The beginning of a new years means new debuts and sequels we’ve all been waiting for what feels like forever! Here are my most anticipated releases for the first half of 2017, in no particular order! I’ll post my most anticipated releases for the second half once we’re about halfway through the year.
(p.s. It took me nearly a whole month to get around to making this post, so many of these January releases are now available and on my shelf!)
Wayfarer by Alexandra Bracken (Jan 3rd)
Passenger was a favorite read of 2016 and ever since I read the last page, I’ve been impatiently awaiting this duologies final installment. I’m desperate to see if Etta and Nick can beat the odds and find their way back to one another as they travel throughout time. This one is already on my shelf, so I’m going to pick it up ASAP!
Starfall (Starflight #2) by Melissa Landers (Feb 7th)
I LOVED the undeniable chemistry between Cassia and Kane in Starflight so I’m ecstatic that they get their own story in Starfall. Plus I’m excited to see more of Solar and Doran and the rest of the crew! I have an empty spot on my shelf just for this book.
Lifeblood (Everlife #2) by Gena Showalter (Feb 28th)
Another sequel in a series I have not yet started but know I will love because of the author!
Future Threat (Future Shock #1) by Elizabeth Briggs (March 1st)
The ending to Future Shock left me feeling sad with the turnout and desperate to see if Elena and her friends are able fix the future without dying in the process. And I can’t wait to see more of the relationship between Elena and the adorably geeky Adam!
Enemy Exposure (The Raven Files #2) by Meghan Rogers (March 14th)
I only just finished Crossing the Line about a week ago and I’m grateful I didn’t pick it up until this month, so I only have to wait until March for book two! I can’t wait to see how Jocelyn tackles the unexpected new changes to her life, to see her take down Kato, and to see the beautiful and inspiring friendship between her and Travis inevitably become something more. I love that the first book was focused more on Jocelyn’s personal healing and her finding first real friendships than it was on the romance. I feel like the build-up from super close friends to romantic interests will be worth the wait! Also, I can’t wait for more high stakes spy missions, super sleuthing and action packed adventure!
The Adjustment (The Program #4) by Suzanne Young (April 18th)
Suzanne Young knows how to write books that make me both sob and swoon at the same time. She’s a pro at writing romance and a pro at creating unique concepts and I can’t wait to be introduced to these new characters in this amazing series about a world where suicide is considered an epidemic!
Legion (Talon #4) by Julie Kagawa (April 25)
After reading book two of this series, Rogue, I’ve been eagerly anticipating the arrival of book four. According to fellow readers, book three ended in quite the cliffhanger, so I decided to withhold picking it up until Legion’s release! I’m still not sure how many books will be in this series. Five, I think? I honestly hope this is the last one. I just hate waiting for sequel releases! Also, I’m all for Ember and Garrett as an endgame couple, so I’m eager to see how everything turns out between them after how they left things at the end of Rogue.
A Court of Wings and Ruin (A Court of Thorns and Roses #3) by Sarah J Maas (May 2nd)
A Court of Mist and Fury was one of my top 2016 reads, and after that shocking ending I am buzzing with anticipation for the final installment of this trilogy. I just can’t wait to see what Feyre and Rhysand have in store for the spring court. And of course I’m looking forward to more steamy romance scenes as well.
Lord of Shadows (Lady Midnight #2) by Cassandra Clare (May 23rd)
I haven’t even read Lady Midnight yet but I love anything written by Cassandra Clare that takes place in the Shadow Hunter universe so I know it’ll be amazing! I’m waiting until Lord of Shadows is released to start LM.
Thirteen Rising (Zodiac #4) by Romina Russell (Aug 29th)
The Zodiac series is one of my current favorite guilty pleasure reads and I can’t wait for the final book to be released! I was heartbroken over the end of Zodiac and although book three is now out, I can’t even bring myself to pick up book 2 until all four books are out! Maybe I should never again begin a series until all books are released? Nah, I don’t think I could hold myself back. The waiting part is truly awful though!
By Authors I Love:
Roseblood by A.G Howard (Jan 10th)
A fantasy retelling of Phantom of the Opera! I got this one in the mail via Owlcrate this month!
History is All You Left Me by Adam Silvera (Jan 17th)
An LGBT romance following gay teen Griffin as he struggles with obsessive compulsive disorder and the death of his ex boyfriend (and first love) Theo, and finding solace in the one person who understands how he feels-Theo’s new boyfriend, Jackson. I loved Adam Silvera’s debut novel More Happy Than Not, which also featured a gay main character, so I can’t wait to read this one!
The You I’ve Never Known by Ellen Hopkins (Jan 24th)
A contemporary from my favorite writer of prose/verse YA, following two young women as they try to make sense of the unexpected changes in their lives. Ariel, while struggling with her complicated feelings for both Gabe and Monica, is given the shock of her life when the mother she’s never known shows up out of the blue, challenging what Ariel has been told her whole life-her mom didn’t abandon her, her father kidnapped her fourteen years ago. Maya has run away from an abusive mother and into the arms of an older guy she thinks she can trust, but soon finds herself alone and with a baby on the way.
By Your Side by Kasie West (Jan 31st)
A contemporary romance from the queen of contemporary, about two teens who end up locked together in the library for a weekend. They form a grudging friendship despite their differences and despite Autumn’s distate for Dax’s bad boy status.
Wires and Nerves by Marissa Meyer (Jan 31st)
A graphic novel spin-off of The Lunar Chronicles series, following our beloved android Iko as she fights to protect earth from wolf-hybrid soldiers, falls in love and reunites with the rest of the Rampion crew from the original series. I can’t wait to see more of my favorite characters in graphic novel form!
Off the Ice by Julie Cross (Feb 28th)
Claire O’Connor is back in Juniper Falls, the last place she wants to be. She’s only staying long enough to help dad and keep the family business up and running at the hockey bar beside the ice rink. Then there’s Tate Tanley, whom Claire hasn’t seen since the night before she left town, who’s gotten a whole lot hotter than she remembers. When Tate is suddenly recruited to take over for the hockey teams star goalie, he’s thrust into the spotlight. And Claire has sworn off Juniper Falls hockey players for good. But love can’t always be planned, even if the timing is horrible. For both Claire and Tate, hockey is more than just a game, but neither of them may be able to survive a body check to the heart. Julie Cross is one of my new favorite authors. She’s definitely now on my auto-buy list!
Alex, Approximately by Jenn Bennet (April 4th)
Classic movie lover Bailey “Mink” Rydell has been crushing for months on the witty film geek she only knows online as “Alex.” They live on opposite coasts until her father moves them to California, to the same surfing town that Alex lives in. Bailey is hesitant at first to tell Alex that’s she now lives in his hometown. What if he thinks she’s stalking him? What if he isn’t who she thinks she is? When she gets a job at the local museum, she immediately finds an arch-nemesis in the hot but irritating security guard, Porter Roth. As Bailey straddles the confusing line between love and hate with Porter, she finds herself having to decide between clinging to her fantasy online crush or jumping into a complicated romance with Porter. But the one thing she doesn’t know is that Porter is Alex….approximately. I loved Bennett’s YA book The Anatomical Shape of a Heart, and this upcoming release sounds so cute and fun!
