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Looking forward to the next book month? You’ve come to the right place then. Here are the top titles that we’re most excited about in January. So work on enhancing the to-read piles and enjoy…
From the Ashes, by Xen Sanders
Series: Fires of Redemption, #1
Release Day: January 2, 2017
Publisher: Entangled Publishing
Rafa: From the Ashes by Xen Sanders comes out on the 2nd of the month, so I won’t have to wait long to dive in. I devoured Shatterproof which was the author’s “debut” under this pen name, and I’m hoping for more dark and beautifully written paranormal/SFF M/M. As both Sanders and Cole McCade, the author shines at bringing out the humanity in his anti-heroes, and I can’t wait to meet his latest.
Sociopath. Killer. Deviant.
Monster, devoid of morals, incapable of human emotion. The villain known as Spark has been called this and more, and as a super-powered aberrant has masterminded countless crimes to build his father’s inhuman empire. Yet to professor Sean Archer, this fearsome creature is only Tobias Rutherford–antisocial graduate researcher, quiet underachiever, and a fascinating puzzle Sean is determined to solve.
But one kiss leads to an entanglement that challenges everything Tobias knows about himself, aberrants, and his own capacity to love. When his father orders him to assassinate a senator, one misstep unravels a knot of political intrigue that places the fate of humans and aberrants alike in Tobias’s hands. As danger mounts and bodies pile higher, will Tobias succumb to his dark nature and sacrifice Sean–or will he defy his father and rise from the ashes to become a hero in a world of villains?
The Summer Palace, by C.S. Pascat
Series: Captive Prince Short Stories, #2
Release Day: January 5, 2017
El: In January, I’m most looking forward to The Summer Palace by C.S. Pacat. It’s a short story set in her incredible Captive Prince series, which is reason enough to be excited. But more thrilling is that it’s a sequel. It’s Damen and Laurent after the events of Kings Rising. It is, I’m hoping, the Happily Ever After that these men deserve, and that us readers are craving. The CP universe is one of the most detailed and ornate series that I’ve ever had the pleasure of reading, but it’s also a bitter, heart-breaking journey for Damen and Laurent, so I’m eagerly awaiting this change to see them happy. Probably snarking, and bickering, and causing chaos… but happy. ￼<3
“When all this is over, we could take horses and stay a week in the palace…”
The Summer Palace is a short story about Damen and Laurent set after the events of Kings Rising. It’s an epilogue of sorts to the Captive Prince series.
Wanted, A Gentleman, by KJ Charles
Release Day: January 9, 2017
Michele: My first choice is Wanted, A Gentleman by KJ Charles! A delightfully fluffy, rompy roadtrip and high-speed carriage case in Georgian England with plenty of banter, adorable awkwardness and, since it’s KJ, political undertones of the historically accurate variety. But mostly it’s just a bit of a lark, really 😀
By the good offices of Riptide Publishing
KJ Charles’s new Entertainment
WANTED, A GENTLEMAN
Or, Virtue Over-Rated
the grand romance of
Mr. Martin St. Vincent . . . a Merchant with a Mission, also a Problem
Mr. Theodore Swann . . . a humble Scribbler and Advertiser for Love
Act the First:
the offices of the Matrimonial Advertiser, London
where Lonely Hearts may seek one another for the cost of a shilling
Act the Second:
a Pursuit to Gretna Green (or thereabouts)
a speedy Carriage
sundry rustic Inns
a private Bed-chamber
In the course of which are presented
Romance, Revenge, and Redemption
Deceptions, Discoveries, and Desires
the particulars of which are too numerous to impart
For a bit more… London 1805. Jobbing writer, proprietor of the Matrimonial Advertiser lonely hearts gazette, and all-round weasel Theo Swann is just trying to get by when Martin St. Vincent turns up. Martin is a merchant, tasked with putting a stop to a wealthy young heiress’s romantic correspondence in the Advertiser. And when she and her swain make a dash for Gretna, Martin drags Theo after him on a breakneck high-speed (fourteen miles an hour!) chase up the country to catch the lovers before it’s too late. The question is, as entanglements, deceptions, and revelations come thick and fast, will any of them be the same again?
