The Most Popular New YA Voices of the Past Three Years

Posted by Marie on July 15, 2019

A lord's daughter who pursues her passion for forensic science. A young girl who takes a stand after a heartbreaking tragedy. A West African–inspired fantasy set within a world that forbids magic. These are some of the most popular new YA voices.

For this roundup, we put together a list of 44 first-time novelists from the past three years (including a few from 2019) and measured popularity by the number of ratings from Goodreads members.

From contemporary titles, including One of Us Is Lying and The Poet X, to fantastical series, including Rebel of the Sands and Caraval, these buzzy and award-winning titles show how much bigger the young adult category has grown since the days of a famous boy wizard.

Which of these new voices would you recommend? Don't forget to add what catches your eye to your Want to Read shelf!


2016's Top New Voices in YA

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2017's Top New Voices in YA

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2018's Top New Voices in YA

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2019's Top New Voices in YA (So Far)

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Which one of these rising stars would you recommend? Tell us in the comments!

Check out complete coverage of YA Week:
The Best YA Books of 2019 (So Far)
The Most Anticipated YA Books
The Top 100 YA Books on Goodreads

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A_ bookbound _soul I would totally recommend Stalking Jack the Ripper


Erin *Proud Book Hoarder* The Hate U Give and One of us Is Lying are both excellent.

Rebel of the Sands was very popular, but not a favorite for me. I rated 3/5, but some of that is down to personal preference.


Natasa ❤️ Cresswell Stalking Jack the Ripper and Caraval are some of the best series I have ever read!


message 4: by Rose (new)

Rose Zarcani Rebel of the sands is a big favorite of mine as well as Wintersong. Plus we can't forget about Caraval :)


message 5: by Evie (new)

Evie I just finished The Crown’s Game. It is AMAZZING! My friends say the plot is a lot like Throne of Glass, but The Crown’s Game is set in Russia and is so sos so good. I MUST read it.


message 6: by Nicko (new)

Nicko Moknu Caraval is whimsical and entertaining and if you enjoy a strong theme of sibling love, it has that too :)


message 7: by Kamiko (new)

Kamiko Rebel of the Sands was incredible


message 8: by Whitney (new)

Whitney Unpopular Opinion Time:

I’ve read 14 of the books on this list and the ones that were probably the most popular/anticipated I hated the most.


Read and recommend:
-Love and Gelato
-The Hate U Give
-Frostblood
-To Kill a Kingdom
-The Hazel Wood (but it’s realllly weird)
-The Poet X
-Sky in the Deep
-Everless

Read and Detested:
-Caraval
-Emergency Contact
-Rebel of the Sands
-One of Us Is Lying

Other two were The Thousandth Floor and When dimple
met Rishi, which were both mediocre.


message 9: by David (new)

David Ivory The YA author I discovered this year was Jordan Rivet - I loved her Duel of Fire and the rest of her Steel & Fire series.


message 10: by Amanda (new)

Amanda Great list, but Maureen Johnson is far from a new voice in YA.


message 11: by Sebastian (new)

Sebastian Yaeger Is Wintersong worth reading? I’ve seen plenty of recommendations, but I’m hesitant.


message 12: by Kathryn (new)

Kathryn Sebastian wrote: "Is Wintersong worth reading? I’ve seen plenty of recommendations, but I’m hesitant."

Would definitely say it's worth the read! Dark but magical


message 13: by nitya (new)

nitya The Astonishing Color of After, When Dimple Met Rishi and The Star Touched Queen for sure!

Nope to The Black Witch and Love & Gelato tho... they’re both garbage.


message 14: by Quenby (new)

Quenby Have read The Black Witch three times. It is wonderful.


message 15: by Victoria (new)

Victoria  K. Okay I’ve read a bunch of these- STALKING JACK THE RIPPER: READ IT!!!!! Omg the plot- ladies the feminist overtones are incredible as well as authentic! I recommend it!


message 16: by Noora (new)

Noora i dont understand everyone recommending Stalking Jack the Ripper. it was badly written, had no plot, was historically inaccurate, had a very awkward and uninteresting instalove, and balatantly overused feminist tropes to lure you in and offer no real juice.


message 17: by meagreads (new)

meagreads Kerri Maniscalco deserves all the love in the world. Will forever be my favourite author✨💛


message 18: by Haley (new)

Haley Wofford I'd recommend The Star-Touched Queen, One of Us is Lying, An Enchantment of Ravens, Frost Blood, The Poet X, Crown of Feathers, and Sorcery of Thorns.


TheBohemianBookworm Noora wrote: "i dont understand everyone recommending Stalking Jack the Ripper. it was badly written, had no plot, was historically inaccurate, had a very awkward and uninteresting instalove, and balatantly over..."

God thank you for saying this. I completely agree.


message 20: by TheBohemianBookworm (last edited Jul 16, 2019 01:50PM) (new)

TheBohemianBookworm Victoria wrote: "Okay I’ve read a bunch of these- STALKING JACK THE RIPPER: READ IT!!!!! Omg the plot- ladies the feminist overtones are incredible as well as authentic! I recommend it!"

