January Anticipated Releases

This year, I want to try something new on here. In addition to my monthly TBR, I want to shout about my most anticipated releases of each month and see how many of them I’ve read by the end of the year. For this, I’ve created a massive spreadsheet and have tried to keep an eye out for any upcoming releases that I hadn’t already heard about.

The books will be sorted by publication date and then if more than one book is published on the same date (like the ten books I really want to read that all come out on 6th February), they are sorted alphabetically by title.

For each of them, I will include the synopsis and a little passage on why I’m looking forward to it.

9th:

One of Us is Next 

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It is a year after the action of One of Us Is Lying, and someone has started playing a game of Truth or Dare.

But this is no ordinary Truth or Dare. This game is lethal. Choosing the truth may reveal your darkest secrets, accepting the dare could be dangerous, even deadly.

The teenagers of Bayview must work together once again to find the culprit, before it’s too late . . .

Why I’m Excited:

I adore YA mysteries and with previous work like Two Can Keep A Secret, McManus is one of my favourite writers in the genre. The lovely Simon at Penguin sent me an ARC, which I read in December and utterly loved. Full review here.

14th:

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Summer, 1518. A strange sickness sweeps through Strasbourg: women dance in the streets, some until they fall down dead. As rumors of witchcraft spread, suspicion turns toward Lavinia and her family, and Lavinia may have to do the unimaginable to save herself and everyone she loves.

Five centuries later, a pair of red shoes seal to Rosella Oliva’s feet, making her dance uncontrollably. They draw her toward a boy who knows the dancing fever’s history better than anyone: Emil, whose family was blamed for the fever five hundred years ago. But there’s more to what happened in 1518 than even Emil knows, and discovering the truth may decide whether Rosella survives the red shoes.

With McLemore’s signature lush prose, Dark and Deepest Redpairs the forbidding magic of a fairy tale with a modern story of passion and betrayal.

Why I’m Excited:

Reading both Blanca & Roja and Wild Beauty last year, I fell in love with McLemore’s beautifully lyrical writing and their ability to weave the fantastical with the real seamlessly. This story sounds spellbinding once again and I love the entwining of historical events with some magical realism.

16th:

Foul is Fair 

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Elle and her friends Mads, Jenny, and Summer rule their glittering LA circle. Untouchable, they have the kind of power other girls only dream of. Every party is theirs and the world is at their feet. Until the night of Elle’s sweet sixteen, when they crash a St. Andrew’s Prep party. The night the golden boys choose Elle as their next target.

They picked the wrong girl.

Sworn to vengeance, Elle transfers to St. Andrew’s. She plots to destroy each boy, one by one. She’ll take their power, their lives, and their control of the prep school’s hierarchy. And she and her coven have the perfect way in: a boy named Mack, whose ambition could turn deadly.

Foul is Fair is a bloody, thrilling revenge fantasy for the girls who have had enough. Golden boys beware: something wicked this way comes.

Why I’m Excited:

A revenge thriller tackling rape culture – where do I sign up?

This blood-drenched Macbeth retelling sounded absolutely perfect and when I read it via Netgalley, it did not disappoint. Everything about this was just *chef’s kiss* and I need a physical copy on my shelf. Full review here.

23rd January 

Bookshop Girl in Paris

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Paige Turner is at work at Bennetts Bookshop when her manager makes an exciting announcement: ‘An amazing opportunity has arisen! Some of you may have heard of the famous “Books Are Magic” bookshop in Paris . . .’

OMG yes! Paige knows all about it and her mind flickers with dreams of those iconic sights, all based on old films, black and white Instagram posts . . . and French GCSE textbooks. Just THINK of all the arty-farty culture she’d get to soak up!

There’s just a slight problem: everybody who works in Bennetts is desperate to be picked, including Holly. So just how much is Paige willing to compromise in order to go?

Why I’m Excited:

I really enjoyed the previous two books in the series and especially Paige, who I relate to so much as a bookish, awkward teenager. These books are just so heartwarming, funny and empowering. The sheer love of books that radiates off the pages is brilliant to see.

 Follow Me, Like Me 

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When sixteen-year-old Chloe replies to a DM from a gorgeous stranger, she has no idea what she’s inviting into her life. As her online fan becomes increasingly obsessive, her real life starts to come apart at the seams and Chloe realizes she needs to find a way to stop him before things spiral out of control.

Misfit Amber’s online obsession with her personal trainer begins to creep into the real world. But when she hears a terrible rumor about him, she drops everything to try and prove his innocence – even if it means compromising her own.

In Follow Me, Like Me by Charlotte Seager, Amber and Chloe might find that the truth is much harder to swallow than the lies.

Why I’m Excited:

I am a sucker for a good YA mystery and the social-media obsession & brief synopsis of this one made me very intrigued, so I picked it up via Netgalley. It actually delves into the topic of sexual harassment and assault, which I always think needs to be talked about more in YA. Full review here.

 

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