Highly Anticipated Winter Reads

Hey there readers! I hope everyone is having a wonderful day. I can’t believe Winter is here. Well, not here in Florida, but everywhere else just about. I love winter, I miss Boston winter to be honest with you. The first snowfall, its beautiful. But of course, the best way to enjoy the winter is with a good book, some cocoa, and comfy nook to read in.

So in honor of that, check out some of the titles I am highly anticipating this winter season. What titles are you excited for?

1. Unseelie
by Ivelisse Housman
Genre: Young Adult Fiction / Fantasy / Fairy Tales & Folklore
Publisher: Inkyard Press

You know, I have an ARC for this one, and I’m really hoping I get to it soon. I love the concept and the uniqueness the plot offers within the fae fiction realm.

In a heist gone wrong, the sisters make some unexpected allies and find themselves unraveling a mystery that has its roots in the history of humans and fae alike. Both sisters soon discover that the secrets of the faeries may be more valuable than any pile of gold and jewels.

2. The Poison Season
by Mara Rutherford
Genre: Young Adult Fiction / Fantasy / Dark Fantasy
Publisher: Inkyard Press

The cover here is simply beautiful. Foliage seems to be trending right now, doesn’t it? Anyway, I’m excited about the story and I like Rutherford’s storytelling.

Outsiders are always given a choice: the Forest or the lake. Either way, they’re never heard from again. Leelo has spent her entire life on Endla, coexisting with the bloodthirsty Forest and respecting the poisonous lake that protects her island from outsiders who seek to destroy it.

3. Lumara
by Melissa Landers
Genre: Young Adult Fiction / Fantasy / Wizards & Witches / Paranormal, Occult & Supernatural

Publisher: Disney-Hyperion

I love the idea of a girl with no magic in a land of magic trying to save those with magic. Girl power!

In this captivating YA fantasy, Talia must solve a multigenerational mystery and break a curse, all the while being torn between making her family proud and regaining the trust of the boy she loves.

4. She Is a Haunting
by Trang Thanh Tran
Genre: Young Adult Fiction / Horror / Thrillers & Suspense

Publisher: Bloomsbury YA

It is always a good time to read a spooky novel. I love exploring complex and deep themes through the horror scope. Hollywood has been doing it for years, but the context, the storytelling, I feel like it is more impactful.

A YA coming-of-age ghost story sets a girl’s navigation of her Vietnamese American bisexual identity against both the dark legacy of colonialism and a blossoming summer romance, when she visits her estranged father in Vietnam and learns that the house they share is haunted.

5. Immortality: A Love Story
by Dana Schwartz
Genre: Young Adult Fiction / Fantasy / Historical
Publisher: Wednesday Books

Don’t ask me if I’ve read book one. I own it, but sadly have no had the time to read it! Hopefully, that will change soon.

Immortality: A Love Story is the eagerly-anticipated sequel to Dana Schwartz’s #1 bestselling gothic romance, Anatomy: A Love Story.

“As Hazel’s work entangles her more and more with the British court, she realizes that her own future as a surgeon isn’t the only thing at stake for her. Malicious forces are at work in the monarchy, and Hazel may be the only one capable of setting things right.”

6. Stardust in Their Veins
by Laura Sebastian
Genre: Young Adult Fiction / Fantasy / Epic
Publisher: Delacorte Press

Another one where I have the ARC of both the first book and this book and still haven’t had a chance to read them. I’ll get there, I promise.

Princesses Daphne, Beatriz, and Sophronia have trained their entire lives for one purpose: to bring down nations. Their mother, Empress Margaraux of Bessemia, is determined to rule the continent of Vesteria, and her daughters are her weapons. Promised for marriage since birth, they are her ticket across enemy lines.

7. The Severed Thread
by Leslie Vedder
Genre: Young Adult Fiction / Fairy Tales & Folklore / Adaptations / LGBTQ+

Publisher: Razorbill

I’m really digging the vibe of this cover and the vibe of the series. Still have to read it but I have plans to. This is high on my reading list.

Clever, bookish Fi and her brash, ax-wielding partner Shane are back in this action packed sequel to the bestselling The Bone Spindle, the gender-flipped Sleeping Beauty retelling, perfect for fans of Sorcery of Thorns and The Cruel Prince.

