Waiting on Wednesday...on a Saturday

So if you didn't know, I'm a big fan of YA books. And I'm a big fan of Christian Fiction. So I tend to be very interested in YA Christian fiction. Interested because FINALLY there are starting to be YA books that deal with the Christian faith in a way that can also be read and enjoyed by those who don't normally read Christian fiction. In anyway, the covers are also becoming much more appealing. Here are the the titles that are coming out in the next few months. There's contemporary, chick lit, fantasy and even paranormal. Any that catch your eye?

Descriptions are from Goodreads, BN.com and publisher's websites.

Veiled Rose by Anne Elisabeth Stengl (Bethany House 7/1/11)

Rose Red trusts no one with her secret. She hides in the forest, her face veiled in rags, shunning the company of all save her old father and her nanny goat. Her life is bleak and lonely.

Until she meets a privileged young man sent to spend his summer in the mountains. Leo, a lonely lad, befriends Rose Red, and together they begin hunting for the Mountain Monster which, rumor says, stalks these lands.

But the hunt which began as a game holds greater risk than Leo supposes. Rose Red can scarcely guess at the consequences should he insist on continuing his search. Dare she trust him with her secret? Dare she show him her face unveiled? Dare she tell him what dwells at the top of the mountain?

Waterfall by Lisa T. Bergren (David C. Cook, 2/1/11)

Lisa Tawn Bergren's new YA series, River of Time, is romantic, historical fiction in which the plucky heroine doesn't have to fear a vampire's bite but must still fight for her life. In Waterfall, American teenager Gabi Betarrini accidentally finds herself in sixteenth-century Italy . . . Knights. Swords. Horses. Armor. And Italian hotties. Most American teens want an Italian vacation, but the Betarrini sisters have spent every summer of their lives there with their archaeologist parents. Stuck on yet another hot, dusty dig, they are bored out of their minds... until they place their hands atop handprints in an ancient tomb and find themselves catapulted into the sixteenth-century—and in the middle of a fierce battle between knights bent on killing one another.

Cascade by Lisa T. Bergren (David C. Cook, 6/1/11)

When Gabi and Lia find themselves back in the fourteenth century-and in the middle of major battles alongside romantic knights in shining armor-they have no idea if they can get back. Or even if they want to.

Now lovestruck Gabi persuades Lia to help her return, even though she knows dangers abound in medieval Italy, including an entire city that seeks revenge. But Marcello awaits, and Gabi must decide if she's willing to leave her family behind for love.

Found in Translation by Roger Bruner and Kristi Rae Bruner (Barbour, 1/1/11)

When Kim Hartlinger—eighteen and spoiled—arrives on a mission trip to Mexico and discovers, to her chagrin, that she’ll be doing construction in a remote village without plumbing and electricity, rather than evangelism in a medium-sized town with a fast food joint . . she has only two choices. “Rough it” (which isn’t exactly what Kim had in mind when she signed up for this trip) or turn around and head home.

Will Kim be able to touch the villagers’ hearts with the Gospel? Or will her time in Mexico be up before she gets the chance?

Shattered by Melody Carlson (NavPress, 4/15/11)

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Breath of Angel by Karyn Henley (Waterbrook, 6/21/11)

Melaia, a young priestess, is drawn into an ancient feud between immortal brothers who destroyed the Wisdom Tree with its stairway to heaven, stranding angels in the world of humans. For the Tree and its stairway to be restored, the debt that sparked the ancient feud must be paid, and the payment, Melaia discovers, involves her own destiny.

Perfectly Invisible by Kristin Billerbeck (Revell, 7/1/11)

It's Daisy Crispin's final trimester of high school, and she plans to make it count. Her long-awaited freedom is mere months away, and her big plans for college loom in the future. Everything is under control. Or is it? Her boyfriend is treating her like she's invisible, and her best friend is selling bad costume jewelry in the school quad--and hanging out with her boyfriend. To top it off, Daisy's major humiliation for the year will be remembered in the yearbook for all eternity. It's enough to make her wonder if maybe being invisible isn't so bad after all.

Double Take by Melody Carlson (Revell, 6/1/11)

It's spring break of her senior year and Madison Van Buren is fed up. Stressed over Ivy League pressure, her parents' marital problems, and her boyfriend's neglect, Madison gets in her car and drives west. Meanwhile, eighteen-year-old Anna Bronner wants to escape the so-called simple life--which for her consists of caring for younger siblings, sewing, cooking, and gardening--and she's well aware that her future will simply be more of the same with a man she doesn't love. Suddenly, worlds collide when Madison and Anna meet in a small town, realize they look uncannily similar, and decide the grass is definitely greener on the other side.

