We’re trying to stay positive and productive at home while we all work together to flatten the curve. One way we’re keeping our spirits up and staying busy is by organizing our TBR piles and getting excited for all of the amazing new books coming out this spring and summer. The prospect of longer days, sunshine, and new books is definitely something to look forward to! We’ve made a list of the best and most buzzworthy YA books hitting shelves in the next few months. Whether you love romance, thrillers, fantasy, or realistic fiction, you’ll find plenty of books on this reading list to enjoy.
If you loved Killing November, don’t miss out on the heart-stopping sequel! November survived her time at the remote private school that trains teens as spies and assassins. Now she and her crush Ash are on the run from dangerous people with secrets to protect. She must follow the clues and find her father before her enemies catch up with her.
Go on a lighthearted adventure with Rachel, an uptight high school student who says no to everything. When she decides to spend her summer saying yes, her life changes in unexpected and wonderful ways. This feel-good novel will brighten your summer!
Let the games begin! A dead emperor, five outcasts competing for the throne, and dragons await within the pages of this fantasy adventure. If you’ve been hoping for a high-stakes YA fantasy with fierce competition, heart-stopping action, and mythical beasts, THIS. IS. IT. Find somewhere comfortable to read because you won’t be able to put this book down!
We’re loving this queer spin on the fake-dating trope! Every Monday morning, Bryson Keller is single until someone asks him out. He must date that person until Friday, and then the cycle starts again the next Monday. When Kai takes a chance and asks Bryson out, he’s surprised when he says yes. But Bryson is straight and popular, so Kai knows there’s no real future for them . . . right? If you liked To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before, you’ll adore this coming-out novel.
No summer would be complete without an E. Lockhart book. Pick up her newest novel for an unusual story about a girl who relives certain moments of her summer over and over again, with different outcomes. You’ll experience heartbreak, love, and grief as Adelaide’s summer collides with the multiverse in this captivating story.
This is the next can’t-miss YA book in the historical fiction genre. If you’ve binged the TV show Turn, you already know about the Culper spy ring during the American Revolution. Rebel Spy introduces us to Agent 355—the code name for a girl named Frannie Tasker who is posing as the privileged (and dead) Emmeline Coates. With espionage, secrets, and a girl who risks everything for her fledgling country, this novel will sweep you off your feet and into the heart of the action.
Let’s be honest—you can never have too much Jay Kristoff. After you’ve finished reading Aurora Burning (the first book on this list), you can dive into the explosive finale to the LIFEL1K3 series. Join Eve and Lemon as they fight, fall in love, and risk everything to save the world. Expect a few tears and a lot of laughter along the way!
We’re still obsessing over Spin the Dawn. Thankfully, the story continues in Unravel the Dusk. Jump into the second part of Maia’s story as she poses as the emperor’s bride, searches for Edan, and tries not to let the demon’s curse consume her. With magic, romance, and adventure, this is a sequel you won’t want to miss!
If Wilder Girls left you reeling in horror, then we have good news! You can feel all unsettled again when you pick up Rory Power’s new novel, Burn Our Bodies Down. When Margot learns she has a grandmother in a bizarre little town, she decides to meet her. But her grandmother, her family tree, and the town are not what Margot expected. Prepare for a mind-bending thrill ride with earth-shattering twists that will leave you breathless!
This will be a good summer for thrillers. Snap up this paperback original for a spooky twist on everyone’s favorite party activity—escape rooms! When four friends book an escape room for a slow Friday night, they expect to solve clues and crack codes for an hour. But when their hour is up and the door doesn’t open, these teens know something sinister is going on. This high-stakes thriller will have you reading all night!
For seven years, Tracy has been writing weekly letters to an organization that helps innocent men in prison. Her father is on death row, and time is running out. But Tracy never expects the police to show up and arrest her brother for murder. Now, with both her father and brother at the mercy of the justice system, Tracy decides to investigate what really happened between her brother and the girl who died. If you liked Dear Martin, you’ll want to keep your eyes peeled for this book!
Do you ever feel like there aren’t enough creepy and weird YA books out there? We do, too, which is why we’re so excited about this chilling novel! A feral sister, a violent attack, and a pipe dream that goes horribly wrong will keep you guessing (and gasping) until the end.
It’s all fun and games until the contestants start dying. Lia Prince has been preparing for years to play the annual senior class game of Assassin. It’s finally her turn, and she’s thrilled that her crush is on her team. But her excitement turns to terror when someone starts picking off the contestants alphabetically. With three teens already dead, Lia must find the killer before they take their next victim, who also happens to be her crush, Devon Diaz.