YA Books We Cannot Wait to Read in 2016

YA Books We Cannot Wait to Read in 2016

Half Lost – Sally Green (March)

Scattered and pursued by the Council’s Hunters, only a bold new strategy can save the rebels from defeat. They need the missing half of Gabriel’s amulet. Combined with Nathan’s own Gifts, the amulet might be enough to end the bloody civil war between Black and White witches once and for all…

Lady Midnight – Cassandra Clare (March)

The Shadowhunters of L.A. star in the 1st in new series, The Dark Artifices, a sequel to the Mortal Instruments series. It’s been 5 years since the events that brought the Shadowhunters to the brink of oblivion. Emma Carstairs is no longer a child in mourning, and is bent on avenging her losses.

Head Over Heels – Holly Smale (April)

For once, Harriet knows exactly how her life should go. She’s got it ALL planned out. So her friends seem less than happy, Harriet is determined to Make Things Happen! If only everyone else would stick to the script…But is following the rules going to break hearts for GEEK GIRL?

A Court of Mist and Fury – Sarah J. Maas (May)

Feyre survived Amarantha’s clutches to return to the Spring Court. As she navigates its dark web of politics, passion, and power, a greater evil looms – and she might be key to stopping it. But only if she can harness her harrowing gifts, heal her fractured soul, and decide how to shape the future.

Throne of Glass 5 – Sarah J. Maas (Sept)

The long path to the throne has only just begun for Aelin. As the kingdoms of Erilea fracture around her, enemies must become allies and war looms on all horizons, the only chance for salvation lies in a desperate quest that may mark the end of everything Aelin holds dear.

Flawed – Cecelia Ahern (March)

In this stunning novel, bestselling author Cecelia Ahern depicts a society in which perfection is paramount and mistakes are punished. And where one young woman decides to take a stand that could cost her everything.

Desolation – Derek Landy (April)

Reeling from their bloody encounter in NYC at the end of Demon Road, Amber and Milo flee north with the Hounds of Hell on their trail. Amber and Milo’s only hope lies within Desolation Hill – a small town with a big secret; a town with a darkness to it, where evil seeps through the very floorboards.

Third Jessie Jefferson – Paige Toon (July)

Is the life of a famous rockstar’s daughter all it’s cracked up to be? And what about dating your fellow band-member just as you hit the bigtime? Jessie is about to get in a whole lot more trouble . . .

The Crown – Kiera Cass (May)

The final novel in the Selection series! Eadlyn didn’t think she would find a real partner among the Selection’s 35 suitors, let alone true love. But sometimes the heart has a way of surprising you…and now Eadlyn must make a choice that feels more difficult than she ever expected.

The Last Star – Rick Yancey (May)

They came to wipe us out, they came to save us. Betrayed first by the Others, and now by ourselves, in these last days Earth’s remaining survivors will need to decide what’s more important: saving themselves … or saving what makes us human.

Cruel Crown – Victoria Aveyard  (April)

Being tasked with planting the seeds of rebellion in Norta is a tougher job than Diana Farley expected. As she travels the land recruiting black market traders, smugglers, and extremists, she stumbles upon a connection that may prove to be the key to the entire operation – Mare Barrow.

Glass Sword – Victoria Aveyard (Feb)

Pursued by the Silver king, Mare sets out to find and recruit other Red-and-Silver fighters to join in the struggle against her oppressors. But Mare finds herself on a deadly path, at risk of becoming exactly the kind of monster she is trying to defeat.

How Hard Can Love be? – Holly Bourne (Feb)

Amber, Evie and Lottie: three girls facing down tough issues with the combined powers of friendship, feminism and cheesy snacks. Both hilarious and heart-rending, this is Amber’s story of how painful – and exhilarating – love can be, following on from Evie’s story in Am I Normal Yet?

Run – Kody Keplinger (June)

Despite everything, Bo and Agnes become best friends. So when Bo shows up in the middle of the night, with police sirens in the distance, desperate to get out of town, Agnes doesn’t hesitate. But running away and not getting caught will require stealing a car, tracking down Bo’s dad, staying ahead of the authorities, and confronting some ugly secrets.

Night Study – Maria V. Snyder (Feb)

Since being kidnapped from the Illiais Jungle as a child, Yelena Zaltana’s life has been fraught with peril. The recent loss of her Soulfinding abilities has endangered her more than ever. As she searches for a way to reclaim her magic, her enemies are closing in, and neither Ixia nor Sitia are safe anymore.

