So we decided to show you a few of the YA/Middle Grade books that are coming out next month that we are very excited about. Click on any of these titles/pics to get to Goodreads so you can add them to your TBR list. All of these will definitely be going on mine!
COMING IN MAY….
1. The May Queen Murders by Sarah Jude
Stay on the roads. Don’t enter the woods. Never go out at night.
Those are the rules in Rowan’s Glen, a remote farming community in the Missouri Ozarks where Ivy Templeton’s family has lived for centuries. It’s an old-fashioned way of life, and Ivy loves it. When her friend Heather goes missing after a May Day celebration, Ivy discovers that both her best friend and her beloved hometown are as full of secrets as the woods that surround them.
So I will not lie: I mostly love the cover on this one. The description plus that together…
I mean seriously, it’s got slasher-flick lettering, there’s a nice lovely hippie girl hanging out in the water…except for the dark coloring which makes it look like a 70s slasher flick all over again.
2.The Trials of Apollo: The Hidden Oracle by Rick Riordan
Age: Middle Grade
Release date: May 3
After angering his father Zeus, the god Apollo is cast down from Olympus. Weak and disorientated, he lands in New York City as a regular teenage boy. Now, without his godly powers, the four-thousand-year-old deity must learn to survive in the modern world until he can somehow find a way to regain Zeus’s favor.
So now of course he’s headed to Camp Halfblood.
Okay, let’s be honest. If you’re a PJ fan, you’re probably going to read this series no matter what the description. But I for one would LOVE to see Apollo trying to make it day-to-day at Camp Halfblood. Going on quests and whatnot.
Who wouldn’t want to read that?
3. Please Don’t Tell by Laura Tims
Age: Young Adult
Release date: May 24
Joy killed Adam Gordon—at least, that’s what she thinks. But she knows what Adam did to her sister, and she knows he had to pay for it.
What Joy doesn’t expect is that someone else saw what happened. Now the anonymous blackmailer starts using Joy to expose the secrets of their placid hometown.
So this one just sounds intriguing. How do you not know if you killed someone? And while I can make guesses about the sister, I want to find out what happened there. And who is this vengeful busybody? i don’t usually read contemporary, but there are so many unanswered questions here!
4. Summer Days and Summer Nights edited by Stephanie Perkins
Age: Young Adult
Release date: May 17
Written by twelve bestselling young adult writers and edited by the international bestselling author Stephanie Perkins, will have you dreaming of sunset strolls by the lake. So set out your beach chair and grab your sunglasses. You have twelve reasons this summer to soak up the sun and fall in love.
Stephanie Perkins knows how to write an amazing love story, and so do the rest of these people. Love, love, love Jennifer E. Smith, Veronica Roth, Lev Grossman, Libba Bray, Cassandra Clare…
Okay, you get the idea. Plus, short story collections are great when you don’t have time to get sucked into a whole novel. Read one story, then take a break!
5. The Crown by Kiera Cass
Princess Eadlyn didn’t think she would find a real partner among the Selection’s thirty-five suitors, let alone true love. But sometimes the heart has a way of surprising you… and now Eadlyn must make a choice that feels more difficult—and more important—than she ever expected.
The time has come. To say goodbye. To all our company….
The last installment in the Selection series. I personally have resisted reading The Heir until this came out so I could devour them back-to-back.
I am an impatient child. I hate waiting.
6. The Last Star by Rick Yancey
Age: Young Adult
Release date: May 24
We’re here, then we’re gone, and that was true before they came. That’s always been true. The Others didn’t invent death; they just perfected it. Gave death a face to put back in our face, because they knew that was the only way to crush us. It won’t end on any continent or ocean, no mountain or plain, jungle or desert. It will end where it began, where it had been from the beginning, on the battlefield of the last beating human heart.
Another final installment. Another where I’ve resisted reading a book (this time The Infinite Sea) so that I didn’t have to wait a year between releases. But this one I will for SURE have to own because I can’t help it! These covers are so soft! I love to touch them so much!!!
7. Outrun the Moon by Stacey Lee
San Francisco, 1906: Fifteen-year-old Mercy Wong is determined to break from the poverty in Chinatown, and an education at St. Clare’s School for Girls is her best hope. Although St. Clare’s is off-limits to all but the wealthiest white girls, Mercy gains admittance through a mix of cunning and a little bribery, only to discover that getting in was the easiest part. Not to be undone by a bunch of spoiled heiresses, Mercy stands strong—until disaster strikes.
#weneeddiversebooks #historicalfiction #thiscoverisgorgeous!
I really do love me a well-done historical fiction and this one looks promising. Plus I love reading about people from other cultures because it expands your view on the world, but helps remind you that humanity is more alike in the things that connect us than we are different in the things that divide us. I want to watch Mercy push through adversity and emerge triumphant, don’t you?
8. Ruined by Amy Tintera
Emelina’s home in Ruina has been ravaged by war. She lacks the powers of her fellow Ruined. Worst of all, she witnessed her parents’ brutal murders and watched helplessly as her sister, Olivia, was kidnapped.
Driven by a blind desire for revenge, Em sets off on a dangerous journey to the enemy kingdom of Lera to infiltrate the royal family as the prince’s Betrothed. She will kill the king and his son, her new husband-to-be.
Pretty covers everywhere and not the budget to buy them all…
Okay, so you know right off the bat she’s totally going to fall in love with Prince guy, but still, this premise is pretty good in my book. (Get it? Book? Get i–okay, you go it. No more bad puns. For now…)
Plus (I think) she actually gets married to this guy in book 1 which doesn’t usually happen in YA, so I’m interested to see how that all plays out. Fingers crossed!
9. It Ain’t So Awful, Falafel by Firoozeh Dumas
Zomorod Yousefzadeh is the new kid on the block . . . for the fourth time. California’s Newport Beach is her family’s latest perch, and she’s determined to shuck her brainy loner persona and start afresh with a new Brady Bunch name—Cindy. It’s the late 1970s, and fitting in becomes more difficult as Iran makes U.S. headlines with protests, revolution, and finally the taking of American hostages. Even mood rings and puka shell necklaces can’t distract Cindy from the anti-Iran sentiments that creep way too close to home.
This book is supposed to be at least semi-autobiographical and looks hilarious and revealing. I really do want to know what being an Iranian immigrant in the 1970s would have been like. And it’s a perfect addition to our #weneeddiversebooks collection!
10. Marked by Jenny Martin
Caught between grief and blinding thoughts of revenge, Phee fights for the resistance, gaining new allies and, perhaps, making new enemies, too. Meanwhile,she’s forced to make a choice–between the boy who has always been there for her, and the one who might never return. As Benroyal’s attacks grow bolder, Phee and her team embark on a daring mission to defeat the Sixers and save the planet. But no one is prepared for the sacrifices Phee will have to make to win this war once and for all.
Have you read Tracked yet? No? Why not! Go read it! It’s awesome! And then you will be ready for the sequel! Hurry! Go now!!!
–by Bronto Incognito