Take 5: The Next Book Is . . . A look at a few book 2s coming soon
Yesterday I gave us a sneak peak at some 1st books in new series to celebrate the first day of the new year. Today I’m going to share with you five 2nd books (either companion novels or the next book in a series or trilogy) because it is the second day of the new year. It’s a thing, I thought I would just go ahead and continue with it.
If you haven’t read This is Not a Test then you are making some horrible life choices. The good news is that you can fix this before Please Remain Calm comes out and get up to speed. As a zombie lover – well, zombie book lover, I don’t necessarily loves zombies. That’s just gross, unless it’s R from Warm Bodies. – this book is on my list of top 5 faves so I can’t wait to read more. This is Not a Test finds a depressed girl from an abusive home suddenly trying to decide if she even wants to survive the zombie apocalypse. Please Remain Clam is what happens next. Expected publication is January 20th.
Goodreads Description: “In this gripping sequel to THIS IS NOT A TEST, Rhys and Sloane are headed for a safe haven when they get separated along the way. Rhys is determined to reunite with Sloane until he discovers people who might need him more–people who offer him the closest he’ll get to everything he’s lost, if they can just hold on long enough.
Rhys thinks he has what it takes to survive and find the girl he lost, but in a world overrun by the dead, there are no guarantees and the next leg of his journey will test him in unimaginable ways …”
What would you do to save the life of a loved one? That’s the question raised in Fire and Flood, where a group of people are placed in an epic fantasy competition where the winner will win a cure all. Tessa Holloway enters the race to help save her brother. I was thoroughly intrigued by book 1 and am looking forward to book 2, which has a February 24th publication date.
Goodreads Description: “What would you do to save someone you love?
In Fire & Flood, Tella Holloway faced a dangerous trek through the jungle and across the desert, all to remain a Contender in the Brimstone Bleed for a chance at obtaining the Cure for her brother. She can’t quit–she has to win the race, save Cody, and then fight to make sure the race stops before it can claim any more lives. In the next legs of the race, across the ocean and over mountains, Tella will face frostbite, sharks, avalanche, and twisted new rules in the race.
But what if the danger is deeper than that? How do you know who to trust when everyone’s keeping secrets? What do you do when the person you’d relied on most suddenly isn’t there for support? How do you weigh one life against another?
The race is coming to an end, and Tella is running out of time, resources, and strength. At the start of the race there were one hundred twenty-two Contenders. As Tella and her remaining friends start the final part of the race, just forty-one are left–and only one can win.
Winger was a sucker punch to the gut, in an epically good way. Now that we’ve all had time to dry our eyes and can now maybe get out of bed, book 2 is coming. But not until September in case you’re still devastated by Winger and need time to recover from its awesomeness. According to the Goodreads blurb, “Stand-Off will focus on Ryan Dean’s senior year, in which he becomes captain of the rugby team.”
P. S. I Still Love You by Jenny Han
To All the Boys I Loved Before was a great book so I was excited to hear there was going to be more. Here we find Laura Jean kind of maybe falling in love with Peter. This publishes in June.
Goodreads Description: “Lara Jean didn’t expect to really fall for Peter.
She and Peter were just pretending. Except suddenly they weren’t. Now Lara Jean is more confused than ever.
When another boy from her past returns to her life, Lara Jean’s feelings for him return too. Can a girl be in love with two boys at once?
In this charming and heartfelt sequel to the New York Times bestseller To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before, we see first love through the eyes of the unforgettable Lara Jean. Love is never easy, but maybe that’s part of makes it so amazing.”
No cover has been released for this book yet.
Every Day by David Levithan was an interesting concept with some problematic elements, which left me with mixed feelings. I loved the ideas and all of the various body jumps save one that resulted in some very real fat shaming, which Christie Gibrich talked about in an earlier post. It’s also true that in a world where we talk a lot about consent, street harassment and the idea of stalking that it’s fair to raise questions about A’s pursuit of Rhiannon, so it will be interesting to see how Levithan handles book 2 which is told from Rhiannon’s point of view. Another Day publishes in August and here’s what we know: “Nancy Hinkel at Knopf has acquired David Levithan’s Rhiannon, the companion to Every Day, his recent novel about A, the character who changes bodies on a daily basis. The new book is told from the perspective of A’s love interest, Rhiannon. Publication is set for spring 2015; Bill Clegg at WME brokered the deal for North American rights.” -Publishers Weekly
So those are a few of the titles on my 2015 TBR list. What’s on yours? Share in the comments.
About Karen Jensen, MLS
Karen Jensen has been a Teen Services Librarian for almost 30 years. She created TLT in 2011 and is the co-editor of The Whole Library Handbook: Teen Services with Heather Booth (ALA Editions, 2014).
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