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The Most Anticipated YA Books of 2022

by Iva-Marie Palmer


While many of us are holding our breath to see what 2022 has in store (from a personal standpoint and a worldwide perspective), there’s no doubt it will offer a wealth of must-read young adult fiction. From rom-coms and thrillers to horror novels and fantasy, there’s something for every YA reader to look forward to. Here are the 19 most anticipated young adult books to watch for in the new year.

  • It Will End Like This

    by Kyra Leigh

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    Sisters Charlotte and Maddi believe their mother’s cause of death is more complicated than her doctor says. Seeking an explanation, they also wonder how their father moved on so quickly — he’s now dating their late mother’s personal assistant. Kyra Leigh’s contemporary spin on the Lizzie Borden story is a keep-you-guessing thriller that examines the effects of grief and the power of family bonds.

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  • The Bone Spindle

    by Leslie Vedder

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    In this retelling of Sleeping Beauty, the character under a spell isn’t a princess — he’s a prince named Briar Rose. The person who can wake him is Fi, a treasure hunter more concerned with rummaging through old ruins than finding true love (a concept she doesn’t believe in). When Fi pricks her finger on a bone spindle, she gets saddled with Briar Rose’s spirit. To regain her freedom, Fi and her friend Shane hatch a scheme to break the curse on Briar Rose’s kingdom — and falling in love is not part of the plan.

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  • Akata Woman

    by Nnedi Okorafor

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    The third book in Nnedi Okorafor’s Akata Witch series finds Sunny Nwazue trying to find the balance between her identities as she tries to locate a world-saving object in a distant realm. Okorafor’s trilogy (which was named in Time magazine’s “Best YA Books of All Time” and “Best Fantasy Books of All Time” lists) draws on Nigerian rituals and folk stories, offering a fresh fantasy perspective for Western readers of the genre. Okorafor’s earlier book, Who Fears Death, is in development as an HBO Max series, so fans can expect to hear much more from this author.

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  • Castles in Their Bones

    by Laura Sebastian

    The first book in a new trilogy from the author of the bestselling Ash Princess series, Laura Sebastian’s latest YA fantasy is not your average princess tale. The three princesses at this story’s center are set to marry their designated princes. Unfortunately, this is not a happily-ever-after, but rather the first step in their mother’s scheme to rule the entire continent. Even though the triplets are prepared to trick their suitors, their individual missions will challenge their sisterly bond in ways they don’t expect.

    (On sale: 2/1/2022)

  • Horror Hotel

    by Victoria Fulton and Faith McClaren

    The haunted house story gets a social media-age update in this horror novel from Victoria Fulton and Faith McClaren. When the Ghost Gang, a group of teenage YouTube stars, sneaks into an old, eerie hotel, they hope the spooky atmosphere will garner more followers. But a horrifying discovery and a message from the dead turns their night of innocent fun into a nightmare they can’t escape. This debut novel is a must-read for fans of horror and ghosts.

    (On sale: 2/1/2022)

  • I Must Betray You

    by Ruta Sepetys

    Carnegie Medal winner Ruta Sepetys’s latest historical novel takes place in Romania in 1989, as communist regimes fall across Europe. When 17-year-old Cristian Florescu gets blackmailed by the secret police to become an informer, he can’t fathom betraying his friends and loved ones. He also knows that his dream of being a writer isn’t possible under tyrannical rule. So, he takes the position, planning to use his talents to work against Romania’s dictator. Sepetys’s books have earned her the distinction as a “crossover” novelist — someone whose work is loved by adults and teens alike. This novel is an excellent parent-teen book club pick.

    (On sale: 2/1/2022)

  • Sunny G’s Series of Rash Decisions

    by Navdeep Singh Dhillon

    Navdeep Singh Dhillon’s debut rom-com promises readers plenty of fun and poignant moments. After his brother’s death, Sunny G has one goal — to fill up his brother’s old notebook with rash decisions. From changing his appearance to going solo to prom, Sunny’s recklessness sets him on a crash collision course with a girl named Mindii Vang, who steals his notebook. Suddenly, his dull prom turns into an all-night escapade that readers won’t forget.

    (On sale: 2/8/2022)

  • Bitter

    by Akwaeke Emezi

    The companion tale to Akwaeke Emezi’s National Book Award finalist, Pet, Bitter examines what it means to commit to a revolution when you’re young. The book follows Bitter, who grows up in foster care and gains admission to an exclusive art school. But as protests fill the streets, Bitter must find the balance between pursuing her art and fighting against injustice.

    (On sale: 2/15/2022)

  • League of Liars

    by Astrid Scholte

    Seventeen-year-old Cayder Broduck’s mother was killed by someone using magic illegally. So, when he interns for a public defender, he hopes to learn the tricks used by defense attorneys. He plans to use that knowledge one day to prosecute those charged with illegal magic. However, when Cayder meets the teens accused of a magic-related crime, he grows less sure that every case of unlawful magic is so straightforward. One part fantasy, one part thriller, and one part jailbreak book, Astrid Scholte’s latest novel will charm YA readers.

