Can you believe we’re less than a week away from 2020? That does mean its time for our most anticipated January releases. There have been a ton of amazing books announced for 2020 and right away we start off with a ton of wonderful releases. Let’s get right into it!
One of Us is Next – Karen McManus (January 7th)
Both of us were kind of disappointed in how One of Us is Lying ended, but we need to see how this story will continue. Even though we didn’t like the ending, we loved the buildup and how we couldn’t trust anyone. Hopefully that’s the same way in this sequel.
Lady Hotspur – Tessa Gratton (January 7th)
This is a companion novel to The Queens of Innis Lear so it will be a little while before I actually pick it up. But I love the synopsis of this fantasy retelling. I like seeing it as a historical story and I can’t wait to read both books.
Scavenge the Stars – Tara Sim (January 7th)
A gender-swapped retelling of The Count of Monte Cristo and the start of a fantasy duology. Do I even need to know more? It sounds like it will be right up my alley!
Throw Like a Girl – Sarah Henning (January 7th)
Sarah Henning wrote Sea Witch and that was a story I enjoyed. She’s doing something completely different with this new contemporary. I love sport romances and am happy to have one in YA!
This Light Between Us – Andrew Fukuda (January 7th)
A Japanese American boy and a French Jewish girl become pen pals right before WWII. This already sounds like it will be absolutely heartbreaking. I used to read quite a lot of historical fiction novels, especially set during WWII. This might be the book to get me back into that genre.
Nameless Queen – Rebecca McLaughlin (January 7th)
A pheasant who becomes the queen of a kingdom? Yes please! The little bit we get about the world in the synopsis sounds very interesting. A Nameless lower class, I’m intrigued!
Come Tumbling Down – Seanan McGuire (January 7th)
I really enjoyed the first four books in this series and I have been looking forward to this one from the moment I finished In An Absent Dream. We follow my favorite character in this newest installment so I’m hoping for another 5 star read!
The King’s Questioner – Nikki Katz (January 7th)
The early reviews are pretty average but I have to say the synopsis sounds quite interesting to me! Our main character is a mental picklock, he can read your memories and secrets just by touching you. This concept sound very cool and I like that we get a male protagonist in a YA fantasy.
A Heart so Fierce and Broken – Brigid Kemmerer (January 7th)
I finished A Curse so Dark and Lonely in April. Since then I’ve been counting down the months until I could get my hands on the sequel. The count down is almost over and I’ve already preordered this book. Other readers I know that have been able to get this book have loved it, so that makes me excited. I hope it doesn’t disappoint!
Every Other Weekend – Abigail Johnson (January 7th)
The cover of this book is what caught my eye and made me very curious. As a contemporary lover, I think this is the perfect book for me. I love the fact that one of the main characters loves movies and reimagines her life as a movie.
We Used to be Friends – Amy Spalding (January 7th)
This is a queer contemporary story were the break up of a friendship is the main storyline! You hopefully know by now how much I love friendships in my books and I love that this is the main plot instead of the romance part.
Lie To Me (January 7th)
I found another YA mystery thriller! You can never have enough of those in my opinion. And this one deals with memory loss and unreliable friends and family members. Sign me up!
Infinity Son – Adam Silvera (January 14th)
Adam Silvera has broken my heart with a few hardhitting contemporary books, but is doing something completely different. Infinity Son is the first book in his fantasy series and I’m really curious. This book has had some mixed reviews, so I can’t wait to see what I think.
Dark and Deepest Red – Anna-Marie McLemore (January 14th)
I’ll just tell you what Anna-Marie said about this because there’s no way you won’t want it after read that: ”a brutal fairy tale. the true medieval events that may have inspired it. two girls of color, 500 years apart. and the queerest ending I’ve ever written.”
Finding Mr. Better Than You – Shani Petroff (January 14th)
Shani Petroff is one of my favorite contemporary authors. So far, I’ve loved all of the books by her. I’m lucky to have gotten an e-arc of Finding Mr. Better Than You and I’m participating in the blog tour next month!
Foul is Fair – Hannah Capin (January 16th)
We were both lucky to get this one as an e-arc. As I’m typing this now, Isabelle has already finished this one and is really excited about it. Foul is Fair is a book that doesn’t always have lovable characters, but those are best books!
The Hand On the Wall – Maureen Johnson (January 21st)
Finally we’ll get answers in this conclusion to the Truly Devious trilogy! I can’t wait to find out what exactly happened in both timelines and I will be reading this as soon as it releases.
Spellhacker – M.K. England (January 21st)
A fantasy heist story, already something I want to read. Magic is controlled and sold by a big company so our main characters steal it from them. I don’t need to know anything else!
Tweet Cute – Emma Lord (January 21st)
January is really filled with a lot of fun contemporary books! Tweet Cute sounds like it’s going to be filled with a lot of tweets. I love books that have e-mails, text messages, etc. They’re so much fun and I think that will add an extra element to this book.
American Dirt – Jeanine Cummins (January 21st)
This is far from my usual reads, literary fiction is not something I ever pick up. But everyone is talking about it and the synopsis does sound wonderful. A Mexican mother that owns a bookstore sells some of her favorite books to the town’s drug cartel boss. Her husband writes a tell-all article about the drug cartel boss and we can all imagine where this will lead!
The Circus Rose – Betsy Cornwall (January 21st)
A queer retelling of Snow White and Rose Red. We follow twins battling evil religious extremists in order to save their circus family. This has a ton of aspects I love and I hope it will live up to my expectations!
Layoverland – Gabby Noone (January 21st)
Layoverland is such a fun title for a book! This book is pitched as one for fans of The Good Place. I haven’t seen all of the episodes yet, but the ones I have were a lot of fun. That really makes me think I’ll end up enjoying this book!
Diamond City – Francesca Flores (January 28th)
Blood magic and a main character that has a job as an assassin, that sounds like one exciting book to me! Add an amazing cover and I know I need this book! I’ve seen some pretty positive reviews, so hopefully I like it just as much.
Seven Deadly Shadows – Courtney Alameda (January 28th)
Set in Japan, a half-fox half-boy kitsune, demons, seven shinigami or death gods, yes you are right, this sounds perfect. I honestly can’t wait for this one and I really hope it will live up to my expectations!
Don’t Read the Comments – Eric Smith (January 28th)
Books that take place online or in a game are something that I love. A girl gamer is also something I love reading about. Girl power! Haha. Don’t Read the Comments sounds like a lot of fun.
Blood Countess – Lana Popovic (January 28th)
A f/f YA horror set in the 17th century. Yes please! A female villain. Yes please! And a gorgeous cover. Yes please!
As you can see, January is another crazy month of new releases. If this is only the start of 2020, it’s going to be an interesting year. What books are you looking forward to? If we missed any you think we need to check out, let us know in the comments!