So many holidays seem to fall on my post days, so it’s a good thing I’m so far ahead right now and not stuck writing this post on New Year’s Day.
So, to everyone that celebrates the start of 2014 today, I hope you aren’t too tired after staying up to see the ball drop or whatever! I’m not quite sure what I should say here – I don’t want to do any resolutions because next week’s Top 10 is about resolutions, and I don’t think I’ll want to talk about 2014 releases because I’ve already been doing that a lot lately.
Since today is the start of a (hopefully) wonderful new year, I decided to showcase books that involve a fresh start in some way!
Unearthly (Cynthia Hand)
Clara has to start out in a completely new state in her quest to fulfill her purpose, so it’s definitely a new start for her, full of new friends and problems and surprises. The second book is probably my favorite of the bunch, but this was an amazing start to an interesting look at angels.
Stay (Deb Caletti)
In order to get away from her obsessive and stalking ex-boyfriend, who appears mostly in flashbacks, Clara (yes, another Clara!) and her father move to a new town for the summer. They meet plenty of new people and discover old things that change their past, present, and future.
A Great and Terrible Beauty (Libba Bray)
After her mother was murdered, Gemma is forced to leave India to travel back to the England she was born in but doesn’t know. Life at her new all girls’ boarding school is not easy at all, though, which is bad for her but great for us readers.
Beauty Queens (Libba Bray)
A plane crash lands beauty queens on a not-so-deserted island. It’s a real fresh start for them – they’re forced to survive not only the elements, but an evil corporation and corrupt and powerful people, and they’re forced to overcome gender stereotypes and the limiting image that’s been placed on them all their lives simply because they have vaginas.
The Mediator: Shadowland (Meg Cabot)
Suze may be on a completely different coast, with a new father and brothers, and a new (hot) ghost in her bedroom, but the ghost problem is still the same. She now has the help of the new ghost and another mediator, though, which will help her and make our reading experience even better.
Stephanie gets (happily) thrust into a world of magic and danger and fascinating people in this great start to an amazing series.
Wow, Libba Bray sure likes starting her stories with new starts, huh? Anyway, this finds young Evie in New York City during the ’20s, but she isn’t just in a world of hidden jazz and booze – she also discovers a deadly killer (is there really any other kind?) and magical mysteries galore.
A Series of Unfortunate Events (Lemony Snicket)
Pretty much every book in this series starts off with a new start, a new guardian to fail the poor orphans in some way.
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone (J.K. Rowling)
Harry, along with us, discovers an amazing new world of magic, wonder, and danger.
Magic or Madness (Justine Larbalestier)
Reason (yep, that’s her name – but this actually makes sense, unlike some “special” YA names) has to move in with her unknown grandmother after her mother is forced into an insane asylum, and she does her very best to get away right away, but her new start with her grandmother sets her off on a path she could never expect.
The Lightning Thief (Rick Riordan)
Percy Jackson is introduced to the world of Greek gods, where he actually fits in and can begin to understand why he is the way he is.
The Westing Game (Ellen Raskin)
The Sunset Towers is new to all its residents, and their fresh new starts in it start them on a wild adventure with a dangerous game and an amazing prize.
Allyson kind of mucks it up initially, but her new start in college was my favorite part of the slightly underwhelming book. She might wallow initially, but she soon uses her new start to make a life for herself, to grab the things she wants rather than wait for her mother to tell her what to do.
Callie is forced to start over with the father she doesn’t really remember and the family she doesn’t know after she and her mother are found. Things are definitely difficult for her initially, but she slowly becomes comfortable with her new life.
Addie has the most unusual kind of fresh start – one where it might not really happen. She has the power to see the outcome of decisions, such as which parent to go with when they get divorced – to the normal world with her father, or staying with her mother in the paranormal world? It’s a very difficult decision for sure, and I’m quite interested to see how things are going to work out in the sequel.
There are plenty of other fresh starts to be found in books old and new, and hopefully you’ll get the chance to read as many of them as you want! HAPPY NEW YEAR TO ALL!
Oh, and in slightly related news, today is technically the one year anniversary of this blog! I know, I know, I celebrated three years this past summer, but one year ago (give or take a couple days) I opened up this blog on WordPress. This is the year I got much more serious, the year that I got better at having routines and updating regularly (although the second half of the year was definitely better than the first). I don’t think I’ll do anything to celebrate it, but I might change my mind. Anyway, Happy New Year and One Year!