Most Anticipated Releases (Jul-Sep 2019)

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Today I’m sharing my most anticipated releases for the next three months, some of which I have already read thanks to having received an ARC, some other ones knowing perfectly well that I won’t manage to make them a priority for now and that’s okay.

Usually these posts end up being very long for me but I feel like this summer is being slightly more quiet (after a few very hectic release months like May and June), with the exception of some September releases that have me vibrate in anticipation whenever I think of them.

July

9th

Wilder Girls by Rory Power

16th

The Rise of Kyoshi by F.C. Lee

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August

6th

A Little Light Mischief by Cat Sebastian | review

13th

The Last Hope by Krista Ritchie and Becca Ritchie

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September

3rd

Darkdawn by Jay Kristoff

10th

Gideon the Ninth by Tamsyn Muir

How to be Remy Cameron by Julian Winters | RTC

24th

The Tyrant’s Tomb by Rick Riordan

Wayward Son by Rainbow Rowell

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What are your most anticipated books for the next few months? Is there anything I forgot and/or you think I might not know about? Let me know!

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Most Anticipated Releases (Apr-Jun 2019)

It’s the start of a new trimester and that means I’m going to share my most anticipated releases for the next three months!

The reason I do this rather than a “most anticipated books for the first half of the year” or so is that books by smaller publishers or self published books aren’t often announced with such a huge notice, and I don’t want my posts to only have books by big publishers and/or already known authors.

Even so, something always gets announced after I’ve posted my list BUT for now this is all I’ve got. And that’s a lot! April and May are especially holding a knife at my throat while university is keeping me locked in the basement.

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What I’m saying is that I need a bookcation in which I read all day every day for a few months and then maybe I’ll be able to stay on top of my anticipated TBR. So without further ado, here’s what I’m looking forward to in April, May and June.

April

2nd

The Devouring Gray by Christine Lynn Herman

Wicked Saints by Emily A. Duncan

Defy Me by Tahereh Mafi

The Princess and the Fangirl by Ashley Poston

16th

➣ Starworld by Audrey Coulthurst and Paula Garner

30th

King of Fools by Amanda Foody

A Prince on Paper by Alyssa Cole

Belly Up by Eva Darrows

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May

1st

Chosen Champion by Elise Kova

6th

Reverb by Anna Zabo

7th

Middlegame by Seanan McGuire

Her Royal Highness by Rachel Hawkins

➣ Kings, Queens and In-Betweens by Tanya Boteju

14th

We Hunt the Flame by Hafsah Faizal

Red, White & Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston

➣ I Wish You All The Best by Mason Deaver

21st

➣ Going Off-Script by Jen Wilde

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June

4th

A Lady’s Guide to Celestial Mechanics by Olivia Waite

Wild and Crooked by Leah Thomas

11th

Tell Me How You Really Feel by Aminah Mae Safi

18th

All of Us With Wings by Michelle Ruiz Keil

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I included all of these although I’ve already read some (The Princess and the Fangirl, Red, White & Royal Blue) and I have ARCs for some other ones (Reverb, Starworld, King of Fools) because I want everyone to know about them.

Please let me know if you’re also anticipating some of these and tell me about books you’re looking forward to that aren’t on this list!

(For someone who complains about my TBR all the time I sure ask for book recommendations a lot, don’t I?)

Most Anticipated Releases (Jan-Mar 2019)

Happy New Year! I hope everyone had a great beginning of 2019 and is ready for the absolute blessing that this year is going to be, publishing-wise. I don’t know if I’m just more aware of how many great diverse books are coming out this year or if it’s really a huge step forward compared to 2018, but I feel like even if I decided to quit everything and stay home all day every day for the whole year I would still end up behind on all these books that are coming out (not to mention I’m still behind on my 2018 most anticipated releases…RIP).

This is also the perfect time for a Most Anticipated post. As always I know I’m not going to read everything right away because I won’t have enough time (and also I’m a mood reader), but I’ve highlighted in bold the books I’m most most most anticipating and that I hope to get to as soon as they come out.

January

8th

Once Ghosted, Twice Shy (Reluctant Royals #2.5) by Alyssa Cole – I’ve preordered this spin-off novella before even reading any book in this series. But seriously, this is a f/f romance about two Black women, and with that cover?? Phew, I’m in love. And after reading book one in this series I’m even more curious, because I loved Likotsi and I want her to be happy. Also, I’m seriously in love with the title, I don’t know why!

15th

The Gilded Wolves by Roshani Chokshi – I still haven’t read anything by the author, but this sounds too got not to be excited about it. A gang of six queer nerds with one impossible heist? I don’t know if anything has ever sounded more appealing ever, honestly. I doubt I’ll manage to get to it right away but that’s only because January will be one hell of a month and I prefer to read fantasy when I can truly enjoy it and binge it in as little time as possible, and I really want to read this in the best conditions for myself.

22nd

Song of the Dead (Reign of the Fallen #2) by Sarah Glenn Marsh – I’m a little conflicted about this because while I liked the first book, it didn’t really stay with me, although I do remember enough about it that I think I could read this sequel without a reread. It’s just not going to be a priority for me right now but I’ll stalk everyone’s thoughts once more reviews start to pop up on GR and blogs.

