Two Upcoming May Releases for YA Foodies

On Instagram, I mainly follow two types of accounts: authors and foodies. I love devouring both well crafted words and well presented plates and—luckily for me—sometimes these two passions combine. Next month, Somewhere Only We Know by Maurene Goo and With the Fire on High by Elizabeth Acevedo will join the bookshelves. While I cannot wait for other readers to meet Lucky, Jack, and Emoni, I’m also impatient for my taste buds to meet all the outrageously delicious dishes.

Somewhere Only We Know by Maurene Goo

As all good stories do, Somewhere Only We Know begins with food: Lucky, an exhausted K-pop star, sneaks out of her hotel room and is on the hunt for a hamburger. She meets Jack, a tabloid photographer who doesn’t immediately recognize her. They embark on a spontaneous twenty-four hour tour of Hong Kong. The two find themselves sharing spicy food and sweet moments as they question what they owe to themselves and to the world. 

Between ice cream sundaes, steaming bowls of congee, and crisp shawarma, it becomes apparent Jack is kind, sensitive, and very, very conflicted (as he should be). Lucky is bold, confident, and hilarious. She’s unabashedly herself, especially while eating all things every chance she gets.

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Goo writes about food with such color and vibrance I was ready to start eating the pages. In Somewhere Only We Know, she does not simply focus on the aesthetics of the dish; instead, she focuses on each complicated layer. (And I think she owes us all some bao after putting us through such emotional turmoil, gasping laughter, and irrepressible food cravings.)

With the Fire on High by Elizabeth Acevedo book coverWith the Fire on High by Elizabeth Acevedo

Have you ever entered someone’s house while they’re cooking and suddenly wanted to bottle the scent? I guarantee that’s what I’d do if I ever visited Emoni from With the Fire on HighEmoni has been a single mom since early on in high school. She loves nothing more than her daughter, but she has always been drawn towards cooking. When Emoni has the opportunity to travel to Spain as part of the cooking course at her high school, she has to figure out how to balance being a mother and a chef.

Every time Emoni makes a dish, the food is infused with both flavor and emotion. From sweet potato with red pepper aioli, to pork shoulder in a sour orange marinade, she crafts delectable dishes throughout the book. At the end of each section, recipes are included with notes to warm hearts. Acevedo starts off the book with a recipe for Lemon Verbena Tembleque, writing, “Serves: Your heart when you are missing someone you love.”

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With the Fire on High is deliciously crafted not only because of the food content, but also because of Emoni’s relationship with her daughter Emma. Even in moments of tension or stress, Emoni puts Emma first. Acevedo leaves the reader with not only inspiration to get cooking, but also the hope that there is always a path to pursue our passions.

Maurene Goo and Elizabeth Acevedo’s upcoming releases are everything hungry readers are looking to taste and I don’t think the release dates can come fast enough. Too impatient to wait for these foodie reads to come out? Check out these five YA books to devour with your favorite snack. Interested in reading more about Lucky and Jack? Read an excerpt from Somewhere Only We Know here.

10 New And Upcoming Political YA Books To Add to Your TBR

Though we know every book is political, there are some that take on politics and social issues harder than most. While challenging harmful governments is nothing new in YA (Hunger Games, anyone?), after the 2016 presidential election we’ve seen a spike in YA books more ready and less apologetic about taking down the patriarchy, destroying white supremacy, raising our voices, and drawing clear lines in the sand. We’ve already created a list of ten, but we all need more. Here are ten more new political YA books to read that have recently come out or are coming out soon.

Internment by Samira Ahmed

Though it began with a curfew and her boyfriend’s family prohibiting him from seeing her, it ends with Layla and her family in an internment camp for Muslim Americans. Along with other captives, her boyfriend on the outside, and an alliance with one of the guards, Layla leads a revolt against the camp’s director in a fight for their freedom.

Girls on the Verge by Sharon Biggs Waller

On the very night Camille learns she’s gotten into a prestigious theater program, she also learns she’s pregnant. Unable to tell her parents, and with her best friend Bea not agreeing with her choice to have an abortion, Camille attempts to solve her problem alone.  But in 2014 Texas, a year after Governor Rick Perry called a special session to vote on a bill that would close most of Texas’s abortion clinics, a desperate Camille  turns to theater acquaintance Annabelle, who offers to drive Camille wherever she needs to go to have the abortion; as the girls set off on their road trip, Bea decides she’d like to come too.