Mel: Ohhhh, this pretty cover ❤ ❤ ❤
Ever since I read the first book in the series last year, I couldn’t wait for more of these wonderful characters and their dys-hopian story. Chameleon Moon was one of my top 5 reads last year and I’m really excited to find out what is happening next.
Parole is still burning. And now the day everyone has been waiting for is finally here: it’s collapsed. A lucky few managed to escape with their lives. But while their city burned, the world outside suffered its own devastating disaster. The Tartarus Zone is a deadly wasteland a thousand miles wide, filled with toxic storms, ghostly horrors, and just as many Eyes in the Sky as ever. Somehow, this new nightmare is connected to Parole. And it’s spreading.
Now Parole’s only hope lies in the hands of three teenagers reunited by their long-lost friend Gabriel – in their dreams. Growing up outside Parole, Shiloh Cole always had to keep xir energetic powers a secret, except from xir parents, Parole’s strategist-hero Garrett, and Tartarus expert Maureen. When Parole collapsed, all contact was lost. Now, connected by Gabriel and their colliding pasts, xie joins collapse survivor Annie and the enigmatic, charismatic Chance on a desperate cross-country race, carrying a disc of xir mother’s vital plans, whose encrypted contents may be Parole’s salvation. First they’ll board the FireRunner, a ship full of familiar faces that now sails through Tartarus’ poison storms. Together, they’ll survive Tartarus’ hazards, send a lifeline to lost Parole – and uncover the mystery connecting every one of them.
The world outside Parole isn’t the one they remember, and it didn’t want them back. But they’ll save it just the same. It’s what heroes do.
History is All You Left Me, by Adam Silvera
Release Day: January 17, 2017
Publisher: Soho Teen (Penguin Random House)
Rita: I’m looking forward to this book because More Happy Than Not completely broke me and I adore books that tear me apart and put me back together again. There’s no sugar coating in Silvera’s prose and his characters and depictions of NYC feel very raw and real. His excellent writing has depth and includes underlying messages that keep me thinking about the story long after I finish. That will have me coming back for more every time.
When Griffin’s first love and ex-boyfriend, Theo, dies in a drowning accident, his universe implodes. Even though Theo had moved to California for college and started seeing Jackson, Griffin never doubted Theo would come back to him when the time was right. But now, the future he’s been imagining for himself has gone far off course.
To make things worse, the only person who truly understands his heartache is Jackson. But no matter how much they open up to each other, Griffin’s downward spiral continues. He’s losing himself in his obsessive compulsions and destructive choices, and the secrets he’s been keeping are tearing him apart.
If Griffin is ever to rebuild his future, he must first confront his history, every last heartbreaking piece in the puzzle of his life.
Undertow, by Jordan L. Hawk
Series: Whyborne & Griffin, #8.5
Release Day: January 20, 2017
Kristie: I simply love the Whyborne & Girffin series. This looks to be a short novella. I’m very excited to have a female heroine this time around.
Note: This novella takes place at the same time as events in Fallow (Whyborne & Griffin 8).
Shy secretary Maggie Parkhurst knows there’s nothing special about her. She’s neither sorceress, nor fighter, nor scholar. What could she possibly have to offer Persephone, the chieftess of the inhuman ketoi—and the woman Maggie’s fallen in love with?
After Maggie’s friend Irene goes missing under mysterious circumstances, she has no choice but to turn to Persephone for help. When the trail leads to a shadowy acting troupe, they discover a plot that stretches much farther than a single vanished woman.
But when a dark truth is revealed, Maggie must choose between a man from her past…and the impossible yearnings of her heart.
(aka Mel only let us choose one each, but none of us listened… including her)
I Love You More Than Pierogi, by KA Merikan, Jan 4 (M/M, Contemporary)
Off Base, by Annabeth Albert, Jan 9 (M/M, Contemporary, Military)
Finding Your Feet, by Cass Lennox, Jan 17 (F/M, Contemporary, Asexual, Trans)
Whiteout, by Elyse Springer, Jan 23 (M/M, Contemporary)
WARRIOR Anthology: LGBTQIA Short Stories, Jan (YA)
Light Up the Dark, by Suki Fleet, Jan (M/M, Contemporary)
Now it’s your turn: