The Best Young Adult Books of May

Posted by Marie on May 1, 2019
Welcome to the world of irresistible young adult fiction! Every month our team takes a look at the books being published and how they're resonating with early readers. We use this information to put together a roundup of soon-to-be favorites, from tales set in the suburbs to epics in realms of mystery and mischief.

For May we have a new sci-fi adventure from the coauthors behind The Illuminae Files, a contemporary follow-up from the National Book Award–winning author of The Poet X, two debut fantasy series inspired by ancient Arabia and Latinx culture, and more.

Add the books that catch your eye to your Want to Read shelf, and let us know what you're reading and recommending in the comments!


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A college student seeks adventure during a bumpy semester abroad in this contemporary debut from one of today's most popular BookTubers.

Release Date: May 7

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The National Book Award–winning author of The Poet X returns with a story about a teen mother who aspires to become a chef.

Release Date: May 7



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This new sci-fi series from The Illuminae Files duo tells the story about a space academy's star pupil and his ragtag crew of misfits.

Release Date: May 7
Series: The Aurora Cycle #1



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A face-changing thief and a risk-taking prince accidentally unleash a powerful evil in this Latinx-inspired fantasy.

Release Date: May 7
Series: A Forgery of Magic #1



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In the kingdom of Arawiya, two legendary warriors must set aside their differences to retrieve a dangerous, magical artifact.

Release Date: May 14
Series: Sands of Arawiya #1



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Ben de Backer’s life turns upside down after coming out as nonbinary. But heartbreak turns into hope when Nathan Allan enters the scene.

Release Date: May 28



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When dark magic ruins Hannah’s end-of-school-year bonfire, her secret of being an actual witch gets harder and harder to keep.

Release Date: May 28
Series: These Witches Don't Burn #1






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Latanya (Crafty Scribbles) I can't wait for With The Fire On High and These Witches Don't Burn.


message 2: by C (new)

C These Witches Don't Burn sounds so good!


message 3: by saranimals (new)

saranimals Aurora Rising ftw.


message 4: by Nitya (new)

Nitya There’s Something about Sweetie and I Wish You All The Best! Soooo hyped :D


message 5: by noah (new)

noah i couldnt really get into Again, but Better but i loved With the Fire on High and Aurora Rising. cant wait for I Wish You All the Best!!!


message 6: by Azraa (new)

Azraa F Aaaah, We Hunt the Flame, yes please!


message 7: by Julia (new)

Julia | TheReadingConspiracy.com Aurora Rising is absolutely incredible. Can’t recommend it enough!

Looking forward to reading We Hunt the Flame!


_reading_bubble I can’t wait for Finale!!!


message 9: by Yon Nyan (new)

Yon Nyan (BiblioNyan) The Candle and the Flame needs to be on this list!!!


message 10: by Kristin Katsuye (new)

Kristin Katsuye These Witches Won't Burn & Nocturna sound so interesting! Will have to remember to check out this month.


message 11: by Sylvia (new)

Sylvia Jones Rob Lloyd Jones - The Jake Atlas series. The 3rd one was Jake Atlas and the Crystal Mountain. Brilliant read


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