What’s New In YA for January |10 Books for Read With Me Friday

There are 50 New YA books coming out this January. For today’s Read with me Friday, we look at stories full of betrayal, love courage.  Some of the YA world Favorites such as Amy Kaufman, and Holly Black and some debut novels with stunning social observations.

Let’s dive in, shall we? r3a0x1r7

1. Busted by Gina Ciocca

This book was released on January 1, 2018, is about Marisa.  She wasn’t planning to be a snoop for hire—until she accidentally caught her best friend’s boyfriend making out with another girl. Now she is the school PI caching Cheating boyfriends.  But when Kendall her ex-friend asks her to spy on TJ her meandering boyfriend.  She discovers that she is the one that he wants…  and she isn’t so sure she disagrees.

I am a fan of these kinds of difficult love stories if I want to be honest with myself.  My life is so uncomplicated in the romance arena I love the tiny little love dramas that the authors come up with. My favorite part of this premise is that  Marisa’s Love life isn’t really the main intention.


2. Extinction Trials by S.M. Wilson

Also released on January 1st, Extinction Trials is A post-apocalyptic contest, where contestants risk everything to survive.  Stormchaser and Lincoln face both human and reptilian monsters and have no one to trust not even each other.

I am a fan of all things post-apocalyptic, And this is sounding a lot like the Hunger Games with Monsters.  Needless to say, I don’t know that this would ever make it to Movie form because we have already seen it.  But, I am always up for a “who can I trust?” kind of story.


3. The Cruel Prince By Holly Black

One of the YA Favorites returned once again on January 2nd, to bring us this novel of a human girl trying to fit into the Faerie world.  After Jude’s  parents were murdered, she and her sisters were stolen away to live at the High Court of Faerie.  She would love to belong there, but she is mortal and many Fey despise humans including Prince Cardan the youngest of the royals.

To stay at court she had to discover her capacity for bloodshed and risk her life to save her sisters and stop Faerie from descending into civil war.  This book has drama intrigue and a prince who is out for blood.  This is book 1 of a series which is why I picked it, plus… it’s Holly black.

I don’t actually read things with faeries in them for the most part, and probably won’t be reading this. but it’s Holly Black and she is a fantastic writer. I can’t wait to hear what her readers think of this new series.

4.  A conspiracy of Stars by Olivia A. Cole

Released on January 2nd,  This story of Planetary genocide debuts.  Octavia has only ever had one goal: to follow in the footsteps of her parents and become a prestigious whitecoat, a scientist who studies the jungles of Faloiv to discover its secrets.  When the council allows students inside, Octavia jumps at the shot. 

 “But something ain’t right, ”  one of the indigenous people of the Jungle was attacked in front of her.  She uncovers a conspiracy by the council.   With the help of her hacker friend Rondo and her best friend Alma, she set out to save the indigenous people of the Faloiv Jungle and discover the truth of the science she has lived by her whole life, and the truth about her family.

This is a bit more up my alley with the sci-fi inclinations. This story is bound to put the atrocities we see here on earth into perspective.

5. Together at Midnight by Jennifer Castle

Also out on January second, a story of random acts of kindness.  Just after a semester in Europe, Kendall witnesses a tragic accident in New York City, as does Max a boy from back home struggling through a gap year.  

Through their guilt of what they saw, the two of them accept a dare to perform random acts of Kindness to strangers throughout the Holiday Season.  Their shared history pulls them together as they perform these acts in the Great New York City. They can’t deny their romantic feelings for each other as the year comes to a close and the clock ticks down to midnight.

This is cute.  I look forward to seeing Teens do good things for people.  It shows that yes they have that capacity in a world that perceives them as self-centered and apathetic.  It shows how Teens care deeply about those around them.

6.Nice Try Jane Sinner By Lianne Oelke

I am looking forward to January 9th. To the Release of this little gem. Jane sinner hates to be pitied.  After being expelled from high school, her life is going in a downward spiral.  She makes a deal with her parents that she will get her GED if she gets to move out.  

The 17-year old solves her housing issue in true millennial fashion, by joining a reality show run by the student body at the college she is doing her high school completion program in… And of course, she gets a chance to win a car.   No one knows what she did to get expelled and she likes that way.  But as the Show goes from Low budget web series to local TV with fans and everything; Jane uses her moment in the sun to use just what she has learned to win.  

I love reading modern stories.  Sure it dates the books after 20 years, but I love feeling that this story could be happening in my town.

7. Unearthed by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner

Another YA Favorite returns teaming up with Meagan Spooner to bring a new story of alien intrigue. When Earth intercepts a message from a long-extinct alien race, it seems like the solution the planet has been waiting for.  Their technology could undo the environmental damage, and their home planet was ripe for the picking.  Mia and Jules smuggle themselves to the Alien Planet Gaia, for very different reasons, but form a tentative alliance to penetrate the Undying temple and glean the information hidden within.  And the more they learn, the more they realize that learning could spell the end of the human race

Ok, this is a cross between Indiana Jones and Enders game right here, and it is right up my alley. This is definitely on my Must read list.  Unearthed will be on the shelves on January 9th, 2018.

8. Love Hate and Other Filters by Samira Ahmed

January 9th marks the release of Ahmed’s debut novel, about the coming of  age story of an Indian-American Muslim girl that confronts islamophobia  Maya Aziz is torn between worlds  as her proper parents want her to go to college and marry a boy they choose for her, and on the other hand she wants to go to film school, live in New York, and finally dating the boy she has had a crush on forever.   But due to a horrible crime, her life is changed and her community comes into turmoil.  

Sounds a lot like what Muslim people went through right after 9/11/2001. We get to look at how scary the world was for them after the devastating attack.  A powerful social commentary by a debutante, totally reading this.

9. I Was Born for This by  Alice Oseman

The Australian author of Solitaire and Radio Silence  Is set to release her book “I Was Born for This” on January 11th.  About For Angel Rahimi, a boy band fangirl, devoted to her favorite band “The Ark.” When she is unexpectedly thrust together with frontman Jimmy Kaga-Ricci they discover how surprising facing up to reality can be.  

Okay, My interest in this book has less to do with the content of the book which is so big the Book cover has yet to be released by Harper-Collins.  But it’s more to do with my complete obsession with Australia.  I just can’t wait to listen to this book on Audible.

10. The Disturbed Girls Dictionary by NoNiga Ramos

On January 31, this mighty intriguing book is released.  It’s all about labels and how you never really know what is going on in someone’s life until you are in it.  Macy’s school officially classifies her as “disturbed,” but Macy isn’t interested in how others define her.

Her father is in prison, her mother is clinically depressed and her brother gets taken by child protective services.  When her Best friend stops speaking to her, she begins to write her own definitions in a journal.  WIthin it, and written in dictionary style she explains why she does what she does.

I am really looking forward to reading this story.  Though Dystopian fiction is my cup of tea, I have found a few books that have captured my attention in the struggles of a not so normal teen.

What will you be reading this January?

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