The January theme for Six for Sunday, hosted by A Little But a Lot is Fresh Starts and today’s prompt is for Books you can’t wait for. There are lots of books I’m really looking forward to this year. I’m not going to include February releases as I will do an anticipated reads Blog Post for February soon, so I’m going to include books being released in March and beyond. I have been lucky enough to get early access to some upcoming releases, so I will also not be including them. It was so difficult to choose only six books, and I’m sure there are lots I haven’t heard about yet . I think I’m in for another year of incredible book releases!
I’ve absolutely loved the first three books in this magical series, and am so looking forward to Willow’s next adventure. Oswin has to be my favourite animal companion ever!
Starfell is on the edge of disaster. The fight against Silas, the wizard determined to steal all magic for himself, is far from over – but how can Willow make a difference when her powers have been taken? With the help of her friends, the young witch sets off to the treacherous Mountains of Nach. There, she hopes to find the Craegun, a powerful beast believed to restore anything that has been lost – for a heavy price. The mission is fraught with danger, but there’s no turning back . . . or the magic of Willow’s world will be lost forever.
Sophie Anderson is an auto-buy author for me. I’ve absolutely loved her first three books, The House with Chicken Legs, The Girl who Speaks Bear and The Castle of Tangled Magic. I’ve pre-ordered this one, and absolutely cannot wait to read it.
The Island of Morovia is shaped like a broken heart. The humans live on one side of the island, and the alkonosts – the bird-people – live on the other. But it wasn’t always this way… Linnet wishes she could sing magic, like her father, Nightingale – and bring the two sides of her island together again. For her land has been divided by a terrible tragedy, and Linnet has been banished with her father to the deepest swamps, leaving behind her best friends, Hero and Silver. So when her father is captured, Linnet must be brave and embark on a treacherous journey. Through alligator pools and sinking sands, she finds new friends. Yet without her singing magic, Linnet discovers something even more powerful. Something that could save her father, and heal the broken heart of her island once more…
I absolutely loved Amari and the Night Brothers. This is one of my most anticipated reads of 2022!
After finding her brother and saving the entire supernatural world, Amari Peters is convinced her first full summer as a Junior Agent will be a breeze. But between the fearsome new Head Minister’s strict anti-magician agenda, fierce Junior Agent rivalries, and her brother Quinton’s curse steadily worsening, Amari’s plate is full. So when the secretive League of Magicians offers her a chance to stand up for magiciankind as its new leader, she declines. She’s got enough to worry about! But her refusal allows someone else to step forward, a magician with dangerous plans for the League. This challenge sparks the start of the Great Game, a competition to decide who will become the Night Brothers’ successor and determine the future of magiciankind. The Great Game is both mysterious and deadly, but among the winner’s magical rewards is Quinton’s last hope . . . so how can Amari refuse?
Boarding school, witches and Faeries …. this sounds like my PERFECT kind of read. I’ve been seeing this all over Twitter and, whilst I try very hard not to get book envy, I mist admit that I’m very keen to get my hands on this one!
It has been seven years since Cassie Morgan last saw her mother. Left at a dreary boarding school, she spends her days hiding from the school bully and reading forbidden story books about the world of Faerie. Certain that her mother is still alive, Cassie is determined to find her, whatever the dangers, and runs away from school. Lost and alone, she is chased by a pack of goblins but, to her surprise, escapes with the help of a flying broom and a talking cat named Montague, who takes her to the cosy village of Hedgely. Here she discovers that she comes from a family of witches, women who protect Britain from the denizens of Faerie, who are all too real and far more frightening than her story books suggest.
I cannot believe this is the last adventure for the Brightstorm twins! I’ve devoured all of Vashti’s books. I think if I had to choose one book that I’m looking forward to the most this year, it would be this one!
The exciting conclusion to the Brightstorm twins’ adventure-packed story! Arthur, Maudie, and the rest of the Aurora crew are going on a mission to the Volcanic North, where years before their parents discovered the moth that is their family symbol. But their scheming, ambitious aunt, Eudora Vane, is still dedicated to destroying the Brightstorm family name, and the further north the Aurora travels, the more long-buried secrets are revealed…
I’ve absolutely loved reading The Storm Keeper trilogy, so I’m very much looking forward to another story set in Ireland by Catherine Doyle. I love Irish myths and legends and read many growing up in Ireland, and especially loved the legend of Oisín and Niamh set in Tír na nÓg. I absolutely can’t wait to to read Catherine’s story based on the land of eternal youth.
Amy and Liam Bell have been packed off to stay at Gran’s house in the wilds of Connemara for the summer. Out for a walk on the first morning of their holiday, they trace the flight of a hawk to a nearby waterfall – only to watch the bird disappear through it. Intrigued, the children follow and soon realise they’ve discovered the entrance to Tir na nOg, the legendary land of eternal youth. But they’ve been tricked. Almost immediately Liam is captured by a troop of headless horsemen who take him to Tarlock, the ruling sorcerer of Tir na nOg, who is seeking the bones of a human child for a sinister new spell.
There are so many fantastic books being released in 2022. Are any of these on your anticipated reads, or do you have other recommendations?