Well hello, beautiful people! And how is everything going for you this fine Tuesday? I spent all day yesterday working on blog things. You know, getting ready for future posts and the like. And then I remembered that I had to write this one.
When I tell you that this took up all my free time, I mean it. I started obsessing over every title that publishers were planning to put out.
I made spreadsheets!
Then I had to remind myself that I had already pre-ordered a few books that are coming out in the first half of the year, so maybe I should start there. You know, instead of stressing about the whole thing.
Please note all release dates are subject to change, and several of them have already changed on me! Well, they did it last year, anyway.
Also, the first five books on this list are sequels, so most of them are missing their synopsis to spare you the spoilers if you haven’t gotten around to the first book yet.
Abandoned in Death by J.D. Robb-Feb 8th
The woman’s body was found in the early morning, on a bench in a New York City playground. She was clean, her hair neatly arranged, her makeup carefully applied. But other things were very wrong—like the tattoo and piercings, clearly new. The clothes, decades out of date. The fatal wound hidden beneath a ribbon around her neck. And the note: Bad Mommy, written in crayon as if by a child.
Eve Dallas turns to the department’s top profiler, who confirms what seems obvious to Eve: They’re dealing with a killer whose childhood involved some sort of trauma—a situation Eve is all too familiar with herself. Yet the clues suggest a perpetrator who’d be roughly sixty years old, and there are no records of old crimes with a similar MO. What was the trigger that apparently reopened such an old wound and sent someone over the edge?
When Eve discovers that other young women—who physically resemble the first victim—have vanished, the clock starts ticking louder. But to solve this case she will need to find her way into a hidden place of dim light and concrete, into the distant past, and into the cold depths of a shattered mind.
Genre: Mystery/Romance Pages: 368
It’s no secret that I love the In Death series, and I’m really looking forward to this, the 54th entry in the series (the 55th comes out later this year). The series has been showing its age a little bit, but it’s still fun to read. That being said, there are major trigger warnings for these books that I love so much, so please look those up before you give these a read. Maybe I need to re-read these. That could be a fun challenge. Read one a week for the coming year?
Into the West (The Founding of Valdemar Book 2) by Mercedes Lackey-June 21st
Genre: Fantasy Pages: 368
So there is no description as this is a sequel, and given that I haven’t even read the first book yet, I didn’t want to spoil it for myself! I still can’t believe I haven’t read Beyond yet. I’m sure this will be another great entry into the Valdemar series!
A Mirror Mended (Fractured Fables 2) by Alix E. Harrow-June 14th
Genre: LBGTQIA+ Fairytale Pages: 144
Another sequel where the synopsis gives away some of the previous book! Sigh. I enjoyed (4 stars!) A Spindle Splintered and as soon as I learned about this one, I pre-ordered it. I’m hoping I enjoy this one just as much!
For the Throne (Wilderwood Book 2) by Hannah Whitten-June 7th
Genre: Dark Fantasy Pages: 448
I gave the first entry into the series 5 stars. I really had a lot of fun reading about Red’s adventures in the Wilderwood. It was an exciting ride. Also, let’s hear it for that cover! It’s stunning!
Soul Taken (A Mercy Thompson Novel) by Patricia Briggs- June 21st
Genre: Urban Fantasy, Paranormal Romance Pages: 352
A Mercy Thompson book? On my most anticipated books of 2022? Never. Okay, so it’s kind of obvious. I really do love this series. It’s a fun way to spend a few hours.
Battle of the Linguist Mages by Scotto Moore-Jan 11th
Isobel is the Queen of the medieval rave-themed VR game Sparkle Dungeon. Her prowess in the game makes her an ideal candidate to learn the secrets of “power morphemes”—unnaturally dense units of meaning that warp perception when skilfully pronounced.
But Isobel’s reputation makes her the target of a strange resistance movement led by spellcasting anarchists, who may be the only thing stopping the cabal from toppling California over the edge of a terrible transformation, with forty million lives at stake.
Time is short for Isobel to level up and choose a side—because the cabal has attracted much bigger and weirder enemies than the anarchist resistance, emerging from dark and vicious dimensions of reality and heading straight for planet Earth!
Genre: Humorous Sci-Fi Pages: 437
It’s a video game come to life and I want to read it! I can imagine the Hubs might like this as well.
Mickey 7 by Edward Ashton-February 15th
Dying isn’t any fun…but at least it’s a living.
Mickey7 is an Expendable: a disposable employee on a human expedition sent to colonize the ice world Niflheim. Whenever there’s a mission that’s too dangerous—even suicidal—the crew turns to Mickey. After one iteration dies, a new body is regenerated with most of his memories intact. After six deaths, Mickey7 understands the terms of his deal…and why it was the only colonial position unfilled when he took it.
