Top 10 Exciting YA SFF Releases of January 2020

Top 10 Exciting YA SFF of January 2020 - Reading List by Novels and Nebulas

“I feel it in the water. I feel it in the earth. I smell it in the air.” – 2020 is going to be an exciting year for SFF lovers (Give yourself a gold star if you got that reference and if not, click here)! While researching for this post, I found over 20 titles to choose from. However, I narrowed it down to 10 books I was most excited for and here is the result. Are you ready to add these YA SFF books to your January 2020 TBR?

YA SFF of January 7th, 2020

YA SFF January 2020 - New releases of January 7th

Scavenge the Stars by Tara Sim

Genre: Fantasy

Series: 1st book in a duology

Why I’m excited for it: As a co-host of the South Asian Reading Challenge, I am always thrilled about new books by South Asian authors. This being a fantasy took my excitement to the stratosphere. A gender-swapped retelling of The Count of Monte Cristo sounds amazing!

Community review: Simant @ Flipping Through the Pages (4 stars)

Links: Goodreads | Author’s Website | Book Depository

Bonus: The first book in Tara Sim’s other YA SFF series, Timekeeper, is the book of the month of Stars and Sorcery book club for January 2020.

The Night Country by Melissa Albert

Genre: Fantasy

Series: 2nd book in a duology

Why I’m excited for it: I’ve heard mixed things about Hazel Wood, the first book in the series. However, I want to read it and form an opinion myself. I love the idea of dark fairytales and the cover is so gorgeous that it has made me curious.

Community review: Lili @ Utopia State of Mind (4 stars)

Links: Goodreads | Publisher’s Website | Book Depository

A Heart So Fierce and Broken by Brigid Kemmerer

Genre: Fantasy

Series: 2nd book in a trilogy

Why I’m excited for it: A Curse So Dark and Lonely got all the hype last year and I’m curious to see how the story continues in this book. I do love a good Beauty and the Beast retelling when it deviates quite a bit from the original. I’m also extra excited as this features a main character with cerebral palsy.

Community review: Amanda @ Between the Shelves (4.5 stars)

Links: Goodreads | Author’s Website | Book Depository

Woven in Moonlight by Isabel Ibañez

Genre: Fantasy

Series: None

Why I’m excited for it: That cover drew me in instantly! The mere mention of being inspired by Bolivian politics and history sold me completely. I’ve been hearing mixed things about the book but I’m excited that this representation exists at all.

Community review: Cande @ Latinx Magic (2 stars)

Links: Goodreads | Author’s Website | Book Depository

YA SFF of January 14th, 2020

YA SFF January 2020 - New releases of January 14th

Dark and Deepest Red by Anna-Marie McLemore

Genre: Fantasy

Series: None

Why I’m excited for it: This is a retelling of one of Hans Christian Anderson’s lesser-known fairytales, Red Shoes. Whenever I see a book by Anna-Marie McLemore, I immediately put it on my TBR as I love their prose. I got even more hyped for this book after reading their interview with Fadwa @ Word Wonders.

Community review: Brooklynne @ Lost in Literature (5 stars)

Links: Goodreads | Publisher’s Website | Book Depository

Infinity Son by Adam Silvera

Genre: Fantasy

Series: 1st book in a trilogy

Why I’m excited for it: Adam’s other books are known to make people sob their hearts out and so I have stayed away from them. However, a fantasy series from this beloved author was too good to pass up. I have an ARC of this book via NetGalley and cannot wait to start reading it!

Community review: Justine @ I Should Read That (4 stars)

Links: Goodreads | Publisher’s Website | Book Depository

The Iron Will of Genie Lo by F. C. Yee

Genre: Fantasy

Series: 2nd book in a duology

Why I’m excited for it: Humour and fantasy go quite well together and I’m always on the lookout for books that have both. This series is inspired by the Chinese epic, Journey to the West, and if you don’t already know, I love retellings of Asian myths. The first book in this series has been on my radar for a long time, so I think this year will be the best time to finish this up.

