Happy New Year, all!

Here are a few of the books I’m hoping to get my hands on this month:

A Cold Legacy, by Megan Shepherd

As I adored the first two books in this trilogy—based on Dr. Moreau and Jekyll & Hyde, they are smart, scary, grotesque, and the sexual components are both intense and often uncomfortably creepy, all desirable and necessary traits in a good Gothic—I am practically fainting with excitement that this one is almost here. It’s based on Frankenstein, and I’ve had my copy pre-ordered for months.

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I’m Glad I Did, by Cynthia Weil

The music industry, a mysterious death, and family secrets in 1963 NYC. And as the author is this Cynthia Weil, I’m hoping for some meaty details about the industry and the era. Also, I want the cover model’s headband.I'm glad I did

The Ghosts of Heaven, by Marcus Sedgwick

It’s by Marcus Sedgwick. Do I really need to say more? Like Midwinterblood—which was so, so divisive, and which I so, so adored—Ghosts of Heaven is made up of a group of interlocking stories. It was shortlisted for the Costa, and has already received THREE stars.

X: A Novel, by Ilyasah Shabazz and Kekla Magoon

A fictionalized account of Malcolm X’s life before he was Malcolm X. It sounds fantastic and fascinating (as well as painful), and includes all sorts of the back matter material that I love, like historical notes and a bibliography and so on.

Deep Sea, by Annika Thor

This is the third in a series, so I’ll have to go back and read the first two, but it sounds so up my alley—it’s about young Jewish refugees in Sweden during World War II—that I don’t want to miss ANY of it. The Kirkus review is so GLOWING that I’m rather bereft to not have them all in my hands RIGHT NOW.

I Was Here, by Gayle Forman

Like Marcus Sedgwick, Gayle Forman is an auto-read for me. In this one, the protagonist’s best friend commits suicide and leaves a mysterious encrypted file behind on her computer…which sounds ENTIRELY different from Forman’s recent books. I have no doubt, though, that it’ll also include thI was Heree same elements that I’ve loved in her previous books—the thoughtfully drawn, three-dimensional, believably flawed characters, the empathy, the heart.

Love, Lucy, by April Lindner

She retold Jane Eyre. She retold Wuthering Heights. Now, she’s tackled A Room With a View. I can’t wait.

All Fall Down, by Ally Carter

I’m always looking for books that star military brats—there aren’t nearly as many as you’d think—so I’ll be reading this one post-haste. Especially given that this particularly military brat sounds a whole lot like a blonde Mia Thermopolis. Also, BONUS: The plot sounds so COMPLETELY bananas (in a good way) that I wouldn’t be surprised if Ally Carter used International Espionage Story Cubes to come up with it.

Alex as Well, by Alyssa Brugman

An intersex teen who has never felt right as a boy decides to begin living as a girl. Things go great at her new school, but are decidedly less than stellar at home. Kirkus gave this one a mixed review, and it definitely sounds like there are some problematic elements, but I’m absolutely going to give it a read.

Killing Time in Crystal City, by Chris LynchKilling time

Yet another auto-read for me! (Yeesh, am I going to have time to SLEEP in January?) This one sounds like it has the potential to be as super as Inexcusable—a boy hooks up with a bunch of street kids, but he is possibly just slumming?—which is a high-water mark for me, not just in terms of Lynch’s books, but in general.

Vivian Apple at the End of the World, by Katie Coyle

The Rapture and a roadtrip! I was just thinking that I’ve read one too many roadtrip books lately, but the RAPTURE. I don’t think I can resist.

What are YOU looking forward to this month?

If she isn't writing Bookshelves of Doom or running the show at her local library, Leila Roy might be making stuff for her Etsy shop while rewatching Veronica Mars, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Babylon 5, Black Books or Twin Peaks. Well, that or she’s hanging out on Twitter. Or both.