Top 5 YA Reads of the Summer

1. The Rise of Nine

This is the third installment of the Pittacus Lore Series that started with the bestselling I Am Number Four. In this chapter of the saga we follow Number Six on her journey to fight against the Mogadorians, who have been hunting her and her fellow Loriens for years; they want to finish what they started. Look for this one in August!


Just going on the fact that the previous two books were absolutely fantastic, I have to declare high hopes for this book. I love that within each book we are introduced to another number and their unique voice without losing touch of the previously introduced characters. Although many hesitate to pick up this book because of its sci-fi, alien inspired plot line, I have to say that you will be very surprised at how accessible this story is, and how gripping it becomes after every book. I am excited about the introduction of Number Six into the mix as well as seeing how the relationship between Four and Nine develops.

2. Once

Anna Carey came flying into the YA scene with her debut novel Eve. Once is its sequel and it continues to follow Eve, a young girl who is trying to escape the clutches of The City of Sand. Yet, when she hears that her beloved Caleb is in trouble after she was forced to say goodbye to him outside the walls of The New America, she flees in order to save him. But will this rescue mission finally let them be together, or will a secret from her past resurface and tear them apart forever.


Eve was extremely different from most of the YA novels that were out at the time of its release, and it seems that Once is trying to top it. The protagonist, Eve, although flawed in many ways seems to grow and expand her horizons in this installment. Also, the conflict that was built into the first novel seems to explode into a tension filled page turner. Can’t wait to get my hands on this one!

3. Starling

Lesley Livingston is an emerging voice in YA Fiction, although she already has four books under her belt, I believe that this start to a new series will be her best. In Starling we follow Mason, a young girl whose dreams include making the National Fencing Team and catching the eye of her practice partner. But all that is thrown out the window when a mysterious boy emerges out of a storm, putting Mason’s idea of reality into a tail spin. It’s out in August so it’s the perfect Labor Day weekend read.


Lesley delves into Greek and Norse Mythology for this novel, and believe me when I say that it works very well. Her protagonist is smart, witty and a little sarcastic, which makes for amazing dialogue. Mythology is an aspect of literature that can never become tired, because of its endless ability to be reborn into something new and exciting. This one will not disappoint fans.

4. For Darkness Shows the Stars

This is Diana Peterfreund’s third YA novel, her previous series, The Killer Unicorns, displayed her ability to capture her unique imagination into a cleverly crafted series. For Darkness Shows the Stars is a modern retelling of Jane Austen’s novel Persuasion, and it follow Elliot, a young girl living in a world that has outlawed the use of technology. Put in a handsome young man and a dystopian setting and this book catapults you into a world unlike our own.


Retellings of old stories are always a crowd pleaser, especially when it is by an author like Jane Austen. Although Persuasion is not one of her most famous novels in comparison to Pride and Prejudice and Sense and Sensibility, many people know the story of Anne and Frederick. In this new novel Diana weaves this classic tale with a modern dystopian setting that audiences will love.

5. Something Strange and Deadly

In her debut, Susan Dennard creates a world vastly different from our own. The story is set in Philadelphia and Eleanor has to attempt a rescue mission for her brother that is being held captive by the mysterious Necromancer who is unleashing an army of the undead into the streets. Eleanor must save her brother as well as try and save her beloved city while her reputation and her life hang in the balance.


Personally, I believe that the Necromancer idea is a subject that isn’t used enough in YA fiction, and is confused with the idea of zombies. The undead in this novel are not the brain eating virus infected beings that you see in The Walking Dead, these ones are controlled by the Necromancer and are there solely to do his bidding. The reason I think this book will do well is because of its ability to separate itself from the genres taking over the YA fiction scene right now. Whether it is Dystopian or Science Fiction, Something Strange and Deadly seems to have found a happy medium between many different genres. She has become a refreshing voice emerging from the YA scene.

How about you, which YA books are you excited to read this summer?

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