Looking Forward {New Releases Coming From Our Favorite Authors}

2016 New Releases

The February theme for the 2016 Monthly Motif Reading Challenge is New Releases which not only got us reading something new this month, but it also got us thinking about the new releases from our favorite authors. Here are the books we’re most looking forward to checking out. Kim …

The Raven King, Maggie Stiefvater

Just like everyone else, I’ve fallen head over heels for all of the Raven Boys. There is so much about this series that I love. Complex characters combined with a bit of a romantic twist and a side of paranormal mean these books have got it all. I will warn you, this series can be a little slow to get to the good stuff, but stick with it. I particularly love the audiobook narration.

All her life, Blue has been warned that she will cause her true love’s death. She doesn’t believe in true love and never thought this would be a problem, but as her life becomes caught up in the strange and sinister world of the Raven Boys, she’s not so sure anymore.

The Trespasser, Tana French

I started the Dublin Murder Squad series years ago with In The Woods. French’s reviews are mixed but I am completely hooked. I get why people are not completely in her court. She doesn’t always come clean with all the details of her mysteries. That’s happens to be the appeal for me. It leaves a little something for me to think about.

Antoinette doesn’t play well with others, and there’s a vicious running campaign in the squad to get rid of her. She and Stephen pull a case that at first looks like a slam-dunk lovers’ tiff, but gradually they realize there’s more going on: someone on their own squad is trying to push them towards the obvious solution, away from nagging questions.

Tanya …

The Fireman, Joe Hill

Being a writer and Stephen King’s son is probably not an easy thing to live up to – but Hill is crazy good too, so no worries there. I loved NOS4A2, Heart Shaped Box and Horns, and now I’m looking forward to reading his latest, The Fireman – not least of all because my husband is a (now retired) firefighter.

No one knows exactly when it began or where it originated. A terrifying new plague is spreading like wildfire across the country, striking cities one by one. Dragonscale, a highly contagious, deadly spore that marks its hosts with beautiful black and gold marks across their bodies – before causing them to burst into flames. Millions are infected; blazes erupt everywhere. There is no antidote. No one is safe.

The Fat Artist and Other Stories, Benjamin Hale

Dude – Benjamin Hale’s first novel, The Evolution of Benjamin Littlemore, was a believable story about a chimp who had an affair with his human tutor, and then went on to pass for human (check out #CrazyWeirdLove {A Reading List}). I’ve been waiting for another book from him FOREVAH! And a day!!

The voices in these 7 stories speak from the margins: a dominatrix whose longtime client, a US congressman, drops dead during a tryst in a hotel room; an addict in precarious recovery who lands a job driving a truck full of live squid; a heartbroken performance artist who attempts to eat himself to death as a work of art. From underground radicals hiding in Morocco to an aging hippy in Colorado in the summer before 9/11 to a young drag queen in New York at the cusp of the AIDS crisis, these stories rove freely across time and place, carried by haunting, peculiar narratives that form the vast tapestry of American life.

Which 2016 book release are you most looking forward to?

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