All right! It's time for me to share the YA and MG books that are at the top of my to-read list for the summer quarter of 2018. There are quite a few this quarter!
Smoke and Iron by Rachel Caine is the fourth book in the unique YA fantasy series The Great Library, which shows a world where the Library of Alexandria was never burned and instead became an extremely powerful institution, with a select few libraries in the world now controlling access to all the books that exist. It's a really interesting story perfect for book and library lovers. Smoke and Iron releases on July 3rd.
Bright We Burn by Kiersten White is, I believe, the final book in the YA alt history The Conqueror's Saga, which tells the story of Vlad the Impaler if he had been female. It's an absolutely brutal story, and yet so brilliantly written and so interesting that you can't look away. Bright We Burn releases on July 10th.
Like Never and Always by Ann Aguirre is a YA fantasy thriller (as far as I can tell) about a girl who, after a car accident, wakes up in her best friend's body and has to navigate all the drama that her friend left behind. It releases on July 17th.
The Darkest Legacy by Alexandra Bracken is a new addition to the YA dystopian The Darkest Minds series, told from the perspective of Zu as she continues the fight for the rights of Psi kids while also trying to clear her name of a terrible crime she didn't commit. It releases on July 31st.
#Murdertrending by Gretchen McNeil is a YA sci-fi thriller where, in the near future, criminals are executed on camera for an eager audience--but one girl doesn't belong on death row, and she's determined to prove her innocence. It releases on August 7th.
Neverwake by Amy Plum is the second book in a YA sci-fi horror duology where a group of teens testing an experimental treatment for insomnia get stuck in a dreamscape of their worst nightmares. The first book was fast-paced and action-packed, and I expect this one will be, too. It releases on August 7th.
Nine by Zach Hines is a YA sci-fi about a world where each person has nine lives to burn through, with each death giving them a mental and physical upgrade--but it doesn't always go right. This book also releases on August 7th.
The Dark Beneath the Ice by Amelinda Berube is a YA horror about a girl who believes herself to be possessed, pitched as Black Swan meets Paranormal Activity. It releases on August 7th.
City of Ghosts by Victoria Schwab is an MG fantasy about a girl whose parents hunt ghosts on TV--but she can actually see them. When they head into Edinburgh, she discovers that she has the power to send ghosts beyond the Veil and soon gets caught up in a fight that crosses lines between the living and the dead. It releases on August 28th.
Mirage by Somaiya Daud is a Moroccan-inspired YA sci-fi about a girl who becomes the body double of the princess of a brutal empire and must navigate all the dangers of the court. It releases on August 28th.
Room Away From the Wolves by Nova Ren Suma is a YA fantasy mystery (probably) about a girl who runs away to a mysterious girls' house her mother once occupied and gets tangled up in mystery and magic. Knowing Nova Ren Suma, it's bound to be unearthly and beautiful. This book releases on September 4th.
A Spark of White Fire by Sangu Mandanna is a YA sci-fi/fantasy based on the Indian epic Mahabharata. It tells the story of a girl, sent away from her family, who decides to compete for a warship in order to help her brother regain the throne from their traitor uncle. It releases on September 4th.
As She Ascends by Jodi Meadows is the second book in the YA fantasy Fallen Isles trilogy, about a privileged girl who gets locked away for discovering a terrible truth about her society's connection to dragons. I was surprised by how much I liked the first book, and I look forward to reading this one. It releases on September 11th.
Property of the Rebel Librarian by Allison Varnes is an MG contemporary about a girl who takes on censorship by running a banned book library from her locker. How awesome is that, right? This book releases on September 18th.
For a Muse of Fire by Heidi Heilig is an Asian-inspired YA fantasy, told in multiple formats, about a bipolar girl who uses the souls of the recently dead as shadow puppets in her family's troupe. It releases on September 25th.
Give the Dark My Love by Beth Revis is a YA fantasy about a girl attending school to learn medical alchemy who may end up going too far in the rush to cure a plague sweeping across her country. Like most of Beth Revis's books, it promises romance, but all the early reviews also promise a lot of darkness. This book releases on September 25th.
Nightingale by Amy Lukavics is a YA historical horror about a girl in 1951 who gets locked up in an asylum for being independent-minded and then slowly descends into hallucinations and madness as she tries to get free. It also releases on September 25th.
What do you think? Add these books to your list, and tell me in the comments what books you're most looking forward to in July through September. I'll be back Wednesday for a bonus book cover post!
I'm an unpublished novelist, primarily of YA fantasy, and a freelance editor. I love psychology, cats, social justice, and love! I'm also a huge fangirl. Basically, stories are my life.
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