There are so many amazing sounding debuts coming out this year that I am SUPER EXCITED to read all of them and share my thoughts in my Showcase feature. I’ve changed things a little bit this year, and I’m still trying to find a format that works for me, but January’s post is looking mighty fine, if I do say so myself.
Released in January
January is probably THE month for debut releases. It happens every year, and every year I have a minor freakout about not being able to read all of them. I really want to, though, because these all sound SO GOOD. These are the ones that came out this month that I haven’t read yet.
In order of appearance: Shallow Graves by Kali Wallace – There’s a 90% chance this is about zombies. The Love That Split the World by Emily Henry is about time travel (yes please) and possibly a cheesy love story (no thank you). Bookishly Ever After by Isabel Bandeira and The Distance from A to Z by Natalie Blitt sound like cute contemporary stories, with the latter featuring LANGUAGE LESSONS. Curio by Evangeline Denmark is a steampunk/fantasy, and I haven’t seen many people talk about it. Firsts by Laurie Elizabeth Flynn has a LOT of mixed reviews, as it’s about a girl who sleeps with virgins so they can be better at sex with their girlfriends. Arrows by Melissa Gorzelanczyk features cupid mythology in a cute modern retelling, and Underwater by Marisa Reichardt is about a girl with severe agoraphobia and PTSD. Which ones are you excited for?
This Is Where It Ends is a harrowing story of a fictional school shooting. It takes place mostly over one hour, with a lot of flashbacks thrown in, and the story is told from four points of view. It’s a hard read, and it’s certainly not perfect, but I enjoyed it. And I give it points for diversity, as two of the main characters are latino and two are gay.
I’m a huge fan of thrillers and The Mystery of Hollow Places sounded like a good one. Unfortunately, I was wrong. Podos’ writing was average, and I didn’t connect with the characters, so I ended up not really caring about the mystery at all.
This is one of my most disappointing reads in recent memory. Sword and Verse promises fantasy and action, but there was very little fantasy, and absolutely no action. The whole book is taken up with reading and writing lessons, plus a romance that I absolutely despised. Ugh.