Anticipated Releases of 2016

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Happy New Year! I hope everyone’s 2016 is starting off with a bang!

Since it is the beginning of the New Year, I’m going to share with you some of my anticipated releases of the year. I’m sure that I’ll have more as the year progresses, but for now here is my list:

1. Passenger by Alexandra Bracken (January 5)

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Summary from Goodreads:

passage, n.
i. A brief section of music composed of a series of notes and flourishes.
ii. A journey by water; a voyage.
iii. The transition from one place to another, across space and time.

In one devastating night, violin prodigy Etta Spencer loses everything she knows and loves. Thrust into an unfamiliar world by a stranger with a dangerous agenda, Etta is certain of only one thing: she has traveled not just miles but years from home. And she’s inherited a legacy she knows nothing about from a family whose existence she’s never heard of. Until now.

Nicholas Carter is content with his life at sea, free from the Ironwoods—a powerful family in the colonies—and the servitude he’s known at their hands. But with the arrival of an unusual passenger on his ship comes the insistent pull of the past that he can’t escape and the family that won’t let him go so easily. Now the Ironwoods are searching for a stolen object of untold value, one they believe only Etta, Nicholas’ passenger, can find. In order to protect her, he must ensure she brings it back to them— whether she wants to or not.

Together, Etta and Nicholas embark on a perilous journey across centuries and continents, piecing together clues left behind by the traveler who will do anything to keep the object out of the Ironwoods’ grasp. But as they get closer to the truth of their search, and the deadly game the Ironwoods are playing, treacherous forces threaten to separate Etta not only from Nicholas but from her path home . . . forever

Alexandra Bracken is an author that I discovered in 2015 and although I’ve only read two of her books, I am in love with her style of writing! All the people that have been lucky enough to receive  an ARC of the book have been gushing about how amazing it is. Time travel is always interesting and I can’t wait to see what she does with it! I am so excited that I already pre-ordered it and am waiting with bated breath!

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2. Stars Above by Marissa Meyer (February 2)

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Summary from Goodreads:

The enchantment continues….

The universe of the Lunar Chronicles holds stories—and secrets—that are wondrous, vicious, and romantic. How did Cinder first arrive in New Beijing? How did the brooding soldier Wolf transform from young man to killer? When did Princess Winter and the palace guard Jacin realize their destinies?

With nine stories—five of which have never before been published—and an exclusive never-before-seen excerpt from Marissa Meyer’s upcoming novel, Heartless, about the Queen of Hearts from Alice in Wonderland, Stars Above is essential for fans of the bestselling and beloved Lunar Chronicles.


The Little Android: A retelling of Hans Christian Andersen’s “The Little Mermaid,” set in the world of The Lunar Chronicles.
Glitches: In this prequel to Cinder, we see the results of the plague play out, and the emotional toll it takes on Cinder. Something that may, or may not, be a glitch….
The Queen’s Army: In this prequel to Scarlet, we’re introduced to the army Queen Levana is building, and one soldier in particular who will do anything to keep from becoming the monster they want him to be.
Carswell’s Guide to Being Lucky: Thirteen-year-old Carswell Thorne has big plans involving a Rampion spaceship and a no-return trip out of Los Angeles.
The Keeper: A prequel to the Lunar Chronicles, showing a young Scarlet and how Princess Selene came into the care of Michelle Benoit.
After Sunshine Passes By: In this prequel to Cress, we see how a nine-year-old Cress ended up alone on a satellite, spying on Earth for Luna.
The Princess and the Guard: In this prequel to Winter, we see a game called The Princess
The Mechanic: In this prequel to Cinder, we see Kai and Cinder’s first meeting from Kai’s perspective.
Something Old, Something New: In this epilogue to Winter, friends gather for the wedding of the century…

Marissa Meyer is another author that I discovered last year and I can’t believe that it took me so long to do so! Although I still need to read Fairest, I am so excited for these short stories, especially the wedding! I think it’s going to be Scarlet and Wolf or Winter and Jacin getting married, but who knows! Also how beautiful is that cover?!?

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3. Starflight by Melissa Landers (February 2)

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Summary from Goodreads:

Life in the outer realm is a lawless, dirty, hard existence, and Solara Brooks is hungry for it. Just out of the orphanage, she needs a fresh start in a place where nobody cares about the engine grease beneath her fingernails or the felony tattoos across her knuckles. She’s so desperate to reach the realm that she’s willing to indenture herself to Doran Spaulding, the rich and popular quarterback who made her life miserable all through high school, in exchange for passage aboard the spaceliner Zenith.

