Anticipated Releases | January 2017

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Today we are going to talk about the books I'm most excited about for the month of January 2017! There are some books on this list that I've had the pleasure of receiving advance reader copies, which for some I've already reviewed. For any of the books I've already reviewed I will leave a linked underneath the title.

Let me know which books you're excited for that are being released in January 2017 or what your thoughts were if you've read any of them already!

As always, and continuing in the new year, I will categorize these new releases by genres and I will include some sub-genres of each book. I mostly include this because I find it helpful when considering recommendations and reviews (I'm very picky and like to know everything... so, this helps me and I'm assuming it's helpful for others!).


YOUNG ADULT

Lost Girls - Merrie Destefano

Release Date: January 3, 2017
Publisher: Entangled Teen
Genre: YA, Thriller, Mystery 
Review Link: Click here
Synopsis:
Yesterday, Rachel went to sleep listening to Taylor Swift, curled up in her grammy’s quilt, worrying about geometry. Today, she woke up in a ditch, bloodied, bruised, and missing a year of her life. 

She doesn’t recognize the person she’s become: she’s popular. She wears nothing but black. 

Black to cover the blood. 

And she can fight. 

Tell no one.

She’s not the only girl to go missing within the last year…but she’s the only girl to come back. She desperately wants to unravel what happened to her, to try and recover the rest of the Lost Girls. 

But the more she discovers, the more her memories return. And as much as her new life scares her, it calls to her. Seductively. The good girl gone bad, sex, drugs, and raves, and something darker…something she still craves—the rush of the fight, the thrill of the win—something she can’t resist, that might still get her killed…

The only rule is: There are no rules.


Thoughts:
This was so much fun to read. It's a YA Fight Club inspired story, which I found very unique. I enjoyed all the twists and turns and could not wait to find out how the story would end. 




The Hundred Lies of Lizzie Lovett - Chelsea Sedoti

Release Date: January 3, 2017
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire
Genre: YA, Coming-of-Age, Mystery
Review Link: Click here
Synopsis:
A teenage misfit named Hawthorn Creely inserts herself in the investigation of missing person Lizzie Lovett, who disappeared mysteriously while camping with her boyfriend. Hawthorn doesn't mean to interfere, but she has a pretty crazy theory about what happened to Lizzie. In order to prove it, she decides to immerse herself in Lizzie's life. That includes taking her job... and her boyfriend. It's a huge risk — but it's just what Hawthorn needs to find her own place in the world.

My Thoughts:
This was definitely not what I was expecting. It was a bit weird and I found the story very random but I ended up really enjoying the story. The main character, Hawthorne, holds a grudge towards a girl, Lizzie, from her high school for years and when Lizzie goes missing years after she graduates Hawthorne's feelings towards her comes back. However, Hawthorne becomes mildly obsessed with the investigation and can't let it go. Hawthorne inserts herself in Lizzie life and tries to figure out what was going on with Lizzie after graduation and before she disappears. 




How to Break a Boy - Laurie Devore

Release Date: January 31, 2017
Publisher: Imprint
Genre: YA, Contemporary, Romance
Synopsis:
Keep your enemies close, but your friends closer.

Olivia Clayton has mastered the art of tearing others down to stay on top. She and her best friend, Adrienne, rule their small southern town like all good mean girls do--through intimidation and manipulation.

After Olivia suffers a family tragedy and catches Adrienne sleeping with her boyfriend, Olivia is over it. She decides to make a change--but it's impossible to resist taking Adrienne down one last time. Up to her old tricks, Olivia convinces golden boy Whit DuRant to be her SAT tutor and her fake boyfriend. But when it starts to feel real, Whit gets caught up in Olivia and Adrienne's war.

Olivia may ruin everything she touches, but this time she won't go down without a fight--not if it means losing Whit.

And definitely not if it means losing what's left of herself.
 

Thoughts:
YA, contemporary romance! Need I say more? It's what I love to read.

MYSTERY

Everything You Want Me To Be - Mindy Mejia

Release Date: January 3, 2017
Publisher: Atria
Genre: Fiction, Mystery, Thriller
Synopsis:
Full of twists and turns, Everything You Want Me to Be reconstructs a year in the life of a dangerously mesmerizing young woman, during which a small town’s darkest secrets come to the forefront...and she inches closer and closer to her death.

High school senior Hattie Hoffman has spent her whole life playing many parts: the good student, the good daughter, the good citizen. When she’s found brutally stabbed to death on the opening night of her high school play, the tragedy rips through the fabric of her small town community. Local sheriff Del Goodman, a family friend of the Hoffmans, vows to find her killer, but trying to solve her murder yields more questions than answers. It seems that Hattie’s acting talents ran far beyond the stage. Told from three points of view—Del, Hattie, and the new English teacher whose marriage is crumbling—Everything You Want Me to Be weaves the story of Hattie’s last school year and the events that drew her ever closer to her death.

