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2021 Young Adult Fantasy Standalones For Your TBR

Looking for new YA fantasy novels, but aren’t looking to commit to a series? Not to worry here’s a list of 7 Young Adult standalones that’ve released (or have yet to be released) in 2021 full of magic, captivating adventures and new worlds to explore, all contained in just one book!

1.The Coming Storm by Regina M. Hansen
Release Date: June 1, 2021

Music, myth, and horror blend in this romantic, atmospheric fantasy debut about a teen girl who must fight a powerful evil that’s invaded her Prince Edward Island home—perfect for fans of An Enchantment of Ravens.

There’s a certain wild magic in the salt air and the thrum of the sea. Beet MacNeill has known this all her life. It added spice to her childhood adventures with her older cousin, Gerry, the two of them thick as thieves as they explored their Prince Edward Island home. So when Gerry comes up the path one early spring morning, Beet thinks nothing of it at first. But he is soaking wet and silent, and he plays a haunting tune on his fiddle that chills Beet to the bone. Something is very, very wrong.

Things only get worse when Marina Shaw saunters into town and takes an unsettling interest in Gerry’s new baby. Local lore is filled with tales of a vicious shape-shifting sea creature and the cold, beautiful woman who controls him—a woman who bears a striking resemblance to Marina. Beet is determined to find out what happened to her beloved cousin, and to prevent the same fate from befalling the handsome new boy in town who is winning her heart, whether she wants him to or not. Yet the sea always exacts a price…

2. Jade Fire Gold by June C.L. Tan
Release Date: October 12, 2021

In an empire on the brink of war…

Ahn is no one, with no past and no family.

Altan is a lost heir, his future stolen away as a child.

When they meet, Altan sees in Ahn a path to reclaiming the throne. Ahn sees a way to finally unlock her past and understand her arcane magical abilities.

But they may have to pay a far deadlier price than either could have imagined.

Ferocious action, shadowy intrigue, and a captivating romance collide in June CL Tan’s debut, a stunning homage to the Xianxia novel with a tender, beating heart, perfect for fans of The Bone Witch and We Hunt the Flame.

3. That Dark Infinity by Kate Pentecost
Release Date: October 19, 2021

By night, the Ankou is a legendary, permanently young mercenary. By day, a witch’s curse leaves him no more than bones. Caught in an unending cycle of death and resurrection, the Ankou wants only to find the death that has been prophesied for him, especially once he begins to rot while he’s still alive….

After the kingdom of Kaer-Ise is sacked, Flora, loyal handmaiden to the princess, is assaulted and left for dead. As the sole survivor of the massacre, Flora wants desperately to find the princess she served. When the Ankou agrees to help her find the princess, and to train her in exchange for her help in breaking his curse, she accepts. But how can she kill an immortal? Especially one whom she is slowly growing to understand—and maybe even to love?

Together, they will solve mysteries, battle monsters, break curses, and race not only against time, but against fate itself.

4. Within These Wicked Walls by Lauren Blackwood
Release Date: October 19, 2021

What the heart desires, the house destroys…

Andromeda is a debtera—an exorcist hired to cleanse households of the Evil Eye. When a handsome young heir named Magnus Rochester reaches out to hire her, Andromeda quickly realizes this is a job like no other, with horrifying manifestations at every turn, and that Magnus is hiding far more than she has been trained for.

Death is the most likely outcome if she stays, but leaving Magnus to live out his curse alone isn’t an option. Evil may roam the castle’s halls, but so does a burning desire.

Kiersten White meets Tomi Adeyemi in this Ethiopian-inspired debut fantasy retelling of Jane Eyre.

5. Dreams Lie Beneath by Rebecca Ross
Release Date: November 2, 2021

A curse plagues the realm of Azenor—during each new moon, magic flows from the nearby mountain and brings nightmares to life. Only magicians, who serve as territory wardens, stand between people and their worst dreams.

Clementine Madigan is ready to take over as the warden of her small town, but when two magicians challenge her, she is unwittingly drawn into a century-old conflict. She seeks revenge, but as she secretly gets closer to Phelan, one of the handsome young magicians, secrets begin to rise.

Clementine must unite with her rival to fight the realm’s curse, which seems to be haunting her every turn.

6. Year Of The Reaper by Makiia Lucier
Release Date: November 9, 2021

The past never forgets…

Before an ambush by enemy soldiers, Lord Cassia was an engineer’s apprentice on a mission entrusted by the king. But when plague sweeps over the land, leaving countless dead and devastating the kingdom, even Cas’ title cannot save him from a rotting prison cell and a merciless sickness.

Three years later, Cas wants only to return to his home in the mountains and forget past horrors. But home is not what he remembers. His castle has become a refuge for the royal court. And they have brought their enemies with them.

When an assassin targets those closest to the queen, Cas is drawn into a search for a killer…one that leads him to form an unexpected bond with a brilliant young historian named Lena. Cas and Lena soon realize that who is behind the attacks is far less important than why. They must look to the past, following the trail of a terrible secret—one that could threaten the kingdom’s newfound peace and plunge it back into war.

7. Briar Girls by Rebecca Kim Wells
Release Date: November 16, 2021

Lena has a secret: the touch of her skin can kill. Cursed by a witch before she was born, Lena has always lived in fear and isolation. But after a devastating mistake, she and her father are forced to flee to a village near the Silence, a mysterious forest with a reputation for luring people into the trees, never to be seen again…​

Until the night an enigmatic girl stumbles out of the Silence and into Lena’s sheltered world. Miranda comes from the Gather, a city in the forest brimming with magic. She is on a quest to wake a sleeping princess believed to hold the key to liberating the Gather from its tyrannical ruler—and she offers Lena a bargain. If Lena assists her on her journey, Miranda will help her break the curse.

