Posted April 7, 2014 by in Book Lists

5 New YA Spring 2014 Releases

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Spring has sprung, and the weather is perfect for reading one of the new YA Spring 2014 Releases! Whether you want to start a new series, venture into the past, or cry all the tears, these are the books at the top of Bookkaholic’s list for spring 2015:

1. Love Letters to the Dead by Ava Dellaira

Laurel writes letters to dead celebrities. It started with a letter to Kurt Cobain for English class, but she never stopped. The letters remind her of her sister May’s early death. As Laurel writes, she also begins to deal with the things that happened to her in the past and her splintering family in the present as she comes to terms with her sister’s death.

2. Dorothy Must Die by Danielle Page

A sort of modern-day dystopian retelling of The Wizard of Oz in which Dorothy has taken over Oz and let power go to her head. Amy Gumm has been recruited from Kansas to steal back the heart from the Tin Man, the courage from the lion, and the brain from the scarecrow and take down Dorothy. Dorothy. Must. Die.

3. Prisoner of Night and Fog by Anne Blankman

Gretchen Mueller grew up admiring her Uncle Dolf. He’s charming and charismatic, and he served as a sort of father figure to Gretchen’s family when her own father was killed. But now Gretchen is starting to doubt her Uncle Dolf’s intentions as he rises to power in Munich with the National Socialist Party. Gretchen thinks she’s falling for a Jewish boy who might have answers about her father’s mysterious death, but she knows that her family will not approve of him because they believe the Jews are bad people. This historical tale, set just before the start of WWII in Germany, is both a psychological thriller and a heart-pounding romance.

4. House of Ivy and Sorrow by Natalie Whipple

Josephine Hemlock has spent the last ten years hiding from the Curse that killed her mother. But when a mysterious man arrives at her ivy-covered, magic-fortified home, it’s clear her mother’s killer has finally come to destroy the rest of the Hemlock bloodline. Before Jo can even think about fighting back, she must figure out who she’s fighting in the first place. The more truth Jo uncovers, the deeper she falls into witchcraft darker than she ever imagined. Trapped and running out of time, she begins to wonder if the very Curse that killed her mother is the only way to save everyone she loves.

5. Side Effects May Vary by Julie Murphy

Sixteen-year-old Alice was supposed to die from leukemia, so spent her final months doing some things that she’s not too proud of. She said things she regrets, but she settled all of her scores. However, miraculously, Alice gets better and becomes a leukemia survivor. She must try to make amends, especially with the one person she may have hurt the most – her best friend, Harvey.

Now we want to hear from you – which books are you looking forward to reading this spring?

Which spring 2014 YA novel is at the top of your list?

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Former middle school teacher and school librarian, current doctoral student in education. Reader of all things young adult. I'm particularly fond of dystopian societies, sassy female protagonists, and clever dialogue. I can often be found asleep with a book on my face. Check out all my articles.