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January Releases

January 3, 2019

We have ringed in the new year, which means it’s time for new books! January is kicking the year off with a bang and a whole bunch of exciting releases!

22718738Release Date: January 1, 2019
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Girl Code: Never date a friend’s ex.

Willa Evans has no intention of breaking the code. So what if she’s always secretly loved her next-door neighbor Zach? As her best friend’s boyfriend, he was always off-limits and it needs to stay that way, even though they just broke up. Even though every time she turns around he’s there, tempting her…

No keeping secrets from your bestie.

Flor Hidalgo has a lot on her plate: her breakup with Zach, her dad’s new dating life, and her struggling grades. So why can’t she stop thinking about her hot, know-it-all tutor? At least she’s got Willa, her constant in the chaos.

Breaking the code breaks friendships.

Two friends find themselves tempted by love that defies the rules in this steamy romance perfect for fans of Jenny Han and Simone Elkeles.

Steamy romances? A friendship at the center? Sign me up!

 

22718738Release Date: January 8, 2019
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The enchanting and bloodthirsty sequel to the New York Times bestselling novel The Cruel Prince.

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.

I haven’t had the chance to read The Wicked King (even though it was basically the most talked fantasy book of last year), but I’m excited to dive into it now that the sequel is out!

 

22718738Release Date: January 8, 2019
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Last month, Elin tried to kill herself.

She knows she’s lucky that her parents found her in time. Lucky to be going to prom with her three best friends, like any other teen. Like it never happened. And if she has anything to say about it, no one but her best friends will ever know it did.

Jenna, Rosie, and Ket will do anything to keep Elin’s secret—and to make sure it never happens again. That’s why they’re determined to make prom the perfect night. The night that convinces Elin that life is worth living.

Except, at prom, Elin goes missing.

Now it’s up to her friends to find her. But each of the girls has her own demons to face. Ket is being blackmailed by an ex. Rosie is falling in love for the first time. And Jenna . . .

Jenna is falling apart.

And no one, not even her best friends, knows why.

Heart-wrenching and utterly impossible to put down, When the Truth Unravels follows four friends as they confront their greatest hopes and darkest secrets in one life-changing night.

I’m excited to dive into When the Truth Unravels. Four POVs full of many secrets? I’m so here for it. Stay tuned for a guest post from author Ruthanne Snow!

 

22718738Release Date: January 8, 2019
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Mia’s best friend Robyn is known for her matchmaking skills, which is perfect, because homecoming is just around the corner. But Robyn refuses to set Mia up with the guy of her dreams, which forces Mia to take matters into her own hands. She uses Robyn’s matchmaking service to make sure popular Vince Demetrius falls for her.

Vince asks her out, but Mia doesn’t count on Logan, the persistent school newspaper photographer who seems to like her out of the blue. Now she has to choose between Vince – the guy she knows is right for her – and Logan, who insists that she give him a chance. And she needs to make sure Robyn doesn’t find out that Mia’s been matchmaking behind her back.

Mia has two weeks before homecoming. Can she fix the mess she made or will she have to kiss her perfect match goodbye forever?

I read Match Me If You Can a couple months ago, and it is absolutely adorable! Look for a full review coming soon + an interview from the author herself, Tiana Smith!

 

22718738Release Date: January 8, 2019
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After finally taking down Torres, her mother’s merciless killer, Reagan and Luke have two targets on their backs and are forced into hiding. With new names, looks, and cover stories, they’re living quiet, “safe” lives, but revenge comes at a steep price. Reagan’s actions continue to haunt the pair and put the people they love in danger.

When Reagan discovers her best friend Harper is on the verge of being kidnapped, she and Luke defy Black Angel orders and risk blowing their cover to save their friend. After the rescue attempt goes wrong, the three friends must go on the run with an army of assassins hot on their trail and the list of trust-worthy Black Angels getting smaller and smaller. Will they make it out alive? And at what cost?

Fast-paced and suspenseful, this is the explosive finale of Kristen Orlando’s Black Angel Chronicles series.

I read the first two novels in the Black Angel Chronicles back in January (review here), and I could not wait to get my hands on the conclusion! I’m the wait for the finale is finally over! Fans of Ally Carter’s Gallagher seres will love this trilogy!

