The Fandom’s Most Anticipated YA Books: January 2019

Listed in alphabetical order.

Caleb Roehrig’s previous mystery thrillers are amazing, but it seems like Death Prefers Blondes throwing a new element into the mix: Sheer joy. The author is trading in dark, brooding characters for an heiress cat burglar and  a team of ninja drag queens catching the world’s attention with their wild antics. We’re still expecting twists and turns, but we’re also looking forward to some lighthearted moments!

Teenage socialite Margo Manning leads a dangerous double life. By day, she dodges the paparazzi while soaking up California sunshine. By night, however, she dodges security cameras and armed guards, pulling off high-stakes cat burglaries with a team of flamboyant young men. In and out of disguise, she’s in all the headlines.

But then Margo’s personal life takes a sudden, dark turn, and a job to end all jobs lands her crew in deadly peril. Overnight, everything she’s ever counted on is put at risk. Backs against the wall, the resourceful thieves must draw on their special skills to survive. But can one rebel heiress and four kickboxing drag queens withstand the slings and arrows of truly outrageous fortune? Or will a mounting sea of troubles end them — for good?

Out January 29th. You can preorder now via Amazon!

Nikolai Lantsov was an absolute legend of a character in the Grisha trilogy! He went through so much and yet his story was a bit open-ended. We’re so excited to see him get his very own duology that will explore the dark forces within him and his attempts to rid himself of them. We know Nina Zenik of Six of Crows will be there, but we can’t wait to see how else joins in on the action too!

Nikolai Lantsov has always had a gift for the impossible. No one knows what he endured in his country’s bloody civil war—and he intends to keep it that way. Now, as enemies gather at his weakened borders, the young king must find a way to refill Ravka’s coffers, forge new alliances, and stop a rising threat to the once-great Grisha Army.

Yet with every day a dark magic within him grows stronger, threatening to destroy all he has built. With the help of a young monk and a legendary Grisha Squaller, Nikolai will journey to the places in Ravka where the deepest magic survives to vanquish the terrible legacy inside him. He will risk everything to save his country and himself. But some secrets aren’t meant to stay buried—and some wounds aren’t meant to heal.

Out January 29th. Preorder now via Amazon!

Reign of the Fallen was a surprise favorite of ours in 2018 with epic world building based in necromancy and the living dead, tons of LGBT rep in its main characters, monsters, and magic galore. Odessa may have changed the face of her home nation, but change never works smoothly. As new forms of war and corruption rise against the current government, the link between living and dead becomes more important than ever. We NEED to see how ti all goes down!

The Dead must stay buried.

Karthia is nothing like it used to be. The kingdom’s borders are open for the first time in nearly three hundred years, and raising the dead has been outlawed. Odessa is determined to explore the world beyond Karthia’s waters, hoping to heal a heart broken in more ways than she can count. But with Meredy joining the ocean voyage, vanquishing her sorrow will be a difficult task.

Despite the daily reminder of the history they share, Odessa and Meredy are fascinated when their journey takes them to a land where the Dead rule the night and dragons roam the streets. Odessa can’t help being mesmerized by the new magic–and by the girl at her side. But just as she and Meredy are beginning to explore the new world, a terrifying development in Karthia summons them home at once.

Growing political unrest on top of threats from foreign invaders means Odessa and Meredy are thrust back into the lives they tried to leave behind while specters from their past haunt their tenuous relationship. Gathering a force big enough to ward off enemies seems impossible, until one of Queen Valoria’s mages creates a weapon that could make them invincible. As danger continues to mount inside the palace, Odessa fears that without the Dead, even the greatest invention won’t be enough to save their fates.

In this enthralling, heartrending sequel to Reign of the Fallen, Odessa faces the fight of her life as the boundaries between the Dead and the living are challenged in a way more gruesome than ever before.

Out January 22nd. Preorder it now via Amazon!

Roshani Chokshi’s voyage into 19th century Paris for a whirlwind treasure hunt looks downright decadent! The novel follows a wealthy young man named Séverin in search of his “true inheritance” after being approached by a secret society. To find it, he enlists a team of geniuses and riffraffs with their own troubles. We’re getting seriousl Six of Crows vibe and we’re here for it!

