Sunday, January 2, 2011

Ten 2011 YA Books I'm Looking Forward to Reading

Since it's the beginning of the year, it's a fun time to look at what books are coming out this year that I'm looking forward to reading. Check out my list of Christian fiction books and general market adult books I'm looking forward to and let me know what you think!

For some reason, I get especially excited about YA books. They usually offer a strong level of emotional engagement and cool ideas. Or perhaps it's because, as my mom says, "I still think like a teenager." Tomorrow, nonfiction.

So in no particular order, here they are:

Darkest Mercy
Darkest Mercy by Melissa Marr (HarperTeen, February) is the final installment in the Wicked Lovely series. I love the world Marr has created and enjoy all of the characters and how they've developed over the books. I especially like all of their fun romantic tensions that I very much feel as I read...Marr creates a world that helps me forget my own. This entire series has had stunning covers but this one tops the list.

Forever by Maggie Stiefvater (Scholastic Press, July)
The conclusion to the Wolves of Mercy Falls trilogy by Maggie Stiefvater, I'm eager to see how things turn out for Sam and Grace. I enjoy Stiefvater's lyrical writing and I've also felt pretty immersed in this world while reading.

Divergent by Veronica Roth (Katherine Tegan Books, May)
This debut has already received rave reviews and to top things off, I really enjoy Roth's blog. I'm very eager for the moment I finally get my hands on this one!

The Iron Witch by Karen Mahoney (Flux, February)
Mahoney is one of those authors whose made a splash in the social media realm! She leaves really thoughtful comments and I can't help but be excited for her book. Here's hoping it's awesome!

Small Town Sinners
Small Town Sinners by Melissa Walker (Bloomsbury USA, July)
I first started anticipating this book when Melissa mentioned on Twitter she was writing a book about a hell house. I feared some sort of mockery of Christian belief but she assured me she was being very sensitive. No one was more excited than me to finally see the cover and blurb.

Tempest Rising by Tracy Deebs (Walker Books for Young Readers, May)
Tracy Deebs is Tracy Wolff a romance writer I think is pretty exceptional. This is another book I first heard of when Tracy was writing it because she said something on Twitter so it's really cool to see it come out finally! Also, I've been waiting for a mermaid story to sound appealing and this one REALLY does and what a cover!

Enclave by Ann Aguirre (Feiwel & Friends, April)
I love the Corine Solomon novels by Ann Aguirre so I was really excited when I first heard about this forthcoming YA book. It went through some title and cover changes but my enthusiasm hasn't waned a bit!

Insight by Diana Greenwood (Zondervan, April)
I've been waiting for that really awesome Christian Fiction YA book to come around and this one has some potential to be it. In any case the story sounds pretty good.

No Covers Yet
You Are My Only by Beth Kephart -- I know how much work Beth has put into this book and it sounds amazing! (Egmont, Fall)

Bitter End by Jennifer Brown (Little Brown Books for Young Readers, May)-- I really really really loved Hate List and I've been very eager to see where this author would go from there.

Are you looking forward to any of these books? What YA books are you most anticipating this year?


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