51 Most Anticipated Young Adult Books For 2021 (For The First Half Of The Year)

Y’all. Making this list of my most anticipated YA books for 2021 was SO DIFFICULT. It ended up initially being a list of about a 100 books and let me TELL YOU…it was absolutely agonizing to narrow down because there are SO many new young adult books coming out in 2021 that I was interested in.

While it was painful to have to shave this list down, it was extremely heartening because I haven’t had this hard of a time with my new YA book lists in a couple of years.

After reading YA/teen books for 8+ years I found that these past couple years my interest was starting to wane and not as much was catching my eye (and I was diving more into adult fiction because that’s where my interests were taking me).

This year was the opposite and I am feeling renewed in my love and interest in YA books. I think it’s also a testament to the amount of diverse voices being published this year and so many fresh ideas and stories.

I just feel ELECTRIC about what’s coming out this year and I can’t wait to share these most anticipated YA reads for the first half of the year.

Remember, as always, this list of must read YA books is not about the biggest and the hottest reads coming out necessarily but about MY most anticipated reads that I think are going to be must-reads in a variety of genres.

I think that’s the beauty of these lists though….you’ll always find something new depending on the interests of the person making them.

Even year to year, I see my own lists flucuate– I probably added more romcoms to my list than ever before because I’m really being drawn to them more considering how heavy LIFE has been.

My taste runs pretty wide so there’s something on this list for everyone I’m sure. Stay tuned because I will have some more genre specific lists to share EVEN more that I’m excited about.

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Must-Read New YA Releases For The First Half of 2021

As a reminder this list is only a list about young adult books to read in 2021 for the first half of the year so January through June. I failed last year at making my second half of the year list because 2020 was difficult for obvious reasons so I let it go but stay tuned for the second half of the list as we get further into the year.

I have it broken down, after I talk about the most anticipated from my fave authors, into genres — fantasy, contemporary, mystery/thriller, historical, sci-fi and all things supernatural.

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New YA Books I’m Excited About From Favorite Authors

First we will start off with some of my most anticipated books by favorite authors that I am most looking forward to!

Concrete Rose by Angie Thomas
Out January 12, 2021

I am over the moon about this book! I loved, loved The Hate U Give so much.

When Angie announced this book I was ecstatic because I was OBSESSED with Starr’s parents (which maybe reminded me I’m old AF that I’m relating more to the parents of characters in YA books).

This book is all about Starr’s dad, Maverick, and is set in the 90’s chronicling his story as a 17 year old. Maverick was such a compelling character in The Hate U Give that I CANNOT wait for his story from the hints of it we got.

You can read this one without having read The Hate U Give (but I highly recommend that book).

Other books by Angie Thomas: The Hate U Give, On The Come Up

The Project by Courtney Summers
Out February 2, 2021

Long-time fans of Courtney Summers, like myself, are rejoicing everywhere because 1) Courtney Summers has been woefully underrated for YEARS and is finally get the notoriety she deserves and 2) she is ALWAYS bringing us something new from teen novels that capture teen life perfectly to zombie books to thrillers. She really can do it all!

This time around she’s bringing us another thriller guaranteed to keep you on the edge of your seat…..all centered around a cult!

Buckle up for this ride as the main character tries to expose the cult that her sister now belongs to after their parents died after she meets someone who confirms all the sinister suspicions she had about all this organization claims to be.

Other books by Courtney Summers: Cracked Up To Be, Some Girls Are, All the Rage, This Is Not A Test, Sadie

The Electric Kingdom by David Arnold
Out February 9th 2021

David Arnold is one of my favorites and I’ve read every single one of his books and what always impresses me is how unique, inventive and fresh they always are. They always give me that feeling like I’ve never read anything like it before.

His upcoming teen novel is a post-apocalyptic offering reminiscent of Station Eleven and set in a stark world ravished by a deadly Fly Flu. It follows a ragtag group of survivors on a journey to find a mythical portal.

If you like mind-bending and high concept books, check this one out. I’m reading it now and it’s so compelling!

Other books by David Arnold: Mosquitoland, Kids of Appetite, The Strange Fascinations of Noah Hypnotic

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Take Me Home Tonight by Morgan Matson
Out May 4, 2021

Morgan Matson’s books are some of my fave realistic YA fiction books ever so it’s a treat to know she has a new book out this year.

Pitched as Ferris Bueller meets Nick & Norah’s Infinite Adventure, it’s about two bffs who plan a fun night of adventure together in NYC before their senior year of high school….but this romp through the city together doesn’t go quite as planned. Shenanigans to ensue!

