MP! Exclusive: Listen up, bookworms! Read from every YA book that’s coming out THIS September

There’s soooo many good ones!

Suffering from back to school blues? Fret not, we’ve got something that will cure them. We’ve put together a massive list of all the gripping young-adult reads that are coming out this month and there’s over 25 different worlds you can escape to.

You can even try before you buy as we’ve included the PDFs of the first chapter for all 25 titles. That’s one heck of a lot of free words! Maybe you fancy travelling to space for some intergalactic fun? Or perhaps your feeling brave enough to tackle a harsh Dystopian universe?

Here’s everything that’s coming out in September 2017.


BOOK: ‘Genuine Fraud’ (Hot Key Books)
AUTHOR: E. Lockhart
THEMES: Thriller, Murder, Friendship
BUY IT: Amazon

E. Lockhart needs no introduction. By now you guys have most definitely read at least one of her incredible novels.

‘Genuine Fraud’ follows the story of Imogen. She’s a runaway heiress, an orphan, a cook and a cheat. We also get introduced to Jule, a fighter, social chameleon and up-and-coming athlete.

Throw in murder, friendship, spies, villains, blunt objects and… er… chocolate and it’s a thriller that will leave you shook from start to finish.


BOOK: ‘A Semi Definitive List of Worst Nightmares’ (Hot Key Books)
AUTHOR: Krystal Sutherland
THEMES: Romance, Fears
BUY IT: Amazon

Krystal Sutherland’s latest read is packed full of humour, romance and scenes that will have you close to tears. It’s an emotional turmoil and one that you should add on your TBR pile ASAP.

Esther Solar’s grandfather was cursed by Death. Everyone in her family is doomed to suffer and as a result her father hasn’t left the basement in 6 years. Despite the trauma, Esther isn’t afraid of anything… at least not yet.

When she stumbles into an old classmate called Jonah Walker, Jonah sets a challenge to complete the world’s 50 most common phobias. From skydiving to public speaking, the pair are prepared to take on the world. That’s until a secret stops them dead in their tracks. Dun, dun, dun – the suspense is killing us.


BOOK: ‘Tower of Dawn’ (Bloomsbury Childrens)
AUTHOR: Sarah J. Maas
THEMES:  Fantasty
BUY IT: Amazon

The time has finally come Sarah J. Maas fans! ‘Tower of Dawn’ is the next instalment of the legendary ‘Throne of Glass’ series and it’s safe to say that bookworms everywhere are pretty bloomin’ excited.

‘Tower of Dawn’ follows Chaol and his journey to a distant empire. We don’t want to give too much away and spoil the epic series for you. But, it’s a fantasy book like no other. Envisage kickass characters, brilliantly thought out plots and incredibly witty writing.


BOOK: ‘Gangsta Rap’ (Bloomsbury Childrens)
AUTHOR: Benjamin Zephaniah
BUY IT: Amazon

Two of Benjamin Zephaniah’s incredible books are being republished with brand new covers this month. The first, ‘Gangsta Rap’ follows Ray and his friends Prem and Tyrone. When the trio are suspended from school, they form a rap group and are taught the business of the music industry. Violence threatens the boys apart though and not only are Ray and his friends’ careers at stake but their lives too.


BOOK: ‘Refugee Boy’ (Bloomsbury Childrens)
AUTHOR: Benjamin Zephaniah
BUY IT: Amazon

The second book by Benjamin Zephaniah that’s due out with a new cover this month is ‘Refugee Boy’. The story follows the life of a young refugee who’s left on his own in London. It’s a emotional tale and perhaps more powerful today than it was when it was first published in 2002.


BOOK: ‘I Am Traitor’ (Hodder Children’s Books)
AUTHOR: Sif Sigmarsdóttir
THEMES: Sci-fi
BUY IT: Amazon

Sure you can go to another world, but how do you feel about fighting someone from one? ‘I Am Traitor’ by Sif Sigmarsdóttir explores one teenager’s fight against an extra-terrestrial invasion.

During the invasion, victims are transported to a horrifying other world and Amy Sullivan finds herself in the middle of it all. She was taken and is now the unwilling hero who plans on stopping the invasion. Will she succeed? We sure hope so.


BOOK: ‘The Loneliest Girl In The Universe’ (Walker Books Ltd)
AUTHOR: Lauren James
THEMES: Space, Romance
BUY IT: Amazon

If you’re a devoted YA junkie, the chances are you’ve probably already heard of Lauren James’ spacey new book – everyone’s been talking about ‘The Loneliest Girl In The Universe’.

Romy Silvers is embarking on a solo mission to establish a new home for humanity. As the title suggests, she really IS the loneliest girl in the universe. All of that is about to chance, though.

Romy hears of a new ship which has recently launched from earth. On board is a boy called J and despite their distance they begin to slowly fall in love. Will the blossoming romance last? You’ll have to read on to see.


BOOK: ‘Daughter of the Burning City’ (HQ Young Adult)
AUTHOR: Amanda Foody
THEMES: Circus, Murder
BUY IT: Amazon

We’ve written about heaps of circus-themed YA reads, recently. But none of them are quite as terrifying as ‘Daughter of the Burning City’ by Amanda Foody.

