15 YA Books Out in September 2020

September was perhaps the month packed with most of my highly ancipated reads of 2020, so many sequels to some of my favorite series and fresh series and standalone packed with potential. I had so much fun curating this list for you, and I feel like need to point out is that the only sequels that I post about in my release lists are part of books I've read and I highly recommend.


Keep reading to find your next great read!



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Blood & Honey by Shelby Mahurin - Sept. 1


{Sequel to Serpent & Dove}


After narrowly escaping death at the hands of the Dames Blanches, Lou, Reid, Coco, and Ansel are on the run from coven, kingdom, and church—fugitives with nowhere to hide.


To elude the scores of witches and throngs of chasseurs at their heels, Lou and Reid need allies. Strong ones. But protection comes at a price, and the group is forced to embark on separate quests to build their forces. As Lou and Reid try to close the widening rift between them, the dastardly Morgane baits them in a lethal game of cat and mouse that threatens to destroy something worth more than any coven.


The hotly anticipated sequel to the New York Times and IndieBound bestseller Serpent & Dove—packed with even steamier romance and darker magic—is perfect for fans of Sarah J. Maas.


#Fantasy #Paranormal #Romance


Level of Excitement: High! - One of my favorite series for sure.

Number of Pages: ~ 528 pages

Book Links: Goodreads | Amazon | Barnes & Noble

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Cemetery Boys by Aiden Thomas - Sept. 1


A trans boy determined to prove his gender to his traditional Latinx family summons a ghost who refuses to leave in Aiden Thomas's paranormal YA debut Cemetery Boys.


Yadriel has summoned a ghost, and now he can't get rid of him.


When his traditional Latinx family has problems accepting his true gender, Yadriel becomes determined to prove himself a real brujo. With the help of his cousin and best friend Maritza, he performs the ritual himself, and then sets out to find the ghost of his murdered cousin and set it free.


However, the ghost he summons is actually Julian Diaz, the school's resident bad boy, and Julian is not about to go quietly into death. He's determined to find out what happened and tie off some loose ends before he leaves. Left with no choice, Yadriel agrees to help Julian, so that they can both get what they want. But the longer Yadriel spends with Julian, the less he wants to let him leave.


#Contemporary #Fantasy #LGBTQ #Romance


Level of Excitement: High! - It feels fresh and intriguing.

Number of Pages: ~ 352 pages

Book Links: Goodreads | Amazon | Barnes & Noble

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Fable by Adrienne Young - Sept. 1


For seventeen-year-old Fable, the daughter of the most powerful trader in the Narrows, the sea is the only home she has ever known. It’s been four years since the night she watched her mother drown during an unforgiving storm. The next day her father abandoned her on a legendary island filled with thieves and little food. To survive she must keep to herself, learn to trust no one, and rely on the unique skills her mother taught her. The only thing that keeps her going is the goal of getting off the island, finding her father, and demanding her rightful place beside him and his crew. To do so Fable enlists the help of a young trader named West to get her off the island and across the Narrows to her father.


But her father’s rivalries and the dangers of his trading enterprise have only multiplied since she last saw him, and Fable soon finds that West isn't who he seems. Together, they will have to survive more than the treacherous storms that haunt the Narrows if they're going to stay alive.


Welcome to a world made dangerous by the sea and by those who wish to profit from it. Where a young girl must find her place and her family while trying to survive in a world built for men. Fable takes you on a spectacular journey filled with romance, intrigue, and adventure.


#Adventure #Fantasy #Romance


Level of Excitement: High! - I read an ARc of this book and I loved it. Read my review, here.

Number of Pages: ~ 357 pages

Book Links: Goodreads | Amazon | Barnes & Noble

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The Inheritance Games by Jennifer Lynn Barnes - Sept. 1


A Cinderella story with deadly stakes and thrilling twists, perfect for fans of One of Us is Lying and Knives Out.


Avery Grambs has a plan for a better future: survive high school, win a scholarship, and get out. But her fortunes change in an instant when billionaire Tobias Hawthorne dies and leaves Avery virtually his entire fortune. The catch? Avery has no idea why--or even who Tobias Hawthorne is. To receive her inheritance, Avery must move into sprawling, secret passage-filled Hawthorne House, where every room bears the old man's touch--and his love of puzzles, riddles, and codes.


Unfortunately for Avery, Hawthorne House is also occupied by the family that Tobias Hawthorne just dispossessed. This includes the four Hawthorne grandsons: dangerous, magnetic, brilliant boys who grew up with every expectation that one day, they would inherit billions. Heir apparent Grayson Hawthorne is convinced that Avery must be a con-woman, and he's determined to take her down. His brother, Jameson, views her as their grandfather's last hurrah: a twisted riddle, a puzzle to be solved. Caught in a world of wealth and privilege, with danger around every turn, Avery will have to play the game herself just to survive.