Other books by Morgan Matson: Amy & Roger’s Epic Detour, Second Chance Summer, Since You’ve Been Gone, The Unexpected Everything, Save the Date

We Are Inevitable by Gayle Forman
Out June 1, 2021

If you’ve been reading my blog for a long time, you know Gayle is my favorite author. She always writes books that just feel like they were written for me at the right time and I will read everything she writes. And, while I normally expect and revel in avalanches of tears and feelings from her, it’s like she KNEW a comedy is what my soul needs after this last year.

Her latest is, as she puts it, “a laugh-until-you-cry story about a boy who gives up his dreams to stay in a small-town used bookstore with his dad, and the quirky community that comes out of the woodwork to save the store.”

An ode to bookshops and book lovers and I’m here for it.

Other books by Gayle Forman:If I Stay/Where She Went, Just One Day/Just One Year, I Was Here,Leave Me, I Have Lost My Way

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An Emotion of Great Delight by Tahereh Mafi
Out June 1, 2021

I loved Tahereh’s Shatter Me series but I was delighted when she crossed over into realistic fiction with A Very Large Expanse Of Sea and I’ so excited to see this one is, too.

This one is about a young Muslim girl and her family in the years after 9/11 and the U.S. declaring war on Iraq. She’s trying to navigate the impact of that plus the loss of her brother, her crumbling family, a best friend breakup and a broken heart — all on her — until she just can’t.

Witchshadow by Susan Dennard
Out June 22, 2021

The next installment of Susan Dennard’s Witchlands series and I CANNOT WAIT. Though I can only imagine what she’s going to put us through AND this is Iseult’s book!!

If you haven’t read the first book, Truthwitch, what are you waiting for! Also highly recommend her Something Strange & Deadly series.

2021 Most Anticipated New Fantasy Books

There is some incredible new teen books to read in the fantasy genre that it really was hard to pick which ones I was MOST excited about out of all the upcoming YA books.

Lore by Alex Bracken
Out January 5, 2021

Alex Bracken’s back with a standalone fantasy novel inspired by Greek Mythology but with an urban fantasy setting and a Hunger Games-like game as a punishment for nine Greek gods rebelling which I think is ridiculously cool.

These gods are forced to walk the earth as humans, hunted by the descendants of ancient bloodlines, all eager to kill a god and seize their divine power and immortality. Lore, after the death of her family, had fled years ago and put the hunt out of her mind until now when a couple surprising allies show up at her door in search of revenge.

Other books by Alex Bracken: The Darkest Minds series, Passenger, The Dreadful Tale of Prosper Redding, Brightly Woven

Wings of Ebony by J. Elle
Out January 26, 2021

If urban fantasy that is equal parts adventure and social commentary that holds up a mirror to real world issues is your jam, check out this new YA release that I’ve seen billed as The Hate U Give meets Black Panther with a Katniss-like lead.

It’s about young Black teen from a poor neighborhood in Houston who, after her mom is killed, is whisked away from her home and her sister by her estranged dad who takes her to a secret country populated by gods.

There she finds out her true heritage and the fact that those on this island thrive on human suffering and she’s not allowed to leave.

When she sneaks off to go see her sister, she finds out things have gotten bad in her neighborhood and she must use her new-found magical identity to save her beloved community from the evil ravaging it.

Would be a GREAT discussion-getter for a book club. Also highly recommend this interview with the author.

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Like your fantasy with harsh wasteland type world and a survival adventure at heart? This one is a blend of a Western (a la True Grit) if it got Elsa-ed and turned into a frozen wasteland not many can survive.

It’s about a girl and her sister who survive by scavenging the possessions off the foolish men who try to cross the icy wasteland in search of a supposed great treasure.

When she takes something off the wrong dead body, her sister is kidnapped and she’s told she can have her back if she gives back the treasure the man’s enemy thinks she took off the body (that she most definitely didn’t).

She sets off with an unlikely partner in search of this treasure that will get her sister back to her while battling the harsh conditions, foes that lurk and a deadly secret.

The Gilded Ones by Namina Forna
Out February 9, 2021

This one was on my 2020 must-read list but it got pushed back to 2021 thanks to the events of 2020. Will be worth the wait, I think.

This one is a West African inspired new feminist fantasy series being pitched as for fans of Black Panther and Children of Blood and Bone.

It’s about a girl whose blood condemns her but is offered a choice to become a warrior in an army of girls like her, and the only ones who will be able to stop the empires greatest threat, rather than stay and live out the fate her blood will bring in her village.

