“The Iron King” by Julie Kagawa: I *have* to read this before anything else on the list, because it’s due back at the local library in three weeks, and my husband has put a temporary ban on my book buying (you know, so we can afford to buy Christmas presents for our kids). After reading so many Top Ten Tuesdays that included this as one of the best series in YA, how can I resist? Plus, I’ve heard that Ash is quite crush-worthy.
“The Scorpio Races” by Maggie Stiefvater: Scholastic was kind enough to send me a review copy, and I’m a big fan of the author’s Wolves of Mercy Falls series, so I’ll definitely read it before Christmas. I’m also expected to be on top of any YA books that are optioned for film adaptations, so that’s another big reason for me to check out Stiefvater’s latest novel (Warner Bros. has already picked it up).
“Desires of the Dead” by Kimberly Derting: Another one that’s stacked on my bedside table. I bought it right after reading “The Body Finder” but have to get through some of the others on my list before returning to the world of Violet and her beautifully protective best friend-turned-boyfriend, Jay.
“Under the Never Sky” by Veronica Rossi: This dystopian romance is loaded on my Kindle and ready to read, but I’ve been so caught up with the library books I’ve barely had time to look at my Kindle. I’ve heard from at least six different bloggers and Twitter pals that the book is awesome and the romance between Aria and Perry is Swoon City as my pals at YA Crush would say.
“Shatter Me” by Tahereh Mafi: My MTV editrix Brooke is a big fan, and she has impeccable taste in books. Not to mention every YA reviewer in the blogosphere says it’s amazing. Clearly must get on the bandwagon.
“Legend” by Marie Lu: Ditto!
“A Clockwork Prince” by Cassandra Clare: I know some friends have rather unkind things to say about Stephenie Meyer’s heir apparent in the world of supernatural YA romance (those Mundie Moms and hardcore Shadowhunter lovers are intense!), but I happen to think she’s a far more nuanced writer, and I’m enjoying the period series even more in some ways than the main Mortal Instruments books, which I also devour like iced-water on a sweltering day.
“The Future of Us” by Jay Asher and Carolyn Mackler: I am just two years older than the protagonists, and I simply have to read the whole glimpse-into-the-future ’90s-set novel. I read the free first chapter and was hooked by the time they mentioned AOL install disks!
“Pandemonium” by Lauren Oliver: I nearly had a heart attack at the end of “Delirium,” so I must know what happens to Lena and Alex.