June Young Adult Picks

Summer Reading is just getting started! Check out these great Young Adult books to keep you reading:

Frozen Frozen
by Melissa de la Cruz and Michael Johnston

More than a century after a catastrophic disaster wiped out most of humanity and covered much of the earth with ice, sixteen-year-old Nat yields to the voice in her head urging her to embark on a dangerous journey across a poisoned sea to the mythical land, the Blue.


Body Finder The Body Finder
by Kimberly Derting

Violet has two secrets dominating her junior year: her ability to sense echoes from murder victims and her growing crush on childhood friend Jay. Can she keep it together as Jay helps her hunt for a serial killer? For those who like a bit of romance mixed in with their suspense novels, this is the book for you. The first in a series.

Talon Talon
by Julie Kagawa

The dragons of Talon have been hiding in human forms to save themselves from being hunted. Ember and Dante Hill are the only brother and sister dragons. Ember wants to experience being a teen before fulfilling her destiny in Talon; however, she is being pursued by Garret St. James, whose task is to destroy all dragons but only when he is certain about his prey. And he is not quite certain about Ember.

Read Between the Lines Read Between the Lines
by Jo Knowles

Does anyone ever see us for who we really are? Jo Knowles’s revelatory novel of interlocking stories peers behind the scrim as it follows nine teens and one teacher through a seemingly ordinary day.

Liars Inc. Liars Inc.
by Paula Stokes

Max forms a professional lying service with his friend Preston and girlfriend Parvati to make extra cash. But when Preston disappears the police see Max as the prime suspect. Can he escape his web of lies?

March Young Adult Picks

Spring into these Young Adult Favorites!

The Naturals The Naturals
by Jennifer Barnes


Cassie, who has a natural ability to read people, joins a team of criminal-profiling teens at the FBI investigating cold cases. The plot starts off a bit slow but builds to an exciting conclusion. First in a series.

Skinny Skinny
by Donna Cooner


Hopeless. Freak. Elephant. Pitiful. These are the words of Skinny, the vicious voice that lives inside fifteen-year-old Ever Davies’s head. Skinny tells Ever all the dark thoughts her classmates have about her. Ever knows she weighs over three hundred pounds, knows she’ll probably never be loved, and Skinny makes sure she never forgets it.

Body in the Woods Body in the Woods
by April Henry


While helping the Portland County Sheriff’s Search and Rescue to seek a missing autistic man, teens Alexis, Nick, and Ruby find, instead, a body and join forces to find the girl’s murderer, forming an unlikely friendship, as well.

Skink No Surrender Skink No Surrender
by Carl Hiaasen


Classic Malley—to avoid being shipped off to boarding school, she takes off with some guy she met online. Poor Richard—he knows his cousin’s in trouble before she does. Wild Skink—he’s a ragged, one-eyed ex-governor of Florida, and enough of a renegade to think he can track Malley down. With Richard riding shotgun, the unlikely pair scour the state, undaunted by blinding storms, crazed pigs, flying bullets, and giant gators.

All the Bright Places All the Bright Places
by Jennifer Niven


Violet and Finch meet atop a tower on the campus of their high school, both contemplating suicide. They form an unlikely friendship as Violet is dealing with the death of her sister and best friend and Finch is considered a “freak” by his classmates. A great read dealing with loss, friendship, depression, recovery and survival.

American Born Chinese American Born Chinese
by Gene Yang


This book alternates interrelated stories about three characters: a Chinese American trying to fit into popular culture, a Chinese folk hero attempting to be worshipped as a god; and a teenager ashamed by his Chinese cousin’s behavior. Each of these characters cannot help himself alone, but how can they possibly help each other? They’re going to have to find a way—if they want fix the disasters their lives have become.

February Young Adult Picks

Here are some more of those great YA books you’re looking for!

Obsidian Obsidian
by Jennifer Armentrout


Katy notices strange things in the WV town where she has recently moved. How does the hot neighbor who hates her move so fast and why is he always trying to talk to her, especially when he has forbidden her quite rudely to stay away from his twin sister?

Mango A Mango-shaped Space
by Wendy Maas


Mia Winchell appears to be a typical kid, but she’s keeping a big secret—sounds, numbers, and words have color for her. No one knows, and Mia wants to keep it that way. But when trouble at school finally forces Mia to reveal her secret, she must learn to accept herself and embrace her ability, called synesthesia, a mingling of the senses.

Obsidian The Sky is Everywhere
by Jandy Nelson


Lennon “Lennie” Walker’s older sister/best friend dies very suddenly. This is a beautifully written story of grief, love, family, forgiveness and finding the courage to keep putting one foot in front of the other and learning to laugh and live again. Jandy Nelson is my favorite YA author!

