Today I decided to start a new series here on The Paperback Pilgrim! With new books coming out every week and some getting more recognition than others I thought it would be fun to create a list of book releases that I’m excited about in a particular month.
So, grab a hot drink of choice and get ready to learn about some of the books I’m looking forward to being released in January 2018.
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A Conspiracy of Stars (Untitled #1) by Olivia A. Cole
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books (January 2, 2018)
Print Length: 432 pages
Octavia has only ever had one goal: to follow in the footsteps of her parents and become a prestigious whitecoat, one of the scientists who study the natural wonders of Faloiv. The secrets of the jungle’s exotic plants and animals are protected fiercely in the labs by the Council of N’Terra, so when the rules suddenly change, allowing students inside, Octavia should be overjoyed.
But something isn’t right. The newly elected leader of the Council has some extremist views about the way he believes N’Terra should be run, and he’s influencing others to follow him. When Octavia witnesses one of the Faloii—the indigenous people of Faloiv—attacked in front of her in the dark of night, she knows the Council is hiding something. They are living in separate worlds on a shared planet, and their fragile peace may soon turn into an all-out war.
With the help of Rondo, a quiet boy in class with a skill for hacking, and her inquisitive best friend, Alma, Octavia is set on a collision course to discover the secrets behind the history she’s been taught, the science she’s lived by, and the truth about her family.
‘The Whitecoats are coming, the Whitecoats are coming!” All American history aside, mostly because I don’t know anything about that time in American history, A Conspiracy of Stars sounds like an interesting addition to the space opera genre. As I read only a handful of science fiction novels last year I’m hoping to change my reading habits and figured what better way than with Cole’s first novel in the as of now untiled duology.
The Forgotten Book by Mechthild Gläser
Publisher: Feiwel & Friends (January 2, 2018)
Print Length: 368 pages
A Jane Austen-inspired YA tale about a sixteen-year-old girl who finds a magical book—and discovers that anything she writes inside it comes true.
Emma is used to things going her way. Her father is headmaster of her prestigious boarding school, her friends take her advice as gospel, and she’s convinced that a relationship with her long-time crush is on the horizon.
As it turns out, Emma hasn’t seen anything yet. When she finds an old book in an abandoned library, things really start going Emma’s way: anything she writes in the book comes true.
But the power of the book is not without consequences, and Emma soon realizes that she isn’t the only one who knows about it. Someone is determined to take it from her—and they’ll stop at nothing to succeed.
A new boy in school—the arrogant, aloof, and irritatingly handsome Darcy de Winter—becomes Emma’s unlikely ally as secrets are revealed and danger creeps ever closer.
With only one Jane Austen novel left to read I’m in desperate need for any novel that closely resembles one of the most prolific female authors of all time. When I read The Forgotten Book’s synopsis for the first time it reminded me of a more grown up The Pagemaster, though I will say that movie is pure gold no adulting needed. Super excited to see where Gläser takes this premise, hopefully the new boy in school angle doesn’t have too much insta-love, because we all know where that line is going.
The Cruel Prince (The Folk of the Air #1) by Holly Black
Publisher: Little Brown Books for Young Readers (January 2, 2018)
Print Length: 384 pages
Jude was seven years old when her parents were murdered and she and her two sisters were stolen away to live in the treacherous High Court of Faerie. Ten years later, Jude wants nothing more than to belong there, despite her mortality. But many of the fey despise humans. Especially Prince Cardan, the youngest and wickedest son of the High King.
To win a place at the Court, she must defy him–and face the consequences.
In doing so, she becomes embroiled in palace intrigues and deceptions, discovering her own capacity for bloodshed. But as civil war threatens to drown the Courts of Faerie in violence, Jude will need to risk her life in a dangerous alliance to save her sisters, and Faerie itself.
Back in the day, when I was just a wee reader, I absolutely devoured Holly Black’s Modern Faerie Tales series, so imagine my excitement when I found out she was publishing a new series about faeries. I have heard from conflicting sources that The Cruel Prince might be set in the same world as the Modern Faerie Tales, but even if its not true I’m going to enjoy the reintroduction to one of my favourite childhood authors.
Everless (Untitled #1) by Sara Holland
Publisher: HarperTeen (January 2, 2018)
Print Length: 336 pages
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.
No one resents the Gerlings more than Jules Ember. A decade ago, she and her father were servants at Everless, the Gerlings’ palatial estate, until a fateful accident forced them to flee in the dead of night. When Jules discovers that her father is dying, she knows that she must return to Everless to earn more time for him before she loses him forever.
But going back to Everless brings more danger—and temptation—than Jules could have ever imagined. Soon she’s caught in a tangle of violent secrets and finds her heart torn between two people she thought she’d never see again. Her decisions have the power to change her fate—and the fate of time itself.
