Hey, guys! I was just thinking about how I can’t believe that it’s already June – 2016 is almost half over (thank God). I decided that I wanted to make a list of my most anticipated books that are going to be released throughout the later half of this year – for both organizational purposes, and to show you guys what I’m really looking forward to reading.
Also, a warning in advance: this post is going to be pretty long, since I’m going to be including the synopsis of all of these books. Sorry about that 😅
*Each title will also be linked to Goodreads, in case you want to add any of these books to your shelves!
1. Empire of Storms by Sarah J. Maas (ToG #5)
Release Date: September 26, 2016
Genre: YA High Fantasy
Publishing House: Bloomsbury USA Childrens
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?
I don’t even think that my excitement for this book needs explanation – as you guys know by now (if you’ve been reading my blog for a while), Throne of Glass is my favorite high fantasy series, and I feel that the books just become more impressive and well developed as time goes on. I am literally counting down the days until I can read Empire of Storms.
2. Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake
Release Date: September 20, 2016
Genre: YA Fantasy
Publishing House: HarperTeen
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.
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.
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.
I’ve been seriously anticipating this book – first off, it’s high fantasy, which is my absolute favorite genre (subgenre?). It also sounds extremely dark, and the plotline about magic, as seen in the full Goodreads summary, sounds so cool. I absolutely can’t wait to get my hands on this one.
3. Vassa in the Night by Sarah Porter
Release Date: September 20, 2016
Genre: YA (Urban?) Fantasy
Publishing House: Tor Teen
In the enchanted kingdom of Brooklyn, the fashionable people put on cute shoes, go to parties in warehouses, drink on rooftops at sunset, and tell themselves they’ve arrived. A whole lot of Brooklyn is like that now—but not Vassa’s working-class neighborhood.
In Vassa’s neighborhood, where she lives with her stepmother and bickering stepsisters, one might stumble onto magic, but stumbling out again could become an issue. Babs Yagg, the owner of the local convenience store, has a policy of beheading shoplifters—and sometimes innocent shoppers as well. So when Vassa’s stepsister sends her out for light bulbs in the middle of night, she knows it could easily become a suicide mission.
But Vassa has a bit of luck hidden in her pocket, a gift from her dead mother. Erg is a tough-talking wooden doll with sticky fingers, a bottomless stomach, and a ferocious cunning. With Erg’s help, Vassa just might be able to break the witch’s curse and free her Brooklyn neighborhood. But Babs won’t be playing fair. .
A fantasy version of Brooklyn, complete with Russian folktales and talking wooden dolls – I am completely sold. 100%, count me in.
4. Timekeeper by Tara Sim
Release Date: November 1, 2016
Genre: YA Science Fiction – Steampunk
Publishing House: Sky Pony Press
Two o’clock was missing.
In an alternate Victorian world controlled by clock towers, a damaged clock can fracture time—and a destroyed one can stop it completely.
It’s a truth that seventeen-year-old clock mechanic Danny Hart knows all too well; his father has been trapped in a Stopped town east of London for three years. Though Danny is a prodigy who can repair not only clockwork, but the very fabric of time, his fixation with staging a rescue is quickly becoming a concern to his superiors.
And so they assign him to Enfield, a town where the tower seems to be forever plagued with problems. Danny’s new apprentice both annoys and intrigues him, and though the boy is eager to work, he maintains a secretive distance. Danny soon discovers why: he is the tower’s clock spirit, a mythical being that oversees Enfield’s time. Though the boys are drawn together by their loneliness, Danny knows falling in love with a clock spirit is forbidden, and means risking everything he’s fought to achieve.
But when a series of bombings at nearby towers threaten to Stop more cities, Danny must race to prevent Enfield from becoming the next target or he’ll not only lose his father, but the boy he loves, forever.
I’m especially excited about this because it has themes of time travel, LGBTQIA+ characters, and apparently a PoC character (?!?!??!). That’s really all I need in a book – this sounds so fantastic and I am unbelievably ready for it to come out.
