The Best Young Adult Books of 2021 (Anticipated)


2021 young adult YA books upcoming new releases anticipated

With 2021 approaching, here’s some of the best young adult books scheduled to be released. These are all highly anticipated titles, books with promising early reviews or books with authors with a proven track record. I’ll be updating this list as more books are announced and more reviews are posted!

Here’s the list of the Best (Anticipated) Young Adult Books of 2021. I’ll be updating this list as new titles are released and books are published! Happy reading! And please drop a comment if there’s a title you think should be added below!

For more books coming soon, see the list of Upcoming New Release Books.


You Have a Match
Emma Lord

What It's About: A new love, a secret sister, and a summer she'll never forget.

When Abby signs up for a DNA service, it’s mainly to give her friend and secret love interest, Leo, a nudge. After all, she knows who she is already: Avid photographer. Injury-prone tree climber. Best friend to Leo and Connie … although ever since the B...

Publication Date: January 12, 2021
  
young adult romance contemporary


The Ones We're Meant to Find
Joan He

What It's About: Cee has been trapped on an abandoned island for three years without any recollection of how she arrived, or memories from her life prior. All she knows is that somewhere out there, beyond the horizon, she has a sister named Kay, and it’s up to Cee to cross the ocean and find her.

In a world apart, 16-year-old STEM prodigy Kasey Mizuhara lives in an eco-city built for people who protected the planet―and now need protecting from it...

Publication Date: May 4, 2021
  
young adult science fiction 2021 releases


The Anthropocene Reviewed
John Green

What It's About: A deeply moving and mind-expanding collection of personal essays in the first ever work of non-fiction from #1 internationally bestselling author John Green

The Anthropocene is the current geological age, in which human activity has profoundly shaped the planet and its biodiversity. In this remarkable symphony of essays adapted and expanded from his ground-breaking, critically acclaimed podcast, John Green reviews different facets of the human-centered planet - from the QWERTY keyboard and Halley's Comet to Penguins of Madagascar - on a five-star scale...

Publication Date: May 18, 2021
  
non fiction essays audiobook




You'll Be the Death of Me
Karen McManus

What It's About:

Publication Date: Not Available
  


The Project
Courtney Summers

What It's About: Lo Denham is used to being on her own. After her parents died in a tragic car accident, her sister Bea joined the elusive community called The Unity Project, leaving Lo to fend for herself. Desperate not to lose the only family she has left, Lo has spent the last six years trying to reconnect with Bea, only to be met with radio silence...

Publication Date: February 2, 2021
  
thriller mystery 2021 releases


One Last Stop
Casey McQuiston

What It's About: For cynical twenty-three-year-old August, moving to New York City is supposed to prove her right: that things like magic and cinematic love stories don’t exist, and the only smart way to go through life is alone. She can’t imagine how waiting tables at a 24-hour pancake diner and moving in with too many weird roommates could possibly change that...

Publication Date: June 1, 2021
  
lgbtq physical tbr lgbt

She's Too Pretty to Burn
Wendy Heard

What It's About: An electric romance set against a rebel art scene sparks lethal danger for two girls in She's Too Pretty to Burn , an expertly plotted YA thriller by Wendy Heard.

The summer is winding down in San Diego. Veronica is bored, caustically charismatic, and uninspired in her photography. Nico is insatiable, subversive, and obsessed with chaotic performance art...

Publication Date: March 30, 2021
  
young adult thriller 2021 releases


The Box in the Woods (Truly Devious #4)
Maureen Johnson

What It's About: The Truly Devious series continues as Stevie Bell investigates her first mystery outside of Ellingham Academy in this spine-chilling and hilarious stand-alone mystery.

Amateur sleuth Stevie Bell needs a good murder. After catching a killer at her high school, she’s back at home for a normal (that means boring) summer...

Publication Date: June 15, 2021
  
young adult mystery thriller audiobooks

Witches Steeped in Gold (Witches Steeped in Gold #1)
Ciannon Smart

What It's About: Divided by their order. United by their vengeance.

Iraya has spent her life in a cell, but every day brings her closer to freedom - and vengeance.

Jazmyne is the Queen’s daughter, but unlike her sister before her, she has no intention of dying to strengthen her mother’s power...

Publication Date: April 20, 2021
  
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The Gilded Ones (Deathless #1)
Namina Forna

What It's About: Sixteen-year-old Deka lives in fear and anticipation of the blood ceremony that will determine whether she will become a member of her village. Already different from everyone else because of her unnatural intuition, Deka prays for red blood so she can finally feel like she belongs.

But on the day of the ceremony, her blood runs gold, the color of impurity--and Deka knows she will face a consequence worse than death...

Publication Date: February 9, 2021
  
fantasy young adult physical tbr

A Court of Silver Flames (A Court of Thorns and Roses #4)
Sarah J. Maas

What It's About: Nesta Archeron has always been prickly-proud, swift to anger, and slow to forgive. And ever since being forced into the Cauldron and becoming High Fae against her will, she's struggled to find a place for herself within the strange, deadly world she inhabits. Worse, she can't seem to move past the horrors of the war with Hybern and all she lost in it...

