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January 2023 Book Haul

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Hey all! I hope you\’re all doing well and staying safe. Today, I wanted to share with you my January 2023 book haul. This book haul has a different variety of books. Romance, Mystery/Thrillers, Fantasy, and Science Fiction. Also both Adult and Young Adult books. Now, I did not plan to buy any books this early in 2023 as of yet. But I\’ve been doing a lot of online shopping, as well as in-store shopping, and I wanted to share all the amazing books I\’ve picked up. Here are the books that I\’ve added to my reading list:

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January 2023 Book Haul

Romance

Highly Suspicious and Unfairly Cute by Talia Hibbert

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Genre: Young Adult Romance

This is Talia Hibbert’s first young adult novel and the book I am currently reading. I am quite enjoying it as well. It is, like her other novels, a romance, and it follows Celine Bangura and Bradley Graeme. Ex-best friends who cannot stand each other. Celine signs up for a two-part survival course in the woods and learns that Brad has as well. They work together during this survival course which brings them closer together. We find out if they are able to find that friendship they once had or will they begin a new kind of relationship.

The Love Hypothesis by Ali Hazelwood

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Genre: Adult Romance

This is a rather popular book and one I finally picked up from Book of the Month. I’ve heard this described as Reylo fan fiction. If you aren’t aware of who Reylo is, it is Rey and Kylo Ren from the Star Wars sequel trilogy. A romance fanfic about them intrigues me. Even if I didn\’t ship them.

This story follows Olive Smith who has a fake relationship with another scientist, Adam Carlsen. This being a romance novel, we know that fake relationships don’t stay that way for long. 

The Rom-Com Agenda by Jayne Denker

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Genre: Adult Romance

In this story we have Leah Keegan and Eli Masterson. Eli is dealing with a broken heart and determined to win back the woman who broke it. Leah is going to help. She is going to help him become a romantic hero like the ones in her favorite rom-coms. But things don’t go as planned when Leah begins to fall for Eli…and Eli for her.

Mystery/Thriller

Good Girl, Bad Blood & As Good As Dead by Holly Jackson

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Genre: Young Adult Mystery

These two books are part of a series. I read A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder last year and had a ton of fun. Thought it would be a good idea to continue on in that series. 

This series follows Pippa Fitz-Amobi as she uses her senior capstone project to try to find out what really happened to Andie Bell, a pretty and popular high school senior who was killed 5 years prior. It was determined that her boyfriend Sal Singh killed her before taking his own life, but Pippa doesn’t believe it. She is determined to find out what truly happened. Even if she puts her own life in danger in the process.

All Good People Here by Ashley Flowers

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Genre: Adult Thriller

The author, Ashley Powers, is the host of the widely popular podcast Crime Junkie. So of course when I found out that she wrote a novel, I had to check it out.

The story is about a young woman in her twenties, Margot Davies, who returns back to her hometown to care for her uncle. There was an infamous case 20 years prior where a 6 year old girl was found in a ditch and her killer was never found. 

While she’s back in town, she learns of a 5 year old girl in the next town-over who has gone missing under circumstances similar to what happened 20 years ago. Margot decides to find the new missing girl as well as solve that murder. 

Fantasy

These Violent Delights by Choe Gong

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Genre: Young Adult Fantasy

A reimagining of Romeo & Juliet set in 1920s Shanghai. 

A blood feud between 2 gangs. Juliette Cai on one side and Roma Montagov on the other. Roma was Juliette’s first love before he betrayed her. But something begins to happen where they need to set their feelings, and grudges, aside and work together before everyone in the city dies. 

Red Tigress & Crimson Reign by Amelie Wen Zhao

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Genre: YA Fantasy

This is the second and third book in the Blood Heir trilogy. I read Blood Heir as my first book this year and I just had to go ahead and pick up the rest of the series.

This series follows Anastacya Mikhailov, the young princess of the Cyrilian Empire, who is on the run for the murder of her father. But she didn’t kill her father and is on a mission to find the person that did. She partners with Ramson Quicktongue, a con man from the criminal underground, to clear her name. Anastacya just isn’t sure if she can trust him.

Song of Silver, Flame Like Night by Amelie Wen Zhao

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Genre: YA Fantasy

Same author as Red Tigress & Crimson Reign, but this is a different series so I thought I would break them up.

We follow Lan and Zen. Lan spends her nights as a songgirl in Haak’gong and her days looking for what she can find of her past. Zen is a practitioner, a fabled magician from the Last Kingdom. Fate connects them and their destinies remain unwritten. They can either liberate their land or destroy it. 

Science Fiction

Unwind by Neal Shusterman 

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Genre: YA Dystopian

In this dystopian world, there was a second civil war in the US fighting over reproductive rights. The result: when a child reaches the age of 13, their parents can decide whether their child can be unwound. Their organs would be redistributed to different donors so life wouldn’t technically end. Connor, Risa, and Lev are running for their lives trying not to be unwound.

 

Matched by Ally Condie

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Genre: YA Dystopian

In this dystopian world, officials get to decide who you love, where you work, and when you die.

Our main character, Cassia, has no problem with these rules. But when she is matched with the person she is supposed to love, she ends up seeing two photos. One of her best friend and one of a guy she has yet to meet (love triangle time!). She must decide which path she should follow. 

This was my book haul for January 2023. I\’m really excited to start reading these books and I can\’t wait to share my thoughts with you all. If you\’ve read any of these books before, let me know what you thought of them in the comments. I always love hearing other people\’s opinions.

Happy reading!

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