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What new YA books release this week?

What July YA books release this week? We have a list of this week’s new YA books! For more lists of weekly releases and all things YA lit, visit our website, follow us here and on Twitter, and subscribe to our weekly newsletter!

U.S.

The Darkest Hour by Caroline Tung Richmond
Publisher: Scholastic Press
Release date: July 26th
Lucie’s mission: Track down and interrogate a Nazi traitor about a weapon that threatens to wipe out all of Western Europe. Then find and dismantle the weapon before Hitler detonates it.

Gemini by Sonya Mukherjee
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
Release date: July 26th
Conjoined twins Clara and Hailey have lived in the same small town their entire lives—no one stares at them anymore. But there are cracks in their quiet life, and they’re slowly becoming more apparent.

How to Hang a Witch (How to Hang a Witch #1) by Adriana Mather
Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers
Release date: July 26th
When Sam, the descendant of Cotton Mather – one of the men responsible for the Salem witch trials – moves to Salem, she becomes the enemy of a group of girls who call themselves The Descendants.

Invincible (The Twixt #4) by Dawn Metcalf
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Release date: July 26th
Joy Malone has learned to live between two realities, surviving mortal threats and agonizing betrayals and falling in love. But the world of the Twixt is in chaos, and the Council wants someone to blame.

P.S. I Like You by Kasie West
Publisher: Scholastic Press
Release date: July 26th
When Lily scribbles a lyric on her desk, she finds herself exchanging notes with an anonymous pen pal at her school. And she kind of feels like she’s falling for him.

Riverkeep by Martin Stewart
Publisher: Viking
Release date: July 26th
The Danék is a wild, treacherous river, and the Fobisher family has tended it for generations. When Wull’s father is possessed by a dark spirit, Wull is forced to become the Riverkeep.

What the Dead Want by Norah Olson
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books
Release date: July 26th
Somehow the mystery of Gretchen’s mother’s disappearance and the atrocities that happened on their land during the Civil War are intertwined, and it’s up to Gretchen to figure out how…

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by J.K. Rowling, John Tiffany & Jack Thorne
Publisher: Scholastic
Release date: July 31st
As past and present fuse ominously, Harry grapples with a past that refuses to stay where it belongs, while his youngest son Albus must struggle with the weight of a family legacy he never wanted.

Mistrust by Margaret McHeyzer
Publisher: Self-published
Release date: July 31st
I’m the popular girl at school. The one everyone wants to be friends with. It was a night which promised to be filled with love and fun until… something happened which changed everything.

U.K.

The Yellow Room by Jess Vallance
Publisher: Hot Key Books
Release date: July 28th
Sixteen-year-old Anna receives a letter from her father’s girlfriend telling her he has died and asking to meet. Anna is drawn to Edie, and the way she can tell Edie the secret that is buried inside her.

Songs About a Girl by Chris Russell
Publisher: Hodder Children’s Books
Release date: July 28th
Charlie Bloom never wanted to be ‘with the band’. But when she’s asked to take backstage photos for hot new boy band Fire & Lights, she can’t pass up the chance.

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by J.K. Rowling, John Tiffany & Jack Thorne
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Release date: July 31st
As past and present fuse ominously, Harry grapples with a past that refuses to stay where it belongs, while his youngest son Albus must struggle with the weight of a family legacy he never wanted.

AUSTRALIA

The Boundless Sublime by Lili Wilkinson
Publisher: Allen & Unwin
Release date: July 27th
Ruby Jane Galbraith is empty. Her family has been torn apart and it’s all her fault. The only thing that makes sense to her is Fox - a gentle new friend who is wise, yet oddly naive about the ways of the world.

Saving Jazz by Kate McCaffrey
Publisher: Fremantle Press
Release date: August 1st
Jasmine Lovely has it all – the looks, the grades, the friends. But when a house party spins out of control, Jazz discovers what can happen when your mistakes go viral…

Skyfire (The Seven Signs #1) by Michael Adams
Publisher: Scholastic Press
Release date: August 1st
Seven talented and driven teenagers from around the world have been selected by Internet King Felix Scott to form an elite group of young people committed to help make a difference in the world.

Skylarking by Kate Mildenhall
Publisher: Black Inc
Release date: August 1st
Kate and Harriet are best friends on an isolated Australian cape in the 1880s. As daughters of the lighthouse keepers, the two girls share everything, until a fisherman arrives in their small community.

