Rayna struggles to piece her life back together, but hiding in plain sight from the police, the SS Crazy, and the Fallen isn’t a foolproof plan—something Kade, the World’s Worst Roommate, reminds her of everyday. The late nights of failing to teach Ray how to protect herself against the Fallen are getting to Kade, changing him in ways he doesn’t like, and after a family emergency sends Ray back into Cam’s arms, Kade decides he’s had enough. News of Rayna’s resurfacing brings both angels and the Fallen to San Francisco by the dozens, all eyes scouring the city for the girl with the gray wings. Rayna will need both Kade and Cam’s help to ensure her family’s safety, navigate the new dangers and enemies springing up all over the city, and manage the surprises that arise with her new set of wings.
Lisa M. Basso was born and raised in San Francisco, California. She is a lover of books, video games, animals, and baking (not baking with animals though). As a child she would crawl into worlds of her own creation and get lost for hours. Her love for YA fiction started with a simple school reading assignment: S.E. Hinton’s The Outsiders. When not reading or writing she can usually be found at home with The Best Boyfriend Fiancé that Ever Lived ™ and her two darling (and sometimes evil) cats, Kitties A and B.
Young Adult Books I Would Fall For
(in the angel sense)
By Lisa M. Basso
Most people’s lives are busy, maybe too busy. I know mine would fall into that category, what with A Slither of Hope, book two in my Angel Sight series releasing, and edits on book three of the series, A Matter of Time due soon. But, it’s good to push the angels and Fallen aside every once in a while and make time for the things you love. That said, I’m rarely ever too busy to pick up a good book. Below I’ve compiled a short list of YA books that I would Fall for.
Killer Instinct by S.E. Green. Okay, so this choice is a little bit of a cheat because I’ve already started reading it. If it helps I’m only a few chapters in. It has that creepy, dark Dexter vibe but with a teenage female voice. I can’t wait to see where this one goes, because as of right now (five chapters in) things are really tense.
Winter by Marissa Meyer. Each book in the Lunar Chronicles impresses me more than the one before. I have no idea when this one will release, but I know as soon as I’m able I’ll have it on pre-order. Cinderella, Red Riding Hood, and Rapunzel were the characters centered on in the first three books. With Winter we’ll get a peek of Snow White and (hopefully) reunite with our favorite characters.
The Queen of Zombie Hearts by Gena Showalter. Another series that gets better as it goes on. I’m foaming at the mouth to my get my hands on this book. A very unique take on zombies (that honestly took me some time to come to terms with), a kick-butt heroine, a pretty kick-butt supporting cast, add a dash of Alice in Wonderland intrigue, and an unexpected romance. All I can say is … *grabby hands*
The Darkest Part of the Forest by Holly Black. Finally a book on my list that is (I believe) a standalone instead of being part of a series. I loved Holly Black’s Curse Workers series, White Cat, Red Glove, and Black Heart. The best way I can explain it is a gritty, magical world colliding with the organized crime families of The Sopranos. Her last stand alone title, The Coldest Girl In Coldtown, was a fresh, new take on vampires (which is saying a lot considering YA is swamped with vampires). Ms. Black has become one of my automatic must buy authors. Whatever she writes in the young adult genre, I’m in.
My maybe most anticipated read of 2014 is Isla and the Happily Ever After by Stephanie Perkins. This one was originally scheduled to release last year, but was pushed back about a year and a half. The author released this very brave blog post last year to explain the reason behind the push back. Not only did my respect for Ms. Perkins skyrocket, so did my need for this book. Anna and the French Kiss and Lola and the Boy Next Door are still two of my top favorite contemporary YA books ever. August 14th, Isla will be mine.
My bonus (non-YA) pick is Fireborn by Keri Arthur. When my favorite adult author comes out with a new series—any series—I get excited. Phoenixes plus the ability to see the dead? Right up my alley.
Now I’m curious, what are some upcoming books you’re willing to Fall for?