Can I just say…every single time that I do a Tuesday Top Ten where I narrow down the books that I’m most excited for (insert season), I have the hardest time doing it? I think the hardest thing is that I look up the list of YA books coming out in the next three months and I’m like “OHMYGOD, that’s coming out? Oh and that too? Ohmygod, I’m going to go so broke.”

That’s pretty much the conversation that occurs in my head. So naturally its hard for me to narrow it down to just ten books that I’m most excited about. I’m literally addicted to buying books. I can never stop reading.

But alas, I was able to do so, with one minor cheating moment, while I included an honorable mention. These eleven books are all hitting bookstores between now (some of them today!) and the month of November.

I recommend all of them, even the ones I haven’t read yet because I just know they are going to be fabulous and you all MUST add them to your to-be-read list.

Here we go!

Honorable Mention: Anomaly by Tonya Kuper

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What if the world isn’t what we think? What if reality is really only an illusion? What if you were one of the few who could control it?

Yeah, Josie Harper didn’t believe it, either, until strange things started happening. When this hot guy tried to kidnap her, shouting about ultimate observers and pushing and consortiums hell-bent on controlling the world… Well, that’s when things got real. Now Josie’s got it bad for a boy who weakens her every time he’s near and a world of enemies on her tail who want to control her gift, so yeah, she’s going to need more than just her wits if she hopes to survive much longer.

Einstein never saw this coming…

I met Tonya very very very briefly at the ALA conference back in July. I was in line for…Holly Black, I believe, and I passed by the Entangled booth and Tonya was just finishing up her signing. She was so sweet and obviously passionate about her debut novel that she immediately started pitching it to all of us in line. I loved that. As a girl who is working hard on her novel, and sending out queries, I could seriously appreciate that. I took some bookmarks and pens advertising her books and since then have become friends with her on FB and IG. I adore her and I am honestly SO SO SO excited for her debut novel. Entangled knows their way around good books so I have every faith that Tonya is just going to blow my mind!

Release Date: November 4th, 2014

10. Unmade by Sarah Rees Brennan

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Who will be the sacrifice?

Kami has lost the boy she loves, is tied to a boy she does not, and faces an enemy more powerful than ever before. With Jared missing for months and presumed dead, Kami must rely on her new magical link with Ash for the strength to face the evil spreading through her town.

Rob Lynburn is now the master of Sorry-in-the-Vale, and he demands a death. Kami will use every tool at her disposal to stop him. Together with Rusty, Angela, and Holly, she uncovers a secret that might be the key to saving the town. But with knowledge comes responsibility—and a painful choice. A choice that will risk not only Kami’s life, but also the lives of those she loves most.

The first time I read Unspoken, and then Untold by Sarah Rees Brennan, I was just blown away. These books are…dramatic and full of action and full of romance and they’re dark and sexy and funny and they’re everything I would have wanted in a book. I hadn’t been massively impressed with her before this but these books sold me on her. I’ll marry her, wine her, dine her, whatever, because she gave me this absolutely incredible series. I’m counting down the days to get my hands on this finale because I’m just DYING to find out what happens next!

Release Date: September 23rd, 2014

9. Trial by Fire by Josephine Angelini

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This world is trying to kill Lily Proctor. Her life-threatening allergies keep her from enjoying experiences that others in her hometown of Salem take for granted, which is why she is determined to enjoy her first high school party with her best friend and longtime crush, Tristan. But after a humiliating incident in front of half her graduating class, Lily wishes she could just disappear.

Suddenly, Lily is in a different Salem—one overrun with horrifying creatures and ruled by powerful women called Crucibles. Strongest and cruelest of them all is Lillian . . . Lily’s other self in this alternate universe.

What makes Lily weak at home is what makes her extraordinary in New Salem. In this confusing world, Lily is torn between responsibilities she can’t hope to shoulder alone and a love she never expected.