29th

King of Scars by Leigh Bardugo – okay, if I had to make a post about THE most anticipated release for the whole year, this would be it. I know I’m not the only one, but I will literally plan my whole week around this release and try to finish it the day it comes out.

The Severed Moon by Leigh Bardugo – a year-long journal by one of my favorite authors, with quotes and prompts from the Grishaverse? I never knew this is what I needed, but it’s what I needed. I hadn’t realized that this comes out the same day as KoS, but I’m going to look into preordering it as well.

February

5th

On The Come Up by Angie Thomas – it’s by Angie Thomas. That’s it, that’s the reason.

12th

Bloom by Kevin Panetta & Savanna Ganucheau – this is a queer graphic novel that I found out about on twitter a while ago, the art looks so nice and soothing (kind of à la Heartstopper)

19th

The Past and Other Things That Should Stay Buried by Shaun David Hutchinson – I loved the other books by SDH I’ve read so far, so I have high expectations and high hopes for this one.

March

1st

The Fever King by Victoria Lee – this is the only one of these that I’ve been lucky enough to have read as an ARC! I loved this and the review is coming out sometime closer to the release date. I think this is a very important book and a strong debut. I did have some issues with the writing but I think the story and characters more than make up for it!

The Last 8 by Laura Pohl – I added this for the aro rep and I wish I could read it right now. I’m going to have to be careful though because aliens give me a lot of anxiety (don’t ask) and depending on how big this element is in the story I might not be able to read it at all.

5th

You Asked for Perfect by Laura Silverman – this is about academic pressure and apparently it has a mm romance. I expect that I’ll buy or preorder this to keep in my kindle once I have more time and I’m in the mood for it

19th

The Weight of the Stars by K. Ancrum – I loved The Wicker King and while this is not a direct sequel, one of the MC is the child of three characters from TWK (they’re in a MMF polyam relationship). Their child becomes friends with a girl whose mom is an astronaut who left for a one-way trip to the edge of the solar system and this concept made me so incredibly melancholic the first time I read the blurb (before even reading TWK) that I just had to add the book to my TBR. It is also going to be an f/f romance so like, I don’t know how I could possibly ask for more.

The Perfect Assassin by K.A. Doore –  a fantasy murder mystery with ace and mlm rep, or, as I like to call it, “be gay, undo crime”.

26th

Miranda in Milan by Katharine Duckett – all I know is that it’s f/f and set in Italy. I’ve avoided books set in Italy by Americans authors in the past because they can go very, very wrong, but I’ll try to read this one. Maybe. Right now I’m excited for it but who knows what can happen in three months’ time.

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How has your 2019 been so far? Are you looking forward to any of these books? Have I missed any upcoming releases you’re looking forward to? Let me know!

Book Blitz: The Fever King by Victoria Lee — Excerpt & Giveaway

A few weeks ago I received an ARC of The Fever King by Victoria Lee, one of my most anticipated releases of next year, and weeks after having read it I’m still thinking about it. This is a book you can’t miss out on (YA political fantasy! all-queer cast! important and always-relevant themes such as intergenerational trauma!) and I’m so happy to be able to be part of the book blitz that Xpresso Tours organized, so thank you so much to them for the opportunity!

Read on to find info and preorder links, as well as an excerpt from chapter one and a giveaway for a chance to win one of five ARCs!

 

The Fever King
Victoria Lee
Published by: Skyscape
Publication date: March 1st 2019
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult

In the former United States, sixteen-year-old Noam Álvaro wakes up in a hospital bed, the sole survivor of the viral magic that killed his family and made him a technopath. His ability to control technology attracts the attention of the minister of defense and thrusts him into the magical elite of the nation of Carolinia.

The son of undocumented immigrants, Noam has spent his life fighting for the rights of refugees fleeing magical outbreaks—refugees Carolinia routinely deports with vicious efficiency. Sensing a way to make change, Noam accepts the minister’s offer to teach him the science behind his magic, secretly planning to use it against the government. But then he meets the minister’s son—cruel, dangerous, and achingly beautiful—and the way forward becomes less clear.

Caught between his purpose and his heart, Noam must decide who he can trust and how far he’s willing to go in pursuit of the greater good.

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EXCERPT FROM CHAPTER 1:

He stood there for a second, staring woozily at the mess while sirens shrieked in his ears. He was sick. Magic festered in his veins, ready to consume him whole.

An outbreak.

His father, when Noam managed to weave his way back to his side, had fallen unconscious. His head lolled forward, and there was a bloody patch on his lap, yellow electricity flickering over the stain. The world undulated around them both in watery waves.

“It’s okay,” Noam said, knowing his dad couldn’t hear him. He sucked in a sharp breath and hitched his father’s body out of the chair. He shouldn’t—he couldn’t just leave him there like that. Noam had carried him around for three years, but today his father weighed twice as much as before. Noam’s arms quivered. His thoughts were white noise.

It’s okay, it’s okay, it’s okay, a voice kept repeating in Noam’s head.

