Most Anticipated Book Releases of Winter 2016

16 Most Anticipated Book Releases of  Winter 2016

I have seen Seasonal Anticipation Lists from other Book Bloggers and Vloggers. I loved the idea so much I decided to compile my own list.

While in America Summer is on its way, here in Australia Winter is coming. As such I have a “Top 16 of 2016” List for Winter Book Releases.

So, on with the show. In order of release dates the following are the books that I am most excited for this Winter.

The Marked Girl by Lindsey Klingele – 07/06/2016

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Once upon a time, in a land far, far away (Los Angeles)…

When Cedric, crowned Prince of Caelum, and his fellow royal friends (including his betrothed, Kat) find themselves stranded in a modern-day L.A. via a magical portal and an evil traitor named Malquin, all they want to do is get home to Caelum – soon. Then they meet Liv, a filmmaker foster girl who just wants to get out of the system and on with her life. As she and Cedric bond, they’ll discover that she’s more connected to his world than they ever could’ve imagined… And that finding home is no easy task…

Ivory and Bone by Julie Eshbaugh – 07/06/2016

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Hunting, gathering, and keeping his family safe – that’s the life seventeen-year-old Kol knows. Then bold, enigmatic Mya arrives from the south with her family, and Kol is captivated. He wants her to like and trust him, but any hopes of impressing her are ruined when he makes a careless – and nearly grave – mistake. However, there’s something more to Mya’s cool disdain… a history wrought with loss that comes to light when another clan arrives. With them is Lo, an enemy from Mya’s past who Mya swears has ulterior motives.

As Kol gets to know Lo, tensions between Mya and Lo escalate until violence erupts. Faced with shattering losses, Kol is forced to question every person he’s trusted. One thing is for sure: this was a war that Mya or Lo – Kol doesn’t know which – had been planning all along.

The Way To Game The Walk Of Shame by Jenn P. Nguyen – 07/06/2016

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Taylor Simmons is screwed.

Things were hard enough when her single-minded dedication to her studies earned her the reputation of being an Ice Queen, but after getting drunk at a party and waking up next to bad boy surfer Evan McKinley, the entire school seems intent on tearing Taylor down with mockery and gossip.

Desperate to salvage her reputation, Taylor persuades Evan to pretend they’re in a serious romantic relationship. After all, it’s better to be the girl who tames the wild surfer than just another notch on his surfboard.

My Lady Jane by Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, and Jodi Meadows – 07/06/2016

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Lady Jane Grey, sixteen, is about to be married to a total stranger – and caught up in an insidious plot to rob her cousin, King Edward, of his throne. But that’s the least of Jane’s problems. She’s about to become Queen of England. Like that could go wrong.

The Leaving by Tara Altebrando – 07/06/2016

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Eleven years ago, six kindergarteners went missing without a trace. After all that time, the people left behind moved on, or tried to.

Until today. Today five of those kids return. They’re sixteen, and they are… fine. Scarlett comes home and finds a mom she barely recognises, and doesn’t really recognise the person she’s supposed to be, either. But she thinks she remembers Lucas. Lucas remembers Scarlett, too, except they’re entirely unable to recall where they’ve been or what happened to them.

Neither of them remember the sixth victim, Max. He doesn’t come back. Everyone wants answers. Most of all Max’s sister Avery, who needs to find her brother – dead or alive – and isn’t buying this whole memory-loss story.

Allegiance of Honour by Nalini Singh – 14/06/2016

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The Psy-Changeling world had undergone a staggering transformation and now stands at a crossroads. The Trinity Accord promises an era of cooperation between disparate races and groups. It is a beacon of hope held together by many hands: Old enemies. New allies. Wary loners.

But a century of distrust and suspicion can’t be so easily forgotten and threatens to shatter Trinity from within at any moment. As rival members vie for dominance, chaos and evil gather in the shadows and a kidnapped woman’s cry for help washes up in San Francisco, while the Consortium turns  its murderous gaze toward a child who is the embodiment of  change, of love, of piercing hope: A child who is both Psy… and changeling.

To find the lost, protect the vulnerable – and save Trinity – no one can stand alone. This is a time of loyalty across divisions, of bonds woven into the heart and the soul, of heroes known and unknown standing back to back and holding the line. But is an allegiance of honour even possible with traitors lurking in their midst.

Born of Legend by Sherrilyn Kenyon – 21/06/2016

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It is in the darkest hours of a universe’s past that their legends are born and their heroes rise…

No one knows exactly how much heart they have until their mettle is put to the hazard and they reach the lowest point of hell. There, they have only two choices. Lie down and die. Or find the strength to push themselves to their feet and fight back with everything they have.

Dagger is the alias that is used by Ushara’s husband, and the father of the twins, who is on the run for his life. This is his story and shows how he became a member of the Tavali and what happens to them after Born of Betrayal ends.

