Countdown to Midnight with These YA Books

Get ready to countdown to midnight, Book Nerd style! As readers, we’re no strangers to staying up until (or past) midnight, telling ourselves “just one more chapter” again and again because the book we’re reading is too good to put down! So when it comes to staying up until midnight to ring in the new year, we know our best bet is to have a captivating book in our hands.

But which book do you choose to read on New Year’s Eve? Why, a book that has “midnight” in the title, of course! Here are a few books that take place at midnight and are perfect to ring in the new year. Now turn on Taylor Swift’s Midnights album and you’re ready for your midnight countdown!

Midnight Strikes

Midnight Strikes

By Zeba Shahnaz

Coming 04.16.24

In this explosive fantasy debut, a provincial girl must work with an infuriatingly handsome prince to escape a nightmarish curse that forces them to relive the same night over and over.

“The time-loop fantasy you never knew you needed, where the fairytale ball is bloody and Cinderella is the Final Girl.”—Gina Chen, New York Times bestselling author of Violet Made of Thorns

Midnight at the Houdini

Midnight at the Houdini

A girl discovers a surreal hotel where no one ever leaves. When the clock strikes midnight, she’ll be trapped there forever unless she’s able to break free from magic that in turn breaks all her rules. Perfect for fans of Caraval and The Starless Sea!

Burning Midnight

Burning Midnight

For fans of The Maze Runner and The Fifth Wave, this debut YA novel from Hugo Award winner Will McIntosh pits four underprivileged teens against an evil billionaire in the race of a lifetime.

The Girl at Midnight

The Girl at Midnight

In this dazzling opener to a new fantasy series that Danielle Page, author of Dorothy Must Die, calls “inventive, gorgeous, and epic,” a girl caught between two ancient peoples must struggle to find the legendary magic that will end the conflict between them.

The Mirk and Midnight Hour

The Mirk and Midnight Hour

A Gothic thriller and captivating love story set in Civil War Mississippi.

“An exciting story—juicy, romantic and at times quite chilling.” —BookPage

“An atmospheric story in which darkness houses mysteries, [with] rich imagery and imaginative subplots.” —Kirkus Reviews

“Compelling. . . . There’s a languid ease to the prose that invites readers to become fully immersed.” —The Bulletin

Did you enjoy this list of books to read for your New Year’s Eve countdown to midnight? Discover more books to read in the new year here and get social with us at @getunderlined!

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