So, I thought ‘Kari, wouldn’t it be a great idea to showcase ten books that you’re really excited about for the rest of the year?’ But you see, I couldn’t do that, because once I started making a list of amazing books it just kept going and my excitement kept growing! I’ll be honest, my bank account is making little wheezing noises just looking at this. There are a LOT of good books coming out in the next six months, and I’m probably already missing a few!
So, without further ado, the list of seventeen books that are going to destroy my social life in release date order:
- Our Dark Duet by V E Schwab (Book II of “The Monsters of Verity”)
“KATE HARKER isn’t afraid of monsters. She hunts them. And she’s good at it.
AUGUST FLYNN once yearned to be human. But no longer. He has a part to play. And he will play it, no matter the cost.
The war has begun.
The monsters are winning.
Kate will have to return to Verity. August will have to let her back in. And a new monster is waiting–one that feeds on chaos and brings out its victims’ inner demons.
Which will be harder to conquer: the monsters they face, or the monsters within?”
Due on bookshelves on the 13th of June, the second book in V’s ‘The Monsters of Verity’ Duology, continues the story of monster human Kate and human monster August as they struggle to survive in a world where personal demons aren’t quite so personal. I loved book one ‘This Savage Song’ so I’m both excited and terrified to see what happens to these two monstrous kids.
- Want by Cindy Pon
“Jason Zhou survives in a divided society where the elite use their wealth to buy longer lives. The rich wear special suits, protecting them from the pollution and viruses that plague the city, while those without suffer illness and early deaths. Frustrated by his city’s corruption and still grieving the loss of his mother who died as a result of it, Zhou is determined to change things, no matter the cost.
With the help of his friends, Zhou infiltrates the lives of the wealthy in hopes of destroying the international Jin Corporation from within. Jin Corp not only manufactures the special suits the rich rely on, but they may also be manufacturing the pollution that makes them necessary.
Yet the deeper Zhou delves into this new world of excess and wealth, the more muddled his plans become. And against his better judgment, Zhou finds himself falling for Daiyu, the daughter of Jin Corp’s CEO. Can Zhou save his city without compromising who he is, or destroying his own heart?”
Also released on the 13th of June, I have heard nothing but good things about this young adult sci fi novel. Futuristic Taipei, environmental catastrophe, a cover by the awesome Jason Chan, what is not to love?
3. Shattered Minds by Laura Lam
“She can uncover the truth, if she defeats her demons
Ex-neuroscientist Carina struggles with a drug problem, her conscience, and urges to kill. She satisfies her cravings in dreams, fuelled by the addictive drug ‘Zeal’. Now she’s heading for self-destruction – until she has a vision of a dead girl.
Sudice Inc. damaged Carina when she worked on their sinister brain-mapping project, causing her violent compulsions. And this girl was a similar experiment. When Carina realizes the vision was planted by her old colleague Mark, desperate for help to expose the company, she knows he’s probably dead. Her only hope is to unmask her nemesis – or she’s next.
To unlock the secrets Mark hid in her mind, she’ll need a group of specialist hackers. Dax is one of them, a doctor who can help Carina fight her addictions. If she holds on to her humanity, they might even have a future together. But first she must destroy her adversary – before it changes us and our society, forever.”
Released on the 15th of June, the second standalone novel in Laura’s Pacifica Series is filled with neurohacking, murder and antiheroes in a strangely recognisable future. I maaaay already be reading this one, and I might be saying that you totally want a copy of this for your own *wink wink*.
4. The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee
“A young bisexual British lord embarks on an unforgettable Grand Tour of Europe with his best friend/secret crush. Henry “Monty” Montague doesn’t care that his roguish passions are far from suitable for the gentleman he was born to be. But as Monty embarks on his grand tour of Europe, his quests for pleasure and vice are in danger of coming to an end. Not only does his father expect him to take over the family’s estate upon his return, but Monty is also nursing an impossible crush on his best friend and traveling companion, Percy.
So Monty vows to make this yearlong escapade one last hedonistic hurrah and flirt with Percy from Paris to Rome. But when one of Monty’s reckless decisions turns their trip abroad into a harrowing manhunt, it calls into question everything he knows, including his relationship with the boy he adores.”