5. Of Fire and Stars by Audrey Coulthurst
Release Date: November 22, 2016
Genre: YA High Fantasy
Publishing House: Balzer + Bray
Betrothed since childhood to the prince of Mynaria, Princess Dennaleia has always known what her future holds. Her marriage will seal the alliance between Mynaria and her homeland, protecting her people from other hostile lands. But Denna has a secret. She possesses an Affinity for fire—a dangerous gift for the future queen of a kingdom where magic is forbidden.
Now, Denna must learn the ways of her new home while trying to hide her growing magic. To make matters worse, she must learn to ride Mynaria’s formidable warhorses before her coronation—and her teacher is the person who intimidates her most, the prickly and unconventional Princess Amaranthine (called Mare), sister of her betrothed.
When a shocking assassination leaves the kingdom reeling, Mare and Denna reluctantly join forces to search for the culprit. As the two work together, each discovers there’s more to the other than she thought. Mare is surprised by Denna’s intelligence and bravery, while Denna is drawn to Mare’s independent streak. Soon their friendship is threatening to blossom into something more.
But with dangerous conflict brewing that makes the alliance more important than ever, acting on their feelings could be deadly. Forced to choose between their duty and their hearts, Mare and Denna must find a way to save their kingdoms—and each other.
I am so, so excited for this – I know I’ve been saying that all throughout this post, but these books are all my most anticipated releases for a reason, HAHAH. Of Fire and Stars is a high fantasy novel with a lesbian relationship. Let me repeat that: a high fantasy novel with a relationship between two women. I have never read a high fantasy novel with the protagonist being a woman who is attracted to women, which is really sad to say, honestly. I’m so excited to read this for so many different reasons, the LGBTQIA+ representation being one of them.
6. Heartless by Marissa Meyer
Release Date: November 8, 2016
Genre: YA Fantasy (Fairy-Tale retelling)
Publishing House: Feiwel and Friends
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’m sure you all know about Heartless. Where do I even begin with how much I’m anticipating this book? Marissa Meyer is one of my favorite authors, and I absolutely love The Lunar Chronicles. I adore fairy-tale retellings, and this would be my first Alice in Wonderland retelling!
7. This Is Our Story by Ashley Elston
Release Date: November 15, 2016
Genre: YA Mystery/Thriller
Publishing House: Disney-Hyperion
No one knows what happened that morning at River Point. Five boys went hunting. Four came back. The boys won’t say who fired the shot that killed their friend; the evidence shows it could have been any one of them.
Kate Marino’s senior year internship at the District Attorney’s Office isn’t exactly glamorous—more like an excuse to leave school early that looks good on college applications. Then the DA hands her boss, Mr. Stone, the biggest case her small town of Belle Terre has ever seen. The River Point Boys are all anyone can talk about. Despite their damning toxicology reports the morning of the accident, the DA wants the boys’ case swept under the rug. He owes his political office to their powerful families.
Kate won’t let that happen. Digging up secrets without revealing her own is a dangerous line to walk; Kate has her own reasons for seeking justice for Grant. As she and Stone investigate—the ageing prosecutor relying on Kate to see and hear what he cannot—she realizes that nothing about the case—or the boys—is what it seems. Grant wasn’t who she thought he was, and neither is Stone’s prime suspect. As Kate gets dangerously close to the truth, it becomes clear that the early morning accident might not have been an accident at all—and if Kate doesn’t uncover the true killer, more than one life could be on the line…including her own.
I’m just now realizing that this is the only book on this list that isn’t fantasy or sci-fi, HAHAH. Although fantasy is my favorite genre, I do reserve a special place in my heart for thrillers and mysteries – and This Is Our Story sounds extremely promising.
So, these are the 7 books that I’m really looking forward to! 5/7 are fantasy (which surprises no one), but I’m really excited to read the sci-fi and thriller book I listed, too.
Let me know in the comments about the books you’re most looking forward to – I’m always open to recommendations!