Happy New Year’s Eve! Let’s celebrate by taking a look at some of January’s new releases:
The Dark Days Club, by Alison Goodman
I’ve been so excited for this one for months and months, and now it’s finally almost here! A new series by Alison Goodman? Yes, please. A new series by Alison Goodman set in a demon-infested Regency era? YES, PLEASE, WITH EIGHT POUNDS OF CHERRIES ON TOP. The Kirkus reviewer notes that this isn’t a fast-paced read—while that may be a turn-off for some readers, I often find that slower pacing makes for a more immersive reading experience, so BRING IT ON.
Assassin's Masque, by Sarah Zettel
American Ace, by Marilyn Nelson
A verse novel about race, identity, and family. When Connor’s Nonna Lucia dies, she leaves behind a letter explaining that her son—Connor’s father—was not the biological son of the white man who raised him, but of a black American pilot who died during World War II.
The Memory of Light, by Francisco X. Stork
After a suicide attempt, a girl ends up in a psych ward. While it’s certainly not an unfamiliar premise—given the statistics that suggest a prevalence of untreated mental health issues among teenagers, that’s not at all surprising—I have heard nothing but GLOWING PRAISE for this book, for the voice, for the story, for the diversity, for the combination of difficult subject matter with beautiful prose and even some humor.
This Is Where It Ends, by Marieke Nijkamp
Months after the cover reveal, I am still so impressed by it. The designer DEFINITELY deserves a gold star. Real-time, multi-voiced account of a mass shooting at a high school—this is also not unfamiliar territory in YA, but as one of the basic goals of art is to try and understand and process the world around us, these stories are clearly (sadly) a necessity, and I won’t be surprised if we see more and more of them in the next few years.
Up to This Pointe, by Jennifer Longo
I love ballet books. I love Antarctica books. THIS BOOK IS BOTH.
Firsts, by Laurie Elizabeth Flynn
A girl sets up a secret de-virgining service at her high school. But secrets are rarely secrets forever. I’ve actually already read this one—I blew through it in one sitting, which speaks to its readability—and I had overall mixed feelings. It’s going to spark SO much conversation, and rightfully so, that I want to re-read it in order to fully participate!
We Are the Ants, by Shaun David Hutchinson
"If you knew the world was going to end but you could prevent it, would you?"
The Mystery of Hollow Places, by Rebecca Podos
A bestselling author goes missing, and his daughter puts her lessons learned from years of mystery reading to good use and goes looking for him and the truth behind her parentage. I’ve seen the protagonist dinged as “unlikable” and “hard to connect with” in some corners, which makes her immediately interesting to me—never let it be said that I’m not contrary, I guess?
Shallow Graves, by Kali Wallace
A year after her murder, a girl wakes up with the power to see if people are killers. Revenge-y type shenanigans ensue. I love stories about girls who are LITERALLY monsters—see Eliza Crewe’s Cracked for a great example of what I mean—so I am all in for this one.
This is just a sampling—what January titles are you looking forward to?
In addition to running a library in rural Maine, Leila Roy blogs at Bookshelves of Doom, is a contributor at Book Riot, hangs out on Twitter a lot—possibly too much—and watches a shocking amount of television. Her cat is a murderer.