2019 has been an amazing year for book lovers. From new releases, such as Four Dead Queens by Astrid Scholte, to continuations of much beloved series such as Finale by Stephanie Garber!

Not only that, but we are starting to get so much more diversity in our books. Wicked Fox features Korean mythology, Kindred celebrates queers stories, and A Curse So Dark and Lonely gives representation to people with cerebral palsy.

So far, at The YA Room, we have been reading more books than ever before — with no intentions of slowing down! But before we look ahead to some of our most anticipated releases of the second half of 2019, lets recap our favourites so far this year!


Sarah’s Top Five

Red, White and Royal Blue

Red, White & Royal Blue

Casey McQuiston

A big-hearted romantic comedy in which First Son Alex falls in love with Prince Henry of Wales after an incident of international proportions forces them to pretend to be best friends…

First Son Alex Claremont-Diaz is the closest thing to a prince this side of the Atlantic. With his intrepid sister and the Veep’s genius granddaughter, they’re the White House Trio, a beautiful millennial marketing strategy for his mother, President Ellen Claremont. International socialite duties do have downsides—namely, when photos of a confrontation with his longtime nemesis Prince Henry at a royal wedding leak to the tabloids and threaten American/British relations.

The plan for damage control: staging a fake friendship between the First Son and the Prince. Alex is busy enough handling his mother’s bloodthirsty opponents and his own political ambitions without an uptight royal slowing him down. But beneath Henry’s Prince Charming veneer, there’s a soft-hearted eccentric with a dry sense of humor and more than one ghost haunting him.

As President Claremont kicks off her reelection bid, Alex finds himself hurtling into a secret relationship with Henry that could derail the campaign and upend two nations. And Henry throws everything into question for Alex, an impulsive, charming guy who thought he knew everything: What is worth the sacrifice? How do you do all the good you can do? And, most importantly, how will history remember you?Read More »

Shadow of the Fox: 5 Books To Cure Your Bookish Hangover

Shadow of the Fox is such a fun mix of YA fantasy, and Japanese mythology. It’s an easy read that takes you on an epic adventure filled with demons and ghosts.

But don’t you hate it when you finish an amazing book, and all you want is more! You search high and low, you storm through bookshop after bookshop, and yet you find nothing that can satisfy your craving! Grrrr.

Fear not, we have you covered.

Here are five books to cure your bookish hangover!

Oh… And the first recommendation just so happens to be our JULY BOOK OF THE MONTH! Don’t forget to grab your copy, and join in on all the fun!


Wicked Fox

By Kat Cho

The YA Room’s July Book of the Month

A fresh and addictive fantasy-romance set in modern-day Seoul.

Eighteen-year-old Gu Miyoung has a secret–she’s a gumiho, a nine-tailed fox who must devour the energy of men in order to survive. Because so few believe in the old tales anymore, and with so many evil men no one will miss, the modern city of Seoul is the perfect place to hide and hunt.

But after feeding one full moon, Miyoung crosses paths with Jihoon, a human boy, being attacked by a goblin deep in the forest. Against her better judgment, she violates the rules of survival to rescue the boy, losing her fox bead–her gumiho soul–in the process.

Jihoon knows Miyoung is more than just a beautiful girl–he saw her nine tails the night she saved his life. His grandmother used to tell him stories of the gumiho, of their power and the danger they pose to humans. He’s drawn to her anyway.

With murderous forces lurking in the background, Miyoung and Jihoon develop a tenuous friendship that blossoms into something more. But when a young shaman tries to reunite Miyoung with her bead, the consequences are disastrous . . . forcing Miyoung to choose between her immortal life and Jihoon’s.Read More »

Q&A with Robert Newton, Nova Weetman & Lili Wilkinson| Williamstown Literary Festival

Only two days to go before the Williamstown Literary Festival? Are you ready? Tickets booked? Bathers packed? Okay, maybe not that last one, but here’s something even better: the Sensory Overload panel, moderated by the ever wonderful Danielle Binks featuring three #LoveOzYA authors, Robert Newton, Nova Weetman, and Lili Wilkinson. On June 15, they’ll be discussing what adventure to young readers means in a world in crises.

Robert Newton

How often do you draw on your children’s own experiences in your writing? 

I’m constantly observing and listening to everything around me and I think that’s important for a writer. I grew up in a family of boys and I work as a fire fighter so I treasure having three daughters. They are a wealth of information and give me so many little gems and bits and pieces that I use in my stories.

What would you say is your interesting writing quirk?

I’m not sure I have a writing quirk in general but sometimes different stories make me do weird things. For example, I wrote a book called ‘Runner’ which focused on a boy from a poor Irish family. While writing it, I got into the habit where I’d only drink Irish Breakfast tea. Also, in my new book, ‘Promise Me Happy’ there’s a character called Uncle Mick who loves The Bee Gees. Normally I like to write in silence but while working on ‘Promise Me Happy’ I had The Bee Gees Greatest Hits album playing in the background all the time.

