2021 · February 2021 · January 2021 · New YA Releases · Sequels

YA Sequels Coming Out This February

Hello Fellow Readers,

How are you? I hope you are always keeping safe and warm. It’s finally the weekend and the sun is shining! After spending a couple of hours reading in bed and blogging, I think I’ll take advantage of this rare spell of warm weather and go out for a walk. First, let’s catch up on the sequels coming out this month.

All The Tides of Fate (All The Stars and Teeth #2) – Adalyn Grace

Through blood and sacrifice, Amora Montara has conquered a rebellion and taken her rightful place as queen of Visidia. Now, with the islands in turmoil and the people questioning her authority, Amora cannot allow anyone to see her weaknesses.

No one can know about the curse in her bloodline. No one can know that she’s lost her magic. No one can know the truth about the boy who holds the missing half of her soul.

To save herself and Visidia, Amora embarks on a desperate quest for a mythical artifact that could fix everything―but it comes at a terrible cost. As she tries to balance her loyalty to her people, her crew, and the desires of her heart, Amora will soon discover that the power to rule might destroy her.

I have my copy of All The Tides of Fate waiting in my bookshelf section of “physical TBR pile”. I loved the first book, it was such an interesting story of magic and pirates – you can read my review of All The Stars and Teeth here. I can’t wait to read the ending of this duology! The second book is out on 2 February.

Reaper of Souls (Kingdom of Souls #2) – Rena Barron

After so many years yearning for the gift of magic, Arrah has the one thing she’s always wanted—at a terrible price. Now the last surviving witchdoctor, she’s been left to pick up the shattered pieces of a family that betrayed her, a kingdom in shambles, and long-buried secrets about who she is.

Desperate not to repeat her mother’s mistakes, Arrah must return to the tribal lands to search for help from the remnants of her parents’ people. But the Demon King’s shadow looms closer than she thinks. And as Arrah struggles to unravel her connection to him, defeating him begins to seem more and more impossible—if it’s something she can bring herself to do at all.

I don’t think this title needs much introduction. Reaper of Souls is the most awaited sequel of this month. The second book of Kingdom of Souls is the epic sequel of this tale of voodoo and folk magic. It will be available on 16 February.

Liberté (Enchantée #2) – Gita Trelease

Camille Durbonne gambled everything she had to keep herself and her sister safe. But as the people of Paris starve and mobs riot, safety may no longer be possible…

…Not when Camille lives for the rebellion. In the pamphlets she prints, she tells the stories of girls living at society’s margins. But as her writings captivate the public, she begins to suspect a dark magic she can’t control lies at the heart of her success. Then Louis XVI declares magic a crime and all magicians traitors to France. As bonfires incinerate enchanted books and special police prowl the city, the time for magic—and those who work it—is running out.

In this new Paris where allegiances shift and violence erupts, the answers Camille seeks set her on a perilous path, one that may cost her the boy she loves―even her life. If she can discover who she truly is before vengeful forces unmask her, she may still win this deadly game of revolution.

In case you are confused by the cover like I was, Liberté is the sequel to Enchantée, and they are also known respectively as Everything That Burns and All That Glitters. I guess the publisher opted to relaunch this duology with different titles. Liberté is out on 2 February.

Curse of the Divine (Ink in the Blood #2) – Kim Smejkal

Return to the world of inklings, tattoo magic, and evil deities as Celia uncovers the secrets of the ink in order to stop Diavala once and for all. This eagerly anticipated sequel to Ink in the Blood is perfect for fans of Leigh Bardugo and Wicked Saints.

Celia Sand faced Diavala and won, using ink magic to destroy the corrupt religion of Profeta that tormented her for a decade. But winning came with a cost. Now Celia is plagued with guilt over her role in the death of her best friend. When she discovers that Diavala is still very much alive and threatening Griffin, the now-infamous plague doctor, Celia is desperate not to lose another person she loves to the deity’s wrath.