 

22718738Release Date: January 8, 2019
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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.

One of Us is Lying was one of the biggest books in YA this past year, but I haven’t had the chance to read it yet. I absolutely love thrillers and I’m especially exited to check out Karen M. McManus’s sophomore novel!

 

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Release Date: January 15, 2019
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For Sophie, small-town life has never felt small. She has the Yum Yum Shoppe, with its famous fourteen flavors of ice cream; her beloved marching band, the pride and joy of Acadia High (even if the football team disagrees); and her four best friends, loving and infuriating, wonderfully weird and all she could ever ask for.

Then August moves in next door. A quiet guy with a magnetic smile, August seems determined to keep everyone at arm’s length. Sophie in particular.

Country stars, revenge plots, and a few fake kisses (along with some excellent real ones) await Sophie in this hilarious, heartfelt story.

Omg, doesn’t the synopsis for Famous in a Small Town sound absolutely adorable!? I just know I’m going to love everything in Emma Mills’ latest novel!

 

22718738Release Date: January 15, 2019
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Aspiring choreographer Sophie Orenstein would do anything for Peter Rosenthal-Porter, who’s been on the kidney transplant list as long as she’s known him. Peter, a gifted pianist, is everything to Sophie: best friend, musical collaborator, secret crush. When she learns she’s a match, donating a kidney is an easy, obvious choice. She can’t help wondering if after the transplant, he’ll love her back the way she’s always wanted.

But Peter’s life post-transplant isn’t what either of them expected. Though he once had feelings for Sophie too, he’s now drawn to Chase, the guitarist in a band that happens to be looking for a keyboardist. And while neglected parts of Sophie’s world are calling to her—dance opportunities, new friends, a sister and niece she barely knows—she longs for a now-distant Peter more than ever, growing increasingly bitter he doesn’t seem to feel the same connection.

Peter fears he’ll forever be indebted to her. Sophie isn’t sure who she is without him. Then one blurry, heartbreaking night twists their relationship into something neither of them recognizes, leading them to question their past, their future, and whether their friendship is even worth fighting for.

I was lucky enough to receive an advanced copy of Our Year of Maybe and what I’ve read so far is fantastic. I just know that it’s going to leave me heartbroken at the end though. Look for my interview with Rachel Lynn Solomon on the blog tour for the book soon!

 

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Release Date: January 15, 2019
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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.

Paris? Mystery? A ragtag team? This is definitely a fantasy novel right up my alley!

 

22718738Release Date: January 22, 2019
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Bestselling author Katie McGarry’s trademark wrong-side-of-the-tracks romance is given a new twist in the gritty YA contemporary novel, Only a Breath Apart.

Jesse Lachlin is cursed.

So the town folklore says, but while Jesse’s had his fair share of tragedy, the only curse he believes is in his grandmother’s will: in order to inherit his family farm he must win the approval of his childhood best friend, the girl he froze out his freshman year, Scarlett Copeland.

Scarlett Copeland is psychic.

Glory Gardner tells Scarlett she has hidden psychic abilities, but Scarlett thinks Glory is delusional. What is real is Scarlett’s father’s irrational fears, controlling attitude, and the dark secrets at home. Scarlett may have a way to escape, but there’s a hitch: she’ll have to rely on the one person she used to trust, the same boy who broke her heart, Jesse Lachlin.

Each midnight meeting pushes Jesse and Scarlett to confront their secrets and their feelings for each other. But as love blooms, the curse rears its ugly head…

I love Katie McGarry’s Pushing the Limits series, so I can’t wait to read Only a Breath Apart!

 

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Release Date: January 22, 2019
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When Lady Mina Tretheway receives a telegram at boarding school, she doesn’t want to read it. In 1918, with war raging, she dreads telegrams, knowing they never bring good news.

At first she doesn’t understand the cryptic message. Then she realizes it’s written in code, and the message leads her home to Hallington Manor. When Lord Andrew Graham appears with a dashing young American, Lucas Mueller, Mina learns that the two of them must work together on dangerous project for the war effort.

