One of the things I’d really like to do in 2022 is join in more often with “Top 5 Tuesday”, which is a weekly meme created by Shanah at Bionic Book Worm, now hosted at Meeghan Reads. Meeghan has posted all the topics for January through March already (you can find them here), so if you’re looking for bookish content ideas and want to be able to plan ahead like me then maybe you’d like to join in too!
Today’s topic is about our most anticipated reads for January to March. I’ve taken this to mean new releases, even though I’m not actually super across what is coming out in 2022 yet. Here are five that I can’t wait to get my hands on!
Only a Monster by Vanessa Len (out Feb from Allen & Unwin)
Don’t forget the rule. No one can know what you are. What we are. You must never tell anyone about monsters.
Only a monster would kill a hero. Right?
Every family has its secrets, but the summer Joan Chang-Hunt goes to stay with her Gran in London, she learns hers is bigger than most. The Hunts are one of twelve families in London with terrifying, hidden powers.
Joan is half-monster. And what’s more, her summer crush Nick isn’t just a cute boy – he’s hiding a secret as well; a secret that places Joan in terrible danger.
When the monsters of London are attacked, Joan is forced on the run with the ruthless Aaron Oliver, heir to a monster family who are sworn enemies of her own. Joan is drawn deeper into a world that simmers with hostilities, alliances and secrets. And her rare and dangerous power means she’s being hunted. She’ll have to embrace her own monstrousness if she is to save herself, and her family. Because in this story . . .
. . . she is not the hero.
League of Liars by Astrid Scholte (out March from Allen & Unwin)
Ever since his mother was killed in a freak edem-based crime, seventeen-year-old Cayder Broduck has had one goal: to have illegal users of extradimensional magic brought to justice. Cayder dreams of becoming a prosecutor and, when he secretly accepts an apprenticeship under the city’s best public defender, he plans to learn every legal trick he can to one day dismantle defence arguments. Then he’ll finally be able to make sure justice is served.
But when he meets all three criminals he is to defend, he finds they are teenagers, like him, and their stories are … complicated, like his. As their cases unfold, Cayder must race to separate the truth from the lies and uncover what really happened the night his mother died.
The Unstoppable Flying Flanagan by Felice Arena (out March from Puffin
The war seems a long way away to Maggie Flanagan. Her brother is somewhere across the sea, flying to protect England from the Germans and the Italians. But Maggie is more interested in kicking the footy and finding out who’s going to play for St Kilda this season.
But when the war comes to Australia and Maggie sees what she’s sure is a Japanese spy plan in the skies of Melbourne, it all gets very real. The Japanese attack Australia up north, raining bombs on Darwin and Broome, and American soldiers start appearing on the streets. Worst of all, it looks like the football season will be cancelled!
When Maggie decides to stage an all-girl football game to raise money for the troops, she’s breaking all the rules. Everyone knows that girls can’t play footy! But the rules aren’t going to stop the unstoppable Flying Flanagan . . .
Her Fierce Creatures by Maria Lewis (out March from Hachette)
Four women. One world changed forever. It has all come down to this.
Werewolf Tommi Grayson always knew she was a weapon, she just needed the right target. Never in a million years did she expect that target to be the current leaders of the supernatural world.
Sprite Dreckly Jones has spent the entirety of her 140-years hiding in one form or another. Until now. Having seen enough wars, she should be fleeing from the action. Yet some battles are unavoidable. Some are destined.
Corvossier ‘Casper’ von Klitzing knew this day was coming. Or rather, the ghost of her dead brother Creeper kept telling her so. Repeatedly. The supernatural world is in outright revolt against their government, the Treize, and Casper’s gift to rally the living and the dead is more vital than ever.
Banshee Sadie Burke‘s bravery was the catalyst for this chaos – and for the unique chance the supernatural world now has to change the balance of power forever. Witches and werewolves working together. Sprites teaming up with shifters. Demons and goblins in cahoots. The human world on the precipice of learning they’re not alone. Yet Sadie’s power came at a cost, three of them in fact, with the future hinging on the birth of her unborn triplets.
The four women and their collective of monsters, misanthropes and misfits have no choice but to risk everything to save everything, with their personal prejudices paling in comparison to a possibility … the possibility of a better world for themselves and every being that comes after.
Wise Quackers: The Super Adventures of Ollie and Bea 3 by Renee Treml (out March from Allen & Unwin)
Ollie has a mystery to solve, and Bea suspects FOWL play!
Ollie is OWL grown up and doesn’t play with stuffed toys – but then where did Bea’s toy go? It might take a DUCKtective to help QUACK this case!
Join Ollie and Bea and their delightful friends. The perfect book for young readers who love to laugh.
I’m sure there are many more that I’m forgetting, but those are 5 of the books coming out soon that I’m super keen to get out hands – and eyes – on! Let me know in the comments if there are books you’re looking forward to reading in this first part of the year.
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