Here’s your must-read #quietYA for January.

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I get asked often what, exactly, #quietYA is. The traditional definition is about books that aren’t very action packed and slower paced, but I use it to talk about books that are not bestsellers, not award winners, and that don’t have any kind of book or TV deal. So often, the same books are discussed over and over again and unfortunately, books fall through the cracks. But I believe that every book published is needed by someone and I want to create the best possible chance to get those books in hands.

#quietYA is my attempt to make that happen.

Here are nine #quietYA books that released this month that you might have missed.

The Radius of Us by Marie Marquardt
Publisher: St. Martin’s Griffin
Release date: January 17
Ninety seconds can change a life — not just daily routine, but who you are as a person. Gretchen Asher knows this, because that’s how long a stranger held her body to the ground. Phoenix Flores-Flores knows this, because months after setting off toward the U.S. / Mexico border in search of safety for his brother, he finally walked out of detention. So how will the ninety seconds of Gretchen and Phoenix’s first encounter change theirs?

Almost Autumn by Marianne Kaurin
Publisher: Arthur A. Levine Books
Release date: January 3
It’s October 1942, in Oslo, Norway. Fifteen-year-old Ilse Stern is waiting to meet boy-next-door Hermann Rod for their first date. But Hermann won’t be able to make it tonight. What Ilse doesn’t know is that Hermann is secretly working in the Resistance, helping Norwegian Jews flee the country to escape the Nazis.

Factory Girl by Josanne La Valley
Publisher: Clarion Books
Release date: January 10
In order to save her family’s farm, Roshen, sixteen, must leave her rural home to work in a factory in the south of China. There she finds arduous and degrading conditions and contempt for her minority (Uyghur) background. Sustained by her bond with other Uyghur girls, Roshen is resolved to endure all to help her family and ultimately her people.

Because of the Sun by Jenny Torres Sanchez
Publisher: Delacorte Books
Release date: January 3
After Dani’s mother is killed in a sudden and violent manner, she’s sent to New Mexico to live with an aunt she never knew she had. The awkwardness between them is palpable. To escape, Dani takes long walks in the merciless heat. One day, she meets Paulo, who understands how much Dani is hurting. Although she is hesitant at first, a mutual trust and affection develop between Dani and Paulo, and Dani begins to heal. And as she and her aunt begin to connect, Dani learns about her mother’s past. Forgiving isn’t easy, but maybe it’s the only way to move forward.

Soulmated by Shaila Patel
Publisher: Month9Books
Release date: January 24
When Liam, an Irish royal empath, moves next door to Laxshmi, an Indian-American high school student from a traditional family, he’s immediately and inexplicably drawn to her. In Liam, Laxshmi envisions a future with the freedom to follow her heart. But Liam’s father isn’t convinced Laxshmi is “The One” and Laxshmi’s mother won’t even let her talk to their handsome new neighbor.

Whenever I’m With You by Lydia Sharp
Publisher: Scholastic Press
Release date: January 3
After Gabi’s parents’ divorce, she moves from California to Alaska with her dad. It feels like banishment until she meets Kai. But as winter approaches, Kai pulls away for seemingly no reason at all. Then one day, he disappears. So Gabi and her twin brother agree to head out together on a wild journey north—a trip that will challenge them physically and emotionally, as they try to convince the boy they love to return home.

Allegedly by Tiffany D. Jackson
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books
Release date: January 24
Mary B. Addison killed a baby. Allegedly. The public convicted Mary and the jury made it official. But did she do it? She wouldn’t say. There wasn’t a point to setting the record straight before, but now she’s got Ted—and their unborn child—to think about. When the state threatens to take her baby, Mary must find the voice to fight her past. And her fate lies in the hands of the one person she distrusts the most: her Momma.

After the Fall by Kate Hart
Publisher: Farrar, Straus & Giroux
Release date: January 24
Raychel is sleeping with two boys: her overachieving best friend Matt… and his slacker brother, Andrew. Raychel sneaks into Matt’s bed after nightmares, but nothing happens. She just needs his support as she deals with the classmate who assaulted her, the constant threat of her family’s eviction, and the dream of college slipping quickly out of reach. Matt tries to help, but he doesn’t really get it and he’d never understand why she’s fallen into a secret relationship with his brother. When tragedy strikes, everything falls apart. Raychel has to decide which pieces she can pick up – and which ones are worth putting back together.

Under Rose-Tainted Skies by Louise Gornall
Publisher: Clarion Books
Release date: January 3
Norah has accepted that the four walls of her house delineate her life. She knows that fearing everything from inland tsunamis to odd numbers is irrational, but her mind insists the world outside is too big, too dangerous. So she stays safe inside, watching others’ lives through her windows and social media feed. But when Luke arrives on her doorstep, he doesn’t see a girl defined by medical terms and mental health.

Backlist books often get forgotten, but they deserve some love too! This month’s pick is Jane by April Lindner.

Jane by April Lindner
Publisher: Poppy
Release date: October 11 2010
Forced to drop out of an esteemed East Coast college after the sudden death of her parents, Jane Moore takes a nanny job at Thornfield Park, the estate of Nico Rathburn, a world-famous rock star on the brink of a huge comeback. But there’s a mystery at Thornfield, and Jane’s much-envied relationship with Nico is soon tested by an agonizing secret from his past.

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Julie Daly

Julie Daly is sometimes known as Julianne. A recent college grad, when not job hunting, Julie is watching Netflix, talking about YA on twitter, or trying to make her cats play. In 2009, Julie joined a group blog called Bloggers[Heart]Books and her obsession with all things YA has grown exponentially. Though she no longer blogs, she did create #quietYA and is a cofounder of Blogbound Con. Julie has also interned at several publishers and sometimes plays bookseller. Follow her on Twitter at @DailyJulianne.

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