Every month we bring you the top new releases that are coming to bookstores and eBooks near you. Below is a list for a select few that will be released in August. The links in the titles will send you to Goodreads where you can read reviews from people who have already read the books. If there’s a book that you think should be featured on this list don’t be afraid to leave a comment in the box below!
The Uprising (The Forsaken #2) by Lisa M. Stasse
In this dystopian sequel to The Forsaken, Alenna has survived the brutality of life on the wheel—and now she’s going back for more.
Alenna escaped. It was expected that she would die on the wheel, the island where would-be criminals are sent as directed by the UNA—the totalitarian supercountry that was once the United States, Mexico, and Canada. But Alenna and her boyfriend, Liam, made it to safety. Except safety, they will soon learn, is relative.
In order to bring down the UNA, they must first gain control of the wheel. If the mission succeeds, the wheel will become a base of revolution. But between betrayals, a new Monk leading a more organized army of Drones, and the discovery of a previously unknown contingent, Alenna, Liam, and their allies might be in over their heads. One thing Alenna knows for sure: There will be a reckoning. And not everyone she loves will make it out alive.
Gated by Amy Christine Parker
Do the gates keep the unchosen out or the chosen in?
In Mandrodage Meadows, life seems perfect. The members of this isolated suburban community have thrived under Pioneer, the charismatic leader who saved them from their sad, damaged lives. Lyla Hamilton and her parents are original members of the flock. They moved here following the 9/11 terrorist attacks, looking to escape the evil in the world. Now seventeen, Lyla knows certain facts are not to be questioned:
Pioneer is her leader.
Will is her Intended.
The end of the world is near.
Like Noah before him, Pioneer has been told of the imminent destruction of humanity. He says his chosen must arm themselves to fight off the unchosen people, who will surely seek refuge in the compound’s underground fortress–the Silo.
Lyla loves her family and friends, but given the choice, she prefers painting to target practice. And lately she’d rather think about a certain boy outside the compound than plan for married life in the Silo with Will. But with the end of days drawing near, she will have to pick up a gun, take a side, and let everyone know where she stands.
Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea (Between #1) by April Genevieve Tucholke
You stop fearing the devil when you’re holding his hand…
Nothing much exciting rolls through Violet White’s sleepy, seaside town…until River West comes along. River rents the guesthouse behind Violet’s crumbling estate, and as eerie, grim things start to happen, Violet begins to wonder about the boy living in her backyard. Is River just a crooked-smiling liar with pretty eyes and a mysterious past? Or could he be something more? Violet’s grandmother always warned her about the Devil, but she never said he could be a dark-haired boy who takes naps in the sun, who likes coffee, who kisses you in a cemetery…who makes you want to kiss back. Violet’s already so knee-deep in love, she can’t see straight. And that’s just how River likes it.
Blending faded decadence and the thrilling dread of gothic horror, April Genevieve Tucholke weaves a dreamy, twisting contemporary romance, as gorgeously told as it is terrifying—a debut to watch.
The Infinite Moment of Us by Lauren Myracle
For as long as she can remember, Wren Gray’s goal has been to please her parents. But as high school graduation nears, so does an uncomfortable realization: Pleasing her parents once overlapped with pleasing herself, but now… not so much. Wren needs to honor her own desires, but how can she if she doesn’t even know what they are?
Charlie Parker, on the other hand, is painfully aware of his heart’s desire. A gentle boy with a troubled past, Charlie has loved Wren since the day he first saw her. But a girl like Wren would never fall for a guy like Charlie—at least not the sort of guy Charlie believes himself to be.
And yet certain things are written in the stars. And in the summer after high school, Wren and Charlie’s souls will collide. But souls are complicated, as are the bodies that house them…
Sexy, romantic, and oh-so-true to life, this is an unforgettable look at first love from one of young adult fiction’s greatest writers.
Crown of Midnight (Throne of Glass #2) by Sarah J. Mass
An assassin’s loyalties are always in doubt. But her heart never wavers.
After a year of hard labor in the Salt Mines of Endovier, eighteen-year-old assassin Celaena Sardothien has won the king’s contest to become the new royal assassin. Yet Celaena is far from loyal to the crown – a secret she hides from even her most intimate confidantes.
Keeping up the deadly charade—while pretending to do the king’s bidding—will test her in frightening new ways, especially when she’s given a task that could jeopardize everything she’s come to care for. And there are far more dangerous forces gathering on the horizon — forces that threaten to destroy her entire world, and will surely force Celaena to make a choice.
Where do the assassin’s loyalties lie, and who is she most willing to fight for?
Deception (Defiance #2) by C.J. Redwine
Baalboden has been ravaged. The brutal Commander’s whereabouts are unknown. And Rachel, grief stricken over her father’s death, needs Logan more than ever. With their ragged group of survivors struggling to forge a future, it’s up to Logan to become the leader they need—with Rachel by his side. Under constant threat from rival Carrington’s army, who is after the device that controls the Cursed One, the group decides to abandon the ruins of their home and take their chances in the Wasteland.
But soon their problems intensify tenfold: someone—possibly inside their ranks—is sabotaging the survivors, picking them off one by one. The chaos and uncertainty of each day puts unbearable strain on Rachel and Logan, and it isn’t long before they feel their love splintering. Even worse, as it becomes clear that the Commander will stop at nothing to destroy them, the band of survivors begins to question whether the price of freedom may be too great—and whether, hunted by their enemies and the murderous traitor in their midst, they can make it out of the Wasteland alive.
In this daring sequel to Defiance, with the world they once loved forever destroyed, Rachel and Logan must decide between a life on the run and standing their ground to fight.
