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YA Wednesday: Books to Read in 2014

2014 is shaping up to be a year of big YA books and I'm getting excited about some of the reading ahead.  A new book from one of my favorite authors, the second book in a hot series, and the final book in three much-loved trilogies--it's all coming in the first half of the new year. Here are some of the books I can't wait to start--what are you looking forward to reading next year?

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Hollow City by Ransom Riggs - January 14,2014
I'm a huge fan of Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children and I've been bugging Riggs' publisher about this book ever since.  My patience (well, sort of...) has paid off and I'm reading this now--it's got the same wonderful old-fashioned creepy feeling and promises to have unusual black and white photographs, just like the first book. Looking forward to seeing where it all goes...

Cress (Lunar Chronicles trilogy) by Marissa Meyer - February 4, 2014
Cinderella and Little Red Riding Hood have never looked so bad ass as they do in Cinder and Scarlet. Now Meyer adds a Rapunzel character to the mix in Cress and this should be a Blade Runner-style fairytale to savor.  Queen Levana is still set on making Emperor Kai her own, and the three ladies (and their male counterparts) are just as determined to stop her...

Panic by Lauren Oliver - March 4, 2014
Her first stand alone YA novel since Before I Fall, a small town hosts a dangerous high school rite of passage where one player can win big if they handle the fear and make it through the game.  Panic looks like it's going to to be a page-turner of suspense, fear, friendship, and self-discovery--plus I kind of love that this isn't the start of a series or trilogy but instead a book I am just meant to enjoy until The End. 

Dreams of Gods and Monsters (Daughter of Smoke and Bone trilogy) by Laini Taylor - April 4, 2014
Ack. I really don't want this trilogy to end.  I was hoping this would be a case where a planned trilogy turns into a six-book story arc, but no such luck... That said, I am dying to know what happens between Karou and Akiva, and the collision of the angel world and the human one, so as soon as I can get this in my hot little hands I plan to go MIA until I finish it.

Ruin and Rising - Grisha trilogy by Leigh Bardugo - June 3, 2014
Things were looking pretty bleak at the end of Siege and Storm so I'm expecting that in the final book of the Grisha trilogy some major transformations are going to take place and startling secrets revealed between Alina and The Darkling.  The first book, Shadow and Bone, got me hooked so I'm really hoping the last book will end it all on an equally high note.

See Sara's All I Want for New Year's is...
See Robin's Geeking Out: Sci-Fi, Fantasy, and Horror in 2014

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While these all do look fantastic, I'm disappointed that you didn't choose more stand-alone novels or first books in a series. It's hard to convince people to read YA books if they have to devote a lot of time to them. And there are lots of great stand-alone novels coming out this year in YA lit as well!!

In response to "what are you looking forward to reading next year?" I must admit that my brand new YA work makes me laugh each time I read it. It was important to me to write a work to entertain readers of all ages. I think I have accomplished that goal. I won't mention the title because it might not be appropriate for this comment. For searchers -- look for Pirates.

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