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Preapocalyptic Time-Travel, Turn-of-the-Century California, and High School Drama | YA Fiction Series Update

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Series Continuations

Corp, Carey & Lorie Langdon. Destined for Doon. 368p. (Doon: Bk. 2). Blink. Sept. 2014. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9780310742333.

Gr 9 Up –This sequel to Doon (Blink, 2013)finds Mackenna Reid regretting her choice to give up her magical life for a spot on the Broadway stage. However, she might get the chance to change her fate when a curse threatens her enchanted homeland. SLJ said of the first installment, “those looking for a bit of escapism will…find this book to be an enjoyable read.”

Haddix, Margaret Peterson. Revealed. 448p. (The Missing: Bk. 7). ebook available. S. & S. Sept. 2014. Tr $16.99. ISBN 9781416989868. LC 2013008368.

Gr 9 Up –Jonah must save his town when famous pilot Charles Lindbergh captures his friends and turns all the parents into children. Haddix offers enough recap so that new readers can jump into this as a stand-alone novel, but most will want to start at the beginning. A must-buy where this series continues to draw in fans.

Lazear, Suzanne. Fragile Destiny. 456p. (The Aether Chronicles: Bk. 3). Flux. 2014. pap. $9.99. ISBN 9780738739861.

Gr 9 Up –Rambunctious teen rebel Noli and best friend—and love interest—V are trying to save humankind and the fey Otherworld from V’s evil uncle. As they race to stop him from assembling a powerful staff, Noli installs herself as queen of Otherworld and chaos ensues. Lazear’s romance-filled steampunk adventure continues with this rollicking chapter.

McClintock, Norah. From the Dead. 288p. ISBN 9781459805378.
Peacock, Shane. Double You. 272p. ISBN 9781459805347.
Scrimger, Richard. The Wolf and Me. 256p. ISBN 9781459805316.
Staunton, Ted. Coda. 224p. ISBN 9781459805491.
Walters, Eric. Sleeper. 240p. ISBN 9781459805439.
Wilson, John. Broken Arrow. 240p. ISBN 9781459805408.
ea. vol: (The Seven Sequels). ebook available. Orca. Oct. 2014. pap. $10.95.

Gr 7 Up –This unusual series features seven books that are connected but can stand alone as individual adventures. Building upon a plot line first laid out in the “Seven” series (Orca, 2012), each entry follows one of David McLean’s seven grandsons as he embarks on a dangerous mission in a far flung locale, as per instructions in Grandpa McLean’s oddball will. In From the Dead, Rennie is tasked with finding out if their dear grandfather was a Nazi supporter and sympathizer. In Double You, Adam discovers that Grandpa hid a loaded pistol and sets out to prove that the old man was not a traitorous spy. Bunny is kidnapped in The Wolf and Me, and his captors are fixated on what he might know about his deceased granddad. Coda features Spencer, Bunny’s brother, on a race to save his sibling. Steve’s vacation is nearly ruined when Grandpa McLean’s legacy implicates him in an international spy ring. This thrill-a-minute series will hook reluctant readers as well as fans of James Bond and Jason Bourne. (Ed. note: Read the full review of Tin Soldier [the first book in this series], p. 140.)

McGill, Leslie. Running Scared. Bk. 2. 148p. ISBN 9781622507061.
–––– . Hacker. Bk. 3. 144p. ISBN 9781622507078.
ea. vol: (Cap Central). ebook available. Saddleback Educational. Sept. 2014. pap. $9.95.

Gr 9 Up –This hi-lo series is aimed at middle and high school students but written at a third-grade reading level. With short, simple sentences and fast-moving story lines about the challenges that teens face in a tough Washington DC high school, these books are ideal for struggling readers in the upper grades. (Ed. note: Read the full review of book one, Fighter, p. 147.)

Mancusi, Mari. Shattered. 400p. (Scorched: Bk. 2). Sourcebooks Fire. Sept. 2014. Tr $16.99. ISBN 9781402284618.

Gr 9 UpSLJ called the first book in this series a “preapocalyptic time-travel adventure.” In that first installment, 16-year-old Trinity was caught between rival twin brothers Emmy and Conor. She had stolen a precious egg, and now, in book two, she’s on the run with the last living dragon. An entertaining continuation for fans of the previous installment.

Roux, Madeleine. Sanctum. 352p. (Asylum: Bk. 2). ebook available. HarperCollins. Sept. 2014. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9780062220998.

Gr 9 Up – Dan, Abby, and Jordan are forced to revisit their traumatic past at Brookline Asylum when mysterious photos draw them back to town and to dark secrets. This is a seriously spooky tale; purchase this series where quirky horror is popular.

Trilogy Update

The triumph of the trilogy continues. The following titles are all conclusions to popular and previously reviewed YA trilogies.

Brian, Kate. Endless. 336p. (Shadowlands: Bk. 3). ebook available. Disney-Hyperion. 2014. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9781423164852.

Gr 9 Up –Just as Rory Miller is getting used to the idea that she is a Lifer, someone who ushers souls from Juniper Island (an afterlife waystation) to either the Light or the Shadowlands, she starts to suspect that her soulmate Tristan isn’t as perfect as she thought. When her father gets sent to Hell, she suspects Tristan as the culprit and vows to go to Hell and back to rescue her father. A riveting conclusion to Brian’s mystery series with a paranormal twist.

