Hey YA Readers!
No fancy introduction today. I mean. June has been twelve thousand years long for all of us, right? Let’s get right to books and let everything else go for a few minutes.
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Grab your ever-expanding TBR and pop some more titles on there because why not? This week’s got a ton of great paperback YA releases, and you can catch the full roundup over here.
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Dustborn by Erin Bowman
Delta of Dead River needs to save herself and her family from the hellscape of the Wastes where they live as a vicious dictator takes over. She’s got a secret though, and that secret is one that could get them all killed: on her back is a branding with a map to Verdant, aka paradise. Given the miserable conditions where they live, getting to Verdant would be life changing.
But the General, sent by raiders, is after her and her family, and she’s unsure whether or not she can even trust her long-long, former best friend. As much as she’s scared to trust anyone, things get even more unsettling once Delta and her family arrive in what they believe to be Verdant.
This one is a standalone western fantasy, described as a little bit Mad Max and a little bit Gunslinger Girl.
Well That Was Unexpected by Jesse Q. Sutanto
Sharlot’s mother has caught her in a “compromising position” and decides the best solution is for them to head to her mother’s native Indonesia.
Meanwhile, George Clooney Tanuwijaya’s father – yes, he’s obsessed with American celebrities – is also trying to rein in his son. They are some of the wealthiest people in Indonesia and no way can anything mar the family’s reputation.
So when Sharlot’s mother and George’s father strike up conversation online, each pretending to be one another’s children, they think it’ll be so their children find the “right” kind of partner. But when the real Sharlot and George find out about what their parents are doing, they are horrified…and then maybe begin to actually fall for one another.
This one’s got fake dating, ridiculous parents, a romantic island adventure, and loads of humor.
For a more comprehensive list of new releases, check out our New Books newsletter.
YA Book News
- Casting news for A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder being adapted by the BBC.
- Your Robot Dog Will Die has been optioned for television series development.
- A look ahead to fall comics for young adults.
- This year’s Stoker Award winners aand finalists highlight some of the best recent horror in YA.
- The adaptation of Harlan Coben’s YA novel Shelter will begin streaming weekly on Prime starting August 18.
- Better late than never, here’s a look at who won (and who earned honors) in the YA category at this year’s Lambda Literary Awards.
- Finally, here are this year’s Locus Awards, including the YA winners and finalists.
Thanks, as always, for hanging out. We’ll see you on Saturday for your YA book deals, then again on Monday.
Until then, happy reading.
— Kelly Jensen, currently reading Just Do This One Thing For Me by Laura Zimmermann.