Let’s talk about reissues, readers. For NetGalley members unfamiliar with this term, the simplest definition is that a reissue is a rerelease of a book, though they take a variety of different forms. Some reissues simply receive a new cover or title, others add bonus material, and some were previously published by the author or a different publisher. Many times they’re tied to an anniversary or they’re backlist titles of an author who has gained new readers.
Reissues are exciting because they’re an opportunity for existing readers to see a book they love in a new light and they offer new readers a chance to experience the book for the first time. Here we’ve rounded up 18 reissues hitting shelves in 2023 for your (re)reading pleasure. Some are even available to request on NetGalley!
Take the Lead by Alexis Daria
A must-read for fans of Dancing with the Stars, this first book in the Dance Off series follows Gina Morales, one of the professional dancers in a reality TV celebrity dance competition, and her partner for the season, Stone Nielson, the star of an Alaskan wilderness show. Their sizzling chemistry and Daria’s engaging writing make this a win for romance readers. Previously published as an e-original, the reissue of Take the Lead includes a stunning new cover, revised text, and bonus material! The paperback and ebook are available now, while audiophiles will be happy to know the audiobook is coming in March.
City of Bones by Martha Wells
Tordotcom Publishing recently acquired six of Martha Wells’ backlist books, all of which will be revised by the author and reissued. The first to hit shelves this September is City of Bones. This fantasy adventure follows Khat and Sagai, two relic dealers tasked with finding technology that belonged to the Ancients. Along the way, they end up going head-to-head against a cult that could destroy their home. If you need your Wells fantasy fix sooner, you only have to wait until spring.
Untamed Shore by Silvia Moreno-Garcia
Silvia Moreno-Garcia’s first thriller is getting a new look this September! First published in 2020 by Agora Books, this reissue comes from Del Rey (an imprint of Penguin Random House). Untamed Shore is set in Baja California in 1979 and follows Viridiana as she gets to know three wealthy American tourists who are visiting for the summer. When one of them dies, she finds herself further drawn into their web and starts to believe that the remaining two are hiding dangerous secrets.
Heated Rivalry by Rachel Reid
The We Are Bookish team loves Rachel Reid’s queer hockey romance series, so you know we were thrilled when it was announced that the first two e-originals were being reissued in print. Game Changer hit shelves in September 2022, and this upcoming March readers can pick up a paperback copy of Heated Rivalry. This emotional romance between hockey rivals Shane Hollander and Ilya Rozanov also comes with a never-before-published bonus short story: “My Dinner with Hayden.”
The Combat Codes by Alexander Darwin
Alexander Darwin’s sci-fi debut was a finalist in the 2020 Self-Published Fantasy Blog-Off before being snatched up by Orbit to be published this summer with edited text and new material. The first in a trilogy, this book combines the author’s love of science fiction with his passion for martial arts and is set in a world where warriors called Grievar Knights battle in hand-to-hand combat as representatives of their nations. A former Knight is on the hunt for a champion and believes he’s found it in orphan Cego.
Jackaby by William Ritter
Young adult readers have so much to look forward to from William Ritter starting with the release of Rook, a brand-new standalone novel set in the same world as the Jackaby series. To celebrate this release, all of the books in the Jackaby series are being reissued with gorgeous new cover art. Set in 1892 New England, the paranormal mystery series features the adventures of Abigail Rook and her employer R. F. Jackaby as they solve supernatural cases.
An Unconditional Freedom by Alyssa Cole
The Loyal League series by Alyssa Cole is an incredible collection of historical romances featuring Black Union spies fighting against the Confederacy. Last year, An Extraordinary Union (the first in the series) was rereleased with a brand new cover and this year books two and three are following suit. A Hope Divided is on shelves now with its fresh new look, and readers can pick up the third, An Unconditional Freedom, in July!
Black Cranes edited by Lee Murray and Geneve Flynn
Originally published in 2020, this anthology brought together Southeast Asian authors to share 14 horror tales centered around otherness and women’s rejection and subversion of traditional gender roles. The book went on to win both Bram Stoker and Shirley Jackson awards and will now be available in both hardcover and paperback. The reissue also includes new cover art and an afterword by New York Times best-selling author Nancy Holder.
