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Spring 2017 YA Book Preview

YA Book Preview

In the publishing industry, a new season’s arrival brings with it a new round of stories to discover. Among those I’ve collected today, there is a wide array of genres sure to appeal to every reader, no matter their preference. Among the books listed below, there are two or three that stick out as being priority reads for me. Whether or not I get them read promptly is another story!

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Below, there are several historical novels (some with hints of fantasy). Then, to keep in tune with the season, there are some lighthearted contemporaries, one of which sounds absolutely adorable. There is a mix of popular, respected authors and newcomers. One thing is for sure, the stories (and check out those covers) sound unique, romantic, and entertaining. Manage all three in one story, and I’m in!

Below you’ll find a limited selection (because there are too many to feature!) of YA books releasing from now (some of which are already on store shelves) through June. Read on to discover your next read.

Spring 2017 YA Book Preview

Sorted by release date

#1 Duels and Deception by Cindy Anstey

Out now! | Historical Fiction

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An Austen-inspired tale that involves duels?! (*thinks of dueling scene in BBC’s Sense & Sensibility*) I am SO in! Add on Goodreads

#2 Geekerella by Ashley Poston

Out now! | Contemporary Romance

This charming YA contemporary re-tells the Cinderella legend with a twist. This Cinderella is a fangirl. Something many of us can relate too, right??

#3 Blacksouls by Nicole Castroman

April 11 | Historical

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A follow-up sequel to Nicole’s debut novel Blackhearts, Blacksouls is described as a book that “brings the dangerous pirate ports of the Caribbean to life in this vibrant sequel.” Sounds like a swashbuckling adventure I want to experience! Add on Goodreads

#4 Alex and Eliza by Melissa De La Cruz

April 11 | Historical Romance

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Capitalizing on the popularity of Hamilton, this story arrives. It chronicles the love story of a young Alexander Hamilton and his sweetheart, Eliza Schuyler. Add on Goodreads

#5 The Freemason’s Daughter by Shelley Sackier

April 11 | Historical Fiction (Romance)

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Debut novelist Shelley Sackier’s ‘Daughter’ is a historical book that’s been likened to Outlander for the YA audience. Add on Goodreads

#6 Midnight Jewel by Richelle Mead

April 25 | Fantasy

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The follow up to Richelle’s Glittering Court, this sequel promises a darker look inside this world. Though the world is the same, the main characters are new. Add on Goodreads

#7 Lois Lane: Triple Threat by Gwenda Bond

May 1 | Contemporary Mystery

YA Book PreviewNamed as one of EW’s most anticipated YA reads, this third novel rounds out Bond’s trilogy about Superman’s love and intrepid reporter, Lois Lane. Add on Goodreads

#8 Cold Summer by Gwen Cole

May 2 | Historical, Time Travel

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A contemporary novel that time travels its hero back into the 40s where he’s thrust into the throes of WWII. Reminds me of the NBC drama Timeless, which sounds like a book I’d love. Add on Goodreads

#9 Dark Breaks the Dawn by Sara B. Larson

May 4 | Fantasy

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Written by the author of the Defy trilogy, this first novel begins a new duology. Tells the story of a princess who can finally access her powers on her eighteenth birthday. Add on Goodreads

#10 It Started with Goodbye by Christina June

May 5 | Contemporary Romance

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A contemporary novel likened to the Cinderella fable. In this scenario, Cinderella is accused of a crime! Add on Goodreads

#11 Dear Reader by Mary O’Connell

May 9 | Contemporary

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Described as “Gilmore Girls with magical realism,” this one had me at its tagline alone. Beyond the GG teaser, Dear Reader also likens itself to a modern look at Wuthering HeightsAdd on Goodreads

#12 Lord of Shadows by Cassandra Clare

May 23 | Fantasy

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The follow up sequel to the best-selling Lady Midnight, Clare’s latest series continues her heroine Emma Carstairs’ adventures. Add on Goodreads

#13 The Names They Gave Us by Emery Lord

May 30 | Contemporary Romance

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Beloved author, Emery Lord writes a story that touches on the subject of losing ones’ faith. Of course, in true Emery Lord style, a romance takes shape along with emotional familial issues. Add on Goodreads 

#14 When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon

May 30 | Contemporary Romance

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This contemporary romance follows two American Indian teens whose traditional parents scheme to arrange a marriage between them. Needless to say, this puts a dent in their free-spirited teen lifestyle. Add on Goodreads

#15 The Evaporation of Sofi Snow by Mary Weber

June 9 | FantasyYA Book Preview

After the Storm Siren Trilogy, author Mary Weber continues carving her mark in the YA scene with the launch of her new series! The journey with Sofi Snow begins June 2017! Add on Goodreads

Also coming soon to bookshelves

–  Alex, Approximately by Jenn Bennett (Available now)
–  Defy the Stars by Claudia Gray (Available now)
Gem and Dixie by Sara Zarr (Available now)
Letters to the Lost by Bridget (Available now)
Royce Rolls by Margaret Stohl (Available now)
Seeker by Veronica Rossi (May 1)
Always and Forever, Lara Jean by Jenny Han (May 2)
The Crowns Fate by Evelyn Skye (May 12)
Flame in the Mist by Renée Ahdieh (May 16)
Royal Bastards by Andrew Shvarts (May 30)
Once and For All by Sarah Dessen (June 6)
Bad Romance by Heather Demetrios (June 13)
Our Dark Duet by Victoria Schwab (June 13)

Which of these are you planning to read or buy? Which historical YA books do you love most? Sound off below with your thoughts! I’d love to chat with you.

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By on April 11th, 2017

About Rissi JC

Rissi is a self-diagnosed Bookaholic and TV fandom addict. She’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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4 thoughts on “Spring 2017 YA Book Preview”

  1. If you’re going to throw Cassandra Clare in the list, I’ll throw in Sarah j Mass. I’m eagerly awaiting her 3rd installment A Court of Wings and Ruin.

    • Good to know, Elizabeth! Thanks for sharing. Sarah’s covers for this series are stunning, but I’ve not read them. Do you like this newer series better than her TOG books? (Another series I’ve not read.)

      • I definitely enjoy ACOTAR more than Throne of Glass. I’ve only read two of TOG, and would not mess with buying the rest of the series. ACOTAR has some risqué moments, but the storytelling is compelling and deeply emotional

        • I’ve had the TOG series on my shelf for a looong time now, but the length (page count) intimidates me, so instead, they serve as pretty bookshelf decorations. 🙂 Good to get your opinion on the two series. Compelling storytelling is always a must. Thanks, Elizabeth.


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