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January & February 2023 YA Cover Reveal Highlights

On The Booked Shelf we’re highlighting some of the many Young Adult covers revealed throughout the months of January & February! Get your tbr’s ready to add stunning debuts, sequels, sophomore releases from beloved authors, in addition to 2023 (even 2024) releases across fantasy, romance, to thriller, mystery and more! In case you missed them, here’s 12+ Covers!

On TBS all cover reveals are pitched with the source and if the information is available, the cover artist among other credits, a short blurb will accompany each book to offer a brief explanation as to what the novel is about.

Shadow Coven by S. Isabelle

As of January 13 via Twitter, author Sophie Isabelle revealed the sequel cover to her 2022 YA Paranormal debut The Witchery which will be titled Shadow Coven. Set at the Mesmortes Coven Academy, Logan is a witch struggling to control her powers and gets taken under the wing of the Red Three (Iris, Thalia, Jaliah). When the Haunting Season arrives and students turn up dead, these witches will have to join forces to stop the Wolves and break a hex on their haunted town.

The Haunting Season has ended, but dark magic lingers in the shadows.

After defeating the Wolves, Jailah, Logan, Iris, and Thalia want nothing more than a summer of fun and relaxation. But there is no rest for the wicked, especially when Death comes for Iris. She is to become a Reaper, tasked with banishing souls who refuse to cross over. But Iris suspects there’s something more ominous going on when Mathew’s role as her tether grows sinister.

Logan and Thalia are ready to prove themselves as witches. Except Logan still hears the howling Wolves and realizes that the Haunting Season may have awakened more than just her magic. And while Thalia wants to spend her days cleansing the Swamp for good, she finds herself heading to a place she swore she’d never go again: home. Witches have started going missing near Annex, and Thalia is convinced that her father is behind the disappearances. With the help of Logan and Trent, Thalia returns to stop him.

Meanwhile, Jailah is focused on her internship with the Haelsford Witchery Council until she discovers a treacherous magic hidden beneath Mesmortes, and there are those who will go to great lengths to keep it buried. So, she turns to the only person who understands, even if it’s the one witch who hates her the most.

Separated by distance, the coven is surrounded by magical and mundane threats that must be defeated before they lose their witchery–and each other–forever..

Cover Illustrator: Thea Harvey – Cover Designer: Stephanie Yang – Release Date: September 19, 2023

Last Canto Of The Dead by Daniel José Older

Revealed on January 13 on the author’s Twitter, is the sequel + finale cover to the Outlaw Saints duology, a YA contemporary – urban fantasy set in Brooklyn where Mateo Matisse was born in the San Madrigal, an island in the Caribbean which for centuries has been refuge for pirates, Sephardic Jews fleeing the Inquisition and Cuban Santeros. Then a hurricane causes this diaspora to appear in Brooklyn and fifteen years later, Mateo is now a piano prodigy, but as he performs during the San Madrigal Grande Fete, gods and monsters appear. Then he’s thrust into into an ancient battle, unlocking magical powers that hold to key to uncovering the mystery of what happened to his homeland.

Two gods-turned-teenagers wage simultaneous battles in the Caribbean and Brooklyn in this sequel to Ballad & Dagger.

Healer. Destroyer. Creator. Mateo Matisse and Chela Hidalgo are not just two teenagers in love–they’re powerful gods in human form. Powerful enough to have saved their Brooklyn diaspora community from the wrath of an ancient enemy and to have raised their once-sunken native island of San Madrigal from the sea.

But soon they discover that their problems are far from over. On the shores of San Madrigal, two creature armies are battling for survival. And on the streets of Brooklyn, a once tight-knit community is divided, with two sides at each other’s throats. But worst of all, a heartbreaking prophecy rips these two young lovers apart, sending Mateo back to the city, where cops are now patrolling the streets, and keeping Chela tethered to the island, where chaos and death lurk around every corner.

Healer. Destroyer. Creator. As gods, their powers know no limits. But as teenagers–separated, desperate, grieving–what will become of them? And what will become of their people?

Join their battle and witness their love in this thrilling conclusion to the epic saga that began with BALLAD & DAGGER.

Cover Artist: Daniel Dos Santos – Release Date: May 16, 2023

Fatima Tate Takes The Cake by Khadijah VanBrakle

As of January 18, debut YA author VanBrakle revealed via Twitter the cover to her debut coming-of-age novel centering around Fatima who loves baking and flirting with her new friend, but her parents approve of neither.

Seventeen-year-old Fatima Tate, aspiring baker (100% against her conservative parents’ wishes), leads a pretty normal life in Albuquerque: long drives with BFF Zaynab, weekly services at the mosque, big family parties, soup kitchen volunteering (the best way to perfect her flaky dough recipe!), stressing about college.

But everything changes when she meets a charming university student named Raheem. Knowing the ‘rents would FREAK, Fatima keeps their burgeoning relationship a secret… and then, one day, her parents and his parents decide to arrange their marriage. Amazing! True serendipity!

Except it’s not amazing. As soon as the ring is on Fatima’s finger, Raheem’s charm transforms into control and manipulation. Fatima knows she has to call the whole thing off, but Raheem doesn’t like to lose. He threatens to reveal their premarital sexual history and destroy her and her family’s reputation in their tight-knit Muslim community.

Fatima must find the inner strength to blaze her own trail by owning her body, her choices, and her future. Combining the frank authenticity of Elizabeth Acevedo and the complex social dynamics of Ibi Zoboi, FATIMA TATE TAKES THE CAKE is a powerful coming-of-age story that gives a much-needed voice to young Black Muslim women.

• Cover Artist: Fevik & Art Director: Kerry Martin – Release Date: June 13, 2023

A British Girl’s Guide To Hurricanes & Heartbreak by Laura Taylor Namey

On February 2, it was revealed through Twitter the cover to the A Cuban Girl’s Guide To Tea & Tomorrow spin-off following Orion’s younger sister Flora who heads to Miami after the passing of her mother to see her long-time friend Gordon and meets Miami Cuban influencer Baz Marín, leaving her heart more conflicted than ever.

Winchester has always been home for Flora, but when her mother dies, Flora feels untethered. Her family expects her to apply to university and take a larger role in their tea-shop business, but Flora isn’t so sure. More than ever, she’s the chaotic ‘hurricane’ in her household, and she doesn’t always know how to manage her stormy emotions. So she decides to escape to Miami without telling anyone –especially her longtime friend Gordon Wallace.
 
But Flora’s tropical change of scenery doesn’t cast away her self-doubt. When it comes to university, she has no idea which passions she should follow. That’s also true in romance. Flora’s summer abroad lands her in the flashbulb world of teen influencer Baz Marín, a Miami Cuban who shares her love for photography. But Flora’s more conflicted than ever when she begins to see future architect Gordon in a new light.

• Cover Illustrator: Andi Porretta – Release Date: September 26, 2023

The Name Drop by Susan Lee

As of February 2, the cover for The Name Drop was revealed via Twitter. In a case of mistaken identity, two Korean-American teens find themselves in New York City for a summer at a massive tech corporation (one is Elijah the future CEO and the other is Jessica whose looking to make the most of her summer internship). After deciding to stay switched, they work to keep up the charade but also find themselves falling in love.

New from the author of Seoulmates comes the story of two teens who find themselves entangled in a case of switched identities at their prestigious summer internship–but the switch just might give them both the summer they’ve been looking for… and true love.

When Elijah Ri arrives in New York City for an internship at his father’s massive tech company, Haneul Corporation, he expects the royal treatment that comes with being the future CEO—even if that’s the last thing he wants. But instead, he finds himself shuffled into a group of overworked, unpaid interns, all sharing a shoebox apartment for the summer.

When Jessica Lee arrives in New York City, she’s eager to make the most of her internship at Haneul Corporation, even if she’s at the bottom of the corporate ladder. But she’s shocked to be introduced as the new executive-in-training intern with a gorgeous brownstone all to herself.

It doesn’t take long for Elijah and Jessica to discover the source of the mistake: they share the same Korean name. But they decide to stay switched—so Elijah can have a relaxing summer away from his controlling dad while Jessica can make the connections she desperately needs for college recommendations.

As Elijah and Jessica work together to keep up the charade, a spark develops between them. Can they avoid discovery—and total disaster—with their feelings and futures on the line?

Cover Artist: Michelle Kwon – Cover Designers: Gigi Lau & Alexandra Niit – Release Date: September 12, 2023

Prince Of Thorns & Nightmares by Linsey Miller

As of February 3, it was revealed through Twitter the cover to Miller’s newest installment in the Disney Princes Series. Prince Of Thorns & Nightmares is a YA Disney reimagining that’ll follow Sleeping Beauty from Prince Phillip’s point-of-view.

Prince Phillip tells his side of Disney’s Sleeping Beauty where once upon a dream was just the beginning…

Prince Phillip’s known from a young age that his destiny has already been decided for him by his father, King Hubert. His job is to smile and wave for the crowd and ride off into the sunset with his predetermined fiancé, Princess Aurora, after her curse is lifted on her sixteenth birthday. But just days before Aurora’s birthday party, Phillip experiences a strange burst of magic, and three fairies tell him that he is part of a prophecy set to defeat Maleficent, the Mistress of All Evil. Suddenly Phillip feels as if he has a choice—maybe magic can be the freedom he has been looking for. 

Although, having magic and working with fairies to retrieve powerful ancient artifacts would be much more enjoyable if he didn’t have to deal with her every night, a girl named Briar Rose who appears in his dreams on the other side of a mystical thorn maze. Phillip doesn’t know how he can be so annoyed by a person he can’t even see but having to hear the mysterious maiden’s laughs and jabs at him every time he goes to sleep is worse than any nightmare. But Phillip is starting to realize that Briar Rose isn’t so different from himself, and maybe they can change both of their fates one dream at a time.

• Cover Illustrator: Brittany Jackson & Designer: Scott Piehl – • Release Date: October 3, 2023

The Space Between Here & Now by Sarah Suk

Revealed through Twitter on February 3, was Suk’s newest YA following “a girl who time travels to her memories through scent.”

Seventeen-year-old Aimee Roh has Sensory Time Warp Syndrome, a rare condition that causes her to time travel back to a moment in her life when she smells something linked to that memory. Her dad is convinced she’ll simply grow out of it if she tries hard enough, but Aimee’s fear of vanishing at random has kept her from living a normal life.

When Aimee disappears for nine hours into a memory of her estranged mom—a moment Aimee has never remembered before—she becomes distraught. Not only was this her longest disappearance yet, but the memory doesn’t match up with the story of how her mom left—at least, not the version she’s always heard from her dad.

Desperate for answers, Aimee travels to Korea, where she unravels the mystery of her memories, the truth about her mother, and the reason she keeps returning to certain moments in her life. Along the way, she realizes she’ll need to reconcile her past in order to save her present.

• Cover Illustrator / Artist: David Curtis – Release Date: October 31, 2023

Something Kindred by Ciera Burch

As of February 6, Burch revealed through Twitter the cover to her 2024 YA debut where Jericka finds herself in a small Maryland town for the summer to see her estranged dying grandmother. Meanwhile, Jericka’s meeting a ghost girl, grappling with secrets of her family’s past and the town that doesn’t want to let her go.

Magical realism meets Southern Gothic in this commanding young adult debut from Ciera Burch about true love, the meaning of home, and the choices that haunt us.

Welcome to Coldwater. Come for the ghosts, stay for the drama.

Jericka Walker had planned to spend the summer before senior year soaking up the sun with her best friend on the Jersey Shore. Instead she finds herself in Coldwater, Maryland, a small town with a dark and complicated past where her estranged grandmother lives—someone she knows only two things about: her name and the fact that she left Jericka’s mother and uncle when they were children. But now Jericka’s grandmother is dying, and her mother has dragged Jericka along to say goodbye.

As Jericka attempts to form a connection with a woman she’s never known, and adjusts to life in a town where everything closes before dinner, she meets “ghost girl” Kat, a girl eager to leave Coldwater and more exciting than a person has any right to be. But Coldwater has a few unsettling secrets of its own. The more you try to leave, the stronger the town’s hold. As Jericka feels the chilling pull of her family’s past, she begins to question everything she thought she knew about her mother, her childhood, and the lines between the living and the dead.

Everyone’s Thinking It by Aleema Omotoni

On February 8, it was revealed through Omotoni’s Twitter the cover to her forthcoming YA debut focusing on “chaotic teens at an elite boarding school in England.” With a mystery at the heart of the story, it’s been described as a loose reimagining of A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

Within the walls of Wodebury Hall, an elite boarding school in the English countryside, reputation is everything. But aspiring photographer Iyanu is more comfortable observing things safely from behind her camera.

For Iyanu’s estranged cousin, Kitan, life seems perfect. She has money, beauty, and friends like queen bee Heather. But as a Nigerian girl in a school as white and insular as Wodebury, Kitan struggles with the personal sacrifices needed to keep her place—and the protection she gets—within the exclusive popular crowd.

Then photos from Iyanu’s camera are stolen and splashed across the school—each with a juicy secret written on it. With everyone’s dirty laundry suddenly out in the open, the school explodes in chaos, and the whispers accusing Iyanu of being the one behind it all start to feel like déjà vu.

