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The Booked Shelf Chronicle (Issue #2)

The Booked Shelf Chronicle is a monthly feature on the blog to wrap-up the fantastic YA book news of the month! Each issue will highlight other bookish news surrounding the Young Adult book community that may not have been covered by The Booked Shelf.

This month’s issue features a lot of new book deals!

Issue #2 of The Booked Shelf Chronicle is fresh off the press and is wrapping up April 2020 YA Book News!


All book deal news is provided by Publishers Weekly

Castles in Their Bones Trilogy by Laura Sebastian

Sebastian’s first book to her new trilogy is set to be released in Fall 2021 with Delacorte. Castles in Their Bones will tell the story of “triplet princesses trained from birth in espionage and seduction, then sent to distant lands to marry three princes, and enact their Empress mother’s plan to rule from sea to sea.”

Fire With Fire by Destiny Soria

Releasing with HMH in 2021, Soria’s contemporary fantasy will follow “two sisters who were raised to be fierce dragon slayers but end up on opposite sides of the impending war when one sister forms an unlikely bond with a dragon.”

The City Beautiful by Aden Polydoros

Set during the 1893 Chicago World’s Fair, “this queer Jewish gothic fantasy follows a young immigrant, Alter, who is possessed by the dybbuk of his murdered best friend and is thrust into a deadly hunt for a serial killer.” Polydoros’s debut novel is set to be released in Fall 2021 with Inkyard Press.

Those Summer Nights by Laura Silverman

Pitched as a “workplace rom-com,” Those Summer Nights follows Hannah Klein whose reeling from a soccer injury that ended her Olympic dreams, [she] gets a job at Bonanza, the megaplex entertainment center where everyone works, including her ex-best friend, her younger brother, and her brother’s suddenly attractive best friend. Silverman’s novel is set to be released with Simon & Schuster in Fall 2021.

Meet-Cute Diary by Emery Lee

Set to be released in Summer 2021 with HarperCollins/Quill Tree Lee’s novel is about “a trans teen who must decide if he’s dedicated to romantic formulas or open to unpredictable love after an internet troll-attack on his trans romance blog compels him and a fan to start fake-dating to salvage the blog’s reputation.”

League of Liars by Astrid Scholte

Slated for a Fall 2021 release with Putnam, Scholte’s “next genre-bending fantasy” is pitched as How to Get Away with Murder x The Breakfast Club. “Set in Azkaban, the story follows 17-year-old legal apprentice Cayder Broduck, who when tasked with helping convict three criminals for their illegal use of magic—including the princess who was arrested for erasing the king’s entire existence—finds himself siding with the very people he should be convicting.”

Sofi And The Bone Song by Adrienne Tooley

Tooley’s fantasy debut follows a young musician who sets out to expose that her rival’s newfound musical abilities stem from an illegal use of magic, after losing everything to the undeserving rival. But what she discovers will rock everything she knows about her family, music, and the girl she thought was her enemy. Its set to be released in Spring 2022 with Simon Pulse.

All Signs Point To Yes edited by Candice Montgomery, cara davis-araux, and Adrianne Russell

All Signs Point To Yes is set to be an anthology of “love stories for each of the star signs that will showcase BIPOC characters and celebrate the myriad facets of love, from meet-cutes to the lesser-explored love expressed by aromantic people.” Planned to feature 12 bestselling & award-winning BIPOC authors, this anthology is set to be released in 2022 with Inkyard Press.

The Last Finestra by Emily Thiede

Set for a Summer 2022 release with Wednesday Books, Theiede’s debut features “a divine savior, “blessed” with the power to magnify a partner’s magic, kills every suitor she touches. Facing assassination herself, she hires a cynical outcast marked as a killer to become her personal guard, but will he help her master her gift or destroy her once and for all?”

This Is Why They Hate Us by Aaron H. Aceves

Aceves’s debut is set in East L.A. and follows Enrique, a Latino teen who is determined to get over his crush on his best friend by summer’s end and winds up discovering heartfelt truths about friendship, family, and himself. This Is Why They Hate Us is set to be released in Spring 2022 with Simon Pulse.

The Ivory Key by Akshaya Raman

Raman’s fantasy debut is “set in an Indian-inspired world where magic is a physical resource, four estranged royal siblings must find a new source of magic to save their country.” First in a duology, this novel will be released in Fall 2021 with HMH.

You Had Me At Hello World by Rona Wong

This YA Rom-Com will follow “a Chinese-American teen who is invited to a coding competition at MIT, where she teams up with a cute tech industry prodigy to work on an app to help immigrants connect and put down roots.” Its set to be released in Spring 2022 with Simon Pulse.

The Other Side Of Perfect by Mariko Turk

This YA Contemporary debut features “16-year-old ballerina whose life-changing injury thrusts her back into the halls of a normal high school. As she navigates a world without her passion, she discovers friendship and romance, and finally confronts the discrimination in the dance industry that she tried hard to ignore.” Its set to be released in Summer 2021 with Little, Brown/Poppy.

Fifteen Hundred Miles From The Sun by Jonny Garza Villa

This #OwnVoices debut is pitched as Simon Vs. x One Day At A Time where “a Texas high school senior […] accidentally comes out to the world on social media and now must juggle the joy of first love and fear of his socially conservative father finding out before he’s ready. Its set to be released according to Garza Villa “next summer.”

