Search for the Next YA Craze

Can YOU help find the next big YA craze?

What genre will it fall under? Dystopian, Utopian, Fantasy, Sci-Fi, Horror, Contemporary, adventure, or Humor?

I plan to dedicate 2015 to reading MOSTLY (not all, but mostly) YA Books on my search for the Next YA Craze. (#NextYACraze).

I don’t want to do it alone! READ the books with me!

READERS* —
1.  suggest a book to me, whether you’ve read it or want to read it, and
2. I will do my best to add it to my 2015 TBR list!

I Do Not Want To Read Books by Best Selling Authors.
I want to read Books By Indies and Small Press Authors!

Let’s Post Regular Reviews as comments on my blog, to Amazon, Goodreads, Facebook, and Twitter …

… Use the #NextYACraze –and at the end of 2015 we can announce books we feel ARE the Next YA Craze!

*AUTHORS who want their YA book considered as a contender in the hunt, contact me for details about how to submit a copy for me to review.

Books in Contention for the #NextYACraze:

Damn the Dead, by Phillip Tomasso

DAMN THE DEAD marks the beginning of an exciting new stand-alone series from Phillip Tomasso and takes place some 3 years after the conclusion of the best-selling Vaccination Trilogy. DamntheDead cover

Even in the heat of the zombie apocalypse, a time must come to rebuild. Charlene McKinney and her friends are on the run in the mountain ranges of North Carolina. They’ve stolen an 18 wheeler filled with food and supplies and the brutal gang they stole the vehicle from won’t give up until they get back what belongs to them.

The band of survivors stumble across Arcadia, a fortified town erected deep in a valley. There is food, shelter and electricity. Arcadia is fully functional as a community. They offer employment, have a fire department, peace officers, and a judge. The welcome sign posted by the front entrance boasts 3 simple laws for citizenship. No stealing. No fighting. No murder.

Seeking sanctuary within the walls of Arcadia seems like the perfect place to hide. But in Arcadia, if you break the law you will find yourself damned with the dead.

Phillip Tomasso is the author of 16 novels. DAMN THE DEAD is his latest release. He lives in Rochester, NY with his three children and works full time as a Fire / EMS Dispatcher for 911. While DAMN THE DEAD is the first in a new series, it is also a continuation of his Best-selling VACCINATION TRILOGY.


Grunge Gods and Graveyards
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by Kimberly G. Giarratano

Parted by death. Tethered by love. grunge

Lainey Bloom’s high school senior year is a complete disaster. The popular clique, led by mean girl Wynter Woods, bullies her constantly. The principal threatens not to let her graduate with the class of 1997 unless she completes a major research project. And everyone blames her for the death of Wynter’s boyfriend, Danny Obregon.

Danny, a gorgeous musician, stole Lainey’s heart when he stole a kiss at a concert. But a week later, he was run down on a dangerous stretch of road. When he dies in her arms, she fears she’ll never know if he really would have broken up with Wynter to be with her.

Then his ghost shows up, begging her to solve his murder. Horrified by the dismal fate that awaits him if he never crosses over, Lainey seeks the dark truth amidst small town secrets, family strife, and divided loyalties. But every step she takes toward discovering what really happened the night Danny died pulls her further away from the beautiful boy she can never touch again.


The Firedragon, by Mary Fan

Almost a hundred years ago, the Enchanters defeated the Lord of the Underworld in one of the most fearsome wars the world had ever seen. The public thinks that this victory means the people are safe. But they’re wrong. The supernatural beasts the Lord unleashed remain on the earth, firedragonmultiplying and ravaging what’s left of civilization. As long as these monsters exist, mankind will be in danger. And though the government, ruled by the magic-wielding Enchanters, seeks to protect their people, they are too few in number. They need the Defenders – a special class of non-magical humans – to fight the monsters. The Defenders are an elite force, and mankind’s only hope against the horrors that live beyond their gates.

Fourteen-year-old Aurelia “”the Firedragon”” Sun has been training since she could walk to become a Defender, and her extraordinary combat skills have earned the attention of the powerful government. In fact, she’s been tapped to represent her nation in an international monster-fighting competition, which pits champions from across the globe against creatures of the Underworld in a violent spectacle. If she wins, she will become a full-fledged member of the Defender force.

But as Aurelia moves deeper into the competition, she realizes that all is not as it appears. There’s something sinister behind the competition, something that could change the way she sees everything and the Enchanters, it seems, are not the heroes she thought. Aurelia begins to ask questions. But before she can discover the truth, she is pitted against the most dangerous monster in the competition – one that will take her life if it can.

Into the Night, by Jade Fowler

Fantastic employment opportunity.
No experience necessary.Into+the+Night
Training provided to successful applicant.
Free food and board also provided.
If you are looking for a challenge in an exciting and active position, please phone…

It sounds like the perfect job, but for Logan any job will do, because he needs one desperately. Told he will be helping to display a unique collection, it isn’t until Logan gets the job that he finds out exactly what he has signed up for. The unique collection is actually a group of supernatural creatures. And to display them, he will have to fight them in an arena for the entertainment of the rich.

