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New Year, New Books: Check Out These January & February 2022 Titles

Posted on 1/14/2022 by Carla Heideman

Goodbye, 2021! Hello, 2022! Are you ready to start the New Year with some awesome books? Stay inside during the cold and get lost in these books:

  1. At the End of Everything by Marieke Nijkamp
    Teens at the Hope Juvenile Treatment Center are left to fend for themselves as the guards and administrators leave them during a worldwide plague. This may hit a little close to home as we are all still dealing with COVID, but Nijkamp writes a fast-paced thriller that will keep you wanting more!
  2. Loveboat Reunion by Abigail Hing Wen
    This companion novel to Loveboat, Taipei follows Sophie and Xavier, who left the drama behind in Taipei and are now friends. Sophie is studying at Dartmouth and Xavier is repeating his senior year of high school. They get to reconnect in Taiwan during the Mid-Autumn Festival season, but this is really about the insecurities and personal growth of Sophie and Xavier. For fans of Jenny Han and Mary H.K. Choi.
  3. Only a Monster #1 by Vanessa Len
    "Don't forget the rule. No one can know what you are. What we are. You must never tell anyone about monsters." What if you found out you were half-monster and could time travel by stealing hours from a human's life? Joan has just learned this truth about her family and that her crush Nick just happens to be a legendary monster slayer. This trilogy opener might just have you rooting for the monsters!
  4. Do you like rom-coms and musical theater? Millie Price has Broadway dreams, but also wants to find her birth mother, who left when she was a baby. She finds her dad's old journal which has clues as to who her mother might be. Millie stumbles upon a Mamma Mia!-esque journey to track down three women who might be her mother. A personal journey full of theater references, witty banter, and family connections. Perfect for fans of Becky Albertalli or Marisa Kanter.
  5. In Every Generation by Kendare Blake
    Vampires. Slayers. Sunnydale. Yep, Blake's new trilogy opener is set in the Buffy the Vampire Slayer universe. If you're familiar with Buffy already, you'll appreciate the references, but even if you're new to the Buffyverse there's enough background info in this book to welcome newbies, too. An explosion at a Slayers' meeting finds Frankie, Vi, and Hailey setting off to find out who set the bomb and why there's a recent influx of vampires in town. Brings Buffy to the modern era!
  6. Vinyl Moon by Mahogany Browne
    Angel's boyfriend lands in jail for breaking her arm and her mother decides Angel needs a fresh start. Her uncle in Brooklyn fits the ticket, so Angel trades coasts and finds solace in her new homeroom class: "Her Excellence is Resilience & Honoring Everyone's Roots." Teacher Ms. G. opens up new worlds for Angel through Black writers such as Toni Morrison, Walter Dean Myers, and Maya Angelou. These stories and Angel's hip-hop playlists are intertwined to make you feel like you're right there with her.
  7. I Must Betray You by Ruta Sepetys
    "Trust no one. Tell no one. Spies are everywhere." Sepetys' new historical fiction novel depicts the youth-led rebellion in Romania in 1989, where a Communist dictator leaves most Romanians living in poverty. Cristian is blackmailed to spy on an American diplomat family but eventually joins other young Romanians in revolt in this hopeful and daring novel.
  8. Savannah is offered a full ride to Ivy League Wooddale University, so how can she say no? As a Black student at a predominately White university, Savannah unfortunately faces microaggressions, racism, and elitism. But what's the price for doing what's right? Will it cost Savannah her future if she tells the truth about Wooddale? A timely debut about racism and privilege on college campuses.
  9. These Deadly Games by Diana Urban
    Are your ready for stunning twists and a shocking ending? In Urban's newest thriller, gamer Crystal's sister has been kidnapped. In the next 24 hours, Crystal must play a game of bizarre and violent tasks and tell no one or her sister will die. Crystal uses gaming strategies to figure out who is behind this cat-and-mouse game before it's too late. Perfect if you liked McManus' One of Us is Lying.
  10. This Woven Kingdom #1 by Tahereh Mafi
    Mafi's first book in a new trilogy is an exquisite fantasy inspired by Persian mythology. Alizeh is a servant in the Kingdom of Ardunia where she meets Kamran, Ardunia's crown prince. Alizeh is a Jinn, who face constant persecution, but Kamran cannot forget her, even if their relationship could destroy Ardunia. With fantastic worldbuilding, Mafi once again gives us an epic, emotional fantasy with an explosive ending. For fans of Leigh Bardugo and Sabaa Tahir.
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