Incarceron by Catherine Fisher
Release Date: January 26, 2010
Need to Know: Dystopian lit is very popular in YA right now and this is the newest dystopian offering to hit big and offering fans of The Hunger Games a new series to get addicted to. Incarceron has received five starred reviews, is a NYT Bestseller and readers are anxiously awaiting the sequel, Sapphique, due in December.
What if it’s not in: The Forest of Hands and Teeth (and sequel) by Carrie Ryan, The Line by Teri Hall, The Declaration (and sequels) by Gemma Malley, Tomorrow When the War Began (and sequels) by John Marsden, Carbon Diaries 2015 (and sequel) by Saci Lloyd, Birthmarked by Caragh O’Brien, The Maze Runner by James Dashner, Dark Life by Kat Falls
Jekel Loves Hyde by Beth Fantaskey
Release Date: May 3, 2010
Need to Know: Beth Fantaskey’s first novel, Jessica’s Guide to Dating on the Dark Side earned her a huge fan base-so much so they demanded an online short story of the characters wedding! Jessica’s Guide… was also mentioned by teens at ALA last summer as “better than Twilight.” Expect paranormal fans to be clamoring for this one.
What if it’s not in: Sleepless by Cyn Balog, Wings (and sequel) by Aprilynne Pike, Hush, Hush (and sequel) by Becca Fitzpatrick, Wondrous Strange (and sequel) by Lesley Livingston, Need (and sequel) by Carrie Jones, Iron King (and sequel) by Julie Kagawa, My Soul to Save (and sequels) by Rachel Vincent, Beautiful Creatures (and sequel) by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl
Kiss Me Deadly: 13 Tales of Paranormal Love by Various Authors
Release Date: July 27, 2010
Need to Know: A paranormal short story collection-perfect for paranormal fans looking for a new author or new stories from old favorites.
What if it’s not in: Any books by the authors included, short story collections-The Eternal Kiss: 13 Vampire Tales of Blood and Desire, Prom Nights From Hell, Vacations from Hell, Love is Hell
Lies: A Gone Novel by Michael Grant
Release Date: May 4, 2010
Need to Know: The first in the series, Gone, is on the 2010-2011 Truman list. Dystopian lit where all the adults disappear and kids are own their own. “If Stephen King wrote Lord of the Flies-“-VOYA
What if it’s not in: Dystopian fare-check previous dystopian lists.
Linger by Maggie Stiefvater
Release Date: July 20, 2010
Need to Know: The must-have paranormal romance of 2010. Linger is the sequel to NYT Bestseller Shiver. Shiver has a huge fanbase and there’s a movie version in the works. Paranormal romance with werewolves.
What if it’s not in: Maggie’s other titles-Lament and Ballad, Fairy Tale by Cyn Balog, Impossible by Nancy Werlin, Blood and Chocolate by Annette Curtis Klaus, The Silver Kiss by Annette Curtis Klause, Moonlight (and sequels) by Rachel Hawthorne, Hush Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick, The Dark Divine by Bree Despain
Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins
Release Date: August 24, 2010
Need to Know: The biggest release of 2010 and the number one must know release. Final book in the The Hunger Games Trilogy, if you haven’t read these already, you must do so now!!
What if it’s not in: See previous dystopian lists.
The Necromancer: The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel by Michael Scott
Release Date: May 25, 2010
Need to Know: This fantasy series is gaining popularity with each new release. The Necromancer is the fourth book in the series with six books planned.
What if it’s not in: Bartimaeus Triology by Jonathan Stroud, Fablehaven series by Brandon Mull, Mysterious Benedict Society by Trenton Lee Stewart, see list for Ranger’s Apprentice
Pretty Little Liars by Sara Shepard
Release Date: Seven in series out now, book 8 out June 8, 2010
Need to Know: ABC Family has a TV series based on this series premiering in June.
What if it’s not in: Private Series by Kate Brian, Privilege Series by Kate Brian, The Luxe Series by Ana Godbersen, see previous list for Carrie Diaries
Ranger’s Apprentice: The Kings of Clonmel by Jon Flanagan
Release Date: May 18, 2010
Need to Know: Book number eight in the ever popular Ranger’s Apprentice series. For reader’s looking for a great fantasy/adventure read.
What if it’s not in: The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel Series by Michael Scott, Fablehaven Series by Brandon Mull, The Lost Years of Merlin Series by T.A. Barron, The Thief (and sequels) by Megan Whalen Turner, Skulduggery Pleasant series by Derek Landy, The Last Apprentice Series by Joseph Delaney, Airborn (and sequels) by Kenneth Oppel