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Waiting on Wednesday

There are so many yet-to-be-released books that I cannot wait for, from books which come out next month and have only a short wait left, to books that are still months away and come out next year. All of the release dates for these books are in my calendar and I am bursting with excitement for them.

I posted some of the books a couple of weeks ago, but I am joining in with the meme again today. Here are some more of the upcoming books I am most excited about!

Several of this week’s ones are the final books in series, so I have mixed emotions about them – on the one hand I cannot wait for them to come out because I know they are going to be amazing, but on the other hand I am not, and will never be, ready to say goodbye to these characters and for the series to be over!

 

  • Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake (September 2016)

Goodreads synopsis: Every generation on the island of Fennbirn, a set of triplets is born: three queens, all equal heirs to the crown and each possessor of a coveted magic. Mirabella is a fierce elemental, able to spark hungry flames or vicious storms at the snap of her fingers. Katharine is a poisoner, one who can ingest the deadliest poisons without so much as a stomachache. Arsinoe, a naturalist, is said to have the ability to bloom the reddest rose and control the fiercest of lions.

But becoming the Queen Crowned isn’t solely a matter of royal birth. Each sister has to fight for it. And it’s not just a game of win or lose…it’s life or death. The night the sisters turn sixteen, the battle begins. The last queen standing gets the crown.

If only it was that simple. Katharine is unable to tolerate the weakest poison, and Arsinoe, no matter how hard she tries, can’t make even a weed grow. The two queens have been shamefully faking their powers, taking care to keep each other, the island, and their powerful sister Mirabella none the wiser. But with alliances being formed, betrayals taking shape, and ruthless revenge haunting the queens’ every move, one thing is certain: the last queen standing might not be the strongest…but she may be the darkest.

Ever since I saw the synopsis for ‘Three Dark Crowns’, I have been very excited for it to come out. It sounds really intriguing, with the ruthless and competitive natures of the three sisters, and the stakes are really high. I think it is going to be a tense, unpredictable and gripping story rich in betrayal and scandal.

I also really like the fact that three different covers for the novel are being published in the UK, with each one representing one of the three sisters. I think the green cover with the snake is my favourite, but if I read the book and love it I will probably end up buying them all as they all look amazing!
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  • Mafiosa by Catherine Doyle (January 2017)

A blood war rages on the streets of Chicago.

Protected by an infamous mafia family, Sophie is living a dangerous lie, pretending to lead a normal life. But the deceit can’t last for ever. Her heart belongs to a killer and Sophie’s the prime target of a rival clan. She’s determined to seek revenge on her mother’s murderers, but can she pay the price – can she be a mafiosa?

The third and final instalment in the explosive YA Blood for Blood series which started with Vendetta and Inferno.

The Blood For Blood trilogy is one of my very favourite series. I raced through the first two books and absolutely loved both of them. In particular I loved the unpredictable and gripping nature of the novels, the snappy dialogue, the romance, and the friendship between Sophie, the main character, and her best friend Millie – there is such loyalty in their friendship and Millie is hilarious. However, what I love best of all about Catherine Doyle’s writing is the fact that reading her novels is like watching a thriller – you can imagine everything and it all plays out like a film in front of your eyes. ‘Mafiosa’ is sure to be a blockbuster finale!

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  • Dawn Study by Maria V. Snyder (January 2017)

New York Times bestselling author Maria V. Snyder brings her Poison Study series to its exhilarating conclusion.

Despite the odds, Yelena and Valek have forged an irrevocable bond and a family that transcends borders. Now, when their two homelands stand on the brink of war, they must fight with magic and cunning to thwart an Ixian plot to invade Sitia.

Yelena seeks to break the hold of the insidious Theobroma that destroys a person’s resistance to magical persuasion. But the Cartel is determined to keep influential citizens and Sitian diplomats in thrall and Yelena at bay. With every bounty hunter after her, Yelena is forced to make a dangerous deal.

With might and magic, Valek peels back the layers of betrayal surrounding the Commander. At its rotten core lies a powerful magician and his latest discovery. The fate of all rests upon two unlikely weapons. One may turn the tide. The other could spell the end of everything.

I’m so glad that Maria V. Snyder decided to write a continuation trilogy to the original Chronicles of Ixia novels. It has been a joy to be reunited with some of my favourite fictional characters. ‘Shadow Study’ and ‘Night Study’ were both gripping and brilliantly written and ‘Dawn Study’, the third and final novel of this continuation series, is sure to be no different. The ending of ‘Night Study’ set things up for an action-packed and emotional final novel, and I cannot wait to read it. Snyder’s Soulfinder novels always have the perfect mix of romance, action and humour, and there are always mini cliffhangers at the end of chapters that keep you ceaselessly turning the pages. Roll on January and ‘Dawn Study’!