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We Are The Fire by Sam Taylor
Out February 16, 2021

One of my favorite fantasy series is An Ember in Ashes so when I saw this compared to that, I was all in for this brutal Spartacus-like world where the characters are more morally grey. ALL THE MORALLY GREY, PLEASE.

In this oppressive and unrelenting world, children are stolen from their families, forced to have a horrific procedure that alters them and turns them into fire-wielding soldiers (and experiments) for the emperor.

When the two main characters find out an even more horrific use for them that the emperor has planned, they decide to escape their oppressors which tests their relationship as they realize what it just may take to leave.

I honestly don’t know how to categorize this one. It seems more fairy tale or contemporary with magical elements and a mystery but I’m putting it here.

It’s about a girl whose mother disappeared years ago from a glacier under the Northern Lights in Norway leaving her behind and unable to truly remember what happened that night when her mom whistled at the lights, like the legend tells, and vanished.

Years later, the Northern Lights appear over Cape Cod, where she now lives, for one night so she tests the legend and sure enough with a whistle her mother, and a slew of magical things in the wake of her reappearance, are before her with a message that has her racing back to the place her mother vanished.

Other books by Nicole Lesperance: The Nightmare Thief

FAERIES! A magical underground Toronto! Serial killer on the loose which threatens to expose the fae world to humans! Found family (with a robust cast of queer characters)! Billed as The Cruel Prince (LOVED!) meets City of Bones!

I mean, what is not to love?? Truly.

This one looks like the perfect read for a dark wintry night with the vibes from the setting of this one.

A dark magic has left Valeria’s village in a freeze which has trapped everyone she loves in a sheet of ice. As one of the few survivors of this who isn’t trapped, she’s been on the run because she escaped it and has been doing odd jobs with a group of thieves and her best friend until he gets murdered.

A year later she finds out he’s alive and being held and in order to get him back she must take the group holding him on a dangerous trip to the sinister mountain whose magic started this whole mess.

A Jamaican inspired fantasy featuring witches, from enemy castes, united and hellbent on revenge?

This is the things my fantasy-loving dreams are made of and yours too if you like dark and twisty fantasy books featuring witches, revenge stories, and rich world-building.

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This one is a retelling of the Russian folktale, The Firebird, and is about two sisters and the magic that binds them (and threatens to come between them).

The two twin sisters have been given their future roles for the kingdom — one will be the future queen and one will be the Firebird who maintains the balance of magic in the kingdom by making sure everyone pays the price for their use of magic — and have been separated so they can each train and focus on their roles.

When their mother dies, they are brought back together and thrown into a whirlwind of politics and magic they couldn’t have imagined.

If you like political intrigue, magic and stories of sisterhood (a la Sansa and Arya Stark), check out this high fantasy debut.

You had me at rag tag group of not likely heroes being the last hope to save the world and then you just HAD to throw in pirates, assassins and family secrets.

Ahoy mateys…. extremely into this and cannot wait for this adventure.

Other books by Victoria Aveyard: Red Queen series

A new YA book in 2021 that is a retelling of The Prince and the Pauper but gender swapped, Indian-inspired and written by twin sisters? 2021 IS going to be a better year, I know it.

A princess and a street urchin collide and realize they look identical and decide to switch places but soon realize they must work together to save their home when danger starts lurking.

I love high fantasy but for some reason all the urban fantasy is really standing out to me this year as I comb through all the new YA releases for this year.

I think maybe my brain wants the escape but can’t handle getting a grip on a new and complicated worlds so urban fantasy is a nice compromise with it being magic set in our world.

This one is set in Toronto and is about a Black witch, who comes from a long line of witches, who ends up failing the trial, a rite of passage to get her magic, and is given a second chance to complete it.

That second trial? She has to kill her first love….or else all the magic will be stripped from everyone in her family. YOU KNOW…no big deal, no pressure!

New Young Adult Contemporary Teen Books For 2021

You Have A Match by Emma Lord
Out January 12, 2021

Emma Lord’s sophomore novel looks like a deliciously summery beach read perfect for fans of Sarah Dessen.

It’s about a girl who signs up for a DNA service, more so for a friend, and instead of the boring results she expects to get she finds out she has a sister close in age who just happens to be an Instagram star.

When an opportunity to attend the same summer camp comes up, she jumps at the chance to get to know her sister and sort out her family’s secrets…all while trying to navigate her growing feelings for her best friend Leo who works at the camp.

