13 YA Books Out in August 2020

I sometimes like to say, better late than never, and 2020 has been a super challenging year to not be surrounded by a good book. I have been reading a lot lately, and of course, I also added new books to my TBR. I've curated this list below with the hopes that you will find your next great read.


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Don't Ask Me Where I'm From by Jennifer De Leon - August 4


First-generation American LatinX Liliana Cruz does what it takes to fit in at her new nearly all-white school. But when family secrets spill out and racism at school ramps up, she must decide what she believes in and take a stand.


Liliana Cruz is a hitting a wall—or rather, walls.


There’s the wall her mom has put up ever since Liliana’s dad left—again.


There’s the wall that delineates Liliana’s diverse inner-city Boston neighborhood from Westburg, the wealthy—and white—suburban high school she’s just been accepted into.


And there’s the wall Liliana creates within herself, because to survive at Westburg, she can’t just lighten up, she has towhiten up.


So what if she changes her name? So what if she changes the way she talks? So what if she’s seeing her neighborhood in a different way? But then light is shed on some hard truths: It isn’t that her father doesn’t want to come home—he can’t…and her whole family is in jeopardy. And when racial tensions at school reach a fever pitch, the walls that divide feel insurmountable.


But a wall isn’t always a barrier. It can be a foundation for something better. And Liliana must choose: Use this foundation as a platform to speak her truth, or risk crumbling under its weight.


#Contemporary #Latinx


Level of Excitement: High

No. of Pages: ~ 336 pages

Book Links: Goodreads | Amazon | Barnes & Noble

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More Than Just a Pretty Face by Syed M. Masood - August 4


For fans of Becky Albertalli and Jenny Han, a sweetly funny YA rom-com debut about falling in love, familial expectations, and being a Renaissance Man.


Danyal Jilani doesn't lack confidence. He may not be the smartest guy in the room, but he's funny, gorgeous, and going to make a great chef one day. His father doesn't approve of his career choice, but that hardly matters. What does matter is the opinion of Danyal's longtime crush, the perfect-in-all-ways Kaval, and her family, who consider him a less than ideal arranged marriage prospect.


When Danyal gets selected for Renaissance Man--a school-wide academic championship--it's the perfect opportunity to show everyone he's smarter than they think. He recruits the brilliant, totally-uninterested-in-him Bisma to help with the competition, but the more time Danyal spends with her...the more he learns from her...the more he cooks for her...the more he realizes that happiness may be staring him right in his pretty face.


#Contemporary #Family #Humor #Romance


Level of Excitement: High

No. of Pages: ~ 352 pages

Book Links: Goodreads | Amazon | Barnes & Noble

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Sword of the Seven Sins by Emily Colin - August 3


From Emily Colin, author of the New York Times bestselling novel The Memory Thief.


Eva Marteinn never wanted to be a killer.


Raised in the Commonwealth, where citizens live and die by the code of the Seven Sins, Eva is sickened by the barbaric punishments the High Priests inflict. She sees the Bellators of Light, the Commonwealth's executioners, as no more than conscienceless killers.


When she's Chosen as the first female bellator—and can't refuse, on threat of exile or disgrace—Eva is devastated. But she turns out to be inordinately gifted at the very role she abhors…no thanks to her mentor, Ari Shepherd, who alternates between ignoring her and challenging her to impossible tests.


Ari's indifference conceals a dangerous secret: He's loved Eva since they were children. When Eva falls for Ari too, she knows they should do anything to avoid each other. Love is forbidden. Lust is a death sentence. But as mentor and apprentice, they're bound by the blood oath they swore the day of Eva's Choosing.


Balanced on a razor's edge of desire and betrayal, the two uncover a secret that could overturn the Commonwealth itself. Now Eva must make an impossible choice: Turn her back on Ari, and remain loyal to the only home she's ever known—or risk everything on the slim hope of freedom, and stake her life on the boy she's come to love.

#Fantasy #Romance


Level of Excitement: High!!! - The description just got me all excited tbh.

