12 YA New Releases to Read in Spring 2017

2017 is a fantastic year for new releases in the YA fiction genre, especially for YA new releases in spring. From known and loved authors like Cassandra Clare and Sarah J. Maas, to new and upcoming authors. Read on for more releases to look forward to in genres including fantasy, contemporary, romance, thriller, etc. All books are available for pre-order on Amazon! Just click on the titles or images of the books you are interested in.

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12 YA New Releases to Read this Spring 2017

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MARCH 2017

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Traitor to the Throne (Rebel of the Sands #2) by Alwyn Hamilton

Expected Publication: March 7th, 2017 by Viking Books for Young Readers

Genre: Fantasy

Goodreads description

Mere months ago, gunslinger Amani al’Hiza fled her dead-end hometown on the back of a mythical horse with the mysterious foreigner Jin, seeking only her own freedom. Now she’s fighting to liberate the entire desert nation of Miraji from a bloodthirsty sultan who slew his own father to capture the throne.

When Amani finds herself thrust into the epicenter of the regime—the Sultan’s palace—she’s determined to bring the tyrant down. Desperate to uncover the Sultan’s secrets by spying on his court, she tries to forget that Jin disappeared just as she was getting closest to him, and that she’s a prisoner of the enemy. But the longer she remains, the more she questions whether the Sultan is really the villain she’s been told he is, and who’s the real traitor to her sun-bleached, magic-filled homeland.

Forget everything you thought you knew about Miraji, about the rebellion, about djinni and Jin and the Blue-Eyed Bandit. In Traitor to the Throne, the only certainty is that everything will change.

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You’re Welcome, Universe by Whitney Gardner

Expected Publication: March 7th, 2017 by Knopf
Genre: Contemporary, Disabilities

Goodreads description

When Julia finds a slur about her best friend scrawled across the back of the Kingston School for the Deaf, she covers it up with a beautiful (albeit illegal) graffiti mural.

Her supposed best friend snitches, the principal expels her, and her two mothers set Julia up with a one-way ticket to a “mainstream” school in the suburbs, where she’s treated like an outcast as the only deaf student. The last thing she has left is her art, and not even Banksy himself could convince her to give that up.

Out in the ’burbs, Julia paints anywhere she can, eager to claim some turf of her own. But Julia soon learns that she might not be the only vandal in town. Someone is adding to her tags, making them better, showing off—and showing Julia up in the process. She expected her art might get painted over by cops. But she never imagined getting dragged into a full-blown graffiti war.

Told with wit and grit by debut author Whitney Gardner, who also provides gorgeous interior illustrations of Julia’s graffiti tags, You’re Welcome, Universe introduces audiences to a one-of-a-kind protagonist who is unabashedly herself no matter what life throws in her way.

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Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor

Expected Publication: March 28th, 2017 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Genre: Fantasy

Goodreads description

The dream chooses the dreamer, not the other way around— and Lazlo Strange, war orphan and junior librarian, has always feared that his dream chose poorly. Since he was five years old he’s been obsessed with the mythic lost city of Weep, but it would take someone bolder than he to cross half the world in search of it. Then a stunning opportunity presents itself, in the person of a hero called the Godslayer and a band of legendary warriors, and he has to seize his chance to lose his dream forever.

What happened in Weep two hundred years ago to cut it off from the rest of the world? What exactly did the Godslayer slay that went by the name of god? And what is the mysterious problem he now seeks help in solving?

The answers await in Weep, but so do more mysteries—including the blue-skinned goddess who appears in Lazlo’s dreams. How did he dream her before he knew she existed? and if all the gods are dead, why does she seem so real?

In this sweeping and breathtaking new novel by National Book Award finalist Laini Taylor, author of the New York Times bestselling Daughter of Smoke & Bone trilogy, the shadow of the past is as real as the ghosts who haunt the citadel of murdered gods. Fall into a mythical world of dread and wonder, moths and nightmares, love and carnage.

Welcome to Weep.

 

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A Crown of Wishes (The Star-Touched Queen #2) by Roshani Chokshi

Expected Publication: March 28th, 2017 by St. Martin’s Griffin
Genre: Fantasy

Goodreads description

Gauri, the princess of Bharata, has been taken as a prisoner of war by her kingdom’s enemies. Faced with a future of exile and scorn, Gauri has nothing left to lose. Hope unexpectedly comes in the form of Vikram, the cunning prince of a neighboring land and her sworn enemy kingdom. Unsatisfied with becoming a mere puppet king, Vikram offers Gauri a chance to win back her kingdom in exchange for her battle prowess. Together, they’ll have to set aside their differences and team up to win the Tournament of Wishes—a competition held in a mythical city where the Lord of Wealth promises a wish to the victor.

Reaching the tournament is just the beginning. Once they arrive, danger takes on new shapes: poisonous courtesans and mischievous story birds, a feast of fears and twisted fairy revels.