Mesmerized by Miranda and her promise of a new life, Lena jumps at the chance. But the deeper into the Silence she goes, the more she suspects she’s been lied to—about her family’s history, her curse, and her future. As the shadows close in, Lena must choose who to trust and decide whether it’s more important to have freedom…or power.

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YA Queer Regency Romance Graphic Novel Releasing In 2024

On April 30 it was announced through the author’s Twitter that a Young Adult Queer Regency romance graphic novel titled I Shall Never Fall In Love by Hari Connor will be debuting in Fall of 2024!

According to Connor’s tweet, its the “trans/non-binary romantic hero, queer period drama romcom of [their] dreams.”

This Queer regency romance debut will follow “two friends trying to find their places in the world and each other’s lives. George and Eleanor’s story explores class privilege, trans identity, and friendship in the time of calling cards and Empire waists.” (Credit: Publishers Weekly)

Connor is also the creator of the multi-award-winning LGBTQ+ fantasy webcomic Finding Home. Cover/promotional illustration artist is Hari Connor.

I Shall Never Fall In Love is slated for a 2024 release with HMH!

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The Ivory Key by Akshaya Raman Cover Reveal

On January 4, Akshaya Raman revealed the cover to her fantasy debut The Ivory Key through Twitter. Pitched as perfect for fans of We Hunt The Flame and The Gilded Wolves, it’s set to be released in early 2022!

Following four estranged and dysfunctional royal siblings, they’re on a quest to for a mythical key, hidden by a secret society.

According to a quote tweet the author replied to, the cover features a South Indian-style temple known as Gopurams and kolam designs.

Raman also mentioned in the cover reveal that the novel will feature an Indiana Jones-esque quest.

The cover artist is Doaly and designer is Dana Li.

Magic, a prized resource, is the only thing between peace and war. When magic runs out, four estranged royal siblings must find a new source before their country is swallowed by invading forces.

This is the first in an Indian-inspired duology.

The Ivory Key by Akshaya Raman is set to be released January 4, 2022!

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Young Adult Cover Reveals For December 2020!

Today on The Booked Shelf we’re wrapping up covers revealed throughout the month of December for YA Books releasing this year in 2021!

1. Bloody Spade by Brittany M. Willows

On December 1, Willows revealed the cover to her upcoming urban fantasy through Twitter. Following a pansexual cat-eared thief Iori and recent graduate Ellen Amelia Jane, the two try to navigate magic, a sinister plot, and their feelings for each other.

Cover artist is the author, Brittany M. Willows. Bloody Spade is set to be released September 15, 2021!

A girl full of heart
A thief touched by darkness
A boy with a fiery temper
An unwitting servant of evil

The era of magic was once thought to be a myth, but after the Reemergence ushered forces both dark and light into the mundane world, it has since become a harsh reality. Now those affected by this strange power—a specialized group of Empowered called Jokers, known collectively as Cardplay—must protect their world from the darkness that threatens to consume it, all the while fighting for equality in a society clinging to normalcy.

But the Reemergence was only the beginning.

When another influx occurs on the seventh anniversary of that fateful event, an unfortunate encounter at ground zero lands Iori Ryone, a teenage boy in possession of a corrupt and legendary magic, in the care of recent Joker graduate Ellen Amelia Jane. From him, she learns the Reemergence may not have been the inevitable natural disaster it first seemed.

Someone is trying to tear down the barrier that separates the magical realms from the mundane. The question is, can Cardplay stop them before it’s too late?

2. The Oracle Stone by Talli L. Morgan

Revealed through Twitter on December 1, was the cover to an upcoming fantasy adventure about three mages trying not to kill each other as they look for a magical artifact. According to the author: “If you like: Spectacular magic & tricky gods / Gils with knives / Found Family / Endgame queer romance / High-stakes adventure….then you will definitely vibe with this book.”

The Oracle Stone by Talli L. Morgan is set to be released February 1, 2021!

Some legends never die.

JEKKU AJ’ERE can see everything from the start of time to the end, and it’s an agonizing curse. His only chance to bargain for freedom is to find the Oracle Stone, a magic artifact that was split into four pieces and hidden centuries ago.

LILYA NOOR wants to forget her past and be immortal, so she agrees to a blood oath that will grant her eternal life if she delivers the Oracle Stone to her Master of Magic. Failure is not an option, but what if the stone offers a better deal than simple immortality?

VAELTAJA IEVISIN has one chance for redemption: the Second Savior. Presenting the Savior and the lost Oracle Stone to his gods will end his banishment, but the Savior isn’t at all what Taja expected, and neither is the stone. And how much is forgiveness worth, anyway, when the gods are never satisfied?

There are higher powers at play, and Jekku, Lilya, and Taja must pull themselves together or risk losing everything to the vengeful spirits trapped in the stone. But it’s hard to save the world when you can’t trust anyone, including yourself, and certainly not the gods.

3. Bad Witch Burning by Jessica Lewis

On December 4 through Twitter, Lewis revealed the cover to her upcoming witchy debut full of Black Girl Magic. Katrell can raise the dead and it’s the only way she can make money to support herself and her mother.

Cover designer is Casey Moses. Bad Witch Burning by Jessica Lewis is set to be released on August 24, 2021!