Each girl is desperate to unravel the mystery of who stole the photos and why. But exposing the truth will change them all forever.

• Cover Illustrator: Otesanya (IG) & Designer: Corina Lupp – Release Date: September 5, 2023

A Hundred Vicious Turns by Lee Paige O’Brien

Revealed through Twitter on February 9 was the debut cover to a YA fantasy centered around trans rivals at an elite magical university.


Rat Evans, nonbinary heir to one of the oldest magical bloodlines in New York, doesn’t cast spells anymore. For as long as Rat can remember, they’ve been surrounded by doorways no one else sees and corridors that aren’t on any map. Then one day, they opened a passage and found a broken tower in a field of weeds—and something followed them back.
 
When Rat is accepted into Bellamy Arts, all they want is a place to hide and to make sure they never open another passageway again. But when the only other person who knows what really happened last year—Harker Blakely, the dangerously gifted trans boy who used to be Rat’s closest friend—turns up on campus, Rat begins to realize that Bellamy Arts might not be as safe as they’d thought. And the tower might not be through with them yet.
 
Soon, Rat finds themself caught in a web of secrets and long-buried magic, with their friend-turned-enemy at their throat. But the closer they come to uncovering the truth about the tower, the further they’re drawn toward the unsettling powers that threaten to swallow them whole.

• Cover Illustrator: Corey Brickley & Designer: Deena Fleming – Release Date: September 12, 2023

The Scarlet Alchemist by Kylie Lee Baker

Revealed via the author’s Twitter on February 10, was the cover to Lee Baker’s forthcoming YA necromancy-fantasy set during the Tang Dynasty.

Zilan dreams of becoming a royal alchemist, of providing for her family by making alchemical gold and gems for the wealthy to eat in order to stay young forever. But for now, she’s trapped in her impoverished village in southern China, practicing an illegal form of alchemy to keep food on the table—resurrecting the dead, for a price.

When Zilan finally has the chance to complete her imperial exams, she ventures to the capital to compete against the best alchemists in the country in tasks she’ll be lucky to survive, let alone pass. On top of that, her reputation for raising the dead has followed her, and the Crown Prince himself seeks out her help, suspecting a coming assassination attempt.

The more Zilan succeeds in her alchemy, the more she gets caught in the dangerous political games of the royal family. There are monsters lurking within the palace walls, and it’s only a matter of time before they—and secrets of Zilan’s past—catch up with her.

Cover Designer: Kathleen Oudit & Photography: Lillian Liu – Release Date: October 3, 2023

Hatchet Girls by Diana Rodriguez Wallach

On February 14 via Twitter Rodriguez Wallach revealed the cover to her 2023 Horror-Thriller novel Hatchet Girls set around an imagining if the history surrounding the Borden murders were repeated over 100 years later. Release date is slated to be October 10, 2023.

When Mariella Morse accuses her boyfriend, Vik Gomez, of murdering her wealthy parents with an axe, the town is quick to believe her. It doesn’t help that Vik is caught standing over her parents’ bodies with blood on his hands, unable to remember anything about the night in question.

But Vik’s sister, Tessa, knows that Vik would never be capable of such a gruesome crime. Haunted by the mistakes she made that led her family to move to Fall River, MA in the first place, she sets out to prove her brother’s innocence.

Tessa’s search for answers will lead her into a sprawling, notoriously cursed forest, where she and Mariella must face a darkness that has lurked within their town since before the days of Lizzie Borden—the original axe murderess of Fall River.

There’s No Way I’d Die First by Lisa Springer

Revealed via Twitter on February 15, was the cover to Springer’s Contemporary-Horror Comedy debut about a scary movie buff who hosts a Halloween bash, but things take a sinister turn when she & her guests are forced to put their survival skills to the test.

Seventeen-year-old Noelle Layne knows horror. Every trope, every warning sign, every survival tactic. She even leads a successful movie club dedicated to the genre. Who better to throw the ultimate, most exclusive Halloween party on all of Long Island?

With some of the top influencers in her school on the guest list, including gorgeous singer-songwriter Archer Mitchell, her popularity is bound to spike. She could really use the social boost for an upcoming brand expansion. Nothing is going to ruin this party.

Except…maybe the low budget It clown she hired for a stirring round of tag. He axes one of her classmates. From the looks of his devilish grin and bag full of killer tricks, he’s just getting started.

A murderous clown is out for blood, but Noelle has been waiting her entire life to prove that she’s a Final Girl.

• Cover artist: Betsy Cola – Release Date: September 5, 2023

The Search For Us by Susan Azim Boyer

On February 15 revealed via Twitter was the cover to Azim Boyer’s sophomore contemporary novel following “Two half-siblings who have never met embark on a search together for the Iranian immigrant and U.S. Army veteran father they never knew.”

Samira Murphy will do anything to keep her fractured family from falling apart, including caring for her widowed grandmother and getting her older brother into recovery for alcohol addiction. With attendance at her dream college on the line, she takes a long shot DNA test to find the support she so desperately needs from a father she hasn’t seen since she was a baby.

Henry Owen is torn between his well-meaning but unreliable bio-mom and his overly strict aunt and uncle, who stepped in to raise him but don’t seem to see him for who he is. Looking to forge a stronger connection to his own identity, he takes a DNA test to find the one person who might love him for exactly who he is—the biological father he never knew.

Instead of a DNA match with their father, Samira and Henry are matched with each other. They begin to search for their father together and slowly unravel the difficult truth of their shared past, forming a connection that only siblings can have and recovering precious parts of their past that have been lost. Brimming with emotional resonance, The Search for Us beautifully renders what it means to find your place in the world through the deep and abiding power of family.

Cover Artist: Petra Braun & Designer: Olga Grlic – Release Date: October 24, 2023

House Of Marionne by J. Elle

On February 16, via the author’s Twitter and Penguin Teen, the cover to Elle’s newest YA romantic fantasy series was revealed. According to the publisher it centers around “a glamorous magical world of social elites, forbidden love, and a dark magic that could destroy it all.”

From New York Times bestselling author J. Elle comes a modern-day YA romantic fantasy series opener about a glamorous magical world of social elites, forbidden love, and a dark magic that could destroy it all.

A must-read for fans of Leigh Bardugo, Sarah J. Maas, and Bridgerton.

BURY YOUR SECRET OR DIE FOR IT.

17 year-old Quell has lived her entire life on the run. She and her mother have fled from city to city, in order to hide the deadly magic that flows through Quell’s veins. 

Until someone discovers her dark secret.

To hide from the assassin hunting her, and keep her mother out of harm’s way, Quell reluctantly inducts into a debutante society of magical social elites called the Order that she never knew existed. If she can pass their three rites of membership, mastering their proper form of magic, she’ll be able to secretly bury her forbidden magic forever. If caught, she will be killed.

But becoming the perfect debutante is a lot harder than Quell imagined, especially when there’s more than tutoring happening with Jordan, her brooding mentor and— assassin in training. When Quell uncovers the deadly lengths the Order will go to defend its wealth and power, she’s forced to choose: embrace the dark magic she’s been running from her entire life or risk losing everything, and everyone, she’s grown to love.

Still, she fears the most formidable monster she’ll have to face is the one inside.

Brimming with ballgowns and betrayal, magic and mystery, decadence and darkness, House of Marionne is perfect for readers who crave morally gray characters, irresistible romance, dark academia, and a deeply intoxicating and original world.

Cover Artist: Elena Masci & Designer: Theresa Evangelista – Release Date: August 29, 2023

A Tall Dark Trouble by Vanessa Montalban

Revealed through Tor.com on February 23, was the cover to Montalban’s YA contemporary fantasy debut following 3 generations of Cuban brujas navigating love, magic and murder set during present-day Miami and 1980’s Cuba.

Twin sisters Ofelia and Delfi know better than to get involved with magic. Their mom has seen to that. After all, it was magic that cursed their family, turning love into a poison. Romance is off the table for the Sanchez women. They’ve seen the curse take hold enough times to know how that road ends. And yet. Sometimes a girl catches feelings and just can’t help herself.

When Ofelia and Delfi begin having premonitions of a series of murders, the sisters know it is time to embrace their magical inheritance to get to the bottom of the mystery and save innocent lives. Teaming up with their best friend Ethan and with brooding detective-in-training Andres, the sisters set out to learn the truth. They just need to make sure Mami doesn’t find out what they’re up to.

Meanwhile, in 1980 Cuba, Anita struggles with a different magical conflict. Her mother, Mama Orti, is a bruja who belongs to a secret coven of elders and Anita knows she will be forced to join the coven herself one day. She sees no escape, though the thought of staying and letting this future claim her is terrifying. Ofelia, Delfi, and Anita’s stories collide as each woman steps into her power and embraces who she truly is, refusing to be subdued by any person, coven, or curse.

In this stunning YA contemporary fantasy, debut author Vanessa Montalban explores the interlocking struggles of three generations of women in one family. An unputdownable debut for anyone who roots for magic, sisterhood, and love.

Cover Artist: Liliana Rasmussen – Release Date: August 29, 2023

Additional cover reveals:

WNDB revealed the cover to My Father, The Panda Killer / Magic Has No Borders / All The Fighting Parts
Simon Teen, Epic Reads & Wednesday Books posted wrap-ups revealing their newest covers for the 2023 Fall season
Revealed via the author’s social media for Page Street YA: YA debut pitched as Buffy x Filipino Folklore, YA Horror-Thriller about a girl who must figure out what happened to her older sister in house where they filmed an amateur horror film years ago
On Las Musas Books was the cover to The Moonlit Vine a novel about a girl uncovering her Taino heritage
Jessica Lewis revealed via Twitter the cover to Monstrous pitched as following a “fierce, sapphic girl on a bloody quest for revenge and the giant snake contracted to help her”
Susan Dennard revealed through her newsletter the sequel cover to The Luminaries titled The Hunting Moon

Which of these 2023 YA Novels are you most looking forward to?

Adaptation News, Scholastic

‘Heartstopper’ Renewed For Seasons 2 & 3 with Netflix

On May 20, Netflix confirmed that Heartstopper, a hit series for the streamer, had a renewal for two additional seasons (Seasons 2 and 3, respectively).

Heartstopper follows openly gay over-thinker Charlie Spring and Nick Nelson, a cheerful, a soft-hearted rugby player, who meet at a British all-boys grammar school. As friendship blooms, they wonder whether there could be something more.

According to sites such as Variety and Deadline, since the series launch on April 22, it has been reaching Netflix’s Top Ten list in the global rankings of 54 countries, as well as peaking at number 5. Additionally, book sales for Oseman’s webcomic-turned-graphic novel have increased 1,700%.

As stated on Tudum, Netflix’s official blog, executive producer Mark Waters had this to say about the series and what is to come: “I’m forever grateful to Alice Oseman for entrusting us with this beautiful, unique story that at its core seeks to uplift the next generation of young LGBTQ+ people. Stay tuned!”

Main cast includes Charlie (Joe Locke), Nick (Kit Connor), Elle (Yasmin Finney) and Tao (William Gao), in addition to Tara (Corinna Brown) and Darcy (Kizzy Edgell).

See-Saw Films is the British-Australian film company behind the adaptation. While Season 1 of the series covered the first two graphic novels, no further details have been revealed about the premise of upcoming seasons.

Oseman had this to say about the news on their Twitter stating “seasons 2 and 3, here we come!! ✌🍂”

Charlie, a highly-strung, openly gay over-thinker, and Nick, a cheerful, soft-hearted rugby player, meet at a British all-boys grammar school. Friendship blooms quickly, but could there be something more…?

Charlie Spring is in Year 10 at Truham Grammar School for Boys. The past year hasn’t been too great, but at least he’s not being bullied anymore. Nick Nelson is in Year 11 and on the school rugby team. He’s heard a little about Charlie – the kid who was outed last year and bullied for a few months – but he’s never had the opportunity to talk to him.

They quickly become friends, and soon Charlie is falling hard for Nick, even though he doesn’t think he has a chance. But love works in surprising ways, and sometimes good things are waiting just around the corner…

Heartstopper by Alice Oseman is out now!

Bloomsbury, Book List, Delacorte Press, Disney Hyperion, Random House, Scholastic, Simon Teen, Sourcebooks Fire

2022 Young Adult Mystery & Thriller Books To Add To Your TBR!

Let’s solve a mystery! 2022 looks to be yet another great year for releases that will leave you guessing till the very end.

At The Booked Shelf, today we’re highlighting mystery and thriller books heading to shelves this year, to celebrate the March release of THE RUMOR GAME by Dhonielle Clayton and Sona Charaipotra!

1. The Rumor Game by Dhonielle Clayton and Sona Charaipotra
Release Date: March 1, 2022
Summary: All it takes is one spark to start a blaze. At Foxham Prep, a posh private school for the children of DC’s elite, a single rumor has the power to ruin a life.

Nobody knows that better than Bryn. She used to have it all—the perfect boyfriend, a bright future in politics, and even popularity, thanks to her best friend, cheer captain Cora. Then one mistake sparked a scandal that burned it all to the ground.

