Reporting Becca Ritchie
Becca RitchieBecca Ritchie is a Georgia native studying English and Mass Media Arts at UGA. Most of her time is spent reading—pretty much anything—but most often you can catch her with a Young Adult book in hand. She's a fan of Bluebell, Alabama and vampires who live in Mystic Falls. She also runs a YA book blog called Nawanda Files (http://nawandafiles.blogspot.com)with a girl who looks far too much like her. Follow her on Twitter @Becca_Ritchie. You can email her at firstname.lastname@example.org
As September approaches, a variety of new YA books will be shelved and ready for distribution, and as a book blogger (Nawanda Files), I have the privilege to read advanced copies before they’re available to the public. I’m not offered every novel, so I stalk all the other lovely YA book bloggers for news about the next best read.
Below is a list of highly anticipated YA novels with a September 2012 release date. These picks already have great ratings on Goodreads, which is a social media site for books, compiling fan/blogger reviews.
Carnival of Souls by Melissa Marr
Three paranormal teenagers are caught in the rivalry between daimons and witches, a hierarchy established within each and tiered based on class, social standing and power. Bonus Tidbit: Melissa Marr is the bestselling author of Wicked Lovely, a popular faerie series. Also, my sister who blogs at Nawanda Files with me already read Carnival of Souls. She rated it 4 out of 5 stars, and her review was posted 8/26 on our blog. Release Date: September 4th. Current Goodreads Rating: 4.06
The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater
Blue has a clairvoyant mother, but she never sees the soon-to-be dead until this year. She’ll also discover the Raven Boys who mean trouble. Bonus Tidbit: Stiefvater is a beast when it comes to writing YA novels, and she even literally writes about beasts in the Shiver trilogy where werewolves endure the full-moon curse. My personal favorite Stiefvater book is The Scorpio Races – a story centered around savage water horses. I’ve already heard positive feedback about The Raven Boys, and I can’t wait to get my copy in the mail. Release Date: September 18th. Current Goodreads Rating: 4.36
Alice in Zombieland by Gena Showalter
Does this need an introduction? It’s a spin on Alice in Wonderland with walking corpses! Bonus Tidbit: Many adult authors have started crossing into the YA genre. Add Showalter to the list. She’s the author of popular paranormal romance series Lords of the Underworld and Alien Huntress. Release Date: September 25th. Current Goodreads Rating: 4.43
Burn for Burn by Jenny Han and Siobhan Vivian
A tale of bitter revenge for three girls who have all been burned — one by an ex-best friend, another when a boy goes too far, and the last (not surprisingly) also because of a boy. Bonus Tidbit: Jenny Han is the author of classic YA contemporary, The Summer I Turned Pretty. Realistic YA has also become popular thanks to the Fifty Shades of Grey phenomenon and a recent book that teeters between YA and Adult called Easy (which I highly recommend to everyone over 17). Release Date: September 18th. Current Goodreads Rating: 3.96
What’s Left of Me by Kat Zhang
A spin on the idea of twins — only these two souls live in one body until one of the two souls fade. With Eva and Addie, one soul lingers even after she’s declared gone. Ooh, I’m intrigued. Bonus Tidbit: Zhang started writing when she was 12, and seven years later she sold What’s Left of Me, her debut novel, to HarperCollins. Simple math tells me that Zhang was only 19 at that time. Pretty cool, right? Release Date: September 18th. Current Goodreads Rating: 3.98
Ten by Gretchen McNeil
A group of teenagers go to an exclusive house party on Henry Island, only to find a DVD with this extremely creepy message: Vengeance is mine. Bonus Tidbit: Most of my blogger buddies have been rating this one a full 5 stars before its release. Also, Ten reminds me of Agatha Christie’s famous novel, And Then There Were None. I am in desperate need of a good mystery-horror-thriller-slasher-fest. Are you? Release Date: September 18th. Current Goodreads Rating: 4.28
Which September release looks the most promising? What genre are you biased towards? I’m a paranormal addict at heart. I’m still waiting for the day when someone tells me that unicorns do exist, and I refuse to believe that I have to fall down a rabbit hole in order to see a smoking caterpillar.