What's Up in YA

YA Books About Witches, The Power of NIMONA, Upcoming Graphic Novels, & More YA Book Talk

Hey YA Fans: Let’s catch up on book talk.

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August is coming to too-quick a close. It feels like this summer has bene flying by — and the local kids went back to school over a week ago!

If the calendar pages are zipping by you as quick as they are me, here’s a chance to catch up on some of the best YA book talk from Book Riot in the last month:


Cheap Reads!

Grab these YA books while they’re easy on the budget. I’m including basically everything that I can, so there will be some repeats from previous newsletters. Time to treat yourselves, friends.

Three Darks Crowns by Kendare Blake is $2

The Jewel by Amy Ewing is $2

Renegades by Marissa Meyer is $3

A Night Divided by Jennifer Nielsen is $2

Liars, Inc by Paula Stokes is $2

I Hate Everyone But You by Gabby Dunn is $3

Chemistry Lessons by Meredith Goldstein is $3

I Am The Messenger by Marcus Zusak is $2

Wonder Woman: Warbringer by Leigh Bardugo is $2

Batman: Nightwalker by Marie Lu is $2

Challenger Deep by Neal Shusterman is $2

The Big F by Maggie Ann Martin is $3 (same author who is interviewed above!)

Wicked Like A Wildfire by Lana Popovic is $2

A Young People’s History of the United States by Howard Zinn is $4

Song of the Current by Sarah Tolcser is $2

The Names They Gave Us by Emery Lord is $2

I Hunt Killers by Barry Lyga is $3

The DUFF by Kody Keplinger is $3

The Daughters by Joanna Philbin is $3

The Chance You Won’t Return by Annie Cardi is $2

Recent YA Book Mail

Here’s what has hit my mailbox in the last week (I’ve been busily reading Proud: Young Readers Edition by Ibtihaj Muhammad, The Cheerleaders by Kara Thomas, and have I Am Alfonso Jones by Tony Medina sitting at the library for me)

From top to bottom:

Buried Beneath The Baobab Tree by Adaobi Tricia Nwaubani and Viviana Mazza

West by Edith Pattou

Orphaned by Eliot Schrefer

Wicked Like a Wildfire and Fierce Like a Firestorm by Lana Popovic

Amber and Dusk by Lyra Selene

Inventing Victoria by Tonya Bolden (this looks amazing!)

The Towering Sky by Katharine McGee


Phew! That is a lot of books.

Thanks for hanging out & see you again on Monday for even more books because book talk never ends around here.

— Kelly Jensen, @veronikellymars on Twitter and Instagram