If you were to ask me to quantify on a scale of one to ten just how much I want this in my hands already, it would be a really ugly amount with too many zeroes. Anyone who follows me on Instagram will have seen my recent ode to the Romantic era, so as a bisexual lover of all things Romantic, this books is a dream come true. Please can I have it now *soft noises of pain*. The kindle copy of this book will hit the UK shores on the 27th of June, but we’re going to have to wait until August for the HC…
5. Daughter of the Burning City by Amanda Foody
“Sixteen-year-old Sorina has spent most of her life within the smoldering borders of the Gomorrah Festival. Yet even among the many unusual members of the traveling circus-city, Sorina stands apart as the only illusion-worker born in hundreds of years. This rare talent allows her to create illusions that others can see, feel and touch, with personalities all their own. Her creations are her family, and together they make up the cast of the Festival’s Freak Show.
But no matter how lifelike they may seem, her illusions are still just that–illusions, and not truly real. Or so she always believed…until one of them is murdered.
Desperate to protect her family, Sorina must track down the culprit and determine how they killed a person who doesn’t actually exist. Her search for answers leads her to the self-proclaimed gossip-worker Luca. Their investigation sends them through a haze of political turmoil and forbidden romance, and into the most sinister corners of the Festival. But as the killer continues murdering Sorina’s illusions one by one, she must unravel the horrifying truth before all her loved ones disappear.”
So, this is actually a pretty new addition to the list. I hadn’t heard much about it over the last few months, but after watching b00kstorebabe enjoying it so much on twitter, I decided I had to do some closer examination. What I found sounded awesome, and absolutely full to the brim with magic. It’ll be out in the UK on June 29th!
6. The Dragons of Nova by Elise Kova (Book II of the Loom Saga)
“Cvareh returns home to his sky world of Nova with the genius crafter Arianna as his temperamental guest. The mercurial inventor possesses all the Xin family needs to turn the tides of a centuries-old power struggle, but the secrets she harbors must be earned with trust — hard to come by for Ari, especially when it comes to Dragons. On Nova, Ari finds herself closer to exacting vengeance against the traitor who killed everything — and everyone – she once loved. But before Ari can complete her campaign of revenge, the Crimson Court exposes her shadowed past and reveals something even more dangerous sparking between her and Cvareh.
While Nova is embroiled in blood sport and political games, the rebels on Loom prepare for an all-out assault on their Dragon oppressors. Florence unexpectedly finds herself at the forefront of change, as her unique blend of skills — and quick-shooting accuracy — makes her a force to be reckoned with. For the future of her world, she vows vengeance against the Dragons.
Before the rebellion can rise, though, the Guilds must fall.”
Ok, I admit, this is another book that I’m lucky enough to already have a copy of, so expect a proper review in the next few weeks before its release on the 11th of July! For those of your who aren’t already familiar with Elise’s Loom Saga, it’s a Steampunk YA/Adult crossover series, set in a world filled with blood magic and strange tech. I actually interviewed Elise about the world of Loom a couple of posts back, so if you’re interested, go and take a look!
7. Tarnished City by Vic James (Book II of The Dark Gifts Trilogy)
“A corrupted city
A dark dream of power
Luke is a prisoner, condemned for a murder he didn’t commit. Abi is a fugitive, desperate to free him before magic breaks his mind. But as the Jardines tighten their grip on a turbulent Britain, brother and sister face a fight greater than their own.
New alliances and old feuds will remake the nation, leaving Abi and Luke questioning everything – and everyone – they know. And as Silyen Jardine hungers for the forgotten Skill of the legendary Wonder King, the country’s darkest hour approaches. Freedom and knowledge both come at a cost. So who will pay the price?”
The sequel to one of my favourite books of last year, the wonderfully dark and decadent ‘Gilded Cage’, I can’t wait to get my hands on this beauty and see what horrific torture Vic decides to inflict on her poor characters. Set in a Britain where the aristocracy wield a magic called the Skill, and every ‘unskilled’ citizen must complete ten years of indentured labour, it’s a deeply fascinating and political story about greed and revolution. ‘Tarnished City’ hits shelves on the 5th of September!