Ancillary Justice by Ann Leckie
Ann Leckie fans, your summer is about to be out of this world. First, the Imperial Radch trilogy is getting a brand new look to celebrate its ten-year anniversary. These bright and bold paperback designs are sure to look gorgeous on the shelves of existing fans and newcomers alike. Ancillary Justice, which centers around a warship trapped in a human form, won the Hugo, Nebula, and Arthur C. Clarke Awards when it was first published and is not to be missed by science fiction readers. This series reissue is also part of the leadup to Leckie’s latest release: Translation State, a standalone science fiction novel that takes place in the Imperial Radch universe.
The Intuitionist by Colson Whitehead
To celebrate the 25th anniversary of Colson Whitehead’s debut novel, Everyman’s Library Contemporary Classics Series is reissuing the book in hardcover. Books in this series include touches such as decorative endpapers, silk ribbon markers, an introduction to the work, and a chronology of the author’s life. For fans of Whitehead’s novels, this will be a great collector’s piece. Meanwhile, new readers can use this as an opportunity to dive into the tale of a Black elevator inspector searching for answers after an elevator crashed on her watch.
Glitterland by Alexis Hall
Alexis Hall’s debut romance is getting a whole new look this spring. The first in the Spires Universe, Glitterland introduces readers to Ash Winters, a former literary golden boy struggling with depression, and Darian Taylor, who turns Ash’s world upside down and encourages him to step outside of his comfort zone. This is a revised and expanded reissue that includes a new cover and bonus content such as author annotations, a letter from the author on the writing process, a recipe, and additional scenes.
Masters of Death by Olivie Blake
After the massive success of The Atlas Six, Tor snatched up more of Olivie Blake’s self-published works for reissue, including Masters of Death. A fantasy novel, Masters of Death centers around a haunted house and the real estate agent who seeks out a medium (who happens to be the godson of Death) to help her solve the mystery of how the home’s spirit died. This will mark the book’s first hardcover release. In this revised edition, readers can look forward to new interior illustrations as well as illustrated endpapers.
Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake
Originally published in 2012, Kendare Blake’s tale of a ghost hunter facing a dangerous spirit is getting a fresh new look this fall. Longtime fans will be thrilled to learn this reissue comes with bonus material. Meanwhile, newer readers looking to fill their spooky season TBR with chills and horror are certain to find the thrill they seek in this young adult novel about a boy who comes from a long line of ghost hunters and a ghost who kills everyone who crosses the threshold of her home but decides to spare his life.
Dark Succession by Katee Robert
Katee Robert’s O’Malleys series is getting a fresh look. Originally published in mass market as The Marriage Contract, this book will be on shelves as a paperback with a new title and cover this summer. In Dark Succession, Teague O’Malley and Callista Sheridan are pressured to marry by their families for the sake of a business alliance. But being together brings them into more danger than either could’ve ever imagined. Readers won’t have to wait long for more in the series: The second book will be reissued in Fall 2023.
A Darker Shade of Magic by V. E. Schwab
It’s been almost a decade since A Darker Shade of Magic hit shelves and Kell and his peculiar coat endeared themselves to fantasy readers. Now the entire Shades of Magic series is getting a fresh new look to celebrate the upcoming fall release of the first book in the Threads of Power trilogy, which is set in the same world and features familiar characters. The Shades of Magic reissues will be published in May, June, and July of this year—perfect timing for those who want to revisit Schwab’s magical and dangerous world before diving into Threads of Power.
The Naturals by Jennifer Lynn Barnes
Jennifer Lynn Barnes’ YA series following an FBI team made up of teenagers with unique skills is headed back to shelves this spring. The Naturals series celebrates its 10th anniversary this year and to celebrate all four books are getting a fresh look with brand-new covers. Readers who read these thrillers when they were first released can return to the world and characters they loved, while those who have come to Barnes through her popular Inheritance Games series can dive in for a taste of her backlist.
Wolfsong by TJ Klune
Last year Tor Books announced some very exciting news: They acquired five of TJ Klune’s backlist titles as well as four new original works. The Green Creek series is being reissued as hardcovers with some amazing new covers. Check out this dynamic roundup of all four. The first to hit shelves will be Wolfsong, a queer adult paranormal romance featuring a human and the neighboring pack who takes him in and makes him family.
The Murder of Roger Ackroyd by Agatha Christie
It’s always fun when a classic is given a makeover. It provides new readers with a chance to discover the work and lets longtime fans add fresh takes on favorites to their collections. This Signet Classics edition of The Murder of Roger Ackroyd follows retired detective Hercule Poirot as he investigates his neighbor’s murder. This version includes an exclusive introduction by beloved mystery writer Ruth Ware.