Songs That Sound Like Blood by Jared Thomas
Publisher: Magabala Books
Release date: August 1st
Being a poor student sucks… but nothing prepares Roxy for her biggest challenge. Her crush on Ana, the local music journo, forces her to steer her way through a maze of emotions alien to this small town girl.

YA Fairy Tale Retellings

I’ve had several people ask for some YA retelling book recommendations, so here are a few of each! I marked my favorites with an asterisk:

Cinderella

Snow White

Beauty & the Beast

Sleeping Beauty

Rapunzel

The Twelve Dancing Princesses

Peter Pan

Aladdin/1,001 Nights

Red Riding Hood

Hansel & Gretel: Sweetly by Jackson Pearce

The Little Mermaid: Mermaid by Carolyn Turgeon

The Frog Prince: 

Rumpelstiltskin: A Curse Dark as Gold by Elizabeth C. Bunce

The Snow Queen

Read excerpts from new YA books!

Here’s a selection of excerpts from new YA novels that hit the web recently! For lists of weekly releases and all things YA lit, visit our website, follow us here and on Twitter, and subscribe to our weekly newsletter!

The Fever Code: A Maze Runner Prequel by James Dashner
Publisher: Delacorte
Release date: September 27th 2016
Once there was a world’s end. The forests burned, the lakes and rivers dried up, and the oceans swelled. Then came a plague, and fever spread across the globe. Families died, violence reigned, and man killed man. Next came WICKED, who were looking for an answer. And then they found the perfect boy. The boy’s name was Thomas, and Thomas built a maze. Now there are secrets. There are lies. And there are loyalties history could never have foreseen.
To read an excerpt, click here.

Labyrinth Lost (Brooklyn Brujas #1) by Zoraida Córdova
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire
Release date: September 6th 2016
Alex is a bruja, the most powerful witch in a generation…and she hates magic. At her Deathday celebration, Alex performs a spell to rid herself of her power. But it backfires. Her whole family vanishes into thin air, leaving her alone with Nova, a brujo boy she can’t trust. A boy whose intentions are as dark as the strange markings on his skin. The only way to get her family back is to travel with Nova to Los Lagos, a land in-between, as dark as Limbo and as strange as Wonderland…
To read an excerpt, click here.

Lifeblood (Everlife #2) by Gena Showalter
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Release date: February 28th 2017
Because Ten possesses a rare supernatural ability to absorb and share light, the Powers That Be have the highest expectations for her future—and the enemy wants her neutralized. Fighting to save her Secondlife, she must learn about her realm from the ground up while launching her first mission: convincing a select group of humans to join her side before they die. No pressure, right? But Ten’s competition is Killian, the boy she can’t forget.
To read an excerpt, click here.

Lost Girls by Merrie DeStefano
Publisher: Entangled Teen
Release date: January 3rd 2016
Yesterday, Rachel went to sleep listening to Taylor Swift, curled up in her grammy’s quilt, worrying about geometry. Today, she woke up in a ditch, bloodied, bruised, and missing a year of her life. She doesn’t recognize the person she’s become: she’s popular. She wears nothing but black. Black to cover the blood. And she can fight. She’s not the only girl to go missing within the last year…but she’s the only girl to come back.
To read an excerpt, click here.

The Reader (Sea of Ink and Gold #1) by Traci Chee
Publisher: Putnam
Release date: September 13th 2016
Sefia knows what it means to survive. After her father is brutally murdered, she flees into the wilderness with her aunt Nin, who teaches her to hunt, track, and steal. But when Nin is kidnapped, the only clue to her disappearance is the odd rectangular object her father left behind, an object she comes to realize is a book—a marvelous item unheard of in her otherwise illiterate society. With the help of this book, Sefia sets out to find out what really happened to her aunt and father.
To read an excerpt, click here.

The Telling by Alexandra Sirowy
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
Release date: August 2nd 2016
Lana used to know what was real. That was before when her life was small and quiet. Home was idyllic, she could tell the truth from lies, and her brother Ben’s childhood stories were firmly in her imagination. Then came after. After has Lana boldly kissing her crush, jumping into the water from too high up, and living with nerve and mischief. But after also has horrors, deaths that only make sense in fairy tales, and terrors from a past Lana thought long forgotten.
To read an excerpt, click here.

Thieving Weasels by Billy Taylor
Publisher: Dial Books
Release date: August 23rd 2016
Cameron Smith attends an elite boarding school and has just been accepted to Princeton University. Life for Cameron would be perfect, except that Cameron Smith is actually Skip O’Rourke, and Skip O’Rourke ran away from his grifter family four years ago…along with $100,000 of their “earnings”. But when his uncle Wonderful tracks him down, Skip’s given an ultimatum: come back to the family for one last con, or say good-bye to life as Cameron.
To read an excerpt, click here.

