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Today we are reviewing five ‘up-and-coming’ novels that I want to read! These novels were found on Goodreads, as usual, however these were found on several different lists. I will link as many as I can remember down below for you to check out yourself, otherwise you’ll have to do your own research.
For now, read on~
Young Adult Novels 2020
2020 YA/MG Books With POC Leads
YA Releases of January, 2020
1. Be Not Far From By Mindy McGinnis
Due Published: March 3rd 2020
Genres: Contemporary; Young Adult; Adventure > Survival
Goodreads Rating: 3.88 / 5
Hatchet meets Wild in this harrowing survival story from Edgar Award-winning author Mindy McGinnis.
The world is not tame.
Ashley knows this truth deep in her bones, more at home with trees overhead than a roof. So when she goes hiking in the Smokies with her friends for a night of partying, the falling dark and creaking trees are second nature to her. But people are not tame either. And when Ashley catches her boyfriend with another girl, drunken rage sends her running into the night, stopped only by a nasty fall into a ravine. Morning brings the realization that she’s alone – and far off-trail. Lost in undisturbed forest and with nothing but the clothes on her back, Ashley must figure out how to survive despite the red streak of infection creeping up her leg.
2. The Twin by Natasha Preston
Publisher: Delacorte Press
Due Published: March 3rd 2020
Genres: Thriller; Young Adult
Goodreads Rating: 3.65 / 5
In this twisty psychological thriller from #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Cellar, Emmy finds out that her twin sister, Iris, is trying to push her out of her own life—and might be responsible for their mother’s death.
After their parents divorced, 10-year-old twins Emmy and Iris were split up—Emmy lived with Dad, Iris with Mom. Now, after a tragic accident takes their mom’s life, the twins are reunited and Iris moves in with Emmy and their dad. Devastated over Mom’s death, Iris spends the first few weeks in almost total silence—the only person she will speak to is Emmy. Iris feels her life is over and she doesn’t know what to do. Emmy promises her twin that she can share her life now. After all, they’re sisters. Twins.
It’s a promise that Iris takes seriously. And before long, Emmy’s friends, her life at school, and her boyfriend, Tyler, fall under Iris’s spell. Slowly, Emmy realizes she’s being pushed out of her own life. But she’s just being paranoid, right? And Mom’s accident was . . . just an accident. Right? It’s not like she—or Dad—or Tyler—are in any danger. . .
3. Nameless Queen by Rebecca McLaughlin
Publisher: Crown Books for Young Readers
Due Published: January 7th 2020
Genres: Fantasy; Young Adult
Goodreads Rating: 3.66 / 5
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?
4. Echoes Between Us by Katie McGarry
Publishers: Tor Teen
Due Published: January 14th 2020
Genres: Young Adult; Contemporary; Romance
Goodreads Rating: 4.31 / 5
Echoes Between Us is bestselling author Katie McGarry’s breakout teen contemporary novel about a girl with everything to lose and the boy who will do anything to save her.
Veronica sees ghosts. More specifically, her mother’s ghost. The afterimages of blinding migraines caused by the brain tumor that keeps her on the fringes and consumes her whole life haunt her, even as she wonders if it’s something more…
Golden boy Sawyer is handsome and popular, a state champion swimmer, but his adrenaline addiction draws him to Veronica.
A girl with nothing to live for and a boy with everything to lose–can they conquer their demons together?
At the Publisher’s request, this title is being sold without Digital Rights Management Software (DRM) applied.
5. Rogue Princess by B.R. Myers
Publishers: Swoon Reads
Due Published: January 21st 2020
Genres: Young Adult; Retellings; Science Fiction; Fantasy
Goodreads Rating: 3.72 / 5
A princess fleeing an arranged marriage teams up with a snarky commoner to foil a rebel plot in B. R. Myers’ Rogue Princess, a gender-swapped sci-fi YA retelling of Cinderella.
Princess Delia knows her duty: She must choose a prince to marry in order to secure an alliance and save her failing planet. Yet she secretly dreams of true love, and feels there must be a better way. Determined to chart her own course, she steals a spaceship to avoid the marriage, only to discover a handsome stowaway.
All Aidan wanted was to “borrow” a few palace trinkets to help him get off the planet. Okay, so maybe escaping on a royal ship wasn’t the smartest plan, but he never expected to be kidnapped by a runaway princess!
Sparks fly as this headstrong princess and clever thief battle wits, but everything changes when they inadvertently uncover a rebel conspiracy that could destroy their planet forever.
Thank you all for reading, I hope you enjoyed! Today was so fun to do, as it was fascinating to read through all the novels that will be released in the upcoming months. As usual, if you are excited for any of the mentioned books in this list, comment down below.
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