Happy New Year! This year in YA we have evil faeries, meet-cutes, Valkyrie, twin sisters, Nightwalkers, clock towers, gunslingers, train car romances, the Hinterland…and that’s just in January! Even if you re-set your TBR on New Year’s Day, OTWB will have it full in no time. Let’s get reading!

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One To Watch Books January 2018

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January 2nd

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Cruel Prince (The Folk of the Air #1) by Holly Black, January 2nd, Little Brown Books For Young Readers, 384 pages

No one can write a leading man you love to hate quite like Holly Black and The Cruel Prince is no exception. Jude and her sister were stolen away to live among the High Court of the Faeries when she was just seven. While Jude hates them, she is also attracted to them- their beauty, the immortality, and even their cruelty. What will Jude risk to become one of them and is the bargain worth what she must give up?

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Chainbreaker (Timekeeper #2) by Tara Sim, January 2nd, Sky Pony Press, 488 pages

We absolutely feel in love with Danny and Colton in Timekeeper and the time has finally come for their return!

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Everless by Sara Holland, January 2nd, HarperTeen, 336 pages

In Everless, time is the highest form of currency. The elite tax the underclass to extend their lives while running down the poor. Jules and her father escaped Everless, the grand estate where they served the rich. But when Jules’s father becomes ill, she must return in an attempt to earn enough time to save his life. But returning to Everless has more dangers than Jules could imagine.

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Meet Cute: Some People Are Destined To Meet Anthology January 2nd, HMH Books For Young Readers, 320 pages

Some of your favorite authors tell tales of first meetings and people destined to come in each other’s lives. Featuring stories from Jennifer L. Armentrout, Sona Charaipotra, Dhonielle Clayton, Katie Cotugno, Jocelyn Davies, Nina LaCour, Emery Lord, Katharine McGee, Ibi Zoboi, Julie Murphy, Nicola Yoon, and more.

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Batman Nightwalker (DC Icons #2) by Marie Lu, January 2nd, Random House Books For Young Reads, 272 pages

You may think you know Bruce Wayne, but you’ve never seen him as written by Marie Lu!

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Between the Blade and the Heart (Valkyrie Book 1) by Amanda Hocking, January 2nd, Wednesday Books, 319 pages

Valkyries have one duty- return immortals to the afterlife by slaying them when their time has come. Malin knows what her duty is and she’s willing to do what is necessary. But when Malin learns her mother spared the life of an immortal, Malin’s commitment to duty questioned.

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Gunslinger Girl by Lyndsay Ely, January 2nd, Jimmy Patterson Presents, 432 pages

Meet 17 year Serendipity “Pity” Jones. She’s inherited two things from her mother- a set of six shooters and perfect aim. She’ll need both (plus a little luck) is she’s going to survive the Wild West.

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You’ll Miss Me When I’m Gone by Rachel Lynn Solomon, January 2nd, Simon Pulse, 384 pages

Twin sister Adina and Tovah have little in common, except their desire to achieve. Adina yearns to excel as a music prodigy and to gain the special attention of her music teacher. Tovah has her sights on getting into medical school and becoming a surgeon. When the sisters test for Huntington’s, a rare genetic disease that is slowly robbing their mother of her humanity, one girl test negative, one positive. With this difference between them, Adina and Tovah may have grown too far apart to repair the bond they once had.

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As You Wish by Chelsea Sedoti, January 2nd, Sourcebooks Fire, 432 pages

Living in a desert town at the edge of nowhere may sound like a teenager’s worst nightmare. But in the town of Madison every person gets one wish and Eldon plans on making his wish count. But the good folks of Madison are finding that making your wishes come true is no easy task.

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The Forgotten Book by Mecthild Glaser, January 2nd, Feiwel & Friends, 368 pages

“A Jane Austen-inspired YA tale about a sixteen-year-old girl who finds a magical book—and discovers that anything she writes inside it comes true.” -Goodreads

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Love and Other Train Wrecks by Leah Konen, January 2nd, Katherine Tegen Books, 368 pages

“A twenty-four-hour romance about two teens who meet—and perhaps change their minds about love—on a train ride to Upstate New York in the middle of a snowstorm.” -Goodreads

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Before I Let You Go by Marieke Nijkamp, January 2nd, Sourcebooks Fire, 368 pages

Corey and her best friend Kyra were inseparable in their small town of Lost Creek, Alaska. When Kyra is forced to move away she begs her friend to stay strong until her return. But just a say before Corey comes back to Lost, she learns her friend has died. Corey knows the people of Lost Creek and she’s convinced they are keeping something from her. Corey won’t rest until she finds out what really happened to Kyra.

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Busted by Gina Ciocca, January 2nd, Sourcefire Books, 352 pages

Marisa didn’t mean to become the school’s default private investigator for busting cheating boyfriends, but she soon finds out she’s got a knack for snooping. When Marisa’s frenemy Kendall asks Marisa to spy on her boyfriend and the mystery girl he’s into, Marisa agrees. But things get complicated when Marisa realizes the girl Kendall’s man is into to is Marisa herself.