Publication Date: February 16, 2021
  
fantasy romance physical tbr


The Mask Falling (The Bone Season #4)
Samantha Shannon

What It's About: Dreamwalker Paige Mahoney has eluded death again. Snatched from the jaws of captivity and consigned to a safe house in the Scion Citadel of Paris, she finds herself caught between those factions that seek Scion's downfall and those who would kill to protect the Rephaim's puppet empire.

The mysterious Domino Program has plans for Paige, but she has ambitions of her own in this new citadel...

Publication Date: January 26, 2021
  
fantasy physical tbr books i own

Chain of Iron (The Last Hours #2)
Cassandra Clare

What It's About: Cordelia Carstairs seems to have everything she ever wanted. She’s engaged to marry James Herondale, the boy she has loved since childhood. She has a new life in London with her best friend, Lucie Herondale, and James’s charming companions, the Merry Thieves. She is about to be reunited with her beloved father...

Publication Date: March 2, 2021
  
fantasy young adult physical tbr


Rule of Wolves (King of Scars Duology #2)
Leigh Bardugo

What It's About: The Grishaverse will be coming to Netflix soon with Shadow and Bone, an original series!

The wolves are circling and a young king will face his greatest challenge in the explosive finale of the instant #1 New York Times-bestselling King of Scars Duology.

The Demon King. As Fjerda's massive army prepares to invade, Nikolai Lantsov will summon every bit of his ingenuity and charm—and even the monster within—to win this fight...

Publication Date: March 30, 2021
  
physical tbr young adult books i own


Across the Green Grass Fields (Wayward Children #6)
Seanan McGuire

What It's About: A young girl discovers a portal to a land filled with centaurs and unicorns in Seanan McGuire's Across the Green Grass Fields, a standalone tale in the Hugo and Nebula Award-wining Wayward Children series.

“Welcome to the Hooflands. We’re happy to have you, even if you being here means something’s coming...

Publication Date: January 12, 2021
  
young adult audiobook novella


Tales from the Hinterland (The Hazel Wood #2.5)
Melissa Albert

What It's About: A gorgeously illustrated collection of twelve fairy tales by the author of The Hazel Wood and The Night Country!

Journey into the Hinterland, a brutal and beautiful world where a young woman spends a night with Death, brides are wed to a mysterious house in the trees, and an enchantress is killed twice―and still lives...

Publication Date: January 12, 2021
  
young adult short stories books i own

Bridge of Souls (Cassidy Blake #3)
Victoria Schwab

What It's About: Where there are ghosts, Cassidy Blake follows ... unless it's the other way around?

Cass thinks she might have this ghost-hunting thing down. After all, she and her ghost best friend, Jacob, have survived two haunted cities while travelling for her parents' TV show.

But nothing can prepare Cass for New Orleans, which wears all of its hauntings on its sleeve...

Publication Date: March 2, 2021
  
fantasy paranormal audiobook


We Free the Stars (Sands of Arawiya #2)
Hafsah Faizal

What It's About: The captivating closing installment to the Sands of Arawiya duology!

The battle on Sharr is over. The dark forest has fallen. Altair may be captive, but Zafira, Nasir, and Kifah are bound for Sultan’s Keep, determined to finish the plan he set in motion: restoring the hearts of the Sisters of Old to the minarets of each caliphate, and finally returning magic to all of Arawiya...

Publication Date: January 19, 2021
  
fantasy physical tbr tbr


A Vow So Bold and Deadly (Cursebreakers #3)
Brigid Kemmerer

What It's About: Face your fears, fight the battle.

Emberfall is crumbling fast, torn between those who believe Rhen is the rightful prince and those who are eager to begin a new era under Grey, the true heir. Grey has agreed to wait two months before attacking Emberfall, and in that time, Rhen has turned away from everyone—even Harper, as she desperately tries to help him find a path to peace...

Publication Date: January 26, 2021
  
physical tbr young adult books i own


Untitled (Crescent City #2)
Sarah J. Maas

What It's About: Bryce Quinlan and Hunt Athalar are trying to get back to normal―they may have saved Crescent City, but with so much upheaval in their lives lately, they mostly want a chance to relax. Slow down. Figure out what the future holds.

The Asteri have kept their word so far, leaving Bryce and Hunt alone...

Publication Date: February 15, 2022
  
fantasy physical tbr books i own

Untitled (Serpent & Dove #3)
Shelby Mahurin

What It's About: The spellbinding conclusion to the New York Times and IndieBound bestselling trilogy Serpent & Dove. This stunning fantasy take on French witches and forbidden love is perfect for fans of Sarah J. Maas.

Evil always seeks a foothold. We must not give it one.

After a heartbreaking loss, Lou, Reid, Beau, and Coco are bent on vengeance more than ever before—and none more so than Lou...

Publication Date: July 27, 2021
  
fantasy physical tbr tbr

2021 young adult YA books upcoming new releases anticipated

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