The key to destroying Diavala may lie with Halycon Ronnea, the only other person to have faced Diavala and survived. But Halcyon is dangerous and has secrets of his own, ones that involve the ink that Celia has come to hate. Forced to choose between the ink and Diavala, Celia will do whatever it takes to save Griffin—even if it means making a deal with the devil himself.

Curse of the Divine is the sequel of Ink in The Blood, a story of tattoo magic, inklings and evil deities. This duology has been pitched for fans of Leigh Bardugo and Wicked Saints. Have you read it? The sequel and ending of the Ink in The Blood duology is out on 2 February.

That’s it for this week.

Next Saturday, I’ll post a list of all the series ending this month.

Which sequel are you most excited to read?

2021 · January 2021 · New YA Releases

In Case You Missed It… (January)

Hello Fellow Readers,

I hope you are having a lovely Sunday.

I thought I would wrap up January with a post dedicated to a couple of titles that are still worth mentioning which came out this month. I decided to call this section “In Case You Missed It…”. These will be novellas or books from an already established series, which the writer decided to come back to or revisit after long time.

Tales From the Hinterland (The Hazel Wood #2.5) – Melissa Albert & Jim Tierney

Journey into the Hinterland, a brutal and beautiful world where a young woman spends a night with Death, brides are wed to a mysterious house in the trees, and an enchantress is killed twice―and still lives.

“Lush and deliciously sinister fairytales to be consumed as greedily as Turkish delight or any fairy fruit. I loved these.” ―Kelly Link, author of Get in Trouble

“This inventive, enchanting collection reads like the fairy tales of old, hushed stories passed woman to woman, before the Grimms came and wiped away all the blood.” ―Laura Ruby, author of Thirteen Doorways, Wolves Behind Them All

“The writing is as spare and precise as poetry, connected to the darker, edgier elements of fairy-tale conventions. Albert’s rich and tightly focused collection forms the core of the mythology created in her novels, and her fans will be thrilled at this further glimpse into that world.” ―Booklist, starred review

“Stories fueled by feminist rage, the frustration of being unnderestimated, and the insatiable longing to experience more mark this collection as timely and universal.”

I am not personally a fan of the series, but I am so glad that Melissa Albert still didn’t give up on this world. If you loved The Hazel Wood, you can’t miss this collection of illustrated fairy tales from the Hinterland. This collection of short stories is out on 12 January.

Winterkeep (Graceling Realm #4) – Kristin Cashore

Something is rotten in the heart of Winterkeep…

Four years after Bitterblue left off, a new land has been discovered to the east: Torla; and the closest nation to Monsea is Winterkeep. Winterkeep is a land of miracles, a democratic republic run by people who like each other, where people speak to telepathic sea creatures, adopt telepathic foxes as pets, and fly across the sky in ships attached to balloons.

But when Bitterblue’s envoys to Winterkeep drown under suspicious circumstances, she and Giddon and her half sister, Hava, set off to discover the truth–putting both Bitterblue’s life and Giddon’s heart to the test when Bitterbue is kidnapped. Giddon believes she has drowned, leaving him and Hava to solve the mystery of what’s wrong in Winterkeep.

Lovisa Cavenda is the teenage daughter of a powerful Scholar and Industrialist (the opposing governing parties) with a fire inside her that is always hungry, always just nearly about to make something happen. She is the key to everything, but only if she can figure out what’s going on before anyone else, and only if she’s willing to transcend the person she’s been all her life. 

Kristin Cashore returned to the highly beloved world of Graceling. I personally read only the first two books and I love this world. I love this weird magic system which graces only a few special individuals. I will look forward to continuing to read this series and eventually grabbing Winterkeep, even if the new book cover will not match my paperback from the previous version and I will have nightmares for days. Winterkeep is out on 19 January.

Tarnished Empire (Dark Shores #0.5) – Danielle L. Jensen

DEFIANCE IS TREASON. TREASON IS DEATH. A siege is laid against the last resistance to the Senate’s rule. As the battle rages, a commander, a soldier, and a rebel will decide how far they are willing to go for victory.