No. of Pages: ~ 300 pages

Book Links: Goodreads | Amazon | Barnes & Noble

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Midnight Sun by Stephanie Meyer - August 4


When Edward Cullen and Bella Swan met inTwilight, an iconic love story was born. But until now, fans have heard only Bella's side of the story. At last, readers can experience Edward's version in the long-awaited companion novel,Midnight Sun.


This unforgettable tale as told through Edward's eyes takes on a new and decidedly dark twist. Meeting Bella is both the most unnerving and intriguing event he has experienced in all his years as a vampire. As we learn more fascinating details about Edward's past and the complexity of his inner thoughts, we understand why this is the defining struggle of his life. How can he justify following his heart if it means leading Bella into danger?


#Paranormal #Romance


Level of Excitement: Medium

No. of Pages: ~ 662 pages

Book Links: Goodreads | Amazon | Barnes & Noble

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Set Fire to the Gods by Sara Raasch & Kristen Simmons - August 4


Ash is descended from a long line of gladiators, and she knows the brutal nature of war firsthand. But after her mother dies in an arena, she vows to avenge her by overthrowing her fire god, whose temper has stripped her country of its resources.


Madoc grew up fighting on the streets to pay his family's taxes. But he hides a dangerous secret: he doesn't have the earth god’s powers like his opponents. His elemental gift is something else—something that hasn't been seen in centuries.


When an attempted revenge plot goes dangerously wrong, Ash inadvertently throws the fire and earth gods into a conflict that can only be settled by deadly, lavish gladiator games. The fights put Madoc in Ash's path, and she realizes that his powers are the weapon her rebellion needs—but Madoc won’t jeopardize his family, regardless of how intrigued he is by the beautiful warrior.


But when the gods force Madoc’s hand, he and Ash uncover an ancient war that will threaten more than one immortal—it will unravel the world.


#EpicFantasy #HistoricalFiction #Magic #Mythology


Level of Excitement: High

No. of Pages: ~ 432 pages

Book Links: Goodreads | Amazon | Barnes & Noble

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The Black Kids by Christina Hammonds Reed - August 4


Perfect for fans ofThe Hate U Give, this unforgettable coming-of-age debut novel explores issues of race, class, and violence through the eyes of a wealthy black teenager whose family gets caught in the vortex of the 1992 Rodney King Riots.


Los Angeles, 1992


Ashley Bennett and her friends are living the charmed life. It’s the end of senior year and they’re spending more time at the beach than in the classroom. They can already feel the sunny days and endless possibilities of summer.


Everything changes one afternoon in April, when four LAPD officers are acquitted after beating a black man named Rodney King half to death. Suddenly, Ashley’s not just one of the girls. She’s one of the black kids.


As violent protests engulf LA and the city burns, Ashley tries to continue on as if life were normal. Even as her self-destructive sister gets dangerously involved in the riots. Even as the model black family façade her wealthy and prominent parents have built starts to crumble. Even as her best friends help spread a rumor that could completely derail the future of her classmate and fellow black kid, LaShawn Johnson.


With her world splintering around her, Ashley, along with the rest of LA, is left to question who is theus? And who is the them?

#HistoricalFiction #RealisticFiction #SocialJustice


Level of Excitement: High - I feel it's super relevant to the current times we're living.

No. of Pages: ~ 368 pages

Book Links: Goodreads | Amazon | Barnes & Noble

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The Space Between Worlds by Micaiah Johnson - August 4


An outsider who can travel between worlds discovers a secret that threatens her new home and her fragile place in it, in a stunning sci-fi debut that’s both a cross-dimensional adventure and a powerful examination of identity, privilege, and belonging.


Multiverse travel is finally possible, but there’s just one catch: No one can visit a world where their counterpart is still alive. Enter Cara, whose parallel selves happen to be exceptionally good at dying—from disease, turf wars, or vendettas they couldn’t outrun. Cara’s life has been cut short on 372 worlds in total.


