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16 Most Anticipated Releases of 2016

I won’t say too much about some of these books because I’m already aware of their popularity and that you bookworms have probably heard of them before. But I hope you find some new upcoming books to add to your TBRs and feel free to comment below if you agree or disagree with my list.

*synopsis and images sourced from Goodreads

Happy Reading!

Passenger

Passenger, Alexandra Bracken

Etta Spencer is a violin prodigy. When tragedy strikes and a mysterious power tied closely to her musical abilities manifests, Etta is pulled back through time to 1776 in the midst of a fierce sea battle.

Her capture was orchestrated by the Ironwoods, the most powerful family in the Colonies. Nicholas Carter, handsome, young, prize master of a privateering ship, has been charged with retrieving and delivering her to the family – unharmed.

Etta learns her fate is entwined with an object of untold value from her past. Ironwood is desperate to secure his future, but Etta must find it first in order to return home. Embarking on a perilous journey across centuries and continents, piecing together clues left behind from a mysterious traveller, the true nature of the object and Ironwood’s dangerous game, could mean the end for Nicholas and Etta…

I actually already have an ARC of this exciting new book from Alexandra Bracken, but I probably won’t get to read it until after its release date of January 5th. I haven’t read any of this authors works before, but if there is time travel and pirates, count me in!

The Dark Days Club, Alison Goodman

London, April 1812. Lady Helen Wrexhall is set to make her debut at the court of Queen Charlotte and officially step into polite Regency society and the marriage mart. Little does Helen know that step will take her from the opulent drawing rooms of Mayfair and the bright lights of Vauxhall Gardens into a shadowy world of missing housemaids and demonic conspiracies.

Standing between those two worlds is Lord Carlston, a man of ruined reputation and brusque manners. He believes Helen has a destiny beyond the ballroom; a sacred and secret duty. Helen is not so sure, especially when she discovers that nothing around her is quite as it seems, including the enigmatic Lord Carlston.

Again, I have an ARC but I also have a finished copy of this AMAZING book! Here in Australia, Lady Helen and the Dark Days Club was released on December 14th (possibly because the author is Australian and loves her Aussie YA fans so we got it first) however, The Dark Days Club as it will be published in the UK and US will be released on January 26th. This was one of my top reads of 2016 and you definitely need to get your hands on it as I cannot recommend this stunning YA historical/paranormal highly enough! You can check out my review HERE.

Night StudyNight Study, Maria V. Snyder

NOT POSTING THE SYNOPSIS AS THIS BOOK IS IN A SERIES AND SPOILERS…

If you haven’t read any of Maria V. Snyder’s books then I don’t think you can call yourself a YA fantasy fanatic! This is actually one of the series that inspired the Throne of Glass novels. It was originally a trilogy but the author and publishers decided to continue and publish a further three books, which definitely isn’t bad news. Night Study will be the fifth book in the series and is released on January 26th.

YellowYellow, Megan Jacobson

If fourteen-year-old Kirra is having a mid-life crisis now, then it doesn’t bode well for her life expectancy. Her so-called friends bully her, whatever semblance of a mother she had has been drowned at the bottom of a gin bottle ever since her dad left them for another woman, and now a teenage ghost is speaking to her through a broken phone booth. Kirra and the ghost make a pact. She’ll prove who murdered him almost twenty years ago if he does three things for her. He makes her popular, he gets her parents back together, and he doesn’t haunt her. Things aren’t so simple however, and Kirra realises that people can be haunted in more ways than one.

I was lucky enough to receive a proof copy of this new YA fiction from the lovely Felicity at Penguin Teen Australia. I have yet to read it, but hopefully I’ll get to it this month before its release on February 1st. The premise of this just sounds so fascinating! And just look at this cover!

Glass SwordGlass Sword, Victoria Aveyard

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AHHHH! I cannot wait for this book and I’m super jealous of those who received ARCS! Yeah, the first, Red Queen book was a bit cliché for YA fantasy, but that doesn’t mean I don’t still love it. It is just so addictive… Look out Glass Sword on February 11th.

The Winner's Kiss

The Winner’s Kiss, Marie Rutkoski

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I read the first two books in two days… then I found out I had to wait almost a year for the conclusion to this stunning trilogy. But those cover changes, not happy! I agree with those who think that the publishers are trying to make Kestrel look like Celaena Sardothien from Throne of Glass. THEY ARE DIFFERENT CHARACTERS! Please put Kestrel back in her pretty dresses with her bejewelled daggers. Still, I’m looking forward to March 1st.

The Raven KingThe Raven King, Maggie Stiefvater

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I am planning on reading the first three books in The Raven Boys quartet in January/February but even though I haven’t read them yet, I’m really excited for the final book to be released March 3rd. I have loved every Maggie Stiefvater book I’ve read and I’m sure these will be no exception.

