There’s honestly nothing better than getting books as presents but what comes second is GIFT CARDS. We would make an argument that it’s almost better than money—wait, hear us out!
If you get books, you win. If you get cash, you might be tempted to put it into your savings. If you get a gift card, well, think about how you can spend it on whatever your heart desires (books) without any guilt in having to save that money for something else. And honestly, don’t you just love getting gift cards instead of something you probably didn’t need? They’re the perfect way to say, ‘I love you enough to not spend wastefully on you and let you get what you TRULY want.’
So now that you’ve got a stack of gift cards to use the next question is…WHAT SHOULD YOU USE THEM ON!?! We’re here to help! Here are books we think are totally worth maxing out your gift cards on and we also included some 2019 books we KNOW you’re just going to love.
12 YA BOOKS WORTH SAVING YOUR GIFT CARDS FOR IN 2019
1. Evermore by Sara Holland
In the kingdom of, time is a prison and Jules holds the key. Jules and her father were former servants at Everless, until an accident forced them to leave. But now, with her father dying, she must return to this dangerous place to gain more time before she loses her dad forever—and discovers she has the power to change her fate, and the fate of time itself. If you haven’t read Everless yet, grab it now because the paperback just came out! Then get ready to continue the ~timeless~ journey in Evermore when it comes out in just a few short weeks.
2. The Wicked King by Holly Black
You guys. We feel like we’ve been waiting forever to find out what will happen next in Faerie and we KNOW this book is going to hook us from the very first page. Now that Jude has come into real power, there’s no telling where this will take her—that is, as long as Cardan behaves. Which, he probably won’t…for more reasons than one. When it becomes all too clear that someone close to Jude means to betray her, threatening her own life and the lives of everyone she loves, Jude must uncover the traitor and fight her own complicated feelings for Cardan to maintain control as a mortal in a Faerie world.
3. King of Scars by Leigh Bardugo
Return to the Grishaverse world in King of Scars with fan fav Nikolai Lantsov, as he struggles with the dark magic that grows inside of him each day, and threatens to destroy everything he’s built as King of Ravka. He enlists the help of legend Grisha Squaller to help him squash the terrible magic inside him and is willing to risk everything to save himself, and his country. Nikolai has always stolen every scene he was in and we can’t wait to see him star in a whole novel!
4. On the Come Up by Angie Thomas
Finally, the moment we’ve been waiting for! Angie Thomas returns with On the Come Up with what she calls ‘an homage to hip hop.’ Set in Garden Heights as well, we follow Bri, a battle rapper who wants to walk in her legendary father’s footsteps. But chasing your dreams are hard when your lights are getting cut off, the heat isn’t working, and unfair labels are placed upon her at school. So Bri pours her frustrations into her latest song and it goes viral—but for all the wrong reasons.
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- Angie Thomas Reveals Her Inspiration Behind The Hate U Give and On the Come Up
5. The Field Guide to the North American Teenager by Ben Philippe
Norris Kaplan is that character you love to hate—a snarky, clever and cynical guy who is plucked from his Canadian home to Austin, Texas. A loner in his own right, Norris finds himself cataloguing everyone he meets: the Cheerleaders, the Jocks, and even the “Manic Pixie Dream Girl”. Making a ton of friends has never been a priority for him, and this way he can at least amuse himself until it’s time to go back to Canada, where he belongs. But these labels soon become real friends to Norris, including the Manic Pixie Dream Girl Aarti, who is quickly stealing his heart.
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6. The Vanishing Stair by Maureen Johnson
Stevie Bell finds her classmate dead. And while she’s off trying to solve that murder, and on the cusp of putting the crimes of the past together, her parents pull her out of Ellingham academy. Feeling disconnected from the world, she suddenly gets a visit from political Edward King, who’s son she grew to have feelings for until she found out he lied about his identity. King has agreed to bring Stevie back to Ellingham, but in return she must play nice with David. In Maureen Johnson’s second novel of the Truly Devious series, nothing is free, and someone will pay for the truth with their life.
7. The Cerulean by Amy Ewing
Sera has always felt as if she didn’t quite belong among her people, the Cerulean, who live in the City Above the Sky. She is curious about everything—especially the planet that her City is tethered to and has always longed for the day when the tether will break. But when Sera is chosen as the sacrifice and has to end her own life to break the tether, she feels betrayed. Instead Sera somehow survives, ending up on the planet below. She’s heard tales about the dangerous humans who live here, and she quickly learns that these dangers were not just stories.
9. Stolen Time by Danielle Rollins
Its 1933 and Dorothy is forced to wed a wealthy man so that her and her mom can live a comfortable life when all she wants to do is escape from a future of unhappiness. But when her world collides with Ash, who is on a mission to rescue his mentor who’s figured out the secret to time travel, she finds herself awake as a stow away in his plane and a future that’s been ripped apart by earthquakes, floods and gangs ruling the streets. What she doesn’t know is that she could hold the key to unraveling the past—and her arrival may spell Ash’s ultimate destruction.
10. Gilded Wolves by Roshani Chokshi
In the streets of Paris, no one keeps tabs on secrets better than treasure-hunter and wealthy hotelier, Séverin Montagnet-Alarie. But when the Order of Babel, the all-powerful society, seeks him out for help, Séverin is offered a treasure that he never imagined: his true inheritance. Séverin gets help from a group of experts and together they use their knowledge to find the artifact—but only if they can stay alive in the process.
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11. We Set the Dark on Fire by Tehlor Kay Mejia
For fans of the Handmaid’s Tale, this one is for you! At the Medio School for Girls, distinguished young women are trained for a role in their society and depending on her specialization, a graduate will one day run a husband’s household or raise his children. With the frequent political uprisings of the lower class, this is a life of comfort and luxury, but for Daniela Vargas, the school’s top student, her bright future depends upon no one discovering her darkest secret. Now that her marriage to an important politico’s son is fast approaching, she must keep the truth hidden or be sent back to the fringes of society, even when she’s tasked to spy on a resistance group and free a forbidden love.
12. Two Can Keep a Secret by Karen M. McManus
First off, this title is super catchy and every time we see it, we think of Pretty Little Liars. That aside, we are READY for another YA thriller and can’t wait to uncover all the dark secrets of this second book from Karen M. McManus. Ellery knows all about secrets. Her mother has them; her grandmother does too. And the longer she’s in Echo Ridge, the clearer it becomes that everyone there is hiding something. The thing is, secrets are dangerous–and most people aren’t good at keeping them. Which is why in Echo Ridge, it’s safest to keep your secrets to yourself.
Which book are you saving your gift cards for? Did we miss something you’re really looking forward to? Let us know in the comments!