Start Your 2021 Reading Right
It’s a new year and time for new books. Check out these January releases that our booksellers are buzzing about!
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The Heiress by Molly Greeley
There is something preternatural about this book’s story. A character as small and insignificant as Anne de Bourgh is given the full spotlight, and she tells her tale without judgement or the haughtiness one might expect from the bloodline of Lady Catherine. The prose is subtle and complex, almost more reminiscent of a Brontë novel rather than a sequel to Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice. Greeley presents a wonderful glimpse into the sickly Anne’s life and all readers, whether they have read Pride and Prejudice or not, will fall in love with this story!
What Could Be Saved by Liese O’Halloran Schwartz
This is a rich, propulsive story that I was immediately drawn into. The Preston family is living in Bangkok in the 70s when tragedy befalls them. Both the beautiful and dark side of Southeast Asia and American involvement is expertly mixed in this family drama. What Could be Saved is a perceptive story that shows the bonds of family, how we are defined by our childhood and the emotional complexities of siblings and parents. This is full of vivid descriptions, lovely writing and expertly revealed secrets.
Fire by Kristin Cashore
I loved Graceling with all my heart, but it’s possible I love Fire even more. The prose is magnificent, like Jane Austen reincarnate – but where some authors only write in flowery couplets, Cashore backs her beautiful language with even more gorgeous world-building and the all important story. And Fire is a story like few others – one which grapples with the ever-changing dynamics of power that come with being a girl. The character development is superb, the relationships real, and the stakes high. There are tears welling in my eyes, even writing this weeks later. Oh, and did I mention the animal friends? Perfection.
Wings of Ebony by J. Elle
I really loved this book! Fast-paced, heartfelt, and honest. The main character, Rue, is fierce, proud, and relatable in a completely magnetic way. The Hate U Give and Black Panther vibes this book invokes were fresh and exciting, and I’m so curious to see where Rue’s story takes her in the second instalment!