January might be a month of long, dark days, but with a pile of awesome new books out this month, what better excuse to curl up on the sofa and escape into a whole new world?
It's a brand new year and if you’re bookshelves are in need of an update, look no further as we’ve rounded up our pick of new novels out this month. With everything from dystopian chillers to high-school lolfests, there's all sorts going on so check out our January hit list..
Undone by Cat Clarke
Jem Halliday is head over heels in love with her best friend. If that wasn’t enough he’s gay - not exactly ideal, but she’s learning to live with it. But then the unspeakable happens and after Kai is outed online he kills himself.
Left completely alone Jem knows one thing; she may not be able to bring him back but she is going to dish out some revenge and teach those responsible the ultimate lesson.
This dark tale of searing betrayal explores the intimacies of bullying from a whole new perspective. We laughed and we cried, but MAN were we not expecting the explosive conclusion.
WOOL by Hugh Howey
What would you do if the world outside was dealy, and the air you breathed could kill? And you lived in a place where every birth required a death, and the choices you made could save lives - or destroy them.
To live, you must follow the rules of the underground community. But some don't. These are the dangerous ones; the ones who dare to hope and dream, and who infect others with their optimism. Jules is one of these people, but she may well be the last.
Don’t dismiss WOOL as just another post-apocalyptic novel. The bestselling series is dystopia as we’ve never seen it before; a world where horror, love and manipulation blend into one creepy tale that’ll leave you with a shiver down the spine. The film rights have also been snapped up, so watch this space.
Out January 17.
Hostage Three by Nick Lake
Amy is a girl with a gun to her head. She, her father and stepmother have been kidnapped.
What started as a trip to heal a family rift quickly becomes a hostage situation after their boat is taken over by Somali Pirates. Stripped of their names, they are given a number. Amy’s dad is most valuable and is named Hostage 1, but Amy herself if Hostage 3 - not as valuable and, more importantly, expendable.
This thriller had us on the edge of our seats from the word go, but we have to say we were never expecting the relationship between Amy and Farouz, the youngest of the pirates, to come to such an end..
From What I Remember by Stacy Kramer and Valerie Thomas
Meet Kylie Flores; class brain and film addict. Being the token scholarship student automatically places her at the bottom of the school social scale, right next to her best friend Will, a loud, flamboyant and utterly fabulous gay.
Graduation in two days time can’t come soon enough but at the other end of the social spectrum is Max Langston; effortlessly popular, rich and dating the hottest girl in school.
Naturally the two don’t mix, so it’s a total mystery when Kylie wakes up in Mexico on the day of graduation with a hangover from hell, in a bed she doesn’t recognise. What’s more, she’s wearing a wedding ring - one that matches the one that a half-naked and sleeping Max is wearing right next to her.
Fans of Mean Girls rejoice, finally something that can give Regina George and Glen Coco a run for their money.
The Universe Versus Alex Woods by Gavin Extence
Alex Woods knows that he hasn’t had the most conventional start in life. His mum being clairvoyant hasn’t exactly endeared him to the local bullies and things have been rough. That is until he strikes up an unlikely friendship with Mr Peterson; a grumpy and reclusive widower who teaches Alex he’s only got one shot at life.
So when, aged 17, Alex is stopped at Dover customs with 113 grams of marijuana, an urn full of ashes strapped into the passenger seat and the entire nation in uproar, he’s pretty sure he’s done the right thing..
A blackly comic tale of unexpected friendship that gives the average unlikely hero a hilarious update.
Out January 31
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Just One Day by Gayle Forman
Lulu has always been the good girl, but when she has a chance meeting with Dutch actor Willem at an underground performance of Twelfth Night during a visit to London, there’s an undeniable spark. Or so it seems until the next morning, when she wakes up after a whirlwind day in Paris to find that Willem has left.
Over the next year, Lulu embarks on a journey to come to terms with the narrow confines of her life, and through Shakespeare, travel and a quest for her almost-true-love, to break free of everything standing in her way.
Sweepingly romantic, this books is a living, breathing memory of the whirlwind of emotions that go hand in hand with falling arse over tits in love. But instead of stopping at the happy ever after, it’s all about what happens next, when things don't look quite as perfect in the cold, hard light of day.
LEVEL 2 by Lenore Appelhans
Felicia Ward is dead. Trapped in Level 2, the hive-like waiting room between Earth and Heaven, she has spent endless days downloading and replaying memories of her family, friends, boyfriend and the guy who broke her heart.
Now a rebellion is brewing in this limbo world and Felicia is the key. Suspended between Heaven and Earth, she must make a choice between two worlds, two lives and two loves. Her decision will change everything.
We always love a feisty heroine, but Felicia is one of the most intricate characters we’ve come across and you can’t help but fall in love with this topsy turvy place where death is only the beginning.
Hunger by Melvin Burgess
When Beth wakes up one morning covered in dirt, she puts it down to an extreme case of sleep-walking, but when reports of a desecrated grave start to circulate, her night-time wanderings take on a sinister air.
Beth knows that something is changing within her, Something that’s filling her with an urgent, desperate hunger that demands to be satisfied - at any cost…
A creepy tale that’ll have you up all night and hiding under the duvet well after you've come to its haunting conclusion.
Out January 17
Through The Ever Night by Veronica Rossi
It’s been months since Aria last saw Perry. Months since Perry was named Blood Lord of the Tides, and Aria was charged with an impossible mission. Now, finally, they are about to be reunited. But their reunion is far from perfect.
Threatened by false friends, hidden enemies and powerful temptations, Aria and Perry wonder, can their love survive the ever night?
The follow up to the dark and spellbinding Under the Never Sky won’t disappoint fans as Aria and Perry’s love goes up against more perilous obstacles than ever before.
The Tragedy Paper by Elizabeth LaBan
All Tim wants is to get through his senior year unnoticed, but as an albino and recent transfer to the prestigious Irving Academy, that seems unlikely. But despite desperately trying to blend in, he finds himself falling for ‘it’ girl Vanessa Sheller, also the girlfriend of Irving’s most popular boy.
To Tim’s surprise, Vanessa is into him but everybody knows that a clandestine affair is never going to end without tragedy.
We love a dose of all things tragic and this book has it all; sadness, disaster and the type of character who you just know is destined for certain downfall. That might sounds depressing, but it makes for an astonishing and beautiful read that is just dripping with atmosphere.
So what do you think of all of that - any of those you'll be adding to your reading list? And are there any new books we've missed that you're obsessing over?