Every which way they turn new trials will test their wit and strength. But what Gauri and Vikram will soon discover is that there’s nothing more dangerous than what they most desire.

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APRIL 2017

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Letters to the Lost by Brigid Kemmerer

Expected Publication: April 4th, 2017 by Bloomsbury USA Childrens
Genre: Contemporary, Romance

Goodreads description

 Juliet Young always writes letters to her mother, a world-traveling photojournalist. Even after her mother’s death, she leaves letters at her grave. It’s the only way Juliet can cope.

Declan Murphy isn’t the sort of guy you want to cross. In the midst of his court-ordered community service at the local cemetery, he’s trying to escape the demons of his past.

When Declan reads a haunting letter left beside a grave, he can’t resist writing back. Soon, he’s opening up to a perfect stranger, and their connection is immediate. But neither Declan nor Juliet knows that they’re not actually strangers. When life at school interferes with their secret life of letters, sparks will fly as Juliet and Declan discover truths that might tear them apart.

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The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli

Expected Publication: April 11th, 2017 by Balzer + Bray

Genre: Contemporary, Romance, LGBTQ+

Goodreads description

Seventeen-year-old Molly Peskin-Suso knows all about unrequited love. No matter how many times her twin sister, Cassie, tells her to woman up, Molly can’t stomach the idea of rejection. So she’s careful. Fat girls always have to be careful.

Then a cute new girl enters Cassie’s orbit, and for the first time ever, Molly’s cynical twin is a lovesick mess. Meanwhile, Molly’s totally not dying of loneliness—except for the part where she is. Luckily, Cassie’s new girlfriend comes with a cute hipster-boy sidekick. If Molly can win him over, she’ll get her first kiss and she’ll get her twin back.

There’s only one problem: Molly’s coworker, Reid. He’s a chubby Tolkien superfan with a season pass to the Ren Faire, and there’s absolutely no way Molly could fall for him.

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MAY 2017

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A Court of Wings and Ruin (A Court of Thorns and Roses #3) 

by Sarah J. Maas

Expected Publication: May 2nd, 2017 by Bloomsbury Childrens Books
Genre: Fantasy, Retelling

Goodreads description

Feyre has returned to the Spring Court, determined to gather information on Tamlin’s maneuverings and the invading king threatening to bring Prythian to its knees. But to do so she must play a deadly game of deceit-and one slip may spell doom not only for Feyre, but for her world as well.

As war bears down upon them all, Feyre must decide who to trust amongst the dazzling and lethal High Lords-and hunt for allies in unexpected places.

In this thrilling third book in the #1 New York Times bestselling series from Sarah J. Maas, the earth will be painted red as mighty armies grapple for power over the one thing that could destroy them all.

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Always and Forever, Lara Jean (To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before #3)

by Jenny Han

Expected Publication: May 2nd, 2017 by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
Genre: Contemporary, Romance

Goodreads description

Lara Jean’s letter-writing days aren’t over in this surprise follow-up to the New York Times bestselling To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before and P.S. I Still Love You.

Lara Jean is having the best senior year a girl could ever hope for. She is head over heels in love with her boyfriend, Peter; her dad’s finally getting remarried to their next door neighbor, Ms. Rothschild; and Margot’s coming home for the summer just in time for the wedding.

But change is looming on the horizon. And while Lara Jean is having fun and keeping busy helping plan her father’s wedding, she can’t ignore the big life decisions she has to make. Most pressingly, where she wants to go to college and what that means for her relationship with Peter. She watched her sister Margot go through these growing pains. Now Lara Jean’s the one who’ll be graduating high school and leaving for college and leaving her family—and possibly the boy she loves—behind.

When your heart and your head are saying two different things, which one should you listen to?

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The Dark Prophecy (The Trials of Apollo #2) by Rick Riordan

Expected Publication: May 2nd, 2017 by Disney-Hyperion

Genre: Fantasy, Mythology

Goodreads description

Zeus has punished his son Apollo—god of the sun, music, archery, poetry, and more—by casting him down to earth in the form of a gawky, acne-covered sixteen-year-old mortal named Lester. The only way Apollo can reclaim his rightful place on Mount Olympus is by restoring several Oracles that have gone dark. What is affecting the Oracles, and how can Apollo do anything about them without his powers? After experiencing a series of dangerous—and frankly, humiliating—trials at Camp Half-Blood, Apollo must now leave the relative safety of the demigod training ground and embark on a hair-raising journey across North America. Fortunately, what he lacks in godly graces he’s gaining in new friendships—with heroes who will be very familiar to fans of the Percy Jackson and the Olympians and Heroes of Olympus series. Come along for what promises to be a harrowing, hilarious, and haiku-filled ride. . . .
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Flame in the Mist by Renee Ahdieh

Expected Publication: May 16th, 2017 by G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers

Genre: Fantasy, Retelling, Historical Fiction

Goodreads description

The daughter of a prominent samurai, Mariko has long known her place—she may be an accomplished alchemist, whose cunning rivals that of her brother Kenshin, but because she is not a boy, her future has always been out of her hands. At just seventeen years old, Mariko is promised to Minamoto Raiden, the son of the emperor’s favorite consort—a political marriage that will elevate her family’s standing. But en route to the imperial city of Inako, Mariko narrowly escapes a bloody ambush by a dangerous gang of bandits known as the Black Clan, who she learns has been hired to kill her before she reaches the palace.

