16 YA Books Coming Out May 2020

Updated: May 6

Hi!


I'm so excited about May because of all the amazing Young Adult books coming out this month, and also because it's my birthday month. Anyways, I always write this mostly post to celebrate all the books being released into the world during each month. Please take your time to check the books and authors out and show some support by purchasing the titles that speak to you or requesting it in your local library.


Let's get started with this month's list.



- 1 -

The Betrothed by Kiera Cass - May 5


When King Jameson declares his love for Lady Hollis Brite, Hollis is shocked—and thrilled. After all, she’s grown up at Keresken Castle, vying for the king’s attention alongside other daughters of the nobility. Capturing his heart is a dream come true.


But Hollis soon realizes that falling in love with a king and being crowned queen may not be the happily ever after she thought it would be. And when she meets a commoner with the mysterious power to see right into her heart, she finds that the future she really wants is one that she never thought to imagine.

#Fantasy #Romance

#FirstInSeries

Level of Excitement: Medium

No. of Pages: ~ 400 pages

Author Links: Goodreads | Website

Book Links: Goodreads | Amazon


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Clap When You Land by Elizabeth Acevedo - May 5


Camino Rios lives for the summers when her father visits her in the Dominican Republic. But this time, on the day when his plane is supposed to land, Camino arrives at the airport to see crowds of crying people...


In New York City, Yahaira Rios is called to the principal's office, where her mother is waiting to tell her that her father, her hero, has died in a plane crash.


Separated by distance - and Papi's secrets - the two girls are forced to face a new reality in which their father is dead and their lives are forever altered. And then, when it seems like they've lost everything of their father, they learn of each other.


Papi's death uncovers all the painful truths he kept hidden, and the love he divided across an ocean. And now, Camino and Yahaira are both left to grapple with what this new sister means to them, and what it will now take to keep their dreams alive.


In a dual narrative novel in verse that brims with both grief and love, award-winning and bestselling author Elizabeth Acevedo writes about the devastation of loss, the difficulty of forgiveness, and the bittersweet bonds that shape our lives.


#Contemporary #Poetry #Latinx

#Standalone


Level of Excitement: Medium / High

No. of Pages: ~ 432 pages

Author Links: Website | Goodreads | Instagram

Book Links: Goodreads | Amazon | Barnes & Noble


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Dangerous Remedy by Kat Dunn - May 5


Camille, a revolutionary's daughter, leads a band of outcasts – a runaway girl, a deserter, an aristocrat in hiding. As the Battalion des Mortes they cheat death, saving those about to meet a bloody end at the blade of Madame La Guillotine. But their latest rescue is not what she seems. The girl's no aristocrat, but her dark and disturbing powers means both the Royalists and the Revolutionaries want her. But who and what is she?


In these dangerous days, no one can be trusted, everyone is to be feared. As Camille learns the truth, she's forced to choose between loyalty to those she loves and the future.


#Fantasy #HistoricalFiction #LGBTQ

#FirstInSeries - Dangerous Remedy # 1


Level of Excitement: High

No. of Pages: ~ 432 pages

Author Links: Website | Goodreads

Book Links: Goodreads | Amazon


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Forged in Fire and Stars by Andrea Robertson - May 5


Games of Thrones meets An Ember in the Ashes in this action-packed fantasy from the internationally bestselling author of the Nightshade series.


Ara has always known about the legend of the Loresmith: the blacksmith who served alongside the kings and queens of every generation to protect the kingdom. It was her fate to inherit the title–though she never truly believed it would come to pass since the monarchy’s downfall years before.


But when the lost Princess Nimhea and Prince Eamon steal Ara from her quiet life with a mission to retake the throne–and take her place as the Loresmith–her whole world turns upside down. Their journey will take Ara on a dangerous adventure to discover new truths about her family’s legacy, and even to face the gods themselves. And with a mysterious thief as an unexpected companion, Ara must use all her skills to figure out just who she can trust, and forge the right path forward–for herself, her kingdom, and her heart.


From internationally bestselling author Andrea Cremer comes a gorgeously written new fantasy series perfect for readers of Leigh Bardugo’s Grishaverse or Sabaa Tahir’s An Ember in the Ashes series.


#Fantasy

#FirstInSeries - Forged by Fire and Stars # 1


Level of Excitement:

No. of Pages: ~ 320 pages

Author Links: Website | Goodreads

Book Links: Goodreads | Amazon | Barnes & Noble


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Last Girls by Demetra Brodsky - May 5


Demetra Brodsky's Last Girls is a twisting, suspenseful YA thriller about sisterhood, survival, and family secrets set in the world of doomsday prepping.


No one knows how the world will end.


