I’m here to add more books to your already over-flowing TBRs.
The year is almost ending, so as a book blogger, I’m legally obligated to make a list featuring my most anticipated book releases for the new year. Here are some January-July 2020 YA releases that I can’t wait to read, whether it be because of their premises, the rep in them, or both!
Look out for part two—featuring August-December releases—coming in the latter half of next year!
Scavenge the Stars by Tara Sim
That girl on the cover can stab be any time 😍 I’m so glad that this is releasing early in the year because based on the synopsis, I need it RIGHT THIS SECOND. This is a queer, gender-bent retelling of The Count of Monte Cristo! The author also tweeted that the main couple is a “gayer and more ridiculous” Jude and Cardan, and … my body is ready.
Loveboat, Taipei by Abigail Hing Wen
What can I say? I go hard for books by Asian authors. This follows Ever Wong, who goes to Taiwan in order to spend the summer learning Mandarin, which I did last summer, though I went to China and not Taiwan! I’m excited to compare my experiences with Ever’s, though I’m sure hers will be much more romantic and swoon-worthy.
Tweet Cute by Emma Lord
I’ve heard amazing things about this from early reviewers. But I’ll admit that I wasn’t completely sold on it until I tweeted that I wanted recommendations for books with two main characters who hate each other in real life, but start anonymously talking to each other. Ruby and Tiffany replied to me saying that Tweet Cute has this trope, and I immediately added it to my TBR!
Wicked As You Wish by Rin Chupeco
Rin Chupeco deserves the WORLD, ya’ll. Their story ideas are some of the coolest ones out there, and they always include so much diversity in their novels. This one promises to be a wild and unapologetically Filipino ride.
The Midnight Lie by Marie Rutkoski
Marie Rutkoski wrote The Winners Trilogy, and I absolutely adore the first two books in it. Its finale did disappoint me a little, but I’m more than willing to give her a second chance. This is set in the same world as the trilogy, and it has an f/f romance!
The Electric Heir by Victoria Lee
I’m so jealous of everyone who has an arc of this! Granted, I’m pretty sure they’ll be emotionally destroyed, so there’s that. But I’m so excited to reunite with my sons Noam and Dara.
We Are Totally Normal by Rahul Kanakia
I know next to nothing about this because I added it to my TBR right after I read Shri’s review—it was that good. Also, I requested and got approved for an e-arc of this months ago!
The Silence of Bones by June Hur
Again, I’m excited for this because Shri loved it, haha. But I’m also eager to read it because it’s a mystery set in Joseon era Korea, and I haven’t read a lot of mystery books, let alone ones set in historical Korea!
Girl, Serpent, Thorn by Melissa Bashardoust
Two words: f/f and Persian-inspired.
The Henna Wars by Adiba Jaigirdar
This is about two teen girls with rival henna businesses who fall in love with each other!!! I feel like it’ll be super cute, but also tackle hard-hitting topics at the same time. On top of that, I love how the cover features two adorable brown girls front and center.
I Kissed Alice by Anna Birch
This has the trope that has become my new obsession! Two girls hate each other in real life but anonymously start collaborating on a graphic novel together!! Sounds like it’s gonna be as cute as its cover—I CAN’T WAIT.
The Dark Tide by Alicia Jasinska
Mahana said f/f enemies-to-lovers, villain/protagonist romance with witches—and I came running.
The Falling in Love Montage by Ciara Smyth
Ahh, look at how adorable the cover is 😍 This follows two girls who spend the summer re-enacting “every cliché, rom-com montage-worthy date they can dream up,” but promise to end their romance by fall. But this is a book, so of course they fall in love for real.
Cemetery Boys by Aiden Thomas
#OwnVoices for the trans and Latinx rep, this follows Yadriel (btw, I love that name), who accidentally summons the ghost of the school bad boy back from the dead. If that premise doesn’t immediately make you want to read it, I don’t know what will. Also, that cover is gorgeous, and it reminds me a little of anime!
The State of Us by Shaun David Hutchinson
This gives me SO MUCH Red, White & Royal Blue vibes! Set during the 2020 US presidential elections, we follow the love story of the 16-year-old sons of the Republican and Democratic candidates. This will undoubtedly be a relevant read with the 2020 elections coming up soon. Also, I’m usually not a fan of PDA on covers, but somehow I adore the cover?
I mean, I say I’m anticipating these books, but let my most viral tweet speak for itself:
That said, I’ll try to read them as soon as I can!