Now it’s the start of a new school year and the spotlight has shifted: It’s geeky Georgie, newly hot after a summer makeover, whose name is on everyone’s lips. When a rumor ignites, Georgie rockets up the school’s social hierarchy, pitting her and Cora against each other. It grants her Foxham stardom . . . but it also makes her a target.

As the rumors grow and morph, blazing like wildfire through the school’s social media, all three girls’ lives begin to unravel. But one person close to the drama has the power to stop the gossip in its tracks. The question is—do they even want to?

2. Queen Of The Tiles by Hanna Alkaf
Release Date:
April 19, 2022

Summary: They Wish They Were Us meets The Queen’s Gambit in the world of competitive Scrabble when a teen girl is forced to investigate the mysterious death of her best friend a year after the fact when her Instagram comes back to life with cryptic posts and messages.

CATALYST
13 points
noun: a person or thing that precipitates an event or change

When Najwa Bakri walks into her first Scrabble competition since her best friend’s death, it’s with the intention to heal and move on with her life. Perhaps it wasn’t the best idea to choose the very same competition where said best friend, Trina Low, died. It might be even though Najwa’s trying to change, she’s not ready to give up Trina just yet.

But the same can’t be said for all the other competitors. With Trina, the Scrabble Queen herself, gone, the throne is empty, and her friends are eager to be the next reigning champion. All’s fair in love and Scrabble, but all bets are off when Trina’s formerly inactive Instagram starts posting again, with cryptic messages suggesting that maybe Trina’s death wasn’t as straightforward as everyone thought. And maybe someone at the competition had something to do with it.

As secrets are revealed and the true colors of her friends are shown, it’s up to Najwa to find out who’s behind these mysterious posts—not just to save Trina’s memory, but to save herself.

3. The Monsters Club by Lotté Jean Elliott
Release Date:
April 21, 2022

Summary: A model student at an exclusive private school, Junie Han is popular, bright and destined for Oxford University. Or so everyone believes.

Unbeknownst to her wealthy friends and family, Junie is a gifted hacker, and is using her talents to make money as a means of escaping the life they have planned for her. As long as she can maintain her image of perfection, nothing will stop her.

Whilst exploring the dark web, Junie and her fellow hacker, Yamazaki, discover a site called the Monsters Club, a place where murderers post pictures of their victims. After investigating the site, Yamazaki disappears. And Junie begins to receive alarming messages from an anonymous stranger…

As Junie’s two lives begin to unravel, she finds herself cracking under the pressure of keeping her secrets and her safety. Will she, or someone she loves, become the next victim posted on the Monsters Club’s website?

4. Perfect Score by Angelica Monai (A.M. Ellis)
Release Date:
May 3, 2022

Summary: It’s time to HUNT A KILLER in this YA mystery series based on the bestselling subscription game!

In the world of Hunt A Killer, players help PI Michelle Gray solve murders through a variety of games using clues from autopsy reports to police records, and more.

Now, Hunt A Killer is making the leap to the page in this YA mystery series! Follow an original character as she investigates a brand-new case. Can she solve the crime before the killer strikes again?

5. Burn Down, Rise Up by Vincent Tirado
Release Date: May 3, 2022

Summary: Stranger Things meets Get Out in this Sapphic Horror debut from nonbinary, Afro-Latine author Vincent Tirado.

Mysterious disappearances.
An urban legend rumored to be responsible.
And one group of teens determined to save their city at any cost.

For over a year, the Bronx has been plagued by sudden disappearances that no one can explain. Sixteen-year-old Raquel does her best to ignore it. After all, the police only look for the white kids. But when her crush Charlize’s cousin goes missing, Raquel starts to pay attention—especially when her own mom comes down with a mysterious illness that seems linked to the disappearances.

Raquel and Charlize team up to investigate, but they soon discover that everything is tied to a terrifying urban legend called the Echo Game. The game is rumored to trap people in a sinister world underneath the city, and the rules are based on a particularly dark chapter in New York’s past. And if the friends want to save their home and everyone they love, they will have to play the game and destroy the evil at its heart—or die trying.

6. The Agathas by Kathleen Glasgow and Liz Lawson
Release Date: May 3, 2022
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Summary: Last summer, Alice Ogilve’s basketball-star boyfriend Steve dumped her. Then she disappeared for five days. Where she went and what happened to her is the biggest mystery in Castle Cove, because she’s not talking. Or it was, at least. But now, another one of Steve’s girlfriends has vanished: Brooke Donovan, Alice’s ex–best friend. And it doesn’t look like Brooke will be coming back. . .

Enter Iris Adams, Alice’s tutor. Iris has her own reasons for wanting to disappear, though unlike Alice, she doesn’t have the money or the means. That could be changed by the hefty reward Brooke’s grandmother is offering to anyone who can share information about her granddaughter’s whereabouts. The police are convinced Steve is the culprit, but Alice isn’t so sure, and with Iris on her side, she just might be able to prove her theory.

In order to get the reward and prove Steve’s innocence, they need to figure out who killed Brooke Donovan. And luckily Alice has exactly what they need—the complete works of Agatha Christie. If there’s anyone that can teach the girls how to solve a mystery it’s the master herself. But the town of Castle Cove holds many secrets, and Alice and Iris have no idea how much danger they’re about to walk into.

7. The Lies We Tell by Katie Zhao
Release Date:
August 9, 2022

Summary: From the author of How We Fall Apart comes a tense and thrilling YA about what it means not to feel safe in the places we call home.

Anna Xu moves across town and onto campus to start freshman year at prestigious Brookings University. Her family’s struggling Chinese bakery, Sweetea, isn’t far from campus or mind, but at Brookings Anna wants to keep up her stellar academics and… investigate the unsolved campus murder of her former babysitter. She also finds a familiar face–her middle-school rival, Chris Lu. The Lus are also the Xu’s business rivals, who just opened Sunny’s, a trendy bakery on Sweetea’s block. Chris is cute but still someone to be wary of—until a vandal hits Sunny’s and Anna matches the racist tag with a clue from her investigation. Is there a secret society carrying out hate crimes? She and Chris team up to take on a dangerous search into the attacks. Can they root out the ugly history and take on the current threat?

8. Pretty Dead Queens by Alexa Donne
Release Date: October 4, 2022

Summary: Seaview High’s homecoming queen is dead . . . and she’s not the first. From the critically acclaimed author of The Ivies comes a nonstop thriller about a deacades-old mystery, a copycat killing, and the teen who won’t stop until she discovers the truth.

After the death of her mom (screw cancer), seventeen-year-old Cecelia Ellis goes to live with her estranged grandmother, a celebrated author whose Victorian mansion is as creepy as the murder mysteries she writes. On the surface, life is utterly ordinary in the California coastal town . . . until the homecoming queen is murdered. And she’s not Seaview’s first pretty dead queen.

With a copycat killer on the loose, Cecelia throws herself into the investigation, determined to crack the case like the heroines in her grandmother’s books. But the more Cecelia digs into the town’s secrets, the more she worries that her own mystery might not have a storybook ending.

Adaptation News, Scholastic

‘Heartstopper’ Netflix Trailer Revealed

On March 16, Netflix dropped the first official teaser trailer for the highly-anticipated series Heartstopper, which has a release date of April 22!

Based on Alice Oseman’s 2018 webcomic, the series has been pitched as following Charlie Spring, Nick Nelson and their circle of friends “navigate the ever-relatable journey of self-discovery and acceptance, supporting each other as they learn to find their most authentic selves.”

The trailer presents Charlie (Joe Locke) and and rugby-playing Nick (Kit Connor) meeting at their secondary school discovering that their new-found friendship blossoms into an unexpected romance. Presenting their lives both in and outside of school, the trailer puts a focus on Charlie, his perspective in addition to that of his friends as he slowly begins falling for Nick.

An exclusive first look of stills from the series we’re posted by Netflix UK & Ireland on Twitter as of March 1.

On March 20, Oseman also revealed the tie-in cover for Volume one of the graphic novel alongside the original photoshoot. According to the thread, the tv tie-in edition will include “some excerpts of the TV scripts…”

Heartstopper’s adaptation will consist eight episodes for the first season, each episode at 30 minutes. Oseman has penned the series as screenwriter with Euros Lyn and production company See-Saw Films behind the project.

Charlie, a highly-strung, openly gay over-thinker, and Nick, a cheerful, soft-hearted rugby player, meet at a British all-boys grammar school. Friendship blooms quickly, but could there be something more…?

Charlie Spring is in Year 10 at Truham Grammar School for Boys. The past year hasn’t been too great, but at least he’s not being bullied anymore. Nick Nelson is in Year 11 and on the school rugby team. He’s heard a little about Charlie – the kid who was outed last year and bullied for a few months – but he’s never had the opportunity to talk to him.

They quickly become friends, and soon Charlie is falling hard for Nick, even though he doesn’t think he has a chance. But love works in surprising ways, and sometimes good things are waiting just around the corner…

Heartstopper Volumes 1-4 by Alice Oseman are out now!

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February 2022 YA Releases For Your TBR

2022 is well under way and that means, tons of new Young Adult books to look forward to! February is packed with highly anticipated titles across fantasy and contemporary readers will be eager to devour once they hit shelves.

1. The New Girl by Jesse Q. Sutanto
Release Date:
February 1, 2022

Summary: Lia Setiawan has never really fit in. When she wins a full ride to the prestigious Draycott Academy on a track scholarship, she’s determined to make it work even though she’s never felt more out of place. But on her first day there she witnesses a girl being forcefully carried away by campus security. Her new schoolmates and teachers seem unfazed, but it leaves her unsure of what she’s gotten herself into.

As she uncovers the secrets of Draycott, complete with a corrupt teacher, a golden boy who isn’t what he seems, and a blackmailer determined to get her thrown out, she’s not sure if she can trust anyone–especially when the threats against her take a deadly turn. 

2. Murder Of Crows by K. Ancrum
Release Date:
February 1, 2022

Summary: Tig Torres investigates Hollow Falls’ horrific history in this original novel based on the hit podcast Lethal Lit from Einhorn’s Epic Productions and iHeartRadio!

Lethal Lit follows Tig Torres, a Cuban American teen detective, in her hometown of Hollow Falls. In season one of the hit podcast, Tig used her smarts and fearlessness to track down the infamous “Lit Killer,” a serial killer who staged his murders after death scenes from famous books. But there’s no rest for courageous, mystery-solving teens in a place like Hollow Falls, and though the Lit Killer is now behind bars, his protégé, Tig’s classmate and crush Oly, has disappeared!

And that’s not the only game afoot. Tig has caught the attention of the town’s local armchair detective group, the Murder of Crows. They’re obsessed with Hollow Falls’ dark past and fixated on a dangerous search for the missing body of the town’s founder. There are rumors about what’s buried with the body that could be life-changing for whoever finds it, and with a mission like that underway, it’s not long before a member of the Murder of Crows turns up dead.

Tig, along with her friends Max and Wyn, steps in to help, but the stakes are getting higher and the hunt more deadly. Someone’s willing to kill to keep the town’s secrets buried, and if Tig’s not careful, she’ll be the Murder of Crows’ next victim.

3. Fire Becomes Her by Rosiee Thor
Release Date:
February 1, 2022

Summary: Flare is power.

With only a drop of flare, one can light the night sky with fireworks . . . or burn a building to the ground — and seventeen-year-old Ingrid Ellis wants her fair share.

Ingrid doesn’t have a family fortune, monetary or magical, but at least she has a plan: Rise to the top on the arm of Linden Holt, heir to a hefty political legacy and the largest fortune of flare in all of Candesce. Her only obstacle is Linden’s father who refuses to acknowledge her.

So when Senator Holt announces his run for president, Ingrid uses the situation to her advantage. She strikes a deal to spy on the senator’s opposition in exchange for his approval and the status she so desperately craves. But the longer Ingrid wears two masks, the more she questions where her true allegiances lie. Will she stand with the Holts, or will she forge her own path?

4. I Must Betray You by Ruta Sepetys
Release Date:
February 1, 2022

Summary: Romania, 1989. Communist regimes are crumbling across Europe. Seventeen-year-old Cristian Florescu dreams of becoming a writer, but Romanians aren’t free to dream; they are bound by rules and force.

Amidst the tyrannical dictatorship of Nicolae Ceaușescu in a country governed by isolation and fear, Cristian is blackmailed by the secret police to become an informer. He’s left with only two choices: betray everyone and everything he loves—or use his position to creatively undermine the most notoriously evil dictator in Eastern Europe.

Cristian risks everything to unmask the truth behind the regime, give voice to fellow Romanians, and expose to the world what is happening in his country. He eagerly joins the revolution to fight for change when the time arrives. But what is the cost of freedom?

5. Required Reading for the Disenfranchised Freshman by Kristen R. Lee
Release Date:
February 1, 2022

Summary: A striking debut novel about racism on elite college campuses. Fans of Dear White People will embrace this activist-centered contemporary novel about a college freshman grappling with the challenges of attending an elite university with a disturbing racist history–that may not be as distant as it seems.

Savannah Howard sacrificed her high school social life to make sure she got into a top college. Her sites were set on an HBCU, but when she is accepted to the ivy-covered walls of Wooddale University on a full ride, how can she say no?

