YA Releases to look forward to for the second half of the year: a list

A few of 2019’s early releases: The Princess and the Fangirl, King of Scars, The Wicked King, War Storm (from left to right). I’m aware War Storm came out last year, I just happened to read it now…

If years were sorted by books, this one would be called the Twenty-YA-teen. No, seriously. We got a new book by Leigh Bardugo (Grishaverse fans, make some noise!) and we got novellas set in the Red Queen verse to finally say goodbye to a beloved world. It’s really not that much of a stretch to rename twenty-nineteen to twenty-YA-teen. But only the first half of the year has gone by.

Meaning one thing: we still have six months full of debuts and sequels in the YA genre. So, I’ve taken it upon myself to write this post, just so that you can make that monthly bookshop visit with an idea of which books to pick out.

July, 2019

Spin The Dawn by Elizabeth Lim

Pitched as Mulan meets Project Runaway, this book sounds fresh. The story follows a female protagonist who pretends to be a man to compete for the position of imperial tailor, and while doing so she must spin out magical cloth win or she risks being unable to help her family’s fortunes. Fresh, right?

August, 2019

August has not one but two really exciting YA reads. One if a fantasy retelling of The Twelve Dancing Princesses (House of Salt and Sorrows is a retelling of the Grimm brothers’ tale with a murder mystery vibe furrowed in a mystical magical background) and the other is a historical fiction that is a much needed exploration of being a LGBT youth in the recent past (more specifically, Ziggy, Stardust & Me is set in 1973.)

Both are charming books with something new to offer to the YA category and I’m pretty sure that at least one of these might be the perfect book for you to read.

September, 2019

One of my most anticipated reads of the year- Rainbow Rowell’s Wayward Son

You know how when you read a book and that book makes you smile and cry. That books keeps you thinking about itself for days? Yeah? That was Carry On by Rainbow Rowell for me.

It’s a cliched Magic School chosen one story. Except, it’s really not. The book was an exploration of friendship and romance, with the delightful tropes pulled from Harry Potter remaining only in the background.

Simon Snow was the strongest mage, but after giving up his magic and defeating his arch nemesis, he’s just another simple boy. Except, he’s not. His boyfriend is a vampire and his best friend is one the smartest magical women out there. But now they are taking a break: with a roadtrip. This book is the story of what happens to protagonists we love after they get their ever afters.

October, 2019

The Beautiful is bringing back vampires to YA. How can I not love it?

As someone who has been reading and loving books since the Twilight and The Vampire Diaries days, I’ve always loved finding vampire books to read. But recently, it seems YA said it’s goodbyes to the mystical creatures and decided to move on to better things

But is there anything better than vampires? Their Gothic charm and mystical looks will never get me bored and I’m so thankful that RenΓ©e Ahdieh is bringing them back. With a historical setting in magical 19th century New Orleans, this book is going to be a breath of fresh air that will remind us why we loved Vampire books in the first place.

November, 2019

The Queen of Nothing is the final book in the Folk of The Air series by Holly Black.

The Queen of Nothing is the final book of one of my most well-loved trilogies, The Folk of the Air! The second installement of this series came out in January this year and blew my mind away with a cliffhanger unlike any other. But thankfully, the date for the release of Queen of Nothing was moved forward from Jan 2020 to November 2019.

Is that a sign from the publishing gods that the cliffhanger was a bit too much? Yes, it was and it’s telling Holly Black that the world is a bit too obsessed with her books. Rightfully so, might I add.

So, go read The Cruel Prince and The Wicked King soon if you haven’t already because November will bring back our favorite sword wielding spy queen and our lovely truthful cruel king.

Started 2019 with my ultimate Fae series and might as well end it with the same right?

December, 2019

Dangerous Alliance is a murder mystery with all of our favorite romance and Austen elements!

While December seems to be the month with the least number of new releases, rest assured that the few coming out will be great. Case in point, Dangerous Alliance is a play on Austen tropes with a touch of murder mystery and mayhem added to romance. How can it not sound intriguing?

So, tell me, is 2019 really 20-YA-teen? And if so, what are your most anticipated YA reads of this year?

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