Anticipated Releases of 2017

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Happy New Year! I hope 2017 is amazing for everyone!

While I didn’t read every book that I was excited for last year, I did get to read most of them and I’m excited to share my new list! I feel like I haven’t been as on top of 2017 releases as I was with 2016 releases, but I think I have a pretty decent sized list. So without further ado, here are the books I’m most excited for in 2017:

1. Wayfarer by Alexandra Bracken (January 3)

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Summary from Goodreads (Spoilers for Passenger):

All Etta Spencer wanted was to make her violin debut when she was thrust into a treacherous world where the struggle for power could alter history. After losing the one thing that would have allowed her to protect the Timeline, and the one person worth fighting for, Etta awakens alone in an unknown place and time, exposed to the threat of the two groups who would rather see her dead than succeed. When help arrives, it comes from the last person Etta ever expected—Julian Ironwood, the Grand Master’s heir who has long been presumed dead, and whose dangerous alliance with a man from Etta’s past could put them both at risk.

Meanwhile, Nicholas and Sophia are racing through time in order to locate Etta and the missing astrolabe with Ironwood travelers hot on their trail. They cross paths with a mercenary-for-hire, a cheeky girl named Li Min who quickly develops a flirtation with Sophia. But as the three of them attempt to evade their pursuers, Nicholas soon realizes that one of his companions may have ulterior motives.

As Etta and Nicholas fight to make their way back to one another, from Imperial Russia to the Vatican catacombs, time is rapidly shifting and changing into something unrecognizable… and might just run out on both of them.

I really enjoyed Passenger and I’m even more excited to find out what happens next! I love how much research Bracken put into the first book and I’m excited to see what times and places she’s going to take us to next. I’m also looking forward to the further development of Etta and Nicholas’s relationship and see what revelations will be revealed!

2. Wires and Nerve, Vol. 1 by Marissa Meyer, illustrated by Douglas Holgate (January 31)

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Summary from Goodreads:

In her first graphic novel, #1 New York Times and USA Today bestseller Marissa Meyer follows Iko, the beloved android from the Lunar Chronicles, on a dangerous and romantic new adventure — with a little help from Cinder and the Lunar team.

In her first graphic novel, bestselling author Marissa Meyer extends the world of the Lunar Chronicles with a brand-new, action-packed story about Iko, the android with a heart of (mechanized) gold. When rogue packs of wolf-hybrid soldiers threaten the tenuous peace alliance between Earth and Luna, Iko takes it upon herself to hunt down the soldiers’ leader. She is soon working with a handsome royal guard who forces her to question everything she knows about love, loyalty, and her own humanity. With appearances by Cinder and the rest of the Rampion crew, this is a must-have for fans of the bestselling series.

I’m so excited to return to the world of the Lunar Chronicles and I’m especially excited that Iko is the lead. It’ll be interesting to see what has become of everyone since “Something Old, Something New” or directly after Winter (I’m not quite sure where this will fit in the timeline just yet). I’m also glad that the graphic novel is a whole new story rather than a representation of one of the novels like a lot of books have.

3. King’s Cage by Victoria Aveyard (February 7)

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Summary from Goodreads (spoilers for Glass Sword):

In this breathless third installment to Victoria Aveyard’s bestselling Red Queen series, allegiances are tested on every side. And when the Lightning Girl’s spark is gone, who will light the way for the rebellion?

Mare Barrow is a prisoner, powerless without her lightning, tormented by her lethal mistakes. She lives at the mercy of a boy she once loved, a boy made of lies and betrayal. Now a king, Maven Calore continues weaving his dead mother’s web in an attempt to maintain control over his country—and his prisoner.

As Mare bears the weight of Silent Stone in the palace, her once-ragtag band of newbloods and Reds continue organizing, training, and expanding. They prepare for war, no longer able to linger in the shadows. And Cal, the exiled prince with his own claim on Mare’s heart, will stop at nothing to bring her back.

When blood turns on blood, and ability on ability, there may be no one left to put out the fire—leaving Norta as Mare knows it to burn all the way down.

