50+ 2022 Diverse Anticipated Books & New Releases

Get your TBR lists ready because we are diving head first into some of the most gorgeous covers and most anticipated storylines of 2022. We have adult, middle-grade and young adult books; fantasy, sci-fi, horror, crime, and contemporary. There is representation of POC and LGBTQIA+ characters, characters with disabilities and mental health concerns. There is a whole lot and you will absolutely find something you want.

January New Releases

Where the Drowned Girls GoWayward Children, #7 • Seanan McGuire •

There is another school for children who fall through doors and fall back out again. It isn’t as friendly as Eleanor West’s Home for Wayward Children. And it isn’t as safe. Miss West reluctantly agrees to transfer Cora to the other school, where things are run very differently by Whitethorn, the Headmaster.

The Kindred • Alechia Dow •

To save a galactic kingdom from revolution, Kindred mind-pairings were created to ensure each and every person would be seen and heard, no matter how rich or poor…

Ain’t Burned All That Bright • Jason Reynolds & Jason Griffin •

300 pages of art, this piece, this contemplation-manifesto-fierce-vulnerable-gorgeous-terrifying-WhatIsWrongWithHumans-hope-filled-hopeful-searing-Eye-Poppingly-Illustrated-tender-heartbreaking-how-The-HECK-did-They-Come-UP-with-This project about oxygen. And all of the symbolism attached to that word, especially NOW.

Vinyl Moon • Mahogany L. Browne •

When Darius told Angel he loved her, she believed him. But five weeks after the incident, Angel finds herself in Brooklyn, far from her family, from him, and from the California life she has known. The story of Angel, a young woman whose past was shaped by domestic violence but whose love of language and music and the gift of community grant her the chance to find herself again.

The Chosen One • Echo Brown •

Despite graduating high school in Cleveland as valedictorian, Echo immediately struggles to keep up in demanding classes. Dartmouth made many promises it couldn’t keep. But it might be a portal to different dimensions of time and space—only accessible if Echo accepts her calling as a Chosen One and takes charge of her future by healing her past. 

Star Child: A Biographical Constellation of Octavia Estelle Butler • Ibi Zoboi •

Ibi Zoboi illuminates the young life of the visionary storyteller Octavia E. Butler in poems and prose. Born into the Space Race, the Red Scare, and the dawning Civil Rights Movement, Butler experienced an American childhood that shaped her into the ground-breaking science-fiction storyteller.

Real Easy • Marie Rutkoski •

Marie Rutkoski immerses us in the captivating world of the club, which comes alive with complicated people trying their best to protect themselves and those they love. Character-driven and masterfully plotted, Real Easy gets to the heart of the timeless question: How do women live their lives knowing that men can hurt them?

Daughter of the Moon GoddessThe Celestial Kindgom, #1 • Sue Lynn Tan •

Xingyin is accustomed to solitude, unaware that she is being hidden from the feared Celestial Emperor who exiled her mother for stealing his elixir of immortality. But when Xingyin’s magic flares and her existence is discovered, she is forced to flee her home, leaving her mother behind. To save her mother, Xingyin embarks on a perilous quest, confronting legendary creatures and vicious enemies across the earth and skies.

The Red Palace • Jane Hur •

There are few options available to illegitimate daughters in the capital city, but through hard work and study, eighteen-year-old Hyeon has earned a position as a palace nurse. But Hyeon is suddenly thrust into the dark and dangerous world of court politics when someone murders four women in a single night, and the prime suspect is Hyeon’s closest friend and mentor. Determined to prove her beloved teacher’s innocence, Hyeon launches her own secret investigation.

All the White Spaces • Ally Wilkes •

Something deadly and mysterious stalks the members of an isolated polar expedition in this haunting and spellbinding historical horror novel. Explorer James “Australis” Randall, Jonathan may live as his true self—and true gender—and have the adventures he has always been denied. But not all is smooth sailing: the war casts its long shadow over them all, and grief, guilt, and mistrust skulk among the explorers.

At the End of Everything • Marieke Nijkamp •

The Hope Juvenile Treatment Center is ironically named. No one has hope for the delinquent teenagers who have been exiled there; the world barely acknowledges that they exist. Then the guards at Hope start acting strange. And one day…they don’t show up.

