Confession: We’re all obsessed with young adult books and will remain so until we’re in the S.O. (So Old) age category. This year is shaping up to be one of the most spectacular for literary junkies yet, especially for this beloved genre. Here are the YA and middle grade you need to load your shelves with this reading season.
1. Renegade Red by Lauren Bird Horowitz ($10): Underground labyrinths, legions of armies, fierce tyrants and deadly magic realms — do we have your attention? The explosive second book of The Light Trilogy series is an enchanting literary adventure all readers need to treat their imaginations to this year.
2. The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas ($18): A soon-to-be motion picture, this brave tale centers around one African-American girl’s journey of navigating two heartbreakingly different worlds: the poor neighborhood where she lives and the lavish prep school she attends. An extraordinary ode to the complexities of race, social classes and police violence, The Hate U Give will stun every reader to the core.
3. Sad Perfect by Stephanie Elliot ($18): It’s time to get down to one of the most insidious realities teens face: eating disorders. Sixteen-year-old Pea has one, and it’s about to take control of her mind, body and future forever. Will friends and family be able to save her? Emotionally gripping and brilliantly told, Sad Perfect is one of 2017’s most stunning reads.
4. Wayfarer by Alexandra Bracken ($18): Have you ever wondered how imperial Russia would handle same-sex relationships? Etta Spencer has the chance to find out. She’s a time traveler on a mission that could destroy her. From colonial Nassau to Vatican catacombs, this unputdownable literary thrill ride takes the readers back in time. (Don’t worry; 2016 isn’t on the itinerary!)
5. Gabby Duran and the Unsittables by Elise Allen and Daryle Conners ($8): Babysitter extraordinaire Gabby Duran is offered an unearthly job by a special agent, one that may be even over her head: babysitting alien children. What could possibly go wrong? You guessed it: everything! This page-turner is a hysterical adventure on every page, and we guarantee you won’t put it down for even a minute.
6. Kalifus Rising: Legends of Orkney by Alane Adams ($17): Sam Baron’s only chance at saving the world lies in his three best friends and finding an elusive magical artifact known as the moon pearl. Talk about major pressure. Calling all fans of Percy Jackson! You’ll be enchanted from the first word of this magical read.
7. The Spy With No Name by Jeff Maysh ($3 for Kindle edition): If you’re a fan of historical fiction, you’ll absolutely sink heart and soul into this breathtaking true-life spy thriller. Dripping with a spy-centric plot, betrayal and landmark acts of espionage, this legendary story of Cold War secret agent Erwin van Haarlem and the heart he broke is one you’ll never forget.
8. Carve the Mark by Veronica Roth ($23): Roth’s extraordinary new science-fiction fantasy series is topping 2017 reading lists of every YA-lover, and we can see why. Akos and Cyra live in a cutthroat galaxy and have extraordinary gifts, but will they use them against each other to protect their own families, or work together? Loaded with unpredictable twists and brutal adventure, Carve the Mark will have every YA-lover addicted from the first word.
What’s on your reading list this winter? Let us know @BritandCo!
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