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    52 YA Books That Need To Be On Your Reading List This Year

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    1. The Cruel Prince by Holly Black

    2. I Am Thunder by Muhammad Khan


    This highly-anticipated debut from London-based teacher Muhammad Khan examines extremism and the courageous young people who speak out for what they believe. Muzna, a British-Pakistani student, explores her religious identity while working through the confusing and concerning behaviour of the boy she might just be in love with. Fans of Skins and Angie Thomas's The Hate U Give will feel right at home here.

    Out 25 January. Pre-order a copy here.

    3. Children of Blood and Bone by Toni Adeyemi

    4. And the Ocean Was Our Sky by Patrick Ness

    5. Hero at the Fall by Alwyn Hamilton

    6. Run, Riot by Nikesh Shukla


    The writer and editor behind the best-selling anthology The Good Immigrant is releasing two novels this year, including the tense and thrilling YA title, Run, Riot. Hari and Jamal witness the police shooting of an unarmed man, and get it on film. From there things take an even darker turn, and the teens are forced to reckon with ugly truths and get out of the mess alive. Perfect for fans of Orangeboy and 13 Reasons Why.

    Out 14 June. Pre-order a copy here.

    7. Out of the Blue by Sophie Cameron

    8. Spare and Found Parts by Sarah Maria Griffin

    9. Dread Nation by Justina Ireland


    This wild and dark alternate history novel is a completely original must read. Set in an alternate reality which combines the American Civil War with a zombie apolcalypse. Slavery is gone in name but a classist system that conscripts former slaves into battle remains, and Jane, a badass slayer with no time for zombies and even less for anyone else, is out to show who the real boss us. Fans of Pride, Prejudice and Zombies and The Walking Dead will absolutely love it.

    Out 3 April. Pre-order a copy now.

    10. Goodbye Perfect by Sara Barnard

    11. Love, Hate and Other Filters by Samira Ahmed

    12. Clean by Juno Dawson

    13. On the Come Up by Angie Thomas


    The highly-anticipated followup to last year's bestselling The Hate U Give follows a young rapper who achieves their dream and tries to figure out what hell comes next. Fans of Indigo Donut and Crongton Knights will be all over this.

    Out 1 May. Pre-order a copy here.

    14. Renegades by Marissa Meyer

    15. Second Best Friend by Non Pratt


    This short and sweet rumination on friendship, ambition, and jealousy is an absolute must read. When a throwaway comment makes Jade start to question her value in comparison to her pretty, academically-gifted best friend, she sets our on a quest to prove herself. But who's really judging? Fans of Mean Girls and Holly Bourne will feel right at home in this novella.

    Out 15 January. Pre-order a copy here.

    16. The Belles by Dhonielle Clayton

    17. Stranger by Keren David


    90 years have passed since Emma met a mysterious boy in the woods of Astor, Ontario. Now, her granddaghter Megan has come from London to celebrate her 105th birthday, and the secrets that have wracked both women's minds through their life threaten to unravel. Perfect for fans of How Not to Disappear and Margot and Me.

    Out 5 April. Pre-order a copy here.

    18. The Fandom by Anna Day

    19. Unveiling Venus by Sophia Bennett


    This fun, feminist followup to Bennett's Following Ophelia is pure delight. Hiding out in Venice after her secret-identity is compromised, Mary meets a mysterious man with a dangerous proposition. Perfect for fans of Frances Hardinge and Cornelia Funke.

    Out 8 February. Get a copy here.

    20. She, Myself and I by Emma Young

    21. The Unpredictability of Being Human by Linni Ingemundsen


    In this lovely ode to friendship and growing up, Ingemundsen offers a warm and thoughtful portrait of life from the sidelines. Malin doesn't fit in and her family life is precarious; in Hanna, she finds a partner in figuring things out, but is it enough to get through life in a world that isn't always kind? Reccomended reading for fans of Rainbow Rowell and Sarah Barnard.

    Out now. Get a copy here.

    22. Make More Noise by various authors


    This lovely anthology of short stories inspired by the women's suffrage is required reading for fans of last year's A Change is Gonna Come and Sally Nicholl's What a Bright Girl Can Do.

    Out 1 February. Pre-order a copy here.

