The Best Young Adult Books of January

Posted by Cybil on January 2, 2020
As dedicated readers already know, some of the best and most innovative stories on the shelves come from the constantly evolving realm of 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.

New in January: Karen M. McManus delivers One of Us Is Next, the highly anticipated sequel to One of Us Is Lying. Isabel Ibañez stitches actual Bolivian history and mythology into Woven in Moonlight. And we find further adventures in the lands of Emberfall, the Hinterland, and, um, Vermont.

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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Forbidden magic has returned to Emberfall as Prince Rhen strives to govern a land on the brink of war. But his guardsman Grey is missing, and some say the true heir is the man on the run. Prepare for more love and adventures in this sequel to the New York Times–bestselling A Curse So Dark and Lonely.

Read our interview with Kemmerer.

Release date: January 7

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Truth or Dare, the immortal game that's gotten generations of kids in trouble, is all the rage at Bayview High. Everyone knows dares can be dangerous, but nothing is more treacherous than the truth. Author McManus delivers the highly anticipated sequel to One of Us Is Lying!

Discover McManus' reading recommendations here.

Release date: January 7

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The magical realms of the Hinterland are winking out. Alice hopes to make a decent and nonmagical life in New York City—along with the other refugees of that dying fairy tale world. But something is stalking the Hinterland's survivors. Alice Proserpine and Ellery Finch return in the sequel to The Hazel Wood.

Release date: January 7

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Brothers Emil and Brighton find themselves in the midst of a magical war raging just beneath the everyday reality of life in New York. The vigilante group known as the Spell Walkers is dedicated to fighting specters, evil stalkers that steal the essence of other magical creatures. Brighton wants to join the cause. Emil just wants the violence to stop. Brotherhood and loyalty are on the line...

Release date: January 14

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Three deaths in the present. More deaths in the past. A string of ominous disappearances. And now there's a massive storm descending. The mysteries of Ellingham Academy deepen and are resolved in the conclusion of the Truly Devious series.

Release date: January 21

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Inspired by real Bolivian history and mythology, Woven in Moonlight stitches together threads of revolution, romance, magic, and a heroine who can spin thread from moonlight. Author Ibañez, the daughter of Bolivian immigrants, brings new tones and colors to the YA fantasy tale.

Release date: January 7

Which new YA books are you most excited to read? Let us know in the comments!

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message 1: by Anton (new)

Anton K The problem is that the book covers are more attractive than what is inside.

message 2: by Denisia (new)

Denisia 😂😂true

message 3: by Anais (new)

Anais Piccoli Anton wrote: "The problem is that the book covers are more attractive than what is inside."

so true hahaha

message 4: by Shanelle (new)

Shanelle Can't wait for the next in the Cursebreakers series! Woven in Moonlight sounds brilliant too!

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Anton wrote: "The problem is that the book covers are more attractive than what is inside."

That's true 😂 the covers are so gorgeous and tempting

message 6: by Neide (last edited Jan 08, 2020 09:24AM) (new)

Neide Gomes I'm so excited for Hand on the Wall! I can't wait to finally see the conclusion 😭

message 7: by Lynnae (new)

Lynnae Andersen I loved The Hazel Wood, so I am extremely excited to read The Night Country.

A Curse So Dark and Lonely and One of Us Is Lying are on my TBR for 2020. If I enjoy them, I'm sure I will seek out their sequels.

message 8: by Rori (new)

Rori I really want to read one of us is lying trying to get to the point so i can read the next one

message 9: by Cal (new)

Beatrice Longbottom So excited for Hand On The Wall!

myfortressofbooks I got Scavenge the Stars (released Jan 7 2020) and it sounds really interesting!

message 14: by Sad (new)

Sad Ra سابقه‌ها چرت آنقدر دم دستی چی چرا سطح... نمی‌دونم... و نمی‌تونم بگم چیزی بگم. چون مطابق با نظر من نیستن، پس بد
یکی نیستن. و میتونن ... عالی باسد... همون چند سطری که خودندم خوب بود.... ممنونمهستندد. نه. هرگز. . نه. اونا فقط با نظر

message 15: by William (new)

William Ford Hi Cybil, Is there a list of January's new children's picture books? If so can you add 'The Cockatoo from Timbuktu' ? It has been getting fantastic reviews.

message 16: by Devika (new)

Devika Just finished Woven it's super cool.

message 17: by Johanna (new)

Johanna Lowe The next Cursebreakers, and Hazelwood books and Woven in Moonlight! Yay for writers who create beautiful stories for us to read! ❤️❤️❤️

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