5 YA Books Coming Out In January!
It's a new year, so that means I'm back with some new releases coming in January! Last year, I tried every month to share with you some of the diverse releases in YA that were being released. I wasn't sure whether I was going to continue this year, but I realised that there are so many amazing books coming out this year that I just have to. So, they're back!
However, this time I've decided that I'm going to show you 5 books each month, because last year there were months where I'd spend hours doing one of these posts and there were also months where it only took half an hour due to how many books were coming coming out that month. So, I thought this way would keep it more consistent and it would ensure that I would be more likely to do this post every month.
I've tried to look away from any new releases up until now because I've been trying to save money and get through the books I already have or use the library, but I've already heard some good things so I'm pretty excited to be back doing one of these posts. If you know of any books coming out this month that aren't in this post leave them in the comments below so myself and others can check them out as well.
Carry on reading!
You'll Miss Me When I'm Gone by Rachel Lynn Solomon
Genre(s) - YA Contemporary
- Character with Huntington's Disease
- Jewish Characters
Synopsis: Eighteen-year-old twins Adina and Tovah have little in common besides their ambitious nature. Viola prodigy Adina yearns to become a soloist—and to convince her music teacher he wants her the way she wants him. Overachiever Tovah awaits her acceptance to Johns Hopkins, the first step on her path toward med school and a career as a surgeon.
But one thing could wreck their carefully planned futures: a genetic test for Huntington’s, a rare degenerative disease that slowly steals control of the body and mind. It’s turned their Israeli mother into a near stranger and fractured the sisters’ own bond in ways they’ll never admit. While Tovah finds comfort in their Jewish religion, Adina rebels against its rules.
When the results come in, one twin tests negative for Huntington’s. The other tests positive.
These opposite outcomes push them farther apart as they wrestle with guilt, betrayal, and the unexpected thrill of first love. How can they repair their relationship, and is it even worth saving?
From debut author Rachel Lynn Solomon comes a luminous, heartbreaking tale of life, death, and the fragile bond between sisters.
RELEASE DATE - January 2nd 2018
GR - https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/30339479-you-ll-miss-me-when-i-m-gone?ac=1&from_search=true
BD - https://www.bookdepository.com/You-ll-Miss-Me-When-I-m-Gone/9781481497732
Escape From Aleppo by N. H. Senzai
Genre(s) - YA/Middle Grade Historical Fiction
- Main characters are Syrian Refugees
Synopsis: Nadia’s family is forced to flee their home in Aleppo, Syria, when the Arab Spring sparks a civil war in this timely coming-of-age novel from award-winning author N.H. Senzai.
Silver and gold balloons. A birthday cake covered in pink roses. A new dress.
Nadia stands at the center of attention in her parents’ elegant dining room. This is the best day of my life, she thinks. Everyone is about to sing “Happy Birthday,” when her uncle calls from the living room, “Baba, brothers, you need to see this.” Reluctantly, she follows her family into the other room. On TV, a reporter stands near an overturned vegetable cart on a dusty street. Beside it is a mound of smoldering ashes. The reporter explains that a vegetable vendor in the city of Tunis burned himself alive, protesting corrupt government officials who have been harassing his business. Nadia frowns.
It is December 17, 2010: Nadia’s twelfth birthday and the beginning of the Arab Spring. Soon anti-government protests erupt across the Middle East and, one by one, countries are thrown into turmoil. As civil war flares in Syria and bombs fall across Nadia’s home city of Aleppo, her family decides to flee to safety. Inspired by current events, this novel sheds light on the complicated situation in Syria that has led to an international refugee crisis, and tells the story of one girl’s journey to safety.
RELEASE DATE - 2ND JANUARY 2018
GR - https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/26146347-escape-from-aleppo?ac=1&from_search=true
BD - https://www.bookdepository.com/Escape-from-Aleppo/9781481472173
Meet Cute: Some People Are Destined To Meet by Various Authors (Can be seen on cover)
Genre(s) - YA Contemporary, Romance, Short Stories
-Some LGBT Romance stories
Synopsis: Whether or not you believe in fate, or luck, or love at first sight, every romance has to start somewhere. MEET CUTE is an anthology of original short stories featuring tales of "how they first met" from some of today’s most popular YA authors.
