10 Most-Anticipated Young Adult Books of August 2015
Summer is slowly fading, but your reading options certainly aren't! August 2015 is filled with game-changing sequels and series enders from some of YA's top writers. From the second book in The Diviners series, to the long-awaited companion novel to Another Day, readers have a lot to be excited about this month. Plus, new frights like The Creeping and The Accident Season are sure to capture thrill-seekers' attention as well.
Check out some of this month's most-anticipated young adult reads below...
Alsaid, who published the popular road trip book Let's Get Lost last year, returns this summer with Never Always Sometimes.
This time around we get Dave and Julia, best friends obsessed with avoiding clichés, especially at the most cliché-ridden time in an American's life (high school). When they decide to spontaneously complete all of the clichés on their "Never" list, they're surprised to see everything they missed out on — including each other.
This sequel to 2012's Every Day isn't your average followup. Another Day revisits the same characters, A and Rhiannon, and even the same story. But instead of everything being told from body-switching A's point-of-view, we get Rhiannon's version of their epic love affair. If you haven't read the first book, please do: Even though they're technically telling the same story, Rhiannon's viewpoint serves as a refreshing perspective and reading them back-to-back just shows how much detail Levithan put into this sequel.
The third and final installment in Echols' Superlatives series tells the story of student council VP Kaye and her collision with resident bad boy Sawyer. Kaye's life seems on track for a perfect future, but maybe right-on-track isn't where she's supposed to be. Judging from Echols' previous works in this series, we're pretty sure this ender should be dubbed Most Likely to Succeed as well.
We're already up to two titles with people falling from (or towards?) the sky, but that's about all this book has in common with Another Day. This creepy tale about a cursed family follows 17-year-old Cara, whose family becomes extremely accident-prone every October — to the point where they try to flat-out avoid electricity and knives.
Cara and her friends have a feeling that this season will be particularly dangerous, but not for the reasons they think. This is an intriguing premise for sure, with just enough mysticism to keep the reader guessing.
The followup and conclusion to 2014's Landry Park brings us back up to speed with Madeline, who is trying to keep two sides of a war at bay. We've seen her turn her back on the Gentry, but now she must find a way to connect the Rootless and Gentry to achieve peace. However, this challenge proves more difficult than Madeline could possibly imagine when some of her oldest friends are murdered, and even she can't ignore the possibility that the Rootless are behind the killings.
This anthology of bump-in-the-night stories and intense thrillers pull origins from classic tales, and combines some of YA's most impressive minds. The compilation includes offerings from Leigh Bardugo, Kendare Blake, A. G. Howard, Stefan Bachmann and more writers who specialize in giving readers chills.
In some of this month's most exciting YA news, Book 2 of The Diviners is here! Some fans might be exhaling a "finally" with that sentiment. It's been three years since the 1920s-era supernatural crime thriller debuted in 2012. We're back with our favorite flapper Evie O'Neill, who has been bit by the fame bug after duking it out with a serial killer and revealing to the world that she's a Diviner. Even with her on-the-rise radio show, Evie can't shake the thought that something sinister is also on the rise.
This love story — with a gorgeous cover to boot — seems made for the impending fall weather. In 'Until Friday Night, you'll meet popular jock West Ashby, who is going through a heart-breaking time while his father battles cancer. Naturally, he turns to the quiet girl who never speaks, Maggie Carleton, because she won't share that the star athlete has actual feelings. However, what Maggie's been through is a whole other level of traumatic. The two seem to find each other through their hardships, bringing romance to the surface — which neither thought they'd be capable of — in this sweet story.
The Creeping is seriously, honestly, creepy. It's been twelve years since the frightening disappearance of six-year-old Jeanie sent the town of Savage into a lasting spiral. Stella, the girl left behind, is on a mission to find out the truth, especially once the body of another little girl turns up on the anniversary of Jeanie's last day. Sticking to the border of supernatural terrors and human monsters, this story keeps a great pace for a horror novel. It even has an adorable love story embedded within, which is just as engrossing as the journey Stella goes on to uncover the truth about the day she can't remember.
We certainly haven't saved the least for last: This upcoming series may be the most highly-anticipated read this month. A strong fantasy novel that's a reimagining of Alexander the Great's history, the story follows sixteen-year-old Alexander, Macedonia’s heir. On the brink of reigning, he finds himself drawn to Katerina, a girl on a mission to kill the queen. You'll also spend time with Zofia, who's halfway around the world. Alexander’s future fiancée, the Persian princess, plans to alter her destined path by seeking out deadly Spirit Eaters.