Readers of young adult fiction, the time has arrived for more suggestions for YALSA’s Readers’ Choice list. Although I haven’t had the honor of reading the latest nominees yet, they have certainly piqued my interest and have most definitely been placed on my bedside table must read pile (which is taller than the bedside lamp).
- William Harlan Richter’s Dark Eyes is a new title featuring a feisty heroine in an adventure sure to appeal to fans of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson or All These Things I’ve Done by Gabrielle Zevin. Three cheers for books with heroines!
- Cassandra Clare’s Mortal Instruments series is going strong: the fifth book in the series, City of Lost Souls, has been nominated by more than one person this month.
- If you are a fan of time travel check out Julie Cross’s Tempest. Jumping through time has always been fun for Jackson, until he tries to undo damage and finds himself facing the Enemies of Time.
- This is Not a Test by Courtney Summers had multiple nominations this month. One reader stated, “I only read this book because the author is one of my favorite realistic fiction YA authors. I don’t normally like zombie stories or have any interest in them, but this felt like a freakish horror version of ‘The Breakfast Club.’ It was just beyond awesome, from the flawed complex characters to the ticking time bomb of zombies banging on the doors to the school the teen characters have taken shelter in. It’s intense and emotional but also very funny at times.” Another reader said, “This is Not a Test is a powerful character-driven novel. Despite the horror of the zombie apocalypse occurring, what matters is not the undead coming alive but the living coming alive.”
Check out all the nominations. And remember, books with multiple suggestions are the ones that make it to the ballot! So even if you see a book you’ve read and liked on the list, go right ahead and suggest it yourself, too! Keep the suggestions coming!
— Dawn Anderson, currently reading The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky