Thursday, February 9, 2012

What's new in YA

By Leah Hultenschmidt, Senior Editor

It's no secret that a lot of romance readers are dipping into YA with great relish these days. And, seriously, what's not to love? Along with some highly complex emotional stories, there's also the delicious thrill of all those firsts--first crush, first kiss, first heartbreak.

As a Valentine treat to you, here's a look at what's on shelves now and coming soon from our Fire line of teen reads.

EMBRACE by Jessica Shirvington
Available March 6

"Shirvington's debut is smart, edgy and addictive—and sure to leave readers clamoring for the rest of the series." —
Kirkus Reviews, STARRED

"One of the best YA novels we've seen in a while. Get ready for a confident, kick butt, well-defined heroine." —RT Book Reviews

"Fans of romantic fantasy with a paranormal twist will find Violet and her adventures captivating." —VOYA

On her 17th birthday, everything will change for Violet Eden. The boy she loves will betray her. Her enemy will save her. And she will have to make a choice that could cost not only her life, but her eternity...

WHILE HE WAS AWAY by Karen Schreck
May 1
“This is just something I have to do, okay?” I hear David say. “The right thing.”

He cradles my face in his hands. He kisses me hard. Then he lets go of me. His eyes dart from me to whatever’s next.

When her boyfriend joins the U.S. Army and is shipped overseas, Penna is determined that distance won't ever get in the way of their love for each other. After all, they have email and Skype. But how long can you hold on to something that may not exist anymore, and even more important, how do you know when to let go?

CATCHING JORDAN by Miranda Kenneally
Available now

Missing Friday Night Lights? Love strong girls? You'll definitely want to catch up with Jordan Woods, captain and quarterback of her high school football team.

“Whoever said football and girls don’t mix hasn’t read CATCHING JORDAN! I stayed up all night reading – I couldn’t put it down!” ~Simone Elkeles, New York Times Bestselling author of the PERFECT CHEMISTRY series

“I fell in love with the hero on page 1, and CATCHING JORDAN just gets better from there. This feel-good romantic comedy about high school football is the novel I’ve been waiting for. I loved it!” ~Jennifer Echols, author of LOVE STORY

“CATCHING JORDAN has it all: heart, humor, and a serious set of balls. With a clever, authentic voice, Kenneally proves once and for all that when it comes to making life’s toughest calls — on and off the field — girls rule!” ~Sarah Ockler, bestselling author of Fixing Delilah and Twenty Boy Summer

DARKER STILL by Leanna Renee Hiber
Available now

"This chilling tale will draw you in and keep you guessing until the very last page!" - Seventeen

"Spooky, tense and wonderfully romantic." -- Kady Cross, author of The Girl in the Steel Corset

"A lush, Gothic tale that begs for reading... I couldn't put it down." - NYT Bestselling author Sarah MacLean

The Picture of Dorian Gray meets Pride and Prejudice, with a dash of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde...
New York City, 1880. Seventeen-year-old Natalie Stewart's latest obsession is a painting of the handsome British Lord Denbury. Something in his striking blue eyes calls to her. As his incredibly life-like gaze seems to follow her, Natalie gets the uneasy feeling that details of the painting keep changing... Lord Denbury's soul is trapped in the gilded painting by dark magic while his possessed body commits unspeakable crimes in the city slums. He must lure Natalie into the painting, for only together can they reverse the curse and free his damaged soul.

I'd love to hear more about what you're reading! Two lucky commenters will get ARCs of our upcoming teen novels.


  1. I love reading romance books! Today, my reads are One Pink Line by Dina Silver and I've Got Your Number by Sophie Kinsella!! <3

    Lindsay :)
    Turning the Pages

  2. I LOVED Catching Jordan so much. I ordered myself a signed copy :)

    Right now I'm reading Born Wicked by Jessica Spotswood.

    <a href=">The Caffeinated Reader</a>

  3. I loved reading the teen books Nightshade and Wolfsbane by Cremer, and The Scorpio Races by another author, that I can't recall. But loved the romance and paranormal aspect!

  4. I just finished Scarlet by A.C. Gaughen. I really enjoyed the story and the romance in it was great too!
    - Jessica @ Book Sake

  5. The last few books I read was Cinder by Marissa Meyer, Midnight Reckoning by Kendra Leigh Castle and Mermaid: A Twist on the Classic Tale by Carolyn Turgeon. I'm going to start reading Undertow by Cherry Adair.


  7. I have found YA books to be quite fun and edgy. The romances take me back to those first experiences of dating and falling in love. It is fun. Rachel Caine and her Morganville Vampires was my introduction into interesting YA books.

    little lamb lst at yahoo dot com

  8. I love romance books. Right now I am reading a bunch of freebees on my kindle. I am reading Chashing Rainbows.

  9. I haven't been reading a lot of YA lately although I do have a PC & Kristen Cast on my more urgent TBR pile (because it's from the library!). Just finished Emma Wildes' Twice Fallen, Desiree Holt's Erected and am starting Carol Berg's Daemon Prism, Kathryne Kennedy's Lord of Illusion and Suzanne Rock's Velvet Steel (-:

  10. Well of course there was the Hunger Games that I really enjoyed. To be honest I read so much I don't always remember if what I'm reading is YA or not. I think YA's are definitely just as good for adults as other genres. I've not read any of the ones mentioned above but they sound like wonderful reads.


  11. I have been dying to read Darker Still and Embrace. Right now I am reading through the Abhorsen series by Garth Nix and I am picking up Everneath from the library when it opens.

  12. I am reading Unleashed by Nancy Holder and loving it. These look like great titles. I have had my eye on Embrace not only does it sound fabulous, but that cover is breathtaking!

    Kaya h

  13. I just read Catching Jordan a few days ago and really enjoyed it. I love Jordan and her friends. The book definitely revived my love of YA fiction. I'm looking forward for the next book now.

    I'm currently reading Natural Born Charmer by Susan Elizabeth Phillips.


  14. Right now I'm reading "Ten Things we Did That we Probably shouldn't have" and "Everneath".

    I admit I've only been reading so much YA for about 4 years, but there seems to have been a huge outpouring of stories that are more complex, gripping and that don't treat the teen reader like they only have one thing on their minds all the time.

    Poisoned Rationality

  15. I really liked Leanna Renee Hiber other books and am looking forward to reading Darker Still. Im also looking forward to Clockwork Prince and City of Lost Souls. Recently I liked Matched and Crossed, even though its outside my usual norm.

    I bounce between adult and YA and right now am reading Bound by Darkness by Alexandra Ivy.

    bacchus76 at myself dot com

  16. I'm reading the Lords of the Underworld series.


  17. i love reading YA

    i'm reading genevieve's book - under the same sky