Wooddale is far from the perfectly manicured community it sells on its brochures, though. Savannah has barely unpacked before she comes face-to-face with microagressions stemming from racism and elitism. Then, Clive Wilmington’s statue is vandalized with blackface. The prime suspect? Lucas Cunningham, Wooddale’s most popular student and son to a local prominent family. Soon, Savannah is unearthing the hidden secrets of Wooddale’s racist history. But what’s the price for standing up for what is right? And will telling the truth about Wooddale’s past cost Savannah her own future?

6. Castles In Their Bones by Laura Sebastian
Release Date:
February 1, 2022

Summary: Empress Margaraux has had plans for her daughters since the day they were born. Princesses Sophronia, Daphne, and Beatriz will be queens. And now, age sixteen, they each must leave their homeland and marry their princes.

Beautiful, smart, and demure, the triplets appear to be the perfect brides—because Margaraux knows there is one common truth: everyone underestimates a girl. Which is a grave mistake. Sophronia, Daphne, and Beatriz are no innocents. They have been trained since birth in the arts of deception, seduction, and violence with a singular goal—to bring down monarchies— and their marriages are merely the first stage of their mother’s grand vision: to one day reign over the entire continent of Vesteria.

The princesses have spent their lives preparing, and now they are ready, each with her own secret skill, and each with a single wish, pulled from the stars. Only, the stars have their own plans—and their mother hasn’t told them all of hers.

Life abroad is a test. Will their loyalties stay true? Or will they learn that they can’t trust anyone—not even each other?

7.This Woven Kingdom by Tahereh Mafi
Release Date:
February 1, 2022

Summary: To all the world, Alizeh is a disposable servant, not the long-lost heir to an ancient Jinn kingdom forced to hide in plain sight.

The crown prince, Kamran, has heard the prophecies foretelling the death of his king. But he could never have imagined that the servant girl with the strange eyes, the girl he can’t put out of his mind, would one day soon uproot his kingdom—and the world.

Clashing empires, forbidden romance, and a long-forgotten queen destined to save her people—bestselling author Tahereh Mafi’s first in an epic, romantic trilogy inspired by Persian mythology.

8.No Filter And Other Lies by Crystal Maldonado
Release Date:
February 8, 2022
Pre-Order Campaign (ends 2/8/2022)

Summary: You should know, right now, that I’m a liar. They’re usually little lies. Tiny lies. Baby lies. Not so much lies as lie adjacent. But they’re still lies.

Twenty one-year-old Max Monroe has it all: beauty, friends, and a glittering life filled with adventure. With tons of followers on Instagram, her picture-perfect existence seems eminently enviable.

Except it’s all fake.

Max is actually 16-year-old Kat Sanchez, a quiet and sarcastic teenager living in drab Bakersfield, California. Nothing glamorous in her existence–just sprawl, bad house parties, a crap school year, and the awkwardness of dealing with her best friend Hari’s unrequited love. But while Kat’s life is far from perfect, she thrives as Max: doling out advice, sharing beautiful photos, networking with famous influencers, even making a real friend in a follower named Elena. The closer Elena and “Max” get–texting, Snapping, and even calling–the more Kat feels she has to keep up the facade.

But when one of Max’s posts goes ultra-viral and gets back to the very person she’s been stealing photos from, her entire world – real and fake — comes crashing down around her. She has to figure out a way to get herself out of the huge web of lies she’s created without hurting the people she loves.

But it might already be too late.

9. Ophelia After All by Racquel Marie
Release Date:
February 8, 2022
Pre-Order Campaign (ends 2/14/2022)

Summary: Ophelia Rojas knows what she likes: her best friends, Cuban food, rose-gardening, and boys – way too many boys. Her friends and parents make fun of her endless stream of crushes, but Ophelia is a romantic at heart. She couldn’t change, even if she wanted to.

So when she finds herself thinking more about cute, quiet Talia Sanchez than the loss of a perfect prom with her ex-boyfriend, seeds of doubt take root in Ophelia’s firm image of herself. Add to that the impending end of high school and the fracturing of her once-solid friend group, and things are spiraling a little out of control. But the course of love–and sexuality–never did run smooth. As her secrets begin to unravel, Ophelia must make a choice between clinging to the fantasy version of herself she’s always imagined or upending everyone’s expectations to rediscover who she really is, after all.

10. Lulu And Milagro’s Search For Clarity by Angela Velez
Release Date:
February 8, 2022
Pre-Order Campaign (ends 2/18/2022)

Summary: Overachiever Luz “Lulu” Zavala has straight As, perfect attendance, and a solid ten-year plan. First up: nail her interview for a dream internship at Stanford, the last stop on her school’s cross-country college road trip. The only flaw in her plan is Clara, her oldest sister, who went off to college and sparked a massive fight with their overprotective Peruvian mom, who is now convinced that out-of-state-college will destroy their family. If Lulu can’t fix whatever went wrong between them, the whole trip—and her future—will be a waste.

Middle sister Milagro wants nothing to do with college, or a nerdy class field trip. Then a spot opens up on the trip just as her own Spring Break plans (Operation: Lose Your Virginity) are thwarted, and she hops on the bus with her glittery lipsticks, more concerned about getting back at her ex than she is about schools or any family drama. But the trip opens her eyes about possibilities she’d never imagined for herself. Maybe she is more than the boy-crazy girl everyone seems to think she is.

On a journey from Baltimore all the way to San Francisco, Lulu and Milagro will become begrudging partners as they unpack weighty family expectations, uncover Clara’s secrets, and maybe even discover the true meaning of sisterhood.

11. Sunny G’s Series of Rash Decisions by Navdeep Singh Dhillon
Release Date:
February 8, 2022

Summary: Sunny G’s brother left him one thing when he died: His notebook, which Sunny is determined to fill up with a series of rash decisions. Decision number one was a big one: He stopped wearing his turban, cut off his hair, and shaved his beard. He doesn’t look like a Sikh anymore. He doesn’t look like himself anymore. Even his cosplay doesn’t look right without his beard.

Sunny debuts his new look at prom, which he’s stuck going to alone. He’s skipping the big fandom party—the one where he’d normally be in full cosplay, up on stage playing bass with his band and his best friend, Ngozi—in favor of the Very Important Prom Experience. An experience that’s starting to look like a bust.

Enter Mindii Vang, a girl with a penchant for making rash decisions of her own, starting with stealing Sunny’s notebook. When Sunny chases after her, prom turns into an all-night adventure—a night full of rash, wonderful, romantic, stupid, life-changing decisions.

12. Mirror Girls by Kelly McWilliams
Release Date:
February 8, 2022

Summary: As infants, twin sisters Charlie Yates and Magnolia Heathwood were secretly separated after the brutal lynching of their parents, who died for loving across the color line. Now, at the dawn of the Civil Rights Movement, Charlie is a young Black organizer in Harlem, while white-passing Magnolia is the heiress to a cotton plantation in rural Georgia.

Magnolia knows nothing of her racial heritage, but secrets are hard to keep in a town haunted by the ghosts of its slave-holding past. When Magnolia finally learns the truth, her reflection mysteriously disappears from mirrors—the sign of a terrible curse. Meanwhile, in Harlem, Charlie’s beloved grandmother falls ill. Her final wish is to be buried back home in Georgia—and, unbeknownst to Charlie, to see her long-lost granddaughter, Magnolia Heathwood, one last time. So Charlie travels into the Deep South, confronting the land of her worst nightmares—and Jim Crow segregation.

The sisters reunite as teenagers in the deeply haunted town of Eureka, Georgia, where ghosts linger centuries after their time and dangers lurk behind every mirror. They couldn’t be more different, but they will need each other to put the hauntings of the past to rest, to break the mirrors’ deadly curse—and to discover the meaning of sisterhood in a racially divided land.

13. Golden Boys by Phil Stamper
Release Date:
February 8, 2022
Pre-Order Campaign (ends 2/7/2022)

Summary: Gabriel, Reese, Sal, and Heath are best friends, bonded in their small rural town by their queerness, their good grades, and their big dreams. They are about to embark on the summer before senior year of high school, where each is going on a new, big adventure. Reese is attending a design school in Paris. Gabriel is going to Boston to volunteer with a environmental nonprofit. Sal is interning on Capitol Hill for a U.S. Senator. And Heath is stuck going to Daytona Beach to help out at his aunt’s beachfront arcade.

What will this summer of new experiences and world-expanding travel mean for each of them—and for their friendship?

14. You Truly Assumed by Laila Sabreen
Release Date:
February 8, 2022
Pre-Order Campaign (ends 2/15/2022)

Summary: In this compelling and thought-provoking debut novel, after a terrorist attack rocks the country and anti-Islamic sentiment stirs, three Black Muslim girls create a space where they can shatter assumptions and share truths.

Sabriya has her whole summer planned out in color-coded glory, but those plans go out the window after a terrorist attack near her home. When the terrorist is assumed to be Muslim and Islamophobia grows, Sabriya turns to her online journal for comfort. You Truly Assumed was never meant to be anything more than an outlet, but the blog goes viral as fellow Muslim teens around the country flock to it and find solace and a sense of community.

Soon two more teens, Zakat and Farah, join Bri to run You Truly Assumed and the three quickly form a strong friendship. But as the blog’s popularity grows, so do the pushback and hateful comments. When one of them is threatened, the search to find out who is behind it all begins, and their friendship is put to the test when all three must decide whether to shut down the blog and lose what they’ve worked for…or take a stand and risk everything to make their voices heard.

15. Rima’s Rebellion: Courage in a Time of Tyranny by Margarita Engle
Release Date:
February 15, 2022

Summary: Rima loves to ride horses alongside her abuela and Las Mambisas, the fierce women veterans who fought during Cuba’s wars for independence. Feminists from many backgrounds have gathered in voting clubs to demand suffrage and equality for women, but not everybody wants equality for all—especially not for someone like Rima. In 1920s Cuba, illegitimate children like her are bullied and shunned.

Rima dreams of a day when she is free from fear and shame, the way she feels when she’s riding with Las Mambisas. As she seeks her way, Rima forges unexpected friendships with others who long for freedom, especially a handsome young artist named Maceo. Through turbulent times, hope soars, and with it…love. 

16. The Chandler Legacies by Abdi Nazemian
Release Date:
February 15, 2022

Summary: Beth Kramer is a “townie” who returns to her sophomore year after having endured a year of judgment from her roommate, Sarah.

But Sarah Brunson knows there’s more to that story.

Amanda Priya “Spence” Spencer is the privileged daughter of NYC elites, who is reeling from the realization that her family name shielded her from the same fate as Sarah.

Ramin Golafshar arrives at Chandler as a transfer student to escape the dangers of being gay in Iran, only to suffer brutal hazing under the guise of tradition in the boys’ dorms.

And Freddy Bello is the senior who’s no longer sure of his future but has fallen hard for Spence and knows he has to stand up to his friends after what happened to Ramin.

At Chandler, the elite boarding school, these five teens are brought together in the Circle, a coveted writing group where life-changing friendships are born—and secrets are revealed. Their professor tells them to write their truths. But is the truth enough to change the long-standing culture of abuse at Chandler? And can their friendship survive the fallout?

17. Reclaim The Stars: 17 Tales Across Realms & Space edited by Zoraida Córdova
Release Date:
February 15, 2022
Pre-Order Campaign (ends 2/14/2022)

Summary: Seventeen fantasy and science fiction short stories from leading voices in the Latin American diaspora!

Reclaim the Stars is a collection of bestselling and acclaimed YA authors that take the Latin American diaspora to places fantastical and out of this world. From princesses warring in space, to the all too-near devastation of climate change, to haunting ghost stories in Argentina, and mermaids off the coast of the Caribbean. This is science fiction and fantasy that breaks borders and realms, and proves that stories are truly universal.

Authors include Daniel José Older, Yamile Saied Méndez, Anna-Marie McLemore, Mark Oshiro, Romina Garber, David Bowles, Lilliam Rivera, Claribel Ortega, Isabel Ibañez, Sara Faring, Maya Motayne, Nina Moreno, Vita Ayala, J.C. Cervantes, Circe Moskowitz, Linda Nieves Pérez, and Zoraida Córdova.

18. Bitter by Akwaeke Emezi
Release Date:
February 15, 2022

Summary: Bitter is thrilled to have been chosen to attend Eucalyptus, a special school where she can focus on her painting surrounded by other creative teens. But outside this haven, the streets are filled with protests against the deep injustices that grip the town of Lucille. Bitter’s instinct is to stay safe within the walls of Eucalyptus . . . but her friends aren’t willing to settle for a world that the adults say is “just the way things are.

Pulled between old friendships, her creative passion, and a new romance, Bitter isn’t sure where she belongs – in the art studio or in the streets. And if she does find a way to help the revolution while being true to who she is, she must also ask: at what cost?

19. All The Right Reasons by Bethany Mangle
Release Date: February 15, 2022

Summary: The Bachelor meets Gilmore Girls in this laugh-out-loud young adult romance about a girl who joins her mother on a reality dating show for single parents—only to fall for a contestant’s son.

