“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
Scavenge the Stars by Tara Sim
✨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)
✨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
✨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)
A Heart So Fierce and Broken by Brigid Kemmerer
✨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)
Woven in Moonlight by Isabel Ibañez
✨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)
YA SFF of January 14th, 2020
Dark and Deepest Red by Anna-Marie McLemore
✨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)
Infinity Son by Adam Silvera
✨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)
The Iron Will of Genie Lo by F. C. Yee
✨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)
YA SFF of January 21st, 2020
Spellhacker by M. K. England
✨Genre: Fantasy and science fiction
✨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)
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)
YA SFF of January 28th, 2020
Seven Deadly Shadows by Courtney Alameda & Valynne Maetani
✨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)
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!