Please join us for the fourth installment of YA GalleyChat tomorrow, May 15, beginning at 4 p.m. ET (come a half hour early, at 3:30, for a get-to-know-each-other social). Information on how to join here. Mark your calendars — YA GalleyChat is the third Tuesday of every month.
During our April chat, over 40 titles were mentioned. There was excitement for the sequel to Divergent by Veronica Roth (Insurgent, HarperCollins/Katherine Tegen, 5/1), the final book of a trilogy, Bitterblue by Kristin Cashore (Penguin/Dial), and the first in a new series being called the “vampire version of Hunger Games,” The Hunt by Andrew Fukuda (Macmillan/St. Martins/Griffin). But that excitement was tinged with a bit of series fiction weariness (which, librarians added, is not shared by the kids).
That may explain why librarians showed interest in several contemporary stand alones (the quotes below are from GalleyChat).
One Moment by Kristina McBride, (Egmont, 6/26) – “Maggie and Joey are dating, Joey falls off cliff and Maggie can’t remember what happened in final moments. When she starts remembering, things start unraveling and Joey might not have been the perfect boyfriend she thought.”
The Downside of Being Charlie by Jenny Torres Sanchez, (Perseus/Running Press Kids, 5/22) –
“Contemporary stand alone for older teens.”
“Great debut and very honest male protagonist voice.”
Something Like Normal by Trish Doller, (Bloomsbury US, 6/19) – “A young Marine comes home from Afghanistan and is trying to adjust. - but he’s dealing with the ghost of his best friend who was killed in action.” Available on NetGalley.
But series fiction continued to rear its head, including TWO forthcoming titles, both described as “Game of Thrones for YA,” featuring female protagonists.
Falling Kingdoms, Morgan Rhodes, (Penguin/Razor Bill, 12/11) — The publisher describes this as a “A deeply dramatic fantasy series that’s Game of Thrones for teens.”
Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas, (Bloomsbury US, 8/7) – Described by the publisher as “the teen girl version of Game of Thrones.”