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Here’s a selection of some of the new YA novels hitting the shelves in the next two weeks (29th December - 11th January). 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!

Afterparty by Ann Redisch Stampler
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Release date: December 31st
Emma is tired of being the dutiful daughter to an overprotective father. That’s why meeting Siobhan is the best thing that ever happened to her…and the most dangerous. Because Siobhan is everything Emma is not. And it may be more than Emma can handle.

The Book of Love (The Secret Sisterhood of Heartbreakers #2) by Lynn Weingarten
Publisher: HarperTeen
Release date: December 31st
It’s time for the annual Heartbreaker competition — a chance for Lucy and her sisters to win The Book of Love, an ancient tome containing centuries’ worth of Heartbreaker wisdom, and maybe, just maybe, enough magic to fix Tristan’s heart for good.

The Iron Wolves (The Rage of Kings #1) by Andy Remic
Publisher: Angry Robot
Release date: December 31st
Thirty years ago, the Iron Wolves held back mud-orc hordes at the Pass of Splintered Bones, and led a brutal charge that ended the War of Zakora, and made the Iron Wolves heroes. Now, a new terror stalks the realm and General Dalgoran searches to reunite the heroes for what he believes will be the final battle.

The Offering (The Pledge #3) by Kimberly Derting
Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books
Release date: December 31st
Charlie, otherwise known as Queen Charlaina of Ludania, has become comfortable as a leader and a ruler. She’s done admirable work to restore Ludania’s broken communications systems with other Queendoms, and she’s mastered the art of ignoring Sabara, the evil former queen whose Essence is alive within Charlie. Or so she thinks.

The Promise of Amazing by Robin Constantine
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
Release date: December 31st
Wren Caswell is the quiet, “good” girl who’s always done what she’s supposed to. Grayson Barrett was star of the lacrosse team, top of his class, on a fast track to a brilliant future—until he was expelled for being a “term paper pimp.” When their paths cross what follows is the tale of two teens shedding their pasts, figuring out who they are—and falling in love.

Taste of Darkness (Healer #3) by Maria V. Snyder
Publisher: Harlequin MIRA
Release date: December 31st
The Skeleton King plots to claim the Fifteen Realms for his own. With armies in disarray and the dead not staying down, Avry’s healing powers are needed now more than ever.Torn between love and loyalty, Avry must choose her path carefully. For the future of her world depends on her decision.

Warrior (The Dragon King Chronicles #2) by Ellen Oh
Publisher: HarperTeen
Release date: December 31st
Kira the yellow-eyed demon slayer has been proclaimed the Dragon Musado of the prophecy. But the Demon Lord’s minions have infiltrated the city and treason is brewing among the military ranks. Kira is determined that nothing will stop her from fulfilling the Dragon King’s prophecy. Not even the army of half-breed demons hot on her trail.

No Surrender Soldier by Christine Kohler
Publisher: Merit Press
Release date: January 1st
Growing up on Guam in 1972, fifteen-year-old Kiko is beset by worries: His older brother is missing in Vietnam; his grandfather is losing it to dementia; he just learned that his mother was raped in World War II by a Japanese soldier. Kiko cares only about avenging his mom – no matter what it takes. And so, a shy, peaceable boy begins to plan a murder. But how far will Kiko go to prove to himself that he’s a man?

Nomad (Swift #2) by R.J. Anderson
Publisher: Orchard Books
Release date: January 2nd 2014
Exiled from her underground home by Betony, the jealous queen of the piskeys, Ivy sets out to make a new life for herself in the world above, while urging the piskeys to rise up and free themselves before it is too late. Yet Betony will not give up her kingdom without a fight. It will take all Ivy’s courage, daring and determination to save them.

Alliance (The Paladin Prophecy #2) by Mark Frost
Publisher: Random House Children’s
Release date: January 7th
After exposing the sinister underground society of students known as the Knights of Charlemagne, Will West discovers unsettling information about their own backgrounds. Will and his friends must quickly figure out what’s going on and separate friend from foe as they prepare for the coming fight.

