Hoohoo, friends of the blade.
I have not even posted nor written anything akin to a 2023 wrap up. Or a December wrap up for that matter. Will they ever come? We shall wait and see. While 2023 is behind us, 2024 is already a few weeks along and with it exciting book releases! Continue reading to find out which ones I’m most excited for.
Niamh Ó Conchobhair has never let herself long for more. The magic in her blood that lets her stitch emotions and memories into every dress she makes is the same one that will kill her—sooner rather than later—and she’s determined to spend the little time she has left guaranteeing a better life for her family. When she’s commissioned to design the wardrobe for a nearby kingdom’s royal wedding, she knows this is her one chance to make something of herself.
Niamh arrives in Avaland, where young nobles are making their debuts into society during the candlelit balls and elegant garden parties that fill the social Season. The only damper on the festivities is the groom himself: Kit Carmine, prickly, abrasive, and begrudgingly being dragged to the altar as a desperate political act. Beneath Avaland’s glittery façade, unrest is brewing, and an anonymous gossip columnist has been spreading rumors about corruption within the royal family. As Niamh grows closer to Kit, an unlikely friendship begins to blossom into something more…until the columnist starts buzzing about her chemistry with the prince, promising to leave her alone only if she helps uncover the royal family’s secrets. Niamh discovers that the rot at the heart of Avaland goes far deeper than she bargained for—but exposing it could risk a future she never let herself dream of, and a love she never thought possible.
Musical lover Riley has big aspirations to become a director on Broadway. Crucial to this plan is to bring back her high school’s spring musical, but when Riley takes her mom’s car without permission, she’s grounded and stuck with the worst punishment: spending her after-school hours working at her dad’s game shop.
Riley can’t waste her time working when she has a musical to save, so she convinces Nathan—a nerdy teen employee—to cover her shifts and, in exchange, she’ll flirt with him to make his gamer-girl crush jealous.
But Riley didn’t realize that meant joining Nathan’s Dungeons & Dragons game…or that role playing would be so fun. Soon, Riley starts to think that flirting with Nathan doesn’t require as much acting as she would’ve thought…
It’s 1857, and anxious debutante Beth has just one season to snag a wealthy husband, or she and her mother will be out on the street.
Gwen, on the other hand, is on her fourth season and counting, with absolutely no intention of finding a husband, possibly ever. She has plenty of security as the only daughter of a rakish earl, from whom she’s inherited her penchant for drinking too much and dancing ‘til dawn.
Beth and Gwen are enchanted with each other on sight. And it doesn’t take long for Gwen to hatch her latest scheme: rather than join the husband hunt, they should set up Gwen’s father and Beth’s newly-widowed mother.
They had a fling years ago, after all…
Can Beth and Gwen find a way to defy convention and be together? And will their parents find love along the way too?
Katrina Smythe ist 18 Jahre alt, Highschool-Schülerin und seit einem Jahr untot. Ein Glücksfall, ist sie so doch endlich diesen mühsamen Gefühlskram los: Schmerzen, Eifersucht, Aufregung – nicht mehr ihr Problem! Dafür ist sie stark und passt viel besser in ihre außergewöhnliche Familie aus Vampiren, Hexen und Werwölfen.
Doch alles ändert sich, als der neue Nachbarsjunge Tate Walker bei ihnen klingelt. Der ist nicht nur unverschämt gut aussehend, sondern leider auch Mitglied einer Familie von Jägern – den Erzfeinden aller Übernatürlichen. Katrina ist sofort bereit, mit diesem nervigen Tate kurzen Prozess zu machen. Aber dann geschieht das Unglaubliche: Die Walkers greifen nicht an, sondern bitten die Smythes um Hilfe. Und Katrina und Tate kommen sich näher als beiden lieb ist. Denn nach einem missglückten Seelenfluch können sie sich nur noch wenige Meter voneinander entfernen. Mehr Horror geht nicht – selbst für eine Untote! Wäre da nicht Katrinas verräterisches totes Herz, das plötzlich wieder sanft zu schlagen beginnt …
Faron Vincent can channel the power of the gods. Five years ago, she used her divine magic to liberate her island from its enemies, the dragon-riding Langley Empire. But now, at seventeen, Faron is all powered up with no wars to fight. She’s a legend to her people and a nuisance to her neighbors.
When she’s forced to attend an international peace summit, Faron expects that she will perform tricks like a trained pet and then go home. She doesn’t expect her older sister, Elara, forming an unprecedented bond with an enemy dragon—or the gods claiming the only way to break that bond is to kill her sister.
As Faron’s desperation to find another solution takes her down a dark path, and Elara discovers the shocking secrets at the heart of the Langley Empire, both must make difficult choices that will shape each other’s lives, as well as the fate of their world.
Presley Ayers is not the kind of woman you bring on a camping trip. As concierge at an exclusive hotel, her expertise lies more with recommending champagne and caviar than the best hiking boots. But when she surprises her boyfriend with a trip to a wilderness retreat and he dumps her instead, Presley decides to head solo to the Get Lost Lodge.