Cordova, Zoraida. The Vast and Brutal Sea. 416p. (The Vicious Deep: Bk. 3). ebook available. Sourcebooks Fire. 2014. Tr $16.99. ISBN 9781402296208.

Gr 9 Up – Tristan is running out of time to save the girl he loves and secure his rightful position as heir to the Sea Throne in this dramatic final chapter of the “Vicious Deep” series. The fantasy epic features a diverse cast of mermen, sea witches, vampires, fairies, and all manner of supernatural creatures. Fans will be sad to see this trilogy come to a close.

Egan, Catherine. Bone, Fog, Ash & Star. 320p. (The Last Days of Tian Di: Bk. 3). ebook available. Coteau. Sept. 2014. pap. $12.95. ISBN 9781550505931. LC 2014938365.

Gr 9 Up –In this final installment to the series, 16-year-old Eliza Tok is now a full-fledged Sorceress and she must battle to save and protect her friend Charlie. A satisfying conclusion; readers will need to start from the series opener to fully enjoy the finale.

Emerson, Kevin. The Far Dawn. 352p. (The Atlanteans: Bk. 3). ebook available. HarperCollins/Harper. Sept. 2014. pap. $9.99. ISBN 9780062062864.

Gr 9 Up –Owen Parker, one of three Atlantean descendants, races to find and protect the lost Atlantis from the traitor Paul and the Project Elysium group, who are bent on using it for their own greedy purpose. With the help of his love Lily, the powerful teen must journey through time and space in this pulsating and heartbreaking final chapter of this postapocalyptic series.

Goeglein, T. M. Embers & Ash. 336p. (Cold Fury: Bk. 3). ebook available. Putnam. 2014. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9780399257223.

Gr 9 Up –Chicago teen Sara Jane Rispoli is still searching for her parents while battling the mafialike Outfit. With only her wits and electricity-powered abilities to aid in her task, she finally succeeds in finding her family. However, her gift begins to make her sick, and the long-awaited reunion isn’t the pleasant meeting for which she had hoped. Goeglein’s fast-paced trilogy comes to a suspenseful and thrilling close.

Hager, Mandy. Resurrection. 368p. (Blood of the Lamb Trilogy: Bk. 3). ebook available. PYR. 2014. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9781616149093; ebk. $11.99. ISBN 9781616149109.

Gr 9 Up –This final book sees Maryam under the control of the dangerous Apostle once again. As her own life is in jeopardy for speaking out against the ruling class, she struggles to get the islanders to rally to their shared cause. With strong themes about racial and religious oppression and social justice, this series offers a well-constructed dystopia featuring issues that are all too realistic. Thought-provoking and action-packed.

Lorentz, Dayna. No Dawn Without Darkness. 240p. (No Safety in Numbers: Bk. 3). ebook available. Penguin/Kathy Dawson Bks. 2014. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9780803738751. LC 2013047417.

Gr 9 Up –Only two weeks have passed since a deadly virus was released at a suburban mall and thousands were quarantined, including four teens—Marco, Lexi, Ryan, and Ginger. The medical teams have evacuated, the virus has mutated, and complete darkness has now descended because the power has gone out. In order to survive, the teens must make the ultimate sacrifices. A chilling conclusion to a gripping trilogy.

McMann, Lisa. Gasp. 288p. (Visions: Bk. 3). ebook available. S. & S./Simon Pulse. 2014. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9781442466302.

Gr 9 Up –After two tragic experiences, Jules has begun to understand the nature of her visions and struggles to help those around her with this same special power before it’s too late. As in the first two books, there are moments of gravity balanced with humor. Fans of the previous installments will get swept away as Jules and her friends deal with numerous disasters, though this final book could work as a stand alone.

Marillier, Juliet. The Caller. 480p. (Shadowfell: Bk. 3). ebook available. Knopf. Sept. 2014. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9780375869563. LC 2013031963.

Gr 9 Up –Neryn, who is destined to become The Caller, will soon be in high demand as she takes the final steps in training with the fairylike Good Folk. With battle against the evil King Keldec imminent, the fate of Alban is in her hands. She faces a new opponent under the evil ruler’s control who also has the power to communicate with the otherworldly beings. Flint, a rebel spy and her true love, is also in danger. An epic fantasy for fans of Tamora Pierce and Kristin Cashore.

Sanders, Shelly. Rachel’s Hope. 288p. (The Rachel Trilogy: Bk. 3). ebook available. Second Story. Sept. 2014. pap. $12.95. ISBN 9781927583425.

Gr 9 Up –It is now 1905, and Rachel reaches California to begin building a new life. Her convictions are shaken when she is finally reunited with her long lost love, Sergei. The descriptions of turn-of-the-century San Francisco are nicely detailed. A gently romantic story for fans of historical fiction.

Stasse, Lisa. The Defiant. 352p. (The Forsaken Trilogy: Bk. 3). ebook available. S. & S. 2014. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9781442432734. LC 2013031258.

Gr 9 Up –Having escaped The Wheel, an island where would-be criminals are sent by the totalitarian UNA (what was once Mexico, the United States, and Canada), Alenna returns to her former home to infiltrate the government from the inside with the help of a rebel contingent. Battling new biological and mechanical weapons, the orphan teen will stop at nothing to dismantle the evil nation. For avid fans of the dystopian genre.

This article was published in School Library Journal's September 2014 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

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