It’s Spring Break, 2011 here and my buddies Pinky and Brain (Ruthie and Jaimie) have put together a great list of YA book recommendations for your spring and summer reading. Young Adult books are continuing to grow in popularity with young and adult readers alike. My daughter and I both enjoy a wide variety of YA series. So I asked her to nominate a few highly recommended reads for everyone. Check out her reads below and in the meanwhile, I have to second every nomination made by Ruthie and Jaimie, particularly Richelle Mead and Sherrilyn Kenyon! Don’t forget to share your top picks too!
It is a sad day when one of your favorite series comes to an end. I know there were YA fans across the country who felt this desperation on December 7, 2010. The final book in our beloved Vampire Academy was released. I know many who forgo sleep to find out what happened to Rose, Lissa, Dimitri and Adrian. After reading the last page and shedding a few tears, the faithful followers were afraid that they will no longer be able to visit the world they found within Vampire Academy… until Richelle Mead announced a spin off! On August 23rd, we will be able to see the world of Vampire Academy through the eyes of Sydney, the human alchemist whom we first met when Rose found herself in Russia. We know that Sydney will be accompanied by Jill, aka Jailbait, and the leading male will be one of the love interests from the original series (anyone care to guess?). I think it is easy to say that Bloodlines will have an instant following from the fans of Vampire Academy. If the new series is half as exciting and gut wrenching as the original we will have another hit on our hands.
A blurb from Entertainment Weekly:
Richelle Mead has graduated from Vampire Academy, her popular YA series that wrapped up in December with the release of its sixth and final book, and now she’s moving onto new territory. Well, somewhat new: Bloodlines will be a spin-off of VA, moving the previously tertiary character Sydney, a human alchemist, from the sidelines to the forefront. It will also be set in a sunny Californian high school instead of that rigid, preppy-bloodsucker academy, which I imagine will be like transferring from the Undead Poets Society to Bayside High. Check out the finalized cover for the first book of the series—that’s Sydney with the filigreed face, by the way.
Forever by Maggie Stiefvater (The Wolves of Mercy Falls #3)
As Jaime would say this story is Twilight if Jacob would have won. I love Sam and Grace. Their story is awesome! In the last book Grace and Sam have fought to be together and won. Maggie writes characters that are real. You could meet a Grace or Sam anywhere. There is lots of tension, lots of drama and all of the romance in this series. Yes, if you must know I cried at the end of Linger. Now I can’t wait to see how it all turns out in the last installment of this series. If you want a good story that will take you through the ups and downs of a relationship, this is the series for you.
A blurb from Goodreads:
The thrilling conclusion to #1 bestselling Shiver trilogy from Maggie Stievater
In Maggie Stiefvater’s SHIVER, Grace and Sam found each other. In LINGER, they fought to be together. Now, in FOREVER, the stakes are even higher than before. Wolves are being hunted. Lives are being threatened. And love is harder and harder to hold on to as death comes closing in.
Invincible by Sherrilyn Kenyon (Chronicles of Nick #2)
I have to say I was impressed with the first book Infinity. I have been a long time fan of Kennyon’s Dark Hunter series. The world is fascinating and complex. She was able to bring the same fascination to her young adult series. I have loved Nick Gautier since he was on the scene in the Dark Hunter books. He’s sarcastic, witty, and totally unpredictable. This book is set in the same world but totally edited for a younger audience. I would let my eleven-year old read it, but I enjoyed it just as much as she would.
A blurb from SherrilynKenyon.com:
Just when he thought things couldn’t get any worse…
Nick Gautier’s day just keeps getting better and better. Yeah, he survived the zombie attacks, only to wake up and find himself enslaved to a world of shapeshifters and demons out to claim his soul.
His new principal thinks he’s even more of a hoodlum than the last one, his coach is trying to recruit him to things he can’t even mention and the girl he’s not seeing, but is, has secrets that terrify him.
But more than that, he’s being groomed by the darkest of powers and if he doesn’t learn how to raise the dead by the end of the week, he will become one of them…
Bite Club by Rachel Caine (Morganville Vamp #10)
The Morganville Vampires series follows Claire Danvers, a studious book-loving brainiac who comes to Morganville for college. Morganville is a small town with a Lost Boys vibe to it. Claire ends up staying in Morganville because it is overrun with vampires who won’t let her leave. The plot twists in this series are so elaborate you never want the story to end. I can honestly say I enjoy this series and look forward to getting engrossed in Caine’s plot.
A blurb from Amazon:
After discovering that vampires populate her town, college student Claire Danvers knows that the undead just want to live their lives. But someone else wants them to get ready to rumble.
There’s a new extreme sport getting picked up on the Internet: bare- knuckle fights pitting captured vampires against each other-or humans. Tracking the remote signal leads Claire- accompanied by her friends and frenemies-to discover that what started as an online brawl will soon threaten everyone in Morganville…
Passion by Lauren Kate (Fallen #3)
I am a sucker for a good love story. I think I have said it before, but one reason I love young adult books is character development. I think that because you can’t throw a love scene into the books the way adult romances do the author takes the time to build the characters. Luce and Daniel are perfect for each other. Each with their own strengths and quirks. The story that Kate constructs is so well thought and beautifully haunting. I am looking forward to reading about what is next for Luce and Daniel.
A blurb from Goodreads:
Before Luce and Daniel met at Sword & Cross and fought immortals at Shoreline, they lived many lives. . . .
Mini Me’s Top Picks
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Mini Me’s avid reading includes a lengthy reading list and her top picks are:
What books are top of your list for Spring Break?