Katrell doesn’t mind talking to the dead; she just wishes it made more money. Clients pay her to talk to their deceased loved ones, but it isn’t enough to support her unemployed mother and Mom’s deadbeat boyfriend-of-the-week. Things get worse, when a ghost warns her to stop the summonings or she’ll “burn everything down.” Katrell is willing to call them on their bluff, though. She has no choice. What do ghosts know about eating peanut butter for dinner?

However, when her next summoning accidentally raises someone from the dead, Katrell realizes that a live body is worth a lot more than a dead apparition. And, warning or not, she has no intention of letting this lucrative new business go.

But magic doesn’t come for free, and soon dark forces are closing in on Katrell. The further she goes, the more she risks the lives of not only herself, but those she loves. Katrell faces a choice: resign herself to poverty, or confront the darkness before it’s too late.

4. Misfit In Love by S.K. Ali

Through Entertainment Weekly on December 8, the sequel cover to Saints And Misfits titled Misfit In Love was revealed. Janna Yusuf, an Arab-Indian (and American) teen whose tasked with helping her brother’s wedding, but problems arise when the the bride and groom can’t agree. Janna is ready to start her own summer of love, but is more confused than ever.

Cover artist is Mary Kate McDevitt. Misfit In Love by S.K. Ali is set to be released May 25!

Janna Yusuf is so excited for the weekend: her brother Muhammad’s getting married, and she’s reuniting with her mom, whom she’s missed the whole summer.

And Nuah’s arriving for the weekend too.

Sweet, constant Nuah.

The last time she saw him, Janna wasn’t ready to reciprocate his feelings for her. But things are different now. She’s finished high school, ready for college…and ready for Nuah.

It’s time for Janna’s (carefully planned) summer of love to begin—starting right at the wedding.

But it wouldn’t be a wedding if everything went according to plan. Muhammad’s party choices aren’t in line with his fiancée’s taste at all, Janna’s dad is acting strange, and her mom is spending more time with an old friend (and maybe love interest?) than Janna.

And Nuah’s treating her differently.

Just when things couldn’t get more complicated, two newcomers—the dreamy Haytham and brooding Layth—have Janna more confused than ever about what her misfit heart really wants.

Janna’s summer of love is turning out to be super crowded and painfully unpredictable.

5. This Poison Heart by Kalynn Bayron

As of December 16, revealed the cover and an excerpt to Bayron’s newest contemporary fantasy that reimagines The Secret Garden. Briseis has the power to grow seeds with a single touch. When she and her parents move from Brooklyn to an estate left behind by her aunt, they inherit a home more sinister than they imagined. There’s a garden filled with deadly botanicals and a witch after a dangerous elixir.

According to the article there’s “deadly plants, long-held family secrets, systemic oppression, and the occult.”

Cover artist is Raymond Sebastien. This Poison Heart is set to be released July 6!

When Briseis’s aunt dies and wills her a dilapidated estate in rural New York, Bri and her parents decide to leave Brooklyn behind for the summer. Hopefully there, surrounded by plants and flowers, Bri will finally learn to control her gift. But their new home is sinister in ways they could never have imagined–it comes with a specific set of instructions, an old-school apothecary, and a walled garden filled with the deadliest botanicals in the world that can only be entered by those who share Bri’s unique family lineage.

When strangers begin to arrive on their doorstep, asking for tinctures and elixirs, Bri learns she has a surprising talent for creating them. One of the visitors is Marie, a mysterious young woman who Bri befriends, only to find that Marie is keeping dark secrets about the history of the estate and its surrounding community. There is more to Bri’s sudden inheritance than she could have imagined, and she is determined to uncover it . . . until a nefarious group comes after her in search of a rare and dangerous immortality elixir. Up against a centuries-old curse and the deadliest plant on earth, Bri must harness her gift to protect herself and her family.

6. The Wild Ones by Nafiza Azad

As of December 17, Culturess revealed the cover to Azad’s feminist fantasy called The Wild Ones, following a group of girls with special powers who travel the world helping others. Then, they must band together to help a boy whose magic saved them all.

Alongside the cover reveal also an excerpt.

Cover artist is Alex Cabal and Jacket designer is Sonia Chaghatzbanian. The Wild Ones by Nafiza Azad is set to be released August 3!

Meet the Wild Ones: girls who have been hurt, abandoned, and betrayed all their lives. It all began with Paheli, who was once betrayed by her mother and sold to a man in exchange for a favor. When Paheli escapes, she runs headlong into a boy with stars in his eyes. This boy, as battered as she is, tosses Paheli a box of stars before disappearing.

With the stars, Paheli gains access to the Between, a place of pure magic and mystery. Now, Paheli collects girls like herself and these Wild Ones use their magic to travel the world, helping the hopeless and saving others from the fates they suffered.

Then Paheli and the Wild Ones learn that the boy who gave them the stars, Taraana, is in danger. He’s on the run from powerful forces within the world of magic. But if Taraana is no longer safe and free, neither are the Wild Ones. And that…is a fate the Wild Ones refuse to accept. Ever again.

7. Switch by A.S. King

On the Penguin Teen blog as of December 17, the cover to King’s upcoming novel Switch was revealed. In this surreal novel, time has stopped, but Tru’s father continues to protect a switch that exists only in her house, but she’s eager to learn what happens when it’s flipped.

Cover artist is Nicki Crock and designer Samira Iravani. Switch by A.S. King is set to be released May 11!

Tru Beck is a teenage girl from Pennsylvania who lives in a world that has become trapped in a fold in time and space, where “real” time has stopped but humanity continues to mark artificial time based on a website called

Tru lives in a house that has a switch at its center. No one knows what the switch controls, but her father continually builds larger and larger boxes around the switch (Tru lives in Box #7). Tru leaves the box through a Tru-shaped hole to go to school, where she pays no attention to the new “Solution Time” curriculum. In fact, the only interesting thing that’s ever happened to Tru at school is when she discovers (on her first try) that she can throw a javelin farther than any human has ever thrown anything before in human history.