8. Godsgrave by Jay Kristoff (Book II of the Nevernight Chronicle)
“In a land where three suns almost never set, a ruthless assassin continues her quest for vengeance against the powers who destroyed her family.
Mia Corvere has found her place among the Blades of Our Lady of Blessed Murder, but many in the Red Church hierarchy think she’s far from earned it. Plying her bloody trade in a backwater of the Republic, she’s no closer to ending the men who destroyed her familia; in fact, she’s told directly that Consul Scaeva is off limits. But after a deadly confrontation with an old enemy, Mia’s suspicions about the Red Church’s true motives begin to grow.
When it’s announced that Scaeva will be making a rare public appearance at the conclusion of the grand games in Godsgrave, Mia defies the Church and sells herself to a gladiatorial collegium for a chance to finally end him. Upon the sands of the arena, Mia finds new allies, bitter rivals, and more questions about her strange affinity for the shadows. But as conspiracies unfold within the collegium walls, and the body count rises, Mia will be forced to choose between love and revenge, and uncover a secret that could change the very face of her world.”
I am both very excited and very terrified for this book. I actually only read the first book, ‘Nevernight’, a couple of weeks ago, so the pain is still raw in my mind. Dark and gory with extensive footnotes, this series definitely isn’t for everyone , but, wow, I’m in love with it. Assassins, blood magic, a Venetian city built in the bones of a dead God…that’s my aesthetic right there! It is out on the 5th of September, but I’m still crossing my fingers tighter than a limpet for an ARC…a girl can dream.
9. Girls made of Snow and Glass by Melissa Bashardoust
“At sixteen, Mina’s mother is dead, her magician father is vicious, and her silent heart has never beat with love for anyone—has never beat at all, in fact, but she’d always thought that fact normal. She never guessed that her father cut out her heart and replaced it with one of glass. When she moves to Whitespring Castle and sees its king for the first time, Mina forms a plan: win the king’s heart with her beauty, become queen, and finally know love. The only catch is that she’ll have to become a stepmother.
Fifteen-year-old Lynet looks just like her late mother, and one day she discovers why: a magician created her out of snow in the dead queen’s image, at her father’s order. But despite being the dead queen made flesh, Lynet would rather be like her fierce and regal stepmother, Mina. She gets her wish when her father makes Lynet queen of the southern territories, displacing Mina. Now Mina is starting to look at Lynet with something like hatred, and Lynet must decide what to do—and who to be—to win back the only mother she’s ever known…or else defeat her once and for all.”
I was introduced to this book with the phrase ‘it’s gay’, and, you know, that was enough to sell me. ‘Frozen meets the Bloody Chamber’, how do you guys know the internal workings of my heart so well?? It’s also out on the 5th of September, ouch, my wallet.
10. Tower of Dawn by Sarah J Maas
“Chaol Westfall has always defined himself by his unwavering loyalty, his strength, and his position as the Captain of the Guard. But all of that has changed since Aelin shattered the glass castle, since Chaol’s men were slaughtered, since the King of Adarlan spared him from a killing blow, but left his body broken.
Now he and Nesryn sail for Antica – the stronghold of the southern continent’s mighty empire and of the legendary healers of the Torre Cesme. It’s Chaol’s one shot at recovery, and with war looming back home, Dorian and Aelin’s survival could depend on Chaol and Nesryn convincing Antica’s rulers to ally with them.
But what they discover there will change them both – and be more vital to saving Erilea than they could have imagined.”
That…now that is officially the sound of my bank account dying, as yet another much anticipated book comes out on the 5th of September. Help…
I know and I appreciate that Sarah maybe isn’t everyones favourite author, and EOS did disappoint me (and I’m slightly nervous about how well she’s going to write a disabled character), but I’m still really looking forward to this, I’m interested to see where Chaol’s story takes him and to meet Yrene again!