THE COMMANDER. Marcus is forced to choose between destroying the rebel forces and liberating his legion. He must face the true cost of being a leader. And an oppressor.

THE SOLDIER. Agrippa sets his sights on glory to fill the deepening void within him. He discovers that the price of fame might not just be paid in blood, it might be paid by his heart.

THE REBEL. Silvara joins the rebel forces to fight against the legions who would see her family dead. While she dreams of being a warrior, she finds her sharpest weapon is seduction. But to defeat the Empire, she’ll have to betray the young man who now has her heart.

Inspired by the harsh world of ancient Rome, readers are obsessed with this martial tale of fiery romance, friendship, and enmity. Told from three points of view, TARNISHED EMPIRE is filled with twists you’ll never see coming but will keep you turning the pages all night.

When I found out about this novella I was literally squeaking. I read Dark Shores at the beginning of January and the story is absolutely mind-blowing – so hear me out, I highly recommend it! I am so curious to read more about Marcus, I loved this complex and broken character so much and I wanted to know more about his background. Tarnished Empire is out on 26 January.

What was your favourite read on January?

What are you looking forward to reading in February?

2021 · January 2021 · New YA Releases

Series We Need To Say Goodbye To (January Edition)

Hello Fellow Readers,

I hope you are all having a lovely weekend.

It’s the end of the month and it’s time to review which series will be over. We have two big series ending this January, one of which, I guess, is one of your most awaited reads of the year.

Cursebreaker Trilogy – Brigid Kemmerer

Fall in love, break the curse.

Cursed by a powerful enchantress to repeat the autumn of his eighteenth year, Prince Rhen, the heir of Emberfall, thought he could be saved easily if a girl fell for him. But that was before he turned into a vicious beast hell-bent on destruction. Before he destroyed his castle, his family, and every last shred of hope.

Nothing has ever been easy for Harper. With her father long gone, her mother dying, and her brother constantly underestimating her because of her cerebral palsy, Harper learned to be tough enough to survive. When she tries to save a stranger on the streets of Washington, DC, she’s pulled into a magical world.

Break the curse, save the kingdom.

Harper doesn’t know where she is or what to believe. A prince? A curse? A monster? As she spends time with Rhen in this enchanted land, she begins to understand what’s at stake. And as Rhen realizes Harper is not just another girl to charm, his hope comes flooding back. But powerful forces are standing against Emberfall . . . and it will take more than a broken curse to save Harper, Rhen, and his people from utter ruin.

Ah, I remember when this story used to be awesome, and then the sequel came out and it was a disaster. Sorry guys, I know many of you don’t agree with my opinion about the second book. I got a copy of the third book a couple of days ago and to be honest, I am actually curious to read it and see how this story ends. If you are not familiar with the series, Cursebreakers is a modern retelling of The Beauty and The Beast, where our beauty comes from the present Washington and ends up in magic Emberfall. She has to find a way to save this land and the cursed prince. The last book of the trilogy – A Vow So Bold and Deadly – is out on 26 January.

Heart of Thorns Trilogy – Bree Barton

In the ancient river kingdom, where touch is a battlefield and bodies the instruments of war, Mia Rose has pledged her life to hunting Gwyrach: women who can manipulate flesh, bones, breath, and blood. The same women who killed her mother without a single scratch.

But when Mia’s father announces an alliance with the royal family, she is forced to trade in her knives and trousers for a sumptuous silk gown. Determined to forge her own path forward, Mia plots a daring escape, but could never predict the greatest betrayal of all: her own body. Mia possesses the very magic she has sworn to destroy.

Now, as she untangles the secrets of her past, Mia must learn to trust her heart…even if it kills her.

Fans of Leigh Bardugo and Laini Taylor won’t want to miss this gorgeously written, bold novel, the first in the Heart of Thorns trilogy.