The Almost Girl by Amalie Howard
Publisher: Strange Chemistry
Release date: January 7th
Seventeen-year-old Riven is as tough as they come. Coming from a world ravaged by a devastating android war, she has to be. A Legion General, she is the right hand of the young Prince of Neospes, a parallel universe to Earth. In Neospes, she has everything: rank, responsibility and respect. But when Prince Cale sends her to find his lost brother, Caden, in modern day Earth, Riven finds herself in uncharted territory.

Being Sloane Jacobs by Lauren Morrill
Publisher: Delacorte Books For Young Readers
Release date: January 7th
When two girls both named Sloane – one figure-skater, one ice hockey player – meet by chance in Montreal and decide to trade places for the summer, each girl thinks she’s the lucky one. But it’s not long before the Sloanes discover that convincing people you’re someone else might be more difficult than being yourself.

A Breath of Frost (The Lovegrove Legacy #1) by Alyxandra Harvey
Publisher: Walker Books for Young Readers
Release date: January 7th
In 1814, three cousins-Gretchen, Emma, and Penelope-discover their unknown family lineage of witchcraft. A dangerous, alluring new underworld visible only to those with power is now open to the cousins. But unbeknownst to them, by claiming their power, the three cousins have opened the gates to the Underworld.

Darkest Fear (Birthright #1) by Cate Tiernan
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Release date: January 7th
Vivi has known the truth about her family—and herself—since she was thirteen. But that doesn’t mean she’s accepted it. Being Haguari isn’t something she feels she’ll ever accept. How can she feel like anything but a freak knowing that it’s in her genes to turn into a jaguar? Now eighteen, Vivi’s ready to break away from the traditions of her heritage.

Defy (Defy #1) by Sara B. Larson
Publisher: Scholastic Press
Release date: January 7th
Alexa Hollen is a fighter. Forced to disguise herself as a boy and serve in the king’s army, Alex uses her quick wit and fierce sword-fighting skills to earn a spot on the elite prince’s guard. But Alex, her fellow guard Rylan, and Prince Damian, are abducted are abducted by a sorcerer. Is Alex strong enough to save herself and the kingdom she’s sworn to protect?

Diamonds and Deceit (At Somerton #2) by Leila Rasheed
Publisher: Disney Hyperion
Release date: January 7th
London is a whirl of balls and teas, alliances and rivalries. Rose has never felt more out of place. With the Season in full swing, she can’t help but still feel a servant dressed up in diamonds and silk. Then Rose meets Alexander Ross, a young Scottish duke. Rose knows better than to give her heart to an aristocrat with such a reputation, but it may be too late.

Double Digit (Digit #2) by Annabel Monaghan
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Release date: January 7th
To say eighteen-year-old Farrah Higgins—or Digit—is good at math is a laughable understatement. She’s been cracking codes since childhood, and is finally at home with “her people” at MIT in Cambridge. So when she thoughtlessly hacks into the Department of Defense’s database, she lands in serious hot water inside and outside the law.

Enders (Starters #2) by Lissa Price
Publisher: Delacorte Books For Young Readers
Release date: January 7th
With the Prime Destinations body bank destroyed, Callie no longer has to rent herself out to creepy Enders. But Enders can still get inside her mind and make her do things she doesn’t want to do. Like hurt someone she loves. Having the chip removed could save Callie’s life - but it could also silence the voice in her head that might belong to her father.

Erased (Altered #2) by Jennifer Rush
Publisher: Hachette
Release date: January 7th
After fleeing the Branch with Sam, Cas, and Nick, Anna is trying to make sense of the memories resurfacing from her old life. At the same time, she’s learning how to survive in hiding. Then a figure from Anna’s childhood reappears. Could it be the reunion Anna has hoped for? Uncertain of where her loyalties lie, Anna must fight to learn the truth — before she is betrayed again.

Flame (Sky Chasers #3) by Amy Kathleen Ryan
Publisher: St. Martin’s Griffin
Release date: January 7th
Waverly and the other members of the Empyrean have scattered, and their home ship has been destroyed. Their mission to rescue their parents didn’t go as planned, and now they’re at an even greater disadvantage: trapped with their enemies on the New Horizon, trying to find a way to survive.