On a fairly routine scouting mission, Mickey7 goes missing and is presumed dead. By the time he returns to the colony base, surprisingly helped back by native life, Mickey7’s fate has been sealed. There’s a new clone, Mickey8, reporting for Expendable duties. The idea of duplicate Expendables is universally loathed, and if caught, they will likely be thrown into the recycler for protein.
Mickey7 must keep his double a secret from the rest of the colony. Meanwhile, life on Niflheim is getting worse. The atmosphere is unsuitable for humans, food is in short supply, and terraforming is going poorly. The native species are growing curious about their new neighbors, and that curiosity has Commander Marshall very afraid. Ultimately, the survival of both lifeforms will come down to Mickey7.
That is, if he can just keep from dying for good.
Genre: Humorous Sci-Fi Pages: 304
This is giving my Andy Wier vibes but in the best possible way. I’m looking forward to this one.
The Impossible Us by Sarah Lotz-Mar 22nd
Bee thinks she has everything: a successful business repurposing wedding dresses, and friends who love and support her. She’s given up on finding love, but that’s fine. There’s always Tinder. Nick thinks he has nothing: his writing career has stalled after early promise and his marriage is on the rocks, but that’s fine. There’s always gin. So when one of Nick’s emails, a viciously funny screed intended for a non-paying client, accidentally pings into Bee’s inbox, they decide to keep the conversation going. After all, they never have to meet.
But the more they get to know each other, the more Bee and Nick realize they want to. They both notice strange pop culture or political references that crop up in their correspondence, but nothing odd enough to stop Bee and Nick for falling hard for each other. But when their efforts to meet in real life fail spectacularly, Bee and Nick discover that they’re actually living in near-identical but parallel worlds. With a universe between them, Bee and Nick will discover how far they’ll go to beat impossible odds.
Genre: Magical Realism Pages: 496
A parallel worlds love story? I’ll take it! No, but seriously, I preordered it.
Memphis by Tara M Stringfellow-April 5th
Summer 1995: Ten-year-old Joan, her mother, and her younger sister flee her father’s explosive temper and seek refuge at her mother’s ancestral home in Memphis. This is not the first time violence has altered the course of the family’s trajectory. Half a century earlier, Joan’s grandfather built this majestic house in the historic Black neighborhood of Douglass—only to be lynched days after becoming the first Black detective in the city. Joan tries to settle into her new life, but family secrets cast a longer shadow than any of them expected.
As she grows up, Joan finds relief in her artwork, painting portraits of the community in Memphis. One of her subjects is their enigmatic neighbor Miss Dawn, who claims to know something about curses, and whose stories about the past help Joan see how her passion, imagination, and relentless hope are, in fact, the continuation of a long matrilineal tradition. Joan begins to understand that her mother, her mother’s mother, and the mothers before them persevered, made impossible choices, and put their dreams on hold so that her life would not have to be defined by loss and anger—that the sole instrument she needs for healing is her paintbrush.
Unfolding over seventy years through a chorus of unforgettable voices that move back and forth in time, Memphis paints an indelible portrait of inheritance, celebrating the full complexity of what we pass down, in a family and as a country: brutality and justice, faith and forgiveness, sacrifice and love.
Genre: African American Literary Fiction Pages: 272
This book features a neighborhood in my hometown! I’m so excited to support the author and give it a read!
The Stardust Thief by Chelsea Abdullah-May 17th
Loulie al-Nazari is the Midnight Merchant: a criminal who, with the help of her jinn bodyguard, hunts and sells illegal magic. When she saves the life of a cowardly prince, she draws the attention of his powerful father, the sultan, who blackmails her into finding an ancient lamp that has the power to revive the barren land—at the cost of sacrificing all jinn.
With no choice but to obey or be executed, Loulie journeys with the sultan’s oldest son to find the artifact. Aided by her bodyguard, who has secrets of his own, they must survive ghoul attacks, outwit a vengeful jinn queen, and confront a malicious killer from Loulie’s past. And, in a world where story is reality and illusion is truth, Loulie will discover that everything—her enemy, her magic, even her own past—is not what it seems, and she must decide who she will become in this new reality.
Genre: Epic Fantasy Pages: 432
This sounds fun! It has Thousand and One Nights vibes and I am here for it.
So there you have it! The books I am most looking forward to in the first half of 2022. I gotta say, there are actually a whole lot more that I want, I just can’t have them. And June! Why is June so full of books I pre-ordered!
What books are you looking forward to?