11. Warcross by Marie Lu
“For the millions who log in every day, Warcross isn’t just a game–it’s a way of life. The obsession started ten years ago and its fan base now spans the globe, some eager to escape from reality and others hoping to make a profit. Struggling to make ends meet, teenage hacker Emika Chen works as a bounty hunter, tracking down Warcross players who bet on the game illegally. But the bounty-hunting world is a competitive one, and survival has not been easy. To make some quick cash, Emika takes a risk and hacks into the opening game of the international Warcross Championships–only to accidentally glitch herself into the action and become an overnight sensation.
Convinced she’s going to be arrested, Emika is shocked when instead she gets a call from the game’s creator, the elusive young billionaire Hideo Tanaka, with an irresistible offer. He needs a spy on the inside of this year’s tournament in order to uncover a security problem . . . and he wants Emika for the job. With no time to lose, Emika’s whisked off to Tokyo and thrust into a world of fame and fortune that she’s only dreamed of. But soon her investigation uncovers a sinister plot, with major consequences for the entire Warcross empire.”
I am a huge nerd gamer…actually, my infatuation with gaming is something else, so I am deeply deeply excited to delve into this, especially when I have heard such amazing things about it. It’s out on the 12th of September, aka the week where I’m going to be living on tinned soup so that I can buy books…
12. An Enchantment of Ravens by Margaret Rogerson
“A skilled painter must stand up to the ancient power of the faerie courts–even as she falls in love with a faerie prince–in this gorgeous debut novel.
Isobel is a prodigy portrait artist with a dangerous set of clients: the sinister fair folk, immortal creatures who cannot bake bread, weave cloth, or put a pen to paper without crumbling to dust. They crave human Craft with a terrible thirst, and Isobel’s paintings are highly prized. But when she receives her first royal patron–Rook, the autumn prince–she makes a terrible mistake. She paints mortal sorrow in his eyes–a weakness that could cost him his life.
Furious and devastated, Rook spirits her away to the autumnlands to stand trial for her crime. Waylaid by the Wild Hunt’s ghostly hounds, the tainted influence of the Alder King, and hideous monsters risen from barrow mounds, Isobel and Rook depend on one another for survival. Their alliance blossoms into trust, then love–and that love violates the fair folks’ ruthless laws. Now both of their lives are forfeit, unless Isobel can use her skill as an artist to fight the fairy courts. Because secretly, her Craft represents a threat the fair folk have never faced in all the millennia of their unchanging lives: for the first time, her portraits have the power to make them feel.”
I’m…just weak at the knees even thinking about this book…Wild Hunt, faeries, painting. Have you looked into my soul, Margaret Rogerson? The few people that I’ve seen with the earliest of early release copies have adored it as well…so, help me, September 26th is so far away, and I am so excited. Also, look at Charlie Bowater’s incredible cover…help, it’s stunning?
13. Invictus by Ryan Graudin
“Farway Gaius McCarthy was born outside of time. The son of a time-traveling Recorder from 2354 AD and a gladiator living in Rome in 95 AD, Far’s birth defies the laws of nature. Exploring history himself is all he’s ever wanted, and after failing his final time-traveling exam, Far takes a position commanding a ship with a crew of his friends as part of a black market operation to steal valuables from the past.
But during a heist on the sinking Titanic, Far meets a mysterious girl who always seems to be one step ahead of him. Armed with knowledge that will bring Far’s very existence into question, she will lead Far and his team on a race through time to discover a frightening truth: History is not as steady as it seems.”
Gladiators and time travel? The Titanic? Yep, that all sounds as strange to me as it does to you…am I excited? Yes. Has the author made weird concepts a delight to read in the past? Hell yes. It’s out on the 21st of September *cries softly* that’s so far away.
14. The Language of Thorns by Leigh Bardugo
“Love speaks in flowers. Truth requires thorns.
Travel to a world of dark bargains struck by moonlight, of haunted towns and hungry woods, of talking beasts and gingerbread golems, where a young mermaid’s voice can summon deadly storms and where a river might do a lovestruck boy’s bidding but only for a terrible price.
