11 most anticipated YA reads for 2020 : fantasy, science-fiction, magical realism

Hi friends! I’m back again today to talk about some of my most anticipated releases for the upcoming year, yay!

I shared my most anticipated list of young adult contemporary books releasing in 2020 last week and, today, I’m ready to share with you all my anticipated reads in other genres : fantasy, science-fiction, magical realism and retellings.

As you all might know by now, I’m mostly a contemporary reader, so this list shall be a little shorter, but, if you want my opinion, still filled with little gems you should add to your TBRs! Also, if you have any recommendation of books you think I might enjoy, feel free to recommend them to me in comments!

✨ My Most Anticipated YA Reads for 2020

We Unleash the Merciless Storm, Tehlor Kay Mejia

Publishing February 25th, 2020 by Katherine Tegen Books.

Why I want it πŸ”Ž Okay so you might know by now how much I adore We Set the Dark On Fire and… well, if you didn’t before, you do now. This is one of my favorite books of ALL times and I am PUMPED for its sequel SO much I am screaming. If you haven’t read the first book, PLEASE PLEASE DO it is majestic.

πŸ“– find it on goodreads

Where Dreams Descend, Janella Angeles

Publishing June 2nd, 2020 by Wednesday Books.

Why I want it πŸ”Ž This book sounds so, so good and I’m just too curious about it. It’s about a magician competition and blurbed as Phantom of the Opera meets Moulin Rouge, this sounds like it has a powerfull badass main character and I’m just sooo impatient to discover it.

πŸ“– find it on goodreads

The Electric Heir, Victoria Lee

Publishing March 17th, 2020 by Skyscape.

Why I want it πŸ”Ž I loved The Fever King SO MUCH and I just can’t wait to read this sequel and get my heart and emotions destroyed OKAY.

πŸ“– find it on goodreads

The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes, Suzanne Collins

Publishing on May 19th, 2020 by Scholastic.

Why I want it πŸ”Ž A NEW HUNGER GAMES BOOK? I’m terrified and screaming and also really really reaaaaally anticipating this.

πŸ“– find it on goodreads

The Fascinators, Andrew Eliopulos

Publishing May 12th 2020 by HarperTeen.

Why I want it πŸ”Ž This is pitched as Simon vs. meets The Raven Boys. This has a small town setting, a boy in love with his best friend and apparently some magic here and there and I’m…. well, fascinated by this book already, excuse the pun.

πŸ“– find it on goodreads

The Sound of Stars, Alechia Dow

Publishing February 25th, 2020 by Inkyard Press.

Why I want it πŸ”Ž A world where all art and books are illegal and the main character keeps a secret library? A book about humanity and what it means to be human and an alien falling in love with music and I don’t know about you but this sounds so good?

πŸ“– find it on goodreads

Half Life, Lillian Clark

Publishing June 9th, 2020 by Knopf Books for Young Readers.

Why I want it πŸ”Ž This is about a perfectionist and overachiever getting into an experimental cloning program and this sounds twisted and addictive and I’m SO curious I can’t wait to read it.

πŸ“– find it on goodreads

Layoverland, Gabby Noone

Publishing January 21th, 2020 by Razorbill.

Why I want it πŸ”Ž Maybe this fits in contemporary reads, but I’m keeping it here because it’s set in purgatory and the main character is going to help souls move on… including Caleb’s, the boy responsible for landing her here in the first place. This sounds like a unique romcom with The Good Place vibes and I’m here for it.

πŸ“– find it on goodreads

Of Curses and Kisses, Sandhya Menon

Publishing February 18th, 2020 by Simon Pulse.

Why I want it πŸ”Ž Same as above, this could be placed in a contemporary list, but it’s a retelling and it has a curse and honestly let’s keep it here because why not. It’s a loose retelling of Beauty & The Beast and it’s set in a boarding school and what more do I want, I don’t know.

πŸ“– find it on goodreads

Scavenge the Stars, Tara Sim

Publishing January 7th, 2020 by Disney Hyperion

Why I want it πŸ”Ž This is a gender-swapped retelling of The Conte of Monte Cristo and it’s about a main character wanting revenge on someone who ruined her family and this sounds badass and I’m here for it okay and look at that cover???