White Rose by Kip Wilson

Inspired by the true story of Sophie Scholl, this novel-in-verse tells the story of the White Rose, a non-violent resistance group led by Sophie and her brother Hans. Disillusioned by the Nazi propaganda overtaking Germany, college student Sophie joins her brother and his fellow soldiers in challenging the Nazi regime. Writing and distributing pamphlets to the public, they become the White Rose, their small network publicly criticizing the Nazis and calling upon German citizens to take action. Until the White Rose, and Sophie and her brother, are discovered by the Gestapo.

We Set the Dark on Fire  by Tehlor Kay Mejia

Daniella Vargas is a student of the Medio School for Girls, where distinguished young women are trained to perform one of two roles in the households of their husbands. A Primera will run the house and act as her husband’s right hand, and a Segunda will be the nurturer and have children. At Dani’s graduation, she’s placed with an important politico husband, and her future seems secured, despite his Segunda being her school rival Carmen. But Dani’s pedigree is built on forged documents and could fall apart in a moment if she’s exposed, as a rebel group threatens to do unless she spies on her new husband for them.

On The Come Up by Angie Thomas

Bri wants to be the greatest rapper of all time, but it’s hard to get there when trouble at school leads to her being labeled a hoodlum. Frustrated and angry, Bri channels her emotions into her first real song, and it goes viral, but for all the wrong reasons. Now the public’s made up its mind about Bri, casting her as a threat, but with her mom out of a job and bills piling up, it’s more important than ever that Bri find a way to make it. And if making it means becoming what the world wants her to be, Bri might be willing to do it.

A Very Large Expanse of Sea cover imageA Very Large Expanse of Sea by Tahereh Mafi

Taking place soon after 9/11, this semi-autobiographical novel follows Shirin, a 16-year-old Muslim girl who wears a hijab. After enduring degrading comments, stares, and physical violence due to her race and religion—not to mention the constant moving—Shirin withdraws from the world, instead finding solace in music and breakdancing. Then she meets Ocean James, a white boy who seems to really want to get to know her, chipping away at Shirin’s shell.

The Fever King CoverThe Fever King by Victoria Lee

After a magical virus kills his family and nearly kills him, Noam Alvaro awakens a technopath. His new ability gains the attention of the minister of defense, who offers to educate Noam about his magic. As the child of undocumented immigrants, Noam spent most of his life seeking a way to make change, and now Noam sees an opportunity to turn his magic against Carolinia’s government, ruthlessly turning away refugees at the border. But after meeting the minister’s cruel but beautiful son, Noam must decide how far he’s willing to go for the greater good.

Watch Us Rise by Renee Watson and Ellen Hagan

Tired of the way girls are treated at their progressive NYC high school, Jasmine and Chelsea start a Women’s Rights Club. Posting everything online—from Jasmine’s responses to racial microaggressions and Chelsea’s poetry—the two go viral. And then come the trolls. When the principal shuts down their club, Jasmine and Chelsea are forced to take a stand and make sure their voices—as well as those of the other girls—are heard.

The Exact Opposite of Okay by Laura Steven

Aspiring comedian Izzie O’Neil has always been able to laugh her way out of any situation, but the laughs are harder to come by when photos of her having sex with a politician’s son are put online, making her the center of high school gossip and then a national scandal.

The Grace Year by Kim Liggett (September 17, Wednesday Books)

Each year, the 16-year-old girls in Tierney’s village are banished into the woods for their grace year. Told they have the power to lure men to damnation and their communities to ruin, the girls are sent to the wilderness to purge their magic so they can return home pure, harmless, and marriageable. But not all the girls come home. Tierney, practical and trained in nature by her father, might have a better chance of survival than most, but once her grace year begins she realizes that it’s neither the poachers hunting them nor the elements that are the greatest danger, but the girls themselves.

12 Young Adult Books That Address Religion

Religion is making a comeback in young adult literature. While secular books with a spiritual aspect may have previously been frowned upon, books about the spiritual journeys of teenagers are becoming easier and easier to find. The religious experiences of these characters are mixed: some have experienced abuse or assault in the name of religion and have been driven away from their beliefs. Others are more at home and at ease with their faith. Many of these characters are in the in-between, trying to figure out how to reconcile what they’ve been taught by their religious communities with their personal convictions, identities, and reactions to the world. The truth is that religious belief can often be a complicated thing for an individual, and most people of faith experience doubt, questioning, and disillusionment at one time or another. These books take that complex nature of spirituality and intertwine it with the everyday experiences of regular teens.

