For nearly a century, the Nomeolvides women have tended the grounds of La Pradera, a lush estate garden. The secret to the garden’s Wild Beauty (Feiwel & Friends, $17.99) lies in the women themselves: each has the ability to conjure a particular kind of flower. But they pay a terrible price for these gifts: if they fall in love, their lovers vanish. Suddenly, a boy appears from the gardens without any memory of where he came from, marking a change in their fate. Anna-Marie McLemore has crafted an enchanting story about family, secrets, and the consequences of loving someone deeply. Rich with lore and gorgeous prose, this is magical realism at its finest. Ages 13-15.
When her dad goes on a trip to repair his broken heart, 17-year-old Delilah is left to manage her family’s café. But between homework, traitorous employees, and guilt-tripping best friends, Del struggles to make ends meet. It doesn’t help that a distractingly beautiful girl named Rosa dances every night across the street. Del doesn’t have a chance with her—until the day Rosa walks into the café and announces she’s been thinking about Del, too. When everything else is going wrong, is it too much to ask that this go right? Set in Australia, this charming coming-of-age story by Erin Gough is sure to have you yelling Get It Together, Delilah! (Chronicle, $16.99). Ages 14-18.
Do you ever feel like you’re living in the wrong universe? Raised by her recently deceased aunt Magnolia, Jane has lived a mostly ordinary life. But when her old friend, the glamorous Kiran Thrash, invites her to a gala at the Thrash family’s island mansion, her story takes a sharp turn. The mysterious house offers Jane five choices that will help her determine the course of her life, but every choice comes with a price. Part gothic thriller, part choose-your-own-adventure, and part spy-novel-art-heist mystery, Jane, Unlimited (Kathy Dawson, $18.99) by Kristin Cashore is one of the most brilliantly plotted novels you’ll read all year. Ages 14-18.