Top 5 (anticipated reads for Jan-March 2023) Tuesday

Hello hello and welcome to the new year! There’s so many books out this quarter not even to mention the entire year (did you know this type of thing happens EVERY YEAR?) so here’s just 5 books that I’m hopefully wanting to read this year – extra stars to myself if I actually get to it before the end of March. Meeghan @ Meeghan Reads has all the new prompts here and you can go look at which book shes’ interested in reading here.

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Yesterday Crumb and the Teapot of Chaos by Andy Sagar (GR/SG) – 

Return to Dwimmerly End, the magical, walking teashop, where Yesterday Crumb’s adventures continue. With magic in every teacup, this is perfect for readers aged 8-12 and fans of The Strangeworlds Travel Agency and Starfell.

Yesterday Crumb is in London to watch The Wild Feast, a magical cooking competition. But when the teashop Yesterday and her friends call home is stolen by the Faerie Queen, she must join the competition to win it back.

Except the Faerie Queen is not going to make winning easy for her and blames Yesterday when members of the Faerie Court start disappearing. Yesterday must prove her innocence but, as she and her friends investigate, they discover that something much more sinister is at play…

But there’s nothing that can’t be solved with a pot of tea, best friends and a BIG dash of magic!

Release Date: 16 March. The first book was just an utter delight and I can’t wait to just get back to this world and be cozy again. This series has the same vibes as the Howl’s Moving Castle movie (I haven’t read the books yet so just going off the movie which I have seen quite multiple times).

The Foxglove King by Hannah F. Whitten (GR/SG) –

In this lush, romantic new epic fantasy series from New York Times bestselling author Hannah Whitten, a young woman’s secret power to raise the dead plunges her into the dangerous and glamorous world of the Sainted King’s royal court.

When Lore was thirteen, she escaped a cult in the catacombs beneath the city of Dellaire. And in the ten years since, she’s lived by one rule: don’t let them find you. Easier said than done, when her death magic ties her to the city.

Mortem, the magic born from death, is a high-priced and illicit commodity in Dellaire, and Lore’s job running poisons keeps her in food, shelter, and relative security. But when a run goes wrong and Lore’s power is revealed, she’s taken by the Presque Mort, a group of warrior-monks sanctioned to use Mortem working for the Sainted King. Lore fully expects a pyre, but King August has a different plan. Entire villages on the outskirts of the country have been dying overnight, seemingly at random. Lore can either use her magic to find out what’s happening and who in the King’s court is responsible, or die.

Lore is thrust into the Sainted King’s glittering court, where no one can be believed and even fewer can be trusted. Guarded by Gabriel, a duke-turned-monk, and continually running up against Bastian, August’s ne’er-do-well heir, Lore tangles in politics, religion, and forbidden romance as she attempts to navigate a debauched and opulent society.

But the life she left behind in the catacombs is catching up with her. And even as Lore makes her way through the Sainted court above, they might be drawing closer than she thinks.

Release Date: March 7. After reading and loving For the Wolf I’m ready to read anything Whitten puts out. And this definitely goes on the list as “need to read right now” Or you know – when it comes out.

What Lies in the Woods by Kate Alice Marshall (GR/SG) –

They were eleven when they sent a killer to prison . . .
They were heroes . . . but they were liars.

Naomi Shaw used to believe in magic. Twenty-two years ago, she and her two best friends, Cassidy and Olivia, spent the summer roaming the woods, imagining a world of ceremony and wonder. They called it the Goddess Game. The summer ended suddenly when Naomi was attacked. Miraculously, she survived her seventeen stab wounds and lived to identify the man who had hurt her. The girls’ testimony put away a serial killer, wanted for murdering six women. They were heroes.

And they were liars.

For decades, the friends have kept a secret worth killing for. But now Olivia wants to tell, and Naomi sets out to find out what really happened in the woods—no matter how dangerous the truth turns out to be.

Release Date: January 17. Kate Alice Marshall is definitely in the ranks of favourite authors and I’m so excited for her new adult debut. I’m sure it’ll be exactly the amount of horror in a book that I’m looking for!

Seven Faceless Saints -Seven Faceless Saints by M.K. Lobb (GR/SG) –

In the city of Ombrazia, saints and their disciples rule with terrifying and unjust power, playing favorites while the unfavored struggle to survive.

After her father’s murder at the hands of the Ombrazian military, Rossana Lacertosa is willing to do whatever it takes to dismantle the corrupt system—tapping into her powers as a disciple of Patience, joining the rebellion, and facing the boy who broke her heart. As the youngest captain in the history of Palazzo security, Damian Venturi is expected to be ruthless and strong, and to serve the saints with unquestioning devotion. But three years spent fighting in a never-ending war have left him with deeper scars than he wants to admit… and a fear of confronting the girl he left behind.

Now a murderer stalks Ombrazia’s citizens. As the body count climbs, the Palazzo is all too happy to look the other way—that is, until a disciple becomes the newest victim. With every lead turning into a dead end, Damian and Roz must team up to find the killer, even if it means digging up buried emotions. As they dive into the underbelly of Ombrazia, the pair will discover something more sinister—and far less holy. With darkness closing in and time running out, will they be able to save the city from an evil so powerful that it threatens to destroy everything in its path?

Discover what’s lurking in the shadows in this dark fantasy debut with a murder-mystery twist, perfect for fans of Leigh Bardugo and Kerri Maniscalco.

Release Date: February 7. I’m on a blog tour for this one and very excited for this! Even though it means just starting another series 😂 😂.

h0qyur7icqjuaa1v435v5ajtqh72Godkiller by Hannah Kaner (GR/SG) –

Kissen kills gods for a living, and she enjoys it. That is until she finds a god she cannot kill: Skediceth, god of white lies, who is connected to a little noble girl on the run.

Elogast fought in the god war, and helped purge the city of a thousand shrines before laying down his sword. A mysterious request from the King sends him racing back to the city he destroyed.

On the way he meets a godkiller, a little girl and a littler god, who cannot find out about his quest.

Release Date: January 19. Who knows maybe I’ll be able to get to this before the end of January or my first book of February if I’m lucky 👀

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And there you have it! 5 books that come out soon that I’m wanting to get to! I know I’m reading one soon (Seven Faceless Saints) but for the others it’s anybody’s game as to when they’ll be read. What books are you looking forward to reading the next few months? Do we share any? Got some good ones you want others to read too? Share all down below!

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