Frankie

Frankie, Shivaun Plozza

Frankie Vega is angry. Just ask the guy whose nose she broke. Or the cop investigating the burglary she witnessed, or her cheating ex-boyfriend or her aunt who’s tired of giving second chances…When a kid shows up claiming to be Frankie’s half brother, it opens the door to a past she doesn’t want to remember. And when that kid goes missing, the only person willing to help is a boy with stupidly blue eyes … and secrets of his own. Frankie’s search for the truth might change her life, or cost her everything.

This is another new Australian YA author and I have an ARC!! I’m planning on reading this before its release in April.

The Glittering CourtThe Glittering Court, Richelle Mead

Big and sweeping, spanning the refined palaces of Osfrid to the gold dust and untamed forests of Adoria, The Glittering Court tells the story of Adelaide, an Osfridian countess who poses as her servant to escape an arranged marriage and start a new life in Adoria, the New World. But to do that, she must join the Glittering Court.

Both a school and a business venture, the Glittering Court is designed to transform impoverished girls into upper-class ladies capable of arranging powerful and wealthy marriages in the New World.

Adelaide naturally excels in her training and even makes a few friends: the fiery former laundress Tamsin and the beautiful Sirminican refugee Mira. She manages to keep her true identity hidden from all but one: the intriguing Cedric Thorn, son of the wealthy proprietor of the Glittering Court.
When Adelaide discovers that Cedric is hiding a dangerous secret of his own, together, they hatch a scheme to make the best of Adelaide’s deception. Complications soon arise—first, as they cross the treacherous seas from Osfrid to Adoria, and later, when Adelaide catches the attention of a powerful governor.

But no complication will prove quite as daunting as the potent attraction simmering between Adelaide and Cedric. An attraction that, if acted on, would scandalize the Glittering Court and make them both outcasts in wild, vastly uncharted lands. . . .

I’m not a fan of Vampire Diaries, but this book sounds really intriguing! I really like the idea of incorporating aspects of the Elizabethan era into a dystopian world. Out April 5th.

A Court of Mist and Fury no coverA Court of Mist and Fury, Sarah J. Maas

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Honestly, I was disappointed with A Court of Thorns and Roses. Don’t get me wrong, it was a great book! For me, it just didn’t live up to the hype or the comparison to the Throne of Glass books. I still can’t wait to read Sarah J. Maas’s newest book based on the Greek myth of Persephone and Hades. On sale May 3rd.

The Rose and the Dagger

The Rose and the Dagger, Renee Ahdieh

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YAY YAY YAY! I read The Wrath and the Dawn when it first came out, so the wait for the sequel has been a long one for me… I love retellings and this is honestly one of my favourite retellings based on one of my favourite tales—A Thousand and One Arabian Nights. May 3rd will be a very good day!

The CrownThe Crown, Kiera Cass

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I don’t want it to end! But at the same time, I want to know what happens! I think I’ll try to reread all of The Selection books before the release of the final instalment out May 3rd.

Queen of Hearts

 

Queen of Hearts, Colleen Oaks

As Princess of Wonderland Palace and the future Queen of Hearts, Dinah’s days are an endless monotony of tea, tarts, and a stream of vicious humiliations at the hands of her father, the King of Hearts. The only highlight of her days is visiting Wardley, her childhood best friend, the future Knave of Hearts — and the love of her life.

When an enchanting stranger arrives at the Palace, Dinah watches as everything she’s ever wanted threatens to crumble. As her coronation date approaches, a series of suspicious and bloody events suggests that something sinister stirs in the whimsical halls of Wonderland. It’s up to Dinah to unravel the mysteries that lurk both inside and under the Palace before she loses her own head to a clever and faceless foe.

May 3rd is a huge day for releases! This book is a prequel of sorts. Ever wonder why so many heads were cut off in Alice in Wonderland? Well, this book might just have the answers! This is the story of the Queen of Hearts when she was still a princess of Wonderland Palace.

Crocked Kingdom, Leigh Bardugo September 26th

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Bright Smoke Cold Fire, Rosamund Hodge

No date, synopsis, or cover has been released yet. But the book has been pitched as “Romeo and Juliet meets Sabriel” which certainly has me intrigued!

(Firebird #3), Claudia Gray

I can’t wait for this to be released so I can marathon the trilogy and to add another pretty cover to my shelves!

(Throne of Glass #5), Sarah J. Maas

No explanation needed.

Honourable mention to The Siren by Kiera Cass was previously self-published and has now been revamped and will be published by Harper Teen on January 26th.

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