October book releases: YA edition


Photo taken by Eizabeth Findley

Photo taken of one of the new illustrations by Jim Kay in the illustrated edition of the first Harry Potter book.

The month of October has been one filled with excitement for fans of young adult novels. Fans of the Harry Potter series, the Twilight books, and Rick Riordan (author of the famous Percy Jackson series) novels were certainly not disappointed with the exciting book releases of the month. On October 6th, there was excitement and chaos, as a multitude of books were scheduled for release.

The first exciting book of the day: the fully illustrated edition of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone. This new version features over 100 gorgeous illustrations by Jim Kay of all the known and loved characters and places from the Harry Potter universe.

Another fan-favorite reinterpreted is the 10th anniversary edition of Twilight by Stephenie Meyer, which features and brand new take on the original Twilight story called Life and Death. Life and Death is the same general story of Twilight, but with the gender roles reversed. Instead of Edward and Bella, the story revolves around characters Beau and Edythe.

Also on October 6th, the first book in a new series by Rick Riordan called Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard was released. The first book is called The Sword of Summer and revolves around a boy named Magnus Chase who soon finds out that he is the child of a Norse God.

Also released this month was the newest work by adored author Rainbow Rowell (author of Eleanor and Park). Fans of Rowell’s book Fangirl will instantly recognize the main character of her new book titled Carry On. The characters from the fanfiction written in Fangirl are brought to life in canon form in the story Carry On.

With a majority of young adult releases this month simply being re-imagined stories of their original, this next new novel by Patrick Ness is very refreshing. The new book, The Rest of Us Just Live Here, deals with a very different storyline than the typical ones people are used to reading about. The book focuses on all the people who aren’t the typical heroes of stories, the people who aren’t the “chosen one”.

With all the exciting book releases this month, the real question is, “Where do I start?”.