What's Up in YA

YA Book News and New Releases

Hey YA Readers!

Sharifah here! I’m steering the YA ship while Kelly’s out. Let’s dig into the latest in YA news, as well as take a peek at the great new books that hit shelves this week.

YA Book News

Let’s catch up on this week’s YA news.

New YA Book Releases

Grab your TBR because it’s about to grow. A * means Kelly has read the book and recommends it!

*The Alcazar by Amy Ewing

Be Not Far From Me by Mindy McGinnis

Bone Crier’s Moon by Kathryn Purdie

*Chain of Gold by Cassandra Clare

Every Reason We Shouldn’t by Sara Fujimura

The Fire Never Goes Out by Noelle Stevenson

*The First Seven by Laura Pohl

Fly Like A Girl by Mary Jennings Hegar

Havenfall by Sara Holland

If These Wings Could Fly by Kyrie McCauley

The Kingdom of Back by Marie Lu

Light In Hidden Places by Sharon Cameron

Mermaid Moon by Susann Cokal

The Midnight Lie by Marie Rutkoski

The Moment of Truth by Kasie West

The Night of Your Life by Lydia Sharp

Only Mostly Devastated by Sophie Gonzales

Open Fire by Amber Lough

The Phantom Twin by Lisa Brown

*A Question of Holmes by Brittany Cavallaro

The Twin by Natasha Preston

The Vanishing Deep by Astrid Scholte

The Vanishing Girl by Josephine Ruby

*The Warrior’s Curse by Jennifer A. Nielsen

When We Were Magic by Sarah Gailey

*Wicked As You Wish by Rin Chupeco

The Winter Duke by Claire Eliza Bartlett

Witches of Ash and Ruin by E Latimer

This Week at Book Riot

Don’t miss the great talk over on Book Riot this week about YA, either.


Thanks for hanging out!


It’s Poe Day At Book Riot!

Did you notice a sudden chill in the air? The clouds rolling in? The squawk of a raven? Get ready for a moody, atmospheric autumn with Poe Day at Book Riot!

We’ve got a full day of Edgar Allan Poe content, and something for every fan. Find Poe all over pop culture, signs that your Tinder date might be Poe, fun Poe gifts for you or a friend, and Neo-Gothic YA read-alikes that are perfect for the fall season.

Check out all of our Poe Day content by heading over to!


We’re Celebrating Tech Week!

Welcome to Tech Week! We’re celebrating technology on the page and in our reading lives all week long with new content on the theme posting every day.

Start here, with our welcome post, where you’ll be able to find all of our Tech Week content as it goes up each day.

Today, we’re talking about technology tips to improve your reading experience.

We take a look at a selection of amazing women tech geniuses in comics.

And we round up books that use online communication as a device.

Check out all our Tech Week content by heading over to


We’re Celebrating Crime Day!

Today, we’re celebrating Crime Day with a full day of crime-themed content! Whether you’re a murderino, an aspiring sleuth, or you simply have a thing for page-turning stories about serial killers, we’ve got something for you.

So add some noir by women to your TBR, find your entry into true crime, follow some detectives on fascinating cases, and check out all of our Crime Day content by heading over to

The Goods

Shop the Back to School Gift Guide for 2019!

It’s time again to help the students in our lives shake those first day jitters and get ready to conquer the campus. To help, we’ve put together some of our favorite bookish gifts for folks preparing to enter another year of elementary, high school, college, and beyond! Check out the gift guide here, or click below:

What's Up in YA

Get Your YA Ebook Deals!

Hello YA lovers! It’s Sharifah, jumping in while Kelly’s out. So let’s get to your YA Deals, shall we?

Sponsored by Amazon Publishing

Time and tide wait for no girl. From the author of The Hundredth Queen series comes an enchanting novel about a young adventurer with a clockwork heart who battles time itself to claim her destiny. She finds buried secrets, hidden realms, and young love along the way. But can she promise her future to anyone when she’s living on borrowed time? Read Before the Broken Star by Emily R. King.

If you haven’t read Sabaa Tahir’s harrowing series (so good!), you really should. Start with An Ember in the Ashes for $3.

For a timely sci-fi story and queer read, check out Victoria Lee’s The Fever King for $2.

Rebekah Crane’s The Upside of Falling Down is the story of the lone survivor of a plane crash, for $2.

Learn more about the courageous and outspoken activist Malala Yousafzai through her memoir, I Am Malala, for $5.