Readers will experience Nina LaCour's beautifully written piece about two Bay Area girls meeting via a cranky customer service Tweet, Sara Shepard's glossy tale about a magazine intern and a young rock star, Nicola Yoon's imaginative take on break-ups and make-ups, Katie Cotugno's story of two teens hiding out from the police at a house party, and Huntley Fitzpatrick's charming love story that begins over iced teas at a diner. There’s futuristic flirting from Kass Morgan and Katharine McGee, a riveting transgender heroine from Meredith Russo, a subway missed connection moment from Jocelyn Davies, and a girl determined to get out of her small town from Ibi Zoboi. Jennifer Armentrout writes a sweet story about finding love from a missing library book, Emery Lord has a heartwarming and funny tale of two girls stuck in an airport, Dhonielle Clayton takes a thoughtful, speculate approach to pre-destined love, and Julie Murphy dreams up a fun twist on reality dating show contestants.
This incredibly talented group of authors brings us a collection of stories that are at turns romantic and witty, epic and everyday, heartbreaking and real.
RELEASE DATE - 2ND JANUARY 2018
GR - https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/33503607-meet-cute
BD - https://www.bookdepository.com/Meet-Cute/9781328759870
Love, Hate & Other Filters by Samira Ahmed
Genre(s) - YA Contemporary, Coming of Age
- Teenage Indian-American Muslim Main Character
- Deals with Islamophobia
Synopsis: A searing #OwnVoices coming-of-age debut in which an Indian-American Muslim teen confronts Islamophobia and a reality she can neither explain nor escape--perfect for fans of Angie Thomas, Jacqueline Woodson, and Adam Silvera.
American-born seventeen-year-old Maya Aziz is torn between worlds. There’s the proper one her parents expect for their good Indian daughter: attending a college close to their suburban Chicago home, and being paired off with an older Muslim boy her mom deems “suitable.” And then there is the world of her dreams: going to film school and living in New York City—and maybe (just maybe) pursuing a boy she’s known from afar since grade school, a boy who’s finally falling into her orbit at school.
There’s also the real world, beyond Maya’s control. In the aftermath of a horrific crime perpetrated hundreds of miles away, her life is turned upside down. The community she’s known since birth becomes unrecognizable; neighbors and classmates alike are consumed with fear, bigotry, and hatred. Ultimately, Maya must find the strength within to determine where she truly belongs.
RELEASE DATE - January 16th 2018
GR - https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/31207017-love-hate-other-filters?ac=1&from_search=true
BD - https://www.bookdepository.com/Love-Hate-And-Other-Filters-Samira-Ahmed/9781616958473?ref=grid-view&qid=1515874932811&sr=1-1
Let's Talk About Love by Claire Kann
Genre(s) - YA Contemporary, Romance
- Asexual WOC Main Character
Synopsis: Alice had her whole summer planned. Non-stop all-you-can-eat buffets while marathoning her favorite TV shows (best friends totally included) with the smallest dash of adulting--working at the library to pay her share of the rent. The only thing missing from her perfect plan? Her girlfriend (who ended things when Alice confessed she's asexual). Alice is done with dating--no thank you, do not pass go, stick a fork in her, done.
But then Alice meets Takumi and she can’t stop thinking about him or the rom com-grade romance feels she did not ask for (uncertainty, butterflies, and swoons, oh my!).
When her blissful summer takes an unexpected turn, and Takumi becomes her knight with a shiny library employee badge (close enough), Alice has to decide if she’s willing to risk their friendship for a love that might not be reciprocated—or understood.
Release Date - January 23rd 2018
GR - https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/31625039-let-s-talk-about-love?ac=1&from_search=true
BD - https://www.bookdepository.com/Lets-Talk-About-Love-Claire-Kann/9781250136121?ref=grid-view&qid=1515874218503&sr=1-1
That was the 5 books coming out this month that I wanted to show you. I think all of them, sound amazing and I know I'm going to have to pick them up at some point when my TBR shelf allows me to.
If you know of anymore books coming out this month that sound just as good leave them in the comments below!
BLOGMAS DAY 8: November & December New YA Releases
It's the 8th of December today! I'll be talking about some of the new YA releases that have been released over November and still to come over December. As always, I'm going to try and include more diverse books, but we'll see how this goes. I will be also including some of the more popular releases as well.
Carry on reading!
Kat and Meg Conquer The World by Anna Priemaza
- Kat has anxiety
- Meg has ADHD
- Meg is a POC character
For fans of Nicola Yoon’s Everything, Everything, Emery Lord’s When We Collided, and Rainbow Rowell’s Fangirl, Anna Priemaza’s debut novel is a heartwarming and achingly real story of finding a friend, being a fan, and defining your place in a difficult world.
