I’ve pretty much accepted that I’m going to turn into even more of an introvert than usual in May — because for some reason, the publishing houses decided to make this the month of glorious book releases. Big names in the YA world such as Sarah Dessen, Jenny Han, Sarah J. Maas, and Kiera Cass are all coming out with books that you absolutely need to get in your hands.
It was pretty difficult to narrow the list down to these nine books, and I could easily have added more — but I didn’t want to hurt your wallets too much.
1. A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas
What it’s about: One of my favorite fantasy authors in the YA world is Sarah J. Maas — I’m a massive fan of her Throne of Glass series, so you can imagine my excitement when I heard she was releasing a new series based on Beauty and the Beast. A Court of Thrones and Roses is not your average Beauty and the Beast retelling; Feyre, who is the Belle character in this book, is kick-ass and fierce. When she’s captured by the Beast character, Tamlin, she soon realizes the truth about the darkness that is taking over their worlds. Oh, and if the dark fantasy isn’t enough to tempt you, I should mention that there’s quite a steamy romance …
Expected Publication: May 5th 2015 by Bloomsbury Children’s
Goodreads Review: 4.36/5 stars
2. The Heir by Kiera Cass
What it’s about: If you’ve read Kiera Cass’ The Selection series, then you should be very pumped up for the release of this book, which picks up where the third book — The One — left off. In an effort to not give away any spoilers, all I’m gonna say is that I’m expecting a ton of fluff and romance from this book.
Expected Publication: May 5th 2015 by HarperTeen
Goodreads Review: 4.43/5 stars
3. Saint Anything by Sarah Dessen
What it’s about: When I think back to authors I used to read a ton of during the my high-school years, Sarah Dessen always comes to mind. She’s the queen of romance books that always take you on an emotional journey. Saint Anything follows the story of Sydney, who is dealing with family struggles — including a reckless brother who gets into a drunk driving accident and is facing a jail sentence. I’m expecting this book to send a powerful message about self-discovery.
Expected Publication: May 5th 2015 by Viking Juvenile
Goodreads Review: 4.19/5 stars
4. P.S. I Still Love You by Jenny Han
What it’s about: The first book in this series, To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before, made quite a splash in the contemporary YA world last year. It was adorable and has one of the best sisterhood focuses of any YA book I’ve read. P.S. I Still Love You picks up where the first book left off, and Lara is still trying to figure out her relationship status with Peter when another boy enters the picture.
Expected Publication: May 26th 2015 by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
Goodreads Review: 4.32/5 stars
5. The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh
What it’s about: I’m a massive fan of retellings, and so I was thrilled to hear that debut author Renee Ahdieh was writing a retelling of A Thousand and One Nights. Renee’s book follows sixteen-year-old Shahrzad (Shazi) as she spins tales to bring down her husband, the eighteen-year-old Caliph of Khorasan, who has a reputation for executing his brides.
Expected Publication: May 12th 2015 by Putnam Juvenile
Goodreads Review: 4.29/5 stars
6. Lion Heart by A.C. Gaughen
What it’s about: If you’re a fan of retellings, books with girls who pose as boys and are super kick-ass, and Robin Hood tales, then you should really pick up The Scarlet series. Since Lion Heart is the third and last book in this series, I won’t give anything away other than that you need to prepare yourself for all the feels!
Expected Publication: May 19th 2015 by Bloomsbury USA Children’s
Goodreads Review: 4.30/5 stars
7. Love Fortunes and other Disasters by Kimberly Karalius
What it’s about: Sometimes in life, you just need a fluffy and lighthearted book — and Love Fortunes and Other Disasters definitely fits that bill. Fallon, the main character, gets a fortune that tells her she will never find love. She refuses to accept that fate and soon enough, she discovers Sebastian. What follows is a cute romantic story that will put a smile on your face.
Expected Publication: May 12th 2015 by Swoon Reads
Goodreads Review: 4.26/5 stars
8. Tiny Pretty Things by Sona Charaipotra & Dhonielle Clayton
What it’s about: As soon as I heard that this book is being described as “Black Swan meets Pretty Little Liars,” I immediately added it to my ‘must get now!’ list. Tiny Pretty Things is about three girls in a top Manhattan ballet school who will do anything to become prima ballerina, including manipulating and backstabbing each other. This sounds like a fun book for those days when you want something a bit more drama-heavy.
Expected Publication: May 26th 2015 by HarperTeen
Goodreads Review: 3.96/5 stars
9. Daughter of Deep Silence by Carrie Ryan
What it’s about: Carrie Ryan’s newest release is a thriller that seems full of plot twists and revenge. Frances Mace, the main character, has just lost people she loves in a yacht accident. Three people survived the destruction of the yacht, and two of them are lying about what actually happened. Frances is determined to find the truth and avenge the people she loves.
Expected Publication: May 26th 2015 by Dutton Books for Young Readers
Goodreads Review: 3.91/5 stars