February New Releases

Wildseed WitchWildseed Witch, #7 • Marti Dumas •

Hasani’s post-seventh-grade summer to-do list is simple: get a bigger following for her makeup channel and figure out how to get her parents back together. What she does NOT expect is a magical ability. Or that the magic will be strong enough to attract the attention of witches. Or that before she can say #BlackGirlMagic, she’ll be shipped off on a scholarship to a fancy finishing school for talented young ladies.

Cold • Mariko Tamaki •

Todd Mayer is dead. Now a ghost, hovering over his body, recently discovered in a snow covered park, naked and frozen. As detectives investigate Todd’s homicide, talking to the very people linked to the events leading to his death, Todd replays the choice that led him to his end.

Cherish Farrah • Bethany C. Morrow •

Something is wrong in the Whitman house. Strange things start happening at the Whitman household–debilitating illnesses, upsetting fever dreams, an inexplicable tension with Cherish’s hothead boyfriend, and a strange journal that seems to keep track of what is happening to Farrah.

This Woven Kingdom This Woven Kingdom, #1 • Tahereh Mafi •

To all the world, Alizeh is a disposable servant, not the long-lost heir to an ancient Jinn kingdom forced to hide in plain sight. The crown prince, Kamran, has heard the prophecies foretelling the death of his king. But he could never have imagined that the servant girl with the strange eyes, the girl he can’t put out of his mind, would one day soon uproot his kingdom—and the world.

A Million to One • Adiba Jaigirdar •

A high-stakes and romantic heist YA novel set on the Titanic, in which four girls team up to steal a priceless jewel-encrusted book on board the infamous ship.

Full Flight • Ashley Schumacher •

A heartbreaking novel about finding your first love and what happens when it’s over too soon. Full Flight is about how first love shapes us—even after it’s gone.

Only a Monster Monsters, #1 • Vanessa Len •

Joan’s family aren’t just eccentric: they’re monsters, with terrifying, hidden powers. And Nick isn’t just a cute boy: he’s a legendary monster slayer, who will do anything to bring them down.

The Girl Who Fell Beneath the Sea • Axie Oh •

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 a mysterious young man named Shin—as well as a motley crew of demons, gods and spirits—Mina sets out to wake the Sea God.

Extrasia • Claire Legrand •

She will tell no one of the white-eyed beasts that follow her. Or the faceless gray women tall as houses. Or the girls she saw kissing in the elm grove. Today she will be a saint of Haven. She will rid her family of her mother’s shame at last and save her people from destruction.

The Turning Pointe • Vanessa L. Torres •

A bold and emotionally gripping novel about a teenage Latinx girl finding freedom through dance and breaking expectations in 1980s Minnesota.

Daughters of a Dead Empire • Carolyn Tara O’Neil •

Anna is being hunted by the Bolsheviks, and now—regardless of her loyalties—Evgenia is too. Daughters of a Dead Empire is a harrowing historical thriller about dangerous ideals, loyalty, and the price we pay for change. An imaginative retelling of the Anastasia story.

March New Releases

Survive the Dome • Kosoko Jackson •

Black Lives Matter meets Attack the Block with a dash of Under the Dome in this stunning story of teens using their talents to liberate a city from unjust police occupation.

The Lost Dreamer • Lizz Huerta •

A stunning YA fantasy inspired by ancient Mesoamerica, this gripping debut introduces us to a lineage of seers defiantly resisting the shifting patriarchal state that would see them destroyed. With a detailed, supernaturally-charged setting and topical themes of patriarchal power and female strength The Lost Dreamer brings an ancient world to life, mirroring the challenges of our modern one.

Blood Scion Blood Scion • Deborah Falaye •

Fifteen-year-old Sloane can incinerate an enemy at will—she is a Scion, a descendant of the ancient Orisha gods. But when she is forcibly conscripted into the Lucis army on her fifteenth birthday, Sloane sees a new opportunity: to overcome the bloody challenges of Lucis training, and destroy them from within.

One For All • Lillie Lainoff •

An OwnVoices, gender-bent retelling of The Three Musketeers, in which a girl with a chronic illness trains as a Musketeer and uncovers secrets, sisterhood, and self-love.

