It’s YA lucky day! It’s Teen Thursday!
We’re bringing you YA news from around the globe and highlights from the BookPeople Teen Press Corps Blog! Don’t forget to check out the blog for new reviews, event reports, and other teen news!
Finally–The Raven King is Here!
Finally, the wait is over. The Raven King, the fourth and final installment in the wonderful Raven Cycle is here.
To celebrate, BookPeople and the Forever YA Book Club hosted a release party including Tarot, dream interpretation, and paper crown crafts. We also put together a predictions wall: who is kissing whom? Who dies? Who lives?
If you’re at all a fan of Welsh and Arthurian mythology, if you like ancient mysteries and incredible prophecies, if you like the idea that young adults can do anything, you should definitely pick up the Raven Cycle. The first book is The Raven Boys, located here. The last book is The Raven King.
From the Teen Press Corps
The Stars Never Rise. This futuristic story is a compelling fantasy with a twist. When all else is gone, only the church rises from the ashes to lay down the law. You do everything according to the church and once you pledge yourself you belong to them. Ever since the well of souls ran dry the human race has been in despair. No longer can a child be born unless a generous donor is willing to give up their life. The humans blame the monstrous demons who are able to take over a human’s body and obtain all their memories so no one suspects their true identity. Teenager Nina Kane, however, is an exorcist. She has the rare ability to send a demon back to where it came from once it’s in someone else’s body. When Nina discovers someone close to her is possessed and her sister is taken away from her by the church, she doesn’t realize just how many people in this town are not what they seem.
Teen New Releases
All JT really wants to go is go to college. Unfortunately, without a way to pay for it, it looks like he’ll stay stuck in Clearwater, Florida for the rest of his life. Unless…There’s a drag competition in New York City with a scholarship for a prize, and JT’s boyfriend, Seth, thinks he can do it. They embark on a road trip up the Eastern coast, best friend Heather in tow. JT’s dreams are just on the other side of the Holland Tunnel. He’ll have to overcome his stage fright and his fear, but maybe he can make his dreams come true.
Keeley’s home is in danger. The rain hasn’t stopped, and the town is going to wash away. The evacuation has been ordered by city government, but Keeley is a handful of moments away from kissing the boy she’s had a crush on for ages. She hatches a plan to play pranks on her friends and family, but that might lead to more disaster than the incoming flood. The end of life as she knows it is on its way, one way or another. Will she lose her friends, Jesse, and the trust of her parents? Or will she learn in the face of impending doom what really matters?
When Maya becomes the wife of a king, she knows that there is death and destruction in her future. The destiny has been foretold. But is the destiny all there is? In a complexly political novel inspired by Indian mythology, Chokshi blends magic and mystery, fate and free will in an exciting, romantic adventure. Beautifully written, The Star-Touched Queen weaves a shining web of sacrifice, self-discovery, and the magic of one’s own decisions.
Upcoming YA Events
Sunday, May 8th at 2PM – Amie Kaufman, Jay Kristoff, & Amy Tintera
Join us today for an amazing day of YA! Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff will be here speaking and signing Illuminae, the incredibly creative space epic! Amy Tintera will join them, speaking and signing Ruined, the first in a new series! Join us this afternoon and explore the wonderful world of YA.
Thursday, May 12th at 7PM – Shannon Messenger & Chris Howard
Join us this Teen Thursday for a fantastic joint event from Shannon Messenger and Chris Howard! Shannon Messenger is here speaking and signing Let the Wind Rise, the epic conclusion to the Sky Fall series! Chris Howard is here discussing and signing Night Speed, about an addictive new drug that gives its users superhuman strength and speed! Come out tonight for a magnificent YA event!
Friday, May 20th at 6PM – Jennifer Armentrout
BookPeople loves Jennifer Armentrout! We have had a blast with her in the past and we are looking forward to hosting her for her new young adult novel, about a shy young woman (nicknamed Mouse) and a boy she knew in another life, when they lived in the same foster home. Join us tonight as she speaks and signs The Problem With Forever.
News from The Bookosphere
Lena Coakley, author of Worlds of Ink And Shadow, wrote an article in The Guardian last week, explaining how Jane Eyre is as much a YA heroine as Katniss Everdeen. “The fact that Jane is a “maturing youth,” taking her first steps into a wider world, makes her story particularly resonant for young adult readers. Young adult writing is often about firsts –first sparks of love, first kisses, first great disappointments. Jane Eyre, who has never seen a city, who has barely spoken to a man, is the quintessential young adult in this regard; everything is new to her.” Check out the rest of Coakley’s article here.
We love Jason Reynolds at BookPeople, and he always has wonderful writing advice for aspiring young novelists. His best advice? Find your own voice, he says. Do your own thing. “Children today need opportunities to spread their wings and exercise their genius in their own way, he said.” Check out the rest of Reynolds’ conversation here.