Sick of Winter? Read These Sunny YA Books to Warm You Up!

It’s that time of year again. You know, when you start feeling like winter will never end. But there’s one guaranteed way to escape the cold: read a book set in a warm location! So put on your fuzzy socks, get something hot to drink, and crack open one of these fantastic sunny YA books to beat the winter chill.

Warm up with a YA romance

Nothing makes you feel as warm and gooey inside as a young adult romance novel! Here are some of the best to add a little heat to your winter.

See You on Venus

See You on Venus

Fall in love with this runaway romance now a major motion picture on Netflix! Two star-crossed teens embark on a journey to Spain to discover the meaning of love, death and everything in between.

Picture-Perfect Boyfriend

Picture-Perfect Boyfriend

Two strangers, one tropical island, and lots of lies in this funny beach romance from the author of Love & Other Great Expectations!

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Get your blood pumping with a YA thriller

Although thrillers are usually described as hair-raising, blood-chilling, and spine-tingling, we’d like to point out that they also get your heart pounding. Here are a few thrillers set in warm locations that will make you forget the cold weather outside.

Last One to Die

Last One to Die

By Cynthia Murphy

Coming 03.05.24

From TikTok’s “CEO of plot twists” comes a supernatural thriller that will keep you guessing until the very end. Packed with voice-driven whodunit storytelling, and a classic slasher-movie feel, this dark, pacy, and irresistibly creepy thriller really has something for everybody!

Cursed Cruise

Cursed Cruise

By Victoria Fulton, Faith McClaren

Coming 03.19.24

From the authors of Horror Hotel, called “fast-paced and freaky” by #1 NYT bestselling author Kendare Blake, comes another addictive YA horror about a group of teen ghost hunters who are invited to travel onboard a haunted historic cruise ship.

All aboard . . .

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Make a complete escape with a YA fantasy in a warm setting

For those times when nothing but a total escape from winter will do, pick up an immersive fantasy novel set in a sunny location. Here are two titles to help you out.

Dark Star Burning, Ash Falls White

Dark Star Burning, Ash Falls White

The epic sequel to the book Song of Silver, Flame Like Night, is a fast-paced, riveting YA fantasy inspired by the mythology and folklore of ancient China.

The Gilded Ones #3: The Eternal Ones

The Gilded Ones #3: The Eternal Ones

The dazzling finale to the groundbreaking, New York Times bestselling Gilded Ones series. One girl holds the power to defeat the gods—but can she become one?

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