8. The World Between Us by Sarah Ann Juckes

Revealed through Twitter on December 17, Juckes revealed the cover to her upcoming contemporary featuring disabled rep. Alice is bed-bound, but logs into Stream Cast to experience the outside world. She discovers Rowan who encourages her little by little.

Artwork is from Studio Helen. The World Between Us by Sarah Ann Juckes is set to be released March 4!

With shades of ALL THE BRIGHT PLACES and FIVE FEET APART, THE WORLD BETWEEN US is a powerful and thought-provoking story about falling in love with someone a whole world apart.

Alice may be bed-bound, but that doesn’t stop her from going outside. Every day, she logs into Stream Cast and experiences the outside world by watching other people live wonderful and exciting lives.

But when one of the streamers is killed in a cycle accident, Alice is introduced to a new streamer.

Rowan sees beauty in the everyday and encourages her to stop watching, and start taking control. But Rowan too has a secret he’s trying to hide from Alice – and from himself.

As Alice and Rowan build a bigger and more beautiful world together, outside forces threaten to bring this new world to an end.

9. A Dark And Starless Forest by Sarah Hollowell

Through Twitter on December 18, Hollowell revealed the cover to her contemporary fantasy debut, pitched for fans of Wilder Girls.

Nine magical siblings live in a secluded house, cut off from the rest of the world by a sinister forest. But when one of the girl notices her siblings have gone missing, she’ll have to confront not only the forest, but herself.

Cover artist is Kim Ekdahl and designer is Marie Claire Cruz. A Dark And Starless Forest is set to be released September 14.

When her siblings start to go missing, a girl must confront the dark thing that lives in the forest—and the growing darkness in herself.

10. Like A Love Song by Gabriela Martins

Through Twitter on December 19, Martins revealed the cover to her debut contemporary Like A Love Song. Following a Latina popstar whose image takes a dive after a messy breakup, can being set up with a fake boyfriend help her find her way back to the top?

Cover illustrator is Erick Dávila and designer is Casey Moses. Like A Love Song is set to be released August 3!

Fake boyfriend. Real heartbreak?

Natalie is living her dream: topping the charts and setting records as a Brazilian pop star…until she’s dumped spectacularly on live television. Not only is it humiliating—it could end her career.

Her PR team’s desperate plan? A gorgeous yet oh-so-fake boyfriend. Nati reluctantly agrees, but William is not what she expected. She was hoping for a fierce bad boy—not a soft-hearted British indie film star. While she fights her way back to the top with a sweet and surprisingly swoon-worthy boy on her arm, she starts to fall for William—and realizes that maybe she’s the biggest fake of them all. Can she reclaim her voice and her heart?

11. The Taking Of Jake Livingston by Ryan Douglass

On December 23 the Penguin Teen blog revealed the cover to Douglass’s thriller following Jake, whose struggling to fit in at St. Claire Prep and can also see the dead. When he learns of a vengeful spirit who begins haunting him, he becomes worried whether his survival is a guarantee.

Cover artist is Corey Brickley and designer is Jessica Jenkins. The Taking Of Jake Livingston is set to be released July 13!

Jake Livingston is one of the only black kids at St. Clair Prep, one of the others being his infinitely more popular older brother. It’s hard enough fitting in but to make matters worse and definitely more complicated, Jake can see the dead.

In fact he sees the dead around him all the time. Most are harmless. Stuck in their death loops as they relive their deaths over and over again, they don’t interact often with people. But then Jake meets Sawyer. A troubled teen who shot and killed sixteen kids at a local high school last year before taking his own life. Now a powerful, vengeful ghost, he has plans for his afterlife–plans that include Jake. Suddenly, everything Jake knows about ghosts and the rules to life itself go out the window as Sawyer begins haunting him and bodies turn up in his neighborhood.

High school soon becomes a survival game–one Jake is not sure he’s going to win. 

12. The Nature Of Witches by Rachel Griffin

As of December 29, Griffin revealed the cover to her debut through Twitter. Witches have maintained the climate, but they’re starting to lose their control. A witch whose rare power is tied to every season must make a choice when the seasons become more volatile.

Cover art is from the Sourcebooks Fire team. The Nature Of Witches is set to be released June 1!

For centuries, witches have maintained the climate, their power from the sun peaking in the season of their birth. But now their control is faltering as the atmosphere becomes more erratic. All hope lies with Clara, an Everwitch whose rare magic is tied to every season.

In Autumn, Clara wants nothing to do with her power. It’s wild and volatile, and the price of her magic―losing the ones she loves―is too high, despite the need to control the increasingly dangerous weather.

In Winter, the world is on the precipice of disaster. Fires burn, storms rage, and Clara accepts that she’s the only one who can make a difference.

In Spring, she falls for Sang, the witch training her. As her magic grows, so do her feelings, until she’s terrified Sang will be the next one she loses.

In Summer, Clara must choose between her power and her happiness, her duty and the people she loves…before she loses Sang, her magic, and thrusts the world into chaos.

Additional Cover Reveals ↷

Realm Breaker by Victoria Aveyard revealed through Entertainment Weekly (December 1, 2020)

Always And Forever Lara Jean by Jenny Han (Movie Tie-in Edition) revealed through Twitter (December 2, 2020)

Ace Of Spades by Faridah Abike-Iyimide (UK Edition) revealed through Twitter with Black Girls Book Club (December 3, 2020)

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A Thousand Steps Into Night by Traci Chee Cover Reveal

On November 19, Traci Chee revealed the cover to A Thousand Steps Into Night via Twitter. Chee’s upcoming Japanese-inspired fantasy is set to be released in 2022!

