January 29

New Year, New Books, New Music

I love the novelty of January. A new year. A fresh start. Full of new and exciting opportunities, especially new books and music! Today I’m sharing some debut authors and artists from this month. Check them out and enjoy!


Tunnel Vision by Susan Adrian (Young Adult Science Fiction, January 20)

This book has a tagline that makes me want to grab a big bowl of popcorn and stay up all night reading: “Romance and action come crashing together when a teenage boy with incredible powers is brought to the attention of the government.” Jake’s power is called tunneling, which means he can “tunnel” into another person just by touching an object of theirs. It sounds like a unique plot with excitement at every turn.

“This book grabbed me from page one – and then it just kept getting better and better. At several points I was thinking I had the book figured out, knew more or less where it was going – and then Adrian pulled the rug out from under the reader in the best possible ways, with twists and surprises that feel utterly inevitable in retrospect, rather than just being shocking for the sake of it. This is a fast-paced sci-fi thriller that also had loads of heart and humor and romance and great family relationships, especially a sibling relationship that was my favorite part of the book.” – Felicity Disco @ GoodReads

A Lesson Unlearnt – Until the Ribbon Breaks (Alternative, January 20)

This is one of those albums that I start to say, “It reminds me of…” and then just trail off because it doesn’t really remind me of anything, and that’s what makes it awesome. The sound is completely unique, somehow breathy and beautiful on top of punchy and intense. Until the Ribbon Breaks has already opened for Lorde, and they’re playing Coachella this year, so you’re going to want to check them out soon.

“From the rocking “A Taste of Silver” to the avant-garde “Orca” and R&B jam “Pressure,” UTRB offers something for everyone.” – Mackenzie Herd

Playlist for the Dead by Michelle Falkoff (Young Adult Contemporary, January 27)

The comp titles for this book are The Perks of Being a Wallflower and The Spectacular Now which pretty much guarantees that this one will get a read from me! It’s about a teen who tries to understand his best friend’s suicide by listening to the playlist of songs he left behind. It sounds like one of those reads that’s going to completely break my heart, and I’m going to love every minute of it!

“A really intense and honest portrait of suicide and moving on when you feel responsible for something horrible and tragic. The examination of responsibility in this book is beautiful and on point, and it manages to cover some really difficult subjects without feeling weighed down or heavy. Also the use of music (and a whole slew of really geeky references) is excellent.” – Mackenzie @ GoodReads

My Hurricane – Jamie Scott (Singer/Songwriter, January 20)

I fully expect to get in the car in a few weeks and hear “Unbreakable” playing on the radio. It’s good, y’all. Jamie Scott’s voice is silky smooth and makes this mellow album a complete pleasure to listen to. In addition to “Unbreakable,” be sure to check out “Gold” featuring Christina Perri. Though Scott has been around for a while as a songwriter (he wrote One Direction’s “Story of My Life”), this is his first time taking on his own lyrics.

Breaking the Ice by Gail Nail (Middle Grades Contemporary, January 13)

As a former figure skater, I may be slightly biased, but Gail Nall’s debut sounds awesome! It’s all about falling down and picking yourself up, both literally and figuratively. It also touches on friendships, family, and first crushes, so it will appeal to skaters and non-skaters alike.

“This book was inspiring, believable, and most importantly, entertaining. I was sad to see it end. I could totally see this having a sequel, and in fact, I’m kind of crossing my fingers that it does! Definitely recommended.” – Gabs @ GoodReads

Up in Flames – Ruelle (Electronic Pop/Rock, January 20)

When I started listening to this album, one of my first thoughts was that it would make an awesome addition to a television or movie soundtrack. Drama fills both the lyrics and the background, and Maggie Eckford’s voice is hauntingly beautiful. A little research revealed that the title track has already been in an episode of Revenge. Whether you’re a fan of the show or not, check out the album. You won’t be disappointed!

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