Okay, I admit it. I’ve already read this. In fact, I read this in my hotel room in Vegas when I was there for the ALA conference where I picked up a copy of this novel. And I absolutely loved it. It was so beautifully written and the characters were so rich and the magical element was so dark and unexpected and I just loved it. She blew me away with it. I was about halfway done with it and I went up to her at ALA and was like, “I can’t wait to get back to my hotel to finish it!” So now I’m excited to get my hands on an actual copy of the novel, and to see her again on Thursday to tell her how much I absolutely adored it and can’t wait for the next one!

Release Date: Today!

8. Get Even by Gretchen McNeil

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The Breakfast Club meets Pretty Little Liars in Gretchen McNeil’s witty and suspenseful novel about four disparate girls who join forces to take revenge on high school bullies and create dangerous enemies for themselves in the process. 

Bree, Olivia, Kitty, and Margot have nothing in common—at least that’s what they’d like the students and administrators of their elite private school to think. The girls have different goals, different friends, and different lives, but they share one very big secret: They’re all members of Don’t Get Mad, a secret society that anonymously takes revenge on the school’s bullies, mean girls, and tyrannical teachers.

When their latest target ends up dead with a blood-soaked “DGM” card in his hands, the girls realize that they’re not as anonymous as they thought—and that someone now wants revenge on them. Soon the clues are piling up, the police are closing in . . . and everyone has something to lose.

Another novel that I’ve already read :) I tracked down (read: stalked) Gretchen at WonderCon because she said she had an ARC of this with her and she’d give it to the first person who found her. Which happened to be me. Because I kind of stalked her. But I was SO excited about this book. The Breakfast Club meets Pretty Little Liars? Gretchen kept saying how much John Hughes, and his movies and the music from said movies influenced the book and I just had to read it. And I loved it so much. SO wicked. I can’t wait to get my hands on a real copy of this baby!

Release Date: September 16th, 2014

7. In a Handful of Dust by Mindy McGinnis 

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The only thing bigger than the world is fear.

Lucy’s life by the pond has always been full. She has water and friends, laughter and the love of her adoptive mother, Lynn, who has made sure that Lucy’s childhood was very different from her own. Yet it seems Lucy’s future is settled already—a house, a man, children, and a water source—and anything beyond their life by the pond is beyond reach.

When disease burns through their community, the once life-saving water of the pond might be the source of what’s killing them now. Rumors of desalinization plants in California have lingered in Lynn’s mind, and the prospect of a “normal” life for Lucy sets the two of them on an epic journey west to face new dangers: hunger, mountains, deserts, betrayal, and the perils of a world so vast that Lucy fears she could be lost forever, only to disappear in a handful of dust.

I had wanted to read the first novel of this series so badly for so long but for some reason, just could never convince myself to pick it up at the bookstore. Finally, I received as a gift and on the day it arrived in the mail…I finished it. I was blown away by Mindy’s story and the gritty survival aspect of it and all the love that it encompassed, which surprised me. There was romantic love and familial love and the discovery of both and I just loved it. This novel is more a companion than a sequel though I do recommend reading the first book before this, and I’m just dying to read it. I’ve downloaded the eARC, which I got through edelweiss, but I’ve been kind of not feeling the Nook lately so I can’t wait to get my hands on a hard copy!

Release Date: September 23rd, 2014

6. The Young Elites by Marie Lu

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Adelina Amouteru is a survivor of the blood fever. A decade ago, the deadly illness swept through her nation. Most of the infected perished, while many of the children who survived were left with strange markings. Adelina’s black hair turned silver, her lashes went pale, and now she has only a jagged scar where her left eye once was. Her cruel father believes she is a malfetto, an abomination, ruining their family’s good name and standing in the way of their fortune. But some of the fever’s survivors are rumored to possess more than just scars—they are believed to have mysterious and powerful gifts, and though their identities remain secret, they have come to be called the Young Elites.

Teren Santoro works for the king. As Leader of the Inquisition Axis, it is his job to seek out the Young Elites, to destroy them before they destroy the nation. He believes the Young Elites to be dangerous and vengeful, but it’s Teren who may possess the darkest secret of all.