A Magic Steeped in PoisonThe Book of Tea, #1 • Jusy I. Lin •

When Ning hears of a competition to find the kingdom’s greatest shennong-shi—masters of the ancient and magical art of tea-making—she travels to the imperial city to compete. The winner will receive a favor from the princess, which may be Ning’s only chance to save her sister’s life.

A Million Quiet Revolutions • Robin Gow •

For as long as they can remember, Aaron and Oliver have only ever had each other. When they discover the story of two Revolutionary War soldiers who they believe to have been trans man in love, they’re inspired to pay tribute to these soldiers by adopting their names. They delve further into unwritten queer stories and discover the transformative power of reclaiming one’s place in history.

April New Releases

In a Garden Burning GoldArgyrosi, #1 • Rory Power •

Twins imbued with incredible magic and near-immortality will do anything to keep their family safe—even if it tears the siblings apart—in the first book of a mythic epic fantasy from the New York Times bestselling author of Wilder Girls.

Does My Body Offend You? • Mayra Cuevas & Marie Marquardt •

Neither Malena nor Ruby expected to be the leaders of the school’s dress code rebellion. But the girls will have to face their own insecurities, biases, and privileges, and the ups and downs in their newfound friendship, if they want to stand up for their ideals and–ultimately–for themselves.

The Blood Trials The Blood Gift Duology, #1 • N. E. Davenport •

Blending fantasy and science fiction, N. E. Davenport’s fast-paced, action-packed debut kicks off a duology of loyalty and rebellion, in which a young Black woman must survive deadly trials in a racist and misogynistic society to become an elite warrior.

An Arrow to the Moon • Emily X. R. Pan •

Romeo and Juliet meets Chinese mythology. As Hunter and Luna navigate their families’ enmity and secrets, everything around them begins to fall apart. All they can depend on is their love…but time is running out, and fate will have its way.

Blood to Poison • Mary Watson •

Seventeen-year-old Savannah is cursed. It’s a sinister family heirloom; passed down through the bloodline for hundreds of years, with one woman in every generation destined to die young. The family call them Hella’s girls, named for their ancestor Hella; the enslaved woman with whom it all began.

The Drowning Summer • Christine Lynn Herman •

Six years ago, three Long Island teenagers were murdered—their drowned bodies discovered with sand dollars placed over their eyes. The mystery of the drowning summer was never solved, but as far as the town’s concerned, Evelyn Mackenzie’s father did it. His charges were dropped only because Evelyn summoned a ghost to clear his name.

Kaikeyi • Vaishnavi Patel •

A stunning debut from a powerful new voice, Kaikeyi is a tale of fate, family, courage, and heartbreak—of an extraordinary woman determined to leave her mark in a world where gods and men dictate the shape of things to come. 

May New Releases

How to Live Without You • Sarah Everett •

In this heart-wrenching, coming-of-age story about family, grief, and second chances, seventeen-year-old Emmy returns home for the summer to uncover the truth behind her sister Rose’s disappearance—only to learn that Rose had many secrets, ones that have Emmy questioning herself and the sister Emmy thought she knew.

The Lesbiana’s Guide to Catholic School • Sonora Reyes •

It’s hard to fake being straight when Bo, the only openly queer girl at school, is so annoyingly perfect. And talented. And confident. And cute. So cute. Yami isn’t sure if she likes Bo or if she’s just jealous of her unapologetic nature. If word got to her mom, she could face a lot worse than rejection.

You Made a Fool of Death with Your Beauty • Akwaeke Emezi •

It’s been five years since the accident that killed the love of her life and she’s almost a new person now—an artist with her own studio, and sharing a brownstone apartment with her ride-or-die best friend, Joy, who insists it’s time for Feyi to ease back into the dating scene.

Small Town Pride • Phil Stamper •

Jake is just starting to enjoy life as his school’s first openly gay kid. When Jake’s dad hangs a comically large pride flag in their front yard, the mayor begins to receive complaints. A few people are even concerned the flag will lead to something truly outlandish: a pride parade.

Deep in Providence • Riss M. Neilson •

When Jasmine is killed by a drunk driver, the world they have always known is left haunted by grief…and Jasmine’s lingering spirit. Determined to bring her back, the surviving friends band together, testing the limits of their magic and everything they know about life, death, and each other.

