Let’s see…what can I get rid of, er, I mean give away this week? Actually, it’s going to be a “Vintage YA” week. I’m not sure how I amassed such a backlog of YA books. I was reading them for a while, and might again. YA tends to be imaginative and fun, but can veer quickly into teen angst. When I was a teen, I found teen angst very relevant. Now? Not so much, although I know a LOT of adults who love reading YA. If you’re a book collector, all but one of these are coveted ARCs (advance review copies). It’s illegal to sell these, but if you know a collector or YA fan, pass them along!
In case you missed previous giveaways, my word for 2015 is “Simplify.” It means cutting things out of my life that cause me stress, at least when I can, making complex tasks simpler, and decluttering. My 500-plus title TBR pile is stressing me out, but I can’t throw books away (which is how I got in this shape to begin with), I think they’re wasted at places like Goodwill, where they languish for years and eventually get destroyed. So I’m passing them on to you in hopes you’ll find something you want to read.
Be warned—they’re in no order by genre or format or release date, although most of these are not even out yet. I’m grabbing them in whatever order I find them, so you never know what will show up!
HOW TO ENTER: Leave a comment saying which of these “vintage YA” books you’d read first! I’d categorize all as urban fantasy or sci-fi.
BEFORE I FALL, by Lauren Oliver (HarperTeen, ARC, March 2010).
This, Oliver’s first novel, was very well received. The blurb: For popular high school senior Samantha Kingston, February 12—”Cupid Day”—should be one big party, a day of valentines and roses and the privileges that come with being at the top of the social pyramid. And it is…until she dies in a terrible accident that night. However, she still wakes up the next morning. In fact, Sam lives the last day of her life seven times, until she realizes that by making even the slightest changes, she may hold more power than she ever imagined.
DARKNESS BECOMES HER, by Kelly Keaton (Simon Pulse, ARC, February 2011 release).
This was the first YA novel for Kelly Keaton, who writes adult fiction as Kelly Gay. The blurb: Ari can’t help feeling lost and alone. With teal eyes and freakish silver hair that can’t be changed or destroyed, Ari has always stood out. And after growing up in foster care, she longs for some understanding of where she came from and who she is. Her search for answers uncovers just one message from her long dead mother: Run. Ari can sense that someone, or something, is getting closer than they should. But it’s impossible to protect herself when she doesn’t know what she’s running from or why she is being pursued. She knows only one thing: she must return to her birthplace of New 2, the lush rebuilt city of New Orleans. Upon arriving, she discovers that New 2 is very…different. Here, Ari is seemingly normal. But every creature she encounters, no matter how deadly or horrifying, is afraid of her. Ari won’t stop until she knows why. But some truths are too haunting, too terrifying, to ever be revealed.
NIGHTSHADE, by Andrea Cremer (Philomel, ARC, October 2010).
The first book in Cremer’s popular Nightshade series. The blurb: Calla Tor has always known her destiny: After graduating from the Mountain School, she’ll be the mate of sexy alpha wolf Ren Laroche and fight with him, side by side, ruling their pack and guarding sacred sites for the Keepers. But when she violates her masters’ laws by saving a beautiful human boy out for a hike, Calla begins to question her fate, her existence, and the very essence of the world she has known. By following her heart, she might lose everything- including her own life. Is forbidden love worth the ultimate sacrifice?
ACROSS THE UNIVERSE, by Beth Revis (Razorbill, ARC, January 2011).
I’ve actually read this one (although this is an unread ARC), and it’s quite good despite the angst, with very good worldbuilding. It was the first in Revis’ popular series. The blurb: Seventeen-year-old Amy joins her parents as frozen cargo aboard the vast spaceship Godspeed and expects to awaken on a new planet, three hundred years in the future. Never could she have known that her frozen slumber would come to an end fifty years too soon and that she would be thrust into the brave new world of a spaceship that lives by its own rules. Amy quickly realizes that her awakening was no mere computer malfunction. Someone – one of the few thousand inhabitants of the spaceship – tried to kill her. And if Amy doesn’t do something soon, her parents will be next. Now Amy must race to unlock Godspeed’s hidden secrets. But out of her list of murder suspects, there’s only one who matters: Elder, the future leader of the ship and the love she could never have seen coming.
FATED, by Alyson Noel (St. Martin’s Griffin, Trade, November 2012).
First in the Soul Seekers series from Noel. The blurb: I shove through the crowd, knocking into girls and bouncing off boys, until one in particular catches me, steadies me. I feel so secure, so at home in his arms. I melt against his chest-lift my gaze to meet his. Gasping when I stare into a pair of icy blue eyes banded by brilliant flecks of gold that shine like kaleidoscopes, reflecting my image thousands of times. The boy from my dream. The one who died in my arms. Strange things are happening to Daire Santos. Crows mock her, glowing people stalk her, time stops without warning, and a beautiful boy with unearthly blue eyes haunts all her dreams. Fearing for her daughter’s sanity, Daire’s mother sends her to live with the grandmother she’s never met. A woman who recognizes the visions for what they truly are—the call to her destiny as a Soul Seeker—one who can navigate the worlds between the living and dead. There on the dusty plains of Enchantment, New Mexico, Daire sets out to harness her mystical powers. But it’s when she meets Dace, the boy from her dreams, that her whole world is shaken to its core. Now Daire is forced to discover if Dace is the one guy she’s meant to be with…or if he’s allied with the enemy she’s destined to destroy.
So, which one most floats your boat, or if you’ve read one of them, what did you think? Leave your answer in a comment, and I will announce winners on Sunday! These books, by the way, must be mailed media mail in the US and slow-boat-to-anywhere internationally because otherwise the postage costs would kill me. So be patient