2020 is bringing all the good, sound books, and I’m here today to bring you a few because … you might be wanting them too??? Also, literally no surprise to anyone: most of them are spooky and ghostie related.
The King of Crows by Libba Bray
The breath-taking finale to the epic New York Times bestseller, The Diviners, from Printz winner and beloved author, Libba Bray.
I’m both equally ready and not ready for this at the same time??? I need to know what happens, but, like, I really don’t want this series to ever end???
Layoverland by Gabby Noone
Two teens, one stuck atoning for her sins and one destined for heaven, fall in love in purgatory in this darkly hilarious and heartfelt rom-com, perfect for fans of The Good Place.
“perfect for fans of the Good Place” has me sold so hard. Plus add in rom-com and funnies??? I’m so down.
The Sun Down Motel by Simone St. James
The secrets lurking in a rundown roadside motel ensnare a young woman, just as they did her aunt thirty-five years before, in this new atmospheric suspense novel from the national bestselling and award-winning author of The Broken Girls.
I absolutely love Simone St. James, so I know this one is going to be as amazing as always. Plus add in a hotel setting??? YES PLEASE.
The Winter Duke by Claire Eliza Bartlett
Part Sleeping Beauty, part Anastasia, with a thrilling political mystery, The Winter Duke is a spellbinding story about choosing what’s right in the face of danger.
Ummmmmmmmmmmmmm *brain short circuits* DID I HEAR PART SLEEPING BEAUTY AND PART ANASTASIA – two of my favorite things of all time???? I neeeeeeed.
Ghost Squad by Claribel Ortega
Coco meets Stranger Things with a hint of Ghostbusters in this action-packed supernatural fantasy.
For Lucely Luna, ghosts are more than just the family business.
I love ghostie middle grade, and then add in those name drops of Coco, Stranger Things, and Ghostbusters??? Omfg, YES. I’ve been so ecstatic for this one since the moment I heard about it that I AM SO READY.
Clap When You Land by Elizabeth Acevedo
In a novel-in-verse that brims with grief and love, National Book Award-winning and New York Times-bestselling author Elizabeth Acevedo writes about the devastation of loss, the difficulty of forgiveness, and the bittersweet bonds that shape our lives.
I will devour everything and anything that Acevedo writes, and this will be no different. And it’s back to verse!!! I know I will be a big bowl of feels by the end of it.
Paola Santiago and the River of Tears by Tehlor Kay Mejia
Space-obsessed 12-year-old Paola Santiago and her two best friends, Emma and Dante, know the rule: Stay away from the river. It’s all they’ve heard since a schoolmate of theirs drowned a year ago.
La Llorona is featured in this middle grade read, and that is all I need to hear. Rick Riordan Presents has been giving such quality books, so I have no doubt this is going to be amazing.
Girls Save the World in This One by Ash Parsons
Shaun of the Dead meets Clueless in this hilarious YA horror comedy set at a local zombie convention—featuring a teenage girl gang that has to save the world from a horde of actual zombies. Perfect for fans of Geekerella, Undead Girl Gang, and Anna and the Apocalypse.
I finally just realized that Ash Poston didn’t write this but Ash Parsons did. Huh. STILL super pumped for this one especially since this sounds so meta and funny.
In the Role of Brie Hutchens… by Nicole Melleby
Introducing Brie Hutchens: soap opera super fan, aspiring actor, and so-so student at her small Catholic school. But when Brie’s mom walks in on her accidentally looking at some possibly inappropriate photos of her favorite actress, Brie panics and blurts out that she’s been chosen to crown the Mary statue during her school’s May Crowning ceremony.
I loved Melleby’s debut this year, and I know I’m going to love this one. It sounds amazing, and I’m already emotional.
Where Dreams Descend by Janella Angeles
A debut fantasy duology pitched as The Phantom of the Opera meets Moulin Rouge, the story follows Hellfire House’s star showgirl who, haunted by a dark past, must enter a magician’s competition in order to secure her freedom from the handsome, enigmatic keeper of the club, even as mysterious accidents seem to plague her every move.
Um, first, PHANTOM OF THE OPERA. Plus, this kind of seems a bit like Caraval, and I’m really down for that vibe. Even more plus, THAT COVER.
What are some books you’re excited about for 2020?