I was so proud of myself. I only had two books that I wanted to talk about in this post, but then I got the bright idea to scroll through my Goodreads and I discovered that I actually had eight, *facepalm*.
However, fear not dear readers, because I have talked about a few of these books already, so I really only have four that I want to discuss today. *phew* Am I right?
I will be linking to the Goodreads pages for all eight books and I will also link to the other blog posts that the extra four books or series are mentioned in, so fell free to re-visit those.
Cheers, and enjoy my most anticipated releases of 2016.
Heartless by Marissa Meyer – Expected publication: November 8, 2016; 416 Pages.
I’ve talked about Marissa Meyer before. She’s the lovely author of the Lunar Chronicles, and is featured twice on this list because she is awesome and having a busy year.
This book combines three of my favorite things: re-tellings, Alice in Wonderland, and a sympathetic villain with a backstory. Love it, love it so much.
In Heartless, we follow Catherine, a talented baker who has caught the attention of the unmarried King of Hearts (You see where this is going right?). Catherine doesn’t really have any interest in being royalty and just wants to open her own bakery and make cakes for the Kingdom. Her mother strongly disagrees and is not afraid to talk about it.
Catherine meets a mysterious court jester named Jest on the night when the King is set to propose to her. Naturally they begin a secret affair and it’s the first time that Catherine feels alive. But we know how this story will end and that raises the question, can you conquer fate?
I stumbled across this one day and I was incredibly intrigued by it. Like I said, it combines three of my favorite things, and Marissa Meyer is quickly becoming my next J.K. Rowling, in that I want to pick up everything she writes and, so far, 100% of the time I am satisfied.
Stars Above by Marissa Meyer – Expected publication: February 2, 2016; 304 Pages.
Marissa Meyer once again.
I just picked this up a few weeks ago and OMG IT’S SO GOOD!!! It’s a bind up of novellas and short stories that gives us more background on the characters in the Lunar Chronicles and, AND it also gives us lots of short stories that expand on the universe.
There are nine stories total in this bind up. In The Little Android we get to see the Little Mermaid’s story through the lens of the Lunar Chronicles and New Beijing.
Glitches is a prequel to Cinder and we get to see more of the plague and all the emotional damage it caused and Cinder discovers what may be a glitch in her programming.
The Queen’s Army is a prequel to Scarlet, and we learn about the origins of Queen Levana’s army and one particular soldier that plays a big role later on in the series. *cough* Wolf *cough*
Carswell’s Guide to Being Lucky is a bonus story that was featured in Cress, and in it we follow a 13 year-old Carswell Thorne and all the shenanigans he gets into while he tries to achieve his dream of having a Rampion spaceship and getting out of Los Angeles.
The Keeper is a prequel to the entire Lunar Chronicles series. In it we follow the Princess Selene and learn her origins, how she escaped from Luna, and how she ended up in the care of Earthens.
After Sunshine Passes By is a prequel to Cress. In it we learn about how Cress ended up alone on a satellite spying on Earth for Queen Levana.
The Princess and the Guard is a prequel to Winter and we learn how to play a game called The Princess. (That’s literally all we get, see for yourself if you don’t believe me.)
The Mechanic is a prequel to Cinder and we get to see Kai and Cinder’s first meeting from Kai’s perspective.
Something Old, Something New is an epilogue to Winter, and we get to see what is touted as the wedding of the century…
The Little Android, and Something Old, Something New (!!!! I’ve managed to not spoil myself on that one yet, but I’m so excited.) are my most anticipated in this book. I’m sure I will love it when I finish it. It’ll be a bittersweet read for sure because it is the true end to the series. #happytears
A Gathering of Shadows by V.E. Schwab – Expected publication: February 23, 2016; 512 Pages.
I am purposely staying away from this one and I don’t want to know too much about it.
This is the sequel to A Darker Shade of Magic, which I talked about in my Best Books of 2015 blog a few weeks ago. It picks up four months after the end of A Darker Shade of Magic and things have pretty much gone back to normal for everyone, well as normal as can be expected in a world of magic.
Kell, our main character and traveler, has given up smuggling and doesn’t quite know what to do with himself after what happened in ADSOM. He is restless and has started having dreams of sinister magic and he wakes up in cold sweats with thoughts of Lila, who is off on her own adventures at sea. As the preparations for Red London’s Element Games-an international magic competition-are finalized old friends come back into Kell’s life.
