Does anyone else still feel like we just entered 2020? Instead of wondering how 2022 could possibly exist yet, we would love to get you excited for this year by sharing some new reading material that. The best part of this list? They all came out in January and are available now!
Check out these new year releases that will have your TBR list bristling with anticipation.
1. The Bone Spindle by Leslie Vedder—January 11, 2022. Described as “Sleeping Beauty meets Indiana Jones,” The Bone Spindletakes on a unique spin on a well-loved fairytale. Enter: Fi, Shane, and Briar Rose. Fi is a treasure hunter who finds herself stuck with the annoying spirit of a cursed prince after she accidentally pricks her finger on a bone spindle. Shane is a fierce warrior from the north who might have her heart stolen from a mysterious witch. Briar Rose is tired of waiting 100 years for a kiss to break his endless sleeping curse. If you enjoy, adventure, found families, romance, and snark, this book is for you!
2.Echoes and Empires by Morgan Rhodes—January 4, 2022. This is the first book in a new fantasy duology from Morgan Rhodes, author of the Falling Kingdoms Series. In the Empire of Regara, magic is rare, illegal, and most of all, deadly. When socialite Josslyn Drake is caught up in a robbery gone wrong, she finds herself infected with a deadly and dangerous piece of magic. The only person she can turn to without signing on to her own execution is roguishly handsome Jericho Nox, a wanted criminal. The intricate balance of politics, magic, and intrigue is almost as enjoyable as the charming enemies-to-lovers dynamic between Josslyn and Jericho.
3. African Town by Irene Latham and Charles Waters—January 4, 2022. This powerful, historical novel-in-verse chronicles the last Africans brought illegally to America in 1860 on a ship called Clotilda. One-hundred and ten men, women and children were captured and taken from Benin and Nigeria to Mobile, Alabama. Told in 14 unique voices, readers will bedirectly transported into the perspective of each character including the stories of their friendships, their sense of community, and their survival. Latham and Waters capture a pivotal moment in U.S. history that will leave a long-lasting impact on readers.
4.Ashes of Gold by J. Elle—January 11, 2022. Many readers have been waiting on the edge of their seats for this highly anticipated conclusion to the Wings of Ebony duology. Though she has no memory of how she ended up locked in a basement without her magic or her friends, Rue is determined to find a way to return the magic the Chancellor has stolen from her father’s people. Though most of us are reading for Rue’s loveable character, the beautiful cover art is a must-have for your bookshelf!
5.Daughter of the Moon Goddess by Sue Lynn Tan—January 11, 2022. This debut fantasy is inspired by the legend of Chang’e, the Chinese moon goddess. Xingyin’s mother is exiled by the Celestial Emperor for stealing his elixir of mortality. Her perilous quest to save her mother is full of legendary creatures, powerful enemies, and a consuming romance she wasn’t expecting. Readers will be swept away into Tan’s immersive tale of adventure, immortals, magic, and ancient mythology.
If you’re an aspiring author hoping to start your own writing journey this year, we hope you find the inspiration you’re looking for in some fresh reading material. Have a great 2022, readers and writers!