It's a new year with lots of new books to be read! So this post will focus on recently released or books to be released in 2014. I won't be putting any up that I've read already, these are all ones that are on my to be read list (to see some already read 2014 releases, check out my reviews!). All summaries are from Goodreads.
In no particular order, here they are!
1. The Magician's Land (The Magician's #3) by Lev Grossman
-"In The Magician’s Land,
the stunning conclusion to the New York Times bestselling Magicians
trilogy—on-sale from Viking on August 5—Quentin Coldwater has been cast
out of Fillory, the secret magical land of his childhood dreams. With
nothing left to lose he returns to where his story began, the
Brakebills Preparatory College of Magic. But he can’t hide from his
past, and it’s not long before it comes looking for him.
with Plum, a brilliant young undergraduate with a dark secret of her
own, Quentin sets out on a crooked path through a magical demimonde of
gray magic and desperate characters. But all roads lead back to Fillory,
and his new life takes him to old haunts, like Antarctica, and to
buried secrets and old friends he thought were lost forever. He
uncovers the key to a sorcery masterwork, a spell that could create
magical utopia, a new Fillory—but casting it will set in motion a chain
of events that will bring Earth and Fillory crashing together. To save
them he will have to risk sacrificing everything.
Land is an intricate thriller, a fantastical epic, and an epic of love
and redemption that brings the Magicians trilogy to a magnificent
conclusion, confirming it as one of the great achievements in modern
fantasy. It’s the story of a boy becoming a man, an apprentice becoming a
master, and a broken land finally becoming whole."
2. The Lost Sisterhood by Anne Fortier
-"The Lost Sisterhood is
the new novel from the author of Juliet, an Oprah's Book Club Pick
published in 30 countries which has been picked up by Universal to be
made into a feature film. The Lost Sisterhood tells the story of Diana, a
young and aspiring--but somewhat aimless--professor at Oxford. Her
fascination with the history of the Amazons, the legendary warrior women
of ancient Greece, is deeply connected with her own family's history;
her grandmother in particular. When Diana is invited to consult on an
archeological excavation, she quickly realizes that here, finally, may
be the proof that the Amazons were real.
The Amazons' "true"
story--and Diana's history--is threaded along with this modern day hunt.
This historical back-story focuses on a group of women, and more
specifically on two sisters, whose fight to survive takes us through
ancient Athens and to Troy, where the novel reinvents our perspective on
the famous Trojan War.
The Lost Sisterhood features another
group of iconic, legendary characters, another grand adventure--you'll
see in these pages that Fortier understands the kind of audience she has
built with Juliet, but also she's delivering a fresh new story to keep
that audience coming back for more."
3. Clariel (Abhorsen #4) by Garth Nix
-"Clariel: The Lost
Abhorsen, [...] is the story of the young woman who eventually became
Chlorr of the Mask. It takes place about 320 years before the events in
It is set about 300 years before the events of Sabriel,
in an extremely settled era of the Old Kingdom, where [there] is almost
no threat from the Dead or Free Magic, and the Abhorsens are considered
something between an archaic remnant of worse times and municipal
4. The Midnight Witch by Paula Brackston
-"'The dead are seldom
silent. All that is required for them to be heard is that someone be
willing to listen. I have been listening to the dead all my life.'
is the daughter of the sixth Duke of Radnor. She is one of the most
beautiful young women in London and engaged to the city’s most eligible
bachelor. She is also a witch.
When her father dies, her hapless
brother Freddie takes the title. But it is Lilith, instructed in the art
of necromancy, who inherits their father’s role as Head Witch of the
Lazarus Coven. And it is Lilith who must face the threat of the
Sentinels, a powerful group of sorcerers intent on reclaiming the Elixir
from the coven’s guardianship for their own dark purposes. Lilith knows
the Lazarus creed: secrecy and silence. To abandon either would put
both the coven and all she holds dear in grave danger. She has spent her
life honoring it, right down to her charming fiancé and fellow witch,
Viscount Louis Harcourt.
Until the day she meets Bram, a
talented artist who is neither a witch nor a member of her class. With
him, she must not be secret and silent. Despite her loyalty to the coven
and duty to her family, Lilith cannot keep her life as a witch hidden
from the man she loves.
To tell him will risk everything.
Spanning the opulence of Edwardian London and the dark days of World War I, The Midnight Witch is the third novel from New York Times bestselling author Paula Brackston."
5. The Winter People by Jennifer McMahon
-"The New York Times bestselling author of Promise Not to Tell
returns with a simmering literary thriller about ghostly secrets, dark
choices, and the unbreakable bond between mothers and daughters . . .
sometimes too unbreakable.