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The True Queen (The Impostor Queen #3) by Sarah Fine, January 2nd, Margaret K. McElderry books, 384 pages

“In this epic conclusion to the Impostor Queen series, Sarah Fine’s sweeping tale of two fierce leaders imbued with unimaginable power and called to unthinkable sacrifice finally answers the question: who has the strength to be the True Queen?” -Goodreads

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January 9th


Thunderhead (Arc of a Scythe #2) by Neal Shusterman, January 9th, Simon and Schuster Books For Young Readers, 352 pages

“Rowan and Citra take opposite stances on the morality of the Scythedom, putting them at odds, in the second novel of the chilling New York Times bestselling series from Neal Shusterman, author of the Unwind dystology.”

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Unearthed by Amie Kaufman & Meagan Spooner, January 9th, Disney-Hyperion, 382 pages

Earth is on the verge of extinction, until a transmission from a long dead alien race is received. From the shell of the uninhabited alien world, scholar Jules can learn about the technology and evolution of this ancient race. That is if scavengers like Mia don’t strip the planet bare first. Jules and Mia have very different reasons for traveling to Gaia, but once on the planet they find a pressing reason to band together: survival. As Jules and Mia fight to unlock the planet’s secrets they realize that there is more to Gaia than meets the eye.

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Beneath the Sugar Sky (Wayward Children #3) by Seanan McGuire, January 9th, tor.com, 160 pages

“Beneath the Sugar Sky returns to Eleanor West’s Home for Wayward Children. At this magical boarding school, children who have experienced fantasy adventures are reintroduced to the “real” world.”- Goodreads

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A Taxonomy of Love by Rachael Allen, January 9th, Amulet Books, 336 pages

Budding scientist Spencer wants to define the complicated relationship with his bestie/crush Hope. But some things defy definitions and love is one of them.

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Nice Try, Jane Sinner by Lianne Oelke, January 9th, Clarion Books, 432 pages

All Jane Sinner wants is to get her high school diploma so she can start community college. But when expulsion derails Jane’s plans, she finds herself in an alternate high school program with a housing twist. Jane soon finds herself on a student run “Big Brother” like reality show that becomes way more popular than anyone could have predicted, least of all Jane.

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January 11th

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The Sacrifice Box by Martin Stewart, January 11th, Penguin Random House, 368 pages

During a long hot summer, five friends make a pack to sacrifice one thing each that means something to them and put it on a box. The vow never to visit the box alone, never at night and never ever will a sacrifice be removed. Four years later the friends have grown apart and strange things start to happen. They soon realize that someone has broken the pact and the penalty could be their lives.

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January 16th

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Iron Gold (Red Rising #4) by Pierce Brown, January 16th, Del Rey, 480 pages

We return to the world of Darrow and the revolution he started. But it’s a decade later and the peace Darrow and his friends fought and died for is still elusive. Rather than endless peace, the revolutions opened to door to endless war. Darrow has not forgotten the world he envisioned and he’s still prepared to fight for it, even if he loses himself in the process.

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Love, Hate and Other Filters by Samira Ahmed, January 16th, Soho Teen, 288 pages

A searing #OwnVoices coming-of-age debut in which an Indian-American Muslim teen confronts Islamophobia and a reality she can neither explain nor escape–perfect for fans of Angie Thomas, Jacqueline Woodson, and Adam Silvera.

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Truly, Devious: A Mystery (Book1) by Maureen Johnson, January 16th, HarperCollins, 432 pages

Ellingham Academy was supposed to be a haven for free thinkers and learners. But when the founders wife and daughter were kidnapped, the school became known for their unsolved disappearance. Years later, Stevie Bell will be attending Ellingham as a student. She’s determined to solve the cold case. But with 5 odd housemates and a heavy workload, Stevie has no time to play detective. But when murder returns to Ellingham, Stevie must make investigating her top priority- her life may depend on it.

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Blood And Sand by C.V. Wyk, January 16th, Tor Teen, 320 pages

The action-packed tale of a 17-year-old warrior princess and a handsome gladiator who dared take on the Roman Republic―and gave rise to the legend of Spartacus…

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Poison’s Cage (Poison Kiss #2) by Breeana Shields, January 16th, Random House Books For Young Readers, 335 pages

Book #2 of the Poison Kiss series is here, and the stakes are higher than before!

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You Won’t Know I’m Gone (The Black Angel Chronicles #2) by Kristen Orlando, January 16th, Swoon Reads, 320 pages

Reagan has a second chance to join the Black Angel Training Academy after going rogue to hunt her parents’ killer. But to that that chance she will have to live without the aliases she wears like a second skin. Can Reagan just be herself? Is the vulnerability worth the risk?

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All That Was by Karen Rivers, January 16th, Farrar Straus Giroux, 384 pages

Piper and Sloane were best friends. They grew up together, from childhood to first love, and in spite of how different they were, their friendship was supposed to last forever. That is, until Piper caught Sloane kissing her boyfriend—and just days later, Piper was found dead, washed ashore on a beach. Sloane was torn with grief and guilt. How do you make amends for hurting someone you love, if that person is no longer around? And how can you ever move on and love again?