Inspired by myth, fairy tale, and folklore, #1 New York Times-bestselling author Leigh Bardugo has crafted a deliciously atmospheric collection of short stories filled with betrayals, revenge, sacrifice, and love.
Perfect for new readers and dedicated fans, these tales will transport you to lands both familiar and strange—to a fully realized world of dangerous magic that millions have visited through the novels of the Grishaverse.
This collection of six stories includes three brand-new tales and six stunning full-spread illustrations as rich in detail as the stories themselves.”
Illustrated by Sara Kipin….illustrated by SARA KIPIN??? Do I mean one of my favourite illustrators of all time? Illustrating a book by one of my favourite authors of all time? Why, yes I do. This is going to be absolutely incredible to hold in my hands…I can’t promise that I won’t cry. It’s out on the 26th of September.
15. 27 Hours by Tristina Wright
“Rumor Mora fears two things: hellhounds too strong for him to kill, and failure. Jude Welton has two dreams: for humans to stop killing monsters, and for his strange abilities to vanish.
But in no reality should a boy raised to love monsters fall for a boy raised to kill them.
Nyx Llorca keeps two secrets: the moon speaks to her, and she’s in love with her best friend, Dahlia. Braeden Tennant wants two things: to get out from his mother’s shadow, and to unlearn his colony’s darkest secret.
To save everyone they love, they’ll both have to commit treason.
During one twenty-seven-hour night, these four runaways must stop the war between the colonies and the monsters from becoming a war of extinction, or the things they fear most will be all that’s left.”
When I think of how excited I am for Tristina’s debut, I have this image in my mind of me as an old crone, hugging the book as I crow ‘I’ve waited 10,000 years for this’. I actually have been waiting for this book since it was announced, which due to the long long conveyor belt of publishing, seems like an age ago, an age of excitement and suffering. I have been told that it’s very very queer and that is something I am very very excited about. Out on 3rd of October. Preorder? Yes, I very much feel so.
16. Forest of a Thousand Lanterns by Julie C. Dao
“Eighteen-year-old Xifeng is beautiful. The stars say she is destined for greatness, that she is meant to be Empress of Feng Lu. But only if she embraces the darkness within her.
Growing up as a peasant in a forgotten village on the edge of the map, Xifeng longs to fulfill the destiny promised to her by her cruel aunt, the witch Guma, who has read the cards and seen glimmers of Xifeng’s majestic future. But is the price of the throne too high? Because in order to achieve greatness, she must spurn the young man who loves her and exploit the callous magic that runs through her veins–sorcery fueled by eating the hearts of the recently killed. For the god who has sent her on this journey will not be satisfied until his power is absolute. “
I keep thinking this book is out sooner than it actually is (10th October), or maybe I should change ‘thinking’ to ‘hoping’. Billed as an East Asian reimagining of Snow White and the Huntsman, it sounds like everything I’ve wanted. I’m very much here for this and am very jealous of the people lucky enough to have already read it!
17. Beasts Made of Night by Tochi Onyebuchi
“In the walled city of Kos, corrupt mages can magically call forth sin from a sinner in the form of sin-beasts – lethal creatures spawned from feelings of guilt.
Taj is the most talented of the aki, young sin-eaters indentured by the mages to slay the sin-beasts. But Taj’s livelihood comes at a terrible cost. When he kills a sin-beast, a tattoo of the beast appears on his skin while the guilt of committing the sin appears on his mind. Most aki are driven mad by the process, but 17-year-old Taj is cocky and desperate to provide for his family.
When Taj is called to eat a sin of a royal, he’s suddenly thrust into the center of a dark conspiracy to destroy Kos. Now Taj must fight to save the princess that he loves – and his own life.”
So, the hype surrounding this book is incredible and…just look at that blurb, I mean, I can see why?? ‘Gritty Nigerian influenced fantasy’, phew, just put that on preorder right now. Halloween is now a great day for more than one reason…it’s now the book birthday of this fabulous tome.
So, there you have it, my enormous list of beautiful books that are going to be top of my TBR for the next six months.
Any books on there that catch your eye? Any recommendations that I might not have considered? I’d love to hear your suggestions!