Defy the Stars by Claudia Gray (April 4th)
Another Sci-fi from Claudia Gray! Noemi and Abel are enemies on opposite sides of an Interstellar war who find themselves having to work together as they set off on a journey through the stars. Noemi is a seventeen year old soldier who vows to protect her planet Genesis, even at the cost of her life. The people of Genesis have fought Earth’s “mech” armies for decades to no avail. To people on earth, she’s seen as a rebel and an enemy. Abel has been abandoned in space for years and is the most sophisticated mech prototype ever made. When a surprise attack leaves Noemi stranded aboard his ship, Abel’s programming gives him no choice but to obey her and aid her in her mission to save Genesis-even though it will kill him. But as they voyage through the galaxy, Noemi begins to see Abel as more than a machine, and Abel’s devotion to her may turn out to be more than just a product of his programming. The last YA Sci-Fi I read from Claudia Gray made my list of 2016 favorite reads, so I’m eagerly anticipating this one.
A Million Junes by Emily Henry (May 16th)
A magical, supernatural twist on Romeo and Juliet! In the town of Five Fingers, Michigan, the O’Donnells and the Angerts each have their own mythical legacies, but both families keep quiet about the incident that caused the century old feud between them, except to state that it started with a Cherry tree. June O’Donnell doesn’t need any more of a reason to hate the Angerts. They were her fathers enemies and will therefore always be hers . But when Saul Angert, the son of her father’s arch rival, returns to town, June finds herself unable to stay away from him and unable to hate this boy she was born to loathe. Saul’s arrival sparks a chain reaction of magic and ghosts conspiring to reveal the truth of the incident that triggered the feud and June must decide whether it’s time for both families to let go of the past.
Eliza and Her Monsters by Francesca Zappia (May 30th)
In real life, Eliza Mirk is shy, awkward and severely lacking in the friend department. Online, however, she’s known as anonymous creator of the wildly popular web comic Monstrous Sea. When Wallace Warland, Monstrous Seas’ biggest fanfiction writer transfers to her school, Eliza begins to wonder if a life in the real world could be as fulfilling as her life online. But when Eliza’s secret is suddenly shared with the world, the life she’s always known falls apart and she has to find away to navigate this new reality, as well as her growing relationship with Wallace.
Coming up for Air by Miranda Kenneally (July 1st)
Another of my favorite contemporary romance writers has a new book coming out this summer! Maggie spends all of her free time swimming. She’s swimming for a scholarship and to train to qualify for the Olympics. Her best friend Levi is on her team and always there to cheer her on, but he’s already earned an Olympic tryout and Maggie feels even more pressured to put all of her focus into swimming. But when Maggie goes away on a college visit, she begins to see how many high school experiences she’s missed out on by spending so much time being in the pool. And so she decides to make the most out of her senior year. The first thing on her list is to make out with a guy, and Maggie thinks Levi just might be the perfect candidate, as they already spend a lot of time together. But as she finds her feelings for Levi changing, she must determine how much she is willing to lose in order to win.
What to Say Next by Julie Buxbaum (July 11th)
When an unexpected friendship develops between the popular Kit Lowell and the socially isolated David Drucker, everyone is surprised. Kit is drawn to David’s blunt honesty and David admires Kit’s inquisitive nature. When Kit asks David to help her look into the tragic car accident that resulted in her fathers death, he jumps right in. But the truth isn’t what they’d expected and their friendship may not be able to survive the truth. Tell Me Three Things was one of my favorite reads of 2016 so I can’t wait for Julie’s second YA novel!
This is How it Happened by Paula Stokes (July 11th)
The author of Girl Against the Universe and Liars, Inc. plunges readers into a world where the internet is always watching—and judging—in this compelling story about mistakes, repercussions, and online vigilante justice. Perfect for fans of Sarah Darer Littman’s Backlash or Robyn Schneider’s The Beginning of Everything.
After waking up from a coma, Genevieve Grace can’t remember the car crash that killed her boyfriend Dallas, a YouTuber turned teen music idol. Genevieve knows she was driving, but because of what’s been reported in the media, everyone assumes the other driver, Brad Freeman, is guilty. As she slowly pieces together the night of the accident, Genevieve is hit with a sickening sense of dread—what if she’s the one at fault?
While the internet and social media viciously condemn Brad, Genevieve escapes to her father’s house near Zion National Park to hide from curious classmates and intrusive reporters. But she quickly realizes that she can’t run away from the accident. And eventually, she will have to come to grips with what happened…and her role in it.
I loved Stokers’ novel Girl Against the Universe-it was one of my favorite reads of 2016! Although this book sounds a lot darker than GATU, I’m looking forward to reading more of her work.
Under a Rose Tinted Sky by Louise Gornall (Jan 3rd)
Norah has agoraphobia and OCD. When groceries are left on the porch, she can’t step out to get them. Struggling to snag the bags with a stick, she meets Luke. He’s sweet and funny, and he just caught her fishing for groceries. Because of course he did.
Norah can’t leave the house, but can she let someone in? As their friendship grows deeper, Norah realizes Luke deserves a normal girl. One who can lie on the front lawn and look up at the stars. One who isn’t so screwed up.
Readers themselves will fall in love with Norah in this poignant, humorous, and deeply engaging portrait of a teen struggling to find the strength to face her demons.
This story concept surrounding a mentally ill teen confined to her house due to agoraphobia has been done before, but that doesn’t make me any less intrigued! I’m interested to see which direction this author decides to take with this story and with Norah’s complicated romance with Luke.
Whenever I’m With You by Lydia Sharp (Jan 3rd)
After Gabi’s parents’ divorce, she moves from California to Alaska with her dad. At first, it feels like banishment–until she meets Kai. He welcomes her into his life, sharing his family, his friends, and his warmth. But as winter approaches, Kai pulls away for seemingly no reason at all. He’s quiet, withdrawn. Then one day, he disappears.
Kai’s twin brother, Hunter, believes Kai is retracing their missing father’s steps in the wilderness north of Anchorage. There’s a blizzard on the way, and Kai is alone out there. Gabi’s frustration over his emotional distance quickly turns to serious concern. This is the boy who saved her from the dark. She can’t lose him to it.
So Gabi and Hunter agree to head out together on a wild journey north–a trip that will challenge them physically and emotionally, as they try to convince the boy they love to return home.
I will NEVER tire of road trip books and books that involve treks through the wilderness! They’re never boring and full of adventure and self discovery. I bought this on my kindle the day it came out and I can’t wait to read it.
A Season of Daring Greatly by Ellen Emerson White (Feb 14th)
Eighteen-year-old Jill Cafferty just made history. Her high school’s star pitcher, she is now the first woman drafted by a major league baseball team. Only days after her high school graduation, she’ll join the Pittsburgh Pirates’ Class A Short Season team . . . but not everyone is happy to have her there.
On top of the pressure heaped on every pitcher, Jill must deal with defying conventions and living up to impossible expectations, all while living away from home for the first time. She’ll go head-to-head against those who are determined to keep baseball an all-male sport. Despite the reassurance of coaches and managers alike, a few of her teammates are giving her trouble. The media presence following her at each game is inescapable. And to top it all off, Jill is struggling with the responsibilities of being a national hero and a role model for young women everywhere. How can she be a role model when she’s not even sure she made the right choice for herself? Didn’t baseball used to be fun?
This literary and engrossing story of a young woman trying to mark out a place for herself in a male-dominated world will captivate fans of Friday Night Lights, The Art of Fielding, John Corey Whaley, and Laurie Halse Anderson.