When Beckett Keller helps Presley off the rickety boat and onto Lodge territory, it’s clear to him she’s made a mistake. She doesn’t appear to like hiking, fishing, or nature in general, so why is she here? But with a crumbling lodge always forcing him to defer his plans, he certainly doesn’t have time for Ms Fish-Out-of-Water.
Even so, neither Beckett nor Presley can help that inexplicable draw they feel towards each other. He’s all rough stubble and plaid shirts, while she’s all high heels and designer brands. But you know what they say about opposites!
Emily Wilde is a genius scholar of faerie folklore who just wrote the world’s first comprehensive encyclopaedia of faeries. She’s learned many of the secrets of the Hidden Ones on her adventures . . . and also from her fellow scholar and former rival Wendell Bambleby.
Because Bambleby is more than infuriatingly charming. He’s an exiled faerie king on the run from his murderous mother and in search of a door back to his realm. And despite Emily’s feelings for Bambleby, she’s not ready to accept his proposal of marriage: Loving one of the Fair Folk comes with secrets and dangers.
She also has a new project to focus on: a map of the realms of faerie. While she is preparing her research, Bambleby lands her in trouble yet again, when assassins sent by his mother invade Cambridge. Now Bambleby and Emily are on another adventure, this time to the picturesque Austrian Alps, where Emily believes they may find the door to Bambleby’s realm and the key to freeing him from his family’s dark plans.
But with new relationships for the prickly Emily to navigate and dangerous Folk lurking in every forest and hollow, Emily must unravel the mysterious workings of faerie doors and of her own heart.
Voyage of the Damned by Frances White
For a thousand years, Concordia has been able to maintain peace between its provinces, protected by a wall known as the Bandage. To mark this incredible feat, the emperor’s ship embarks upon a twelve-day voyage to the Goddess’s mountain.
Aboard are the heirs of the twelve provinces of Concordia, each graced with a unique and secret magical ability known as a Blessing.
Except one: Ganymedes Piscero – class clown, slacker, and all-round disappointment.
When a beloved heir is murdered, everyone is a suspect. Stuck at sea and surrounded by powerful people without a Blessing to protect him, odds of survival are slim.
But as the bodies pile higher, Ganymedes must become the hero he was not born to be. Can he unmask the killer and their Blessing before this bloody crusade reaches the shores of Concordia? Or will the empire as he knows it fall?
Mina has become the hero of her own story. Literally.
When Mina Lee woke up on Saturday morning for SAT prep, she did NOT expect
1. Nearly be fried by a superhero who turned out to be a supervillain.
2. Come face to face with Jin, the handsome boy of her dreams.
3. Discover a conspiracy involving the evil corporation Merco that she created.
And it’s all happening in her fictional world . Mina is trapped in the story she created. Now it’s up to her to save everyone. Even if it means losing Jin forever.
Riley Wynn went from a promising singer-songwriter to a superstar overnight, thanks to her breakup song concept album and its unforgettable lead single. When Riley’s ex-husband claims the hit song is about him, she does something she hasn’t in ten years and calls Max Harcourt, her college boyfriend and the real inspiration for the song of the summer.
Max hasn’t spoken to Riley since their relationship ended. He’s content with managing the retirement home his family owns, but it’s not the life he dreamed of filled with music. When Riley asks him to go public as her songwriting muse, he agrees on one he’ll join her in her band on tour.
As they perform across the country, Max and Riley start to realize that while they hit some wrong notes in the past, their future could hold incredible things. And their rekindled relationship will either last forever or go down in flames.
The Brightest Colours by Kara Atkin
Perfect Fit #2
Alles zerbricht – aber wir sind unzerstörbar
Seit Make-up-Artist Mia Knight denken kann, ist sie ihrem Kindheitsfreund Roan nicht von der Seite gewichen. Nicht als er nach London zog, um seinen Traum zu leben. Nicht als er als Sänger von Parallel weltberühmt wurde. Immer für ihren besten Freund da zu sein, ist für Mia selbstverständlich. Genauso wie es selbstverständlich ist, dass das zwischen ihnen niemals mehr als Freundschaft sein wird, ganz egal was sie tatsächlich für Roan empfinden mag. Das, was sie haben, ist einzigartig. Unzerstörbar. Etwas, das niemand für die flüchtige Chance auf Liebe riskieren würde. Niemand außer Roan …
Bryce Quinlan never expected to see a world other than Midgard, but now that she has, all she wants is to get back. Everything she loves is in Midgard: her family, her friends, her mate. Stranded in a strange new world, she’s going to need all her wits about her to get home again. And that’s no easy feat when she has no idea who to trust.
Hunt Athalar has found himself in some deep holes in his life, but this one might be the deepest of all. After a few brief months with everything he ever wanted, he’s in the Asteri’s dungeons again, stripped of his freedom and without a clue as to Bryce’s fate. He’s desperate to help her, but until he can escape the Asteri’s leash, his hands are quite literally tied.
What January releases are you most excited for? Which ones are missing on my list but should definitely be added? Do you keep up with new book releases?
Until next time,