Kat and Meg couldn’t be more different. Kat’s anxiety makes it hard for her to talk to people. Meg hates being alone, but her ADHD keeps pushing people away. But when the two girls are thrown together for a year-long science project, they discover they do have one thing in common: They’re both obsessed with the same online gaming star and his hilarious videos.
It might be the beginning of a beautiful friendship—if they don’t kill each other first.
RELEASE DATE - November 7th 2017
GR - https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/33877998-kat-and-meg-conquer-the-world?ac=1&from_search=true#other_reviews
BD - https://www.bookdepository.com/Kat-and-Meg-Conquer-the-World/9780062560803
Renegades (Renegades #1) by Marissa Meyer
Secret Identities. Extraordinary Powers. She wants vengeance. He wants justice.
The Renegades are a syndicate of prodigies—humans with extraordinary abilities—who emerged from the ruins of a crumbled society and established peace and order where chaos reigned. As champions of justice, they remain a symbol of hope and courage to everyone...except the villains they once overthrew.
Nova has a reason to hate the Renegades, and she is on a mission for vengeance. As she gets closer to her target, she meets Adrian, a Renegade boy who believes in justice—and in Nova. But Nova's allegiance is to a villain who has the power to end them both.
RELEASE DATE - 7th November 2017
GR - https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/28421168-renegades
BD - https://www.bookdepository.com/Renegades/9781250044662
The Becoming of Noah Shaw by Michelle Hodkin
Synopsis: In the first book of the Shaw Confessions, the companion series to the New York Times bestselling Mara Dyer novels, old skeletons are laid bare and new promises prove deadly. This is what happens after happily ever after.
Everyone thinks seventeen-year-old Noah Shaw has the world on a string.
Mara Dyer is the only one he trusts with his secrets and his future.
And both are scared that uncovering the truth about themselves will force them apart.
RELEASE DATE - 7th November 2017
GR - https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/25548744-the-becoming-of-noah-shaw
BD - https://www.bookdepository.com/The-Becoming-of-Noah-Shaw/9781471171413
The Closest I've Come by Fred Aceves
- Own Voices?
- POC main character
Synopsis: Marcos Rivas wants to find love.
He’s sure as hell not getting it at home, where his mom’s racist boyfriend beats him up. Or from his boys, who aren’t exactly the “hug it out” type. Marcos yearns for love, a working cell phone, and maybe a pair of sneakers that aren’t falling apart. But more than anything, Marcos wants to get out of Maesta, his hood—which seems impossible.
When Marcos is placed in a new after-school program for troubled teens with potential, he meets Zach, a theater geek whose life seems great on the surface, and Amy, a punk girl who doesn’t care what anyone thinks of her. These new friendships inspire Marcos to open up to his Maesta crew, too, and along the way, Marcos starts to think more about his future and what he has to fight for. Marcos ultimately learns that bravery isn’t about acting tough and being macho; it’s about being true to yourself.
RELEASE DATE - 7th November 2017
GR - https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/33914005-the-closest-i-ve-come
BD - https://www.bookdepository.com/The-Closest-Ive-Come-Fred-Aceves/9780062488534?ref=grid-view&qid=1512763704386&sr=1-1
Here We Are Now by Jasmine Warga
- Biracial Character
Synopsis: Despite sending him letters ever since she was thirteen, Taliah Abdallat never thought she'd ever really meet Julian Oliver. But one day, while her mother is out of the country, the famed rock star from Staring Into the Abyss shows up on her doorstep. This makes sense - kinda - because Julian Oliver is Taliah's father, even though her mother would never admit it to her.
Julian asks if Taliah if she will drop everything and go with him to his hometown of Oak Falls, Indiana, to meet his father - her grandfather - who is nearing the end of his life. Taliah, torn between betraying her mother's trust and meeting the family she has never known, goes.
With her best friend Harlow by her side, Taliah embarks on a three-day journey to find out everything about her 'father' and her family. But Julian isn't the father Taliah always hoped for, and revelations about her mother's past are seriously shaking her foundation. Through all these new experiences, Taliah will have to find new ways to be true to herself, honoring her past and her future.
RELEASE DATE - 7th November 2017
GR - https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18336972-here-we-are-now
BD - https://www.bookdepository.com/Here-We-Are-Now-Jasmine-Warga/9781444791785?ref=grid-view&qid=1512763287287&sr=1-1
Whichwood (Furthermore #2) by Tahereh Mafi
- POC Main Character
- Own Voices
- Hijabi Main Character
Synopsis: A new adventure about a girl who is fated to wash the bodies of the dead in this companion to Furthermore.