And I Darken by Kiersten White – 28/06/2016

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No one expects a princess to be brutal. And Lada Dragwyla likes it that way.

Ever since she and her brother were abandoned by her father to be raised in the Ottoman sultan’s courts. Lada has known that ruthlessness is the key to survival. For the lineage that makes her and her brother special also makes them targets.

Lada hones her skills as a warrior as she nurtures plans to wreak revenge on the empire that holds her. Then she and Radu meet the sultan’s son, Mehmed, and everything changes. Now Mehmed unwittingly stands between Lada and Radu as they transform from siblings to rivals, and the ties of love and loyalty that bind them together are stretched to breaking point.

This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab – 05/07/2016

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Kate Harker and August Flynn are the heirs to a divided city – a city where the violence has begun to breed actual monsters. All Kate wants is to be as ruthless as her father, who lets the monsters roam free and makes the humans pay for his protection. All August wants is to be human, as good-hearted as his own father, to play a bigger role in protecting the innocent – but he’s one of the monsters. One who can steal a soul with a simple strain of music. When the chance arrises to keep an eye on Kate, who’s just been kicked out of her sixth boarding school and returned home, August jumps at it. But Kate discovers August’s secret, and after a failed assassination attempt the pair must flee for their lives.

How To Hang A Witch by Adriana Mather – 26/07/2016

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Salem, Massachusetts is the site of the infamous witch trials and the new home of Samantha Mather. Recently transplanted from New York City. Sam and her stepmother are not exactly welcomed with opened arms. Sam is the descendant of Cotton Mather, one of the men responsible for those trials and almost immediately, she becomes the enemy of a group of girls who call themselves The Descendants. And guess who their ancestors were?

If dealing with that weren’t enough, Sam also comes face to dace with a real live (well technically dead) ghost. A handsome, angry ghost who wants Sam to stop touching his stuff. But soon Sam discovers she is at the centre of a centuries old curse affecting anyone with ties to the trials. Sam must come to terms with the ghost and find a way to work with the Descendants to stop a deadly cycle that has been going on since the first accused witch was hanged. If any town should have learned its lesson, it’s Salem. But history may be about to repeat itself.

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by J.K. Rowling – 31/07/2016

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It’s always difficult being Harry Potter and it isn’t much easier now that he is an overworked Ministry of Magic, a husband, and father of three school-age children.

While Harry grapples with a past that refuses to stay where it belongs, his youngest son Albus must struggle with the weight of a family legacy he never wanted. As past and present fuse ominous, both father and son learn the uncomfortable truth: sometimes darkness comes from unexpected places.

Dragonmark by Sherrilyn Kenyon- 02/08/2016

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The moment Charlotte Vintage walks into his club, Tariq Asenguard’s blood is set on fire. The ancient Carpathian had given up of finding his lifemate, but now he will do anything to make Charlotte his own. What Tariq doesn’t know is that Charlotte is using herself and her best friend as bait – to try to draw out the bloodthirsty killers who have already murdered Charlotte’s brother and mentor.

Charlotte is familiar with Tariq. Not only is he one of the richest and most eligible bachelors in the city, but he’s also a renowned collector of old carousel horses, which Charlotte restores. Their shared passion opens Charlotte up to trusting him with her life and with the desire she can no longer control. But it also makes her vulnerable to a centuries-old curse that will unite her and Tariq in a war against the enemies of humans and Carpathians alike…

It Ends With Us by Colleen Hoover – 02/08/2016 

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Lily hasn’t always had it easy, but that’s never stopped her from working hard for the life she wants. She’s come a long way from the small town in Maine where she grew up. She graduated from college, moved to Boston, and started her own business. So, when she feels a spark with a gorgeous neurosurgeon named Ryle Kincaid everything in Lily’s life suddenly seems almost too good to be true.

Ryle is assertive, stubborn, and maybe even a little arrogant. He’s also sensitive, brilliant and has a total soft spot for Lily; and the way he looks in scrubs certainly doesn’t hurt. Lily can’t get him out of her head, but Ryle’s complete aversion to relationships is disturbing. Even as Lily finds herself becoming the exception to his no dating rule, she can’t help but wonder what made him that way in the first place.

As questions about her new relationship overwhelm her, so do thoughts of Atlas Corrigan, her first love and a link to the past she left behind. He was her kindred spirit,her protector. When Atlas suddenly reappears everything Lily has built with Ryle is threatened.

Furthermore by Tahereh Mafi – 30/08/2016 

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There are only three things that matter to twelve-year-old Alice Alexis Queensmeadow: Mother, who wouldn’t miss her; magic and colour, which seem to elude her; and Father, who always loved her. The day Father disappears from Ferenwood he takes nothing but a ruler with him. But it’s been almost three years since then, and Alice is determined to find him. She loves her father even more than she loves adventure, and she’s about to embark on one to find the other.