Nova Weetman

What adventures did you embark on as a kid?

My adventures as a kid were mostly found in books. I spent a lot of time reading. I was particularly fascinated with Agatha Christie books and collected them for years. As a teenager, I used to try and write murder mysteries on a typewriter like she did! I even carried around a box of props that could help me. Strange things like horseshoes and ornate mirrors.

What do you find most rewarding about writing for young readers?

Because I write for younger readers I get many opportunities to meet them too. I find it really rewarding workshopping with young people, teaching writing and sharing a love of books and words.

Lili Wilkinson

What are you most looking forward to at the Williamstown Literary Festival?

My goodness, all of it! But I have to say I’m especially looking forward to watching the Sci Fi vs Fantasy debate.

What is the one piece of advice you would give to kids concerned about climate change?

Make your voice heard. The planet is yours, and if you don’t like what adults are doing to it, then speak up. It’s hard when you can’t vote, lawmakers don’t care much about what you have to say. But find ways to make them listen, and know that some of us have totally got your backs.

Check out the Williamstown Literary Festival program here, and make sure you grab your tickets!

Q&A with Rebecca Lim, Michael Pryor & Gabriel Bergmoser | Williamstown Literary Festival

It’s that time of year again! The beautiful ocean suburb of Williamstown is holding their annual Willy Lit Fest, and this year promises to be the best one yet! Most exciting of all is the #LoveOzYA panels that are running this year–we can’t wait! We had the pleasure of chatting to three amazing YA authors, Rebecca Lim, Michael Pryor, and Gabriel Bergmoser, about their upcoming panel Sci-fi versus Fantasy: A Debate. It sounds like so much fun and we can’t wait to attend on June 15th!

Rebecca Lim

What are you hoping the audience will get out of this debate?

Laughter, and a sense of curiosity about reading Sci Fi and/or Fantasy fiction that maybe they didn’t have before the debate. Both the Sci Fi and Fantasy genres have come a long way since I started reading these kinds of books as a kid in the early 1980s (the era of booby, half-naked lady book covers) and I’d like the audience to see the possibilities of writing, or reading, both kinds of books.

What do you love most about fantasy?

The sense that the extraordinary can bleed into the ordinary, and that magic – grand magic or everyday magic – is always possible.

Check out Rebecca’s page.

Michael Pryor

Who would win in a fight: Gandalf or Doctor Who? 

I like to think Gandalf and the Doctor would sit down over a cup of tea rather than fight, but if they did – due to some sort of malign spell – I suspect Gandalf would whip the Doctor. He beat a Balrog, after all.

Williamstown is known for its ghosts. Will you be going ghost hunting during your time there?

Ghost hunting is a night time thing, but I suspect if I were to head out, the Timeball Tower would be a potential treasure trove of ghosts, and the old naval dockyards get a mention in ‘Gap Year in Ghost Town’ as a ghosty hotbed of sightings.


(No, really, Williamstown is haunted! We went ghost hunting for Halloween last year, check out the vlog here!)

Gabriel Bergmoser

Did you grow up reading sci-fi or fantasy?

I read a fair bit of both, but then I read a bit of just about everything, including books that were wildly inappropriate for kids. My main engagement with fantasy growing up was probably a deep obsession with The Lord of the Rings, although admittedly the movies are more responsible for that than the books. It’s testament to how obsessed I was with Tolkien’s world that I managed to work my way through the trilogy over the course of 2002, but for an eleven year old the extensive Elvish poetry was somewhat less than compelling.

Describe the perfect YA hero/heroine?

A great YA hero/heroine should be both relatable and inspiring; somebody who has recognisable flaws and failings but whom we can ultimately look up to. To me, the benchmark will always be Ellie Linton in John Marsden’s Tomorrow series, who was a perfect mix of fragility, bravery and sometimes striking shortcomings. It’s hard to think of many characters who felt as real to me as Ellie did growing up.

Have a look at the Williamstown Literary Festival program here! Are you on the side of sci-fi or fantasy?

Rainbow Reading Challenge | Pride Month

Hello, lovely bookish people! We’re so excited that it’s finally Pride Month (well, officially as of tomorrow)! It’s that time of the year again when stacks of rainbow books take over our bookstagram feeds, everyone brings out their knee-high rainbow socks again, and we read as many queer books as we possibly can.

This June, we’ve decided to host an official READING CHALLENGE! That’s right – it’s called the Rainbow Reading Challenge, and your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to read some books off your TBR featuring queer protagonists! The aim is to attempt to read one book for each colour of the rainbow based on the colour of their cover (seven in total), but you can opt to do more or fewer should you so desire.

For example, you might choose to read Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda for Red, I Was Born for This for Orange, Kindred: 12 #LoveOzYA Stories for Yellow, you get the hang of it!

We’ll all be tracking our reading progress on social media throughout the month, and we’d love you to do the same. Please use the hashtag #RainbowReadingChallenge so we can check out which glorious queer novels you’ve decided to pick up!

