Most Anticipated January 2020 YA Releases


So because I’m a mad woman, I’ve decided to start another series where I choose my top nine anticipated novels for each month. To make it easier for myself, I’ve chosen YA only and I’ve not included books I’ve mentioned in my 2020 LGBTQ+ Releases series. So without further ado, here are my most anticipated and I hope they’re all amazing as they sound!


40877706._SY475_Woven in Moonlight by Isabel Ibañez
Release Date: January 7th

This debut fantasy is not only gifted with the most beautiful cover, but it also sounds like the most amazing story that takes its inspiration from Bolivian politics and history. We follow the story of Ximena, a stand-in for royalty known as a Condesa. However, Ximena only craves revenge after her people lost everything to usurper, Atoc who summoned ghosts to drive the Illustrians from La Ciudad. Using her weaving ability to conceal messages, Ximena sets out to get revenge but could it start a war?




You Too? By Janet Gurtler40612161._SY475_
Release Date: January 7th

This is an an anthology including a collection of 25 essays inspired by the #MeToo movement. The collection, put together by Janet Gurtler, was inspired when she reflected on past experiences after the movement went viral and she wanted a place where writers could come together and create change. Their personal stories show their experiences with harassment and sexual assault so please check trigger warnings before you pick this one up!




44889984Just Breathe by Cammie McGovern
Release Date: January 7th

This YA contemporary deals with chronic illness and mental health and tells the story of David, president of his senior class who has cystic fibrosis and Jamie, a sophomore battling with depression. After an unlikely meeting at a hospital, the two become close friends, finding they can be their truest selves with each other and it’s not long before they’re bonding over everything from origami to films. However, there are some secrets they still struggle to divulge and time may just be running out.




Every Other Weekend by Abigail Johnson44674909
Release Date: January 7th

Another YA contemporary graced with a beautiful cover and this time we follow the story of Adam Moynihan who used to have the perfect life. That was until his brother died and his family are now falling apart around him. Meanwhile, aspiring director, Jolene has always wanted her life to be like the movies but with her divorced parent’s at each other’s throats, her life is far from perfect. Forced to spend every other weekend in the same apartment block, Adam and Jolene form an unlikely friendship which soon develops into more.



23559994._SY475_Loveboat, Taipei by Abigail Hing Wen
Release Date: January 7th

Did I get heart eyes looking at this cover? Yep. Do I need the book now? Yep. When teenager Ever Wong is sent to Taiwan to study Mandarin for the summer, it isn’t long before she’s surrounded by the over-achieving kids her parents always wanted her to be – especially Rick Woo, the Yale-bound prodigy. However, much to Ever’s surprise, this program is actually known as Loveboat, a teenage meet-market where there’s more clubbing than calligraphy. As well as breaking her parent’s rules, will Ever also break her own heart?



Tweet Cute by Emma Lord45045129
Release Date: January 21st

Kicking off the year with a YA rom-com in the style of Tweet Cute. Pepper is the ultimate perfectionist and although her family is falling apart, she is managing to juggle both their fast-food chain and a massive Twitter account dedicated to Big League Burger. We also meet Jack, a class-clown living in his twin brother’s shadow whilst working in his family’s deli. When Big League Burger steals his grandma’s iconic recipe, it isn’t long before the two are caught up in a Twitter War. However, behind the scenes and to everybody’s surprise, the two are secretly falling for each other.



45697191What I Carry by Jennifer Longo
Release Date: January 21st

A YA contemporary telling the story of a girl who is about to age out of the foster care system. Muir has been in and out of foster homes all her life and nowhere has felt like home. Everything she owns can fit inside one suitcase and emotional attachment is a thing Muir knows not to experience. However, with only one year left until she can leave the system and be free, she meets Francine and Kira. And most importantly, Sean and Muir realises not making ties is a lot harder than she’s always thought.




38580109Rogue Princess by B.R. Myers
Release Date: January 21st


Described as a ‘gender-swap retelling of the Cinderella fairytale set in space’ has already sold this book to me, not to mention the most beautiful cover. Princess Delia has one job – to find a prince to marry and secure an alliance to save her planet. However, she dreams of finding her own love so steals a spaceship and plans to make her own destiny. That is until she finds a handsome stowaway, Aidan who only tried to ‘borrow’ a few trinkets to help him on his way. However, the romance has to wait when the couple uncover a rebel conspiracy that threatens the planet.



Not So Pure and Simple by Lamar Giles43520622
Release Date: January 21st

In his YA contemporary debut, Lamar Giles explores the ‘consequences of societal pressure, confronts toxic masculinity, and explores the complexity of what it means to be a “real man.”’ We follow Del who has had a crush on Kiera since childhood and now she’s finally available so when she volunteers at the local church, Del follows suit. All seems well until he discovers he’s signed up to the Purity Pledge. None of Del’s friends think Kiera is worth the wait but Del disagrees and it isn’t long before he starts asking himself, what does Kiera really want?


Which book are you most excited for in January?
Lots of Love,

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