I tend to only read a handful of new releases every year. For most I like to hear others’ perspectives and let a year or two pass before I commit. But that doesn’t mean I don’t have releases on my radar. The potential of a story can be its own kind of excitement.
1 The Effort – Claire Holroyd : January 12th
My lone Sci-fi pick about the end of the world. Well, maybe. A comet is hurtling towards Earth and a group of professionals have to come up with a plan. The vibe I’m getting is more Station Eleven than Amageddon, which is part of the appeal to me.
2 The Gulp – Alan Baxter : January 12th
I really like short horror stories, especially ones that are all loosely connected. This collection is five stories all set in the small isolated town of Gulpepper aka The Gulp (Australia!). I actually haven’t read much of anything from Australia, so if this is solid I might have to check out his other books.
3 A Dowry of Blood – S.T. Gibson : January 31st
A Dracula reimagining from the point of view of one of his ‘brides’. The author asked a few questions and mentions that all four leads are bisexual. Party! I love me some bi rep. I think the crux is going to be the interpretation of Dracula, since he is such an iconic character.
4 The Project – Courtney Summers : February 2nd
This is about a woman trying to get her sister out of a cult by exposing that it’s not a charitable organization. You know I love cults, didn’t take much to convince me to add this to the ‘anticipated’ list.
5 The Last House on Needless Street – Catriona Ward : March 18th
The Goodreads summary got to me this time:
“You think you know what’s inside the last house on Needless Street. You think you’ve read this story before. That’s where you’re wrong.”
This hits the part of me that just wants to prove it wrong. LOL. I know that I’m playing right into its hands, but dang it, this time it might have worked.
6 The Chosen and the Beautiful – Nghi Vo : June 1st
With The Great Gatsby entering the public domain I’ve been preparing for the onslaught of sequels and ‘reimagings’ we’re going to get. I was surprised to actually be interested in the first book to capitalize on this property.
The book centers around Jordan Baker, Daisy’s aloof childhood friend, prior to the events of the Great Gatsby as she maneuvers through the world as a queer asain woman of means. Also… magic?
7 For the Wolf – Hannah Whitten : June 15th
This is a book that sounds so interesting but I know could go south real quick. I think this is always the case in ‘monster boyfriend’ type plots. It can so easily veer into creepy and uncomfortable territory. This Red Riding Hood retelling looks like it dances right on the line, so this is one I’ll definitely do more research on in June.
8 The Witness for the Dead – Katherine Addison : June 22nd
I just finished The Goblin Emperor and loved it, but was weary about a sequel. From what I gather this isn’t a direct sequel, but rather follows a character who moved to a different part of the kingdom at the end of the original book. I think personally I would enjoy this route, following an interesting character from the original that didn’t get a ton of focus there.