The most anticipated YA books of summer 2019

most anticipated ya books summer 2019

From hilarious romances to breathtaking fantasies, there are plenty of great YA stories to choose from for your summer reading list. Enjoy the relaxation that only your next favorite book can bring you as you sit by the pool or lounge at your favorite beach. Regardless of which young adult novel you pick up, we know you’ll love these most anticipated YA books of summer 2019.

With the Fire on High by Elizabeth Acevedo

If you enjoyed The Poet X, you will adore this new story written in prose by Elizabeth Acevedo. Emoni Santiago balances between making the best choices for her young daughter and her Abuela. The only place she truly finds solace is in the kitchen where she can create new delectable recipes. Emoni would love to work in a kitchen once she graduates but thinks it’s an impossible goal. But once she starts cooking, anything just might be truly possible after all.


Again, but Better by Christine Riccio

Christine Riccio is the famous Booktuber behind the well-known channel, PolandbananasBOOKS. If you love her comedy, you will enjoy her debut immensely. Shane is studying pre-med, has stellar grades and her parents are happy – but she is anything but thrilled while in college. She’s made zero friends, goes home every weekend and is lacking in the romance department. When she decides to study abroad in London for a semester, she tells herself she’s going to do college right, make new friends, date boys and find adventure. If only that was easier said than done.


Nocturna by Maya Motayne

Want a great, fresh-feeling fantasy? Look no further than this story set in a Latinx-inspired world. Finn Voy is a talented shapeshifter, but when she is caught by a powerful mobster, she’s forced to complete an impossible mission: steal a treasure from Castallan’s royal palace or have her magic stripped from her forever. When his brother is murdered, Prince Alfehr is more focused on bringing his brother back from the dead than a role he feels like he does not belong in. When their fates collide, they open a terrible, ancient power. Finn and Alfie must team up to stop it – even if that means they must face their darkest pasts.


Sorcery of Thorns by Margaret Rogerson

If you enjoyed Rogerson’s An Enchantment of Ravens, you’ll want to pick this story up immediately. Elisabeth has been raised in Austermeer’s Great Libraries, and with being surrounded by the Libraries’ tools of sorcery, Elisabeth knows its evil and has seen the grotesque monsters of ink and leather firsthand. She dreams of becoming a warden to protect the kingdom from the monsters. But when an act of sabotage brings Elisabeth into the heart of the crime, she has no choice but to turn to her sworn enemy, the sorcerer Nathaniel Thorn. Soon, however, Elisabeth begins to question everything she is taught about the library she loves and even herself.


Finale by Stephanie Garber

The final book of the Caraval trilogy is here and you won’t want to miss the twisted ending. It has been two months since the Fates were freed from a deck of cards and Legend claimed the throne for himself. Tella must decide if she is going to trust Legend or a former enemy. Scarlett will need to do the impossible when she uncovers a secret that changes her life. And Legend has to make a decision that will change and define him. Caraval has ended but the greatest game has only begun.


All of Us with Wings by Michelle Ruiz Keil

Want a fresh fantasy? Then look no further than this post-punk San Francisco story featuring a Mexican-American girl. Xochi is alone in San Francisco after her mother abandoned her and a man betrayed her. But when she meets Pallas, a 12-year-old whose family is full of famous rockstars, she becomes her governess and is accepted into the tight-knit household filled with love and warmth. Then Xochi and Pallas accidentally summon a pair of ancient beings with a riot-grrrl ritual on the Vernal Equinox and they are hell-bent on righting the wrongs of Xochi’s past. No one is safe – not even the new family Xochi has chosen.


Wilder Girls by Rory Power

Deemed a feminist Lord of the Flies, this novel will be unlike anything you’ve read before. Eighteen months ago, the Raxter School for Girls was put under quarantine when the Tox hit. Hetty has seen the teachers being infected one by one and then slowly the students. For the girls who live together on their island home, they are cut off from the rest of the world and do not venture outside the school’s fence where the Tox has made the forest wild and dangerous. Their only hope is for someone to deliver the cure. But when Byatt goes missing, Hetty will do anything to find her, even facing the horrors beyond the fence.


