November marks the beginning of “hibernate inside 500 sweaters reading” weather, and I’m not exactly complaining. Among this month’s most exciting releases is a fast and funny tale of a cub rock singer’s first time on the road, a creeping horror story set in a glittering hotel with dark secrets, and the concluding volume of a steampunk fairy-tale tetralogy set on earth, the moon, and elsewhere. Here are 15 of our most anticipated November releases.
For the Record, by Charlotte Huang
High school outcast Chelsea got kicked off a singing competition show, but her 15 minutes of fame aren’t up: she’s just been named the new lead singer of rock band Melbourne, and is hitting the road to support their next album. Chelsea contends with tour bus life (think no showers, no privacy, and your bandmates eating all your food), sudden fame, and constantly trying to prove herself to her lead singer. Her new life is complicated by a budding relationship with a megastar, and the hard and fast rule against dating other people on the tour…which gets harder to keep the more time Chelsea spends with guitarist Beckett.
Dangerous Lies, by Becca Fizpatrick
After witnessing a suspect fleeing the scene of a crime, a girl is forced to leave everything behind, taking on a new name, Stella Gordon, and living in the custody of a cop. Her new life in small-town Thunder Basin is boring and lonely, but things improve when she meets country boy Chet. Their slow-burn romance unfolds despite the boyfriend Stella left behind, her impending day in court, and the fact that somebody in Thunder Basin might know her secrets.
Hotel Ruby, by Suzanne Young
Just months after her mother’s death, Audrey’s grieving father has decided to drop her and brother Daniel with their grandmother. On the way to her house, they stop for a last night as a family at the beautiful, mysterious Hotel Ruby. One night turns into two, and soon it seems like they’ll never leave. But the hotel is harboring strange secrets—and a seriously frightening concierge—and Audrey finds herself wondering if they’ll ever be allowed to check out.
Just Visiting, by Dahlia Adler
Victoria and Reagan are best friends bound by love and a mutual desire for escape—Reagan from her parents’ stifling trailer and her painful romantic past, fashion designer Vic from life as one of the only Hispanic people in tiny Charytan. But their plans of running away to college together start to crumble after their first college visit, as conflicting majors, new love, and old heartbreak threaten to send them in opposite directions.
Young Widows Club, by Alexandra Coutts
17-year-old Tamsen threw caution to the wind when she married her musician boyfriend, in a ceremony her family didn’t attend. Six weeks later, her husband is dead, and Tamsen finds herself forced back into the life she thought she’d left behind, including high school and a widow and widowers support group. There, she hears the stories of other bereaved spouses—and meets Colin, who helps her start imagining a life beyond loss.
Traffick, by Ellen Hopkins
Hopkins’ Tricks introduced readers to five characters whose lives were decimated by sex trafficking; in follow-up Traffick, also told in free verse, the five encounter desperation, hope, and even redemption. Their stories—from Ginger’s, the daughter of a mother who pimps her out, to Cody, paralyzed from a gunshot wound—wind together to create a vivid, affecting portrait of the young victims of sex work.
Ten Thousand Skies Above You, by Claudia Gray
In A Thousand Pieces of You, Marguerite Caine jumped through time and space in pursuit of the man who killed her father, the co-creator of the Firebird, a device allowing people to step into their own bodies and lives in multiple dimensions. In this follow-up, Marguerite travels the multiverse, visiting alternate versions of her life, in pursuit of the ripped-apart soul of the one she loves.
Winter, by Marissa Meyer
In the fourth and final book in Meyer’s Lunar Chronicles, futuristic steampunk takes on classic fairy tales, Cinder, Scarlet, Cress, and newcomer Winter chase their last chance at a happy ending. Winter is the evil Queen Levana’s fragile stepdaughter, living a lonely life on Luna brightened only by the presence of secret love Jacin. Despite her creeping insanity, she’s the last, best chance at finally overthrowing Levana.
Soundless, by Richelle Mead
Fei and the other inhabitants of her mountaintop village are cut off from the world by more than just geography: the entire population is deaf, and has been for generations. They communicate via images drawn by artists like Fei, and trade ore for food via a pulley system connected to the kingdom below. But when her people start to lose their sight, Fei becomes desperate—and when she wakes up from a dream with her hearing restored, she sets out to brave the world beyond her home, in the hopes of staving off her village’s destruction.
Da Vinci’s Tiger, by L.M. Elliott
Elliott imagines the life of Renaissance figure Ginevra de’ Benci, a young wife and poet who sat for Leonardo da Vinci in 1474. At 17, Ginevra is already trapped in a lifeless society marriage. Then a rich ambassador claims her as his “platonic” love, a practice of the times, and commissions her portrait from da Vinci. Elliott gorgeously evokes the artistic life, social practices, and settings of 15th-century Florence, as Ginevra meets and is fascinated by the artist, who introduces a ray of light into her cloistered life.
NEED, by Joelle Charbonneau
Everyone at Nottawa High is crazy about the NEED network, a mysterious new social media site that promises users anything they want—for a price. Pressured to join despite doubting NEED can give her what she wants—a kidney donor for her younger brother—Kaylee suspects that NEED has a serious dark side. Soon the network is asking its users to complete increasingly grisly tasks before they can get what they’re asking for. And when people start turning up dead, it becomes clear how far some users will go.
Triple Moon, by Melissa de la Cruz
In this YA spinoff of Cruz’s Witches of East End series, suspicion falls on twin teen witches and party girls Molly and Mardi Overbrook after two of their classmates die in an accident they may have caused. They’re whisked away from their high-flying Manhattan lives, and deposited in dreamy North Hampton, New York. There, the half-goddesses (their father is Thor) live under the eye of their “aunt” Ingrid, who tries to keep an eye on their magic. But the presence of a chaperone doesn’t keep the girls from getting entangled with the fascinating Gardiner boys—and with a slew of strange happenings in North Hampton.
Consent, by Nancy Ohlin
Brilliant student Bea is used to hiding her true feelings—she acts like her father’s indifference doesn’t hurt, like she wants the same future her best friend does, and like she doesn’t have deeply buried musical ambitions. Then, an unexpected friendship with music history teacher and fellow musician Mr. Rossi revives her dreams of being a concert pianist. But when their friendship tips into dangerous territory, it threatens to undo everything Bea has gained, and forces her to question who Mr. Rossi really is.
All the Major Constellations, by Pratima Cranse
After an accident changes his life and those of his two best friends, Andrew falls into a friendship with Laura, his long-term crush object and member of a fundamentalist church. His violent home life and recent tragedy combine to make him especially vulnerable to the world Laura has drawn him into, raising questions of what, exactly, her motives are. The Christian teens Andrew meets are explored as individuals, not en masse, and Andrew’s painful coming of age is sensitively explored.
Calvin, by Martine Leavitt
Calvin is a schizophrenic teen whose obsession with Bill Watterson’s Calvin and Hobbes comic strip goes beyond the shared name: he was born the day the comic’s last strip ran, and grew up loving a stuffed tiger named Hobbes. When Hobbes returns to his life in the form of an out-of-control hallucination, Calvin sets out on a pilgrimage to find Watterson, the only one who might be able to help restore his sanity. He’s accompanied by childhood friend Suzy, who may or may not be a delusion, on a dangerous trip across a frozen Lake Erie.