Books for Teens: Class of 2012!

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Welcome to our list of featured teen titles for 2012.

Here you'll meet time-travelers, trolls, and sirens. You'll trek through deep space, uncover dangerous secrets, and hunt down demons. You'll learn to ride a horse and raise the dead.

Your heart will be broken, you will find courage when there's little hope, and you will come to know your true self.

Join us on a new adventure!

Amanda Hocking is widely considered the exemplar of self-publishing success in the digital age and we are delighted she has joined us at Macmillan! Over the next year you'll see two exciting series from Hocking: the USA Today bestselling Trylle series, which has already been optioned for film, and the never-before-published Watersong series. Each of the Trylle novels will also contain all-new, never-before-seen short stories set in the magical world of the Trylle!



Amanda Hocking
978-1-250-00631-8 | January 2012 | Trylle Series #1

A couple things made that day stand out more than any other: it was my sixth birthday, and my mother was wielding a knife.

When Wendy Everly was six-years-old, her mother was convinced she was a monster and tried to kill her. It isn't until eleven years later that Wendy discovers her mother might have been right. With the help of Finn Holmes, Wendy finds herself in a world she never knew existed--a world both beautiful and frightening, and Wendy's not sure she wants to be a part of it.

This book contains a new, never-before-published bonus story, “The Vittra Attacks,” set in the magical world of the Trylle.

Read the first pages of SWITCHED on Facebook now!

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Amanda Hocking
978-1-250-00632-5 | February 2012 | Trylle Series #2

Wendy thought she finally understood who she was and what she wanted, but now she's caught between two worlds, torn between love and duty, and she must decide what life she is going to lead.

This book contains a new, never-before-published bonus story, “One Day, Three Ways,” set in the magical world of the Trylle.

"Fans of the series will enjoy watching on as Wendy continues to wrestle with issues of belonging, particularly when both the Trylle and the Vittra claim her as their chosen one." -Kirkus Reviews

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Amanda Hocking
978-1-250-00633-2 | April 2012 | Trylle Series #3

With a war looming on the horizon, Wendy’s fate seems sealed. But everything she sacrificed might be in vain if she can’t save the ones she loves. Her whole life has been leading up to this, and it’s all coming to an end.

This book contains a new, never-before-published bonus story, “Ever After,” set in the magical world of the Trylle.

"Hocking sure knows how to bring it." -Kirkus Reviews

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Amanda Hocking
978-1-250-00812-1 | August 2012 | Watersong #1

Nominated for YALSA's 2013 Best Fiction for Young Adults!

Even over the sea, Thea could smell the blood on her. When she breathed in, it filled her with a familiar hunger that haunted her dreams.

Gemma Fisher lives an ordinary life in the quiet seaside town of Capri, but when three beautiful girls arrive and mesmerize her friends and neighbors everything changes. After a chance encounter with the girls, Gemma wakes up alone on the beach with no memory of what occurred. Now Gemma has powers she can’t control, she’s growing more beautiful, and she has a strange effect on men that makes them unable to resist her—especially her voice. Soon she must make a decision: keep the life she no longer fits into or follow the call of the Watersong into a world brimming with dark beauty and secrets.

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Amanda Hocking
978-1-250-00565-6 | November 2012 | Watersong #2

The enchanting second book in the Watersong series following the adventures in WAKE. Harper only wanted a safe, normal life. But when her younger sister Gemma runs off with a dangerous clique of magical girls everything changes.

tempest coverTEMPEST

Julie Cross
HC: 978-0-312-56889-4 | January 2012 | Tempest Trilogy #1
TP: 978-1-250-01120-6 | December 2012

Okay, so it's true. I can time-travel. But it's not as exciting as it sounds.

Jackson Meyer spends most of his time in 2009, but he can travel back through time. It’s not like the movies--nothing changes, there are no space-time-continuum issues--it’s just harmless fun. That is until dangerous strangers arrive at his dorm and shoot his girlfriend. In his panic, Jackson jumps to 2007, but this time he can't get back. Now he must find a way to return to 2009 and save the girl he loves.

Film rights for TEMPEST have already been optioned by Summit Entertainment, the studio behind the Twilight movies!

"With standout and welcome details and a fresh plot, Tempest is an amazing book." —Claire V., 13 for School Library Journal's Book Reviews by Young Adults

"It is equal parts adventure, romance, science fiction and touching family drama; readers will turn the last page and find themselves wishing they could 'jump' to the future and read the sequel." -Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

Watch the book trailer for TEMPEST here and read the short story prequel on Facebook now!

Glow novelGLOW

Amy Kathleen Ryan
HC: 978-0-312-59056-7 | September 2011 | Sky Chasers #1
TP: 978-1-250-00783-4 | July 2012

Nominated for YALSA’s 2013 Quick Picks for Reluctant Young Adult Readers!