Sorina has lived in the circus for 16 years. Her rare talent allows her to create illusions that audience members can see, feel and touch. She’s always believed that her illusions are just that… illusions. But things spiral out of control when one of them is murdered.

It’s shocking, gripping and your mouth will be hanging open when you discover this dark secret.


BOOK: ‘The Taste of Blue Light’ (Hodder Children’s Books)
AUTHOR: Lydia Ruffles
THEMES: Thriller, Mystery
BUY IT: Amazon

It’s time to grab your magnifying glass and put those detective skills to good use.

We know several things about Lux. She’s an artist, she’s lucky and she’s broken. What we don’t know is what happened to Lux over the summer and why she ended up in hospital.

‘The Taste of Blue Light’ is a physiological thriller that will have you on the edge of the seat. If you like YA books that leave you in suspense and throw you through loophole after loophole then this is one for you.


BOOK: ‘Moonrise’ (Bloomsbury Childrens)
AUTHOR: Sarah Crossan
THEMES: Family, Forgiveness
BUY IT: Amazon

We hope you have a box of tissues ready, ‘Moonrise’ is perhaps one of the saddest books you’ll read all year.

The story follows the relationship of two brothers. Ed is on death row and Joe hasn’t seen him for 10 years. After Ed’s execution date is set, Joe wants to spend as much time with his brother as possible, despite what other people say.

It’s a super sad story and Sarah Crossan has written it beautifully.


BOOK: ‘They Both Die at the End’ (Simon & Schuster Children’s UK)
AUTHOR: Adam Silvera
THEMES: Friendship, Loss
BUY IT: Amazon

Adam Silvera‘s back and we couldn’t be more excited about his new book.

Meet Mateo Torrezz and Rufus Emeterio. On 5th September, the two strangers receive a call from Death-Cast. They’re going to die today and all they want to do is make a new friend. That’s where Last Friend comes in. Mateo and Rufus find each other on an app and meet up for one last, great adventure.

Authors like Nicola Yoon have said you’ll cry and cry some more after reading ‘They Both Die at the End’ and we 100% agree, it’s truly heartbreaking.


BOOK: ‘Zero Repeat Forever’ (Simon & Schuster Children’s UK)
AUTHOR: G. S. Prendergast
THEMES: Dystopian
BUY IT: Amazon

It’s not every day a book gets described as ‘5th Wave’ meets ‘Beauty And The Beast’ but it 100% makes sense for ‘Zero Repeat Forever’. Penned by the awesome G. S. Prendergast, the story is about the invasion of murderous creatures.

Eighth has no name or voice. All he has is a rank and a mission to dart the humans and protect his Offside. On the flip side, teenager Raven is at summer camp. The terrifying Nahx invade the camp and kill her boyfriend.

Eighth and Raven come together and meet in the strangest of circumstances. It’s a story of loss, friendship and, most importantly, trust.


BOOK: ‘Odd & True’ (Abrams)
AUTHOR: Cat Winters
THEMES: Fantasy, Horror, Sisterhood
BUY IT: Amazon

‘Odd & True’ is a book that’s packed full of magic, monsters and terrifying beasts that will keep you up at night. Main character, Trudchen is used to hearing about her mother’s monster-slaying past from her older sister Odette, but she has yet to truly believe it.

Of course, that all changes when Od comes back into her life after a two year absence with a suitcase full of weapons and a promise to save Tru from the impending Devil.

If you want to escaping from this world for a little while and read about some kickass characters that go above and beyond in the name of sisterhood then this one’s for you.


BOOK: ‘Water in May’ (Abrams)
AUTHOR: Ismee Williams
THEMES: Teen pregnancy
BUY IT: Amazon

‘Water in May’ is a YA read like no other. 15-year-old Mari Pujols is pregnant. She believes that her baby will finally mean that she gets to have a family.

But, Mari’s world is left upside down when the doctors reveal that her baby has a fatal heart defect. She’s forced to make a choice no one should ever have to experience.


BOOK: ‘The Beast Is An Animal’ (Simon & Schuster Children’s UK)
AUTHOR: Peternelle van Arsdale
THEMES: Magic, Fantasy, Fairy Tales
BUY IT: Amazon

If you adore fairy-tales and binge watched the latest ‘Beauty And The Beast’ film 647382 times, then you’ll love ‘The Beast Is An Animal’.

Alys is an orphan after the soul eaters attacked her village. They’re the twin sisters who feed on souls and the reason why so many people mysteriously disappear into the fforest and never come back.

But why does Alys feel so drawn to the fforest? Is she a witch like everyone says or is there another reason? Start reading by clicking the link below.


BOOK: ‘The Red Ribbon’ (Hot Key Books)
AUTHOR: Lucy Adlington
THEMES: Holocaust
BUY IT: Amazon

‘The Red Ribbon’ is a heartbreaking story about the Holocaust.

