September 2020 New Releases

Vampires Never Get Old by Various YA Authors (Imprint)
42594473A YA fantasy anthology featuring fresh takes on old souls with vampire stories.

Rumour Game by Sona Charaipotra and Dhonielle Clayton (Disney Hyperion) - release date not yet updated on Goodreads, but Dhonielle says this one is coming out this month.
A contemporary YA that follows three troubled young women as a high school rumor begins to spiral out of control with dangerous consequences, and only one girl has the power to set things right. But will she even want to?
Sources Say by Lori Goldstein (Razorbill)
SOURCES SAY follows a school election that goes from mundane to high stakes after a scandal rocks the student body. As the candidates, fresh from a bitter breakup, make it the center of their platforms, two rival newspapers battle for campaign trail exclusives, sending the controversy viral and making student government the newest hashtag. 

Beyond the Ruby Veil by Mara Fitzgerald (Disney Hyperion) 
About a queer, self-absorbed socialite, who accidentally kills the one person in her city who can create water--water that's sourced from the blood of its citizens using a powerful magic--and who must now journey to discover the origins of magic, and take it for herself, before everyone in her city dies of thirst.
September 1st
Queen of Volts by Amanda Foody
ImageReturn to the City of Sin, where the final game is about to begin…and winning will demand the ultimate sacrifice.

Only days after a corrupt election and brutal street war, one last bloodthirsty game has begun. The players? The twenty-two most powerful, notorious people in New Reynes.

After realizing they have no choice but to play, Enne Scordata and Levi Glaisyer are desperate to forge new alliances and bargain for their safety. But while Levi offers false smiles and an even falser peace to the city’s politicians, Enne must face a world where her true Mizer identity has been revealed…and any misstep could turn deadly.

Meanwhile, a far more dangerous opponent has appeared on the board, one plucked right from the most gruesome legends of New Reynes. As the game takes its final, vicious turn, Levi and Enne must decide once and for all whether to be partners or enemies.

Because in a game for survival, there are only losers…

And monsters.

Flamer by Mike Curato (Henry Holt) 
Henry Holt has acquired Flamer, a YA graphic novel about a 14-year-old boy who is bullied at Boy Scout camp, with near-fatal consequences. 

As the Shadow Rises by Katy Rose Pool (Henry Holt)

September 3rd 
This one is not YA, but I know Jay Kristoff has a huge YA audience, so I thought I should include it here for completeness. But it is an ADULT title.
Empire of the Vampire by Jay Kristoff (Harper Voyager)
43728380Twenty-seven years have passed since the last sunrise, and for almost three decades, the creatures of the night have walked the day without fear. Once, humanity fought bravely against the coldblood legions, but now, we exist only in a few scattered settlements—tiny sparks of light in a growing sea of darkness.

Gabriel de León is the last of the Silversaints, a holy order dedicated to defending realm and church, now utterly destroyed. Imprisoned for the murder of the vampiric king, Gabriel is charged with telling the story of his life.

His tale spans years, from his youth in the monastery of San Michel, to the forbidden love that spelled his undoing, and the betrayal that saw his order annihilated. Most importantly, Gabriel will tell of his discovery of the Grail—the legendary cup prophesied to bring an end to the eternal night.

But the Grail was no simple chalice; it was a smart-mouthed teenage urchin named Dior. Their journey with a band of unlikely allies would see Dior and Gabriel forge an unbreakable bond, and set the broken paragon on a road to redemption.

But now, the Grail is shattered. And with the cup of the Savior destroyed and the last Silversaint awaiting execution, what can bring an end to this unholy empire?

The Exile's Gift by Tamora Pierce (Random House)
In which we learn of Numair's last years at the university of Carthak, the beginning of his conflict with the newly-made Emperor Ozorne (Numair's best friend), his quick departure from Carthak, and how he survives afterward.

September 8th
These Vengeful Hearts by Katherine Laurin (Inkyard Press)
Anyone can ask the Red Court for a favor…but every request comes at a cost. And once the deed is done, you’re forever in their debt.

Whenever something scandalous happens at Heller High, the Red Court is the name on everyone’s lips. Its members—the most elite female students in the school—deal out social ruin and favors in equal measure, their true identities a secret known only to their ruthless leader: the Queen of Hearts.

Sixteen-year-old Ember Williams has seen firsthand the damage the Red Court can do. Two years ago, they caused the accident that left her older sister paralyzed. Now, Ember is determined to hold them accountable…by taking the Red Court down from the inside.

But crossing enemy lines will mean crossing moral boundaries, too—ones Ember may never be able to come back from. She always knew taking on the Red Court would come at a price, but will the cost of revenge be more than she’s willing to sacrifice?

September 14th
Wider Than the Sky by Katherine Field Rothschild (Soho Teen)
Wider Than the Sky follows the dual stories of twin sisters coping with the aftermath of their father's sudden death. When their mother moves them to a ramshackle mansion in California, the twins discover that both parents were hiding secrets about their sexual identities.

