8 YA books to watch out for in August 2015


Maybe you don’t want to cull through our giant lists of weekly releases and just want to know the best things to snag this month. So here’s a list of 8 new releases to watch out for in August 2015!

bright lights dark nights stephen emondBright Lights, Dark Nights by Stephen Emond
Publisher: Roaring Brook Press
Release date: August 11th 2015
Walter Wilcox has never been in love. That is, until he meets Naomi, and sparks, and clever jokes, fly. But when his cop dad is caught in a racial profiling scandal, Walter and Naomi, who is African American, are called out at school, home, and online. Can their bond (and mutual love of the Foo Fighters) keep them together? With black-and-white illustrations throughout and a heartfelt, humorous voice, Bright Lights, Dark Nights is a story about first love, first fights, and finding yourself in a messed up world.

court of fives kate elliottCourt of Fives (Court of Fives #1) by Kate Elliott
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Release date: August 18th 2015
Jessamy’s life is a balance between acting like an upper class Patron and dreaming of the freedom of the Commoners. But at night she can be whomever she wants when she sneaks out to train for The Fives, an athletic competition that offers a chance for glory to the kingdom’s best competitors. Then Jes meets Kalliarkos, and an unlikely friendship between a girl of mixed race and a Patron boy causes heads to turn. When a scheming lord tears Jes’s family apart, she’ll have to test Kal’s loyalty and risk the vengeance of a powerful clan to save her mother and sisters from certain death.

a little in love susan fletcherA Little in Love by Susan Fletcher
Publisher: Chicken House
Release date: August 25th 2015
Paris, 1832. A street-girl takes a bullet, clutching a love note to her heart. What is Eponine’s story? As a young child Eponine never knew kindness, except once from her family’s kitchen slave, Cosette. Eponine was taught to lie and cheat, and to hate the one girl who might have been her friend.When at sixteen the girls’ paths cross again and their circumstances are reversed, Eponine must decide what that friendship is worth, even though they’ve both fallen for the same boy. In the end, Eponine will sacrifice everything to keep true love alive.

most likely to succeed jennifer echolsMost Likely to Succeed (The Superlatives #3) by Jennifer Echols
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Release date: August 4th 2015
As vice president of Student Council, Kaye knows the importance of keeping order. To his entire class, Sawyer is an irreverent bad boy. But as the year unfolds, Kaye begins to realize her ideal life is not what she thought. And Sawyer decides it’s finally time to let down the facade and show everyone who he really is. Despite their differences, fate—and their friends—keep conspiring to throw them together. Is a relationship between them most likely to succeed—or will it be their favorite mistake?

ofdreamsandrustOf Dreams and Rust (Of Metal and Wishes #2) by Sarah Fine
Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books
Release date: August 4th 2015
In the year since the collapse of the slaughterhouse where Wen worked as her father’s medical assistant, she’s held all her secrets close. The Noor are waging a rebellion in the west. When she overhears plans to crush Melik’s people with the powerful war machines created at the factory, Wen makes the painful decision to leave behind all she has known—including Bo—to warn them. But the farther she journeys into the warzone, the more confusing things become.

one sarah crossanOne by Sarah Crossan
Publisher: Bloomsbury
Release date: August 27th 2015
Grace and Tippi are twins – conjoined twins. And their lives are about to change. No longer able to afford homeschooling, they must venture into the world – a world of stares, sneers and cruelty. Will they find more than that at school? Can they find real friends? And what about love? But what neither Grace or Tippi realises is that a heart-wrenching decision lies ahead. A decision that could tear them apart. This moving and beautifully crafted novel about identity, sisterhood and love ultimately asks one question: what does it mean to want and have a soulmate?

the rest of us just live here patrick nessThe Rest of Us Just Live Here by Patrick Ness
Publisher: Walker Books
Release date: August 27th 2015
What if you aren’t the Chosen One? The one who’s supposed to fight the zombies, or the soul-eating ghosts, or whatever the heck this new thing is, with the blue lights and the death? What if you’re like Mikey? Who just wants to graduate and go to prom and maybe finally work up the courage to ask Henna out before someone goes and blows up the high school. Again. Because sometimes there are problems bigger than this week’s end of the world, and sometimes you just have to find the extraordinary in your ordinary life.

slasher girls and monster boys april genevieve tucholkeSlasher Girls and Monster Boys by April Genevieve Tucholke (ed.)
Publisher: Dial
Release date: August 18th 2015
A host of the smartest young adult authors come together in this collection of scary stories and psychological thrillers. Each story draws from a classic tale or two—sometimes of the horror genre, sometimes not—to inspire something new and fresh and terrifying. From bloody horror to supernatural creatures to unsettling, all-too-possible realism, this collection has something for any reader looking for a thrill.


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Lucy is an English teacher-in-training and a self-confessed book nerd. She often buys more books than she can reasonably afford or possibly have time to read. Her Hogwarts letter is now several years too late, but she’s sure it’s just gotten lost in the post.