Books I’m Excited For in January, 2018

1. The Cruel Prince

The Cruel Prince by Holly Black

Genre: Fiction, Young Adult, Fantasy

Release Date: Jan. 2, 2018

I don’t read tons of fantasy, but I do absolutely love fairytales. I have heard so many people say they love this book or are looking forward to it, and the concept does sound interesting so I figured I’ll check it out.

The plot centers around Jude, who has been living in the Court of Faerie since she and her sisters were kidnapped when she was a child. In order to gain her place in court, she goes up against Prince Carden, the evil son of the High King. She finds herself in the center of court intrigue, danger, civil war, etc. It sounds like a really fun book and I look forward to when it come out.

2. Mez's Magic

Mez’s Magic by Eliot Schrefer

Genre: Fiction, Children, Fantasy

Release Date: Jan. 2, 2018

I have never heard of this author before and usually I don’t read many Children’s books unless they are classics (like Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland). But this one had such a unique premise I figured I had to read it. Plus, the main character is a panther. I mean, how cool is that?

The fantasy follows panther Mez in a world where the animals of the day and night are separated by “the Veil.” During an eclipse, Mez travels into the daylight world and discovers she has magical abilities. Now, she must leave her sister behind to fight an evil that threatens to destroy their rainforest. This is the first book of The Lost Rainforest series.

3. The English Wife

The English Wife by Lauren Willig

Genre: Fiction, Adult, Historical Mystery

Release Date: Jan. 9, 2018

I was introduced to Lauren Willig through her Pink Carnation series when I was back in my teens. The books in that series were hit-or-miss for me. Some books I absolutely loved and some fell short. However, this one sounded interesting and I have seen some positive reviews from bloggers I usually agree with.

As I understand, it is a historical mystery which follows Janie, a young woman in Victorian England whose brother is murdered and his wife vanishes. She set out with a reporter to try to solve the case. It certainly sounds like more of a mystery, but knowing Willig there will probably be quite a bit of romance thrown in.

4. Robots vs. Fairies

Robots vs. Fairies by Dominik Parisien

Genre: Fiction, Science Fiction, Fantasy, Short Stories

Release Date: Jan. 9, 2018

I’m going to confess, I’m interested in this book mostly because of the title. The age-old question about “What Is the Meaning to Life?” gets thrown aside for the much more pertinent question in this day and age. That is, who wins in a fight: Robots or Fairies?

From what I understand, this is a collection of short stories by new authors which seek to answer this question. The stories, I assume, with revolve around the place where fantasy and technology meet—perhaps the same type of idea that the video game Horizon Zero Dawn examines. In a world where fantasy books are saturated with science fiction and vice versa, I think this could be a really fun read.

5. Carnegie's Maid

Carnegie’s Maid by Marie Benedict

Genre: Fiction, Adult, Historical

Release Date: Jan. 16, 2018

I happened upon this book while scrolling aimlessly through Goodreads and when I read the info it sounded interesting. I do love historical novels, but I tend to stay away from dramas usually because everyone ends up miserable in the end (that might be a bit over-dramatic, but also not too far from the truth).

This book, set in the 1860s United States, follows Irish immigrant Clara Kelly, who becomes a lady’s maid in Andrew Carnegie’s household. If you don’t know who Andrew Carnegie is in history, the best comparison is that he is 1860s Bill Gates. He was one of the wealthiest men in the Unites States, and this story seems to follow Clara’s friendship/romance with Carnegie. Of course, Carnegie never married until the 1880s, so I’m pretty sure the story’s going to end up sad. But I’ve always been fascinated with the Industrial Era, so I’m excited to give this book a read.

6. Blood and Sand

Blood and Sand by C. V. Wyk

Genre: Fiction, Young Adult, Fantasy, Historical

Release Date: Jan. 16, 2018

Let me just say for the record that I have never been fond of the Spartacus legend or any reimagining I have seen/read of it. However, this one may be one of my few exceptions.

It follows Attia, warrior (almost) queen turned slave, in ancient Rome who is sold to the famous gladiator Xanthus. The two oddly become friends, and apparently their story gives rise to the tale of Spartacus—not sure how that works yet. I’m not sure how historically accurate it is, but I’m assuming it’s more of a fairytale-type fantasy with little realism in history. Still, it looks pretty awesome.

7. Lies That Comfort and Betray

Lies That Comfort and Betray by Rosemary Simpson

Genre: Fiction, Adult, Historical Mystery

Release Date: Jan. 30, 2018

This is the second book in A Gilded Age Mystery series. The first book—What the Dead Leave Behind—was published early in 2017. I read it and I absolutely adored it. It was possibly one of the most underappreciated books of 2017. But I digress. The first book follows Prudence MacKenzie in 1888 New York City, whose fiancé is discovered dead in the Great Blizzard of that year. She and her fiancé’s old friend from school Geoffrey Hunter believe that his death is no accident and set out to solve the case. It ends, of course, with the truth being revealed and a hint of romance between the two main leads as they become partners in the firm of MacKenzie and Hunter.

I cannot wait for the second book to come out! There’s not much info I can find about the plot of this book, but if it’s anything like the first one I will enjoy it. There are hints of a killer and, hopefully, a development of romance between the two investigators.

8. Death by Chocolate Cherry Cheesecake

Death by Chocolate Cherry Cheesecake by Sarah Graves

Genre: Fiction, Adult, Cozy Mystery

Release Date: Jan. 30, 2018

This is another book that I stumbled upon that I realized I had to read just because of the title. And it’s not just because my favorite dessert is cheesecake. It’s more about that I love chocolate. I haven’t read a whole lot of modern cozy mysteries (I tend to read more historical ones) because they tend to be very similar. However, this one sounded so delicious (pun intended) that I had to add it to my TBR.

The plot centers around best friends Jake (a girl, btw) and Ellie, who open up a waterfront bakery called The Chocolate Moose (I laughed at that one too). However, when Alan Blake—a retired food inspector that Ellie doesn’t like—turns up murdered and Ellie is under suspicion, Jake most work to save her friend and find the real killer. Simple plot, but I’m pretty sure my mouth is going to be watering as I read the food descriptions.

What books are you looking forward to reading that are releasing in January, 2018. Let me know down in the comments and, as always,

Best wishes in your life full of adventure,

Madame Writer

10 thoughts on “Books I’m Excited For in January, 2018

  1. Nice selection! I was just compiling my wishlist for 2018 God’s willing, but I won’t be posting it until Thursday or so. Death by Chocolate Cherry Cheesecake looks good.

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