21 upcoming YA book releases we can’t wait to read in 2021

Red Tigress by Amelie Wen Zhao. Image courtesy Penguin Random House
Red Tigress by Amelie Wen Zhao. Image courtesy Penguin Random House /
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Court of Silver Flames
Court of Silver Flames by Sarah J. Maas. Image courtesy Bloomsbury Publishing /

A Court of SIlver Flames – Sarah J. Maas

The highly (hugely? massively?) anticipated fifth installment in Sarah J. Maas’ bestselling A Court of Thorns and Roses series, A Court of Silver Flames will be the first book in the series that redirects its POV entirely. Rather than continue its focus on the series’ original heroine Feyre, this novel will follow the story of her sister, Nesta.

Nesta has been a fairly major character throughout the Court of Thorns and Roses series thus far and was herself changed into a High Fae during the events of A Court of Mist and Fury. She has been adjusting to her transformation ever since and, outside of a brief snippet at the end of the most recent ACOTAR novel,  A Court of Frost and Starlight, we have little idea about how she feels about what’s happened to her or her growing feelings toward Rhys’s blood brother Cassian.

In short, it’s time to find out.

The official synopsis has a lot more detail about what we can expect from the story, and promises a complex plot alongside a long-awaited romance.

"Nesta Archeron has always been prickly-proud, swift to anger, and slow to forgive. And ever since being forced into the Cauldron and becoming High Fae against her will, she’s struggled to find a place for herself within the strange, deadly world she inhabits. Worse, she can’t seem to move past the horrors of the war with Hybern and all she lost in it. The one person who ignites her temper more than any other is Cassian, the battle-scarred warrior whose position in Rhysand and Feyre’s Night Court keeps him constantly in Nesta’s orbit. But her temper isn’t the only thing Cassian ignites. The fire between them is undeniable, and only burns hotter as they are forced into close quarters with each other. Meanwhile, the treacherous human queens who returned to the Continent during the last war have forged a dangerous new alliance, threatening the fragile peace that has settled over the realms. And the key to halting them might very well rely on Cassian and Nesta facing their haunting pasts. Against the sweeping backdrop of a world seared by war and plagued with uncertainty, Nesta and Cassian battle monsters from within and without as they search for acceptance-and healing-in each other’s arms."

A Court of Silver Flames is available on February 16.