I really enjoy sports books involving female main characters slaying at sports usually dominated by men, so this one sounds right up my alley.
Letters to the Lost by Brigid Kemmerer (April 4th)
Juliet Young always writes letters to her mother, a world-traveling photojournalist. Even after her mother’s death, she leaves letters at her grave. It’s the only way Juliet can cope.
Declan Murphy isn’t the sort of guy you want to cross. In the midst of his court-ordered community service at the local cemetery, he’s trying to escape the demons of his past.
When Declan reads a haunting letter left beside a grave, he can’t resist writing back. Soon, he’s opening up to a perfect stranger, and their connection is immediate. But neither Declan nor Juliet knows that they’re not actually strangers. When life at school interferes with their secret life of letters, sparks will fly as Juliet and Declan discover truths that might tear them apart.
I love romances that involve letters being passed back an forth. It’s a very old timey concept that I never tire of and I love the idea of two teens falling for each other through anonymous letters in which they share their deepest thoughts and fears and insecurities. Looking forward to this ones release!
How to Make a Wish by Ashley Herring Blake (May 2nd)
Grace, tough and wise, has nearly given up on wishes, thanks to a childhood spent with her unpredictable, larger-than-life mother. But this summer, Grace meets Eva, a girl who believes in dreams, despite her own difficult circumstances.
One fateful evening, Eva climbs through a window in Grace’s room, setting off a chain of stolen nights on the beach. When Eva tells Grace that she likes girls, Grace’s world opens up and she begins to believe in happiness again.
How to Make a Wish is an emotionally charged portrait of a mother and daughter’s relationship and a heartfelt story about two girls who find each other at the exact right time.
I very recently finished Blake’s first novel Suffer Love and I thoroughly enjoyed it, so I can’t wait to read her first f/f romance!
Ramona Blue by Julie Murphy (May 9th)
From Julie Murphy, the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Dumplin’ and Side Effects May Vary, comes another fearless heroine, Ramona Blue, in a gorgeously evocative novel about family, friendship, and how sometimes love can be more fluid than you first think. Perfect for fans of Rainbow Rowell and Morgan Matson.
Ramona was only five years old when Hurricane Katrina changed her life forever.
Since then, it’s been Ramona and her family against the world. Standing over six feet tall with unmistakable blue hair, Ramona is sure of three things: she likes girls, she’s fiercely devoted to her family, and she knows she’s destined for something bigger than the trailer she calls home in Eulogy, Mississippi. But juggling multiple jobs, her flaky mom, and her well-meaning but ineffectual dad forces her to be the adult of the family. Now, with her sister, Hattie, pregnant, responsibility weighs more heavily than ever.
The return of her childhood friend Freddie brings a welcome distraction. Ramona’s friendship with the former competitive swimmer picks up exactly where it left off, and soon he’s talked her into joining him for laps at the pool. But as Ramona falls in love with swimming, her feelings for Freddie begin to shift too, which is the last thing she expected. With her growing affection for Freddie making her question her sexual identity, Ramona begins to wonder if perhaps she likes girls and guys or if this new attraction is just a fluke. Either way, Ramona will discover that, for her, life and love are more fluid than they seem.
I’m always looking for books with bisexual representation! This one sounds super cute and compelling and I can’t wait to read more about Ramona and Freddie.
Grit by Gillian French (May 16th)
Raw and moving, this contemporary realistic debut novel will leave readers of E. Lockhart and Gayle Forman breathless as it unflinchingly unfolds the tragic secrets being kept in a small, deceptively idyllic Maine town.
Seventeen-year-old Darcy Prentiss has long held the title of “town slut.” She knows how to have a good time, sure, but she isn’t doing anything all the guys haven’t done. But when you’re a girl with a reputation, every little thing that happens seems to keep people whispering—especially when your ex-best friend goes missing.
But if anyone were to look closer at Darcy, they’d realize there’s a lot more going on beneath the surface. Staying out late, hooking up, and telling lies is what Darcy does to forget. Forget about the mysterious disappearance of her friend. Forget about the dark secret she and her cousin Nell share. Forget about that hazy Fourth of July night. So when someone in town anonymously nominates Darcy to be in the running for Bay Festival Princess—a cruel act only someone with a score to settle would make—all of the things that Darcy wants to keep hidden threaten to erupt in ways she wasn’t prepared to handle…and isn’t sure if she can.
I love dark stories and I love sexually confident and empowered female characters, and this one sounds mysterious and compelling!
Maybe in Paris by Rebecca Christiansen (June 20th)
Keira Braidwood lands in Paris with her autistic brother, Levi, and high hopes. Levi has just survived a suicide attempt and months in the psych ward—he’s ready for a dose of the wider world. Unlike their helicopter mom and the doctors who hover over Levi, Keira doesn’t think Levi’s certifiable. He’s just . . . quirky. Always has been.
Those quirks quickly begin to spoil the trip. Keira wants to traipse all over Europe; Levi barely wants to leave their grubby hotel room. She wants to dine on the world’s cuisine; he only wants fast food. Levi is one giant temper tantrum, and Keira’s ready to pull out her own hair.
She finally finds the adventure she craves in Gable, a hot Scottish bass player, but while Keira flirts in the Paris Catacombs, Levi’s mental health breaks. He disappears from their hotel room and Keira realizes, too late, that her brother is sicker than she was willing to believe. To bring him home safe, Keira must tear down the wall that Levi’s sickness and her own guilt have built between them.
I like the autistic representation and of course I’m always up for some romance and adventure and family drama taking place in Paris!
Run the Risk by Alisson van Diepen (April 11th)
From the author of On the Edge and Light of Day, Run the Risk is a romantic and gritty story, perfect for fans of Simone Elkeles.
Grace has done her best to move on since her ex-boyfriend Mateo chose gang life over her. But even though years have passed, she hasn’t forgotten him—especially since she’s seen her younger brother Alex drawn to a life on the streets. She can’t bear to think of Alex making the same mistakes as Mateo, but she feels him slipping away.
So when Mateo suddenly resurfaces, insisting he’s left gang life behind him, Grace sees an opportunity. Maybe he could be the one to reach Alex and pull him away from the edge. She tells herself she’s only talking to Mateo again because of Alex, but her feelings quickly return. Can she ever trust Mateo again? And is saving her brother worth risking a broken heart? With everyone she loves in danger, Grace must decide how much to sacrifice before it’s too late.
Run the Risk is set in the same world as Allison van Diepen’s previous novels Light of Day and On the Edge (readers will recognize some of their favorite characters in this book) and features a diverse cast. With romance, action, and realistic friendships, this is a gripping story about the dangers one girl faces to save the people she loves.
They had me at “perfect for fans of Simone Elkeles”! This story sounds perfectly dangerous and romantic, just like Elkeles books so I have high hopes!
The Hundred Lies of Lizzie Lovett by Chelsea Sedoti (Jan 3rd)
Hawthorn wasn’t trying to insert herself into a missing person’s investigation. Or maybe she was. But that’s only because Lizzie Lovett’s disappearance is the one fascinating mystery their sleepy town has ever had. Bad things don’t happen to popular girls like Lizzie Lovett, and Hawthorn is convinced she’ll turn up at any moment-which means the time for speculation is now.