But not all is well in the world of parallel Londons. Red London is caught up in the excitement of the Games, but another London is being revived. Black London is rising again, so another London is set to fall.
*DUN DUN DUN*
I’m excited to see all the familiar characters, to be introduced to some new ones, and to learn more about the mysterious Black London. This was also just optioned for TV recently (!!!! *Happy Dance*) and V.E. Schwab, the author, is attached to the project. (*Does Back flips*) Whoever is in charge of this thing is doing it right. It’s set to be a six part mini-series and Gerard Butler’s production company is producing it. I can’t wait to see this world come alive on screen.
Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare – Expected publication: March 8, 2016; 720 Pages.
I almost forgot to include this book and I have no idea why. I’m going to blame it on school melting my brain because that’s probably it.
This is another series that takes place in Cassandra Clare’s Shadowhunter universe. The woman cannot stay away, this is the third series, plus two spin-offs/expansions and two companion books. The woman is on a roll.
This series takes place five years after of City of Heavenly Fire ended and follows a whole new crop of young Shadowhunters. For us die-hard fans there are still mentions of all the other characters we know and love.
In Lady Midnight we follow Emma Carstairs as she moves on from her parents murder and sets about discovering what killed them and avenging them. She and her parabatai Julian Blackthorn, get swept up in the investigation of a demonic plot that threatens Los Angeles.
The B storyline in this book is Julian’s brother Mark—who was captured by the faeries five years ago—is now being returned as a bargaining chip.Faeries are being murdered and they want to find out why and they must enlist the aid of the Shadowhunters.
Because time is so different in faerie, Mark has barely aged but does not recognize his family, we enter into the world of faerie politics and court intrigue.
This is the first book in the new series, I believe for now, there are set to be three books in the series. It’ll be nice to get some new characters and to see the Shadowhunter world from a new location that is still modern day. I highly anticipate the release of this book and plan to devour it as soon as I can. At 720 pages, if I pace myself I can get it done in a week. Two if I go slow.
Throne of Glass #5 by Sarah J. Maas – Expected publication: September 6, 2016; 384 Pages.
I mean, you know my feelings on this series and everything to do with it, and if you don’t, where ya been bro?
In case you’re new, check out my blog posts that include my thoughts and comments on all the books in the series.
Here’s the list:
Most Anticipated Releases
You got a taste of sweet divine pt.2
Best Books 2015 pt.2
Super stoked for this and I will be getting it from the library ASAP when it’s out, because I will be poor and cannot wait for the paperback to come out. My excitement is palpable.
I’ll update the picture when it comes out.
AN: WE HAVE A TITLE!!! I like it. It’s sounding very Game of Thronesey. Can’t wait.
Revisionary by Jim C. Hines – Expected publication: February 2, 2016; 352 Pages.
I haven’t talked about this series too much, I realize, but the author, Jim C. Hines, has been mentioned a few times. I have no idea if this is the last book in the series, it doesn’t say on Goodreads. I’m kind of hoping it is, because unless something amazing happens in this book to push the story forward, I think the story has told us all it needs to.
We just need a new storyline to follow and if this book provides that then I am 100% on board.
Here’s the other blog that feature this wonderful series:
Best Books 2015
Blood Passage by Heather Demetrios – Expected publication: March 1, 2016; 496 Pages.
Another series I haven’t talked about too much, but that’s because it’s still new and hasn’t been around for long. The first book was really good and I featured it in my Best Books 2015 pt. 2 so you should totally check that out.
I’ve heard rumors that they’re changing the cover design for this book and I am super pissed about it right now. I won’t officially pass judgement until I see it, but these are such gorgeous covers I don’t know why you would change them.
There will totally be an upcoming blog post about this topic too, so watch out for that.
Lady Renegades by Rachel Hawkins – Expected publication: April 5, 2016; 352 Pages.
Even though I didn’t really enjoy the sequel, Miss Mayhem, as I mentioned in my Worst Books 2015 pt. 2 blog. I still have faith that Rachel can pull of a fantastic finale and bring back all the elements that I so enjoyed in Rebel Belle.
With David and Harper having a more antagonistic relationship I think we’ll get a bit more banter out of the two of them. Which, I thought, was a really strong point in Rebel Belle and what was part of what was lacking in Miss Mayhem. It’s also a wee bit longer so we’ll have a bit more time to play.
Check out my other blog that features this series:
You got a taste of sweet divine pt. 2
A Gathering of Shadows
Throne of Glass #5