Top Ten 2016 Young Adult Releases (So Far!)

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HELLO AND HAPPY TOP TEN TUESDAY, GUYS! My first reaction when I saw this prompt was: oh my god, have I even read ten 2016 releases? As it turns out, I have, and here are ones I’d recommend. 🙂

1) Seven Ways We Lie – Riley Redgate

Seven Ways We LiePaloma High School is ordinary by anyone’s standards. It’s got the same cliques, the same prejudices, the same suspect cafeteria food. And like every high school, every student has something to hide—from Kat, the thespian who conceals her trust issues onstage, to Valentine, the neurotic genius who’s planted the seed of a school scandal.

When that scandal bubbles over, and rumors of a teacher-student affair surface, everyone starts hunting for someone to blame. For the seven unlikely allies at the heart of it all, their seven ordinary-seeming lives results in extraordinary change.

RATING: ★★★★★

WHAT I LOVED: This book has seven perspectives, and they’re all done amazingly well.

2) A Gathering of Shadows – V. E. Schwab

A Gathering of Shadows FinalIt has been four months since a mysterious obsidian stone fell into Kell’s possession. Four months since his path crossed with Delilah Bard. Four months since Prince Rhy was wounded, and since the nefarious Dane twins of White London fell, and four months since the stone was cast with Holland’s dying body through the rift – back into Black London.

Now, restless after having given up his smuggling habit, Kell is visited by dreams of ominous magical events, waking only to think of Lila, who disappeared from the docks as she always meant to do. As Red London finalizes preparations for the Element Games – an extravagant international competition of magic meant to entertain and keep healthy the ties between neighboring countries – a certain pirate ship draws closer, carrying old friends back into port.

RATING: ★★★★☆

WHAT I LOVED: Please, who doesn’t love the idea of parallel Londons? Not me, for sure! And that touch of romance was just so good and so… natural. HOLD ME. ❤

3) The Impostor Queen – Sarah Fine

The Impostor QueenSixteen-year-old Elli was only a child when the Elders of Kupari chose her to succeed the Valtia, the queen who wields infinitely powerful ice and fire magic in service of her people. The only life Elli has known has been in the temple, surrounded by luxury, tutored by magic-wielding priests, preparing for the day when the queen perishes—and the ice and fire find a new home in Elli, who is prophesied to be the most powerful Valtia to ever rule.

But when the queen dies defending the kingdom from invading warriors, the magic doesn’t enter Elli. It’s nowhere to be found.

RATING: ★★★★☆

WHAT I LOVED: God, guys. I feel like this is one of those very underhyped books — I simply love the magic system and couldn’t help but to root for the protagonist.

4) The Rose and the Dagger – Renee Ahdieh

The Rose and The Dagger - Renee AhdiehIn a land on the brink of war, Shahrzad is forced from the arms of her beloved husband, the Caliph of Khorasan. She once thought Khalid a monster—a merciless killer of wives, responsible for immeasurable heartache and pain—but as she unraveled his secrets, she found instead an extraordinary man and a love she could not deny. Still, a curse threatens to keep Shazi and Khalid apart forever.

Now she’s reunited with her family, who have found refuge in the desert, where a deadly force is gathering against Khalid—a force set on destroying his empire and commanded by Shazi’s spurned childhood sweetheart. Trapped between loyalties to those she loves, the only thing Shazi can do is act.

RATING: ★★★★☆

WHAT I LOVED: This is the sequel of The Wrath and the Dawn! It’s honestly not as good as the first book, but Ahdieh’s writing is still pretty solid. 🙂

5) Symptoms of Being Human – Jeff Garvin

Symptoms of Being Human - Jeff GarvinRiley Cavanaugh is many things: Punk rock. Snarky. Rebellious. And gender fluid. Some days Riley identifies as a boy, and others as a girl. The thing is…Riley isn’t exactly out yet. And between starting a new school and having a congressman father running for reelection in uber-conservative Orange County, the pressure—media and otherwise—is building up in Riley’s so-called “normal” life.

On the advice of a therapist, Riley starts an anonymous blog to vent those pent-up feelings and tell the truth of what it’s REALLY like to be a gender fluid teenager. But just as Riley’s starting to settle in at school—even developing feelings for a mysterious outcast—the blog goes viral, and an unnamed commenter discovers Riley’s real identity, threatening exposure.

