Happy book birthday to SWEET BLACK WAVES by Kristina Pérez!

Two proud kingdoms stand on opposite shores, with only a bloody history between them.
As best friend and lady-in-waiting to the princess, Branwen is guided by two principles: devotion to her homeland and hatred for the raiders who killed her parents. When she unknowingly saves the life of her enemy, he awakens her ancient healing magic and opens her heart. Branwen begins to dream of peace, but the princess she serves is not so easily convinced. Fighting for what's right, even as her powers grow beyond her control, will set Branwen against both her closest confidant and the only man she's ever loved.
Inspired by the star-crossed tale of Tristan and Eseult, this is the story of the legend's true heroine: Branwen. For fans of Graceling and The Mists of Avalon, this is the first book of a lush fantasy trilogy about warring countries, family secrets, and forbidden romance.

SWEET BLACK WAVES is available at these locations, among others:
Barnes & Noble | Amazon | IndieBound |  Book Depository

Sarah Nicole Smetana


Happy book birthday to FAT GIRL ON A PLANE by Kelly deVos!

From debut author Kelly deVos comes an unforgettable novel, told in dual Fat and Skinny perspectives, about smart fashion, pursuing your dreams, and loving yourself. 

High school senior Cookie Vonn’s post-graduation dreams include getting out of Phoenix, attending Parsons and becoming the next great fashion designer. But in the world of fashion, being fat is a cardinal sin. It doesn’t help that she’s constantly compared to her supermodel mother—and named after a dessert. 

Thanks to her job at a fashion blog, Cookie scores a trip to New York to pitch her portfolio and appeal for a scholarship, but her plans are put on standby when she’s declared too fat too fly. Forced to turn to her BFF for cash, Cookie buys a second seat on the plane. She arrives in the city to find that she’s been replaced by the boss’s daughter, a girl who’s everything she’s not—ultrathin and superrich. Bowing to society’s pressure, she vows to lose weight, get out of the friend zone with her crush, and put her life on track. 

Cookie expected sunshine and rainbows, but nothing about her new life is turning out like she planned. When the fashion designer of the moment offers her what she’s always wanted—an opportunity to live and study in New York—she finds herself in a world full of people more interested in putting women down than dressing them up. Her designs make waves, but her real dream of creating great clothes for people of all sizes seems to grow more distant by the day. 

Will she realize that she’s always had the power to make her own dreams come true?

FAT GIRL ON A PLANE is available at these locations, among others:
Barnes & Noble | Amazon | IndieBound |  Book Depository

Sarah Nicole Smetana
More May News from The Class of 2K18!

It's so awesome to come back to this site time and again with more incredible news to share from this class of 20 amazing YA and MG writers!

Let's start today by sharing news about new deals coming from the class...

Congratulations to Kelly deVos who has two new books coming from Harlequin Teen:

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Jessica Pennington has more books coming from Tor Teen...

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Rachel Lynn Solomon has two new books heading to shelves in 2020 and 2021...

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Amy Trueblood has a new YA Historical coming from Flux in Fall 2019...

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In continuing fantastic news...

Katie Henry's HERETICS ANONYMOUS received a starred review from Kirkus. 


Kate Marshall's I AM STILL ALIVE also received a starred review from Kirkus. 


Continuing the incredible accolades for the group:

Gloria Chao's AMERICAN PANDA, Joy McCullough's BLOOD WATER PAINT and Rachel Lynn Solomon's YOU'LL MISS ME WHEN I'M GONE were all nominated for YALSA's BEST FICTION FOR YOUNG ADULT 2019


Cindy Baldwin's WHERE THE WATERMELONS GROW was selected as an INDIES INTRODUCE Summer/Fall 2018 Debut Pick of the Season.


And Adrianne Finlay's YOUR ONE & ONLY was featured in Cinders Magazine


Come back in June to find out what else is happening with the Class of 2K18. I'm sure there will be more great news and exciting announcements to share!

Extra! Extra! Read all about it...More Great News from the Class of 2K18!

It's hard to believe that we are almost to May! This year has really flown by and we already have 13 of our debuts out in the world! Today we are thrilled to share more good news about our titles.

To start, let's congratulate Jessica Pennington and Kaitlyn Sage Patterson on being on the list for Goodreads "BEST YA BOOKS OF APRIL 2018".


Now available on Amazon, B&N, and IndieBound


Now available on Amazon, B&N, and IndieBound


Three of our titles were recognized with favorable reviews in trade publications...

Lauren Spieller's YOUR DESTINATION IS ON THE LEFT was called  "An emotional, aesthetic, and hopeful journey to self-discovery" in a recent review in Kirkus



(Available June 26, 2018)


Publishers Weekly said this about Amy Trueblood's NOTHING BUT SKY - "Trueblood's action-packed first novel explores the post-World War I époque with visceral period detail." 


Available now on Amazon, B&N, and IndieBound


Joy McCullough's BLOOD WATER PAINT received a starred review from Publishers Weekly...

"A haunting, stirring depiction of an unforgettable woman, Artemisia's story will resonate deeply with readers today and beyond."


Available now on Amazon, B&N, and IndieBound


BookStr named Sweet Black Waves by Kristina Perez as one of 2018's Top 15 Unputdownable YA Reads, and Tor.com listed it amongst its newest reads featuring "Brujas, Ships, and Zombies in This Season's Newest Young Adult Fiction".



Happy book birthday to SKY IN THE DEEP by Adrienne Young!

A 2018 Most Anticipated Young Adult book that is part Wonder Woman, part Vikings―and all heart.


Raised to be a warrior, seventeen-year-old Eelyn fights alongside her Aska clansmen in an ancient, rivalry against the Riki clan. Her life is brutal but simple: fight and survive. Until the day she sees the impossible on the battlefield―her brother, fighting with the enemy―the brother she watched die five years ago.

Faced with her brother's betrayal, she must survive the winter in the mountains with the Riki, in a village where every neighbor is an enemy, every battle scar possibly one she delivered. But when the Riki village is raided by a ruthless clan thought to be a legend, Eelyn is even more desperate to get back to her beloved family.

She is given no choice but to trust Fiske, her brother’s friend, who sees her as a threat. They must do the impossible: unite the clans to fight together, or risk being slaughtered one by one. Driven by a love for her clan and her growing love for Fiske, Eelyn must confront her own definition of loyalty and family while daring to put her faith in the people she’s spent her life hating.

SKY IN THE DEEP is available at these locations, among others:
Barnes & Noble | Amazon | IndieBound |  Book Depository

Sarah Nicole Smetana