Feature: Launching In

Launching in… January, 2016

January 1, 2016


Some fantastic Young Adult titles are hitting the shelves this month – below is a collection of some of the most notable! From contemporary to fantasy, horror to romance… there’s sure to be something you love! Click each book to find out more, and don’t forget to have a look at my picks at the end of the post!

‘Worlds of Ink & Shadow’
by Lena Coakley

Charlotte, Branwell, Emily, and Anne. The Brontë siblings have always been inseparable. After all, nothing can bond four siblings quite like life in an isolated parsonage out on the moors.

Their vivid imaginations lend them escape from their strict upbringing, actually transporting them into their created worlds: the glittering Verdopolis and the romantic and melancholy Gondal. But at what price? As Branwell begins to slip into madness and the sisters feel their real lives slipping away, they must weigh the cost of their powerful imaginations, even as their characters—the brooding Rogue and dashing Duke of Zamorna — refuse to let them go.

Gorgeously written and based on the Brontës’ juvenilia, Worlds of Ink & Shadow brings to life one of history’s most celebrated literary families.

I’ve already read this one thanks to Netgalley, but let me tell you – THIS IS AMAZING. Lena Coakley has the perfect balance of historical fiction and fantasy, and the result is spectacular. What more could you want than the Bronte family physically traversing their imaginations as they write?

by Susan Dennard

On a continent ruled by three empires, some are born with a “witchery”, a magical skill that sets them apart from others.

In the Witchlands, there are almost as many types of magic as there are ways to get in trouble—as two desperate young women know all too well.

Safiya is a Truthwitch, able to discern truth from lie. It’s a powerful magic that many would kill to have on their side, especially amongst the nobility to which Safi was born. So Safi must keep her gift hidden, lest she be used as a pawn in the struggle between empires.

Iseult, a Threadwitch, can see the invisible ties that bind and entangle the lives around her—but she cannot see the bonds that touch her own heart. Her unlikely friendship with Safi has taken her from life as an outcast into one of reckless adventure, where she is a cool, wary balance to Safi’s hotheaded impulsiveness.

Safi and Iseult just want to be free to live their own lives, but war is coming to the Witchlands. With the help of the cunning Prince Merik (a Windwitch and ship’s captain) and the hindrance of a Bloodwitch bent on revenge, the friends must fight emperors, princes, and mercenaries alike, who will stop at nothing to get their hands on a Truthwitch.

I’ve been wanting to read a Susan Dennard book for so long – and this seems like the perfect one to pick up as a first! It sounds like a fantastic female-driven fantasy novel and that cover is amazing.

by Alexandra Bracken

In one devastating night, violin prodigy Etta Spencer loses everything she knows and loves. Thrust into an unfamiliar world by a stranger with a dangerous agenda, Etta is certain of only one thing: she has traveled not just miles but years from home. And she’s inherited a legacy she knows nothing about from a family whose existence she’s never heard of. Until now.

Nicholas Carter is content with his life at sea, free from the Ironwoods—a powerful family in the colonies—and the servitude he’s known at their hands. But with the arrival of an unusual passenger on his ship comes the insistent pull of the past that he can’t escape and the family that won’t let him go so easily. Now the Ironwoods are searching for a stolen object of untold value, one they believe only Etta, Nicholas’ passenger, can find. In order to protect her, he must ensure she brings it back to them— whether she wants to or not.

Together, Etta and Nicholas embark on a perilous journey across centuries and continents, piecing together clues left behind by the traveler who will do anything to keep the object out of the Ironwoods’ grasp. But as they get closer to the truth of their search, and the deadly game the Ironwoods are play­ing, treacherous forces threaten to sep­arate Etta not only from Nicholas but from her path home . . . forever

This one is getting a LOT of hype, and I can understand why – Alexandra Bracken is a wonderful author and I always enjoy her books. This one sounds so unique and interesting, and I (along with everyone else) will be picking it up when I can!

What do you think of this month’s new releases?
Is there anything here you’ve already read? What did you think?


  • Reply Annette January 10, 2016 at 9:29 am

    I’m From Nowhere sounds interesting and so does Arrows (pregnant teen meets Greek mythology!) and The Possibility of Now. Great list, really useful, thank you!!

  • Reply Alise January 10, 2016 at 5:12 am

    Almost all of these are new to me :O Looks like there will be some major releases this month that I need to buy, how exciting! I did manage to get a review copy of PASSENGER and SHALLOW GRAVES and I enjoyed both of them. There are some great covers here too. Thanks for sharing!
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    • Reply Brittany @ Nice Girls Read Books January 10, 2016 at 9:04 am

      I knoooow, right? It was so hard picking just three to feature. ME WANTS THHEM ALL. Gah, Passenger – I’M SO GLAD TO HEAR IT. I want to dive right into that one, especially after seeing the trailer. Happy to hear Shallow Graves was awesome, too. I keep getting it mixed up with THESE SHALLOW GRAVES by Jennifer Donnelly – which I LOVED.
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  • Reply Cassie January 5, 2016 at 7:25 pm

    Whoa, The Siren is coming out in January?? I did NOT know that!
    I knew it was coming out this year, I just didn’t know which month.

    And I am SO EXCITED for Passenger!!
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    • Reply Brittany @ Nice Girls Read Books January 8, 2016 at 12:35 am

      Yes, the re-write is out this month! I know Keira Cass published it back in 2009? But it’s undergone some changes. I’m not sure I’ll end up picking it up (even though I LOVE everything mermaid-y) because I just didn’t love her Selection series.

      Passenger = YAY!
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  • Reply Siobhan January 3, 2016 at 9:29 pm

    I am trying to do more reading this year – definitely going to pop back here so that I can choose some new reads (instead of just reading harry potter for the billionth time over)!

  • Reply Kyra @ Blog of a Bookaholic January 3, 2016 at 12:54 am

    My wishlist just got quite a lot bigger haha! These sound amazing, 2016 is going to be a good bookish year, I think!

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