The Merciless Ones Deathless, #2 • Namina Forna •

It’s been six months since Deka has freed the goddesses and discovered who she really is. There are now wars waging across the kingdom. Otereans now think jatu are traitors to the nation. Deka is called a monster. But the real battle has only just begun.

June New Releases

This Place is Still Beautiful • XiXi Tian •

Despite having had near-identical upbringings, sisters Annalie and Margaret agree on only one thing: that they have nothing in common. That is, until she arrives home one day to find a gut-punching racial slur painted on their garage door.

Her Majesty’s Royal Coven Her Majesty’s Royal Coven, #1 • Juno Dawson •

The story of Her Majesty’s Royal Coven, established by Queen Elizabeth I as a covert government department based in Manchester. However, when the genocide of all witches is foreseen by the agency’s oracles, consensus on how to tackle the prophecy threatens to tear apart a group of lifelong friends.

We Weren’t Looking to be Found • Stephanie Kuehn •

When Dani and Camila find themselves rooming together at Peach Tree Hills, a treatment facility in beautiful rural Georgia, they initially think they’ll never get along. But then they find a mysterious music box filled with letters from a former resident, and together they set out to solve the mystery of who this girl was

Hell Followed with Us • Andrew Joseph White •

Sixteen-year-old trans boy Benji is on the run from the cult that raised him—the fundamentalist sect that unleashed Armageddon and decimated the world’s population. Desperately, he searches for a place where the cult can’t get their hands on him, or more importantly, on the bioweapon they infected him with.

This Wicked FateThis Poison Heart, #2 • Kalynn Bayron •

Briseis has one chance to save her mother, but she’ll need to do the impossible: find the last fragment of the deadly Absyrtus Heart. If she is to locate the missing piece, she must turn to the blood relatives she’s never known, learn about their secret powers, and take her place in their ancient lineage.

Clementine, Book One • Tillie Walden •

Clementine is back on the road, looking to put her traumatic past behind her and forge new path all her own. When she comes across an Amish teenager named Amos, the unlikely pair journeys North to an abandoned ski resort in Vermont, where they meet up with a small group of teenagers attempting to build a new, walker-free settlement.

July – December New Releases

The Dragon’s PromiseSix Crimson Cranes, #2 • Elizabeth Lim •

Shiori’s adventure continues in the stunning follow up to Six Crimson Cranes.

Mademoiselle Revolution • Zoe Sivak •

A powerful, engrossing story of a biracial heiress who flees to Paris when the Haitian Revolution burns across her island home. But as she works her way into the inner circle of Robespierre and his mistress, she learns that not even oceans can stop the flames of revolution.

The Undead Truth of Us • Britney S. Lewis •

Zharie is absolutely certain her mother morphed into a zombie before her untimely death, but she can’t seem to figure out why. Why her mother died, why her aunt doesn’t want her around, why all her dreams seem suddenly, hopelessly out of reach. And why, ever since that day, she’s been seeing zombies everywhere.

Babel • R. F. Kuang •

Babel — a thematic response to The Secret History and a tonal response to Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell — grapples with student revolutions, colonial resistance, and the use of translation as a tool of empire.

Strike the ZitherStrike the Zither, #1 • Joan He •

A reimagining of the Chinese military epic Romance of the Three Kingdoms, in which a strategist must help her warlordess to victory against the rival kingdoms to the north and the south while overcoming her fate as written by the gods. Publication is scheduled for fall 2022.

The DarkeningThe Darkening, #1 • Sunya Mara •

Vesper Vale is the daughter of revolutionaries. Failed revolutionaries. When her mother was caught by the queen’s soldiers, they gave her a choice: death by the hangman’s axe, or death by the Storm that surrounds the city and curses anyone it touches. She chose the Storm.

Dauntless • Elisa A. Bonnin •

A teen girl must bring together two broken worlds in order to save her nation in this lush, Filipino-inspired young adult fantasy novel from debut author Elisa A. Bonnin.



1 Comment

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    Jenna @ Falling Letters


    Thanks for this list! I have not been keeping up with 2022 releases at all, so this is super helpful. I’m adding All the White Spaes and Kaikeyi to my TBR.

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