Fall YA Preview: Vikki's Picks

Oh the agony and ecstasy of waiting for a much-wanted book to release! Like so many people, I was INSURGENT-crazy and couldn’t wait to read it, which I managed to do in one sitting. But what’s next?

Here, in no particular order, are some other YA books due this fall worth salivating over:

STARLING by Lesley Livingston

New York is under siege by some truly creepy monsters who try to kill champion-fencer Mason Starling during an epic thunderstorm only to be thwarted by a *naked* Fennrys Wolf.  And that’s just the first chapter…


The sequel to THIS DARK ENDEAVOUR begins with the burning of the dark library, all except for one odd little volume which seems to call to distraught Viktor Frankenstein. Some people never change, and that’s good news for the reader! Soon Viktor is finding new ways to tempt fate,  put himself and those he loves in danger, and is one step closer to becoming the mad scientist made so famous in Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein.

BREATHE by Sarah Crossan

A frighteningly possible concept- the earth is barren and oxygen is at an all-time low- drew me to this dystopian novel, told in three voices. When Quinn and Bea venture outside of the oxygen-regulated dome on what should be a routine camping trip, they find themselves caught up with radical Alina, who could be leading them into danger. Oh, and they only have two day’s worth of oxygen left. What happens on the third day? See? Don’t you want to read it RIGHT AWAY?

DEBUTANTES by Cora Harrison

Who doesn’t love the jazz era? As a Chicago-phile (the musical that is) I couldn’t be happier that this decade is so hot right now, with DOWNTON ABBEY all over TV and The Great Gatsby coming to theatres this fall. DEBUTANTES satisfied my thirst for the era! The four Derrington sisters live in a crumbling English manor that has seen better times. Even though London is in the midst of the exciting jazz era, they’re stuck in the country with nothing but each other and their ambitions to keep them amused, until a secret is discovered. Think LITTLE WOMEN but starring spirited British girls and with more dresses.

FEEDBACK by Robison Wells

I read Robison Wells’ first novel VARIANT in one afternoon and have been counting the months until I could get some answers to the big questions asked at the end.  I can’t say much without giving some important spoilers away, but I will say this: think Lord of the Flies in a locked private school, with more kissing. And if you haven’t read VARIANT, get on it!

DON’T TURN AROUND by Michelle Gagnon

I love a good conspiracy story, and this one had everything I wanted. Teen computer hacker and activist Peter Gregory knows he’s found something huge when his house is ambushed moments after discovering a mysterious file on his dad’s computer. But what does it have to do with Noa, a homeless computer hacker who seeks him out after waking up on a hospital bed in a warehouse with no idea how she got there? Think Run Lola Run or the Bourne Identity and you’ll have a sense of what an adrenalin-soaked adventure this is.

THROUGH TO YOU by Emily Hainsworth

Grief, love, and parallel universes make for a fascinating read from an exciting debut author. Camden is devastated when his girlfriend Viv dies in a car accident but then he meets Nina, who claims to be from a parallel universe where Viv is still alive. It’s not very often you get to read a love story from the boy’s point of view, which is just one of many great things about this book.


In a world divided by class, the only way to win a spot among the elite is to fight your way in, literally. The Carnival of Souls allows even the lowest class citizens of The City a chance to find glory. If you fail? You die. For Kaleb and Ava death is not an option. This is dark, violent, and engrossing story is not for the faint of heart, but will grip you from page one.

— Vikki
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12 thoughts on “Fall YA Preview: Vikki's Picks

  1. I still need to read the first book by Kenneth Oppel! Its been on my to-read list for so long now! It looks so good though!And Debutantes sounds AMAZING! I love Downton Abbey and the jazz era so it sounds like its right up my alley! Thanks for sharing 🙂

  2. I hadn’t heard of Debutantes – it sounds cool! The cover for Breathe is gorgeous as well. But, well, I’m still waiting anxiously for Insurgent and some other May books before I get too excited about fall picks. =)

  3. Carnival of Souls and Such Wicked Intent are two of my MUST READS! I can’t wait to get my hands on them.

  4. Carnival of Souls and Such Wicked Intent are two of my MUST READS! I can’t wait to get my hands on them.

  5. These are on my must read list- especially Starling, Such Wicked Intent, Debutantes and Breathe…Fabulous List!!

  6. These are on my must read list- especially Starling, Such Wicked Intent, Debutantes and Breathe…Fabulous List!!

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