On this Earth, however, Cara has survived. Identified as an outlier and therefore a perfect candidate for multiverse travel, Cara is plucked from the dirt of the wastelands. Now she has a nice apartment on the lower levels of the wealthy and walled-off Wiley City. She works—and shamelessly flirts—with her enticing yet aloof handler, Dell, as the two women collect off-world data for the Eldridge Institute. She even occasionally leaves the city to visit her family in the wastes, though she struggles to feel at home in either place. So long as she can keep her head down and avoid trouble, Cara is on a sure path to citizenship and security.


But trouble finds Cara when one of her eight remaining doppelgängers dies under mysterious circumstances, plunging her into a new world with an old secret. What she discovers will connect her past and her future in ways she could have never imagined—and reveal her own role in a plot that endangers not just her world, but the entire multiverse


#Dystopia #Fantasy #LGBTQ #SciFi


Level of Excitement: Medium - I've been kind of into Sci-Fi lately

No. of Pages: ~ 336 pages

Book Links: Goodreads | Amazon | Barnes & Noble

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They Wish They Were Us by Jessica Goodman - August 4



A murder mystery set against the backdrop of an exclusive prep school on Long Island.


In Gold Coast, Long Island, everything from the expensive downtown shops to the manicured beaches, to the pressed uniforms of Jill Newman and her friends, looks perfect. But as Jill found out three years ago, nothing is as it seems.


Freshman year Jill's best friend, the brilliant, dazzling Shaila Arnold, was killed by her boyfriend. After that dark night on the beach, Graham confessed, the case was closed, and Jill tried to move on.


Now, it's Jill's senior year and she's determined to make it her best yet. After all, she's a senioranda Player--a member of Gold Coast Prep's exclusive, not-so-secret secret society. Senior Players have the best parties, highest grades and the admiration of the entire school. This is going to be Jill's year. She's sure of it.


But when Jill starts getting texts proclaiming Graham's innocence, her dreams of the perfect senior year start to crumble. If Graham didn't kill Shaila, who did? Jill is vows to find out, but digging deeper could mean putting her friendships, and her future, in jeopardy.


#Contemporary #Mystery #Thriller #Suspence


Level of Excitement: Medium/High

No. of Pages: ~ 336 pages

Book Links: Goodreads | Amazon | Barnes & Noble

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Sia Martinez and the Moonlit Beginning of Everything by Raquel Vasquez Gilliland - August 11


Aristotle & Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe meets Roswell by way of Laurie Halse Anderson in this astonishing, genre-bending novel about a Mexican American teen who discovers profound connections between immigration, folklore, and alien life.


It’s been three years since ICE raids and phone calls from Mexico and an ill-fated walk across the Sonoran. Three years since Sia Martinez’s mom disappeared. Sia wants to move on, but it’s hard in her tiny Arizona town where people refer to her mom’s deportation as “an unfortunate incident.”


Sia knows that her mom must be dead, but every new moon Sia drives into the desert and lights San Anthony and la Guadalupe candles to guide her mom home.


Then one night, under a million stars, Sia’s life and the world as we know it cracks wide open. Because a blue-lit spacecraft crashes in front of Sia’s car…and it’s carrying her mom, who’s very much alive.


As Sia races to save her mom from armed-quite-possibly-alien soldiers, she uncovers secrets as profound as they are dangerous in this stunning and inventive exploration of first love, family, immigration, and our vast, limitless universe.


#Contemporary #Fantasy #MagicalRealism #SciFi


Level of Excitement: Medium - It just sounds unique and super intetesting!

No. of Pages: ~ 432 pages

Book Links: Goodreads | Amazon | Barnes & Noble

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Star Daughter by Shveta Thakrar - August 11


The daughter of a star and a mortal, Sheetal is used to keeping secrets. Pretending to be "normal." But when an accidental flare of her starfire puts her human father in the hospital, Sheetal needs a full star's help to heal him. A star like her mother, who returned to the sky long ago.


Sheetal's quest to save her father will take her to a celestial court of shining wonders and dark shadows, where she must take the stage as her family's champion in a competition to decide the next ruling house of the heavens--and win, or risk never returning to Earth at all.