    (On sale: 2/22/2022)

  • All My Rage

    by Sabaa Tahir

    From Sabaa Tahir, author of the bestselling An Ember in the Ashes series, comes a contemporary YA novel about friendship and family. This highly anticipated book switches between alternate timelines and centers on the Cloud’s Rest Inn Motel, initially opened by a newlywed couple who immigrated to the United States from Pakistan. Now, with the motel on the brink of closure, their son, Sal, fights to keep it running. His best friend Noor struggles to save enough money to leave town and escape her abusive home. But when Sal and Noor get into an argument, they risk losing both their dreams and each other.

    (On sale: 3/1/2022)

  • Crimson Reign

    by Amélie Wen Zhao

    The final book in the Blood Heir trilogy can’t get here soon enough for fans waiting on the series conclusion. The evil Morganya rules over Cyrilia, and she has a new weapon that allows her to steal Affinities. Meanwhile, the battle-weary Ana isn’t sure she has the strength to keep fighting for her country. Shaky alliances, a formidable foe, and an uncertain future await readers in this breathtaking series finale.

    (On sale: 3/1/2022)

  • The Fear

    by Natasha Preston

    Natasha Preston (The Lake and The Twin) returns with another chilling young adult thriller. When Izzy’s classmates start sharing a meme about their worst fears, it’s just a way to keep boredom at bay. But when those same classmates start dying, Izzy wants to find out who’s responsible. This suspenseful whodunit will keep readers guessing through every twist and turn.

    (On sale: 3/1/2022)

  • A Night to Die For

    by Lisa Schroeder

    Prom night is supposed to be magical. At least, that’s what Mario, a long-time loner, hopes for when he gets a date to the dance. But when Mario discovers the prom queen dead on the side of the road, he becomes a suspect in her murder. Schroeder’s fast-paced suspense novel will reel in YA readers and keep them turning pages all night long.

    (On sale: 3/1/2022)

  • Cinder & Glass

    by Melissa de la Cruz

    Acclaimed and bestselling author Melissa de la Cruz is back with a Cinderella retelling that breaks the fairy tale mold. In Cinder & Glass, Cendrillon (Cinder) fell from grace after her father’s death. Now she’s a servant. When she sneaks into a royal ball, both Prince Louis and his brother Auguste show interest in her. Cinder must choose between spending her life as a royal and true love in this irresistible YA fantasy.

    (On sale: 3/8/2022)

  • Kiss & Tell

    by Adib Khorram

    Fame, boy bands, and romance combine in this YA novel about a teen celebrity navigating life after a messy breakup. Hunter’s record label wants to make him the “perfect” gay guy (a role they’ve written for him), and he’s not sure how to go about it. When he falls for a boy in another band, the label isn’t having it. Adib Khorram, author of the acclaimed novels Darius the Great Is Not Okay and Darius the Great Deserves Better, returns with a funny, sharp, and heartfelt story about being your authentic self when all eyes are on you.

    (On sale: 3/22/2022)

  • Hotel Magnifique

    by Emily J. Taylor

    This young adult fantasy novel takes place in a magical hotel that never stays in the same place. When the glamourous hotel arrives in Jani’s dismal town, she and her sister jump at the chance to join the staff. But soon, Jani realizes the hotel holds horrible secrets. With the help of a new friend, Jani investigates what makes the magical hotel work. Taylor’s enchanting writing, the mysterious setting, and the gripping adventure will make YA readers want to check into this book.

    (On sale: 4/5/2022)

  • The Matchbreaker Summer

    by Annie Rains

    This charming summer camp rom-com will appeal to fans of The Parent Trap. Once her mom marries her boyfriend, Paisley Manning knows that her days of running Camp Seabrook with her mom will end. So when her coworker Hayden Bennett offers to help Paisley put the kibosh on her mom’s romance, she says yes. But their attempt to break up the couple brings the teens together in unexpected ways.

    (On sale: 4/5/2022)

  • Year on Fire

    by Julie Buxbaum

    Who would want to burn down the high school? The answer: everyone. Friendship, betrayal, and first love combine into an unputdownable story that YA readers will obsess over. Bestselling author Julie Buxbaum balances heavy emotions and multifaceted characters with comic relief and page-turning drama to keep readers hooked until the last page.

    (On sale: 4/12/2022)

  • Flirting with Fate

    by J.C. Cervantes

    J.C. Cervantes, author of the bestselling A Storm Runner Novel series for middle grade readers debuts her YA romantic comedy in 2022. When Ava’s Nana dies, her magical deathbed blessing goes astray and lands on the boy who crashed into Ava’s car. Now, Nana is a ghost, and Ava doesn’t have the magic she was supposed to inherit. Ava must connect with the boy in question to get the blessing back, or Nana will remain a ghost forever. At turns sweet and hilarious, this book is perfect for anyone who likes rom-coms with a hint of magic.

    (On sale: 4/19/2022)