Community review: CW @ The Quiet Pond (5 stars)

Links: Goodreads | Publisher’s Website | Book Depository

YA SFF of January 21st, 2020

YA SFF January 2020 - New releases of January 21st

Spellhacker by M. K. England

Genre: Fantasy and science fiction

Series: Standalone

Why I’m excited for it: The Disasters was the talk of the town when it came out, so I was naturally drawn to Spellhacker when it started generating buzz. I’ve already started on it and the found family trope as well as the queer representation is amazing so far! I’m thrilled to announce that my stop on the blog tour organised by Kate @ Your Tita Kate is on 21st January, so keep an eye out for that.

Community review: Review + Blog Tour Stop @ Novels and Nebulas (4 stars)

Links: Goodreads | Author’s Website | Book Depository

This Vicious Cure by Emily Suvada

Genre: Science fiction

Series: 3rd book in a trilogy

Why I’m excited for it: Whenever I think of this series, Kal @ Reader Voracious comes to mind as it is one of her favourite series. I’ve been looking to read more YA sci-fi this year and I think I’m going to start with this. I will be binge-reading the books once this is out.

Community review: Jessi @ Novel Heartbeat (4.5 stars)

Links: Goodreads | Publisher’s Website | Book Depository

YA SFF of January 28th, 2020

YA SFF January 2020 - New releases of January 28th

Seven Deadly Shadows by Courtney Alameda & Valynne Maetani

Genre: Fantasy

Series: Standalone

Why I’m excited for it: I’ve read my fair share of Japanese-inspired fantasy books and this one looks promising as well. The cover and synopsis convinced me to add this to my TBR. This is also an OwnVoices story, so bonus points for that.

Community review: Austine @ Novel Knight (3 stars)

Links: Goodreads | Author’s Website | Book Depository

Further Reading

Kal @ Reader VoraciousAnticipated Reads of January 2020

Tor.comAll the New Young Adult SFF Books Coming Out in January!

Polygon15 new science fiction and fantasy books to check out in January

I hope you found this list helpful! What are some of your anticipated releases of January 2020? Do you enjoy reading YA SFF books? Have I missed out on any? Let me know in the comments section down below. Hope you are having a magical week, readers from Earth!

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  1. GOSH, I AM LIVING FOR THIS NEW AESTHETIC OF YOURS !!! The way you have your “About” page like a timeline with the Big Bang and everything….*chef’s kiss* Honestly, so brilliant ! I’m excited to see more of your new content 🙂 Also….SEVEN DEADLY SHADOWS IS ONE OF MY MOST ANTICIPATED READS OF THE YEARRRR. So there’s that.

    1. Thank you so much! 💖 I’m still working on my About page. That’s the rough idea. But I’m really glad the goddess of aesthetics loves mine! It truly means a lot to me. 💕
      I’ll be looking out for your review of Seven Deadly Shadows. It sounds amazing and I hope it lives up to that! ✨

  2. This list is awesome, Nandini. The way you have presented all the content. It seems you have done so much research on this.. including everyone’s review links and finding list.. this all seems a lot of hard-work 🙂 And I love your new color combination.
    As for the new releases, from this list, I am excited to start A Curse so Dark and Lonely series. I also want to read Woven in Moonlight because of that cover 😀 I have never read Adam Silvera myself but I have added his fantasy book to my list too. Also, Dark and Deepest Red wasn’t on my TBR earlier but now I have heard so many positive reviews and I have added it to my list. I am also, a part of SpellHacker tour. SO excited to read it.

    P.S. Thank you for including my review link for Scavenge the Stars. I really enjoyed it. I hope you do too 🙂

    1. Thank you so much, Sim! 💖 I still haven’t found a replacement image for my header. Still looking. 😅
      Ooh, great choices! And yay for being on the Spellhacker tour as well! I really should finish that one soon and schedule my review. 🙈
      It was such a lovely and detailed review! I had to include it. I hope I get to read it soon. 💕

  3. This genre is one of my all time favourites and these titles all sound so incredible! I love that so many of these have diverse rep and utterly unique plots, I really want to read Scavenge The Stars, Dark and Deepest Red and Seven Deadly Shadows. Thanks for compiling such a great list of recommendations Nandini xx

    1. One of the main reasons for me start posting a monthly releases list was to highlight the wonderful diverse rep we’re getting in YA SFF these days. I was really hoping to read Scavenge the Stars in January because of SARC but it’s really high on my TBR currently! Always a pleasure, Rumaanah! 💖

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