Here Is Your Ultimate YA Book Gift Guide For 2016

Fantasy, sci-fi, contemporary — we've got you covered.

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HarperTeen / Balzar + Bray / HarperTeen

Ruined by Amy Tintera: Emelina witnessed her parents' brutal murder and her sister's kidnapping, and her plan of revenge is to infiltrate the enemy kingdom and murder the crown prince.

The Crown's Game by Evelyn Skye: Two enchanters compete in an ancient duel to become the tsar's adviser. The loser's fate: death.

Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake: In every generation, a set of triplets are born possessing magical abilities. To obtain the throne, they must fight one another for the crown.

Bloomsbury / Dial Books / Simon Pulse

When We Collided by Emery Lord: A contemporary romance told in dual points of view about two teens who meet at the right time one summer, and how it changes the both of them.

The Inside of Out by Jenn Marie Thorne: Daisy allies with her best friend Hannah when she comes out to help end the ban on same-sex dates at her high school, but tension arises when a cute journalist picks up the story and assumes she is also gay.

26 Kisses by Anna Michels: After getting dumped, Veda swears to move on with her romantic life by spending the summer by kissing 26 boys with 26 different names — one for each letter of the alphabet.

Disney-Hyperion / Sky Pony Press / Delacorte Press

Starflight by Melissa Landers: This YA sci-fi follows two teens, Solara and Doran, who end up on a vessel and must work together to defeat their enemies, all while running from their past.

Beyond the Red by Ava Jae: Queen Kora is dedicated to protecting her citizens from her tyrannical brother's rule, but when both are accused of assassinating her betrothed, they must run.

Burning Midnight: by Will McIntosh This YA sci-fi takes place in a different version of our world where valued spheres mean everything, but trouble begins when Sully and Hunter come across a sphere that no one has ever seen before.

Scholastic / HarperTeen / Del Rey

The Raven King by Maggie Stiefvater: A girl named Blue has received a prophecy stating that she will be responsible for her true love's death, but she isn't concerned until she's introduced to the Raven Boys. This is the fourth and final installment in this series.

The Crown by Kiera Cass: Eadlyn, first princess of Illéa, must pick one from a selection of suitors —The Bachelorette–style — to rule her kingdom beside her. This is the fifth installment in the Selection series.

Morning Star by Pierce Brown: A teen boy living in a colony on Mars in society's lowest caste uncovers a secret that leads to him fighting for justice. This is the third installment of Brown's Red Rising series.

Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers / Philomel Books / Greenwillow Books

The Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson: Overachiever and daughter to a politician, Andie thinks she has her entire summer planned out until a scandal arises, leaving her plans and life in pieces.

The First Time She Drowned by Kerry Kletter: Cassie legally leaves the psychiatric institution her mother committed her in at 16, but she soon discovers that her past doesn't add up to the narrative she's familiar with.

Away We Go by Emil Ostrovski: Noah, Alice, and Marty attend a school for students diagnosed with the incurable PPV virus, but when they befriend another boy — one Noah is definitely attracted to — they begin to attempt to find meaning in their lives.

Greenwillow Books / Henry Holt and Co. (BYR) / Simon Pulse

The Girl from Everywhere by Heidi Heilig: In this time-traveling adventure, Nix accompanies her father on his magical ship capable of sailing anywhere in history that's on a map, but when Nix discovers he's planning to obtain a specific map that will reunite him with his lost love — her mother — she realizes that going there means she herself could disappear.

Flashfall by Jenny Moyer: In this futuristic story, Orion and Dram are expected to spend their days underground mining a valued element that should lead them to a protected city — until a new group arrives, making them question everything they thought they knew.

Unhooked by Lisa Maxwell: Gwendolyn has always been on the run with her mother, who believes they are being hunted by monsters, but when Gwen and her friend are kidnapped by an uncertain creature and taken to Neverland, they must find their way home without losing themselves in the process.

Delacorte / Little, Brown / Knopf Books for Young Readers

The Darkest Corners by Kara Thomas: This thriller follows Tessa and Callie, who both witnessed something unnerving one summer night years ago. But when Tessa comes back into town, they both must face the truth.

Stalking Jack the Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco: In Victorian London, Audrey leads a secret life — one where she practices forensic medicine in her uncle's lab — and her work leads her to uncovering a bigger serial murder mystery.

How to Hang a Witch by Adriana Mather: Set in present-day Salem, Massachusetts, Samantha Mather (descendent of Cotton Mather) finds herself targeted by a group at called The Descendants after eerie events start happening in town.

Balzer + Bray / HarperCollins / Chronicle Books

Symptoms of Being Human by Jeff Garvin: A gender-fluid teen who isn't ready to come out starts an anonymous blog to vent about day-to-day frustrations, but is surprised when the blog goes viral.

Girl Mans Up by M-E Girard: Pen, who dresses like a boy although she doesn't exactly want to be one, attempts to navigate gender roles while discovering who she is in the eyes of her family, her friends, and herself.

Gena/Finn by Hannah Moskowitz and Kat Helgeson: Finn is in a long-term relationship with her boyfriend, while Gena gravitates toward one-night-stands, but when the two meet online on a fan message board, they become increasingly aware of the intensity of their friendship.

Holiday House, Inc. / Less Than Three Press / Point

Kingdom of Ash and Briars by Hannah West: Inspired by multiple classic fairy tales, Bristal, a shapeshifter, must attempt to save multiple kingdoms on the brink of war.

Prom and Other Hazards by Jamie Sullivan: Sam has been in love with her best friend, Tash, for as long as she can remember, and she's convinced saving up for the perfect prom suit will bring them together.

P.S. I Like You by Kasie West: Lily absentmindedly scribbles song lyrics on her desk but returns the next day to a mysterious classmate who has continued the conversation, and, in time, she slowly begins to form a crush.

G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers / Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR) / Balzer + Bray

Lady Renegades by Rachel Hawkins: In the final book in the Rebel Belle trilogy, Harper — a Paladin (aka someone with abilities of super strength and lethal fighting instincts) — must team up to find David Stark while fighting off unlikely enemies.

I See Reality: Twelve Short Stories About Real Life with multiple contributors, edited by Grace Kendall: A collection of important short stories with varying topics — from sexuality and addiction to violence and immigration.

I'm Not Your Manic Pixie Dream Girl by Gretchen McNeil: Bea has invented a formula that mathematically guarantees social happiness in high school, but she discovers unforeseen consequences when she attempts to use it to win back her ex-boyfriend.

Viking / Henry Holt and Co. (BYR) / Balzer + Bray

The Forbidden Orchid by Sharon Biggs Waller: In this story set in the 1860s, Elodie must leave her familiar English town to help her father find a forbidden orchid or else risk him being thrown into debtors’ prison while she and her sisters are sent to an orphanage.

The Gilded Cage by Lucinda Gray: In 1820s England, Katherine's life is turned upside down when her brother mysteriously drowns — yet she's unsure if it was really an accident.

Traitor Angels by Anne Blankman: In this story set in London in 1666, Elizabeth — daughter of John Milton — must piece together clues in the infamous poem Paradise Lost in order to uncover secrets that could save her father.

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