Seconds Seconds
by Bryan Lee O’Malley


Katie is a chef who uses magic mushrooms to fix her mistakes and escape the consequences of her actions. Unfortunately all of her second chances lead to increasingly undesirable outcomes in O’Malley’s great followup to the “Scott Pilgrim” series.

January Young Adult Picks

Ring in the new year with some fantastic young adult books!

Girl from the Well The Girl From the Well
by Rin Chupeco


Okiku has wandered the world for centuries, freeing the innocent ghosts of the murdered-dead and taking the lives of killers with the vengeance they are due, but when she meets Tark she knows the moody teen with the series of intricate tattoos is not a monster and needs to be freed from the demonic malevolence that clings to him.

Shelter Shelter (Mickey Bolitar #1)
by Harlan Coben


Mickey Bolitar’s year can’t get much worse. After witnessing his father’s death and sending his mom to rehab, he’s forced to live with his estranged uncle Myron and switch high schools. Fortunately, he’s met a great girl, Ashley, and it seems like things might finally be improving. But then Ashley vanishes. Mickey follows Ashley’s trail into a seedy underworld that reveals that Ashley isn’t who she claimed to be.

The Young Elites The Young Elites
by Marie Lu


Adelina Amouteru survived the blood fever, a deadly illness that killed many, but left others with strange markings and supernatural powers. Cast out by her family, Adelina joins the secret society of the Young Elites and discovers her own dangerous abilities.

Wake Wake (Dream Catcher #1)
by Lisa McMann


Ever since she was eight years old, high school student Janie Hannagan has been uncontrollably drawn into other people’s dreams, but it is not until she befriends an elderly nursing home patient and becomes involved with an enigmatic fellow-student that she discovers her true power.

Confessions Confessions: The Paris Mysteries
by James Patterson


After investigating multiple homicides and her family’s decades-old skeletons in the closet, Tandy Angel is finally reunited with her lost love in Paris. But as he grows increasingly distant, Tandy is confronted with disturbing questions about him, as well as what really happened to her long-dead sister. With no way to tell anymore who in her life she can trust, how will Tandy ever get to the bottom of the countless secrets her parents kept from her?

December Young Adult Picks

Use your upcoming vacation time to curl up with these great young adult books!

The Siren The Siren
by Kiera Cass


“‘You must never do anything that might expose our secret. This means that, in general, you cannot form close bonds with humans. You can speak to us, and you can always commune with the Ocean, but you are deadly to humans.”

Poison Princess Poison Princess
by Kresley Cole


In the aftermath of a cataclysmic event, sixteen-year-old Evie, from a well-to-do Louisiana family, learns that her terrible visions are actually prophecies and that there are others like herself–embodiments of Tarot cards destined to engage in an epic battle.

The Iron King The Iron King
by Julie Kagawa


Meghan Chase is wanting to be a normal teenager who is turning sixteen but she is not and her journey will show that she is the daughter of a faery king and she has a destiny.

Acceleration Acceleration
by Graham McNamee


Duncan’s summer job is working at the lost and found for the Toronto Transit Authority. To pass the time he searches through left behind books and stumbles upon a hand written diary of a potential serial killer. Should he turn it in to the police or investigate on his own?

I'll Give You the Sun I’ll Give You the Sun
by Jandy Nelson


Noah and Jude are twins who, until the age of 13, think of themselves and NoahandJude. This book is beautifully written and I have put it on my “must be read again” list!


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October Young Adult Picks

Do you love young adult books and need some recommendations? You’re in luck!

Zac and Mia Zac and Mia
by A.J. Betts


This is a young adult novel about teens with life-threatening illnesses and how they cope with it. I thought it was going to be another “The Fault in Our Stars” but it wasn’t! Two teens with totally different prognoses handle it quite differently.

We Were Liars We Were Liars
by E. Lockhart


The story of how a young girl and her privileged family handle a life-changing tragedy. The story has many twists and turns that will keep the reader guessing until the last page as we see how one family copes with the unimaginable. An fast, engaging read for older teens as well as adults.

Blood of My Blood Blood of My Blood
by Barry Lyga


Jazz Dent has been shot and left to die in New York City. His girlfriend Connie is in the clutches of Jazz’s serial killer father, Billy. And his best friend Howie is bleeding to death on the floor of Jazz’s own home in tiny Lobo’s Nod. Somehow, these three must rise above the horrors their lives have become and find a way to come together in pursuit of Billy. Exciting conclusion to the “I Hunt Killers” trilogy.

Throne of glass Throne of glass
by Sarah J. Maas


After she has served a year of hard labor in the salt mines of Endovier for her crimes, Crown Prince Dorian offers eighteen-year-old assassin Celaena Sardothien her freedom on the condition that she act as his champion in a competition to find a new royal assassin.