#Contemporary #Fantasy #Mystery #Romance #Thriller


Level of Excitement: Medium/High - I've heard mixed reviews, but I still want to read it.

Number of Pages: ~ 384 pages

Book Links: Goodreads | Amazon | Barnes & Noble

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Majesty by Katharine McGee - Sept. 1


{Sequel to: American Royals}


Is America ready for its first queen?


Power is intoxicating. Like first love, it can leave you breathless. Princess Beatrice was born with it. Princess Samantha was born with less. Some, like Nina Gonzalez, are pulled into it. And a few will claw their way in. Ahem, we're looking at you Daphne Deighton.


As America adjusts to the idea of a queen on the throne, Beatrice grapples with everything she lost when she gained the ultimate crown. Samantha is busy living up to her "party princess" persona...and maybe adding a party prince by her side. Nina is trying to avoid the palace--and Prince Jefferson--at all costs. And a dangerous secret threatens to undo all of Daphne's carefully laid "marry Prince Jefferson" plans.


A new reign has begun....


#Contemporary #HistoricalFiction #Romance


Level of Excitement: High! - I just finished it and I'm really hoping there will be another book!

Number of Pages: ~ 374 pages

Book Links: Goodreads | Amazon | Barnes & Noble

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Grown by Tiffany D. Jackson - Sept 15


Korey Fields is dead.


When Enchanted Jones wakes with blood on her hands and zero memory of the previous night, no one—the police and Korey’s fans included—has more questions than she does. All she really knows is that this isn't how things are supposed to be. Korey was Enchanted’s ticket to stardom.


Before there was a dead body, Enchanted was an aspiring singer, struggling with her tight knit family’s recent move to the suburbs while trying to find her place as the lone Black girl in high school. But then legendary R&B artist Korey Fields spots her at an audition. And suddenly her dream of being a professional singer takes flight.


Enchanted is dazzled by Korey’s luxurious life but soon her dream turns into a nightmare. Behind Korey’s charm and star power hides a dark side, one that wants to control her every move, with rage and consequences. Except now he’s dead and the police are at the door. Who killed Korey Fields?


All signs point to Enchanted.


#Contemporary #Mystery #Thriller


Level of Excitement: High - I want to know what happens!!!

Number of Pages: ~ 384 pages

Book Links: Goodreads | Amazon | Barnes & Noble

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Horrid by Katrina Leno - Sept. 15


From the author of You Must Not Miss comes a haunting contemporary horror novel that explores themes of mental illness, rage, and grief, twisted with spine-chilling elements of Stephen King and Agatha Christie.


Following her father's death, Jane North-Robinson and her mom move from sunny California to the dreary, dilapidated old house in Maine where her mother grew up. All they want is a fresh start, but behind North Manor's doors lurks a history that leaves them feeling more alone...and more tormented.


As the cold New England autumn arrives, and Jane settles in to her new home, she finds solace in old books and memories of her dad. She steadily begins making new friends, but also faces bullying from the resident "bad seed," struggling to tamp down her own worst nature in response. Jane's mom also seems to be spiraling with the return of her childhood home, but she won't reveal why. Then Jane discovers that the "storage room" her mom has kept locked isn't for storage at all--it's a little girl's bedroom, left untouched for years and not quite as empty of inhabitants as it appears....


Is it grief? Mental illness? Or something more...horrid?


#Contemporary #Mystery #Paranormal #Thriller


Level of Excitement: High! - It's already waiting for me home

Number of Pages: ~ 336 pages

Book Links: Goodreads | Amazon | Barnes & Noble

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Legendborn by Tracy Deonn - Sept. 15


Filled with mystery and an intriguingly rich magic system, Tracy Deonn’s YA contemporary fantasy Legendborn offers the dark allure of City of Bones with a modern-day twist on a classic legend and a lot of Southern Black Girl Magic.


After her mother dies in an accident, sixteen-year-old Bree Matthews wants nothing to do with her family memories or childhood home. A residential program for bright high schoolers at UNC–Chapel Hill seems like the perfect escape—until Bree witnesses a magical attack her very first night on campus.


A flying demon feeding on human energies.


A secret society of so called “Legendborn” students that hunt the creatures down.


And a mysterious teenage mage who calls himself a “Merlin” and who attempts—and fails—to wipe Bree’s memory of everything she saw.


The mage’s failure unlocks Bree’s own unique magic and a buried memory with a hidden connection: the night her mother died, another Merlin was at the hospital. Now that Bree knows there’s more to her mother’s death than what’s on the police report, she’ll do whatever it takes to find out the truth, even if that means infiltrating the Legendborn as one of their initiates.


