Check out our most anticipated Young Adult books hitting shelves in May 2016!
Listed in alphabetical order.
Even more than her Throne of Glass series, we’re enthralled with the world of A Court of Thorn and Roses, so we’re absolutely dying for its sequel and conclusion, A Court of Mist and Fury. The duology looks to turn Beauty and the Beast up to 11 with plenty of original flair and we. are. invested.
Feyre survived Amarantha’s clutches to return to the Spring Court–but at a steep cost. Though she now has the powers of the High Fae, her heart remains human, and it can’t forget the terrible deeds she performed to save Tamlin’s people.
Nor has Feyre forgotten her bargain with Rhysand, High Lord of the feared Night Court. As Feyre navigates its dark web of politics, passion, and dazzling power, a greater evil looms–and she might be key to stopping it. But only if she can harness her harrowing gifts, heal her fractured soul, and decide how she wishes to shape her future–and the future of a world cleaved in two.
Out May 3.
While there’s lots of debate among the site staff as to whether we like Princess Eadlyn Schreave more or less than her famous mother, America, we’re all desperate to see how her gender-flipped Selection, which perhaps started off on the wrong foot, goes for the sassy, determined ruler of Illea. Who will she choose?! (It better be Kile!)
Twenty years have passed since the events of The One, and America and Maxon’s daughter is the first princess to hold a Selection of her own. Princess Eadlyn didn’t think she would find a real partner among the Selection’s thirty-five suitors, let alone true love. But sometimes the heart has a way of surprising you… and now Eadlyn must make a choice that feels more difficult—and more important—than she ever expected.
Out May 3.
This novel is the start of a new series by a debut author that’s chock full of ancient folklore, magic, and mysticism with huge stakes for the characters involved. ‘Scuse us while we wipe the drool off our faces.
Vika Andreyeva can summon the snow and turn ash into gold. Nikolai Karimov can see through walls and conjure bridges out of thin air. They are enchanters—the only two in Russia—and with the Ottoman Empire and the Kazakhs threatening, the Tsar needs a powerful enchanter by his side.
And so he initiates the Crown’s Game, an ancient duel of magical skill—the greatest test an enchanter will ever know. The victor becomes the Imperial Enchanter and the Tsar’s most respected adviser. The defeated is sentenced to death.
Raised on tiny Ovchinin Island her whole life, Vika is eager for the chance to show off her talent in the grand capital of Saint Petersburg. But can she kill another enchanter—even when his magic calls to her like nothing else ever has?
For Nikolai, an orphan, the Crown’s Game is the chance of a lifetime. But his deadly opponent is a force to be reckoned with—beautiful, whip smart, imaginative—and he can’t stop thinking about her.
And when Pasha, Nikolai’s best friend and heir to the throne, also starts to fall for the mysterious enchantress, Nikolai must defeat the girl they both love… or be killed himself.
As long-buried secrets emerge, threatening the future of the empire, it becomes dangerously clear… the Crown’s Game is not one to lose.
Out May 17.
The conclusion to the action-packed alien adventure The 5th Wave is almost here and with it will likely come death, destruction, and fear. But this time, we’re also hoping for cemented romantic connections, humans overcoming, and answers– sweet, sweet answers! We’re prepared to be ripped apart, but in the best way possible.
We’re here, then we’re gone, and that was true before they came. That’s always been true. The Others didn’t invent death; they just perfected it. Gave death a face to put back in our face, because they knew that was the only way to crush us. It won’t end on any continent or ocean, no mountain or plain, jungle or desert. It will end where it began, where it had been from the beginning, on the battlefield of the last beating human heart.
Out May 24.
Stephanie Perkins is the reigning connoisseur of cute, so if she’s putting together an anthology of short love stories set to the throes of summer, we are reading it with gusto. We love a good YA contemporary romance collection, summer is the THE season of young love in our opinion, and just look at the authors involved!
Maybe it’s the long, lazy days, or maybe it’s the heat making everyone a little bit crazy. Whatever the reason, summer is the perfect time for love to bloom. Summer Days & Summer Nights: Twelve Love Stories, written by twelve bestselling young adult writers and edited by the international bestselling author Stephanie Perkins, will have you dreaming of sunset strolls by the lake. So set out your beach chair and grab your sunglasses. You have twelve reasons this summer to soak up the sun and fall in love.
Out May 17.
EXCUSE US WHILE WE CHEAT FOR A MOMENT.
Yes, this is a YA list. But who can resist Rick Riordan’s witty, sharp Middle Grade series based around the various gods of old? We’re super excited for the start of his new series, Trials of Apollo and its first book, The Hidden Oracle. It’s getting an honorary spot on the list, despite being a little out of our typical genre!
How do you punish an immortal?
By making him human.
After angering his father Zeus, the god Apollo is cast down from Olympus. Weak and disorientated, he lands in New York City as a regular teenage boy. Now, without his godly powers, the four-thousand-year-old deity must learn to survive in the modern world until he can somehow find a way to regain Zeus’s favour.
But Apollo has many enemies – gods, monsters and mortals who would love to see the former Olympian permanently destroyed. Apollo needs help, and he can think of only one place to go . . . an enclave of modern demigods known as Camp Half-Blood.