Ah, I remember when this story used to be awesome, and then the sequel came out and it was a disaster… Ahahah!! Deja vu!? Unfortunately Tears of Frost was the most upsetting, disappointing and unexpected sequel in history, and I am very sorry to say, I will not be reading the ending. The plot took a twist and I am not interested in following. However, if you are looking for a heart-racing, feminist story about a world where only women have magic you should give it a go. The last book of the trilogy – Soul of Cinder – is out on 12 January.

It’s not over, yet!!

Don’t miss tomorrow’s post about special novels or awaited returns of January.

2021 · January 2021 · New YA Releases

This Week New YA Releases – 26 Jan 2021

Hello Fellow Readers!

How was your weekend?

We had a snowy Sunday in London, which is unusual for London. We are still in lockdown, and probably it will stay that way for a while. If you are still in lockdown like me, luckily for you, there are a bunch of amazing titles coming out this week.

Fantasy

Wings of Ebony – J.Elle

“Make a way out of no way” is just the way of life for Rue. But when her mother is shot dead on her doorstep, life for her and her younger sister changes forever. Rue’s taken from her neighborhood by the father she never knew, forced to leave her little sister behind, and whisked away to Ghizon—a hidden island of magic wielders.

Rue is the only half-god, half-human there, where leaders protect their magical powers at all costs and thrive on human suffering. Miserable and desperate to see her sister on the anniversary of their mother’s death, Rue breaks Ghizon’s sacred Do Not Leave Law and returns to Houston, only to discover that Black kids are being forced into crime and violence. And her sister, Tasha, is in danger of falling sway to the very forces that claimed their mother’s life.

Worse still, evidence mounts that the evil plaguing East Row is the same one that lurks in Ghizon—an evil that will stop at nothing until it has stolen everything from her and everyone she loves. Rue must embrace her true identity and wield the full magnitude of her ancestors’ power to save her neighborhood before the gods burn it to the ground.

Wings of Ebony is one of the most awaited releases of this year. It’s the story of a Black teen from Houston and one day when she learns about her godly ancestors her own world turns upside down. She must discover her powers and true identity to save her world. This debut novel is recommended for fans of The Hunger Games, Angie Thomas and Tomi Adeyemi and it’s out on 26 January.

Unchosen – Katharyn Blair

For Charlotte Holloway, the world ended twice. The first was when her childhood crush, Dean, fell in love—with her older sister. The second was when the Crimson, a curse spread through eye contact, turned the majority of humanity into flesh-eating monsters.

Neither end of the world changed Charlotte. She’s still in the shadows of her siblings. Her popular older sister, Harlow, now commands forces of survivors. And her talented younger sister, Vanessa, is the Chosen One—who, legend has it, can end the curse.

When their settlement is raided by those seeking the Chosen One, Charlotte makes a reckless decision to save Vanessa: she takes her place as prisoner. The word spreads across the seven seas—the Chosen One has been found.

But when Dean’s life is threatened and a resistance looms on the horizon, the lie keeping Charlotte alive begins to unravel. She’ll have to break free, forge new bonds, and choose her own destiny if she has any hope of saving her sisters, her love, and maybe even the world.

Because sometimes the end is just a new beginning.

Unchosen is another highly awaited release. A feminist fantasy about a horrifying curse and sea captains, it tells the story of a girl who fights to choose her own fate. This standalone is recommended for fans of Seafire and The Fifth Wave and it’s out on 26 January.

Horror

Don’t Tell a Soul – Kirsten Miller

People say the house is cursed.
It preys on the weakest, and young women are its favorite victims.
In Louth, they’re called the Dead Girls.

All Bram wanted was to disappear—from her old life, her family’s past, and from the scandal that continues to haunt her. The only place left to go is Louth, the tiny town on the Hudson River where her uncle, James, has been renovating an old mansion.

But James is haunted by his own ghosts. Months earlier, his beloved wife died in a fire that people say was set by her daughter. The tragedy left James a shell of the man Bram knew—and destroyed half the house he’d so lovingly restored.

The manor is creepy, and so are the locals. The people of Louth don’t want outsiders like Bram in their town, and with each passing day she’s discovering that the rumors they spread are just as disturbing as the secrets they hide. Most frightening of all are the legends they tell about the Dead Girls. Girls whose lives were cut short in the very house Bram now calls home.