Today, I’m going to spotlight an amazing publishing company, @harpercollins / @epicreads! They’ve been sending me some “epic” reads this month and I wanted to share them with you!

📚Meet Me Here by Bryan Bliss (happy release day!)
📚The Female of the Species by Mindy McGinnis
📚The Thousandth Floor by Katherine McGee
📚My Lady Jane by Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, and Jodi Meadows
📚Down with the Shine by Kate Karyus Quinn
📚Dreamology by Lucy Keating
📚Unrivaled by Alyson Noël

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Also, I have never taken a photo from this angle before! Mostly because my bed isn’t anything special… But you want to know a secret?

I hung up the photos and lights right before I took this picture LOL! Actually, this photo is exactly why I made my bed area pretty hahahaha.

That’s one of the many secrets of a bookstagrammer😂. I don’t really decorate a certain way unless it will look good in photos. And sometimes, a set up is just for show! Say for example a cup of coffee is in the photo - Of course I will end up drinking it (because I’m so obsessed), BUT 50% of the time I made that cup of coffee specifically for a photo lol.

Hmm maybe I will do a blog post or youtube video about this in the future 😏

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The female authors aren’t hiding...

Why is this still a thing? I just saw yet another article trying to recommend a few female authors as though they’re some rare species. The suggestions turned out to be just as boring as every other list: Rowling, Austen, Rowling, Bronte, Rowling.

I don’t know why people keep struggling to come up with 5 amazing female authors (or even making these lists. Like whyyy). So let me now walk over to my bookshelf and rattle off some names of my favorite modern female authors… (also, enjoy my attempt to break my endless “YA fantasy” books into groups). 

If you’re searching for that super elusive book written by a woman, try:

Dystopian

  • Veronica Roth
  • Lauren Oliver
  • Kristin Cashore
  • Veronica Rossi
  • Beth Revis
  • Marie Lu
  • Tahereh Mafi
  • Suzanne Collins
  • Susan Ee
  • Suzanne Young
  • Jennifer Wilson
  • Amy Engel

Fantasy

  • Samantha Shannon
  • Evelyn Skye
  • A.C. Gaughen
  • Jessica Khoury
  • Alwyn Hamilton
  • Marissa Meyer
  • Heidi Heilig
  • Libba Bray
  • Leslye Walton
  • Janet Lee Carey
  • Jennifer McGowan
  • Diana Peterfreund
  • JK Rowling
  • Janet B. Taylor
  • Laini Taylor
  • Robin LaFevers
  • Erin Morgenstern
  • Kendare Blake
  • Amie Kaufman
  • Kerstin Gier
  • Kiersten White
  • Melanie Dickerson
  • Melissa Landers
  • KM Shea
  • Alison Goodman
  • Elizabeth May
  • Kiera Cass
  • Renee Ahdieh
  • Marion Zimmer Bradley
  • Alexandra Bracken
  • Romina Russell
  • Deborah Harkness
  • Diana Gabaldon
  • Madeline Miller
  • Julie Eshbaugh

High Fantasy

  • Sarah J Maas
  • Maria V. Snyder
  • Mary E. Pearson
  • Sara B. Larson
  • Jennifer A. Nielsen
  • Shannon Hale
  • Stephanie Garber
  • Diana Wynne Jones
  • Stacey Jay
  • Erin Summerill
  • Leigh Barudgo
  • Hannah West
  • Sabaa Tahir
  • Victoria Aveyard
  • Rosamund Hodge
  • Melina Marchetta
  • Rae Carson
  • Naomi Novik
  • Susan Dennard
  • Wendy Higgins
  • V.E. Schwab
  • Gail Carson Levine
  • CJ Redwine
  • Katherine Roberts
  • Sara Raasch
  • Erika Johansen
  • Rachel Hartman
  • Juliet Marillier
  • Livia Blackburne
  • Sophie Jordan
  • Tamora Pierce
  • Sandra Waugh
  • Marie Rutkoski
  • Elise Kova
  • Angie Sage
  • Amy Tintera
  • Sarah Fine
  • Jodi Meadows
  • Cinda Williams Chima
  • Morgan Rhodes
  • Sherry Thomas
  • Danielle L. Jensen
  • Colleen Oakes
  • Melissa Grey
  • Sarah Ahiers
  • Lori M. Lee
  • Roshani Chokshi