RATING: ★★★★☆

WHAT I LOVED: This book is the first YA book I know of that explores genderfluidity. It’s also pretty easy to read.

6) The Unexpected Everything – Morgan Matson

The Unexpected Everything - Morgan MatsonAndie had it all planned out. When you are a politician’s daughter who’s pretty much raised yourself, you learn everything can be planned or spun, or both. Especially your future.

Important internship? Check. Amazing friends? Check. Guys? Check (as long as we’re talking no more than three weeks).

But that was before the scandal. Before having to be in the same house with her dad. Before walking an insane number of dogs. That was before Clark and those few months that might change her whole life. Because here’s the thing—if everything’s planned out, you can never find the unexpected.

RATING: ★★★★☆

WHAT I LOVED: This one’s a contemporary YA with a focus on friendship and family relationships. It’s also the perfect summer read.

7) Highly Illogical Behavior – John Corey Whaley

Highly Illogical Behavior John Corey WhaleySixteen-year-old Solomon is agoraphobic. He hasn’t left the house in three years, which is fine by him.

Ambitious Lisa desperately wants to get into the second-best psychology program for college (she’s being realistic). But is ambition alone enough to get her in?

Enter Solomon. Determined to “fix” Sol, Lisa steps into his world, along with her charming boyfriend, Clark, and soon the three form an unexpected bond. But, as Lisa learns more about Sol and he and Clark grow closer and closer, the walls they’ve built around themselves start to collapse and their friendships threaten to do the same. (less)

RATING: ★★★★☆

WHAT I LOVED: This was a rather recent read but I LOVED the characters in this one. The book itself was fast-paced, funny, and full of heart. ❤

8) The Star-Touched Queen – Roshani Chokshi

the star-touched queenMaya is cursed. With a horoscope that promises a marriage of death and destruction, she has earned only the scorn and fear of her father’s kingdom. Content to follow more scholarly pursuits, her whole world is torn apart when her father, the Raja, arranges a wedding of political convenience to quell outside rebellions. Soon Maya becomes the queen of Akaran and wife of Amar. Neither roles are what she expected: As Akaran’s queen, she finds her voice and power. As Amar’s wife, she finds something else entirely: Compassion. Protection. Desire…

But Akaran has its own secrets—thousands of locked doors, gardens of glass, and a tree that bears memories instead of fruit. Soon, Maya suspects her life is in danger. Yet who, besides her husband, can she trust?

RATING: ★★★☆☆

WHAT I LOVED: The writing is gorgeous, though I admit sometimes it doesn’t make sense. The world-building is also interesting, though the magic is largely unexplained.

9) Fifteen Lanes – S. J. Laidlaw

Fifteen LanesNoor has lived all of her fourteen years in the fifteen lanes of Mumbai’s red light district. Born into a brothel, she is destined for the same fate as her mother: a desperate life trapped in the city’s sex trade. She must act soon to have any chance of escaping this grim future.

Across the sprawling city, fifteen-year-old Grace enjoys a life of privilege. Her father, the CEO of one of India’s largest international banks, has brought his family to Mumbai where they live in unparalleled luxury. But Grace’s seemingly perfect life is shattered when she becomes a victim of a cruel online attack.

When their paths intersect, Noor and Grace will be changed forever. Can two girls living in vastly different worlds find a common path?

RATING: ★★★☆☆

WHAT I LOVED: This book explores what it’s like to live in the slums of India through the eyes of a prostitute’s daughter. It’s honestly quite eye-opening.

10) Firsts – Laurie Elizabeth Flynn

Firsts Laurie Elizabeth FlynnSeventeen-year-old Mercedes Ayres has an open-door policy when it comes to her bedroom, but only if the guy fulfills a specific criteria: he has to be a virgin. Mercedes lets the boys get their awkward, fumbling first times over with, and all she asks in return is that they give their girlfriends the perfect first time- the kind Mercedes never had herself.

Keeping what goes on in her bedroom a secret has been easy- so far. When Mercedes’ perfect system falls apart, she has to find a way to salvage her reputation and figure out where her heart really belongs in the process.