The novel has been pitched as featuring “a kiss, a curse, a quest, and SO MANY DEMONS.”

Although a full summary is yet to be revealed, at its core the story follows a girl whose never longed for adventure but when she begins turning into a demon, she goes on a quest to reverse it. Along the way, she finds a power within.

Cover designer is Celeste Knudsen and illustrator is Kotaro Chiba.

From New York Times bestselling author and National Book Award finalist, Traci Chee, comes a Japanese-inspired YA fantasy brimming with demons, romance, and plans gone awry.

When a girl who’s never longed for adventure is hit with a curse that begins to transform her into a demon, she embarks on a quest to reverse the curse and return to her normal life, but along the way is forced to confront her true power within.

A Thousand Steps Into Night by Traci Chee is set to be released February 1, 2022!

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July 2020 YA Books For Your TBR!

From sapphic fantasy to action-packed sci-fi, superhero tales and even contemporary, there’s so many books to look forward to this month!

On The Booked Shelf I’m highlighting some YA books releasing in July that you don’t want to miss!

1. Cinderella Is Dead by Kalynn Bayron

It’s 200 years after Cinderella found her prince, but the fairy tale is over. Teen girls are now required to appear at the Annual Ball, where the men of the kingdom select wives based on a girl’s display of finery. If a suitable match is not found, the girls not chosen are never heard from again.

Sixteen-year-old Sophia would much rather marry Erin, her childhood best friend, than parade in front of suitors. At the ball, Sophia makes the desperate decision to flee, and finds herself hiding in Cinderella’s mausoleum. There, she meets Constance, the last known descendant of Cinderella and her step sisters. Together they vow to bring down the king once and for all–and in the process, they learn that there’s more to Cinderella’s story than they ever knew . . .

2. The Voting Booth by Brandy Colbert

Marva Sheridan was born ready for this day. She’s always been driven to make a difference in the world, and what better way than to vote in her first election? Duke Crenshaw is do done with this election. He just wants to get voting over with so he can prepare for his band’s first paying gig tonight.

Only problem? Duke can’t vote.

When Marva sees Duke turned away from their polling place, she takes it upon herself to make sure his vote is counted. She hasn’t spent months doorbelling and registering voters just to see someone denied their right. And that’s how their whirlwind day begins, rushing from precinct to precinct, cutting school, waiting in endless lines, turned away time and again, trying to do one simple thing: vote. They may have started out as strangers, but as Duke and Marva team up to beat a rigged system (and find Marva’s missing cat), it’s clear that there’s more to their connection than a shared mission for democracy.

3. Girl, Serpent, Thorn by Melissa Bashardoust

There was and there was not, as all stories begin, a princess cursed to be poisonous to the touch. But for Soraya, who has lived her life hidden away, apart from her family, safe only in her gardens, it’s not just a story.

As the day of her twin brother’s wedding approaches, Soraya must decide if she’s willing to step outside of the shadows for the first time. Below in the dungeon is a demon who holds knowledge that she craves, the answer to her freedom. And above is a young man who isn’t afraid of her, whose eyes linger not with fear, but with an understanding of who she is beneath the poison.

Soraya thought she knew her place in the world, but when her choices lead to consequences she never imagined, she begins to question who she is and who she is becoming…human or demon. Princess or monster.

4. All These Monsters by Amy Tintera (Monsters #1)

Seventeen-year-old Clara is ready to fight back. Fight back against her abusive father, fight back against the only life she’s ever known, and most of all, fight back against scrabs, the earth-dwelling monsters that are currently ravaging the world. So when an opportunity arises for Clara to join an international monster-fighting squad, she jumps at the chance.

When Clara starts training with her teammates, however, she realizes what fighting monsters really means: sore muscles, exhaustion, and worst of all, death. Scrabs are unpredictable, violent, and terrifying. But as Clara gains confidence in her battle skills, she starts to realize scrabs might not be the biggest evil. The true monsters are the ones you least expect.

5. Running by Natalia Sylvester

When fifteen-year-old Cuban American Mariana Ruiz’s father runs for president, Mari starts to see him with new eyes. A novel about waking up and standing up, and what happens when you stop seeing your dad as your hero—while the whole country is watching.

In this thoughtful, authentic, humorous, and gorgeously written novel about privacy, waking up, and speaking up, Senator Anthony Ruiz is running for president. Throughout his successful political career he has always had his daughter’s vote, but a presidential campaign brings a whole new level of scrutiny to sheltered fifteen-year-old Mariana and the rest of her Cuban American family, from a 60 Minutes–style tour of their house to tabloids doctoring photos and inventing scandals. As tensions rise within the Ruiz family, Mari begins to learn about the details of her father’s political positions, and she realizes that her father is not the man she thought he was.

But how do you find your voice when everyone’s watching? When it means disagreeing with your father—publicly? What do you do when your dad stops being your hero? Will Mari get a chance to confront her father? If she does, will she have the courage to seize it?

6. The Unstoppable Wasp: Built On Hope by Sam Maggs

Nadia Van Dyne is new to this. New to being a Super Hero, new to being a real friend and stepdaughter (to one of the founding Avengers, no less), new to running her own lab, and new to being her own person, far, far away from the clutches of the Red Room-the infamous brainwashing/assassin-training facility. She’s adjusting well to all of this newness, channeling her energy into being a good friend, a good scientist, and a good Super Hero. It’s taking a toll, though, and Nadia’s finding that there are never quite enough hours in a day. So, when she’s gifted a virtual assistant powered by the most cutting-edge A.I. technology that the world has to offer, Nadia jumps at the opportunity to “do less, experience more”-just like the advertisements say.