The Raven King – Maggie Stiefvater (March)

All her life, Blue has been warned that she will cause her true love’s death. She doesn’t believe in true love and never thought this would be a problem, but as her life becomes caught up in the strange and sinister world of the Raven Boys, she’s not so sure any more.

Endgame – Chris Ryan (April)

For some time now, Zack Darke has been operating solo, in total secrecy, for a shadowy government organisation. When his handlers are abducted by somebody with a serious personal vendetta against him, Zak has no choice but to go after them.

The Crystal Run – Sheila O’Flanagan (May)

Joe is being chased by bullies from school when he accidentally runs through a portal to another world. He finds himself in a training camp for a group of teenagers who will become Runners. No one is permitted to return and nobody can remain.

Every Exquisite Thing – Matthew Quick (May)

Nanette has always played the role of dutiful daughter, hard-working student, and star athlete. But when a beloved teacher gives her his worn copy of a mysterious, out-of-print cult-classic, the rebel within Nanette awakens. Nanette learns the hard way that sometimes rebellion comes at a high price.

New Guard – Robert Muchamore (June)

Ryan Sharma is a CHERUB agent. Now he’s investigating a double kidnapping, working with mission controller James Adams. In the mission to end all missions, Ryan and James must assemble a team of legendary CHERUB agents to find the hostages and bring them home … The last ever title in the CHERUB series.

The ISIS Trap – Alan Gibbons (July)

A highly-charged, honest and life affirming thriller about ISIS and the ever-raging war on terror.

Book of Lies – Teri Terry (March)

Quinn and Piper are twins that have never met. A tragic event draws them into a family curse that stretches across centuries. One twin can command the darkness; the other could hold the key to breaking the curse. But when lies become truth and truth looks like lies, who can you believe?

Six of Crows – Leigh Bardugo (Sept)

Kaz is offered a chance at a deadly heist that could make him rich beyond his wildest dreams. But he can’t pull it off alone. Six dangerous outcasts. One impossible heist. Kaz’s crew is the only thing that might stand between the world and destruction – if they don’t kill each other first.

Songs About a Girl – Chris Russell (July)

Charlie receives an invitation to take backstage photos for boyband Fire&Lights and is soon caught between lead singer Gabriel and bandmate Olly. As her connection with Gabriel deepens, Charlie stumbles upon a spine-tingling truth: all the songs he has written for their debut album are linked to her.

In the Dark, in the Woods – Eliza Wass (April)

Father wants Castley and her siblings to stay in the family forever. And he’ll do whatever it takes to keep them there, even if it means the Cresswell kids never get to grow up at all …What if survival means Castley must leave her brothers and sisters behind?

The Bone Sparrow – Zana Fraillon (July)

A deeply moving novel about a young boy who’s spent his entire life living in a refugee camp. This is a timely story of survival and bravery, one which reminds us all of the importance of freedom and hope, and the power of a story to speak for anyone who’s ever struggled to find a safe home.

The Reluctant Journal of Henry K. Larsen – Susin Nielsen (Feb)

Henry has moved with his dad to a new city. There he hides from the comically overbearing neighbours and avoids being an obvious target for bullies at his new school. But then he meets Farley and Alberta. And bit by bit, the past begins to come out.

The Loneliness of Distant Beings – Kate Ling (May)

When you’re hurtling through space at thousands of kms an hour, sometimes you have to accept there are things you cannot change. Except that the arrival of Dom in Seren’s life changes everything in ways she can barely comprehend. He becomes the sun for her, and she can’t help but stay in his orbit.

Orangeboy – Patrice Lawrence (June)

16 yr old Marlon has made his mum a promise – he’ll never follow his big brother, Andre, down the wrong path. So far, it’s been easy, but when a date ends in tragedy, Marlon finds himself hunted. They’re after the mysterious Mr Orange, and they’re going to use Marlon to get to him.

King Slayer – Virginia Boecker (June)

Elizabeth Grey’s former master Blackwell has crowned himself King of Anglia. Handing over the powers of her stigma to save the life of the boy she loves has changed him beyond all recognition. With only her own strength and skill to rely on, can she hope to overcome Blackwell?

Love and Other Man-Made Disasters – Nicola Doherty (June)

Forced to go on a family skiing holiday with her Mum’s new husband and twin step-brothers, Juno doesn’t hold much hope for surviving. Until she meets ski-instructor, Boy; gruff, mysterious and just a bit hairy. Can Juno conquer her fears and find love too?