RATING: ★★★☆☆

WHAT I LOVED: It’s a contemporary YA that actually focuses teenage sex and sexuality! It didn’t get everything right, but I do think it’s quite an honest book.

What’s on your TTT this week? Leave me a link or let me know in the comments!

87 thoughts on “Top Ten 2016 Young Adult Releases (So Far!)

  1. I’ve loved John Corey Whaley’s previous two novels, so I’m really looking forward to reading his most recent release. Hopefully it won’t disappoint!

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    • Yep, they’re the same person! I haven’t actually read The Archived yet so it wouldn’t have been me, but I have the book and hopefully will be reading it soon. I believe that she writes adult books under V. E. Schwab, and Victoria Schwab is for her YA books. How are you liking The Archived? Better yet, how’s the seven-year-old liking it? 🙂

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      • We’ve only got the first chapter of it read, but it reads *so* prettily! Not an over-abundance of flowery language, like we’d previously talked about… but instead a gorgeous natural cadence and style that begs to be read out loud to fully experience it.

        I’ll need to break the chapters up into parts because she has the attention span of a gnat, but she seems to enjoy it!

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        • That sounds amazing! I’ve loved Schwab’s writing but hadn’t thought what it’d be like when spoken out loud – I should try that. Thanks for letting me know, and I hope the rest of the book stays just as pretty for you both! ❤

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  2. Oh Seven Ways we Lie, we definitely agree on that one ❤ ❤ I had some issues with Firsts, as well, but I have to admit it was good to see a book dealing with this kind of subject, for a change. And that Morgan Matson book, oh next time I can finally order new books I will get that one before everything else, I'm so impatient ❤ I'm badly in need of a summer read, it looks NOTHING like summer in France right now 😦

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  3. Wow, trying to come up with one different perspective seems difficult, but coming up with seven unique ones? That’s totally amazing. I definitely want to try A Gathering of the Shadows. (Half cause the authors amazing, and the other half because I have a hankering for some romance :p)

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  4. I’ve been meaning to read Seven Ways We Lie, the premise and the cover got me. I haven’t read any Schwab books yet, but she’s been on my list for a while. I feel like each time I look her up again, she’s written four new books. Kind of reminds me of a certain other prolific author. Haha. Which book of hers would you recommend as a starting point?

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    • Hope you like Seven Ways We Lie, and I highly recommend any of Schwab’s writing! I’ve only read ADSOM, AGOS and Vicious, and I think I’d highly recommend Vicious to start with – it was just faster to get into and started amazingly, whereas ADSOM’s plot does take a while for it to pick up. Really can’t wait for you to read something of hers. 🙂

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  5. Lol, that was my initial reaction, too! Haha but unlike you, I haven’t read that much 2016 releases. Actually, that was just a guess since I’m too lazy to count and check the release dates, haha.

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  6. Aww, I’m kinda disappointed to see that The Rose and the Dagger didn’t live uo to The Wrath and the Dawn. But, I’m glad that you enjoyed it, because at least it means that it’s not completely terrible! Great TTT, I’ve added a few books to my tbr thanks to you ;D

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  7. I really liked The Unexpected Everything, Morgan Matson’s books are always great summer reads. I can’t wait to read Symptoms of Being Human, I have heard amazing things about it. I’m want to see how it handles a genderfluid character.

    Great post!

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    • Glad to hear that! I definitely recommend Symptoms of Being Human – it’s not without flaws, but I feel like it’s quite an easy read and a great introduction to the genderfluid concept. Hope you enjoy it. 🙂

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  8. Great Picks, I have actually only read Firsts on this list so far and I really liked it. Like you say it’s a book which actually focuses on Teenage sexuality which is something I rarely experience in YA.

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  9. My shippers hearts gets all warm and fuzzy every time I think about the shippy goodness in A Gathering of Shadows. Other than that I haven’t read a single book from this list but I do own a copy of several of the books and hope to read them by the end of the year.

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  10. Oooo, really good list!! I’ve heard constantly from several people that TRATD isn’t as good as the TWATD, so I’m eager to read both of them. I’ve had TWATD for a while now, but I haven’t picked it up. Now I definitely want to xD

    -Jess @jbelkbooks

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