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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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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.

Here are some of the upcoming books I am most excited about! I’ve put them in rough order of release date.

 

  • My Lady Jane by Cynthia Hand, Jodi Meadows and Brodi Ashton

Goodreads Synopsis: A comical, fantastical and witty re-imagining of the Tudor world, perfect for fans of Pride and Prejudice and Zombies. Lady Jane Grey, sixteen, is about to be married to a total stranger – and caught up in an insidious plot to rob her cousin, King Edward, of his throne. But that’s the least of Jane’s problems. She’s about to become Queen of England. Like that could go wrong.

This one publishes in the UK on September 1st, so it is tantalisingly close! It’s already, I believe, been out for a few months in America, and I have heard amazing things about it and have seen lots of very positive reviews on blogs and on Goodreads. It sounds like it’s an absolute blast to read. It combines history, fantasy and romance – my three favourite genres – and it’s hilarious to boot! I also find that books written by multiple authors are particularly vivid and creative as multiple imaginations are being combined. This novel sounds right up my street and September 1st cannot come soon enough!

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  • Empire of Storms by Sarah J. Maas

The long path to the throne has only just begun for Aelin Galathynius. Loyalties have been broken and bought, friends have been lost and gained, and those who possess magic find themselves at odds with those don’t.

As the kingdoms of Erilea fracture around her, enemies must become allies if Aelin is to keep those she loves from falling to the dark forces poised to claim her world. With war looming on all horizons, the only chance for salvation lies in a desperate quest that may mark the end of everything Aelin holds dear.

Aelin’s journey from assassin to queen has entranced millions across the globe, and this fifth installment will leave fans breathless. Will Aelin succeed in keeping her world from splintering, or will it all come crashing down?

‘Empire of Storms’, the fifth installment in Sarah J. Maas’ fantastic ‘Throne of Glass’ series, releases on September 6th. That is less than two weeks away, which I can hardly believe as I have been desperate for it since finishing the previous novel in the autumn of last year. Although there were a couple of things in ‘Queen of Shadows’ that I was not entirely happy with, I loved the fast-paced, tense and action-packed nature of the novel. This series as a whole can only be described as ‘epic’ and its epic-ness grows with each new novel. Sarah J. Maas’ imagination knows no bounds and her books are always impossible to put down. ACOMAF, published earlier this year, was absolutely outstanding and I’m sure her latest novel will be no different. She is one of my very favourite authors and I am bursting with excitement for ‘Empire of Storms’ and to be reunited with Aelin, Chaol and Dorian. I’m also very excited about the Throne of Glass colouring book, which also publishes on the 6th of September, and for Sarah J. Maas’ UK tour which will take place in October. I’ve met her twice already and it is always amazing and so, so inspiring to hear her talk about her novels and fantasy worlds.

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  • The Deviants by C. J. Skuse

When you set out for revenge, dig two graves

Growing up in the sleepy English seaside town of Brynston, the fearless five – Ella, Max, Corey, Fallon and Zane – were always inseparable. Living up to their nickname, they were the adventurous, rowdy kids who lived for ghost stories and exploring the nearby islands off the coast. But when Max’s beloved older sister Jessica is killed, the friendship seems to die with her.

Now years later, only Max and Ella are in touch; still best friends and a couple since they were thirteen. Their lives are so intertwined Max’s dad even sponsors Ella’s training for the Commonwealth Games. But Ella is hiding things. Like why she hates going to Max’s house for Sunday dinner, and flinches whenever his family are near. Or the real reason she’s afraid to take their relationship to the next level.

When underdog Corey is bullied, the fearless five are brought back together again, teaming up to wreak havoc and revenge on those who have wronged them. But when the secrets they are keeping can no longer be kept quiet, will their fearlessness be enough to save them from themselves?

‘The Deviants’ will be published by Mira Ink on September the 22nd and I highly recommend that you rush to get it on that day. I recently finished reading a proof copy of it and it’s easily one of the best novels I’ve ever read. It’s tense, unsettling, gripping and moving right from the very first page. It’s the perfect novel for fans of ‘We Were Liars’. I was absolutely captivated by it and so involved in the story that I could not put it down. As soon as I finished, I rushed to pass it over to my sister so I had someone to talk about it with – it’s that good. My sister hadn’t read YA for months, but as soon as she started reading ‘The Deviants’ she was just as hooked as I was. Our conversations since she finished have been dominated by talk of the Fearless Five, the main characters in this novel, and reading ‘The Deviants’ has got my sister back into reading YA. It’s a truly phenomenal novel with little twists and surprises dropped in, especially by the character named Fallon, that you will not see coming. It’s the kind of book I wish I could wipe from my memory just so I could have the pleasure of reading it again for the first time. I can’t wait to get my hands on a finished copy.

I will post a full review of it nearer to the release date.

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  • Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo (also to be published on Sept 27th)

Kaz Brekker and his crew have just pulled off a heist so daring even they didn’t think they’d survive. But instead of divvying up a fat reward, they’re right back to fighting for their lives. Double-crossed and left crippled by the kidnapping of a valuable team member, the crew is low on resources, allies, and hope. As powerful forces from around the world descend on Ketterdam to root out the secrets of the dangerous drug known as jurda parem, old rivals and new enemies emerge to challenge Kaz’s cunning and test the team’s fragile loyalties. A war will be waged on the city’s dark and twisting streets―a battle for revenge and redemption that will decide the fate of magic in the Grisha world. 