You can check out our Rainbow Reading Challenge TBRs down below if you need some inspiration. We can’t wait to see which books you choose!

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What to Read Next If You Loved… A Curse So Dark and Lonely

So I really loved reading A Curse So Dark and Lonely. I enjoyed the retelling of a much-loved classic, I loved the characters, I loved the twist at the end… everything! I enjoyed it so much, in fact, that I was at a bit of a loss over what to read next. In case you were feeling the same, I’ve compiled this handy list on what you might enjoy next based on your favourite element in A Curse So Dark and Lonely!

You’re welcome.

If you loved the retelling…


While it doesn’t follow the tale of Beauty and the Beast quite as closely as A Curse So Dark and Lonely does, A Court of Thorns and Roses (I just realised how similar the rhythm of those two titles are, hm) is still a tale of a cursed land ruled by a cursed leader, and a girl who can only break that curse with love. Plus it has that heart wrenching moment of letting go of the one you love, even if it dooms yourself. I’m a sucker for that kind of torture.

If you loved the dual perspective…


I am such a huge fan of multiple points of view in a novel, so I was thrilled when I was only expecting Harper’s, and was blessed with Rhen’s perspective as well. There’s just so much it adds to the story, especially when the characters’ worlds are vastly different. The same is true of the two main characters in To Kill A Kingdom. One is a siren princess, the other a pirate prince who hunts her. It’s such a joy to experience both worlds of sea and land, and watch their stories slowly entangle.

If you loved the shapeshifting…


It wouldn’t be a Beauty and the Beast retelling without the beast. I loved being able to experience the full force of Rhen’s curse after hearing about the monster for so long, even if he sounded terrifying. Sky Hawkins in Fire and Heist isn’t quite so terrifying, but she does have some wicked powers. Fire and Heist is such a fun book about a were-dragon family and a coming-of-age heist, as well as learning how to stretch your wings… literally.

If you loved the parallel world…


It’s the kind of magic I know we’ve all dreamed about before: Going about your daily life and suddenly finding yourself transported into a fantasy world. Just like Harper, Alexandra Jennings finds herself whisked away into a parallel universe known as Medora. She studies at the school of Akarnae until she can be sent home, but becomes completely wrapped up in her new world. I would be too – Medora sounds amazing and I’m booking my trip there ASAP!

If you loved the curse…


Curses are one of my favourite elements in a fantasy novel. Blue has been told her entire life that if she kisses her true love, he will die. Her solution was to just stay away from boys – especially those who attend Aglionby. But when she becomes caught up in Richard Gansey’s quest to find the resting place of a dead Welsh king, she finds it hard to keep from fulfilling her curse. The Raven Boys also features multiple perspectives, a little bit of magic, and a whole lot of Latin.

I hope this list helps while you’re scanning the shelves of your local bookstore! What was your favourite element of A Curse So Dark and Lonely? Will you be trying any of these ones?

See you at the book meet on Tuesday!


New Years Eve has finally arrived. This year has flown by too fast for my liking. But what a year it has been. More importantly, what a year to come. With YA Day on the horizon and all the fantastic upcoming book releases, what is there not to be excited about?  Who else plans on staying up until midnight on New Years Eve reading a good book? I know I will be. I plan on rereading the Grisha trilogy in order to get me ready for the release of King of Scars by Leigh Bardugo. But enough of talking about the future. The year is not over yet. So lets take a walk down memory lane, and gush over our favourite books of 2018. Get ready to add some amazing books to your ever-growing TBR.


Sarah’s picks:

The Lady’s Guide to Petticoats and Piracy


I’m never going to stop gushing about The Lady’s Guide to Petticoats & Piracy! I mean, how could I not be obsessed with a badass queer pirate doctor?! I aspire to be like Felicity. What a queen. This book is just such a fun, addictive read that will have you on the edge of your seat and cracking up over her wit and sarcasm. I also adored how Monty and Percy made a couple of appearances in this book too!

If you’re a fan of adventurous stories with snarky characters and some of the best banter you’ll ever read (let’s be real, of course you’re a fan of all of those things), then you need a copy of this incredible book on your TBR! I NEED ANOTHER BOOK WITH THE MONTAGUE SIBLINGS ASAP, PLEASE AND THANK YOU.

City of Ghosts

9781407192765 GHOOOOOOSTS. *clears throat* Sorry about that. I’m just so excited to scream some more about one of my favourite books of 2018 – and QUEEN V! Those of you that know me will understand my love for Victoria Schwab. And she’s done it again! She’s stolen another piece of my heart with City of Ghosts, leaving me desperate to get my hands on the next book in this series, Tunnel of Bones. BRING ON 2019!

City of Ghosts is a middle grade book about a girl whose parents are making a paranormal TV show in Edinburgh, and her best friend is a ghost, and she’s able to pass through the Veil and into the ghost world. It’s absolutely, undeniably incredible. If you like Ghostbusters or Buzzfeed Unsolved, this is a must-read for you!