Cara Hawn’s life fell apart after her father cheated on her mother and got remarried to a woman Cara can’t stand. When Cara accidentally posts a rant about her father online, it goes viral—and catches the attention of the TV producers behind a new reality dating show for single parent families.

The next thing Cara and her mother know, they’ve been cast as leads on the show and are whisked away to sunny Key West where they’re asked to narrow a field of suitors and their kids down to one winning pair. All of this is outside of Cara’s comfort zone, from the meddling producers to the camera-hungry contestants, especially as Cara and her mother begin to clash on which suitors are worth keeping around. And then comes Connor.

As the son of a contestant, Connor is decidedly off-limits. Except that he doesn’t fit in with the cutthroat atmosphere in all the same ways as Cara, and she can’t get him out of her head. Now Cara must juggle her growing feelings while dodging the cameras and helping her mom pick a bachelor they both love, or else risk fracturing their family even more for the sake of ratings. Maybe there’s a reason most people don’t date on TV.

20. The Turning Pointe by Vanessa L. Torres
Release Date:
February 22, 2022
Pre-Order Campaign (Ends 2/22/2022)

Summary: A bold and emotionally gripping novel about a teenage Latinx girl finding freedom through dance and breaking expectations in 1980s Minnesota.

When sixteen-year-old Rosa Dominguez pirouettes, she is poetry in pointe shoes. And as the daughter of a tyrant ballet Master, Rosa seems destined to become the star principal dancer of her studio. But Rosa would do anything for one hour in the dance studio upstairs where Prince, the Purple One himself, is in the house.

After her father announces their upcoming auditions for a concert with Prince, Rosa is more determined than ever to succeed. Then Nikki–the cross-dressing, funky boy who works in the dance shop–leaps into her life. Weighed down by family expectations, Rosa is at a crossroads, desperate to escape so she can show everyone what she can do when freed of her pointe shoes. Now is her chance to break away from a life in tulle, grooving to that unmistakable Minneapolis sound reverberating through every bone in her body.

21. League Of Liars by Astrid Scholte
Release Date:
February 22, 2022
Pre-Order Campaign (ends 2/21/22)

Summary: Ever since his mother was killed, seventeen-year-old Cayder Broduck has had one goal–to see illegal users of magic brought to justice. People who carelessly use extradimensional magic for their own self-interest, without a care to the damage it does to society or those around them, deserve to be punished as far as Cayder is concerned. Because magic always has a price. So when Cayder lands a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to apprentice under a premier public defender, he takes it. If he can learn all the tricks of public defense, the better he’ll be able to dismantle defense arguments when he’s a prosecutor. Then he’ll finally be able to make sure justice is served.

But when he meets the three criminals he’s supposed to defend, it no longer seems so black and white. They’re teenagers, like him, and their stories are . . . complicated, like his. Vardean, the prison where Cayder’s new clients are incarcerated, also happens to be at the very heart of the horrible tear in the veil between their world and another dimension–where all magic comes from.

22. The Girl Who Fell Beneath The Sea by Axie Oh
Release Date:
February 22, 2022
Pre-Order Campaign (Limited spots)

Summary: Deadly storms have ravaged Mina’s homeland for generations. Floods sweep away entire villages, while bloody wars are waged over the few remaining resources. Her people believe the Sea God, once their protector, now curses them with death and despair. In an attempt to appease him, each year a beautiful maiden is thrown into the sea to serve as the Sea God’s bride, in the hopes that one day the “true bride” will be chosen and end the suffering.

Many believe that Shim Cheong, the most beautiful girl in the village—and the beloved of Mina’s older brother Joon—may be the legendary true bride. But on the night Cheong is to be sacrificed, Joon follows Cheong out to sea, even knowing that to interfere is a death sentence. To save her brother, Mina throws herself into the water in Cheong’s stead.

Swept away to the Spirit Realm, a magical city of lesser gods and mythical beasts, Mina seeks out the Sea God, only to find him caught in an enchanted sleep. With the help of a mysterious young man named Shin—as well as a motley crew of demons, gods and spirits—Mina sets out to wake the Sea God and bring an end to the killer storms once and for all.

But she doesn’t have much time: A human cannot live long in the land of the spirits. And there are those who would do anything to keep the Sea God from waking…

23. Only A Monster by Vanessa Len
Release Date:
February 22, 2022

Summary: It should have been the perfect summer. Sent to stay with her late mother’s eccentric family in London, sixteen-year-old Joan is determined to enjoy herself. She loves her nerdy job at the historic Holland House, and when her super cute co-worker Nick asks her on a date, it feels like everything is falling into place.

But she soon learns the truth. Her family aren’t just eccentric: they’re monsters, with terrifying, hidden powers. And Nick isn’t just a cute boy: he’s a legendary monster slayer, who will do anything to bring them down.

As she battles Nick, Joan is forced to work with the beautiful and ruthless Aaron Oliver, heir to a monster family that hates her own. She’ll have to embrace her own monstrousness if she is to save herself, and her family. Because in this story . . .

. . . she is not the hero.

24. Daughters Of A Dead Empire by Carolyn Tara O’Neil
Release Date: February 22, 2022

Summary: Russia, 1918: With the execution of Tsar Nicholas, the empire crumbles and Russia is on the edge of civil war—the poor are devouring the rich. Anna, a bourgeois girl, narrowly escaped the massacre of her entire family in Yekaterinburg. Desperate to get away from the Bolsheviks, she offers a peasant girl a diamond to take her as far south as possible—not realizing that the girl is a communist herself. With her brother in desperate need of a doctor, Evgenia accepts Anna’s offer and suddenly finds herself on the wrong side of the war.

Anna is being hunted by the Bolsheviks, and now—regardless of her loyalties—Evgenia is too.

Daughters of a Dead Empire is a harrowing historical thriller about dangerous ideals, loyalty, and the price we pay for change. An imaginative retelling of the Anastasia story

What February YA Releases are you looking forward to?

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Cover Reveal Highlights For September & October 2021!

Over here at The Booked Shelf we’re highlighting some of the phenomenal covers revealed during the month of September and October! From new releases from your favorite authors, to debuts and more, there’s 10+ covers to feast your eyes on!

1. Hollow Fires by Samira Ahmed

As of September 7, The NOVL revealed the cover to NYT Bestselling Author Samira Ahmed’s upcoming “found footage” story following journalist Safiya Mirza who investigates the disappearance of a boy inventor (pitch credit: Twitter).

Cover illustrator is Dana Ledl and designer is Karina Granda. Hollow Fires by Samira Ahmed is set to be released in May 10, 2022!

Safiya Mirza dreams of becoming a journalist. And one thing she’s learned as editor of her school newspaper is that a journalist’s job is to find the facts and not let personal biases affect the story. But all that changes the day she finds the body of a murdered boy.

Jawad Ali was fourteen years old when he built a cosplay jetpack that a teacher mistook for a bomb. A jetpack that got him arrested, labeled a terrorist—and eventually killed. But he’s more than a dead body, and more than “Bomb Boy.” He was a person with a life worth remembering.

Driven by Jawad’s haunting voice guiding her throughout her investigation, Safiya seeks to tell the whole truth about the murdered boy and those who killed him because of their hate-based beliefs.

2. This Vicious Grace by Emily Thiede

On September 9, Emily Thiede revealed through Twitter, the cover to her forthcoming YA Fantasy, which follows a divine savior who is “blessed” with the ability to magnify the magic of her partners, instead it leaves them dead from her touch. Facing assassination, she hires a cynical outcast marked a killer who has secrets of his own.

Cover illustrator is Kemi Mai alongside designers Kerri Resnick and Olga Grlic. This Vicious Grace by Emily Thiede is set to be released June 8, 2022!

Three weddings. Three funerals. Alessa’s gift from the gods is supposed to magnify a partner’s magic, not kill every suitor she touches.

Now, with only weeks left until a hungry swarm of demons devours everything on her island home, Alessa is running out of time to find a partner and stop the invasion. When a powerful priest convinces the faithful that killing Alessa is the island’s only hope, her own soldiers try to assassinate her.

Desperate to survive, Alessa hires Dante, a cynical outcast marked as a killer, to become her personal bodyguard. But as rebellion explodes outside the gates, Dante’s dark secrets may be the biggest betrayal. He holds the key to her survival and her heart, but is he the one person who can help her master her gift or destroy her once and for all?

3.The Charmed List by Julie Abe

On September 10, Wednesday Books revealed through Twitter the cover to Julie Abe’s YA magical rom-com debut pitched as Sabrina The Teenage Witch meets Jenny Han. following two enemies forced together on a road trip!

Cover designer is Kerri Resnick and illustrator is Vi-An Nguyen. The Charmed List by Julie Abe is set to be released July 5, 2022!

After spending most of high school as the quiet girl, Ellie Kobata is ready to take some risks and have a life-changing summer, starting with her Anti-Wallflower List—thirteen items she’s going to check off one by one. She’s looking forward to riding rollercoasters, making her art Instagram public (maybe), and going on an epic road-trip with her best friend Lia.

But when number four on Ellie’s list goes horribly wrong—revenge on Jack Yasuda—she’s certain her summer has gone from charmed to cursed. Instead of a road trip with Lia, Ellie finds herself stuck in a car with Jack driving to a magical convention. But as Ellie and Jack travel down the coast of California, number thirteen on her list—fall in love—may be happening without her realizing it.

4. A Girl’s Guide To Love And Magic by Debbie Rigaud

We Need Diverse Books revealed the cover to Debbie Rigaud’s forthcoming YA novel on September 12 which focuses on celebrating Haitian culture, first love in addition to being set during the West Indian Day Parade in Brooklyn.

Cover illustrator is Erick Davila and designer is Yaffa Jaskoll. A Girl’s Guide To Love & Magic by Debbie Rigaud is set to be released July 26, 2022!

Cicely Destin, a Haitian American teen living in Brooklyn, loves the annual West Indian Day Parade that takes place in her neighborhood. The colors, clothes, tastes, sights, and sounds all celebrating Caribbean culture fill her with pride and joy. This year, the parade will be extra special: it falls on Cicely’s birthday, AND Cicely will get to hang out with her awesome aunt, Mimose, a social media influencer known for dabbling in Haitian vodou. But when Mimose’s dabbling becomes a little too real, and she seems to be possessed by a rogue spirit right before the parade, it’s up to Cicely, plus her best friend, Renee, and her crush (!), Kwame, to try to set things right.

Cicely and her friends set off on a winding, thrilling scavenger hunt through Brooklyn to find the items that will undo the possession. But can Cicely help her aunt if she doesn’t fully realize her own powers just yet?

5 Meet Me In Mumbai by Sabina Khan

During IREDYA’s week of cover reveals, on September 21 through Twitter the publisher shared the cover to Sabina Khan’s upcoming YA Contemporary pitched as “a novel in two acts” and “told eighteen years apart—gives voice to both mother (Ayesha) and daughter (Mira) after an unplanned teen pregnancy led Ayesha to place Mira up for adoption.”

Cover artist is Muhammed Sajid. Meet Me In Mumbai by Sabina Khan is set to be released June 7, 2022!

Seventeen-year-old Mira Fuller-Jensen was adopted by her moms at birth. All she knows about her biological mother is that she was a high-school student from India who returned to India after giving birth. Although Mira loves her moms, she’s always felt out of place in her mostly white community.

So when Mira finds an old box with letters addressed to her from her birth mother, she sees a way to finally capture that feeling of belonging. Her mother writes that if Mira can forgive her for having to give her up, she should find a way to travel to India for her eighteenth birthday and meet her. Mira knows she’ll always regret it if she doesn’t go. But is she actually ready for what she will learn?

6. Once Upon A K-Prom by Kat Cho

On September 24, Kat Cho revealed through Twitter the cover to her upcoming rom-com following a Korean-American girl whose childhood friend turned K-Pop star returns to their hometown to take her to prom.

Cover artist is Xiao Tong and designer is Marci Senders. Once Upon A K-Prom by Kat Cho is set to be released May 17, 2022!

Elena Soo has always felt overshadowed. Whether by her more successful older sisters, her more popular twin brother, or her more outgoing best friend, everyone except Elena seems to know exactly who they are and what they want. But she is certain about one thing – she has no interest in going to prom. While the rest of the school is giddy over corsages and dresses, Elena would rather spend her time working to save the local community center, the one place that’s always made her feel like she belonged.

So when international K-pop superstar Robbie Choi shows up at her house to ask her to prom, Elena is more confused than ever. Because the one person who always accepted Elena as she is? Her childhood best friend, Robbie Choi. And the one thing she maybe, possibly, secretly wants more than anything? For the two of them to keep the promise they made each other as kids: to go to prom together. But that was seven year ago, and with this new K-pop persona, pink hair, and stylish clothes, Robbie is nothing like the sweet, goofy boy she remembers. The boy she shared all her secrets with. The boy she used to love.

Besides, prom with a guy who comes with hordes of screaming fans, online haters, and relentless paparazzi is the last thing Elena wants – even if she can’t stop thinking about Robbie’s smile…right?

7. Love, Decoded by Jennifer Yen

Culturess exclusively revealed the cover to Jennifer Yen’s sophomore YA Contemporary on October 1, following Gigi Wong who is eager to win an exclusive tech internship and in order to win, she decides to make a friend matching app to help a new transfer student. But when the app goes viral, Gigi finds herself in the middle of a scandal.

