Check out our most anticipated Young Adult books hitting shelves in July 2016!
Listed in alphabetical order.
There are plenty of novels in which a character has magical abilities and the “normal” people around them just assume they’re mentally disturbed… but what if they actually were mentally disturbed? Beth Revis’ latest novel explores the life of a teen who believes he has powers and how it shapes the world around him in a poignant novel that will leave you questioning reality.
Seventeen-year-old Bo has always had delusions that he can travel through time. When he was ten, Bo claimed to have witnessed the Titanic hit an iceberg, and at fifteen, he found himself on a Civil War battlefield, horrified by the bodies surrounding him. So when his concerned parents send him to a school for troubled youth, Bo assumes he knows the truth: that he’s actually attending Berkshire Academy, a school for kids who, like Bo, have “superpowers.”
At Berkshire, Bo falls in love with Sofia, a quiet girl with a tragic past and the superpower of invisibility. Sofia helps Bo open up in a way he never has before. In turn, Bo provides comfort to Sofia, who lost her mother and two sisters at a very young age.
But even the strength of their love isn’t enough to help Sofia escape her deep depression. After she commits suicide, Bo is convinced that she’s not actually dead. He believes that she’s stuck somewhere in time — that he somehow left her in the past, and now it’s his job to save her.
Out July 19th. Pre-order on Amazon.
It’s not really a novel, per se, but we are part of the generation that grew up with Harry Potter and his friends and we cannot wait to read the next steps of journey, even if it’s in script form. Rowling’s writings hold a special place in our hearts and even if we can’t make it to London to see the play, we want to read the lines for ourselves rather than get some mish-mashed account from press outlets. But don’t worry, we’ll #KeepTheSecrets!
It was always difficult being Harry Potter and it isn’t much easier now that he is an overworked employee of the Ministry of Magic, a husband, and father of three school-age children.
While Harry grapples with a past that refuses to stay where it belongs, his youngest son Albus must struggle with the weight of a family legacy he never wanted. As past and present fuse ominously, both father and son learn the uncomfortable truth: sometimes darkness comes from unexpected places.
Out July 31st. Pre-order on Amazon.
Uber-prolific author Rachel Caine is back with the second book in her Great Library series, which is a fantastical mix of good versus evil, secret worlds, and a wild take on history. We can’t wait to see more of Jess’ journey and hopefully, how he’ll save Morgan!
With an iron fist, The Great Library controls the knowledge of the world, ruthlessly stamping out all rebellion, forbidding the personal ownership of books in the name of the greater good.
Jess Brightwell has survived his introduction to the sinister, seductive world of the Library, but serving in its army is nothing like he envisioned. His life and the lives of those he cares for have been altered forever. His best friend is lost, and Morgan, the girl he loves, is locked away in the Iron Tower and doomed to a life apart.
Embarking on a mission to save one of their own, Jess and his band of allies make one wrong move and suddenly find themselves hunted by the Library’s deadly automata and forced to flee Alexandria, all the way to London.
But Jess’s home isn’t safe anymore. The Welsh army is coming, London is burning, and soon, Jess must choose between his friends, his family, or the Library willing to sacrifice anything and anyone in the search for ultimate control…
Out July 5th. Pre-order on Amazon.
Summer is a time for feel-good books and Kasie West’s upcoming little love story about a teen and her secret admirer hits all the right notes about finding romance and fun, as well as letting go of unfair stereotypes and expectations about others. This is the book for some warm and fuzzies!
While Lily is spacing out in Chemistry one day, she picks up her pencil and scribbles a line from one of her favorite songs on the desk. The next day, someone else has written back to her on the desk! Soon enough Lily and the mystery student are exchanging notes, and lyrics, and even sharing secrets. When Lily finds out that her anonymous pen pal is a guy, she’s flustered — and kind of feels like she’s falling for him. She and her best friend set out to unravel the identity of the letter writer — but when the truth is revealed, the guy is the LAST person Lily could have ever imagined it to be. Now that Lily knows the truth, can she untangle her feelings and gather the courage to listen to her heart?
Out July 26th. Pre-order on Amazon.
Victoria Schwab is a top-notch writer and her new dark fantasy, the first in a series, looking nothing short of tantalizing. Monsters who can steal your soul using the power of music and two conflicted teens fight for their fate and possibly against each other? YES PLEASE.
Kate Harker and August Flynn are the heirs to a divided city—a city where the violence has begun to breed actual monsters. All Kate wants is to be as ruthless as her father, who lets the monsters roam free and makes the humans pay for his protection. All August wants is to be human, as good-hearted as his own father, to play a bigger role in protecting the innocent—but he’s one of the monsters. One who can steal a soul with a simple strain of music. When the chance arises to keep an eye on Kate, who’s just been kicked out of her sixth boarding school and returned home, August jumps at it. But Kate discovers August’s secret, and after a failed assassination attempt the pair must flee for their lives.