No matter what happens in 2017, there’s one thing we know will keep us happy and motivated: the fascinating and fantastic books coming out. What 2017 YA books are on our must-read radar?
I loved The Star-Touched Queen and Roshani’s writing is just….beyond stunning. With just one book, she became an auto-buy author for me and I’m dying to get my hands on the sequel.
The Takedown by Corrie Wang
High school drama is one of my favorite things to read about in YA because it often times falls between ridiculous and downright horrifying. Unfortunately for main character Kyla Cheng, the horrifying has happened and a video of her sleeping with her teacher has leaked on the internet. Except, it’s not her. I absolutely cannot wait to find out how this scandal unravels and how Kyla handles it.
Our Own Private Universe by Robin Talley
Having just decided that my New Years’ Resolution is going to be to read more queer books than not next year, Talley’s new book seems like the best place to start. I loved Lies We Tell Ourselves, and have had her more recent books on my TBR pile for some time now, so I’m really excited to dive back into her words. Plus, positive bi rep is always a good thing!
Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor
Although I didn’t read book three in the Smoke and Bone Series, I’m very excited for Taylor’s new series. Taylor is a wonderful storyteller and world builder and I can’t wait to see what new story she has to share.
So ever since I read the gorgeous synopsis for this book (go read it- your life will be changed) I have been obsessed. Laini Taylor is known for her elegaic prose, and combine that with this utterly intriguing premise, and you have a book that is probably going to destroy me in the best way possible.
Before She Ignites by Jodi Meadows
The Goodreads synopsis doesn’t say too much but the mere fact that Saenz has another book coming out fills my heart with joy and excitement. I read Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe in 2015 and fell in love. I can only imagine how good this book is going to be.
A fantasy book about two sisters? Count me in. All of the books I’ve read that had circus-like performances were always magical and enchanting and Caraval also appears to make that list. I’ve also noticed that it has gotten wonderful reviews, which makes me believe that this is a book I definitely need to read.
Continuing on with my queer lit fest for next year, the first thing that really grabbed me about this book was the cover; it’s so simple, but so beautiful. And then the blurb sucked me in completely; the healing together trope is one of my absolute favourites, so I can’t wait to see how it all pans out!
I really love the uptick in new roots for fantasy books. We’ve had plenty inspired by western Europe, so I get excited when I see something new. Fantasy inspired by Indian folklore, with comparisons to The Star-Touched Queen AND The Wrath and the Dawn? Yeah, that’s a book I need.
The cover of this book initially caught my eye but since judging a book by it’s cover is bad, I read the synopsis. And got hooked. It’s about a family of women whose magic can manipulate beauty. Seriously, it sounds like one of the coolest books ever based on that one sentence.
I was a big fan of Simon vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda and the honest characterization of teenagers. I’m extremely interested to find out the Upside of Unrequited love because so far I’ve only seen the downside.
27 Hours by Tristina Wright
Gargoyles, space, and queer teens, oh my! I first heard of 27 Hours on Twitter through author Tristina Wright tweeting about it. I am drawn to anything with queer representation, and even more so if one of them is on the asexual spectrum as one of Wright’s characters is. I also adore space as a setting. Wright in an incredible voice in YA and I cannot wait to read her novel.
Wintersong by S. Jae-Jones
In my freshman year of college, my music/English class learned about “Der Erlkönig” the poem written by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe that was set to music. My class listened to Franz Schubert’s composition and learning about Wintersong made me think of exactly that. Because I thought the “Der Erlkönig” was interested, I was intrigued to read a novel that reminded me of it.
Throughout my life, I’ve also always been in love with high-fantasy novels mixed with intense romance. The second I read the blurb for Wintersong, I was hooked. I also think the cover is absolutely gorgeous, so there’s that.
I’m a sucker for series, but it’s always so painful to wait for the sequels (the tragedy of a book lover). The first book in this trilogy, Rebel of the Sands, blew me away with the feisty main character, the stunning setting, and the magic. I can’t wait for more.
Wild Beauty by Anna-Marie McLemore
For nearly a century, the Nomeolvides women have tended the grounds of La Pradera, the lush estate gardens that enchant guests from around the world. They’ve also hidden a tragic legacy: if they fall in love too deeply, their lovers vanish. But then, after generations of vanishings, a strange boy appears in the gardens. Anna-Marie McLemore’s writing is utterly gorgeous and I adore her as a human being, and I cannot wait to read Wild Beauty when it comes out this September.
I’m a very big fan of anything Sherlock Holmes and her gender bending re-imagination is honest, heart breaking, and full of teen angst.
Dreadnought by April Daniels
When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon
A diverse romantic comedy written by a diverse author? Yes and yes. Sometimes I just need cute books that make me want to laugh and this one ranks high on my list because the characters and Indian and it’s about an arranged marriage. The cover is also amazing. Do I even need to say more?
The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
Starr’s word crashes down when she sees a friend murdered by police. THE HATE U GIVE follows Starr as she navigates the aftermath. I was lucky enough to receive an ARC of this novel, and let me tell you, it is both a punch right in the kidneys and a hand squeezing your heart on every page. I was not only impressed by how comprehensive Thomas’s depiction of the consequences surrounding police violence were, but also how real the characters felt. Thomas a force to be reckoned with and her words will be remembered for ages to come.
Everyone and their cow is excited for this book, and for good reason. It’s an #ownvoices book that’s incredibly relevant to the world we’re living in featuring beautiful writing and a real main character. Sign me up.