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There’s no point in hiding it, YA is one of my favorite genres to read. Usually, I love the author’s beautiful concepts of fantasy, magical, or faraway settings. I feel like YA is getting hyped for 2020 because so many beautiful books are coming our way! Let’s take a look at what we can look forward too.

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The Conference of the Birds (Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children Book 5) by Ransom Riggs. If you have been a fan of the “Miss Peregrine’s” series, then you will be stoked to know that book #5 is coming out this month (1/14/2020). I personally have not read the books, but with my love for spooky or weird stuff, I feel like this series should be right up my ally. I did enjoy the first movie, I remember my husband and I went to see it at a drive-in movie theater.


The Queen’s Assassin by Melissa de la Cruz. I am very excited to read this one! Deadly assassins, forbidden romances, secret scandals, and a faraway magical kingdom? Yeah, it totally sounds like something I would read. This book will also be apart of a duology, which is nice because sometimes I feel like you really need a second book to wrap everything up. (And look how gorgeous that cover art is!)


The Vanishing Deep by Astrid Scholte. I feel like the YA world needs some new science fiction books up in here. While this probably wouldn’t be the first book I would pick up at the store, I can totally feel the vibes from this one. It looks to be pretty fast-paced, has lots of mystery woven into the words, and gives me an impression of a thriller, which I have been loving for the past year. I feel like older teens would love this novel.


Dancing at the Pity Party by Tyler Feder. This is a really different one, and I think it is brilliant. Drawing up from her own experiences with losing her mother to cancer, the author brings her readers along from the moment of the first doctor’s appointment to the funeral, and it is told in a gentle, but in an informative way that would be wonderful for anyone who might be grieving or feeling a loss. This isn’t your usual YA trope, and I really hope that we see this book do very well in the book community. I love the thought of someone relaying their own personal experiences into a book, it takes a lot of guts to do that.


The Damned by Renée Ahdieh. Alright, I’m feeling this one. Anything paranormal is totally up my ally too. I haven’t read a good paranormal YA since The Wicked Deep by Shea Ernshaw. (Curious to see my full thoughts? Click right HERE to see my review!) This is book #2 of the series, so start with “The Beautiful” to get you going. (Amazon link)

Two things I’m most excited about this book for? 1. Vampires – Yep, I was a Twihard and still love vampires in books. And 2. It is set in 1800s New Orleans, which is an AMAZING setting and I love old-world New Orleans. Full of eerie suspense and romance, I’m sure this one will be a favorite in the YA world.


The Guilded Ones by Namina Forna. So what I’m seeing is that this is book #1 in her series called Deathless. This book is essentially the book “Children of Blood and Bone” and the movie “Black Panther” love child. It involves a strong female lead character and feminism with a fantasy twist on a West Africa setting. I’m definitely seeing a successful series here, and I’m excited to see where Forna goes with it.

What are your thoughts on these books? Excited for 2020 and seeing what new books we get to read? Me too! There are so many more, I just might have to make a part two of this list… 😄

The Library Lady ♡

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