Happy January! Ok, maybe that seems a bit odd to be saying that. It’s bitterly cold, keep raining and now that Christmas is over we don’t have much to look forward to.
Oh, except all these fabulous new releases! This year I’ve decided to do my most anticipated posts a little bit differently. One post of the releases I’m most excited for each month and then another post for the book I’m most excited about. This gives me a little bit more to work with for each month. I’ve also included the Goodreads descriptions, something I didn’t use to do.
So for this month, here are the upcoming books I want to get my hands on, including some great YA fantasy, a few thrillers and a sequel from one of my favourites authors.
In the kingdom of Sempera, time is currency—extracted from blood, bound to iron, and consumed to add time to one’s own lifespan. The rich aristocracy, like the Gerlings, tax the poor to the hilt, extending their own lives by centuries. Jules Ember and her father used to work for the Gerlings and now that he is dying, a desperate Jules must return to buy him more time.
Iko – an audacious android and best friend to the Lunar Queen Cinder – has been tasked with hunting down Alpha Lysander Steele, the leader of a rogue band of bioengineered wolf-soldiers who threaten to undo the tenuous peace agreement between Earth and Luna. Unless Cinder can reverse the mutations that were forced on them years before, Steele and his soldiers plan to satisfy their monstrous appetites with a massacre of the innocent people of Earth. And to show he’s serious, Steele is taking hostages.
Odessa is one of Karthia’s master necromancers, catering to the kingdom’s ruling Dead. Whenever a noble dies, it’s Odessa’s job to raise them by retrieving their souls from a dreamy and dangerous shadow world called the Deadlands. But the must remain covered or risk turning into a deadly ‘Shade.’ Soon it comes to light that someone is creating shades intentionally and Odessa begins to wonder if hr powers will lead to the downfall of Karthia itself.
Whether or not you believe in fate or luck, or love at first sight, every romance has to start somewhere. MEET CUTE is an anthology of original short stories featuring tales of “how they first met” from some of today’s most popular YA authors.
American-born seventeen-year-old Maya Aziz is torn between worlds. There’s the proper one her parents expect for their good Indian daughter. And then there is the world of her dreams: going to film school and living in New York City—and maybe pursuing a boy she’s known from afar since grade school, a boy who’s finally falling into her orbit at school. There’s also the real world, beyond Maya’s control. In the aftermath of a horrific crime perpetrated hundreds of miles away, her life is turned upside down.
Best friends Corey and Kyra were inseparable in their snow-covered town of Lost Creek, Alaska. When Corey moves away, she makes Kyra promise to stay strong during the long, dark winter, and wait for her return. But just before she can return, Kyra dies and Corey is devastated.
But Corey knows something is wrong. With every hour, her suspicion grows. Lost is keeping secrets―chilling secrets about what really happened to her best friend.
Seventeen-year-old Serendipity “Pity” Jones inherited two things from her mother: a pair of six-shooters and perfect aim. She’s been offered a life of fame and fortune in Cessation, a glittering city where lawlessness is a way of life. But the price she pays for her freedom may be too great….
The most popular girls in school are turning up dead, and Penelope Malone is terrified she’s next. All the victims so far have been linked to Penelope—and to a boy from her physics class. The one she’s never really noticed before, with the rumoured dark past and a brooding stare that cuts right through her. There’s something he isn’t telling her. But there’s something she’s not telling him, either. Everyone has secrets, and theirs might get them killed.
Princess Talia Starchaser has it all. Wealth. Status. Adoring citizens. But on the eve of her eighteenth birthday, she’s forced to publicly betray her best friend, a companion mock she’s had since birth, setting events into motion that lead to the destruction of the humans, and the princess floating through space, a remnant of a time when humans ruled over droids.
One hundred years later, half-mock captain Will Perrault and his ragtag crew discover a device floating in space. When a very human Talia emerges from its depths, Will suspects she’s the key to buying his way back into the regiment he once commanded against the last remaining rebel humans—and the ruling mock queen’s good graces.
When Jed Allen wakes up at a desk in New York City, he has no idea who he is. The evidence around him shows he’s a hotshot architect, and a photo in his wallet reveals he has a beautiful girlfriend named Cassie. But when he goes home to seek her help, Cassie is nowhere to be found. As he plays private detective with the facts of his own life, he discovers more and more about his character. But when he finds a bloodied dress in the trunk of his car, amid news reports of a serial killer abducting women from Central Park, Jed has to confront the possibility that his lost memories could contain the darkest secrets imaginable…
Nobody around him has the answers to his questions. Who is the killer? And where has Cassie gone?
The year is 1982, the setting an Edenic hamlet some 90 miles north of New York City. There, among the craggy rock cliffs and glacial ponds of timeworn mountains, three friends—Patrick, Matthew and Hannah— are bound together by a single, terrible, and seemingly senseless crime. Twenty-six years later, in New York City, living lives their younger selves could never have predicted, the three meet again–with even more devastating results.
The only thing 17-year-old Jane Sinner hates more than failure is pity. After a personal crisis and her subsequent expulsion from high school, she’s going nowhere fast. Jane’s well-meaning parents push her to attend a high school completion program at the nearby Elbow River Community College, and she agrees, on one condition: she gets to move out.
She signs up for House of Orange, a student-run reality show and it quickly grows from a low-budget web series to a local TV show with fans and shoddy T-shirts, a place where Jane’s cynical nature can thrive.
Valkyries have one great responsibility: to return immortals to the afterlife by slaying them. As a Valkyrie, Malin has always known that the balance of the world rests on her ability to carry out orders. But when Malin discovers that her mother spared the life of an immortal who was destined to die, her world is thrown into chaos.
Stella Cross’s heart is poisoned. After years on the transplant waiting list, she’s running out of hope that she’ll ever see her eighteenth birthday. Then, miraculously, Stella receives the transplant she needs to survive.But this new chance comes with some strange side effects: Nightmares. Hallucinations. A recurring pain that flares every day at the exact same moment. Then she meets a captivating new boy at school, Levi Zin.
Stella is convinced that Levi is her soul mate. Why else would she literally ache for him when they are apart?
After all, the heart never lies…does it?
I’m not going to lie…I’m going to have a hard time picking which book is the very top of my list. It’s only January and I’m struck by indecision already.
I have to go find something warm to put my hands on because my fingers are now so cold that typing is getting to be difficult.