πŸ“– find it on goodreads

Girl, Serpent, Thorn, Melissa Bashardoust

Publishing May 20th, 2020 by Flatiron Books.

Why I want it πŸ”Ž I loved this author’s debut, Girls Made of Snow and Glass and am SO excited to read more from her. Girl, Serpent, Thorn, sounds absolutely lovely, once again a retelling, about a girl poisonous to the touch. This is inspired from a Persian fairy tale, from what I understood and I’m just so excited to discover this!!

πŸ“– find it on goodreads


Do you want to read any of these books?

What are some of your most anticipated releases for 2020? I’d love to know your recommendations in comments!





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88 thoughts on “11 most anticipated YA reads for 2020 : fantasy, science-fiction, magical realism

  1. Layoverland and Of Curses & Kisses are high on my list. Curses, because Menon is on a short list of YA authors I adore, and the concept of Layoverland simply caught my attention, and I am intersted to see how the author excuted it.

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  2. I’m looking forward to Scavenge the Stars – I’ve been meaning to try Tara Sim’s work for a while – and Of Curses and Kisses sounds interesting, but I’m probably going to wait for some reviews before I decide if I’m going to pick it up or not. I need to read We Set the Dark On Fire and The Fever King – I’ve heard so many good things about them both!

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    1. Ahh same here! Timekeeper has been on my TBR since forever and Scavenge the Stars sounds so good. I hope we’ll both love it πŸ™‚
      YES! I hope you’ll read both We Set The Dark on Fire and The Fever King, they’re both incredible, I loved them SO much πŸ˜€
      Thank you, Jess! ❀

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      1. I feel like I’m so unaware of new releases lately, I’m focusing on my reducing my TBR so much that I’m forget to research new books to add ^^

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      2. Haha! Well I’m not saying I’m successful πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚ the worst part is that I don’t add sequels to my tbr so when I read 3 books, only one of them actually was on my TBR! What a mess

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  3. Oohh… so many of these books sound so good!!
    I need to read the first books for We Unleash the Merciless Sea and The Electric Heir because I really feel like I will love them!! I’m so excited 😍
    The pitch for The Fascinators sounds incredible. The magic and the romance!! YES!!
    Layoverland sounds so interesting and I hadn’t heard of it!! But the plot sounds great !!
    Ahh… wonderful list Marie! Thank you for sharing!! πŸ’•

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    1. Ahhh yes Sophie, I hope you will and please feel free to come scream about them with me afterwards haha. I love these books πŸ˜€
      RIGHT?? I’m just so pumped for The Fascinators, it sounds so great πŸ˜€
      Thank you!! ❀

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  4. So many books on this list sound amazing! Especially The Sound of Stars. I am always looking for more books about books! But I’m not sure what to think about the new Hunger Games book… For me the story ended with Mockingjay and I didn’t expect or need a new book. At the same time I really want to know more about it!

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    1. AHhh yes, me too! I can’t wait to read the sound of stars πŸ™‚
      I get that, I really didn’t expect another Hunger Games book. Part of me is excited, while another part of me is way too nervous about it haha. Hopefully it will be good!
      Thank you so much for your comment ❀

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  5. Girl, Serpent, Thorn sounds amazing … but, I’m mostly transfixed by the cover of The Fascinators. And by that’s I mean his arm. Maybe it’s just my screen, but it looks like it’s bending like a spaghetti noodle. (Arms don’t bend that way.)

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    1. I just spent 5 long minutes analyzing that cover, I didn’t even notice??? I feel like maybe it’s either because of the pink effect on the arm, or an hint of the magic in the story… either way, I am intrigued by this book πŸ˜€

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  6. I’m actually gonna make a post about my most anticipated early-2020 releases soon but the only book on your list I’ve actually heard of is the new hunger games book whoops… But yeah, dunno what to think, hopefully excitement but also I read that series when I was like 11 so… My top picks are mainly series continuations, they’re the new books in the Shatter Me, Stillhouse Lake, Orphan X, and Rockton series; plus Chain of Gold by Cassandra Clare which might as well be classified as a series continuation.

