Hello everyone! To start off the new year and to commemorate my first post, I’m going to list the books I am most looking forward to this year and explain why I picked this order (least anticipated>most). Here we go:
9. Crooked Kingdom (Six of Crows, Book #2) by Leigh Bardugo
Release Date: September 27th, 2016 by Henry Holt & Co.
Page Count: 480
Genre: YA, Fantasy
SIX OF CROWS took Leigh’s fans back into the world they know and love, and now she continues the adventure in the dangerous and fascinating underworld of Ketterdam city.
I haven’t read Six of Crows yet but I loved the lore of the Grisha universe from what I read in Shadow and Bone so I am very excited for this duology! Plus: HEISTS! 🙂
8. Truthwitch (The Witchlands, Book #1) by Susan Dennard
Release Date: January 5th, 2016 by Tor Teen
Page Count: 416
Genre: YA, Fantasy, Paranormal(ish)
On a continent ruled by three empires, some are born with a “witchery”, a magical skill that sets them apart from others.
In the Witchlands, there are almost as many types of magic as there are ways to get in trouble—as two desperate young women know all too well.
Safiya is a Truthwitch, able to discern truth from lie. It’s a powerful magic that many would kill to have on their side, especially amongst the nobility to which Safi was born. So Safi must keep her gift hidden, lest she be used as a pawn in the struggle between empires.
Iseult, a Threadwitch, can see the invisible ties that bind and entangle the lives around her—but she cannot see the bonds that touch her own heart. Her unlikely friendship with Safi has taken her from life as an outcast into one of reckless adventure, where she is a cool, wary balance to Safi’s hotheaded impulsiveness.
Safi and Iseult just want to be free to live their own lives, but war is coming to the Witchlands. With the help of the cunning Prince Merik (a Windwitch and ship’s captain) and the hindrance of a Bloodwitch bent on revenge, the friends must fight emperors, princes, and mercenaries alike, who will stop at nothing to get their hands on a Truthwitch.
I’ve never read anything by Susan Dennard before but this book has been really hyped up and I love the descriptions of the witch society she has developed. Also, she’s BFFs with Sarah J. Maas. Can’t go wrong with that.
7. Passenger (Passenger, Book #1) by Alexandra Bracken
Release Date: January 5th, 2016 by Disney-Hyperion
Page Count: 496
Genre: YA, Fantasy, Sci-Fi, Time Travel
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
I honestly have no clue what this book is about but I heard “time travel” and was hooked because I love the television show Doctor Who. I’ve tried to read Alex’s previous book The Darkest Minds and wasn’t into it (probably because it is dystopian) but I’m really excited to see what she has in store with this new duology.
6. The Raven King (The Raven Cycle, Book #4) by Maggie Stiefvater
Release Date: April 26th, 2016 by Scholastic Press
Page Count: 400
Genre: YA, Fantasy
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.”
I haven’t started this series yet, but after all of the hype around it I am looking forward to marathoning the entire quartet around the release date of The Raven King. Let me know your thoughts on this series, as I am very excited to start it!
5. Untitled (Throne of Glass, Book #5) by Sarah J Maas
Release Date: September (?), 2016 by Bloomsbury
Page count: N/A
Genre: YA, Fantasy
Preorder Here: N/A
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?
Obviously we don’t know much about this book besides its brief synopsis, but I am still super excited for this release! The Throne of Glass series has escalated to the top of my favorite YA fantasies as Sarah J. Maas hasn’t disappointed me yet. The only reason why this book is far down the list is because Queen of Shadows was just OK in my opinion. I wasn’t as blown away as I thought I would be and it didn’t compare to the epicness that was Heir of Fire. Plus the romance seemed kind of forced (but I’m pretty biased on that point because my ship sank (◡﹏◡✿)).
4. The Hammer of Thor (Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard, Book #2) by Rick Riordan
Release Date: October 4th, 2016 by Disney Hyperion
Page count: N/A
Genre: Middle Grade/YA, Fantasy, Mythology
Goodreads synopsis: N/A
Rick Riordan never, and I mean never disappoints. Every time you think he’s finished with writing about teenage demigods, BAM, here comes a new trilogy. The Sword of Summer was a reminder of all the great comedy that Rick is capable of, as well as many twists and turns that I never expected. Seriously though, that ending had me on the edge of my seat in shock. If you haven’t picked up the first book in this series, I highly recommend it.
3. A Court of Mist and Fury (A Court of Thorns and Roses, Book #2) by Sarah J. Maas
Release Date: May 3rd, 2016 by Bloomsbury
Page count: 640
Genre: YA/New Adult, Fantasy
Feyre survived Amarantha’s clutches to return to the Spring Court–but at a steep cost. Though she now has the powers of the High Fae, her heart remains human, and it can’t forget the terrible deeds she performed to save Tamlin’s people.
Nor has Feyre forgotten her bargain with Rhysand, High Lord of the feared Night Court. As Feyre navigates its dark web of politics, passion, and dazzling power, a greater evil looms–and she might be key to stopping it. But only if she can harness her harrowing gifts, heal her fractured soul, and decide how she wishes to shape her future–and the future of a world cleaved in two.
With more than a million copies sold of her beloved Throne of Glass series, Sarah J. Maas’s masterful storytelling brings this second book in her seductive and action-packed series to new heights.
640 PAGES. OH MY GOODNESS. Seeing that ACOTAR (A Court of Thorns and Roses) was one of my favorites of last year, this will definitely knock 2016 out of the park. I cannot wait to delve into Maas’s new characters even more! I wish this series would last as long as the Throne of Glass series, because there has only been one book in the ACOTAR series and I’m already in love with the cast of characters! I’m pretty sure Rhysand is going to deliver what seems to be leading to an astonishing character growth.
