Summer’s Hottest YA Books– 2018 Edition

Check out some of the YA novels that are poised to become this summer’s biggest hits. This year is loaded with lots of great choices for fantasy fans especially. Click on any of these titles to request a copy.

Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi (#1 in the Legacy of Orisha series)
Fantasy. This novel has received lots of buzz this spring, and readers are reporting that it lives up to the hype…. Zelie Adebola remembers when the soil of Orisha hummed with magic. Burners ignited flames, Tiders beckoned waves, and Zelie’s Reaper mother summoned forth souls.

Leah on the Offbeat by Becky Albertalli
Realistic Fiction. This spring’s hit film Love, Simon is adapted from Albertalli’s debut novel Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda. Fans of both the book and the movie will be delighted to discover that Albertalli’s latest novel follows the storyline of Simon’s best-friend, Leah. With prom and graduation around the corner, Leah struggles when her group of friends start fighting.

War Storm by Victoria Aveyard (#4 in the Red Queen series)
Fantasy. The final volume in Aveyard’s best-selling quartet has arrived. Resolved to overthrow the kingdom of Norta, Mare must side with the boy who broke her heart, while King Maven, vows to have Mare as his own.

Girl Made of Stars by Ashley Herring Blake
Realistic Fiction. When Mara’s twin brother Owen is accused of rape by her friend Hannah, Mara is forced to confront her feelings about her family, her sense of right and wrong, a trauma from her past, and the future with her girlfriend, Charlie.

Be Prepared by Vera Brosgol
Graphic Novel. Brosgol, the graphic novel creator known for Anya’s Ghost, is back with a comical memoir of a disastrous summer camp experience. Her friends live in fancy houses and their parents can afford to send them to the best summer camps, but Vera’s single mother can’t afford that sort of luxury. There’s only one summer camp in her price range—Russian summer camp. Nothing could prepare her for all the “cool girl” drama, endless Russian history lessons, and outhouses straight out of nightmares!

Legendary by Stephanie Garber
Fantasy. Set in the same world as last summer’s best-selling Caraval, Garber turns her attention in this novel to Scarlett’s younger sister, Donatella. Having made a deal with a criminal to save her sister Scarlett from a disastrous arranged marriage, Tella must win Caraval and uncover Legend’s identity, or risk losing everything, including her life.

Dread Nation by Justina Ireland
Horror. When families go missing in Baltimore County, Jane McKeene, who is studying to become an Attendant, finds herself in the middle of a conspiracy that has her fighting for her life against powerful enemies.

Furyborn by Claire Legrand (#1 in the Empirium trilogy)
Fantasy. Rielle may prove to be one of the Prophesized Queens, if she survives the trials, and a thousand years later bounty hunter Eliana helps a girl who could be the answer to the prophecy.

A Court of Frost and Starlight by Sarah Maas (#4 in the Court of Thorns and Roses series)
Fantasy. As Feyre navigates her first Winter Solstice as High Lady, she finds that those dearest to her have more wounds than she anticipated–scars that will have far-reaching impact on the future of their Court.

The Outcast by Taran Matharu (prequel to the Summoner trilogy)
Fantasy. Stable boy Arcturus accidentally becomes Hominum’s first common summoner and is whisked away to Vocans Academy, but before he can settle in he must choose a side or watch the Empire crumble.

From Twinkle with Love by Sandhya Menon
Romance. Menon made a splash last summer with her debut romance When Dimple Met Rishi, so expectations are high for her sophomore effort. Told through letters, aspiring filmmaker and wallflower Twinkle Mehra learns a lesson about love while directing a movie for the Midsummer Night arts festival, in which her longtime crush and his twin brother are also participating.

Puddin’ by Julie Murphy
Realistic Fiction. This novel serves as a companion to Murphy’s popular novel of last summer, Dumplin’ (soon to be a major motion picture!). Millie Michalchuk has gone to fat camp every year since she was a little girl. Not this year. This year she has new plans to chase her secret dream–and to kiss the boy she’s crushing on.

Nyxia Unleashed (#2 in the Nyxia triad) by Scott Reintgen [Release date July 17th!]
Science Fiction. Emmett Atwater thought Babel’s game sounded easy. Get points. Get paid. Go home. But it didn’t take long for him to learn that Babel’s competition was full of broken promises, none darker or more damaging than the last one.

Reaper at the Gates (#3 in the Ember in the Ashes series) by Sabaa Tahir
Fantasy. Here comes the next big installment in the best-selling Ember in the Ashes series. Beyond the Empire and within it, the threat of war looms ever larger as the Blood Shrike, Helene Aquilla, Laia of Serra, and Elias Veturius all face increasing dangers.

Sky in the Deep by Adrienne Young
Fantasy. Raised to be a viking warrior, seventeen-year-old Eelyn fights alongside her Aska clansmen in an ancient rivalry against the Riki clan, but when faced with her brother’s betrayal, and driven by a growing love for her brother’s friend Fiske, she attempts to unite the two clans.

It’s also worth noting that several titles from the past year are still making their mark on reader’s hearts and on the best-seller lists, including The Hazel Wood by Melissa Albert, Turtles All the Way Down by John Green, One of Us Is Lying by Karen McManus, and The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas. Don’t miss them!

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