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January 23rd


Reign of the Fallen (The Reign of the Fallen #1) by Sarah Glenn Marsh, January 23rd, Razorbill, 384 pages

Odessa is a master necromancer. She returns the noble dead to the land of the living. The task is a delicate one that if done wrong will create zombie-like creatures known as Shade. The number of Shades is increasing at an alarming rate. Is someone intentionally creating Shades and if so, why? Are Shades are the tool that could bring Odessa’s kingdom to ruin?

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Let’s Talk About Love by Claire Kann, January 23rd, Swoon Reads, 277 pages

Alice was ready for the perfect summer- binge worthy TV, junk food, hanging with friends, and stints working at the library in between. But Alice’s plans hit a snag with her girlfriend breaks up with her after Alice confesses she’s asexual. Well, this expert in love was a fail and Alice is no rush to repeat it. That is until she meets fellow (super cute) library employee Takumi. Is Alice willing to risk their budding friendship to see it he’s interested in a relationship? And even if he is, can he handle the kind of relationship Alice is has to offer?

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Markswoman (Asiana) by Rati Mehrotra, January 23rd, Harper Voyages, 384 pages

Kyra is the youngest Markswoman in the elite Order of Kali. In order to become initiated into the Order you must repudiate your former life. While Kyra is committed to the Order, there is one aspect of her life she cannot let go- revenge.

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January 30th

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The Hazel Wood by Melissa Albert, January 30th, Flatiron Books, 368 pages

Alice’s and her mother have always been outrunning their bad luck. Things go from bad to worse when Alice’s grandmother, the author of  a very popular and very grim collection of fairy-tales, dies alone of her estate Hazel Wood and Alice’s mother is kidnapped by shadowy figure who is only supposed to exist on the pages of Alice’s grandmother’s books. If Alice is going to get her mother back she’s going to need the help of her classmate and super fan Ellery. Together they must travel to Hazel Wood and maybe beyond.

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Reign The Earth (The Elemantae #1) by A.C. Gaughen, January 30th, Bloomsbury, 448 pages

Shalia is a daughter of the desert and her people have been at war with their neighbors for years. In an attempt at peace for her people, Shalia agrees to marry and become Queen of the Bonelands. But Shalia gets more from her new husband then she bargained for. Calix is hell-bent on exterminating the Elementae, a race of people with the power to control the elements. What is even worse is Shalia’s feelings for her new husband’s brother and the untapped powers they alight in Shalia. With her people’s safety on the line, Shalia must decide where her loyalties lie.

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Purple Hearts (Frontline #3) by Michael Grant, January 30th, Katherine Tegen Books, 576 pages

“New York Times bestselling author Michael Grant unleashes the gritty and powerful conclusion to the Front Line series and evokes the brutal truth of World War II: War is hell. An epic tale of historical reimagining, perfect for fans of Code Name Verity and Salt to the Sea.” -Goodreads

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Keeper by Kim Chance, January 30th, Flux Books/North Star Editions, 408 pages

“When a 200-year-old witch attacks her, sixteen-year-old bookworm Lainey Styles is determined to find a logical explanation. Even with the impossible staring her in the face, Lainey refuses to believe it—until she finds a photograph linking the witch to her dead mother.”- Goodreads

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Wires and Nerves Vol. 2: Gone Rogue by Marissa Meyer, Feiwel and Friends, 320 pages

Wire & Nerves: Gone Rogue is the next edition of graphic novel based on the very popular Cinder series.

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Say You’ll Remember Me by Katie McGarry, January 30th, Harlequin Teen, 400 pages

Drix is a convicted of a crime he didn’t commit and his second chance at getting is life back is the govenor’s rehabilitation project. Elle is the governor’s daughter. When Drix and Elle meet, it’s instant chemistry. Drix is not the kind of boy Elle’s political parents had in mind for her, and Drix has too much at stake to get on the govenor’s bad side. Can two people from opposite side of the tracks meet in the middle?

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The Dangerous Art of Blending In by Angelo Surmelis, January 30th, Balzer + Bray, 336 pages

Evan Panos is having a hard time finding himself. His mother things he’s a failure, his father is ignoring the growing rift and Evan is having feelings for his best friend Henry that are anything but platonic. Evan finds solace in drawing in an abandoned church. But Evan will have to face his life eventually, whether he likes it or nor.

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This Is Not A Love Letter by Kim Purcell, January 30th, Disney-Hyperion, 368 pages

Jessie’s boyfriend Chris has disappeared one week before graduation. The police want to chock it up to a runaway, but Jessie doesn’t believe it. Chris is popular and has a full ride to college on a baseball scholarship. And the last place Chris was seen was the same spot her was beaten up by kids from the rival high school. And Chris is one of the only black students in their small town. No, Jessie is convinced something is terribly wrong. As she advocates for Chris, Jessie must face hatred, denial and worse in his absence. It will take Chris’s disappearance for his voice to be heard.

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So that’s our first OTOB round-up of 2018. We’re off to a great start! See you next month.