Enzo Valenciano is a member of the Dagger Society. This secret sect of Young Elites seeks out others like them before the Inquisition Axis can. But when the Daggers find Adelina, they discover someone with powers like they’ve never seen.

Adelina wants to believe Enzo is on her side, and that Teren is the true enemy. But the lives of these three will collide in unexpected ways, as each fights a very different and personal battle. But of one thing they are all certain: Adelina has abilities that shouldn’t belong in this world. A vengeful blackness in her heart. And a desire to destroy all who dare to cross her.

It is my turn to use. My turn to hurt

That is the longest synopsis EVER. Ohmygod. Sorry about that. Oh well. It gives you quite a nice idea on what the book is going to be about, which I can say with the highest authority is ABSOLUTELY brilliant. Marie Lu  blew my mind when I picked up Legend about two years ago and she’s doing it again with this book. Absolutely incredible. I got my hands on an ARC at ALA, the last one, and I was so giddy and excited that as soon as I finished Trial by Fire, I immediately started this one and finished it just as quickly. Its so much darker than Legend and I love how its in this completely fictional world and it really does feel like a mix of Assassin’s Creed and XMen, in the best way possible.

Release Date: October 7th, 2014

5. Heir of Fire by Sarah J Maas

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Lost and broken, Celaena Sardothien’s only thought is to avenge the savage death of her dearest friend: as the King of Adarlan’s Assassin, she is bound to serve this tyrant, but he will pay for what he did. Any hope Celaena has of destroying the king lies in answers to be found in Wendlyn. Sacrificing his future, Chaol, the Captain of the King’s Guard, has sent Celaena there to protect her, but her darkest demons lay in that same place. If she can overcome them, she will be Adarlan’s biggest threat – and his own toughest enemy. 

While Celaena learns of her true destiny, and the eyes of Erilea are on Wendlyn, a brutal and beastly force is preparing to take to the skies. Will Celaena find the strength not only to win her own battles, but to fight a war that could pit her loyalties to her own people against those she has grown to love?

I feel terrible because I’ve had this ARC since July and this released today and I have NOT read it yet. I’ve started it multiple times but I’m just kind of addicted to contemporary novels right now so its been an ordeal. That being said though, I’m excited for this because I NEED to know what happens next and I hope my desire for fantasy kicks in VERY soon. I’ll be seeing Sarah on the 13th and I want to be able to talk about the book with her! Its HUGE and daunting and I saw it at the bookstore last night (oooh, out a day early…) and I just was blown away at how large it is. I’ve got my ARC and I’ll have my hands on a physical copy VERY soon and I’ll be ready to dive in!

Release Date: Today!

4. The Sorcerer Heir by Cinda Williams Chima

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The delicate peace between Wizards and the underguilds (Warriors, Seers, Enchanters, and Sorcerers) still holds by the thinnest of threads, but powerful forces inside and outside the guilds threaten to sever it completely.

Emma and Jonah are at the center of it all. Brought together by their shared history, mutual attraction, and a belief in the magic of music, they now stand to be torn apart by new wounds and old betrayals. As they struggle to rebuild their trust in each other, Emma and Jonah must also find away to clear their names as the prime suspects in aseries of vicious murders. It seems more and more likely that the answers they need lie buried in the tragedies of the past. The question is whether they can survive long enough to unearth them. 

AGH. I literally can’t HANDLE how excited I am for this book. I’ve searched all over for ARCs and eARCS and its been impossible and its truly bumming me out that I’ll have to wait until NEXT MONTH to read this book. Cinda Chima has a handle on this fantasy thing and as soon as I read The Demon King about two years ago, I was completely sold on her as one of my favorite authors. The Enchanter Heir was absolutely incredible and left me basically panting for this one so I’m glad its finally getting closer to releasing! I believe that the Heir Chronicles is finally coming to a close with this novel so I’m excited to see how it all wraps together. And then I will go into a despair because I’m not sure when her next book will be released!

