Raise your hand if you’re excited for new Fall reads! From spellbinding fantasies to haunting mysteries, here’s a list of upcoming YA books we can’t wait to get our hands on this season.
“Fall is my favorite season of all. Not just because of the weather, but because SO many great books get released in the fall! This year, I’m really looking forward to the release of Warriors of Wing and Flame, which is the sequel to Sisters of Shadow and Light.
Sisters of Shadow and Light is a fantastical tale about the unbreakable bond between two sisters, Zuhra and Inara, and their unending struggle to survive in their lifelong home—a long-ago abandoned citadel surrounded by a powerfully magical hedge that lets no one in or out. With little interaction from the outside world and only one another to depend on, the sisters live in quiet isolation as they try to figure out why they’re trapped and how to get out. But when a stranger somehow passes through the impenetrable hedge, everything changes.
Warriors of Wing and Flame picks up where the Sisters of Shadow and Light left off, and you’ll once again be enthralled with this dangerous and alluring story. Secret doorways that were once sealed have been thrown open, and the sisters must search for the strength within themselves to bridge the gap between the two worlds they inhabit. Together they must navigate the treacherous paths of self-discovery, their love for each other, and their love for the boys who have captured their hearts—all while war threatens to destroy everything. As this spellbinding tale unfolds, you’ll be swept away with the unraveling secrets of this dark world and ache for a far-off land where the magic is strong and the bonds are even stronger.”
—Ariana Carpentieri, Assistant to VP. Marketing & Publicity
“If you haven’t read Nina LaCour before, I can’t stress this enough: get on it! The first novel I read of hers was We Are Okay—a quiet, yet piercing novel that filled my head with stunning poetic lines that felt written just for me. LaCour’s writing has a way of captivating and destroying me in the best way possible.
I can’t contain my excitement for her new novel, Watch Over Me—a ghost story about survival and rebirth that is sure to blow me away.”
—Isa Caban, Marketing Manager
“I’m so excited for readers to get their hands on Eventide by Sarah Goodman. This gothic, atmospheric YA historical fantasy just swept me off my feet. The novel follows seventeen-year-old Verity Pruitt, as she and her little sister Lilah find themselves on an orphan train headed to Wheeler, Arkansas. In Wheeler, Lilah is quickly adopted, separated from Verity. But Verity decides to be a farmhand, living with a family nearby — with her ultimate plan being to take Lilah back home to New York, when she turns eighteen. While getting acquainted with Wheeler, Verity starts to notice that something is not quite right about the town, especially when it comes to the eerie old well in the woods. She soon finds out that the woods play tricks, disseminating a deep fog and bone-chilling cold…and sometimes showing things that aren’t real. However, for Verity, the most unsettling revelation is her uncovered connection that her family has to this small town. And maybe, just maybe, her reason for finding herself in Wheeler is not by accident. This haunting tale had me flipping the pages at rapid speed. You will fall for the delicious small-town scandals and the unveiling of long-buried secrets.”
—Anthony Parisi, Associate Director of Marketing
“I already wrote about how much I love the first book in this series, Darius the Great is Not Okay, in one of our previous YA Shout Out posts, and I am so ready for Darius to steal my heart all over again. This second installment in the Darius Universe picks up after our titular character’s trip to Iran, and his year seems to be going pretty great. He’s starting dating his first boyfriend, playing on his school’s soccer team, and working at his favorite tea shop—everything he could have ever wanted, right? No matter how great everything is going for him, Darius can’t help but wonder if he deserves better. Adib Khorram has a knack for writing stories that are full of empathy and heart, and that I absolutely know will make me cry. Darius the Great Deserves Better was just released last week, so catch me desperately waiting at my front door for my copy to show up.”
—Sarah Pannenberg, Digital Marketing Coordinator
“My favorite books are all about the yearning, and Mark Oshiro delivers a book full of that with Each of Us a Desert. Brimming with it. Overflowing with that yearning.
It’s a powerful coming-of-age story about finding home and falling in love. Readers join Xochitl as she wanders alone across an expansive desert, alone but for the enigmatic lines of poetry she finds magically strewn across the dunes. She’s a cuentista (or storyteller) who receives the troubled tales of her villagers’ and releases them to Solís, the feared higher power of the desert. All she wants is a kindred spirit. She yearns for someone to share her heart with.
Enter the cold and beautiful Emilia, daughter to the murderous conqueror of Xochitl’s town. The two journey across the desert and fight to survive vicious nightmares that rise with the setting of the sun. Maybe they discover something about each other. About how they feel for each other. Maybe…if they survive…”
—Andrew King, Marketing Assistant