But bringing Father home is no small matter. In order to find him she’ll have to travel through the mythical, dangerous land of Furthermore, where down can be up, paper is alive, and left can be both right and very, very wrong. Her only companion is a boy named Oliver whose own magical ability is based in lies and deceit – and with a liar by her side in a land where nothing is as it seems, it will take all of Alice’s wits (and every limb she’s got) to find her Father and return home to Ferenwood in one piece. On her quest to find Father, Alice must first find herself – and hold fast to the magic of love in the face of loss.

A Torch Against The Night by Sabaa Tahir – 30/08/2016

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Laia and Elias fight their way north to liberate Laia’s brother from the horrors of Kauf Prison. Hunted by Empire soldiers, manipulated by the Commandant, and haunted by their pasts, Laia and Elias must outfox their enemies and confront the treacherousness of their own hearts.

In the city of Serra, Helene Aquilla finds herself bound to the will of the Empire’s twisted new leader, Marcus. When her loyalty is questioned, Helene finds herself taking on a mission to prove herself – a mission that might destroy her, instead.

The Thousandth Floor by Katharine McGee – 30/08/2016

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A hundred years in the future, New York is a city of innovation and dreams. But people never change: everyone here wants something… and everyone has something to lose.

Leda Cole’s flawless exterior belies a secret addiction – to a drug she never should have tried and a boy she never should have touched.

Eris Dodd-Radson’s beautiful, carefree life falls to pieces when a heartbreaking betrayal tears her family apart.

Rylin Myer’s job on one of the highest floors sweeps her into a world – and a romance – she never imagined… but will her new life cost Rylin her old one?

Watt Bakradi is a tech genius with a secret: he knows everything about everyone. But when he’s hired to spy by an upper-floor girl, he finds himself caught up in a complicated web of lies.

And living above everyone else on the thousandth floor is Avery Fuller, the girl genetically designed to be perfect. The girl who seems to have it all – yet is tormented by the one thing she can never have.

So, there you go… my Most Anticipated Book Releases of Winter 2016. What do you think of this list? Is there  any that you also highly anticipate? Is there anything you think should have been on this list?

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May Reading Challenge

May Reading Challenge

My monthly reading challenge for the month of May was to start a book series. I originally had a different book in mind for this challenge but I chose a different one instead as it had its sequel released this month.

The book that was chosen for this months reading challenge was…

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A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J Maas.

Blurb:  

When nineteen-year-old huntress Feyre kills a wolf in the woods, a beast-like creature arrives to demand retribution for it. Dragged to a treacherous magical land she only knows about from legends, Feyre discovers that her captor is not an animal, but Tamlin – one of the lethal, immortal faeries who once ruled their world.

As she dwells on his estate, her feelings for Tamlin transform from icy hostility into a fiery passion that burns through every lie and warning she’s been told about the beautiful, dangerous world of the Fae. But an ancient, wicked shadow grows over the faerie lands, and Feyre must find a way to stop it… Or doom Tamlin – and his world – forever.

Review: 

I figured I desperately had to read this as the sequel came out on May 3rd, and so I did. And I am so glad. I can’t stop fangirling over this book. Sarah J Maas is a Queen of Fantasy.

Firstly, I must admit that I love fairytales, the movies, the stories and most of all, the retellings. 😍😍😍

Now there are definite elements of Beauty and the Beast in this story and, as the book goes on elements of the Hades and Persephone story becomes evident.

This is such a visual story and it paints a picture of this magical land of Faerie. Not only this, but the story traveled so well. I saw so much potential for the pace of the book to ebb in the middle where the story changes location from Tamlin’s home to the Faerie Court.

Unfortunately, I do not feel I can discuss much more without revealing spoilers. Anyone who wishes to discuss ACOTAR in all it’s spoilery detail can do so in the comments. I know I’m biting on the bit to discuss this book with someone.

This book achieved a 4.75 rating out of 5. A want to be a part of this magical world.

May YA Chronicles Unboxing

May YA Chronicles Unboxing

Last week I received my YA Chronicles Subscription Box for May.

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The theme for this month was “Summer Daze Driftin’ Away”. This box contained three bookish goodies and a wonderful Summery Read.

The book in this box was The Unexpected Everything – By Morgan Matson.

WooHoo….. I have been eagerly awaiting this book and have already flew through it. I also got a cute sun magnetic bookmark, a Jasmine Bath Bomb and a pretty Fairy Bread Candle.

The theme for the June Box is “Pride Week” and will have a book with LGBT+ themes.

