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December 5, 2011 / schulerbooks

Great Reads for Teens This Holiday Season

Buying gifts can be hard enough, but when you throw a teenager into the mix it can become even harder. So, to help relieve some of your gift-buying stress, I’ve compiled a few lists of books that will make great gifts for teens (or for any young adult literature lover) this holiday season.

(Note: Links will take you to the book’s page on Schuler Books and Music’s website)

Suzanne Collins’ the Hunger Games series is quite popular right now, especially with the movie adaptation coming out next March. There are three books in the series: the Hunger Games, Catching Fire, and Mockingjay. This is an action-packed series about a society where citizens are chosen to participate in the Hunger Games, a televised fight-to-the-death competition. These books are great for both girls and boys, and the boxed set is also available.

But if your teen has already read the Hunger Games and loved them, here are a few titles they are sure to love:

The Pledge by Kimberly Derting ($16.99)

In the violent country of Ludania, the language you speak determines what class you are, and there are harsh punishments if you forget your place—looking a member of a higher class in the eye can result in immediate execution. Seventeen-year-old Charlaina (Charlie for short) can understand all languages, a dangerous ability she’s been hiding her whole life. Her only place of release is the drug-filled underground club scene, where people go to shake off the oppressive rules of the world they live in. There, she meets a beautiful and mysterious boy who speaks a language she’s never heard, and her secret is almost exposed. Through a series of violent upheavals, it becomes clear that Charlie herself is the key to forcing out the oppressive power structure of her kingdom….

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Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi ($17.99)

No one knows why Juliette’s touch is fatal, but The Reestablishment has plans for her. Plans to use her as a weapon. But Juliette has plans of her own. After a lifetime without freedom, she’s finally discovering a strength to fight back for the very first time—and to find a future with the one boy she thought she’d lost forever.

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Divergent by Veronica Roth ($17.99) 

In Beatrice Prior’s dystopian Chicago, society is divided into five factions, each dedicated to the cultivation of a particular virtue—Candor (the honest), Abnegation (the selfless), Dauntless (the brave), Amity (the peaceful), and Erudite (the intelligent). On an appointed day of every year, all sixteen-year-olds must select the faction to which they will devote the rest of their lives. For Beatrice, the decision is between staying with her family and being who she really is—she can’t have both. So she makes a choice that surprises everyone, including herself.

During the highly competitive initiation that follows, Beatrice renames herself Tris and struggles to determine who her friends really are—and where, exactly, a romance with a sometimes fascinating, sometimes infuriating boy fits into the life she’s chosen. But Tris also has a secret, one she’s kept hidden from everyone because she’s been warned it can mean death. And as she discovers a growing conflict that threatens to unravel her seemingly perfect society, she also learns that her secret might help her save those she loves . . . or it might destroy her.

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Twilight by Stephenie Meyer is still popular and if you’re buying for someone who enjoys love stories with a supernatural/paranormal twist, here are some great titles to give them!

The Pace by Shelena Shorts ($10.99)

Weston Wilson is not immortal, and he is of this world. But, aging is not part of his existence, and 18-year-old Sophie Slone is determined to find out why. In doing so, she may also uncover something about her own life expectancy that she may not want to know.

The Broken Lake (The Pace Series, Book Two)
The Iron Quill (The Pace Series, Book Three)

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Hunted by DJ DeSmyter ($10.99) Local author!
*This title is not available through our website, but is available in our stores. Please call for availability*

Seventeen-year-old Lily Atwater has always kept to herself, living a lonely life with her workaholic dad. Not the most thrilling life, but it’s quiet and ordinary, two things she’s come to expect from living in Victor Hills, Michigan.

When kind and mysterious Alex takes refuge in her home, she is suddenly thrown into his world of werewolves, a world he wants to keep her safe from. But while the two of them grow closer, a relentless hunter continues his search, stalking the woods with hopes of catching the wolf that got away…

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Hush, Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick ($9.99)

For Nora Grey, romance was not part of the plan. At least, not until Patch came along. With his easy smile and probing eyes, Nora is drawn to him against her better judgment. But after a series of terrifying encounters, Nora’s not sure who to trust—she can’t decide whether she should fall into Patch’s arms or run and hide from him. And when she tries to seek some answers, she finds herself near a truth more unsettling than any feeling Patch evokes. For Nora stands amid an ancient battle between the immortal and those who have fallen—and choosing the wrong side will cost her life.

Crescendo (Hush, Hush Book Two)
Silence (Hush, Hush Book Three)

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To finish, here are some other fantastic titles that are worth checking out:

The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin ($16.99)

Mara wakes up from a coma with no memory of the accident that caused the deaths of her best friend, boyfriend, and boyfriend’s sister. The doctors tell her parents that starting over in a new state and a new school will be good for her and that she should let the memories come back on their own. But Mara’s new start is anything but comforting when she sees the faces of her dead friends everywhere, and her world starts to fall apart. She begins to see people’s deaths just before they happen—at least that’s what she thinks she’s seeing. On top of that, the most beautiful boy ever is pursuing her, but his intentions may not be so pure….

Part thriller, part paranormal, this hotly anticipated debut novel will have readers on the edge of their seats.

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I Am Number Four by Pittacus Lore ($9.99)

Nine of us came here. We look like you. We talk like you. We live among you. But we are not you. We can do things you dream of doing. We have powers you dream of having. We are stronger and faster than anything you have ever seen. We are the superheroes you worship in movies and comic books—but we are real.

Our plan was to grow, and train, and become strong, and become one, and fight them. But they found us and started hunting us first. Now all of us are running. Spending our lives in shadows, in places where no one would look, blending in. we have lived among you without you knowing.

The Power of Six (sequel to I Am Number Four)

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 Shadow Hills by Anastasia Hopcus ($9.99)

Since her sister’s mysterious death, Persephone “Phe” Archer has been plagued by a series of disturbing dreams. Determined to find out what happened to her sister, Phe enrolls at Devenish Prep in Shadow Hills, Massachusetts—the subject of her sister’s final diary entry.

After stepping on campus, Phe immediately realizes that there’s something different about this place—an unexplained epidemic that decimated the town in the 1700s, an ancient and creepy cemetery, and gorgeous boy Zach—and somehow she’s connected to it all.

But the more questions she asks and the deeper she digs, the more entangled Phe becomes in the haunting past of Shadow Hills. Finding what links her to this town might cost her her life.

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If I Stay by Gayle Forman ($8.99)

In the blink of an eye everything changes. Seventeen-year-old Mia has no memory of the accident; she can only recall what happened afterwards, watching her own damaged body being taken from the wreck. Little by little she struggles to put together the pieces – to figure out what she has lost, what she has left, and the very difficult choice she must make. Heart-wrenchingly beautiful, Mia’s story will stay with you for a long, long time.

Where She Went (sequel to If I Stay)

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Incarceron by Catherine Fisher ($9.99)

Incarceron is a prison so vast that it contains not only cells and corridors, but metal forests, dilapidated cities, and wilderness. It has been sealed for centuries, and only one man has ever escaped. Finn has always been a prisoner here. Although he has no memory of his childhood, he is sure he came from Outside. His link to the Outside, his chance to break free, is Claudia, the warden’s daughter, herself determined to escape an arranged marriage. They are up against impossible odds, but one thing looms above all: Incarceron itself is alive . . .

Sapphique (Book Two)

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Hopefully you’ve found these suggestions helpful and everyone here at Schuler Books wishes you a wonderful holiday season!

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