I Was Born for This

x293Oh look, it’s I Was Born For This. Because y’all know I haven’t screamed enough about that book this year! WHAT A NOVEL. Seriously, I don’t know why so many people are sleeping on this book. It’s such an amazing queer contemporary novel about bands and fandoms and anxiety and love and I’m highkey considering getting a quote from that book tattooed on my body. No joke.

Let me get this out there: Alice Oseman is just an incredible human. She’s a writer, and a webcomic creator, and she also made this amazing interactive game set around the characters of I Was Born For This. I’m already excited for her next book, even though I know nothing about it, nor when it will be released. But if it’s anything like I Was Born For This, or any of her previous books, I know I’m going to love it!

A Thousand Perfect Notes

36389267 Can you believe I read this book about five times this year, and it ripped out my heart every one of those times? WHY DID I DO THAT TO MYSELF?! It was just such a powerful, heart-wrenching book, and I feel like a part of me wanted to keep rereading it so I could check in with my characters and make sure they’re doing okay. I MISS THEM SO MUCH.

A Thousand Perfect Notes is a book about a reluctant piano prodigy and his strict mother who wants him to succeed as a way of living through his success and staying in the spotlight. It’s also about a girl who’s the human incarnation of sunlight, and cake, and park play dates. It’s just such a beautiful book that will stab you in the feels, and then you’ll say thanks.

What if It’s Us

9781471176395Ahh yes, how could I not love a book by two of my favourite authors of all time – Adam Silvera and Becky Albertalli?! YOU DO NOT WANT TO SLEEP ON THIS BOOK, PEOPLE. I seriously cannot believe how much of myself I saw in What if it’s Us, from the character who’s a writer, to the worshipping of coffee, and even the abundance of musical references. And it’s set in New York City! COULD A BOOK BE MORE PERFECT?! I THINK NOT.

This is the kind of book that I’ve picked up in random bookstores and pressed into the hands of anyone even just glancing in the direction of the YA section. It’s a book that everyone has to read. Not only is it one of the most adorable romances I’ve ever read, it’s the kind of book that will just suck you into that world and make you want to live alongside these characters for ever. I do hope we get to see more of Arthur and Ben one day soon!


Shaun’s picks:

Truly Devious


For me, this is such an out of the blue choice (pun intended… get it, because the book is blue. It’s a good pun and I like it lol). It truly is an odd choice though, because Truly Devious is not a fantasy book. I repeat, not a fantasy book. As someone who only reads fantasy this is completely out of character. But this book, with its beautiful prose, transported me into a world that is just as imaginative and vivid as any fantasy. And that is not even the best part. Yes, this is a mystery/crime book, but its strongest aspect is its cast of characters, and ingeniously crafted dialogue that is far too relatable. My favourite character (who I want to marry) is Nate. He is an author struggling to write his second book. I haven’t even managed to publish my first, but all his anxieties and fears are just like mine, #soulmates.

Three Dark Crowns Series

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Don’t tell me that choosing an entire series is cheating, because I don’t want to hear it. I love these books to bloody pieces, which is questionable considering we got off to a rocky start. That is right, I hated Three Dark Crowns. Something about the writing style didn’t fit well with me. That, and the small fact that the book felt like a prequel. Thank the heavens the ending had me hooked, giving me reason enough to even consider touching One Dark Throne. Now I am hooked! I love this world, its characters and its bombardment of plot twists. This is a deviously dark fantasy series for the ages, putting me in a constant state of shock, horror and utter bliss.

P.S. I no longer hate Three Dark Crowns. After a much needed reread, I am now in love with it.

The City of Brass


I came across this book after watching Read Between the Wine’s youtube review. She is such a fantastic BookTuber. And her review of Zenith, by Sasha Alsberg and Lindsay Cummings, had me drowning in tears of laughter. Go watch it. You will not regret it.

If you are a fan of An Ember in the Ashes, then you will love this book. Too me, it is like the adult fantasy equivalent, which means it’s amazing.

When creating this list, it came down to deciding between The City of Brass, and The Poppy War. That was possibly the hardest decision I have had to make this year. Yeah, that is what my life has dwindled down to. Sad, I know.

The City of Brass is a magical, spellbinding book that you will fall in love with. And, if that’s not enough, it is S. A. Chakraborty debut book.  I am green with envy.

Spinning Silver


Uprooted is my favourite fantasy book. Spinning Silver was my most anticipated book of 2018. I recommend this book to so many people, even before I had a chance to read it myself. Unfortunately, a lot of my friends didn’t like it. Their main complaint was that it was too slow-paced. Where as Uprooted is full of action, Spinning Silver lets you dwell in the every day lives of three very different, but awe-inspiring women. And I loved every moment of it. I love books that give you insight into what it is like to live as their characters, while still absorbing you in a magical world filled with ice fairies and fire demons.

Although, Spinning Silver hasn’t replaced Uprooted in my heart, it has left a permanent imprison on me and is a clear example of excellent story-telling and phenomenal writing.

