Alright, here we are! 2016 is finally over (can I get an Amen?), and we can start anew with a fresh perspective. To start it all off, we begin with the lovely month of January and besides continous sweater weather and excuses to overindulge in hot chocolate and other guilty foods, we can look forward to new reads being arriving in the book world. Without further ado, here are 30 releases you can pick up this month:
1. Caraval (Caraval, #1) by Stephanie Garber
2. Carve the Mark (Untitled Duology, #1) by Veronica Roth
From the bestselling author of the Divergent trilogy comes a new work by Veronica Roth entitled Carve the Mark. I’ve watched a few reviews on Booktube (those who were sent advance reader’s copies) and so far, thoughts on this story have been great. In this science fiction-esque novel, each person is given a specific, unique gift that is, in one way or another, designed to heal the wounds of the violent and chaotic planet. You can pick up a copy on January 17th.
3. RoseBlood by A.G. Howard
Five words: Phantom of the Opera Retelling. If you loved Gaston Leroux’s original tale, this is the retelling you’ve been waiting for. Be cautious though: RoseBlood is simply inspired by the classic story. Expect this one on shelves January 10th.
4. The Girl Before by J.P. Delaney
Ooo the synopsis for this one sounds so good, though I’ll give you the much shorter version: two different women, at two different times, move into the same house that is described as “an architectural masterpiece” and weird things start happening to them. It sounds like a really intriguing thriller. Pick up a copy on January 24th.
5. History Is All You Left Me by Adam Silvera
Griffin’s world is shattered to pieces when his first love and ex-boyfriend, Theo, tragically passes away following a fatal car accident. While their relationship had ended, Griffin was never able to fully release the emotional grasps of he and Theo’s relationship. Heartbroken and confused at the unexpected events life has thrown at him, Griffin must reimagine a life for himself that was far from the one he had previosuly envisioned. Catch this one on shelves January 17th.
6. Wires and Nerve, Volume 1 (Wires and Nerve #1) by Marissa Meyer
Fans of The Lunar Chronicles author, Marissa Meyer, have probably already preordered this one. Wires and Nerve, the first volume of the Wires and Nerve graphic novels, is a action-heavy story following the adventures of Iko, a strong and determined android.
7. Frostblood (Frostblood Saga, #1) by Elly Blake
What would you do if you held a power that was ultimately forbidden in your homeland? That is precisely the dilemna of 17 year old Ruby, who was born a fireblood (she is able to control heat and flames), in a world of the ruling frostbloods (they are able to control ice and cold). When a family tragedy strikes, Ruby is forced into a die-hard situation where she must take complete control of her gifts and set out to destroy the evil of the kingdom. Frostblood releases on January 10th.
8. The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden
For as long as she can remember, Vasilisa and her siblings and parents have always honored the traditions of Russian storytelling. Her favorite tale surrounds the legend of Frost, the blue-eyed winter demon. Sadly, tradition takes a somber turn and when Vasilisa’s mother passes away, her father remarries a woman who is strongly against celebrating the stories of long ago. Vasilisa and her family have no choice but to follow the immediate demands of their new family member, however, strange occurences begin to unfold, and it is clear that the spirits are not amused. You can pick up a copy of this fairytale-esque novel on January 10th.
9. How To Break A Boy by Laurie Devore
Olivia Clayton and her ride-or-die best friend, Adrienne are, and have always been, the queen bees of their high school. They know everyone’s secrets and weaknesses, and know exactly where to stick the knife and twist it. Following a family tragedy and stumbling upon Adrienne sleeping with her boyfriend, Olivia decides that a dire change is needed. After, of course, she masterminds a delicious revenge plot against her former best friend. How to Break a Boy hits booksellers everywhere January 31st.
10. The Sleepwalker by Chris Bohjalian
The Sleepwalker follows a middle-aged woman, Annalee Ahlberg, and her strange, dangerous incounters with sleepwalking. When her children and husband discover that Annalee is missing, their thoughts jump to the worst, and soon they believe that their beloved mother and wife is dead. Although, with the assistance of officers and detectives, Lianna, Annalee’s oldest daughter, begins to unwrap the layers of what really occured the night her mother went missing. Get a copy of this thriller on January 10th.