Release Date: October 21st, 2014

3. The Infinite Sea by Rick Yancey

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How do you rid the Earth of seven billion humans? Rid the humans of their humanity.

Surviving the first four waves was nearly impossible. Now Cassie Sullivan finds herself in a new world, a world in which the fundamental trust that binds us together is gone. As the 5th Wave rolls across the landscape, Cassie, Ben, and Ringer are forced to confront the Others’ ultimate goal: the extermination of the human race.

Cassie and her friends haven’t seen the depths to which the Others will sink, nor have the Others seen the heights to which humanity will rise, in the ultimate battle between life and death, hope and despair, love and hate.

People ask all the time who influenced me for The Awakened. Now the list is really long because I’m inspired by SO many authors and people but a huge influence on the story, the way it was written and that sort of thing, comes from this book right here. I had heard about it and finally picked it up. It took a bit to get into because it starts off a bit slow but once I was hooked, I was just so addicted. He writes incredibly real science fiction stories with such human characters and I just love it. I’m literally DYING to read the next book, and my search for an ARC has proved quite fruitless! But its coming out soon so I’m just waiting anxiously for it!

Release Date: September 16th 2014

2. The Blood of Olympus by Rick Riordan

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Though the Greek and Roman crewmembers of the Argo II have made progress in their many quests, they still seem no closer to defeating the earth mother, Gaea. Her giants have risen—all of them—and they’re stronger than ever. They must be stopped before the Feast of Spes, when Gaea plans to have two demigods sacrificed in Athens. She needs their blood—the blood of Olympus—in order to wake.

The demigods are having more frequent visions of a terrible battle at Camp Half-Blood. The Roman legion from Camp Jupiter, led by Octavian, is almost within striking distance. Though it is tempting to take the Athena Parthenos to Athens to use as a secret weapon, the friends know that the huge statue belongs back on Long Island, where it “might” be able to stop a war between the two camps.

The Athena Parthenos will go west; the Argo II will go east. The gods, still suffering from multiple personality disorder, are useless. How can a handful of young demigods hope to persevere against Gaea’s army of powerful giants? As dangerous as it is to head to Athens, they have no other option. They have sacrificed too much already. And if Gaea wakes, it is game over.

My excitement for this book has tripled into interstellar lengths because he’ll be heading to California to promote this book which means I can meet him for the first time ever, which means I’m basically dying of excitement. Its the end…FOREVER. No more Percy after this. Its done, over, completed. This is the culmination of years, the Olympians and the Heroes of Olympus and its huge and daunting and I don’t know whats going to happen or who is going to survive or who is going to live or what ships will sail or sink and its driving me mad! I need to know what happens next! I’m nervous and anxious and both ready and not for the end! Its going to be interesting. 

Release Date: October 7th 2014

1. 100 Sideways Miles by Andrew Smith

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Finn Easton sees the world through miles instead of minutes. It’s how he makes sense of the world, and how he tries to convince himself that he’s a real boy and not just a character in his father’s bestselling cult-classic book. Finn has two things going for him: his best friend, the possibly-insane-but-definitely-excellent Cade Hernandez, and Julia Bishop, the first girl he’s ever loved.

Then Julia moves away, and Finn is heartbroken. Feeling restless and trapped in the book, Finn embarks on a road trip with Cade to visit their college of choice in Oklahoma. When an unexpected accident happens and the boys become unlikely heroes, they take an eye-opening detour away from everything they thought they had planned—and learn how to write their own destiny.

I can say with complete authority that this book absolutely blew my mind. Absolutely. Blew. My. Mind. I got my hands on an ARC of this ages ago, and was super excited to get my hands on a physical ARC at ALA so that I could reread it before it came out. If you’ve read a book by Andrew before, you know what to expect. If you haven’t, then pick this one up, read it and then come back to me so I can tell you all the other books to read. This book has come out today so its hardly anticipated because you can literally go out to a bookstore at this very moment and pick it up but its number one because its just absolutely brilliant and you need to go out right now at this very moment and pick it up. If there’s one book you buy this fall, make it this one.