8. Hex You: Sisters of Salem
by P. C. Cast & Kristin Cast
Genre: Young Adult Fiction / Fantasy / Wizards & Witches
Publisher: Wednesday Books

Okay, Mercy is driving me nuts, but I love Hunter so much that I have to see this sereis through.

Mercy and Khenti are trapped in the Ancient Egyptian Underworld and need Hunter’s help to escape. But while Hunter searches for a way to save them, other evil threatens Goodeville. Amphitrite is still looming–and she wants vengeance against Hunter.

9. One Girl In All The World
by Kendare Blake
Genre: Young Adult Fiction / Vampires
Publisher: Disney-Hyperion

I love Buffy and I like Kendare Blake’s storytelling. Have I read the first book here? No. But again, I have it and I have plans to finish it.

Frankie Rosenberg is the world’s first slayer-witch, but she doesn’t have that slay-life balance figured out just yet. She’s still reeling from the deadly explosion at the annual slayer retreat―and new evidence that some slayers may have survived.

10. Spice Road
by Maiya Ibrahim
Genre: Young Adult Fiction / Fantasy / Epic
Publisher: Delacorte Press

I love this cover and I love the fact that it is not fae related. Don’t get me wrong, I like fae stories, but I want something different. Maybe some magic, some djinn. And the fact that this is connected to the arabian culture, that just thrills me. I love stories like that and I wish there were more of them.

The first book in an epic fantasy series set in an Arabian-inspired land with secret spice magic. Raised to protect her nation from the monsters lurking in the sands, sixteen-year-old Imani must fight to find her brother, whose betrayal is now the country’s greatest threat.

11. Song of Silver, Flame Like Night
by Amélie Wen Zhao
Genre: Young Adult Fiction / Fantasy / Epic
Publisher: Delacorte Press

This cover is absolutely beautiful. I love epic fantasies, I love Chinese folklore and mythology. I love dragons! Need I say more.

In a fallen kingdom, one girl carries the key to discovering the secrets of her nation’s past—and unleashing the demons that sleep at its heart. An epic fantasy series inspired by the mythology and folklore of ancient China.

12. Nine Liars
by Maureen Johnson
Genre: Young Adult Fiction / Mysteries & Detective Stories
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books

I need to read this series. I’ve heard nothing but good things about this series. I love mysteries and I grew up in Cambridge so this calls to me.

In 1995, nine friends from Cambridge University went to a country house and played a drunken game of hide-and-seek. Two were found in the woodshed the next day, murdered with an ax. The case was assumed to be a burglary gone wrong, but one of the remaining seven saw something she can’t explain.

13. This Cursed Crown
by Alexandra Overy
Genre: Young Adult Fiction / Fantasy / Epic
Publisher: Inkyard Press

I have literally waited years for this book. I still have my physical ARC of These Feathered Flames. I am so excited to finally get this book in my hands. You know what, I’m probably going to have to re-read the first book. I’m excited!

Awakening to find herself trapped in a strange tower, Izaveta knows she must find her way back to the Tóurensi palace and claim the throne. But even with an unexpected ally’s help, she worries she might not be able to get news of her survival to her sister and escape this frozen land.

14. The Shattered City
by Lisa Maxwell
Genre: Young Adult Fiction / Fantasy / Historical
Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books

This cover is amazing and this series calls to me. I see it at work and everyday it says “Cynthia read me.” Don’t know how much longer I will be able to resist.

Once, Esta believed that she could change the fate of magic. She traveled to the past and stopped the Magician from destroying a mystical book that held the key to freeing her people from the Brink, an energy barrier that traps all Mageus who cross it.  

15. A Ruinous Fate
by Kaylie Smith
Genre: Young Adult Fiction / Fantasy / Wizards & Witches
Publisher: Disney-Hyperion

Witches and Fae? Color me interested.

After a betrayal from her ex leads her one step closer to fulfilling that age-old prophecy, Calla is desperate to do whatever it takes to reset her fate . . . even if that means journeying into the deadly Neverending Forest with said ex and his enigmatic older brother to find the one being who can help her forge her …

Thanks for joining me! I hope many of you keep a lookout for some of these titles. Now tell me, what are you looking forward to this Summer?

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