The device works-really works. Nadia has more time to pursue her passion projects and to focus on new discoveries. But it’s never quite that simple, and not everything is as it seems. This thrilling adventure finds Nadia confronting her past as she tries to shape her future, and learning that sometimes the best way to effect big change is to think small-maybe even super small, Unstoppable Wasp-style. She’ll need the help of her genius G.I.R.L. (Genius In action Research Labs) squad and found family to save herself and (not to be too dramatic) the entire world as we know it. Along the way, Nadia discovers that when she teams up with the people who love her the most, they’re totally Unstoppable. Just another day in the life of your way, way above average teenage superhero.

7. Keep My Heart In San Francisco by Amelia Diane Coombs

Caroline “Chuck” Wilson has big plans for spring break—hit up estate sales to score vintage fashion finds and tour the fashion school she dreams of attending. But her dad wrecks those plans when he asks her to spend vacation working the counter at Bigmouth’s Bowl, her family’s failing bowling alley. Making things astronomically worse, Chuck finds out her dad is way behind on back rent—meaning they might be losing Bigmouth’s, the only thing keeping Chuck’s family in San Francisco.

And the one person other than Chuck who wants to do anything about it? Beckett Porter, her annoyingly attractive ex-best friend.

So when Beckett propositions Chuck with a plan to make serious cash infiltrating the Bay Area action bowling scene, she accepts. But she can’t shake the nagging feeling that she’s acting reckless—too much like her mother for comfort. Plus, despite her best efforts to keep things strictly business, Beckett’s charm is winning her back over…in ways that go beyond friendship.

If Chuck fails, Bigmouth’s Bowl and their San Francisco legacy are gone forever. But if she succeeds, she might just get everything she ever wanted.

8. Ghost Wood Song by Erica Waters

If I could have a fiddle made of Daddy’s bones, I’d play it. I’d learn all the secrets he kept.

Shady Grove inherited her father’s ability to call ghosts from the grave with his fiddle, but she also knows the fiddle’s tunes bring nothing but trouble and darkness.

But when her brother is accused of murder, she can’t let the dead keep their secrets.

In order to clear his name, she’s going to have to make those ghosts sing.

Family secrets, past heartache, a gorgeously resonant LGBT love triangle, and long-buried memories make this young adult debut more than just a ghost story—it’s haunting and hopeful and proves the importance of human connection and support in facing everything that haunts us in the dark.

9. A Wicked Magic by Sasha Laurens

Dan and Liss are witches. The Black Book granted them that power. Harnessing that power feels good, especially when everything in their lives makes them feel powerless.

During a spell gone wrong, Liss’s boyfriend is snatched away by an evil entity and presumed dead. Dan and Liss’s friendship dies that night, too. How can they practice magic after the darkness that they conjured?

Months later, Liss discovers that her boyfriend is alive, trapped underground in the grips of an ancient force. She must save him, and she needs Dan and the power of The Black Book to do so. Dan is quickly sucked back into Liss’s orbit and pushes away her best friend, Alexa. But Alexa has some big secrets she’s hiding and her own unique magical disaster to deal with.

When another teenager disappears, the girls know it’s no coincidence. What greedy magic have they awakened? And what does it want with these teens it has stolen?

10.This Is My America by Kim Johnson

Dear Martin meets Just Mercy in this unflinching yet uplifting YA novel that explores the racist injustices in the American justice system.

Every week, seventeen-year-old Tracy Beaumont writes letters to Innocence X, asking the organization to help her father, an innocent Black man on death row. After seven years, Tracy is running out of time–her dad has only 267 days left.

Then the unthinkable happens. The police arrive in the night, and Tracy’s older brother, Jamal, goes from being a bright, promising track star to a “thug” on the run, accused of killing a white girl. Determined to save her brother, Tracy investigates what really happened between Jamal and Angela down at the Pike. But will Tracy and her family survive the uncovering of the skeletons of their Texas town’s racist history that still haunt the present?

11. Today Tonight Tomorrow by Rachel Lynn Solomon

The Hating Game meets Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist by way of Morgan Matson in this unforgettable romantic comedy about two rival overachievers whose relationship completely transforms over the course of twenty-four hours.

Today, she hates him.

It’s the last day of senior year. Rowan Roth and Neil McNair have been bitter rivals for all of high school, clashing on test scores, student council elections, and even gym class pull-up contests. While Rowan, who secretly wants to write romance novels, is anxious about the future, she’d love to beat her infuriating nemesis one last time.

Tonight, she puts up with him.

When Neil is named valedictorian, Rowan has only one chance at victory: Howl, a senior class game that takes them all over Seattle, a farewell tour of the city she loves. But after learning a group of seniors is out to get them, she and Neil reluctantly decide to team up until they’re the last players left—and then they’ll destroy each other.

As Rowan spends more time with Neil, she realizes he’s much more than the awkward linguistics nerd she’s sparred with for the past four years. And, perhaps, this boy she claims to despise might actually be the boy of her dreams.

Tomorrow…maybe she’s already fallen for him. 

Book Deals, Epic Reads, HMH Teen, Inkyard Press, Penguin Teen, Simon Teen, Wednesday Books

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? 📚🌿✨

Balzer + Bray, Cover Reveals, Epic Reads, HMH Teen, Indie Press, Jiimy Patterson Books, Wednesday Books

Young Adult Book Cover Reveals For January 2020!

