Spring's Most Epic YA Books

Posted by Marie on March 5, 2019
Spring YA 2019 books

Make some room on your bookshelves, YA fans! Spring is upon us, which means it's a whole new season of young heroes, including a boy who will do anything to save the girl he loves (even time travel), a girl who discovers that she's a reincarnation of King Arthur, and a rebel commander who realizes that her own worst enemy is herself.

For this list of soon-to-be-favorites, we focused on the young adult titles that Goodreads members can't wait to read. How did we measure that anticipation? By taking a look at how many times a book has been added to Want to Read shelves.

With must-have sequels from fan favorites, including Tahereh Mafi and Stephanie Garber, stunning new series from Lux author Jennifer L. Armentrout and Illuminae Files duo Ami Kaufman and Jay Kristoff, and exciting debuts from Justin A. Reynolds, Joan He, and Casey McQuiston, these are the books that YA readers will be talking about. Which ones will you be reading?


Standalones

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Jack and Kate don't have a typical love story. For one, Kate dies and their happily-ever-after should have ended. Except, it doesn't. When time rewinds to the moment they first met, Jack realizes that saving his dream girl has consequences.

Release date: March 5


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From the author of Love, Hate & Other Filters is a contemporary dystopia that follows Layla Amin, who is forced into an internment camp for Muslim-American citizens. Desperate for freedom, she'll spark a rebellion from inside its walls.

Release date: March 19


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When her father is murdered, Princess Hesina of Yan must assume the responsibilities of a throne she had no desire to claim. Surrounded by deceivers, she turns to a soothsayer to reveal her father's killer—an act of treason in itself.

Release date: April 2


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Ever since she got pregnant freshman year, Emoni Santiago has had to set aside her dreams, including becoming a chef once she graduates. What follows is a journey of faith and resilience from the National Book Award-winning author of The Poet X.

Release date: May 7


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In this debut novel from a popular YouTube "BookTuber," Shane commits to a semester of adventure, moving to London on a whim to make new friends, fall in love, and confront the complicated realities of living outside her bubble.

Release date: May 7


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First Son Alex Claremont-Diaz and his nemesis Prince Henry of Wales have never gotten along. In fact, there are tabloid photos to prove it. To help ease their countries' relations, the two stage a fake friendship that turns into something more.

Release date: May 14


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From the author of An Enchantment of Ravens comes a new tale of a library apprentice who has been taught that magic is evil. After being accused of a crime she did not commit, she must strike a fraught alliance with her sworn enemy: a sorcerer.

Release date: June 4



New Series

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This gender-bending King Arthur retelling follows a young girl who crash-lands on Old Earth and discovers that she is the latest reincarnation of the legendary hero. To break the cycle and keep her from returning, she'll need to lift an ancient curse.

Release date: March 26


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The first book in this debut fantasy trilogy intertwines the stories of a young girl who can speak to gods, a prince surrounded by enemies, and a boy with a monstrous secret. Together they will bring an end to a centuries-long war.

Release date: April 2


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Drawing inspiration from ancient Indian history and Hindu mythology, this debut fantasy tells the story of a rebel assassin who crosses paths with a young soldier. Though they stand on opposing sides, an inexplicable thread binds them together.

Release date: April 23


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The coauthors behind the Illuminae Files return with a new sci-fi series that follows Tyler Jones, the star cadet of the Aurora Academy. He's ready to recruit the squad of dreams. Instead he gets the dregs nobody else will touch.

Release date: May 7


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A spin-off of the bestselling Dark Elements series, this paranormal fantasy introduces readers to Trinity, a girl who can see spirits. Hunted by demons, she is closely guarded by Wardens: gargoyle shape-shifters sworn to protect mankind.

Release date: June 11



Sequels

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The DC Icons series continues, and this time it's the Man of Steel in the spotlight. Before the world can be saved, Clark Kent just needs to figure out how to save Smallville, teaming up with his best friend, Lana Lang, to uncover secrets in their rural town.

Read our interview with Matt de la Peña.

Release date: March 5


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In the final book of the Charlotte Holmes series, Charlotte and Jamie finally have a chance to start over. At Oxford, the only mystery they have left to solve is how they feel for each other—until a new case involving a missing girl draws them in.

Release date: March 5


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Juliette thought she had defeated the Reestablishment, but she has only just begun to unravel an entire lifetime of lies. To win the war on the field, she'll need to win the war within her mind in this next installment of the Shatter Me series.

Release date: April 2


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With lives and hearts hanging in the balance, Tella must stop the coronation of Legend before he can truly claim the empire's throne. The final showdown between them will reveal that all games must come to an end—even in Caraval.

Release date: May 7


Which YA books are you most excited to read this spring? Let us know in the comments!