Aah, ‘Crooked Kingdom’! I have been dying to get my hands on a copy of this book ever since I turned the last page of its predecessor ‘Six of Crows’. ‘Six of Crows’ was absolutely amazing (as Leigh Bardugo’s novels always are). It was tense and gripping with very high stakes, it was full of twists and turns, the world-building was fantastic, and, best of all, it was filled with striking, vivid and unforgettable characters I couldn’t help but immediately grow very attached to. I can’t wait to read the rest of these characters’ story. I particularly cannot wait to see more of Kaz and Inej – they are my one true pairing. I do need to read this book very slowly though – it is the final installment of this duology and I do not want to leave these wonderful characters and this enveloping world behind.

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  • Heartless by Marissa Meyer (November 2016)

 

Long before she was the terror of Wonderland — the infamous Queen of Hearts — she was just a girl who wanted to fall in love.

Catherine may be one of the most desired girls in Wonderland, and a favorite of the yet-unmarried King of Hearts, but her interests lie elsewhere. A talented baker, all she wants is to open a shop with her best friend and supply the Kingdom of Hearts with delectable pastries and confections. But according to her mother, such a goal is unthinkable for the young woman who could be the next Queen.

At a royal ball where Cath is expected to receive the king’s marriage proposal, she meets Jest, the handsome and mysterious court joker. For the first time, she feels the pull of true attraction. At the risk of offending the King and infuriating her parents, she and Jest enter into an intense, secret courtship.

Cath is determined to define her own destiny and fall in love on her terms. But in a land thriving with magic, madness, and monsters, fate has other plans.

‘The Lunar Chronicles’ by Marissa Meyer is one of my all-time favourite series. I loved all four books – the characters, plot, world-building… everything about them! So naturally ‘Heartless’ has been high up on my most-anticipated list ever since I first heard about it. The synopsis for the novel sounds fantastic and very imaginative. Marissa Meyer is, in my opinion, the queen of retellings, so I am sure that this Alice In Wonderland retelling will be phenomenal, full of magic, excitement, tension, adventure and romance. I am beyond excited to meet Cath and Jest and to enter Wonderland –  November cannot come soon enough!

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  • Windwitch by Susan Dennard 

The follow-up to New York Times bestselling Truthwitch, next in a breathtaking YA fantasy series hailed by Alexandra Bracken as “a world you will want to inhabit forever.”

On a continent ruled by three empires, some are born with a “witchery,” a magical skill that sets them apart from others.

In this follow-up to New York Times bestselling Truthwitch, a shadow man haunts the Nubrevnan streets, leaving corpses in his wake—and then raising those corpses from the dead. Windwitch continues the tale of Merik—cunning privateer, prince, and windwitch.

This novel actually doesn’t come out for months (Jan 2017 is the release date) and it doesn’t even have a UK cover yet, but that doesn’t stop me from bursting with excitement for it. The Goodreads synopsis I have quoted above includes Alex Bracken’s comment that the world of the Witchlanders is a place ‘you will want to inhabit forever’. That captures my feelings exactly. I loved every second I spent in the world of ‘Truthwitch’ and I cannot wait to return to it. If I could live in any book setting, I’d pick the world of ‘Truthwitch’. I would love to be a Threadwitch, to take part in all the dances and to be a privateer!

‘Truthwitch’ is easily one of the best novels I’ve read this year, if not the best. I had the most amazing time reading it and meeting all the characters. I loved the world-building, the plot and most of all the friendship between the two main characters, Safi and Iseult – their friendship is as strong and takes as much focus as any romance and I love their ‘girl power’. I also cannot wait to see more of Safi and Merik and also Iseult and Aeduan together and to learn more about the different types of witchery and about the Cahr Awen. ‘Truthwitch’ marked the start to an epic and outstanding trilogy, and I eagerly await this next installment. (Can it please be January already?!)

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I’m also very excited about two new and upcoming novels by two of my favourite authors that have just recently been announced.

The first of these is ‘Flame in the Mist’ which will be the opening to a new duology by best-selling author Renee Ahdieh. It’s slated for release in 2017, is set in Japan and is inspired in part by the story of Mulan. I’ve always wanted someone to write a Mulan retelling and who better to do it than the wonderful Renee Ahdieh, who writes so beautifully and vividly that she can turn prose into poetry?

There’s a great interview on Bustle with Renee Ahdieh about this new series:   http://www.bustle.com/articles/177389-the-wrath-and-the-dawn-author-renee-ahdieh-announces-new-duology-flame-in-the-mist

The second is ‘Once and For All’ which will be Sarah Dessen’s 13th novel. I’ve read almost all of Sarah Dessen’s novels and have loved all of them. Her novels are always so enjoyable, thoughtful and inspiring. They in general follow teenage girls during the summer holiday and the protagonists overcome difficulties, forge lasting friendships and find themselves over the course of the summer. Her novels are heart-warming and are a joy to read. I think she is the voice of contemporary YA fiction and she understands exactly what it is like to be a teenager. I cannot wait to read her latest novel.

Here’s the current synopsis of it from Goodreads:

The novel, which is the author’s 13th, follows a just-graduated high schooler with a cynical view of romance and marriage. Burned by her first true love, she’s not ready to give her heart to anyone, when she meets a handsome young man. Set in what Viking called “the chaotic world of wedding planning,” Once and for All is slated for a summer 2017 release.

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