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Best Young Adult Books of 2018

Posted about 15 days ago by Kathryn M

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As far as young adult literature is concerned, 2018 was a year that did not disappoint. From American Civil War Era zombie fighters to a friendship that endures a death row sentence, YA authors brought us raw, strong and emotional characters that give you all the feels. If you did not have a chance to read these great titles this year, resolve to add them to your to-be-read list in 2019.

Top 10 Young Adult Novels from 2018

Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi

Children of Blood and Bone

by Tomi Adeyemi

Seventeen-year-old Zâelie, her older brother Tzain, and rogue princess Amari fight to restore magic to the land and activate a new generation of magi, but they are ruthlessly pursued by the crown prince, who believes the return of magic will mean the end of the monarchy.

The Cruel Prince

by Holly Black

Jude, seventeen and mortal, gets tangled in palace intrigues while trying to win a place in the treacherous High Court of Faerie, where she and her sisters have lived for a decade.

The Cruel Prince by Holly Black
Darius the Great is Not Okay by Adib Khorram

Darius the Great is Not Okay

by Adib Khorram

Clinically-depressed Darius Kellner, a high school sophomore, travels to Iran to meet his grandparents, but it is their next-door neighbor, Sohrab, who changes his life.

Dread Nation

by Justina Ireland

Jane McKeene was born two days before the dead began to walk the battlefields of Gettysburg, Pennsylvania—derailing the War

Between the States and changing the nation forever. Jane is studying to become an Attendant, trained in both weaponry and etiquette to protect the well-to-do. But that’s not a life Jane wants. When families around Baltimore County begin to go missing, Jane is caught in the middle of a conspiracy, one that finds her in a desperate fight for her life against some powerful enemies. And the restless dead, it would seem, are the least of her problems.

Dread Nation: Rise Up by Justina Ireland
Girl Made of Stars by Ashley Herring Blake

Girl Made of Stars

by Ashley Herring Blake

When Mara's twin brother Owen is accused of rape by her friend Hannah, Mara is forced to confront her feelings about her family, her sense of right and wrong, a trauma from her past, and the future with her girlfriend, Charlie.

The Hazel Wood

by Melissa Albert

When the scary, magical world in her grandmother's book of dark feminist fairy tales becomes real, seventeen-year-old Alice, partnered with Ellery, an obsessed fan of the fairy tales, must enter the world to rescue Alice's kidnapped mother.

The Hazel Wood by Melissa Albert
A Heart in a Body in the World by Deb Caletti

A Heart in a Body in the World

by Deb Caletti

Followed by Grandpa Ed in his RV and backed by her brother and friends, Annabelle, eighteen, runs from Seattle to Washington, D.C., becoming a reluctant activist as people connect her journey to her recent trauma.

The Poet X

by Elizabeth Acevedo

When Xiomara Batista, who pours all her frustrations and passion into poetry, is invited to join the school slam poetry club, she struggles with her mother's expectations and her need to be heard.

The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo
We’ll Fly Away by Bryan Bliss

We’ll Fly Away

by Bryan Bliss

Toby and Luke are best friends, bound by a goal of leaving their hometown for Luke's wrestling scholarship, but a series of events during their senior year will test their resolve.

Wildcard

by Marie Lu

Teenage hacker Emika Chen embarks on a mission to unravel a sinister plot and is forced to join forces with a shadowy organization known as the Blackcoats.

Wildcard by Marie Lu

This is part of a series of blog posts highlighting some of the Best Books of the Year.


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