In addition to Love, Decoded‘s cover, a new cover for Yen’s 2021 debut ‘A Taste For Love’ was also revealed. Love, Decoded by Jennifer Yen is set to be released March 8, 2022!

High school junior Gigi Wong strives to be the best: the top student, the perfect friend, and the ideal daughter. But it’s tough when there’s always someone who is just a little bit better. With college applications looming, she can’t help but worry that she won’t make the cut. Thankfully, her best friend Kyle never fails to find the right words–and the perfect bowl of ramen–to cheer her up.

After her teacher, Ms. Harris, announces she’ll be nominating students for an app writing contest, Gigi is determined to be picked. After all, first prize is an exclusive tech internship, sure to make her application stand out. There’s only one problem: she doesn’t have a winning program. It isn’t until transfer student Etta admits she’s struggling to fit in at Superbia that Gigi stumbles on an idea. She’ll use her coding skills–and the matchmaking experience she’s gotten from weekends with Auntie Rose–to create a friend matching app! Etta will meet new people, and Gigi will guarantee her acceptance into college. It’s foolproof.

What Gigi doesn’t expect is for her app to go viral around school. Soon, she finds herself at the center of a scandal—and at odds with both Etta and Kyle. Can Gigi fix what went wrong, or will her desire to be perfect cost her the people she cares about most?

8. No Filter And Other Lies by Crystal Maldonado

On October 4, Crystal Maldonado revealed the cover to her forthcoming YA with Buzzfeed Books which follows “IG-obsessed, charmingly messy, fat brown bi photographer” Kat Sanchez who also goes by Max Monroe, a social media influencer alter-ego who share advice, networks and shares beautiful photos, but when a viral post leads all of it to come crashing down, Max has to find a solution.

Cover artist is Ericka Lugo and designers include Amy Toth, Chelsea Hunter and Kerry Martin. No Filter And Other Lies by Crystal Maldonado is set to be released February 1, 2022!

You should know, right now, that I’m a liar.

They’re usually little lies. Tiny lies. Baby lies. Not so much lies as lie adjacent.

But they’re still lies.

Twenty one-year-old Max Monroe has it all: beauty, friends, and a glittering life filled with adventure. With tons of followers on Instagram, her picture-perfect existence seems eminently enviable.

Except it’s all fake.

Max is actually 16-year-old Kat Sanchez, a quiet and sarcastic teenager living in drab Bakersfield, California. Nothing glamorous in her existence–just sprawl, bad house parties, a crap school year, and the awkwardness of dealing with her best friend Hari’s unrequited love. But while Kat’s life is far from perfect, she thrives as Max: doling out advice, sharing beautiful photos, networking with famous influencers, even making a real friend in a follower named Elena. The closer Elena and “Max” get–texting, Snapping, and even calling–the more Kat feels she has to keep up the facade.

But when one of Max’s posts goes ultra-viral and gets back to the very person she’s been stealing photos from, her entire world – real and fake — comes crashing down around her. She has to figure out a way to get herself out of the huge web of lies she’s created without hurting the people she loves.

But it might already be too late.

9. Just Your Local Bisexual Disaster by Andrea Mosqueda

On October 7, Andrea Mosqueda revealed the cover to her 2022 YA romcom / debut through Twitter following “self-described romantic disaster Maggie Gonzalez, a bisexual Chicana living in Texas’s Rio Grande Valley, as she tries to figure out whom to ask to be her escort at her little sister’s upcoming quinceañera: her charming ex-boyfriend twice over; her first crush and gorgeous best friend; or the mysterious new girl with the romantic baggage?”

Cover artist is Zeke Peña. Just Your Local Bisexual Disaster by Andrea Mosqueda is set to be released May 24, 2022!

Growing up in Texas’s Rio Grande Valley, Maggie Gonzalez has always been a little messy, but she’s okay with that. After all, she has a great family, a goofy group of friends, a rocky romantic history, and dreams of being a music photographer. Tasked with picking an escort for her little sister’s quinceañera, Maggie has to face the truth: that her feelings about her friends—and her future—aren’t as simple as she’d once believed.

As Maggie’s search for the perfect escort continues, she’s forced to confront new (and old) feelings for three of her friends: Amanda, her best friend and first-ever crush; Matthew, her ex-boyfriend twice-over who refuses to stop flirting with her, and Dani, the new girl who has romantic baggage of her own. On top of this romantic disaster, she can’t stop thinking about the uncertainty of her own plans for the future and what that means for the people she loves.

As the weeks wind down and the boundaries between friendship and love become hazy, Maggie finds herself more and more confused with each photo. When her tried-and-true medium causes more chaos than calm, Maggie needs to figure out how to avoid certain disaster—or be brave enough to dive right into it.

Additional cover reveals ↷

Wednesday Books revealed a series of upcoming YA Covers for 2022 (September 10, 2021)

➣ CW from The Quiet Pond revealed the cover to Emery Lee’s Foodie YA enemies-to-lovers romcom titled Café Con Lychee (October 6, 2021)

Wattpad Books revealed the cover to ‘How To Be The Best Third Wheel,’ an upcoming YA Contemporary debut by Loridee De Villa (October 8, 2021)

The NOVL revealed the cover to Belladona from Adalyn Grace, a gothic ghost story with romance (October 11, 2021)

Keep an eye on the blog for even more cover reveal wrap-ups & highlights coming this week!

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Young Adult Cover Reveals For August 2021!

Welcome back to The Booked Shelf where we’re wrapping up some of the fantastic covers that’ve been revealed so far during the month of August! There have been 7 covers for upcoming YA novels from fantasy to thrillers, which readers can expect on shelves in 2022!

1. Arden Grey by Ray Stoeve

On August 2 Ray Stoeve revealed through their Instagram, the cover to their second YA novel titled Arden Grey which is pitched as “insightful, raw [Young Adult] novel about a young photographer navigating toxic relationships and how they influence her identity.”

Cover designer is Hana Nakamura. Arden Grey is set to be released April 26, 2022!

Sixteen-year-old Arden Grey is struggling. Her mother has left their family, her father and her younger brother won’t talk about it, and a classmate, Tanner, keeps harassing her about her sexuality—which isn’t even public. (She knows she likes girls romantically, but she thinks she might be asexual.) At least she’s got her love of film photography and her best and only friend, Jamie, to help her cope. Then Jamie, who is trans, starts dating Caroline, and suddenly he isn’t so reliable. Arden’s insecurity about their friendship grows. She starts to wonder if she’s jealous or if Jamie’s relationship with Caroline is somehow unhealthy—and it makes her reconsider how much of her relationship with her absent mom wasn’t okay, too.

2. The Bone Spindle by Leslie Vedder

As of August 3, Leslie Vedder revealed through Twitter the cover to her forthcoming debut novel The Bone Spindle which she has pitched as “Sleeping Beauty x Indiana Jones with 2 girl treasure hunters, 2 love stories, and a whole lot of snark!!”

Cover artist is Fernanda Suarez. The Bone Spindle by Leslie Vedder is set to be released January 11, 2022!

Fi is a bookish treasure hunter with a knack for ruins and riddles, who definitely doesn’t believe in true love.

Shane is a tough-as-dirt girl warrior from the north who likes cracking skulls, pretty girls, and doing things her own way.

Briar Rose is a prince under a sleeping curse, who’s been waiting a hundred years for the kiss that will wake him.

Cursed princes are nothing but ancient history to Fi–until she pricks her finger on a bone spindle while exploring a long-lost ruin. Now she’s stuck with the spirit of Briar Rose until she and Shane can break the century-old curse on his kingdom.

Dark magic, Witch Hunters, and bad exes all stand in her way–not to mention a mysterious witch who might wind up stealing Shane’s heart, along with whatever else she’s after. But nothing scares Fi more than the possibility of falling in love with Briar Rose.

3. Hotel Magnifique by Emily J. Taylor

Through the Tor.com blog on August 4 was an exclusive cover reveal and excerpt for Emily Taylor’s upcoming YA fantasy pitched as The Night Circus meets Caraval set against the “backdrop of a magical Belle Époque-inspired hotel” titled Hotel Magnifique.

Cover artist is Jim Tierney and designer is Kristie Radwilowicz. Hotel Magnifique by Emily J. Taylor is set to be released April 5, 2022!

For fans of Caraval and The Night Circus, this decadent and darkly enchanting YA fantasy, set against the backdrop of a Belle Époque-inspired hotel, follows seventeen-year-old Jani as she uncovers the deeply disturbing secrets of the legendary Hotel Magnifique.

Seventeen-year-old orphan Jani dreams of leaving the cramped, filthy port town of Durc, but she’s resigned to the reality of her life: working second shifts at a tannery to make ends meet and caring for her younger sister Zosa. That is, until the legendary Hotel Magnifique—the magical hotel that appears in a new location each morning—comes to town.

While they can’t afford the exorbitant cost of a guest’s stay, Jani and Zosa can interview for jobs in the hotel. And luck is on their side—with just a stroke of ink on paper, and an intervention by the vexingly handsome bellhop, the two girls are hired and swept into a world of adventure and wonderment. But despite the allure, Jani quickly begins to realize that something isn’t quite right. None of the staff seem to remember their homes, yet Jani’s memory is perfectly intact. It’s clear that beneath the mysterious glamour, the hotel is hiding dangerous secrets.

Most dangerous of all is the maître d’hôtel, a ruthless man who, Jani discovers, holds the hotel staff prisoner by the magical ink of the contracts they sign. But what Jani can’t understand is why he won’t let them leave. With Bel the bellhop as her guide and confidante, Jani embarks on a mission to uncover the secrets of the hotel and free Zosa and the other staff from the cruelty of the maître. To succeed, she’ll need to harness a power she never knew she had, but failure would mean a fate far worse than never returning home.

4. Ashes Of Gold by J. Elle

From NYT Bestselling and Junior Library Guild Select author J. Elle comes the anticipated follow-up and conclusion to her Wings Of Ebony duology titled Ashes Of Gold. On August 5, The Houston Chronicle had an exclusive feature to spotlight the cover and what readers can expect in early 2022.

Cover artist is Taj Francis. Ashes Of Gold is set to be released on January 11, 2022!

In the heart-pounding conclusion to the Wings of Ebony duology, which #1 New York Times bestselling author Nicole Yoon calls “bold, inventive, big-hearted and deeply perceptive,” Rue makes her final stand to reclaim her people’s stolen magic.

Rue has no memory of how she ended up locked in a basement prison without her magic or her allies. But she’s a girl from the East Row. And girls from the East Row don’t give up. Girls from the East Row pick themselves back up when they fall. Girls from the East Row break themselves out.

But reuniting with her friends is only half the battle. When she finds them again, Rue makes a vow: she will find a way to return the magic that the Chancellor has stolen from her father’s people. Yet even on Yiyo Peak, Rue is a misfit—with half a foot back in Houston and half a heart that is human as well as god, she’s not sure she’s the right person to lead the fight to reclaim a glorious past.

When a betrayal sends her into a tailspin, Rue must decide who to trust and how to be the leader that her people deserve…because if she doesn’t, it isn’t just Yiyo that will be destroyed—it will be Rue herself.

5. Dead Girls Can’t Tell Secrets by Chelsea Ichaso

On Twitter as of August 6, Chelsea Ichaso revealed the cover to her sophomore YA Thriller titled Dead Girls Can’t Tell Secrets in which the author has said to get ready for “sisters, suspects, and a trail full of secrets!”

Cover designer is Erin Fitzsimmons. Dead Girls Can’t Tell Secrets by Chelsea Ichaso is set to be released April 5, 2022!

Piper’s fall was no accident. Did someone want her dead? It’s up to her sister to discover the truth in this shocking new thriller with an unreliable narrator, from the acclaimed author of Little Creeping Things.

Piper Sullivan was in a strange hiking accident last month and has been in a coma ever since. Her older sister, Savannah, can’t pretend to be optimistic about it; things look bad. Piper will likely never wake up, and Savannah will never get any answers about what exactly happened.

But then Savannah finds a note in Piper’s locker, inviting Piper to a meeting of their school’s wilderness club…at the very place and on the very day that she fell. Which means there was a chance that Piper wasn’t alone. Someone might’ve seen something. Worse, someone might’ve done something. But who would want to hurt the perfect Piper Sullivan…and why?

To discover the truth, Savannah joins the club on their weekend-long camping trip on the same mountain where her sister fell. But she better be careful; everyone in the club is a suspect, and everyone seems to be keeping secrets about that tragic day.

And Savannah? She’s been keeping secrets, too… 

6. Bitter by Akwaeke Emezi

On August 11, National Book Award finalist Akwaeke Emezi revealed through Twitter a forthcoming novel which will be a companion to Emezi’s Pet (2019) is going to explore “both the importance and cost of social revolution–and how youth lead the way.”

Cover artist is Shyama Golden. Bitter by Akwaeke Emezi is set to be released February 15, 2022!

After a childhood in foster care, Bitter is thrilled to have been chosen to attend Eucalyptus, a special school where she can focus on her painting surrounded by other creative teens. But outside this haven, the streets are filled with protests against the deep injustices that grip the city of Lucille.