2020 has only just begun and here on The Booked Shelf, we’re starting off the new year by highlighting some Young Adult book covers!

Check out these covers for upcoming YA titles that were revealed in January!

1. The Ravens by Kass Morgan and Danielle Paige

Revealed exclusively via Entertainment Weekly on January 10, was the cover to The Ravens which is a “dark new contemporary fantasy about a prestigious sorority of witches, and two girls caught up in its world of sinister magic and betrayals.”

Alongside the cover reveal was also an excerpt of the prologue and chapter one. According to the EW article, Paige shared that “I’ve always been fascinated by witches…It’s their power, the potential for darkness, the idea that they are even more powerful together. But most importantly, it’s the sisterhood. That’s why it is so much fun to write a modern take on witches with a friend…”

Here’s the full summary:

Kappa Rho Nu isn’t your average sorority. Their parties are notorious. Their fundraisers are known for being Westerly College’s most elaborate affairs. But beneath the veil of Greek life and prestige, the sisters of Kappu Rho Nu share a secret: they’re a coven of witches.

For Vivi Deveraux, being one of Kappa Rho Nu’s Ravens means getting a chance to redefine herself. For Scarlett Winters, a bonafide Raven and daughter of a legacy Raven, pledge this year means living up to her mother’s impossible expectations of becoming Kappa Rho Nu’s next president. Scarlett knows she’d be the perfect candidate — that is, if she didn’t have one human-sized skeleton in her closet…. When Vivi and Scarlett are paired as big and little for initiation, they find themselves sinking into the sinister world of blood oaths and betrayals.

The Ravens is set to be released January 5, 2021!

2. Kingdom Of The Wicked by Kerri Maniscalco

Through a Paste Magazine exclusive, both a cover reveal and excerpt were revealed for Maniscalco’s upcoming historical fantasy set in 19th century Italy titled, Kingdom Of The Wicked on January 13!

According to the article, Paste Magazine mentioned that although she has a talent for “weaving haunting mysteries and smoldering romances” this marks Maniscalco’s “first foray into the fantasy genre…”

Here’s the full summary:

Emilia and her twin sister Victoria are strega – witches who live secretly among humans, avoiding notice and persecution. One night, Victoria misses dinner service at the family’s renowned Sicilian restaurant. Emilia soon finds the body of her beloved twin…desecrated beyond belief. Devastated, Emilia sets out to discover who did this, and to seek vengeance at any cost—even if it means using dark magic that’s been long forbidden.

Then Emilia meets Wrath, the outlier among the seven demon brethren, always choosing duty over pleasure. He’s been tasked by his master with investigating a series of women’s murders on the island. When Emilia and Wrath’s fates collide, it’s clear this disturbing mystery will take a bewitching turn…

Kingdom Of The Wicked by Kerri Maniscalco is set to be released September 15, 2019!

3. The Summer Of Everything by Julian Winters

Paste Magazine revealed a cover and exclusive excerpt for the third upcoming contemporary novel from Julian Winters which “boasts many YA tropes to adore. A protagonist who’s smitten with a best friend? Check. Who’s obsessed with “old” music? Done. And who’s a nerd working at a bookstore?…” titled The Summer Of Everything!

Here’s the full summary:

Comic book geek Wesley Hudson excels at two things: slacking off at his job and pining after his best friend, Nico. Advice from his friends, ‘90s alt-rock songs, and online dating articles aren’t helping much with his secret crush. And his dream job at Once Upon a Page, the local used bookstore, is threatened when a coffeeshop franchise wants to buy the property.

To top it off, his annoying brother needs wedding planning advice. When all three problems converge, Wes comes face-to-face with the one thing he’s been avoiding—adulthood.

Now, confronted with reality, can Wes balance saving the bookstore and his strained sibling relationship? Can he win the heart of his crush, too?

The Summer Of Everything by Julian Winters is set to be released August 4, 2020!

4. All The Stars And Teeth by Adalyn Grace

The Book Smugglers shared the official UK cover for Adalyn Grace’s Fantasy debut, All The Stars And Teeth on January 20, 2020!

Alongside the cover reveal was also an excerpt! Grace’s novel is “set in a kingdom where danger lurks beneath the sea, mermaids seek vengeance with song, and magic is a choice, [its] a thrilling fantasy!”

Here’s the full summary:

As princess of the island kingdom Visidia, Amora Montara has spent her entire life training to be High Animancer—the master of souls. The rest of the realm can choose their magic, but for Amora, it’s never been a choice. To secure her place as heir to the throne, she must prove her mastery of the monarchy’s dangerous soul magic.

When her demonstration goes awry, Amora is forced to flee. She strikes a deal with Bastian, a mysterious pirate: he’ll help her prove she’s fit to rule, if she’ll help him reclaim his stolen magic.

But sailing the kingdom holds more wonder—and more peril—than Amora anticipated. A destructive new magic is on the rise, and if Amora is to conquer it, she’ll need to face legendary monsters, cross paths with vengeful mermaids, and deal with a stow-away she never expected… or risk the fate of Visidia and lose the crown forever.

All The Stars And Teeth by Adalyn Grace is set to be released February 4, 2020 in the US & July 7, 2020 in the UK!

5. The Silvered Serpents by Roshani Chokshi

On January 21, Paste Magazine revealed both the cover and an exclusive excerpt to Chokshi’s highly anticipated sequel to The Gilded Wolves titled, The Silvered Serpents!