With the way Glass Sword ended, I can’t wait for King’s Cage! Since Mare will be back at the palace I’m hoping for more courtly intrigue which I loved in Red Queen and missed in Glass Sword. It’ll be interesting to see how everything changes and what consequences everyone’s actions will have!

4. A Conjuring of Light by V. E. Schwab (February 21)

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Summary from Goodreads:

The battle between four magical Londons comes to a head in this stunning finale to the New York Times bestselling Shades of Magic trilogy by rising star V. E. Schwab

London’s fall and kingdoms rise while darkness sweeps the Maresh Empire—and the fraught balance of magic blossoms into dangerous territory while heroes and foes struggle alike. The direct sequel to A Gathering of Shadows, and the final book in the Shades of Magic epic fantasy series, A Conjuring of Light sees Schwab reach a thrilling culmination concerning the fate of beloved protagonists—and old enemies.

I discovered this series last year and I’m so excited to see how it ends! The previous book ended on a cliffhanger and I’m dying to know what happens next. I’m sad that the series will be over after this book, but I hope that the ending is just as amazing as the beginning!

5. A Crown of Wishes by Roshani Chokshi (March 28)

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 Summary from Goodreads:

Gauri, the princess of Bharata, has been taken as a prisoner of war by her kingdom’s enemies. Faced with a future of exile and scorn, Gauri has nothing left to lose. Hope unexpectedly comes in the form of Vikram, the cunning prince of a neighboring land and her sworn enemy kingdom. Unsatisfied with becoming a mere puppet king, Vikram offers Gauri a chance to win back her kingdom in exchange for her battle prowess. Together, they’ll have to set aside their differences and team up to win the Tournament of Wishes—a competition held in a mythical city where the Lord of Wealth promises a wish to the victor.

Reaching the tournament is just the beginning. Once they arrive, danger takes on new shapes: poisonous courtesans and mischievous story birds, a feast of fears and twisted fairy revels.

Every which way they turn new trials will test their wit and strength. But what Gauri and Vikram will soon discover is that there’s nothing more dangerous than what they most desire.

I fell in love with Chokshi’s writing last year with The Star-Touched Queen and I am so excited for this companion novel! While I’m sad that Maya and Amar’s story is done, I did love Gauri’s character in The Star-Touched Queen and I can’t wait to see her develop further!

6. Always and Forever, Lara Jean by Jenny Han (May 2)

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Summary from Goodreads:

Lara Jean’s letter-writing days aren’t over in this surprise follow-up to the New York Times bestselling To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before and P.S. I Still Love You.

Lara Jean is having the best senior year a girl could ever hope for. She is head over heels in love with her boyfriend, Peter; her dad’s finally getting remarried to their next door neighbor, Ms. Rothschild; and Margot’s coming home for the summer just in time for the wedding.

But change is looming on the horizon. And while Lara Jean is having fun and keeping busy helping plan her father’s wedding, she can’t ignore the big life decisions she has to make. Most pressingly, where she wants to go to college and what that means for her relationship with Peter. She watched her sister Margot go through these growing pains. Now Lara Jean’s the one who’ll be graduating high school and leaving for college and leaving her family—and possibly the boy she loves—behind.

When your heart and your head are saying two different things, which one should you listen to?

This is another series that I discovered last year and I’m so glad I read it in time for the surprise third book! I love Lara Jean as a character (especially since she’s one of the few YA teenagers that reminds me of myself when I was in high school) and I especially love the people in her life. I’m excited to watch her grow further and I can’t wait to see what happens!

7. The Dark Prophecy by Rick Riordan (May 2)

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Summary from Goodreads:

Zeus has punished his son Apollo—god of the sun, music, archery, poetry, and more—by casting him down to earth in the form of a gawky, acne-covered sixteen-year-old mortal named Lester. The only way Apollo can reclaim his rightful place on Mount Olympus is by restoring several Oracles that have gone dark. What is affecting the Oracles, and how can Apollo do anything about them without his powers? After experiencing a series of dangerous—and frankly, humiliating—trials at Camp Half-Blood, Apollo must now leave the relative safety of the demigod training ground and embark on a hair-raising journey across North America. Fortunately, what he lacks in godly graces he’s gaining in new friendships—with heroes who will be very familiar to fans of the Percy Jackson and the Olympians and Heroes of Olympus series. Come along for what promises to be a harrowing, hilarious, and haiku-filled ride. . . .

