This Month in Teen Books: January 2022

Reading recommendations for teens
January 19, 2022
The sequel to one of our favorite teen fantasy books, completing a duology, is about to land on library shelves.
Serpents-Wake.pngIn the Serpent’s Wake by Rachel Hartman
Tess is a girl on a mission to save a friend. Spira is a dragon seeking a new identity. Marga is an explorer staking her claim on a man’s world. Jacomo is a priest searching for his soul. There are those who would give their lives to keep it hidden. And those who would destroy it. But the only people who will truly find the Serpent are those who have awakened to the world around them—with eyes open to the wondrous, the terrible, and the just.

Trending Now
The latest new young adult book generating buzz among readers is Anatomy by Dana Schwartz, a gothic historical-horror that layers romance with chills. If you’re waiting to give this one a look, make sure to browse these other titles with a decidedly gothic sensibility.
What’s New This Month
In addition to Anatomy and In the Serpent’s Wake, upcoming teen books include a buzzworthy entry in the Star Wars: The High Republic universe, along with new books from Mariko Tamaki, Marieke Nijkamp, Phil Stamper, Ruta Sepetys, Dhonielle Clayton, and Tahereh Mafi, among others:
What We’re Reading
Coincidentally enough, this month’s staff picks list for teens features the first in Rachel Hartman’s duology, profiled above. Also included are a couple of great comics, vampires, scientists, slow-burning mysteries, and more.  
For more lists of recommended reads from the book world and beyond, check these out: