Our 10 Most-Anticipated YA Books of the Spring & Summer

Our 10 Most-Anticipated YA Books of the Spring & SummerMaybe I’m alone in this, but it seems like every year, right around January – March, I hit a book rut. There isn’t much new coming out that grabs my attention, and I end up attempting to decide what older books on my to-read list I feel like tackling. It has a tendency to leave me feeling like I’m reading “leftovers;” the stuff I was never super excited about but just mildly interested in, and it’s usually kind of depressing.

But good news, fellow book-lovers! March is here and there are all sorts of exciting new releases coming out this spring and summer to look forward to. Here’s a list of some of my most anticipated spring & summer YA book releases. Click through the titles to read more about each book on Goodreads, and get a peek at the current release date since some of these may be subject to change.

The Winner’s Kiss (The Winner’s Curse #3) by Marie Rutkoski | March 29, 2016

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This book series has been steadily building toward its third and final installment, which readers can finally dig into at the end of the month! Early reviews have been promising, and I’m excited to see how all the strategy and manipulation finally plays out for Kestrel and Arin.

 

When We Collided by Emery Lord | April 5

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I always enjoy Emery Lord’s contemporary fiction, which tends to lean into comedic territory. When We Collided sounds like it might be a bit heavier than Lord’s past work, but I’m intrigued by the mysterious blurb and am excited to see Lord branch out a bit with her writing style.

 

The Raven King (The Raven Cycle #4) by Maggie Stiefvater | April 26

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Another series finale, this is perhaps my most-anticipated book of the spring. Maggie Stiefvater’s Raven Cycle series has not missed a beat since page one of the first book, and she has built such a lovely world full of unique characters and atmospheric writing. I can’t wait to see how this ends, and how on earth Stiefvater addresses the Gansey situation!

 

The Rose and the Dagger (The Wrath and the Dawn #2) by Renee Adieh | April 26

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The Wrath and the Dawn was my annual winter book rut-breaker last year around this time, so of course I’m excited for the follow-up! Adieh set up such an interesting world that I’m excited to return to it. I’m a little worried about how magic is going to be handled in book 2 since it felt a little awkward in the first, but I’m optimistic that the magic plotline will smooth out now that the bones of the story have been set up.

 

The Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson | May 3

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Morgan Matson is one of those authors who can really do no wrong as far as I’m concerned, so I can’t wait to read her next book! It doesn’t even really matter what it’s about – Matson handles teenage characters, relationships, and quirks so wonderfully that the plot details are just icing on the cake. Plus the cover is full of cute dogs! They know how to win me over.

 

 

Summer Days & Summer Nights: Twelve Love Stories by Stephanie Perkins (and many more) | May 17

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I have mixed feelings about these short story compilation books. On the one hand, it’s a nice way to get a nice little story from a favorite author without having to wait for them to write an entire book. On the other, I usually find myself wishing for a book more along the lines of Let It Snow, which features three short-ish stories instead of a dozen extremely short stories. It just gives me more time to settle in. However, that won’t stop me from devouring this immediately – I’m especially looking forward to reading the short story by Ms. Perkins herself. Give us a new full length book soon, Stephanie!

 

The Last Star (The Fifth Wave #3) by Rick Yancey | May 24

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I promise this is the last final book from a series on this list! But c’mon…The Fifth Wave series is full of action and twists and tension and suspense and, well, ALIENS! What’s not to love? I’m intrigued to see how a world that was in such disarray at the end of book 2 finds resolution…or does it?

 

The Darkest Magic (Spirits & Thieves #2) by Morgan Rhodes | June 28

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Last year I read The Book of Spirits & Thieves with zero context of Falling Kingdoms, its companion series. The story still managed to hook me, and that’s with some of my biggest book red flags: a map and a list of characters in front, a heavy reliance on magic for plot momentum, and a relationship to a book series I’ve never read. I’ve since dabbled into Falling Kingdoms and have no doubt Rhodes will keep me hooked with this book!

 

P.S. I Like You by Kasie West | July 26

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Whether Kasie West is tackling sci-fi dystopia or contemporary romance, she does it with style. Her contemporary styles are usually light and adorable while still having depth and wit. P.S. I Like You sounds like it should fit right in, and with a mysterious secret admirer plot line, I fully expect to be hooked from the first sentence.

 

A Torch Against the Night (An Ember in the Ashes #2) by Sabaa Tahir | August 30

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An Ember in the Ashes was one of my favorite books of 2015 – and probably my #1 favorite non-contemporary book of the year. The alternate universe spin on the Roman empire, the alternating perspectives between two amazing and conflicted characters, the unflinching ability to put those characters in the worst of situations without ever making the reader completely hopeless…it just all works, and the ambiguous ending makes me oh-so-glad another book is happening!

 

My most-anticipated books are part of series I enjoy or from my favorite authors, so I’m sure I missed lots of great ones that I just don’t know about! Let us know in the comments what YA books you’re most looking forward to this spring and summer!

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Book Review: ‘Blue Lily, Lily Blue’ (The Raven Cycle #3) by Maggie Stiefvater

Blue Lily, Lily Blue

Blue Lily, Lily Blue (Image Credit: Maggie Stiefvater)

Blue Lily, Lily Blue  is the third book of four in Maggie Stiefvater’s The Raven Cycle series. This series snuck up on me a little bit. I didn’t know what I was getting myself into. It took me a while to warm up to the first book…but then it stuck with me. And then after the second book, I felt a little disappointed, like it was good but also superfluous to the grander story. But no. I reread it and my opinion changed entirely.