Evocative and razor-sharp, Everything You Want Me to Be challenges you to test the lines between innocence and culpability, identity and deception. Does love lead to self-discovery—or destruction?

Thoughts:
I received an arc copy of this book from Simon & Schuster Canada and loved it. I will have my review up later this week. It's full of mystery and kept me guessing the entire time. Readers will think they have it figured out but with each page, more information is revealed and the story unfolds in a different direction.

The Girl Before - J.P. Delaney 

Release Date: January 24, 2017
Publisher: 
Genre: Mystery, Fiction, Thriller
Synopsis:
Please make a list of every possession you consider essential to your life.

The request seems odd, even intrusive—and for the two women who answer, the consequences are devastating.

Emma
Reeling from a traumatic break-in, Emma wants a new place to live. But none of the apartments she sees are affordable or feel safe. Until One Folgate Street. The house is an architectural masterpiece: a minimalist design of pale stone, plate glass, and soaring ceilings. But there are rules. The enigmatic architect who designed the house retains full control: no books, no throw pillows, no photos or clutter or personal effects of any kind. The space is intended to transform its occupant—and it does.

Jane
After a personal tragedy, Jane needs a fresh start. When she finds One Folgate Street she is instantly drawn to the space—and to its aloof but seductive creator. Moving in, Jane soon learns about the untimely death of the home’s previous tenant, a woman similar to Jane in age and appearance. As Jane tries to untangle truth from lies, she unwittingly follows the same patterns, makes the same choices, crosses paths with the same people, and experiences the same terror, as the girl before.

Thoughts:
I don't know anything about this book but there's been some buzz and I love mystery so, I want to pick this up. I've been hearing mixed things about this book but I still want to read it and decide for myself. 

FICTION

The Most Dangerous Place On Earth - Lindsey Lee Johnson

Release Date: January 10, 2017
Publisher: Random House
Genre: Fiction, Young Adult
Synopsis:
A captivating debut novel for readers of Celeste Ng's Everything I Never Told You and Curtis Sittenfeld's PrepThe Most Dangerous Place on Earth unleashes an unforgettable cast of characters into a realm known for its cruelty and peril: the American high school.

In an idyllic community of wealthy California families, new teacher Molly Nicoll becomes intrigued by the hidden lives of her privileged students. Unknown to Molly, a middle school tragedy in which they were all complicit continues to reverberate for her kids: Nick, the brilliant scam artist; Emma, the gifted dancer and party girl; Dave, the B student who strives to meet his parents expectations; Calista, the hippie outcast who hides her intelligence for reasons of her own. Theirs is a world in which every action may become public postable, shareable, indelible. With the rare talent that transforms teenage dramas into compelling and urgent fiction, Lindsey Lee Johnson makes vivid a modern adolescence lived in the gleam of the virtual, but rich with the sorrow, passion, and beauty of life in any time, and at any age.
 

My Thoughts:
I don't have much information about this book and I'm oddly fascinated with anything set in dangerous cities. This one is set in Palo Alto, California, following privileged students from wealthy California families but mainly following, Molly Nicoll. What intrigues me the most is reading about the secrets that are kept and the drama that follows it.

NONFICTION

Death in the Family - John Chipman

Release Date: January 10, 2017
Publisher: Doubleday Canada
Genre: Nonfiction
Synopsis:
In a work of vigorous reporting, careful analysis, deep compassion and unerring integrity, award-winning journalist and documentarian John Chipman investigates the lives left ruined in the wake of Dr. Charles Smith's ignominious career. 
In the mid-'90s, the Ontario Coroner's office decided that death investigation teams needed to "think dirty." They wanted coroners, pathologists and police to be more suspicious--to "assume that all deaths are homicides until satisfied that they are not." They were particularly concerned about pediatric deaths, which historically had been exceedingly difficult to investigate. There were usually no witnesses; no evidence to gather at the scene; no outward signs of trauma on the body. If the pathologist did not discover the truth of what had happened, child abuse could go uncovered. 
Among those charged to "think dirty" was Dr. Charles Smith, Ontario's top pediatric forensic pathologist at the time. But with virtually no training in forensics, Dr. Smith was ill prepared for his work. Instead of basing his judgments on forensic evidence found during autopsies, he allowed himself to be swayed by circumstantial evidence. The defendants were often single mothers--some on welfare, some struggling with substance abuse. And they made for easy targets. Dr. Smith made dangerous assumptions, and the results were catastrophic. Numerous individuals were pronounced guilty, and incarcerated, on his shaky evidence.
This penetrating investigative work explores the wide ripples of destruction caused when the justice system fails, the burden felt by ethical individuals working within that system and the importance of its victims finally being heard."

My Thoughts:
This book sounds fascinating. It was presented to me this summer during Penguin Random House Canada's Fall 2016 Preview. It investigates cases of where children accidentally die within their parent's care and because there isn't enough evidence families were found guilty. Death in the Family investigates cases from the 90's in Ontario.

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