Set in a darkly glamorous world, The Gilded Wolves is full of mystery, decadence, and dangerous but thrilling adventure.

Paris, 1889: The world is on the cusp of industry and power, and the Exposition Universelle has breathed new life into the streets and dredged up ancient secrets. In this city, no one keeps tabs on secrets better than treasure-hunter and wealthy hotelier, Séverin Montagnet-Alarie. But when the all-powerful society, the Order of Babel, seeks him out for help, Séverin is offered a treasure that he never imagined: his true inheritance.

To find the ancient artifact the Order seeks, Séverin will need help from a band of experts: An engineer with a debt to pay. A historian who can’t yet go home. A dancer with a sinister past. And a brother in all but blood, who might care too much.

Together, they’ll have to use their wits and knowledge to hunt the artifact through the dark and glittering heart of Paris. What they find might change the world, but only if they can stay alive.

Out January 15th. Preorder it now via Amazon!

In a month full of epic and urban fantasy releases, The Love and Lies of Rukhsana Ali stands apart as a hard-hitting contemporary. Rukhsana’s parents are strict Muslim conservatives, but she’s always done her best to appease them and keep her head down– until the day they find out she has a girlfriend. As her parents send her back to Bangladesh in despair, she’s have to decide if she can live the life she wants and love the person she wants, even if it means losing everything. The novel looks to be a heartfelt commentary on love, family, and culture ready to shake some souls!

Seventeen-year-old Rukhsana Ali tries her hardest to live up to her conservative Muslim parents’ expectations, but lately she’s finding that harder and harder to do. She rolls her eyes instead of screaming when they blatantly favor her brother and she dresses conservatively at home, saving her crop tops and makeup for parties her parents don’t know about. Luckily, only a few more months stand between her carefully monitored life in Seattle and her new life at Caltech, where she can pursue her dream of becoming an engineer.

But when her parents catch her kissing her girlfriend Ariana, all of Rukhsana’s plans fall apart. Her parents are devastated; being gay may as well be a death sentence in the Bengali community. They immediately whisk Rukhsana off to Bangladesh, where she is thrown headfirst into a world of arranged marriages and tradition. Only through reading her grandmother’s old diary is Rukhsana able to gain some much needed perspective.

Rukhsana realizes she must find the courage to fight for her love, but can she do so without losing everyone and everything in her life?

Out January 29th. Preorder now via Amazon!

No author rocks the world of the fey quite like Holly Black! We were sucked into Jude and Cardan’s dark yet enchanting world of treachery. There is no moral high ground for these characters, but that’s what makes it so fascinating! With that major reveal at the end of book one, we’re dying to see how things play out.

You must be strong enough to strike and strike and strike again without tiring.

The first lesson is to make yourself strong.

After the jaw-dropping revelation that Oak is the heir to Faerie, Jude must keep her younger brother safe. To do so, she has bound the wicked king, Cardan, to her, and made herself the power behind the throne. Navigating the constantly shifting political alliances of Faerie would be difficult enough if Cardan were easy to control. But he does everything in his power to humiliate and undermine her even as his fascination with her remains undiminished.

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.

Out January 8th. Preorder now via Amazon!

All hail Karen M. McManus, queen of the plot twist! We’ve finally managed to pick our jaws up off the floor after reading One Of Us Is Lying, but she’s at it again with a story about a small town with big secrets. When the new teen in town begins to realize that there may be more to recent disappearances than anyone is letting on, is she better off not knowing? Well, all we know is that we’re better off with this book in our hands!

Echo Ridge is small-town America. Ellery’s never been there, but she’s heard all about it. Her aunt went missing there at age seventeen. And only five years ago, a homecoming queen put the town on the map when she was killed. Now Ellery has to move there to live with a grandmother she barely knows.

The town is picture-perfect, but it’s hiding secrets. And before school even begins for Ellery, someone’s declared open season on homecoming, promising to make it as dangerous as it was five years ago. Then, almost as if to prove it, another girl goes missing.

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.

Out January 8th. Preorder now via Amazon!

By Kait

Kait is a New Englander, a YA book and adaptation lover, and a Slythindor, as well as a red velvet and red wine enthusiast. She likes to like things. Catch her on Twitter: @kaitmary

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