He dumped his father’s body on the bed, skinny limbs sprawling. Noam tried to nudge him into a more comfortable position, but even that took effort. But this . . . it was more than he’d done for his mother. He’d left her corpse swinging on that rope for hours before Brennan had shown up to take her down.

His father still breathed, for now.

How long did it take to die? God, Noam couldn’t remember.

On shaky legs, Noam made his way back to the chair by the window. He couldn’t manage much more. The television kept turning itself on and off again, images blazing across a field of static snow and vanishing just as quickly. Noam saw it out of the corners of his eyes even when he tried not to look, the same way he saw his father’s unconscious body. That would be Noam soon.

Magic crawled like ivy up the sides of the fire escape next door.

Noam imagined his mother waiting for him with a smile and open arms, the past three years just a blink against eternity.

His hands sparked with something silver-blue and bright. Bolts shot between his fingers and flickered up his arms. The effect would have been beautiful were it not so deadly. And yet . . .

A shiver ricocheted up his spine.

Noam held a storm in his hands, and he couldn’t feel a thing.

 

Author Bio:

Victoria Lee grew up in Durham, North Carolina, where she spent twelve ascetic years as a vegetarian before discovering that spicy chicken wings are, in fact, a delicacy. She’s been a state finalist competitive pianist, a hitchhiker, a pizza connoisseur, an EMT, an expat in China and Sweden, and a science doctoral student. She’s also a bit of a snob about fancy whiskey. Lee writes early in the morning and then spends the rest of the day trying to impress her border collie puppy and make her experiments work. She currently lives in Pennsylvania with her partner.

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Most Anticipated Releases (Oct-Dec 2018)

It’s already time for a new Anticipated Releases post! I feel like I just posted my July—September list but apparently it’s only three months until the end of the year – WOWOWOW this is absolutely fine ahahhahaah who’s panicking not me.

ANYWAY. I tried really hard to make this list as little disproportionate as possible but there’s just too many October releases that I’m excited about, only a few November ones and almost no December ones?? What is this sorcery, @ publishing industry explain this.

I’ve put the ones I’m most-most-most anticipating in bold (the ones I expect or hope I will get to read as soon as they come out and/or the ones I’ve pre-ordered).

 

October

 

 

2nd:

9 from the Nine Worlds by Rick Riordan – The Magnus Chase trilogy means so much to me, and this is the first time since I’ve started reading Riordan’s books that one of these extra books releases, so I can’t help but being extremely excited about reading more about these characters.
Will I read/pre-order it? Yes. I will try to pre-order the physical copy (and y’all know I’m an absolute e-book person) because I’m not sure if the ebook will even exist and because the cover is too pretty. I just need to figure out where it’s best to do it because when I tried to do it on amazon it said it would be delivered two weeks after the release date :/ But I’m confident that I will devour it as soon as I get my copy.

The Lady’s Guide to Petticoats and Piracy by Mackenzi Lee – I loved book one so I’m fairly excited about this spin-off/sequel which will focus on Felicity (Monty’s sister). She’s a truly badass aroace lady and I can’t wait to see what adventures she’ll find herself in.
Will I read/pre-order it? I don’t think I will pre-order it and I will read it when the time is right. As much as I’m excited for it, I’m just not in a mood for historical fiction and I also feel like having seeing ARCs of this everywhere in the online book community for months has made me less excited about it.

4th:

Nine Perfect Strangers by Liane Moriarty – I was apparently wrong to put it in my previous post but back then the release date seemed to be in September. Anyway, reading the synopsis and having read Moriarty’s Big Little Lies a few months ago I really feel like this is going to absolutely become a favorite of mine in its genre.
Will I read/pre-order it? Depending on the price (I still haven’t checked) I will probably not pre-order it, just because I won’t have time to read it as soon as it comes out. I will buy it as soon as I’m in the mood and/or I have some time to enjoy it, because I feel like it’s one of those books you have to binge. But I’m still super super excited for it.

9th:

Odd One Out by Nic Stone – I don’t know much about this except what the synopsis promises, plus I’m absolutely here for what seems to be a sort of love triangle among queer POC teens.
Will I read/pre-order it? I need to check the price! I might pre-order it.

What If It’s Us by Becky Albertalli and Adam Silvera – I still haven’t read any Silvera novel, which… yeah,  you can yell at me. But I love Becky and I know this will be good.
Will I read/pre-order it? I actually have an ARC of this that I started to read months ago and then put on hold. The reason for that is that one of the two MCs’ POV was initially very focused on an event he recently went through, the same event I had also recently gone through back when I tried to read it. It was just making me feel even sadder so I had to put it down for my sanity. It shouldn’t be a problem to read it now but I just haven’t gotten around to it yet.

Blanca & Roja by Anna-Marie McLemore – confession: I can’t seem to get into magical realism, and yet I keep trying. I’ve enjoyed McLemore’s short stories in two anthologies I’ve read so I’m hoping I will like this too.
Will I read/pre-order it? Probably won’t pre-order it but I’ll wait for more people to read and review it and then either read it or keep it in my TBR forever.

