Please welcome back our publicity friends from Team BookSparks, who dropped by a few weeks ago with their insider scoop on hot summer reads. They've returned today with books that you shouldn't miss this summer (incl. a cameo from our very own FYA Resident Dude!). Take it away, Team BookSparks!
It’s the perfect time to sit back and relax with your favorite YA book, but there are so many how do you choose what to read next? We have rounded up the best YA books of this season that you may not have heard of. Happy reading!
The Improbable Theory of Ana and Zak by Brian Katcher (19 May 2015)
When type-A Ana learns her brother has ditched a high school trip to run wild in Washington, she knows she has to find him or risk her last shot at freedom from her controlling parents. In desperation to find her out of control brother, she enlists the help of slacker Zaq Duquette who happens to be the last person Ana wants to spend time with. But over the course of the night, Ana and Zak open up to each other while being chased by costumed Vikings and zombies. What starts as the most insane manhunt, transforms into so much more.
If you have been waiting all summer for the perfect “opposites attract” story, here’s your chance to fall in love.
The Corridor by A.N. Willis (23 June 2015)
The Corridor appeared suddenly seventeen years ago opening up to a parallel version of our world – Second Earth. Stel Alaster has never known life without it. Only Stel has a secret, she can open her own portal to Second Earth and several other parallel universes that she discovered. When the Corridor starts to fail, emitting bursts of energy that have the potential to destroy First Earth, it is up to Stel to save the people and world she loves while the fate of every world lies on her shoulders.
This book puts questions about time and space right in your face and you’ll love every minute of it.
Queen of Blood by Jill Myles (30 June 2015)
For decades, Seri’s people and the land of Athon have been cruelly ruled over by the Blood, a powerful, mysterious and immortal family. So when Seri is asked to be a handmaiden for a noblewoman and she settles into the enemy’s castle to spy on the royalty, the last thing she plans to do is fall for handsome Prince Graeme. With a war brewing and uprisings dividing the land, Seri and Graeme will have to decide who is more important: each other or their people.
If you are still all in on vampire stories, this is your next read. Immortality is still totally in.
Don’t Ever Change by M. Beth Bloom (7 July 2015)
Eva’s dream has always been to write a modern classic, but the only problem is that she is having trouble “writing what she knows” because she hasn’t begun to live. So before heading off to college, Eva is determined to live a life worth writing about. Cue the unexpected plot twists! She becomes a counselor at a summer camp where is completely unqualified, she grows apart from her best friends, and begins to fall for the last guy she could have imagined. No matter how many obstacles she encounters, Eva must figure out how to write this chapter in her life.
If you love reading and love the idea of writing, this book will resonate with you.
Forever For a Year by B.T. Gottfred (7 July 2015)
Carolina and Trevor have shared a lot of firsts—first kiss, first touch and most importantly, first love. But love comes with heartbreak, and as Carolina and Trevor realize that what they have might not last forever, they make choices and mistakes that will define their relationship. Told in their alternating voices, Carolina and Trevor’s story of friendship, hope, love and letting go, finds them wishing they could find first love again.
A first day of school romance… what more could you ask for in an August book?
Skin Stealers by A.S. Olsoune (31 July 2015)
Ebony is having the time of her life at a college grad-party that she attended with her older sister, but in an instant her life is changed forever. Swept away from college life, Ebony is thrown into a world of monster hunters who are dedicated to secretly killing the things that go bump in the night. Ebony isn’t so quick to trust these so called heroes, even if they swear to protecting humanity. This group of hunters is determined to take down the intrusive Skin Stealers, and apparently Ebony has something they want.
If you are tired of waiting for Halloween to just get here already, kick off your monster mash early.
The Red Sun by Alane Adams (rereleased 4 August 2015)
Sam Baron isn’t to blame for being a little overwhelmed, especially when his substitute English teacher starts saying odd comments about their old teacher turning into a lizard. Then, a dwarf arrives suddenly to inform Sam that he’s actually from a magical world named Orkney. When Sam’s friends are kidnapped, he must journey to the realm of Orkney… only to find out that a magical curse threatens to consume the land, and Sam may be their only hope for survival.
If you’re a fan of Harry Potter and Percy Jackson, this is the new series you want to start. The Red Sun is book one in the six-book Legends of Orkney series.
So what are y'all's hidden gem recs for this summer? Share your picks in the comments!