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Fall Picks: Need to Know YA Releases Part 2

Here's part two of my Need to Know list. You can find Part One and more about the list here.

Halo by Alexandra Adornetto
Release Date: August 31, 2010

Need to Know: Halo is written by an Australian teen author making her US debut. The story involves three angels who visit Earth and one of the angels finds herself drawn to a human boy. There’s a planned trilogy, so paranormal fans will be eagerly awaiting each volume. I’ve had guys and girls read this one and rave about it.

What if it’s not in: Kissed by an Angel by Elizabeth Chandler, Hush, Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick, Fallen by Lauren Kate, Heavenly by Jennifer Laurens, Eternal by Cynthia Leitich Smith

Hunger by Jackie Morse Kessler
Release Date: October 18, 2010

Need to Know: Dystopian meets issue driven. The first in a series, Hunger is the story of an anorexic girl who is the new Horseman of the Apocalypse, Famine.

What if it’s not in: For realistic issue driven novels try: Wintergirls by Laurie Halse Anderson, novels by Ellen Hopkins, Sweethearts by Sara Zarr, For dystopian try: Feed by M.T. Anderson, The Gardener by S.A. Bodeen, Skinned by Robin Wasserman

I Am Number Four by Pittacus Lore
Release Date: August 3, 2010

Need to Know: Pittacus Lore is the pseudonym of James Frey and Jobie Hughes and I Am Number Four is another trying to be big series with six books planned. Think of this as Twilight with aliens, a big screen movie with star power behind it (Michael Bay and Steven Spielberg are producing) is due in theaters in February.

What if it’s not in: Old Magic by Marianne Curley, Dancing with an Alien by Mary Logue, Roswell High by Melinda Metz, The Doom Machine by Mark Teague, Reincarnation by Suzanne Weyn

Jane by April Lindner
Release Date: October 11, 2010

Need to Know: A contemporary re-telling of Jane Eyre, the tag line is “what if Jane Eyre fell in love with a rock star?”

What if it’s not in: Magic Under Glass by Jaclyn Dolamore, The House of Dead Maids by Clare B. Dunkle, The Heights by Brian James, Wuthering High by Cara Lockwood, Beauty by Robin McKinley, Enthusiasm by Polly Shulman, Impossible by Nancy Werlin

The Lying Game by Sara Shepard
Release Date: December 7, 2010

Need to Know: The TV series based on Pretty Little Liars has a big following, and with that book series over, readers will be eager to get their hands on this one. It’s being billed as a cross between Pretty Little Liars and The Lovely Bones.

What if it’s not in: She’s So Dead to Us by Kate Brian, Top 8 by Katie Finn, The Luxe by Anna Godbersen, Paper Towns by John Green, Deception by Lee Nichols, Beautiful Americans by Lucy Silag, The Naughty List by Suzanne Young

Matched by Ally Condie
Release Date: November 30, 2010

Need to Know: Matched is the book to know this Fall and is the dystopian offering of the Penguin five. Sold in a seven figure three book deal at auction, Matched is the story of a future society where people are “matched” together-but Cassia falls for someone other than her “match.” Matched has buzz about it being the next big thing.

What if it’s not in: Candor by Pam Bachorz, Incarceron by Catherine Fisher, The Adoration of Jenna Fox by Mary Pearson, The Dead Tossed Waves by Carrie Ryan,

The Mockingbirds by Daisy Whitney
Release Date: November 2, 2010

Need to Know: Themis Academy is a boarding school with a secret society known as The Mockingbirds who make it their job to right the wrongs of their peers. There has been a lot of buzz building online for this debut author.

What if it’s not in: I’d Tell You I Love You but Then I’d Have to Kill You by Ally Carter, The Cinderella Society by Kay Cassidy, Alphas by Lisi Harrison, The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau Banks by E. Lockhart

Nightshade by Andrea Cremer
Release Date: October 19, 2010

Need to Know: The paranormal offering from “the Penguin five” Nightshade is a werewolf love story.

What if it’s not in: Raised by Wolves by Jennifer Lynn Barnes, Low Red Moon by Ivy Devlin, Moonlight by Rachel Hawthorne, Claire de Lune by Christine Johnson, Blood and Chocolate by Annette Curtis Klause, Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater

Paranormalcy by Kiersten White
Release Date: August 31, 2010

Need to Know: Don’t let the dark cover fool you-this one is a lighter chick lit take on the Paranormal. There’s mystery and romance and lots of humor and with Kiersten White’s online fan following, this one will have lots of readers. (Update: I wrote that before the book debuted on the NY Times Bestseller List! I'm feeling somewhat psychic!:)

What if it’s not in: Bite Me! by Melissa Francis, Hex Hall by Rachel Hawkins, Hearts at Stake by Alyxandra Harvey, Sucks to Be Me by Kimberly Pauley, Stupid Cupid by Rhonda Stapleton


  1. Paranormalcy ranks with Sucks To Be Me as my favorite non-angsty Paranormal for the year. I'm very excited about Mockingbirds as well. Not as sure about Halo. I've heard good and bad review, and for some reason I hate the cover.
    Alison Can Read

  2. Great list! Some amazing choices I have been hearing great things about. Can't wait to get to them all!

  3. I am Number Four, Matched and Hunger look great. Maybe the Lying Game too.

  4. Another great list, Sarah! THANK YOU. I've sent it to our Teen Librarian and Reference Manager. You rock!

  5. I already read Paranormalcy and I am Number 4. I highly recommend them. Can't wait to read Matched.

  6. I just finished Hunger today and have to say it's not dystopian in the least. It's very well done and quite interesting the way the author ties in the role of Famine as a character. Definitely a good read particularly for those interested in issue driven content.

    Loved Mockingbirds! It was a truly fantastic read. Another "issue" book that is so well written I can see why it would be popular.

    I'm super anticipitory of Jane, I've heard nothing but good things about it. It might even be one I run out and get on the day it releases!


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