Our story begins on a frosty night…
Laylee can barely remember the happier times before her beloved mother died. Before her father, driven by grief, lost his wits (and his way). Before she was left as the sole remaining mordeshoor in the village of Whichwood, destined to spend her days washing the bodies of the dead and preparing their souls for the afterlife. It’s become easy to forget and easier still to ignore the way her hands are stiffening and turning silver, just like her hair, and her own ever-increasing loneliness and fear.
But soon, a pair of familiar strangers appears, and Laylee’s world is turned upside down as she rediscovers color, magic, and the healing power of friendship.
RELEASE DATE - 14TH November 2017
GR - https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/31563982-whichwood
BD - https://www.bookdepository.com/Whichwood/9781101994795
Not Now Not Ever by Lily Anderson
- POC Character
Elliot Gabaroche is very clear on what she isn't going to do this summer.
1. She isn't going to stay home in Sacramento, where she'd have to sit through her stepmother's sixth community theater production of The Importance of Being Earnest.
2. She isn't going to mock trial camp at UCLA.
3. And she certainly isn't going to the Air Force summer program on her mother's base in Colorado Springs. As cool as it would be to live-action-role-play Ender's Game, Ellie's seen three generations of her family go through USAF boot camp up close, and she knows that it's much less Luke/Yoda/"feel the force," and much more one hundred push-ups on three days of no sleep. And that just isn't appealing, no matter how many Xenomorphs from Alien she'd be able to defeat afterwards.
What she is going to do is pack up her attitude, her favorite Octavia Butler novels, and her Jordans, and go to summer camp. Specifically, a cutthroat academic-decathlon-like competition for a full scholarship to Rayevich College, the only college with a Science Fiction Literature program. And she's going to start over as Ever Lawrence, on her own terms, without the shadow of all her family’s expectations. Because why do what’s expected of you when you can fight other genius nerds to the death for a shot at the dream you’re sure your family will consider a complete waste of time?
This summer's going to be great.
RELEASE DATE - 21st November 2017
GR - https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/33602144-not-now-not-ever
BD - https://www.bookdepository.com/Not-Now--Not-Ever/9781250142108
I've Been Looking for You by Jennifer Dean
- LGBTQ+ - F/F Romance
Synopsis: MAX: The new girl, the sarcastic asshole, the one who avoids getting attached to anyone.
EMILY: The golden girl, the rule-abiding rebel, the one who unknowingly craves something more.
When fate brings the two girls together, life seemed to fall into place. Until their future plans are shattered the moment someone leaves drugs inside Max's school locker.
While Max inevitably loses hope of escaping her new grim reality, Emily struggles to move on without the one she loves most. Especially when she’s the only one determined to find answers. But the closer Emily gets to discovering the truth, the harder it will be to stop her pursuit, even when it leads to dangerous consequences.
RELEASE DATE - 1st December 2017
GR - https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/36164647-i-ve-been-looking-for-you?ac=1&from_search=true#other_reviews
BD - https://www.bookdepository.com/Ive-Been-Looking-for-You-Jennifer-Dean/9781974345373?ref=grid-view&qid=1512762189461&sr=1-1
Shadow Girl by Liana Liu
- Asian - American Main Character
Synopsis: The house on Arrow Island is full of mystery.
Yet when Mei arrives, she can’t help feeling relieved. She’s happy to spend the summer in an actual mansion tutoring a rich man’s daughter if it means a break from her normal life—her needy mother, her delinquent brother, their tiny apartment in the city. And Ella Morison seems like an easy charge, sweet and well behaved.
What Mei doesn’t know is that something is very wrong in the Morison household.
Though she tries to focus on her duties, Mei becomes increasingly distracted by the family’s problems and her own complicated feelings for Ella’s brother, Henry. But most disturbing of all are the unexplained noises she hears at night—the howling and thumping and cries.
Mei is a sensible girl. She isn’t superstitious; she doesn’t believe in ghosts. Yet she can’t shake her fear that there is danger lurking in the shadows of this beautiful house, a darkness that could destroy the family inside and out… and Mei along with them.
RELEASE DATE - 19th December 2017
GR - https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/33913889-shadow-girl?ac=1&from_search=true
BD - https://www.bookdepository.com/Shadow-Girl-Liana-Liu/9780062306678
The Love Letters of Abelard and Lily by Laura Creedle
- Lily has ADHD
- Abelard has Asperger's
Synopsis: When Lily Michaels-Ryan ditches her ADHD meds and lands in detention with Abelard, who has Asperger’s, she’s intrigued—Abelard seems thirty seconds behind, while she feels thirty seconds ahead. It doesn't hurt that he’s brilliant and beautiful.
