Books for Teens: Class of 2013

Welcome to another year of incredible teen adventures in high school and beyond with St. Martin’s Griffin (cue noisemakers and glitter explosions!!). We're so glad you're here to learn about these forthcoming Young Adult books!

Many of the titles you’re going to read about below are available to download as e-galleys from Edelweiss. Find out how to get whitelisted for all of Macmillan’s available e-galleys here. Once you’re whitelisted you can find all of the currently available St. Martin’s Griffin review copies listed here (please note: if you’re not logged in the page will say "No titles met this criteria"). 

On to the books!

rainbow rowell

YALSA has nominated ELEANOR & PARK for their 2014 Best Fiction for Young Adults AND their 2014 YALSA Quick Picks for Reluctant Young Adult Readers Lists!

This is the sweet and heartbreaking story of two high school misfits who meet on the bus in an economically-depressed small town and fall in love for the first time.

"Funny, hopeful, foulmouthed, sexy and tear-jerking." —Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

"The pure, fear-laced, yet steadily maturing relationship Eleanor and Park develop is urgent and breathtaking and, of course, heartbreaking, too." —Booklist (starred review)

"Rowell keeps things surprising." —Publishers Weekly (starred review)

"Purchase for readers who are drawn to quirky love stories or 1980s pop culture." —School Library Journal (starred review)

rainbow rowell

A coming-of-age tale of family, first love, and fan fiction from the talented author of ELEANOR & PARK (see above).

"Absolutely captivating." —Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

"A funny and tender coming-of-age story that’s also the story of a writer finding her voice. [...] Touching and utterly real." —Publishers Weekly (starred review)

"This book will find a wide audience, especially among older fans of Harry Potter." —School Library Journal (starred review)

erica lorraine scheidt

YALSA has nominated USES FOR BOYS for their 2014 Best Fiction for Young Adults AND their 2014 YALSA Quick Picks for Reluctant Young Adult Readers Lists!

In this beautifully written debut novel Anna, a father-less and fiercely independent teenager, drops out of high school and moves into the heart of Portland to become the independent woman she knows she can be.

"Haunting, frank and unputdownable." —Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

"[T]his fast-moving book can be devoured in one sitting, but reveals even more upon rereading." —Publishers Weekly (starred review)

"[R]eaders will find themselves emotionally exhausted but hopeful." —Booklist (Starred Review)

emily murdoch

YALSA has nominated IF YOU FIND ME for their 2014 Best Fiction for Young Adults list!

14-year-old Carey and her little sister Jenessa are barely surviving out in the backwoods with their drug-addicted mother until the day their estranged father draws them out of the woods into the uncharted territory of a warm home, a large family, friends, school, and more.

“First-time author Emily Murdoch has written a painful, hopeful, surprisingly quiet book that charts the best and worst of humanity.” —Booklist (starred review)

"[T]he deep bond between the sisters is almost physically palpable, as is their intense longing for love and acceptance." —School Library Journal (starred review)

"[U]nflinching about life's pain and hopeful about its possibilities." —Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

"I LOVED this book. A librarian friend of mine loaned me the ARC and I cannot wait to have several copies for my library! I have so many high schoolers who will be begging to check one out. [...] It is just so real. I cried my way through the last few chapters."     —Kingwood Park High School Librarian Ruth Parrish

"In Carey, Murdoch gives us a strong, kind, moral and complex protagonist whose dedication to her younger sister is particularly heart-wrenching. As Carey acclimates to her new life and grapples with the traces of her old one, she discovers she can still respect who she was in the woods, while also leaving that girl behind." —The New York Times Book Review

NEFERET'S CURSE: A House of Night Novella
p.c. cast + kristin cast

The third installment in the powerful new House of Night Novellas mini-series tells the secret story behind Zoey's most powerful enemy, Neferet, the Tulsa House of Night's darkly seductive High Priestess, who wasn't always a powerful vampyre.

"The fluid, romantic style [...] will delight fans." —Booklist on LENOBIA'S VOW

TIDAL (Watersong #3)
amanda hocking

In the third book of the Watersong series, Gemma's life is in grave danger unless she can break the Siren curse before it's too late. With the help of Harper and Daniel, she'll delve deep into her enemies' mythical past—and their darkest secrets. 

"Amanda Hocking knows how to tell a good story and keep readers coming back for more.  More is exactly what they will be looking for once they’ve turned the last page." —Kirkus Reviews on TORN

YALSA nominated WAKE (Watersong #1) for their 2013 Teens' Top Ten list!

INFERNO (Chronicles of Nick #4)
sherrilyn kenyon

In the fourth novel in the bestselling Chronicles of Nick series Nick has his driver's license and he's not afraid to use it. But while other boys his age are worried about prom dates and applying for college, Nick is learning to command the elements and battle his enemies.