    23. Only Love Can Break Your Heart by Katherine Webber

    Excited to announce the title of my next YA novel - out this August in the UK with @WalkerBooksUK and early 2019 in…


    The new book by the author of Wing Jones promises to be an poignant, romantic, and full of heart as her first. Set in Palm Springs, Only Love Can Break Your Heart examines popularity, power, and all the ways love makes us vulnerable. Fans of Paper Towns and E. Lockhart, this one's for you.

    Out in August. Watch this space.

    24. Orphan Monster Spy by Matt Killeen

    25. War Storm by Victoria Aveyard


    The fourth book in Aveyard's Red Queen series is another absolute gripper. Pickung up where King's Cage left off, War Storm sees Mare cope with betrayal, and heartbreak, but nothing's going to stop her from getting justice and revenge for Reds. Ideal for fans of Alwyn Hamilton and Sarah J. Maas.

    Out 15 May. Pre-order a copy here.

    26. The Sacrifice Box by Martin Stewart

    27. Tyler Johnson Was Here by Jay Coles

    28. The Endless King by Dave Rudden


    In the conclusion of Rudden's utterly engaging Knights of the Borrowed Dark trilogy, orphan by day and magical hero by night Denizen Hardwick is set to continue his training as a knight that wards off the shadow world that exists just beyond our own. But a civil war steeped in dark magic forces his gang into action. Fans of Harry Potter and Percy Jackson need this in their lives.

    Out 5 April. Pre-order a copy here.

    29. Restore Me by Tahereh Mafi

    30. The Wren Hunt by Mary Watson

    31. A Girl Like That by Tanaz Bhathena


    This complex romantic thriller explores intersections of race, religion, and and class. Porus wants Zarin no matter what people say about her troublemaking reputation. But when the two find themselves stranded on a highway in Saudi Arabia at the mercy of religious police, it turns out that Zarin's reuptation is nothing compared to the secrets she keeps. Fans of Genuine Fraud and Gone Girl will love this.

    Out 27 February. Pre-order a copy now.

    32. The Astonishing Color of After by Emily X.R. Pan

    33. Reaper at the Gates by Sabaa Tahir


    In the penultimate installment of the Ember Quartet, Sabaa Tahir offers a non-stop, adrenaline-pumping adventure. War rages through the Empire while Helene, Marcus, Laia, and Elias try to understand their individual places and duties amidst the chaos. An essential read for fans of Renee Ahdieh and Taran Matharu.

    Out 3 May. Pre-order a copy here.

    34. What If It's Us by Becky Albertalli and Adam Silvera


    This co-written rom-com is the balm your cold dead heart didn't know you needed. Arthur and Ben meet in the post office, and a combination of wrong-time wrong-place results in a disappointing missed connection. But when the universe keeps throwing them back together, the get closer every chance they get. If you cried at Black Mirror's Hang the DJ, this one's for you.

    Out 9 October. Pre-order a copy here.

    35. Piecing Me Together by Renée Watson


    In this love letter to carefree black girls everywhere, Renée Watson calls out microaggressions and celebrates the experiences of black women. Jade, a top student, is tired of being considered the charity case at her private school; she wants to be appreciated for her creativity and big heart, and sets out on a mission to be understood. Fans of The Sun is Also A Star and Moxie will be charmed.

    Out 8 February. Pre-order a copy now.

    36. State of Sorrow by Melinda Salibury

    37. A Court of Frost and Starlight by Sarah J. Mass


    The latest in Mass's blockbuster romantic epic Faerie tale is bound to dazzle you. This relatively short companion book is narrated by both Feyre and Rhysand, and documents to events that unfold in the months after A Court of Mist and Fury.

    Out 1 May. Pre-order a copy here.

    38. The Exact Opposite of Okay by Laura Steven

    Electric Monkey

    This sharp, funny, and important feminist fable follows Izzy O'Neill, who gets a rude awakening after explicit photos of her are made public. Fans of Holly Bourne's Spinster Club book and Louise O'Neill will love this.

    Out 8 March. Pre-order a copy here.

    39. White Rabbit Red Wolf by Tom Pollock

    40. The Invasion by Peadar O'Guilin

    David Fickling Books

    The follow up to O'Guilin's Irish fairy-tale-inspired horror/fantasy The Call is as original and terrifying as the first. Nessa and Anto have both survived the three most terrifying and deadly moments of most Irish children's lives. But they're still not free: prejudice against her disability lands Nessa imprisoned in the fairy realm while Anto is conscripted into a militia against the rising tide of fairy invasion on the human realm.