A Very Large Expanse of Sea by Tahereh Mafi

This story takes place the year after 9/11. Shirin is a Muslim teen trying to survive high school. Her hijab makes her a target for jeers, stereotypes, and even physical violence. Shirin keeps her head down at school, doesn’t make friends, and definitely doesn’t date boys. But when a boy named Ocean wants to hang out with her, Shirin finds herself drawn to him, and eventually starts dating him. Ocean quickly finds out the cost of being with a Muslim girl. After he and Shirin are victims of racist discrimination and pranks, Shirin suddenly becomes popular after she nails a breakdancing routine at the school talent show. But Shirin feels confused rather than comforted; after all, these are the same people who hated her before. Mafi’s writing shines in this sweeping story about what it means to be a Muslim teen in America.

The Dangerous Art of Blending In by Angelo Surmelis

Evan Panos is gay, but he has to keep it a secret, especially from his Mom. His traditional Greek mother believes that Evan is a deviant and regularly subjects him to physical and verbal abuse. Evan and his best friend Henry begin to fall for each other, which gives Evan a respite from the constant abuse. But when Evan’s mother forces him to go confess to their priest, and Evan tells his priest about the abuse he’s endured, Evan finds out that no one is going to protect him. This book is about the courage of a tortured young man, and it’s not for the faint of heart.

Heretics Anonymous by Katie HenryHeretics Anonymous by Katie Henry

An unlikely group of misfits comes together in this book to create their own secret society called Heretics Anonymous. There’s an atheist, a Catholic girl who wants to be a priest, a pagan, a gay Jew, and a guy who just wants to wear capes. They find a place to belong in each other, despite their differences, and the group finds unity in a cause: to make their Catholic high school more progressive and less legalistic. But when their plans backfire, can the group survive? Heretics Anonymous is a story about interfaith relationships and mutual respect for others’ beliefs, but it’s also a story about a group of teens who have big dreams and hopes for a better world.

That Thing We Call a Heart by Sheba Karim

Shabnam and Farah are best friends. Shabnam is Pakistani American, and though her mother is a Muslim, Shabnam has not really been raised in the faith. She is a little unsure of herself and afraid to speak her mind. Farah is her opposite: confident, punk, and a practicing Muslim. But after winter break of their senior year, Farah returns to school wearing a hijab. Shabnam is hurt that Farah wouldn’t tell her about her decision to wear a hijab, and her resentment puts up a wall between the two girls. When a student calls Farah a terrorist and Shabnam doesn’t defend her, the friendship is ruined. They go their separate ways until after they’ve graduated, when Shabnam has fallen in love only to find out her boyfriend just wanted a summer fling and was drawn to her “exoticness.” Finally, Farah and Shabnam talk about the hurt between them and forge a path toward healing. This is a story of friendship, love, and the perils of religious discrimination.

Dress Codes for Small Towns by Courtney Stevens

Billie is the preacher’s daughter, and everyone knows it. They also know she’s a tomboy. Though Billie identifies as a girl, she likes to dress and act like a boy, and that doesn’t sit well with some of the church people. Billie pushes against fitting into any box while simultaneously feeling the pressure of being the preacher’s kid. Billie realizes that she’s developed feelings for two of her friends—one, Woods, a boy, and the other, Janie Lee, a girl. At first, she keeps quiet, not wanting to upset her group of friends or the community. Plus, Billie’s trying to figure out her sexuality for herself. I really connected with this because I’m a preacher’s daughter, and there was always this idea that people were watching me and expecting me to perfect. This was a great read about a young woman navigating the tenacious teen years while trying to understand her own identity.

You Asked For Perfect by Laura Silverman

Ariel Stone is a senior trying to be the valedictorian and get into Harvard, and he just failed a Calculus test. Ariel asks a classmate named Amir to tutor him, and though Ariel’s Jewish and Amir’s Muslim, the boys fall for each other. But Ariel’s not sure he can handle the pressure of yet another thing in his life. Ariel’s rabbi encourages him to be gentle with himself, and over the course of the narrative, Ariel learns that imperfection is okay. Judaism plays largely in this book, with references to food, synagogue visits, and a family that practices Shabbat every Friday, and it was refreshing to see a teen with religious beliefs. However, all the diverse representation in this book was not simply for the purpose of representation. This was a lovely story about the struggle of academic pressure, new love, and learning to embrace imperfection.