Start Gail Carriger’s steampunk Finishing School Series with Etiquette & Espionage for $3.

Check out Queens of Geek by Jen Wilde if you’re on the hunt for a fun and funny Pride month read, for $3.

And if you loved Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe, check out The Inexplicable Logic of My Life, also by Benjamin Alire Sáenz, for $3.

Love a book told from alternating viewpoints? Try You Know Me Well by David Levithan and Nina LaCour for $3.

And then we have a Tiptree Award-winning book in When the Moon Was Ours by Anna-Marie McLemore, for $3.

I absolutely loved Ash by Malinda Lo, and will read anything Lo writes. Get this beautiful queer fairytale for  $3.

Get Neal Schusterman’s The Skinjacker trilogy about teens in limbo for only $5. Don’t miss out on this deal!

Look, I love Anne, but Emily Starr is my all-time fave. Get the trilogy by LM Montgomery for only $1! Your summer is basically made.

And those are your deals! Happy reading!


We’re Celebrating Sisters Day!

Today, we’re celebrating literary sisters and sisterhood with a full day of historical nonfiction and fiction. Start here, with our welcome post, where you’ll be able to find all of our Sisters Day content as it goes up each day.

A reader categorizes the March sisters of Little Women into Enneagram types.

We round up manga sisterhoods, evil sisters, and so much more!

Check out all our Sister’s Day content by heading over to


We’re Celebrating YA Fantasy Week!

Step through the portal and enter a world of magic with us as we celebrate YA Fantasy this week!

Sponsored by Flatiron Books

Welcome to Finale, the final book in Stephanie Garber’s #1 New York Times bestselling Caraval series! It’s been two months since the Fates were freed from a deck of cards, two months since Legend claimed the throne for his own, and two months since Tella discovered the boy she fell in love with doesn’t really exist. Tella must decide if she’s going to trust Legend. After uncovering a secret, Scarlett will need to do the impossible. And Legend has a choice to make that will forever change him. Caraval is over, but perhaps the greatest game of all has begun.

Start here, with our welcome post, where you’ll be able to find all of our YA Fantasy Week content as it goes up each day.

Today, we’ve rounded up recently published and forthcoming YA Fantasy inspired by Asia and Asian mythology.

A reader returns to a favorite young adult series and analyzes the determinism in Redwall, making peace with a flawed favorite.

And we talk about YA Fantasy heroes from less represented cultures and backgrounds.

Check out all our YA Fantasy Week content by heading over to


We’re Celebrating Vampire Day!

We hope you’re getting plenty of sunlight wherever you are because we’re bringing out the vampires for Vampire Day at Book Riot!

Sponsored by Carmilla by Kim Turrisi from KCP Loft

An adaptation of Shaftesbury’s award-winning, groundbreaking queer vampire web series of the same name, Carmilla mixes the camp of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, the snark of Veronica Mars, and the mysterious atmosphere of Welcome to Nightvale.

We’ve got something for every fan of vampire fiction out there. Start with our welcome post, collecting all of the day’s vampire content; find under-the-radar reads for your vampire TBR; learn about Dracula’s predecessor Carmilla; find out how teaching 6th grade made one reader love Twilight; find some non-Western bloodsuckers in literature; and so much more.

So head to Book Riot and invite some vampires into your home library!


We’re Celebrating Historical Fiction Day!

What if we told you that you could journey to the past without losing modern conveniences like ebooks, prepackaged soup, rideshare apps, and penicillin? Because that’s exactly what we’re saying. Join us for Historical Fiction Day!

Sponsored by THE CASSANDRA, the new novel by Sharma Shields, winner of the Washington State Book Award. Published by Henry Holt & Co.

Gifted and cursed with the ability to see the future, Mildred Groves takes a position at the Hanford Research Center in the early 1940s. Hanford tests and manufactures a mysterious product to aid the war effort. Only the top officials know that this product is processed plutonium, to make the first atomic bombs. Inspired by the classic Greek myth, this 20th-century reimagining is based on a real WWII compound. A timely novel about patriarchy and militancy, The Cassandra uses both legend and history to examine man’s capacity for destruction, and the compassion it takes to challenge the powerful.

Whether you’re looking for historical mysteries set in locations across the world, horror stories that’ll make you thankful for electricity, books about bygone royalty, historical fiction from Southeast Asia or Latin America, or simply want to explore the world of historical fiction at leisure, we got you.

So head on over to Book Riot, start with our welcome post, and enjoy a day of historical fiction!