26 diverse upcoming YA/MG releases that need more hype


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the number of diverse young adult and middle grade novels that are coming out this year is…uncountable. and while so many of them are hyped, others are not so known. and they really deserve more recognition. that’s why i decided to list 26 diverse upcoming YA/MG novels that need more hype.

i summarized the blurbs of the books, giving a general idea for each novel (so you can add it to your tbr *winks*). all titles are linked to the book’s goodreads page.

unfortunately i couldn’t find a lot of diverse middle grade novels, either because i didn’t know where to look for them, or there is a lack of them. in both cases it’s really sad, because 1) books should be more accessible, and 2) i can’t imagine all the kids and pre-teens not seeing themselves in books. so i decided to add two 2018 releases.

middle grade

30971723 IT ALL COMES DOWN TO THIS, by karen english

a contemporary novel set in los angeles 1965, featuring a black main character struggling with life issues like her sister leaving for college, her family’s disapproving housekeeper, and a friend unfairly arrested.

coming out july 17th, 2017.


32050089THE FIRST RULE OF PUNK, by celia c. pérez

this story follows twelve-year-old malu in her new school where she is faced with all kind of “rules” (anti-punk school, dress-coding…), which leads her to create a group of like-minded misfits and start a band.

coming out august 22nd, 2017.


31145003LOST BOYS, by darcey rosenblatt

twelve-year-old reza is held captive as a prisoner of the war between iran and iraq, 1982. assured that he will find paradise if he sacrifices himself for his country, and due to his mother’s state, he decides to join a war camp which, he soon realizes, threatens violence and act upon it.

coming out august 22nd, 2017.

32618983THE SERPENT’S SECRET, by sayatani dascupta

kiran, who may or may not be an indian princess, is swept into another dimension full of magic, winged horses, moving maps, and annoying, talking birds, where she must solve riddles and slay demons all while avoiding the serpent king of the underworld and the rakkhosh queen, and dealing with two crushworthy indian princes who ring her doorbell, insisting they’re here to rescue her, in order find her vanishing parents, and save her hometown.

coming out february 27th, 2018.


IVY ABERDEEN’S LETTER TO THE WORLD, by ashley herring blake

a twelve-year-old’s house is destroyed by a tornado, and in the aftermath she begins to develop feelings for another girl.

coming out in 2018 (publication date not specified).

young adult

32766747LIBRARY OF FATES, by aditi khorana

a fantasy tale inspired by indian folklore, where amrita finds herself a fugitive, and must choose between restoring what is lost from her past, and finding what lays behind an unknown future.

coming out july 18th, 2017.



30237061DAUGHTER OF THE BURNING CITY, by amanda froody

a dark fantasy novel set in a traveling carnival, featuring queer characters, where sixteen-year-old sorina must track down a killer in order to protect her family, before all of her loved ones disappear.

coming out july 25th, 2017.


28147258THE GALLERY OF UNFINISHED GIRLS, by lauren karcz

queer puerto-rican mercedes moreno has been at lack of inspiration for a year. but when art start to show up in very unexpected ways, mercedes can create in ways she never has before. however, she has to choose between the perfect world of art and the messier reality.

coming out july 25th, 2017.



LUCKY IN LOVE, by kasie west

in this contemporary romance featuring an asian love interest, maddie finds herself in trouble after winning the lottery, which leads her to slowly develop trust and feelings for seth nguyen, her funny, charming coworker at the local zoo.

coming out july 25th, 2017.


25062038LITTLE & LION, by brandy colbert

suzette is forced to confront her past mistakes and find a way to help her brother -who has been diagnosed with bipolar disorder- before he hurts himself (or worse), after coming back from her boarding school, all while coping with her disorder and her growing crush for the same girl her brother is in love with.

coming out august 8th, 2017.


30116958THE EPIC CRUSH OF GENIE LO, by f.c. yee

sixteen-year-old genie lo is faced to a demon invasion, and, with the help of quentin sun, a beguiling, maddening new transfer student from overseas, finds secrets about her true nature, which is linked to his.

coming out august 8th, 2017.


34738792THE TIGER’S WATCH, by julia embers

a fantasy featuring a non-binary main character and a m/m romance, where tashi starts spying on the regiment’s young commander, which unveils that everything they’ve been taught is wrong. tashi must face a choice: save their country or the boy they’re growing to love.

coming out august 22nd, 2017.


29960675MASK OF SHADOWS, by linsey miller

sal leon, a thief, jumps at the chance to infiltrate the court and get revenge, by auditioning to become a member of the left hand -the queen’s personal assasins. but soon enough they discover that the audition is a fight to death filled with clever circus acrobats, lethal apothecaries, and vicious ex-soldiers. they have to survive in order to have a future with their lover, elise.

coming out august 29th, 2017.

34892251YOU BRING THE DISTANT NEAR, by mitali perkins

from a grandmother worried that her children are losing their indian identity to a daughter wrapped up in a forbidden biracial love affair to a granddaughter social-activist fighting to preserve bengali tigers, YOU BRING THE DISTANT NEAR is a story told in alternating teen voices across three generations, about the immigrant experience of an indian-american family.

coming out september 12th, 2017.

