Welcome to what is me wincing and feeling excited all at the same time because there are too many great looking and sounding books coming out in the next few months. To say I’m hyped for all of them is quite an understatement.
As there are quite a few books to get through, let’s get going!
Winter of the Witch by Katherine Arden – 10th Jan
I need to get my act together and read The Girl in the Tower before I can dive into this but I cannot wait to be enthralled by the whimsical and fairytale atmosphere that Katherine Arden has created. The Bear in the Nightingale was something special and I know this will be a great finale to what will end up being one of my favourite trilogies.
The Gilded Wolves by Roshani Chokshi – 15th Jan
Paris in 1889, secrets, ancient artefacts, a band consisting of an engineer, dancer, historian and brother… That’s everything I need to be sold on this book. I’ve also heard nothing but great things about Roshani Chokshi’s writing so I’m definitely excited!
A Curse So Dark and Lonely by Brigid Kemmerer – 29th Jan
Am I that predictable when all I need to hear is “Beauty and the Beast retelling” for me to instantly click that pre-order button?
I’m super hyped for the fact that we have a witch story based on these trials and not Salem for once because it’s very rare I come across stories about witches that are specifically tied to Pendle. Also the character of Alice Grey is based on the actual Alice Grey who was the only accused witch not to hang at Lancaster Castle so I’m very intrigued to read about her story and experience the mindset of everyone living in such a tumultuous time.
Enchantée by Gita Trelease – 21st Feb
France at the beginning of the French Revolution, dark magic, the palace of Versailles… I need this book! I’ve never read anything fictional when it comes to the French Revolution and the experiences of Paris citizens, only historical sources for school and university, so to stumble across this book and discover there is also magic involved, I’m instantly sold. I seriously hope it delivers.
The Priory of the Orange Tree by Samantha Shannon – 26th Feb
Can I put my neck out on a limb here and say this probably my most anticipated book of the entire year? I need this high-fantasy standalone and I’m so glad the wait is nearly over.
Four Dead Queens by Astrid Scholte – 26th Feb
All I needed to read from the synopsis was this line:
“A divided nation. Four Queens. A ruthless pickpocket. A noble messenger. And the murders that unite them.” It’s also another standalone fantasy, which I highly appreciate.
The Quiet at the End of the World by Lauren James – 7th March
I haven’t read the first duology she wrote but I was blown away by The Loneliest Girl in the Universe so I cannot wait to read this and dive into some more science fiction.
The Near Witch by VE Schwab – 12th March
It’s VE Schwab…one of my favourite authors. Of course I’m going to be picking up her first ever book that’s being republished! It sounds fantastic and full of everything I’ve come to love about VE Schwab’s books. I cannot wait.
Once and Future by Amy Rose Capetta and Rose McCarthy – 26th March
A gender-bent King Arthur retelling…yes please! I’ve always been surrounded by the legend of King Arthur and Camelot so I’m intrigued to see how this takes on those legends and twists them into an individual story.
The Red Scrolls of Magic by Cassandra Clare and Wesley Chu – 9th April
I’ve been having thoughts about my continued reading of the Shadowhunter books, especially after a few discussions with Beth about A Queen of Air and Darkness, but I am all here for this one because it’s Magnus Bane and Alec Lightwood, and I love them dearly.
Sherwood by Meagan Spooner – 18th April
I didn’t even know about this book until a couple of weeks ago but all I needed to hear was Meagan Spooner and Robin Hood retelling before I pre-ordered. I’m really excited to read her take on this legend because Hunted was fantastic, it’s now one of my favourite retellings and I need more from her as an individual author.
Hope For The Best by Jodi Taylor – 25th April
I need to get my act together and catch up with the Chronicles of St Marys, especially as I’m only two books and a novella behind. We all know how much I love this series about British time-travelling historians and it’s always an exciting wait to see what historical events Jodi Taylor makes my beloved characters endure.
13 books later and I’m done! My bank balance plus my Waterstones Cards will hate me, but my shelves will be rich with new and exciting books I cannot wait to read. These first four months are going to be great!
I also cannot leave without noting a few more books that will be released at the same time which I haven’t pre-ordered but am highly anticipating:
- Song of Sorrow by Melinda Salisbury
- Shadowscent: The Darkest Blook by PM Freestone
- A Girl Called Shameless by Laura Steven
What books do you have pre-ordered?
What are some of your most anticipated books for the first part of the year?
As always thanks for reading and have a brazzle dazzle day!