The 10 Most Anticipated Young Adult Books of September 2015
School's back in session, but that doesn't mean you have to check your pleasure-reads at the door! September is one of the most plentiful months for new young adult books, and you wouldn't want to miss out on some of these sure-to-be hits like Queen of Shadows, the fourth fantasy novel in Sarah J. Maas' Throne of Glass series, and Julie Murphy's much-talked about Dumplin. You'll laugh, you'll cry — and most importantly, you won't have to write an essay when you're done.
Check out some of this month’s most-anticipated young adult reads below.
The third and final installment in Roux's frightening Asylum series is sure to hold just as many scares as the two New York Times bestsellers that came before it. Dan, Abby and Jordan take off on a road trip after surviving the events of senior year, but quickly discover they're being watched and photographed. Meanwhile, Dan's receiving unsettling messages from someone who supposedly died last Halloween. Then the gang arrives at their destination: New Orleans, which is a total creepfest on it's own. It seems Roux may have saved the best for last, and we're okay with that.
Five siblings from two very different families and environments collide. One clan is straddling the poverty line in Baltimore, while the other resides in middle class suburban Maryland. They all band together for a trip to see their dying father Buck, who abandoned both families at a young age. Some are looking for closure, and others seek a final chance to tell off the man who walked out. Both families' stories are important looks at how social dynamics can affect a family in crisis.
Yoon has given us an adorable love story to squeal about that's in the same vein as John Green's mega-hit The Fault in Our Stars. Madeline is a teen with SCID, the "bubble disease," which prevents her from leaving her house at all times. She falls in love with the boy (literally) next door, and their unique romance teaches them both a lot about life and themselves. Plus, just try and resist that gorgeous cover art. Seriously.
The fourth novel in Maas' exciting Throne of Glass saga picks up with your favorite teen assassin Celaena Sardothien returning to Rithol yet again, to enact her vengeance and restore the kingdom. She's even embraced her role as Queen of Terrasen and acccepted her identity as Aelin Galathynius, but it'll take more than that to actually become Queen, and she's willing to fight to earn it.
The highly-anticipated sequel to 2013's Winger shows Ryan Dean West's final year at Pine Mountain boarding school. Now, Ryan's expected to be the stand-off on the rugby team, as well as the new captain. In addition to that pressure, he's rooming with a 12-year-old freshman who's harboring a major crush for Annie, Ryan's girlfriend. Can he keep it all together? Hopefully. Will it be hilarious to watch him try? Absolutely.
Howe, who brought us 2014's standout Conversion, is back with an equally impressive YA that's just as research-heavy. Appearance follows NYU wannabe Wes, who's entered the school's summer film program in hopes of gaining admission full-time. While helping a friend shoot a film, he meets the mysterious Annie, who always seems to vanish and uses odd slang. She's also wearing an insanely expensive-looking dress. However, there's more to Annie than meets the eye.
Willowdean Dickson will steal your heart. The self-proclaimed "fat girl" and Dolly Parton addict who takes on her small town's beauty pageant is so real and full of heart, you'll want to be her best friend. When Willowdean (Will for short) meets a private school jock that makes her heart skip a beat, she decides to back her already-stellar confidence by entering the biggest pageant in Texas. She's certainly not your everyday MC. You can read the first 13 chapters on Epic Reads now.
It's a little early in the season for horror, but Blood and Salt seems like the kind of YA you'll want to leave the lights on for. It's billed as "Romeo & Juliet meets Children of the Corn," which may work for main character Ash, who follows her mother back to a spiritual commune within the cornstalk-filled Kansas. And this isn't your average quirky small town: Quivira, Kansas is experiencing death all around, all the while preparing for a 500-year-old ceremony. Luckily, there's the forbidden fruit, i.e. Dane, who Ash quickly connects with despite his troubling secrets. Maybe Romeo and Juliet of the Corn is an accurate description after all? Stay tuned.
The third and final novel in Miss Peregrine's Peculiar Children series will hopefully pick up where Hollow City's major cliffhanger left off. With a madman out on the streets and their treasured Miss Peregrine still in peril, Jacob and Emma are out on their most dangerous rescue mission yet. Library of Souls also features over 50 new "peculiar" photographs to enjoy.
Six complete outcasts with conflicting personas team up for a deadly heist with a huge — and profitable — payoff: There's a convict, a runaway, a gunslinger, a spy, a thief, and a magical Heartrender. This extremely-anticipated release takes place in the same fantastical universe as Bardugo's Grisha trilogy (which kicks off with Shadow and Bone), but isn't required to understand Six of Crows. And by the way, Amazon/Kindle is doing a sampler of the first two chapters.