The other ship hung in the sky like a pendant, silver in the ether light cast by the nebula. Waverly and Kieran, lying together on their mattress of hay bales, took turns peering at it through a spyglass. 

This 2012 Best Fiction for Young Adults-nominated title will take your teens into deep space. Part of the first generation to be successfully conceived on the space ship Empyrean, 15-year-old Waverly and her boyfriend Kieran will be pioneers of New Earth. But a violent betrayal by the Empyrean's sister ship will change everything. Waverly and Kieran are separated and each find themselves at the helm of dangerous missions.

School Library Journal gave GLOW a starred review and Booklist said, "Fans of the Hunger Games series will zip through and clamor for the next installment."

Watch the book trailer for GLOW here.

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Amy Kathleen Ryan
978-0-312-62135-3 | July 2012 | Sky Chasers #2

The sequel to GLOW will continue the pulse-pounding action of the first installment!

LENOBIA’S VOW (House of Night Novellas #2)LENOBIA’S VOW

P.C. Cast & Kristin Cast
978-1-250-00024-8 | February 2012 | House of Night Novellas #2

The second House of Night Novella brings us Lenobia, the strong, beautiful horseback riding instructor, who guides Zoey through some of her darkest hours, and has a dark secret buried in her own past. When young Lenobia is Marked as a fledgling vampyre, her world turns upside down. On the musical streets of New Orleans she discovers the city’s dark underbelly, ruled by powerful black magic. As Lenobia experiences her first love and loss, she must come face-to-face with Darkness itself. And she may not escape without scars.

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P.C. Cast & Kristin Cast
978-0-312-65025-4 | November 2011 | House of Night #9

The human male’s flesh had been soft, pulpy. It had been a surprise how easy it had been to destroy him—to end the beating of his feeble heart.

In this installment of the Teens' Top Ten-winning series, House of Night, Zoey is finally home where she belongs. She's safe with her Guardian Warrior, Stark, by her side, and preparing to face off against Neferet – which would be a whole lot easier if the High Counsel saw the ex-High Priestess for what she really is. Then there's the sudden appearance of a jaw-droppingly gorgeous teen boy who may be Neferet's greatest weapon.

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Alyson Noël, author of the New York Times best-selling series The Immortals
978-0-312-66485-5 | May 2012 | Soul Seekers #1

First came the crows. An entire murder of them.

Strange things have been happening to Daire Santos. Animals follow her, crows mock her, and people seem to glow. Her mother packs her off for a visit to the dusty plains of Enchantment, New Mexico to stay with the grandmother she's never met. There she meets Dace, a gorgeous guy who she's seen in her dreams. When her grandmother recognizes Daire’s bizarre episodes as a call to her destiny as a Soul Seeker she begins teaching Daire to harness her powers. Daire must learn quickly because an evil shape-shifter who bears an eerie resemblance to Dace is out to kill her. Now Daire must embrace her fate and find out if Dace is someone she can trust or the enemy she's destined to destroy.


Alyson Noël
978-0-312-57566-3 | November 2012 | Soul Seekers #2

In the second book of the Soul Seekers series, Daire Santos just saved her someone's life and soul, but at a cost. The Richters, a dark family of sorcerers, have been let loose in the Lowerworld, and Daire must once again work with Dace to find them.

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Sherrilyn Kenyon, author of the New York Times best-selling Dark-Hunter series
978-1-250-00282-2 | March 2012 | Chronicles of Nick #3

Go to school. Get good grades. Stay out of trouble. That’s the mandate for most kids. But Nick isn’t the average teenager. He’s a boy with a destiny not even he fully understands. And his first mandate is to stay alive while everyone, even his own father, tries to kill him. He’s learned to annihilate zombies and raise the dead, divination and clairvoyance, so why is learning to drive and keep a girlfriend so hard? But that isn’t the primary skill he has to master. Survival is.


Lois H. Gresh
978-0-312-61793-6 | November 2011

For those who can't get enough of Katniss and Peeta, this companion guide to the wildly popular Hunger Games series is a must-read. Go deeper into the post-apocalyptic world created by Suzanne Collins than you ever thought possible. THE HUNGER GAMES COMPANION includes fascinating background facts about the action in all three books, a revealing biography of the author, and insightful commentary on the series’ main themes and features--from the nature of evil, to weaponry and rebellions, to surviving the end of the world.

courtney summers this is not a test novelTHIS IS NOT A TEST

Courtney Summers, author of SOME GIRLS ARE a Top Ten Quick Pick for Reluctant Readers and a Best Fiction for Young Adults title
978-0-312-65674-4 | June 2012

Nominated for YALSA’s 2013 Quick Picks for Reluctant Young Adult Readers!

