***We have a winner!  Congratulations to @arcticbookss who’s getting Assassin’s Heart by Sarah Ahiers!******

Our first month of First Reads Friday for 2016 has taken us to the depth of the ocean following the Siren’s song, on a search for a missing father, to avenge our family’s death, through colors and mystery, and to the far reaches of the galaxy! Keep reading as we recap January’s First Reads Friday books!

Here’s a recap of the books we reviewed in January for First Reads Friday:

The Siren By Kiera Cass, release date 1/26/16


The Siren: Kiera Cass leaves the world of The Selection for the lure of the ocean with The Siren! Click here for our full review.

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The Mystery of Hallow Places by Rebecca Podos, Release date 1/26/16


The Mystery of Hallow Places: Rebecca Podos gives us mystery, self discovery, heart break and love in her debut novel, The Mystery of Hollow Places. Fans of Mosquitoland by David Arnold will want to follow Imogene Scott as she searches for her missing father and absentee mother but finds something else along the way. For more on this mystery, click here for our full review.

Shade Me By Jennifer Brown
Shade Me by Jennifer Brown, release date 1/19/16


Shade Me: Why is Nikki Kill receiving calls from the hospital about someone she doesn’t know?  What does Nikki’s synthesia have to do with it? For more on this thriller/mystery read our full review here.

Assassin’s Heart by Sarah Ahiers, release date 2/2/16


Assassin’s Heart: Lea Saldana and Val Da Via are members of rival Families of assassins and their romance is strictly forbidden. Lea and Val are like Romeo and Juliet…. if Romeo was a back stabbing asshole.  What’s a girl to do when she’s betrayed by the boy she loves? First get mad….then get even! For more on this tale of Romeo & Juliet meets Kill Bill, click here click here


Sword and Verse by Kathy McMillan
Sword and Verse by Kathy MacMillan, release date 1/19/16


Sword and Verse: “One does not entreat the gods through shouted prayers or offerings, but through their greatest gift to us:  writing.”  Doesn’t this line give you chills?  We discuss Sword and Verse by first-time author Kathy MacMillan, here.


Starflight by Melissa Landers
Starflight by Melissa Landers, release date 2/2/16


StarflightThis is one of our most anticipated books of 2016! It’s Swept Away meets Overboard in space! Check out our full review of Melissa Landers’s latest sci-fi novel here.

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We’ll be offering more advance reviews for First Reads Friday throughout February. And perhaps a flash giveaway or two? Stay tuned!


Wanna win? Tell us which book and why in the comments. The contest is open February 5th, 12 pm to Good luck!