Many awesome young adult books have been published recently and the Kenton County Public Library has a lot to offer. Here are a some popular picks:
Cath is a Simon Snow fan, well; the whole world is a Simon Snow fan. But for Cath, being a fan is her life. She and her twin sister, Wren, grew up being fangirls. Now they’re going to college, can Cath leave Simon Snow behind?
If you haven’t read Eleanor & Park yet by Rowell, you should. It’s the story of two star-crossed misfits; smart enough to know that first love almost never lasts, but brave and desperate enough to try.
The third book in the Divergent series; comes out on October 22nd. What if your whole world was a lie? What if a single revelation changed everything? What if love and loyalty made you do things you never expected? This explosive conclusion of the Divergent trilogy reveals secrets of the dystopian world.
The story that began with Unwind continues. Connor and Lev are on the run after the destruction of the Graveyard, the last safe haven for AWOL Unwinds. They’re not just running away from something; this time, they’re running toward answers to bring down unwinding forever. Out October 15th.
In the Age of Love and Chocolate by Gabrielle Zevin
All These Things I’ve Done, the first novel in the Birthright series, introduced us to timeless heroine Anya Balanchine, a plucky sixteen year old with the heart of a girl and the responsibilities of a grown woman. Now eighteen, life has been more bitter than sweet for Anya. This is the story of growing up and learning what love really is.
The sequel to The Compound will keep you on the edge of your seat. Eli and his family lived in an underground shelter they called the Compound for six years. They thought they were the only survivors of a nuclear attack, but when Eli learned that it was all a twisted experiment orchestrated by his tech-visionary father, he broke the family out. Now, the family must readjust to life in the real world. Their ordeal has made them so famous, they must stay in hiding—everyone wants a piece of them.
In this gripping sequel to Adaptation Reese and David are not normal teens–not since they were adapted with alien DNA by the Imria, an extraterrestrial race that has been secretly visiting Earth for decades. Now everyone is trying to get to them: the government, the Imria, and a mysterious corporation that would do anything for the upper hand against the aliens.
This startlingly original novel will shock and disturb you. Four years ago, Judith and her best friend disappeared from their small town of Roswell Station. Two years ago, only Judith returned, permanently mutilated, reviled and ignored by those who were once her friends and family. Unable to speak, Judith lives like a ghost in her own home, silently pouring out her thoughts to the boy who’s owned her heart as long as she can remember. But when Roswell Station is attacked, long-buried secrets come to light, and Judith is forced to choose: continue to live in silence, or recover her voice, even if it means changing her world, and the lives around her, forever.
Shadows by Robin McKinley
Maggie knows something’s off about Val, her mom’s new husband. Val is from Oldworld, where they still use magic, and he won’t have any tech in his office-shed behind the house. But—more importantly—what are the huge, horrible, jagged, jumpy shadows following him around? Magic is illegal in Newworld, which is all about science. The magic-carrying gene was disabled two generations ago, back when Maggie’s great-grandmother was a notable magician. But that was a long time ago.
Invasion by Walter Dean Myers
Josiah Wedgewood and Marcus Perry are on their way to an uncertain future. Their whole lives are ahead of them, yet at the same time, death’s whisper is everywhere. One white, one black, these young men have nothing in common and everything in common as they approach an experience that will change them forever. It’s May 1944. World War II is ramping up, and so are these young recruits, ready and eager.
Marie Antionette, Serial Killer by Katie Alender
Heads will roll! Paris, France: a city of fashion, chocolate croissants, and cute boys. Colette Iselin is thrilled be there for the first time, on her spring break class trip. But a series of gruesome murders are taking place around the city, putting everyone on edge. And as she tours the sights, Colette keeps seeing a strange vision: a pale woman in a ball gown and powdered wig, who looks like Marie Antoinette.
Hideous Love: The Story of the Girl Who Wrote Frankenstein by Stephanie Hemphill
An all-consuming love affair with famed poet Percy Bysshe Shelley, a family torn apart by scandal, a young author on the brink of greatness: Hideous Love is the story of the mastermind behind one of the most iconic figures in all of literature, a monster constructed out of dead bodies and brought to life by the tragic Dr. Frankenstein. This luminous verse novel reveals how Mary Shelley became one of the most celebrated authors in history.
Eat, Brains, Love by Jeff Hart
A laugh-out-loud funny, surprisingly romantic, zombie road trip novel filled with heart—and brains. Eat, Brains, Love is perfect for fans of Isaac Marion’s Warm Bodies. The good news: Jake’s dream girl, Amanda Blake, finally knows his name. The bad news: it’s because they both contracted a mysterious zombie virus and devoured the brains of half their senior class.
The Pretenders by Lisi Harrison
Three girls, two guys, five secret journals. The five most popular students at Noble High have secrets to hide; secrets they wrote down in their journals. Now one of their own exposes the private entries…
Check out these titles and more from the Kenton County Public Library Teen Spaces.
-written by Erin DeSantis, Young Adult Librarian