Happy New Year guys 🙂 I am super thrilled to read SO many of the books coming out this year! There are way too many to put in one post so this is just a list of 10 books coming out throughout the year that I’m most excited for in order of their release dates. In addition, I’m planning on writing a post at the beginning of each month with all of the books coming out that month that I’m interested in reading. Please let me know what books you’re looking forward to reading this year!
Reign of the Fallen by Sarah Glenn Marsh (January 23)
Synopsis: Odessa is one of Karthia’s master necromancers, catering to the kingdom’s ruling Dead. Whenever a noble dies, it’s Odessa’s job to raise them by retrieving their souls from a dreamy and dangerous shadow world called the Deadlands. But there is a cost to being raised–the Dead must remain shrouded, or risk transforming into zombie-like monsters known as Shades. If even a hint of flesh is exposed, the grotesque transformation will begin. A dramatic uptick in Shade attacks raises suspicions and fears among Odessa’s necromancer community. Soon a crushing loss of one of their own reveals a disturbing conspiracy: someone is intentionally creating Shades by tearing shrouds from the Dead–and training them to attack. Odessa is faced with a terrifying question: What if her necromancer’s magic is the weapon that brings Karthia to its knees?
I was pretty much sold when I heard “necromancers.” This book just sounds so unique and magical! I also hear that the protagonist is bisexual which is awesome.
The Hazel Wood by Melissa Albert (January 30)
Synopsis: Seventeen-year-old Alice and her mother have spent most of Alice’s life on the road, always a step ahead of the uncanny bad luck biting at their heels. But when Alice’s grandmother, the reclusive author of a cult-classic book of pitch-dark fairy tales, dies alone on her estate, the Hazel Wood, Alice learns how bad her luck can really get: her mother is stolen away―by a figure who claims to come from the Hinterland, the cruel supernatural world where her grandmother’s stories are set. Alice’s only lead is the message her mother left behind: “Stay away from the Hazel Wood.” Alice has long steered clear of her grandmother’s cultish fans. But now she has no choice but to ally with classmate Ellery Finch, a Hinterland superfan who may have his own reasons for wanting to help her. To retrieve her mother, Alice must venture first to the Hazel Wood, then into the world where her grandmother’s tales began―and where she might find out how her own story went so wrong.
Dark fairy tales come to life?! Count me in! This book sounds like it’s going to be full of twists and I can’t wait for it.
Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi (March 6)
Synopsis: Zélie Adebola remembers when the soil of Orïsha hummed with magic. Burners ignited flames, Tiders beckoned waves, and Zelie’s Reaper mother summoned forth souls. But everything changed the night magic disappeared. Under the orders of a ruthless king, maji were targeted and killed, leaving Zélie without a mother and her people without hope. Now, Zélie has one chance to bring back magic and strike against the monarchy. With the help of a rogue princess, Zélie must outwit and outrun the crown prince, who is hell-bent on eradicating magic for good. Danger lurks in Orïsha, where snow leoponaires prowl and vengeful spirits wait in the waters. Yet the greatest danger may be Zélie herself as she struggles to control her powers—and her growing feelings for the enemy.
I’ve heard so many amazing things about this book. I’m so intrigued by the setting and the magic. It sounds like a really diverse fantasy read.
To Kill a Kingdom by Alexandra Christo (March 6)
Synopsis: Princess Lira is siren royalty and the most lethal of them all. With the hearts of seventeen princes in her collection, she is revered across the sea. Until a twist of fate forces her to kill one of her own. To punish her daughter, the Sea Queen transforms Lira into the one thing they loathe most—a human. Robbed of her song, Lira has until the winter solstice to deliver Prince Elian’s heart to the Sea Queen or remain a human forever. The ocean is the only place Prince Elian calls home, even though he is heir to the most powerful kingdom in the world. Hunting sirens is more than an unsavory hobby—it’s his calling. When he rescues a drowning woman in the ocean, she’s more than what she appears. She promises to help him find the key to destroying all of sirenkind for good—But can he trust her? And just how many deals will Elian have to barter to eliminate mankind’s greatest enemy?
This book is definitely at the top of my most anticipated list! As a dark retelling of The Little Mermaid, it sounds so promising. This is another one that sounds like it’s going to be filled with twists and the romance seems like it’s going to be addicting. I’m SO excited for this release!
