YA Friday: May 2018 Monthly Wrap-Up

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May 2018

May usually proves to be a fantastic month for new YA book releases because publishers are preparing for teens to have a lot of free time on their Summer breaks to read and catch up on their favorite series after all the stress of finals and fanfare of prom and graduation. This May was no exception and stood out as a month full of series sequels or spinoffs. We are finally getting to learn the ultimate fate of some of our favorite heroines and get to know some of our favorite sidekicks even better.

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A Court of Frost and Starlight by Sarah J. Maas

A bridge between the events of A Court of Wings and Ruin and the upcoming novels in the series, as Feyre is navigating her first Winter Solstice as High Lady, she finds that those dearest to her have more wounds than she anticipated--scars that will have far-reaching impact on the future of their Court.

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Puddin' by Julie Murphy

A companion novel to Dumplin', Millie Michalchuk has gone to fat camp every year since she was a girl. Not this year. This year she has new plans to chase her secret dream—and to kiss her crush. Callie Reyes is the pretty girl who is next in line for dance team captain and has the popular boyfriend. But when it comes to other girls, she’s more frenemy than friend. When circumstances bring the girls together over the course of a semester, they will surprise everyone (especially themselves) by realizing they might have more in common than they ever imagined.

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War Storm by Victoria Aveyard

The final book in the Red Queen series, after the events of King's Cage, Mare Barrow is determined to protect her heart and resolves to overthrow the kingdom of Norta once and for all… starting with the crown on Maven’s head. But no battle is won alone, and before the Reds may rise as one, Mare must side with the Cal, the boy who broke her heart, in order to defeat the boy who almost broke her. War is coming, and all Mare has fought for hangs in the balance. Will victory be enough to topple the Silver kingdoms? Or will the little lightning girl be forever silenced?

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Legendary by Stephanie Garber

After being swept up in the magical world of Caraval, Donatella Dragna has finally escaped her father and saved her sister Scarlett from a disastrous arranged marriage. The girls should be celebrating, but Tella isn’t yet free. She made a desperate bargain with a mysterious criminal, and what Tella owes him no one has ever been able to deliver: Caraval Master Legend’s true name. The only chance of uncovering Legend’s identity is to win Caraval, so Tella throws herself into the legendary competition once more. If Tella can’t fulfill her bargain and deliver Legend’s name, she’ll lose everything she cares about—maybe even her life. But if she wins, Legend and Caraval will be destroyed forever.

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9 Days and 9 Nights by Katie Cotugno

Sequel to 99 Days, business major Molly is reinventing herself and struggling to move on a year after the events that tore her family apart, an effort marked by a romantic European vacation that is complicated by her decision to hide her past relationship from her new boyfriend.

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Allied by Amy Tintera

In the final book in the Ruined series, Emelina Flores and her sister, Olivia, were determined to bring peace to the people of Ruina. But as the war for liberation raged on, what triumph and freedom meant to Em and Olivia slowly changed. As Olivia’s violence and thirst for vengeance became her only ambition, Em was left to pick up the pieces. But it’s not only Em who is upset by Olivia’s increased violence. Other members of the Ruined army are beginning to see the cracks, and soon a small group of them defects from Olivia’s army and joins Em instead. The two sisters are soon pitted against each other in an epic battle for the kingdom and the future, and only one will win.

Further Reading

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