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!
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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!
- 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?!)
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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