 

 

10th:

The Steel Prince #1 by V.E. Schwab – I’m so excited for this!!! If you don’t know, it’s a prequel to the Shades of Magic trilogy in comic format, and it’s about Maxim’s (Rhy’s dad) life before he became King. The art looks absolutely stunning and I can’t wait to see what Schwab can do in comic format.
Will I read/pre-order it? Yes and yes.

16th:

Pisces Hooks Taurus by Anyta Sunday – I love this series so much, it’s so much fun and it always makes smile.
Will I read/pre-order it? I’ve got an ARC and I’ve already read it and loved it! I gave it five stars, I just couldn’t stop smiling while reading it.

A Very Large Expanse of Sea by Tahereh Mafi – I’m almost more excited about what this book represents than about the book itself if that makes sense?? This is an ownvoices story about a Muslim girl only one year after 9/11 and I’m so proud of Mafi for writing this.
Will I read/pre-order it? Depending on the price I might pre-order it but read it when it feels right.

23th:

Kingdom of Ash by Sarah J. Maas – I’m pissed at Maas for a lot of reasons and I think I won’t read any more of her books after this (except for my ironic buddy read of Catwoman with my friend Rin because we want to make fun of how many times she uses the word purr). BUT this series means so much for me and it’s sort of what got me really into reading full time again and got me into YA fantasy (so much that for almost two years all I could read was YA fantasy). I care so much about some of these characters (not you, Aelin) *cough* Manon Blackbeak *cough* and I just can’t not read the final installment, I just can’t.
Will I read/pre-order it? Ngggggghhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh. I want to read it the day it comes out but I don’t want to give Maas any money, do you feel me?

30th:

The Brilliant Death by Amy Rose Capetta 30th – so this is set in Italy and it seems to have a romance with a genderfluid person (I’m not exactly sure but they might actually be both genderfluid??) and I’m here for this. Am I a little worried about the mafia element in this? Absolutely. I’m still really excited.
Will I read/pre-order it? Depends on the price and how busy I am when it comes out.

This is Kind of an Epic Love Story by Kheryn Callender – this is marketed as rom-com and it’s hella queer, plus it features 1) a bi protagonist; 2) what seems to be a childhood-friends-to-enemies/estranged-to-lovers which is like, one of my favorite romantic tropes ever.
Will I read/pre-order it? I might! I’ll think about it closer to the release date, but it sounds like something cheerful that I’ll want to read to cheer me up (I don’t know about what but I’m always in need for something to cheer me up)

 

November

 

 

6th:

Girls of Paper and Fire by Natasha Ngan – this is another one of those books that I almost feel like it’s already been out for months because basically everyone and their mother has read an ARC of this already. Anyway all I know about this is that it’s Asian-inspired fantasy and it has a f/f romance? Or just queer girls? Probably romance but YEAH it just sounds amazing.
Will I read/pre-order it? I will definitely read it when I can but I might not preorder it if I’m not in a fantasy mood when it comes out. I…hate being such a mood reader but if I’m not feeling in a fantasy mood then it makes much more sense for me to postpone reading it. I also have no idea how my life will look like by the time this comes out so who knows!

Toxic by Lydia Kang – this sounds like it could be a really cool YA sci-fi (which is a genre I’m trying to read more).
Will I read/pre-order it? I have an ARC! I hope to read it before the release date but [see comment above about not knowing what my life will be like]

This is What it Feels Like by Rebecca Barrow – this is like, queer girls in a band and I’m here for it. I don’t know if there’s romance but I don’t care. Also look at the cover, doesn’t it make you want to smile and run through a sunflower field?
Will I read/pre-order it? I might preorder it, I will decide closer to the release date.

 

December

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18th:

The Disasters by M.K. England – this sounds so?? freaking amazing?? Heist in space and stuff. Also it’s marked as lgbt on goodreads and please I need it.
Will I read/pre-order it? I actually just requested an ARC while researching for this post ghsdkgh. Fingers crossed that I get it. If I don’t, I’m pretty sure I’ll pre-order it because by then I’ll probably have time to read it during the holidays.

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I hope this post was useful! I’m enjoying writing these posts because I feel like it’s the only way I can keep track of what’s coming out and when, and even if I miss something I can always go back and see all the releases I was excited about.

Are you excited about any of these? What’s your most anticipated book before the end of the year?

Most Anticipated Releases (Jul-Sep 2018)

I don’t always manage to read my most anticipated releases on the day they come out (sometimes not even the same year) but I do love daydreaming about them and counting the days until they’re out in the world. Here are my most anticipated summer releases!

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July

Useless Magic by Florence Welch: yes you read right, Florence freaking Welch from Florence and the Machine.

Released July 5th.

The Florence + The Machine frontwoman’s first-ever book will consist of lyrics and poetry, as well as art derived from Florence’s own sketchbooks. Useless Magic will also give fans an insight into Florence’s creative process by featuring some of the subjects and areas which have inspired her writing.

 

Hullmetal Girls by Emily Skrutskie: sci-fi is not a genre I go into lightly, but I loved the author’s previous series (The Abyss Surrounds Us) and I know this is going to have a lot of LGBTQIAP+ characters in it as well, so I’m excited!

Releases July 17th.

