Posts Tagged ‘YA fiction’

Front lines

By Michael Grant

ISBN 9780062342157

 

5

This is one book I am particularly eager to read. Strong female characters in the military and a solid storyline make this so appealing. It is the first in a new series by Michael Grant where he has re-imagined World War II with girl soldiers fighting on the front lines.

“A court decision makes women subject to the draft and eligible for service. The unproven American army is going up against the greatest fighting force ever assembled, the armed forces of Nazi Germany.Three girls sign up to fight. Rio Richlin, Frangie Marr, and Rainy Schulterman are average girls, girls with dreams and aspirations, at the start of their lives, at the start of their loves. Each has her own reasons for volunteering: Rio fights to honor her sister; Frangie needs money for her family; Rainy wants to kill Germans. For the first time they leave behind their homes and families to go to war.These three daring young women will play their parts in the war to defeat evil and save the human race. As the fate of the world hangs in the balance, they will discover the roles that define them on the front lines. They will fight the greatest war the world has ever known”

Check out this very cool trailer.

Waiting for callback
By Perdita & Honor Cargill
ISBN 9781471144844
Simon and Schuster Uk
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I love this trailer. Honor is just gorgeous. She tells us all about the book she co-wrote with her mother and her bouncy nature is so delightful that no matter how many times I watch it I always end up smiling.
“When Elektra is discovered by an acting agent, she imagines Oscar glory can’t be far away, but instead lurches from one cringe-worthy moment to the next! Just how many times can you be rejected for the part of ‘Dead Girl Number Three’ without losing hope? And who knew that actors were actually supposed to be multi-lingual, play seven instruments and be trained in a variety of circus skills?
Off-stage things aren’t going well either – she’s fallen out with her best friend, remains firmly in the friend-zone with her crush and her parents are driving her crazy. One way or another, Elektra’s life is now spent waiting for the phone to ring – waiting for callback.
Can an average girl-next-door like Elektra really make it in the world of luvvies and starlets?”
I certainly hope this book makes to New Zealand shores as I suspect this is going to be a hit.

The dead house

By Dawn Kurtagich

Orion Childrens books

ISBN 9781780622347

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I must confess I do prefer the UK cover of this book coming out in August but I just have a feeling this is going to a book worth reading no matter what cover you prefer.  It is certainly a book I will be looking our for when it is released.

“Twenty-five years ago, Elmbridge High burned down. Five people were killed and one pupil, Carly Johnson, disappeared. Now a diary has been found in the ruins of the school. The diary belongs to Kaitlyn Johnson, Carly’s identical twin sister. But Carly didn’t have a twin . . . 

Re-opened police records, psychiatric reports, transcripts of video footage and fragments of diary reveal a web of deceit and intrigue, violence and murder, raising a whole lot more questions than it answers.

 Who was Kaitlyn and why did she only appear at night? Did she really exist or was she a figment of a disturbed mind? What were the illicit rituals taking place at the school? And just what did happen at Elmbridge in the events leading up to ‘the Johnson Incident’?”

But the writer Dawn herself adds;

It’s about two (?) girls who live in the same body. No one is really sure if it’s a type of multiple personality disorder or if there really are two girls in there. One comes out during the day, the other, at night.

When the day girl, Carly, does missing, it’s up to Kaitlyn, the girl of darkness, to find out what is going on.

But this might be more than simple personality “integration” as her doctor gleefully diagnoses. It might be something altogether more sinister.

Something supernatural.

As Kaitlyn investigates, something else is drawing closer.”

This sounds just the story I like and I can’t wait. Psychological thriller, mystery and as Dawn hints at – the supernatural. What more could you want!

You can also listen to a podcast of Dawn talking about her new book right here. This is thanks to Publisher Weekly Podcasts.

Velvet

By Temple West

ISBN 978-125005708

Swoon Reads (Macmillan)

New  Paranormal YA coming soon.

“Caitlin is your typical orphan …pissed off and grieving. After her mother dies of bone cancer, she’s uprooted to Stony Creek, a pitiful excuse for a town in the rural mountains of upstate New York. Stuck living on her aunt and uncle’s struggling horse ranch, Caitlin vows to simply survive until she graduates high school.  Then, it’s on to New York and wrangling a scholarship at The Fashion Institute so she can become a designer and start her own line. But shortly after arriving in Stony Creek, a freak storm sets her on a dangerous path: right in the middle of vampires, demons, and age-old secrets. The only person she can trust? Adrian, the vampire who rescued her. Problem is, he has to pretend to be her boyfriend in order to keep his status as her personal bodyguard under wraps. And in a small town, it’s not long before some secrets get real big.”

