Here’s a selection of some of the new YA novels hitting the shelves this week (15th - 28th December). For more on new releases and all things YA lit, visit our website, follow us here and on Twitter, and subscribe to our weekly newsletter!

Cy in Chains by David L. Dudley
Publisher: Clarion Books
Release date: December 17th
Cy Williams has always known that he and the other black folks on Strong’s plantation have to obey white men, no question. Sure, he’s free, but in rural Georgia, that means free to be whipped, abused, even killed. For Cy and the boys he’s chained to, there’s no way out. And then hope begins to grow in him, along with courage he didn’t know he had. Cy is sure that a chance at freedom is worth any risk, any sacrifice.

Dangerous Dream (Dangerous Creatures #0.5) by Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl
Publisher: Little, Brown Books For Young Readers
Release date: December 17th
Prequel novella to the new Beautiful Creatures spin-off series. The series follows fan favorite characters (and on-again-off-again couple) Link and Ridley as they embark on fresh adventures.

Echoes of Balance (The Ways Trilogy #1) by Cally Ryanne
Publisher: REUTS Publications
Release date: December 17th
For Chloe Moraine, fighting wild bears– and the occasional vampire– is the family business. So when the impending return of the Original Demons threatens global harmony, Chloe is obligated to help. But the threat becomes more serious, and the only person that seems to know anything is a debonair vampire who may just be the only chance to stop the return of the Originals and save the world.

Fireblood (Fireblood #1) by Trisha Wolfe
Publisher: Spencer Hill Press
Release date: December 17th
When rebel Zara Dane is chosen to marry Prince Sebastian Hart, son of the man who ordered her father’s capture, Zara knows she must fight to save everything she loves from ruin. She must decide who to trust, what to believe, and what she’s truly fighting for before the king destroys all of Karm, including her heart.

Fracture Me (Shatter Me #2.5) by Tahereh Mafi
Publisher: HarperCollins
Release date: December 17th
In this electrifying sixty-page companion novella to the New York Times bestselling Shatter Me series, discover the fate of the Omega Point rebels as they go up against The Reestablishment. Set during and soon after the final moments of Unravel Me, Fracture Me is told from Adam’s perspective.

The Initiate (Divergent #0.2) by Veronica Roth
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books
Release date: December 17th
The Initiate is the second of four new short stories told from Four’s perspective. Each brief story explores the world of the Divergent series through the eyes of the mysterious but charismatic Tobias Eaton, revealing previously unknown facets of his personality, backstory and relationships.

The Last Stand of the New York Institute (The Bane Chronicles #9) by Cassandra Clare, Maureen Johnson & Sarah Rees Brennan
Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books
Release date: December 17th
In the time of the Uprising, Valentine’s Circle goes after Downworlders in New York… and the Shadowhunters of the Institute must decide whether to join him, or fight with Magnus and his kind. This is the first time Magnus sees Jocelyn, Luke, and Stephen—but not the last. It is not long before Jocelyn seeks him out.

What We Lost in the Dark (Live Once #2) by Jacquelyn Mitchard Publisher: Soho Teen
Release date: December 17th
Allie Kim’s fatal allergy to sunlight, XP, still confines her to the night. Now that she’s lost her best friend Juliet to an apparent suicide, the night has never felt darker—even with Rob at her side. Allie knows why Juliet killed herself: to escape the clutches of Garrett Tabor. Garrett is untouchable… until they uncover the horror terrible secret Garrett Tabor has hidden under Lake Superior.

Winterbay (Conquered Earth #0.5) by J. Barton Mitchell
Publisher: Thomas Dunne Books
Release date: December 17th
Winterbay is a Conquered Earth novella, set directly before the events of Midnight City and The Severed Tower, showing how Mira Toombs came to be set on a path not only to Clinton Station, but to the two people who would change her life forever.

The Art of Falling by Jenny Kaczorowski
Publisher: Bloomsbury Spark
Release date: December 19th
For seventeen-year-old Bria Hale, image is everything. She’s a vegan with purple hair, Doc Martens and a permanent scowl. Kissing captain of the football team Ben Harris? Definitely not part of that image. Bria must either be true to herself or to the persona she’s spent all of high school creating.

Beyond Our Stars by Marie Langager
Publisher: Bloomsbury Spark
Release date: December 19th
Seventeen-year-old orphan Hope grew up living in the confines of a spaceship heading to a new home planet. Touchdown could mean open air and a fresh start. But no one expected the Locals. Hope’s dreams of freedom turn into nightmares when humans are trapped and studied. As the tests become more dangerous, Hope is about to become the human race’s last chance for survival.

Until We End by Frankie Brown
Publisher: Bloomsbury Spark
Release date: December 19th
It’s been nine months since the virus hit, killing almost everyone it touched. When a blistering drought forces Cora to leave her brother Coby and go in search of water, she discovers that the post-apocalyptic world isn’t as deserted as she thought, when she meets Brooks, an army deserter. Fighting their way back home, Cora finds her house ransacked and Coby missing. Brooks knows exactly where Cora can find her brother, except it’s a suicide mission.

Ashes to Ashes by Melissa C. Walker
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books
Release date: December 23rd
When Callie’s life is cut short by a tragic accident, she expects to find nothingness, or maybe some version of heaven. Instead, her spirit travels to the Prism, an ethereal plane populated by the ghosts. The angry souls who always populate ghost stories are real, dangerous, and willing to do whatever it takes to stay on Earth, threatening the existence of everyone she ever cared about.

Roomies by Tara Altebrando & Sara Zarr
Publisher: Little, Brown Books For Young Readers
Release date: December 24th
When Elizabeth and Lauren are paired as freshman-year roommates, a series of e-mails between the two alters the landscape of each girl’s summer – and raises questions about how two girls who are so different will ever share a dorm room.

Control (Control #1) by Lydia Kang
Publisher: Dial
Release date: December 26th
When Zel’s sister Dyl is taken by strangers using bizarre sensory weapons, Zel finds herself in a safe house for teens who aren’t like any she’s ever seen before—teens who shouldn’t even exist. Using broken-down technology and aided by her new friends’ peculiar gifts, Zel must find a way to get her sister back from the kidnappers who think a powerful secret is encoded in Dyl’s DNA.

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