Aisha Un-Haad would do anything for her family. When her brother contracts a plague, she knows her janitor’s salary isn’t enough to fund his treatment. So she volunteers to become a Scela, a mechanically enhanced soldier sworn to protect and serve the governing body of the Fleet, the collective of starships they call home. If Aisha can survive the harrowing modifications and earn an elite place in the Scela ranks, she may be able to save her brother.

Key Tanaka awakens in a Scela body with only hazy memories of her life before. She knows she’s from the privileged end of the Fleet, but she has no recollection of why she chose to give up a life of luxury to become a hulking cyborg soldier. If she can make it through the training, she might have a shot at recovering her missing past.

In a unit of new recruits vying for top placement, Aisha’s and Key’s paths collide, and the two must learn to work together–a tall order for girls from opposite ends of the Fleet. But a rebellion is stirring, pitting those who yearn for independence from the Fleet against a government struggling to maintain unity.

With violence brewing and dark secrets surfacing, Aisha and Key find themselves questioning their loyalties. They will have to put aside their differences, though, if they want to keep humanity from tearing itself apart.

 

Sea Witch by Sarah Henning: I don’t read nearly as many villain origin stories as I should, and a few of my friends who have read the ARC have really loved it, so I’m excited!

Releases July 31st.

Everyone knows what happens in the end.
A mermaid, a prince, a true love’s kiss.
But before that young siren’s tale, there were three friends.
One feared, one royal, and one already dead.

 

Concerto in Chroma Major by Naomi Tajedler: unfortunately I’ve already read this and it was probably the biggest disappointment of this year. Long story short, it’s advertised as targeted towards certain minorities, but I would never recommend this book to anyone (fatphobia and biphobia suck). I won’t be reviewing it on my blog but you can read my rant on goodreads.

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August

Heretic Anonymous by Katie Henry: I found this while doing research on books with atheist representation and it sounds incredible. Plus it comes out the day after my birthday and you can bet I’m going to treat myself (unless I get an ARC first? *bats eyes at publisher*)

Releases August 7th.

Michael is an atheist. So as he walks through the doors at St. Clare’s—a strict Catholic school—sporting a plaid tie, things can’t get much worse. His dad has just made the family move again, and Michael needs a friend. When a girl challenges their teacher in class, Michael thinks he might have found one, and a fellow nonbeliever at that. Only this girl, Lucy, is not just Catholic . . . she wants to be a priest.

But Lucy introduces Michael to other St. Clare’s outcasts, and he officially joins Heretics Anonymous, where he can be an atheist, Lucy can be an outspoken feminist, Avi can be Jewish and gay, Max can wear whatever he wants, and Eden can practice paganism. After an incident in theology class, Michael encourages the Heretics to go from secret society to rebels intent on exposing the school’s hypocrisies. When Michael takes one mission too far—putting the other Heretics at risk—he must decide whether to fight for his own freedom, or rely on faith, whatever that means, in God, his friends, or himself.

 

These Rebel Waves by Sara Raasch: this was marketed to me as gay pirates and from the first reviews it seems like it’s not very gay nor very piratey, but I’m still curious to read it and see what it’s all about! I also haven’t read anything else from the author so I’m just here for a (hopefully) good time.

Releases August 7th.

Adeluna is a soldier. Five years ago, she helped the magic-rich island of Grace Loray overthrow its oppressor, Argrid, a country ruled by religion. But adjusting to postwar life has not been easy. When an Argridian delegate vanishes during peace talks with Grace Loray’s new Council, Argrid demands brutal justice—but Lu suspects something more dangerous is at work.

Devereux is a pirate. As one of the outlaws called stream raiders who run rampant on Grace Loray, he pirates the island’s magic plants and sells them on the black market. But after Argrid accuses raiders of the diplomat’s abduction, Vex becomes a target. An expert navigator, he agrees to help Lu find the Argridian—but the truth they uncover could be deadlier than any war.

Benat is a heretic. The crown prince of Argrid, he harbors a secret obsession with Grace Loray’s forbidden magic. When Ben’s father, the king, gives him the shocking task of reversing Argrid’s fear of magic, Ben has to decide if one prince can change a devout country—or if he’s building his own pyre.

As conspiracies arise, Lu, Vex, and Ben will have to decide who they really are . . . and what they are willing to become for peace.

 

The Raging Ones by Krista and Becca Ritchie: apparently this takes the typical love triangle situation BUT MAKES IT GAY. Nice.

Releases August 14th.

In a freezing world, where everyone knows the day they will die, three teens break all odds.

Franny Bluecastle, a tough city teen, dreams of dying in opulence, to see wealth she’s never known. Like the entire world, she believes it’s impossible to dodge a deathday.

Until the day she does.

Court Icecastle knows wealth. He also knows pain. Spending five years in Vorkter Prison, a fortress of ice and suffering, he dreams of life beyond the people that haunt him and the world that imprisoned him.

Mykal Kickfall fights for those he loves. The rugged Hinterlander shares a frustrating yet unbreakable connection with Court—which only grows more lawless and chaotic as their senses and emotions connect with Franny.

With the threat of people learning they’ve dodged their deathdays, they must flee their planet to survive. But to do so, all three will have to hide their shared bond as they vie for a highly sought after spot in the newest mission to space. Against thousands of people far smarter, who’ll live longer, and never fear death the way that they do.

