Hello everyone, and welcome back!
Today I’m linking up with The Broke and the Bookish to bring you my top ten most anticipated YA releases of the next few months!
(I was going to/supposed to do the second half of 2017, but when it comes to books, it’s hard for me to think that far ahead. Just slightly drowning in what’s already here and coming really soon.)
Anyway: here are ten upcoming books I’m pretty hyped for! (In release order, not order of hype. Ranking books is kind of stressful!)
Tash Hearts Tolstoy by Kathryn Ormsbee
Yep, I’m really into this fandom books trend. And how can I turn down a book about someone into classic literature fandom, especially into it as in they’re working on a web series a la Lizzie Bennet Diaries? (I love that web series, please check it out.)
The main character is also asexual, so yes for representation. Very hype. Much wow!
Want by Cindy Pon
Literally all I know is that this is a sci-fi set in a near-future Taipei and that it has some hype behind it (in that I’ve seen other blogs talk about it).
I’m really hungry for sci-fi, friends. I am also ready for more sci-fi with not-white leads. Let’s go.
Saints and Misfits by S.K. Ali
Fun plus serious sounding contemporary about a nerdy Muslim teen girl who’s trying to negotiate her place in her community plus dating plus life in general.
Real talk for a sec: there are about a million contemporary romances with white hetero leads, so it’s easy enough (well, after lots of reading) to come up with recs for those, but pickings are slimmer for more diverse romances, so I always have my eyes peeled. This one might not be a romance explicitly, but we’ll see. It’s reviewing well, so I’m excite!
Our Dark Duet by Victoria Schwab
Apparently June 13th is just the day that many books are coming into being, which is terrible for my wallet but bodes well for the start of my summer reading!
This is the sequel to This Savage Song, which I quite liked. And I usually like Victoria/V.E. Schwab books, so I’m looking forward to this one!
Now I Rise by Kiersten White
Okay, I’m the worst, because I still haven’t read And I Darken, so there’s no reason for me to be excited for this book.
But everyone online is? And I have a copy of And I Darken sitting on my desk, waiting to be read in anticipation for this book, so I hope it’s good because I’ve already boarded the hype train for book two, apparently.
(I liked Kiersten White’s short story in an anthology once, so maybe that’s made me optimistic.)
Because You Love to HaTe Me: 13 Tales of Villainy, ed. Ameriie
Speaking of anthologies, I’m set on the idea that I’m going to find one I’ll like. So I’ve got a few on my wishlist, but this is the upcoming one I’m excited about!
You might notice some of the names from elsewhere on this list, so yeah. Lining up for a double dose of Cindy Pon, Victoria Schwab, and Adam Silvera this summer/fall. And hopefully I’ll discover some new authors to keep an eye out for!
They Both Die at the End by Adam Silvera
Backstory: I first encountered Adam Silvera in a Nanowrimo live interview (during one of my many attempts to get back to writing). He seemed like a cool guy with good advice, so that’s why I picked up More Happy Than Not.
I liked that book okay, but I liked History is All You Left Me more, and I’m hoping I’ll like this one even better. It’s about two boys who meet up through an app on the day of their (forecasted) death, and it sounds like it could be emotionally devastating, which is pretty much the Adam Silvera thing.
Warcross by Marie Lu
Marie Lu is one of those authors I’ve been meaning to give a second chance (see: my second chances series), since I wasn’t really on board for Legend, although I did see some aspects peeking through that I liked (the setting).
This is another sci-fi with an Asian protagonist, so maybe this will become a cool trend? It sounds like it’s along the lines of Ready Player One, which I own but haven’t read yet because I’m the worst. And a lot of people hate this cover on Goodreads but I love anything that’s vaguely a rainbow! I’m ready to try again, Marie Lu.
I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter by Erika L. Sánchez
Oh hi I’m just casually over here reading all of the books about teens dealing with grief and here’s an option with some diversity as well, so yes.
This is about a girl whose older sister has died, and she now has to cope with both grief and the lingering (perfect) image of her sister as she moves forward.
(And Penguin Random House compared this to The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, which is among my YA favourites all time, so obviously they wanted me to read this.)
A Line in the Dark by Malinda Lo
So I’ve been meaning to try something by Malinda Lo for a while, as I know she’s been a big part of pushing for diversity in YA and she writes queer fairy tale retellings (!).
Her new book looks really Hallowe’en season appropriate, with murder, mystery, and plenty of friendship/romance drama. And more queer girls, of course. Sign me up.
So that’s my most anticipated of the summer/early fall! What books are you looking forward to? Let me know in the comments, and I’ll speak to you again soon!