A Look Back at Swoon Reads 2017Swoon Reads Staff
Another year is soon coming to an end, and now's around the time when we start looking back at what was awesome this year. And we think the 18 (!!!!) Swoon books that pubbed this year are all Pretty. Darn. Awesome. Take a look below for a recap of all the members of Swoon Reads Class of 2017. If you missed any, there's still plenty of time to cure that FOMO before it's time to start gearing up for 2018!
You Don't Know My Name by Kristen Orlando
A girl raised to be an elite spy is torn between honoring her family's legacy and living a normal life with the boy she loves.
Why We Love It: Reagan is a self-reliant girl trained to be an elite spy her entire life. She can run, she can shoot, and she can take down any enemy with her Krav Maga skills. Reagan holds her own in a dangerous life. Basically, she kicks MAJOR BUTT.
Traveler by L.E. DeLano
A teen writer discovers that every mirror is a portal into an alternate version of her life.
Why We Love It: Each life that Jessa jumps into is unique, amazing, and appealing in it's own special way, from the more realistic ones where she is deaf or her brother was born without autism to those more obviously fantastic, such as Finn's Dystopian reality and (our personal favorite) the Victorian-era Pirate reality.
Romeo & What's Her Name by Shani Petroff
An unprepared understudy is forced to take the stage with her secret crush.
Why We Love It: Emily is a YA version of Bridget Jones—a highly-relatable heroine for whom NOTHING goes right and EVERYTHING goes wrong, in the funniest way possible, of course!
These Ruthless Deeds by Tarun Shanker and Kelly Zekas
A rebellious heroine with the power to heal must face down a sinister society in Victorian London while untangling her increasingly complicated love life in this sequel to These Vicious Masks.
Why We Love It: From a failed asylum rescue to the terrible Death Ball, the stakes are higher, the powers cooler and the romance more intense in this sequel that picks up right where These Vicious Masks left off.
Queens of Geek by Jen Wilde
Three BFFs go to SupaCon in search of fandom, and end up finding love.
Why We Love It: We love these amazing and amazingly diverse characters. Charlie is a bi girl of Chinese descent, and Taylor is on the autism spectrum and has anxiety disorder. But this isn't an issue book—it's about the characters having fun, finding love, and enjoying a fandom convention.
Duels & Deception by Cindy Anstey
A young heiress and her lawyer's apprentice are caught up in a devious plot to destroy her reputation and steal her fortune.
Why We Love It: Perfect for Austenites, reading Cindy's writing is similar to falling into a new Jane Austen novel, but one that is a bit more welcoming to modern readers.
Meg & Linus by Hanna Nowinski
Two nerdy best friends navigate high school, drama club, Star Trek fandom, and being gay.
Why We Love It: Though there's a strong romance element here, this is at heart a strong friendship story about a girl and boy who are friends who don't end up together. Instead, they're there to support each other and cheer each other on.
No Second Chances by Kate Evangelista
A bad boy DJ finally has to face the society princess he left behind in this final book of Kate Evangelista's Dodge Cove trilogy.
Why We Love It: Kate's novels are the best kind of contemporary wish fulfillment. In No Second Chances, she dives deep into the world of high society debutantes and the glitter of a no-expense-sparred week-long fantasy wedding celebration.
The Truth About Happily Ever After by Karole Cozzo
A theme park princess must put her life back together after her happily ever after falls apart.
Why We Love It: Why date a prince when you can date a witty, adorable Chris Pratt–esque character? Try to not fall in love with Miller—we dare you.
Internet Famous by Danika Stone
A teen blogger must decide if her online romance can survive the stress of real life.
Why We Love It: Danika perfectly captures the feeling of life in today's digital world and the dream of finding the perfect boy just on the other side of the screen.
Wesley James Ruined My Life by Jennifer Honeybourn
A young waitress at the medieval-themed Tudor Tymes tries to get even with her coworker, childhood friend and worst enemy—but finds herself falling for him along the way!
Why We Love It: Much of this book is set at Tudor Tymes, a British-themed restaurant in the vein of Medieval Times. (We're still laughing about it!)
Amid Stars and Darkness by Chani Lynn Feener
An ordinary teenage girl has to impersonate an alien princess after being mistakenly kidnapped.
Why We Love It: Delaney is an ordinary girl mistaken for an alien princess, but it’s her strength, fiery personality and tenacity that make her capable of handling the extreme, otherworldly situation she has found herself in. We love ourselves a strong, funny heroine!
Kissing Max Holden by Katy Upperman
Life gets complicated when a teen girl is caught kissing the bad boy next door.
Why We Love It: Who doesn't like to fall in love with a really good bad boy? And from the moment he tumbles in the window, it's obvious that Katy has created a GREAT one in Max Holden. This is a bad boy that's going to steal all the girls' hearts.
Just Friends by Tiffany Pitcock
Two teens who build a friendship out of elaborate lies have to decide whether or not their love is true.
Why We Love It: The friendship between Jenny and Chance just shines off the page. They are SO ADORABLE together!
The Big F by Maggie Ann Martin
A girl must figure out her own path when her college plans are destroyed by a failing grade.
Why We Love It: The heart of The Big F revolves around Danielle's journey toward discovering who she is and what she wants, something that we can ALL relate to, tbh.
Finding You by Lydia Albano
When a teen girl is kidnapped and sold into slavery, she must find the strength to escape and be reunited with the boy she loves.
Why We Love It: Despite the dark subject matter, at its heart Finding You is a celebration of the emotional growth of the female protagonist as she learns not to rely on the boy she loves, but on herself and her burgeoning strength.
The Midnight Dance by Nikki Katz
A ballerina falls in love with the kitchen boy at a mysterious boarding school.
Why We Love It: Ballerinas, adorably sweet kitchen boys, gothic feels, and dark, "Phantom of the Opera"-like mysteries... what's not to love?
My New Crush Gave to Me by Shani Petroff
A girl rigs the school Secret Santa exchange to woo the boy of her dreams.
Why We Love It: The push and pull between Type-A Charlie and spontaneous J.D. is all we ever wanted for Christmas!
What was your favorite Swoon book of 2017? (There is no wrong answer!)