She recruits Nick, a self-exiled Legendborn with his own grudge against the group, and their reluctant partnership pulls them deeper into the society’s secrets—and closer to each other. But when the Legendborn reveal themselves as the descendants of King Arthur’s knights and explain that a magical war is coming, Bree has to decide how far she’ll go for the truth and whether she should use her magic to take the society down—or join the fight.


#Contemporary #Fantacy #LGBTQ #Retelling


Level of Excitement: High! - It just sounds like an epic story.

Number of Pages: ~ 512 pages

Book Links: Goodreads | Amazon | Barnes & Noble

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Watch Over Me by Nina LaCour - Sept. 15


Nina LaCour delivers another emotional knockout with Watch Over Me, the eagerly anticipated follow-up to the Printz Award-winning We Are Okay.


Mila is used to being alone. Maybe that’s why she said yes to the opportunity: living in this remote place, among the flowers and the fog and the crash of waves far below.


But she hadn’t known about the ghosts.


Newly graduated from high school, Mila has aged out of the foster care system. So when she’s offered a job and a place to stay at a farm on an isolated part of the Northern California Coast, she immediately accepts. Maybe she will finally find a new home, a real home. The farm is a refuge, but also haunted by the past traumas its young residents have come to escape. And Mila’s own terrible memories are starting to rise to the surface.


Watch Over Me is another stunner from Printz Award-Winning author Nina LaCour, whose empathetic, lyrical prose is at the heart of this modern ghost story of resilience and rebirth.


#Contemporary #LGBTQ #MagicalRealism #MentalHealth #Paranormal


Level of Excitement: Medium/High - I know this book might destroy me a bit.

Number of Pages: ~ 272 pages

Book Links: Goodreads | Amazon | Barnes & Noble

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The Silvered Serpents by Roshani Chokshi - Sept, 22


{Sequel to: The Gilded Wolves}


They are each other’s fiercest love, greatest danger, and only hope.


Séverin and his team members might have successfully thwarted the Fallen House, but victory came at a terrible cost — one that still haunts all of them. Desperate to make amends, Séverin pursues a dangerous lead to find a long lost artifact rumored to grant its possessor the power of God.


Their hunt lures them far from Paris, and into the icy heart of Russia where crystalline ice animals stalk forgotten mansions, broken goddesses carry deadly secrets, and a string of unsolved murders makes the crew question whether an ancient myth is a myth after all.


As hidden secrets come to the light and the ghosts of the past catch up to them, the crew will discover new dimensions of themselves. But what they find out may lead them down paths they never imagined.


A tale of love and betrayal as the crew risks their lives for one last job.


Returning to the dark and glamorous 19th century world of her New York Times instant bestseller, The Gilded Wolves, Roshani Chokshi dazzles us with another riveting tale as full of mystery and danger as ever in The Silvered Serpents.


#Adventure #Fantasy #HistoricalFiction #LGBTQ


Level of Excitement: High!!! - It was the sequel I hoped for, and I shared all my thoughts, here.

Number of Pages: ~ 416 pages

Book Links: Goodreads | Amazon | Barnes & Noble

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Vampires Never Get Old Ed. by Zoraida Cordova & Emily C. Parker - Sept. 22


Eleven fresh vampire stories from young adult fiction’s leading voices!


In this delicious new collection, you’ll find stories about lurking vampires of social media, rebellious vampires hungry for more than just blood, eager vampires coming out―and going out for their first kill―and other bold, breathtaking, dangerous, dreamy, eerie, iconic, powerful creatures of the night.


Welcome to the evolution of the vampire―and a revolution on the page.


Vampires Never Get Old includes stories by authors both bestselling and acclaimed, including Samira Ahmed, Dhonielle Clayton, Zoraida Córdova and Natalie C. Parker, Tessa Gratton, Heidi Heilig, Julie Murphy, Mark Oshiro, Rebecca Roanhorse, Laura Ruby, Victoria “V. E.” Schwab, and Kayla Whaley.


#Anthology #Horror #Fantasy #LGBTQ #Paranormal #ShortStories


Level of Excitement: High - Vampires are back!

Number of Pages: ~ 320 pages

Book Links: Goodreads | Amazon | Barnes & Noble

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White Fox by Sara Faring - Sept. 22


After their world-famous actor mother disappeared under mysterious circumstances, Manon and Thaïs left their remote Mediterranean island home—sent away by their pharma-tech tycoon father. Opposites in every way, the sisters drifted apart in their grief. Yet their mother's unfinished story still haunts them both, and they can't put to rest the possibility that she is still alive.


