7 YA books to watch out for in August 2016


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 7 YA books to watch out for in August 2016!

enter title here rahul kanakiaEnter Title Here by Rahul Kanakia
Publisher: Disney Hyperion
Release date: August 2nd
Reshma is a college counselor’s dream. But there are plenty of perfect students in the country, and if Reshma wants to get into Stanford, and into med school after that, she needs the hook to beat them all. What’s a habitual over-achiever to do? Land herself a literary agent, of course. But she’s convinced no one would want to read a novel about a study machine like her. To make herself a more relatable protagonist, she must start doing all the regular American girl stuff she normally ignores.

the smaller evil stephanie kuehnThe Smaller Evil by Stephanie Kuehn
Publisher: Dutton
Release date: August 2nd
Arman Dukoff is struggling with severe anxiety and a history of self-loathing when he arrives at an expensive self-help retreat in the remote hills of Big Sur. The retreat leader, Beau, is complicated. A father figure? A cult leader? A con man? Arman’s not sure, but then, in an instant Arman can’t believe or totally recall, Beau is gone. Suicide? Or murder? Arman was the only witness and as the mysteries and paradoxes multiply and the hints become accusations, Arman must rely on the person he’s always trusted the least: himself.

nevernight jay kristoffNevernight (The Nevernight Chronicles #1) by Jay Kristoff
Publisher: Thomas Dunne Books
Release date: August 9th
In a land where three suns almost never set, a fledgling killer joins a school of assassins, seeking vengeance against the powers who destroyed her family. Daughter of an executed traitor, Mia Corvere is barely able to escape her father’s failed rebellion with her life. Alone and friendless, she hides in a city built from the bones of a dead god, hunted by the Senate and her father’s former comrades. But her gift for speaking with the shadows leads her to the door of a retired killer, and a future she never imagined.

unboxed non prattUnboxed by Non Pratt
Publisher: Barrington Stoke
Release date: August 15th
Four teenage friends come back together after several months apart. In previous years, they had put together a time capsule about their best summer with a friend who was dying. Now that their friend has passed, they reunite to open the box. Unboxed features a brilliantly diverse cast of characters who will face heartbreak and home truths as they return to their old school and discover that no one can ever truly go back.

unscripted joss byrd lygia day penaflorUnscripted Joss Byrd by Lygia Day Peñaflor
Publisher: Roaring Brook Press
Release date: August 23rd
Joss Byrd is America’s most celebrated young actress, but on the set of her latest project, a gritty indie film called The Locals, Joss’s life is far from glamorous. While struggling with her mother’s expectations, a crush on her movie brother, and a secret that could end her career, Joss must pull off a performance worthy of a star. When her renowned, charismatic director demands more than she is ready to deliver, Joss must go off-script to stay true to herself.

georgia peaches and other forbidden fruit jaye robin brownGeorgia Peaches and Other Forbidden Fruits by Jaye Robin Brown
Publisher: HarperTeen
Release date: August 30th
Joanna Gordon has been out and proud for years, but when her popular radio evangelist father remarries and decides to move all three of them from Atlanta to the more conservative Rome, Georgia, he asks Jo to do the impossible: to lie low for the rest of her senior year. And Jo reluctantly agrees. Although it is (mostly) much easier for Jo to fit in as a straight girl, things get complicated when she meets Mary Carlson, the oh-so-tempting sister of her new friend at school.

the monster on the road is me j p romneyThe Monster on the Road Is Me by J.P. Romney
Publisher: Farrar, Straus & Giroux
Release date: August 30th
Koda Okita is a high school student in modern-day Japan. When a rash of puzzling deaths sweeps his school, Koda discovers that his narcoleptic naps allow him to steal the thoughts of nearby supernatural beings. He learns that his small town is under threat from a ruthless mountain demon that is hell-bent on vengeance. With the help of a mysterious – and not to mention very cute classmate – Koda must find a way to take down this demon. But his unstable and overwhelming new abilities seem to have a mind of their own.

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Lucy Nisbet

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.