 

City of Ghosts by Victoria Schwab: it’s a middle grade Victoria Schwab book, what else is there to know?

Releases August 28th.

Cassidy Blake’s parents are The Inspectres, a (somewhat inept) ghost-hunting team. But Cass herself can REALLY see ghosts. In fact, her best friend, Jacob, just happens to be one.

When The Inspectres head to ultra-haunted Edinburgh, Scotland, for their new TV show, Cass—and Jacob—come along. In Scotland, Cass is surrounded by ghosts, not all of them friendly. Then she meets Lara, a girl who can also see the dead. But Lara tells Cassidy that as an In-betweener, their job is to send ghosts permanently beyond the Veil. Cass isn’t sure about her new mission, but she does know the sinister Red Raven haunting the city doesn’t belong in her world. Cassidy’s powers will draw her into an epic fight that stretches through the worlds of the living and the dead, in order to save herself.

 

Seafire by Natalie C. Parker: apparently also not very but this should be nice and piratey! I don’t know man, I see pirates I add the book.

Releases August 28th.

After her family is killed by corrupt warlord Aric Athair and his bloodthirsty army of Bullets, Caledonia Styx is left to chart her own course on the dangerous and deadly seas. She captains her ship, the Mors Navis, with a crew of girls and women just like her, whose lives have been turned upside down by Aric and his men. The crew has one misson: stay alive, and take down Aric’s armed and armored fleet.

But when Caledonia’s best friend and second-in-command just barely survives an attack thanks to help from a Bullet looking to defect, Caledonia finds herself questioning whether or not to let him join their crew. Is this boy the key to taking down Aric Athair once and for all…or will he threaten everything the women of the Mors Navis have worked for?

 

Toil & Trouble: 15 Tales of Women & Witchcraft by Various: this anthology is all about diverse witches and all I have to say is a big YES.

Releases August 28th.

A young adult fiction anthology of 15 stories featuring contemporary, historical, and futuristic stories featuring witchy heroines who are diverse in race, class, sexuality, religion, geography, and era.

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September

Josh and Hazel’s Guide to Not Dating by Christina Lauren: I’m really not one to get super excited for adult romances before they come out and before I’ve seen reviews, but somehow the blurb made me interested and I also loved Christina Lauren’s Autoboyography so I want to see how they (they’re two people!) do in an adult novel.

Releases September 4th.

Hazel Camille Bradford knows she’s a lot to take—and frankly, most men aren’t up to the challenge. If her army of pets and thrill for the absurd don’t send them running, her lack of filter means she’ll say exactly the wrong thing in a delicate moment. Their loss. She’s a good soul in search of honest fun.

Josh Im has known Hazel since college, where her zany playfulness proved completely incompatible with his mellow restraint. From the first night they met—when she gracelessly threw up on his shoes—to when she sent him an unintelligible email while in a post-surgical haze, Josh has always thought of Hazel more as a spectacle than a peer. But now, ten years later, after a cheating girlfriend has turned his life upside down, going out with Hazel is a breath of fresh air.

Not that Josh and Hazel date. At least, not each other. Because setting each other up on progressively terrible double blind dates means there’s nothing between them…right?

 

Sadie by Courtney Summers: This sounds so heartbreaking and hard to read, I’m actually not even sure when I’ll be able to read it because of all the themes in it, but I will make an effort.

Releases September 4th.

A gripping novel about the depth of a sister’s love; poised to be the next book you won’t be able to stop talking about.

A missing girl on a journey of revenge and a Serial-like podcast following the clues she’s left behind.

Sadie hasn’t had an easy life. Growing up on her own, she’s been raising her sister Mattie in an isolated small town, trying her best to provide a normal life and keep their heads above water.

But when Mattie is found dead, Sadie’s entire world crumbles. After a somewhat botched police investigation, Sadie is determined to bring her sister’s killer to justice and hits the road following a few meager clues to find him.

When West McCray—a radio personality working on a segment about small, forgotten towns in America—overhears Sadie’s story at a local gas station, he becomes obsessed with finding the missing girl. He starts his own podcast as he tracks Sadie’s journey, trying to figure out what happened, hoping to find her before it’s too late.

Courtney Summers has written the breakout book of her career. Sadie is propulsive and harrowing and will keep you riveted until the last page.

 

Here to Stay by Sara Farizan: This is one of those important books that I’m so glad are getting published, especially in today’s political climate.

Releases September 18th.

For most of high school, Bijan Majidi has flown under the radar. He gets good grades, reads comics, hangs out with his best friend, Kenji, and secretly crushes on Elle, one of the most popular girls in his school. When he’s called off the basketball team’s varsity bench and makes the winning basket in a playoff game, everything changes in an instant.

But not everyone is happy that Bijan is the man of the hour: an anonymous cyberbully sends the entire school a picture of Bijan photoshopped to look like a terrorist. His mother is horrified, and the school administration is outraged. They promise to find and punish the culprit. All Bijan wants is to pretend it never happened and move on, but the incident isn’t so easily erased. Though many of his classmates rally behind Bijan, some don’t want him or his type to be a part of their school. And Bijan’s finding out it’s not always easy to tell your enemies from your friends . . .

