August Young Adult Picks

Young Adult picks? We’ve got them:

A New Darkness A New Darkness
by Joseph Delaney
YA DEL

Entertaining follow-up to the Spook’s Apprentice series, featuring a new twist on the original with a female apprentice!
-Sara

ScorpionThe House of the Scorpion
by Nancy Farmer
YA FAR

Matt lives as the prized clone of drug lord Matteo Alacran, but is hated by most everyone else. As he begins to suspect his fate, Matt realizes escape from the opium farm may be his only chance for survival.
-Mike

The Winner's CurseThe Winner’s Curse
by Marie Rutkoski
YA RUT

An aristocratic girl who is a member of a warmongering and enslaving empire purchases a slave, an act that sets in motion a rebellion that might overthrow her world as well as her heart.
-Serena

I Am The Messenger I Am The Messenger
by Markus Zusak
YA ZUS
By the author of the #1 New York Times bestseller The Book Thief, this is a cryptic journey filled with laughter, fists, and love.

Ed Kennedy is an underage cabdriver without much of a future. He’s pathetic at playing cards, hopelessly in love with his best friend, Audrey, and utterly devoted to his coffee-drinking dog, the Doorman. His life is one of peaceful routine and incompetence until he inadvertently stops a bank robbery.

That’s when the first ace arrives in the mail. That’s when Ed becomes the messenger. Chosen to care, he makes his way through town helping and hurting (when necessary) until only one question remains: Who’s behind Ed’s mission?

-Lynae

June Young Adult Picks

Summer Reading is just getting started! Check out these great Young Adult books to keep you reading:

Frozen Frozen
by Melissa de la Cruz and Michael Johnston
YA DEL

More than a century after a catastrophic disaster wiped out most of humanity and covered much of the earth with ice, sixteen-year-old Nat yields to the voice in her head urging her to embark on a dangerous journey across a poisoned sea to the mythical land, the Blue.

-Serena

Body Finder The Body Finder
by Kimberly Derting
YA DER

Violet has two secrets dominating her junior year: her ability to sense echoes from murder victims and her growing crush on childhood friend Jay. Can she keep it together as Jay helps her hunt for a serial killer? For those who like a bit of romance mixed in with their suspense novels, this is the book for you. The first in a series.
-Mike

Talon Talon
by Julie Kagawa
YA KAG

The dragons of Talon have been hiding in human forms to save themselves from being hunted. Ember and Dante Hill are the only brother and sister dragons. Ember wants to experience being a teen before fulfilling her destiny in Talon; however, she is being pursued by Garret St. James, whose task is to destroy all dragons but only when he is certain about his prey. And he is not quite certain about Ember.
-Serena

Read Between the Lines Read Between the Lines
by Jo Knowles
YA KNO

Does anyone ever see us for who we really are? Jo Knowles’s revelatory novel of interlocking stories peers behind the scrim as it follows nine teens and one teacher through a seemingly ordinary day.
-Crystal

Liars Inc. Liars Inc.
by Paula Stokes
YA STO

Max forms a professional lying service with his friend Preston and girlfriend Parvati to make extra cash. But when Preston disappears the police see Max as the prime suspect. Can he escape his web of lies?
-Mike

May Young Adult Picks

Looking for your next Young Adult read? We’ve got you covered!

Knife of Never Letting Go The Knife of Never Letting Go
by Patrick Ness
YA NES

Pursued by power-hungry Prentiss and mad minister Aaron, young Todd and Viola set out across New World searching for answers about his colony’s true past and seeking a way to warn the ship bringing hopeful settlers from Old World.
-Serena

Dorothy Must Die Dorothy Must Die
by Danielle Paige
YA PAI

Dorothy found a way to come back to Oz. They say she seized power and the power went to her head. And now no one is safe.
-Crystal

The Raven Boys The Raven Boys
by Maggie Stiefvater
YA STI

Though she is from a family of clairvoyants, Blue Sargent’s only gift seems to be that she makes other people’s talents stronger, and when she meets Gansey, one of the Raven Boys from the expensive Aglionby Academy, she discovers that he has talents of his own–and that together their talents are a dangerous mix.