These books get under your skin. Blue and the Raven Boys are not just characters to me anymore, and Henrietta isn’t just a setting. Needless to say, I was looking forward to Blue Lily, Lily Blue. And for the first time, it didn’t take multiple reads or reflection to fully appreciate what I was reading. Others are calling it a bridge book, filler between setup and finale. And maybe it is, but for me it had just as much action and plot momentum as the other two books.

Of course, there’s not much I can say about that plot without spoiling, but the cave setup at the end of The Dream Thieves transitions into the main story of Blue Lily, Lily Blue, which involves Blue and the boys exploring the new Cabeswater cave as well as investigating some other potential linked cave systems with the dual purpose of potentially finding Blue’s mother, who disappeared underground with a mysterious note at the end of book 2, and continuing Gansey’s search for Glendower, the sleeping Welsh king of legend.

All the characters we know and love are back, and much to my delight there is more focus on Blue in this book – I missed her perspective a lot in The Dream Thieves and was happy to see more of her here. Ronan shifts to the background a bit, which I also appreciate. I know a lot of people love Ronan and I do think he’s a fascinating character with a lot of depth to explore, but I just don’t particularly love being in his head. I find him much better suited to bringing his unique brand of pessimism and ire to every situation when he is more of a side character. Another bonus is the character development of Adam – in The Dream Thieves he became kind of insufferable. In Blue Lily, Lily Blue, he is redeemed significantly.

This transformation is just one of many ways Stiefvater plays with reader’s emotions. She also provides more excruciating glimpses at the potentially doomed Blue/Gansey relationship, as well as tantalizing hints about the direction of the story overall and how everything ties together on a grander scale.

Stiefvater also introduces several new, fantastic side characters. Remember how in The Dream Thieves Stiefvater took The Gray Man, a character who would normally be painted as a villain, and made him entirely loveable? She cranks this up a notch in Blue Lily, Lily Blue  by introducing us to The Gray Man’s former boss, Greenmantle, and his fantastically horrible wife, Piper. They are both terrible people, but oh, they are terrible in the most entertaining way possible! We also meet a townie named Jesse Dittley who speaks in caps lock. I loved this man. There was hardly a single thing that came out of his mouth that did not make me giggle.

What really makes this series stand out to me is Stiefvater’s ability to create a very intricate, mysterious story with beautiful detail and mix it seamlessly with characters grounded in reality. The blunt dialogue, the quiet (and not-so-quiet) humor, and the relationships between the characters feel so real. It’s a really fantastic contrast with the ambiance and magic of the overarching story, and it’s a combination that makes these books feel like an experience.

If you want a taste of this fantastic book, check out the prologue online or view the book trailer below!

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Limited Edition Maggie Stiefvater Major Arcana Tarot Deck and BLUE LILY, LILY BLUE (Image Credit: Maggie Stiefvater)

‘Blue Lily, Lily Blue’ Tarot Card Blog Tour Reveal: The Hanged Man

Author Maggie Stiefvater (Image Credit: Robert Severi) / Limited Edition Maggie Stiefvater Major Arcana Tarot Deck and BLUE LILY, LILY BLUE (Image Credit: Maggie Stiefvater)

Author Maggie Stiefvater (Image Credit: Robert Severi) / Limited Edition Maggie Stiefvater Major Arcana Tarot Deck and BLUE LILY, LILY BLUE (Image Credit: Maggie Stiefvater)

The Daily Quirk is lucky enough to be a part of the Blue Lily, Lily Blue Tarot Tour, where different blogs will be featuring a tarot reading of a card from the limited edition Maggie Stiefvater Major Arcana tarot deck from November 1st-22nd. Read more about the 22-card limited edition decks and enter to win one of your own (along with copies of all the books in The Raven Cycle series) on our giveaway page! You can also check out a more traditional review of Blue Lily, Lily Blue for more of my thoughts on the newest book in the series. Continue reading

GIVEAWAY: ‘The Raven Cycle’ book series and limited edition tarot cards!

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The Raven Cycle Book Series (Image Credit: Maggie Stiefvater)

Listen up, fans of Maggie Stiefvater and The Raven Cycle series! You have a chance to win all of the books in the series and a super awesome set of limited edition tarot cards designed by Maggie. Cool, right?! Continue reading

What We’ve Been Reading: October 2013

When The Daily Quirk Bloggers aren’t writing, they’re reading! We decided it would be fun to share our bibliophilia with you by listing what we have been reading each month and giving you our opinions on a three point scale: Recommend It, Maybe, or Skip It. Have fun checking out what pages we’ve been turning and feel free to share your own recent reads in the comments! Continue reading

Book Review: ‘The Dream Thieves’ (The Raven Cycle #2) by Maggie Stiefvater

The Dream Thieves (Image Credit: Maggie Stiefvater)

The Dream Thieves (Image Credit: Maggie Stiefvater)

One of the reasons I try really hard to keep an open mind about books that don’t seem to fit with what I normally like is that every once in a while, I end up reading something I love despite it being out of my comfort zone. Maggie Stiefvater’s The Raven Boys was one of those books, and I have been anticipating the follow-up, The Dream Thieves, for months. This review will likely contain spoilers for The Raven Boys, so proceed with caution if you’re interested in the series but haven’t read the first book. Continue reading

Book Review: ‘The Raven Boys’ by Maggie Stiefvater

The Raven Boys is a book I approached with some hesitation. Despite great word-of-mouth, I couldn’t really figure out what it was truly about based on how it was described, and that made me nervous. Now that I’ve read it, I understand why the descriptions were so vague, but I’m going to try to fill in the gaps with my own review for others who may have hesitations similar to my own. Continue reading