Other books by Emma Lord: Tweet Cute

Muted by Tami Charles
Out February 2, 2021

Up until last year the only novel in verse I though I liked was Ellen Hopkins’ Crank series. And then I read Elizabeth Acevedo’s Clap When You Land (one of the best books I read in 2020). All that to say, this novel is in verse and I am way excited for it!

It’s given me similar vibes basic plot-wise to Grown by Tiffany D. Jackson (another fave of last year) in that it explores the dark side and the exploitation of the music industry through the perspective of a young girl who is thrust into her dream of music stardom and all that comes with it.

Other books by Tami Charles: Becoming Beatriz, Like Vanessa

A Pho Love Story by Loan Le
Out February 9, 2021

I’m getting hungry just thinking about this foodie-centric romcom that centers around two Vietnamese-American teens, who after avoiding each other for years because their families have a long-standing feud and competing pho restaurants, find sparks flying.

If delightful rom-coms featuring rivals to lovers is your thing, check this one out!

I like books that make me cry and this one looks like a doozy in that department as it explores grief and healing (and you know I go for books exploring grief).

A girl and her best friend attend a book festival to meet their favorite author, whose books are responsible for bringing them close, and have a blowout fight there. Before things can be mended, her best friend dies in an accident and life is upended.

While in the thick of her grief, a rare copy of their beloved book shows up that she’s convinced is from her best friend and she sets off to find answers to this last message from her friend and finds herself face to face with the author himself who she hopes can give her more answers.

Some Other Now by Sarah Everett
Out February 23, 2021

Fauxmance…. but make it sad? OOF…this one says “for fans of This Is Us” so get your tissues now.

It’s about a girl whose next door neighbors were her second family and the family she didn’t have in her absent mom. Years she spent being an honorary Cohen with Mel, the mom she wished she had, and her two sons. Up until a kiss that ruined everything.

Now, a year later, one of the brothers comes back into her life to ask her to pretend to be his girlfriend in the final month’s of his mom’s life and she puts herself back in the family’s orbit one final time.

Other books by Sarah Everett: Everyone We’ve Been, No One Here is Lonely

Yolk by Mary H.K. Choi
Out March 2, 2021

Like books about complicated sibling relationships that are equal parts tender and humorous?

Check out this one about two estranged sisters who end up switching lives and committing insurance fraud when one of them is diagnosed with cancer!

I wouldn’t have put this on my YA list because it seems like the main characters are early 20’s but the imprint publishing it IS the YA division and she writes some other fabulous YA. So on the YA release list it goes.

Other books from Mary H.K. Choi: Emergency Contact, Permanent Record

This one looks so fun! It’s about a girl who gives anonymous love advice for a fee to her classmates out of a locker but is caught by a guy she REALLY cannot stand who blackmails her into helping him get his ex back in exchange for keeping her secret.

Other books from Sophie Gonzales: Only Mostly Devastated

If you like stories of self-discovery and forging an identity, check out this book about a young Indian-American girl trying to be the girl her family wants her to be but finding herself drawn to a secret romance with a white boy her parents won’t approve of and wanting to pursue her art.

As she struggles to navigate between two cultures and a relationship that, while exciting at first, starts to venture her down a tangled path and her sense of self starts to slip away.

Nemeses AND fake dating all in one book? I MIGHT DIE. Two of my fave tropes in one romcom.

A fender bender, and two nosy moms, leave two high school arch nemeses (and school athletes) forced to carpool until the car is fixed. And when the opportunity to get back at a toxic ex comes up, a bribe is made for the other to play along and a fake dating scheme is born.

I LOVED Simon vs The Homosapiens Agenda so much and this one sounds so fun!

Kate and her best friend Andy are inseparable and do everything together. They even have the same crushes from afar.

But when both of them fall for the same guy AND the three of them are all working on the school musical together,t hings get sticky!

Other books by Becky Albertalli: Leah On the Offbeat, The Upside of Unrequited, What if It’s Us, Yes No Maybe So

If you loved the basic premise of To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before, feast your eyes on this one!

It’s about a girl whose epic notebook full of all her lists, lists about anything and everything and some deeply personal, goes missing and soon she finds one of her lists posted on social media.

To get her notebook back and avoid her blackmailer releasing the whole notebook, she’s told she must knock off all the things on her greatest fears list. She ends up tackling the list and trying to find out who has her notebook with an unlikely ally.

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I just have a feeling this is going to be on of the best young adult books in 2021. Just a gut feeling I always get with one or two books when I make these lists.

