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!
TTBF 2016 Keynotes Announced!
ICYMI, the TTBF keynote speakers have been announced!
From TTBF: Our opening Keynote Speaker is Laini Taylor, author of the Daughter of Smoke and Bone trilogy and the new novel series, Strange the Dreamer, the first book of which will be released September 27.
We are thrilled to have the chance to listen to these talented Young Adult authors speak at TTBF16, which will be held October 1 at St. Edward’s University. Yaaaaaaaaas!
YA New Releases!
Unrivaled by Alyson Noel
Layla Harrison wants to leave her beach-bum days for digs behind a reporter’s desk. Aster Amirpour wants to scream at the next casting director who tells her ‘we need ethnic but not your kind of ethnic.’ Tommy Phillips dreams of buying a twelve-string guitar and using it to shred his way back into his famous absentee dad’s life. But Madison Brooks took destiny and made it her own a long time ago. She’s Hollywood’s hottest starlet, and the things she did to become the name on everyone’s lips are merely a stain on the pavement, ground beneath her Louboutin heel. That is, until Layla, Aster, and Tommy find themselves with a VIP invite to the glamorous and gritty world of Los Angeles’s nightlife and lured into a high-stakes competition where Madison Brooks is the target.
Highly Illogical Behavior by John Corey Whaley
Sixteen-year-old Solomon is agoraphobic. He hasn’t left the house in three years, which is fine by him. Ambitious Lisa desperately wants to get into the second-best psychology program for college (she s being realistic). But how can she prove she deserves a spot there?
Solomon is the answer. Determined to fix Sol, Lisa thrusts herself into his life, introducing him to her charming boyfriend Clark and confiding her fears in him. Soon, all three teens are far closer than they thought they d be, and when their facades fall down, their friendships threaten to collapse, as well.
Everland by Wendy Spinale
London has been destroyed in a blitz of bombs and disease. The only ones who have survived are children, among them Gwen Darling and her siblings, Joanna and Mikey. They spend their nights scavenging and their days avoiding the ruthless Marauders — the German army led by Captain Hanz Otto Oswald Kretschmer. Unsure if the virus has spread past England’s borders but desperate to leave, Captain Hook hunts for a cure, which he thinks can be found in one of the survivors. He and his Marauders stalk the streets snatching children for experimentation. None ever return. Until the day they grab Joanna. As Gwen sets out to save her, she meets a daredevil boy named Pete. Pete offers the assistance of his gang of Lost Boys and the fierce sharpshooter Bella, who have all been living in a city hidden underground. But in a place where help has a steep price and every promise is bound by blood, it will cost Gwen. And are she, Pete, the Lost Boys, and Bella enough to outsmart Captain Hook?
Upcoming YA Events
Thursday, May 12th at 7PM – Shannon Messenger & Chris Howard
Join us this Teen Thursday (that’s today!) 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.
Saturday, May 21st at 3PM – Carolyn Cohagan
This afternoon, join us and Carolyn Cohagan to discuss Time Zero. Mina is fifteen when she is forced into an arranged marriage with a wealthy brute. In the near-future, the rights of women and girls have been restricted by a fundamentalist government regime. Mina’s future depends on the risks and rewards of speaking out, and taking refuge with a group of women who may have the answers. Join us for this wonderful YA event.
News from The Bookosphere
From EW.com: “Divergent fans, your wait is almost over. EW is thrilled to announce that the first book in Divergent author Veronica Roth’s new duology is called Carve the Mark and will hit shelves on January 17, 2017.
We also have your exclusive first look at the book’s absolutely stunning cover, and a sneak peek at Chapter 7, where you’ll meet our heroine and hero, Cyra and Akos — two people from entirely different worlds who become unexpected allies.” Read more about Carve the Mark here.
From The Guardian: “I used to hate making decisions when I was a teenager. Not little stuff – I was great at making small choices that wouldn’t have a huge impact on my life. Pizza or a cheeseburger? Rom-com or horror film? Strapless dress or cap sleeved? Those were easy. It was the big, capital letter Decisions that stressed me out. And to cut myself a bit of slack – I hadn’t had to make many. So many things were decided for me when I was a teen, such as my school schedule and my extra-curricular activities, that when it came time for me to make big decisions myself, I’d not had much practice. And maybe because of this, making big Decisions terrified me.”
Morgan Matson is the author of Amy & Roger’s Epic Detour, Since You’ve Been Gone, and The Unexpected Everything. Read more from her about procrastination and decision-making here.