    Out 1 March. Pre-order a copy here.

    41. The Extinction Trials by S.M. Wilson

    42. The Outcast by Taran Matharu

    Hodder, Amazon

    The fourth book in Matharu's Summoner series is another transportive, fantastical adventure. An orphaned stable boy accidentally summons a demon and finds himself swept up into a brand new life. But his studies to become a summoner are soon interrupted by a grave threat, and novice or not, he may be the only one who can make things right. Perfect for fans of Rick Riordan and Victoria Aveyard.

    Out 3 May. Pre-order a copy here.

    43. The Girl in the Broken Mirror by Savita Kalhan


    This captivating new book from Kalhan examines one young girl's coming of age and negotiation between cultures. Jay, raised in a traditional community, struggles to reconcile the happily ever afters she's taught about in school with the tense and difficult life she lives at home. Required reading for fans of Patrick Ness and Patrice Lawrence.

    Out 1 May. Pre-order a copy here.

    44. The Hazel Wood by Melissa Albert

    45. Hope is Our Only Wing by Rutendo Tavengerwei


    This debut from Tavengerwei offers a study in grief and a beautiful ode to friendship and survival. Shamiso is mourning her father while Tanyaradzwa copes with a cancer diagnosis. The two form an unlikely friendship on their journeys through grief to understanding. Perfect for fans of The Fault in Our Stars and American Street.

    Out 3 May. Pre-order a copy here.

    46. Floored by various authors

    So happy to have a signed #floorednovel sampler!


    This clever collaborative novel features some of the most beloved voices in UK YA. Sara Barnard, Holly Bourne, Tanya Byrne, Non Pratt, Melinda Salisbury, Lisa Williamson and Eleanor Wood contribute chapters to this story of seven strangers who become something more. It's basically the Love, Actually meets The Breakfast Club of books.

    Out 12 July. Pre-order a copy here.

    47. Toil & Trouble: 16 Tales of Women & Witchcraft, by various authors

    Harlequin Teen

    This dark and delightful anthology is just what the (witch) doctor ordered. It's essentially Black Mirror with magic: 16 creatively creepy tales of witchcraft and feminism, edited by author Tess Sharpe. Perfect if you love The Graces or V.E. Schwab.

    Out 28 August. Pre-order a copy here.

    48. Puddin' by Julie Murphy


    The author of Dumplin' is back with another delightful, body-positive celebration of female friendship. Callie and Millie are both looking to break the mold: Callie's unhappy in her isolated pedestal of popularity and Millie's tired of letting her weight define her – an unlikely friendship may be exactly the push they need to get out of their comfort zones. Fans of Moxie, Eleanor and Park, and Holding Up The Universe will gobble this up.

    Out 8 May. Pre-order a copy here.

    49. Flying Tips for Flightless Birds by Kelly McCaughrain


    This cheerful, life-affirming story is one to have on your shelf for bad days. Finch and Birdie are more then twins, they're partners in their double-trapeze act. When Birdie suffers a terrible accident, it's up to Finch and the twins' friend Hector to save the family circus. Perfect for fans of Rainbow Rowell and Jennifer Niven.

    Out 1 March. Pre-order a copy here.

    50. Legendary by Stephanie Garber

    Hodder & Stoughton

    In the sequel to the darkly mysterious Caraval, Garber supplies another mind-bending journey behind the curtain. While Caraval follow Scarlett's quest to find her missing sister amidst the funhouse mystique of the Caraval festival, Legendary turns to tables and offers the tale from the perspective of Scarlett's sister, Tella. Ideal for fans of Marissa Meyer and Erin Morgenstern.

    Out 29 May. Pre-order a copy here.

    51. How to Hang a Witch by Adriana Mather

    52. Savage Island by Bryony Pearce


    This survivalist thriller from Bryony Pearce will keep you on the edge of your seat until the very last page. A group of teens sign up for the "Iron Teen" competition, with the promise of a one million pound prize for the winner – but greed and survival instinct turn the contest into a bloodsport that Ben, Lizzie, and their friends could have never imagined. If you're into The Hunger Games and Lord of the Flies, you'll be all over this one.

    Out 5 April. Pre-order a copy here.