14 YA Books Coming Out January 2020

Updated: Mar 6, 2020

Happy New Year Everyone!

I hope you had a safe New Year's day and that you are feeling optimistic about the year ahead. To begin the year on a great note, I decided to compile a list of 14 books coming out this month because going to those new release list has always helped me find my favorite reads-I hope I can help you find yours!

The list below is a totally biased list, I read the descriptions and even through there are so many books coming out in January, these are the ones I feel the most excited about.

Let’s get started:


Loveboat, Taipei by Abigail Hing Wen - Jan 7

For fans of Crazy Rich Asians or Jane Austen Comedy of Manners, with a hint of La La Land

When eighteen-year-old Ever Wong’s parents send her from Ohio to Taiwan to study Mandarin for the summer, she finds herself thrust among the very over-achieving kids her parents have always wanted her to be, including Rick Woo, the Yale-bound prodigy profiled in the Chinese newspapers since they were nine—and her parents’ yardstick for her never-measuring-up life.

Unbeknownst to her parents, however, the program is actually an infamous teen meet-market nicknamed Loveboat, where the kids are more into clubbing than calligraphy and drinking snake-blood sake than touring sacred shrines.

Free for the first time, Ever sets out to break all her parents’ uber-strict rules—but how far can she go before she breaks her own heart?

#Contemporary #Romance


Thoughts: This book is on my list because my friends got to read an ARC of it and had great things to say. I recently acquired my own ARC (thanks to the public library) and I can't wait to read it and review it. The description totally drew me in, and a contemporary romance never hurts, right?

Level of Excitement: Medium

Length: 432 pages

Add Loveboat, Taipei to your Goodreads shelf, here.


Nameless Queen by Rebecca McLaughlin - Jan. 7

One girl must make a name for herself--or die trying --in this royal fantasy where an unknown peasant becomes the ultimate ruler. But how long can she keep the crown if everyone wants her dead? Perfect for fans of Furyborn, Red Queen, and Everless.

Everyone expected the king's daughter would inherit the throne. No one expected me.

It shouldn't even be possible. I'm Nameless, a class of citizens so disrespected, we don't even get names. Heck, dozens of us have been going missing for months and no one seems to care.

But there's no denying the tattoo emblazoned on my arm. I am queen. In a palace where the corridors are more dangerous the streets, though, how could I possibly rule? And what will become of the Nameless if I don't?



Thoughts: I am intrigued by the social order in NQ and the personality and true identity of the main character. I spot a potential badass woman, and I hope I will get just that.

Level of Excitement: Medium

Length: 352 Pages

Add Nameless Queen to your Goodreads shelf, here.


Scavenge the Stars by Tara Sim - Jan. 7

When Amaya rescues a mysterious stranger from drowning, she fears her rash actions have earned her a longer sentence on the debtor ship where she’s been held captive for years. Instead, the man she saved offers her unimaginable riches and a new identity, setting Amaya on a perilous course through the coastal city-state of Moray, where old-world opulence and desperate gamblers collide. Amaya wants one thing: revenge against the man who ruined her family and stole the life she once had. But the more entangled she becomes in this game of deception—and as her path intertwines with the son of the man she’s plotting to bring down—the more she uncovers about the truth of her past. And the more she realizes she must trust no one…

Packed with high-stakes adventure, romance, and dueling identities, this gender-swapped retelling of The Count of Monte Cristo is the first novel in an epic YA fantasy duology, perfect for fans of Sarah J. Maas, Sabaa Tahir, and Leigh Bardugo.

#Retelling #Fantasy #LGBTQ #SciFi #Romance

#FirstInSeries - Scavenge the Stars # 1

Thoughts: Scavenge the Stars is one of my highly anticipated 2020 reads. I got super hyped by the description because it seems to contain all the things I love in my favorite books.

Level of Excitement: High

Length: 336 Pages

Add Scavenge the Stars to your Goodreads shelf, here.


When Stars Are Bright by Amber R. Duell - Jan. 7

For Lina Holt, a Dutch seventeen-year-old with a flair for singing, 1930 is going to be her year. Her long-time boyfriend is about to propose and her mother will finally realize their relationship isn’t a passing phase. But when a stranger snatches her from her backyard, everything changes.

Lina is thrust into the spotlight of a New York vaudeville show where she’s paired with Nik, a mysterious pianist. The two bond during rehearsals and it doesn’t take long before Nik puts himself at risk to confess a hidden truth. Without Lina, the show is in its last season and there’s no way she’ll be allowed to slip through the owner’s fingers. Not when she carries fairy magic in her blood—an gift that turns her song into a dangerously addictive drug.

