Love YA: Three Young Adult Romances That Come Out On December 4th

Love YA: Three Young Adult Romances That Come Out On December 4th


By Aurora Dominguez

December is here and I should ask you…are you ready for some fantasy?

What follows on today’s LOVE YA column are a selection of new releases full of fantastical characters and intrigue, including the latest release by a well-beloved author.

Read on and get ready to stock those shelves!


Queen of Air and Darkness by Cassandra Clare 

In this epic novel by Cassandra Clare, innocent blood has been spilled on the steps of the Council Hall, the sacred stronghold of the Shadowhunters. In the wake of the tragic death of Livia Blackthorn, the Clave teeters on the brink of civil war. One fragment of the Blackthorn family flees to Los Angeles, seeking to discover the source of the blight that is destroying the race of warlocks. 

Meanwhile, Julian and Emma take desperate measures to put their forbidden love aside and undertake a perilous mission to Faerie to retrieve the Black Volume of the Dead. What they find in the Courts is a secret that may tear the Shadow World asunder and open a dark path into a future they could never have imagined. Caught in a race against time, Emma and Julian must save the world of Shadowhunters before the deadly power of the parabatai curse destroys them and everyone they love.

Stay tuned for romance, intrigue and more from the Shadowhunters world.


Once a King by Erin Summerill

In this novel, which follows Aodren, a lonely young king and Lirra, a girl with the power to control wind, you will be introduced to quite the fantastical world.

For twenty years, Channelers, which are women with a magical ability, have been persecuted in Malam by those without magic. Now King Aodren wants to end the bloody divide and unite his kingdom. But decades of hatred can’t be overcome by issuing decrees, and rumors of a deadly Channeler-made substance are only fueling people’s fears. Lirra has every reason to distrust Aodren. Yet when he asks for help to discover the truth behind the rumors, she can’t say no. With Lirra by his side, Aodren sees a way forward for his people.

Read on as the future and deeply-embedded loyalties collide in this ethereal novel.


All the Wandering Light by Heather Fawcett

In this sequel to Even the Darkest Stars, after the terrifying events on Mount Raksha, the witches have returned, and River has betrayed Kamzin to regain his dark powers. The witches’ next step: march on the Three Cities and take over the Empire, which is led by River’s brother, Esha.

If Kamzin is to save Azmiri and prevent the fall of the Empire, she must find a star that fell in the Ash Mountains to the north. Fallen stars have immense power, and if Kamzin and Lusha can find the star, they can use its magic to protect the Empire. To get there, Kamzin has allied with Azar-at, the dangerous and deceptive fire demon, who can grant her great power—in exchange for pieces of her soul. But River wants the star too, and as their paths collide in dangerous and unexpected ways, Kamzin must wrestle with both her guilt and her conflicted feelings for the person who betrayed her.

Stay tuned for drama, heart-wrenching spins and much more in this novel.

What romantic and intriguing YA reads are you looking forward to? Let us know on Twitter or IG (@onfrolic) for a chance to have them featured in #LoveYA.


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About the Author


Aurora Dominguez is a high school English teacher, college professor and journalist in South Florida. Her work has appeared in The Miami Herald, Where Magazine and J-14 Magazine, all places where she worked as a writer and editor before going from the newsroom to the classroom. Her favorite days are “Caturdays,” which she spends with a good book, her husband, Sebastian, and her cat, Luna. Her motto when it comes to reading: “No book left behind!”

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