YA Books by Black Authors You Need To Pre-Order in 2022

Hey Bookies! This month is Black History Month and I love to highlight books by Black authors that you NEED this month. There are some amazing ones coming out this year (like every year) and I can’t wait to read them! I also want to highlight two books first and foremost that showcase Black Boys on SFF covers and I’m hoping for more Black boys on SFF covers in 2023.

Beasts of Ruin
Beasts of Ruin, book 2 of Beasts of Prey (which also got an updated cover!!)Out July 26 2022
A Psalm of Storms and Silence (A Song of Wraiths and Ruin, #2)

A Psalm of Storms and Silence, book 2 of A Song Of Wraiths and Ruin (this is NOT a 2022 release but deserves recognition as the other of 2 books with Black boys on a SFF cover).

And now for other books by Black authors coming out in 2022! Here’s some other SFF books by Black authors:

The Kindred
The Kindred – Out Now
The Monarchs (The Ravens, #2)
The Monarchs – Out Now
Ashes of Gold (Wings of Ebony, #2)
Ashes of Gold, Book 2 of the Wings of Ebony series – Out Now
Akata Woman (The Nsibidi Scripts #3)
Akata Woman, Book 3 of The Nsibidi Scripts – Out Now
Shattered Midnight (The Mirror, #2)
Shattered Midnight, Book 2 of The Mirror – Out Now
Bitter (Pet #0.5)
Bitter, Book 0.5 of the Pet series – Feb. 15
Okoye to the People: A Black Panther Novel
Okoye to the People: A Black Panther Novel – March 1
Blood Scion (Blood Scion, #1)
Blood Scion – March 8
Survive the Dome
Survive The Dome – March 29
Scout's Honor
Scout’s Honor – April 5
Burn Down, Rise Up
Burn Down, Rise Up – May 3
The Merciless Ones (The Gilded Ones, #2)
The Merciless Ones, Book 2 of the Deathless series – May 31
Deep in Providence
Deep in Providence – May 31
This Wicked Fate (This Poison Heart, #2)
This Wicked Fate, Book 2 of This Poison Heart series – June 21
The Witchery
The Witchery – July 26
The Undead Truth of Us
The Undead Truth of Us – Aug. 9
Master of Souls (Kingdom of Souls, #3)
Master of Souls, Book 3 of Kingdom of Souls – Aug. 16
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The Vanquishers by Kalynn Bayron (cover to come) – Sep. 20
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How to Succeed in Witchcraft by Aislinn Brophy (cover to come) – Sep. 27
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Monarch Rising by Harper Glenn (cover to come) – Oct. 4
Bloodmarked (Legendborn, #2)
Bloodmarked, Book 2 of the Legendborn series – Nov. 8
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Where Shadows Reign by Patrice Caldwell (cover to come) – Release Date TBD
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Monster by Jessica Lewis (cover to come) – Release Date TBD
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You’re Breaking My Heart by Olugbemisola Rhuday-Perkovich (cover to come) – Release Date TBD

Here’s some contemporary/social justice recs:

The Chosen One: A First-Generation Ivy League Odyssey
The Chosen One – Out Now
One True Loves (Happily Ever Afters, #2)
One True Loves – Out Now
Required Reading for the Disenfranchised Freshman
Required Reading for the Disenfranchised Freshman – Out Now
You Truly Assumed
You Truly Assumed – Feb. 8
Turning
Turning – March 1
Every Variable of Us
Every Variable of Us – March 1
Right Where I Left You
Right Where I Left You – March 15
Confessions of an Alleged Good Girl
Confessions of an Alleged Good Girl – May 3
Café Con Lychee
Cafe Con Lychee – May 10
Only on the Weekends
Only on the Weekends – May 12
How to Live Without You
How to Live Without You – May 17
Love Radio
Love Radio – May 31
Finding Jupiter
Finding Jupiter – May 31
Zyla & Kai
Zyla & Kai – June 7
We Weren't Looking to Be Found
We Weren’t Looking to be Found – June 21
We Deserve Monuments
We Deserve Monuments – July 12
Love Times Infinity
Love Times Infinity – July 26
Twice as Perfect
Twice as Perfect – July 26
How You Grow Wings
How You Grow Wings – Aug. 9
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Until We Break by Matthew Dawkins (cover to come) – Sep. 20
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Forgive Me Not by Jennifer Baker (cover to come) – Oct. 4
Looking for Grace
Looking for Grace – Oct. 4
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Wild Jasmine by Chris Clarkson (cover to come) – Release Date TBD
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The Blackwoods by Brandy Colbert (cover to come) – Release Date TBD
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Never Forget Who You Are by Achut Deng & Keely Hutton (cover to come) – Release Date TBD
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Highly Suspicious, Unfairly Cute by Talia Hibbert (cover to come) – Release Date TBD
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Invisible Son by Kim Johnson (cover to come) – Release Date TBD
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Briarcliff Prep by Brianna Peppins (cover to come) – Release Date TBD
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Bluebell by Destinee Schriner (cover to come) – Release Date TBD

And here’s some mystery/thriller recs:

Murder of Crows – Out Now
Cherish Farrah
Cherish Farrah – Feb. 8
The Rumor Game
The Rumor Game – March 1
Perfect Score
Hunt A Killer: Perfect Score – May 3
Bad Things Happen Here
Bad Things Happen Here – June 28
The Black Girls Left Standing
The Black Girls Left Standing – June 28

And here’s some historical fiction recs:

African Town
African Town – Out Now
Kemosha of the Caribbean – Out Now
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Other Side of the Tracks by Charity Alyse (cover to come) – Release Date TBD

And here’s some books with poetry/prose elements in it:

Vinyl Moon
Vinyl Moon – Out Now
Nothing Burns as Bright as You
Nothing Burns as Bright as You – April 5

And here’s some graphic novel/sequential art recs:

Ain't Burned All the Bright
Ain’t Burned All the Bright – Out Now
Mister Miracle: The Great Escape
Mister Miracle: The Great Escape – Out Now

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