33158561WILD BEAUTY, by anna-marie mclemore

for nearly a century, the nomeolvides women have tended the grounds of la pradera, the lush estate gardens that enchant guests from around the world. they’ve also hidden a tragic legacy: if they fall in love too deeply, their lovers vanish. but a strange boy appears in the gardens. estrella, the nomeolvides girl who finds him, decides to help him piece together his unknown past.

coming out october 3rd, 2017.

2852619227 HOURS, by tristina wright

during one twenty-seven-hour night, a group of teens have to stop the war between the colonies and the monsters from becoming a war of extinction. if they fail, the things they wish for will never come true, and the things they fear will be all that’s left.

coming out october 3rd, 2017.


34466927MIS(H)ADRA, by iasmin omar ata

the story of an arab-American college student who struggles to live with epilepsy in this starkly colored and deeply-cutting graphic novel.

coming out october 3rd, 2017.



33958230FOREST OF A THOUSAND LANTERNS, by julie c. dao

in order to achieve greatness, and become the empress of feng lu she is destined to be, xifeng must spurn the young man who loves her and exploit the callous magic that runs through her veins–sorcery fueled by eating the hearts of the recently killed.

coming out october 10th, 2017.


31556136LIKE WATER, by rebecca podos

savannah is trapped in her hometown when her father is diagnosed with huntington’s disease. she develops a bound with leigh, which soon threatens to bring to the surface the questions she’s held under for so long.

coming out october 17th, 2017.



24974996DEAR MARTIN, by nic stone

racism as well as the impact of the biased media on people is discussed in this novel in which justyce mcallister finds himself trapped in a series of events where the odds are against his favor. he’s top of his class, captain of the dabate team, and set for the ivy league for the following year, but that doesn’t help.

coming out october 17th, 2017.


28096526A LINE IN THE DARK, by malinda lo

when angie, jess’s best friend begins to fall for margot Adams, a girl from the nearby boarding school, jess can see it coming a mile away. Suddenly her powers of observation are more curse than gift. but jess discovers more than her friend’s growing crush. secrets and lies…angie won’t be able to handle the consequences.

coming out october 17th, 2017.


29010395I AM NOT YOUR PERFECT MEXICAN DAUGHTER, by erika l. sànchez

julia is not your perfect mexican daughter, unlike her sister, olga. but as she starts to know more about olga, she realizes that she may not be as perfect as everyone thinks. and julia is determined to find out everything about her sister.

coming out october 17th, 2017.


33914005THE CLOSEST I’VE COME, by fred aceves

marcos is placed in a new after-school program for troubled teens with potential, he meets zach and amy. these new friendships inspire Marcos to open up to his Maesta crew that he wants to quit, and along the way, marcos starts to think more about his future and what he has to fight for.

coming out november 7th, 2017.


32718027THE CITY OF BRASS, by s. a. chakraborty

“Step into The City of Brass, the spellbinding debut from S. A. Chakraborty—an imaginative alchemy of The Golem and the Jinni, The Grace of Kings, and One Thousand and One Nights, in which the future of a magical Middle Eastern kingdom rests in the hands of a clever and defiant young con artist with miraculous healing gifts.”

coming out november 14th, 2017.


33829748CALLING MY NAME, by liara tamani

taja, a teenager whose african-american family is conservative and tightly-knit, dreams of going to college and forging her own relationship with the world and with God, but when she falls in love for the first time, those dreams are suddenly in danger of evaporating.

coming out november 24th, 2017.


33913889SHADOW GIRL, by liana lu

Mei is a sensible girl. she isn’t superstitious; she doesn’t believe in ghosts. yet she can’t shake her fear that there is danger lurking in the shadows of this beautiful house, where she gets to spend the summer, a darkness that could destroy the family inside and out…and Mei along with them.

coming out december 19th, 2017.


there you have it! all these books look A-MA-ZING. and they’re not getting enough hype. and let me tell you, the few books i have read from this list were all 4-5 stars. so. you need to get these books once they come out.

do you have any recommendation for diverse upcoming releases?


27 thoughts on “26 diverse upcoming YA/MG releases that need more hype

  1. There are a ton of these that I want to read and some I’ve never heard of. I’ll definitely be saving this list for future reference. Thank you for putting such a great one together!

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  2. OMG YES YES YES! I love this so much! I am so excited for all of these books, especially the Epic Crush which I got an eARC of! I am also super excited for Library Of Fates and Dear Martin! They both sound so amazing! Thanks so much for sharing and I’ll be adding some of the other books onto my TBR too!

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  3. Thank you for this post! I hadn’t heard of half of these books (if not more) and now my wishlist has grown. Lost Boys, Little & Lion, and You Bring the Distant Near are now up there. I was already super excited for The Library of Fates, Daughter of the Burning City, and The Gallery of Unfinished Girls! I’m so glad they’re out this month.

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  4. So many great books! GOSH I need them all. Calling my name has the most beautiful cover ever, and a synopsis that has me really thrilled for the story to come out!
    Forest of a Thousand Lanterns is a DEFINITE read, and I’m getting to Daughter of the Burning City next. GREAT list, I love all of these diverse book releases!

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