Only A Monster by Vanessa Len

The first novel in a trilogy, Len’s fantasy debut is set in London where “sixteen-year-old Joan is half-monster; when Nick, the boy she loves, turns out to be a legendary monster slayer, Joan must embrace her own monstrousness to stop him from killing everyone she cares about.” Its set to be released in Fall 2021 with Harper Collins.

The Bone Spindle by Leslie Vedder

Pitched as a gender-flipped Sleeping Beauty x Indiana Jones, this #OwnVoices LGBTQ+ fantasy novel follows ” a cursed treasure hunter and an axe-wielding huntswoman must team up to rescue the prince sleeping in the Forest of Thorns.” Its set to be released in Spring 2022 with Putnam.


➣ On April 6, Penguin Teen revealed the cover for Isabel Sterling’s This Spell Can’t Last, an upcoming prequel novella set in Sterling’s These Witches Don’t Burn Series!

Read With Pride by Lucie Powrie, sequel to the The Paper & Hearts Society had its cover reveal on April 17!

➣ On April 22, Sabaa Tahir shared the cover for the UK edition of A Sky Beyond The Storm via her Twiter!

➣ Coco Ma revealed the cover to God Storm, sequel to Shadow Frost via Twitter on April 21!

➣Sandhya Menon revealed through Instagram, the cover to the first novella in her Dimpleverse called Love At First Fight on April 23!


Each Of Us A Desert by Mark Oshiro: All who pre-order will receive a limited-edition print featuring the cover art and a poem written in Spanish by Oshiro.

Title Reveal 📚📚

➣ On April 21 via Twitter Adam Silvera shared the title for the sequel to Infinity Son titled: INFINITY REAPER


Highlighting some of the April YA releases!

Mad, Bad & Dangerous To Know by Samira Ahmed

Told in alternating narratives that bridge centuries, the latest novel from New York Times bestselling author Samira Ahmed traces the lives of two young women fighting to write their own stories and escape the pressure of familial burdens and cultural expectations in worlds too long defined by men.

It’s August in Paris and 17-year-old Khayyam Maquet—American, French, Indian, Muslim—is at a crossroads. This holiday with her professor parents should be a dream trip for the budding art historian. But her maybe-ex-boyfriend is probably ghosting her, she might have just blown her chance at getting into her dream college, and now all she really wants is to be back home in Chicago figuring out her messy life instead of brooding in the City of Light.

Two hundred years before Khayyam’s summer of discontent, Leila is struggling to survive and keep her true love hidden from the Pasha who has “gifted” her with favored status in his harem. In the present day—and with the company of a descendant of Alexandre Dumas—Khayyam begins to connect allusions to an enigmatic 19th-century Muslim woman whose path may have intersected with Alexandre Dumas, Eugène Delacroix, and Lord Byron.

Echoing across centuries, Leila and Khayyam’s lives intertwine, and as one woman’s long-forgotten life is uncovered, another’s is transformed.

Incendiary by Zoraida Córdova

I am Renata Convida.
I have lived a hundred stolen lives.
Now I live my own.

Renata Convida was only a child when she was kidnapped by the King’s Justice and brought to the luxurious palace of Andalucia. As a Robari, the rarest and most feared of the magical Moria, Renata’s ability to steal memories from royal enemies enabled the King’s Wrath, a siege that resulted in the deaths of thousands of her own people.

Now Renata is one of the Whispers, rebel spies working against the crown and helping the remaining Moria escape the kingdom bent on their destruction. The Whispers may have rescued Renata from the palace years ago, but she cannot escape their mistrust and hatred–or the overpowering memories of the hundreds of souls she turned “hollow” during her time in the palace.

When Dez, the commander of her unit, is taken captive by the notorious Sangrado Prince, Renata will do anything to save the boy whose love makes her place among the Whispers bearable. But a disastrous rescue attempt means Renata must return to the palace under cover and complete Dez’s top secret mission. Can Renata convince her former captors that she remains loyal, even as she burns for vengeance against the brutal, enigmatic prince? Her life and the fate of the Moria depend on it.

But returning to the palace stirs childhood memories long locked away. As Renata grows more deeply embedded in the politics of the royal court, she uncovers a secret in her past that could change the entire fate of the kingdom–and end the war that has cost her everything.

All Boys Aren’t Blue by George M. Johnson

In a series of personal essays, prominent journalist and LGBTQIA+ activist George M. Johnson explores his childhood, adolescence, and college years in New Jersey and Virginia. From the memories of getting his teeth kicked out by bullies at age five, to flea marketing with his loving grandmother, to his first sexual relationships, this young-adult memoir weaves together the trials and triumphs faced by Black queer boys.

Both a primer for teens eager to be allies as well as a reassuring testimony for young queer men of color, All Boys Aren’t Blue covers topics such as gender identity, toxic masculinity, brotherhood, family, structural marginalization, consent, and Black joy. Johnson’s emotionally frank style of writing will appeal directly to young adults.

Thanks for picking up the second issue of The Booked Shelf Chronicle! Do you have a favorite piece of book news from the month? Any new YA Books you picked up in April? 📚🌿✨

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