Bitter’s instinct is to stay safe within the walls of Eucalyptus . . . but her friends aren’t willing to settle for a world that’s so far away from what they deserve. Pulled between old friendships, her artistic passion, and a new romance, Bitter isn’t sure where she belongs–in the studio or in the streets. And if she does find a way to help the revolution while being true to who she is, she must also ask: at what cost?

This timely and riveting novel–a companion to the National Book Award finalist Pet–explores the power of youth, protest, and art.

7. The Dream Runners by Shveta Thakrar

Revealed through Twitter on August 11, was the cover to Shveta Thakrar’s upcoming YA Fantasy standalone titled The Dream Runners which will follow Tanvi, a girl who was spirited away to the subterranean realm of Nagalok. However, when she uncovers her memories from Earth she turns to the only other mortal who can help, Venkat, whose studying under an influential lord and looking to end a war.

Cover artist is Charlie Bowater and designer is Corina Lupp. The Dream Runners by Shveta Thakrar is set to be released June 28, 2022!

Seven years ago, Tanvi was spirited away to the subterranean realm of Nagalok, where she joined the ranks of the dream runners: human children freed of all memory and emotion, charged with harvesting mortal dreams for the consumption of the naga court.

Venkat knows a different side of Nagalok. As apprentice to the influential Lord Nayan, he shapes the dream runners’ wares into the kingdom’s most tantalizing commodity. And Nayan has larger plans for these mortal dreams: with a dreamsmith of Venkat’s talent, he believes he can use them to end a war between nagas and their ancient foe, the garudas.

But when one of Tanvi’s dream harvests goes awry, she begins to remember her life on Earth. Panicked and confused, she turns to the one mortal in Nagalok who can help: Venkat. And as they search for answers, a terrifying truth begins to take shape—one that could turn the nagas’ realm of dreams into a land of waking nightmare.

Additional Cover Reveals

In The Serpent’s Wake by Rachel Hartman was revealed through Twitter. This is the sequel to Hartman’s Tess Of The Road series (August 11, 2021)

[All Cover artists, designers, art directors, etc. are credited based on the articles, tweets, or from the authors themselves if they were mentioned / For additional information check the links provided]

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Netflix’s Heartstopper Cast Is Revealed

As Of April 26, Alice Oseman announced the main cast of Heartstopper, which is to be adapted into an eight-part television series for Netflix.

Kit Connor and Joe Locke were part of the first round of casting announcements on April 22 to be portraying the main characters Nick Nelson (Connor) and Charlie Spring (Locke).

In addition to the leads other characters include: Corinna Brown (Tara), Sebastian Croft (Ben), Tobie Donovan (Isaac), Yasmin Finney (Elle), Kizzy Edgell (Darcy), William Gao (Tao), Cormac Hyde-Corrin (Harry), and Rhea Norwood (Imogen).

“We’ve found an incredibly talented group of young actors who are all super passionate about bringing this story to life,” Oseman said. ”I’ve been able to spend lots of time with them to talk about the characters, their arcs and their importance to the story, and I know that each actor will shine.” (quoted in Deadline).

In additional quote tweets, Oseman answered questions as to who a couple original characters would be such in addition to characters who have been cut, remaining casting, and offering more insight into Isaac and Imogen. Oseman said that Isaac is the “fourth member of Charlie, Tao, and Elle’s friendship group. He’s a bookworm and doesn’t say much, but when he does, it’s usually very insightful and/or funny…” Where as Imogen is “a totally new chararcter introduced for the TV show! She’s a good friend of Nick’s – they hang out outside the school gate. She has a very bold, determined personality…”

According to RCW Literary Agency, following the open casting there were over 10,000 auditions. See-Saw Films is the company behind the project which is planning a half-hour series, which is written by Oseman and directed by Euros Lyn.

Heartstopper follows openly gay over-thinker Charlie and Nick, a cheerful, a soft-hearted rugby player, who meet at a British all-boys grammar school. As friendship blooms, they wonder whether there could be something more.

Oseman’s widely popular webcomic has sold over a quarter million copies and has a fourth volume coming this year!

Charlie Spring is in Year 10 at Truham Grammar School for Boys. The past year hasn’t been too great, but at least he’s not being bullied anymore. Nick Nelson is in Year 11 and on the school rugby team. He’s heard a little about Charlie – the kid who was outed last year and bullied for a few months – but he’s never had the opportunity to talk to him.

They quickly become friends, and soon Charlie is falling hard for Nick, even though he doesn’t think he has a chance.

But love works in surprising ways, and sometimes good things are waiting just around the corner…

Heartstopper by Alice Oseman is out now!

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Heartstopper Optioned As A TV Series For Netflix

On January 20, it was announced that Alice Oseman’s serialized webcomic called Heartstopper was optioned as an eight-part, live-action television series for Netflix.

According to Deadline, Euros Lyn is signed on to direct the project and Oseman’s comic series was picked up by See-Saw Films. Executive producers include Lyn, Jamie Laurenson, Hakan Kousetta, Iain Canning and Emile Sherman with Zorana Piggott set to produce.

Set to be a half-hour each, Oseman is going to be writing the adaptation.

“I am over the moon that Heartstopper has found a place at Netflix,” said Oseman. “Netflix is totally in support of my and See-Saw’s vision for the show, and I feel incredibly lucky to get to work with a team of passionate, creative people who all adore Heartstopper and want to make it the most beautiful show we can. It’s a joy and an honour to get to re-tell Nick and Charlie’s story for TV and I am so excited to share it not only with Heartstopper’s existing readership, but also a whole new audience around the world.” (quoted in The Hollywood Reporter).

Announced the very same day by casting director Daniel Edwards through Twitter, he stated that there’s currently a casting search for the series.

Kids & Family Content Director Alexi Wheeler, mentioned that Oseman’s series is “just so poignant and beautifully crafted […] When we started to develop the project we collectively decided that Alice had such a clear vision that it would make sense for her to adapt and write the episodes herself; this has paid dividends and we are confident that the 8 episodes we have commissioned will live up to the expectations of existing fans while also engaging a new audience.”

Lyn is known for his work directing episodes of Black Mirror, Doctor Who, and His Dark Materials. Oseman said that she’d been working with See-Saw and the scripts for over a year.

Heartstopper currently has three volumes out with the fourth one being published later this year in May (for the UK). Originally started as a webcomic in September of 2016, Oseman’s series has sold over a quarter million copies.

Charlie, a highly-strung, openly gay over-thinker, and Nick, a cheerful, soft-hearted rugby player, meet at a British all-boys grammar school. Friendship blooms quickly, but could there be something more…?

Charlie Spring is in Year 10 at Truham Grammar School for Boys. The past year hasn’t been too great, but at least he’s not being bullied anymore. Nick Nelson is in Year 11 and on the school rugby team. He’s heard a little about Charlie – the kid who was outed last year and bullied for a few months – but he’s never had the opportunity to talk to him.

They quickly become friends, and soon Charlie is falling hard for Nick, even though he doesn’t think he has a chance. But love works in surprising ways, and sometimes good things are waiting just around the corner…

Heartstopper by Alice Oseman is out now!

*[Featured image credit: Alice Oseman]

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Young Adult Cover Reveals For October 2020!

Today on The Booked Shelf we’re wrapping up some of the phenomenal covers revealed throughout October, featuring 20+ YA books releasing in 2021!

1.Love And Other Natural Disasters by Misa Sugiura

On October 2, We Need Diverse Books blog revealed the cover to Misa Sugiura’s upcoming Queer rom-com following a fake relationship between two girls over the course of the summer! Willow asks Nozomi to pose as her girlfriend to make her ex jealous, but when Nozomi wants to prove she’s not just a stand-in, their relationship turns into something real.

Cover artist is Hannah Good and designer is Alison Klapthor. Love & Other Natural Disasters is set to be released June 8, 2021!

When Nozomi Nagai pictured the ideal summer romance, a fake one wasn’t what she had in mind.

That was before she met the perfect girl. Willow is gorgeous, glamorous, and…heartbroken? And when she enlists Nozomi to pose as her new girlfriend to make her ex jealous, Nozomi is a willing volunteer.

Because Nozomi has a master plan of her own: one to show Willow she’s better than a stand-in, and turn their fauxmance into something real. But as the lies pile up, it’s not long before Nozomi’s schemes take a turn toward disaster…and maybe a chance at love she didn’t plan for.

2. Rising Like A Storm by Tanaz Bhathena

Revealed through Penguin Teen Canada’s Twitter on October 2, was the sequel cover to Hunted By The Sky titled, Rising Like A Storm. Inspired by medieval India, the duology follows Gul, a girl with a star-shaped mark whose capable of wielding a powerful magic and is on a mission to get revenge on the king, who killed her parents. But along the way, she meets stable boy Cavas, whose eager to save his ill father.

The cover designer is Elizabeth Clark. Rising Like A Storm is set to be released June 22, 2021!

In the concluding installment to the Wrath of Ambar duology from masterful author Tanaz Bhathena, Gul and Cavas must unite their magical forces―and hold onto their growing romance―to save their kingdom from tyranny.

With King Lohar dead and a usurper queen in power, Gul and Cavas face a new tyrannical government that is bent on killing them both. Their roles in King Lohar’s death have not gone unnoticed, and the new queen is out for blood. What she doesn’t know is that Gul and Cavas have a connection that runs deeper than romance, and together, they just might have the strength and magic to end her for good.

Then a grave mistake ends with Cavas taken prisoner by the government. Gul must train an army of warriors alone. With alliances shifting and the thirst for vengeance growing, the fate of Ambar seems ever more uncertain. It will take every ounce of strength, love, and sacrifice for Gul and Cavas to reach their final goal―and build a more just world than they’ve ever known.

3. Last Chance Books by Kelsey Rodkey

On October 2, Rodkey revealed the cover to her debut contemporary romance through Twitter. Following Madeline Moore and her family-owned bookstore that’s remained open for generations, she learns of a competing chain bookstore, but one of the employees is determined to take her customers.

Cover artist is Sarah Long and designer is Jessie Gang. Last Chance Books by Kelsey Rodkey is set to be released May 18, 2021!

Don’t you just love the smell of old books in the morning?

Madeline Moore does. Books & Moore, the musty bookstore her family has owned for generations, is where she feels most herself. Nothing is going to stop her from coming back after college to take over the store from her beloved aunt.

Nothing, that is—until a chain bookstore called Prologue opens across the street and threatens to shut them down.

Madeline sets out to demolish the competition, but Jasper, the guy who works over at Prologue, seems intent on ruining her life. Not only is he taking her customers, he has the unbelievable audacity to be… extremely cute.

But that doesn’t matter. Jasper is the enemy and he will be destroyed. After all—all’s fair in love and (book) wars.

4. Fat Chance, Charlie Vega by Crystal Maldonado

We Need Diverse Books blog unveiled the cover to Maldonado’s contemporary debut Fat Chance, Charlie Vega on October 5. Alongside the reveal was a Q&A delving more into Maldonado’s writing process, publishing journey, etc. The novel follows Charlie who is a smart, funny, ambitious girl, and fat. When a cute classmate notices her, she learns she’s the second choice. Everyone seems to have ideas of how she should be and wonders whether she’s actually being seen or heard.

Cover artist is Ericka Lugo. Fat Chance, Charlie Vega by Crystal Maldonado is set to be released February 2, 2021!

Charlie Vega is a lot of things. Smart. Funny. Artistic. Ambitious. Fat.

People sometimes have a problem with that last one. Especially her mom. Charlie wants a good relationship with her body, but it’s hard, and her mom leaving a billion weight loss shakes on her dresser doesn’t help. The world and everyone in it have ideas about what she should look like: thinner, lighter, slimmer-faced, straighter-haired. Be smaller. Be whiter. Be quieter.

But there’s one person who’s always in Charlie’s corner: her best friend Amelia. Slim. Popular. Athletic. Totally dope. So when Charlie starts a tentative relationship with cute classmate Brian, the first worthwhile guy to notice her, everything is perfect until she learns one thing–he asked Amelia out first. So is she his second choice or what? Does he even really see her? UGHHH. Everything is now officially a MESS.

5. Victories Greater Than Death by Charlie Jane Anders

As of October 2, Anders revealed the cover to her Young Adult debut titled Victories Greater Than Death through Twitter. Pitched as ‘Star Wars‘ meets ‘Doctor Who‘ this novel follows a human clone named Tina and her crew that try and save the world. The author mentioned that this book will feature LGBTQ+ heroes who save worlds, even enemies to friends to lovers.

Cover artist is Razaras and designer is Lesley Worrell. Victories Greater Than Death is set to be released April 13, 2021!

Tina has always known her destiny is outside the norm—after all, she is the human clone of the most brilliant alien commander in all the galaxies (even if the rest of the world is still deciding whether aliens exist).

But she is tired of waiting for her life to begin.

And then it does—and maybe Tina should have been more prepared. At least she has a crew around her that she can trust—and her best friend at her side. Now, they just have to save the world.

From internationally bestselling author Charlie Jane Anders (All the Birds in the Sky) comes a thrilling adventure set against an intergalactic war—Anders’s long-awaited YA debut.