Release Date: Today!

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What books are you looking forward to this fall? Share them in the comments!

Last week’s Book of the Week was Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell, a book that left me feeling like I could never recover. It was an absolutely beautiful book, and I just didn’t know how to keep moving on past that.

But books are my life, and I read fast, and of course, I keep reading. I’ve read about six books since then. But none of them were really fitting for the Book of the Week. Some of them were textbooks, even, but hey, I count those for my reading goal. I read them, they’re books, they count.

Anyway, I was reading today, in between class and homework, and I just finished this week’s (belated) Book of the Week not even twenty minutes ago, as I’m writing this.

And I feel like I’m in the same position I was in last week, while writing the review for Fangirl. I’m floored right now. I honestly don’t know what book to read next on my ever-growing pile of books because I’m afraid I’m going to be stuck inside the world of this book for a long time. So with that, I now present to you:

The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey

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GoodReads / Amazon / Barnes and Noble 

Genre:

young adult, science fiction

Part of a Series?:

Yes. It is the first novel of a planned trilogy. The title of the second novel was recently revealed to be: The Infinite Sea

You May Like if You Liked:

James Dashner’s Maze Runner trilogy, Marie Lu’s Legend trilogy

Age Recommendation:

This is a new feature on the Book of the Week. As most of the reviews I do are YA, and YA is starting to break apart into YA and NA, and that sort of thing, I will be recommending an appropriate age for the books. Keep in mind this is MY personal recommendation and it varies on the maturity of the reader. 

13+: Violence, Death, etc.

Plot Summary:

The Others have come. We’ve made movies, we’ve written books, we’ve talked about aliens coming to our world for so long, but now they are  here, and it is not what we expected.

The first wave is complete darkness.

The second wave is a knock out, earthquakes, tsunamis, taking out country after country.

The third wave is the plague, the disease that wipes out 90% of the surviving population.

The fourth wave is The Silencers, the aliens that come down and hunt the remaining humans.

Cassie is trying to survive. She lost her mom to the third wave, her father to the fourth wave. Her brother was taken, and she made him a promise to come and find him, and she will do anything to not break that promise. She can’t trust anyone, though she feels like she’s the last human on earth.

Until she meets Evan Walker. Evan Walker, who saves her life, and takes care of her. Evan Walker who is gentle and affectionate and, yes, good looking. Evan Walker, who is absolutely determined to help her. But Cassie can’t trust anyone, and who knows what more is coming…

The Bad:

The book is multiple points of view. Mostly you get Cassie, but you also get Evan, Cassie’s little brother Sammy, and another character by the name of Ben. I really liked this about the story. I did. I think you are able to get multiple perspectives to the story this way, to see people draw conclusions about the same thing in different ways. Its brilliant. So you’re wondering what my beef is then, right?

There’s no distinguishing between the characters at first. There are different “parts” but that doesn’t necessarily mean a different point of view from the previous and it also sometimes takes a few paragraphs to realize who is narrating and then you kind of have to go back and reread the paragraph, knowing who the character is. I may have been the only person in the world that had this issue but it wasn’t a huge, back-breaking issue. It was more, like, okay, not one hundred percent sure whose head we are in right now…And with a science fiction novel, you’re already trying to keep up with this complicated world that the author has built anyway, so its more brain work to try and figure out who is speaking before its blatantly obvious and its not always apparent at first.

The Good:

There is so much good that I don’t know where to start.

Rick Yancey is brilliant. I just discovered tonight, while perusing GoodReads and his website to do this post that this is NOT his first novel, and now I’m dying to check out his other novels, because this novel literally blew me away. I’m floored. Dumbstruck. Paralyzed. Unable to move on to another fictional world because I am so stuck into this. Sometimes it takes me a bit of time to recover from a novel, but I’m a power reader. I have a blog to run, I have to move on. I am also trying to read 200 books this year, so that’s difficult too. But now I look at my ridiculous pile of books to read, and I can’t even decide what to read next.