So Hawthorn comes up with her own theory for Lizzie’s disappearance. A theory way too absurd to take seriously…at first. The more Hawthorn talks, the more she believes. And what better way to collect evidence than to immerse herself in Lizzie’s life? Like getting a job at the diner where Lizzie worked and hanging out with Lizzie’s boyfriend. After all, it’s not as if he killed her-or did he?
Told with a unique voice that is both hilarious and heart-wrenching, Hawthorn’s quest for proof may uncover the greatest truth is within herself.
This sounds super mysterious and unique and I love the idea of a girl immersing herself in another girls life in order to solve her disappearance. I sense lots of potential drama, unexpected twists and some possible romantic tension too!
Poison’s Kiss by Breeana Shields (Jan 10th)
A teenage assassin kills with a single kiss until she is ordered to kill the one boy she loves. This commercial YA fantasy is romantic and addictive—like a poison kiss—and will thrill fans of Sarah J. Maas and Victoria Aveyard.
Marinda has kissed dozens of boys. They all die afterward. It’s a miserable life, but being a visha kanya—a poison maiden—is what she was created to do. Marinda serves the Raja by dispatching his enemies with only her lips as a weapon.
Until now, the men she was ordered to kiss have been strangers, enemies of the kingdom. Then she receives orders to kiss Deven, a boy she knows too well to be convinced he needs to die. She begins to question who she’s really working for. And that is a thread that, once pulled, will unravel more than she can afford to lose.
This rich, surprising, and accessible debut is based in Indian folklore and delivers a story that will keep readers on the edge of their seats.
I’ve read plenty of books featuring main characters will a kiss or touch that kills, but I like the twist on this one-the main characters job is to use her power as an assassination tool, and the overall story is based on Indian folklore. Can’t wait to dive in!
After the Fall by Kate Hart (Jan 24th)
Seventeen-year-old Raychel is sleeping with two boys: her overachieving best friend Matt…and his slacker brother, Andrew. Raychel sneaks into Matt’s bed after nightmares, but nothing ever happens. He doesn’t even seem to realize she’s a girl, except when he decides she needs rescuing. But Raychel doesn’t want to be his girl anyway. She just needs his support as she deals with the classmate who assaulted her, the constant threat of her family’s eviction, and the dream of college slipping quickly out of reach. Matt tries to help, but he doesn’t really get it… and he’d never understand why she’s fallen into a secret relationship with his brother. The friendships are a precarious balance, and when tragedy strikes, everything falls apart. Raychel has to decide which pieces she can pick up – and which ones are worth putting back together.
I’ve been hearing great things about this book for weeks now. It sounds dark and compelling and I’m especially interested because it’s told from both Raychel and Matt’s POV’s. Books about sexual assault can be difficult to read but I’m eager to see how Raychel copes and how her relationships with the two brothers work out.
Caraval by Stephanie Garber (Jan 31st)
Whatever you’ve heard about Caraval, it doesn’t compare to the reality. It’s more than just a game or a performance. It’s the closest you’ll ever find to magic in this world . . .
Welcome, welcome to Caraval―Stephanie Garber’s sweeping tale of two sisters who escape their ruthless father when they enter the dangerous intrigue of a legendary game.
Scarlett has never left the tiny island where she and her beloved sister, Tella, live with their powerful, and cruel, father. Now Scarlett’s father has arranged a marriage for her, and Scarlett thinks her dreams of seeing Caraval, the far-away, once-a-year performance where the audience participates in the show, are over.
But this year, Scarlett’s long-dreamt of invitation finally arrives. With the help of a mysterious sailor, Tella whisks Scarlett away to the show. Only, as soon as they arrive, Tella is kidnapped by Caraval’s mastermind organizer, Legend. It turns out that this season’s Caraval revolves around Tella, and whoever finds her first is the winner.
Scarlett has been told that everything that happens during Caraval is only an elaborate performance. But she nevertheless becomes enmeshed in a game of love, heartbreak, and magic with the other players in the game. And whether Caraval is real or not, she must find Tella before the five nights of the game are over, a dangerous domino effect of consequences is set off, and her sister disappears forever.
I always look forward to any book in which sibling love and loyalty is one of the main focuses. I’ve had my eyes on this one for several months now. I was intrigued by the idea of a magical circus full of fantastical performances and elaborate games. I’ve seen some teaser quotes from the book on twitter that hint at plenty of romance as well (;
How to Break a Boy by Laurie Devore (Jan 31st)
In this YA contemporary romance, there’s only one rule: Keep your enemies close and your friends closer.
Olivia Clayton has mastered the art of tearing others down to stay on top. She and her best friend, Adrienne, rule their small southern town like all good mean girls do—through intimidation and manipulation.
Until Olivia suffers a family tragedy and catches Adrienne sleeping with her boyfriend. Olivia decides to make a change, but it’s impossible to resist taking down Adrienne one last time. Up to her old tricks, Olivia convinces golden boy Whit Du Rant to be her SAT tutor and her fake boyfriend. But when it starts to feel real, Whit gets caught up in Olivia and Adrienne’s war.
Olivia may ruin everything she touches, but she won’t go down without a fight—not if it means losing Whit.
And definitely not if it means losing what’s left of herself.
This sounds wonderfully dramatic and fun. I can’t wait to see how Olivia enacts her revenge and the fake-relationship-turned-something-more has always been a cute romance trope that I love!
Wait for Me by Caroline Leech (Jan 31st)
The perfect blend of sweet romance and historical flavor, Wait for Me, from debut author Caroline Leech, brings a fresh new voice to a much-loved genre.
It’s 1945, and Lorna Anderson’s life on her father’s farm in Scotland consists of endless chores and rationing, knitting Red Cross scarves, and praying for an Allied victory. So when Paul Vogel, a German prisoner of war, is assigned as the new farmhand, Lorna is appalled. How can she possibly work alongside the enemy when her own brothers are risking their lives for their country?
But as Lorna reluctantly spends time with Paul, she feels herself changing. The more she learns about him—from his time in the war to his life back home in Germany—the more she sees the boy behind the soldier. Soon Lorna is battling her own warring heart. Loving Paul could mean losing her family and the life she’s always known. With tensions rising all around them, Lorna must decide how much she’s willing to sacrifice before the end of the war determines their fate.
I’m usually not one for books taking place during the war period, but this one just might be an exception! I love the idea of two teens from opposite sides falling for each other, and I’ve never read a book taking place in the 40’s so this should be interesting!
To Catch a Killer by Sheryl Scarborough ( Feb 7th)
In To Catch a Killer, a contemporary mystery by debut author Sheryl Scarborough, a teenage girl uses forensic science to solve the cold-case murder of her mother.
Erin Blake has one of those names. A name that, like Natalee Holloway or Elizabeth Smart, is inextricably linked to a grisly crime. As a toddler, Erin survived for three days alongside the corpse of her murdered mother, and the case—which remains unsolved—fascinated a nation. Her father’s identity unknown, Erin was taken in by her mother’s best friend and has become a relatively normal teen in spite of the looming questions about her past.
Fourteen years later, Erin is once again at the center of a brutal homicide when she finds the body of her biology teacher. When questioned by the police, Erin tells almost the whole truth, but never voices her suspicions that her mother’s killer has struck again in order to protect the casework she’s secretly doing on her own.
Inspired by her uncle, an FBI agent, Erin has ramped up her forensic hobby into a full-blown cold-case investigation. This new murder makes her certain she’s close to the truth, but when all the evidence starts to point the authorities straight to Erin, she turns to her longtime crush (and fellow suspect) Journey Michaels to help her crack the case before it’s too late.