Thinking Mina is just a spoiled aristocrat, Lucas tries to complete the project alone, fearing her inexperience will give them away. But when the project goes very wrong, Mina and Lucas are thrown together to complete the mission before more soldiers disappear into the darkness of war.

Spies? World War I? Romance? Eeeeep! I can’t wait to dive into All is Fair!

 

22718738Release Date: January 22, 2019
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Seventeen-year-old Lacey Burke is the last person on the planet who should be doling out sex advice. For starters, she’s never even kissed anyone, and she hates breaking the rules. Up until now, she’s been a straight-A music geek that no one even notices. All she cares about is jamming out with her best friends, Theo and Evita.

But then everything changes.

When Lacey sees first-hand how much damage the abstinence-only sex-ed curriculum of her school can do, she decides to take a stand and starts doling out wisdom and contraception to anyone who seeks her out in the girls’ restroom. But things with Theo become complicated quickly, and Lacey is soon not just keeping everyone else’s secrets, but hers as well.

I adore the Swoon Reads imprint, and I cannot wait to dive into their latest contemporary, The Birds, the Bees, and You and Me!

 

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Release Date: January 29, 2019
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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.

Nikolai was by far my favorite character in the Grisha trilogy, so I freaked out when I found out we were getting a duology from his POV. I can’t believe we are only few weeks out from getting the story!

 

22718738Release Date: January 29, 2019
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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?

I need more books staring teenage thieves (looking at you Heist Society) so I’m super excited about Death prefers Blondes!

 

Which January YA releases are you most excited for?

14 Comments

  • Reply Harker DeFilippis January 3, 2019 at 6:08 PM

    Two Can Keep A Secret is going so well, I’m sure you’re going to enjoy it. I haven’t finished it yet, but here’s hoping it ends just as well as it begins. 😀

    I’m looking forward to King of Scars, especially the Nina chapters!

    • Reply Jordan January 20, 2019 at 5:01 PM

      Yay! I’m glad to hear you’re enjoying Two Can Keep a Secret so much! I haven’t read the author’s debut yet, but I’m excited to try it!

  • Reply Jessica at Booked J January 3, 2019 at 6:43 PM

    It’s so nuts to me that it’s 2019! But, ooh, all of these are on my most anticipated list or I’ve already read my galley of. When the Truth Unravels is SO thought-provoking and compelling. Can’t wait for the author’s guest post! She’s brilliant.

    • Reply Jordan January 20, 2019 at 5:02 PM

      I need to read When the Truth Unravels soon! I loved working with the author on the guest post and I’ve heard absolutely fantastic things about her debut!

  • Reply celinelingg January 3, 2019 at 7:20 PM

    Ahh I can’t help to read another Karen M.Mcmanus’s books!

    • Reply Jordan January 20, 2019 at 5:18 PM

      I haven’t read her debut yet, but I’m excited to read her books as I love mysteries!

  • Reply Vanessa January 3, 2019 at 8:35 PM

    I am most looking forward to The Wicked King and King of Scars. I feel like I am the only person that hasn’t already read The Wicked King so my preorder can’t get here fast enough! Less than a week to go! =D

    • Reply Jordan January 20, 2019 at 5:19 PM

      I still need to read The Cruel Prince so I’m so behind in the book world!

  • Reply Jess January 3, 2019 at 10:13 PM

    I can’t wait for King of Scars!! So excited. I’ve also just bought The Wicked King and will be starting it next week. I really love the covers on all of these books.

    • Reply Jordan January 20, 2019 at 5:21 PM

      I can’t wait for King of Scars! I’m thinking I should reread the Grisha trilogy before starting it though because it’s been sooo long since I’ve read it.

  • Reply Anushka Anand January 5, 2019 at 7:30 AM

    Thank you for this post, you just made me add all of this to my tbr BECAUSE ALL OF THESE SOUND SO GOOD. I can’t wait pick up one of these ❤

    • Reply Jordan January 20, 2019 at 5:21 PM

      Yay!! I hope you enjoy reading them when you get the chance!

  • Reply bostonbookreader January 5, 2019 at 1:13 PM

    I have quite a few arcs on here I really need to get to great choices!!

    • Reply Jordan January 20, 2019 at 5:22 PM

      Thanks! I hope you enjoy them when you get the chance to read them!

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