Dressed as a peasant boy, Mariko sets out to infiltrate the ranks of the Black Clan, determined to track down the person responsible for the target on her back. But she’s quickly captured and taken to the Black Clan’s secret hideout, where she meets their leader, the rebel ronin Takeda Ranmaru, and his second-in-command, his best friend Okami. Still believing her to be a boy, Ranmaru and Okami eventually warm to Mariko, impressed by her intellect and ingenuity. As Mariko gets closer to the Black Clan, she uncovers a dark history of secrets, of betrayal and murder, which will force her to question everything she’s ever known.

You might also enjoy Review: The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh

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Lord of Shadows (The Dark Artifices #2) by Cassandra Clare

Expected Publication: May 23rd, 2017 by Margaret K. McElderry Books
Genre: (Urban) Fantasy, Paranormal

Goodreads description

Emma Carstairs has finally avenged her parents. She thought she’d be at peace. But she is anything but calm. Torn between her desire for her parabatai Julian and her desire to protect him from the brutal consequences of parabatai relationships, she has begun dating his brother, Mark. But Mark has spent the past five years trapped in Faerie; can he ever truly be a Shadowhunter again?

And the faerie courts are not silent. The Unseelie King is tired of the Cold Peace, and will no longer concede to the Shadowhunters’ demands. Caught between the demands of faerie and the laws of the Clave, Emma, Julian, and Mark must find a way to come together to defend everything they hold dear—before it’s too late.

You might also enjoy Review: Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare

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One of Us Is Lying by Karen M. McManus

Expected Publication: May 30th, 2017 by Delacorte Press
Genre: Contemporary, Mystery, Thriller

Goodreads description

One of Us Is Lying is the story of what happens when five strangers walk into detention and only four walk out alive. Everyone is a suspect, and everyone has something to hide.

Pay close attention and you might solve this.
On Monday afternoon, five students at Bayview High walk into detention.
Bronwyn, the brain, is Yale-bound and never breaks a rule.
Addy, the beauty, is the picture-perfect homecoming princess.
Nate, the criminal, is already on probation for dealing.
Cooper, the athlete, is the all-star baseball pitcher.
And Simon, the outcast, is the creator of Bayview High’s notorious gossip app.

Only, Simon never makes it out of that classroom. Before the end of detention Simon’s dead. And according to investigators, his death wasn’t an accident. On Monday, he died. But on Tuesday, he’d planned to post juicy reveals about all four of his high-profile classmates, which makes all four of them suspects in his murder. Or are they the perfect patsies for a killer who’s still on the loose?

Everyone has secrets, right? What really matters is how far you would go to protect them.

 

Let’s talk about it

Which of these books have already made their way onto your TBR pile? Did you find any new releases that you’ve now added to your list? Let me know what you’re reading in the comments!

10 thoughts on “12 YA New Releases to Read in Spring 2017

  1. AHH SO MANY FABULOUS BOOKS! Strange the Dreamer and One of Us Is Lying are two of my most anticipated books for this spring. Hopefully the end up being as amazing as they sound! Thanks for sharing and, as always, fabulous post! <3

    1. Aw thank you Zoe! I’m REALLY looking forward to Strange the Dreamer – I’m very intrigued because to me the cover looks super contemporary and the plot sounds great!

  2. I’m sooo excited for SO MANY OF THESE. 😍 Absolutely definitely Flame in the Mist and Lord of Shadows!! I’ve already read Upside of Unrequited and fjasdkl it was so cute and perfect. And I need to read the second Lara Jean book ASAP before the 3rd is upon us all.😂 I’m so behind on the TBR honestly haha. I loved reading this beautiful looking round up!

    1. Aw thanks Cait! I think Flame in the Mist MIGHT be one of my most highly anticipated releases!! I am so excited!

  3. I am seriously so excited for A Court of Wings and Ruin! I wasn’t massively fussed with A Court of Thorns and Roses but I loved A Court of Mist and Fury so much, I can’t wait for this next book 🙂

    1. I loved ACOTAR and then I loved ACOMAF even more, and now I’m hoping SJM will top it all off with a fantastic ACOWAR! I’m sure all of her readers have super high expectations but we’re also super nervous because we’ve never seen her end a series before! So nerve-wracking!

  4. So looking forward to Jenny Han’s even though I’ve not read those books yet. They sound like my kind of stories, and the covers are beautiful! 🙂

    1. I actually haven’t read them yet but I would love to! I want to read more contemporaries this summer (it just seems like the right time to read them!). So I think I will put those on my list!

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