Logan thinks it must be a hoax, but when he reaches the estate where he is to work and live, he finds out all he was told is true. Werewolves, vampires and zombies exist, and one day he will have to fight them.

Penny seems to have it all. Not only is she the adopted daughter of Logan’s billionaire employer, but she also has the ability to read minds and see the future. Logan and Penny quickly form a friendship, but they have obstacles to overcome to make it work. Like the fact that Penny knows everything Logan’s thinking.

But Logan’s thoughts aren’t the only thing Penny knows.

The Cage Legacy, by Nicholas Conley

Who is Ethan Cage?

Is he just a troubled 17-year-old high school student? A quiet, intelligent kid with a bad home life? Or is he a shattered human downloadbeing, a boy who lost his faith in the world when he discovered that his loving father was secretly a psychotic serial killer?

As Ethan’s world suddenly spirals out of control, he must confront the reality of his dark past and finally make the decision that will either define his life – or cut it short prematurely.

The one known as Nicholas Conley is a uniquely alien creature with mysterious literary ambitions, a passion for fiction and a whole slew of terrific stories he’d like to share with others.

Nicholas is the author of THE CAGE LEGACY, a 2012 psychological thriller that explores such contemporary issues as adolescent rage, the nature of violence and the search for identity in today’s world. When not busy writing, Nicholas is an obsessive reader, a truth seeker, a sarcastic idealist, a traveler — and like many writers, a coffee addict.

Originally from California, Nicholas has currently made his home in the colder temperatures of New Hampshire. More information on the enigmatic Mr. Conley can be found on his website, www.nicholasconley.com.

Slam, by Tash McAdam

Telepaths, torture, mindwipes … the Institute has it all, and they use each of their brainwashed children as weapons, the way they see fit. To control society, repress its people. To make certain that they stay in power, no matter the cost. Serena’s baby brother Damon is one of those children, and these days he’s so altered that he doesn’t even recognize her.download

When it comes to getting Damon away from those who kidnapped him, there’s nothing Serena won’t do. Even if she has to kill him to save him. First, though, she must prove to her father that she has what it takes to be a soldier against the insidious threat of the Institute. Her first mission has to be perfect.

But with inaccurate intelligence, unexpected storms, and Gav Belias, people’s hero of the Watch, on the prowl, will she even survive? If she doesn’t succeed, they’ll never let her go after her brother.

And that would be unthinkable, when it was her fault that he was taken in the first place.

Slam is Tash McAdam’s first work with Glass House Press, and serves as a prequel to her series The Psionics, with the first book, Maelstrom, due in 2015.

**All revenues will be donated to the San Diego Department of Animal Services Spirit Fund, a nonprofit society dedicated to giving homeless animals the medical care they need.

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6 thoughts on “Search for the Next YA Craze”

  1. I would love for you to read and review my forthcoming novel ‘Paper Cuts.’
    It is the second book of ‘The Death of Ink’ series. I am planning on publishing in early to mid-January. If you’d like, I can give you an ARC of the book, just as soon as it comes back from my editor, which should be mid-December.
    Email me at mmjohnbooks@gmail.com if this interests you. The synopsis is after the jump.

    In Paper Cuts, book two, the serialized tale continues…

    From the outside, Paige Langley’s life seems pretty normal…whatever that means. But it’s not. Her new boyfriend Matthew—a chain-smoking, musician—is acting strange, her friends at school even stranger, and Devon Connors, the boy that Paige is crushing on nearly dies in drug experiment gone wrong.

    Then one of the local football players mysteriously turns up dead and it launches a full-scale investigation by police on the illegal drug use at Bass Towers High School. And with all the weirdness going on, Paige is starting to suspect that Devon knows more than he’s letting on.

    As the horrible truth about the wild afterschool party scene—filled with sex, narcotics, and even murder—circulates around campus, Paige’s perfect life takes an unexpected turn, and a dark suspicion is suddenly cast on those she trusts most…

    1. Hey M.M.,

      I am not the kind of reader who can start on a Book 2 of a series. I need to start at the beginning. I would prefer to start with Death of Ink and work on up to Paper Cuts. If you are willing to part with a paperback copy, send me an email for details!

      Phil

  2. Hi, Phillip.

    I would love to send you a copy of my recently released YA novella, SLAM. Published by Glass House Press. It’s 35k, and serves as a prequel to my yasf series, The Psionics, the first full length novel of which is out in August.

    Telepaths, torture, mindwipes … the Institute has it all, and they use each of their brainwashed children as weapons, the way they see fit. To control society, repress its people. To make certain that they stay in power, no matter the cost. Serena’s baby brother Damon is one of those children, and these days he’s so altered that he doesn’t even recognize her.

    When it comes to getting Damon away from those who kidnapped him, there’s nothing Serena won’t do. Even if she has to kill him to save him. First, though, she must prove to her father that she has what it takes to be a soldier against the insidious threat of the Institute. Her first mission has to be perfect.

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