Dance of Thieves

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This year I managed to read all three books in the Remnant Chronicles. The last book in this series (The Beauty of Darkness) is comparable to a tome. Which made me all the more proud when I finally finished it.

I was so excited to read Dance of Thieves, yet some how I kept delaying. I am glad I didn’t let uni and work get in the way of the inevitable – me falling in love with this new cast of characters. This may very well be the last book I read this year. And what a way to end what has been an amazing year of reading. I have read more books than I have ever read before. Although, I didn’t make my goal of reading 100 books, #nextyearsgoals.

Dance of Thieves has Mary E. Pearson classic romance elements, but this books is so much more. It is filled with lies and deceit. Betrayal and murder. And a fast-paced plot that will have you up all night. I couldn’t have asked for more. This book trumps it predecessors, and has me on the edge of me seat waiting… no, begging for the next instalment.


Bianca’s picks:

A Map of Days


Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children is one of my favourite books OF ALL TIME so can you imagine my excitement when this new trilogy was announced? There was a lot of squealing. However, I wasn’t sure how I was going to feel about this book, since it’s set in America (and not the appropriate gloominess of Wales like in the first book) and would maybe turn out to be an instalment we didn’t need, but OMG I absolutely loved it and I’m sorry I ever doubted Ransom Riggs. It was the same, perfect haunting creepiness of the first trilogy but with a whole new wildness of the American peculiars. I loved seeing a new world with new rules (read: no rules), but still adventuring along with old characters. The writing is just so good, and Jacob Portman is my book boyfriend for life. I really, really can’t wait for the next one. I love this universe so much.

Queen of Air and Darkness


Speaking of universes I love so much, here’s another one! SHADOWHUNTERS! Cassandra Clare is the absolutely queen (see what I did there?) of characters. They’re my favourite aspect of her writing. And The Dark Artifices is my favourite trilogy out of all of them. I’m getting worked up all over again just writing this because this book was just so, so good. Emma and Julian are the greatest love story EVER TOLD and don’t even get me started on Thule. It was all so amazing, and so satisfying, and I couldn’t even be too sad when I closed the book because we are blessed with TWO MORE BOOKS in the Shadowhunter universe in 2019.

Queen of Air and Darkness was a really satisfying conclusion filled with so many twists and turns. I still think about it. And have you seen those illustrations?! I stared at the last one for a lot longer than a sane, healthy human should have.

Twice Magic


It should be no secret by now that I am a huge fan of Cressida Cowell, so of course her most recent release was going to be one of my favourites for this year! Twice Magic is the second instalment in the Wizards of Once series, and follows Wizard boy Xar and Warrior girl Wish, who have been taught to hate each other since birth. They joined forces in first book to stop the Witches, and the adventure was even better in this book. The story is filled with magic and adventure and wonderful places and characters. I could go on about Cowell’s writing all day. She also provides all the illustrations for her books, and they’re worth picking the book up on their own.

You didn’t know you wanted to read about a love triangle between a fork, a spoon, and a key, but trust me, you do.

Ash Princess


I’m going to be honest with you here and say I only picked this one up for the cover (I mean, are you seeing this?!) but I’m so glad I did, because it became a fast favourite.

It felt like a wonderfully fresh fantasy world with well-done characters and a plot that kept me on the edge of my seat. The writing was so gorgeous and captivating. There’s an extremely cool magic jewel system. As soon as I finished the book I just wanted to pick up the second one, so I’m beyond excited for its sequel, Lady Smoke, to be released in a few months. Even after almost a year of finishing this book, I still think about it. If you love fantasy, it’s seriously one you don’t want to miss.

I Am Heathcliff


I only discovered Wuthering Heights earlier this year and I fell so hard and fast. Like, low-key obsessed. So when I discovered this anthology of stories inspired by Wuthering Heights (through Juno Dawson’s Twitter, who is the only contributor to this anthology that I’d heard of) I bought it straight away.

I was not disappointed, this is an absolute must for any fan of Wuthering Heights! All the stories were different and uniquely written, and I loved not knowing what was going to come next or what element of Wuthering Heights the inspiration was drawn from. But every story had an atmospheric, dark Gothic feel that I loved so much, and usually had a possessive love feel. If you’re like me and just can’t get enough of Emily Bronte’s only book, make sure you don’t miss this one.



Happy New Years from all of us at The YA Room



14 Books We Cannot Wait To Read


2019 is shaping up to be an incredible bookish year, with some major releases such as The King of Scars by Leigh Bardugo and The Wicked King by Holly Black — both coming out this month! In fact, there are so many new and exciting books this month that they didn’t all make it onto this list. But, the ones that did are perfect for getting you through summer. Is anyone else eager to do some beachside reading?

If you are as excited for these books as we are, then make sure you add them to your January TBR so you can join in on the fun. Below each of us, here at The YA Room, have made a little note indicating which books we will be adding to our January TBR. Which of these books will you be reading?