I will never EVER tire of murder/mysteries. This one sounds deliciously creepy, daring and fast-paced. Plus there’s the added bonus of some romance as well!
Daughter of the Pirate King by Tricia Levenseller (Feb 28th)
There will be plenty of time for me to beat him soundly once I’ve gotten what I came for.
Sent on a mission to retrieve an ancient hidden map―the key to a legendary treasure trove―seventeen-year-old pirate captain Alosa deliberately allows herself to be captured by her enemies, giving her the perfect opportunity to search their ship.
More than a match for the ruthless pirate crew, Alosa has only one thing standing between her and the map: her captor, the unexpectedly clever and unfairly attractive first mate Riden. But not to worry, for Alosa has a few tricks up her sleeve, and no lone pirate can stop the Daughter of the Pirate King.
In Daughter of the Pirate King, debut author Tricia Levenseller blends action, adventure, romance, and a little bit of magic into a thrilling YA pirate tale.
PIRATES. That’s one thing I wish I could find more of in YA. I’m always dreaming of books involving pirate ships and adventure and magic. This book had my attention as soon as I saw the title. And it’s a pleasant bonus that our main character is a female pirate captain! So bad-ass!
Seven Days of You by Cecelia Vinesse (March 7th)
Anna and the French Kiss meets Before Sunrise in this smart and swoony debut.
Sophia has seven days left in Tokyo before she moves back to the States. Seven Days to say good-bye to the electric city, her wild best friend, and the boy she’s harbored a semi-secret crush on for years. Seven perfect days….Until Jamie Foster-Collins moves back to Japan and ruins everything.
Jamie and Sophia have a history of heartbreak, and the last thing Sophia wants is for him to steal her leaving thunder with his stupid arriving thunder. Yet as the week counts down, the relationships she thought were stable begin to explode around her. And Jamie is the one who helps her pick up the pieces. Sophia is forced to admit she may have misjudged Jamie, but can their seven short days of Tokyo adventures end in anything but good-bye?
Another thing I don’t think YA has enough of is books taking place in countries other than America or Europe. I’m so excited that this one takes place in Tokyo! I can’t wait to see how this complicated overseas romance plays out.
You’re Welcome, Universe by Whitney Gardner (March 7th)
When Julia finds a slur about her best friend scrawled across the back of the Kingston School for the Deaf, she covers it up with a beautiful (albeit illegal) graffiti mural.
Her supposed best friend snitches, the principal expels her, and her two mothers set Julia up with a one-way ticket to a “mainstream” school in the suburbs, where she’s treated like an outcast as the only deaf student. The last thing she has left is her art, and not even Banksy himself could convince her to give that up.
Out in the ’burbs, Julia paints anywhere she can, eager to claim some turf of her own. But Julia soon learns that she might not be the only vandal in town. Someone is adding to her tags, making them better, showing off—and showing Julia up in the process. She expected her art might get painted over by cops. But she never imagined getting dragged into a full-blown graffiti war.
Told with wit and grit by debut author Whitney Gardner, who also provides gorgeous interior illustrations of Julia’s graffiti tags, You’re Welcome, Universe introduces audiences to a one-of-a-kind protagonist who is unabashedly herself no matter what life throws in her way.
A book featuring a deaf main character and a graffiti war is something I didn’t know I needed until now. I love books involving the arts and I can’t wait to find out who Julia’s anonymous opponent is!
The Heartbeats of Wing Jones by Katherine Webber (March 14th)
Jandy Nelson meets Friday Night Lights in this sweeping, warm, arrestingly original novel about family, poverty, and hope.
Wing Jones, like everyone else in her town, has worshipped her older brother, Marcus, for as long as she can remember. Good-looking, popular, and the star of the football team, Marcus is everything his sister is not.
Until the night everything changes when Marcus, drunk at the wheel after a party, kills two people and barely survives himself. With Marcus now in a coma, Wing is crushed, confused, and angry. She is tormented at school for Marcus’s mistake, haunted at home by her mother and grandmothers’ grief. In addition to all this, Wing is scared that the bank is going to repossess her home because her family can’t afford Marcus’s mounting medical bills.
Every night, unable to sleep, Wing finds herself sneaking out to go to the school’s empty track. When Aaron, Marcus’s best friend, sees her running one night, he recognizes that her speed, skill, and agility could get her spot on the track team. And better still, an opportunity at a coveted sponsorship from a major athletic gear company. Wing can’t pass up the opportunity to train with her longtime crush and to help her struggling family, but can she handle being thrust out of Marcus’s shadow and into the spotlight?
Although the synopsis of this book sounds heavy and bleak, I was immediately intrigued at the prospect of reading the POV of a teenage girl whose big brother-and biggest role model-makes a terrible mistake, thus changing her perspective of him forever. I can already sense that this book will bring many tears but I’m super eager to see how the author handles this topic. Plus, here’s a fun fact: I’ve actually had a very similar story idea about a girl whose older brother is the best person she knows until the day he drives drunk and kills another driver, killing himself in the process. So I really want to see how Webber chooses to write this story.
Blood Rose Rebellion by Rosalyn Eves (March 28th)
The thrilling first book in a YA fantasy trilogy for fans of Red Queen. In a world where social prestige derives from a trifecta of blood, money, and magic, one girl has the ability to break the spell that holds the social order in place.
Sixteen-year-old Anna Arden is barred from society by a defect of blood. Though her family is part of the Luminate, powerful users of magic, she is Barren, unable to perform the simplest spells. Anna would do anything to belong. But her fate takes another course when, after inadvertently breaking her sister’s debutante spell—an important chance for a highborn young woman to show her prowess with magic—Anna finds herself exiled to her family’s once powerful but now crumbling native Hungary.
Her life might well be over.
In Hungary, Anna discovers that nothing is quite as it seems. Not the people around her, from her aloof cousin Noémi to the fierce and handsome Romani Gábor. Not the society she’s known all her life, for discontent with the Luminate is sweeping the land. And not her lack of magic. Isolated from the only world she cares about, Anna still can’t seem to stop herself from breaking spells.
As rebellion spreads across the region, Anna’s unique ability becomes the catalyst everyone is seeking. In the company of nobles, revolutionaries, and Romani, Anna must choose: deny her unique power and cling to the life she’s always wanted, or embrace her ability and change that world forever.
I’ve had an eye on this one for awhile now too! The concept of a girl living in a world of magic but having no magical abilities herself is one that immediately captured my attention. I can’t wait to see which side of the rebellion Anna winds up on, and how her relationship with Romani develops.
The Last Thing You Said by Sara Biren (April 4th)
Last summer, Lucy’s and Ben’s lives changed in an instant. One moment, they were shyly flirting on a lake raft, finally about to admit their feelings to each other after years of yearning. In the next, Trixie—Lucy’s best friend and Ben’s sister—was gone, her heart giving out during a routine swim. And just like that, the idyllic world they knew turned upside down, and the would-be couple drifted apart, swallowed up by their grief. Now it’s a year later in their small lake town, and as the anniversary of Trixie’s death looms, Lucy and Ben’s undeniable connection pulls them back together. They can’t change what happened the day they lost Trixie, but the summer might finally bring them closer to healing—and to each other.
Another dark but intriguing story idea. I’m looking forward to seeing how Lucy and Ben help each other move past Trixie’s death and whether or not they can find a way to be happy together again.