The Loose Ends List – Carrie Firestone (June)

Gram has booked her family onto a secret death-with-dignity ship. She has terminal cancer, and is determined to leave the world in her own way. But despite the glamorous destinations, Maddie knows she is on the brink of losing Gram, and she struggles to find the strength to let go.

Eight Rivers of Shadow – Leo Hunt (July)

Luke used to be one of the most popular boys at school before his necromancer father died and left him a host of vengeful ghosts that wanted him dead. Now everyone thinks he’s a freak. To make matters worse, the mysterious new girl at school is the daughter of his father’s deadliest enemy…

The Creeper Man – Dawn Kurtagich (July)

When Silla and Nori escape London Aunt Cath’s country house feels like a safe haven. But things slowly begin to unravel. Aunt Cath locks herself in the attic, the forest inches slowly towards the house, and Nori claims that a man watches them from the dark forest. A man with no eyes who creeps ever closer.

The Hawkweed Prophecy – Irena Brignull (June)

One of the Hawkweeds will be queen of the witches. Bound by their unlikely friendship and the boy they both love, Poppy and Ember try and find their place in the world. But the time of the prophecy draws nearer – and the witches won’t give up the throne without a fight.

Queen of Hearts – Colleen Oakes (May)

Dinah is the future Queen of Hearts, who will one day reign over Wonderland. Unaware of the dark depths of her kingdom; she longs only for her father’s approval and to reign with the boy she loves. But when a betrayal breaks her heart and threatens her throne, Dinah is launched into the dangers of Wonderland.

Red Witch – Anna McKerrow (March)

In the Redworld, with Bran by her side, unrestrained by her former life, Melz knows she can reach her true potential. But the world Bran wants to give Melz is ravaged by war and violence. Melz may be more powerful than ever, but even great power can be a curse when used against you.

The Monstrous Child – Francesca Simon (May)

Meet Hel, an ordinary teenager – and goddess of the Underworld. Hel tries to make the best of it, creating gleaming halls in her dark kingdom and welcoming the dead who she is forced to host for eternity. Until eternity itself is threatened.

The Smell of Other People’s Houses – Bonnie-Sue Hitchcock (April)

Four very different lives are about to become entangled. Because if we don’t save each other, how can we begin to save ourselves?

Rebel, Bully, Geek, Pariah – Erin Lange (March)

Four teenagers, never destined to be friends – one rebel, one bully, one geek and one pariah, find themselves on the run from corrupt police officers in a stolen police car. How can you prove your innocence when the people who are supposed to protect you are the ones out to get you?

The Inquisition – Taran Matharu (May)

On trial for a crime he did not commit, Fletcher must face the Inquisition who will decide his future – the process is gruelling, lead by those who will do anything to see him suffer and haunted by ghosts from the past with clues to Fletcher’s tragic origins.

See How They Run – Ally Carter (Jan)

The 2nd book in the EMBASSY ROW series. Grace thought finding her mother’s killer would bring her peace. But the truth has only made her a target. On Embassy Row, trust is a luxury. And a girl like Grace should be very careful about which secrets she brings to light…

This Raging Light – Estelle Laure (Jan)

Lucille has bigger problems than falling for her best friend’s unavailable brother. Her mom has gone, leaving her to look after her sister, Wren. With bills mounting up and appearances to keep, Lucille is raging against her life but holding it together – just.

Chasing the Stars – Malorie Blackman (April)

Olivia and twin brother Aidan are heading back to Earth following the virus that wiped out the rest of their crew. Nathan is part of a community heading in the other direction. Their lives unexpectedly collided, Nathan and Olivia are instantly attracted to each other, deeply, head-over-heels.

Rebel of the Sands – Alwyn Hamilton (Feb)

The first in a trilogy packed with shooting contests, train robberies, festivals under the stars, powerful Djinni magic and an electrifying love story.

Riverkeep – Martin Stewart (April)

Martin Stewart’s debut novel is an astonishing blend of the literary, the comedic, and the emotionally resonant. In a sentence, it’s The Wizard of Oz as told by Patrick Ness. It marks the beginning of a remarkable career.

The Shadow Queen – C. J. Redwine (March)

When the queen’s huntsman – a dragon-shifting king – tracks down Lorelai, sparks fly between them. Can the king overcome his predator side – and can Irina’s dark magic be defeated?

Crush – Eve Ainsworth (March)

The dark and compelling tale of an abusive teen relationship, told from the perspective of the victim, fourteen-year-old Anna.