2021 · New YA Releases

This Week New YA Releases – 12 Jan 2021

Hello Fellow Readers,

I hope you are doing well and still keeping safe.

I haven’t got many updates on my front so I will jump straight into listing this week’s new YA releases.

Contemporary fiction:

Concrete Rose – Angie Thomas

If there’s one thing seventeen-year-old Maverick Carter knows, it’s that a real man takes care of his family. As the son of a former gang legend, Mav does that the only way he knows how: dealing for the King Lords. With this money he can help his mom, who works two jobs while his dad’s in prison.

Life’s not perfect, but with a fly girlfriend and a cousin who always has his back, Mav’s got everything under control.

Until, that is, Maverick finds out he’s a father.

Suddenly he has a baby, Seven, who depends on him for everything. But it’s not so easy to sling dope, finish school, and raise a child. So when he’s offered the chance to go straight, he takes it. In a world where he’s expected to amount to nothing, maybe Mav can prove he’s different.

When King Lord blood runs through your veins, though, you can’t just walk away. Loyalty, revenge, and responsibility threaten to tear Mav apart, especially after the brutal murder of a loved one. He’ll have to figure out for himself what it really means to be a man.

The most awaited release ever, probably. From the author of the best-selling The Hate U Give, Angie Thomas, comes a new contemporary novel. Concrete Rose takes place seventeen years before the events of The Hate U Gave, and it explores Black boyhood and manhood. It’s out on 12 January,

Every Single Lie – Rachel Vincent

Nobody in Beckett’s life seems to be telling the whole story. Her boyfriend Jake keeps hiding texts and might be cheating on her. Her father lied about losing his job before his shocking death. And everyone in school seems to be whispering about her and her family behind her back.

But none of that compares to the day Beckett finds the body of a newborn baby in a gym bag-Jake’s gym bag -on the floor of her high school locker room. As word leaks out, rumors that Beckett’s the mother take off like wildfire in a town all too ready to believe the worst of her. And as the police investigation unfolds, she discovers that everyone has a secret to hide and the truth could alter everything she thought she knew.

The second contemporary novel of this week is Every Single Lie. It’s a YA novel which explores social media bullying, and it tells the story of a girl who discovers a dead baby in her high school locker (I just got chills!). This story of half-truths is full of mystery and it’s out on 12 January.

Fantasy:

Into the Heartless Wood – Joanna Ruth Meyer

The forest is a dangerous place, where siren song lures men and women to their deaths. For centuries, a witch has harvested souls to feed the heartless tree, using its power to grow her domain.

When Owen Merrick is lured into the witch’s wood, one of her tree-siren daughters, Seren, saves his life instead of ending it. Every night, he climbs over the garden wall to see her, and every night her longing to become human deepens. But a shift in the stars foretells a dangerous curse, and Seren’s quest to become human will lead them into an ancient war raging between the witch and the king who is trying to stop her.

Into the Heartless Wood is the only fantasy title of this week. This heartbreaking and dark novel is a love story between a monstrous tree siren and a boy who lives at the edge of her forest. It’s out on 12 January.

Romance:

You Have a Match – Emma Lord

When Abby signs up for a DNA service, it’s mainly to give her friend and secret love interest, Leo, a nudge. After all, she knows who she is already: Avid photographer. Injury-prone tree climber. Best friend to Leo and Connie…although ever since the B.E.I. (Big Embarrassing Incident) with Leo, things have been awkward on that front.

But she didn’t know she’s a younger sister.

When the DNA service reveals Abby has a secret sister, shimmery-haired Instagram star Savannah Tully, it’s hard to believe they’re from the same planet, never mind the same parents—especially considering Savannah, queen of green smoothies, is only a year and a half older than Abby herself.

The logical course of action? Meet up at summer camp (obviously) and figure out why Abby’s parents gave Savvy up for adoption. But there are complications: Savvy is a rigid rule-follower and total narc. Leo is the camp’s co-chef, putting Abby’s growing feelings for him on blast. And her parents have a secret that threatens to unravel everything.

But part of life is showing up, leaning in, and learning to fit all your awkward pieces together. Because sometimes, the hardest things can also be the best ones.

The first romance title of this week is “You Have a Match“, which is written by Emma Lord, author of Tweet Cute. I came across this lovely review by Ahaana @Windows To Worlds, which will give you all the information you need to add this book to your TBR. You Have a Match is out on 12 January.

The Meet-Cute Project – Rhiannon Richardson

Mia’s friends love rom-coms. Mia hates them. They’re silly, contrived, and not at all realistic. Besides, there are more important things to worry about—like how to handle living with her bridezilla sister, Sam, who’s never appreciated Mia, and surviving junior year juggling every school club offered and acing all of her classes.

So when Mia is tasked with finding a date to her sister’s wedding, her options are practically nonexistent.

Mia’s friends, however, have an idea. It’s a little crazy, a little out there, and a lot inspired by the movies they love that Mia begrudgingly watches too.

Mia just needs a meet-cute.

The Meet-Cute Project has been described as To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before meets Save the Date. It’s a rom-com about a teenage girl who will do whatever it takes to find a date for her sister’s wedding. It’s out on 12 January.

That’s it for this week!

Which book are you most looking forward to reading?

Which one of these amazing titles will you add to your TBR?

Let me know in the comments.

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