When a twist of fate lands them instead on the Banshee, a vessel of dubious repute, Doran learns he’s been framed on Earth for conspiracy. As he pursues a set of mysterious coordinates rumored to hold the key to clearing his name, he and Solara must get past their enmity to work together and evade those out for their arrest. Life on the Banshee may be tumultuous, but as Solara and Doran are forced to question everything they once believed about their world–and each other–the ship becomes home, and the eccentric crew family. But what Solara and Doran discover on the mysterious Planet X has the power to not only alter their lives, but the existence of everyone in the universe…

This book came onto my radar because I saw something that compared it to Firefly and I enjoyed that show, so I figured that this book will be something special! I’m also trying to find more fun sci-fi reads and this perfectly fits the bill. My favorite thing about Science Fiction (and Fantasy) is world building and I can’t wait to see what sort of world Melissa Landers creates. This is yet another beautiful cover that will grace my list and I hope the insides will be just as beautiful!

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4. Blackhearts by Nicole Castroman (February 9)

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Summary from Goodreads:

Blackbeard the pirate was known for striking fear in the hearts of the bravest of sailors. But once he was just a young man who dreamed of leaving his rigid life behind to chase adventure in faraway lands. Nothing could stop him—until he met the one girl who would change everything.

Edward “Teach” Drummond, son of one of Bristol’s richest merchants, has just returned from a year-long journey on the high seas to find his life in shambles. Betrothed to a girl he doesn’t love and sick of the high society he was born into, Teach dreams only of returning to the vast ocean he’d begun to call home. There’s just one problem: convincing his father to let him leave and never come back.

Following her parents’ deaths, Anne Barrett is left penniless and soon to be homeless. Though she’s barely worked a day in her life, Anne is forced to take a job as a maid in the home of Master Drummond. Lonely days stretch into weeks, and Anne longs for escape. How will she ever realize her dream of sailing to Curaçao—where her mother was born—when she’s stuck in England?

From the moment Teach and Anne meet, they set the world ablaze. Drawn to each other, they’re trapped by society and their own circumstances. Faced with an impossible choice, they must decide to chase their dreams and go, or follow their hearts and stay.

Who doesn’t love pirates? Pirate tales can be either hit or miss and I think this will probably be a hit. I have always been a big fan of historical fiction that explores the lives of specific people from the past (although for the most part people choose to write about royalty). It’ll be interesting to see Nicole Castroman’s take on Blackbeard’s past.  This is another book where the people lucky enough to get ARCs have had nothing but wonderful things to say!

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5. Glass Sword by Victoria Aveyard (February 9) [Spoilers for Red Queen]

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Summary from Goodreads:

Mare Barrow’s blood is red—the color of common folk—but her Silver ability, the power to control lightning, has turned her into a weapon that the royal court tries to control.

The crown calls her an impossibility, a fake, but as she makes her escape from Maven, the prince—the friend—who betrayed her, Mare uncovers something startling: she is not the only one of her kind.

Pursued by Maven, now a vindictive king, Mare sets out to find and recruit other Red-and-Silver fighters to join in the struggle against her oppressors.

But Mare finds herself on a deadly path, at risk of becoming exactly the kind of monster she is trying to defeat.

Will she shatter under the weight of the lives that are the cost of rebellion? Or have treachery and betrayal hardened her forever?

After the way Red Queen ends I need this book ASAP! In fact I pre-ordered it when I pre-ordered Passenger! I love fantasy that takes what you already love about the genre and twists it around to make something fun and interesting. I have high hopes for this book and hope that Aveyard builds more on the relationships and character work that she started in the first book. I look forward to more character development for the minor characters and more exciting things from the main ones!

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6. The Forbidden Wish by Jessica Khoury (February 23)

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Summary from Goodreads:

She is the most powerful Jinni of all. He is a boy from the streets. Their love will shake the world…

When Aladdin discovers Zahra’s jinni lamp, Zahra is thrust back into a world she hasn’t seen in hundreds of years — a world where magic is forbidden and Zahra’s very existence is illegal. She must disguise herself to stay alive, using ancient shape-shifting magic, until her new master has selected his three wishes.