The terrifying reality is that the Dead Girls may have never left the manor. And if Bram looks too hard into the town’s haunted past, she might not either.

This horror story is described as a modern day Rebecca! and it’s recommended for fans of Truly Devious. It’s a story about a girl who moves into a new town, but she discovers that this town is filled with dark secrets… If you like horror stories, you can’t miss this one – out on January 26.

Contemporary

The Girls I’ve Been – Tess Sharpe

Nora O’Malley’s been a lot of girls. As the daughter of a con-artist who targets criminal men, she grew up as her mother’s protégé. But when mom fell for the mark instead of conning him, Nora pulled the ultimate con: escape.

For five years Nora’s been playing at normal. But she needs to dust off the skills she ditched because she has three problems:

#1: Her ex walked in on her with her girlfriend. Even though they’re all friends, Wes didn’t know about her and Iris.

#2: The morning after Wes finds them kissing, they all have to meet to deposit the fundraiser money they raised at the bank. It’s a nightmare that goes from awkward to deadly, because:

#3: Right after they enter bank, two guys start robbing it.

The bank robbers may be trouble, but Nora’s something else entirely. They have no idea who they’re really holding hostage…

This novel is both contemporary but also Mystery/Thriller. It’s a novel about the daughter of a con artist who is taken hostage in a bank heist. My fellow book blogger Raji @Worlds Unlike Our Own wrote this amazing review which I recommend reading. This is out on January 26.

That’s it for this week and for January.

Which book will you add to your TBR? What release are you most excited to read in February??

2021 · January 2021 · New YA Releases · Sequels

YA Sequels Coming Out This January

Hello Fellow Readers,

I hope you are having a lovely weekend!

There are lots of amazing sequels coming out this month, I will dive straight into it:

We Free The Stars (Sands of Arawiya) – Hafsah Faizal

The battle on Sharr is over. The dark forest has fallen. Altair may be captive, but Zafira, Nasir, and Kifah are bound for Sultan’s Keep, determined to finish the plan he set in motion: restoring the hearts of the Sisters of Old to the minarets of each caliphate, and finally returning magic to all of Arawiya. But they are low on resources and allies alike, and the kingdom teems with fear of the Lion of the Night’s return.

As the zumra plots to overthrow the kingdom’s darkest threat, Nasir fights to command the magic in his blood. He must learn to hone his power into a weapon, to wield not only against the Lion but against his father, trapped under the Lion’s control. Zafira battles a very different darkness festering in her through her bond with the Jawarat—a darkness that hums with voices, pushing her to the brink of her sanity and to the edge of a chaos she dare not unleash. In spite of the darkness enclosing ever faster, Nasir and Zafira find themselves falling into a love they can’t stand to lose…but time is running out to achieve their ends, and if order is to be restored, drastic sacrifices will have to be made.

This is the ending of the beloved Sands of Arawiya duology and probably the most awaited sequel of the month. We Free the Stars is out on 19 January.

Crowning Keys (The Markings #2) – Catherine Downen

Adaline has reached Libertas, but it isn’t the freedom she had imagined. A war is brewing between the gifted and the non-gifted, a line of separation that is slowly crumbling away.

Adaline and Alexander must learn how to use their gifts to fulfill the prophecy that declares them the saviors. But there is so much Adaline doesn’t know about her past and her future. While she feels in control of her actions, she soon learns that she’s at the will of another one of her father’s plans.

In this thrilling and emotional novel, Adaline rises to her new titles: the Princess of Libertas and the Savior of The Gifted.

I personally came across this duology for the first time while preparing this post, to find out that this dystopian fiction has 5-star reviews and is praised for the writing. Definitely, it’s a duology to check out. The second book – Crowning Keys – is out on 12 January.

A Crown of Talons (A Throne of Swans #2) – Katharine Corr & Elizabeth Corr

Fight or flight . . . or both?

