New releases: January 2018 – young adult

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Ah, youth! Time to feel like teenagers again and read some young adult. The top 5 of new releases, as put together by Goodreads, is quite a top 5 this time! We’ve got some superheroes, some female heroes, some sci-fi and some romance. Ready? Set. Go! Other new releases of January 2018 can be found by genre right here on Goodreads.

  1. Batman: Nightwalker by Marie Lu (DC Icons #2)
    Publication date: January 2nd, 2018
    Before he was Batman, he was Bruce Wayne. A reckless boy willing to break the rules for a girl who may be his worst enemy. The Nightwalkers are terrorizing Gotham City, and Bruce Wayne is next on their list. One by one, the city’s elites are being executed as their mansions’ security systems turn against them, trapping them like prey. Meanwhile, Bruce is turning eighteen and about to inherit his family’s fortune, not to mention the keys to Wayne Enterprises and all the tech gadgetry his heart could ever desire. But after a run-in with the police, he’s forced to do community service at Arkham Asylum, the infamous prison that holds the city’s most brutal criminals. In Arkham, Bruce meets Madeleine, a brilliant girl with ties to the Nightwalkers. What is she hiding? And why will she speak only to Bruce? Madeleine is the mystery Bruce must unravel. But is he getting her to divulge her secrets, or is he feeding her the information she needs to bring Gotham City to its knees? Bruce will walk the dark line between trust and betrayal as the Nightwalkers circle closer.
  2. The Cruel Prince by Holly Black (The Folk of the Air #1)
    Publication date: January 2nd, 2018
    “Of course, I want to be like them. They’re beautiful as blades forged in some divine fire. They will live forever. And Cardan is even more beautiful than the rest. I hate him more than all the others. I hate him so much that sometimes when I look at him, I can hardly breathe.” Jude was seven years old when her parents were murdered and she and her two sisters were stolen away to live in the treacherous High Court of Faerie. Ten years later, Jude wants nothing more than to belong there, despite her mortality. But many of the fey despise humans. Especially Prince Cardan, the youngest and wickedest son of the High King. To win a place at the Court, she must defy him–and face the consequences. In doing so, she becomes embroiled in palace intrigues and deceptions, discovering her own capacity for bloodshed. But as civil war threatens to drown the Courts of Faerie in violence, Jude will need to risk her life in a dangerous alliance to save her sisters, and Faerie itself.
  3. Unearthed by Amie Kaufman & Megan Spooner (Unearthed #1)
    Publication date: January 9th, 2018
    When Earth intercepts a message from a long-extinct alien race, it seems like the solution the planet has been waiting for. The Undying’s advanced technology has the potential to undo environmental damage and turn lives around, and Gaia, their former home planet, is a treasure trove waiting to be uncovered. For Jules Addison and his fellow scholars, the discovery of an alien culture offers unprecedented opportunity for study… as long as scavengers like Amelia Radcliffe don’t loot everything first. Mia and Jules’ different reasons for smuggling themselves onto Gaia put them immediately at odds, but after escaping a dangerous confrontation with other scavvers, they form a fragile alliance. In order to penetrate the Undying temple and reach the tech and information hidden within, the two must decode the ancient race’s secrets and survive their traps. But the more they learn about the Undying, the more their presence in the temple seems to be part of a grand design that could spell the end of the human race… 
  4. Meet Cute: Some People Are Destined To Meet by Nina LaCour, Sara Shepard, Nicola Yoon, Katie Cotugno, Huntley Fitzpatrick, Kass Morgan, Katharine McGeeMeredith Russo, Jocelyn Davies, Ibi Zoboi, Jennifer L. Armentrout, Emery Lord, Dhonielle Clayton & Julie Murphy
    Publication date: January 2nd, 2018
    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.
  5. The Hazel Wood by Melissa Albert (The Hazel Wood #1)
    Publication date: January 30th, 2018
    Seventeen-year-old Alice and her mother have spent most of Alice’s life on the road, always a step ahead of the uncanny bad luck biting at their heels. But when Alice’s grandmother, the reclusive author of a cult-classic 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 Hinterland, 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.” Alice has long steered clear of her grandmother’s cultish fans. But now she has no choice but to ally with classmate Ellery Finch, a Hinterland superfan who may have his own reasons for wanting to help her. To retrieve her mother, Alice must venture first to the Hazel Wood, then into the world where her grandmother’s tales began―and where she might find out how her own story went so wrong. 

So, let’s discuss. The first book is a superhero coming of age story about the boy who would later become Batman. He’s actually one of my least favourite superheroes, so I’ll pass. The second does sound interesting: a human in the faerie world that ends up needing to save the very world that doesn’t accept her. I’ll wait for all the books to come out first, though! Then something sci-fi where aliens could lead to the end of the world and two kids that don’t like each other are the only ones who can save us. Hmm, no! Book four does sound interesting, I’ll at that to my maybe list, first waiting for some reviews to see what others think. And the fifth one has gone on my to-be-read list! A superfan meets the granddaughter of the writer and together they travel into the book’s world? Does Rowling already have grandchildren?? If so, Hogwarts here I come!

Happy reading,

Loes M.

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