Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead
What it’s about: St. Vladimir’s Academy is a school for dhampirs, vampire-human hybrids who serve as guardians, and Moroi, “good” vampires with an ability to use magic from one of the four elements (water, fire, air, and earth). Vampire princess Lissa Dragomir and dhampir Rose Hathaway are best friends, connected through a special bond that they can’t quite explain. After escaping school for two years, the girls are brought back to the academy and are faced with Lissa’s mystery element (or lack thereof?) and the danger it brings. The series is six books long, but definitely worth it, and the movie was created by the directors of Mean Girls.
Release date: Feb. 7, 2014
Starring: Zoey Deutch, Lucy Fry, Sarah Hyland
Divergent by Veronica Roth
Release date: March 21, 2014
Starring: Shailene Woodley, Theo James, Kate Winslet
The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
Release date: June 6, 2014
Starring: Shailene Woodley, Ansel Elgort
The Maze Runner by James Dashner
What it’s about: When Thomas wakes up in the lift, the only thing he remembers is his name. His memory is blank, and he’s surrounded by a group of boys in a place called the Glade, a large space entrapped by tall, stone walls. Every 30 days another boy is delivered, but when a girl named Teresa appears in the lift the next morning, her presence is almost as unexpected as the message she delivers. The language is a little tough to get through in the beginning, but once you catch on to the lingo, you’ll be racing to find out what happens. It’ll be very interesting to see how the book is translated in film, especially with the monstrous creatures called Grievers.
Release date: Sept. 19, 2014
Starring: Dylan O’Brien, Kaya Scodelario