If Lina ever wants to return home, she must learn who to trust before she’s forced to remain a prisoner on stage forever.

WHEN STARS ARE BRIGHT is a historical Thumbelina retelling with a touch of magic.

#Retellings #Fantasy #HistoricalFiction #Romance


Thoughts: I couldn‘t help feeling intrigued by this book the moment I read its description. Addictive music, a mysterious pianist, a girl taken away from her home, and so much potential for an amazing book.

Level of Excitement: Medium

Length: N/A

Add When Stars Are Bright to your Goodreads shelf, here.


Woven in Moonlight by Isabel Ibanez - Jan. 7

A lush tapestry of magic, romance, and revolución, drawing inspiration from Bolivian politics and history.

Ximena is the decoy Condesa, a stand-in for the last remaining Illustrian royal. Her people lost everything when the usurper, Atoc, used an ancient relic to summon ghosts and drive the Illustrians from La Ciudad. Now Ximena’s motivated by her insatiable thirst for revenge, and her rare ability to spin thread from moonlight.

When Atoc demands the real Condesa’s hand in marriage, it’s Ximena’s duty to go in her stead. She relishes the chance, as Illustrian spies have reported that Atoc’s no longer carrying his deadly relic. If Ximena can find it, she can return the true aristócrata to their rightful place.

She hunts for the relic, using her weaving ability to hide messages in tapestries for the resistance. But when a masked vigilante, a warm-hearted princess, and a thoughtful healer challenge Ximena, her mission becomes more complicated. There could be a way to overthrow the usurper without starting another war, but only if Ximena turns her back on revenge—and her Condesa.

#Latinix #Fantasy #DebutAuthor

#Standalone - As shown in Goodreads, but might be a series.

Thoughts: Lately I’ve been feeling the need to read more and more books with Latinix elements, and Woven in Moonlight felt like a must since it is also a fantasy. I am hyped, and I know I will definitely buy this book.

Level of Excitement: High

Length: 384 pages

Add Woven in Moonlight to your Goodreads shelf, here.


Dark and Deepest Red by Anna-Marie McLemore - Jan. 14

Summer, 1518. A strange sickness sweeps through Strasbourg: women dance in the streets, some until they fall down dead. As rumors of witchcraft spread, suspicion turns toward Lavinia and her family, and Lavinia may have to do the unimaginable to save herself and everyone she loves.

Five centuries later, a pair of red shoes seal to Rosella Oliva’s feet, making her dance uncontrollably. They draw her toward a boy who knows the dancing fever’s history better than anyone: Emil, whose family was blamed for the fever five hundred years ago. But there’s more to what happened in 1518 than even Emil knows, and discovering the truth may decide whether Rosella survives the red shoes.

With McLemore's signature lush prose, Dark and Deepest Red pairs the forbidding magic of a fairy tale with a modern story of passion and betrayal.

#Fantasy #Retelling #LGBTQ


Thoughts: I will dance myself to the bookstore for this book. Give me all the witches and retellings please.

Level of Excitement: High

Length: 320 pages.

Add Dark and Deepest Red to your Goodreads shelf, here.


Infinity Son by Adam Silvera - Jan. 14

Balancing epic and intensely personal stakes, bestselling author Adam Silvera’s Infinity Son is a gritty, fast-paced adventure about two brothers caught up in a magical war generations in the making.

Growing up in New York, brothers Emil and Brighton always idolized the Spell Walkers—a vigilante group sworn to rid the world of specters. While the Spell Walkers and other celestials are born with powers, specters take them, violently stealing the essence of endangered magical creatures.

Brighton wishes he had a power so he could join the fray. Emil just wants the fighting to stop. The cycle of violence has taken a toll, making it harder for anyone with a power to live peacefully and openly. In this climate of fear, a gang of specters has been growing bolder by the day.

Then, in a brawl after a protest, Emil manifests a power of his own—one that puts him right at the heart of the conflict and sets him up to be the heroic Spell Walker Brighton always wanted to be.

Brotherhood, love, and loyalty will be put to the test, and no one will escape the fight unscathed.

#Fantasy #LGBTQ

#FirstInSeries - Infinity Cycle # 1

Thoughts: This book is here because of my friend Ashley, and she is the one that got me hyped for it. I have never read an Adam Silvera book, so I guess this will be the first one for sure and I can’t wait!

Level of Excitement: Medium/High

Length: 368 pages

Add Infinity Son to your Goodreads Shelf, here.


