January Most Anticipated New Releases

Woot, it’s two-posts-in-a-day kind of day.

Today I’m bringing you my most anticipated book releases for the month of January 2016. There are SO MUCH HYPE surrounding these books. I’m really excited to read them. Dear hype, please don’t fail me. Please note that some of these books are sequel or part of a series as indicated in the “stand-alone or series” box. I also put the links to the goodreads page in case you want to read the synopsis.

Release Date: January 5th 2016

Truthwitch (The Witchlands #1) by Susan Dennard | GOODREADS PAGE


Stand-alone or series: The first book in The Witchlands series.

Genre: high fantasy

Truthwitch tells the story of Safiya, a Truthwitch, and her Threadsister, Iseult as they fought for their freedom and for their life. I’ve had the opportunity to read an extended excerpt for Truthwitch, and it only makes me more excited to read this book. Truthwitch is also one of the most hyped YA book release in the first half of 2016.

Passenger (Passenger #1) by Alexandra Bracken | GOODREADS PAGE


Stand-alone or series: the first book in a series

Genre: science fiction, time travel, romance, historical(-ish)

Passenger, the first book in a new series by Alexandra Bracken, is essentially a time travel story mixed with romance. Etta, the protagonist, found herself inheriting an ability to time travel after a devastating night that cost her everything she loves. She was thrusted back in time where a family called the Ironwoods tried to capture her because they believe she could help them find a stolen object. Etta met Nicholas who assisted her in her adventure.
I am yet to find a YA book  about time traveling that I like. Maybe this will be the one?

Release Date: January 6th 2016

Steel Scars (Red Queen #0.2) and Cruel Crown (Red Queen #0.1 – 0.2) by Victoria Aveyard | GOODREADS PAGE 01 | GOODREADS PAGE 02

Stand-alone or series: novella from the Red Queen series. They are prequels to Red Queen.
Cruel Crown is a paperback bundle of the previously released Queen Song (Red Queen #0.1) and Steel Scars. If you’re not a fan of e-book, but want to read the novellas, you can pick up the physical copy of Cruel Crown on January 6th.

Genre: fantasy

Steel Scars told the story of Farley prior to her meeting Mare in Red Queen. If you’re interested in her backstory, this is the one to get.
Cruel Crown is a paperback bundle of Queen Song and Steel Scars. Queen Song gave us a look back to the life of Queen Coriane, her courtship with the crown prince, the birth of her son, Cal, and the danger awaiting her in royal palace.

Release Date: January 19th 2016

Sanctuary Bay by Laura J. Burns and Melinda Metz | GOODREADS PAGE


Stand-alone or series: so far, it’s a stand-alone, but there’s a possibility of continuation.

Genre: thriller

Sarah has been accepted into the most elite prep school, but when her roommate went missing, she has to investigate the mystery behind the school.
The premise sounds okay, if not original, but the early reviews are quite positive. I am in the mood for some YA thriller, or any kind of thrillers actually. I hope this book delivers.

Release Date: January 26th 2016

The Bands of Mourning (Mistborn #6) by Brandon Sanderson | GOODREADS PAGE


Stand-alone or series: The sixth book in the Mistborn series. It’s also the third book in the second Mistborn tetralogy (?). You see, Mistborn are a series of series, the first series starts with The Final Empire and the second one starts with The Alloy of Law. THIS is the third book of that second series. There’ll be another book after The Bands of Mourning titled The Lost Metal.

Genre: high fantasy, (somewhat) steampunk

Just when you thought I could get through a post without mentioning Brandon Sanderson. NOPE.
In my defense, this one was not on me, it was on Tor. After all, I didn’t pick release date for this book. More importantly, I cannot possibly summarize this book for you because I (embarrassingly) haven’t read the second mistborn trilogy *collective gasps*. Not that I need to summarize it, right? Sandersonites, you already know what to expect. Everyone else, please go and read Mistborn: The Final Empire.

That’s it for this month. Let me know if any of those books is on your most anticipated releases for this month. What other books are in your list?

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ETA: The original post mentioned that The Bands of Mourning is the last book in the second Mistborn trilogy. This is in fact incorrect. I have corrected the related paragraph above. Let me know if you find another inaccuracy.