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message 1: by Kiki (new)

Kiki The Cursed Series, Parts 1 & 2 is what I can't wait to release this March!


message 2: by Fei Fei (new)

Fei Fei I love this format with standalones, sequels, and new series separated like that!


message 3: by Toya (new)

Toya Such a fantastic line up. So many of these are on my list.


message 4: by Astra Bella (new)

Astra Bella I am so eager to read these...


message 5: by Joana (new)

Joana 🌙 I’m so excited for Descendent of the Crane!!!!


message 6: by Kasia (new)

Kasia Opposite of always has an amazing premise! Already got it on my kobo, can't wait to read it :)


message 7: by Larissa (new)

Larissa Disney SO many good things to look forward to. Join my never ending tbr list, guys!


message 8: by Rebeca (new)

Rebeca Arruda The Last 8 should definitely be on this list!


message 9: by Jeremy (new)

Jeremy L Off Planet by Aileen Erin should def be on this list!!


message 10: by Laina (new)

Laina SpareTime Red, White & Royal Blue isn't YA. It says so on the author's twitter bio even, and they've spoken about it several times.


message 11: by Tadashi (new)

Tadashi Hamada The author of Red, White & Royal Blue has said their book is New Adult, not YA.


message 12: by Brittanie (new)

Brittanie Any new YA books with male POV?


message 13: by Cate (new)

Cate Is the School for Good and Evil series YA? The 5th book came out this March and I was very excited about it...


message 14: by Bob (new)

Bob Moseley I've got a book for boys. It's called "Choker" by
Bob Moseley and the protagonist is a 16-year-old boy. It hits book shelves in May, but you can check it out and order on Amazon.com. I think boys will like it.


message 15: by Grace (new)

Grace Laubenthal SO excited to read Defy Me! I've been waiting for so long!!!


message 16: by Ashley (new)

Ashley Purdy Fei Fei wrote: "I love this format with standalones, sequels, and new series separated like that!"

YES! Me too!


message 17: by Pippin20 (new)

Pippin20 Love the new setup of stand alone, new series, and continuing/sequels. This just made planning my future reading purchases, long term library reserves and everything in between so much easier!


message 18: by Nitya (new)

Nitya Internment & Wicked Saints!!


message 19: by Nitya (new)

Nitya Also The Tiger at Midnight :D


message 20: by Lily (new)

Lily Super excited for Finale, Caraval series is amazing I have been waiting for soooo long :)


message 21: by Haiku (new)

Haiku Burgiel They all look so good! Can't wait till I can read/listen to them!


message 22: by Grace (new)

Grace I definitely can’t wait to read With the Fire on High, and Again but Better! They all sound so good!


message 23: by Quin (new)

Quin Ascending (The Vardeshi Saga Book 1) by Margaret Pechenick
I read this book, it should be in the 'New Series' category!


message 24: by Cate (new)

Cate I can’t wait for You’d Be Mine by Erin Hahn! It should be on this list!


message 25: by Jessica (new)

Jessica Boris Cate wrote: "Is the School for Good and Evil series YA? The 5th book came out this March and I was very excited about it..."

It is middle grade.


message 26: by Otter (new)

Otter Raven Just read THE LAST WISH OF SASHA CADE by Cheyanne Young because one of my 6th grade girls was reading it. Very good! Really more appropriate for 8th graders but I'm not the book police. BFF dies of cancer but has left behind adventures for her friend to complete.


message 27: by Otter (new)

Otter Raven Sorcery of Thorns in June! So excited. Hope it's as good as An Enchantment of Ravens. Loved that book!


message 28: by Ken (new)

Ken Burke The Toll and the next Ember in the Ashes book.


~Reading Rambler~ Undaunted by Kat Falls is supposed to come out this month, I can't wait to read it!


message 30: by Katherine (new)

Katherine Wilson Changing Ways by Julia Tannenbaum is phenomenal! Teen writer, writing about heavy issues in a real and right way. She's going places. I can't wait for the sequel!!


message 31: by Bob (new)

Bob Karolewski People are also talking about Dead School by Laura Gia West. It's about a high school "beyond". It's also available on Amazon.


message 32: by Juliana (new)

Juliana Ongari da Silva Finale by Stephanie Garber


message 33: by Elizabeth☮ (new)

Elizabeth☮ A new book by Elizabeth Acevedo! I can't wait to read it.


message 34: by Karl (new)

Karl Hanson I've been telling my publisher how many kids love "The Third Thaw"- it is very well suited for YA. Even science teachers are recommending this book to advanced middle school/high school students because this novel explores science within the context of an adventure. See https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/4...


message 35: by Giulianna (new)

Giulianna I am excited to read Opposite of Always.


message 36: by Catherine (new)

Catherine I also want to read the Opposite of Always; and I'd like to read Five Feet Apart, only it's not on this list.


message 37: by Laina (new)

Laina SpareTime Five Feet Apart came out in November.


message 38: by Catherine (new)

Catherine Oh, thanks, I didn't realize.


message 39: by RDCooper (new)

RDCooper Can’t wait for Carion Crow by Talis Jones to come out on 3/26. Should be a great sequel.


message 40: by A Grand Dreamer (new)

A Grand Dreamer Oh my god I just cannot wait to get my hands on the third Caraval! I am VERY excited. The other books here sound pretty interesting too. Say hello to my longest tbr list yet. Anyone else on the edge of their seats for the conclusion of Caraval?


message 41: by Jessie (new)

Jessie Children of Virtue and Vengeance
I am so excited to read Children of Virtue and Vengeance! It just came out!


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