The King's Questioner by Nikki Katz - Jan. 14

From the author of 'The Midnight Dance' comes an epic YA fantasy featuring royal drama, dark magic, and a secret that could topple a kingdom.

Kalen has been cursed with a gift: he’s a mental picklock, able to access a person’s memories and secrets by touch. His skills make him the perfect questioner to the king, and he spends his days interrogating prisoners of the crown.

But when Kalen’s estranged childhood friend, Prince Cirrus, falls into a sudden coma, the king begs Kalen to intervene. By accessing Cirrus’ mind, Kalen saves his life—and uncovers a terrifying secret. The prince has a sister, banished long ago, and she is the key to the destruction or survival of the kingdom.

With the help of Cirrus and a silver-haired thief named Luna, Kalen must find the princess and bring her home. Or risk death at the hands of his king.



Thoughts: I got the ARC for this book at YALLFest so I can’t wait to read it and review it before it comes out. It sounds great, and I’m thrilled to be able to read it before it hits the shelves.

Level of Excitement: High

Length: 304 pages.

Add The King's Questioner to your Goodreads shelf, here.


Ashlords by Scott Reintgen - Jan. 21

Red Rising meets The Scorpio Races in this epic fantasy following three phoenix horse riders--skilled at alchemy--who must compete at The Races--the modern spectacle that has replaced warfare within their empire.

Every year since the Ashlords were gifted phoenix horses by their gods, they've raced them. First into battle, then on great hunts, and finally for the pure sport of seeing who rode the fastest. Centuries of blood and fire carved their competition into a more modern spectacle: The Races.

Over the course of a multi-day event, elite riders from clashing cultures vie to be crowned champion. But the modern version of the sport requires more than good riding. Competitors must be skilled at creating and controlling phoenix horses made of ash and alchemy, which are summoned back to life each sunrise with uniquely crafted powers to cover impossible distances and challenges before bursting into flames at sunset. But good alchemy only matters if a rider knows how to defend their phoenix horse at night. Murder is outlawed, but breaking bones and poisoning ashes? That's all legal and encouraged.

In this year's Races, eleven riders will compete, but three of them have more to lose than the rest--a champion's daughter, a scholarship entrant, and a revolutionary's son. Who will attain their own dream of glory? Or will they all flame out in defeat?



Thoughts: I love the Scorpio Races and I was all in for this book after I read the description. Phoenix horses, high stakes, and a dangerous race. I’m all in! This is definitely a book that I plan to buy.

Level of Excitement: High!

Length: 368 pages

Add Ashlords to your Goodreads shelf, here.


Spellhacker by M.K. England - Jan. 21

From the author of The Disasters, this genre-bending YA fantasy heist story is perfect for fans of Marie Lu and Amie Kaufman.

In Kyrkarta, magic—known as maz—was once a freely available natural resource. Then an earthquake released a magical plague, killing thousands and opening the door for a greedy corporation to make maz a commodity that’s tightly controlled—and, of course, outrageously expensive.

Which is why Diz and her three best friends run a highly lucrative, highly illegal maz siphoning gig on the side. Their next job is supposed to be their last heist ever.

But when their plan turns up a powerful new strain of maz that (literally) blows up in their faces, they’re driven to unravel a conspiracy at the very center of the spellplague—and possibly save the world.

No pressure.

#Fantasy #LGBTQ


Thoughts: I’m really curious about this book, that’s most of what I can say. I will most likely order it from the library.

Level of Excitement: Low/Medium

Length: 400 pages

Add Spellhacker to your Goodreads shelf, here.


Blood Countess by Lana Popovic - January 28

A historical YA horror novel based on the infamous real-life inspiration for Countess Dracula

In 17th century Hungary, Anna Darvulia has just begun working as a scullery maid for the young and glamorous Countess Elizabeth Báthory. When Elizabeth takes a liking to Anna, she’s vaulted to the dream role of chambermaid, a far cry from the filthy servants’ quarters below. She receives wages generous enough to provide for her family, and the Countess begins to groom Anna as her friend and confidante. It’s not long before Anna falls completely under the Countess’s spell—and the Countess takes full advantage. Isolated from her former friends, family, and fiancé, Anna realizes she’s not a friend but a prisoner of the increasingly cruel Elizabeth. Then come the murders, and Anna knows it’s only a matter of time before the Blood Countess turns on her, too.