11. The Mistress by Danielle Steel
For the past seven years, all Natasha Leonova has ever known is the life Russian billionaire Vladimir Stanislas has established for her. She’s surrounded by immense luxury, the best foods, and, ultimately, anything she asks for, she receives. All that’s required of Natasha is that she never questions Vladimir’s strange business deals and behaviors, and stays in her place. However, Natasha soon recognizes her great loss of freedom under Vladimir’s iron control, and she embarks on a way to finally become free of his power and grasp. Catch The Mistress in stores on January 3rd.
12. Everything You Want Me to Be by Mindy Mejia
Take a look at this thriller’s Goodreads synopsis: “Full of twists and turns, Everything You Want Me to Be reconstructs a year in the life of a dangerously mesmerizing young woman, during which a small town’s darkest secrets come to the forefront…and she inches closer and closer to her death.” I don’t know about you, but I’m a sucker for a good mystery/suspense thriller! On the TBR it goes! Everything You Want Me to Be hits shelves January 3rd.
13. Difficult Women by Roxane Gay
Author of the bestselling novel, Bad Feminist, Roxanne Gay is back in the literary world again with her collection of stories that covers everything from deep human connections,to not so happy ending-eque love stories, to the regular (and not so regular) inbetweens of life. You can pick up a copy on January 3rd.
14. A List of Cages by Robin Roe
A List of Cages follows a teenage boy named Adam who, under academic circumstances, runs into his once foster brother, Julian, whom he hasn’t seen in five years. At first, it seems as if the boys never left each other’s side, although when Adam notices that Julian has beeen keeping secrets, he’ll stop at nothing to uncover the truth of his brother’s current life; a truth that could, in fact, end both of theirs. Catch this one on shelves January 10th.
15. Poison’s Kiss (Poison’s Kiss, #1) by Breeana Shields
Okay, I can practically hear this book screaming to be read by anyone who loves Young Adult fantasy and romance. Marinda is a teenage assassin who’s kiss is, literally, deadly. No problems emerge until Marinda is given the task of kissing the one person she never expected: the boy she loves. Poison’s Kiss hits stores January 10th.
16. Under Rose-Tainted Skies by Louise Gornall
Norah is not exactly like everyone else. She struggles with OCD and agoraphobia (a type of anxiety disorder in which you fear and often avoid places or situations that might cause you to panic and make you feel trapped, helpless or embarrassed), and this has caused her to turn into a recluse. However, when the funny and sweet Luke comes along, and their friendship begins to blossom, Norah begins to feel not so lonely after all. Great for fans of Nicola Yoon’s Everything, Everything. Pick up your copy on January 3rd.
17. Our Own Private Universe by Robin Talley
Our Own Private Universe follows fifteen year old Aki Hunter as she struggles to accept the fact that she’s bisexual. The only person who knows Aki’s secret is her best friend, Lori. Upon a mission trip to a small town in Mexico, Aki isn’t on the lookout for any relationships, although when she meets Christa, a spark erupts. Our Own Private Universe hits bookstores January 31st.
18. The Edge of Everything by Jeff Giles
Seventeen year old Zoe has been to hell and back. Following the unexpected death of her father in a horrible caving accident, a strange disappearance of one of her neighbors, and, to top it all off, her and her brother being attacked in the woods, it’s safe to say that life hasn’t been the most kind to our protagonist. Thankfully, Zoe and her brother are saved by a bounty hunter who simply goes by X, and they are swept up in a world that may require the biggest sacrifice: their last breaths. The Edge of Everything will be available on January 31st.
19. Screwmates by Kayti McGee
“I knew from the first time I saw Marc Kirby that I was screwed. Big eyes, scruffy face, brown curls – yes, yes, and yes. The man is wicked hot.” Right off the bat, if you read those two sentences and you know your weakness is guilty pleasure reads, Screwmates is one you need to add to your TBR. You can pick up a copy on January 24th.
20. Lillian Boxfish Takes a Walk by Kathleen Rooney
Lilian Boxfish has lived in the city all her life. It’s all she’s ever known, and throughout, she has seen it endure some of the most harrowing, life-changing, and memorable events in our world history including “the Jazz Age to the onset of the AIDS epidemic; the Great Depression to the birth of hip-hop.” A wonderful read for urban souls out there. Walk with Lillian when her story hits shelves January 17th.
