Hi! It is my goal this year to read the books I own and not get too distracted by new releases. But it’s ok to look at them, right? These are the new releases that have caught my attention this month.
The Cruel Prince by Holly Black – January 2nd
I’m not the biggest fan on faerie books, but I did really enjoy Holly Black’s The Darkest Part of the Forest, so I’m really excited for her new YA release about three human sisters who are taken to live at the High Court of Faerie after they’re parents are murdered.
Together at Midnight by Jennifer Castle – January 2nd
I’ve always loved holiday stories set in New York City. This one features two teenagers who witness a tragic accident and decide to preform random acts of kindness for strangers.
A Conspiracy of Stars by Olivia A. Cole – January 2nd
The synopsis of this YA sci-fi release reminds me of Avatar. It’s about a girl who wants to become a scientist so she can study the exotic plants and animals of N’Terra. I’ve never read a book with a similar plot, so I’m intrigued by it.
Our Dark Stars by Audrey Grey – January 2nd
I got really into sci-fi in 2017 and this is one of many sci-fi releases on my radar for 2018. It’s set in a world where humanity’s been overthrown by druids or Mocks. A princess who’s actions played a part in the destruction of humanity is found floating through space by a half-human, half-mock captain. I love a good space adventure. Also: Look. At. That. Cover.
Beneath the Sugar Sky by Seanan McGuire – January 9th
This is the third book in the Wayward Children series about a school for kids who have gone through portals to others worlds and returned. I still haven’t read the second book, but with the third one coming out my excitement’s been resparked.
The Night Masquerade by Nnedi Okorafor – January 16th
This is the third and final novella in the Binti trilogy. In the first book we follow Binti as she becomes the first of her people to leave her home planet and go study at the intergalactic university. The second book ended in an intense place, so I’m eager to get my hands on this and discover what happens next.
Love, Hate & Other Filters by Samira Ahmed – January 16th
This is an Own Voices coming-of-age story about an Indian-American Muslim teen who fells drawn between two worlds and is forced to confront Islamophobia in the aftermath of a horrific crime. I love that there are more and more diverse contemporaries being released and especially own voices ones.
Everything Here is Beautiful by Mira T. Lee – January 16th
This is a adult contemporary about the relationship between two Chinese-American sisters, Miranda and Lucia, and Lucia’s struggle with mental illness. I think it will be a very powerful read.
Let’s Talk About Love by Claire Kann – January 23rd
I’ve heard so many amazing things about this YA contemporary about a black bi-romantic asexual girl who spends her summer working at the library. I always get excited about ace rep in books and I can’t wait to read this one.
Reign of the Fallen by Sarah Glenn Marsh – January 23rd
Ok, first of all this is one of the prettiest covers I’ve ever seen. Second of all: necromancy. That’s pretty much all it takes to get me excited.
The Mermaid and Mrs Hancock by Imogen Hermes Gowar – January 25th
This is a historical novel about a merchant who unexpectedly ends up being in possession of a mermaid. This changes his life drastically and leads him into the circles of Angelica Neal – London’s most accomplished courtesan. I’ll be honest guys, I’m only in it for the mermaid.
The Hazel Wood by Melissa Albert – January 30th
Alice’s grandmother is thee reclusive author of a cult-classic book of pitch-dark fairy tales set in the Hinterland. Soon after her grandmother dies, Alice’s mother is taken by a figure who claims to come from the Hinterland. To get mother back Alice has to work with her classmate and Hinterland superfan Ellery Finch. This is my most anticipated book of the month. It sounds dark, mysterious and magical – which is just my jam.
Are any of these books on your radar? Are there any other January releases you’re excited about?