The Best Young Adult Books of January

Posted by Marie on January 2, 2019
Welcome to the world of irresistible young adult fiction! Every month, our team takes a look at the books being published and how they're resonating with early readers. We use this information to put together a roundup of soon-to-be favorites, from tales set in the suburbs to epics in realms of mystery and mischief.

For January, we're getting the royal treatment from sweeping fantasies, including King of Scars, The Wicked King, and The Girl King. In the contemporary world, we have a high school recasting of a certain Tudor tyrant, a new page-turning thriller from the author of One of Us Is Lying, plus a paranormal series set in the world of Buffy the Vampire Slayer.

Add the books that catch your eye to your Want to Read shelf, and let us know what you're reading and recommending in the comments!


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The Grishavserse novels continue with Nikolai Lantsov. This prince has a talent for doing the impossible—a talent that's tested when he tries to heal a country torn apart by magic.

Release Date: January 29
Series: Nikolai Duology #1

Read our interview with Leigh Bardugo.


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Echo Ridge is a picture-perfect town where everyone has a secret. Even the newcomer, Ellery, is hiding something. When a girl goes missing, uglier truths come to light.

Release Date: January 8

Read our interview with Karen M. McManus.


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Jude Duarte faces more danger in this thrilling sequel to The Cruel Prince. She may have her archenemy under her control, but a spell can only do so much against a wicked faerie king.

Release Date: January 8
Series: The Folk of the Air #2

Read why Holly Black finds faeries so fascinating.


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Set in 19th-century Paris, this historical fantasy follows a young treasure hunter in his search for a legendary artifact. To succeed, he'll need a crew as notorious as himself.

Release Date: January 15
Series: The Gilded Wolves #1



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Tradition means everything to Rukhsana's conservative Muslim parents. Her courage is tested when they discover she's gay and send her to live with relatives in Bangladesh.

Release Date: January 29



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Every generation has a Slayer destined to fight the supernatural forces of darkness. Here a girl named Nina not only becomes the next Chosen One—she'll also be the last.

Release Date: January 8
Series: Slayer #1



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Sophie's four best friends and beloved marching band make her small-town life feel big. She can't imagine anything more perfect…until a mysterious boy named August arrives.

Release Date: January 15



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Meet Henry, the de facto ruler of Lancaster High. He's got a lot in common with King Henry VIII, including a succession of six girlfriends. Side note: Their breakups don't end well.

Release Date: January 29



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Lu was destined to inherit her father's dynasty. Her sister Min was destined to live in Lu's shadow. When the Emperor betrays them both, it sparks a dangerous rivalry for the throne.

Release Date: January 8
Series: The Girl King #1






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message 1: by Morg (new)

Morg So excited for Leigh Bardugo's new series! Loveeedddd all of her books!


message 2: by Sharon711 (new)

Sharon711 turner Looking forward to reading Slayer, The Girl King and The Dead Queens Club.


message 3: by MundiNova (last edited Jan 05, 2019 06:02PM) (new)

MundiNova Wait ... a new book from the Buffy the Vampire Slayer universe??

Slayer looks amazing! Bring on more stories from this universe, please!


message 4: by Jacqueline (new)

Jacqueline Can't wait for Slayer and the Girl King!


message 5: by Alex (new)

Alex SO excited for jan 8th!


message 6: by Kristi (new)

Kristi Slayer, Girl King, and Wicked King


message 7: by Yan (new)

Yan  Del Cid Slayer and King of Scars


message 8: by theresa dobey (new)

theresa dobey Slayer and Wicked King 👑


message 9: by Cheryl (new)

Cheryl D Excitedly looking forward to reading The Love and Lies of Rukhsana Ali!


message 10: by Elysia (new)

Elysia So excited for a Buffy spin off and I'm seeing Holly Black on her book tour this February, so excited to read her next installment!


message 11: by Chimi (new)

Chimi Delma The Love and Lies of Rukhsana Ali!


message 12: by Maria (new)

Maria Sconfienza Stained by A. G. Howard


message 13: by Sarah (new)

Sarah Slayer and Wicked King! And I just bought Girl King at B&N yesterday, so I'll be reading that very soon!


message 14: by Ashlyn (new)

Ashlyn Two can keep a secret, Slayer, and The Dead Queens Club are my most anticipated releases!


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