On a secret compound in the Washington wilderness, Honey Juniper and her sisters are training to hunt, homestead, and protect their own.


Prepare for every situation.


But when danger strikes from within, putting her sisters at risk, training becomes real life, and only one thing is certain:


Nowhere is safe.


#Dystopian #Contemporary #Thriller #Survival

#Standalone


Level of Excitement: High

No. of Pages: ~ 368 pages

Author Links: Website | Goodreads

Book Links: Goodreads | Amazon | Barnes & Noble


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The Mermaid, The Witch, and the Sea by Maggie Tokuda-Hall - May 5


A desperate orphan turned pirate and a rebellious imperial daughter find a connection on the high seas in a world divided by colonialism and threaded with magic.


Aboard the pirate shipDove, Flora the girl takes on the identity of Florian the man to earn the respect and protection of the crew. For Flora, former starving urchin, the brutal life of a pirate is about survival: don’t trust, don’t stick out, and don’t feel. But on this voyage, as the pirates prepare to sell their unsuspecting passengers into slavery, Flora is drawn to the Lady Evelyn Hasegawa, who is en route to a dreaded arranged marriage with her own casket in tow. Flora doesn’t expect to be taken under Evelyn’s wing, and Evelyn doesn’t expect to find such a deep bond with the pirate Florian.


Soon the unlikely pair set in motion a wild escape that will free a captured mermaid (coveted for her blood, which causes men to have visions and lose memories) and involve the mysterious Pirate Supreme, an opportunistic witch, and the all-encompassing Sea itself.


#Fantasy #LGBTQ #Adventure

#Standalone


Level of Excitement: High!

No. of Pages: ~ 368 pages

Author Links: Website | Goodreads | Instagram

Book Links: Goodreads | Amazon | Barnes & Noble


- 7 -

Last Memoria by Rachel Emma Shaw - May 10


A heartbreaking dark fantasy thriller about flawed people making flawed decisions. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind meets Joe Abercrombie.


Sarilla has learnt one thing from stealing memories. Everybody lies.


There's nothing Sarilla hates more than stealing memories, but the king forces her to take them to keep his subjects in line. She wants to escape to where nobody knows what she is or what she can do, but her plans go awry when she runs into Falon.


Falon has a six month void in his memories that he's desperate to restore. He doesn't know why they were taken or what they contained, nor why the man he loves is acting so cagily about what happened during that time. He hopes to use Sarilla to get back his stolen memories and doesn't care what she wants or why she's desperate to escape. She will help him get them back, whether she wants to or not.


#Fantasy

#FirstInSeries


Level of Excitement: Medium/High

No. of Pages: ~ 253 pages

Author Links: Website | Goodreads

Book Links: Goodreads | Amazon | Barnes & Noble


- 8 -

By the Book by Amanda Sellet - May 12


As a devotee of classic novels, Mary Porter-Malcolm knows all about Mistakes That Have Been Made, especially by impressionable young women. So when a girl at her new high school nearly succumbs to the wiles of a notorious cad, Mary starts compiling the Scoundrel Survival Guide, a rundown of literary types to be avoided at all costs.


Unfortunately, Mary is better at dishing out advice than taking it—and the number one bad boy on her list is terribly debonair. As her best intentions go up in flames, Mary discovers life doesn’t follow the same rules as fiction. If she wants a happy ending IRL, she’ll have to write it herself.


#Contemporary #Romance

#Standalone


Level of Excitement: High

No. of Pages: ~ 384 pages

Author Links: Website | Goodreads | Instagram

Book Links: Goodreads | Amazon | Barnes & Noble


- 9 -

The Henna Wars by Adiba Jaigirdar - May 12


When Dimple Met Rishi meets Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda in this rom com about two teen girls with rival henna businesses.


When Nishat comes out to her parents, they say she can be anyone she wants—as long as she isn’t herself. Because Muslim girls aren’t lesbians. Nishat doesn’t want to hide who she is, but she also doesn’t want to lose her relationship with her family. And her life only gets harder once a childhood friend walks back into her life.


Flávia is beautiful and charismatic and Nishat falls for her instantly. But when a school competition invites students to create their own businesses, both Flávia and Nishat choose to do henna, even though Flávia is appropriating Nishat’s culture. Amidst sabotage and school stress, their lives get more tangled—but Nishat can’t quite get rid of her crush on Flávia, and realizes there might be more to her than she realized.


#Contemporary #LGBTQ #Romance

#Standalone


Level of Excitement: Medium/High

No. of Pages: ~ 400 pages

Author Links: Website | Goodreads | Instagram

Book Links: Goodreads | Amazon | Barnes & Noble


- 10 -

House of Dragons by Jessica Cluess - May 12


Five royal houses will hear the call to compete in the Trial for the dragon throne. A liar, a soldier, a servant, a thief, and a murderer will answer it. Who will win?


