This month brings some highly anticipated new releases for Young Adult fans! From the sequel to Cassandra Clare’s Lady Midnight to both teen assassins and magicians, we have collated a diverse list of new reads for you to bury your nose into!
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Flame in the Mist by Renee Ahdieh | May 16 | Goodreads
Mariko has long known her place—she may be an accomplished alchemist, but because she is not a boy, her future has always been out of her hands. At seventeen, she is betrothed in order to elevate her family’s standing, but Mariko narrowly escapes an ambush by the Black Clan, who has been hired to kill her. Dressed as a peasant boy, she plans to infiltrate the Black Clan until she is captured and taken to meet the leaders. Still believing her to be a boy, she grows on them and as she gets closer, she discovers a dark history of secrets, betrayal and murder.
Lord of Shadows by Cassandra Clare | May 23 | Goodreads
Emma Carstairs has avenged her parents and she thought she’d be at peace, but she is anything but calm. Torn between her desire for Julian and her desire to protect him from the consequences it bears, she begins dating his brother Mark. Meanwhile, the faerie courts are not silent. The Unseelie King is tired of the Cold Peace, and will no longer concede to the Shadowhunters’ demands. Caught between the demands of faerie and the laws of the Clave, the group must find a way to come together to defend everything they hold dear.
Always and Forever, Lara Jean by Jenny Han | Out Now | Goodreads
Lara Jean is having the best senior year a girl could ever hope for. Head over heels in love, her dad’s finally getting remarried and Margot’s coming home for the summer. But change is looming on the horizon and while Lara Jean is having fun and planning her father’s wedding, she can’t ignore the big life decisions she has to make about college and what that means for her relationship. When your heart and your head are saying two different things, which one should you listen to?
Dark Breaks The Dawn by Sara B. Larson | May 30 | Goodreads
Now 18, Princess Evelayn of Eadrolan can finally access the full range of her magical powers. But while her mother remains busy at the war front, the corrupt king is plotting in the Dark Kingdom of Dorjhalon. King Bain wants to control both kingdoms, and his plan will see Evelayn on the throne sooner than she expected. In order to defeat Bain and his sons, Evelayn will quickly have to learn to shapeshift and rely on the alluring Lord Tanvir, but not everyone is what they seem, and the balance between Light and Dark comes at a steep price.
The Traitor’s Kiss by Erin Beaty | May 9 | Goodreads
With a sharp tongue and temper, Sage Fowler is not what they’d call a lady. Deemed unfit for marriage, Sage is apprenticed to a matchmaker and tasked with wrangling other young ladies to be married off. The girls’ military escort senses a political uprising and she is recruited to infiltrate the enemy ranks. The more she discovers as a spy, the less certain she becomes about who to trust―and Sage becomes caught in a dangerous balancing act that will determine the fate of her kingdom.
Spellslinger by Sebastien de Castell | Out Now | Goodreads
Kellen’s dreams of becoming a powerful mage are shattered after a magical duel results in the loss of his abilities. When other young mages begin to suffer the same fate, he is accused of unleashing a curse on his clan and is forced to flee with the help of a mysterious foreign woman. Unsure who trust, Kellen struggles to learn how to survive without his magic and seeks the true source of the curse. He learns members of his clan seek to take power so he must race to his city in a desperate bid to outwit the mages before they destroy his family.
The Black Witch by Laurie Forest | Out Now | Goodreads
Elloren Gardner is the granddaughter of the last prophesied Black Witch and while she is the spitting image of her grandmother, Elloren is devoid of power in a society that prizes magical ability above all else. When she is granted the opportunity to pursue her lifelong dream of becoming an apothecary, she soon realises the university admits all manner of people, including her people’s enemies. As evil looms and the pressure to live up to her heritage builds, everything Elloren thought she knew will be challenged and torn away.
The Love Interest by Cale Dietrich | May 16 | Goodreads
A secret organisation cultivates teenage spies and their agents are known as Love Interests, because getting close to people destined for great power means getting valuable secrets. Caden is a Nice: The boy next-door and sculpted to physical perfection. Whereas Dylan is a Bad: The brooding, dark-souled guy, and dangerously handsome. Both are competing for the same girl, who is important to the organisation, but who will she choose? Because whoever she doesn’t choose will die.
Grace & The Fever by Zan Romanoff | May 16 | Goodreads
In middle school, everyone was a Fever Dream fan and now, a few weeks after her high school graduation, Grace Thomas sometimes feels like the only one who never moved on. She can’t image what she’d do without the community of online fans that share her obsession. Then the unthinkable happens: Grace meets her idol. What starts out as an elusive glimpse of Fever Dream’s world turns into an unlikely romance, and leads her to confront dark, complex truths about herself and the realities of stardom.
House of Furies by Madeleine Roux | May 30 | Goodreads
Seventeen-year-old Louisa Ditton is thrilled to find employment as a maid at a boarding house, but soon after her arrival, she begins to realise that the house’s mysterious owner, Mr Morningside, is providing much more than lodging for his guests. The house is a place of judgement where the staff execute their own justice on those who are past being saved. Louisa begins to fear for a man named Lee who is not like the other guests and Louisa knows that it may be up to her to save him from an untimely judgement.
Thick as Thieves by Megan Whalen Turner | May 16 | Goodreads
Kamet, a secretary and slave to his Mede master, has the ambition and the means to become one of the most powerful people in the Empire. But with a whispered warning the future he envisioned is wrenched away, and he is forced onto a very different path. Set in the world of the Queen’s Thief, an ordinary hero takes on an extraordinary mission.
One of Us is Lying by Karen McManus | May 30 | Goodreads
Five students walk into detention: Bronwyn, the brain, is Yale-bound and never breaks a rule; Addy, the beauty, is the perfect homecoming princess; Nate, the criminal, is already on probation for dealing; Cooper, the athlete, is the all-star baseball pitcher; and Simon, the outcast, is the creator of Bayview High’s notorious gossip app. Before the end of detention, Simon is dead and it wasn’t an accident. He planned to post juicy gossip on all four classmates, which makes them all suspects or are they just the perfect patsies for a killer who’s on the loose?