Looking for a sci-fi adventure or perhaps an anthology featuring often misunderstood villains is more up your alley? Well you’re in luck because we’ve found some excellent new Young Adult releases for you to bury your nose in! From a travelling circus where illusions become real, to Julia Walton’s Words on Bathroom Walls where Adam suffers from schizophrenia, and to a collaboration with popular authors and booktubers, you’re sure to find something in our picks!
Check out the upcoming releases and tell us if you will be reading any in the comments below!
The Disappearances by Emily Bain Murphy | Goodreads
Aila Quinn’s mother has always been a mystery. When she dies, Aila and brother are sent to Sterling, a rural town where her mother grew up. With mysteries of its own, the experiences that weave life together vanish every seven years. Sterling always suspected Mrs Quinn was somehow responsible for these “Disappearances” so Aila must bear the brunt of their blame. As the next Disappearance nears, she begins to unravel the dual mystery of why the Disappearances happen and who her mother truly was.
Who’s That Girl by Blair Thornburgh | Goodreads
Nattie McCullough has always been that under-the-radar girl, but when last summer’s crush, smoking-hot musician Sebastian Delacroix writes a chart-topping single called “Natalie”, she second guesses their awkward non-kiss. To help keep her mind off of Sebastian, she throws herself into planning the school’s LGBTQIA dance where Nattie begins to develop feelings for her good friend Zach. Nattie is determined to figure out once and for all if her brief moment with Sebastian was the stuff love songs are made of—or just a one-hit wonder.
Because You Love to Hate Me: 13 Tales of Villainy | Goodreads
In this unique YA anthology, thirteen acclaimed, bestselling authors team up with thirteen influential BookTubers to reimagine fairy tales from the often misunderstood villains’ points of view. These fractured, unconventional spins on classics like “Medusa,” Sherlock Holmes, and “Jack and the Beanstalk” provide a behind-the-curtain look at villains’ acts of vengeance, defiance, and rage–and the pain, heartbreak, and sorrow that spurned them on. No fairy tale will ever seem quite the same again!
Dream Me by Kathryn Berla | Goodreads
Zat, a dreamer from the future where most no longer dream and Earth is a desolate wasteland. Dreams of Earth and a fiery-haired beauty named Babe, Zat risks everything to travel back in time and live in Babe’s dreams… Babe begins to have strange dreams of a boy named Zat, but they come at the cost of nearly crippling migraines. Outside of the dreams, her life pales in comparison to her growing love for Zat. As they spend together in her dreams, her pain increases, and Zat begins to question the reality of his existence.
Solo by Kwame Alexander and Mary Rand Hess | Goodreads
Told in poetic verse, Solo tells the story of seventeen-year-old Blade Morrison, whose life is bombarded with scathing tabloids and a father struggling with just about every addiction under the sun—including a desperate desire to make a comeback. Haunted by memories of his mother and his family’s ruin, Blade’s only hope is in the forbidden love of his girlfriend. But when he discovers a deeply protected family secret, Blade sets out on a journey across the globe that will change everything he thought to be true.
Words on Bathroom Walls by Julia Walton | Goodreads
Adam has just been diagnosed with schizophrenia. He sees and hears people who aren’t there: Rebecca, a beautiful girl who understands him; the Mob Boss, who harasses him; and Jason, the naked guy who’s unfailingly polite. It should be easy to separate the real from the not real, but he can’t. As Adam starts fresh, he begins a drug trial that helps him ignore his visions and when he meets Maya, he wants to be the great guy that she thinks he is. But the miracle drug begins to fail, and Adam will do anything to keep Maya from discovering his secret.
Sovereign by April Daniels | Goodreads
Only nine months after her debut fighting under the name Dreadnought, Danny Tozer is already a scarred veteran. Between her newfound celebrity and her demanding cape duties, Dreadnought is stretched thin, and it’s only going to get worse. From her troubled family life to her disintegrating friendship with Calamity, there’s no trick too dirty for a new villain to use against her. Dreadnought will be forced to confront parts of herself she never wanted to acknowledge while an old enemy waits in the wings to unleash a plot that will scar the world forever.
The Color Project by Sierra Abrams | Goodreads
Bernice Aurora Wescott has one thing she doesn’t want anyone to know her name, until she meets Levi. But while Levi is everything she never knew she needed, giving up her name would feel like a stamp on forever. When unexpected news of an illness in the family occurs, she is pushed to the breaking point. She loses herself in a charity organization called The Color Project, but Bee must hold together her family, but to do that, she needs Levi. She’ll have to give up her name and let him in completely or lose the best thing that’s ever happened to her.
First We Were IV by Alexandra Sirowy | Goodreads
It started for pranks, fun, and forever memories. A secret society – for the four of us. We made the pledge and danced under the blood moon on the meteorite in the orchard. In the spot we found the dead girl five years earlier. And discovered the ancient drawings way before that. But then, others wanted in. Our seaside town had secrets. History. What started as a secret society, ended as justice. Revenge. Death. Rebellion.
Little Monsters by Kara Thomas | Goodreads
Kacey is the new girl in Broken Falls. When she moved in with her father, she stepped into a brand-new life, which is eerily charming compared with the wild highs and lows of the old one. Her new circle of friends start acting distant and when they don’t invite her to a party, one of her friends never makes it home. The town starts looking to the new girl for answers and she’s about to learn some very important lessons: Sometimes appearances can be deceiving. Sometimes when you’re the new girl, you shouldn’t trust anyone.
Daughter of the Burning City by Amanda Foody | Goodreads
Sorina is amongst many unusual members of the traveling circus and stands apart as the only illusion-worker born in hundreds of years. Her rare talent creates illusions that others can see, feel and touch, with personalities all their own. But when one is murdered, Sorina must track down the culprit which leads her to self-proclaimed gossip-worker Luca and into a haze of political turmoil and forbidden romance. But as the killer continues murdering Sorina’s illusions, she must unravel the horrifying truth before they all disappear.
What To Say Next by Julie Buxbaum | Goodreads
When an unlikely friendship is sparked between relatively popular Kit Lowell and socially isolated David Drucker, everyone is surprised, most of all Kit and David. Kit appreciates David’s blunt honesty—in fact, she finds it bizarrely refreshing. David welcomes Kit’s attention and her inquisitive nature. When she asks for his help figuring out the how and why of her dad’s tragic car accident, David is all in. But neither of them can predict what they’ll find. Can their friendship survive the truth?