By Roshani Chokshi


Paris, 1889: The world is on the cusp of industry and power, and the Exposition Universelle has breathed new life into the streets and dredged up ancient secrets. In this city, no one keeps tabs on secrets better than treasure-hunter and wealthy hotelier, Séverin Montagnet-Alarie. But when the all-powerful society, the Order of Babel, seeks him out for help, Séverin is offered a treasure that he never imagined: his true inheritance.

To find the ancient artifact the Order seeks, Séverin will need help from a band of experts: An engineer with a debt to pay. A historian who can’t yet go home. A dancer with a sinister past. And a brother in all but blood, who might care too much.

Together, they’ll have to use their wits and knowledge to hunt the artifact through the dark and glittering heart of Paris. What they find might change the world, but only if they can stay alive.

Available January 8th 

  • Added to Shaun’s TBR
  • Added to Sarah’s TBR
  • Added to Bianca’s TBR


By Mimi Yu


Sisters Lu and Min have always understood their places as princesses of the Empire. Lu knows she is destined to become the dynasty’s first female ruler, while Min is resigned to a life in her shadow. Then their father declares their male cousin Set the heir instead—a betrayal that sends the sisters down two very different paths.

Determined to reclaim her birthright, Lu goes on the run. She needs an ally—and an army—if she is to succeed. Her quest leads her to Nokhai, the last surviving wolf shapeshifter. Nok wants to keep his identity secret, but finds himself forced into an uneasy alliance with the girl whose family killed everyone he ever loved…

Alone in the volatile court, Min’s hidden power awakens—a forbidden, deadly magic that could secure Set’s reign…or allow Min to claim the throne herself. But there can only be one Emperor, and the sisters’ greatest enemy could turn out to be each other.

  • Added to Shaun’s TBR

Available January 8th 


By Holly Black


You must be strong enough to strike and strike and strike again without tiring.

The first lesson is to make yourself strong.

After the jaw-dropping revelation that Oak is the heir to Faerie, Jude must keep her younger brother safe. To do so, she has bound the wicked king, Cardan, to her, and made herself the power behind the throne. Navigating the constantly shifting political alliances of Faerie would be difficult enough if Cardan were easy to control. But he does everything in his power to humiliate and undermine her even as his fascination with her remains undiminished.

When it becomes all too clear that someone close to Jude means to betray her, threatening her own life and the lives of everyone she loves, Jude must uncover the traitor and fight her own complicated feelings for Cardan to maintain control as a mortal in a Faerie world.

  • Added to Bianca’s TBR

Available January 8th 


By Leigh Bardugo


Nikolai Lantsov has always had a gift for the impossible. No one knows what he endured in his country’s bloody civil war—and he intends to keep it that way. Now, as enemies gather at his weakened borders, the young king must find a way to refill Ravka’s coffers, forge new alliances, and stop a rising threat to the once-great Grisha Army.

Yet with every day a dark magic within him grows stronger, threatening to destroy all he has built. With the help of a young monk and a legendary Grisha Squaller, Nikolai will journey to the places in Ravka where the deepest magic survives to vanquish the terrible legacy inside him. He will risk everything to save his country and himself. But some secrets aren’t meant to stay buried—and some wounds aren’t meant to heal.

Available January 29th 


By Maureen Jahnson


All Stevie Bell wanted was to find the key to the Ellingham mystery, but instead she found her classmate dead. And while she solved that murder, the crimes of the past are still waiting in the dark. Just as Stevie feels she’s on the cusp of putting it together, her parents pull her out of Ellingham academy.

For her own safety they say. She must move past this obsession with crime. Now that Stevie’s away from the school of topiaries and secret tunnels, and her strange and endearing friends, she begins to feel disconnected from the rest of the world. At least she won’t have to see David anymore. David, who she kissed. David, who lied to her about his identity—son of despised politician Edward King. Then King himself arrives at her house to offer a deal: He will bring Stevie back to Ellingham immediately. In return, she must play nice with David. King is in the midst of a campaign and can’t afford his son stirring up trouble. If Stevie’s at school, David will stay put.

The tantalizing riddles behind the Ellingham murders are still waiting to be unraveled, and Stevie knows she’s so close. But the path to the truth has more twists and turns than she can imagine—and moving forward involves hurting someone she cares for. In New York Times bestselling author Maureen Johnson’s second novel of the Truly Devious series, nothing is free, and someone will pay for the truth with their life.

Available January 22nd 

  • Added to Shaun’s TBR


By Brigid Kemmerer


Fall in love, break the curse. 

It once seemed so easy to Prince Rhen, the heir to Emberfall. Cursed by a powerful enchantress to repeat the autumn of his eighteenth year over and over, he knew he could be saved if a girl fell for him. But that was before he learned that at the end of each autumn, he would turn into a vicious beast hell-bent on destruction. That was before he destroyed his castle, his family, and every last shred of hope.

Nothing has ever been easy for Harper Lacy. With her father long gone, her mother dying, and her brother barely holding their family together while constantly underestimating her because of her cerebral palsy, she learned to be tough enough to survive. But when she tries to save someone else on the streets of Washington, DC, she’s instead somehow sucked into Rhen’s cursed world.