The Names They Gave Us by Emery Lord

Lucy Hansson has a good life: loving parents, a great boyfriend, and a strong faith in God. Then her mom’s cancer comes back and everything Lucy knows unravels. Her boyfriend breaks up with her, God is distant, and instead of attending the Christian summer camp her parents run, Lucy ends up being a counselor at a camp for kids who have experienced trauma or difficult times. Lucy is a fish out of water at first and isn’t sure how to relate to the diverse group of camp counselors, including a trans kid and a pregnant teen. But soon Lucy discovers the beauty in this group of people, lets go of her judgment, and becomes friends with them. A boy named Jones in particular seems to deeply understand Lucy’s angst towards God in light of her mom’s illness. When a family secret is revealed, Lucy discovers that even the most devout of Christians aren’t perfect, and that’s okay.

saints and misfits cover imageSaints and Misfits by S.K. Ali

Janna puts people into three categories: Saints, Misfits, and Monsters. She herself feels like a misfit: she doesn’t quite fit in with her Muslim community, but she doesn’t quite fit in with the kids at school, either. When a young man widely considered to be a Saint in the Muslim community turns out to be more of a Monster, Janna begins to question her Islamic beliefs. This story is about a teenager trying to figure out what she believes, and we learn that there’s not one right way to be a Muslim.

A Time to Dance by Padma Venkatraman

Set in India, this novel in verse is about a Veda, a teenager who has spent her life training to be classical Bharatanatyam dancer. Then tragedy hits: Veda is injured in an accident and her leg has to be amputated. Veda is devastated but determined: she is fitted with a prosthetic leg and returns to dance training, though dancing is nothing like it was before. Then she meets Govinda, a young man who approaches dancing as a spiritual practice, and he helps Veda rediscover her passion. This story is about a young woman dealing with a life-changing loss, with the drama of teenage relationships, and with her own growing spirituality.

Devoted: A Novel by Jennifer Mathieu

Rachel comes from a family of ten children. Her family are members of a strict fundamentalist Christian cult, and Rachel is homeschooled and sheltered from the world. Rachel is tired of the controlling rules and denigration of women in her family and church. One day she stumbles upon the website of Lauren Sullivan, a girl who left their church and struck out on her own. The two of them start emailing, and Rachel begins to realize that she has the power to choose her life. She must decide whether she will stay in an oppressive situation or abandon her family to discover her own freedom.

Rapture Practice by Aaron Hartzler

This book is a YA memoir about a boy who was raised in a strict fundamentalist Christian home. Aaron grows up looking forward to the rapture, when Jesus will return, and helping his mom teach the neighborhood kids about God. However, as Aaron enters his teen years, he begins to question his faith. His parents are constantly berating him for everything from buying a secular CD to watching TV, telling him that this is not how the Lord wants him to act. His parents enroll him in a very conservative private school to try to control him, but Aaron pushes back. When Aaron realizes that he’s gay, his internal struggle intensifies. This book was a little hard to read because I was so appalled by the way religious legalism led to what I would call verbal and spiritual abuse. However, Aaron holds to one tenet of his faith: grace. He ends the book by offering his parents mercy instead of hatred.

A Ring of Endless Light by Madeleine L’Engle

Vicky Austin and her family are staying at her grandfather’s island home for the summer to help take care of him. He is sick with cancer, and Vicky hates watching him deteriorate over the summer weeks. Her grandfather is a retired minister, and Vicky can’t understand why God would let him suffer. Amid her faith wrestling, Vicky finds comfort in a young man named Adam Eddington, a college student who’s studying marine biology on the island. Adam introduces Vicky to three dolphins he’s researching, and Vicky finds that she has a deep, almost spiritual connection with the creatures. In addition to Adam, two other boys vie for Vicky’s attention, leaving Vicky a bit confused. This novel deftly captures the experience of a teen dealing with confusing teenage relationships but also grappling with death and faith. This classic story still shines in 2019.

3 on a YA Theme: YA Books Set in the 1970s

This list of books set in the 1970s is sponsored by Roar, an imprint of Lion Forge.

After stepping on a crack and breaking her mother’s back, Alex Mills must journey to Haphaven, the world where Earth’s superstitions draw their power. All she needs is a rabbit’s foot to save her mom but retrieving it won’t be easy. Not only is the lucky foot guarded by Haphaven’s most formidable creature, the Jinx, there’s also a forest full of trees that knock back, people named Penny who don’t like to be picked up, and a vindictive black cat who will not be crossed. Haphaven by Norm Harper and Louie Joyce is in stores now from Lion Forge’s Roar imprint!


I get a kick out of reading YA books set in the 1970s, as my parents graduated from high school in 1974. It’s fun reading about teens in the decade that my parents were teenagers and imagining what their lives were like back then. Believe it or not, these books are technically considered historical fiction in YA, even though they took place not that long ago. These three YA books set in the 1970s cover important moments and issues that dominated the decade, and give us a peek what what it was like when the Baby Boomers were teens.