Never Been Kissed by Melody Carlson (Revell, 1/1/11)

Summer is ending, and for once that doesn't seem like such a bad thing to Elise. She's hoping that starting fresh at a new high school will turn her first-kiss prospects around. New guys, new friends, and a new lease on life.

What she wasn't counting on was all the new pressure--to hang with the right crowd, wear the right clothes, and date the right guy. Just when it seems she's on top of the world, everything comes crashing down. Could one bad choice derail her future?

Glamour by Melody Carlson (Zondervan, 2/4/11)

Paige’s engagement to designer Dylan Marceau shocks the fashion world. Although Paige appears to be happy, Erin wonders if it’s true love or just a desire for attention and publicity. As Paige’s love life takes off, Erin is feeling pressure from Blake to take their friendship to a romantic level. But is she ready?

These two very different sisters still have one thing in common—their fashion TV show and all the drama that comes along with it. As they prepare for a trip to film in the Bahamas, the Forrester sisters discover that paradise isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. Can they do the right thing in tough situations—and the right thing for each another—in a business that often encourages the worst?

Ciao by Melody Carlson (Zondervan, 7/12/11)

The sweet life might just turn sour. After the events in the Bahamas, Paige’s engagement to designer Dylan Marceau is about to fall apart—and so is Paige. Erin’s state of mind isn’t much better. In addition to keeping Paige in check, Erin is dealing with Bryce’s new TV career, as well as having to care for Fran during her chemo. A trip to Milan might be the break both girls need, but things only seem to get more complicated once they land in Italy. Dylan is also in Milan, and Paige’s rekindled romance, combined with a new director, leaves Erin with more work on the show. Just when Erin can’t take any more, she discovers a secret that could crush Paige. Clinging to God for direction, Erin must find the power to make a difficult choice, one that could not only hurt her sister but throw the show into turmoil.

Limos, Lattes and My Life on the Fringe by Nancy Rue (Zondervan, 4/26/11)

Tyler Bonning is used to life on the outskirts and believes she’s beyond caring what others, like the popular and wealthy Ruling Class, think of her. Until she’s nominated for prom queen as a joke. Unexpectedly hurt, Tyler decides to turn her nomination into a cause and starts a Prom for Everyone campaign that will help make the event affordable. But just as her cause gains momentum, opposition at school and at home forces Tyler to question not only the campaign, but also the way she’s perceived by others. As prom approaches, Tyler faces her biggest challenge yet—one her brains alone won’t be able to solve. A perplexing leather book might hold the answers, but is Tyler willing to listen?

Roadside Assistance by Amy Clipston (Zondervan, 4/12/11)

Emily Curtis is used to dealing with her problems while under the hood of an old Chevy, but when her mom dies, Emily’s world seems shaken beyond repair. Driven from home by hospital bills they can’t pay, Emily and her dad move in with his wealthy sister, who intends to make her niece more feminine—in other words, just like Whitney, Emily’s perfect cousin. But when Emily hears the engine of a 1970 Dodge Challenger, and sees the cute gearhead, Zander, next door, things seem to be looking up.

But even working alongside Zander can’t completely fix the hole in Emily’s life. Ever since her mom died, Emily hasn’t been able to pray, and no one—not even Zander—seems to understand. But sometimes the help you need can come from the person you least expect.

Insight by Diana Greenwood (Zondervan, 4/12/11)

Elvira Witsil lives about as far away from civilization as you can get, in a remote corner of Wisconsin where nothing much ever happens. In a house crowded with her mother, her cantankerous grandmother, and her little sister, Jessie, Elvira feels forgotten and alone.

Their house also contains numerous secrets, and Elvira’s family holds their secrets closely. Secrets about the father that Jessie never knew, and that Elvira can’t forget. Secrets about that day five years ago. And the one secret that Elvira can’t quite understand: that Jessie sees things no one else can see.

These secrets will lead Elvira and her family on a journey far away from home—on a journey toward redemption and healing—if she can just bring herself to believe.


  1. Nice selection! I want to start reading Christian Fiction (it's a genre I don't read). Browsing through this list, I found several books that I've added to my TBR List. I did manage to get the first 2 books of On the Runway series for free on my Kindle and thought I'd start there.

  2. Oooh...looks like lots of good ones! Thanks for sharing. :)

  3. Thanks for being excited about my new series, Deb! I can't wait for people to start reading River of Time (Waterfall, Cascade and Torrent). The Christian message is pretty subtle since the characters are seekers, but there is a ton of action and strong romance within the pages. We'll see if you agree w that assessment. Happy reading!

  4. The Lisa Bergren covers are fantastic!

  5. I've always liked Lisa Bergren's art cover for her books.

  6. Anonymous4:44 PM

    Thanks so much for including INSIGHT on your list. I'm looking forward to your thoughts. Love your site!

    ~Diana Greenwood


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