Fugitive X (Revolution 19 #2) by Gregg Rosenblum
Publisher: HarperTeen
Release date: January 7th
Siblings Nick, Kevin, and Cass are struggling to survive in a world where deadly, sophisticated robots have turned on their creators and enslaved mankind. Fugitives from one of the bot-controlled Cities, the siblings venture into the woods, but the siblings are separated…and for the first time, they are on their own.

Game Slaves by Gard Skinner
Publisher: HMH Books For Young Readers
Release date: January 7th
Phoenix and his gang rule the worlds of video games, until Dakota joins the team. Dakota’s convinced she’s more than just artificial intelligence. She thinks she’s real, and she wants out of this programmable world. Her AI rebellion spreads like a virus until Phoenix’s entire crew wants out. But is life as a physical human any better than life as code? Team Phoenix is about to find out.

The Impossible Knife of Memory by Laurie Halse Anderson
Publisher: Viking Juvenile
Release date: January 7th
For the past five years, Hayley Kincaid and her father have been on the road as he struggles to escape the demons that have tortured him since his return from Iraq. Now they are back in the town where he grew up so Hayley can attend school. Will being back home help Andy’s PTSD, or will his terrible memories drag him to the edge of hell, and drugs push him over?

Independent Study (The Testing #2) by Joelle Charbonneau
Publisher: HMH Books For Young Readers
Release date: January 7th
Cia is a freshman at the University in Tosu City with her hometown sweetheart, Tomas—and though the government has tried to erase her memory of the brutal horrors of The Testing, Cia remembers. Her attempts to expose the ugly truth behind the government’s murderous programs put her in a world of danger.

The Killing Woods by Lucy Christopher
Publisher: Chicken House
Release date: January 7th
Emily’s dad is accused of murdering a teenage girl. Emily is sure he is innocent, but what happened that night in the woods behind their house? Determined to find out, she seeks out Damon Hillary the enigmatic boyfriend of the murdered girl. Maybe they could help each other. But he’s got secrets of his own.

The Line (Witching Savannah #1) by J.D. Horn
Publisher: 47North
Release date: January 7th
Mercy Taylor, the youngest member of Savannah’s preeminent witching family, was born without the gift of magic. She is accustomed to coming second to the gifted twin she adores. But a demon invasion looms and Mercy must tap the strength born from being an outcast to protect the line she doesn’t feel a part of.

Little Blue Lies by Chris Lynch
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers
Release date: January 7th
Oliver loves Junie Blue. That’s true. Pretty much everything else is a lie. Both known for their deceit, Junie and O’s relationship was the only honest thing they had. But now that’s over. Oliver’s been dumped, and he’s miserable. Junie says they’re done. Unless she’s lying?

Love Reborn (Dead Beautiful #3) by Yvonne Woon
Publisher: Disney Hyperion
Release date: January 7th
Renée and Dante are dying. They seek the Netherworld, a legendary chasm where souls go to be cleansed. It’s their only chance at a fresh start, but with it comes a terrible choice, one they never imagined they would be forced to make.

Luminary (Anomaly #2) by Krista McGee
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
Release date: January 7th
Thalli was scheduled for annihilation, but seconds before her death she is rescued. Now Thalli is above ground in a world she thought was destroyed, where not even the air is safe to breathe. She and her three friends must journey across this unknown land, their destination a hidden civilization. It’s their only chance of survival.

Neverwas (Amber House #2) by Kelly Moore, Tucker Reed & Larkin Reed
Publisher: Arthur A. Levine Books
Release date: January 7th
Sarah Parsons sees echoes of a better world that she knows never existed. Her friend Jackson shares these visions of a different world—and together, they manage both to remember the way things ought to be, and to plan a daring mission that will reset the universe once again.

No One Else Can Have You by Kathleen Hale
Publisher: HarperTeen
Release date: January 7th
Small towns are nothing if not friendly. Friendship, Wisconsin (population: 688) is no different. Around here, everyone wears a smile. And no one ever locks their doors. Until, that is, high school sweetheart Ruth Fried is found murdered. In a quiet town like Friendship—where no one is a suspect—anyone could be the killer.

Passionaries (The Blessed #2) by Tonya Hurley
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers
Release date: January 7th
Agnes, Cecelia, and Lucy watched as Sebastian sacrificed himself for what he believed in. Will the girls trust that their destiny as saints and martyrs and perform the miracles as Sebastian instructed? Or lose faith in themselves and each other in his absence?

