Check & Mate by Ali HazelwoodMallory Greenleaf’s unexpected win against the chess world champion “Kingkiller” Nolan Sawyer reignites her love for the game that cost her family everything. Are Mallory and Nolan a perfect match? Fans of author Ali Hazelwood’s popular adult rom-coms will flock to her swoony YA debut.
All These Sunken Souls: A Black Horror Anthology by Circe Moskowitz, editor
Zombies, evil twins, haunted houses, and ancient magic incite terror in fresh ways in this gripping horror anthology centering the Black experience, with stories from authors including Kalynn Bayron, Liselle Sambury, and Joelle Wellington. Read-alikes: Andrea L. Rogers’ Man Made Monsters; Jordan Peele’s Out There Screaming.
The Rosewood Hunt by Mackenzie ReedWhen Lily Rosewood’s beloved grandmother dies, a puzzle-filled treasure hunt for Gram’s $250 million fortune ensues, pitting Lily against family members and linking her with a seemingly random group of people. Read-alikes: Jennifer Barnes’ The Inheritance Games; Maureen Johnson’s Truly, Devious.
The Space Between Here & Now by Sarah SukWhen Aimee Roh smells something tied to a memory, she temporarily time travels to that point in her life. When memories and time travel begin to clash, Aimee must investigate her own past and how she came to be estranged with her mother.
Look on the Bright Side by Lily Williams and Karen SchneemannA love triangle, a coming out story, and advocacy for menstrual product access spell out an eventful junior year for best friends Abby, Brit, Christine, and Sasha. Fans of the authors’ previous graphic novel Go with the Flow will enjoy returning to Hazelton High.
There Goes the Neighborhood by Jade AdiaRhea and her friends create a fake gang on social media to drive real estate developers away from their gentrifying South Los Angeles neighborhood. When a developer is found dead, their fake gang faces real consequences. Read-alikes: Ibi Zoboi’s Punching the Air; Kristen R. Lee’s Sun Keep Rising.
Violet Made of Thorns by Gina ChenWhile falsifying prophecies for the king, developing feelings for the prince, and receiving visions that the prince must die -- or she will -- Violet weighs her own fate against her kingdom’s. Fans of dark fantasy and morally gray characters will appreciate this duology opener.
Threads That Bind by Kika HatzopoulouIo inherited the divine power to cut the threads of life. She applies these skills to investigating murderous wraiths stalking her city, sending her into a criminal underworld where she meets the person she’s destined to love. Read-alikes: Amanda Foody’s Ace of Shades; Adalyn Grace’s Foxglove.
The Davenports by Krystal MarquisThe three Davenport siblings, members of a wealthy Chicago family in the early 1900s, must choose between following their own ambitions or meeting their parents’ expectations. This compelling historical romance, inspired by the overlooked history of Black entrepreneurship, opens a series.
The Wicked Bargain by Gabe Cole NovoaTransmasculine nonbinary teen Mar takes to the sea to win back their soul from El Diablo, who claimed it in a deal with Mar’s pirate father. This swashbuckling, thought-provoking story will grab fans of historical fantasy. Read-alikes: F.T. Lukens’ In Deeper Waters; C.B. Lee’s A Clash of Steel.
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