8 YA books to watch out for in October 2015


Maybe you don’t want to cull through our giant lists of weekly releases and just want to know the best things to snag this month. So here’s a list of 8 YA books to watch out for in October 2015!

the death and life of zebulon finch vol 1 daniel krausThe Death and Life of Zebulon Finch, Volume One: At the Edge of Empire (The Death and Life of Zebulon Finch #1) by Daniel Kraus
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
Release date: October 27th 2015
May 7, 1896. Dusk. A swaggering seventeen-year-old gangster named Zebulon Finch is gunned down on the shores of Lake Michigan, then mysteriously resurrected. His second life will be nothing like his first. He will be poked and prodded by a scientist obsessed with mastering death. He will fight in World War I. He will run from his nightmares in Depression-era New York City. Love, hate, hope, and horror—Zebulon finds them. But will he ever find redemption?

dreamstrider lindsay smithDreamstrider by Lindsay Smith
Publisher: Roaring Brook Press
Release date: October 6th 2015
Livia is a dreamstrider. She can inhabit a subject’s body while they are sleeping and, for a short time, move around in their skin. She uses her talent to work as a spy for the Barstadt Empire. But her partner, Brandt, has lately become distant, and when Marez comes to join their team from a neighborhing kingdom, he offers Livia the option of a life she had never dared to imagine. Livia knows of no other dreamstriders who have survived the pull of Nightmare.

illuminae amie kaufman jay kristoffIlluminae (The Illuminae Files #1) by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff
Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers
Release date: October 20th 2015
This morning, Kady thought breaking up with Ezra was the hardest thing she’d have to do. This afternoon, her planet was invaded. The year is 2575, and two rival megacorporations are at war over a planet that’s little more than an ice-covered speck at the edge of the universe. Too bad nobody thought to warn the people living on it. With enemy fire raining down on them, Kady and Ezra—who are barely even talking to each other—are forced to fight their way onto an evacuating fleet, with an enemy warship in hot pursuit.

juba walter dean myersJuba! by Walter Dean Myers
Publisher: Amistad
Release date: October 13th 2015
Walter Dean Myers’s last novel, he delivers a gripping story based on the life of a real dancer known as Master Juba, who lived in the nineteenth century. This engaging historical novel is based on the true story of the meteoric rise of an immensely talented young black dancer, William Henry Lane, who influenced today’s tap, jazz, and step dancing. With meticulous and intensive research, Walter Dean Myers has brought to life Juba’s story.

a thousand nights e k johnstonA Thousand Nights by E.K. Johnston
Publisher: Disney Hyperion
Release date: October 6th 2015
Lo-Melkhiin killed three hundred girls before he came to her village, looking for a wife. When she sees the dust cloud on the horizon, she knows he has arrived. She knows he will want the loveliest girl: her sister. She vows she will not let her be next. And so she is taken in her sister’s place, and she believes death will soon follow. Exploring the palace, she begins to unlock years of fear that have tormented and silenced a kingdom. Lo-Melkhiin was not always a cruel ruler. Something went wrong.

underneath everything marcy beller paulUnderneath Everything by Marcy Beller Paul
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
Release date: October 27th 2015
Mattie should be steering clear of Jolene. But now Mattie is a senior, and there’s Jolene: Beautiful. Captivating. Mattie and Jolene were once best friends. Mattie has the scar on her palm to prove it, and Jolene has everything else, including Hudson. But when Mattie runs into Hudson, she decides to take it all back: the boyfriend, the friends, the life she was supposed to live. Problem is, there’s something Mattie hasn’t told anyone—she walked away from Jolene over a year ago, but she never really left.

what we left behind robin talleyWhat We Left Behind by Robin Talley
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Release date: October 27th 2015
Toni and Gretchen are the couple everyone envied in high school. The reality of being apart at college, however, is different than they expected. As Toni, who identifies as genderqueer, falls in with a group of transgender upperclassmen and immediately finds a sense of belonging that has always been missing, Gretchen struggles to remember who she is outside their relationship. As distance and Toni’s shifting gender identity begins to wear on their relationship, the couple must decide—have they grown apart for good, or is love enough to keep them together?

willful machines tim floreenWillful Machines by Tim Floreen
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Release date: October 20th 2015
In the near future, scientists create what may be a new form of life: an artificial human named Charlotte. All goes well until Charlotte escapes, and begins terrorizing the American public. Charlotte’s attacks have everyone on high alert—everyone except Lee Fisher, the closeted son of the US president. Lee has other things to worry about, like keeping his Secret Service detail from finding out about his crush on Nico, the new boy at school. But when the attacks start happening at his school, Lee realizes he’s Charlotte’s next target. Even worse, Nico may be part of Charlotte’s plan too.

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Lucy Nisbet

Lucy is an English teacher-in-training and a self-confessed book nerd. She often buys more books than she can reasonably afford or possibly have time to read. Her Hogwarts letter is now several years too late, but she’s sure it’s just gotten lost in the post.

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