Girl Out of Water by Laura Silverman (May 2nd)
Fans of Jenny Han and Sarah Dessen will fall in love this contemporary debut about finding yourself-and finding love-in unexpected places.
Ocean breeze in her hair and sand between her toes, Anise can’t wait to spend the summer before her senior year surfing and hanging out on the beach with friends. Santa Cruz is more than her home-it’s her heart. But when her aunt, a single mother, is in a serious car accident, Anise must say goodbye to California to help care for her three young cousins.
Landlocked Nebraska is the last place Anise wants to be. Sure, she loves her family, but it’s hard to put her past behind her when she’s living in the childhood house of the mother who abandoned her. And with every Instagram post, her friends back home feel further away.
Then she meets Lincoln, a charismatic, one-armed skater who challenges her to swap her surfboard for a skateboard. Because sometimes the only way to find your footing is to let go.
As I mentioned above, I never tire of sports romances where the girl is equally as sporty as the guy. Bring it on!
Cold Summer by Gwen Cole (May 2nd)
Today, he’s a high school dropout with no future.
Tomorrow, he’s a soldier in World War II.
Kale Jackson has spent years trying to control his time-traveling ability but hasn’t had much luck. One day he lives in 1945, fighting in the war as a sharpshooter and helplessly watching soldiers—friends—die. Then the next day, he’s back in the present, where WWII has bled into his modern life in the form of PTSD, straining his relationship with his father and the few friends he has left. Every day it becomes harder to hide his battle wounds, both physical and mental, from the past.
When the ex-girl-next-door, Harper, moves back to town, thoughts of what could be if only he had a normal life begin to haunt him. Harper reminds him of the person he was before the PTSD, which helps anchor him to the present. With practice, maybe Kale could remain in the present permanently and never step foot on a battlefield again. Maybe he can have the normal life he craves.
But then Harper finds Kale’s name in a historical article—and he’s listed as a casualty of the war. Is Kale’s death inevitable? Does this mean that, one of these days, when Kale travels to the past, he may not come back?
Kale knows now that he must learn to control his time-traveling ability to save himself and his chance at a life with Harper. Otherwise, he’ll be killed in a time where he doesn’t belong by a bullet that was never meant for him.
Another book taking place during the war period that I’m actually very eager to read! I love the added twist of parallel worlds and a boy stuck in between them. I’m marking this ones release date on my calendar.
The Love Interest by Cale Dietrich (May 16th)
There is a secret organization that cultivates teenage spies. The agents are called Love Interests because getting close to people destined for great power means getting valuable secrets.
Caden is a Nice: The boy next door, sculpted to physical perfection. Dylan is a Bad: The brooding, dark-souled guy, and dangerously handsome. The girl they are competing for is important to the organization, and each boy will pursue her. Will she choose a Nice or the Bad?
Both Caden and Dylan are living in the outside world for the first time. They are well-trained and at the top of their games. They have to be – whoever the girl doesn’t choose will die.
What the boys don’t expect are feelings that are outside of their training. Feelings that could kill them both.
I never ever tire of spy-centric YA novels. I love all the sleuthing and hacking and action that come with them. And is it just me who is sensing a possible gay romance here between Caden and Dylan, or am I simply delusional? Guess I’ll have to wait and find out!
When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon (May 30th)
A laugh-out-loud, heartfelt YA romantic comedy, told in alternating perspectives, about two Indian-American teens whose parents have arranged for them to be married.
Dimple Shah has it all figured out. With graduation behind her, she’s more than ready for a break from her family, from Mamma’s inexplicable obsession with her finding the “Ideal Indian Husband.” Ugh. Dimple knows they must respect her principles on some level, though. If they truly believed she needed a husband right now, they wouldn’t have paid for her to attend a summer program for aspiring web developers…right?
Rishi Patel is a hopeless romantic. So when his parents tell him that his future wife will be attending the same summer program as him—wherein he’ll have to woo her—he’s totally on board. Because as silly as it sounds to most people in his life, Rishi wants to be arranged, believes in the power of tradition, stability, and being a part of something much bigger than himself.
The Shahs and Patels didn’t mean to start turning the wheels on this “suggested arrangement” so early in their children’s lives, but when they noticed them both gravitate toward the same summer program, they figured, Why not?
Dimple and Rishi may think they have each other figured out. But when opposites clash, love works hard to prove itself in the most unexpected ways.
People have been talking about this book for months and I can see why! I’ve never read a YA romance about a modern day arranged marriage. I can’t wait to see how these two Indian-American teens fall in love despite being brought together by their parents expectations.
One of Us is Lying by Karen M. Mcmanus (May 30th)
The Breakfast Club meets Pretty Little Liars, One of Us Is Lying is the story of what happens when five strangers walk into detention and only four walk out alive. Everyone is a suspect, and everyone has something to hide.
Pay close attention and you might solve this.
On Monday afternoon, five students at Bayview High walk into detention.
Bronwyn, the brain, is Yale-bound and never breaks a rule.
Addy, the beauty, is the picture-perfect homecoming princess.
Nate, the criminal, is already on probation for dealing.
Cooper, the athlete, is the all-star baseball pitcher.
And Simon, the outcast, is the creator of Bayview High’s notorious gossip app.
Only, Simon never makes it out of that classroom. Before the end of detention Simon’s dead. And according to investigators, his death wasn’t an accident. On Monday, he died. But on Tuesday, he’d planned to post juicy reveals about all four of his high-profile classmates, which makes all four of them suspects in his murder. Or are they the perfect patsies for a killer who’s still on the loose? Everyone has secrets, right? What really matters is how far you would go to protect them.
They had me at “The Breakfast Club meets Pretty Little Liars”. I can’t wait to put my detective skills to the test to try and figure out who the killer is!
Perfect Ten by L. Philips (June 6th)
Who is Sam Raines’s Perfect Ten?
It’s been two years since Sam broke up with the only other eligible gay guy in his high school, so to say he’s been going through a romantic drought is the understatement of the decade. When Meg, his ex-Catholic-turned-Wiccan best friend, suggests performing a love spell, Sam is just desperate enough to try. He crafts a list of ten traits he wants in a boyfriend and burns it in a cemetery at midnight on Friday the thirteenth.
Enter three seemingly perfect guys, all in pursuit of Sam. There’s Gus, the suave French exchange student; Jamie, the sweet and shy artist; and Travis, the guitar-playing tattooed enigma. Even Sam’s ex-boyfriend, Landon, might want another chance.
But does a Perfect Ten even exist? Find out in this delectable coming-of-age romcom with just a touch of magic.
A m/m rom-com? Say no more.
Frostblood by Elly Blake (Jan 10th)
Seventeen-year-old Ruby is a Fireblood who has concealed her powers of heat and flame from the cruel Frostblood ruling class her entire life. But when her mother is killed trying to protect her, and rebel Frostbloods demand her help to overthrow their bloodthirsty king, she agrees to come out of hiding, desperate to have her revenge.
Despite her unpredictable abilities, Ruby trains with the rebels and the infuriating–yet irresistible–Arcus, who seems to think of her as nothing more than a weapon. But before they can take action, Ruby is captured and forced to compete in the king’s tournaments that pit Fireblood prisoners against Frostblood champions. Now she has only one chance to destroy the maniacal ruler who has taken everything from her–and from the icy young man she has come to love.