Lured home a decade later, Manon and Thaïs discover their mother’s legendary last work, long thought lost: White Fox, a screenplay filled with enigmatic metaphors. The clues in this dark fairytale draw them deep into the island's surreal society, into the twisted secrets hidden by their glittering family, to reveal the truth about their mother—and themselves.


#Contemporary #Gothic #Mystery #SciFi #Thriller


Level of Excitement: High!!! - I read an ARC and I loved it so much I bought a physical copy when it came out. Review coming soon!

Number of Pages: ~ 416 pages

Book Links: Goodreads | Amazon | Barnes & Noble

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Crownchasers by Rebecca Coffindaffer - Sept. 29


A deadly competition for the throne will determine more than just the fate of the empire in this riveting duology opener, perfect for fans ofThe Hunger Games, Aurora Rising, and Three Dark Crowns.


Alyssa Farshot has spent her whole life trying to outrun her family legacy. Her mother sacrificed everything to bring peace to the quadrant, and her uncle has successfully ruled as emperor for decades. But the last thing Alyssa wants is to follow in their footsteps as the next in line for the throne. Why would she choose to be trapped in a palace when she could be having wild adventures exploring a thousand-and-one planets in her own ship?


But when Alyssa’s uncle becomes gravely ill, his dying wish surprises the entire galaxy. Instead of naming her as his successor, he calls for a crownchase, the first in seven centuries. Representatives from each of the empire’s prime families—including Alyssa—are thrown into a race to find the royal seal, which has been hidden somewhere in the empire. The first to find the seal wins the throne.


Alyssa’s experience as an explorer makes her the favorite to win the crown she never wanted. And though she doesn’t want to be empress, her duty to her uncle compels her to participate in this one last epic adventure. But when the chase turns deadly, it’s clear that more than just the fate of the empire is at stake. Alyssa is on her most important quest yet—and only time will tell if she’ll survive it.


#Fantasy #LGBTQ #SciFi


Level of Excitement: High - I'm thrilled!

Number of Pages: ~ 384 pages

Book Links: Goodreads | Amazon | Barnes & Noble

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A Deadly Education by Naomi Novik - Sept. 29


Lesson One of the Scholomance: Learning has never been this deadly.


A Deadly Educationis set at Scholomance, a school for the magically gifted where failure means certain death (for real) — until one girl, El, begins to unlock its many secrets.


There are no teachers, no holidays, and no friendships, save strategic ones. Survival is more important than any letter grade, for the school won’t allow its students to leave until they graduate… or die! The rules are deceptively simple: Don’t walk the halls alone. And beware of the monsters who lurk everywhere.


El is uniquely prepared for the school’s dangers. She may be without allies, but she possesses a dark power strong enough to level mountains and wipe out millions. It would be easy enough for El to defeat the monsters that prowl the school. The problem? Her powerful dark magic might also kill all the other students.


#Fantasy #Horror #SciFi


Level of Excitement: High! - I've been so close to just buying it. Maybe I will soon.

Number of Pages: ~ 336 pages

Book Links: Goodreads | Amazon | Barnes & Noble

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Skyhunter by Marie Lu - Sept. 29


In a world broken by war, a team of young warriors is willing to sacrifice everything to save what they love.


The Karensa Federation has conquered a dozen countries, leaving Mara as one of the last free nations in the world. Refugees flee to its borders to escape a fate worse than death—transformation into mutant war beasts known as Ghosts, creatures the Federation then sends to attack Mara.


The legendary Strikers, Mara's elite fighting force, are trained to stop them. But as the number of Ghosts grows and Karensa closes in, defeat seems inevitable.


Still, one Striker refuses to give up hope.


Robbed of her voice and home, Talin Kanami knows firsthand the brutality of the Federation. Their cruelty forced her and her mother to seek asylum in a country that considers their people repugnant. She finds comfort only with a handful of fellow Strikers who have pledged their lives to one another and who are determined to push Karensa back at all costs.


When a mysterious prisoner is brought from the front, Talin senses there’s more to him than meets the eye. Is he a spy from the Federation? Or could he be the weapon that will save them all?


#Dystopian #Fantasy #LGBTQ #SciFi


Level of Excitement: Medium - I've heard great things about Marie Lu and the only reason why I'm not overly hyped is that dystopian books aren't on the top of my list.

Number of Pages: ~ 371 pages

Book Links: Goodreads | Amazon | Barnes & Noble

I hope you enjoyed the September list and that you found something new to read.


Remember to support the authors in any ay you can, either by buying the books, checking them out from your local library, talking about it, and above all else, leaving a review.


Take care & read all the books.


Love,

Lourdes


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