Three months after Aderyn’s coronation the court is celebrating the Solstice, but Aderyn is preoccupied by Lucien’s continuing hostility. The celebrations are interrupted by the arrival of nobles who have escaped from the neighbouring country of Celonia – the flightless have risen up and overthrown their rulers. The world is changing.

As people being to question whether Aderyn and Aron are strong enough to rule, there is an attempted assassination on Aderyn’s life. Siegfried and Tallis have made their move – they have formed an army, declared war and will take the throne, by any means necessary.

Aderyn must fly to unchartered territories and risk the lives of everyone she loves to defeat her enemies, secure her throne and unite her people.

I am so guilty of buying the first book and still haven’t had the chance to read it. Crown of Talons, the epic sequel of a Throne of Swan, is a story about grief, strength and determination to fight for what is right. It’s out on 14 January.

Written in Starlight (Woven in Moonlight #2) – Isabel Ibañez

If the jungle wants you, it will have you…

Catalina Quiroga is a Condesa without a country. She’s lost the Inkasisa throne, the loyalty of her people, and her best friend. Banished to the perilous Yanu Jungle, Catalina knows her chances of survival are slim, but that won’t stop her from trying to escape. It’s her duty to reclaim the throne.

When Manuel, the son of her former general, rescues Catalina from a jaguar, a plan forms. Deep in the jungle, the city of gold is hidden, home to the fierce Illari people, who she could strike an alliance with.

But the elusive Illari are fighting a battle of their own—a mysterious blight is corrupting the jungle, laying waste to everything they hold dear. As a seer, Catalina should be able to help, but her ability to read the future in the stars is as feeble as her survival instincts. While searching for the Illari, Catalina must reckon with her duty and her heart to find her true calling, which could be the key to stopping the corruption before it destroys the jungle completely. 

For some reason I saw this novel compared to Tomb Raider, and that made me laugh – I think I read a different story. The Woven in Moonlight duology is inspired by Bolivian political events and history, and its sequel, Written in Starlight is out on 26 January.

Shadow City (The City of Diamond and Steel #2) – Francesca Flores

Aina Solís has fought her way to the top of criminal ranks in the city of Kosín by wresting control of an assassin empire owned by her old boss, Kohl. She never has to fear losing her home and returning to life on the streets again—except Kohl, the man who tried to ruin her life, will do anything to get his empire back. Aina sets out to kill him before he can kill her.

But Alsane Bautix, the old army general who was banned from his seat in the government after Aina revealed his corruption, is working to take back power by destroying anyone who stands in his way. With a new civil war on the horizon and all their lives at risk, the only way for Aina to protect her home is to join up with the only other criminal more notorious than her: Kohl himself.

As Bautix’s attacks increase, Aina and Kohl work together to stop his incoming weapons shipments and his plans to take back the Tower of Steel. To defeat them both, Aina will resort to betrayal, poison, and a deadly type of magic that hasn’t been used in years.

Through narrow alleys, across train rooftops, and deep in the city’s tunnels, Aina and Kohl will test each other’s strengths and limits, each of them knowing that once Bautix is dead, they’ll still have to face each other. If she manages to kill him, she’ll finally have the freedom she wants—but it might forever mark her as his shadow in a city where only the strongest survive.

I read many positive reviews of the first book – Diamond City – a story about a fierce heroine who lives in a world where everybody hides everything. The sequel, Shadow City, is out on 26 January.

That’s it for this week.

Next Saturday, I’ll post a list of all the series ending this month.

Which sequel are you most excited to read?

2021 · January 2021 · New YA Releases

This Week New YA Releases – 19 Jan 2021

Hello Fellow Readers,

How are you? How was your weekend?

I hope you had a good start of the week. It’s Monday, so it means it’s time to check what books are out this week:

Fantasy:

Cast in Firelight – Dana Swift

Adraa is the royal heir of Belwar, a talented witch on the cusp of taking her royal ceremony test, and a girl who just wants to prove her worth to her people.

Jatin is the royal heir to Naupure, a competitive wizard who’s mastered all nine colors of magic, and a boy anxious to return home for the first time since he was a child.

