It's September, which means back to school and back to required reading. While that may not be every reader's cup of tea, we've rounded up some great literary alternatives to help make those English assignments bearable.

Not only do popular YA authors like Sarah J. Maas, Marie Lu and E. Lockhart return this month with exciting new offerings, but coming stories cover everything from virtual reality and slasher murders to fairytale retellings. This might be the best month of young adult releases we've seen all year, especially for hardcore YA fans who've got allegiances to the genres' top authors.

So, let us know what you're eager to pick up in the comments below. And of course, happy reading!

Honorable Mentions:
A Semi-Definitive List of Worst Nightmares by Krystal Sutherland (Sept. 5)
Nothing by Annie Barrows (Sept. 5)
Fireblood by Elly Blake (Sept. 12)
Landscape With Invisible Hand by M.T. Anderson (Sept. 12)
Nyxia by Scott Reintgen (Sept. 12)
Hunting Prince Dracula by Kerri Maniscalco (Sept. 19)
Moxie by Jennifer Mathieu (Sept. 19)
A Short History of the Girl Next Door by Jared Reck (Sept. 26)
The Language of Thorns by Leigh Bardugo (Sept. 26)