6. Excuse Me While I Ugly Cry by Joya Goffney

Through Goffney’s Twitter on October 5, she revealed the cover to her Black contemporary debut Excuse Me While I Ugly Cry which features an overly enthusiastic list maker who is blackmailed into completing a to-do list of all her worst fears.

Cover artist is Mlle Belamour and designer is Molly Fehr. Excuse Me While I Ugly Cry is set to be released May 4, 2021!

Quinn keeps lists of everything—from the days she’s ugly cried, to “Things That I Would Never Admit Out Loud” and all the boys she’d like to kiss. Her lists keep her sane. By writing her fears on paper, she never has to face them in real life. That is, until her journal goes missing…

Then an anonymous account posts one of her lists on Instagram for the whole school to see and blackmails her into facing seven of her greatest fears, or else her entire journal will go public. Quinn doesn’t know who to trust. Desperate, she teams up with Carter Bennett—the last known person to have her journal—in a race against time to track down the blackmailer.

Together, they journey through everything Quinn’s been too afraid to face, and along the way, Quinn finds the courage to be honest, to live in the moment, and to fall in love.

7. Darling by K. Ancrum

On October 6, Ancrum revealed the cover to her Peter Pan retelling through Twitter called Darling. Its Wendy Darling’s first time in Chicago and a boy named Peter invites her for a night on the town, where they head the city’s underground. Ancrum mentioned her novel will include “Other things it has: secondary F/F, Ojibwe major character, Biromantic Ace LI, ACAB,” and more.

On Wendy Darling’s first night in Chicago, a boy called Peter appears at her window. He’s dizzying, captivating, beautiful—so she agrees to join him for a night on the town.

Wendy thinks they’re heading to a party, but instead they’re soon running in the city’s underground. She makes friends—a punk girl named Tinkerbelle and the lost boys Peter watches over. And she makes enemies—the terrifying Detective Hook, and maybe Peter himself, as his sinister secrets start coming to light.

Can Wendy find the courage to survive this night—and make sure everyone else does, too?

Cover artists are Steve Freeman and Eve Steben from There.Is.Studio. Darling by K. Ancrum is set to be released June 22, 2021!

8. Sisters Of The Snake by Sasha and Sarena Nanua

As of October 6 through Twitter, the Nanua sisters revealed the cover to their newest Fantasy novel called Sisters Of The Snake which follows a pair of twins separated at birth who meet and swap places. Ria and Rani learn that danger lurks in both worlds, and only working together can prevent ruin.

Cover illustrator is Fatima Baig and designer is Chris Kwon. Sisters Of The Snake by Sasha and Sarena Nanua is set to be released June 15, 2021!

A lost princess. A dark puppet master. And a race against time—before all is lost.

Princess Rani longs for a chance to escape her gilded cage and prove herself. Ria is a street urchin, stealing just to keep herself alive.

When these two lives collide, everything turns on its head: because Ria and Rani, orphan and royal, are unmistakably identical.

A deal is struck to switch places—but danger lurks in both worlds, and to save their home, thief and princess must work together. Or watch it all fall into ruin.

9. Where The Rhythm Takes You by Sarah Dass

As of October 7 via Twitter, Dass revealed the cover to her Persuasion retelling set in Trinidad and Tobago called Where The Rhythm Takes You. Reyna lives in her parent’s seaside resort. It’s been two years have passed since her mother passed away and Aiden, her first love, left to pursue music. Now, he’s back as a VIP guest and Reyna’s noticing everyone around her seems to be moving on.

Cover illustrator is Kingsley Nebechi, with designers Jessie Gang and Alison Donalty. Where The Rhythm Takes You is set to be released May 11, 2021!

Seventeen-year-old Reyna has spent most of her life at her family’s gorgeous seaside resort in Tobago, the Plumeria. But what once seemed like paradise is starting to feel more like purgatory. It’s been two years since Reyna’s mother passed away, two years since Aiden – her childhood best friend, first kiss, first love, first everything – left the island to pursue his music dreams. Reyna’s friends are all planning their futures and heading abroad. Even Daddy seems to want to move on, leaving her to try to keep the Plumeria running.

And that’s when Aiden comes roaring back into her life – as a VIP guest at the resort.

Aiden is now one-third of DJ Bacchanal – the latest, hottest music group on the scene. While Reyna has stayed exactly where he left her, Aiden has returned to Tobago with his Grammy-nominated band and two gorgeous LA socialites. And he may (or may not be) dating one of them…

10. XOXO by Axie Oh

Revealed through Twitter on October 7, was the cover to Oh’s Rom-Com. Jenny is a cello prodigy and eager to attend a prestigious music academy. She meets Jaewoo, who pulls her out of her comfort zone, but then he disappears. They reunite in South Korea months later at the same elite arts academy and Jaewoo, is one of the biggest K-Pop stars.

Cover illustrator is Zipcy and desinger is Jessie Gang. XOXO is set to be released July 13, 2021!

Cello prodigy Jenny has one goal: to get into a prestigious music conservatory. When she meets mysterious, handsome Jaewoo in her uncle’s Los Angeles karaoke bar, it’s clear he’s the kind of boy who would uproot her careful plans. But in a moment of spontaneity, she allows him to pull her out of her comfort zone for one unforgettable night of adventure…before he disappears without a word.

Three months later, when Jenny and her mother arrive in South Korea to take care of her ailing grandmother, she’s shocked to discover that Jaewoo is a student at the same elite arts academy where she’s enrolled for the semester. And he’s not just any student. He’s a member of one of the biggest K-pop bands in the world—and he’s strictly forbidden from dating.

When a relationship means throwing Jenny’s life off the path she’s spent years mapping out, she’ll have to decide once and for all just how much she’s willing to risk for love.

11. The Chariot At Dusk by Swati Teerdhala

On October 8, Teerdhala revealed through her Twitter the cover to her third Tiger At Midnight novel, which wraps us the trilogy. Following a skilled assassin named Esha and soldier named Kunal, they become part of this cat-and-mouse game as they try to outwit each other.

Cover illustrator is Michael Marsicano and David Curtis. The Chariot At Dusk is set to be released on June 29, 2021!

A queen at last. An empty palace. A kingdom to save.

Esha is reeling from Kunal’s betrayal, but she has a kingdom to rule from behind a thin smokescreen—pretending to be Princess Reha while she sends her most trusted soldiers to collect Reha and Kunal by any means necessary. Traitors, after all, must be punished.

But the Yavar are attacking from every front—tracking down Kunal and Reha in the remote mountains, kidnapping Harun—in search of legendary artifacts that will give them the power to break the precarious janma bond and release the destructive magic back into the lands.

Now that the race is on to find the missing artifacts, Esha must put aside her rage and work with Kunal again—but can she find the strength to forgive him, or will the Viper have her revenge at any cost?

12. An Emotion Of Great Delight by Tahereh Mafi

Revealed exclusively through Entertainment Weekly on October 13, was the cover to Mafi’s newest Contemporary which follows “a Muslim teen’s struggle in the wake of the Sept. 11 attacks.”

Cover illustrator is Rick Lee and designer is Rodrigo Corral Studio. An Emotion Of Great Delight is set to be released June 1, 2021!

It’s 2003, several months since the US officially declared war on Iraq, and the American political world has evolved. Tensions are high, hate crimes are on the rise, FBI agents are infiltrating local mosques, and the Muslim community is harassed and targeted more than ever. Shadi, who wears hijab, keeps her head down.

She’s too busy drowning in her own troubles to find the time to deal with bigots.

Shadi is named for joy, but she’s haunted by sorrow. Her brother is dead, her father is dying, her mother is falling apart, and her best friend has mysteriously dropped out of her life. And then, of course, there’s the small matter of her hear—

It’s broken.

Shadi tries to navigate her crumbling world by soldiering through, saying nothing. She devours her own pain, each day retreating farther and farther inside herself until finally, one day, everything changes.

She explodes.

13. Rise To The Sun by Leah Johnson

Over at Hello Sunshine was the exclusive cover reveal to Johnson’s newest Queer Contemporary, following two girls and a life-changing music festival. In a story alongside the cover written by Johnson herself, she mentioned her novel is about “losing yourself in music, but turning to the person next to you in the crowd at a show, sweaty and screaming, and finding yourselves in each other. It’s about being undeniably messy and hopelessly hopeful.”

Cover artist is Alexis Franklin and designer is Steph Yang. Rise To The Sun is set to be released July 6, 2021!

Three days. Two girls. One life-changing music festival.

Toni is grieving the loss of her roadie father and needing to figure out where her life will go from here — and she’s desperate to get back to loving music. Olivia is a hopeless romantic whose heart has just taken a beating (again) and is beginning to feel like she’ll always be a square peg in a round hole — but the Farmland Music and Arts Festival is a chance to find a place where she fits.

The two collide and it feels like something like kismet when a bond begins to form. But when something goes wrong and the festival is sent into a panic, Olivia and Toni will find that they need each other (and music) more than they ever imagined.

14. Blood Like Magic by Liselle Sambury

On October 19 Sambury revealed through Twitter, the cover to her contemporary fantasy debut about Black witches in near future Toronto. Voya is given a horrifying task, killing her first love to save her family’s magic. But, she’s never been in love, so she’ll have to find the perfect guy.

Cover artist is Thea Harvey and designer is Rebecca Syracuse. Blood Like Magic by Liselle Sambury is set to be released June 15, 2021!

After years of waiting for her Calling—a trial every witch must pass in order to come into their powers—the one thing Voya Thomas didn’t expect was to fail. When Voya’s ancestor gives her an unprecedented second chance to complete her Calling, she agrees—and then is horrified when her task is to kill her first love. And this time, failure means every Thomas witch will be stripped of their magic.

Voya is determined to save her family’s magic no matter the cost. The problem is, Voya has never been in love, so for her to succeed, she’ll first have to find the perfect guy—and fast. Fortunately, a genetic matchmaking program has just hit the market. Her plan is to join the program, fall in love, and complete her task before the deadline. What she doesn’t count on is being paired with the infuriating Luc—how can she fall in love with a guy who seemingly wants nothing to do with her?

With mounting pressure from her family, Voya is caught between her morality and her duty to her bloodline. If she wants to save their heritage and Luc, she’ll have to find something her ancestor wants more than blood. And in witchcraft, blood is everything. 

15. The Ivies by Alexa Donne

On October 26 Donne revealed through Twitter, the cover to her Thriller debut about a group of girls with the same mission, to get into the Ivy League. But the competition is serious and deadly.

The cover photographer Christine Blackburne, and cover designer Casey Moses. The Ivies is set to be released May 25, 2021!

Everyone knows the Ivies: the most coveted universities in the United States. Far more important are the Ivies. The Ivies at Claflin Academy, that is.

Five girls with the same mission: to get into the Ivy League by any means necessary. I would know. I’m one of them. We disrupt class ranks, club leaderships, and academic competitions…among other things. We improve our own odds by decreasing the fortunes of others. Because hyper-elite competitive college admissions is serious business.

And in some cases, it’s deadly.

16. Radha and Jai’s Recipe For Romance by Nisha Sharma

On October 27 Sharma revealed through her Twitter, the cover to her next Contemporary Romance about two dancers, looking face their fears.

Cover artist is Justine Poulter. Radha and Jai’s Recipe For Romance is set to be released July 13, 2021!

Radha is on the verge of becoming one of the greatest Kathak dancers in the world . . .until she discovers a family betrayal and pulls out of the biggest competition of her lifetime. Now, she has left her Chicago home to follow her stage mom to New Jersey. At the Princeton Academy of the Arts, Radha is determined to leave performing in her past, and reinvent herself from scratch.

Jai is captain of the Bollywood Beats dance team, ranked first in his class, and an overachiever with no college plans. Tight family funds means medical school is a pipe dream, which is why he wants to make the most out of high school. When Radha enters his life, he realizes she’s the exact ingredient he needs for a show-stopping senior year.

With careful choreography, both Radha and Jai will need to face their fears (and their families) if they want a taste of a happily ever after.

Additional cover reveals ↷

A Season Of Sinister Dreams by Tracy Banghart revealed exclusively by The NOVL (October 5, 2020)

Flamefall by Rosaria Munda revealed by Penguin Teen (October 7, 2020)

Sky Breaker by Addie Thorley revealed exclusively by Storygram Tours (October 15, 2020)

Simon Teen 2021 Cover Reveals Week posted exclusively by the Riveted Lit blog (October 19, 2020)

Devil In The Device by Lora Beth Johnson was revealed by Penguin Teen (October 21, 2020)

Hani and Ishu’s Guide To Fake Dating by Adiba Jaigirdar revealed through We Need Diverse Books (October 21, 2020)

Six Crimson Cranes by Elizabeth Lim was revealed exclusively by the author through Twitter (October 23, 2020)

Me (Moth) by Amber McBride was revealed exclusively by the author (October 26, 2020)

The Desolation’s Of The Devil’s Acre by Ransom Riggs was revealed exclusively through Penguin Teen (October 27, 2020)

Mina And The Undead by Amy McCaw had its cover revealed exclusively by the author (October 31, 2020)