#HistoricalFiction #Horror


Thoughts: I’ve enjoyed historical fiction thanks to Keri Maniscalgo’s Stalking Jack the Ripper series, and Blood Countess just sounds like something I need to read. I will probably end up buying it, and I can’t wait to read it and review it. There doesn’t seem to be any romance but that’s alright, a good horror book will do.

Level of Excitement: High!

Length: 320 pages

Add Blood Countess to your Goodreads shelf, here.


The Circus Rose by Betsy Cornwell - Jan 28

From a New York Times bestselling author, a queer retelling of “Snow White and Rose Red” in which teenage twins battle evil religious extremists to save their loves and their circus family. YA fantasy perfect for fans of Leigh Bardugo, Mackenzi Lee, and Laini Taylor.

Twins Rosie and Ivory have grown up at their ringmaster mother’s knee, and after years on the road, they’re returning to Port End, the closest place to home they know. Yet something has changed in the bustling city: fundamentalist flyers paper the walls and preachers fill the squares, warning of shadows falling over the land. The circus prepares a triumphant homecoming show, full of lights and spectacle that could chase away even the darkest shadow. But during Rosie’s tightrope act, disaster strikes.

In this lush, sensuous novel interwoven with themes of social justice and found family, it’s up to Ivory and her magician love—with the help of a dancing bear—to track down an evil priest and save their circus family before it’s too late.

#Fantasy #Retelling #LGBTQ


Thoughts: The Circus Rose sounds like yet another must read for me. I’m excited about the elements it includes and I will probably end up buying it.

Level of Excitement: Medium

Length: 304 pages

Add The Circus Rose to your Goodreads shelf, here.


The Frost Eater by Carol Beth Anderson - Jan. 28

A lonely princess.

A flying teen.

A kidnapped girl who only remembers what happens at night.

Seventeen-year-old Princess Nora is a frost eater who creates magical ice. Her royal life is luxurious but stifling.

Krey West has a rare magical talent: when he eats feathers, he can fly. His one goal is to find his missing girlfriend, Zeisha. He thinks someone in power abducted her.

Krey’s daring feats of magic earn him an invitation to the palace. Craving adventure and friendship, Nora offers to help him find Zeisha. He’s desperate enough to accept—though he hates the monarchy.

The truth is more terrible than they could imagine.

Every night, Zeisha wakes in a dark room full of sleeping people, unable to remember what she did in the light. Her dreams provide violent glimpses into her forgotten days.

If Krey and Nora can’t save her, Zeisha may lose herself forever.

Readers describe this post-apocalyptic fantasy novel as “magic-packed” with “action, romance, and intrigue” that’ll “pull you right into the pages.”

Sink your teeth into The Frost Eater today.

#Fantasy #Romance


Thoughts: I’m pretty sure I have never heard before about anything like the Frost Eater and since it includes romance and action, I’m all in. A must-buy for me.

Level of Excitement: High!

Length: 410 pages

Add Frost Eater to your Goodreads shelf, here.


Seven Deadly Shadows by Courtney Alameda and Valynne E. Maetani - Jan. 28

Kira Fujikawa has always been a girl on the fringe. Bullied by her peers and ignored by her parents, the only place Kira’s ever felt at home is at her grandfather’s Shinto shrine, where she trains to be a priestess.

But Kira’s life is shattered on the night her family’s shrine is attacked by a vicious band of yokai demons. With the help of Shiro—the shrine’s gorgeous half-fox, half-boy kitsune—Kira discovers that her shrine harbors an ancient artifact of great power . . . one the yokai and their demon lord, Shuten-doji, will use to bring down an everlasting darkness upon the world.

Unable to face the Shuten-doji and his minions on her own, Kira enlists the aid of seven ruthless shinigami—or death gods—to help stop the brutal destruction of humankind. But some of the death gods aren’t everything they initially seemed, nor as loyal to Kira’s cause as they first appeared.

With war drawing nearer by the day, Kira realizes that if this unlikely band of heroes is going to survive, they’re going to have to learn to work together, confront their demons, and rise as one to face an army of unimaginable evil.

#Fantasy #Paranormal

Thoughts: I‘m in love with Asian fantasy and folklore, and this book seems to be the right dose to begin the year with. I’m expecting action and maybe romance, but I’m mostly drawn to the paranormal elements of this book.

Level of Excitement: Medium/High

Length: 384 pages

Add Seven Deadly Shadows to your Goodreads shelf, here.

Thank you so much for checking out my list. I hope you enjoyed it and I’m going to try posting a monthly list of books every month so that you never run out of things to read and are up to date with exciting releases.

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Love, Lourdes

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