Ella is 14-years-old and is a dressmaker at Birkenau-Auschwitz. Her days consist of silks, seams and painful decisions about how far she’s prepared to go to survive. When she meets Rose, she’s faced with a problem. Will she fight alone or give-in to the new friendship?

Lucy Adlington’s read is a tear jerker. Bookworms are calling it a cross between ‘The Diary of Anne Frank’ and ‘The Boy in the Striped Pyjama’ and it’s a reading list essential.


BOOK: ‘No Shame’ (Hot Key Books)
AUTHOR: Anne Cassidy
THEMES: Sexual Assault, Courage
BUY IT: Amazon

If you’re a fan of ‘Asking for It’ by Louise O’Neill then we have the book recommendation of all recommendations.

‘No Shame’ focuses on Stacey Woods and the after-math of her horrific rape. She’s currently in the midst of a court trial and the her attacker may not be found guilty.

‘No Shame’ is the most important book in this round-up and you should buy a copy for yourself and everyone you know.


BOOK: ‘Invictus’ (Orion Children’s Books)
AUTHOR: Ryan Graudin
THEMES: Sci-fi, Time Travel, History
BUY IT: Amazon

‘Invictus’ is one of the most talked about books this September. The title already has out-of-this-world reviews on GoodReads and loads of bookish devotees are obsessed with it.

Farway McCarthy was born outside of time. He’s the son of a time-traveler recorder and gladiator and all he’s ever wanted to do is explore history. Things don’t quite go to plan, though.

When Farway fails his final time-traveling exam he takes a position on a ship that’s part of a black-market operation to steal valuables from the past. All-in-all, it’s an incredible read and fans of Dr Who or time-travel in general will be hooked.


BOOK: ‘This Book Will (Help You) Change the World’ (Wren & Rook)
AUTHOR: Sue Turton
ILLUSTRATOR: Alice Skinner
THEMES: Activism, Politics, Social Issues
BUY IT: Amazon

Wanna learn more about the world and be a little more woke? ‘This Book Will (Help You) Change the World’ is the book for you.

The non-fiction read is penned by award-winning journalist Sue Turton and features contributions from Channel 4’s Jon Snow, Jeremy Heimans, Joshua Wong and more.

It’s also packed with lol-worthy illustrations from Alice Skinner. Click the link below to see just a few of them.


BOOK: ‘We See Everything’ (Bloomsbury Childrens)
AUTHOR: William Sutcliffe
THEMES: Romance, Drones, Dystopian
BUY IT: Amazon

William Sutcliffe’s latest read is a Dystopian essential.

Set in near-future London, Lex lives on The Strip. It’s a closed-off, bombed out shell of London. On the opposite side of the city, Alan is a working at a military base in a secret location. He’s a drone pilot and has been assigned to assassinate #K622 a.k.a Lex’s Dad.

What’s going to happen? Start reading ASAP because you don’t wanna miss out on this fast-paced journey.


BOOK: ‘Moxie’ (Hodder Children’s Books)
AUTHOR: Jennifer Mathieu
THEMES: Feminism, Riot Grrrl, Music
BUY IT: Amazon

One of the books we’re most excited for this September is ‘Moxie’ by Jennifer Mathieu. It’s a feminist must and music fans will absolutely adore it.

In the book, Vivian is fed up with the sexism that goes on at her school. From the dress codes to the hallway harassment, she’s done following the rules. As Viv finds out more about her mother’s riot grrrl past, she creates a zine called Moxie.

Soon other girls at her school want to help spread the Moxie message and in true Kathleen Hanna-style a revolution begins.


BOOK: ‘House of Ash’ (Abrams)
AUTHOR: Hope Cook
THEMES: Horror, Mystery, Romance
BUY IT: Amazon

Another spooky must-read this September is ‘House of Ash’.

Penned by Hope Cook, the novel sees 17-year-old Curtis confront his worst fear. He’s scared he’s inherited his father’s mental illness and goes searching for answers.

During his journey, Curtis discovers a haunted mansion that burned down in 1894. At the window is a girl who’s not much older than him. She’s one of the fire’s victims and Curtis instantly feels drawn to her.

There’s horror, mystery and just a dash of romance in this YA read. What more could you want?


BOOK: ‘The Language of Thorns: Midnight Tales and Dangerous Magic’ (Orion Children’s Books)
AUTHOR: Leigh Bardugo
THEMES: Magic, Fairy-Tales
BUY IT: Amazon

Leigh Bardugo’s collection of short stories capture magic, fairy-tales and everything bookworms have grown to love about Leigh’s writing.

There’s stories of small towns and haunted woods, talking animals and gingerbread golems, as well as mermaids and love-struck boys.

If that wasn’t enough to tickle your bookish fancy then the stories are also illustrated with art by Sara Kiplin. She truly brings the magic to life.

What book are you most looking forward to reading this month? Let us know in the comments below.

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Written by Emma Matthews

Emma is a freelance journalist at MP.

When she’s not writing articles for Maximum Pop!, you’ll find her attending gigs, geeking out over the latest beauty products and reading feminist literature. Hermione is her favourite Harry Potter character - obviously.

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