15 must-read YA book releases that will make staying inside a little easier this May

Forged in Fire and Stars by Andrea Robertson. Image Courtesy Penguin Random House
Forged in Fire and Stars by Andrea Robertson. Image Courtesy Penguin Random House /
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The Life and (Medieval) Times of Kit Sweetly by Jamie Pacton

The Life and (Medieval) Times of Kit Sweetly is one of those books that can pique your interest with its title alone, but there are plenty of other reasons to check out Jamie Pacton’s latest when it hits shelves this month. For one, it’s being marketed as “Moxie meets A Knight’s Tale” — and, okay, do we even need more reasons than that?

The story opens with Kit working as a wench at a medieval-themed restaurant, all while wishing she could take on the role of a knight instead. She’s more than capable of putting on the performance, and she could seriously use the cash that comes with the promotion. Unfortunately, the company only allows guys to become knights.

But Kit isn’t giving up that easily, and the company policy becomes a point of contention for her and her other female coworkers. They’re willing to stand up and fight for their right to be knights.

"“As other wenches join her quest, a protest forms. In a joust before Castle executives, they’ll prove that gender restrictions should stay medieval ― if they don’t get fired first.”"

A feminist story with a medieval twist, The Life and (Medieval) Times of Kit Sweetly is exactly the kind of entertainment many of us could use right now. Quirky and fun with an important message — what more could you ask for from a YA contemporary?

The Life and (Medieval) Times of Kit Sweetly is available in print, ebook, and audiobook formats beginning May 5.