Really, it's a simple post dedicated to showcasing new releases within the month that I haven't read yet!
It's a little reminiscent of The Story Siren's Books to Pine For posts, however this post will be featured monthly and is only limited to my choice of books releasing within the month.
Jessica Rules the Dark Side by Beth Fantaskey
January 10, 2012 » Harcourt «
It’s one thing to find out you’re a vampire princess. It’s a whole other thing to actually rule. Newly married Jessica Packwood is having a hard enough time feeling regal with her husband, Lucius, at her side. But when evidence in the murder of a powerful elder points to Lucius, sending him into solitary confinement, Jessica is suddenly on her own. Determined to clear her husband’s name, Jessica launches into a full-scale investigation, but hallucinations and nightmares of betrayal keep getting in her way. Jessica knows that with no blood to drink, Lucius’s time is running out. Can she figure out who the real killer is—and whom she can trust—before it’s too late?
Why I Want to Read It: I read Jessica's Guide, the first book, a while back, before I started blogging, and it's one of those early books I fell in love with. I can't wait to see what's happened since then.
The Book of Wonders by Jasmine Richards
January 17, 2012 » HarperTeen «
Magic, Djinn, Ogres, and Sorcerers. Thirteen-year-old Zardi loves to hear stories about fantastical beings, long banned from the kingdom of Arribitha. But anyone caught whispering of their powers will feel the rage of the sultan—a terrifying usurper who, even with his eyes closed, can see all.
When her own beloved sister is captured by the evil ruler, Zardi knows that she must go to any lengths to rescue her. Along with her best friend, Ridhan—a silver-haired, violet-eyed boy of mysterious origins—and an unlikely crew of sailors led by the infamous Captain Sinbad, Zardi ventures forth into strange and wondrous territory with a seemingly impossible mission: to bring magic back to Arribitha and defeat the sultan once and for all.
Why I Want to Read It: So I'm a HUGE fantasy buff, especially high fantasy, which makes me willing to overlook the fact that this is an MG novel and I don't really do MGs. An exception is being made because... well, LOOK AT IT. It's gorgeous, and the summary leaves me terminally gaga. Here's hoping the story delivers.
Incarnate by Jodi Meadows
January 31, 2012 » HarperTeen «
Ana is new. For thousands of years in Range, a million souls have been reincarnated over and over, keeping their memories and experiences from previous lifetimes. When Ana was born, another soul vanished, and no one knows why.
Even Ana’s own mother thinks she’s a nosoul, an omen of worse things to come, and has kept her away from society. To escape her seclusion and learn whether she’ll be reincarnated, Ana travels to the city of Heart, but its citizens are suspicious and afraid of what her presence means. When dragons and sylph attack the city, is Ana to blame?
Sam believes Ana’s new soul is good and worthwhile. When he stands up for her, their relationship blooms. But can he love someone who may live only once, and will Ana’s enemies—human and creature alike—let them be together? Ana needs to uncover the mistake that gave her someone else’s life, but will her quest threaten the peace of Heart and destroy the promise of reincarnation for all?
Jodi Meadows expertly weaves soul-deep romance, fantasy, and danger into an extraordinary tale of new life.
Why I Want to Read It: You knew this one was coming. Breathtaking cover. Interesting premise (I mean, 'cuz really when was the last time we all read about reincarnation?). There's a big fat giant flying rumor that there's dragons involved, among other cool and crazy cool things... I'd faint dead away if Incarnate landed in my lap.
Dragonswood by Janet Lee Carey
January 5, 2012 » Penguin «
Wilde Island is in an uproar after the recent death of its king. The uneasy pact between dragons, fairies, and humans is fraying, and a bloodthirsty witch hunter with a hidden agenda whips villages into frenzies with wild accusations. Tess, a blacksmith’s daughter from a tiny hamlet near the mysterious Dragonswood, finds herself caught in the crosshairs of fate when she is accused of witchery and has to flee for her life along with her two best friends.
Not even Tess’s power to see the future can help the girls as they set off on their desperate journey, but she keeps having visions of a man wielding a sword. And when she finally meets him, Tess has no idea how to handle the magnetic attraction she feels for him, or the elusive call she hears from the heart of the Dragonswood.
In this epic romance, an ancient prophecy comes true in a way neither dragon, fairy, nor human would have predicted.
Why I Want to Read It: Ah, another fantasy. Surprise, surprise. And it's a PARANORMAL fantasy. *squeals* *jumps up and down* Don't even get me started on the cover.
The Alchemy of Forever by Avery Williams
January 3, 2012 » Simon & Schuster «
After spending six hundred years on Earth, Seraphina Ames has seen it all. Eternal life provides her with the world's riches but at a very high price: innocent lives. Centuries ago, her boyfriend, Cyrus, discovered a method of alchemy that allows them to take the bodies of other humans from jumping from one vessel to the next, ending the human's life in the process. No longer able to bear the guilt of what she's done, Sera escapes from Cyrus and vows to never kill again.
Then sixteen-year old Kailey Morgan gets into a horrific car accident right in front of her, and Sera accidentally takes over her body while trying to save her. For the first time, Sera finds herself enjoying the life of the person she's inhabiting--and falling in love with the boy who lives next door. But Cyrus will stop at nothing until she's his again, and every moment she stays, she's putting herself and the people she's grown to care about in danger. Will Sera have to give up the one thing that's eluded her for centuries: true love?
Why I Want to Read It: I haven't read many stories with alchemy in it. So I'm kinda maybe a little bit desperate for this one. Have you SEEN the reviews for The Alchemy of Forever? I'm dyin' here.
Bittersweet by Sarah Ockler
January 3, 2012 » Simon & Schuster «
Once upon a time, Hudson knew exactly what her future looked like. Then a betrayal changed her life, and knocked her dreams to the ground. Now she’s a girl who doesn’t believe in second chances… a girl who stays under the radar by baking cupcakes at her mom’s diner and obsessing over what might have been.
So when things start looking up and she has another shot at her dreams, Hudson is equal parts hopeful and terrified. Of course, this is also the moment a cute, sweet guy walks into her life…and starts serving up some seriously mixed signals. She’s got a lot on her plate, and for a girl who’s been burned before, risking it all is easier said than done.
It’s time for Hudson to ask herself what she really wants, and how much she’s willing to sacrifice to get it. Because in a place where opportunities are fleeting, she knows this chance may very well be her last…
Why I Want to Read It: Lemme just begin by saying that I'm a die-hard Sarah Ockler fan. She's a one-hit wonder, having blown my heart to smithereens with Twenty Boy Summer. My mission in life is to read anything she comes out with. So I have to get to Fixing Delilah at some point, BUT I REALLY REALLY REALLY WANNA READ Bittersweet.
What January releases have you doing the antsy-pants dance?