When Abelard posts a quote from The Letters of Abelard and Heloise online, their mutual affinity for ancient love letters connects them. The two fall for each other. Hard. But is it enough to bridge their differences in person?
This hilarious, heartbreaking story of human connection between two neurodivergent teens creates characters that will stay with you long after you finish reading.
RELEASE DATE - 26th December 2017
GR - https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/33413929-the-love-letters-of-abelard-and-lily?from_search=true
BD - https://www.bookdepository.com/The-Love-Letters-of-Abelard-and-Lily-Laura-Creedle/9780544932050?ref=grid-view&qid=1512765635331&sr=1-1
As always, if there are any more titles being released this month, let me know below and I'll add them in. If any of the information above is incorrect, please do let me know also.
Hope you guys enjoyed..
September 2017 Diverse YA & MG New Releases
I'm back with a new diverse releases post and it feels like ages since I've done one of these! Also, I can't believe we're already at September!
There's quite a few really great new releases out this month and I'm excited to be able to share them with you.
As always if any of the information is incorrect or if you know of any other titles being released this month, let me know below and I'll add it in. Let's get into it!
Auma's Long Run by Eucabeth A.Odhiambo
- Kenyan Lead
Synopsis: In 1980s Kenya, 13-year-old Auma must decide whether to pursue a track scholarship that will let her attend high school or stay home to help her struggling family as AIDS ravages her village.
Release Date: 1st September 2017
BD - https://www.bookdepository.com/Aums-Long-Run-Eucabeth--Odhiambo/9781512427844?ref=grid-view&qid=1504988039017&sr=1-1
Things A Bright Girl Can Do by Sally Nicholls
Synopsis: Through rallies and marches, in polite drawing rooms and freezing prison cells and the poverty-stricken slums of the East End, three courageous young women join the fight for the vote.
Evelyn is seventeen, and though she is rich and clever, she may never be allowed to follow her older brother to university. Enraged that she is expected to marry her childhood sweetheart rather than be educated, she joins the Suffragettes, and vows to pay the ultimate price for women's freedom.
May is fifteen, and already sworn to the cause, though she and her fellow Suffragists refuse violence. When she meets Nell, a girl who's grown up in hardship, she sees a kindred spirit. Together and in love, the two girls start to dream of a world where all kinds of women have their place.
But the fight for freedom will challenge Evelyn, May and Nell more than they ever could believe. As war looms, just how much are they willing to sacrifice?
Release Date: 7th September 2017
GR - https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/33876596-things-a-bright-girl-can-do?ac=1&from_search=true
BD - https://www.bookdepository.com/Things-a-Bright-Girl-Can-Do/9781783445257
They Both Die At The End by Adam Silvera
- Gay (#ownvoices)
Synopsis: On September 5, a little after midnight, Death-Cast calls Mateo Torrez and Rufus Emeterio to give them some bad news: They're going to die today. Mateo and Rufus are total strangers, but, for different reasons, they're both looking to make a new friend on their End Day. The good news: There's an app for that. It's called the Last Friend, and through it, Rufus and Mateo are about to meet up for one last great adventure and to live a lifetime in a single day.
Release Date: 5th September 2017
BD - https://www.bookdepository.com/They-Both-Die-at-the-End/9781471166204
Water In May by Ismée Amiel Williams
- Latina (#ownvoices)
Synopsis: Fifteen-year-old Mari Pujols believes that the baby she’s carrying will finally mean she’ll have a family member who will love her deeply and won’t ever leave her—not like her mama, who took off when she was eight; or her papi, who’s in jail; or her abuela, who wants as little to do with her as possible. But when doctors discover a potentially fatal heart defect in the fetus, Mari faces choices she never could have imagined.
Surrounded by her loyal girl crew, her off-and-on boyfriend, and a dedicated doctor, Mari navigates a decision that could emotionally cripple the bravest of women. But both Mari and the broken-hearted baby inside her are fighters; and it doesn’t take long to discover that this sick baby has the strength to heal an entire family.
Inspired by true events, this gorgeous debut has been called “heartfelt, heartbreaking and—yes!—even a little heart-healing, too” by bestselling YA novelist Carolyn Mackler.
Release Date: 12th September 2017
GR - https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/34227722-water-in-may
BD - Can't find.
