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

Enough for every week of the year, with UK release dates.

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1. The Cruel Prince by Holly Black

A veritable queen of dark fantasy, Holly Black spins a thrilling tale of intrigue and magic in her newest novel. Ten years after the faeries murdered her parents and stole her away, 17 year old Jude is fighting to be accepted by her captors. Unmissable for fans of Sarah J. Mass and the Grisha trilogy.

Out now, get a copy here.


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

In one of the most highly-antcipated fantasy releases this year, Tomi Adeyemi spins a luxe tale of magic, adventure, and forbidden love. Zélie lives in a world once ruled by magic, but mass-murders decreed by a new king have all but stamped her people out, and she has a narrow window to bring the magic of her lands back to life. Fans of Leigh Bardugo and Game of Thrones will gobble this up.

Out 6 March. Pre-order now.

4. And the Ocean Was Our Sky by Patrick Ness

Ness's new book will follow in the tradition of his 2015 collaboration with Siobhan Dowd, A Monster Calls. Beautiful illustrations and stunning storytelling will combine in this gorgeous story, inspired by a question the award-winning himself asked himself: "What if Moby Dick was told by the whale?" Fans of Ness's other books and Deirdre Sullivan's Tangleweed and Brine will adore this.

Out 4 September. Pre-order a copy here.

5. Hero at the Fall by Alwyn Hamilton

The final installment of Hamilton's action-packed and romantic Rebel of the Sands trilogy promises to be the adventure of the year. Sharp shooter and sharper talker Amani has found herself at the centre of a revolution she stumbled into, and will have to risk everything for the country and the people she believes in.

Out 30 January, pre-order a copy here.

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

Angels and humans collide at Edinburgh Festival in this arresting, genre-bending debut from Sophie Cameron. Jaya may hate her father's obsession with the dead angels that fall from the sky, but what will she do when a live one lands at her feet? Ideal for fans of Laini Taylor.

Out 22 March, pre-order a copy now.

8. Spare and Found Parts by Sarah Maria Griffin

This stunning book from Irish author Sarah Maria Griffin is delightfully strange and triumphantly human. Nell, born into a society wrecked by a disease which leaves people missing body parts, has a mechanic heart. She starts to wonder if she can build herself a partner made entirely from gadgets. Fans of Marissa Meyer's Lunar Chronicles will enjoy this steampunky dystopian read.

Out 6 February, pre-order a copy now.

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

In her third book, Barnard offers another lyrical and lovely coming-of-age story about friendship and heartache. When Bonnie runs away with a mystery guy a week before GCSEs, Eden is left to keep her best friend's secret and keep herself together – fans of Perks of Being a Wallflower and Looking for Alaska will love this one.

Out 8 February. Pre-order a copy here.

11. Love, Hate and Other Filters by Samira Ahmed

In this thoughtful debut, Ahmed examines the experience of Muslim teenagers with an equally sweet and sharp perspective. Maya, an aspiring film director, finds herself caught in a web of her parents' expectations, the two vastly different boys vying for her affections, and the way a suicide bombing in a city across the country unjustly starts to affect her own daily life.

Out 16 January. Pre-order now.


12. Clean by Juno Dawson

Dawson's pithy page turner following a socialite's stint in rehab is perfect for fans of Gossip Girl and Girl, Interrupted.

Out 5 April, pre-order now.

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

In the Meyer's latest fantasy world, Nova is on a mission to get revenge on the Renegades, a group of "prodigies" with super-human abilities... but then she meets Adrian, and starts to wonder if there's more to the story she knows than meets the eye. Perfect for fans of X-Men and The Bone Season.

Out 5 April. Pre-order a copy now.

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

In this rich and sultry fantasy, Clayton examines beauty standards and elitism. The Belles have the power to make people beautiful, and it's highest honour to be the Belle for the royal family... but Camellia and her sisters are about to find out what seems like an honour may turnout to be a burden, and even a curse. Fans of Vic James and Kendare Blake will enjoy this.

Out 8 February. Pre-order a copy here.


