The brand new books that'll keep you up all night..


January might be a month of long, dark days, but with a pile of awesome new books out this month, what better excuse to curl up on the sofa and escape into a whole new world?

It's a brand new year and if you’re bookshelves are in need of an update, look no further as we’ve rounded up our pick of new novels out this month. With everything from dystopian chillers to high-school lolfests, there's all sorts going on so check out our January hit list..

New YA books for January 2013: Veronica Rossi, Cat Clarke, Melvin Burgess, Hugh Howey and more

Undone by Cat Clarke

Jem Halliday is head over heels in love with her best friend. If that wasn’t enough he’s gay - not exactly ideal, but she’s learning to live with it. But then the unspeakable happens and after Kai is outed online he kills himself.

Left completely alone Jem knows one thing; she may not be able to bring him back but she is going to dish out some revenge and teach those responsible the ultimate lesson.

This dark tale of searing betrayal explores the intimacies of bullying from a whole new perspective. We laughed and we cried, but MAN were we not expecting the explosive conclusion.

New YA books for January 2013: Veronica Rossi, Cat Clarke, Melvin Burgess, Hugh Howey and more

WOOL by Hugh Howey

What would you do if the world outside was dealy, and the air you breathed could kill? And you lived in a place where every birth required a death, and the choices you made could save lives - or destroy them.

To live, you must follow the rules of the underground community. But some don't. These are the dangerous ones; the ones who dare to hope and dream, and who infect others with their optimism. Jules is one of these people, but she may well be the last.

Don’t dismiss WOOL as just another post-apocalyptic novel. The bestselling series is dystopia as we’ve never seen it before; a world where horror, love and manipulation blend into one creepy tale that’ll leave you with a shiver down the spine. The film rights have also been snapped up, so watch this space.

Out January 17.

New YA books for January 2013: Veronica Rossi, Cat Clarke, Melvin Burgess, Hugh Howey and more

Hostage Three by Nick Lake

Amy is a girl with a gun to her head. She, her father and stepmother have been kidnapped.

What started as a trip to heal a family rift quickly becomes a hostage situation after their boat is taken over by Somali Pirates. Stripped of their names, they are given a number. Amy’s dad is most valuable and is named Hostage 1, but Amy herself if Hostage 3 - not as valuable and, more importantly, expendable.

This thriller had us on the edge of our seats from the word go, but we have to say we were never expecting the relationship between Amy and Farouz, the youngest of the pirates, to come to such an end..

New YA books for January 2013: Veronica Rossi, Cat Clarke, Melvin Burgess, Hugh Howey and more

From What I Remember by Stacy Kramer and Valerie Thomas

Meet Kylie Flores; class brain and film addict. Being the token scholarship student automatically places her at the bottom of the school social scale, right next to her best friend Will, a loud, flamboyant and utterly fabulous gay.

Graduation in two days time can’t come soon enough but at the other end of the social spectrum is Max Langston; effortlessly popular, rich and dating the hottest girl in school.

Naturally the two don’t mix, so it’s a total mystery when Kylie wakes up in Mexico on the day of graduation with a hangover from hell, in a bed she doesn’t recognise. What’s more, she’s wearing a wedding ring - one that matches the one that a half-naked and sleeping Max is wearing right next to her.

Fans of Mean Girls rejoice, finally something that can give Regina George and Glen Coco a run for their money.

New YA books for January 2013: Veronica Rossi, Cat Clarke, Melvin Burgess, Hugh Howey and more

The Universe Versus Alex Woods by Gavin Extence

Alex Woods knows that he hasn’t had the most conventional start in life. His mum being clairvoyant hasn’t exactly endeared him to the local bullies and things have been rough. That is until he strikes up an unlikely friendship with Mr Peterson; a grumpy and reclusive widower who teaches Alex he’s only got one shot at life.

So when, aged 17, Alex is stopped at Dover customs with 113 grams of marijuana, an urn full of ashes strapped into the passenger seat and the entire nation in uproar, he’s pretty sure he’s done the right thing..

A blackly comic tale of unexpected friendship that gives the average unlikely hero a hilarious update.

Out January 31

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