2016 Book Hankerings: YA

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 2016 will bring us! Today, we’re ogling 2016 YA releases!

Little White Lies, Brianna Baker & F. Bowman Hastie IIILittle White Lies by Brianna Baker and F. Bowman Hastie III (February 9) — We love the premise of this one: 17-year-old Coretta is an honor’s student, whose Tumblr goes viral. Except unable to deal with the pressure of writing continually witty posts (we can totally relate!) she hires a ghostwriter. When she confesses, the fallout is intense.

This is Where the World Ends by Amy Zhang (March 22) — We loved Zhang’s debut Falling into Place, and we have high hopes for the college student’s (!) take on date rape. The dueling perspectives intrigue, and our reviewers were lining up to take a peek at this one.

The Winner’s Kiss by Marie Rutkoski (March 3) — Fans are super duper excited for the third in Rutkoski’s Winner’s trilogy. They need some Kestrel and Arin lovin' ASAP. How will it all end? Will we make it until March 3 to find out? Hopefully!

Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare (March 8) — All right, so here’s the deal: Lady Midnight is the start of Clare’s Dark Artifices series, which is a sequel to the Mortal Instruments series. It is a Shadowhunters novel, set five years after City of Heavenly Fire. It stars Emma Carstairs, who is out for venegance. We will not be available the week of March 8, because we will be reading all 720 pages of this book. Thanks for your understanding in advance.

The Raven King by Maggie StiefvaterThe Raven King by Maggie Stiefvater (March 29) — WE HAVE BEEN WAITING FOR THIS BOOK FOR SO LONG. Apologies for shouting. It’s just that Stiefvater’s been dangling the beloved Gansey’s fate for three books and four years and we just need to know what happens now. But then it will all be over and we’ll be sad. Fans. So fickle.

Flawed by Cecelia Ahern (April 5) — Popular mainstream fiction author Ahern is trying her hand at YA with Flawed, which is being pitched as, “Divergent meets The Scarlet Letter.” We’re not exactly sure what that means, but we loved P.S. I Love You, so we’ll read this for sure!

The Glittering Court by Richelle Mead (April 5) — We know for many of you, we just need to say the words, “New Richelle Mead,” and you’ve already run away from us to preorder, but on the off chance you’re still here: it’s a fantasy series mixed with Elizabethan and frontier worlds. A countess fleeing an arranged marriage, Adelaide joins the Glittering Court, which trains impoverished girls for powerful marriages in the New World. All is well until someone uncovers her secret … someone handsome. Now you can run and preorder.

A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas (May 3) — This sequel to A Court of Thorn and Roses has Feyre dealing with the fallout from her actions as she returns to the Spring Court. You also probably care that Throne of Glass book five will be with us on September 6, eh? We know, we know. All the emojis.

The Blood Between Us by Zac Brewer (May 3) — Sibling rivalry is at its most intense in Brewer’s latest. Adrien and Grace competed over everything, until their parents were killed in a fire. Reunited years later at prep school, danger lurks. Sounds awesome.

Every Exquisite Thing by Matthew Quick (May 10) — Quick could write a novel about paint drying, and we’d be first in line to buy it. In his latest YA, good girl Nanette O'Hare lets out her wild side after her teacher gifts her with the out-of-print classic, The Bugglegum Reaper. Can't wait to see what's in store for you, Nanette.  

The Problem with Forever by Jennifer L. Armentrout (May 17) — We will read anything Armentrout writes, but we’re especially excited for this standalone, which is getting tons of buzz. After four years of sheltered solitude, being homeschooled by her adoptive parents, Mallory must spend her senior year at a public high school. And on the first day, who does she run into but Rider Stark. JLA is the best at writing book boyfriends, so we Cannot Wait to meet Rider! Ahhhh.

Outrun the Moon by Stacey Lee (May 24) — Set in 1906 San Francisco, Lee’s latest sounds fascinating. We can’t wait to follow 15-year-old Mercy as she cons her way into an upscale private school — and then deals with the city’s devastating earthquake.

Run by Kody Keplinger (June 28) — Keplinger’s novels are always a treat, and Run sounds most excellent. Bo and Agnes are mismatched best friends, the wild girl from the bad family and the protected, legally blind good girl. When Bo shows up with sirens chasing her, she and Agnes RUN. Good, right?!

Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo (Fall 2016) — We’ll give it to Bardugo, she ended her amazing (ammmmmazing) Six of Crows on a cliffhanger, kinda. The main plot was all wrapped up, but now we’re super worried about Inej! KAZ YOU HAVE TO GO GET HER. HURRY.

And there you have it! Check out all the books we’re hankering for in 2016 here, and you can also visit our Everything Young Adult page for more!