But when the King of the Jinn offers Zahra a chance to be free of her lamp forever, she seizes the opportunity—only to discover she is falling in love with Aladdin. When saving herself means betraying him, Zahra must decide once and for all: is winning her freedom worth losing her heart?

As time unravels and her enemies close in, Zahra finds herself suspended between danger and desire in this dazzling retelling of Aladdin from acclaimed author Jessica Khoury.

As you guys can probably tell from the books I’ve already reviewed, I am a sucker for fairy tale retellings. Aladdin seems to be the new popular retelling because I’ve seen quite a few new books about it. I’m excited for this particular retelling because it’s from the point of view of the genie which I think will provide a fresh perspective and have interesting obstacles. I also think that because it’s through the genie’s eyes we’ll get to see new sides of the story that you don’t normally see when it’s through Aladdin’s and I’m excited to see the new twists and turns!

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7. A Tyranny of Petticoats edited by Jessica Spotswood (March 8)

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Summary from Goodreads:

From an impressive sisterhood of YA writers comes an edge-of-your-seat anthology of historical fiction and fantasy featuring a diverse array of daring heroines.

Criss-cross America — on dogsleds and ships, stagecoaches and trains — from pirate ships off the coast of the Carolinas to the peace, love, and protests of 1960s Chicago. Join fifteen of today’s most talented writers of young adult literature on a thrill ride through history with American girls charting their own course. They are monsters and mediums, bodyguards and barkeeps, screenwriters and schoolteachers, heiresses and hobos. They’re making their own way in often-hostile lands, using every weapon in their arsenals, facing down murderers and marriage proposals. And they all have a story to tell.

With stories by:
J. Anderson Coats
Andrea Cremer
Y. S. Lee
Katherine Longshore
Marie Lu
Kekla Magoon
Marissa Meyer
Saundra Mitchell
Beth Revis
Caroline Richmond
Lindsay Smith
Jessica Spotswood
Robin Talley
Leslye Walton
Elizabeth Wein

I can’t wait to read this book because it’s always fun to read about women being awesome in different time periods. The authors that I’m most looking forward to are Marissa Meyer and Elizabeth Wein, but I’m sure all of the other stories will make me excited about some new authors to add to my TBR! I don’t normally read multi-author story collections, but the title, cover, and description are a perfect storm for making me excited to read!

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8. The Raven King by Maggie Stiefvater (April 26)

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Summary from Goodreads:

The fourth and final installment in the spellbinding series from the irrepressible, #1 New York Times bestselling author Maggie Stiefvater.

All her life, Blue has been warned that she will cause her true love’s death. She doesn’t believe in true love and never thought this would be a problem, but as her life becomes caught up in the strange and sinister world of the Raven Boys, she’s not so sure anymore.

In a starred review for Blue Lily, Lily Blue, Kirkus Reviews declared: “Expect this truly one-of-a-kind series to come to a thundering close.”

The Raven Cycle is without a doubt the most unique series that I have ever read. While I am sad to see it end, I’m excited to see how it ends. I’m excited to see the Blue/Gansey and Adam/Ronan payoffs and I can’t wait to see what Piper Greenmantle does next! However I don’t think I’m ready for that all important kiss! This cover is the most stunning one to date and I think it has to be one of my favorites from the covers that have been revealed!

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9. The Trials of Apollo: The Hidden Oracle by Rick Riordan (May 3)

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Summary from Goodreads:

How do you punish an immortal?

By making him human.

After angering his father Zeus, the god Apollo is cast down from Olympus. Weak and disorientated, he lands in New York City as a regular teenage boy. Now, without his godly powers, the four-thousand-year-old deity must learn to survive in the modern world until he can somehow find a way to regain Zeus’s favour.

But Apollo has many enemies – gods, monsters and mortals who would love to see the former Olympian permanently destroyed. Apollo needs help, and he can think of only one place to go . . . an enclave of modern demigods known as Camp Half-Blood.

I will read anything that this man writes. From the original Percy Jackson series, Apollo is the god that I thought Riordan enjoyed writing the most and consequently I enjoyed him the most. I think it will be interesting to have a series from a godly point of view rather than a hero’s and it’ll be fun to watch Apollo adjust to humanity! I know a lot of people are skeptical about the overall quality of the series, but Riordan has never let me down. There are so many stories to tell with Greek Mythology and I like that he is continuously finding stories that he wants to tell us. I know this series will be fun and entertaining!