It’s a coming of age story about a teenager whose Dad only lives with them part time and then the other half of the year he lives in his home in Jamaica. Then one summer her mom tells her that she’s going to spend the summer with him in Jamaica — a trip she is wary of but also wanting in some ways — and she could never be prepared for what she experiences that summer.

Looks to be a hard-hitting book emotionally set in the backdrop of a hurricane.

One thing I really love about YA fiction is how well it can take really weighty and complex issues and explore and navigate them in a really intimate way that is smart and thoughtful.

This is a book that explores immigration in the United States and what it means to be an American through the story of a young teen, born in America to undocumented immigrants, who finds his family being ripped apart when his parents get picked up by ICE.

It’s also a book about family, love, identity and self discovery and I have a feeling this will be a most talked about book of this year. 

I loved Dahlia Adler’s book Just Visiting (woefully underrated) plus her romances so I am VERY excited for this one — and look at that cover!

It’s about a teen who finally seems to have it all — most recently the long-time crush of her dreams — until the girl that she spent a confusing and romantic summer with walks into her school…and she hasn’t been able to stop thinking of her.

Check it out if you love teen stories of self discovery and first loves.

Other books by Dahlia Adler: Behind the Scenes, Just Visiting, Radleigh University series

Inspired by Persuasion and set in Tobago, this second chance romance between childhood best friends and first loves is moving to the top of my must-read young adult fiction list for 2021.

It’s been two years since Reyna feels like she’s gotten left behind on the island she lives — her mother died, her best friend and first love (Aiden) left to pursue his dreams and it seems like most of her friends are heading abroad while she stays working at her family’s resort and giving up on her dreams.

And then Aiden, who she finally though she was over, and his newly famous musical group and a couple of socialites in tow come to stay at her resort.

“In a story that’s Gilmore Girls meets New Delhi, Noreen and her mother, Ruby, rely on their close relationship as they navigate family expectations, romantic complications, culture clashes, and their own personal truths in this thoughtful and hilarious new YA novel by Sheba Karim.”

I read that about this book and it was an insta-add. If you say “Gilmore Girls” I’m there.

Other books by Sheba Karim:That Thing We Call Heart, Mariam Sharma Hits The Road

Let’s preemptively grab the tissues for this one, folks! I’m ready for another heart-wrenching novel exploring grief and healing, are you?

Liam Cooper’s brother, Ethan, is killed by a hit and run accident and Liam must navigate the grief and moving forward in a life without him.

Feeling isolated and experiencing fading friendships, Liam begins to spend more time with Ethan’s best friend who knows exactly what they are going through as they grow closer together.

Other books by Mason Deaver: I Wish You All The Best

A rom-com set amidst summer wedding season full of mishaps and hijinx between two teens, who have to work together all summer long, but can’t get along after a year of silence between them after a crush confession turned ghosting.

Other books by Rachel Lynn Solomon:Today Tonight Tomorrow, The Ex Talk,Our Year of Maybe

New YA Mystery/Thriller Releases For 2021

If a page-turning mystery or thriller is your idea of a great read, check out these new young adult fiction novels!

LISTEN. I don’t wanna say too much to spoil this plot twist, because the officially summary doesn’t give this movie as a comparison, but if you are of a certain age like I am…there is a movie (one of my faves) that this book has extremely similar vibes to that came out in the late 90’s.

The main character is your average 90’s teen dealing with normal teen things until she feels like everyone around her has been acting weird lately and then a sleek black device with an apple logo falls out of her best friend’s backpack and everything she thought she knew about her life just might not be reality.

If you can figure out what movie I might be talking…just know that I am SO EXCITED for a YA book version of it.

Other books by Anna Carey: Eve series, Blackbird

A YA thriller (a la Veronica Mars) about an 18 year old Native teenager who ends up trying to root out the corruption and source of the drug-related deaths on her reservation when she’s asked to go undercover by the FBI to help with this criminal investigation.

A supernatural thriller that looks like it would be a perfect Fall/Halloween read for readers of YA.

It’s about a girl whose mother dies — she’s told that her mother died in a hospital all her life but she has the most vivid memory as a young girl of drowning, being pulled to safety by her mother and then her mother disappearing.

When she discovers a clue about her mother’s disappearance that could be tied to a remote island where her mom may have went to study birds, she heads to the island to piece things together and finds out her mother isn’t the only person who has gone missing.

