32 Big Books that YA Fans Can't Wait for in 2019

Posted by Marie on January 2, 2019


A prince who must lead a broken kingdom. A girl who wants to be the greatest rapper of all time. A small-town hero destined to save the world. These are the young adult superstars who are ready to take readers by storm.

To create this list of the most anticipated YA releases, we took a look at the upcoming books that Goodreads members can't wait to get their hands on. From here, we measured their excitement based on how many times they've added the books to their Want to Read shelf.

We're also keeping an eye out for faves whose titles or release dates haven't been revealed yet, including the next installments in series such as Tahereh Mafi's Shatter Me, Sabaa Tahir's An Ember in the Ashes, Rainbow Rowell's Simon Snow, and Neal Shusterman's Arc of a Scythe.

Which new YA books are you most excited about? Share them with us in the comments!


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Which upcoming YA books would you add to this list? Share them with us in the comments!

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message 1: by Max (new)

Max Really missing Wayward Son on this list! :-)


message 2: by Laura (new)


Kaite ~ my way by Starlight Yessss. So many lovely books coming out!!


message 4: by nitya (new)

nitya So many amazing books here! Can’t wait for I Wish You All The Best, Wicked Saints, Internment, The Gilded Wolves, Enchantee, Romanov and Sorcery of Thorns!

BTW, pretty sure Red White and Royal Blue isn’t YA, it has adult content.


message 5: by Richard (new)

Richard Wright The Suspects
Not sure if The Suspects (Richard Wright) will make it to the list, but I think it'd be a worthy addition. I don't even know if I'm allowed to say so here! But it has worth, whatever.


message 6: by Alyssa (new)

Alyssa Vanskyock New book in the Waywars Children series!!


message 7: by Mahoshy (new)

Mahoshy Carter Wayward Son by Rainbow Rowell is a long a waited sequel .. also
Red Scrolls of Magic by Cassandra Clare is a new series that should be on this list ..


message 8: by Rachel (new)

Rachel Max wrote: "Really missing Wayward Son on this list! :-)"

:O I didn't even know about this - so glad you commented. Now I've got something else to look forward too! :D


spooky andromeda Um the only major thing missing would be WAYWARD SON BY RAINBOW ROWELL


message 10: by Max (new)

Max Rachel wrote: "Max wrote: "Really missing Wayward Son on this list! :-)"

:O I didn't even know about this - so glad you commented. Now I've got something else to look forward too! :D"


Oooo awesome, glad to be of help! ♥


message 11: by Rose (new)

Rose Asef What about CRESCENT CITY BY SARAH J MAAS 😝😝😝😱


message 12: by Vanessa (new)

Vanessa Only hyped for On The Come Up 💪


message 13: by Sara (new)

Sara I'm looking forward to the next book in the Red Rising Series, Iron Gold


message 14: by elsa (new)

elsa WAYWARD SON BY RAINBOW ROWELL


message 15: by José (last edited Jan 07, 2019 09:43AM) (new)

José Fco Sara wrote: "I'm looking forward to the next book in the Red Rising Series, Iron Gold"

Do you mean Dark Age? Because Iron Gold was released last year. I'm looking forward to that too. Even though I haven't started the series yet.


Elizabeth ♛Smart Girls Love Trashy Books♛ Why is Red, White, and Royal Blue on this list? Isn't it an adult book as stated by its author?


message 18: by Amber (new)

Amber descendant of the crane looks awesome so added it to my TBR list.


message 19: by Matthew (new)

Matthew Manchester What about Starsight by Brandon Sanderson?


message 20: by Molly (new)

Molly Max wrote: "Really missing Wayward Son on this list! :-)"

OMG so true, I cannot wait for that book!


message 21: by Ava05 (new)

Ava05 What about the Fieldguide to the North American Teenager?


message 22: by Sharon711 (new)

Sharon711 turner so many of them sound like they are going to be really good. I am thinking of reading Romanov, Once and Future, and Enchantee. but I probably will read more of them.


CreativeAfterDark All those covers are positively lovely.


message 24: by Dana Al-Basha (new)

Dana Al-Basha دانة الباشا I want them! I want them all!




message 25: by Shriya (new)

Shriya still 1 month 11 days ugh! for vardaesia


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message 27: by Yan (new)

Yan  Del Cid Cities of Dead by Alys Arden, Healer by Kay L Moody


message 28: by Floor (new)

Floor Schuurmans TAKE MY MONEY ALREADY


message 29: by Cwiegard (new)

Cwiegard Maybe "Spin" by Lamar Giles?


message 30: by Lauren (new)

Lauren Wayward Son......


message 31: by Becca (new)

Becca Max wrote: "Really missing Wayward Son on this list! :-)"

same


message 32: by Artemis (last edited Jan 08, 2019 08:59AM) (new)

Artemis But so many books are missing, especially these sequels
Lady Smoke (Ash Princess Trilogy #2) by Laura Sebastian
Untitled Renegades Book 3 by Marissa Meyer
The Toll (Arc of a Scythe, #3) by Neal Shusterman


message 33: by Donna (new)

Donna M. Need to add The Good Luck Girls by Charlotte Davis—out in Fall, 2019; and I Wanna Be Where You Are by Kristina Forest


message 34: by Alicia (new)

Alicia Bell Sequel to Thunderhead and the Defy the Stars/Worlds series!


message 35: by Marilyn (new)

Marilyn I would recommend “All the Promises We Break”by Brenda Benny.
I think it’s a prequel to her first YA novel, That Secret You Keep.
The subject matter is very current even though the story takes place about 30 years ago.


message 36: by Emma (new)

Emma Omg where is wayward son?! It NEEDS to be on here


message 37: by Ray (new)

Ray Rappisi The Witch in Winter by Katherine Arden (which I just ordered, WOOT!)


message 38: by Tracy (new)

Tracy I need Susan Denard to finish the Truthwitch series this year so I can read it all in one sitting....


message 39: by Kate (new)

Kate They are missing The Similars!


message 40: by annabelle (new)

annabelle Wow where's Stain by A. G. Howard? It's coming out JANUARY 15TH!


message 41: by Ebenezer (new)

Ebenezer Are there no male YA authors? All these books seem to be pitched to women. Is Goodreads suggesting that YA men don't read YA books? Where are the books that could be pitched to men on this list?


message 42: by Tb35 (new)

Tb35 You forgot Crecsent City Broken Throne and Defy Me


message 43: by Kim (new)

Kim The Vanishing Stair and Wayward Son, which I don’t see on list and that’s the one I’m most excited about. I need it!!


message 44: by Nicko (new)

Nicko Moknu Ummm... actually. The World of Throne of Glass is not a sequel per say. It's more a encyclopedia than anything else.


message 45: by Apricity (new)

Apricity What about The Tyrant's Tomb?


message 46: by Grace (new)

Grace Missing the second Impostors book by Scott Westerfield


message 47: by Charlotte (new)

Charlotte Smith Leya wrote: "What about CRESCENT CITY BY SARAH J MAAS 😝😝😝😱"

I know!!!! I can't wait for Sarah's new book, Throne of Glass and ACOTAR really blew away the reading community, I'm super excited to read the upcoming series.


message 48: by Kristin Katsuye (new)

Kristin Katsuye Really can't wait for the new caraval book finale!


message 49: by Ray (new)

Ray Rappisi Mine, Philip Pullman’s next book in the Book of Dust trilogy coming out in October


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