With recent buzz around YA book to movie adaptations like To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before, The Hate U Give and John Green’s numerous heartbreaking hits, the young adult genre has become one loved by both teens and adults. If you’re looking for a bit of whimsy, inspiration and exciting plots, these 10 new YA books will be the perfect fit for you, no matter your age.
1. Two Dark Reigns by Kendare Blake
Recently optioned by the creators of the worldwide phenomenon Stranger Things, Kendare Blake’s Three Dark Crowns series is back this fall with its third installment. In the fight for power, three magical sisters have just faced off to secure the crown, leaving one sister a queen and the other two potentially dead. But what the new reigning queen doesn’t know is that her sisters have survived the battle and are coming for both her and her rule. Katharine, Mirabella and Arsinoe continue their dark and fantastical competition in this bestselling fall release—the perfect book for fans of Game of Thrones.
2. Bridge of Clay by Markus Zusak
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If you loved The Book Thief, you’ll adore this new release from the beloved Markus Zusak. Clay Dunbar is doing everything he can to keep him and his four brothers afloat in Bridge of Clay when he finds out the real truth behind his father’s disappearance. Determined to build a bridge that will bring all the elements of his life together, Clay embarks on a journey to finding himself, supporting his family and becoming the kind of man his father would have been proud of. Impactful, inspiring and honest, this new story is one that will surely have you in your feels.
3. Select Few by Marit Weisenberg
Julia has done everything she can to rid herself of her family’s dark influence when she moves to Austin, Texas, with her boyfriend. But with the FBI coming after Julia and her family, Julia sets out on a trip to California without John to find answers about her mother, father and the fate of the human race. As she gets to the bottom of the lies she has always been told, Julia will begin to find that she may, in fact, be the chosen leader the population is so desperately in need of. If you love a good thrilling science fiction novel, you’ll want to put Select Few at the top of your reading list.
4. A Map of Days by Ransom Riggs
Beloved character Jacob Portman is back this fall in the latest installation of the Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children series. This New York Times bestseller follows Jacob as he discovers an underground hideout that his grandfather kept a secret from the family and the world. Now thrust into a new world of secrets, limited rules and danger, Jacob and his friends must get to the bottom of Jacob’s past and uncover the grave dangers of his existence. A Map of Days is the perfect new read for fans of The Goonies.
5. When Elephants Fly by Nancy Richardson Fischer
Hope, mental health and self-discovery are at the heart of this new YA novel from Nancy Richardson Fischer. Lily Decker is fully aware of the genetic possibility that she will inherit her mother’s schizophrenia, making sure to monitor her actions closely. Still coming to terms with the fact that her mother tried to kill her when she was young, Lily can’t help but feel sympathy for the baby elephant whose mother tried to do the same. Now determined to save the young elephant’s life as well as her own, Lily embarks on a trip that will teach her about life, love and overcoming obstacles—a great book for those who loved Water for Elephants.
6. What If It’s Us by Becky Albertalli and Adam Silvera
The author of Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda is back this fall with a new story in collaboration with popular YA novelist Adam Silvera. Arthur and Ben have both found themselves in New York, ready for a new shot at love and success. After briefly meeting at the post office, the young Broadway hopeful Arthur and heartbroken Ben find themselves in a cycle of failed first dates and romantic upsets. But the two can’t give up on the feeling that they have a real connection and throughout What If It’s Us, the young lovers come to realize the obstacles and joys that come with finding a new partner and a love that’s worth the obstacles.
7. The Thorn Queen by Elise Holland
This magical middle-grade novel from Elise Holland includes everything there is to love about fantasy novels: wizards, mystery, a prince and an epic journey. When twelve-year-old Meylyne accidentally intertwines herself in the life of the cruel prince of Glendoch, the ailing ruler commands her to travel to a dangerous new place to retrieve a cure for his disease. As Meylyne faces off with the evils of her world, she realizes that taking down the entirety of the city may be just what its citizens need. The Thorn Queen is full of epic adventures that fans of Lord of the Rings will devour.
8. Wildcard by Marie Lu
In this bestselling follow-up to the 2017 hit, Warcross, Marie Lu brings her readers another intriguing and unique story of mysterious and dangerous algorithms and trying to stay alive. Having survived the Warcross Championships, young Emika Chen is now facing a world where she must question everything and everyone. Running from a bounty hunter on a mission and enemies from her past, Emika will do whatever it takes to bring down Hideo and his evil plan for domination. From betrayal to love and fighting for what’s right, Wildcard is a book that will constantly have you questioning what will happen next.
9. Swing by Kwame Alexander and Mary Rand Hess
Alexander and Mary Rand Hess’s latest novel is one both teens and adults will find great inspiration in. Noah and Walt are both doing their best to become the cool guys in their high school, failing to make the baseball team and impress the girls they have always had feelings for. But when life throws them a few unexpected curveballs, both Noah and Walt will have to make tough decisions that will change their worlds and positively impact their entire community. Swing is a motivating read about doing the things that scare you most and the pay off that comes with taking a chance.
10. Muse of Nightmares by Laini Taylor
Laini Taylor’s unique characters, Lazlo and Sarai, are brought back for a new adventure in the highly anticipated Muse of Nightmares. Finding that they now possess powers and abilities like never before, Lazlo and Sarai are both learning what it takes to make their world a better place for everyone. But as evil forces threaten to take control of their existence, the two must fully unleash their powers and risk their own lives for those they love. This otherworldly story of magic, revenge and love is a fictional tale both teens and adults will fall hard for.
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