Break the curse, save the kingdom. 

A prince? A monster? A curse? Harper doesn’t know where she is or what to believe. But as she spends time with Rhen in this enchanted land, she begins to understand what’s at stake. And as Rhen realizes Harper is not just another girl to charm, his hope comes flooding back. But powerful forces are standing against Emberfall . . . and it will take more than a broken curse to save Harper, Rhen, and his people from utter ruin.

Available January 29th 

  • Added to Sarah’s TBR




Once upon a nightmare, her fairy tale begins…

After Lyra—a princess incapable of speech or sound—is cast out of her kingdom of daylight by her wicked aunt, a witch saves her life, steals her memories, and raises her in an enchanted forest … disguised as a boy known only as Stain. Meanwhile, in Lyra’s rival kingdom, the prince of thorns and night is dying, and the only way for him to break his curse is to wed the princess of daylight, for she is his true equal. As Lyra rediscovers her identity, an impostor princess prepares to steal her betrothed prince and her crown. To win back her kingdom, save the prince, and make peace with the land of the night, Lyra must be loud enough to be heard without a voice, and strong enough to pass a series of tests—ultimately proving she’s everything a traditional princess is not.

  • Added to Bianca’s TBR

Available January 15th 


By Kiersten White


Nina and her twin sister, Artemis, are far from normal. It’s hard to be when you grow up at the Watcher’s Academy, which is a bit different from your average boarding school. Here teens are trained as guides for Slayers—girls gifted with supernatural strength to fight the forces of darkness. But while Nina’s mother is a prominent member of the Watcher’s Council, Nina has never embraced the violent Watcher lifestyle. Instead she follows her instincts to heal, carving out a place for herself as the school medic.

Until the day Nina’s life changes forever.

Thanks to Buffy, the famous (and infamous) Slayer that Nina’s father died protecting, Nina is not only the newest Chosen One—she’s the last Slayer, ever. Period.

As Nina hones her skills with her Watcher-in-training, Leo, there’s plenty to keep her occupied: a monster fighting ring, a demon who eats happiness, a shadowy figure that keeps popping up in Nina’s dreams…

But it’s not until bodies start turning up that Nina’s new powers will truly be tested—because someone she loves might be next.

One thing is clear: Being Chosen is easy. Making choices is hard.

Available January 8th 

  • Added to Sarah’s TBR




By Django Wexler


“Fit for the big screen.” —Morgan Rhodes, NYT bestselling author of Falling Kingdoms

Ship of Smoke and Steel is the launch of a cinematic, action-packed epic fantasy trilogy for fans of Leigh Bardugo and The Legend of Korra.

In the lower wards of Kahnzoka, the great port city of the Blessed Empire, eighteen-year-old ward boss Isoka comes to collect when there’s money owing. When her ability to access the Well of Combat is discovered by the Empire—an ability she should have declared and placed at His Imperial Majesty’s service—she’s sent on an impossible mission: steal Soliton, a legendary ghost ship—a ship from which no one has ever returned. If she fails, her sister’s life is forfeit.

“Truly epic, fierce, and exhilarating, Ship of Smoke and Steel will capture you and lock you away. With magical combat sequences fit for the big screen, the action is almost as breathtaking as the intrigue.” —Morgan Rhodes, New York Times bestselling author of the Falling Kingdoms series

Available January 22th 


BY Evelyn Skye


Sora can move as silently as a ghost and hurl throwing stars with lethal accuracy. Her gemina, Daemon, can win any physical fight blindfolded and with an arm tied behind his back. They are apprentice warriors of the Society of Taigas—marked by the gods to be trained in magic and the fighting arts to protect the kingdom of Kichona.

As their graduation approaches, Sora and Daemon look forward to proving themselves worthy of belonging to the elite group—but in a kingdom free of violence since the Blood Rift Rebellion many years ago, it’s been difficult to make their mark. So when Sora and Daemon encounter a strange camp of mysterious soldiers while on a standard scouting mission, they decide the only thing to do to help their kingdom is to infiltrate the group.Taking this risk will change Sora’s life forever—and lead her on a mission of deception that may fool everyone she’s ever loved.

Available January 22nd


By Joanna Ruth Meyer


Echo Alkaev’s safe and carefully structured world falls apart after her father leaves for the city and mysteriously disappears. Believing he is lost forever, Echo is shocked to find him half-frozen in the winter forest six months later, guarded by a strange talking wolf—the same creature who attacked her as a child. The wolf presents Echo with an offer: for her to come and live with him for a year. But there is more to the wolf than Echo realizes.

In his enchanted house beneath a mountain, Echo discovers centuries-old secrets, a magical library full of books-turned-mirrors, and a young man named Hal who is trapped inside of them. As the year ticks by, Echo must solve the mystery of the wolf’s enchantment before her time is up—otherwise Echo, the wolf, and Hal will be lost forever.

