Dare to take a walk down the young adult fiction aisle at the local bookstore and you’ll be floored by the number of blood-thirsty vampires and assorted ghouls you’ll see staring out from the shelves. Leading the pack from its lofty end display is Stephenie Meyer’s Twilight series. The current ringleader of YA supernatural fiction has sold upwards of 53 million copies worldwide, inspired four feature films and spawned a plethora of literary knock-offs. And looking at the new crop of romantic supernatural thrillers cluttering the shelves, Hollywood studios (and possibly TV producers) won’t be running out of adaptable material in the next few years.
Following Twilight‘s footsteps onto the silver screen, Scholastic’s The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins has been picked up by Lionsgate. Collins will adapt the screenplay from her novel, the first in a trilogy set in a dystopic world where 12 subjugated town districts force a teenage boy and girl to participate in the annual Hunger Games – a fight-to-the-death shown on live TV. And Seven Star Pictures also recently inked film rights to Carrie Ryan’s YA novel The Forest of Hands and Teeth from publisher Delacorte Books for Young Readers. The story is a post-apocalyptic thriller about a girl living in a wooded religious community who’s worried about a zombie invasion. So where’s the next Edward Cullen hiding? Read on for some of the latest entrants in this publishing genre to watch.
And Then Everything Unraveled
Delia, a wry, smart teenage girl, is determined to find the truth behind her mother’s mysterious disappearance, with funny, dramatic and romantic results (ages 12 and up).
Lips Touch: Three Times
Laini Taylor, illustrated by Jim Di Bartolo
Arthur A. Levine Books
Three girls, three lives hang in the balance of a life-changing kiss with supernatural consequences (ages 12 and up).
Luke, Seth and Kady are trapped in Malice, a secret comic book with a sinister world. In this 50/50 graphic novel/thriller, there’s only one question. How will they get out? (Ages 12 and up.)
Murder at Midnight
In this companion to Avi’s medieval mystery Midnight Magic, an orphan boy must unravel a plot to overthrow the king in order to save his master. Twists, colorful characters and a fast-pace make this vintage Avi (ages 9-12).
Ruined: A Novel
One night in the old quarter of New Orleans, Rebecca meets a ghost. A long-buried mystery, a secret romance, Hurricane Katrina, and high school cliques all come into play (ages 12 and up).
For years, Grace has watched the yellow-eyed wolf in the woods, while Sam has spent his summers being human and his winters with the pack. Now time is running out for them. Sam has to fight to stay human or lose himself and Grace forever (ages 13 and up).
Once Dead, Twice Shy
Madison’s prom was killer – literally. Targeted by a dark reaper she was able to snag his strange, glowing amulet and get away. Now she’s stuck on Earth – dead but not gone. The amulet gives her the illusion of a body, allowing her to walk the line between life and death. With a little ingenuity, some light-bending, and the help of a light reaper (one of the good guys, she hopes), her cute crush, and her guardian angel, Madison’s ready to take control of her own destiny once and for all, before it takes control of her (ages 12 and up).
The Vampire is just not that into You
Is your date just after your blood? With testimonials, quizzes, top-10 lists and charts, vampire expert Vlad Mezrich has created the perfect guide to dating the undead (ages 12 and up).