Warcross by Marie Lu
- Chinese-American Lead
- Japanese Side Character
- Gay Side Characters
- Side Character in wheelchair
Synopsis: For the millions who log in every day, Warcross isn’t just a game—it’s a way of life. The obsession started ten years ago and its fan base now spans the globe, some eager to escape from reality and others hoping to make a profit. Struggling to make ends meet, teenage hacker Emika Chen works as a bounty hunter, tracking down players who bet on the game illegally. But the bounty hunting world is a competitive one, and survival has not been easy. Needing to make some quick cash, Emika takes a risk and hacks into the opening game of the international Warcross Championships—only to accidentally glitch herself into the action and become an overnight sensation.
Convinced she’s going to be arrested, Emika is shocked when instead she gets a call from the game’s creator, the elusive young billionaire Hideo Tanaka, with an irresistible offer. He needs a spy on the inside of this year’s tournament in order to uncover a security problem . . . and he wants Emika for the job. With no time to lose, Emika’s whisked off to Tokyo and thrust into a world of fame and fortune that she’s only dreamed of. But soon her investigation uncovers a sinister plot, with major consequences for the entire Warcross empire.
Release Date: 12th September 2017
GR - https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/29385546-warcross
BD - https://www.bookdepository.com/Warcross/9781524741716
You Bring The Distant Near by Mitali Perkins
- Bengali Lead
- Indian Culture
Synopsis: 7 hours and 15 minutes
Five girls. Three generations. One great American love story. You Bring the Distant Near explores sisterhood, first loves, friendship, and the inheritance of culture--for better or worse. Ranee, worried that her children are losing their Indian culture; Sonia, wrapped up in a forbidden biracial love affair; Tara, seeking the limelight to hide her true self; Shanti, desperately trying to make peace in the family; Anna, fighting to preserve Bengal tigers and her Bengali identity-- award-winning author Mitali Perkins weaves together a sweeping story of five women at once intimately relatable and yet entirely new.
Cast of Narrators:
Zehra Jane Naqvi
Release Date: 12th September 2017
GR - https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/33155334-you-bring-the-distant-near
BD - https://www.bookdepository.com/You-Bring-the-Distant-Near/9780374304904
Rebel Seoul by Axie Oh
- Korean Lead
Synopsis: After a great war, the East Pacific is in ruins. In brutal Neo Seoul, where status comes from success in combat, ex-gang member Lee Jaewon is a talented pilot rising in the ranks of the academy. Abandoned as a kid in the slums of Old Seoul by his rebel father, Jaewon desires only to escape his past and prove himself a loyal soldier of the Neo State.
When Jaewon is recruited into the most lucrative weapons development division in Neo Seoul, he is eager to claim his best shot at military glory. But the mission becomes more complicated when he meets Tera, a test subject in the government’s supersoldier project. Tera was trained for one purpose: to pilot one of the lethal God Machines, massive robots for a never-ending war.
With secret orders to report on Tera, Jaewon becomes Tera’s partner, earning her reluctant respect. But as respect turns to love, Jaewon begins to question his loyalty to an oppressive regime that creates weapons out of humans. As the project prepares to go public amidst rumors of a rebellion, Jaewon must decide where he stands—as a soldier of the Neo State, or a rebel of the people.
Pacific Rim meets Korean action dramas in this mind-blowing, New Visions Award-winning science fiction debut.
Release Date: 15th September 2017
GR - https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/34931621-rebel-seoul
BD - https://www.bookdepository.com/Rebel-Seoul/9781620142998
The Victoria In My Head by Janelle Milanes
- Cuban-American Lead
Synopsis: Victoria Cruz inhabits two worlds: In one, she is a rock star, thrashing the stage with her husky voice and purple-streaked hair. In the other, currently serving as her reality, Victoria is a shy teenager with overprotective Cuban parents, who sleepwalks through her life at the prestigious Evanston Academy. Unable to overcome the whole paralyzing-stage-fright thing, Victoria settles for living inside her fantasies, where nothing can go wrong and everything is set to her expertly crafted music playlists.
But after a chance encounter with an unattainably gorgeous boy named Strand, whose band seeks a lead singer, Victoria is tempted to turn her fevered daydreams into reality. To do that, she must confront her insecurities and break away from the treadmill that is her life. Suddenly, Victoria is faced with the choice of staying on the path she’s always known and straying off-course to find love, adventure, and danger.
From debut author Janelle Milanes comes a hilarious and heartfelt tale of the spectacular things that can happen when you go after what you really want.