I’m big on world building. If you’re going to write a novel that is fantasy or dystopian or science fiction, you better build your world well, because then everything else tends to fall into place. Sometimes, you can have the greatest story and some kickass characters but if the world isn’t built well, I just don’t buy into it. So with a science fiction like this, where aliens are finally coming to earth, it has to sell me. I have to believe it. And I do. Its OUR world, its the world we know, but transformed and its so easy to buy into the new technology that the aliens  bring, its easy to buy into the horrifying things that they do. Its really easy to buy into the world that Rick Yancey has created. He makes everything subtle and yet huge at the same time so you feel the familiarity of our world, but you also feel the incredible impact that this arrival has brought to it. It also felt so incredibly real that sometimes you almost have to remind yourself that you’re in a book, not real life, and sometimes you do wonder if its possible. It doesn’t feel like science fiction, it feels REAL. That’s how perfectly Rick Yancey builds this world.

I mentioned the character points of view earlier in the “bad” section. I only disliked the fact that I would be confused on who exactly was speaking at the moment. I actually really loved the multiple points of view. Granted we only get a couple of them once or twice, and we mostly focus on the points of view of two characters but I love that because it really connects you closer with the characters. I love Rick Yancey’s characters. Again, with the realism. They aren’t perfect, you know? They’re teenagers, survivors in this ridiculous world, and they are strong, there is no denying that but they aren’t perfect and I love that. They work hard, they make mistakes, they are constantly, always fighting for their lives. Its hard work and nothing comes with ease. I love being inside their heads because the different characters like Cassie or Evan or Ben or Sammy are all so different and they’re seeing things differently and you get to see that along with them. I love that one character will discover something way before another character, and you kind of watch as two scenarios in two different places head toward a collision and seeing both of those points of views, with the others unaware of it, is exciting.

Which brings me to the story itself. This is a long book. It is not a short book that you can tell yourself you’ll read in one day, unless you’re like me and you read ridiculously fast. Its 457 pages and its a not a small 457 pages. This is a huge book, and with long books, you better have a good story or people are going to give up.

This is so completely untrue of this novel. This story is gripping from the very first moment you begin in to the very last page, when you flip it back and forth, wondering, if you somehow missed something because there is NO way that is the end of the book. (Boy, was I relieved when a simple Google search ensured me that there are more books to come…) This story is gripping, its full of action but even when there isn’t action going on, the tension is so tight, and its so palpable and it leaves you clutching the pages with excitement. The multiple points of view gives you so many different perspectives on what is going on, and yet, you still have NO idea what is going on. Its a mystery piled up on top of ten other mysteries, which are buried amongst a bunch of other mysteries and questions. The book is full of questions and as soon as you think you have one answered, another one pops into its place. Sometimes I would pause for a moment, to sort of see how many pages I had left, and I would think, “there are so many more pages, there is still so much more that could happen to these characters.”

I literally could go on and on and on about this but I won’t. I’ll leave you with this: this book is amazing. Its an outstanding example of what a young adult science fiction book should be. Well, its an outstanding example of what any science fiction book should be. It has the mystery and the tension and the excitement and the action and it throws in the little bit of romance, and its perfect. Its a shining example of what young adult literature can be, and as I continue my fight for the acceptance of YA, I will definitely use this as an example. Its a fantastically written novel with a compelling storyline, addicting characters and it’ll leave you absolutely breathless.

Rating:

5 out of 5 Stars

Recommended or Not?:

YES! Stop reading my blog NOW, and go find this book. Go to your bookstore, order it online, download it onto that ereader, just do it NOW. You won’t regret it in the slightest. I regret leaving it in my book pile for as long as I did. Its worth the money, the time and the crazy emotional ride. Go. Now.

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I hope you all enjoyed this week’s edition of the Book of the Week!

If you haven’t already dashed off to go read The 5th Wave (which you should have), check out some of the previous Book of the Week reviews here.

Happy Reading!