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    1. Ahhh that’s so great, I can’t wait to read it πŸ˜€
      Same here, I’m excited about the book, but also very nervous. I hope it will be good!
      I still need to catch up on the Shatter Me series, I can’t wait to do so πŸ™‚

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  7. Didn’t think I’d find new books here, because I actually only read contemporary. BUT Layoverland sounds cute (and I LOVE the Good Place) and Of Curses and Kisses is on my list because anything Sandhya Menon writes, I’ll read. πŸ˜€

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    1. It makes me so happy you’re a contemporary lover as well ❀ I am so intrigued by Layoverland! It seems contemporary, but with quite an unique setting and it has such a "the good place" vibe, I'm too curious! πŸ™‚


  8. I literally can not wait for Where Dreams Descend!! It sounds amazing and mentions Moulin Rogue so how could I not want it? I’m also seriously excited about The Hunger Games prequel and most of the others mentioned here. There are so many fantastic sounding books coming out next year. I’m also looking forward to Addie La Rue, Kingdom Of Back, Kerri Manscalco’s new series and a LOT more. I’m going to do a top 25 post soon and probably another for a top five for a few different genres as there are just so many books I want to read next year πŸ˜… you might like Dark And Deepest Red?

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    1. RIGHT? it sounds like such a fascinating read, I can’t wait to discover it either πŸ˜€
      Ohhhh yes! Dark and Deepest Red, I’ve heard a lot about that one and all of the other books by this author. They’re all on my TBR πŸ˜€

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  9. I am so so excited for The Electric Heir. I loved The Fever King so much and I can’t wait to see where the story goes next. The Sound of Stars, Of Curses and Kisses, Scavenge the Stars and Girl, Serpent, Thorn are on my anticipated list too. I hope we enjoy all these books πŸ˜€

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  10. The Fascinators and Scavenge the Stars are on my list too!
    Also, I’ve been waiting forever for the sequel for The Brilliant Death so I’m so happy it’s nearly here!! Oh, and The Dark Tide by Alicia Jasinska looks promising! I mean, evil witch + f/f enemies to lovers?? Yes, please!!!

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    1. lmao, my comment posted before I was finished with it, but basically, I LOVE THIS LIST. I’m so excited for We Unleash the Merciless Storm (that cover 😍), and to be reunited with Dani and Carmen, my loves. I also know that The Electric Heir will destroy me, but being able to continue Noam and Dara’s story will be WORTH IT. Also, I think you posted about getting an arc on Twitter, and I’m low key jealous haha :”) Ahhh, I’m so excited for Scavenge the Stars as well! That girl on the cover can stab me any time, hehe. And a gender-swapped retelling of The Count of Monte Cristo sound SO bad-ass ❀ I hope you end up enjoying all of these + your anticipated contemporary reads!

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      1. AHHH yes this makes me very happy, thank you, Caitlin! I am so in love with The Merciless Storm’s cover, I can’t wait to be reunited with my favorites 😍😍😍
        RIGHT? I am ready to be destroyed by feels and everything happening in the electric heir haha. yes I feel way too lucky about it I don’t know how this happened i’m 😭😭😭
        YES! I’m so excited about Scavenge the Stars, it sounds WAY too incredible. I hope we’ll both love it πŸ˜€

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  11. The song of stars have such a pretty cover !!

    However, out of all thoses you mentionned, Of curses and Kisses is the only one i’ve added to my virtual wanna read; as we all know im kinda wary of fantasies xD and that one sounds really sweet! Plus, many of them are sequels as of which I haven’t read the one before so merps x)

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  12. As usual, I’m very excited about all the fantasy and sci-fi releases that are coming to us in 2020! I’m anticipating Where Dreams Descend, The Electric Heir and Layoverland as well, they all sound so good πŸ₯° I’ve also been intrigued by Havenfall, The Will and the Wilds and When We Were Magic 😊

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      1. That’s always a risk with books we put on such high pedestals, they might not meet expectations 😬
        Heres hoping A Ballad…etc etc does 😁

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  13. Great post, Marie!! I am so pumped for a lot of these as well! Although I haven’t read anything by Tara Sim before, I LOVE the idea of a gender swapped Count of Monte Christo story! And, being the Hunger Games fan that I am, I cannot wait to get my hands on The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes! I have such high expectations for it! Hopefully it delivers! ❀

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