Vivid and compelling, Frostblood is the first in an exhilarating series about a world where flame and ice are mortal enemies…but together create a power that could change everything.
I’ve had my eye on this one for awhile. I love the idea of a world in which people are divided by two drastically different magical abilities, and I can’t wait to see how the romance between a Fireblood and Frostblood plays out!
The Valiant by Lesley Livingston (Feb 14th)
Princess. Captive. Gladiator. Always a Warrior.
Fallon is the daughter of a proud Celtic king and the younger sister of the legendary fighter Sorcha. When Fallon was just a child, Sorcha was killed by the armies of Julius Caesar.
On the eve of her seventeenth birthday, Fallon is excited to follow in her sister’s footsteps and earn her place in her father’s war band. She never gets the chance.
Fallon is captured and sold to an elite training school for female gladiators—owned by none other than Julius Caesar himself. In a cruel twist of fate, the man who destroyed Fallon’s family might be her only hope of survival.
Now, Fallon must overcome vicious rivalries, deadly fights in and out of the arena, and perhaps the most dangerous threat of all: her irresistible feelings for Cai, a young Roman soldier and her sworn enemy.
A richly imagined fantasy for fans of Sarah J. Maas and Cinda Williams Chima, The Valiant recounts Fallon’s gripping journey from fierce Celtic princess to legendary gladiator and darling of the Roman empire.
An elite training school for female gladiators?! A romance between two teens who are sworn enemies? That’s all I needed to hear. Count me in.
Hunted by Meagan Spooner (March 14th)
Beauty knows the Beast’s forest in her bones–and in her blood.
Though Yeva grew up with the city’s highest aristocrats, far from her father’s old lodge, she knows that the forest holds secrets and that her father is the only hunter who’s ever come close to discovering them.
So when her father loses his fortune and moves Yeva and her sisters back to the outskirts of town, Yeva is secretly relieved. Out in the wilderness, there’s no pressure to make idle chatter with vapid baronessas…or to submit to marrying a wealthy gentleman. But Yeva’s father’s misfortune may have cost him his mind, and when he goes missing in the woods, Yeva sets her sights on one prey: the creature he’d been obsessively tracking just before his disappearance.
Deaf to her sisters’ protests, Yeva hunts this strange Beast back into his own territory–a cursed valley, a ruined castle, and a world of creatures that Yeva’s only heard about in fairy tales. A world that can bring her ruin or salvation. Who will survive: the Beauty, or the Beast?
This sounds like an intriguing retelling of Beauty and the Beast, and I’m never one to turn down a fairy tale remix. This version sounds like it has a little bit of magic and fantasy as well!
Summoner Rising by Melanie McFarlane (March 28th)
Law One: A summoner is responsible for all creatures she lets through from the netherworld.
Dacie Cantar wishes someone had explained the Laws of Summoning to her before she watched a shadowy creature crawl out of a painting at the local arcade.
But at least it explains the strange things she’s witnessed since moving in with her great-aunt, after her mother’s untimely death. But who wants to be followed by shadows the rest of their life?
Add that to being stalked by a strange boy at school, who just might be her Tovaros or soulmate, and it’s about all Dacie can handle in her new life.
As she nears her seventeenth birthday, will she be ready for her new responsibilities, or will the shadows that stalked her mother until her death, finally consume Dacie, too?
And then there’s Law Two…
To be honest, what first drew me to this book was its cover. But the premise sounds interesting too, and I can’t wait to read more about the netherworld and all of its creatures.
Towards a Secret Sky by Heather Maclean (April 4th)
Toward a Secret Sky by New York Times bestselling author Heather Maclean is a new breed of YA novel: an intelligent adventure-quest crossed with a sweeping, forbidden love story. A mix of reality and possibility, this fast-paced thriller will appeal to fans of Stephenie Meyer and Dan Brown as it leads the reader on a breathless flight through the highlands of Scotland, the secret city under London, and history itself.
Shortly after 17-year-old Maren Hamilton is orphaned and sent to live with grandparents she’s never met in Scotland, she receives an encrypted journal from her dead mother that makes her and everyone around her a target. It confirms that her parents were employed by a secret, international organization that’s now intent on recruiting her. As Maren works to unravel the clues left behind by her mother, a murderous madness sweeps through the local population, terrorizing her small town. Maren must decide if she’ll continue her parents’ fight or stay behind to save her friends.
With the help of Gavin, an otherworldly mercenary she’s not supposed to fall in love with, and Graham, a charming aristocrat who is entranced with her, Maren races against the clock and around the country from palatial estates with twisted labyrinths to famous cathedrals with booby-trapped subterranean crypts to stay ahead of the enemy and find a cure. Along the way, she discovers the great truth of love: that laying down your life for another isn’t as hard as watching them sacrifice everything for you.
Forbidden romance and booby traps and labyrinths? I’m intrigued.
Given to the Sea by Mindy McGinnis (April 11th)
Kings and Queens rise and fall, loyalties collide, and romance blooms in a world where the sea is rising—and cannot be escaped.
Khosa is Given to the Sea, a girl born to be fed to the water, her flesh preventing a wave like the one that destroyed the Kingdom of Stille in days of old. But before she’s allowed to dancean uncontrollable twitching of the limbs that will carry her to the shore in a frenzy—she must produce an heir. Yet the thought of human touch sends shudders down her spine that not even the sound of the tide can match.
Vincent is third in line to inherit his throne, royalty in a kingdom where the old linger and the young inherit only boredom. When Khosa arrives without an heir he knows his father will ensure she fulfills her duty, at whatever cost. Torn between protecting the throne he will someday fill, and the girl whose fate is tied to its very existence, Vincent’s loyalty is at odds with his heart.
Dara and Donil are the last of the Indiri, a native race whose dwindling magic grows weaker as the island country fades. Animals cease to bear young, creatures of the sea take to the land, and the Pietra—fierce fighters who destroyed the Indiri a generation before—are now marching from their stony shores for the twin’s adopted homeland, Stille.
Witt leads the Pietra, their army the only family he has ever known. The stone shores harbor a secret, a growing threat that will envelop the entire land—and he will conquer every speck of soil to ensure the survival of his people.
The tides are turning in Stille, where royals scheme, Pietrans march, and the rising sea calls for its Given.
This sounds really interesting, I can’t wait to read more about Khosa and Vincent and their kingdoms!
Roar by Cora Carmack (June 13th)
New York Times bestselling author Cora Carmack’s young adult debut: Roar.
In a land ruled and shaped by violent magical storms, power lies with those who control them.
Aurora Pavan comes from one of the oldest Stormling families in existence. Long ago, the ungifted pledged fealty and service to her family in exchange for safe haven, and a kingdom was carved out from the wildlands and sustained by magic capable of repelling the world’s deadliest foes. As the sole heir of Pavan, Aurora’s been groomed to be the perfect queen. She’s intelligent and brave and honorable. But she’s yet to show any trace of the magic she’ll need to protect her people.
To keep her secret and save her crown, Aurora’s mother arranges for her to marry a dark and brooding Stormling prince from another kingdom. At first, the prince seems like the perfect solution to all her problems. He’ll guarantee her spot as the next queen and be the champion her people need to remain safe. But the more secrets Aurora uncovers about him, the more a future with him frightens her. When she dons a disguise and sneaks out of the palace one night to spy on him, she stumbles upon a black market dealing in the very thing she lacks―storm magic. And the people selling it? They’re not Stormlings. They’re storm hunters.
