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Whether you’re looking for a sweet romance, a thrilling page-turner, or an epic fantasy, young adult books offer something for everyone. As the weather warms up and the days get longer, grab one of our most anticipated YA books of spring and head outside to enjoy an incredible story that will leave you thinking long after you’ve turned the last page.
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Your Dream for Me by Alison Schaffir (3/7)
Scarlett dreams of being a fashion designer and spends her time exploring her school’s theater department’s costume racks. One day, she meets Nathaniel there, a talented theater student who catches her attention immediately. Scarlett promises her best friend, Macie, that she will make her a dress, but Scarlett doesn’t even know how to use a sewing machine. With the encouragement of Nathaniel, she shadows the drama teacher. But an unexpected event involving Macie shakes everything up, including the girls’ friendship and Scarlett’s relationship with Nathaniel. With the stakes rising and a new rival going after her reputation, Scarlett has to pull on her strength and perseverance to keep her dreams and relationships alive.
The Jump by Brittney Morris (3/7)
Jax, Yas, Spider and Han make up Team Jericho, the best scavenger-hunting team in Seattle. But an oil refinery is being built and puts all of their homes and parents’ jobs at risk. When an unknown vigilante organization hacks the scavenger hunting forum and announces its own puzzle, with a reward of influence, Team Jericho knows they have to win. This could save their families’ fates and their city. But they will have to work harder than they ever have—especially with a rival team breathing down their necks.
Lies We Sing to the Sea by Sarah Underwood (3/7)
Each spring. twelve maidens from Ithaca are condemned to the noose. When that fate comes for Leto, she wakes up on a strange island. A girl named Melantho, who can control the sea, is there and she tells Leto that one more death can prevent a thousand: the prince of Ithaca must die. This epic, sapphic Greek mythology retelling is woven with lies, love and tragedy.
While You Were Dreaming by Alisha Rai (3/21)
Sonia plans on winning her crush over while in cosplay at the local comic-con, but instead she ends up rescuing him after he faints into a canal. Now, social media is determined to learn who the masked hero was, but that can’t happen. Sonia’s sister is undocumented, and the two of them have been laying low since their mother was deported back to Mumbai. Throughout all this, Sonia is still trying to connect with her crush. But juggling everything is getting to be too much. Will Sonia be able to handle a crush and a secret identity?
Lucha of the Night Forest by Tehlor Kay Mejia (3/21)
Lucha will do anything to protect her sister—even if that means entering a risky bargain. With dark forces, a scorned god, and forgotten magic, will Lucha be able to come into her power, or will she drown in it? This exciting fantasy novel is filled with adventure, danger, family, and a queer romance that heightens the stakes.
Last Sunrise in Eterna by Amparo Ortiz (3/28)
Everyone on earth loves the elves, especially their handsome princes. But Sevim Burgos has hated them ever since they killed her father. She can see through their illusions and tricks that they use to conceal their crimes. To help support her single mother, Sevim sells elf corpses on the black market. But the elf prince Aro is aware of her illegal activities, and he kidnaps her mom as retaliation. To save her, Sevim must participate in the Exchange: an annual ritual where three teens must trade their dreams for a week on a secluded island learning elven magic. As Sevim spends more time with the prince and on the island, she starts to learn how closely connected her history is with the royal elves.
Into the Light by Mark Oshiro (3/28)
A year ago, Manny was cast out by his family and found a home in the wilderness of the American Southwest. He’s lived by his own rules that have kept him alive, but now he’s given the chance to travel with the Valera family. Eli follows his family’s rules, being taught that obedience will lead to reward. But he struggles to understand why he can’t remember his past. When an unidentified body is discovered, both of these young men are drawn together and forced to confront their fears and identities.
Saints of the Household by Ari Tison (3/28)
Max and Jay are Bribri Armenian brothers who grew up with a physically abusive father. To protect themselves and their mother, they’ve learned to stick to a routine and keep their heads down. But when they witness a classmate in trouble, they intervene and beat up their school’s star soccer player. This threatens their futures and their beliefs about their identities. Are they more like their father than they thought? This novel tells the story of that afternoon and all of the repercussions it has on Max and Jay, and their relationship with one another.
Stars and Smoke by Marie Lu (3/28)
Winter Young is an international pop sensation. Sydney Cossette is the youngest spy at an elite covert ops group. When a major crime boss hires Winter for a private concert as a birthday gift for his daughter, Sydney and Winter collide. Sydney is assigned as Winter’s bodyguard and tasked with infiltrating the the crime organization’s inner circle. She has no time for romance, but as she spends more time with Winter, she realizes there’s a lot more to him than a pretty face with a nice voice.
Never Vacation with Your Ex by Emily Wibberley & Austin Siegemund-Broka (4/4)
Seventeen-year-old Kaylee Jordan is focused on volleyball and going pro after high school, just like her famous mom. The one thing she looks forward to every year is her family’s annual vacation to Malibu with the Freeman-Yus. But Kaylee and their son, Dean, dated for the past three months and she just dumped him. To make the summer tolerable, Kaylee tells Dean she’s going to teach him her rules for getting over an ex. He reluctantly agrees, but as time passes, Kaylee finds herself falling for him all over again, for the same reasons—as well as some new ones. And the perfectly curated plan she’s had starts to feel like a prison as the pressure of her family’s legacy intensifies. With the trip coming to an end, Kaylee has to decide what she truly values.
The Cherished by Patricia Ward (4/18)
When Jo’s absent grandmother passed away, she unexpectedly left Jo her house, her land, and a letter with mysterious demands. The moment she arrives at the house, Jo feels something off, especially with the shack in the backyard. And she’s starting to think that the delusions her father used to talk about could be real. But the scariest thing of all is the letter from Jo’s grandmother, because if it’s to be believed, then Jo belongs in this strange place and she has no choice but to stay.
The Other Side of Infinity by Joan F. Smith (4/25)
One day, Nick the lifeguard hesitated during a save, and December used her gift of foreknowledge to save the drowning man. But now, Nick and December will fall in love, despite practically being strangers, and she sees his life at risk too. December sets off to save Nick’s life and experience the feeling of love. While Nick battles feeling ashamed for his inaction in saving the man, he tries to make up for it by searching for December’s mother who hasn’t been seen in nine years.
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