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16 Upcoming YA Novels of 2016

Siren's Song - YA Novels of 2016
From “Siren’s Song” Book Cover

The fact that I’m an adult is something I attempt to ignore every time I browse the YA section at the bookstore or pluck one such novel off my shelf, cracking its pages in anticipation of the adventure inside. Actually, part of the reason for reading said books is to forget that I am an adult. Because, after all, who doesn’t enjoy occasional trips down memory lane? (Not to mention that sometimes by the time the book is done, we’re grateful to be rid of those pesky teenage years.) While every New Year seems to arrive with greater speed than the last (seriously where did twenty-fifteen go?), the assortment of new possibilities is always bright in every New Year. Not the least of wish is the guilty pleasure reading publishers churn out with every “season.” The world of young adult novels is a more recent discovery of mine, and one I’ve found many favorites in.

As we tiptoe to the New Year, I thought it’d be the perfect time to take a peek at some of the upcoming YA novels hitting store shelves in the first three months of 2016. This list includes a variety of titles – everything from fairy tales and fantasy to contemporary romance.

16 Upcoming YA Novels of 2016

(By author from A-Z)

#1. Glass Sword by Victoria Aveyard

Book - Glass Sword - YA Novels of 2016

Kneel or Bleed

Victoria’s high fantasy YA novel Red Queen about a society segregated by blood and the girl who incites change caused quite a splash in 2015. The follow up to that is sure to be just as anticipated and though I’ve yet to read book one, I am anticipating reading it as well as this fierce looking sequel.

In stores February 2016

#2. Passenger by Alexandra Bracken

Book - Passenger Alexandra Bracken - YA Novels of 2016

Aside from its absolutely gorgeous cover, I know nothing about this book save for the fact that it has been publicized beyond what is normal and book bloggers everywhere lobbied for an ARC (Advanced Readers Copy).

In stores January 2016.

#3. A Study in Charlotte by Brittany Cavallaro

Book - A Study in Charlotte - YA Novels of 2016

You’ve never seen Holmes and Watson like this before.

This debut takes the legend of Sherlock Holmes and faithful companion John Watson and turns it upside down. The reimagined narrative tells of the sleuthing adventures of the descendants of the famous consulting detectives.

In stores March 2016.

#4. The Siren by Kiera Cass

Book - The Siren Kiera Cass - YA Novels of 2016

A girl with a secret. The boy she loves. An ocean between them.

A republished story, this was Keira’s first novel. For 2016, Keira rewrote portions of it and it got a visible facelift with a new cover, and it’s being republished by the same publisher (HarperTeen) as Cass’ “The Selection” stories.

In stores January 2016

#5. Truthwitch by Susan Dennard

Book - Truthwitch - YA Novels of 2016

On a continent ruled by three empires, some are born with a “witchery,” a magical skill that sets them apart from others.

Like Passenger, this novel shows up everywhere. I cannot escape it. This is really perfectly fine by me since, I think it looks and sounds amazing – and time travel is involved.

In stores January 2016

#6. The Imposter Queen by Sarah Fine

Book - The Imposter Queen - YA Novels of 2016

They chose her as queen. They choose wrong.

This one sounds all kind of intriguing about a young queen who perhaps shouldn’t be queen?

In stores January 2016

#7. Map of Fates by Maggie Hall

Book - Map of Fates Maggie Hall - YA Novels of 2016

Love could save her world… or destroy it.

Following Maggie’s debut dystopian, The Conspiracy of Us began this world of secret societies that prompted TeenVogue to dub this as a “Da Vinci Code” for teens.

In stores March 2016.

#8. The Great Hunt by Wendy Higgins

Book - The Great Hunt Wendy Higgins - YA Novels of 2016

Kill the Beast. Win the Girl.

New York Times best-selling author, Wendy Higgins reimagines a Grimm Brothers fairy tale.

In stores March 2016.

Click “next” to see the final eight books.

By on December 28th, 2015

About Rissi JC

Rissi is a self-diagnosed Bookaholic and TV fandom addict. Sheโ€™s currently an avid blogger and reader who enjoys interacting with readers, and often dreams about finishing her first novel. When not writing or reading, she can be found working as an INSPYs advisory board member or contributing to e-zines. Her scribbles are housed on her blog Finding Wonderland (https://www.rissiwrites.com).

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8 thoughts on “16 Upcoming YA Novels of 2016”

  1. I SO want to read so many of these! I am also a theoretical adult who reads a LOT of YA, no shame here ๐Ÿ™‚

    I love the cover for Passenger, I know nothing about it either, but the hype is real!

    • Yay! It’s great to meet you, Stefanie. We adult YA book nerds have to stick together! ๐Ÿ™‚

      I’m hopeful for ‘Passenger.’ Plus it involves time travel which I enjoy though don’t read much of. So, time will tell. Thanks for commenting.


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