Dreams of Significant GirlsDreams of Significant Girls by Cristina García

Three very different girls become unlikely friends when they’re assigned as roommates in a Swiss summer boarding school in 1971. Although they’re from vastly different backgrounds, they form an unbreakable bond that weathers school years spent apart and is reaffirmed each summer when they reunite. Through their connection, the girls come of age and reckon with family secrets while striving to find their own paths.

The Smell of Other People's HousesThe Smell of Other People’s Houses by Bonnie-Sue Hitchcock

In this lyrical debut, four teens find unexpected connection and luck in 1970s Alaska: Ruth has a secret, but she won’t be able to keep it for very long. Dora has led a difficult life, but an unexpected windfall will bring change—and not always the good kind. All Alyce wants to do is dance, but a future beyond a fishing boat seems impossible to imagine. And Hank and his brothers make the brave choice to run away from an abusive home—only to find more danger. Hitchcock weaves these four storylines together in a surprising and exciting way.

Girls Like UsGirls Like Us by Randi Pink

Four girls, all from different backgrounds, all dealing the reality of an unplanned pregnancy in the summer of 1972. From rural Georgia to Chicago, Pink tells the story of what it meant to be a pregnant young woman the year before Roe vs. Wade was decided by the Supreme Court.

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20 YA Books To Add To Your Spring TBR

Spring has almost sprung, which means it’s time for a new season of books to add into your reading rotation. From magical teens and love stories to sci-fi adventures—check out these 20 YA books to add to your spring TBR.

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The Princess and the Fangirl from 20 YA Books To Add To Your Spring TBR | bookriot.comThe Princess and the Fangirl by Ashley Poston (April 2, 2019, from Quirk Books)

This companion to Geekerella reimagines The Prince and the Pauper in the best way possible: at a con! Jess is tired of being typecast after her role as the iconic space princess, Amara. Basically, she’s over it, the franchise, and the toxic fans. Imogene Lovelace is on a mission to save her favorite character in the Starfield franchise: Princess Amara. When their paths cross, the two girls, who look uncannily similar, wind up switching places and realizing just how good their own lives were to begin with in the process.

The Meaning of Birds from 20 YA Books To Add To Your Spring TBR | bookriot.comThe Meaning of Birds by Jaye Robin Brown (April 16, 2019, from HarperTeen)

The author of Georgia Peaches and Other Forbidden Fruit is back with a new novel, this time about high school student Jess. Before Vivi, Jess struggled with anger issues, but Vivi helped her see how she could harness those feelings into her art. After Vivi passes away suddenly in the middle of Jess’s senior year, it seems like nothing—not the future, not art school, not anything—matters anymore. It’ll take the help of a new friend and a new way to channel all those emotions to find a way through life without Vivi—but maybe it will be possible after all.

Hot Dog Girl from 20 YA Books To Add To Your Spring TBR | bookriot.comHot Dog Girl by Jennifer Dugan (April 30, 2019, from Putnam)

Lou finally landed a job at Magic Castle Playground…as a giant dancing hot dog. To make matters worse, her longtime crush is dating the princess of the park; her best friend, who’s always been up for anything, suddenly isn’t interested in Lou setting her up with the perfect girl; and, worst of all, if they can’t find some way to save the park this might be their last summer at Magic Castle Playground. Ever. What’s a hot dog girl to do?

Considering this one comes highly recommended by Becky Albertalli (author of Simon Vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda and What If It’s Us) I am 1000% on board and ready to read this one.

Her Royal Highness from 20 YA Books To Add To Your Spring TBR | bookriot.comHer Royal Highness by Rachel Hawkins (May 7, 2019, from G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers)

This companion novel to Royals is all about Millie, who applies to a boarding school as far from Houston as possible after a bad breakup. The highlands of Scotland seem like the perfect place to get away and move on with her life. Except her roommate is a total princess. A literal Scottish princess, actually. Flora is high class and high key, but before Millie knows it, she’s found herself a new best friend and maybe even girlfriend. But there’s no way it will work out, because real life isn’t a fairytale—is it?

Aurora RisingAurora Rising from 20 YA Books To Add To Your Spring TBR | bookriot.com by Jay Kristoff and Amie Kaufman (May 7, 2019, from Knopf Books for Young Readers)

Tyler Jones is at the top of his class at the Aurora Academy, ready to graduate and recruit his own squad. But when he answers a distress call the night before Draft Day, rescuing the last survivor of a lost starship from cryo-sleep, he winds up with the last dregs of recruits. Now he’s stuck leading a team of misfits along with a girl out of time and space…who may just be the catalyst for a war several million years the making.