When the Emperor dies, the five royal houses of Etrusia attend the Call, where one of their own will be selected to compete for the throne. It is always the oldest child, the one who has been preparing for years to compete in the Trial. But this year is different. This year, these five outcasts will answer the call....


THE LIAR:Emilia must hide her dark magic or be put to death.


THE SOLDIER:Lucian is a warrior who has sworn to never lift a sword again.


THE SERVANT:Vespir is a dragon trainer whose skills alone will keep her in the game.


THE THIEF:Ajax knows that nothing is free--he must take what he wants.


THE MURDERER:Hyperia was born to rule and will stop at nothing to take her throne.


#Fantasy

#FirstInSeries

Level of Excitement: High

No. of Pages: ~ 448 pages

Author Links: Website | Goodreads

Book Links: Goodreads | Amazon | Barnes & Noble



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The Balad of Songbirds and Snakes by Suzanne Collins - May 19


It is the morning of the reaping that will kick off the 10th annual Hunger Games. In the Capitol, 18-year-old Coriolanus Snow is preparing for his one shot at glory as a mentor in the Games. The once-mighty house of Snow has fallen on hard times, its fate hanging on the slender chance that Coriolanus will be able to out charm, outwit, and outmaneuver his fellow students to mentor the winning tribute.


The odds are against him. He's been given the humiliating assignment of mentoring the female tribute from District 12, the lowest of the low. Their fates are now completely intertwined - every choice Coriolanus makes could lead to favor or failure, triumph or ruin. Inside the arena, it will be a fight to the death. Outside the arena, Coriolanus starts to feel for his doomed tribute... and must weigh his need to follow the rules against his desire to survive no matter what it takes.


#Dystopian

#Prequel

Level of Excitement: Medium

No. of Pages: ~ 540 pages

Author Links: Website | Goodreads

Book Links: Goodreads | Amazon | Barnes & Noble

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The Archer at Dawn by Swati Teerdhala - May 26


The Sun Mela is many things: a call for peace, a cause for celebration, and, above all, a deadly competition. For Kunal and Esha, finally working together as rebel spies, it provides the perfect guise to infiltrate King Vardaan’s vicious court.


Kunal will return to his role as dedicated Senap soldier, at the Sun Mela to provide extra security for the palace during the peace summit for the divided nations of Jansa and Dharka. Meanwhile, Esha will use her new role as adviser to Prince Harun to keep a pulse on shifting political parties and seek out allies for their rebel cause. A radical plan is underfoot to rescue Jansa’s long-lost Princess Reha—the key to the stolen throne.


But amid the Mela games and glittering festivities, much more dangerous forces lie in wait. With the rebel Blades’ entry into Vardaan’s court, a match has been lit, and long-held secrets will force Kunal and Esha to reconsider their loyalties—to their country and to each other. Getting into the palace was the easy task; coming out together will be a battle for their lives.


#Fantasy

#Series - The Tiger at Midnight # 2


Level of Excitement: High!

No. of Pages: ~ 464 pages

Author Links: Website | Goodreads | Instagram

Book Links: Goodreads | Amazon | Barnes & Noble


- 13 -

The Jewel Thief by Jeannie Mobley - May 26


A lush, slow-burn romance set in 17th century France, and centered around the broken history of the Hope Diamond-- the high-society intrigue of Richelle Mead's Glittering Court series meets the romance of Melissa de la Cruz's Alex and Eliza.


In the depths of the Bastille, sixteen-year-old Juliet Pitau sits cold and filthy in her cell. Charged with stealing what has come to be known as the Hope Diamond from King Louis XIV, she has one final chance to convince the King that her motives were pure. If she fails, this night may be her last. Recording her confession is Rene, a scribe for the king and the man she loves. But Rene won't even look her way, let alone begin to forgive her for her betrayal of him.


Before Juliet was imprisoned, she was the daughter of the finest gem cutter in all of Paris. The young King Louis XIV hand-selected Jean Pitau to be his crown jeweler, the only man who could make him shine like the sun. When Louis purchases the Tavernier Violet, a large, deep-blue diamond the likes of which the French court has never seen, Jean is tasked with turning it brilliant. But Juliet's father has never cut a diamond quite like this--and shaping it is risky business. While Jean spirals into depression, Juliet takes it upon herself to have the diamond cut for the King. But with every misstep, she brings her family closer to ruin, and closer to probable death at morning's light once Louis casts his sentence.


