YA Wednesday: Best Books of August

Seira Wilson on August 01, 2018
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AUG18_YA.jpgFall is always a busy time for big new books, but August is no slouch in the good read department.

I've been really enjoying the trend of contemporary novels with unreliable narrators or just really twisty plots that we've been seeing in young adult and August has some great additions from rising stars in YA.  And, of course, keep the fantasy coming--this month our favorites include two new books from authors we already love, Sarah J. Maas and Betsy Cornwell.  So many good books, only one month left of summer...

Below are the six titles that made our list for the best books of August and what made them stand out:


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See All the Stars by Kit Frick

Love this debut novel--Kit Frick is one to watch. The novel flashes back and forth between junior year when this quartet of girls were fast friends, and senior year, when things have blown apart but we don't know why... That's the story, and it's a good one.  Twisty suspense for fans of We Were Liars. 

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Catwoman: Soulstealer by Sarah J. Maas

The latest installment in the fantastic DC Icons series is Catwoman's story, written by none other than Sarah J. Maas. Such a great match-up! Selina Kyle a.k.a. Catwoman is clever, brave, and her character made me smile--and root for her--all the way through the book. Pure escapism and bad-assery.

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We Regret to Inform You by Ariel Kaplan

What happens when you think you've got your future all planned out, done everything right, and then the bottom drops out? That's what Mischa Abramavicius has to face in this hilarious and wise novel about perfectionism and coming-of-age that has a lot of heart and made me laugh out loud.  Funny and smart with unexpected twists.

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Illegal by Eoin Colfer and Andrew Donkin

Wow. This is one of the most poignant and beautifully done graphic novels I've seen lately. Giovanni Rigano is the illustrator, and the collaboration between Colfer, Donkin, and Rigano produced a depiction of a young boy's refugee experience--the heartbreak and hardships but also the hope--that is stunning. A graphic novel to read and read again.

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The Forest Queen by Betsy Cornwell

I thought this was great fun, and read the whole thing during a day at the beach. A whimsical twist on the Robin Hood story in which Robin is a princess who ends up living in the forest and unintentionally becomes a leader of the common people. A little romance, a lot of friendship, and a winner for fans of fractured fairy tales, Cornwell's previous books (Mechanica, etc.,) or books by Marissa Meyer.

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Heretics Anonymous by Katie Henry

Not to judge a book by it's cover, but in this case the fantastic cover is a great lead-in for the story inside. An atheist sent to Catholic school--who else would he befriend but the other misfits?  And those are the students who are, of course, also the most interesting. High school awkwardness, a secret society, and questions about belief.  An excellent combination of thoughtful and funny.

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