Guess what? March is going to be an insanely good month for YA-readers. We get new books from Lauren Oliver, Maggie De Vries and Dan Wells, plus a bunch of amazing debuts that you’re not gonna want to put down. Here are some of the ones we’re most excited for!
1. Panic by Lauren Oliver (3/4/14)
This is the much-anticipated standalone novel from the bestselling author of the Delirium series. A gritty, spellbinding novel, Panic follows a group of teens who enter a high-stakes game with the hope of winning a chance at a better life. Panic is this month’s Frenzy Fave, which means that if you add it to your Fifty Book Pledge shelf, you’ll get a special Frenzy badge. We’ll also be hosting a Twitter chat with Lauren Oliver next month. Stay tuned for more details!
2. Zac and Mia by A.J. Betts (3/25/14)
Told in alternating perspectives, Zac and Mia tracks the relationship of two ordinary teenagers in exceptional circumstances. They’re both in remission, but cancer has changed everything, and normal isn’t normal anymore. Available in Canada for the first time, this is a funny and tender novel about hope, love, and courage.
3. Side Effects May Vary by Julie Murphy (3/18/14)
This debut novel follows sixteen-year-old Alice who, after being diagnosed with leukemia, creates a take-no-prisoners bucket list (humiliating her ex-boyfriend and getting back at her arch nemesis) only to find out she’s gone into remission. This is an amazing novel. Seriously. So good. Click here to see Julie’s Pinterest board for the book!
4. Rabbit Ears by Maggie De Vries (3/18/14)
A brave and unflinching look at one vulnerable young woman living on the streets of Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside. Rabbit Ears is a powerful novel rooted in the tragic life of the author’s sister, Sarah, a victim of serial killer Robert Pickton. This is an unforgettable read.
5. Tape by Steven Camden (3/18/14)
In 1993, Ryan records a diary on an old tape. In 2013, Ameliah moves in with her grandmother after her parents die. There, she finds a tape in the spare room. A tape with a boy’s voice on it – a voice she can’t quite hear, but which seems to be speaking to her. Ryan and Ameliah are connected by more than just a tape. This is their story.
6. Elusion by Cheryl Klam and Claudia Gabel (3/18/14)
Three teens, one giant commercial virtual reality program that’s taking the country by storm, and a long list of dangerous secrets add up to a thrilling fantasy with an Inception-inspired twist. Elusion is the mind-blowing beginning of a futuristic series about the seductive nature of a perfect world—and the lengths one girl will go to uncover the truth behind the illusions.
7. Ruins by Dan Wells (3/11/14)
Kira, Samm, and Marcus fight to prevent a final war between Partials and humans in the gripping final installment of the Partials series, a trilogy that combines the thrilling action of The Hunger Games with the provocative themes of Blade Runner and The Stand.
8. Ask Again Later by Liz Czukas (3/11/14)
Sixteen Candles meets Sliding Doors in this romantic and hilariously charming story about a seventeen-year-old girl who gets the chance to live out two prom nights—and discovers that both are leading her to the same unexpected conclusion. This is a delightful read with a protagonist whose narration is hilarious, endearing, and totally relatable. The disastrous turns her prom nights take will leave you laughing out loud (and occasionally cringing)!
9. Steadfast by Claudia Gray (3/4/14)
The second book in the dazzling Spellcaster series from New York Times bestselling author Claudia Gray. Steadfast is richly woven with Claudia’s signature dark magic, captivating mystery, and star-crossed romance. This is a must-read for fans of the Beautiful Creatures and Hex Hall series!