Legend says that her ancestors first gained their magic by facing a storm and stealing part of its essence. And when a handsome young storm hunter reveals he was born without magic, but possesses it now, Aurora realizes there’s a third option for her future besides ruin or marriage.
She might not have magic now, but she can steal it if she’s brave enough.
Challenge a tempest. Survive it. And you become its master.
I love Cora’s New Adult books so I can’t wait to read her debut YA Fantasy!
The Library of Fates by Aditi (July 18th)
A romantic coming-of-age fantasy tale steeped in Indian folklore, perfect for fans of The Star-Touched Queen and The Wrath and the Dawn
No one is entirely certain what brings the Emperor Sikander to Shalingar. Until now, the idyllic kingdom has been immune to his many violent conquests. To keep the visit friendly, Princess Amrita has offered herself as his bride, sacrificing everything—family, her childhood love, and her freedom—to save her people. But her offer isn’t enough.
The unthinkable happens, and Amrita finds herself a fugitive, utterly alone but for an oracle named Thala, who was kept by Sikander as a slave and managed to escape amid the chaos of a palace under siege. With nothing and no one else to turn to, Amrita and Thala are forced to rely on each other. But while Amrita feels responsible for her kingdom and sets out to warn her people, the newly free Thala has no such ties. She encourages Amrita to go on a quest to find the fabled Library of All Things, where it is possible for each of them to reverse their fates. To go back to before Sikander took everything from them.
Stripped of all that she loves, caught between her rosy past and an unknown future, will Amrita be able to restore what was lost, or does another life—and another love—await?
I’m looking forward to this culturally diverse fantasy! I haven’t read many books involving Indian folklore.
Till Death by Jennifer L. Armentrout (Feb 28th)
A new thrilling mystery/suspense adult novel from my favorite guilty-pleasure author! Sasha Keaton is returning to her West Virginia hometown for the first time in ten years, since she escaped the infamous serial killer known as the “Groom.” She’s only here to help run her family Inn. But when Sasha is threatened, FBI agent Cole Landis vows to protect her the way he couldn’t a decade earlier. As women start disappearing and the romantic tension between Cole and Sasha grows hotter, Cole does everything he can to make up for failing to stop Sasha from being taken all those years ago, but someone is watching and each mistake could be their last. This sounds super suspenseful/creepy and romantic, one of my favorite combinations!
The Song Rising (The Bone Season #3) by Samantha Shannon (March 7th)
I just recently finished The Bone Season in late 2016 and Samantha Shannon is to blame for my sudden new interest in finally picking up adult novels! The second I picked it up I could not put it down and I purchased the second book before I’d even finished the first! This series is full of strange and intriguing characters, a wholly creative futuristic plotline, and whole lot of paranormal suspense and mystery. I can’t wait to see what’s next in store for Paige and her friends.
Dating You/Hating You by Christina Lauren (June 6th)
Christina Lauren became one of my new favorite New Adult authors in 2016 after I read the first three books of the Wild Seasons series. This co-writing duo sure knows how to write sexy romances between equally lovable and relatable characters. The love scenes are just as well written as the characters, and the characters are complex and flawed and multi dimensional, which I love. Although their books are primarily romances, they also focus a lot on character development and how they struggle to overcome obstacles in their lives. This stand-alone contemporary follows two agents from competing Hollywood firms who hit it off despite their awkward first meeting at a mutual friends Halloween party. But when their two agencies merge, they find themselves competing for the same position, and their could-be-romance turns into an all out war.
The Struggle (Titan #3) by Jennifer L. Armentrout (March 20th)
I can’t wait for the conclusion to this series!!
Brave (Wicked #3) by Jennifer L. Armentrout (sometime this summer??)
Wicked and Torn were two of my favorite 2016 NA reads and I need the final book now!!!
Unrest (Unknown #2) by Wendy Higgins (Feb 14th)
Book two in Wendy Higgins first New Adult series. I’m currently reading the first one and loving it!
Until it Fades by K.A Tucker (May 2nd)
Twenty-four year old waitress and single mom Catherine Wright just wants to live a happy and simple life with her five-year-old daughter, and never again be the talk of the town. One night, Catherine saves a man’s life, and later discovers that she rescued hockey icon Brett Madden. Not wanting to be thrust into the spotlight, Catherine hides her identity from the media. But when Brett winds up on her doorstep looking to thank her, they form an immediate connection that she can’t ignore. K.A Tucker is a favorite NA/Adult author of mine and this one sounds really intriguing!
Under the Bleachers by K.K Allen (Feb 28th)
One kiss can change everything.
Fun and flirty Monica Stevens lives for chocolate, fashion, and boys … in that order. And she doesn’t take life too seriously, especially when it comes to dating. When a night of innocent banter with Seattle’s hottest NFL quarterback turns passionate, she fears that everything she once managed to protect will soon be destroyed.
Seattle’s most eligible bachelor, Zachary Ryan, is a workaholic by nature, an undercover entrepreneur, and passionate about the organizations he supports. He’s also addicted to Monica, the curvy brunette with a sassy mouth—and not just because she tastes like strawberries and chocolate. She’s as challenging as she is decadent, as witty as she is charming, and she’s the perfect distraction from the daily grind.
While Monica comes to a crossroads in her life, Zachary becomes an unavoidable obstacle, forcing her to stop hiding under the bleachers and confront the demons of her past. But as their connection grows stronger, she knows it only brings them closer to their end.
It’s time to let go.
To have a future, we must first deal with our pasts. But what if the two are connected?
Ooo I always love a romance that involves facing ones dark past and learning to move beyond it.
72 Hours by Bella Jewel (April 4th)
A red-hot, pulse-pounding thrill ride by USA Today bestselling author Bella Jewel!
It’s all part of his sick game. A game he’s been planning for an entire decade. Now everything is perfect: One woman and one man have been selected. They used to be a couple―and they can no longer stand one another. They are the perfect victims. He doesn’t intend for the game to be easy. He wants to push them to the brink of insanity, to make his hunt real. . .
Lara and Noah have has been captured and dumped into a massive wooded area. There’s only one rule in this fatal game: They will have 72 hours to find a way out before a sadistic serial killer begins his hunt . . .But what he never could have expected was the explosive passion that ignites between the two ex-lovers―one that makes them strong. Fierce. And determined to do whatever it takes to escape―and to survive.
72 Hours by Bella Jewel is a sexy, page-turning thrill ride!
What’s better than a story with an equal mix of horror/suspense and romance? Not much.
The One That Got Away by Melissa Pimentel (July 18th)
A smart, funny, and modern retelling of Jane Austen’s Persuasion, where a young woman comes face-to-face with a lost love, proving that the one that got away is sometimes the one you get back.
Ruby and Ethan were perfect for each other. Until the day they suddenly weren’t.
Ten years later, Ruby’s single, having spent the last decade focusing on her demanding career and hectic life in Manhattan. There’s barely time for a trip to England for her little sister’s wedding. And there’s certainly not time to think about seeing Ethan there for the first time in years.
But as the family frantically prepare for the big day, Ruby can’t help but wonder if she made the right choice all those years ago? Because there’s nothing like a wedding for stirring up the past . . .
I’m always down for a good second chance romance!
So there you have it! My most anticipated 2017 releases up until July! Are you guys looking forward to any of these?