February 2022 New Releases

You Had Me At Hello World by Rona Wang (Simon Pulse)
Jennifer Ung at Simon Pulse has acquired, in a six-figure auction, MIT student and Her Campus 22 Under 22 honoree Rona Wang's debut novel, You Had Me at Hello World. The YA rom-com follows a Chinese-American teen who is invited to a coding competition at MIT, where she teams up with a cute tech industry prodigy to work on an app to help immigrants connect and put down roots. Publication is slated for spring 2022; Penny Moore at Aevitas Creative Management brokered the two-book deal for world rights.

The Kindred by Alechia Dow (Inkyard Press)
Natashya Wilson at Inkyard Press has bought The Kindred, a YA sci-fi novel by Alechia Dow (The Sound of Stars) and a second, untitled YA novel. Felix, a royal, and Joy, a commoner, mistakenly mind-paired at birth, land on Earth after fleeing royal assassins, only to find the "developing" planet might hold the solutions to their divided and unjust lives back home. Publication is scheduled for winter 2022; Natalie Lakosil at Bradford Literary Agency did the two-book deal for North American rights.

The Merciless Ones by Candace Robinson (Publisher Not Announced)
YA fantasy.   

St Rosetta's Academy #3 by Sandhya Menon (Simon Pulse)
Isha's book.

February 1st
A Thousand Steps Into Night by Traci Chee (HMH) - some editions dated March 2022, but author confirms this release date.
From New York Times bestselling author and National Book Award finalist, Traci Chee, comes a Japanese-inspired YA fantasy brimming with demons, romance, and plans gone awry. When a girl who's never longed for adventure is hit with a curse that begins to transform her into a demon, she embarks on a quest to reverse the curse and return to her normal life, but along the way is forced to confront her true power within. 

Only a Monster by Vanessa Len (HarperCollins) - delayed from January 2022.
In a world hidden within ordinary London, twelve families have monstrous powers that they gain by stealing life from humans.

Sixteen-year-old Joan is half-monster, and has always yearned to be a hero. But when Nick, the boy she loves, turns out to be a legendary monster slayer, Joan must embrace her own monstrousness to stop him.

When Nick attacks the monsters of London, Joan is forced on the run with the beautiful and ruthless Aaron Oliver, heir to a monster family that hates Joan’s own.

But Joan has more to fear than Nick … Her rare and dangerous monster power means that she’s being hunted down by the Monster Court, even as she fights to stop Nick.

February 8th
Ophelia After All by Racquel Marie (Feiwel and Friends)
A teen girl navigates friendship drama, the end of high school, and discovering her queerness in this hilarious and heartfelt contemporary YA debut by author Racquel Marie.

Ophelia Rojas knows what she likes: her best friends, Cuban food, rose-gardening, and boys – way too many boys. Her friends and parents make fun of her endless stream of crushes, but Ophelia is a romantic at heart. She couldn’t change, even if she wanted to.

So when she finds herself thinking more about cute, quiet Talia Sanchez than the loss of a perfect prom with her ex-boyfriend, seeds of doubt take root in Ophelia’s firm image of herself. Add to that the impending end of high school and the fracturing of her once-solid friend group, and things are spiraling a little out of control. But the course of love—and sexuality—never did run smooth. As her secrets begin to unravel, Ophelia must make a choice between clinging to the fantasy version of herself she’s always imagined or upending everyone’s expectations to rediscover who she really is, after all.

February 22nd
The Girl Who Fell Beneath the Sea by Axie Oh (Feiwel and Friends)
Axie Oh's The Girl Who Fell Beneath the Sea is an enthralling feminist retelling of the classic Korean folktale “The Tale of Shim Cheong,” perfect for fans of Wintersong, Uprooted, and Miyazaki’s Spirited Away.

Deadly storms have ravaged Mina’s homeland for generations. Floods sweep away entire villages, while bloody wars are waged over the few remaining resources. Her people believe the Sea God, once their protector, now curses them with death and despair. In an attempt to appease him, each year a beautiful maiden is thrown into the sea to serve as the Sea God’s bride, in the hopes that one day the “true bride” will be chosen and end the suffering.

Many believe that Shim Cheong, the most beautiful girl in the village—and the beloved of Mina’s older brother Joon—may be the legendary true bride. But on the night Cheong is to be sacrificed, Joon follows Cheong out to sea, even knowing that to interfere is a death sentence. To save her brother, Mina throws herself into the water in Cheong’s stead.

Swept away to the Spirit Realm, a magical city of lesser gods and mythical beasts, Mina seeks out the Sea God, only to find him caught in an enchanted sleep. With the help of Shin—a mysterious young man with no soul—as well as a motley crew of demons, gods and spirits, Mina sets out to wake the Sea God and bring an end to the killer storms once and for all.

But she doesn’t have much time: A human cannot live long in the land of the spirits. And there are those who would do anything to keep the Sea God from waking…

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