Lily, I woke up and the last piece of my heart disappeared. I opened my eyes and I felt it go.

It's the end of the world and Sloane Price doesn't think that's so bad. Six months ago, her world collapsed and since then, she's failed to find a reason to keep going. Now she's taken cover in Cortege High with five other students, but shelter is little comfort when the dead outside won't stop pounding on the doors. As Sloane eagerly waits for the barricades to fall, she's forced to witness the apocalypse through the eyes of five people who actually want to live. But as the days crawl by, the motivations for survival change in startling ways and soon the group's fate is determined less and less by what's happening outside and more and more by the happenings within.

See the book trailer here. Fair warning: it's totally creepy.

"It’s The Breakfast Club, George Romero style, as six teens who barely know or like each other seek refuge in their high school while the undead hordes lurk outside." -Publishers Weekly (starred review)

"This fascinating and haunting story with sophisticated content and themes will stay with with readers long after they finish the last page." -School Library Journal


C.C. Hunter
978-0-312-62468-2 | October 2011 | Shadow Falls #2

New York Times bestselling series!

You have to stop it, Kylie. You have to. Or this will happen to someone you love.

Now that she’s settled in at Shadow Falls Camp, Kylie Galen’s determined to discover the extent of her supernatural abilities.  But with a ghost insisting someone Kylie loves is about to die, a rogue vampire on a murdering rampage, and two very different romantic suitors, Kylie’s quest for answers is quickly put on hold.

Publishers Weekly named AWAKE AT DAWN a "PW Pick."

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C.C. Hunter
978-0-312-62469-9 | April 2012 | Shadow Falls #3

A New York Times bestselling series!

Kylie wants the truth so badly she can taste it. The truth about who her real family is, the truth about which boy she’s meant to be with—and the truth about what her emerging powers mean.  But she’s about to discover that some secrets can change your life forever.

a shadow falls coverWHISPERS AT MOONRISE

C.C. Hunter
978-1-250-01191-6 | October 2012 | Shadow Falls #4

A New York Times bestselling series!

Kylie has always struggled to figure out what she is. Now she finally knows the truth—but she's left with more questions than answers.

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Shannon Delany
978-0-312-62446-0 | February 2012 | 13 to Life #4

I wrapped myself around Pietr, holding him while the cure tore through his body. Together we tumbled the rest of the distance to the floor; my arms never once relinquished their hold on him.

Tension is high in the newest installment of the Popular Paperbacks for Young Adults-nominated 13 to Life series. The threat of the mafia is seemingly gone and the company's headquarters destroyed, but Jess and Pietr are adjusting to life after the lycanthropy cure--life as normal teenagers--that is, until they discover that the "cure" might not be as permanent as they thought.

Rivals and Retribution coverRIVALS AND RETRIBUTION

Shannon Delany
978-0-312-62518-4 | August 2012 | 13 to Life #5

Join Jess, Gabriel, Pietr and the rest of the pack for a fifth installment of this exciting series!

bad boy coverBAD BOY

Dream Jordan, author of HOT GIRL, a 2010 Popular Paperbacks for Young Adults and 2009 Quick Picks for Reluctant Young Adult Readers
978-0-312-54997-8 | March 2012

Nominated for YALSA's 2013 Best Fiction for Young Adults!

Nominated for YALSA’s 2013 Quick Picks for Reluctant Young Adult Readers!

This time it wasn't my fault.

Kate (from HOT GIRL) is devastated to find herself back in a foster home after many peaceful months in the home of Lynn and Ted, a couple who had become like parents to her. But the fantasy of a perfect family has come to an abrupt end and Kate's reeling from her return to the place she fought so hard to avoid. Miserable and alone, she falls prey to the dangerous affections of Percy, a good looking but violent young man. He treats her well at first, but soon a cycle of controlling and abusive behavior begins and Kate finds herself trapped and unable to be the strong, independent girl she’s tried her whole life to be.

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Jana Oliver
978-0-312-61480-5 | March 2012 | Demon Trappers #3

Though she bargained with Heaven to save his life, her ex-boyfriend Simon has told the Vatican’s elite team of demon hunters that Riley’s working with Hell. So now she’s on the run, at the top of everyone’s most-wanted list. But it’s becoming clear that this is bigger than either Riley or Simon. The demons are working together... and refusing to die. Caught between her bargain with Heaven and her promise to Lucifer, Riley fears the final war is coming--and it might be closer than anyone thinks.

shattered dreams coverSHATTERED DREAMS

Ellie James
978-0-312-64702-5 | December 2011 | Midnight Dragonfly #1

"I heard this place is like…haunted."