 

 

Nine Perfect Stranger by Liane Moriarty: I actually just found out about this book but after reading Big Little Lies I definitely want to read more by the author, and the premise sounds so interesting??? I’m just thinking of all the possibilities and the social commentary that’s going to be in this book and I really wish I could read it right now.

Releases September 25th. (I actually found four different release dates for this?? I don’t know who I should trust but I hope it’ll be out in September)

The ten-day retreat at boutique health-and-wellness resort Tranquillum House promises healing and transformation. Nine stressed city dwellers are keen to drop their literal and mental baggage and absorb the blissful meditative ambience while enjoying their hot stone massages. They are all on a path to a better way of living. Or at least a better waistline . . .

Watching over them is the resort’s director, a woman on a mission to reinvigorate these tired bodies and minds. But to what lengths will she go to achieve her goal?

These nine perfect strangers have no idea what’s about to hit them.

 

Vengeful by V.E. Schwab: I can’t wait to reread Vicious in anticipation of this. It’s safe to say that my expectations are sky-high for this and that even a slight disappointment would result in heartbreak (but I’ll still love VES no matter what).

Releases September 25th.

Sydney once had Serena—beloved sister, betrayed enemy, powerful ally. But now she is alone, except for her thrice-dead dog, Dol, and then there’s Victor, who thinks Sydney doesn’t know about his most recent act of vengeance.

Victor himself is under the radar these days—being buried and re-animated can strike concern even if one has superhuman powers. But despite his own worries, his anger remains. And Eli Ever still has yet to pay for the evil he has done.

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Are you excited for any of these books? Tell me what’s your most anticipated release for the next three months!

 

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Most anticipated releases (Jan-Jun 2018)

Making this post took me forever because I had to go and rearrange all my shelves on goodreads just so I could KIND OF make some sense of what is about to be released when, but even so I know that I’m missing A LOT of books. Anyway, here are at least some of my most anticipated releases for the first part of the year!

January

The Cruel Prince by Holly Black 26032825

Summary: Of course I want to be like them. They’re beautiful as blades forged in some divine fire. They will live forever.

And Cardan is even more beautiful than the rest. I hate him more than all the others. I hate him so much that sometimes when I look at him, I can hardly breathe.

Jude was seven years old when her parents were murdered and she and her two sisters were stolen away to live in the treacherous High Court of Faerie. Ten years later, Jude wants nothing more than to belong there, despite her mortality. But many of the fey despise humans. Especially Prince Cardan, the youngest and wickedest son of the High King.

To win a place at the Court, she must defy him–and face the consequences.

In doing so, she becomes embroiled in palace intrigues and deceptions, discovering her own capacity for bloodshed. But as civil war threatens to drown the Courts of Faerie in violence, Jude will need to risk her life in a dangerous alliance to save her sisters, and Faerie itself.

Release date: Jan 2nd

Yes this was already released and it’s already on my Kindle but I promised myself I won’t read it until I’ve made a dent in my ARCs. Yikes. Anyway this is apparently in the same universe of The Darkest Part of the Forest which I absolutely adored last year so there is no way I’m missing out on it.

Rep: I think this has multiple mlm characters, not sure about wlw

 

Reign of the Fallen by Sarah Glenn Marsh 29906017

Summary: 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?

Release date: Jan 23rd

This sounds so great  I can’t believe I’m gonna have to wait until I am free of my ARCs but in the meantime I can’t wait to see what everyone thinks of it!

Rep: wlw

 

February

All Out: The No-Longer-Secret Stories of Queer Teens Throughout the Ages (anthology by various authors) 35140599

Summary: Take a journey through time and genres and discover a past where queer figures live, love and shape the world around them. Seventeen of the best young adult authors across the queer spectrum have come together to create a collection of beautifully written diverse historical fiction for teens. 

From a retelling of Little Red Riding Hood set in war-torn 1870s Mexico featuring a transgender soldier, to two girls falling in love while mourning the death of Kurt Cobain, forbidden love in a sixteenth-century Spanish convent or an asexual girl discovering her identity amid the 1970s roller-disco scene, All Out tells a diverse range of stories across cultures, time periods and identities, shedding light on an area of history often ignored or forgotten. 

That’s all we need in 20gayteen thanx

Release date: Feb 27th

Rep: multiple characters on the lgbtq+ spectrum

 

The Apocalypse of Elena Mendoza by Shaun David Hutchinson 35297386

Summary: Sixteen-year-old Elena Mendoza is the product of a virgin birth.

This can be scientifically explained (it’s called parthenogenesis), but what can’t be explained is how Elena is able to heal Freddie, the girl she’s had a crush on for years, from a gunshot wound in a Starbucks parking lot. Or why the boy who shot Freddie, David Combs, disappeared from the same parking lot minutes later after getting sucked up into the clouds. What also can’t be explained are the talking girl on the front of a tampon box, or the reasons that David Combs shot Freddie in the first place.

As more unbelievable things occur, and Elena continues to perform miracles, the only remaining explanation is the least logical of all—that the world is actually coming to an end, and Elena is possibly the only one who can do something about it.

