New Books Make Great Holiday Gifts: YA Series Edition

Perfect timing for the holidays, when busy tweens and teens ( and their parents and teachers! ) will have more time to read. More than a few of us have been waiting not-so patiently for the next books in these addictive series.  We can vouch for each of these next installments from fine authors.  Check out their authors’ pages by clicking on the photos below.

RickHeroes of Olympus Series:

House-of-Hades The House of Hades by Rick Riordan

Another action-packed adventure for our modern-day Greek and Roman hero demi-gods.  Not just for young adults, this saga has most adults I know (readers, that is!) hooked.  Thanksgiving found us discussing the nuances of the Titans’ relationships with the Gods and heroes, the plight of Nico and the new secrets he reveals,  and the closeknit community of friends on the Argus II.  Hints of romance and adventure and stunning creations and ingenuity propel the story forward,  I think it may be Riordan’s best yet!  Can’t wait for Number 5 (though it is rumored to be the final book in the Percy and his friends saga.)

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The Raven Boys Cycle:

Dream-ThievesMaggieThe Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater

The Raven Boys continue their quest for Owen Glendower, the sleeping Welsh king.  In fact, the focus this second book in the series is on the prep school boys rather than the compelling character Blue, who magnifies the psychic powers of those around her.  Though she figures into the book, she is a minor character in this new installment.  Instead, the mystery deepens with the addition of the mysterious  Grey Man, and the secrets that allow some of the characters to steal objects from their dreams.  Moody and subtly chilling, this book is riveting.  Unlike some books in series, this book really doesn’t  stand alone.  It needs the background plotting of the first book to understand the complex relationships and intriguing plot development.  Stay tuned for the third installment. . .

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VeronicaDivergent Series:

AllegiantAllegiant by Veronica Roth

This series gets better and better.  Many truths are revealed about the origins of this Dystopian society.  They are original and explosive–the adventures just keep coming.  Themes of love, loyalty, family relationships are all clear threads that beg discussion.  I really loved the switching perspectives, so we alternate between Tris and Four as narrators–seeing Tris from Four’s perspective and vice versa.  The messy, passionate, and quite realistic love story between these two is a compelling part of the plot.  Lots of surprises–and a satisfying conclusion.  If you haven’t gotten holed on this series, reach for Divergent and dig in!

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