Sixteen-year-old Trinity Monsour sees visions, and for those she’s seen, it’s already too late. Trinity arrives on her aunt’s doorstep in New Orleans with virtually no knowledge of her mysterious heritage and all too quickly her dreams accelerate. A twisted, terrifying vision of a girl locked in a dark room haunts her. And when the head cheerleader, Jessica, goes missing, Trinity has to step forward. But people believe that Trinity is involved in the disappearance now that she's dating Jessica's ex. Revenge seems like the likeliest scenario.

"Be prepared for a shocking, terrifying, and thrilling ride." -Booklist

“I enjoyed all the surprises and unexpected twists throughout the story.” -14-year-old Abby W., Coralville Public Library


Ellie James
978-0-312-64703-2 | May 2012 | Midnight Dragonfly #2

Join 16-year-old psychic Trinity Monsour for a second adventure in New Orleans. This time it’s Mardi Gras, but Trinity isn't celebrating. Another girl is missing and only Trinity can find her!

Read HAUNTED DESTINY, the short story Midnight Dragonfly prequel, now on Facebook!


K. Ryer Breese
978-0-312-54772-1 | November 2011 | sequel to FUTURE IMPERFECT

In FUTURE IMPERFECT Ade Patience did what he was told he couldn’t: change the past to save a life. But when Ade returns to present time, he finds that changing the past has changed the present. His girlfriend has no idea who he is, so he has to woo her all over again. And it won’t be easy now that three twisted versions of himself are vying for her attention. Erasing the past has dramatically altered the present and Ade must join forces with his former rival to defeat... himself.

The Hunt coverTHE HUNT

Andrew Fukuda
978-1-250-00514-4 | May 2012

Nominated for YALSA’s 2013 Quick Picks for Reluctant Young Adult Readers!

In a world where humans have been eaten to near extinction, 17-year-old Gene has only managed to survive by painstakingly concealing his true species. If the bloodthirsty creatures surrounding him knew he's human he would be devoured swiftly and terribly. When Gene is chosen to participate in the government-sponsored hunt for the last remaining humans, it thrusts him into the fight of his life—and into the path of a human girl who makes him feel things he never thought possible. Now, he must learn the art of the hunt and elude his fellow hunters whose suspicions about his true human nature are growing.


Ella Monroe
978-0-312-62303-6 | August 2012 | Capital Girls #1

"Quick, hold your breath! Quick!" Taylor said, nudging me. She took a deep breath, closing her eyes and pursing her lips--Dior Addict Scarlet Siren. Even at twelve, she had a signature color.

Jackie Whitman is Washington DC's "It Girl." She’s drop-dead gorgeous, brilliant and dating the President’s son. Taylor Cane is the blonde bombshell and wild child extraordinaire. Reckless adventure is her specialty and flirting with danger is her drug of choice. Lettie Velasquez is all brains and blind ambition. Her goal: Princeton. Laura Beth Ballou is a real southern belle. She dreams of Julliard and the bright lights of Broadway. The Capital Girls are forever, but when one of them dies in a mysterious accident, their once impenetrable bond is shaken. And as secrets long kept rise to the surface, the future of their friendship hangs in the balance.

secrets liesSECRETS AND LIES

Ella Monroe
978-0-312-62305-0 | November 2012 | Capital Girls #2

It’s the start of senior year, and Excelsior Prep is on Code 3 lockdown. Secret Service agents swarm the halls searching for the First Son’s girlfriend, Jackie Whitman. A man has been threatening the First Family for weeks. This time he’s singled out Jackie, leaving a menacing message on the school’s voicemail. And a stalker isn't Jackie's only problem...


Heather Anastasiu
978-1-250-00299-0 | August 2012

In the Community, there is no more pain or war. Implanted computer chips have wiped humanity clean of destructive emotions. When Zoe's chip starts to malfunction, she begins having her own thoughts, feelings, and identity. Any anomalies must be reported, but Zoe has a secret: her glitches have given her telekinetic powers. If she's caught, she faces deactivation. As Zoe struggles to stay hidden from detection, she meets other glitchers like her including Max, who can disguise his appearance, and Adrien, who has visions of the future. Together, this growing band of glitchers must find a way to free themselves from the controlling hands of the Community before they're caught and deactivated, or worse.


Howard E. Wasdin and Stephen Templin
978-1-250-01643-0 | May 2012

Nominated for YALSA’s 2013 Quick Picks for Reluctant Young Adult Readers!

When the Navy sends their elite, they send the SEALs. When the SEALs send their elite, they send SEAL Team Six--a secret unit made up of the finest soldiers in the country, if not the world. This is the dramatic tale of how Howard Wasdin overcame a tough childhood to live his dream and enter the exciting and dangerous world of Navy SEALS and Special Forces snipers.

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