Available January 15th


By Kara Baraieri


As the last child in a family of daughters, seventeen-year-old Janneke was raised to be the male heir. While her sisters were becoming wives and mothers, she was taught to hunt, track, and fight. On the day her village was burned to the ground, Janneke—as the only survivor—was taken captive by the malicious Lydian and eventually sent to work for his nephew Soren.

Janneke’s survival in the court of merciless monsters has come at the cost of her connection to the human world. And when the Goblin King’s death ignites an ancient hunt for the next king, Soren senses an opportunity for her to finally fully accept the ways of the brutal Permafrost. But every action he takes to bring her deeper into his world only shows him that a little humanity isn’t bad—especially when it comes to those you care about.

Through every battle they survive, Janneke’s loyalty to Soren deepens. After dangerous truths are revealed, Janneke must choose between holding on or letting go of her last connections to a world she no longer belongs to. She must make the right choice to save the only thing keeping both worlds from crumbling.

  • Added to Bianca’s TBR

Available January 8th 


By Karen M. McManus


Echo Ridge is small-town America. Ellery’s never been there, but she’s heard all about it. Her aunt went missing there at age seventeen. And only five years ago, a homecoming queen put the town on the map when she was killed. Now Ellery has to move there to live with a grandmother she barely knows.

The town is picture-perfect, but it’s hiding secrets. And before school even begins for Ellery, someone’s declared open season on homecoming, promising to make it as dangerous as it was five years ago. Then, almost as if to prove it, another girl goes missing.

Ellery knows all about secrets. Her mother has them; her grandmother does too. And the longer she’s in Echo Ridge, the clearer it becomes that everyone there is hiding something. The thing is, secrets are dangerous–and most people aren’t good at keeping them. Which is why in Echo Ridge, it’s safest to keep your secrets to yourself.

Available January 8th 

  • Added to Sarah’s TBR


By S.A. Chakraborty


Nahri’s life changed forever the moment she accidentally summoned Dara, a formidable, mysterious djinn, during one of her schemes. Whisked from her home in Cairo, she was thrust into the dazzling royal court of Daevabad and quickly discovered she would need all her grifter instincts to survive there.

Now, with Daevabad entrenched in the dark aftermath of the battle that saw Dara slain at Prince Ali’s hand, Nahri must forge a new path for herself, without the protection of the guardian who stole her heart or the counsel of the prince she considered a friend. But even as she embraces her heritage and the power it holds, she knows she’s been trapped in a gilded cage, watched by a king who rules from the throne that once belonged to her family and one misstep will doom her tribe.

Meanwhile, Ali has been exiled for daring to defy his father. Hunted by assassins, adrift on the unforgiving copper sands of his ancestral land, he is forced to rely on the frightening abilities the marid-the unpredictable water spirits-have gifted him. But in doing so, he threatens to unearth a terrible secret his family has long kept buried.

And as a new century approaches and the djinn gather within Daevabad’s towering brass walls for celebrations, a threat brews unseen in the desolate north. It’s a force that would bring a storm of fire straight to the city’s gates . . . and one that seeks the aid of a warrior trapped between worlds, torn between a violent duty he can never escape and a peace he fears he will never deserve.

Available January 29th 

  • Added to Shaun’s TBR



Happy reading from all of us at The YA Room


11 Books We Cannot Wait to Read


The best gift for Christmas has to a be a book … or two, or three!

Gosh, I cannot believe it is December! Is anyone else shocked that Christmas is almost upon us? Christmas is one of my favourite times of the year, minus the Christmas carols (shiver). I have always dreamt of a white Christmas, as corny and cliché as that sounds. I would love to be in Sweden or Canada, spending my nights snuggled up in a blanket with a cup of hot chocolate, next to a simmering fire as I read a book. Instead, I will be working right up to Christmas day this year. I hate adulting.

This year has gone past so fast. Sadly, I have not completed my Goodreads goal of reading 100 books. Hopefully, you have had more luck. But, I am proud of how much of my TBR I have managed to get through. Although, once more, with the beginning of a new month that TBR list is about to get a lot bigger. Some of my favourites this month include Once A King and Evermore. I hope you enjoy all these amazing books. And have a very merry Christmas.Read More »

Favourite YA Asian Heroines

Without the protagonist, there is no story, so it’s important you find a good one. You want someone you can cheer for, someone whose story is going to make you laugh and make you cry, someone you can embark on an adventure with. I’ve compiled a list of some of my favourite Asian heroines in YA literature–inspired by my recent read of Girls of Paper and Fire–whom I’ve followed through thick and thin! I hope it helps you find your new favourite character!



I couldn’t start this post without including the protagonist from our November book! I absolutely loved Lei. She made a fantastic heroine by being incredibly strong and brave throughout her ordeal of being a Paper Girl–a concubine of the Demon King. What I loved most about Lei was the way she always attempted to make a joke to keep the other girls’ spirits up when things got bad. Her blossoming romance with one of the other Paper Girls was so swoon-worthy, and I was completely invested in Lei’s story–and her beautiful Asian-inspired fantasy world–from page one.Read More »