Modern Fantasy

  • Cassandra Clare
  • Rachel Hawkins
  • Stephanie Meyer
  • Jennifer L. Armentrout
  • Kami Garcia
  • Claudia Gray
  • Julie Kagawa
  • Maggie Stiefvater
  • Kaitlin Bevis
  • Aimee Carter
  • Holly Black
  • Cynthia Hand
  • Richelle Mead
  • Temple West
  • Alex Flinn
  • Kresley Cole
  • Josephine Angelini
  • Lisa Maxwell
  • Zoraida Cordova

Contemporary

  • Rainbow Rowell
  • Jenny Han
  • Morgan Matson
  • Sarah Dessen
  • Kasie West
  • Jennifer Longo
  • Anna Breslaw
  • Sonya Mukherjee
  • Huntley Fitzpatrick
  • Melissa Keil
  • Brodi Ashton
  • Jennifer Niven
  • Katherine Catmull
  • Miranda Kenneally
  • Eileen Cook
  • Sandy Hall
  • Jenn Marie Thorne
  • Sarah Strohmeyer
  • Stephanie Perkins
  • Danika Stone
  • Elizabeth Eulberg
  • Jandy Nelson
  • Carolyn Mackler
  • Ali Novak
  • Ann Brashares
  • Tamara Ireland Stone
  • Gwenda Bond
  • Stacey Lee
  • Nina LaCour

(Sorry to Leigh Bird Dog and anyone else whose name autocorrect couldn’t deal with if I didn’t catch it).

These are just the books I happened to glance at, so feel free to add! And then maybe this can stop being a thing…

Sunday Shelfie! // Here is my bookshelf that holds the majority of my YA books. 

I’m thinking about getting some Ikea Billy bookshelves to replace this one (even though I really do like it) because a lot of these cubbies are double stacked. Do any of you have the Ikea Billy bookshelves? What do you think of them if you do? 

“Women built this castle”: An in-depth look at sexism in YA.

On November 24, Publisher’s Weekly posted an article on Scott Bergstrom and The Cruelty. The article highlighted the monetary success of Bergstrom – who landed a six-figure deal with Macmillan’s Feiwel and Friends imprint after selling in 16 foreign territories; the movie rights to The Cruelty also sold to Paramount, with Jerry Bruckheimer attached to the film – and subtlety nudged at the idea that Bergstrom and The Cruelty would be the next big thing.

Initially self-published in 2014, The Cruelty follows Gwendolyn Bloom, who sets off to rescue her kidnapped diplomat father. With the U.S. refusing to help, she follows the name of a Palestinian informer living in France and discovers that, to save her father, she must become as cruel as the men who took him.

But the article in Publisher’s Weekly highlighted not the descent of teenage girl into a creature as cruel as her enemies, but the transformation of a “slightly overweight 17-year-old” into, in a quote from Bergstrom, a “lean warrior with hair dyed fire-engine red.”

The choice to self-publish wasn’t described by Bergstrom – who writes not under Scott, but under S. Bergstrom, claiming to face the “precisely the same” problems that J.K. Rowling and S.E. Hinton did when they chose to use initials – as an excuse for creative control, but a way to avoid being confined by the “walled garden” of YA publishing. While YA publishes books that look at the moral complexities of killing and murders (The Hunger Games, Violent Ends, This Is Where It Ends), of the choices teenage girls face in their day-to-day lives (a topic Nova Ren Suma and Courtney Summers cover in all of their works), Bergstrom felt that his heroine was “more complicated than a lot of YA,” dismissing the category he was writing in – and the teenagers he was writing for – as doing no more than trying to escape places “set up by outside adult forces” in a story that acted as “a metaphor for high school.”

But the opening chapter, available to read online for free, showcases that Bergstrom fell into his own trap. It begins with his protagonist Gwendolyn in her high school, that “walled garden” “set up by outside adult forces” he dismissed in other stories – a high school Gwendolyn eventually abandons to go rescue her father.

All, of course, while becoming a “lean warrior” stereotype of modern beauty ideals while rescuing her father – not that she didn’t get attention from men at the beginning of the book, and not that she wasn’t initially pretty, if “poor as a church mouse.”

“I’m … a little chubby,” thinks Gwendolyn in the opening chapter, adding “My dad and my doctor say I’m not really that overweight – that it’s mostly muscle from my years of gymnastics – and that everyone’s built differently, so don’t accept anyone else’s definition of beauty. But then again, it’s their job to say that.”