-Serena

Wish You Were Dead Wish You Were Dead
by Todd Strasser
YA STR

The day after anonymous blogger Str-S-d wishes the popular girl would die, Lucy vanishes. The students of Soundview High are scared and worried. Especially frightened and wracked with guilt is Madison Archer, Lucy’s friend and the last person to see her the night she disappeared. As days pass with no sign of the missing girl, even the attention of Tyler, an attractive new student, is not enough to distract Madison from her growing sense of foreboding. When two more popular students disappear after their names are mentioned on Str-S-d’s blog, the residents of Soundview panic.
-Crystal

Rebel Rebel
by Amy Tintera
YA TIN
Having broken free of HARC, seventeen-year-old Wren and Callum escaped north but the Reboot Reservation is preparing to wage all-out war on the humans and the two are torn about their loyalties until Micah commits the ultimate betrayal and their choice is made.
-Serena

The Unlikely Hero of Room 13B The Unlikely Hero of Room 13B
by Teresa Toten
YA TOT

It is hard enough being a teenager but being a teenager with obsessive compulsive disorder is an even bigger challenge. Adam Ross joined an OCD support group and immediately falls for a fellow group member. Adam seems to be able to help everyone in the support group but with his crazy family life he finds his compulsive routines escalating. I found this book to be both funny and sad and an insightful look into mental illness.
-Debbie

March Young Adult Picks

Spring into these Young Adult Favorites!

The Naturals The Naturals
by Jennifer Barnes

YA BAR

Cassie, who has a natural ability to read people, joins a team of criminal-profiling teens at the FBI investigating cold cases. The plot starts off a bit slow but builds to an exciting conclusion. First in a series.
-Mike

Skinny Skinny
by Donna Cooner

YA COO

Hopeless. Freak. Elephant. Pitiful. These are the words of Skinny, the vicious voice that lives inside fifteen-year-old Ever Davies’s head. Skinny tells Ever all the dark thoughts her classmates have about her. Ever knows she weighs over three hundred pounds, knows she’ll probably never be loved, and Skinny makes sure she never forgets it.
-Crystal

Body in the Woods Body in the Woods
by April Henry

YA HEN

While helping the Portland County Sheriff’s Search and Rescue to seek a missing autistic man, teens Alexis, Nick, and Ruby find, instead, a body and join forces to find the girl’s murderer, forming an unlikely friendship, as well.
–Serena

Skink No Surrender Skink No Surrender
by Carl Hiaasen

YA HIA

Classic Malley—to avoid being shipped off to boarding school, she takes off with some guy she met online. Poor Richard—he knows his cousin’s in trouble before she does. Wild Skink—he’s a ragged, one-eyed ex-governor of Florida, and enough of a renegade to think he can track Malley down. With Richard riding shotgun, the unlikely pair scour the state, undaunted by blinding storms, crazed pigs, flying bullets, and giant gators.
-Crystal

All the Bright Places All the Bright Places
by Jennifer Niven

YA NIV

Violet and Finch meet atop a tower on the campus of their high school, both contemplating suicide. They form an unlikely friendship as Violet is dealing with the death of her sister and best friend and Finch is considered a “freak” by his classmates. A great read dealing with loss, friendship, depression, recovery and survival.
-Debbie

American Born Chinese American Born Chinese
by Gene Yang

YA YAN

This book alternates interrelated stories about three characters: a Chinese American trying to fit into popular culture, a Chinese folk hero attempting to be worshipped as a god; and a teenager ashamed by his Chinese cousin’s behavior. Each of these characters cannot help himself alone, but how can they possibly help each other? They’re going to have to find a way—if they want fix the disasters their lives have become.
-Nancy

February Young Adult Picks

Here are some more of those great YA books you’re looking for!

