Friday, September 30, 2011

September Book Birthdays



Today YA Confidential is celebrating all the YA book birthdays for the month of September. We want to wish a huge Happy Book Birthday to every author who had a book come out this September! We tried to hit every YA book that came out this month in our Goodreads montage that appears at the end of this post, but if we forgot something, leave a comment!

Since there are SO many great books coming out this month (I counted 81!), each of us has chosen a September release we want to highlight and recommend. (We started out trying to pick favorites, but each of us had too many! Narrowing it down was very hard for us to do.) We'd also love to hear from you in the comments: which September releases stood out for you? Were there any you spent all summer waiting for?


YA CONFIDENTIAL'S SEPTEMBER HIGHLIGHTS:

Karen's Pick:
THE GIRL OF FIRE AND THORNS by Rae Carson
(description from Amazon:)
Once a century, one person is chosen for greatness.

Elisa is the chosen one.

But she is also the younger of two princesses. The one who has never done anything remarkable, and can’t see how she ever will.

Now, on her sixteenth birthday, she has become the secret wife of a handsome and worldly king—a king whose country is in turmoil. A king who needs her to be the chosen one, not a failure of a princess.

And he’s not the only one who seeks her. Savage enemies, seething with dark magic, are hunting her. A daring, determined revolutionary thinks she could be his people’s savior, and he looks at her in a way that no man has ever looked at her before. Soon it is not just her life, but her very heart that is at stake.

Elisa could be everything to those who need her most. If the prophecy is fulfilled. If she finds the power deep within herself. If she doesn’t die young.

Most of the chosen do.

Karen says: Gripping adventures, a lovable and courageous main character, and masterful writing.

Cristin's Pick:
THE NAME OF THE STAR by Maureen Johnson
(description from Amazon:)
The day Louisiana teenager Rory Deveaux arrives in London marks a memorable occasion. For Rory, it's the start of a new life at a London boarding school. But for many, this will be remembered as the day a series of brutal murders broke out across the city, gruesome crimes mimicking the horrific Jack the Ripper events of more than a century ago.

Soon "Rippermania" takes hold of modern-day London, and the police are left with few leads and no witnesses. Except one. Rory spotted the man police believe to be the prime suspect. But she is the only one who saw him. Even her roommate, who was walking with her at the time, didn't notice the mysterious man. So why can only Rory see him? And more urgently, why has Rory become his next target? In this edge-of-your
-seat thriller, full of suspense, humor, and romance, Rory will learn the truth about the secret ghost police of London and discover her own shocking abilities.

Cristin says: I was a teenage girl from the south who wanted to live in London, and Maureen's distinctive sense of humor comes through on every page.

Alexandra's Pick:
DAUGHTER OF SMOKE AND BONE by Laini Taylor
(description from Amazon:)
Around the world, black handprints are appearing on doorways, scorched there by winged strangers who have crept through a slit in the sky.

In a dark and dusty shop, a devil's supply of human teeth grown dangerously low.

And in the tangled lanes of Prague, a young art student is about to be caught up in a brutal otherwordly war.

Meet Karou. She fills her sketchbooks with monsters that may or may not be real; she's prone to disappearing on mysterious "errands"; she speaks many languages--not all of them human; and her bright blue hair actually grows out of her head that color. Who is she? That is the question that haunts her, and she's about to find out.

When one of the strangers--beautiful, haunted Akiva--fixes his fire-colored eyes on her in an alley in Marrakesh, the result is blood and starlight, secrets unveiled, and a star-crossed love whose roots drink deep of a violent past. But will Karou live to regret learning the truth about herself?

Alexandra says: Laini Taylor's version of urban fantasy is everything I always thought the genre should be: gritty, dark, and mysterious. Combined with her beautiful prose, the book is near impossible to put down.



Sara's Pick:
THE UNBECOMING OF MARA DYER by Michelle Hodkin
(description from Amazon:)
Mara Dyer doesn't believe life can get any stranger than waking up in a hospital with no memory of how she got there. It can.

She believes there must be more to the accident she can't remember that killed her friends and left her strangely unharmed. There is.

She doesn't believe that after everything she's been through, she can fall in love. She's wrong.


Sara says: Total, total, total page-turner. I devoured this book--and I absolutely can't wait for the next in the series to come out. *checks how long I have to wait* *cries*  

Alison's Pick

PERFECT by Ellen Hopkins
(description from Amazon:)
Everyone has something, someone, somewhere else that they’d rather be. For four high-school seniors, their goals of perfection are just as different as the paths they take to get there. A riveting and startling companion to the bestselling Impulse, Ellen Hopkins’s Perfect exposes the harsh truths about what it takes to grow up—and grow into our own selves. Because everyone wants to be perfect, but when perfection loses its meaning, how far will you go?


Alison saysIt's raw. It's edgy. It's REAL. And in beautiful, poignant free verse, Hopkins conveys the exhilaration and the consequences of striving to live up to expectations formed from birth. And being who you are, instead of who you’re expected to be.


Cambria's Pick
ASHES by Ilsa J. Bick
(description from Amazon:)
An electromagnetic pulse flashes across the sky, destroying every electronic device, wiping out every computerized system, and killing billions. Alex hiked into the woods to say good-bye to her dead parents and her personal demons. Now desperate to find out what happened after the pulse crushes her to the ground, Alex meets up with Tom—a young soldier—and Ellie, a girl whose grandfather was killed by the EMP.

For this improvised family and the others who are spared, it’s now a question of who can be trusted and who is no longer human.



Cambria saysThe setting! The darkness! The high stakes! I read this book in one sitting and my heart raced the whole time. AND I had to sleep with a nightlight on. WITH my dog on the bed. AND a heavy duty flashlight on my nightstand. It's creepy good.




SEPTEMBER BOOK MONTAGE!


What was your favorite September release?


Witch Song
The Predicteds
The Eleventh Plague
Torrent
Ultraviolet
Notes from an Accidental Band Geek
Forbidden Embrace
Shut Out
Midnight Frost
The Shattering
Blood
Velvet
The Princess Curse
Vanish
Sweet Venom
The Beginning of After
All These Things I've Done
The Hidden
Isle of Night
Envy
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