A kidnapped girl, two brothers torn apart in their grief, a beekeeper who refuses to hide behind her veil and just enough magic to make you question what's real and what isn't.
Simon's not having the best year, a blackmailer is threatening to tell the whole school that he's gay, he has a crush on a mystery boy that he only knows via e-mail, and he's trying to figure out how to tell his friends his big secret, before someone else does. Nope, Simon's not having a very good year, but you'll have a great time reading about how he deals with everything stacking up against him.
Dumplin by Julie Murphy
Welcome to Texas, where everything's bigger. Bigger hair, bigger mums, bigger beauty pageants and of course, bigger beauty pageant contestants. Willowdean may not look like your average beauty queen, but when she decides that she's tired of always being pushed to the side, she recruits a band of misfits and together they set out to take the pageant world by storm.
Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff
This book is full of things that are big fat "nopes" for me- outer space, dystopic, told through e-mails and notes. Nope, nope, nope. But the main character and I share a name and I've never seen my name in print before so I had to give it a try. AND I AM SO GLAD THAT I DID. This book is off the wall bonkers, you guys, and that's really all you need to know going into it.
Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo
Discovering Leigh Bardugo's Grisha trilogy was one of my great reading joys of last year. I was super late to the party, but it was also really nice to be able to read an entire series one right after the other. When Six of Crows came out this year it was a chance to return to the world of the Grishas and a story I loved even more than the first. But it also means I have to wait with everyone else for the follow up.
Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon
I've been waiting for this book for what feel like forever! A perfect story about first loves, family and what it means to grow up. With some pretty cool illustrations too.
Under a Painted Sky by Stacey Lee
It's the Oregon Trail! It's girls disguised as boys! It's really cute cowboys! It's stampedes and cholera and all the things you're happy you only have to read about! And it's so, so good.
This may be the coolest magic book I've ever read. It's definitely the best "chosen one" book I've ever read. And that's pretty ironic since Simon is awful at both.
Walk on Earth a Stranger by Rae Carson
It's another Oregon Trail book! Is the Oregon Trail going to be the new thing in YA? Because if so, I am totally on board. Rae Carson's new series follow Leah, who can sense gold, as she flees her evil uncle and strikes out towards California to try her hand at the gold rush and finally achieving freedom.
Wolf by Wolf by Ryan Graudin
In an alternate timeline where the Axis powers won World War II, there lives a girl, a Jewish girl, with a devastating past, a deadly secret and a plan to kill Hitler. But first she just needs to win a motorcycle race across the globe.