This gorgeously imagined YA debut blends shades of Neil Gaiman's Stardust and a breathtaking landscape of Hindu mythology into a radiant contemporary fantasy.


#Contemporary #Fantasy #Mythology #Romance #SouthAsianLiterature


Level of Excitement: High!

No. of Pages: ~ 448 pages

Book Links: Goodreads | Amazon | Barnes & Noble

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Dating Makes Perfect by Pintip Dunn - August 18


The Tech sisters don’t date in high school. Not because they’re not asked. Not because they’re not interested. Not even because no one can pronounce their long, Thai last name—hence the shortened, awkward moniker. But simply because they’re not allowed.


Until now.


In a move that other Asian American girls know all too well, six months after the older Tech twins got to college, their parents asked, “Why aren’t you engaged yet?” The sisters retaliated by vowing that they won’t marry for ten (maybe even twenty!) years, not until they’ve had lots of the dating practice that they didn’t get in high school.


In a shocking war on the status quo, her parents now insist that their youngest daughter, Orrawin (aka “Winnie”), must practice fake dating in high school. Under their watchful eyes, of course—and organized based on their favorite rom-coms. ’Cause that won’t end in disaster.


The first candidate? The son of their longtime friends, Mat Songsomboon—arrogant, infuriating, and way too good-looking. Winnie’s known him since they were toddlers throwing sticky rice balls at each other. And her parents love him.


If only he weren’t her sworn enemy.


#AsianLiterature #Comedy #Contemporary #Romance


Level of Excitement: Medium

No. of Pages: ~ 400 pages

Book Links: Goodreads | Amazon | Barnes & Noble

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Raybearer by Jordan Ifueko - August 18


The epic debut YA fantasy from an incredible new talent—perfect for fans of Tomi Adeyemi and Sabaa Tahir


Nothing is more important than loyalty.

But what if you’ve sworn to protect the one you were born to destroy?


Tarisai has always longed for the warmth of a family. She was raised in isolation by a mysterious, often absent mother known only as The Lady. The Lady sends her to the capital of the global empire of Aritsar to compete with other children to be chosen as one of the Crown Prince’s Council of 11. If she’s picked, she’ll be joined with the other Council members through the Ray, a bond deeper than blood. That closeness is irresistible to Tarisai, who has always wanted to belong somewhere. But The Lady has other ideas, including a magical wish that Tarisai is compelled to obey: Kill the Crown Prince once she gains his trust. Tarisai won’t stand by and become someone’s pawn—but is she strong enough to choose a different path for herself? With extraordinary world-building and breathtaking prose, Raybearer is the story of loyalty, fate, and the lengths we’re willing to go for the ones we love.


#Fantasy #LGBTQ #SciFi


Level of Excitement: High! - I've heard amazing things about this book and it's supported by many positive reviews

No. of Pages: ~ 368 pages

Book Links: Goodreads | Amazon | Barnes & Noble

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Where Dreams Descend by Janella Angeles - August 25


In a city covered in ice and ruin, a group of magicians face off in a daring game of magical feats to find the next headliner of the Conquering Circus, only to find themselves under the threat of an unseen danger striking behind the scenes.


As each act becomes more and more risky and the number of missing magicians piles up, three are forced to reckon with their secrets before the darkness comes for them next.


The Star: Kallia, a powerful showgirl out to prove she’s the best no matter the cost


The Master: Jack, the enigmatic keeper of the club, and more than one lie told


The Magician: Demarco, the brooding judge with a dark past he can no longer hide


Where Dreams Descendis the startling and romantic first book in Janella Angeles’ debut Kingdom of Cards fantasy duology where magic is both celebrated and feared, and no heart is left unscathed.


#Fantasy #Mystery #Romance


Level of Excitement: High!!! - I read it and it was AMAZING! Definitely surpassed my expectations

No. of Pages: ~ 464 pages

Book Links: Goodreads | Amazon | Barnes & Noble




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