 

The Dreamer’s Lotus
By Mike Dickenson
“What if you could speak directly to nature? What if it spoke back? A young outcast followed by crows finds a flower in the forest one night – it is the Dreamer’s Lotus, a powerful hallucinogen that opens the mind to the meanings of the symbols. This can be helpful, especially when you live in a world where everything is symbolic. Corvus suspects the Elders of The White Village have rewritten the meanings of the symbols somehow. They say the forest is a perilous place, a land of madness and illusion. They might be right, after-all, inexplicable things have been seen there… They say the boy is a bad omen, part of a prophecy that will destroy the village. Only a brave and curious girl is willing to help him, even though she knows he is playing a deadly game. If he finds what he is seeking they will kill him, but Corvus has to know the truth. Why is he the only one who can hear the voices in the forest and why is he followed by the most feared sign of all? The Dreamer’s Lotus holds the answers, but if he eats it, the crows will be the least of his concerns.”

 

By Kasi Blake
Clean Teen Publishing
ISBN 9781634220828
YA paranormal
“The Noah girls have beauty, powers, and brains. They use all three to play their games. They blow the dust, the boys are crushed, and no one is ever the same.Each year the Noah girls play a secret game— Crushed. The rules are simple. 1. Use wisdom to pick your target. The boy can’t be too weak or too strong-willed. 2. Blow the enchanted dust into your target’s face to enchant (Crush) him. 3. Give verbal commands and assign them tasks to perform throughout the year. The more tasks completed, the stronger the witch’s power grows. 4. At the end of the year, the witch with the most power wins cold, hard cash. As if being a witch in high school isn’t complicated enough, Kristen picks the wrong boy to Crush. Zack is tall, handsome, and a little scary. Her Crush spell isn’t working on him like it has with the others. In fact, he is behaving the opposite of every other boy she’s Crushed, hating her instead of adoring her. Something is definitely wrong. After someone attempts to kill her, Kristen realizes there is more at risk than a few hundred dollars. She may be betting with her life.”
Coming in August 2015
 
Wellmaster: The Weeping Wall
by Alain Carver
Drums in the Deep Publishing
Deals with social and environmental issues.
“In the dusty streets of a city governed by a distant and ruthless ruler known only as the Wellmaster—where water is as precious as gold—13 year old Farro and his best friend Tarka run through the dangerous alleys for fun and adventure. Life is hard for Farro and Tarka but they and their families manage to survive, until one day Tarka is captured and imprisoned. It is while imprisoned that she makes a discovery that will challenge their friendship and the society that props up the Wellmaster’s power.”

Eleanor and Park
By Rainbow Rowell
ISBN 9781250012579

This book is on so many top reads lists with so many top reviews that it is now on my must read pile too.
While my teenage years are somewhat behind me, I still recall being the odd one out at high school. With Eleanor being a misfit I so want to read all about her and her life and relationship with Park.

Eleanor with the red hair and wrong clothes never feels good enough.
Park is just plain good for her. Eleanor and Park are sixteen and this story takes place over the course of one school year. It’s the story of two star-crossed lovers smart enough to know that first love almost never lasts, but also brave and desperate enough to try.

Pandora Jones : Admission

By Barry Jonsberg

ISBN: 9781743318119

Allen & Unwin

Book 1 : Pandora Jones series

A plague has wiped out Pandora Jones family, a pandemic so devastating that it has wiped out almost all of humanity. Pandora is a one of the survivors and is now quarantined in a heavily guarded facility known as The School where she must recover and learn skills that will prepare her for survival and whatever dangers may be waiting outside the walls of the The School. Her strength is her instincts but will it be enough? And what is outside the walls? I have my copy by my bed just waiting to get stuck in.

The killing woods
By Lucy Christopher

“Emily’s dad is accused of murdering a teenage girl. Emily is sure he is innocent, but what happened that night in the woods behind their house where she used to play as a child? Determined to find out, she seeks out Damon Hillary the enigmatic boyfriend of the murdered girl. He also knows these woods. Maybe they could help each other. But he’s got secrets of his own about games that are played in the dark.”
Chicken House

This sounds like a great psychological thriller, fast paced and full of suspense. I saw this book at one of my jobs today and was tempted to sit there and read it instead of working so I just have to ‘bag it’ instead so I can be first to read it.