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10. Tone Deaf by Olivia Rivers (May 3)

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Summary from Goodreads:

His world is music…
…Her world is silent.

Ali Collins was a prodigy destined to become one of the greatest musicians of the 21st century.

Until the brain tumor struck.

Now seventeen, Ali lives in a soundless world where she gets by with ASL and lip-reading. So when she meets Jace Beckett, she thinks he’s her worst nightmare come true. Jace is the lead singer for the wildly-popular band Tone Deaf, and he’s exactly the kind of success-story Ali hates and resents.

Nineteen-year-old Jace has it all: fame, money, and legions of fans. Every night on tour brings a new performance and a new girl, which is just what he needs to avoid the pain of relationships.

But when Jace learns Ali is being abused, he reluctantly proposes a solution: Run away with him and his band as they tour the country. With freedom in sight, Ali takes the offer. Immediately, she’s swept into a world filled with wild punk music, wilder musicians, and maybe—just maybe—love.

The first thing I saw of this book was the title and I was going to be so disappointed if the main character wasn’t Deaf. I’m trying to expand in the types of characters I read and I think this is a good way to start! I’m excited to learn more about Ali and her world and how Jace will fit in! It’ll be interesting to read how Olivia Rivers describes ASL.

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11. The Crown’s Game by Evelyn Skye (May 17)

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Summary from Goodreads:

Vika Andreyeva can summon the snow and turn ash into gold. Nikolai Karimov can see through walls and conjure bridges out of thin air. They are enchanters—the only two in Russia—and with the Ottoman Empire and the Kazakhs threatening, the Tsar needs a powerful enchanter by his side.

And so he initiates the Crown’s Game, an ancient duel of magical skill—the greatest test an enchanter will ever know. The victor becomes the Imperial Enchanter and the Tsar’s most respected adviser. The defeated is sentenced to death.

Raised on tiny Ovchinin Island her whole life, Vika is eager for the chance to show off her talent in the grand capital of Saint Petersburg. But can she kill another enchanter—even when his magic calls to her like nothing else ever has?

For Nikolai, an orphan, the Crown’s Game is the chance of a lifetime. But his deadly opponent is a force to be reckoned with—beautiful, whip smart, imaginative—and he can’t stop thinking about her.

And when Pasha, Nikolai’s best friend and heir to the throne, also starts to fall for the mysterious enchantress, Nikolai must defeat the girl they both love . . . or be killed himself.

As long-buried secrets emerge, threatening the future of the empire, it becomes dangerously clear . . . the Crown’s Game is not one to lose.

I am so happy that Russian fantasy is becoming a thing! I’m excited to see Evelyn Skye’s Russian world and how she incorporates those elements with the fantasy of the magic! So far all of the characters seem really exciting and fascinating. I can’t wait to learn more about them! I’m also a part of the Tsar’s Guard that gets updates and exclusives for the book, so expect a fun related post in the coming months!

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12. Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo (September 22)

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No summary on Goodreads…yet!

After the way Six of Crows ends this sequel can’t come soon enough! I’m excited to finally get a Wylan POV and can’t wait for the pay offs in everyone’s budding relationships! I also hope that Pekka Rollins gets what’s coming to him because he needs to pay big time. I’m bummed that this will be the final adventure with the Crows, but I’d rather them tell their story and go out with a bang!

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13. The Hammer of Thor by Rick Riordan (October 4)

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No summary on Goodreads…yet!

I am so excited to see how Magnus’s story continues! It’ll be really cool to see how the Norse world and modern world continue to blend together and I’m can’t wait to see what new gods will be introduced. I also am excited for more Samirah awesomeness. I’m also interested in what Norse myths will be woven into the quest as well and it’ll be interesting to see if any of Magnus’s hall mates will join him on his further adventures!

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14. Heartless by Marissa Meyer (November 8)

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Summary from Goodreads:

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.

I absolutely adored The Lunar Chronicles and I can’t wait to see what Marissa Meyer does with the Queen of Hearts! I’m sure it will be just as unique and inventive as she did with the other fairy tales! Backstories are always interesting, but I do hope the Queen of Hearts doesn’t become too sympathetic a character. After all in the end she does threaten to cut off the head of a young girl! 😉

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