers and a secret society where good and evil are hard to tell apart. I look for Nix books when they come out and usually read them that day. For ages 8-12. Troubletwisters Book 3: The Mystery by Garth Nix and Sean Williams (Mar 25, 2014)
The next YA novel that I am personally looking forward to is Illusion the Chronicles of Nick by Sherrilyn Kenyon**. This one is to be released April fools day, so given the cliffhanger of the last book (“I had no powers and everyone was normal, how do I get back to my real world”) I am wondering if the release date is a kind of insiders joke. But I love the series and have it marked on my calendar. Illusion: Chronicles of Nick by Sherrilyn Kenyon (Apr 1, 2014)
**I know I have said this to other parents, but the Other series Ms. Kenyon wrote in the same world with some of the same characters (Dark Hunter novels) is an adult Romance series with all that entails and a parent should read reviews if not read the book first before offering it to their teen.