Waiting on Wednesday #21

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases we’re eagerly anticipating.


Darren took the fall for Diamond Tony, the notorious head of the city’s drug cartel. Now, two years later, Darren’s finally out of juvie and determined to get even.

Working as an informant for the police, Darren infiltrates Diamond Tony’s operation. But falling for sweet, innocent Jessica was not part of that plan. She’s a distraction–and a liability. She’s also everything Darren dreamed about while he was locked up, and with her he has the promise of a fresh start.

When a deadly turf war breaks out between Diamond Tony and the Bloods, Darren gets caught in the crossfire. And the cops think he’s playing both sides. Any mistake could be his last. Darren has to stay on his game if he’s going to protect Jessica–and if he’s going to stay alive.

Takedown by Allison van Diepen sounds like a gritty YA thriller. I haven’t read any of her previous, but I love action YA and don’t think there is enough good stuff about. So I may be checking them out before this releases!

Due to be released by Simon & Schuster in September 2013.

 What are you looking forward to this week? Can you recommend any good action YA books? Please share your WoW in the comments!

2 thoughts on “Waiting on Wednesday #21

  1. This does sound good, and different than what else is out there. I can’t really think of any other YA gritty thrillers at the moment, though I know there are some. Most of the action YA I read is dystopian. Looking forward to your review of this one.

  2. Thanks for your comment! I agree that most action YA is dystopian. The only ones I can think of are Robert Muchamore’s CHERUB series and Chris Ould’s ‘Street Duty’, but I wouldn’t describe either of those as gritty really. This cover sort of reminds me of ‘The Testing’ too.

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