This new sci-fi series from the authors of Illuminae sounds incredible and action-packed, and I am here for it.

Kings, Queens, and In-Betweens from 20 YA Books To Add To Your Spring TBR | bookriot.comKings, Queens, and In-Betweens by Tanya Boteju (May 7, 2019, from Simon Pulse)

Nima Kumara-Clark is ready for a change. She’s totally over her town, way too in love with her straight best friend, and still reeling from her mom’s recent departure. Then, Nima suddenly finds herself immersed in the drag scene. This new world of kings and queens could show Nima a way to finally really accept herself and find love, but she’ll have to accept some love lost first.

Tinfoil Crowns from 20 YA Books To Add To Your Spring TBR | bookriot.comTinfoil Crowns by Erin Jones (May 7, 2019, from Flux)

Fit is an Internet star, entertaining her fans through her countless videos. If she can make it big, maybe she can finally make it out of her casino-filled town and the small apartment she shares with her brother and grandfather. But when her estranged mother is released from prison and comes to live with them, Fit is outraged. She was the one her mother tried to kill in a fit of postpartum psychosis, after all. But if there’s one thing her fans love more than a tragedy, it’s a heartwarming story of a family reunion. But is faking a happy relationship with her mother really worth it?

With the Fire on High from 20 YA Books To Add To Your Spring TBR | bookriot.comWith the Fire on High by Elizabeth Acevedo (May 7, 2019, from HarperTeen)

Emoni Santiago has more than enough on her plate, between her young daughter and caring for her abuela. She just doesn’t have time for anything else. But when she gets in the kitchen, it’s like everything else just melts away. Which makes it so much worse that she doesn’t really have the time for her school’s culinary arts class and definitely doesn’t have the money for the class trip to Spain. Still. When she starts cooking, there’s nothing that can stop her. And maybe that’s enough.

After Elizabeth Acevedo’s first novel, The Poet X, I can’t wait to see what she does with The Fire on High!

The Lost Coast from 20 YA Books To Add To Your Spring TBR | bookriot.comThe Lost Coast by Amy Rose Capetta (May 14, 2019, from Candlewick)

Six queer witches forge their way amongst the magic and secrets of the California redwoods. Danny wasn’t sure why she picked out Tempest when her mom held out a map and told her to pick a town. Turns out it wasn’t an accident. A group of teen witches called the Grays cast a spell to bring her here. They think Danny can help them find their missing friend Imogen, but instead she finds a boy with a branch through his heart. Something very wrong is going on in the forest, and it’s up to these teen witches to figure it out.

There's Something About Sweetie from 20 YA Books To Add To Your Spring TBR | bookriot.comThere’s Something about Sweetie by Sandhya Menon (May 14, 2019, from Simon Pulse)

This companion to When Dimple Met Rishi follow’s Rishi younger brother, Ashish, whose parents have decided to set him up. They insist on him being with a nice Indian American girl. Enter: Sweetie Nair. She’s fat, and as far as her parents are concerned that’s the kiss of death. Which means Sweetie and Ashish both have a lot to prove with this relationship. Can they find something special amidst all that madness?

The Bone Charmer from 20 YA Books To Add To Your Spring TBR | bookriot.comThe Bone Charmer by Breeana Shields (May 21, 2019, from Page Street Kids)

There is nothing more powerful than bones in Saskia’s world. When her bones are read on the day of the keening, her worst fears come true: she’s a Bone Charmer like her mother before her. But a broken bone causes a split in Saskia’s future—two diverging paths, lived out simultaneously. Only one can become her real future, but Saskia’s life is now at risk in both.

Kingsbane from 20 YA Books To Add To Your Spring TBR | bookriot.comKingsbane by Claire Legrand (May 21, 2019, from Sourcebooks Fire)

The second book in Claire Legrand’s heart-stopping Furyborn series picks up with the intertwined stories of Rielle Dardenne, recently declared the Sun Queen, and Eliana Ferracora, who, several centuries later, learns she is the true Sun Queen. Her fears of becoming another Rielle have left her powers unpredictable and dangerous. But how do you learn to wear a crown you never wanted?

The first book in this series was almost impossible to put down, and I can’t wait to see where this next book takes us.

