May is here! And with it comes beautiful flowers that will soon be in bloom.
But what is better than flowers? Flowers with a great YA book! There’s nothing like a lovely flower teamed up with a fresh YA story. Like flowers, YA books are filled with beauty, romance, excitement, grace, and loads of personality. With a cast of colorful characters as unique as their stories, we know you will find a book that you will soon adore thanks to this perfect pairing.
Find your favorite flower below to find your next great read. These five will make your summer shine just a bit brighter.
Roses with A Curse So Dark and Lonely by Brigid Kemmerer
Oh, sweet roses. You make us think of romance, lovely petals, and adored fairy tale, Beauty and the Beast. A Curse So Dark and Lonely is the first book of the Cursebreakers trilogy that gives an updated spin on the classic favorite. Prince Rhen is the heir to Emberfall who is cursed to repeat the autumn of his eighteenth year until a girl falls in love with him. Harper lives in modern day Washington, D.C. where she works to scrape together money for her dying mother. When Harper falls into the magical land she doesn’t know what to expect – but could she break the curse?
Orchid with Wicked Fox by Kat Cho
Bright and vibrant orchids are always a showstopper in any space. Often found in dramatic magenta – and just might look like it’ll take a bite out of anyone that steps too close to it, orchids pair perfectly with Wicked Fox’s cover and fierce characters. Gu Miyoung is a gumiho or nine-tailed fox who must take the energy of men to live. But when Jihoon, a human boy, is attacked by goblins in the forest, she rescues him – and loses her fox bead – aka her soul – in the process. Miyoung must decide if she wants to keep this blossoming relationship with Jihoon or once again become a gumiho.
Hydrangea with The Beholder by Anna Bright
Beautiful bunches of hydrangeas may take you to the sores of New England, but did you know that the flower actually means “water vessel” from a derived form of Greek? It would be nor surprise that this flower is paired with the high seas tale of The Beholder. Selah is the only daughter of the leader of the Potomac and is expected to marry someone who will help her people. But when she is publicly rejected by a childhood friend, her stepmother is determined to find Selah an engagement across the Atlantic. However, not everything is as it seems and there might be enough secrets to keep Selah from finding her happily ever after.
Sunflowers and What I Like About You by Marisa Kanter
Sunflowers promote so much happiness. You just can’t feel down in the presence of one of these round beauties. They make every day brighter – just like What I Like About You. Online, Halle is Kels, the cool creator of YA book-meets-cupcakes blog One True Pastry. But offline, Halle really likes graphic novelist Nash who is friends with Kels online. When Halle goes to a new school for her senior year, the last thing she expects is to find herself in class with Nash – even if he doesn’t know she is Kels. Halle must ultimately decide if she should tell Nash she is Kels or let the relationship be – even though he is in love with Kels.
Snapdragons with All The Stars and Teeth by Adalyn Grace
Snapdragons are a fun flower. Its name invokes strength and adventure while its shape is unique and proud. If you love a good snapdragon – I mean, who really can’t help but love them? – read All The Stars and Teeth, a thrilling adventure with some satisfying romance. Princess Amora has trained her entire life to be ready to be the High Animancer, the master of souls. But when she is forced to flee after a demonstration goes wrong, Amara deals with pirate Bastian in order to save her kingdom and keep her throne.
Which of these will you dive into first?