Below is the US cover as the UK one is yet to be revealed.

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  • The Scarecrow Queen by Melinda Salisbury (March 2017)

The final battle is coming . . .

As the Sleeping Prince tightens his hold on Lormere and Tregellan, the net closes in on the ragged band of rebels trying desperately to defeat him. Twylla and Errin are separated, isolated, and running out of time. The final battle is coming, and Aurek will stop at nothing to keep the throne forever . . .

The first thing I have to say is that the cover of ‘The Scarecrow Queen’, the third and final novel in The Sin Eater’s Daughter trilogy, is absolutely stunning. The covers for the other two books were also beautiful, but this one is my favourite yet, and I am sure that the inside of ‘The Scarecrow Queen’ is going to be just as stunning and brilliant as the outside.

‘The Sin Eater’s Daughter’ was fantastic, but the sequel, ‘The Sleeping Prince’, was even better – full of twists and turns, amazing characters and thrilling scenes. I think that this third novel will be the best one yet. The Sleeping Prince is on the rampage and everything is going to come to a head. It’s going to be an explosive and breathtaking final book.

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  • Long Way Home by Katie McGarry (January 2017)

Seventeen-year-old Violet has always been expected to sit back and let the boys do all the saving.

It’s the code her father, a member of the Reign of Terror motorcycle club, raised her to live by. Yet when her dad is killed carrying out Terror business, Violet knows it’s up to her to do the saving. To protect herself, and her vulnerable younger brother, she needs to cut all ties with the club—including Chevy, the boy she’s known and loved her whole life.

But when a rival club comes after Violet, exposing old secrets and making new threats, she’s forced to question what she thought she knew about her father, the Reign of Terror, and what she thinks she wants. Which means re-evaluating everything: love, family, friends . . . and forgiveness.

Caught in the crosshairs between loyalty and freedom, Violet must decide whether old friends can be trusted—and if she’s strong enough to be the one person to save them all.

I am beyond excited for ‘Long Way Home’, the next instalment in Katie McGarry’s wonderful Thunder Road series, having loved both of the previous books. Chevy and Violet are my favourite characters, so I cannot wait to hear their story. Katie McGarry has a truly addictive writing style and I always race through her books. I have a feeling that ‘Long Way Home’ is going to be my favourite book of hers.

I am also really hoping that we will get to see both more of the Thunder Road characters from the other two books – Oz, Emily, Breanna and Razor – and more of the characters from Katie McGarry’s other series, ‘Pushing the Limits’, in this novel, as I love them all and would really enjoy seeing them again!

(Below is the US cover; the UK one is yet to be released)

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  • Traitor To The Throne by Alwyn Hamilton

The sizzling, un-put-downable sequel to the bestselling Rebel of the Sands!

Mere months ago, gunslinger Amani al’Hiza fled her dead-end hometown on the back of a mythical horse with the mysterious foreigner Jin, seeking only her own freedom. Now she’s fighting to liberate the entire desert nation of Miraji from a bloodthirsty sultan who slew his own father to capture the throne. 

When Amani finds herself thrust into the epicenter of the regime—the Sultan’s palace—she’s determined to bring the tyrant down. Desperate to uncover the Sultan’s secrets by spying on his court, she tries to forget that Jin disappeared just as she was getting closest to him, and that she’s a prisoner of the enemy. But the longer she remains, the more she questions whether the Sultan is really the villain she’s been told he is, and who’s the real traitor to her sun-bleached, magic-filled homeland.

Forget everything you thought you knew about Miraji, about the rebellion, about djinni and Jin and the Blue-Eyed Bandit. In Traitor to the Throne, the only certainty is that everything will change.

I absolutely loved ‘Rebel of the Sands’, the first novel in this series. I really enjoyed the fact the it was full of adventure and that there were lots of magical legends. It was a sandstorm of a story: it was fast-paced and action-packed, and it pulled me in from the very beginning and gripped me until the very end. I am sure that the sequel, ‘Traitor To The Throne’ will be no different. The cover is gorgeous, and the tagline ‘Beware the enemy within…’ is very suspenseful and has me bursting to know what will happen next for Amani. I can’t wait to read the next part of her story and to be reunited with all the characters.

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