I haven’t participated in Waiting On Wednesday (hosted by Breaking The Spine) in such a long time! I definitely need to change that. There are some amazing-sounding YA novels coming out this September, so today I’m going to highlight just a few of them. I’m not going to talking about books that I already own, or upcoming releases that I’ve already read, by the way. These are all books I’m excited for because they sound amazing!

Here we go:

theshadowbehindthestarsThe Shadow Behind The Stars By Rebecca Hahn

A girl’s dark destiny could cause the unraveling of the world in this spellbinding novel from the author of A Creature of Moonlight, whichKirkus Reviews called “cumulatively stunning” in a starred review.

Heed this warning, mortal: stay far away from the three sister Fates. For if they come to love you, they might bring about the end of the world…

Chloe is the youngest. Hers are the fingers that choose the wool, that shape the thread, that begin it. The sun smiles upon her. Men love her without knowing who she is. She has lived forever and will live forever more. She and her sisters have been on their isolated Greek island for centuries, longer than any mortal can remember. They spin, measure, and slice the countless golden threads of human life. They are the three Fates, and they have stayed separate for good reason: it is dangerous for them to become involved with the humans whose lives they shape.

So when a beautiful girl named Aglaia shows up on their doorstep, Chloe tries to make sure her sisters don’t become attached. But in seeking to protect them, Chloe discovers the dark power of Aglaia’s destiny. As her path unwinds, the three Fates find themselves pulled inextricably along—toward mortal pain, and mortal love, and a fate that could unravel the world.

Why I’m Waiting For It:

I was very excited to learn that Rebecca Hahn has another book coming out! I really enjoyed her debut, A Creature Of Moonlight, last year and I’m hoping I will love this one just as much. Greek mythology has always fascinated me, and I am so glad there is finally a YA novel about the 3 Fates as well! In A Creature Of Moonlight, the writing style was absolutely beautiful and I think that the style will work very well for this type of story.

hunterHunter by Mercedes Lackey

Centuries ago, the barriers between our world and the Otherworld were slashed open allowing hideous fantastical monsters to wreak havoc; destroying entire cities in their wake. Now, people must live in enclosed communities, behind walls that keep them safe from the evil creatures constantly trying to break in. Only the corps of teen Hunters with lightning reflexes and magical abilities can protect the populace from the daily attacks.

Joyeaux Charmand is a mountain girl from a close knit village who comes to the big city to join the Hunters. Joy thinks she is only there to perform her civic duty and protect the capitol Cits, or civilians, but as cameras follow her every move, she soon learns that the more successful she is in her hunts, the more famous she becomes.

With millions of fans watching her on reality TV, Joy begins to realize that Apex is not all it seems. She is forced to question everything she grew up believing about the legendary Hunters and the very world she lives in. Soon she finds that her fame may be part of a deep conspiracy that threatens to upend the protective structure built to keep dark magic out. The monsters are getting in and it is up to Joy to find out why.

Why I’m Waiting For It:

It is about reality television in the future! How cool does that sound? I read a book that was similar to this (but without the monsters) earlier this year, and I am really enjoying how the idea of reality television gone bad has been written about in YA fiction. There was a lot of buzz about this novel at BEA in May, so I have very high expectations for it!

dreamlandDreamland by Robert L Anderson

Odea Donahue has been able to travel through people’s dreams since she was six years old. Her mother taught her the three rules of walking: Never interfere. Never be seen. Never walk the same person’s dream more than once. Dea has never questioned her mother, not about the rules, not about the clocks or the mirrors, not about moving from place to place to be one step ahead of the unseen monsters that Dea’s mother is certain are right behind them.

Then a mysterious new boy, Connor, comes to town and Dea finally starts to feel normal. As Connor breaks down the walls that she’s had up for so long, he gets closer to learning her secret. For the first time she wonders if that’s so bad. But when Dea breaks the rules, the boundary between worlds begins to deteriorate. How can she know what’s real and what’s not?

Why I’m Waiting For It:

I don’t have much of a reason for wanting to pick up this book other than how COOL it sounds. A girl who can travel through dreams? That’s amazing! I totally want to read it. There have been some positive early reviews for this novel as well, so I am definitely hoping to pick up a copy at my local bookstore when it finally releases in September.

queenofshadowsQueen of Shadows by Sarah J Maas

Sarah J. Maas’s New York Times bestselling Throne of Glass series reaches new heights in this sweeping fourth volume.

Everyone Celaena Sardothien loves has been taken from her. But she’s at last returned to the empire—for vengeance, to rescue her once-glorious kingdom, and to confront the shadows of her past . . .

She will fight for her cousin, a warrior prepared to die just to see her again. She will fight for her friend, a young man trapped in an unspeakable prison. And she will fight for her people, enslaved to a brutal king and awaiting their lost queen’s triumphant return.