Release Date: 19th September 2017
GR - https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/34091699-the-victoria-in-my-head
BD - https://www.bookdepository.com/The-Victori-in-My-Head-Janelle-Milanes/9781481480895?ref=grid-view&qid=1504987631716&sr=1-1
The Stars Beneath Our Feet by David Barclay Moore
- Black Lead
Synopsis: A boy tries to steer a safe path through the projects in Harlem in the wake of his brother's death in this outstanding debut novel that's been described as a "fast and furious read in which we meet some amazing people, people that stay with us" by Newbery Honor and National Book Award-winning author Jacqueline Woodson. It's Christmas Eve in Harlem, but twelve-year-old Lolly Rachpaul and his mom aren't celebrating. They're still reeling from his older brother's death in a gang-related shooting just a few months earlier. Then Lolly's mother's girlfriend brings him a gift that will change everything: two enormous bags filled with Legos. Lolly's always loved Legos, and he prides himself on following the kit instructions exactly. Now, faced with a pile of building blocks and no instructions, Lolly must find his own way forward. His path isn't clear--and the pressure to join a "crew," as his brother did, is always there. When Lolly and his friend are beaten up and robbed, joining a crew almost seems like the safe choice. But building a fantastical Lego city at the community center provides Lolly with an escape--and an unexpected bridge back to the world. David Barclay Moore paints a powerful portrait of a boy teetering on the edge--of adolescence, of grief, of violence--and shows how Lolly's inventive spirit helps him build a life with firm foundations and open doors.
Release Date: 19th September 2017
BD - https://www.bookdepository.com/The-Stars-Beneath-Our-Feet-David-Barclay-Moore/9781524701246?ref=grid-view&qid=1504988642982&sr=1-4
July & August Diverse New Releases! (YA & Middle Grade)
It's now July (well, it's June when I'm writing this) and it's time for another new releases post. I've tried hard this year to make sure I get one of these up every month and I think so far I've succeeded (I'm not really sure) even if I've had to combine months together.
Every month I've been trying to include more diverse books in these posts that are for YA and MG/Children's and I think it's working a lot better now. I'm actually really enjoying searching around through different pages etc to find new releases and I find it one of my favourite posts to write. If there is any certain diverse feature of books (#ownvoices, LGBTQ+, religion, race etc) you want me to do a post on or try and include more of, let me know below and I'll make sure to do so.
Without further ado, let's get into the new releases!
Indigo Donut by Patrice Lawrence
- Biracial Character
Synopsis: A story of longing, belonging and trust. Two very different young people discover who loves them, and who they can love back.
Bailey is 17, mixed race, lives with his mum and dad in Hackney and spends all his time playing guitar or tending to his luscious ginger afro. Indigo is 17 and new to London, having grown up in the care system after being found by her mum's dead body as a toddler. All Indigo wants is to know who she really is. When Bailey and Indigo meet at sixth form, sparks fly. But when Bailey becomes the target of a homeless man who seems to know more about Indigo than is normal, Bailey is forced to make a choice he should never have to make.
A story about falling in love and everyone's need to belong.
GR - https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/33786522-indigo-donut?ac=1&from_search=true
BD - https://www.bookdepository.com/Indigo-Donut/9781444927184
RELEASE DATE - July 13th 2017
The Library of Fates by Aditi Khorana
- Indian Folklore
Synopsis: No one is entirely certain what brings the Emperor Sikander to Shalingar. Until now, the idyllic kingdom has been immune to his many violent conquests. To keep the visit friendly, Princess Amrita has offered herself as his bride, sacrificing everything—family, her childhood love, and her freedom—to save her people. But her offer isn’t enough.
The palace is soon under siege, and Amrita finds herself a fugitive, utterly alone but for an oracle named Thala, who was kept by Sikander as a slave and managed to escape amid the chaos. With nothing and no one else to turn to, Amrita and Thala are forced to rely on each other. But while Amrita feels responsible for her kingdom and sets out to warn her people, the newly free Thala has no such ties. She encourages Amrita to go on a quest to find the fabled Library of All Things, where it is possible for each of them to reverse their fates. To go back to before Sikander took everything from them.
Stripped of all that she loves, caught between her rosy past and an unknown future, will Amrita be able to restore what was lost, or does another life—and another love—await?
GR - https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/32766747-the-library-of-fates?ac=1&from_search=true
BD - https://www.bookdepository.com/The-Library-of-Fates/9781595148582
RELEASE DATE - July 18th 2017
Everything All At Once by Katrina Leno
Synopsis: Lottie Reeves has always struggled with anxiety, and when her beloved Aunt Helen dies, Lottie begins to fear that her own unexpected death might be waiting around every corner.
