Look at these beautiful covers! Today, I’ll be taking a look at these 5 new releases in the young adult genre, which have been crowned the top 5 by Goodreads. Other new releases of September 2017 can be found by genre right here on Goodreads.
- Warcross by Marie Lu (Warcross #1)
Publication date: September 12th 2017
For the millions who log in every day, Warcross isn’t just a game—it’s a way of life. The obsession started ten years ago and its fan base now spans the globe, some eager to escape from reality and others hoping to make a profit. Struggling to make ends meet, teenage hacker Emika Chen works as a bounty hunter, tracking down players who bet on the game illegally. But the bounty hunting world is a competitive one, and survival has not been easy. Needing to make some quick cash, Emika takes a risk and hacks into the opening game of the international Warcross Championships—only to accidentally glitch herself into the action and become an overnight sensation. Convinced she’s going to be arrested, Emika is shocked when instead she gets a call from the game’s creator, the elusive young billionaire Hideo Tanaka, with an irresistible offer. He needs a spy on the inside of this year’s tournament in order to uncover a security problem . . . and he wants Emika for the job. With no time to lose, Emika’s whisked off to Tokyo and thrust into a world of fame and fortune that she’s only dreamed of. But soon her investigation uncovers a sinister plot, with major consequences for the entire Warcross empire.
- There’s Someone Inside Your House by Stephanie Perkins
Publication date: September 26th 2017
One-by-one, the students of Osborne High are dying in a series of gruesome murders, each with increasing and grotesque flair. As the terror grows closer and the hunt for the killer intensifies, the dark secrets among them must finally be confronted. International bestselling author Stephanie Perkins returns with a fresh take on the classic teen slasher story that’s fun, quick-witted, and completely impossible to put down.
- They Both Die at the End by Adam Silvera
Publication date: September 5th 2017
On September 5, a little after midnight, Death-Cast calls Mateo Torrez and Rufus Emeterio to give them some bad news: They’re going to die today. Mateo and Rufus are total strangers, but, for different reasons, they’re both looking to make a new friend on their End Day. The good news: There’s an app for that. It’s called the Last Friend, and through it, Rufus and Mateo are about to meet up for one last great adventure and to live a lifetime in a single day.
- The Language of Thorns: Midnight Tales and Dangerous Magic by Leigh Bardugo & Sara Kipin (The Grisha)
Publication date: September 26th 2017
Love speaks in flowers. Truth requires thorns. Travel to a world of dark bargains struck by moonlight, of haunted towns and hungry woods, of talking beasts and gingerbread golems, where a young mermaid’s voice can summon deadly storms and where a river might do a lovestruck boy’s bidding but only for a terrible price. Inspired by myth, fairy tale, and folklore, Leigh Bardugo has crafted a deliciously atmospheric collection of short stories filled with betrayals, revenge, sacrifice, and love. Perfect for new readers and dedicated fans, these tales will transport you to lands both familiar and strange—to a fully realized world of dangerous magic that millions have visited through the novels of the Grishaverse. This collection of six stories includes three brand-new tales, all of them lavishly illustrated with art that changes with each turn of the page, culminating in six stunning full-spread illustrations as rich in detail as the stories themselves.
- Jane, Unlimited by Kristin Cashore
Publication date: September 19th 2017
If you could change your story, would you? Jane has lived a mostly ordinary life, raised by her recently deceased aunt Magnolia, whom she counted on to turn life into an adventure. Without Aunt Magnolia, Jane is directionless. Then an old acquaintance, the glamorous and capricious Kiran Thrash, blows back into Jane’s life and invites her to a gala at the Thrashes’ extravagant island mansion called Tu Reviens. Jane remembers her aunt telling her: “If anyone ever invites you to Tu Reviens, promise me that you’ll go.” What Jane doesn’t know is that at Tu Reviens her story will change; the house will offer her five choices that could ultimately determine the course of her untethered life. But every choice comes with a price. She might fall in love, she might lose her life, she might come face-to-face with herself. At Tu Reviens, anything is possible.
Hmm, the first book in the list sounds interesting. I’m on computers and in the digital world all day every day, so I do like stories with a digital twist – if they’re done right. And what could be more interesting than YA and the internet? Not much, I think, if it’s done right. And that’s a big if. So I’ll wait for some reviews and opinions of others before I decide whether it’s worth a read or not (if you’ve read it, please let me know what you thought!). I have no idea what to expect from the second book, there is not a lot of information. Generally, I’m not a fan of horror, certainly not slashers. And since this book is described as heavily “Scream”-inspired, I think I’ll pass! I don’t like books with bad endings, so I’ll definitely skip the third book, but the fourth book has ended up quite high on my to-read list! I love fantasy-inspired and magically-tinged YA, and short stories are great for a quick read in between. And then the fifth book also sounds really intriguing, about a girl having to make choices and figure out where to go with her life – all that interspersed with a magic house? Yes please, on those last two books!