#HistoricalFiction #Romance

#Standalone


Level of Excitement: Medium

No. of Pages: ~ 384 pages

Author Links: Goodreads

Book Links: Goodreads | Amazon | Barnes & Noble


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The Paper Girl of Paris by Jordyn Taylor - May 26


Now:


Sixteen-year-old Alice is spending the summer in Paris, but she isn’t there for pastries and walks along the Seine. When her grandmother passed away two months ago, she left Alice an apartment in France that no one knew existed. An apartment that has been locked for more than seventy years.


Alice is determined to find out why the apartment was abandoned and why her grandmother never once mentioned the family she left behind when she moved to America after World War II. With the help of Paul, a charming Parisian student, she sets out to uncover the truth. However, the more time she spends digging through the mysteries of the past, the more she realizes there are secrets in the present that her family is still refusing to talk about.


Then:


Sixteen-year-old Adalyn doesn’t recognize Paris anymore. Everywhere she looks, there are Nazis, and every day brings a new horror of life under the Occupation. When she meets Luc, the dashing and enigmatic leader of a resistance group, Adalyn feels she finally has a chance to fight back. But keeping up the appearance of being a much-admired socialite while working to undermine the Nazis is more complicated than she could have imagined. As the war goes on, Adalyn finds herself having to make more and more compromises—to her safety, to her reputation, and to her relationships with the people she loves the most.


#HistoricalFiction #Contemporary

#Standalone


Level of Excitement: Medium/High

No. of Pages: ~ 368 pages

Author Links: Website | Goodreads | Instagram

Book Links: Goodreads | Amazon | Barnes & Noble


- 15 -

Parachutes by Kelly Yang - May 26


Speak enters the world of Gossip Girl in this modern immigrant story from New York Times bestselling author Kelly Yang about two girls navigating wealth, power, friendship, and trauma.


They’re called parachutes: teenagers dropped off to live in private homes and study in the US while their wealthy parents remain in Asia. Claire Wang never thought she’d be one of them, until her parents pluck her from her privileged life in Shanghai and enroll her at a high school in California. Suddenly she finds herself living in a stranger’s house, with no one to tell her what to do for the first time in her life. She soon embraces her newfound freedom, especially when the hottest and most eligible parachute, Jay, asks her out.


Dani De La Cruz, Claire’s new host sister, couldn’t be less thrilled that her mom rented out a room to Claire. An academic and debate-team star, Dani is determined to earn her way into Yale, even if it means competing with privileged kids who are buying their way to the top. When her debate coach starts working with her privately, Dani’s game plan veers unexpectedly off course.


Desperately trying to avoid each other under the same roof, Dani and Claire find themselves on a collision course, intertwining in deeper and more complicated ways, as they grapple with life-altering experiences. Award-winning author Kelly Yang weaves together an unforgettable modern immigrant story about love, trauma, family, corruption, and the power of speaking out.


#Contemporary #RealisticFiction

#Standalone


Level of Excitement: Medium

No. of Pages: ~ 496 pages

Author Links: Website | Goodreads

Book Links: Goodreads | Amazon | Barnes & Noble


- 16 -

Stay Gold by Tobly McSmith - May 26


Debut author Tobly McSmith delivers a coming-of-age teen love story about a transgender boy who’s going stealth at his new Texas high school and a cisgender girl who is drawn to him, even as she’s counting down the days until graduation. Perfect for fans of David Levithan, Becky Albertalli, and Jenny Han.


Pony just wants to fly under the radar during senior year. Tired from all the attention he got at his old school after coming out as transgender, he’s looking for a fresh start at Hillcrest High. But it’s hard to live your best life when the threat of exposure lurks down every hallway and in every bathroom.


Georgia is beginning to think there’s more to life than cheerleading. She plans on keeping a low profile until graduation…which is why she promised herself that dating was officially a no-go this year.


Then, on the very first day of school, the new guy and the cheerleader lock eyes. How is Pony supposed to stay stealth when he wants to get close to a girl like Georgia? How is Georgia supposed to keep her promise when sparks start flying with a boy like Pony?


Funny and poignant, clear-eyed and hopeful, Stay Gold is a story about finding love—and finding yourself.


#Contemporary #Romance #RealisticFiction #LGBTQ

#Standalone


Level of Excitement: Medium/High

No. of Pages: ~ 368 pages

Author Links: Website | Goodreads

Book Links: Goodreads | Amazon | Barnes & Noble


I really hope that you find your next great read in this list. I tried my best to keep up with the books originally scheduled for May that were postponed due to the pandemic, so I hope I didn't oversee any in this list. Please support the authors, by purchasing the books in your preferred format, sharing a title with someone you know would love it. ordering it in you local library, or sharing about it on social media.


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