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

In this glorious epic ode to fan culture, every fan's dream becomes an absolute nightmare. At Comic Con, Violet and her friends find themselves sucked into their favourite fantasy world for real, but what happens when the stakes are real and you can't close out the broswer window when things get rough? For fans of Fangirl and Caraval.

Out now, get a copy here.

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

In this inventive and heart-wrenching new novel, Emma Young spins a tale about love and identity. A nerve disease is rendering Rosa's body unusable, while Sylvia was left brain dead by an accident – an experimental treatment leaves them combined, a real life Frankenstein. A must-read for fans of If I Stay and The Fault in Our Stars.

Out 8 March. Pre-order a copy here.

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

In this World War II thriller, Killeen weaves a tight plot thick with intrigue, danger, and vengeance. Sarah, and orphaned Jewish spy, finds herself forced to hide in plain sight a a school for Nazi elite. For fans of Wolf by Wolf and Code Name Verity.

Out 8 March. Pre-order a copy now.

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

From the delightfully strange imagination of Scottish writer Martin Stewart comes a creepy and engrossing horror story. Five friends make pledge a sacrifice to a mysterious box found in the woods, and make a pact. But somebody doesn't keep their end of the bargain, and now all bets are off. Fans of Stephen King and Scott Westerfeld will swallow this whole.

Out 11 January. Pre-order a copy here.

27. Tyler Johnson Was Here by Jay Coles

A necessary and gutting examination of race relations in America. The disappearance of Martin's twin brother Tyler is revealed to be the cover-up of a murder in police custody, and it's up to Martin to seek justice. For fans of The Hate U Give and Orangeboy.

Out 20 March. Pre-order a copy here.

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

The fourth in Mafi's rich and arresting Shatter Me series is a highly-anticipated book this year. Juliette is Supreme Commander now, and her work in Sector 45 is just getting started. But even more important that confronting the darkness around her is the task to confront the darkness within her. If you loved Divergent and The Bone Season, you're bound to get hooked.

Out 6 March, pre-order a copy here.

30. The Wren Hunt by Mary Watson

In this moody magical thriller, a girl with a secret identity and a talent that doubles as a curse has to outwit her enemies, survive her own damaging power, and follow her heart. Fans of The Call and The Shannara Chronicles.

Out 8 February. Pre-order a copy here.

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

After her mother's suicide and a complicated experience with her best friend, Leigh abandons home for Taiwan to connect with her grandmother. As she fights to find herself in art and her new home, grief and mystery return over and over again. For fans of We Were Liars and All The Bright Places.

Out 22 March. Pre-order a copy here.

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

The author of the Sin Eater's Daughter trilogy is back with a new heroine in a new twisted world. Sorrow is all that Sorrow has ever known. When her brother died before her death, grief took over her home, the Court of Tears, which she governs in her father's place. When her brother resurfaces, alive, the chance to give up the role she never wanted is complicated by the mysterious circumstances of his return. Perfect if you loved Three Dark Crowns and Strange, The Dreamer.

Out 1 March. Pre-order a copy now.

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

This twisty thriller is going to be one of the most talked about books this year. Peter, a genius with a fear of just about everything except maths, has to conquer his fear and use his intellect to set things right after mother is attacked. For fans of We Were Liars and The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime.

Out 7 June. Pre-order a copy here.

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

Wilson's page-turning adventure thriller is the perfect escape. Stormchaser and Lincoln live in a world full of monsters, both human and reptile, and they're embroiled in a life-or-death contest against them all. Perfect for fans of The Hunger Games and Eragon.

Out now, get a copy here.

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

A gripping magical thriller that every fairy-tale addict will love. When her grandmother, an author of dark fairy tales, dies at her estate, and her mother is kidnapped by supernatural beings, Alice has to venture into a dark, unknown world to save her own. An absolute must for fans of The Lie Tree and Katherine Arden.

Out 8 February. Pre-order a copy here.

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

This thrilling horror debut is a must for anyone who's still reeling from the first two seasons of American Horror Story. When Sam relocates to Salem with her stepmother, she's not quite prepared for the witch trial-informed high school politics, let alone the moody teen ghost haunting her new house. Ideal for fans of Juno Dawson and Laure Eve.

Out now. Get a copy here.

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.