Ace of Shades by Amanda Foody (April 10)
Synopsis: Enne Salta was raised as a proper young lady, and no lady would willingly visit New Reynes, the so-called City of Sin. But when her mother goes missing, Enne must leave her finishing school—and her reputation—behind to follow her mother’s trail to the city where no one survives uncorrupted. Frightened and alone, her only lead is a name: Levi Glaisyer. Unfortunately, Levi is not the gentleman she expected—he’s a street lord and a con man. Levi is also only one payment away from cleaning up a rapidly unraveling investment scam, so he doesn’t have time to investigate a woman leading a dangerous double life. Enne’s offer of compensation, however, could be the solution to all his problems. Their search for clues leads them through glamorous casinos, illicit cabarets and into the clutches of a ruthless mafia donna. As Enne unearths an impossible secret about her past, Levi’s enemies catch up to them, ensnaring him in a vicious execution game where the players always lose. To save him, Enne will need to surrender herself to the city… And she’ll need to play.
I LOVED Daughter of the Burning City and I know I’m going to love this trilogy just as much if not more. I’m already intrigued by the characters and the plot and I can’t wait to journey into the City of Sin.
Leah on the Offbeat by Becky Albertalli (April 24)
Synopsis: Leah Burke—girl-band drummer, master of deadpan, and Simon Spier’s best friend from the award-winning Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda—takes center stage in this novel of first love and senior-year angst. When it comes to drumming, Leah Burke is usually on beat—but real life isn’t always so rhythmic. An anomaly in her friend group, she’s the only child of a young, single mom, and her life is decidedly less privileged. She loves to draw but is too self-conscious to show it. And even though her mom knows she’s bisexual, she hasn’t mustered the courage to tell her friends—not even her openly gay BFF, Simon. So Leah really doesn’t know what to do when her rock-solid friend group starts to fracture in unexpected ways. With prom and college on the horizon, tensions are running high. It’s hard for Leah to strike the right note while the people she loves are fighting—especially when she realizes she might love one of them more than she ever intended.
The Upside of Unrequited was one of the last books I read in 2017 and I thought it was hilarious and adorable. One of my favorite aspects of it was how relatable the main character, Molly, was. Personally, as a bisexual girl who used to play the drums, I think that I’ll be able to relate to Leah too. Overall, I’m just so excited for more of Becky Albertalli’s writing!
On the Come Up by Angie Thomas (May 1)
Synopsis: The highly anticipated second novel from Angie Thomas, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Hate U Give, returns to the world of Garden Heights in a story about an aspiring teen rapper and what happens when you get everything you thought you wanted.
The Hate U Give was funny and did an amazing job of addressing serious, important topics in today’s world. I’m excited to get more of Angie Thomas’s writing and to return to the world of Garden Heights.
Legendary by Stephanie Garber (May 29)
Synopsis: Stephanie Garber’s limitless imagination takes flight once more in the colorful, mesmerizing, and immersive sequel to the bestselling and breakout debut Caraval, following Scarlett’s younger sister, Tella, on a journey to the empire’s capital to fulfill a mysterious bargain.
Caraval absolutely blew me away with its characters, plot, and world-building. It also ended with a bit of a cliffhanger. I’m so excited to find out what happens in this sequel!! I NEED more of the world of Caraval.
The Towering Sky by Katharine McGee (August 28)
Synopsis: The final book in Katharine McGee’s epic New York Times bestselling series, The Thousandth Floor. It’s New York City, 2118. In Manhattan’s glamorous thousand-story supertower, millions of people are living scandalous lives. Leda, Watt, Rylin, Avery, and Calliope are all struggling to hide the biggest secrets of all, secrets that could destroy everything, and send their perfect worlds toppling over the edge. Because every rise has a fall.
I read The Thousandth Floor and The Dazzling Heights in 2017 and although they honestly weren’t my favorite books of the year, they were extremely entertaining and they both ended with crazy cliffhangers! I’m dying to find out what happens in The Towering Sky, which is supposed to conclude the trilogy, and I can’t believe I have to wait until the end of August.
What If It’s Us by Becky Albertalli and Adam Silvera (October 9)
Synopsis: What If It’s Us opens as Arthur and Ben meet at the post office as Ben is shipping his ex-boyfriend’s things back to him. They subsequently endure the frustration of knowing there was a missed connection, before the universe pushes them back together again in a series of failed “first” dates.
Becky Albertalli and Adam Silvera wrote some of my favorite books of 2017 and the fact that they’ve collaborated to write this book has me super excited. They both create such lovable characters. Plus, the plot sounds like it’s going to be SO cute.