One of the hardest things in a bookworm’s life is keeping up with release dates of upcoming books. (Actually reading those books is even harder, of course. There is a reason TBRs are deadly.) There are just. So many books. And there’s even more coming. All the time. Which is awesome. But because you probably a) don’t have ten pairs of functioning eyes, b) need to sleep and eat occasionally, and c) cannot spend all your time reading because society and obligations… Yeah, you must seriously limit yourself. While shouting about all the delicious books you DO plan to read. In everyone’s faces. Loudly.
And so, in today’s Top Ten Tuesday, I scream about ten books that are coming out in the first half of 2017 and that I am absolutely DYING to read. Loudly.
10. Hunted by Megan Spooner
These days, I am quite… sceptic towards YA fairy tale retellings. Or, YA in general. However, Beauty and the Beast is my favourite tale and this particular retelling promises hunting. Now, hunting is most awesome when in Supernatural context, if you ask me. But I have read Sisters Red, which is another retelling with hunting and which is awesome. So, I’m sceptical, but also looking forward to see what this fairy tale has in store. Plus, the cover is lovely. Cloaks are the best. Especially when they’re made from gorgeous fabric.
To be released on March 14th | Add on Goodreads
9. The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli
To be honest, after the cuteness of Albertalli’s first novel, I didn’t even need to read the synopsis of this one to want it. Plus the cover is just as quirky. But most importantly, it sounds like it’s going to have everything I loved about Simon’s story: teenagers being teenagers, complicated social life of high school, and all the ups and downs of first love. And Albertalli writes incredible first love, the kind that induces crazy butterflies in your tummy and an incredible need to eat Oreos dipped in milk. Not even kidding.
To be released on April 11th | Add on Goodreads
8. Flame in the Mist by Renee Ahdieh
I get ridiculously excited about books set in historical Japan. So much so that I’ve tried to read a few classics, such as Taiko. (But that book was a Beast and can be used as a deadly weapon so it’s safer sitting on my shelves, all shiny and pretty. For now.) Point is, samurai era is cool. Violent and bloody, but cool. Especially when magic and Japanese mythology are involved. I am both curious and somewhat terrified how a young adult female heroine will fit into this particular era, but… Hakuoki (game by Idea Factory, also adapted into anime series) managed to do it, right? With historical characters, even. So fingers crossed.
To be released on May 2nd | Add on Goodreads
7. White Hot by Ilona Andrews
I am a huge Ilona Andrews fan. She had me at the first lines of the first Kate Daniels novel. So, naturally, anything by her is an instabuy for me. I didn’t like the Hidden Legacy nearly as much as I loved her other series, but it still has all the Ilona Andrews elements and this sequel was a looooong time coming. Plus, while the romance is relatively cliche (but then, what romance isn’t) the characters in combination with their magic are not. And that’s what matters to me.
To be released on May 30th | Add on Goodreads
6. The Chosen by J. R. Ward
Here’s the deal: I dropped the Black Dagger Brotherhood series after Lover At Last, which I loved. While still being ridiculously in love with the characters and the world of the series. But the drama was just getting to be too much and some characters in particular made me want to bash my head against a wall. Namely, Layla. Whose book this is. Now, I don’t hate her. I just hate how everyone thinks she’s so holy and such a special snowflake. However. Lately, I’ve been feeling like I need to get back into BDB because I just love it so much. I can’t give up on it. And, well, Layla’s book is bound to have a lot of Qhuinn and Blay.
To be released on April 4th | Add on Goodreads
5. The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee
I have raved about this book in my post about recent TBR additions, I believe, but when you are excited about a book… There is never too much hype, right? Right. Especially when the book sounds exactly like your kind of book. In this case: 18th century Europe, pirates, magic, friends to lovers, feelings, and, apparently, dangerous manhunts. I mean, pirates. PIRATES. And boys being boys. On a magical adventure. I need this book. Now. Can it be June already?
To be released on June 20th | Add on Goodreads
4. The Love Interest by Cale Dietrich
Spy books always sound awesome. At least to me. But this one? Oh, this one! It’s about a spy school. And two boys. Who are trained to be stereotypical Nice and Bad boys respectively. And who are supposed to woo the same girl. But then manage to fall for each other instead. How. Freaking. Awesome. Is. That. I need this book in my greedy hands now. Like, right now. And not just to pet this beautiful cover. Because, apparently, in addition to sounding very epic, it also makes fun of most YA tropes and I’m very yes, please right now.
To be released on on May 16th | Add on Goodreads
3. The Thing About Love by Julie James
Bookish accomplishment I’m most proud of: survived a Julie James release-less year. Okay, to be fair, at one point I DID enter a state of total delusion where I imagined it coming out on April 18th 2016 and was thus very, very confused when I couldn’t find it in the stores. The reason I am SO thirsty for this book, aside from it being a Julie James book (favourite contemporary romance author EVER) is because in all of the fabulous gorgeous most-loved FBI/US Attorney series, there has never been a female FBI agent story. And this one sounds so very, very good. I’m most excited.
To be released on April 18th | Add on Goodreads
2. Silence Fallen by Patricia Briggs
I read the excerpt from the first chapter and I died from excitement. Mercy Thompson series entered my life unexpectedly and I read it in its entirety just this year. It is incredible. It has everything I want from an urban fantasy, yet is not at all cliche. And those characters, they just kill me with how good and complex and multidimensional they are. So, naturally, I’m all hyped for the newest upcoming addition. AND THAT EXCERPT. We had Mercy separated from the pack before, but in that case, she was the one saving the pack. And it was glorious. But Silence Fallen promises Mercy in need of saving, all alone, and I just… Need it this very instant.
To be released on March 7th | Add on Goodreads
1. Feversong by Karen Marie Moning
Also knows as, the book that I will not survive. 100% guaranteed. In case it isn’t yet obvious from my previous posts: I am a Fever series junkie. Like, an actual junkie. I need to reread it annually. And that’s actually a display of extreme self-control on my part. Feversong is THE LAST BOOK in the main story line. I am positively screaming. Every time I think about it. Both because IT IS THE END and because Karen Marie Moning is THE Queen of cliffhangers. And the one at the end of Feverborn is at the top of the worst/best ones. LET ME SCREAM.
To be released on January 17th | Add on Goodreads
What are some of your most highly anticipated releases of 2017? Do you generally buy books on their first publication dates or do you prefer to wait?