Hello everybody! Today, despite the fact that most of these will already be out by the time this goes up because I once again forgot that I usually do this post but still wanted one to look back on, I’m going to be talking about the books released in January that I’m most excited for! I promise I’ll try and have the Febraury ones up before they’re all released, though I haven’t read any of these at the time of writing so I can still talk about why I’m excited rather than what I thought. Onto the books!
Lightning Chase Me Home– I’ve wanted to read We Were Giants for ages, and I’ve just never gotten to it, but I think I might end up picking Amber Lee Dodd’s second book up first and then going back to that. I really like the sound of this- the heroine sounds wonderful, contemporary adventure is a fun genre, there are SEALS (I absolutely LOVE seals, I visit the Eyemouth ones every time I go, even though they are a fairweather bunch and rarely come out unless it’s summer. I have put a photo of my sighting this summer below!) and it’s set in Scotland. Even though I have never been to most of the places books set in Scotland are set in, I still love reading them and spotting little references to things I have done or seen.
The Curses– the Graces was one of my very favourite YA books in 2017 and I cannot wait to see what happens in this sequel after that iconic, badass last line. I’m slightly wary that Summer will be narrating because River’s enigmatic narration was one of my favourite elements, as was the fact that you genuinely couldn’t work out whether the Graces were magic or not, but I’m 100% still beyond excited about getting to read this, and finally learning the proper truth about the inner dynamics of the family.
Oh My Gods– this is Alexandra Sheppard’s debut and it sounds fantastic. I’ve always enjoyed stories with mythology and find those that blend fantasy and contemporary really interesting, so I have very high hopes for this: the story of a teenage girl named Helen whose family just happens to be the Greek gods. I’ve actually never read a YA that focuses on mythology (as far as I can remember anyway), but it sounds hilarious, and I hope it lives up to the huge potential of the synopsis.
The Day I Was Erased– I’ve really enjoyed both of Lisa Thompson’s books so far, so I’m super excited to read her next release. It’s about a troublemaking boy who is turned invisible one day, and his quest to be part of the world again. It sounds super fun and also like it will probably make me cry at some point, and I also love the sound of the main character’s beloved dog- I think they might play a big role and I adore a good animal sidekick.
Vote for Effie– this is the fourth Scholastic book on this list, so apparently I’m loving their Janaury line-up a lot. While I’ve only read one of Laura Wood’s middle grades before, I really enjoyed it (I seriously need to get to the rest of the Poppy Pym books this year.) and I’m so excited for this. It sounds both super fun and super empowering, I love things that focus on election campaigns a lot of the time and I just have a feeling that I could end up absolutely adoring this.
The Last Secret– I’ve been a fan of the Scarlet and Ivy books since the first one was released, and I’m so sad the series is ending but also excited to see what spooky goings on are happening at Rookwood this time, especially as the synopsis is fairly vauge. I’m very intrigued by that mention of old enemies though, and I know which one I’d most love to come back (Miss Fox), because she was terrifying in her appearances in the first few books as she’s a truly formidable adversary.
The Girl with the Shark’s Teeth- I’m honestly not 100% sure whether I’ll love this or not enjoy it as from the synopsis I just feel like it could go either way, but I’m cautiously excited for it and I definitely want to give it a try. It sounds like it will have lyrical and beautiful writing and it’s about a girl named Minnow searching for her mother after she disappears under mysterious circumstances, a premise which leads to great stories more often than not.
Two Can Keep a Secret- I absolutely loved One of Us is Lying back in 2017 (I love how I say that like it was twenty years ago now, instead of two…), and I’m excited to read the author’s sophomore novel basically just because of that- I know the plot is a mystery where two people team up to solve something in a small town with dark secrets and I think I’m just going to to in blind as to the specifics. Even if I hadn’t loved her debut though, I’d probably still pick this up purely because every time I think of it I start singing the Pretty Little Liars theme song, and if it’s anything like that show there’s a fair chance I will enjoy it very much.
The Whispers- this is Greg Howard’s MG debut and it sounds so great- it’s about a boy whose mum goes missing and his journey of finding her. Like Oh My Gods, it sounds like it’s going to blend contemporary and fantasy, though it sounds like it might have a different and slightly more serious tone. I’m so excited to learn more about who/what the Whispers are too, and I already love the sound of the main character.
Paper Avalanche- I’ve had very polarising feelings about this author’s other books (I LOVED the Art of Being Normal when I read it even though I now understand that it’s trans rep was problematic in some ways and am unsure how I’d feel if I read it now, and I found All About Mia quite average), but I think her 3rd book, which is this, sounds amazing. It’s about a girl named Ro whose mum is a hoarder and what happens when Tanvi returns to school returns after a long period of ill health and attempts to break down the walls she has built around herself to protect this secret and be a friend to her. I suspect strongly I will cry, and I can’t wait to see what I think of it. I am especially excited because Lottie from Love, Lies and Lemon Pies’s mum was also a hoarder, and I consider that a favourite book of all time, so a similar plot should hopefully be great too.
What books released this month are you most excited about? Are you planning to read any of the ones I’ve mentioned? I’d love to hear in the comments!