Battle ostriches on the cover means this book is going to be amazing! I love Riordan’s books and I love that he doesn’t just create the same heroes for every series. He strives to make each book different, but at the same time so familiar. I’m excited to see how Greek and Roman mythology is further intertwined and I can’t wait to see new and old faces!

8. Flame in the Mist by Renée Ahdieh (May 16)

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Summary from Goodreads:

The daughter of a prominent samurai, Mariko has long known her place—she may be an accomplished alchemist, whose cunning rivals that of her brother Kenshin, but because she is not a boy, her future has always been out of her hands. At just seventeen years old, Mariko is promised to Minamoto Raiden, the son of the emperor’s favorite consort—a political marriage that will elevate her family’s standing. But en route to the imperial city of Inako, Mariko narrowly escapes a bloody ambush by a dangerous gang of bandits known as the Black Clan, who she learns has been hired to kill her before she reaches the palace.

Dressed as a peasant boy, Mariko sets out to infiltrate the ranks of the Black Clan, determined to track down the person responsible for the target on her back. But she’s quickly captured and taken to the Black Clan’s secret hideout, where she meets their leader, the rebel ronin Takeda Ranmaru, and his second-in-command, his best friend Okami. Still believing her to be a boy, Ranmaru and Okami eventually warm to Mariko, impressed by her intellect and ingenuity. As Mariko gets closer to the Black Clan, she uncovers a dark history of secrets, of betrayal and murder, which will force her to question everything she’s ever known.

I loved The Wrath and the Dawn and I’m so pumped for this book! It gives me some Mulan vibes (with the whole disguising herself and going to fight), but it also sounds like something I’ve never seen before. It’ll be fun to read a fantasy book that based in Japanese lore since there aren’t that many that I’ve seen!

9. Wonder Woman: Warbringer (August 29)

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Summary from Goodreads:

The highly anticipated coming-of-age story for the world’s greatest super hero: WONDER WOMAN by the # 1 New York Times bestselling author LEIGH BARDUGO.

She will become one of the world’s greatest heroes: WONDER WOMAN. But first she is Diana, Princess of the Amazons. And her fight is just beginning. . . .

Diana longs to prove herself to her legendary warrior sisters. But when the opportunity finally comes, she throws away her chance at glory and breaks Amazon law—risking exile—to save a mere mortal. Even worse, Alia Keralis is no ordinary girl and with this single brave act, Diana may have doomed the world.

Alia just wanted to escape her overprotective brother with a semester at sea. She doesn’t know she is being hunted. When a bomb detonates aboard her ship, Alia is rescued by a mysterious girl of extraordinary strength and forced to confront a horrible truth: Alia is a Warbringer—a direct descendant of the infamous Helen of Troy, fated to bring about an age of bloodshed and misery.

Together, Diana and Alia will face an army of enemies—mortal and divine—determined to either destroy or possess the Warbringer. If they have any hope of saving both their worlds, they will have to stand side by side against the tide of war.

We only ever see Wonder Woman as Wonder Woman so it’ll be fun to see a younger Diana taking on the world. The concept sounds so fun and interesting and I love Bardugo’s writing style so I know I’m going to love this!

10. The Ship of the Dead by Rick Riordan (October 3)

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Summary from Goodreads:

In the third book in Rick Riordan’s epic Norse mythology series, Magnus and his friends take a boat trip to the farthest borders of Jotunheim and Niflheim in pursuit of Asgard’s greatest threat. Life preservers are mandatory for this wet, wild, and wondrous adventure.

I am so sad this series is ending because it is one of my favorites, but I am excited to see how Ragnarok is prevented one last time! I can’t wait to see how the ending of The Hammer of Thor ties into this book. I’m excited for more pop culture references and learning more about Norse mythology!

What are some books you’re excited about? Let me know in the comments! I’d love the recommendations!

 

 

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