2016: The Year Ahead in Youth Literature

Posted December 14, 2015 by BumblingBookworm in #LoveOzYA, Book News / 0 Comments

2016_ The year ahead in youth literature2015 is almost over, can you believe it!?  Only 2.5 weeks to go, how crazy is that!  I honestly don’t know where this year has gone, but the last couple of months has been filled with bookish events for me.  I went to an amazing event on 1 December 2015, 2016: The Year Ahead in Youth Literature hosted by the Centre for Youth Literature.  Representatives from a number of publishing houses attended, filling us in on all the wonderful books they have for us next year, and there are so many I’m looking forward to reading!

When I arrived, I was given a book as a gift, Six of Crows (The Dregs #1) by Leigh Bardugo, but I already owned it!  Luckily, I was able to swap it for another book, and I was given This Raging Light by Estelle Laure, a new release coming in January 2016.  I then had a wander around the tables set up in the auditorium, where I picked up pamphlets and brochures from some of the publishers, and also a chapter sample of Lady Midnight (The Dark Artifices #1) by Cassandra Clare.

Then, I sat down and killed a bit of time – they were running a little late, but it was all worth it!  When the publishers came on, they had a strict 5 minute rule to stick to and they COULD NOT go over, as much as some of them wanted to 🙂 I’m excited for a lot of books that are coming out next year, but these in particular caught my fancy…

2016 Releases I Can’t Wait For!


A Court of Mist and Fury To say A Court of Thorns and Roses was one of my favourite books of the year is an understatement!  I can’t wait for the next instalment, A Court of Mist and Fury (ACOTAR #2) by Sarah J. Maas, which is due in May 2016.  Unlike this year when I received an eARC of ACOTAR, from what I’ve heard there won’t be any ARCs and I’ll have to wait until May 🙁

When We Collided
Described by the publisher as a book about learning to deal with mental illness without being defined by your diagnosis.  Featuring a Manic Pixie Dream Girl, Emery Lord’s latest offering is sure to be different from her previous books, but I can’t wait nonetheless.  When We Collided has been high on my TBR for 2016 for a while, and this event only cemented this!


Passenger Passenger (Passenger #1) is the first in a new series by Alexandra Bracken.  Featuring time travel and pirates acccording to the publisher, this book has been highly coveted by many a book blogger for some time now!  Check out the blurb for a more detailed summary about the book, but it sounds super original and right up my alley, especially since I’m not just reading contemporary YA these days.

The Yearbook Committee
The cover of this book is simply spectacular, it’s so graphic and artistic, I love it!  The Yearbook Committee is the second book written by Sarah Ayoub, an Australian author whose previous book focused on the Lebanese community in Western Sydney.  This book follows the lives of 5 very different Year 12 students (seniors, for you non-Australians 🙂 ), all of whom are working together on this year’s yearbook.


This Raging Light I was given This Raging Light by Estelle Faure on my entrance to this event, as one of the books that was being given away on the night.  When Hachette spoke about it, I became particularly keen to read it.  It was described as being a book about falling in love when everything else in your life is falling apart.

Glass Sword
Another book from another series I started this year, Glass Sword (Red Queen #2) by Victoria Aveyard is next on my list of books to read in 2016.  It seems that we’ll pick back up where we left off with Mare, only now she’s being persecuted by the new and vindictive King Maven.  But is she the only one of her kind?  We’ll soon find out!

Random House

Black Another #LoveOzYA book, the cover has not yet been released for Black by Fleur Ferris.  I adored Fleur’s debut novel, Risk, which came out earlier this year, and if you read my review you’ll know that I think it should be compulsory reading for high schoolers.  While Risk was about the dangers lurking on the internet, Black focuses on the danger lurking in your own town.

Anna and the Swallow Man
This book was described by Random House as a wartime story, set to captivate older YA readers.  It is also being compared to The Book Thief, which I’m always a bit leery of, by I read the blurb on Goodreads and this sounds like an amazing read.  Anna and the Swallow Man is Gavriel Savit’s debut novel, set in Poland during WWII.  Despite being compared to The Book Thief, it is still being described as “wholly original” which is something to look forward to!

Simon & Schuster

The Unexpected Everything

OMG!  Another Morgan Matson book, May 2016 is shaping up to be a VERY good month!  I adore all of Morgan’s books, she’s become an auto-buy author for me and I would read anything she writes.  I mean it, she could write about paper bags and I’d read it, no doubt she’d make it amusing and emotionally wrenching like all of her reads.  The Unexpected Everything features Andie, who has her whole life planned out until scandal turns it upside down, forcing her to find the unexpected.

Thanks for the Trouble
Another sophomore effort by a 2015 debut author, Thanks for the Trouble is Tommy Wallach’s follow up to his debut novel, We All Looked Up.  This is a completely new novel, with nothing to do with his first book, but I can’t help but be excited by this new release.  Apparently Tommy has also written songs featured in the book, which is all kinds of amazing!  Also, I’m fairly certain the publisher said he’ll be coming to Australia in 2016.


The Sidekicks

Will Kostakis is another Aussie author with a book coming out in 2016.  In fact, he forms part of Penguin Teen Australia’s YA Squad, touring Australia next year.  The Sidekicks is his latest novel, and it’s about three guys with the same best friend, Isaac.  When Isaac dies, Miles, Harley and Ryan have to work out how to fill the void he’s left, moving from sidekicks to stars of their own lives.  There isn’t enough YA out there from the male perspective, and I hope this is a good one!


Another member of the YA Squad, Shivaun Plozza’s debut novel Frankie is shaping up to be a fantastic read.  Frankie is a secretive teenager, and she’s angry at the world.  An unknown half-brother rocks up on her doorstep, only to go missing, and Frankie has to search for him with the help of a guy with “stupidly blue eyes and secrets of his own.”  It has the ultimate endorsement for me from the queen of OzYA herself, Melina Marchetta, who says “Frankie’s a gutsy character with a lot of heart.”  That’s enough for me!


There you have it, the books I’m most looking forward to in 2016!  There were quite a few other publishers at the event and soooooooooo many books to choose from, but I had to be brutal or this post would’ve been far too long… Of course, it’s probably already too long!  All I will say to finish this post is this: 2016 is shaping up to be a fantastic read for YA!

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