5 Must-Read January Book Releases

most anticipated book releases in january 2021

2020 is *finally* over and with it comes a whole new year of book releases. And hundreds more books to add to my ever growing TBR. Honestly, I’m drowning under all the books I want to read. I’m not complaining, there’s nothing better to drown under, but there are just so many and so little time to read them all.

So, here’s a list of some of the most anticipated reads for January 2021:

a vow so bold and deadly january book release

Title: A Vow So Bold and Deadly
Author: Brigid Kemmerer
Release Date: January 26, 2021
Publisher: Bloomsbury YA
Genre: Young Adult Fantasy
Pages: 416
Buy: Amazon, Indigo, Barnes & Noble

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Face your fears, fight the battle.
Emberfall is crumbling fast, torn between those who believe Rhen is the rightful prince and those who are eager to begin a new era under Grey, the true heir. Grey has agreed to wait two months before attacking Emberfall, and in that time, Rhen has turned away from everyone—even Harper, as she desperately tries to help him find a path to peace.

Fight the battle, save the kingdom.
Meanwhile, Lia Mara struggles to rule Syhl Shallow with a gentler hand than her mother. But after enjoying decades of peace once magic was driven out of their lands, some of her subjects are angry Lia Mara has an enchanted prince and magical scraver by her side. As Grey’s deadline draws nearer, Lia Mara questions if she can be the queen her country needs.

As two kingdoms come closer to conflict, loyalties are tested, love is threatened, and an old enemy resurfaces who could destroy them all, in this stunning conclusion to bestselling author Brigid Kemmerer’s Cursebreaker series. (Goodreads)

lore by alexandra bracken january book release

Title: Lore
Author: Alexandra Bracken
Release Date: January 5, 2021
Publisher: Disney-Hyperion
Genre: Young Adult Fantasy
Pages: 480
Buy: Amazon, Indigo, Barnes & Noble

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Every seven years, the Agon begins. As punishment for a past rebellion, nine Greek gods are forced to walk the earth as mortals, hunted by the descendants of ancient bloodlines, all eager to kill a god and seize their divine power and immortality.
Long ago, Lore Perseous fled that brutal world in the wake of her family’s sadistic murder by a rival line, turning her back on the hunt’s promises of eternal glory. For years she’s pushed away any thought of revenge against the man–now a god–responsible for their deaths.

Yet as the next hunt dawns over New York City, two participants seek out her help: Castor, a childhood friend of Lore believed long dead, and a gravely wounded Athena, among the last of the original gods.

The goddess offers an alliance against their mutual enemy and, at last, a way for Lore to leave the Agon behind forever. But Lore’s decision to bind her fate to Athena’s and rejoin the hunt will come at a deadly cost–and still may not be enough to stop the rise of a new god with the power to bring humanity to its knees. (Goodreads)

Note: I received a few sample chapters from NetGalley and Disney-Hyperion and really enjoyed them. This book is an interesting and modern twist on Greek Mythology and I’m interested to see where it goes. It will definitely be on my 2021 TBR.

yellow wife anticipated january 2021 book release

Title: Yellow Wife
Author: Sadeqa Johnson
Release Date: January 12, 2021
Publisher: Simon Schuster
Genre: Historical Fiction
Pages: 288
Buy: Amazon, Indigo, Barnes & Noble

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In the tradition of Wrench and Twelve Years a Slave, this harrowing story follows an enslaved woman forced to barter love and freedom while living in the most infamous slave jail in Virginia.

Born on a plantation in Charles City, Virginia, Pheby Brown was promised her freedom on her eighteenth birthday. But when her birthday finally comes around, instead of the idyllic life she was hoping for with her true love, she finds herself thrust into the bowels of slavery at the infamous Devil’s Half-Acre, a jail where slaves are broken, tortured, and sold every day. Forced to become the mistress of the brutal man who owns the jail, Pheby faces the ultimate sacrifice to protect her heart in this powerful, thrilling story of one slave’s fight for freedom. (Goodreads)

the ex talk book release january 2021

Title: The Ex Talk
Author: Rachel Lynn Solomon
Release Date: January 26, 2021
Publisher: Berkley
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Pages: 336
Buy: Amazon, Indigo, Barnes & Noble

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Public radio co-hosts navigate mixed signals in Rachel Lynn Solomon’s sparkling romantic comedy debut.

Shay Goldstein has been a producer at her Seattle public radio station for nearly a decade, and she can’t imagine working anywhere else. But lately it’s been a constant clash between her and her newest colleague, Dominic Yun, who’s fresh off a journalism master’s program and convinced he knows everything about public radio.

When the struggling station needs a new concept, Shay proposes a show that her boss green-lights with excitement. On The Ex Talk, two exes will deliver relationship advice live, on air. Their boss decides Shay and Dominic are the perfect co-hosts, given how much they already despise each other. Neither loves the idea of lying to listeners, but it’s this or unemployment. Their audience gets invested fast, and it’s not long before The Ex Talk becomes a must-listen in Seattle and climbs podcast charts.

As the show gets bigger, so does their deception, especially when Shay and Dominic start to fall for each other. In an industry that values truth, getting caught could mean the end of more than just their careers. (Goodreads)

the wife upstairs january 2021 book releases

Title: The Wife Upstairs
Author: Rachel Hawkins
Release Date: January 5, 2021
Publisher: St. Martin’s Press
Genre: Thriller
Pages: 304
Buy: Amazon, Indigo, Barnes & Noble

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A delicious twist on a Gothic classic, Rachel Hawkins’s The Wife Upstairs pairs Southern charm with atmospheric domestic suspense, perfect for fans of B.A. Paris and Megan Miranda.

Meet Jane. Newly arrived to Birmingham, Alabama, Jane is a broke dog-walker in Thornfield Estates––a gated community full of McMansions, shiny SUVs, and bored housewives. The kind of place where no one will notice if Jane lifts the discarded tchotchkes and jewelry off the side tables of her well-heeled clients. Where no one will think to ask if Jane is her real name.

But her luck changes when she meets Eddie Rochester. Recently widowed, Eddie is Thornfield Estates’ most mysterious resident. His wife, Bea, drowned in a boating accident with her best friend, their bodies lost to the deep. Jane can’t help but see an opportunity in Eddie––not only is he rich, brooding, and handsome, he could also offer her the kind of protection she’s always yearned for.

Yet as Jane and Eddie fall for each other, Jane is increasingly haunted by the legend of Bea, an ambitious beauty with a rags-to-riches origin story, who launched a wildly successful southern lifestyle brand. How can she, plain Jane, ever measure up? And can she win Eddie’s heart before her past––or his––catches up to her?

With delicious suspense, incisive wit, and a fresh, feminist sensibility, The Wife Upstairs flips the script on a timeless tale of forbidden romance, ill-advised attraction, and a wife who just won’t stay buried. In this vivid reimagining of one of literature’s most twisted love triangles, which Mrs. Rochester will get her happy ending? (Goodreads)


Do you have any book releases in January that you are really looking forward to? Please share them with me, I’m always looking to add more books to my TBR.

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    1. I am the biggest sucker for a good cover and all of those really are so pretty 🙂 A Vow So Bold and Deadly has one of the most bold and captivating covers I’ve seen in a while. I haven’t started the series yet, but when researching for this blog and seeing that book the series is definitely on my TBR now. – Amber

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    1. Right?! She’s so interesting and not done enough in books. I read the chapter sampler from NetGalley for Lore and I had some mixed feelings about it, but I’m really intrigued by the premise of the book and the characters so I’m excited to read the whole thing! – Amber

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