2. Lady Midnight (The Dark Artifices, Book #1) by Cassandra Clare
Release Date: March 8th, 2016 by Mc Elderry Books
Page count: 720
Genre: YA, Urban Fantasy
Los Angeles. It’s been five years since the events of the Mortal Instruments when Nephilim stood poised on the brink of oblivion and Shadowhunter Emma Carstairs lost her parents. After the blood and violence she witnessed as a child, Emma has dedicated her life to to discovering exactly what it was that killed her parents and getting her revenge.
Raised in the Los Angeles Institute with the Blackthorn family, Emma is paired as a parabatai with her best friend, Julian Blackthorn. A series of murders in the city catch her attention — they seem to have the same characteristics as the deaths of her parents. Could the murderer be the same person? And her attention isn’t the only one caught: someone has been murdering Downworlders as well. The Fair Folk make a deal with the Institute: if the Blackthorns and Emma will investigate the killings, they’ll return Mark Blackthorn to his home. The catch: they have only two weeks to find the killers. Otherwise it’s open war between faeries and Nephilim.
The Shadowhunters of the Institute must race against time to catch the killers, even as they begin to suspect the involvement of those closest to them. At the same time, Emma is falling in love with the one person in the world she’s absolutely forbidden by Shadowhunter Law to love. Set against the glittering backdrop of present-day Los Angeles, Emma must learn to trust her head and her heart as she investigates a demonic plot that stretches from the warlock-run nightclubs of the Sunset Strip to the enchanted sea that pounds the beaches of Santa Monica.
It’s been almost 2 years since we’ve gotten a new book in the Shadowhunters world. It feels like I’ve waited an eternity. Between the hype for this book and the hype for the new TV show in two weeks, I AM GOING TO BURST. Cassie never fails to deliver a book in the Shadowhunters world, each series with a brand new cast of characters and an extremely intriguing storyline. To all of you haters who say she “keeps writing the same story over and over again” or “she only does it for the money:” you clearly have not read these books or paid any attention to anything Cassie has said. She writes in this world because she developed it and she isn’t done developing it. There is still more of the story to write. She could end it abruptly, but then multiple character threads are left hanging, when they could just be explored into detail, which Cassie chooses to do.
>> THERE’S GOING TO BE MALEC GET HYPE GUYS <<
Edit: I hadn’t realized this book was so long until I looked up the page count but oh my gOD IT’S ALMOST THE SAME SIZE AS CITY OF HEAVENLY FIRE THIS IS GOING TO BE AMAZING.
1. The Hidden Oracle (The Trials of Apollo, Book #1) by Rick Riordan
Release Date: May 3rd, 2016 by Disney Hyperion
Page count: 320
Genre: Middle Grade/YA, Fantasy, Mythology
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.
Some of you may be thinking:
“Why would you put The Hidden Oracle at #1?”
“I thought you’d be more excited about *insert book title here*!”
“That book is considered middle grade. Aren’t you a little too old for it?”
LET ME TELL YOU WHY THIS BOOK IS MY #1 MOST ANTICIPATED OF THE YEAR.
I finished reading The Blood of Olympus in October of 2014 very dissatisfied in terms of how the book ended. It just wasn’t enough. It felt as if there was still another 100 pages left to the book that weren’t included.
So then Rick announced a new trilogy titled Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard and the entire fandom, including me, was freaking out because yay! New series! The protagonist is related to Annabeth! Norse gods! New characters! Boston!
But a part of me was still aching with post-Percy Jackson depression. For over a year, I’ve been left with this whole in my heart (I’m over-exaggerating but you get my point) because I NEED MORE SEAWEED BRAIN.
And then, this fall, Rick Riordan pulled the unexpected. He announced that he was writing a brand new FIVE BOOK, I repeat FIVE BOOK SERIES, about the god Apollo post-BoO, because he was punished at the end of the book for defying Zeus. I didn’t even pay attention to that detail at first, but when Rick announced this new series I almost burst into tears (of joy) because we were finally going to be able to return to the Percy Jackson universe. I don’t care that Percy isn’t the protagonist. Similarly to Lady Midnight, this book may not be centered on the characters we are used to, but we will still be able not only delve into complex background characters that have not been given enough page-time, but we will also be able to catch up with characters from past series which is just what we all need in the end.
That being said,
0.5. The Winds of Winter (A Song of Ice and Fire, Book #6) by George R. R. Martin
Release Date: When the sun rises in the west and sets in the east. When the seas go dry and mountains blow in the wind like leaves. When GRRM’s womb quickens again, and he bears a living child. Then the book will be released, and not before.
Page count: the number of Wyman Manderly’s chins
Genre: High Fantasy
Preorder Here: Wherever whores go
The previous installment, A Dance with Dragons, covered less story than Martin intended, omitting at least one planned large battle sequence and leaving several character threads ending in cliffhangers. Martin intends to resolve these cliffhangers “very early” in The Winds of Winter, saying “I’m going to open with the two big battles that I was building up to, the battle in the ice and the battle at Meereen—the battle of Slaver’s Bay. And then take it from there.
The A Song of Ice and Fire series may be my #1/#2 favorite book series of all time, but there’s no way I can predict the release of The Winds of Winter. Obviously I’m hoping for a 2016 release, but I don’t own a glass candle, I don’t have R’hllor on speed dial, and I’m not connected to a weirwood tree, so there’s no way for me to see the future.