What We Saw -Aaron Hartzler

What We Saw -By Aaron Hartzler

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Publisher: Harper Teen

Date Published: September 22nd 2015

Pages: 336

Blurb: 

Kate Weston can piece together most of the bash at John Doone’s house: shots with Stacey Stallard, Ben Cody taking her keys and getting her home early – the feeling that maybe he’s becoming more than just the guy she’s known since they were kids.

But when a picture of Stacey passed out over Deacon Mills’s shoulder appears online the next morning, Kate suspects she doesn’t have the details. When Stacey levels charges against four of Kate’s classmates, the whole town erupts into controversy. Facts that can’t be ignored begin to surface, and every answer Kate finds leads back to the same question: Where was Ben when a terrible crime was committed?

Review:

 I wouldn’t normally pick up a book like this. But, one of the book clubs I follow (Booksplosion Book Club) has this as their May Book of the Month. And I am so happy they did, because it means that I got to read this amazing book.

It is rare that I read a book that makes me question the society we live in. This book examines the life in small towns, rape culture and the use of social media to bully and harass others.

On one hand I can understand the view point of the people in this small town. On the other I am appalled by the attitudes that these people have. I believe that the Tagline of this book is just so spot on and such an important message:

“How much would you have to watch to speak up?”

I cannot rate this book highly enough or even begin to sing its praises. Pick this up, it will leave you reeling long past when you finish this book. Simply a 5/5 read.

May TBR

May TBR

This month I have decided to do something a little different for my TBR. I am still having 5 books on the TBR list but each book will fall under a category.

Fantasy Novel: 

The pick for the fantasy novel for May is:

Daughter of Smoke and Bone – by Laini Taylor

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Around the world black hand prints are appearing on doorways, scorched there by winged strangers who have crept through a slit in the sky.

In a dark and dusty shop, a devil’s supply of human teeth grows dangerously low.

And in the tangled lanes of Prague, a young art student is about to be caught up in a brutal otherworldly war.

Meet Karou. She fills her sketchbooks with monsters that may or may not be real, she’s prone to disappearing on mysterious “errands”, she speaks many languages – not all of them human – and her bright blue hair actually grows out of her head that colour. Who is she? That is the question that haunts her, and she’s about to find out.

When beautiful, haunted Akiva fixes fiery eyes on her in an alley in Marrakesh, the result is blood and starlight, secrets unveiled, and a star-crossed love whose roots drink deep of a violent past. But will Karou live to regret learning the truth about herself?

Contemporary Novel: 

The pick for the Contemporary Novel for May is:

The Statistical Probability Of Love At First Sight – By Jennifer E. Smith

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Four minutes changes everything Hadley Sullivan, 17, misses her flight at JFK airport, is late to her fathers second wedding in London with never-met stepmother. Hadley meets the perfect boy. Oliver is British, sits in her row. A long night on the plane passes in a blink, but the two lose track in arrival chaos. Can fate bring them together again?

Novel Released in 2016:

The book selected for this category in May is:

The Glittering Court – By Richelle Mead

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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 who appear destined for 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 then when Adelaide catches the attention of a powerful governer.

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

Readers Choice Novel: 

For this category the pick is:

The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender – By Leslye Walton

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Foolish love appears to be the Roux family birthright, an ominous forecast for its most recent progeny, Ava Lavender. Ava – in all other ways a normal girl – is born with the wings of a bird.

In a quest to understand her peculiar disposition and a growing desire to fit in with her peers, sixteen year old Ava ventures into the wider world, ill-prepared for what she might discover and naive to the twisted motives of others. Others like the pious Nathaniel Sorrows, who mistakes Ava for an angel and whose obsession with her grows until the night of the Summer Solstice celebration.

That night, the skies open up, rain and feathers fill the air, and Ava’s quest and her family’s saga build to a devastating crescendo.

And finally there’s the:

TBR Jar Pick:

And the winner is:

Some Girls Bite – By Chloe Neill

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They killed me. They healed me. They changed me.

Sure, the life of a graduate student wasn’t exactly glamorous, but I was doing fine until Chicago’s vampires announced their existence to the world. When a rouge vampire attacked me, I was lucky he only got a sip. Another bloodsucker scared him off and decided the best way to save my life was to make me the walking undead.

Now I’ve traded sweating over my thesis for learning to fit in at a Hyde Park mansion full of vamps loyal to Ethan “Lord o’ the Manor” Sullivan. Of course, as a tall green-eyed , four-hundred-year-old vampire, he has centuries worth of charm, but unfortunately he expects my gratitude – and servitude. Right…

But someone’s out to get me. Is it the rouge vampire who bit me? An angry mob bearing torches?

My initiation into Chicago’s nightlife may be the first skirmish in a war – and there will be blood.

So, there you have it. These are the books that I am actively going to make an effort to read in the month of May.