September 15th
Who I Was With Her by Nita Tyndall (HarperTeen)
Catherine Wallace at HarperTeen has acquired Lambda Literary Writers Retreat Fellow Nita Tyndall's debut Who I Was with Her. Pitched as History Is All You Left Me by Adam Silvera meets Run by Kody Keplinger, the book follows a teenage cross-country runner named Corinne who loses her secret girlfriend, captain of the rival team, in a car accident. But no one knows that Corinne likes girls, leaving her to mourn the loss of a person and relationship no one knew existed—until she meets her girlfriend's ex-girlfriend. Publication is set for fall 2020; Eric Smith at P.S. Literary did the deal for world English rights.

The Unforgetable Lives of Austin Price by Taylor B. Barton (Inkyard Press) 
T.S. Ferguson at Inkyard Press has bought debut author Taylor B. Barton's YA novel The Ninth Life, about a teen boy who, having lived eight previous lives as a cat, finds himself discovering the complexity of human emotions while juggling feelings for the boy he's closest to and a girl he knew in his previous life. Publication is planned for fall 2020; Natashya Wilson will edit. Saba Sulaiman at Talcott Notch Literary Services negotiated the deal for world rights.

Surrender Your Sons by Adam Sass (Flux)
A gay teen's summer vacation becomes a nightmare when his religious zealot family has him kidnapped and taken to a conversion camp on a forgotten island. There, he teams up with other kidnapped LGBTQ+ teens to uncover the camp's dark secrets.

September 22nd 
The Silvered Serpents by Roshani Chokshi (Wednesday Books)
45044785. sy475 Returning to the dark and glamorous world of her New York Times instant bestseller, The Gilded Wolves, Roshani Chokshi dazzles us with another riveting tale as full of mystery and danger as ever.

Séverin and his team members might have successfully thwarted the Fallen House, but victory came at a terrible cost ― one that still haunts all of them. Desperate to make amends, Séverin pursues a dangerous lead to find a long lost artifact rumored to grant its possessor the power of God.

Their hunt lures them far from Paris, and into icy heart of Russia where crystalline ice animals stalk forgotten mansions, broken goddesses carry deadly secrets, and a string of unsolved murders makes the crew question whether an ancient myth is a myth after all.

As hidden secrets come to the light and the ghosts of the past catch up to them, the crew will discover new dimensions of themselves. But what they find out may lead them down paths they never imagined.

A tale of love and betrayal as the crew risks their lives for one last job.

A Crown So Cursed by L. L. McKinney (Imprint)
Weslie Turner at Macmillan/Imprint has acquired new YA and middle grade projects by L.L. McKinney in a three-book deal. McKinney's middle-grade debut follows a Black girl gamer who discovers that she's the reincarnated King Arthur and must find her knights before she can face off against the evil Morgana. The deal also includes two YA novels; A Crown So Cursed, planned for fall 2020, will continue the story begun in the author's Nightmare-Verse novels, and will be followed by a prequel novel set in the same world. Victoria Marini at Irene Goodman Literary Agency negotiated the deal for world rights.

Meteor by Tehlor Kay Mejia and Anna-Marie McLemore (HarperCollins)
Claudia Gabel at HarperCollins has bought Meteor by Anna-Marie McLemore and Tehlor Kay Mejia, in which two friends, one made of stardust and one fighting to save her family's diner, take on their small town's 50th annual pageant and talent competition in the hopes that they can change their town's destiny, and their own.

September 21st 
Smash It! by Francina Simone (Inkyard Press)
Refreshingly authentic and bold… Don’t miss this smashing #ownvoices debut from Francina Simone! Filled with heart, humor and a heroine to root for, Smash It! is a perfect read for fans of Julie Murphy, Ibi Zoboi and Ashley Poston.

Olivia “Liv” James is done with letting her insecurities get the best of her. So she does what any self-respecting hot mess of a girl who wants to SMASH junior year does…

After Liv shows up to a Halloween party in khaki shorts—why, God, why?—she decides to set aside her wack AF ways. She makes a list—a F*ck-It list.

1. Be bold—do the thing that scares me.

2. Learn to take a compliment.

3. Stand out instead of back.

She kicks it off by trying out for the school musical, saying yes to a date and making new friends. Life is great when you stop punking yourself! However, with change comes a lot of missteps, and being bold means following her heart. So what happens when Liv’s heart is interested in three different guys—and two of them are her best friends? What is she supposed to do when she gets dumped by a guy she’s not even dating? How does one Smash It! after the humiliation of being friend-zoned?

In Liv’s own words, “F*ck it. What’s the worst that can happen?”

A lot, apparently.


September 29th 
Crownchasers by Rebecca Coffindaffer (HarperTeen) 
Lara Croft meets Star Wars in this young adult space opera, in which a wisecracking intergalactic adventurer becomes the odds-on favorite to win a deadly, cross-galaxy contest to become the quadrant’s next emperor; too bad she has no intention of winning. 

This Golden Flame by Emily Victoria (Inkyard Press) Lauren Smulski at Inkyard has bought Emily Victoria's #OwnVoices debut YA fantasy, This Flame of Gold, in which asexual Karis, a servant to the mysterious Scriptorium, accidentally awakens long-dormant golem Alix, initiating an epic adventure full of magic, rebellion, and finding where you truly belong. Publication is planned for summer 2020; Rebecca Strauss at DeFiore and Company brokered the deal for world rights.
  Disclose by Joelle Charboneau (HarperTeen)  


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