04/01/2016

My most anticipated releases for the first half of 2016

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by the lovely people over at The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s topic: the most anticipated releases for the first half of 2016.

While I’m usually not one to look very far ahead when it comes to books, I’ve shelved quite some 2016 releases over on Goodreads. I’m reallyreallyreally excited for two new Sarah J. Maas books this year. The fifth Throne of Glass novel isn’t due until September though, so that’s not featured in this list.

A COURT OF MIST AND FURY – SARAH J. MAAS

Expected May 3rd

A Court of Thorns and Roses was one of my favorite reads of 2015. I can’t believe Sarah J. Maas pulls it off to write two AMAZING series at the same time, with worlds so unique and detailed. I absolutely loved all the characters and can’t wait to see what happens next (and if I’m officially going to be #teamRhysand or if Tamlin is going to win me back).

TRUTHWITCH – SUSAN DENNARD

Expected January 5th

While I haven’t read anything by Susan Dennard myself, I’ve heard so many positive things. The premise of Truthwitch sounds amazing. Great world building and character development are two of my most valued things in books and that seems to be the case here. Witches! Magic! Epic friendship!

PASSENGER – ALEXANDRA BRACKEN

Expected January 5th

Two highly anticipated books released on the same day?! People are going to be reading ’til way after midnight on this day, I guess. I read Alexandra Bracken’s The Darkest Minds last year. I loved the idea and it was off to a great start, but unfortunately it lost that magic later on. I’ve heard great things about Passenger so far though, so I’m really curious.

A STUDY IN CHARLOTTE – BRITTANY CAVALLARO

Expected March 1st

The great-great-grandson of John Watson and the great-great-granddaughter of Sherlock Holmes meet in this YA mystery novel. SOLD.

BLACKHEARTS – NICOLE CASTROMAN

Expected February 9th

This one is a Blackbeard retelling, a story of his pre-pirate years. While I would’ve loved the actual pirate story, I’m intrigued by this synopsis as well. It promises more of an historical fiction romance, and that’s fine by me.

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GLASS SWORD – VICTORIA AVEYARD

Expected February 9th

OK so I didn’t LOVE Red Queen.. I rated it 3.5 stars because overall, the whole story felt unoriginal. But I enjoyed the writing and I’m curious to see how it all continues. Also, it will probably be one of the most read books of 2016 so can’t keep that one waiting, can I?

FRONT LINES – MICHAEL GRANT

Expected January 26th

I’ve read the Gone series over the past few years and really enjoyed them (even though the last books had some gory scenes). Michael Grant writes captivating stories and I’m looking forward to his new project. It’s about three girls fighting at the front lines of World War II – an alternate history!

BURNING GLASS – KATHRYN PURDIE

Expected March 1st

This one has great reviews already and it sounds very promising. A new fantasy trilogy and with over 500 pages, not a short one. So that should be more than enough for amazing world building and great characters, right? But I might be setting myself up for some disappointment with this enthusiasm. The whole ‘choosing between two royal brothers’ thing sounds a bit too Red Queenie for me though. I’m going to keep an eye on the reviews when we’re getting closer to the release date.

SALT TO THE SEA – RUTA SEPETYS

Expected February 2nd

I’m hoping to read the author’s first book, Between Shades of Gray, sometime soon. Salt to the Sea sounds like another beautiful, haunting historical fiction. It’s a World War II story as well, but about a mostly unknown part of the war.

And where is number 10? Well, it was going to be Sword and Verse. But the reviews haven’t been great so my hopes aren’t as high anymore.

Which books are on your list? Are we anticipating some of the same novels? Let me know!