From contemporary rom-coms, to literary debuts, to the creepiest modern gothic fairytale you could imagine (seriously . . . it is AWESOME!), we've got some stellar YA lined up for you this year. Read on for recommendations for your TBR pile!
Violet Black by Eileen Merriman
The first in a new trilogy from Eileen Merriman, author of Trio of Sophies and Invisibly Breathing.
Set in the near future, Violet Black will hook you in from the first page.
Violet Black and Ethan Wright are both in a coma after contracting the lethal M-fever. They have never met:
I couldn’t speak, but I was trying so hard to communicate and then . . . then . . .I pushed. And something, someone, pushed back.Her name is Violet. Violet, but she is sunshine-yellow, and I need to find her because I think she might be just like me.
But there is a far more serious reason for Ethan to find Violet: the sinister Foundation is trying to hunt them down.
Publishing March 2021
The Desolations of Devil's Acre by Ransom Riggs
The epic conclusion to the internationally bestselling Miss Peregrine's Peculiar Children series.
The last thing Jacob Portman saw before the world went dark was a terrible, familiar face.
Suddenly, he and Noor are back in the place where everything began - his grandfather's house. Jacob doesn't know how they escaped from V's loop to find themselves in Florida. But he does know one thing for certain: Caul has returned. Risen from the Library of Souls and more powerful than ever, Caul and his apocalyptic agenda seem unstoppable.
Only one hope remains - deliver Noor to the meeting pl
Wace of the seven prophesied ones. If they can decipher its secret location. Jacob and his friends will face deadly enemies and race through history's most dangerous loops in this thrilling page-turner, the final adventure in the beloved Miss Peregrine's Peculiar Children series.
Publishing May 2021
What Beauty There Is by Cory Anderson
An exhilarating, emotional and unputdownable thriller that has the compulsive reading experience of a Karen McManus novel!
Winter. The sky is dark. It is cold enough to crack bones. Jack Morton has nothing left. Except his younger brother, Matty, who he'd die for. Now with their mother gone, and their funds quickly dwindling, Jack needs to make a choice: lose his brother to foster care, or find the drug money that sent his father to prison. Alone in the harsh landscape of the mid-Rockies with winter approaching, can a sixteen year old boy find what's been hidden without trace? Especially when he is not the only one on the hunt . . .
An unputdownable thriller about how far you'll go to protect those you love.
Publishing April 2021
House of Hollow by Krystal Sutherland
Iris Hollow and her two older sisters are unquestionably strange. Ever since they disappeared on a suburban street in Scotland as children only to return a month later with no memory of what happened to them, odd, eerie occurrences seem to follow in their wake. And they’re changing. First, their dark hair turned white. Then, their blue eyes slowly turned black. They have insatiable appetites yet never gain weight. People find them disturbingly intoxicating, unbearably beautiful, and inexplicably dangerous.
Now, ten years later, seventeen-year-old Iris Hollow is doing all she can to fit in and graduate high school – something her two famously glamorous globe-trotting older sisters, Grey and Vivi, never managed to do. But when Grey goes missing, leaving behind only bizarre clues, Iris and Vivi are left to trace her last few days. They aren’t the only ones looking for her. As they brush against the supernatural, they realise that the story they’ve been told about their past is unravelling and the world that returned them seemingly unharmed ten years ago, might just be calling them home.
Krystal Sutherland’s latest novel is a dark and twisty modern-day fairytale that expertly melds the fantastical with the real as the Hollow sisters discover just how much horror can lie beneath the surface.
Publishing April 2021
Kate in Waiting by Becky Albertalli
From the author of Love, Simon (Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda) bestselling YA rom-com queen Becky Albertalli, comes a new novel about daring to step out of the shadows and into the spotlight in love, life and, yes, theatre.
Contrary to popular belief, best friends Kate and Anderson are not codependent. Carpooling to and from theatre rehearsals? Environmentally sound and efficient. Consulting each other on every single life decision? Basic good judgment. Pining for the same guys from afar? Shared crushes are more fun anyway.
But when Kate and Andy's latest long-distance crush shows up at their school, everything goes off-script. Matt is talented and sweet, and Kate likes him. She really likes him. The only problem? So does Anderson.
Turns out, communal crushes aren't so fun when real feelings are involved. This one might even bring the curtains down on Kate and Anderson's friendship.
Publishing May 2021
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