We’re already the first week into August, and autumn air is right around the corner. Brilliant foliage, back to school and Friday night football games! Fall is also a huge season for publishing, with an unstoppable force of awesome YA novels coming out every Tuesday. It’s easy to get overwhelmed when there are four or five hot new releases rolling off the presses each week. So how do you pick what to read next? From sci-fi to dystopian, romance to fantasy, here are four YA novels to watch out for this fall.
If you love fairy-tale retellings, romance, and regency… you should read Heartless by Melissa Meyer
Melissa Meyer is famous for her Lunar Chronicles series’ kick-ass heroines, worldbuilding, and clever reinterpretation of fairy tales. That’s exactly what we can expect from her latest novel, Heartless, published November 8th, 2016. This novel imagines the Queen of Hearts from Alice in Wonderland and what her life was like before she became the notorious evil queen in Wonderland. Catherine wanted her life to stay simple, but her mother pushed her to become queen. Her reluctance deepened when she met the mysterious Jest, a court jester who woos her into an intense and electric courtship. This novel has everything: sweeping romance, humor, an unforgettable heroine, and the chance to live inside the captivating world of Wonderland yet again. For the hopeless romantics out there who are always up for reinvention or fantasy, Melissa Meyer’s Heartless is an absolute must read.
If you love romance and stories about destiny and love… you should read The Sun Is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon
Romance, with a touch of whimsy, woven into a story about fate and destiny… The Sun Is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon is destined to be another awesome novel this fall. Published November 1st, 2016, The Sun Is Also a Star is about two teens who definitely shouldn’t be falling in love—heroine Natasha is a scientist, someone who looks at life with a logical, factual way…and is about to get deported to Jamaica with her family. The last thing she wants to do is fall in love with the wildly charismatic, handsome honor student Daniel. Despite their differences, over the course of one day, this couple falls head over heels with each other and is forced to outrun looming threats to their relationship. Everything, Everything author Nicola Yoon gives us another swoon-worthy story about love against all odds.
If you love science fiction and unconventional YA novels… you should read Gemina: The Illuminae Chronicles Book 2 by Amie Kauffman and Jay Kristoff
You love stories of action and adventure. You love space travel, aliens, galaxies, and romance, and all of them combined into one! This fall, pick up Gemina: The Illuminae Chronicles Book 2 by Amie Kauffman and Jay Kristoff. Published on October 18, 2016, this riveting science fiction space opera opens where the first novel left off…amidst the brink of interplanetary invasion on a spaceship harboring two fierce teens caught in the crossfires of a larger conflict. The best thing about this series? The novels are epistolary novels, told in letters, IMs, top secret reports, texts, and more. It’s a fun way to experience a novel with an innovative format that always surprises you with what’s coming next. The first novel, Illuminae, was published last year and is a fast-paced thrill ride with unforgettable heroes.
If you love action-packed and suspenseful dystopian YA novels about brave heroines…you should read Frost by M.P. Kozlowsky
Last but not least, there’s a great fall read out there for dystopian and sci-fi fans, Frost by M.P. Kozlowsky. This novel combines the whimsical science fiction of Marissa Meyer’s Lunar Chronicles with robots and dystopian into one show-stopping novel. 16-year-old Frost has been sheltered from life outside her room for as long as she can remember. The only other human she has met is her father, but he is fading in and out of being after uploading his knowledge and memories to their robot servant. When her beloved pet dog falls ill, Frost must risk everything to leave her home and travel across dangerous streets where robots and henchmen of a dystopian empire prey on the innocent—and those who dare to oppose them. This novel is suspenseful, full of twists and shocking turns. For the dystopian lovers out there, this is a novel you can’t miss. Published October 11th, 2016.