Other Books by Kate Alice Marshall:Rules For Vanishing , I Am Still Alive

The Ivies by Alexa Donne
Out May 25, 2021

Dark academia? YES PLEASE.

This one is a YA thriller about a group of 5 prep school elite girls who do everything they can to disrupt their competition and would kill to get into the Ivy League college of their dreams…maybe even quite literally.

Other books by Alexa Donne: Brightly Burning, The Stars We Steal

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Being billed as Gossip Girl meets Get Out, this twisty dark academia YA thriller is about two Black students (in a very white, elite school) and their struggles against an anonymous bully who threatens to spill their secrets.

If you like your thrillers with a good bit of depth as much as you want to be thrilled, check this one out!

New YA Historical Fiction Releases In 2021

Historical fiction has always been the one genre I’ve struggled with in YA books. Like I have my faves like Elizabeth Wein, Ruta Sepetys and Stacey Lee but typically I venture to adult fiction for my historical.

This year has me so excited for a few historicals on my radar so let’s get to them:

Angel of Greenwood by Randi Pink
Out January 12, 2021

In 2020 it was the first time I had learned about the Tulsa Massacre and I was shocked this wasn’t covered in school (or with the amount of attention to it so that we’d remember — I say this as a person who loved history class).

The setting for this YA historical is in 1921 during the Greenwood Massacre on what is known as Black Wall Street and follows two teenagers who have known of each other for all their years in school but haven’t really KNOWN each other until they work the same job and spend more time ago. And then life changes for them when a white mob storms their community.

Other books by Randi Pink: Into White, Girls Like Us

Set in San Fransisco’s Chinatown in the 1950’s amidst the Red Scare which threatens to affect her family, a young Chinese American woman who discovers herself and who she loves at a lesbian bar called The Telegraph Club, that she and a classmate sneak their way into, at a time where it’s dangerous for two girls to love each other.

Other books by Malinda Lo:Ash, Adaptation, A Line in the Dark, Huntress

Stacey Lee has been writing FANTASTIC historical YA that I’ve loved and I’m so excited for this one! Her latest is about twin British-Chinese acrobats traveling on the Titanic on that infamous voyage. It’s loosely inspired by a recently uncovered account of six Titanic survivors of Chinese descent.

Other books by Stacey Lee:Under A Painted Sky, The Downstairs Girl, Outrun the Moon, The Secret of A Heart Note

New YA Science Fiction Books In 2021

This sounds like some Black Mirror kind of sci-fi stuff!!

It’s about a girl who gets murdered on her way to a party and when she wakes up, she learns she’s in a place called Infinity, where human consciousness ends up after you die.

When she gets there she discovers that an AI entity, a virtual assistant used by humans, has hacked her way into the afterlife, posing as a queen and plans to take down humans for good. Along with some others, a rebellion is formed to stop her and save the humans.

Other Books by this author: Summer Bird Blue, Starfish,Harley in the Sky

Sci-fi thriller fans! Check out this one set in a climate-ravaged world, that is being called Black Mirror meets We Were Liars, about two sisters need to find their way back to each other.

New YA Paranormal/Supernatural/Horror 2021

I’m just doing a catch-all because I don’t have enough picks for each genre!

Loved Rebecca? Like ghost stories?

This book is about a girl who flees a scandal in her life and ends up going to live with her uncle, who is haunted by his own tragic scandal, at an old mansion he’s renovating.

She finds a town with strange people who are unfriendly to outsiders and who tell terrifying stories — like the one about the dead girls who reside in the house she is now living in.

What Big Teeth by Rose Szabo
Out February 2, 2021

I’ll be honest, I’m not even quite sure what this is fully about from the summary but when I read the summary I was like “OH THIS SOUNDS LIKE SOMETHING I NEED TO READ!”

Seems perfectly dark and strange as it tells the story of a girl who flees the boarding school she’s been at for years after an incident and comes back to see her estranged family who are a pretty monstrous bunch.

When a death rocks the family, she has to call on her mysterious grandmother from across the sea which turns into a situation where she’ll have to learn to get along with this family she’s always felt an outcast in.

It’s about 3 sisters who had something strange happen to them as kids and ever since then the strangeness hasn’t stopped — weird, odd occurrences seem to follow in their wake and strange changes have been happening to them. When one of them goes missing, the mystery of what happened to them as kids is the key to finding her. 

Other books by this author: Our Chemical Hearts,A Semi Definitive List of Worst Nightmares

So what teen fiction books are you excited about for 2021? I really think this year is going to be full of great reads and I anticipate some of these making my top reads of the year!

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