Feminist undertones? The book was so subtle with them it could have knocked someone over the head with them! And not in a good way, in the most tropey and historically inaccurate way ever.


message 21: by Alex (new)

Alex Lawrence Natasa ❤️ Herondale wrote: "Stalking Jack the Ripper and Caraval are some of the best series I have ever read!"

Does anyone know if Stalking Jack the Ripper is historically accurate?


message 22: by Thush (new)

Thush Quenby wrote: "Have read The Black Witch three times. It is wonderful."
Same. I adore the entire Black Witch Chronicles, it is so good!


message 23: by Ainsley (new)

Ainsley Asch I absolutely 100% recommend the following books to anyone and everyone:

• The Hate You Give
• Five Feet Apart
• This Is Where It Ends
• Children Of Blood And Bone
• Girl In Pieces

They all are amazing. A good book makes you laugh, but a great book makes you cry. These books will make your heart rip in half.


message 24: by Ainsley (new)

Ainsley Asch Please also read Ash Princess!!


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message 26: by Lori (new)

Lori Wilen I Wish You All the Best by Mason Deaver.....I wish I could give this 10 stars and pray that Mason is working on another book.


message 27: by Kevon (new)

Kevon Brown Great! Good stuff, some of these I've read before.


message 28: by Ashley (new)

Ashley Enchantee was really better than what I thought it would be. Would rec it.


message 29: by Sara (new)

Sara Noora wrote: "i dont understand everyone recommending Stalking Jack the Ripper. it was badly written, had no plot, was historically inaccurate, had a very awkward and uninteresting instalove, and balatantly over..."

Agree so much with this. I didn’t enjoy it at all. I found the protagonist in particular extremely weak.


message 30: by Elise (new)

Elise Erin *Proud Book Hoarder* wrote: "The Hate U Give and One of us Is Lying are both excellent.

Rebel of the Sands was very popular, but not a favorite for me. I rated 3/5, but some of that is down to personal preference."


Same!


message 31: by Tucker (new)

Tucker  (TuckerTheReader) Stalking Jack the Ripper is my all-time favorite. i love it so much


message 32: by Cait (new)

Cait Amanda wrote: "Great list, but Maureen Johnson is far from a new voice in YA."

Agreed - Maureen has been writing fantastic YA for yearsssss! :)


message 33: by J.N. (new)

J.N. Shame the author of Children of Blood and Bone went after Nora Roberts. Now I find little motivation to pick her book up. False plagiarism claims aren't cool.


message 34: by J.N. (new)

J.N. Loved The Hate You Give, Frostblood, & Caravel. To Kill A Kingdom was disappointing. Lot of these are on my list!


message 35: by Ankita (new)

Ankita The Black Witch and When Dimple Met Rishi are my favourites ♥️♥️


message 36: by Elyse (new)

Elyse GypsyBookworm wrote: "Victoria wrote: "Okay I’ve read a bunch of these- STALKING JACK THE RIPPER: READ IT!!!!! Omg the plot- ladies the feminist overtones are incredible as well as authentic! I recommend it!"

Feminist ..."


She did say OVERtones. lol


message 37: by Elyse (new)

Elyse J.N. wrote: "Shame the author of Children of Blood and Bone went after Nora Roberts. Now I find little motivation to pick her book up. False plagiarism claims aren't cool."

Agreed. Someday I may pick up her book but it will be after the hype has died down. She was so childish.


message 38: by Katsuro (new)

Katsuro Elyse wrote: "J.N. wrote: "Shame the author of Children of Blood and Bone went after Nora Roberts. Now I find little motivation to pick her book up. False plagiarism claims aren't cool."

Agreed. Someday I may p..."


She apologized, though, and admitted that she had been mistaken.


message 39: by J.N. (new)

J.N. Katsuro wrote: "Elyse wrote: "J.N. wrote: "Shame the author of Children of Blood and Bone went after Nora Roberts. Now I find little motivation to pick her book up. False plagiarism claims aren't cool."

Agreed. S..."


She should probably work on her apologies. Thank goodness for screencaps since she's strangely deleted it since.


Solace_In_Reading 10/10 would add Randy Ribay, who's book about the drug war in the Philippines came out last month. It is called Patron Saints of Nothing and is one of my favorite books of the year.


message 41: by Sarah Hannah (new)

Sarah Hannah In what world is Maureen Johnson a newcomer to YA?


message 42: by James (last edited Jul 21, 2019 12:46PM) (new)

James Egbert's World: Book One I like finding a good YA unknown. I would recommend Egbert's World and Lucius's World by R.I.Wilson; they're a magical read. If you like the classics, such as The Hobbit, Alice in Wonderland and The Chronicles of Narnia, the World Trilogy would be right up your street. Can't wait for the last installment!


Pixie 🍜 We Hunt The Flame is complete trash and heavily plagiarised.


Natasa ❤️ Cresswell I would totally recommend Stalking Jack the Ripper 😍😍😍 it’s amazing


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