West Hall, Vermont,
has always been a town of strange disappearances and old legends. The
most mysterious is that of Sara Harrison Shea, who, in 1908, was found
dead in the field behind her house just months after the tragic death of
her daughter, Gertie. Now, in present day, nineteen-year-old Ruthie
lives in Sara's farmhouse with her mother, Alice, and her younger
sister, Fawn. Alice has always insisted that they live off the grid, a
decision that suddenly proves perilous when Ruthie wakes up one morning
to find that Alice has vanished without a trace. Searching for clues,
she is startled to find a copy of Sara Harrison Shea's diary hidden
beneath the floorboards of her mother's bedroom. As Ruthie gets sucked
deeper into the mystery of Sara's fate, she discovers that she's not the
only person who's desperately looking for someone that they've lost.
But she may be the only one who can stop history from repeating itself."
6. The Book of Life (All Souls Trilogy #3) by Deborah Harkness
-"The highly anticipated finale to the #1
New York Times
bestselling trilogy that began with A Discovery of Witches
After traveling through time in Shadow of Night, the
second book in Deborah Harkness’s enchanting series, historian and
witch Diana Bishop and vampire scientist Matthew Clairmont return to the
present to face new crises and old enemies. At Matthew’s ancestral home
at Sept-Tours, they reunite with the cast of characters from A Discovery of Witches—with
one significant exception. But the real threat to their future has yet
to be revealed, and when it is, the search for Ashmole 782 and its
missing pages takes on even more urgency. In the trilogy’s final
volume, Harkness deepens her themes of power and passion, family and
caring, past deeds and their present consequences. In ancestral homes
and university laboratories, using ancient knowledge and modern
science, from the hills of the Auvergne to the palaces of Venice and
beyond, the couple at last learn what the witches discovered so many
With more than one million copies sold in the United States and appearing in thirty-eight foreign editions and translations, A Discovery of Witches and Shadow of Night have
landed on all of the major bestseller lists and garnered rave reviews
from countless publications. Eagerly awaited by Harkness’s legion of
fans, The Book of Life brings this superbly written series to a deeply satisfying close."
7. Lost Lake by Sarah Addison Allen
-"From the New York Times bestselling author of Garden Spells comes a novel about heartbroken people finding hope at a magical place in Georgia called Lost Lake.
Georgia, is home to Lost Lake Cottages and not much else. Which is why
it's the perfect place for newly-widowed Kate and her eccentric
eight-year-old daughter Devin to heal. Kate spent one memorable
childhood summer at Lost Lake, had her first almost-kiss at Lost Lake,
and met a boy named Wes at Lost Lake. It was a place for dreaming. But
Kate doesn't believe in dreams anymore, and her Aunt Eby, Lost Lake's
owner, wants to sell the place and move on. Lost Lake's magic is gone.
As Kate discovers that time has a way of standing still at Lost Lake
can she bring the cottages—and her heart—back to life? Because
sometimes the things you love have a funny way of turning up again. And
sometimes you never even know they were lost . . . until they are
8. Mercy Snow by Tiffany Baker
-"In the tiny town of
Titan Falls, New Hampshire, the paper mill dictates a quiet, steady
rhythm of life. But one day a tragic bus accident sets two families on a
course toward destruction, irrevocably altering the lives of everyone
in their wake.
June McAllister is the wife of the local mill
owner and undisputed first lady in town. But the Snow family, a group of
itinerant ne'er-do-wells who live on a decrepit and cursed property,
have brought her--and the town--nothing but grief.
June will do
anything to cover up a dark secret she discovers after the crash, one
that threatens to upend her picture-perfect life, even if it means
driving the Snow family out of town. But she has never gone up against a
force as fierce as the young Mercy Snow. Mercy is determined to protect
her rebellious brother, whom the town blames for the accident, despite
his innocence. And she has a secret of her own. When an old skeleton is
discovered not far from the crash, it beckons Mercy to solve a mystery
buried deep within the town's past."
9. The City of Mirrors (The Passage #3) by Justin Cronin
-No description. Yet.
10. Lair of Dreams (The Diviners #2) by Libba Bray
-"After a supernatural
showdown with a serial killer, Evie O'Neill has outed herself as a
Diviner. Now that the world knows of her ability to "read" objects, and
therefore, read the past, she has become a media darling, earning the
title, "America's Sweetheart Seer." But not everyone is so accepting of
the Diviners' abilities...
Meanwhile, mysterious deaths have been
turning up in the city, victims of an unknown sleeping sickness. Can
the Diviners descend into the dreamworld and catch a killer?"
- Half Bad by Sally Green
- Fates (Fates #1) by Lanie Bross
What 2014 releases are you most excited about?