The Best Young Adult Books of September

Posted by Marie on September 1, 2019
As dedicated readers already know, some of the best and most innovative stories on the shelves come from the constantly evolving realm of 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.

September brings a particularly interesting batch of new books, featuring tales of California kids in a jam, hunted witches on the lam, and a story of a parallel-universe America where monarchy still reigns. Also: sentient houses, gravedigger romance, and the impending Age of Darkness. You know, that sort of thing.

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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What does a "Chosen One" do after saving the day? Take a vacation, of course. Joined by his best friend and the love of his life, Simon Snow goes on a good ol' American road trip. Monstrous trouble ensues in this charming sequel to Carry On.

Read our interview with Rowell.

Release date: September 24


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Young witch Louise le Blanc leaves her coven to take her chances in the city of Cesarine, where witches are burned. Reid Diggory is a sworn protector of the Church, tasked with hunting down renegade witches. Young love, though—it can change everything.

Release date: September 3


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Korean American teenager Frank Li is in Limbo—that's his term for kids caught between family tradition and modern SoCal life at school. When Frank falls for the beautiful and smart white girl Brit Means, his family forbids any dating. So Frank hatches a plan...

Release date: September 10


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The prophecy foretells an impending Age of Darkness, and the missing Prophets promise that one will come to either save or doom the world. As darkness falls, five souls come together—a fallen leader, an exiled prince, a ruthless killer, a foolhardy gambler, and a dying girl.

Release date: September 3


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As day jobs go, gravedigging isn't the worst gig in the world, at least when you're stuck in the remote village of Colbren. Just don't pick up those night shifts. Seventeen-year-old Aderyn learns this the hard way when a stranger arrives—and the dead grow restless.

Release date: September 24


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A clever mashup of palace intrigue, forbidden romance, and alternate history, American Royals imagines a world in which George Washington was crowned King and established a hereditary monarchy in America. Young Princess Beatrice is next in line to be Queen—but, as always, there are other aspirants to the throne.

Release date: September 3


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Historical fantasy author Weymouth (The Light Between Worlds) returns with the story of Violet Sterling, heir to the Burleigh House, one of the six great houses of England. But the sentient magic of Burleigh has turned sinister and corrupt. Can Violet resist the darkness?

Release date: September 10




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

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message 1: by Carla (new)

Carla Looking forward to reading Serpent and Dove this month.


message 2: by Isabelle (new)

Isabelle Neumann There's one clearly missing; 5 Dark Faiths!
(Thou I'm not 100% shure if it's Young Adult. Either way, highly recommend!)


message 3: by Beth (new)

Beth Schmelzer I am reading a YA mystery "Two Can Keep a Secret...If one is DEAD. "


message 4: by SeaStar (new)

SeaStar I can’t wait for American Royals and Serpent and the Dove!


message 5: by Dania (last edited Sep 18, 2019 04:45AM) (new)

Dania OOOHHHH Serpent and the Dove sounds nice! And also The Bone Houses.


message 6: by Janine (new)

Janine Even though it's from a smaller press, Seeker is a great selection for the month, and the end of the series.


message 7: by Christian (new)

Christian LaFreniere Wayward son is the only one I’m waiting for


message 8: by Christina (new)

Christina Carla wrote: "Looking forward to reading Serpent and Dove this month."

just finished it, IT'S SO GOOOOOD - if you are a fan of Maas or Bardugo you will love it.


message 9: by Cynthia (new)

Cynthia Olivares Just started Serpent & Dove last night and have American Royals sitting on my shelf to be read once I finish up the other one!


message 10: by Ithill (new)

Ithill Christian wrote: "Wayward son is the only one I’m waiting for"

SAME! Carry On was amazing...


message 11: by Emily (new)

Emily All the Bad Apples by Moira Fowley-Doyle should absolutely be on this list!


message 12: by Ava05 (new)

Ava05 What about Wayward Son?


message 13: by [deleted user] (new)

Serpent and the Dove is NOT YOUNG ADULT


message 14: by julia (new)

julia e. The Bone Houses looks so deliciously dark :P


message 15: by Sam (new)

Sam Serpent & Dove is an amazing book. I’m really sad I have to wait a year for the next one!


message 16: by Christmas Carol ꧁꧂ (last edited Sep 18, 2019 12:48PM) (new)

Christmas Carol ꧁꧂ Man, GR & the publisher are pushing Frankly in Love hard!

I enjoyed it though.

I need to get One of Us Is Lying read, as I believe the sequel is coming out soon.


message 17: by Nadine (new)

Nadine I'm waiting for Wayward son by Rainbow Rowell but The Bone Houses seems interesting.


message 18: by Astrid (new)

Astrid American Royals is great fun - not too cheesy and not too serious. Looking forward to #2.


message 19: by dany (new)

dany American Royals is an abomination and one of the more---the most---ignorant books I've seen come out of YA.


message 20: by Dania (new)

Dania dany wrote: "American Royals is an abomination and one of the more---the most---ignorant books I've seen come out of YA."

Really? I wasn't interested in the premise, but this made me curious lol. How is it an abomination and ignorant?


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