Celaena’s epic journey has captured the hearts and imaginations of millions across the globe. This fourth volume will hold readers rapt as Celaena’s story builds to a passionate, agonizing crescendo that might just shatter her world.

Why I’m Waiting For It:

Throne of Glass is very possibly one of my absolute favorite YA series. It has everything a reader could want–action, a fierce heroine, a swoon-worthy romance, high stakes–and more. I can’t believe I’ve survived the wait for the next installment! I will be racing to the bookstore the day that Queen of Shadows releases to pick up my copy immediately. I’m just so excited!

deaduponatimeDead Upon A Time by Elizabeth Paulson

It’s a fairy-tale nightmare . . .

One girl is kept in a room where every day the only food she’s given is a poisoned apple. Another is kept in a room covered in needles — and if she pricks her finger, she’ll die. Then there are the brother and sister kept in a cell that keeps getting hotter and hotter. . .

A sinister kidnapper is on the loose in Kate’s world. She’s not involved until one day she heads to her grandmother’s house in the woods — and finds her grandmother has also been taken. Already an outcast, Kate can’t get any help from the villagers who hate her. Only Jack, another outsider, will listen to what’s happened.

Then a princess is taken, and suddenly the king is paying attention — even though the girl’s stepmother would rather he didn’t. It’s up to Kate and Jack to track down the victims before an ever after arrives that’s far from happy.

Why I’m Waiting For It:

It’s no secret that I’m a fan of fairy tale retellings, and Dead Upon A Time sounds like a unique mash-up of so many different classic stories! I love when retellings go beyond retelling only one classic fairy tale, so Dead Upon A Time definitely appeals to me. The cover is quite creepy as well…

What September releases are you excited for?

9 Comments on September 2015 YA Releases I’m Excited For

  1. Ellie @ Spellbound
    September 4, 2015 at 5:58 am (2 years ago)

    The Shadow Behind the Stars sounds awesome–I can’t believe I’d never heard of that one before! And Hunter sounds great too…but reality TV? I’m definitely seeing Hunger Games parallels in that.

    Definitely looking forward to Nightfall and Walk on Earth a Stranger. Also, apparently The Copper Gauntlet came out on Tuesday and I’m only finding out about it now, so there’s that…
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  2. Rebekah @ Horse Feathers
    September 4, 2015 at 3:10 pm (2 years ago)

    Oooo all the books look so pretty. I asboutlly love fairy tale retelling, seeing how the author can spin the story in a unique way. Dead upon a time seems like a good book.
    I can’t wait for Chivalrous by Dina l Sleiman to come out.

  3. Rebekah @ Horse Feathers
    September 4, 2015 at 3:10 pm (2 years ago)

    Oooo all the books look so pretty. I absolutely love fairy tale retelling, seeing how the author can spin the story in a unique way. Dead upon a time seems like a good book.
    I can’t wait for Chivalrous by Dina l Sleiman to come out.

  4. Faith
    September 4, 2015 at 7:54 pm (2 years ago)

    All of these sound amazing!
    September is such an amazing month for new releases.
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  5. Valerie
    September 5, 2015 at 8:28 pm (2 years ago)

    Hahah yay Queen of Shadows! Is it weird that I pre-ordered and got it anyways even before reading Crown of Midnight and NOT EVEN OWNING Heir of Fire? Oh well it will be fixed soon hehe. As for the others, I am looking forwards to Hunter, but I have read some reviews for it, and I’m just hoping I have a better experience with it. There are a TON of September books coming up, and I don’t know if I will be able to keep up 😛

    Awesome post Jessica!
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  6. Zoe @ Stories on Stage
    September 5, 2015 at 10:58 pm (2 years ago)

    The only one I’ve heard of on this list is Queen of Shadows (*hides*), but they all sound absolutely wonderful. Definitely going to have to put the other three books on my TBR list. Can’t wait for all of these Jessica, and I hope they all live up to your expectations. ♥ Thanks for sharing and, as always, fabulous post & choices!
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  7. Cait @ Paper Fury
    September 6, 2015 at 2:25 am (2 years ago)

    Ohh, I hadn’t even ever HEARD of half of these!! I AM EXCITED NOW. I’m super interested in Dead Upon a Time because, heck yes, I love retellings. And Hunter? IS THAT A DRAGON. I NEED IT.
    Thanks for stopping by @ Paper Fury!
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  8. Heather
    September 6, 2015 at 10:07 am (2 years ago)

    I’m not sure if I have any September rereads I’m interested in in particular, but now that you mention Dead Upon a Time I’m FASCINATED and interested to see what happens in the retelling. I definitely want to check that one out now. 🙂 Thanks for making me aware of its release!
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