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Heart Removal, Valor, and More YA Book Talk and News: June 15, 2023

Hey YA Readers!

It’s time to talk all things YA news and YA paperback releases. Let’s dive in….

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New Releases

Today’s new paperback releases offer a little bit of everything in terms of genre and format. You can see the entire roundup over here, and below are two that sound excellent…and are VERY different from one another.

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Dauntless by Elisa A. Bonnin

If you want a Filipino inspired fantasy read, look no further. In Seri’s world, the Beasts hunt the People. It is the Valiant who ensure safety for the People by patrolling the world and killing the Beasts. Seri is an assistant to one of the best valor in the world and knows that it is not an easy job to keep the Beasts away and the People safe.

When Seri meets Tsana, things in her world no longer make sense like she has always believed. Tsana, a total stranger to this world, can communicate with the Beasts. As Seri and Tsana become closer to one another, the world around Seri and everything she thought she knew about it start to shatter. It’s a story about saving one’s home and also, maybe, about the risks it involves when love is also on the line.

Find: a unique magic world and some Sapphic feelings.

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The Faint of Heart by Kerilynn Wilson

This graphic novel is being pitched as part Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind meets Severance with additional comparisons to Nimona and This One Summer. In other words, it’s a marriage of speculative fiction with realistic fiction.

The story follows what happens in a world where scientists discover all of the “bad” feelings — anxiety, sadness, anger — disappear when you remove your heart. Everyone decided to do it except for June, a high schooler. Now June is finding it extremely hard to have a heart. She feels lonely and isolated.

When June comes across an abandoned heart in a jar, it is both confusing and, well, heartening. Maybe there is someone else out there who feels.

When that heart brings her to classmate Max, June learns he may have a major secret of his own. That secret has the potential to completely destroy June and her heart.

For a more comprehensive list of new releases, check out our New Books newsletter.

YA Book News

  • The horror anthology A Banquet for Hungry Ghosts is going to see adaptation, with a projected first episode dropping in early 2024. This collection came out in 2009 and it’s GREAT if you love diverse horror and short stories. I can’t wait to see it play out on a screen.
  • While it has not yet had a major release, it is exciting to see Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe opened the Outfest Film Festival in L.A. this week. Of note in this story — something I did not know — is that the filmmaker is trans.
  • The Paramount+ adaptation of Loveboat, Taipei is currently being filmed.
  • I love Alex’s roundups over on of upcoming YA science fiction and fantasy. Here’s the goods for May and June.

As always, thanks for hanging out. We’ll see you on Saturday with another mega roundup of YA ebook deals.

Until then, happy reading!

–Kelly Jensen, currently devouring You’re Not Supposed to Die Tonight by Kalynn Bayron