Set around the turn of the 19th century, this series follows “Séverin Montagnet-Alarie and his team of treasure hunters from 19th-century Paris…”

Additionally, the article also revealed the new paperback cover for The Gilded Wolves which will be also be released in September.

Here’s the full summary:

They are each other’s fiercest love, greatest danger, and only hope.

Séverin and his team members might have successfully thwarted the Fallen House, but victory came at a terrible cost ― one that still haunts all of them. Desperate to make amends, Séverin pursues a dangerous lead to find a long lost artifact rumoured to grant its possessor the power of God.

Their hunt lures them far from Paris, and into icy heart of Russia where crystalline ice animals stalk forgotten mansions, broken goddesses carry deadly secrets, and a string of unsolved murders makes the crew question whether an ancient myth is a myth after all.

As hidden secrets come to the light and the ghosts of the past catch up to them, the crew will discover new dimensions of themselves. But what they find out may lead them down paths they never imagined.

A tale of love and betrayal as the crew risks their lives for one last job.

The Silvered Serpents by Roshani Chokshi is set to be released September 22, 2020!

6. A Song Of Wraiths And Ruin by Roseanne A. Brown

Hypable revealed the cover and excerpt to Brown’s fantasy debut, A Song Of Wraiths And Ruin on January 22, 2020!

This Young Adult fantasy, also the first in a duology is “inspired by West African folklore and follows a princess and a refugee as they try to save their families…”

According to the article, Song is “pitched as ‘What if Aladdin and Jasmine had to kill each other?’, Brown also said the book contained themes of inter-generational trauma, mental health in the Black community, the unfair slutshaming of Black girls, and how far each of us is willing to go for the people we love…”

Here’s the full summary:

For Malik, the Solstasia festival is a chance to escape his war-stricken home and start a new life with his sisters in the prosperous desert city of Ziran. But when a vengeful spirit abducts Malik’s younger sister, Nadia, as payment into the city, Malik strikes a fatal deal—kill Karina, Crown Princess of Ziran, for Nadia’s freedom.

But Karina has deadly aspirations of her own. Her mother, the Sultana, has been assassinated; her court threatens mutiny; and Solstasia looms like a knife over her neck. Grief-stricken, Karina decides to resurrect her mother through ancient magic . . . requiring the beating heart of a king. And she knows just how to obtain one: by offering her hand in marriage to the victor of the Solstasia competition.

When Malik rigs his way into the contest, they are set on a heart-pounding course to destroy each other. But as attraction flares between them and ancient evils stir, will they be able to see their tasks to the death?

A Song Of Wraiths And Ruin is set to be released June 2, 2020!

Now a new addition to The Booked Shelf cover reveal posts, there will be a list below ↷ where newer & more recent covers revealed throughout the month will be listed following this post:

Surrender Your Sons by Adam Sass (Via Teen Vogue; Jan. 22, 2020/ Queer YA Contemporary + Thriller)

Adaptation News, HMH Teen

Bloodleaf by Crystal Smith Optioned For TV

On August 20, it was announced via Deadline that debut author Crystal Smith, had her fantasy novel Bloodleaf optioned as a series for television.

According to the article Cavalry Media, a Los Angeles-based media company, acquired the rights to Smith’s novel.

The other piece of information announced regarding the adaptation, is that they are now on the look-out for a writer.

Jennifer Bosari, overseer for the project, was hired last fall as one of Cavalry‘s VPs in development.

Cavalry Media was founded by Dana Brunetti and Keegan Rosenberger.

Princess Aurelia is a prisoner to her crown and the heir that nobody wants. Surrounded by spirits and banned from using her blood-magic, Aurelia flees her country after a devastating assassination attempt.

To escape her fate, Aurelia disguises herself as a commoner in a new land and discovers a happiness her crown has never allowed. As she forges new bonds and perfects her magic, she begins to fall for a man who is forbidden to rule beside her.

But the ghosts that haunt Aurelia refuse to abandon her, and she finds herself succumbing to their call as they expose a nefarious plot that only she can defeat. Will she be forced to choose between the weight of the crown and the freedom of her new life?

Bloodleaf by Crystal Smith is out now!

Cover Reveals, HMH Teen

All These Monsters by Amy Tintera Cover Reveal

Revealed via twitter on July 9, Amy Tintera, author of the Reboot duology, shared the cover to her upcoming alternate contemporary sci-fi, All These Monsters, which is set to be released in Summer 2020 with HMH Teen!

According to Tintera’s thread, All These Monsters is “about an abused girl who runs away from home to join a vigilante monster-fighting squad overseas…”

The cover artist is Katlego Phatlane (who goes by Katt Phatt).

” ALL THESE MONSTERS is about an abused girl who runs away from home to join a vigilante monster-fighting squad overseas, and I am SO excited for you guys to read it…”

Amy Tintera @amytintera

Within Tintera’s thread she shared more about her book and excitement for it!

Seventeen-year-old Clara is ready to fight back. Fight back against her abusive father, fight back against the only life she’s ever known, and most of all, fight back against the scrabs, the earth-dwelling monsters that the world’s governments are trying to keep from rampaging cities and towns. So when an opportunity arises for Clara to join an international fight squad, she jumps at the chance.

When Clara starts training with her teammates, however, she learns what fighting scrabs really means: sore muscles, exhaustion, and worst of all, death. They’re  unpredictable, violent, and terrifying. But as Clara gains confidence in her battle skills, she starts to realize scrabs might not be the biggest threat. The true monsters are the ones you least expect.

*cw for: Abuse, domestic violence, child abuse, gun violence, gaslighting

All These Monsters by Amy Tintera is set to be released July 7, 2020!