Release date: Feb 6th

I actually still haven’t read anything by SDH and it’s truly a shame. I don’t know if I’ll manage to make this my first read by the author but it sounds amazing so I just might.

Rep: wlw

 

March

Obsidio by Amy Kaufman and Jay Kristoff 24909347

Summary: Kady, Ezra, Hanna, and Nik narrowly escaped with their lives from the attacks on Heimdall station and now find themselves crammed with 2,000 refugees on the container ship, Mao. With the jump station destroyed and their resources scarce, the only option is to return to Kerenza—but who knows what they’ll find seven months after the invasion?

Meanwhile, Kady’s cousin, Asha, survived the initial BeiTech assault and has joined Kerenza’s ragtag underground resistance. When Rhys—an old flame from Asha’s past—reappears on Kerenza, the two find themselves on opposite sides of the conflict.

With time running out, a final battle will be waged on land and in space, heros will fall, and hearts will be broken.

Release date: March 13th

I loved Illuminae and Gemina and I can’t wait for the conclusion to this series (although I’ll be really sad).

 

The Unbinding of Mary Reade by Miriam McNamara 32295460

Summary: A swashbuckling, smart novel based on the true story of a girl who disguised herself as a boy in order to sail with the infamous pirates Anne Bonny and Calico Jack.

There’s no place for a girl in Mary’s world. Not in the home of her mother, desperately drunk and poor. Not in the household of her wealthy granny, where a girl could never be named an heir. And certainly not in the arms of Nat, her childhood love who never knew her for who she was. As a hired sailor aboard a Caribbean merchant ship, Mary’s profession—and her safety—depend on her ability to disguise the fact that she’s a girl.

Leastways, that’s what she thinks is true. But then pirates attack the ship, and right in the middle of the swashbuckling crowd of bloodthirsty pirates, Mary spots something she never could have imagined: a girl pirate. The sight of a girl standing unafraid upon the deck, gun and sword in hand, changes everything. In a split-second decision, Mary turns her gun on her own captain and earns herself a spot among the pirates’ crew.

For the first time, Mary has a shot at freedom. But imagining living life as her true self is easier, it seems, than actually doing it. And when Mary finds herself falling for the captain’s mistress, she risks everything—her childhood love, her place among the crew, and even her life.

Release date: March 6th

If you know me then you also know that my most favorite thing in the world is pirate girls conquering the seas and falling in love with each other so how could this not be my #1 most anticipated release this year??

Rep: wlw

 

April

Circe by Madeline Miller 32454291

Summary: In the house of Helios, god of the sun and mightiest of the Titans, a daughter is born. But Circe is a strange child–not powerful, like her father, nor viciously alluring like her mother. Turning to the world of mortals for companionship, she discovers that she does possess power–the power of witchcraft, which can transform rivals into monsters and menace the gods themselves.

Threatened, Zeus banishes her to a deserted island, where she hones her occult craft, tames wild beasts and crosses paths with many of the most famous figures in all of mythology, including the Minotaur, Daedalus and his doomed son Icarus, the murderous Medea, and, of course, wily Odysseus.

But there is danger, too, for a woman who stands alone, and Circe unwittingly draws the wrath of both men and gods, ultimately finding herself pitted against one of the most terrifying and vengeful of the Olympians. To protect what she loves most, Circe must summon all her strength and choose, once and for all, whether she belongs with the gods she is born from, or the mortals she has come to love.

With unforgettably vivid characters, mesmerizing language and page-turning suspense, Circe is a triumph of storytelling, an intoxicating epic of family rivalry, palace intrigue, love and loss, as well as a celebration of indomitable female strength in a man’s world.

Release date: April 10th

Umm nothing to say here I just need it now

 

Leah on the Offbeat by Becky Arbetalli 31180248

Summary: 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.

Release date: April 24th

YES PLEASE SIMON VS SPINOFF I’VE BEEN WAITING FOR THIS FOR TWO YEARS

Rep: wlw

 

May

The Brightsiders by Jen Wilde 35901105

Summary: As a rock star drummer in the hit band The Brightsiders, Emmy King’s life should be
perfect. But there’s nothing the paparazzi love more than watching a celebrity crash and burn. When a night of partying lands Emmy in hospital and her girlfriend in jail, she’s branded the latest tabloid train wreck.

Luckily, Emmy has her friends and bandmates, including the super-swoonworthy Alfie, to help her pick up the pieces of her life. She knows hooking up with a band member is exactly the kind of trouble she should be avoiding, and yet Emmy and Alfie Just. Keep. Kissing.

Will the inevitable fallout turn her into a clickbait scandal (again)? Or will she find the strength to stand on her own?

Release date: May 22nd

After loving Queens of Geek I really can’t wait for this (also that cover is so preTY AND SO BI I LOVE)

Rep: wlw

 

June

I actually don’t have a super anticipated book that’s gonna release in June (or I haven’t found one yet at least) so if you know of one that I should look forward to (preferably lgbtq+) definitely let me know!

 

Have you already added any of these to your TBR? What are your most anticipated releases for the first half of this year?