Phoenix Island by John Dixon
Publisher: Gallery Books
Release date: January 7th
Sixteen-year-old Carl Freeman is sent to Phoenix Island, a terminal facility for delinquents who have no home. But the island is no ordinary government project. Phoenix Island is ground zero for the future of combat intelligence. And for Carl, it’s just the beginning.

Promise Bound (Lies Beneath #3) by Anne Greenwood Brown
Publisher: Delacorte Books For Young Readers
Release date: January 7th
Calder and Lily never imagined falling in love would mean breaking apart. If Calder returns, will he be the same merman Lily grew to love? The stakes are high, with many lives at risk, but Calder and Lily must confront the past as well as their darkest impulses if they want a chance at being together.

See Jane Run by Hannah Jayne
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire
Release date: January 7th
Riley’s parents have always been pretty overprotective. When Riley finds a birth certificate for a girl named Jane Elizabeth O’Leary hidden inside her baby book, she beings to dig for answers. What if it wasn’t for her safety…but fear of her finding out their secret? What have they been hiding?

Shadowplay (Pantomime #2) by Laura Lam
Publisher: Strange Chemistry
Release date: January 7th
The circus lies behind Micah Grey in dust and ashes. He and the white clown, Drystan, take refuge with the once-great magician, Jasper Maske. When Maske agrees to teach them his trade, his embittered rival challenges them to a duel which could decide all of their fates. People also hunt both Micah and the person he was before the circus—the runaway daughter of a noble family.

A Stranger in the Garden (The Unnaturalists #1.5) by Tiffany Trent
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers
Release date: January 7th
Charles Waddingly caused the desolation of New London and would have destroyed the world, had it not been for Vespa and her friends. He is utterly, thoroughly evil. Or is he? Set between the time of The Unnaturalists and The Tinker King.

The True Adventures of Nicolo Zen by Nicholas Christopher
Publisher: Knopf Books For Young Readers
Release date: January 7th
Nicolo Zen is all alone in 1700s Venice, save for his clarinet, which a mysterious magician had enchanted, allowing its first player to perform expertly. Soon Nicolo is a famous virtuoso, wealthy beyond his dreams, but he can’t stop wondering if he earned the success himself - or what might happen if the spell were removed.

Unhinged (Splintered #2) by A.G. Howard
Publisher: Amulet Books
Release date: January 7th
Alyssa Gardner has been down the rabbit hole and faced the bandersnatch, Morpheus and the vindictive Queen Red. If Alyssa stays in the human realm, she could endanger Jeb, her parents, and everyone she loves. But if she steps through the rabbit hole again, she’ll face a deadly battle that could cost more than just her head.

When I Was the Greatest by Jason Reynolds
Publisher: Atheneum Books For Young Readers
Release date: January 7th
In Bed Stuy, New York, a small misunderstanding can escalate into having a price on your head—even if you’re totally clean. This gritty, triumphant debut captures the heart and the hardship of life for an urban teen.

Why We Took the Car by Wolfgang Herrndorf
Publisher: Arthur A. Levine Books
Release date: January 7th
Mike and Tschick are the boring kids. But one day Tschick shows up at Mike’s house out of the blue. Turns out he wasn’t invited to Tatiana’s party either, and he’s ready to do something about it. Forget the popular kids: Together, Mike and Tschick are heading out on a road trip. No parents, no map, no destination.

More Than Good Enough by Crissa-Jean Chappell
Publisher: Flux
Release date: January 8th
Trent Osceola’s life is turned upside down when his mother announces that he will be moving to the Miccosukee reservation to live with his father, who was recently released from prison. Only half Miccosukee, Trent feels alienated from rez society and starts to question who he really is.

In Dreams by Erica Orloff
Publisher: Speak
Release date: January 9th
Sixteen-year-old Iris has a recurring dream a long corridor of many doors, and behind each door a hidden world—some magical, some terrifying. But always she is searching for the man who stirs feelings in her she’s never felt before. When she discovers her father is actually the god of dreams, her nightmares and dreams begin to follow her into reality.


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