There are quite a few books released this year that I am looking forwards to. Many of them are released during the first half of the year which is great news for booklists- bad news for my bank balance
(or my husband’s as, seriously, why else get married other than more money for books… Love! Yes that’s what I meant)
- Across the Green Grass Fields by Seanan McGuire. (Released 12th Jan)
I love and adore the Wayward children series. I listen to them on audio as I love the cadence the narrator has with the beautiful words. The Wayward children are those who escaped through doors into other worlds, had adventures, and then came back; older, wiser, sadder and different. Those children are desperate to go back to their lands of nonsenses and candy, of nightmares and ghosts, and no one understands them- except each other.
Highly recommend this series to anyone who loves fairy tales and always wondered what happened to Alice or Wendy when they returned home.
2. Playing with Fire by April Henry (Released 19th Jan)
After barely surviving a housefire as a child, Natalia isn’t the kind of person who takes risks. But whilst out on a hike Natalia and her team are cut off by wildfires and must survive the worst nightmare situation.
I love survival stories. Whilst I’m not a hard-core prepper or survivalist I’d probably win 8/10 on a Bear Grylls adventure. I’d be John Locke or at the very least I wouldn’t be stupid enough leave Sawyer for Jack.
3. Dope and Diamonds by Natalie Bennett (Released 22nd Jan)
A naïve street rat forced to become a Criminal Kingpin’s trophy prize. This was touted as having an OTT villain and those are always the best kind. A dark fairy tale with a vicious woman? Yes please.
4. City of Villains by Estelle Laure (Released 26th Jan)
Disney Villains meets Gotham? Reimagined origin stories of Ursula, Jafar and the Queen? Insta-click. Insta-buy. Mine please!
5. Heart of Smoke by Megan O’Russell (Released 28th Jan)
The synopsis of this seems like a post-apocalytic steampunk which is my jam (and my toast). Lanni must work in the factories below the watchful eye of those who live in the bubbles above the destroyed Earth. But her city is crumbling and the some have grown tired of the view beneath their glass.
6. A Court of Silver Flames by Sarah J Maas (Released 29th Jan)
This relatively unknown author has this coming out. I think its the fourth in a series about characters that no-one really knows or cares about. I’m sure it’s release will pass comparatively unnoticed.
Have I already pre-ordered it? Yes.
Would I give my firstborn for an ARC? Yes. Yes I would.
7. The Project by Courtney Summers (Released 2nd Feb)
Lo’s sister Bea joined the Unity Cult when their parents died, leaving Lo in the care of her great Aunt. Despite it’s sterling reputation of charity work, Lo knows there is something more sinister behind it and she is determined to find out what and get her sister back.
Cult story. Sacrificing all for your sister? Sign me up.
8. What Big Teeth by Rose Szabo (Released 2 Feb)
Look at the cover. I don’t even care what it’s about. it says GOTHIC FANTASY and has werewolves in. SOLD.
9. Muse by Brittney Cavallaro (Released 2 Feb)
I think I might have to take the 2nd Feb off work as there are so many out that day!)
Claire’s father believes his genius is blessed by his daughter’s touch. But war is brewing and Claire is involved in a revolt that goes wrong. When she is captured by the Governor, who insists he is also blessed by her touch, Claire is finally in a position to make her own choices.
Not usually a fan of historic novels, this one intrigued me. I like the idea of the alternative history and it has strong feminist overtones so we’ll see.
10. Faithless in Death by J. D. Robb (Released 4 Feb)
Book number 52 in the In Death series. I have read them all and see no reason to stop now. I love Eve Dallas. I love Roarke. I love J. D. Robb/ Nora Roberts and will fight anyone who disses her.
11. City of the Uncommon Thief by Lynne Bertrand (Released 9 Feb)
A Quarantined City that appears on no map gripped by fear. There are no living beasts, no deviants and nothing uncommon ever happens here.
Until it does.
Well, with that kind of blurb what did you expect me to do?
12. A Pho Love Story by Loan Lee (Released 18 Feb)
I very rarely do romance. I very very rarely do contemporary and contemporary teen romance? Forget it. But look at this cover. isn’t it so pretty?
Two Vietnamese-American teens fall in love and must navigate their newfound relationship amid their families’ age-old feud about their competing, neighbouring restaurants.
I’m thinking Gordon Ramsey meets a Meg Ryan rom-com. (Or whoever is the current Rom-Com Queen…is it Katherine Heigl? Anne Hathaway? Shows how long since I’ve watched anything girly doesn’t it?)
- Prepped by Bethany Mangle (Released 23rd Feb)
Um. DOOMSDAY PREPPERS.
That is all.
I need this book so much. I’ve added it on wishlists for Netgalley, Amazon , Goodreads and my 13 libraries stock suggestions list. If anyone has an in for this release I will be so grateful. Bethany Mangle? Simon and Schuster? Anyone?
So there you have it. My upcoming Jan/ Feb releases I’m looking forwards to. Obviously, titles do get put back but all are correct at this point in the evening.
What do you think? Any I’m missing? Any you’re desperate to get your hands on too?