The Voice in my Head from 20 YA Books To Add To Your Spring TBR | bookriot.comThe Voice in My Head by Dana L. Davis (May 28, 2019, from Harlequin Teen)

Indigo and Violet are identical twins, once inseparable, who have drifted apart—for good reason. Violet is terminally ill and plans to soon end her life on her own terms. But when Indigo hears a mysterious voice claiming to be God and insisting that if she takes her sister to a rock in the Arizona desert, her sister will live, she isn’t sure what to believe. Violet agrees to go—but only if their incredibly dysfunctional family joins them. Indigo can’t stand her distant mother and controlling big sister, but she’s willing to try anything to save her sister. And when a series of devastating secrets are revealed, Indigo has to come to terms with her family and with the voice in her head.

Deviate from 20 YA Books To Add To Your Spring TBR | bookriot.comDeviate by Jay Kristoff (May 2019 from Knopf Books For Young Readers)

The sequel to Lifelike (and, yes, another book by Jay Kristoff on this list). Lemon Fresh has been separated from her friends: Ezekiel, still searching to be reunited with his love Ana, and Cricket, who’s fallen into possession of the fanatical Brotherhood. Lemon’s recently discovered abilities to manipulate electricity marks her as a deviate. Now dangerous operatives are hunting her down. But a group of teenage deviates may just hold the secrets to Lemon’s mysterious past. Meanwhile, back inside Babel, Eve is hatching a plan that could end the world once and for all.

If It Makes You Happy from 20 YA Books To Add To Your Spring TBR | bookriot.comIf It Makes You Happy by Claire Kann (June 4, 2019, from Swoon Reads)

Claire Kann’s second novel, following Let’s Talk About Love. Winnie’s spending her last summer before college working at her granny’s diner. She dreams of inheriting the restaurant someday, but if she can’t make some money fast, there may be no diner left to inherit. Her plan? To enter a televised cooking competition. If only her grandmother had any intention of letting her do it.

Tell Me How You Really Feel from 20 YA Books To Add To Your Spring TBR | bookriot.comTell Me How You Really Feel by Aminah Mae Safi (June 11, 2019, from Feiwel & Friends)

A new book from the author of Not The Girls You’re Looking For. Sana and Rachel couldn’t be more different. Sana is a straight A cheerleader. Rachel is a wannabe director, obsessed with movies. And she might have just found the perfect lead for her new short film: Sana. The only problem? Rachel hates Sana. She has ever since Sana asked her out, and she assumed it was some kind of cruel prank. But…what if it wasn’t? Maybe these two strong willed young women will find a way to each other after all.

This Time Will Be Different from 20 YA Books To Add To Your Spring TBR | bookriot.comThis Time Will Be Different by Misa Sugiura (June 4, 2019, from HarperTeen)

The author of It’s Not Like It’s a Secret is back with her second book. CJ Katsuyama has never been able to live up to her mother’s type A ambition. She’s just happy to help out at her aunt’s flower shop. But when CJ’s mom decides to sell the shop—to the same family who swindled CJ’s grandparents when Japanese Americans were sent to internment camps during WWII—she thinks she’s finally found something worth fighting for.

The Sol Majestic from 20 YA Books To Add To Your Spring TBR | bookriot.comThe Sol Majestic by Ferrett Steinmetz (June 11, 2019, from Tor Books)

Described as the perfect read for fans of Becky Chambers and The Good Place (yes and more yes), The Sol Majestic tells the story of an aspirational teen guru. But when Kenna wins a free dinner at the galaxy’s most illustrious restaurant, everything changes. It seems like the perfect chance to get access to the galaxy’s one percent, but then Kenna learns that his free meal could lead The Sol Majestic into financial ruin. Along with a motley gang of newfound friends, Kenna must concoct a scheme to save the restaurant and everything they hold dear.

Patron Saints of Nothing from 20 YA Books To Add To Your Spring TBR | bookriot.comPatron Saints of Nothing by Randy Ribay (June 18, 2019, from Kokila)

A powerful coming of age story about a young Filipino American who learns that his cousin was killed in President Duterte’s war on drugs. No one in Jay’s family wants to talk about what happened, but he is determined to find out the truth. But the truth isn’t always easy to handle. As Jay travels to the Philippines to uncover what really happened, he has to reckon with the many sides of his cousin and the events leading up to his death—and the role Jay unwittingly played in it.

Wicked Fox from 20 YA Books To Add To Your Spring TBR | bookriot.comWicked Fox by Kat Cho (June 25, 2019, from G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers)

Modern day Seoul is the perfect place for a gumiho to hide in plain sight. Nobody notices a few missing men, the kind whose energy 18-year-old Gu Miyoung has to feed on to survive. But when she comes across Jihoon, a human boy, being attacked by a goblin, she goes against her instincts to rescue him, losing her gumiho soul in the process. The two form a tenuous friendship, but ultimately Minyoung will have to make a devastating choice between Jihoon and her own immortal soul.

