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Books to Look Out For in 2024

By Rosemary Twomey

The New Year is here and 2024 is bringing many anticipated book releases from both debut and well-loved authors. 

The Fury by Alex Michaelides

Coming January 16th, 2024

Photo: Alex Michalides / Penguin Books

The Fury revolves around Lana Farrar, a reclusive ex-movie star, and her yearly tradition of inviting close friends to her private Greek island to escape the English weather. What begins as a seemingly familiar murder tale takes unexpected turns, revealing underlying themes of love and revenge.

Narrated by Elliot Chase, the plot unfolds on the isolated island, where old friendships hide deep-seated animosities. The story becomes a gripping game of cat and mouse, filled with twists and turns, leading to a climactic night of violence and death. Elliot promises to share a unique story that defies expectations, ensuring a gripping and unforgettable experience.

Crescent City #3: House of Flame and Shadow by Sarah J. Maas

Coming January 30th, 2024

Photo: Sarah J Maas / Bloomsbury Publishing

The third installment in the Crescent City series, following House of Earth and Blood and House of Sky and Breath, delves into the story of Bryce Quinlan and Hunt Athalar. Bryce, unexpectedly stranded in a new world, yearns to return to Midgard where everything she loves resides. Faced with trust issues and an unfamiliar environment, she must navigate challenges to find her way back. Meanwhile, Hunt, after experiencing fleeting happiness, is imprisoned in the Asteri's dungeons, unaware of Bryce's fate and eager to help her. Sarah J. Maas's sequel promises a sexy and breathtaking continuation, pushing Bryce and Hunt to their limits as they grapple with the fate of their world hanging in the balance.

Saga of the Unfated #1: A Fate Inked in Blood by Danielle L. Jensen

Coming February 27th, 2024

Photo: Danielle L. Jensen / Penguin Books

In this Norse-inspired fantasy romance, Freya, a shield maiden blessed by the gods, finds herself in an unwanted marriage, dreaming of becoming a warrior and escaping her boorish husband. When betrayed to the jarl, she faces a fight to the death against his son, Bjorn. To survive, Freya reveals her secret: a drop of goddess's blood, making her a shield maiden with magical abilities. It is foretold that such magic can unite the fractured nation of Skaland under the one who controls the shield maiden.

The fanatical jarl, believing he's destined to rule, binds Freya with a blood oath and orders Bjorn to protect her. As Freya trains to fight and control her magic, facing tests set by the gods, her greatest challenge becomes resisting her forbidden attraction to Bjorn. Succumbing to desire not only jeopardizes her own destiny but also the fate of the people she has sworn to protect in a tale of love, magic, and destiny.

The Reappearance of Rachel Price by Holly Jackson

Coming April 2nd, 2024

Photo: Holly Jackson / Penguin Books

In this gripping mystery thriller by Holly Jackson, 18-year-old Bel, haunted by her mother Rachel's mysterious disappearance 16 years ago, is drawn into the unsolved case when her family agrees to a true crime documentary. Bel, the only witness with no memory of the event, wants everyone to move on, but her life takes a shocking turn when Rachel suddenly reappears during the filming. As Rachel shares an unbelievable story, Bel questions its authenticity and wonders if her mother might be dangerous. With cameras rolling, Bel embarks on a quest for the truth about her mother, unveiling a tale of deception and terror that forces her to confront the dark secrets of her family. Holly Jackson delivers a mind-blowing masterpiece that explores one girl's search for truth and the unsettling discovery of who her family truly is.

Just for the Summer by Abby Jimenez

Coming April 2nd, 2024

Photo: AbbyJimenez / Hachette Book Group

In this summer novel by the New York Times bestselling author of Yours Truly, Justin discovers a curse through a viral Reddit thread: every woman he dates finds their soulmate right after breaking up with him. When Emma, facing a similar predicament, contacts him, they concoct a plan to date, break up, and nullify each other's curses. Agreeing to a summer fling, they rent a cottage on Lake Minnetonka in Minnesota, but their plans take an unexpected turn when Emma's toxic mother appears, and Justin becomes the guardian of his three siblings. As they navigate unforeseen challenges, including developing genuine feelings for each other, the question arises: Could Fate have truly brought this perfect pair together?

Funny Story by Emily Henry 

Coming April 23rd, 2024

Photo: Emily Henry / Penguin Books

In this joyful novel by Emily Henry, Daphne finds herself stranded in Waning Bay, Michigan, after her fiancé Peter reveals he's in love with his childhood friend Petra. With a dream job as a children's librarian and bills to pay, Daphne proposes to be roommates with Petra's ex, the scruffy and chaotic Miles Nowak. Despite their contrasting personalities, they form a tenuous friendship and concoct a plan to post misleading photos of their summer adventures together. However, as they navigate their charade, the question arises: Could Daphne actually start a new chapter by falling in love with her ex-fiancé's new fiancée's ex, Miles?

A Witch's Guide to Magical Innkeeping by Sangu Mandanna

Coming September 10th, 2024

Photo: Sangu Mandanna / Penguin Books

In this enchanting novel by the national bestselling author of The Very Secret Society of Irregular Witches, Sera Swan, once a powerful witch, now runs an inn in Lancashire after losing most of her magic and being exiled from her magical Guild. Longing to restore her powers, she discovers an old spell book and seeks the help of Luke Larsen, a gorgeous historian and her past one-night stand. Juggling the inn, her magical aspirations, and navigating her feelings for Luke, Sera realizes she doesn't have to face it all alone. Embracing the weird and wonderful family she's created may just be the most powerful magic of all.

The House in the Cerulean Sea #2: Somewhere Beyond the Sea by T.J. Klune

Coming sometime in September of 2024

Photo: TJ Klune / MacMillan Publishers

In the highly anticipated sequel to TJ Klune's beloved fantasy novel, "The House in the Cerulean Sea," "Somewhere Beyond the Sea" continues the enchanting tale. Arthur Parnassus, master of a magical orphanage on a peculiar island, is working towards adopting six dangerous and magical children. Alongside his partner Linus Baker, the island's sprite Zoe Chapelwhite, and Mayor Helen Webb, Arthur strives to provide a loving home for these unique children, shielding them from neglect and pain.

As Arthur faces a summons to address his dark past, he becomes embroiled in a fight for the future of his family and all magical beings. The story unfolds as a new magical child, who identifies as a "monster," seeks to join their island home, pushing the family to a breaking point. "Somewhere Beyond the Sea" is a tale of resistance, portraying the challenging journey of fighting for the life you desire and the efforts required to sustain it.


About the Writer:

Rosemary Twomey is a writer based out of Montreal, Canada. She fell in love with character writing and development during her time studying professional writing at the University of Toronto. She can often be found reading with a cup of tea in front of a sunny window.

You can find her on Instagram @rosemary.twomey.writes


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