The Bitter Kingdom (Fire and Thorns #3) by Rae Carson
The epic conclusion to Rae Carson’s Fire and Thorns trilogy. The seventeen-year-old sorcerer-queen will travel into the unknown realm of the enemy to win back her true love, save her country, and uncover the final secrets of her destiny.
Elisa is a fugitive in her own country. Her enemies have stolen the man she loves in order to lure her to the gate of darkness. As she and her daring companions take one last quest into unknown enemy territory to save Hector, Elisa will face hardships she’s never imagined. And she will discover secrets about herself and her world that could change the course of history. She must rise up as champion-a champion to those who have hated her most.
The Fall of Five (Lorien Legacies #4) by Pittacus Lore
The Garde are finally reunited, but do they have what it takes to win the war against the Mogadorians?
John Smith—Number Four—thought that things would change once the Garde found each other. They would stop running. They would fight the Mogadorians. And they would win.
But he was wrong. After facing off with the Mogadorian ruler and almost being annihilated, the Garde know they are drastically unprepared and hopelessly outgunned. Now they’re hiding out in Nine’s Chicago penthouse, trying to figure out their next move.
The six of them are powerful, but they’re not strong enough yet to take on an entire army—even with the return of an old ally. To defeat their enemy, the Garde must master their Legacies and learn to work together as a team. More importantly, they’ll have to discover the truth about the Elders and their plan for the Loric survivors.
And when the Garde receive a sign from Number Five—a crop circle in the shape of a Loric symbol—they know they are so close to being reunited. But could it be a trap? Time is running out, and the only thing they know for certain is that they have to get to Five before it’s too late.
The Garde may have lost battles, but they will not lose this war.
Lorien will rise again.
YALLFest has announced that they have added three new authors to its already drool-worthy line up. Marie Lu, Michelle Hodkin, and Caitlin Kittredge will also be attending the festival which will be held on November 9, in Charleston, South Carolina.
Marie Lu is the author of the Legend series which will release the third book and final book, Champion on November 5. Michelle Hodkin is the author of the Mara Dyer series with her third novel, The Retribution of Mara Dyer releasing on October 22. Lastly, Caitlin Kittredge is the author of several series including The Iron Code.
They join many other best selling novelists including Lauren Oliver, Veronica Rossi and David Levithan! You can check out the full list of authors right here!
Veronica Roth will be giving the keynote address along with Rae Carson. The event draws thousands of participants each year and is sure to have something for everyone. For more information on YALLFest check out the Facebook page and Tumblr.
YALLFEST 2013 authors have just been announced by Teen.com and Veronica Roth, author of Divergent will be in attendance along with many other popular YA authors including Lauren Oliver, Veronica Rossi and David Levithan!
Melissa de la Cruz, author of YA vampire series Blue Bloods, says, “We are so excited to bring such a variety of bestselling and inspiring authors to YALLFest. It’s always a treat to come back to Charleston every year, and to see all our enthusiastic readers! YALLFest is one of the most fun, most raucous and a true, noisy, funny, and loud celebration of children’s and young adult literature. Veronica Roth on stage with Rae Carson will make for an amazing keynote. We are also looking forward to boogie-ing down with Tiger Beat, the YA author band with Libba Bray as the frontman! Woohoo!”
Here’s some information about it:
Who’s coming: 50 of the country’s top YA authors, including 25 New York Times bestsellers.
What: Panels, presentations and signings on three stages on Upper King Street, as well as the infamous YA Smackdown!
When: Sat., Nov. 9, 2013, 10 am to 7 pm
Where: Blue Bicycle Books, the American Theatre, Charleston Music Hall, Upper King Street, Charleston, SC
Check out this year’s featured authors below!
Leigh Bardugo – The Grisha Trilogy
Pseudonymous Bosch – The Secret Series
Alexandra Bracken – The Darkest Minds
Libba Bray – The Diviners
Heather Brewer – The Slayer Chronicles
Rae Carson – Fire and Thorns Trilogy
Cinda Chima – The Heir Chronicles
Matthew Cody – Super
Rachel Cohn – Nick & Norah’s Infinite Playlist
Ally Condie – Matched Trilogy
Jocelyn Davies – A Beautiful Dark
Melissa De La Cruz – Blue Bloods Series
Daniel Ehrenhaft – The Last Dog on Earth
Tim Federle – Better Nate Than Never
Gayle Forman – If I Stay
Kami Garcia – The Beautiful Creatures Series
Adam Gidwitz – A Tale Dark and Grim
David Macinnis Gill – Sun Series
Lev Grossman – The Magicians
Shannon Hale – Princess Academy
Lisi Harrison – The Clique Series
Aaron Hartzler – Rapture Practice
Nancy Holder – Buffy the Vampire Slayer
Ellen Hopkins – Crank Series
Mike Johnston – Frozen
Bill Konigsberg – Out of the Pocket
David Levithan – The Lover’s Dictionary
C.Alexander London – Semper Fido
Tahereh Mafi – Shatter Me
Myra McEntire – Hourglass Series
Lisa McMann -Wake Series
Lauren Oliver – Delirium Series
Alyson Noel – The Immortal Series
Stephanie Perkins – Anna and the French Kiss
Aprilynne Pike – Wings Series
Kathy Reichs – The Virals Series
Brendan Reichs -The Virals Series
Ransom Riggs – Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children
Veronica Rossi – Under the Never Sky
Veronica Roth – Divergent Series
Carrie Ryan – The Forest of Hands and Teeth
Victoria Schwab – The Near Witch
Natalie Standiford – How to Say Goodbye in Robot
Margaret Stohl – The Beautiful Creatures Series
John Thompson – Salem Witch Trilogy
Will you be attending YALL Fest 2013?