Teen Titans: Raven by Kami Garcia

Want to add a graphic novel to your TBR pile this summer? Then this Teen Titans-retelling is the one for you. Once Raven lived with her foster mom – but that was before the accident. Now she is living with her foster mom’s family in New Orleans and is trying to remember who she was before the incident. But as impossible things begin to happen, Raven wonders if it is better to not know who she was in her past life. As she grows closer to her foster sister and a guy who accepts her for who she is, Raven must decide if she is ready to face her past and the darkness that brews within her.


Let Me Hear a Rhyme by Tiffany D. Jackson

For fans of On the Come Up and The Hate U Give, this story will pull at your heartstrings and make you hopeful. Steph’s beats could turn any Bed-Stuy corner into a celebration, and after he was murdered, Quadir and Jarrell want to keep his memory alive by keeping his tracks playing instead of falling forgotten. The pair, along with Steph’s younger sister Jasmine, plan to promote Steph’s music under the rap name, The Architect. But when the mixtape attracts a hotheaded music rep, the trio has to prove Steph’s talents beyond the grave. They each must face the truth of what happened to Steph and together they must decide what they stand for before they lose everything they’ve tried to hold onto – including each other.


Wicked Fox by Kat Cho

If you want a fantasy-romance, this story set in modern-day Seoul is perfect for you. Gu Miyoung is secretly a gumiho, a nine-tailed fox who must devour the energy of men in order to survive. No one believes in the old tales anymore and Seoul is the best place to hunt with so many evil men no one will mind being gone. But when she saves Jihoon, a human boy, from being attacked by a goblin deep in the forest, she loses her gumiho soul in the process. Jihoon remembers the tales of the gumiho that his grandmother told him and while he knows Miyoung is dangerous, he is still drawn to her. When a young shaman tries to return Miyoung’s gumiho soul to her, she must make a decision over her immortal life or Jihoon’s.


These Witches Don’t Burn by Isabel Sterling

This witchy read is definitely for fans of The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina. Hannah’s an Elemental witch with the power to control earth, fire, water and air. Even though she lives in Salem, Massachusetts, she must not use her magic in front of a non-witch or she can lose it. Instead, she tries avoiding her ex-girlfriend and fellow Elemental witch, Veronica, hanging out with her best friend, and working at the Fly by Night Cauldron store. But when a terrifying blood ritual interrupts the end-of-school-year bonfire, dark magic begins to appear all over Salem and Hannah must team up with Veronica to prove it’s the work of the deadly Blood Witch.


Fake It Till You Break It by Jenn P. Nguyen

This rom-com is the read for your next beach trip. Mia and Jake’s moms are best friends and long ago determined their children would make a great couple. The only problem with that? Mia and Jake can’t stand being in the same room together let alone dating each other. When Mia’s mom turns away another cute boy, Mia and Jake decide to pretend date and have a horrible break up to get their moms off their backs for good. It’s a perfect plan until they realize maybe they don’t hate each other as much as they thought.


We Contain Multitudes by Sarah Henstra

This sweet romance celebrates love and life in the best way. Jonathan Hopkirk and Adam “Kurl” Kurlansky are partnered together in English class to write weekly letters to each other for a pen pal assignment. With each letter, the pair begin a friendship that develops into romance. But Jonathan and Kurl must overcome homophobia, bullying and family secrets in order to hold onto their relationship.

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Marena Galluccio

Marena Galluccio is a freelance copywriter and journalist and lover of all things YA. She reviews fantasy, historical fiction, and historical fantasy YA books on her website’s blog, #MediaGalReads. When she is not writing creatively, Marena can be found planning her next trip to a Disney park, watching the latest movie in theatres, or visiting a history museum. She is currently based in Georgia.

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