If you want to find more upcoming releases for your 2019 TBR, check out Rioter’s most anticipated books of 2019, this early 2019 YA preview, these 2019 sapphic books, 50 YA books to add to your 2019 TBR, 2019 bisexual YA books, 2019 YA anthologies, and these anticipated 2019 LGBTQ reads.

YA Graphic Novels Hitting Shelves April–June 2019

The second quarter of 2019 is an exciting season for YA graphic novels! After a slow start to the year, your TBR is going to be bursting with DC Universe graphic novels, newest volumes in favorite series, exciting new graphic novels from award-winning authors and illustrators, and some great debuts!

Spring 2019 YA Graphic Novels

Mera: TidebreakerMera: Tidebreaker by Danielle Paige and Stephen Byrne

In this DC Universe original graphic novel, Princess Mera is heir to the throne of Xebel, but in order to battle an uprising, she must assassinate Arthur Curry, aka Aquaman. Her mission and her loyalties become even more complicated when Mera and Arthur begin falling for each other.

Out April 2.

Lumberjanes Vol. 11Lumberjanes Vol. 11: Time After Crime by Kat Leyh, Shannon Watters, Brook Allen

Molly isn’t ready for summer with her best friends to end, so she makes a deal with the disembodied voice outside of camp to slow down time to make it last for as long as possible…except it doesn’t quite turn out like that. Instead, time freezes and skips all over the place, and it’s up to the Lumberjanes of Roanoke Cabin to fix it!

Out April 2.

Ms. Marvel Vol 10Ms. Marvel Vol. 10: Time and Again by G. Willow Wilson, Saladin Ahmed, and Rainbow Rowell

Kamala is having a sleepover with her best friends when evil strikes Jersey City, leaving her torn between duty and loyalty her friends. All the while, Bruno is back in town and he and Kamala bond over experimenting on her powers—what could possibly go wrong?

Out April 9.

Backstagers Vol. 3Backstagers Vol. 3 by James Tynion IV, Sam Johns, Rian Sygh

The Backstagers crew reunites in this long-awaited third volume for anti–Valentine’s Day antics and haunted Halloween shenanigans!

Out April 30.

Laura Dean Keeps Breaking Up With MeLaura Dean Keeps Breaking Up With Me by Mariko Tamaki and Rosemary Valero-O’Connell

Laura Dea is Frederica Riley’s dream girl, but she doesn’t make a very great girlfriend. When a psychic gives Frederica a mysterious piece of advice to “break up with her,” Frederica thinks she means Laura Dean. But how can she do that when Laura Dean keeps coming back?

Out May 7.

Under the MoonUnder the Moon: A Catwoman Tale by Lauren Myracle and Isaac Goodheart

When teenager Selina Kyle is left to fend for herself on the streets of Gotham, it takes all of her bravery and toughness to survive. But does survival mean that the future Catwoman will risk her humanity along the way?

Out May 7.

Spectacle Book 2Spectacle Vol. 2 by Megan Rose Gedris

Twin sisters Kate and Anna are back, still trying to Kate’s killer. It seems like the closer Anna gets, though, the more obstacles she encounters, making it difficult for the sisters to protect their circus home from the killer at large.

Out May 21.

This Was Our PactThis Was Our Pact by Ryan Andrews

Every Autumn Equinox, Ben’s town releases lanterns into the sky and no one knows where they go. This year, Ben and his classmates form a pact: they’re going to follow the lanterns, but no turning back and no quitting. As his classmates break the pact throughout the night, 0nly Ben and loner Nathaniel are left to discover the truth.

Out June 11.

Hotel DareHotel Dare by Terry Blas and Claudia Aguirre

Siblings Olive, Darwin, and Charlotte are stuck spending the summer at their grandmother’s creepy old motel, which is boring and tedious work…until they discover that each motel room is a portal to a different dimension. Exploring is fun, but when the inhabitants of the various worlds begin to cross over, it’s chaos that only Olive, Darwin, and Charlotte can solve!

Out June 11.

Queen of the SeaQueen of the Sea by Dylan Meconis

Loosely based on the true story of Elizabeth I and her sister Mary, this graphic novel tells the story of Eleanor, who is banished to an island when her sister takes the throne. There Eleanor meets an orphan named Margaret, and together the girls hold the key to unlocking a treasonous plot that could change their lives forever—or imperil them.

Out June 25.