2018 YA Novels You Should Read, Based on Your Hogwarts House
2018 was a pretty awesome year for YA! So many amazing books, so little time. If you're feeling a bit overwhelmed for choice, never fear. The Sorting Hat and I got you!
Below I've collected recommendations for which YA books that came out this year you should check out, based on your Hogwarts house. (Don't know what your house is? No worries, you can get sorted here. And yes, it's still fun even if you're not a hardcore Potterhead!)
One thing to note: I purposely kept this list to only first books in a series or standalones. Also, it’s in alphabetical order both by house and then author’s last name, so my own house getting to go first is completely coincidental and totally not favoritism. *wink*
Abby lives in a world where superheroes are not only real, but her big brother is the most famous in their city. So it's kind of a drag that she doesn't have any powers to speak of and is forever in her brother's shadow. But Abby never lets it get her down, and when the new "villain" in town convinces her he needs her help to save the city, she faces the danger head-on. After all, you don't need superpowers to be a hero.
Screw being ladylike: Sometimes pompous jerks just deserve a punch in the face. Unfortunately for Tess, her family doesn't exactly share the same philosophy and instead makes plans to ship her off to a convent until she learns her place. But Tess, seeing that plan for the steaming pile that it most assuredly is, chooses secret Option #2 instead, disguising herself as a boy and hitting the titular road. Reckless? Yes. Badass as heck? Also yes.
Every year, girls are taken from their homes and brought to the palace to serve the king as consorts. This year, Lei is among the chosen girls. As she and the others are trained for this cruel and horrible honor, it will take every last shred of Lei's courage and determination to survive. But then her situation becomes even more dangerous... she falls in love.
Courage isn't all slaying homicidal vampires and toppling corrupt regimes. Sometimes the bravest thing you can do is just be yourself. Prince Sebastian carefully hides his secret life—at night he dons amazing dresses and the persona of Paris fashion icon Lady Crystallia. The only person who knows about his double-life is Frances, his best friend and personal dressmaker. This super sweet and brilliantly illustrated graphic novel is the perfect emotional pick-me-up.
You know what? I'm just gonna say it: Alice is a sweet, precious unicorn who deserves all of the best things in life including but not limited to cozy naps, yummy snacks, and a significant other who will treat her like the damn treasure she is. She's hardworking, kind and loyal. Basically? She's a quintessential 'Puff.
In the six years since his father was murdered by a police officer, Moss has had to deal with media misrepresentation, being treated like a criminal at school, and just a complete lack of justice. So Moss and his fellow classmates decide to push back for what's right. Hufflepuff may have the reputation of being the easygoing House, but they don't shy away from doing what's right, even't if it's scary. (Never forget that there were just as many Hufflepuffs as Gryffindors at the Battle of Hogwarts!)
Witches have gotten a bad rap for... well, forever. The default image of a witch in every cartoon is a green-skinned, wart-faced old crone with a nasty cackle and a mouth of snaggleteeth, right? But 'Puffs know better than to just accept what they're told and like to hear other points of view before forming their own opinion, so y'all will love this magical anthology that explores 15 witchy stories that span genres, cultures, time periods, and more, written by a cadre of diverse, feminist authors.
Eelyn has been raised her entire life to be a warrior for her clan. Family means absolutely everything to her. So when in the heat of battle she sees her brother—who she thought was killed five years earlier—fighting alongside their clan's mortal enemies, the betrayal hits doubly hard. Then when the survival of both clans relies on uniting against a common enemy, Eelyn's fierce love and loyalty could be the key to saving them all. (Bonus: Check out those killer house colors on the cover!)
If you're the kind of Ravenclaw who'd use a Time-Turner to go back in time and meet your favorite authors from history—especially if you're an Austenite—then this one's for you. Imogene Chively has caught the eye of a respectable young suitor in Ernest Steeple, but when he comes to visit her family's estate with his younger brother, Ben, in tow, Imogene can't help but feel drawn to Ben instead. But scandalous affections become the least of their worries when a series of strange mishaps points to someone intending to do Ben harm.
Mei is so smart that she's already a freshman at MIT at only 17. She's on track to realize her parents' plan for her, which is to become a doctor, but Mei is pretty sure that's not what she actually wants. Further complicating the situation is her crush on a classmate who most assuredly does not fit her parents' idea for an acceptable boyfriend. It's going to take a lot more than book-smarts to solve the riddle of her own heart.
I don't think I've met a single Ravenclaw who wouldn't gladly hand over all their worldly possessions for the ability to craft new worlds and alter reality simply by using a pen and a book, which is exactly what Elsa can do using the science of scriptology. Oh, and did I mention the little jaunt to alternate-reality Victorian Italy? If this one doesn't check every nerd-love box, I'm honestly not sure what would.
This book is out to validate all of your true-crime podcast obsessions. After her sister, Mattie, is found dead and the ensuing police investigation is botched, Sadie sets out on a mission to bring her sister's killer to justice. West hears about Sadie's story and becomes obsessed with finding her, following her trail and using his podcast to document the journey. I challenge you to solve the mystery before the truth is revealed!
Daisy is not the one who fell in love with the Crown Prince of Scotland—that would be her older sister—and yet she finds herself whisked away into a royal world of rules and rulers for the summer. But Daisy is not about to let any stodgy protocol boss her around. Quick-witted and super clever, Daisy is more than a match for the devilishly dashing young prince who seems to be constantly trying to pull her into trouble with him.
Because of a generations-old spell, Blanca and Roja del Cisne have never been able to just be sisters; they've also had to be rivals. One day they would be pitted against each other, and only one of them would be allowed to remain a girl. The other would be claimed by the spell and trapped in the body of a swan forever. Which will win out, the sisters' innate bond, or their instincts for self-preservation?
Corey and Kyra were inseparable growing up together in Lost Creek, Alaska, until Corey has to move away. Then just before Corey is meant to come home for a visit, Kyra dies. Losing her is devastating to Corey, but worse still is how strangely everyone in town is acting about Kyra's death. Corey can feel that something is terribly wrong, and she decides to take matters into her own hands and discover what really happened to her friend.
Sari is an aspiring musician who will do whatever it takes to make it home in time to catch her big break, and nothing, not even an East Coast blizzard is going to stop her. Even if it means accepting a ride with (basically) a stranger. Even if accepting said ride freaks out her mom so badly that Sari is forced to allow Zev to come along for the ride as mother-pacification. Even if Zev also happens to be the ex-boyfriend whose ass she dumped for kissing another girl. Yup. NOTHING will stop her.
What do you think, Swooners? Got any of your own House recommendations? Accio comments!
(Psst… In case you missed it, I did this last year too. Click here to Apparate on over to the list of 2017 recs!)