Hello Fellow Readers,

I hope you are having a lovely Sunday.

I thought I would wrap up January with a post dedicated to a couple of titles that are still worth mentioning which came out this month. I decided to call this section “In Case You Missed It…”. These will be novellas or books from an already established series, which the writer decided to come back to or revisit after long time.

Tales From the Hinterland (The Hazel Wood #2.5) – Melissa Albert & Jim Tierney

Journey into the Hinterland, a brutal and beautiful world where a young woman spends a night with Death, brides are wed to a mysterious house in the trees, and an enchantress is killed twice―and still lives.

“Lush and deliciously sinister fairytales to be consumed as greedily as Turkish delight or any fairy fruit. I loved these.” ―Kelly Link, author of Get in Trouble

“This inventive, enchanting collection reads like the fairy tales of old, hushed stories passed woman to woman, before the Grimms came and wiped away all the blood.” ―Laura Ruby, author of Thirteen Doorways, Wolves Behind Them All

“The writing is as spare and precise as poetry, connected to the darker, edgier elements of fairy-tale conventions. Albert’s rich and tightly focused collection forms the core of the mythology created in her novels, and her fans will be thrilled at this further glimpse into that world.” ―Booklist, starred review

“Stories fueled by feminist rage, the frustration of being unnderestimated, and the insatiable longing to experience more mark this collection as timely and universal.”

I am not personally a fan of the series, but I am so glad that Melissa Albert still didn’t give up on this world. If you loved The Hazel Wood, you can’t miss this collection of illustrated fairy tales from the Hinterland. This collection of short stories is out on 12 January.

Winterkeep (Graceling Realm #4) – Kristin Cashore

Something is rotten in the heart of Winterkeep…

Four years after Bitterblue left off, a new land has been discovered to the east: Torla; and the closest nation to Monsea is Winterkeep. Winterkeep is a land of miracles, a democratic republic run by people who like each other, where people speak to telepathic sea creatures, adopt telepathic foxes as pets, and fly across the sky in ships attached to balloons.

But when Bitterblue’s envoys to Winterkeep drown under suspicious circumstances, she and Giddon and her half sister, Hava, set off to discover the truth–putting both Bitterblue’s life and Giddon’s heart to the test when Bitterbue is kidnapped. Giddon believes she has drowned, leaving him and Hava to solve the mystery of what’s wrong in Winterkeep.

Lovisa Cavenda is the teenage daughter of a powerful Scholar and Industrialist (the opposing governing parties) with a fire inside her that is always hungry, always just nearly about to make something happen. She is the key to everything, but only if she can figure out what’s going on before anyone else, and only if she’s willing to transcend the person she’s been all her life. 

Kristin Cashore returned to the highly beloved world of Graceling. I personally read only the first two books and I love this world. I love this weird magic system which graces only a few special individuals. I will look forward to continuing to read this series and eventually grabbing Winterkeep, even if the new book cover will not match my paperback from the previous version and I will have nightmares for days. Winterkeep is out on 19 January.

Tarnished Empire (Dark Shores #0.5) – Danielle L. Jensen

DEFIANCE IS TREASON. TREASON IS DEATH. A siege is laid against the last resistance to the Senate’s rule. As the battle rages, a commander, a soldier, and a rebel will decide how far they are willing to go for victory.

THE COMMANDER. Marcus is forced to choose between destroying the rebel forces and liberating his legion. He must face the true cost of being a leader. And an oppressor.

THE SOLDIER. Agrippa sets his sights on glory to fill the deepening void within him. He discovers that the price of fame might not just be paid in blood, it might be paid by his heart.

THE REBEL. Silvara joins the rebel forces to fight against the legions who would see her family dead. While she dreams of being a warrior, she finds her sharpest weapon is seduction. But to defeat the Empire, she’ll have to betray the young man who now has her heart.

Inspired by the harsh world of ancient Rome, readers are obsessed with this martial tale of fiery romance, friendship, and enmity. Told from three points of view, TARNISHED EMPIRE is filled with twists you’ll never see coming but will keep you turning the pages all night.

When I found out about this novella I was literally squeaking. I read Dark Shores at the beginning of January and the story is absolutely mind-blowing – so hear me out, I highly recommend it! I am so curious to read more about Marcus, I loved this complex and broken character so much and I wanted to know more about his background. Tarnished Empire is out on 26 January.

What was your favourite read on January?

What are you looking forward to reading in February?