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Freshly Pressed Fall YA Novels

It’s always fun to find new YA authors or to grab a new release from an old favorite. This fall there are plenty of both, some out for a few months, some more recently released. While most of the ones listed below I still have yet to read, I’m excited for all the fresh voices and stories I can lose myself in during these (increasingly) chilly fall days.

  Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo – This YA novel is on the fast track to success with its debut on the New York Times Bestsellers list and the recent movie rights acquisition by DreamWorks. The story centers around an orphaned solider girl through a fantastical Russia as she does battle with dark forces in order to save a kingdom.




  Butter by Erin Jade Lange – Tired of being bullied for his obesity, a boy called Butter decides to end it all – live on the Internet. But when he begins to grow in popularity, he wonders if he will be able to go through with his pronounced death deadline.





  Origin by Jessica Khoury – Created deep in the Amazon jungle as the first of a new immortal race, Pia knows no other world. But when she happens upon a hole in the electric fence between her and the world beyond, she is faced with the stark reality of who she really is and where she came from.





  The Diviners by Libba Bray – I’m a huge fan of all Libba Bray books and was thrilled to grab an ARC of this exciting new novel at BEA this past spring. Set in New York city in the 1920s, her novel follows a group of teens endowed with special abilities that none of them quite understand. And when strange occult murders begin happening around the city, it’s up to them to put an end them and keep an even greater darkness from completely enveloping their city.




  Every Day by David Levithan – “A” wakes up in a new body every morning. A has always been this way, but doesn’t know how or why. And every day brings a different perspective because of the new body A inhabits. Levithan produces such an interesting concept with his latest book and takes the idea of empathy for other humans to a whole new level.




  The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater – I’ve only read the first couple of chapters in this series debut and I’m already hooked. Blue is from a family of psychics who speak in vague certainties that always seem to come true. Blue has been told since she was little that she will cause her true love to die, but hasn’t put much merit in it since she’s never been in love. But when her crazy aunt comes to visit and tells her this is the year she will fall in love, Blue begins to worry.




I hope you’re finding some great novels to read this fall too! Happy reading! 🙂

It’s Monday, What Are You Reading?

It’s Monday, What Are You Reading? is hosted by the lovely Sheila @ Book Journey. Need a good book for the beach? Stop by and check out what’s new!

It’s hard to believe it’s already Monday again! Where do these summer weeks go?? August is rolling in and I remain as busy as ever. Fortunately, a large part of my business centers around books and writing so I really can’t complain. 🙂

I’m super excited for my fellow blogger Medeia Sharif and her recent book release – yay!!! So of course I had to grab a copy of my own as well as a copy of Sirenz by local authors Charlotte Bennardo & Natalie Zaman. Very cool reading this week. Check them out!

  Bestest. Ramadan. Ever. by Medeia Sharif – With a back cover tagline of “No pizza. No boyfriend. No life.” I couldn’t resist devouring this YA novel. Almira isn’t the hottest (or the fittest) girl in school and has been dieting since she was ten. Plus she’s saddled with a parental no dating rule that’s tortuous considering her soul mate might be going to her school. Sharif’s novel is that perfect combination of everything that makes teenage years awkward, laughable, and great.

  Sirenz by Charlotte Bennardo & Natalie Zaman – I first heard about Sirenz from my friend and author Alissa Grosso. She had chatted with these local ladies and talked up their book. With a recommendation like that, how could I resist? Between the glowing reviews I’ve read and the premise of the book, I couldn’t wait to get my hands on a copy. Frenemies Meg and Shar are fighting over shoes when they find themselves confronted by Hades, Lord of the Underworld. They are given the task of becoming Sirens to call a Mr. Romanov down into the Underworld to atone for their bad behavior. How is a girl supposed to balance fashion with hellfire?

Hope your reading week is as stellar as mine! 😀

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