Everless has been promoted everywhere, so it is no surprise then that I will be sitting at my door waiting to get my hands on it on Tuesday. I rather enjoy reading fantasy set novels that have strange magic systems and unusual currency structures. Given that this novel deals with time as a form of currency this book is sure to provide me with all my dreams come true.
The Sacrifice Box by Martin Stewart
Publisher: Penguin Random House (January 11, 2018)
Print Length: 368 pages
Sep, Arkle, Mack, Lamb and Hadley: five friends thrown together one hot, sultry summer. When they discover an ancient stone box hidden in the forest, they decide to each make a sacrifice: something special to them, committed to the box for ever. And they make a pact: they will never return to the box at night; they’ll never visit it alone; and they’ll never take back their offerings.
Four years later, the gang have drifted apart. Then a series of strange and terrifying events take place, and Sep and his friends understand that one of them has broken the pact.
As their sacrifices haunt them with increased violence and hunger, they realise that they are not the first children to have found the box in their town’s history. And ultimately, the box may want the greatest sacrifice of all: one of them.
Giving me some serious The Raven Boys vibes, The Sacrifice Box sounds like one of those atmospheric books that you can’t wait to read when the nights are long and the temperature is cold. I am also interested to see who has broken the pact and why these five friends drifted apart from one another.
Reign of the Fallen (Reign of the Fallen #1) by Sarah Glenn Marsh
Publisher: Razorbill (January 23, 2018)
Print Length: 384 pages
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 there is a cost to being raised–the Dead must remain shrouded, or risk transforming into zombie-like monsters known as Shades. If even a hint of flesh is exposed, the grotesque transformation will begin.
A dramatic uptick in Shade attacks raises suspicions and fears among Odessa’s necromancer community. Soon a crushing loss of one of their own reveals a disturbing conspiracy: someone is intentionally creating Shades by tearing shrouds from the Dead–and training them to attack. Odessa is faced with a terrifying question: What if her necromancer’s magic is the weapon that brings Karthia to its knees?
I may be bias, given that my name is Sara, but January releases are being dominated by authors who share my moniker. I have had this particular Sarah release preordered for months. Why do you ask? Well, number one, just look at that cover, and number two, zombie like monsters. I seriously cannot wait for Amazon to deliver this to my door.
The Hazel Wood by Melissa Albert
Publisher: Flatiron Books (January 30, 2018)
Print Length: 368 pages
Seventeen-year-old Alice and her mother have spent most of Alice’s life on the road, always a step ahead of the uncanny bad luck biting at their heels. But when Alice’s grandmother, the reclusive author of a cult-classic book of pitch-dark fairy tales, dies alone on her estate, the Hazel Wood, Alice learns how bad her luck can really get: Her mother is stolen away―by a figure who claims to come from the Hinterland, the cruel supernatural world where her grandmother’s stories are set. Alice’s only lead is the message her mother left behind: “Stay away from the Hazel Wood.”
Alice has long steered clear of her grandmother’s cultish fans. But now she has no choice but to ally with classmate Ellery Finch, a Hinterland superfan who may have his own reasons for wanting to help her. To retrieve her mother, Alice must venture first to the Hazel Wood, then into the world where her grandmother’s tales began―and where she might find out how her own story went so wrong.
A debut author writing a creepy, dark, and twisted fairytale, sign me up! The Hazel Wood has been making its rounds on the internet as of late, but with reviews saying think less Disney and more Brother’s Grimm, this is definitely going to be a release date and read in a week type of book for me.
Still Me (Me Before You #3) by Jojo Moyes
Publisher: Pamela Dorman Books (January 30, 2018)
Print Length: 400 pages
Louisa Clark arrives in New York ready to start a new life, confident that she can embrace this new adventure and keep her relationship with Ambulance Sam alive across several thousand miles. She is thrown into the world of the superrich Gopniks: Leonard and his much younger second wife, Agnes, and a never-ending array of household staff and hangers-on. Lou is determined to get the most out of the experience and throws herself into her job and New York life within this privileged world.
Before she knows what’s happening, Lou is mixing in New York high society, where she meets Joshua Ryan, a man who brings with him a whisper of her past. In Still Me, as Lou tries to keep the two sides of her world together, she finds herself carrying secrets–not all her own–that cause a catastrophic change in her circumstances. And when matters come to a head, she has to ask herself Who is Louisa Clark? And how do you reconcile a heart that lives in two places?
Now listen. I am well aware that Me Before You was met with quite a bit of controversy surrounding its representation of disabled people. While I myself am not disable, I do understand peoples concerns and took that into account when reading both Me Before You and After You. While I see the folly that people have pointed out, I enjoy Moyes’ writing style and will be reading Still Me in 2018 because I am more than a little curious with how Louisa is fending for herself in the ‘Big Apple.’
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And those are just some of the books that are being released in January 2018 that you should be excited for. Feel like I missed a book or two? Leave a comment down below.