"[Sherrilyn Kenyon is] the reigning queen of the wildly successful paranormal scene." —Publishers Weekly in "When Love Is Strange"

MYSTIC (Soul Seekers #3)
alyson noël

In the third book of the Soul Seekers series, Daire struggles with the responsibility of navigating between the worlds of the living and the dead. And with the fate of her boyfriend in the balance, Daire must put aside her personal feelings and focus on defeating Cade.

"Two boys, one light and one dark, factor heavily into the intriguing, twisting story line, which is sure to draw Noël’s numerous fans." —Booklist on ECHO

c.c. hunter

In the thrilling final book of the New York Times bestselling Shadow Falls series Kylie's journey comes to a close and she must return to the camp that started it all to finally chose between the two boys who love her—the werewolf and the half-fae.

YALSA selected BORN AT MIDNIGHT (Shadow Falls #1) as a 2013 Popular Paperback for Young Adults!

VORTEX (Tempest #2)
julie cross

In the intense second installment of the Tempest series, Jackson Meyer has thrown himself into his role as an agent for Tempest, the shadowy division of the CIA that handles all time-travel-related threats. 

"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) on TEMPEST

THE PREY (The Hunt #2)
andrew fukuda

Gene and the remaining humans are on the run and must escape the hungry predators stalking them through the night, but they’re not the only things chasing Gene. He’s haunted by Ashley, the girl he left behind, and Sissy, the girl at his side.

"Fukuda delivers a sequel that is just as taut, menacing and devastating in its consequences as THE HUNT." —Booklist

YALSA selected THE HUNT (The Hunt #1) as a 2013 Quick Pick for Reluctant Young Adult Readers and nominated it for the 2013 Teens' Top Ten!

DEATH, DOOM AND DETENTION (Death and the Girl Next Door #2)
darynda jones

Golden Heart Award-winning Darynda Jones takes us back to Riley High and into the life of Lorelei MacAlister, who is barely managing her consuming crush on the Angel of Death as she lays plans to trap one of the most powerful beings ever created.

"Hand to fans of Lauren Kate’s FALLEN (2009) and Becca Fitzpatrick’s HUSH, HUSH (2009)." —Booklist on DEATH AND THE GIRL NEXT DOOR

"[I]mpossibly handsome boys, supernatural powers, hot romance, friendship, school rivalries, suspense and comedy." —Kirkus Reviews on DEATH AND THE GIRL NEXT DOOR

shannon delany

Jordan Astraea, a high-ranking member of society is from a flawless family with seemingly no taint of magic or witchery, but on the night of her seventeenth birthday she is accused and arrested as a Weather Witch and must fight for her freedom.

"[T]een girls will eat up the TWILIGHT flavor." —Booklist on 13 TO LIFE

SHUTDOWN (Glitch #3)
heather anastasiu

Zoe and her fellow Resistance fighters are on the run, they're outnumbered and outmatched, and have to free the world from the hardware that controls their thoughts and emotions.

"[U]nexpected twists, a compelling love story, high-stakes action and a stand-up heroine worth rooting for." —Kirkus Reviews on OVERRIDE

WHERE BEAUTY LIES (Beneath the Glitter #2)
elle & blair fowler

Internet darlings and fasionistas Ava and Sophia London head from L.A. to New York City only to find more scandals, deeper betrayal, and the threat of arrest.

"Leading a new army of shop-crazy video bloggers [...] the Fowler sisters have become a phenomenon." —Marie Claire

stephanie kuehn

Andrew Winston Winters is at war with a family curse and he’ll either surrender his sanity to the wild wolf inside his mind or learn that surviving means more than not dying.

kara taylor

Gossip Girl meets Twin Peaks when queen bee Anne Dowling arrives at a blue-blooded New England prep school and stumbles into a murder mystery.

allison rushby

Thalia, Erato and Clio are summoned to London in 1926 to learn that they're the rightful heiresses to their deceased mother's large estate. The fortune is theirs if they can only claim it from their greedy half-brother.

sarah mccarry

Two best friends in the Pacific Northwest are on the verge of a terrifying divide when they begin to encounter a cast of strange and mythical characters.

"Haunting, otherworldly and heartbreaking." —Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

"Goths and romantics both will eagerly await the second installment of this suspenseful planned trilogy to find out what becomes of the girls, Jack, and the other well-drawn players in this magic-tinged cast." —Booklist (starred review)

And that's it for the books!

Thank you for reading about our featured teen titles coming in 2013 from St. Martin's Griffin. Don't forget to sign up for Edelweiss to download available e-galleys (instructions here).

Oh! And we also have a special offer for you: we created an adorable (and durable!) iPad cover featuring a bunch of the excellent jackets from above. If you have an iPad (generation 2 or newer), we would love to send you one of these fine covers. Details below...

iPad Covers

UPDATE: We're completely out of iPad cases! Stay tuned to see what we'll be offering in 2014!

This offer is open to librarians in the United States while supplies last. Please send an e-mail to (subject: Books for Teens 2013) with:

1. Your full name
2. Your mailing address
3. And the library you work for

Thank you and happy reading!

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