Book Hankerings 2018 — Young Adult

Sure, the holidays are over. But you know what gift keeps on giving all year long? Books! Glorious, wonderful books. And as vigilant bibliophiles, we're taking a peek at what great books 2018 will bring us. Today, we’re ogling 2018 YA releases!


The Hazel Wood

The Hazel Wood by Melissa Albert— January 30, 2022

All right, this is slightly cheating because we may have already read THIS AMAZING GEM OF A DEBUT, but it’s honestly so wonderful. Albert basically pens her own fairy tales, which are somehow just as messed up and dark and twisty as the tales from those Grimm brothers, shaping her modern-day tale into a story you won't soon forget it. It’s perfect. You have to read it. HAVE TO!

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The Belles

The Belles by Dhonielle Clayton — February 6, 2022

We’ve been dying to read this book ever since we saw its killer cover. And then our reviewer gave it a Top Pick! She also emailed, asking if she could have book two ASAP. All of which means we can’t wait to get our hands on this story of magic, beauty and fantastical court intrigue.

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Children of Blood and Bone

Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi — March 6, 2022

They say you can’t judge a book by its cover, but, come on, sometimes you totally do. Which is the happy case with this book, which looks AMAZING. Adeyemi’s debut, a dark magic fantasy inspired by West Africa, already has a movie deal and is getting a ton of buzz. We can’t wait to read Zélie’s story, as she works with a rogue princess to bring magic back to their world, all while the monarchy fights to eradicate if forever.

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Leah on the Offbeat

Leah on the Offbeat by Becky Albertalli—April 24, 2018

We LOVED Albertalli’s Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda and we cannot wait for the movie, Love, Simon. We also really want to get our mitts on this sequel starring Simon’s BFF Leah. Senior year YA is always great because there’s so much change for everyone on the horizon — we remember it being really dramatic — and while we wouldn’t want to live through it again, we do want to read about it. Really, really badly.

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Puddin' by Julie Murphy—May 8, 2018

Okay, our love for Dumplin’ is well-documented. We gave it our coveted Book of the Year award in 2015! ALSO IT IS GOING TO BE A MOVIE SOON WITH JENNIFER ANISTON, JENNIFER, CALL US. And NOW there’s going to be Dumplin’ No. 2, Puddin’, starring the supporting cast? WE DIE. Julie Murphy, you get us.

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My So-Called Bollywood Life

My So-Called Bollywood Life by Nisha Sharma—May 15, 2018

In this debut from Sharma, self-proclaimed Bollywood expert Winnie fully expects to meet the love of her life by 18, as predicted by a pandit. If that’s not a great set up for a YA novel, then we don't know what is. We’re pumped to check out this romance, which sound charming and fun.

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#Murdertrending by Gretchen McNeil—May 8, 2018

We love Gretchen McNeil and her books, we’ve been telling you this since her debut, we even recapped the Lifetime adaptation of her YA murder-mystery TEN, which was amazing on every level. So we definitely have our calendars marked for this futuristic tale, where the heroine awakens, realizing she’s about to be executed on a live-streaming app, at Alcatraz 2.0, for a crime she didn’t commit. But what will mostly sell you on this book IS THAT IS FEATURES THE “DEATH ROW BREAKFAST CLUB.” Yeah, we thought so.

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Stay tuned as we share more of our 2018 hankerings all week long! And be sure to let us know what book you're longin' for.

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