Bergstrom also writes, in his opening chapter, that “guys out on the sidewalk in front of the shops whistle after [his protagonist]. They love this – the school uniform, the flash of seventeen-year-old legs.”

His protagonist sees nothing wrong with this, makes no further comment about how it bothers her or how it’s wrong to catcall after women. Instead, the protagonist sees the behavior as almost romantic, the unwanted attention of men’s eyes on her as something to be desired. It is, as Tristina Wright described, a subtle form of grooming behavior. It is something that a man would want a woman – want a seventeen-year-old-girl – to think of his behavior.

In the same opening chapter, Bergstrom’s character attempts to read a “novel with a teenage heroine set in a dystopian future” on the Subway. “Which novel in particular,” wrote Bergstrom, in an uncanny reflection of his own quote to Publisher’s Weekly, “doesn’t matter because they’re all the same. Poor teenage heroine, having to go to war when all you really want is to write in your diary about how you’re in love with two different guys and can’t decide between them. These novels are cheesy, I know, and I suck them down as easily as milk.”

Subtle jabs at books like Red Queen and The Hunger Games and Divergent – dystopian fiction that features teenage girls who deal with the emotional realities of relationships and the emotional realities of war simultaneously, things that resonate with teenage girls in high school – weren’t saved for Bergstrom or for the Publisher’s Weekly article.

“Kicking butt to save your dad is actually a lot easier for me to swallow than kids killing kids in The Hunger Games,” said Bergstrom’s agent Tracey Adams to Publisher’s Weekly – missing, of course, that The Hunger Games doesn’t kill for sport or gratuity, but to highlight the actual atrocities of kids killing kids and the powerful bond between Katniss Everdeen and her sister Primrose.

And Bergstrom has made jabs at genre fiction before; in an interview with The Pen and Muse, he wrote that “what troubles [him]about so much of today’s fiction aimed at young adults is that it is set in an imaginary time and place… you’ll see that dystopian future is really the dystopian present,” as if unwilling to acknowledge that fictionalizing ongoing problems can give readers another way to digest the issues at hand.

“This is a very welcoming community, as I’ve learned firsthand during the last year, and Mr. Bergstrom basically walked in the door and sneered at us,” wrote Red Queen author Victoria Aveyard in a blog post.

In his interview at The Pen and Muse, Bergstrom also discussed the appearance of his protagonist and the appearance of women in media. “As the father of two daughters, I became pretty appalled at the image of women they received from the culture,” Bergstrom told The Pen and Muse. “It was all princess-this, Barbie-that. It was almost a satire of femininity. … What century were we living in if the feminine ideal little girls learned about was still a woman in a pink dress and a nineteen inch waist?”

As if there is something inherently wrong with pink dresses.

As if there is something wrong with Barbie, who has had careers in every field and inspires young girls around the world.

As if Bergstrom’s protagonist did not transform from a “slightly chubby” girl to a “lean warrior,” reinforcing that a feminine ideal – even for a warrior – was a skinny, toned girl, with maybe a slightly wider waistline than Barbie’s nineteen-inches.

The Cruelty features a chubby girl who becomes a “lean warrior,” who has no problem with men catcalling her, and who dismisses the category of fiction meant for teens; whose author is blissfully oblivious to YA as a whole, who dismisses it as lacking moral complications and who sneers at genre fiction, and who sees no problem in slimming down his leading lady while making derisive comments about Barbie.

This is what Feiwel and Friends paid six figures for; this is what Paramount wants to make a movie out of.

This is “the next big thing” in YA.

If you don’t see a problem with that, you won’t like the rest of this article.

Let’s look at the history of YA + discuss what we can do to combat sexism in YA now.

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YA boyfriends for the signs

Aries: Aaron Warner (Shatter Me)

Taurus: Jace Herondale (The Mortal Instruments)

Gemini: Carswell Thorne (The Lunar Chronicles)

Cancer: Maxon Schreave (The Selection)

Leo: Rhysand (A Court of Thorns and Roses)

Virgo: Gansey (The Raven Cycle)

Libra: Dorian Havilliard (Throne of Glass)

Scorpio: The Darkling (The Grisha Trilogy)

Sagittarius: Emperor Kaito (The Lunar Chronicles)

Capricorn:  Prince Cal (Red Queen)

Aquarius: Noah Shaw (Mara Dyer)

Pisces: Will Herondale (The Infernal Devices)