Calendar Girls January: Best First Book in a New Series

SURPRISE! We’re still here!!! I was over the moon when Flavia, one of the original creators of Calendar Girls, offered to take over when Adrienne and I were needing to take a step back. Long-time Calendar Girls participant Dani will also be taking over hostess duties for now. It is with the utmost excitement that I leave you in their very capable hands.

Our theme this month is New Beginnings: First Book in a New Series. That means, it’s a FANTASTIC book in a series, but none of the sequels have been published yet. This … isn’t easy for me. I much prefer standalones, and I rarely read the rest of a series. However, I read several great first books in a series in 2019!

Quick honorable mentions. These two books I technically liked better and rated higher on my list last year, but in both cases I felt like they don’t quite fit the prompt. Waiting for Tom Hanks by Kerry Winfrey was my favorite rom-com OF ALL TIME, and has a new book in the series coming out in 2020. However, romance series are typically loosely connected, so I just didn’t like it for the prompt. Enchanteé by Gita Trelease was also a favorite, however it felt like a standalone novel to me, and I understand Trelease originally intended it to not be a series. Anyway, I highly recommend both!

So, here it is! My favorite first book in a new series. A series that I (and I can’t stress this enough) actually plan on reading.

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Chilling Effect by Valerie Valdes

Chilling Effect follows Captain Eva Innocente and her rag-tag crew as she attempts to rescue her sister from the evil blackmailing organization called The Fridge. It is hilarious, exciting, and has just a touch of sizzling romance. I described it in my review as if The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet met John Scalzi. Or, you know, some other author who writes fast-paced, exciting sci-fi. It’s the kind of series where the first book has its own plot and resolves, but leaves the opportunity for a new adventure open. I loved Eva and her crew, and I thought this book had a really nice balance between humor and excitement, while still including good Science Fiction parallels with me-too. This was just so much fun, and I highly recommend to Sci-Fi fans.

You can check out Flavia’s and Dani’s choices by following the links, and too see everyone else’s picks. If you want to participate all you have to do is write a post and link back to theirs. Happy reading!


Calendar Girls is a monthly blog event created by Melanie at MNBernard Books, and Flavia at Flavia the Bibliophile, and is now be hosted by Flavia and Dani at Mousai Books. It is designed to ignite bookish discussions among readers, and was inspired by the 1961 Neil Sedaka song, Calendar Girl.

Just like the song, each month has a different theme. Each blogger picks their favorite book from the theme, and on the first Monday of the month reveals their pick in a Calendar Girls post. Make sure to post back to the hostess’s post, and I will make a master list for the month. The master lists allow everyone to see the other Calendar Girls’ picks and to pop on over to their blogs. Thus, we all get to chat about books and even make some new friends!

12 thoughts on “Calendar Girls January: Best First Book in a New Series

  1. I had never heard of this book before your post, but it sounds great, especially if you are declaring it as A Long Way to a Small Angry Planet meets John Scalzi. I definitely need to add this to my TBR.

    Great choice!

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    1. Thanks! Yeah, I think it would be great for the people who said they wanted to like Small, Angry Planet, but didn’t because it was too slow, or too character driven, or didn’t have enough of an over-arching plot. It has a lot of similar values and themes, but while being very action-packed.

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  2. Ooooo! I enjoyed Enchantee too! And the Tom Hanks book is on my TBR 😀 Also didn’t know it was part of a series hehe. I’ve also never heard of your main pick, which reminds me of one of my fave parts of this blog event—finding new books! And lastly, I’m super happy to be able to keep Calendar Girls going while you and Adrienne take a step back and a much-deserved break 🙂 ❤

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  3. Love this post and am considering taking part in Calendar Girls – just have to see if it will fit in my schedule… and if I read enough to be able to participate. I’ think I’ll add Waiting for Tom Hanks to my Wish List, and I go Chilling Effect for Christmas, so you’ve supported some choice reads! Thanks for the recommendations and happy reading 🙂

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