Obsidian Obsidian
by Jennifer Armentrout

YA ARM

Katy notices strange things in the WV town where she has recently moved. How does the hot neighbor who hates her move so fast and why is he always trying to talk to her, especially when he has forbidden her quite rudely to stay away from his twin sister?
-Serena

Mango A Mango-shaped Space
by Wendy Maas

YA MAA

Mia Winchell appears to be a typical kid, but she’s keeping a big secret—sounds, numbers, and words have color for her. No one knows, and Mia wants to keep it that way. But when trouble at school finally forces Mia to reveal her secret, she must learn to accept herself and embrace her ability, called synesthesia, a mingling of the senses.
-Crystal

Obsidian The Sky is Everywhere
by Jandy Nelson

YA NEL

Lennon “Lennie” Walker’s older sister/best friend dies very suddenly. This is a beautifully written story of grief, love, family, forgiveness and finding the courage to keep putting one foot in front of the other and learning to laugh and live again. Jandy Nelson is my favorite YA author!
-Debbie

Seconds Seconds
by Bryan Lee O’Malley

YA OMA

Katie is a chef who uses magic mushrooms to fix her mistakes and escape the consequences of her actions. Unfortunately all of her second chances lead to increasingly undesirable outcomes in O’Malley’s great followup to the “Scott Pilgrim” series.
-Mike

January Young Adult Picks

Ring in the new year with some fantastic young adult books!

Girl from the Well The Girl From the Well
by Rin Chupeco

YA CHU

Okiku has wandered the world for centuries, freeing the innocent ghosts of the murdered-dead and taking the lives of killers with the vengeance they are due, but when she meets Tark she knows the moody teen with the series of intricate tattoos is not a monster and needs to be freed from the demonic malevolence that clings to him.
-Serena

Shelter Shelter (Mickey Bolitar #1)
by Harlan Coben

YA COB

Mickey Bolitar’s year can’t get much worse. After witnessing his father’s death and sending his mom to rehab, he’s forced to live with his estranged uncle Myron and switch high schools. Fortunately, he’s met a great girl, Ashley, and it seems like things might finally be improving. But then Ashley vanishes. Mickey follows Ashley’s trail into a seedy underworld that reveals that Ashley isn’t who she claimed to be.
-Crystal

The Young Elites The Young Elites
by Marie Lu

YA LU

Adelina Amouteru survived the blood fever, a deadly illness that killed many, but left others with strange markings and supernatural powers. Cast out by her family, Adelina joins the secret society of the Young Elites and discovers her own dangerous abilities.
-Serena

Wake Wake (Dream Catcher #1)
by Lisa McMann

YA MCM

Ever since she was eight years old, high school student Janie Hannagan has been uncontrollably drawn into other people’s dreams, but it is not until she befriends an elderly nursing home patient and becomes involved with an enigmatic fellow-student that she discovers her true power.
-Crystal

Confessions Confessions: The Paris Mysteries
by James Patterson

YA PAT

After investigating multiple homicides and her family’s decades-old skeletons in the closet, Tandy Angel is finally reunited with her lost love in Paris. But as he grows increasingly distant, Tandy is confronted with disturbing questions about him, as well as what really happened to her long-dead sister. With no way to tell anymore who in her life she can trust, how will Tandy ever get to the bottom of the countless secrets her parents kept from her?
-Crystal

December Young Adult Picks

Use your upcoming vacation time to curl up with these great young adult books!

The Siren The Siren
by Kiera Cass

YA CAS

“‘You must never do anything that might expose our secret. This means that, in general, you cannot form close bonds with humans. You can speak to us, and you can always commune with the Ocean, but you are deadly to humans.”
-Serena

Poison Princess Poison Princess
by Kresley Cole

YA COL

In the aftermath of a cataclysmic event, sixteen-year-old Evie, from a well-to-do Louisiana family, learns that her terrible visions are actually prophecies and that there are others like herself–embodiments of Tarot cards destined to engage in an epic battle.
-Serena

The Iron King The Iron King
by Julie Kagawa

YA KAG

Meghan Chase is wanting to be a normal teenager who is turning sixteen but she is not and her journey will show that she is the daughter of a faery king and she has a destiny.
-Serena

Acceleration Acceleration
by Graham McNamee

YA MCN

Duncan’s summer job is working at the lost and found for the Toronto Transit Authority. To pass the time he searches through left behind books and stumbles upon a hand written diary of a potential serial killer. Should he turn it in to the police or investigate on his own?
-Debbie

I'll Give You the Sun I’ll Give You the Sun
by Jandy Nelson

YA NEL

Noah and Jude are twins who, until the age of 13, think of themselves and NoahandJude. This book is beautifully written and I have put it on my “must be read again” list!
-Debbie