Aunt Helen wasn’t a typical aunt. She was the author of the best–selling Alvin Hatter series, about siblings who discover the elixir of immortality. Her writing inspired a generation of readers.
In her will, she leaves one last writing project—just for Lottie. It’s a series of letters, each containing mysterious instructions designed to push Lottie out of her comfort zone. Soon, Lottie’s trying some writing of her own, leaping off cliffs, and even falling for a boy she’s only just met. Then the letters reveal an extraordinary secret about the inspiration for the Alvin Hatter series. Lottie finds herself faced with an impossible choice, one that will force her to confront her greatest fear once and for all.
GR - https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/32051906-everything-all-at-once
BD - https://www.bookdepository.com/Everything-All-at-Once/9780062493095
RELEASE DATE - July 25th 2017
The Secret History of Us by Jessi Kirby
Synopsis: In this gorgeously written, emotional novel that fans of Sarah Dessen will enjoy, a teenage girl must piece together the parts of her life she doesn’t remember after a severe collision leaves her with no memory of the past four years.
When Olivia awakes in a hospital bed following a near-fatal car accident, she can’t remember how she got there. She figures it’s because she was in a coma for a week, but as time goes on, she realizes she’s lost more than just the last week of her life—she’s lost all memory of events that happened years ago. Gone is any recollection of starting or graduating high school; the prom; or her steady boyfriend Matt. Trying to figure out who she is feels impossible when everyone keeps telling her who she was.
As Liv tries to sort out her family and friends’ perceptions of her, the one person she hasn’t heard enough from is Walker, the guy who saved her the night her car was knocked off that bridge into the bay below. Walker is the hardened boy who’s been keeping his distance and the one person that has made Liv feel like her old self…whoever that is. With feelings growing for Walker, tensions rising with Matt, and secrets she can’t help but feel are being kept from her, Olivia must find her place in a life she doesn’t remember living.
GR - https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/32940573-the-secret-history-of-us
BD - https://www.bookdepository.com/The-Secret-History-of-Us/9780062672049
RELEASE DATE - August 1st 2017
The Epic Crush of Genie Lo by F.C.Yee
- Chinese Folklore
Synopsis: The struggle to get into a top-tier college consumes sixteen-year-old Genie Lo's every waking thought. But when her sleepy Bay Area town comes under siege from hell-spawn straight out of Chinese folklore, her priorities are suddenly and forcefully rearranged.
Her only guide to the demonic chaos breaking out around her is Quentin Sun, a beguiling, maddening new transfer student from overseas. Quentin assures Genie she is strong enough to fight these monsters, for she unknowingly harbors an inner power that can level the very gates of Heaven.
Genie will have to dig deep within herself to summon the otherworldly strength that Quentin keeps talking about. But as she does, she finds the secret of her true nature is entwined with his, in a way she could never have imagined…
GR - https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/30116958-the-epic-crush-of-genie-lo?ac=1&from_search=true
BD - https://www.bookdepository.com/The-Epic-Crush-of-Genie-Lo/9781419725487
RELEASE DATE - August 8th 2017
The Color Project by Sierra Abrams
- Character with cancer
Synopsis: Bernice Aurora Wescott has one thing she doesn't want anyone to know: her name. That is, until Bee meets Levi, the local golden boy who runs a charity organization called The Color Project.
Levi is not at all shy about attempting to guess Bee’s real name; his persistence is one of the many reasons why Bee falls for him. But while Levi is everything she never knew she needed, giving up her name would feel like a stamp on forever. And that terrifies her.
When unexpected news of an illness in the family drains Bee's summer of everything bright, she is pushed to the breaking point. Losing herself in The Color Project—a world of weddings, funerals, cancer patients, and hopeful families that the charity funds—is no longer enough. Bee must hold up the weight of her family, but to do that, she needs Levi. She’ll have to give up her name and let him in completely or lose the best thing that’s ever happened to her.
For fans of Stephanie Perkins and Morgan Matson, THE COLOR PROJECT is a story about the three great loves of life—family, friendship, and romance—and the bonds that withstand tragedy.
GR - https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/22892448-the-color-project?ac=1&from_search=true
BD - https://www.bookdepository.com/The-Color-Project-Sierr-Abrams/9781619846258
RELEASE DATE - August 17th 2017
Anyway, those are just some of the diverse YA & MG being released in July and August. Let me know if there's any you're going to purchase and also if you know of any more, tell me and I'll add them to the list. As usual, if there's any incorrect information or any extra information that you know of, let me know an I'll correct it/add it in.
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