Together, their arranged marriage will unite two of Wickery’s most powerful kingdoms. But after years of rivalry from afar, Adraa and Jatin only agree on one thing: their reunion will be anything but sweet.

Only, destiny has other plans and with the criminal underbelly of Belwar suddenly making a move for control, their paths cross…and neither realizes who the other is, adopting separate secret identities instead.

Between dodging deathly spells and keeping their true selves hidden, the pair must learn to put their trust in the other if either is to uncover the real threat. Now Wickery’s fate is in the hands of rivals..? Fiancées..? Partners..? Whatever they are, it’s complicated and bound for greatness or destruction.

This book…. Uhm. There are mixed reviews online about this one. I haven’t personally read it and therefore I will suggest two reviews: a 5-star review from Yolanda @Past Midnight and a 3.5-star from Raji @Worlds Unlike Our Own. Cast in Firelight is the first book of a new duology, with enemies to lovers romance. It is recommended for Sabaa Tahir, Hafsah Faizal, and Renée Ahdieh fans, but also this recommendation seems the source of so many grievance. Out on 19 January.

Contemporary fiction:

This Will Be Funny Someday – Katie Henry

A girl walks into a bar… then onto a stage, and up to the mic.

Sixteen-year-old Izzy is used to keeping her thoughts to herself—in school, where her boyfriend does the talking for her, and at home, where it’s impossible to compete with her older siblings and high-powered parents—but when she accidentally walks into a stand-up comedy club and performs, the experience is surprisingly cathartic. After the show, she meets Mo, an aspiring comic who’s everything Izzy’s not: bold, confident, comfortable in her skin. Mo invites Izzy to join her group of friends and introduces her to the Chicago open mic scene.

The only problem? Her new friends are college students—and Izzy tells them she’s one, too. Now Izzy, the dutiful daughter and model student, is sneaking out to perform stand-up with her comedy friends, and she can hardly remember all the lies she’s telling to keep her two lives separate.

Her controlling boyfriend is getting suspicious, and her former best friend knows there’s something going on. But Izzy loves comedy and this newfound freedom. As her two parallel lives collide—in the most hilarious of ways—Izzy must choose to either hide what she really wants and who she really is or, finally, truly stand up for herself.

This contemporary novel seems quite promising. With various humorous moments, it also explores the trauma of being in an emotionally abusive relationship. It’s out on 19 January.

Wider Than the Sky – Katherine Field Rothschild

Sixteen-year-old Sabine Braxton doesn’t have much in common with her identical twin, Blythe. When their father dies from an unexpected illness, each copes with the loss in her own way—Sabine by “poeting” (an uncontrollable quirk of bursting into poetry at inappropriate moments) and Blythe by obsessing over getting into MIT, their father’s alma mater. Neither can offer each other much support . . . at least not until their emotionally detached mother moves them into a ramshackle Bay Area mansion owned by a stranger named Charlie.

Soon, the sisters unite in a mission to figure out who Charlie is and why he seems to know everything about them. They quickly make a life-changing discovery: their father died of an HIV- related infection, Charlie was his lover, and their mother knows the whole story. The revelation unravels Sabine’s world, while practical Blythe seems to take everything in stride. Once again at odds with her sister, Sabine chooses to learn all she can about the father she never knew. Ultimately, she must decide if she can embrace his last wish for their family legacy—along with forgiveness.

After an unexpected family tragedy, twin sisters have to uncover a secret that reaps their world. This contemporary debut novel explores the pain and power of forgiveness. It’s out on 19 January.

Romance:

A Complicated Love Story Set in Space – Shaun David Hutchinson

When Noa closes his eyes on Earth and wakes up on a spaceship called Qriosity just as it’s about to explode, he’s pretty sure things can’t get much weirder.

Boy is he wrong.

