While September and October tend to be huge release months for young adult literature, there are some great summer books, too. In fact, I’m of the mind summer is the best time for YA swooning.
And the next three months have hot boys in droves. The funny ones. The cocky ones. The saves-the-day types. And even one who needs a rescue himself.
Want to remember the feeling of falling in love for the first time? Well, here are the YA boys of summer, who are destined to turn your legs to jelly.
Michelle Rowen’s new young adult Nightwatchers series kicks off with Dark Kiss on May 22. Bishop is an angel on a mission—the kind that involves a shiny dagger. The heroine gets wrapped up in it, and all she can think about is kissing him. Her kiss could be lethal. I’ve read this one and promise you will want to kiss Bishop. Over and over. The details on Dark Kiss:
I don’t do dangerous. Smart, über-careful, ordinary Samantha—that’s me. But I just couldn’t pass up a surprise kiss from my number-one unattainable crush. A kiss that did something to me...something strange. Now I feel hungry all the time, but not for food. It’s like part of me is missing—and I don’t know if I can get it back. Then there’s Bishop. At first I thought he was just a street kid, but the secrets he’s keeping are as intense as his unearthly blue eyes. If he’s what I think he is, he may be the only one who can help me. But something terrifying is closing in, and the one chance Bishop and I have to stop it means losing everything I ever wanted and embracing the darkness inside me....When angels and demons must work together, something beyond evil is rising...
Many have been in love with Adrian for years. He first appeared in Richelle Mead’s Vampire Academy as a sometimes love interest. He’s brooding, witty and has some serious issues. Basically, he’s the guy you want for all the wrong reasons. Just like Damon from The Vampire Diaries. And he features heavily in Mead’s VA spinoff series Bloodlines. The second book The Golden Lily comes out June 12, and I can’t wait for the one-liners delivered by Adrian.
Tough, brainy alchemist Sydney Sage and doe-eyed Moroi princess Jill Dragomir are in hiding at a human boarding school in the sunny, glamorous world of Palm Springs, California. The students—children of the wealthy and powerful—carry on with their lives in blissful ignorance, while Sydney, Jill, Eddie, and Adrian must do everything in their power to keep their secret safe. But with forbidden romances, unexpected spirit bonds, and the threat of Strigoi moving ever closer, hiding the truth is harder than anyone thought.
In this second book, the drama is hotter, the romances are steamier, and the stakes are even higher.
Alec & Greyson
A twofer! Yes, if you’re the type who longs for a love triangle, then you may need to snag Jennifer Echols’ Such A Rush when it hits stores on July 10. Not only do you have two hot and very different guys making heroine Leah’s head spin, but they’re brothers. And there may be something shady going on. Gorgeous guys, family drama and swooning. Game on.
High school senior Leah Jones loves nothing more than flying. While she’s in the air, it’s easy to forget life with her absentee mother at the low-rent end of a South Carolina beach town. When her flight instructor, Mr. Hall, hires her to fly for his banner advertising business, she sees it as her ticket out of the trailer park. And when he dies suddenly, she’s afraid her flying career is gone forever.
But Mr. Hall’s teenage sons, golden boy Alec and adrenaline junkie Grayson, are determined to keep the banner planes flying. Though Leah has crushed on Grayson for years, she’s leery of getting involved in what now seems like a doomed business—until Grayson betrays her by digging up her most damning secret. Holding it over her head, he forces her to fly for secret reasons of his own, reasons involving Alec. Now Leah finds herself drawn into a battle between brothers—and the consequences could be deadly.
Susan Dennard goes for the slow burn relationship in her July 24 release Something Strange and Deadly. In this YA novel—complete with steampunk elements and zombies!—we have a smart guy to swoon over. The infuriatingly stubborn Daniel is an inventor, and heroine Eleanor needs to work with him.
The year is 1876, and there’s something strange and deadly loose in Philadelphia…
Eleanor Fitt has a lot to worry about. Her brother has gone missing, her family has fallen on hard times, and her mother is determined to marry her off to any rich young man who walks by. But this is nothing compared to what she’s just read in the newspaper—
The Dead are rising in Philadelphia.
And then, in a frightening attack, a zombie delivers a letter to Eleanor…from her brother.
Whoever is controlling the Dead army has taken her brother as well. If Eleanor is going to find him, she’ll have to venture into the lab of the notorious Spirit-Hunters, who protect the city from supernatural forces. But as Eleanor spends more time with the Spirit-Hunters, including their maddeningly stubborn yet handsome inventor, Daniel, the situation becomes dire. And now, not only is her reputation on the line, but her very life may hang in the balance.
The solid, quiet guy we fell for in Nevermore is a little different this time around. In Kelly Creagh’s Enshadowed, heroine Isobel needs to go into a nightmare to save Varen. If you like seeing the girl save the guy or watching heroes struggle, you may need to snag this one on August 28.
Varen Nethers is trapped in a perilous dream world — a treacherous and desolate realm where the terrifying stories of Edgar Allan Poe come to life. Isobel Lanley, plagued by strange visions and haunted by the nightmares of Varen’s creation, is the only one who can save him.
Isobel knows that her only hope lies within a Baltimore cemetery. There, in the early morning hours of Edgar Allan Poe’s birthday, a mysterious stranger known as the “Poe Toaster” will make his annual homage at the legendary poet’s grave.
Only the Poe Tosater holds the key to the way between worlds. But even greater dangers lie ahead for Isobel. An ancient evil, draped in veils of white, is watching, challenging her for Varen’s affections. When Isobel finally finds Varen, he is no longer the quiet and brooding boy who once captivated her, but a dark force, powerful and malevolent.
Kat doesn’t like being connected to Daemon. And the sexual tension between the two only gets worse as he decides he’s going to show her that his feelings aren’t a result of what binds them. Onyx, the sequel to Jennifer L. Armentrout’s Obsidian, is a highly sexy YA. Adult romance readers will not be disappointed with the relationship development here, or the general yumminess that is Daemon. Onyx will be released August 14.
Being connected to Daemon Black sucks…
Daemon’s determined to prove what he feels for me is more than a product of our bizarre connection. I’ve sworn him off even though he’s running more hot than cold these days. But against all common sense, I’m falling for him. Hard.
Our relationship issues aren’t out biggest problem…
The Department of Defense is here. If they ever find out what Daemon can do and that we’re linked, I’m a goner. So is he. And when a new boy shows up a school with a secret of his own, things get complicated fast. I need to choose between my own instincts and Daemon’s.
But then everything changes…
I’ve seen someone who shouldn’t be alive. Daemon’s never going to stop searching until gets the truth. What happened to his brother? Who betrayed him? And what does the DOD want from them—from me?
No one is who they seem. And not everyone will survive the lies.
Who’s making the cut to be your YA boy?
While Chelsea Mueller runs Vampire Book Club, she won’t turn down a sexy werewolf, demon or faerie. (Her husband often reminds her that she’s taken.) Bother her on Twitter - @ChelseaVBC — she likes it.