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They are here! My most anticipated YA reads coming out in January. I had to snatch them from my LOVELY fellow staffers here at Padmore Culture, since some of them inadvertently let spoilers slip into our conversations and I HATE that. 

This intro is completely inspired by my first selection...

Love, Hate and Other Filters by Samira Ahmed 


Release Date: January 16th     




Truly Devious by Maureen Johnson


Set in Ellingham Academy, a famous private school for the brightest thinkers, inventors, and artists, this suspense novel draws us in from the beginning. The founder of this prestigious school was kidnapped and the only real clue was a mocking riddle listing methods of murder, signed with the frightening pseudonym “Truly, Devious.” It became one of the great unsolved crimes of American history. 

In comes Stevie Bell, a first year with an ambitions plan: solving the cold case. All goes awry when "Truly Devious" makes a surprise return, and death revisits Ellingham Academy. The past has crawled out of its grave & someone has gotten away with murder.

Release Date: January 16th




Say You'll Remember Me by Katie McGarry 


When Drix was convicted of a crime—one he didn't commit—he thought his life was over. Elle, on the other hand, knows she lives a life of privilege. As the governor's daughter, she can open doors with her name alone. 

When Drix and Elle meet, their connection is immediate, but so are their problems. Drix is not the type of boy Elle's parents have in mind for her, and Elle is not the kind of girl who can understand Drix's messy life. But sometimes love can breach all barriers.

Fighting against a society that can't imagine them together, Drix and Elle must push themselves—Drix to confront the truth of the robbery, and Elle to assert her independence—and each other to finally get what they deserve.

Release Date: January 30th




Keeper by Kim Chance 


When the ghost of a 200-year-old witch attacks her on the road, sixteen-year-old bookworm Lainey Styles is determined to find a logical explanation. But even with the impossible is staring her in the face, Lainey refuses to buy into all that “hocus pocus nonsense”—until she finds a photograph linking the witch to her dead mother.

She discovers that, like her mother, she’s a Keeper: a witch with the exclusive ability to unlock and wield the Grimoire, a dangerous spell book. But the Grimoire is missing, stolen years ago by a malevolent warlock who is desperate for a spell locked inside it—a spell that would allow him to siphon away the world's magic.

With the help of her comic-book-loving, adventure-hungry best friend and an enigmatic but admittedly handsome street fighter, Lainey must leave behind her life of books and study to prepare for the biggest test of all: stealing back the book.

Release Date: January 30th




The Hazel Wood by Melissa Albert


Seventeen-year-old Alice and her mother have spent most of Alice's life on the road, always a step ahead of the strange bad luck biting at their heels. But when Alice's grandmother, the reclusive author of a book of pitch-dark fairy tales, dies alone on her estate - the Hazel Wood - Alice learns how bad her luck can really get. Her mother is stolen away - by a figure who claims to come from the cruel supernatural world where her grandmother's stories are set.

Alice's only lead is the message her mother left behind: STAY AWAY FROM THE HAZEL WOOD. To retrieve her mother, Alice must venture first to the Hazel Wood, then into the world where her grandmother's tales began . . .

Release Date: January 30th






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