Trapped aboard Qriosity are also DJ and Jenny, neither of whom remember how they got onboard the ship. Together, the three face all the dangers of space, along with murder, aliens, a school dance, and one really, really bad day. But none of this can prepare Noa for the biggest challenge—falling in love. And as Noa’s feelings for DJ deepen, he has to contend not just with the challenges of the present, but also with his memories of the past.

However, nothing is what it seems on Qriosity, and the truth will upend all of their lives forever.

Love is complicated enough without also trying to stay alive.

This is a new novel from the acclaimed author of We Are the Ants. It’s been described as Black Mirror meets What If It’s Us. It’s a novel about two guys who are lost in space and while they are trying to find a way to go back home, they slowly fall in love. It’s out on 19 January.

Wench – Maxine Kaplan

Tanya has worked at her tavern since she was able to see over the bar. She broke up her first fight at 11. By the time she was a teenager she knew everything about the place, and she could run it with her eyes closed. She’d never let anyone—whether it be a drunkard or a captain of the queen’s guard—take advantage of her.

But when her guardian dies, she might lose it all: the bar, her home, her purpose in life. So she heads out on a quest to petition the queen to keep the tavern in her name—dodging unscrupulous guards, a band of thieves, and a powerful, enchanted feather that seems drawn to her. Fast-paced, magical, and unapologetically feminist, Wench is epic fantasy like you’ve never seen it before.

This fantasy novel has elements of historical fiction. It is described as a funny feminist YA epic fantasy but it also comes with a content warning, as the magic system involves self-harm. It’s out on 19 January.

Historical Fiction:

Last Night at the Telegraph Club – Malinda Lo

“That book. It was about two women, and they fell in love with each other.” And then Lily asked the question that had taken root in her, that was even now unfurling its leaves and demanding to be shown the sun: “Have you ever heard of such a thing?”

Seventeen-year-old Lily Hu can’t remember exactly when the question took root, but the answer was in full bloom the moment she and Kathleen Miller walked under the flashing neon sign of a lesbian bar called the Telegraph Club.

America in 1954 is not a safe place for two girls to fall in love, especially not in Chinatown. Red-Scare paranoia threatens everyone, including Chinese Americans like Lily. With deportation looming over her father—despite his hard-won citizenship—Lily and Kath risk everything to let their love see the light of day.

Malinda Lo is the acclaimed author of the lesbian retelling of Cinderella – Ash – and A Line in the Dark. This is a story of love and duty which takes place in San Francisco’s Chinatown during the Red Scare. I came across this amazing review from Sara @Lyrical Reads, which I am sure will convince you to add this book to your TBR. This is out on 19 January.

Realistic Fiction:

Your Corner Dark – Desmond Hall

Things can change in a second: The second Frankie Green gets that scholarship letter, he has his ticket out of Jamaica.

The second his longtime crush, Leah, asks him on a date, he’s in trouble. The second his father gets shot, suddenly nothing else matters.

And the second Frankie joins his uncle’s gang in exchange for paying for his father’s medical bills, there’s no going back…or is there?

As Frankie does things he never thought he’d be capable of, he’s forced to confront the truth of the family and future he was born into—and the ones he wants to build for himself.

This debut novel has been described as American Street meets Long Way Down. It discusses the harsh realities of gang life in Jamaica and how far a teen is willing to go for his family. It’s out on 19 January.

Poetry:

If I Tell You the Truth – Jasmin Kaur

In this stunning sophomore novel, acclaimed writer Jasmin Kaur explores trauma, fear, courage, community, and the healing power of love in its many forms.

Kiran flees her home in Punjab for a fresh start in Canada after a sexual assault leaves her pregnant. But overstaying her visa and living undocumented brings its own perils for both her and her daughter, Sahaara.

Sahaara would do anything to protect her mother. When she learns the truth about Kiran’s past, she feels compelled to seek justice—even if it means challenging a powerful and dangerous man.

This book is a collection of stories told in a combination of prose, poetry and illustration. It’s described as perfect for fans of Elizabeth Acevedo and Rupi Kaur. It’s out on 19 January.

That’s it for this week! Next Saturday I will talk about sequels, so continue following my blog!

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