Hey YA Readers: Let’s catch up on the latest in YA haps.
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They are the world’s best hope . . . but each other’s worst nightmare. In this second installment of the bestselling Renegades trilogy, Nova, Adrian, and the rest of their crew are faced with escalating crime in Gatlon City, while covert weapons and conflicting missions have Nova and Adrian questioning not only their beliefs about justice, but also the feelings they have for each other. The line between good and evil has been blurred, but what’s clear to them both is that too much power could mean the end of their city—and the world—as they know it.
‘Tis the season of a billion and two “best of” lists. They’re always a toss up for me personally, as a reader, writer, and lover on YA. I love discovering the new books on these lists and seeing love for the quieter titles, but I also get tired seeing some of the same ones show up again and again while other titles are forgotten. But looking at them does tell you something about the year in books and highlights what titles were big ones. Plus? A lot of the books on these lists make for great gift or recommendation ideas for the readers in your life who might be less tuned in to the world of YA.
Let’s look at a bit of YA news that’s trickled in as the year comes to a close, beginning with some of those “best of” lists!
- Amazon’s best of teen fiction hit last month, but it’s interesting to look at comparatively to more recent lists.
- Here are Time Magazine’s picks for best YA and children’s books.
- The New York Public Library selected their top picks.
- Bustle’s got their picks for 25 of the best YA books of 2018.
- Here are this year’s Goodreads Choice picks.
- Take a peek at Paste Magazine’s picks for best YA, which includes some lesser-buzzed titles alongside those bigger ones.
- Then enjoy some gorgeous YA book covers from 2018.
- A round-up of this year’s best Jewish children’s books, including YA titles.
- Dear Evan Hanson, a hit stage show and bestselling YA book, will be hitting the movie screen soon.
- You can own The Hate U Give on DVD or digital download next month.
- A “YA Bell Jar with a ghostly twist?” Sign me up for this book.
- Dolly Parton talks about the original songs she wrote for Dumplin’.
- I’m curious what YA book this is!
- There is officially a sequel to To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before in the works at Netflix.
- Add some books featuring nonbinary characters to your reading life.
- What if Harry Potter characters lived in tiny homes?
- Rights for the YA novel The Territory have been nabbed for adaptation.
- Marvel’s Thanos has a YA story now.
- Something about MIT Press, the Curies, and a YA brand. I can’t make a whole lot of heads or tails with the announcement, but it’s interesting nonetheless.
- Tess Sharpe is writing a Captain Marvel YA book!
If you haven’t yet seen the news, YA author A.S. King lost her daughter last weekend. There’s a GoFundMe page set up to help her and her family with medical bills and living expenses. If you’re up for donating, more information is here.
Grab these great YA reads while they’re on the cheap.
Read the first book in Libba Bray’s Diviners series for $2.
Nova Ren Suma’s fabulous and chilling The Walls Around Us is $2.
If you want a YA book set in college, Maria Padian’s Wrecked is a must-read.
S. Jae-Jones’s Wintersong, the first in a fantasy duology, is $3.
Recent Book Mail…
Here’s a look at some of the recent YA reads that have hit my mailbox. Books are listed from top to bottom.
The Iliad by Gareth Hinds
The Last Voyage of Poe Blythe by Ally Condie
The Pioneer by Bridget Tyler
Other Words for Smoke bySarah Maria Griffin
Heroine by Mindy McGinnis
If You’re Out There by Katy Loutzenhiser
Sherwood by Meagan Spooner
This Is What It Feels Like by Rebecca Barrow
Your Own Worst Enemy by Gordon Jack
The Afterward by EK Johnston
The Girl With The Broken Heart by Lurlene McDaniel
A Place For The Wolves by Kosoko Jackson
The Storm Crow by Kalyn Josephson
Captured: An American Prisoner of War in North Vietnam by Alvin Townley
Last of Her Name by Jessica Khoury
Pretend She’s Here by Luanne Rice
Thanks for hanging out and we’ll see you later this week!