21. History of Wolves by Emily Fridlund
Linda has grown up in a very peculiar home. Her parents are staunch believers in minimalist living and they all live in an abandoned cabin set deep in the woods. Kids at Linda’s school refer to her as the “freak” or the “commie.” All she knows is what she observes, and that includes the child pornograhy accusations against her teacher, and the hidden secrets of the family she often babysits for. As Goodreads accurately puts it: “Superbly-paced and beautifully written, History of Wolves is an extraordinary debut novel about guilt, innocence, negligence, well-meaning belief and the death of a child.” History of Wolves hits booksellers January 3rd.
22. Behind Her Eyes by Sarah Pinborough
Louise is a single parent working as a secretary who hasn’t ever really met anyone who she felt she deeply connected with. That is, until she meets David at a bar, ending the night with a kiss. Her excitement and glee of a possible romance is brought to a hault when Louise arrives to work on Monday to discover her new boss is, in fact, David from the bar. To make matters worse, Louise meets a friendly young woman who’s new to the area and in need of a friend, Adele. Adele happens to be married to David. While this may sound like a typical synopsis for a cute, funny, light novel, it is far from that and much darker. If you’re in the need for a intriguing thriller, pick up Behind Her Eyes when it hits shelves January 31st.
23. The Careful Undressing of Love by Corey Ann Haydu
Devonairre Street girls are not like other girls. They’re very different and unique. They’re the types of girls your mother warns you not to go near, and don’t you dare think about falling in love with one. It just might get you killed. The Careful Undressing of Love hits shelves January 31st.
24. 4 3 2 1 by Paul Auster
I feel that I really can’t give the synopsis of this novel justice (and I don’t want to irresponsibly mess it up), so here is the Goodreads version: “Nearly two weeks early, on March 3, 1947, in the maternity ward of Beth Israel Hospital in Newark, New Jersey, Archibald Isaac Ferguson, the one and only child of Rose and Stanley Ferguson, is born. From that single beginning, Ferguson’s life will take four simultaneous and independent fictional paths. Four identical Fergusons made of the same DNA, four boys who are the same boy, go on to lead four parallel and entirely different lives.” Sounds weird but in a really cool way, right? 4 3 2 1 will be available on January 31st.
25. The Hundred Lies of Lizzie Lovett by Chelsea Sedoti
Ever since the mysterious disappearance of Lizzie Lovett, teenage outkast Hawthorne Creely as been fascinated with the happenings. In order to fully grasp and get to the nitty gritty of what truly happened to Lizzie, Hawthorne decides that she only has one option: Become Lizzie. The Hundred Lies of Lizzie Lovett will be available on January 3rd.
26. The Missing by Caroline Eriksson
A regular day spent outdoors follows Greta, Alex, and 4 year old Smilla as they cross over the magical lake of Lake Malice in Sweden. Greta decides to stay behind the boat and wait on her family to return from a quick search through the land, only to discover that, many hours later, they still haven’t returned. Catch this suspensful mystery on shelves January 1st.
27. Mrs. Sherlock Holmes: The True Story of New York City’s Greatest Female Detective and the 1917 Missing Girl Case That Captivated a Nation by Brad Ricca
I absolutely love that this story is being told. Grace Humiston is a name that a majority of people may not know, though they should. Mrs. Sherlock Holmes is a nonfiction novel chronicling the life of Humiston who left the ‘comforts’ of a ‘woman’s place’ during the early 20th century and embarked on a detective/crime career throughout a time when women weren’t welcomed in such jobs. Mrs. Sherlock Holmes hits shelves January 3rd.
28. Sisters One, Two, Three by Nancy Star
Sisters One, Two, Three follows the life of the Tangle family who, following an accident on Martha’s Vineyard, have dedicated themselves to acting as if nothing occured. The sisters, Callie, Mimi, and Ginger all diverge onto different paths, although they soon are forced to realize that sometimes, the truth really will set you free. Catch it on shelves January 1st.
29. I Call Myself A Feminist: The View from Twenty-Five Women Under Thirty by Victoria Pepe
I Call Myself a Feminist is a collection of 25 essays by women of all ethnicities and backgrounds who describe and explain what being a feminist means to them. Check it out when it’s released on January 31st.
30. Freeks by Amanda Hocking
Lovers of weird (the good kind), circus-esque stories will love Hocking’s new young adult novel. As stated on Goodreads: “Welcome to Gideon Davorin’s Traveling Sideshow, where necromancy, magical visions, and pyrokinesis are more than just part of the act…” Sounds interesting to say the least! Freeks hits shelves January 3rd.
What new releases are you looking forward to this month?
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