YA Books You Should Read: 5 August Picks

Amanda Velez

Goodbye July, Hello August! For many, August marks the end of summer and the beginning of another school year. I don’t know about you, but this is when I normally begin to go through the three Stages of Summer Grief: denial, depression, and acceptance. Now, I’m not the type to hoard shoes, so what better way to cheer myself up than to buy a few books? This month’s selection are five books that have plenty of action and adventure, magic, and some badass female protagonists.

Unfortunately, they can’t delay the first day of school, but they will make your last days of freedom much more enjoyable.

Nevernight by Jay Kristoff


Mia Corvere seeks vengeance against those who destroyed her family. She joins the Red Church, a school of assassins, with hopes of one day becoming apart of the Blades of the Lady of Blessed Murder. But a killer is on the loose, and it’s up to Mia to stop them if she wants to survive initiation.

A Torch Against the Night by Sabaa Tahir

A Torch Against the Night

This is the sequel to An Ember in the Ashes. After having escaped the Martial Empire, Laia and Elias make their way to Kauf Prison to breakout Laia’s brother. Meanwhile, Helene is assigned to the Empire’s leader, Marcus, and must prove her loyalty to the new leader. Even if it means taking on a mission that might destroy her.

Furthermore by Tahereh Mafi


Alexis Queensmeadow is Daddy’s little girl until the day her Father disappears. Determined to get him back, she embarks on an adventure into the mythical land of Furthermore. Accompanied only by a magically gifted boy named Oliver, Alexis will risk her life to save him in a land where nothing is as it seems.

Recreated by Colleen Houck


This is the sequel to Reawakened. Sun Prince Amon has exiled himself to the Netherworld. Heartbroken, Lily goes to her grandmother’s farm to try and forget him. Of course, love isn’t so easy to dissuade and Lily will do whatever it takes to free Amon from hell.

The Assassin Game by Kirsty McKay
The Assassin Game

At an isolated boarding school, students play a game called Killer. Players must avoid being “killed” by an unknown assailant while playing. Cate is finally invited to join the fun, but suddenly the game becomes a bit too realistic. The game is the only way Cate knows how to belong and she’ll do anything to keep the game going…even if it means putting herself in the path of a real assassin.

Amanda Velez
Amanda is a Community Development Representative at Fandom. She goes through books faster than she can buy them.
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