On that note, here are few of our favorite new Y.A. books:
Cinder: Book One of the Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer (Feiwel & Friends, $14.39, 400 pgs) -- In one of the coolest debuts in recent memory, Tacoma native Marissa Meyers takes that Cinderella tale we all know and love and throws it for a loop the size of a NASCAR track. For starters, Cinderella isn't even human. She's a cyborg. And a mechanic. And she lives in New Beijing in the midst of a terrible plague which threatens the future of the planet. Abhorred by her stepmothers who won't tell her about her mysterious past, Cinderella lives the life of a second-class citizen until one fateful day when her life becomes inextricably intertwined with the handsome Prince Kai's. Caught between love and duty, family and the future, Cinderella suddenly finds herself cast into an adventure of unimaginable scope with not only her future, but the whole planet's hanging in the balance. Think Star Wars meets The Brothers Grimm, and you're halfway there. A really fun, really thoughtful read for you or your teen! And bonus!: The author is speaking at the Poulsbo Branch of the KRL Wednesday February 8 at 3 p.m.