A Scroll of 2017 Releases That I’m Excited About

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I’ll update this post when more books are announced and release dates are changed as the year goes on


2017 promises so many new books especially diverse/Own Voices ones (yay!). Here’s a list of releases that I’m excited about:

January

Wayfarer (Alexandra Bracken): The sequel to the time travel/adventure book Passenger. Nicholas and Sophia team up to locate the missing Etta and the much sought after astrolabe that has been taken away in the first book. Release date: 3 January

Windwitch (Susan Dennard): The sequel to the epic fantasy Truthwitch. New alliances are formed, enemies and our heroes are working together. Release date: 10 January

History is All You Left Me (Adam Silvera): Griffin’s life is shaken when his first love and ex dies in an accident. He is tormented by the past, stopping himself from moving forward. Release date: January 17

Caraval (Stephanie Garber):  Two sisters enter a dangerous, magical game. Release date: January 31

Freeks (Amanda Hocking): I’m a sucker for carnival stories. The book centres on Mara whose home is a dark magical carnival. She meets a boy…and things start to go downhill with the carnival employees disappearing. Release date: January 31

February

King’s Cage (Victoria Aveyard): The sequel to the Red Queen series. Mare is under Maven’s wrath meanwhile the Reds continue to prepare for war and Cal tries to find a way to free Mare. Release date: February 7

Empress of A Thousand Skies (Rhoda Belleza): Empress Rhee is on a path of revenge. She wants to reclaim her throne and avenge her family. Release date: February 7

A Conjuring of Light (VE Schwab): Battles between the four Londons ensues in this third and final installment in the Shades of Magic series. Release date: February 21

The Ship Beyond Time (Heidi Heilig): The sequel to The Girl From Everywhere. Nix is now in charge of her future but when she discovers that she will lose a loved one, Nix and the crew travel to meet another Navigator who might help her. Release date: February 28

 

The Hate U Give (Angie Thomas): This book was inspired by Black Lives Matter and I’ve heard so many great reviews! It centres on Starr who witnesses the murder of her friend by a police officer. Release date: February 28

March

Traitor to the Throne (Alwyn Hamilton): The sequel to Rebel of the Sands. Gunslinger Amani gets close to the Sultan’s court in order to bring him down. Release date: March 7

The Bone Witch (Rin Chupeco): Tea resurrects her brother and discovers that she’s a bone witch, a witch with the power of necromancy – which doesn’t do her any favours in her community. She finds comfort in another bone witch who becomes her mentor. Release date: March 7

The Song Rising (Samantha Shannon): The third entry in the Bone Season series. Paige has become Underqueen and struggles to maintain the underworld, not to mention enemies and a new dangerous technology that would put the clairovoyant community at peril. Release date: March 7

A Crown of Wishes (Roshani Chokshi): The sequel to The Star-Touched Queen. Gauri teams up with her enemy king Vikram to reclaim her kingdom in exchange for her fighting skills. They enter the Tournament of Wishes and soon discover that there are more dangerous obstacles than they expected. Release date: March 28 

Strange the Dreamer (Laini Taylor): Obsessed with a mythical lost city, Lazlo Strange sets out to find answers. Release date: March 28

April

 

The Upside of Unrequited (Becky Albertalli): Molly is no stranger to unrequited love (same here, Molly). When her twin Cassie has a new girlfriend, Molly tries to find her courage to win over Cassie’s girlfriend’s sidekick. I hope this book has Oreos. Release date: April 11

May

Always and Forever, Lara Jean (Jenny Han): The third entry in the To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before series which I fell in love with last year. Lara Jean is in her senior year and continues to nagivate through her familial and romantic relationships. I’m looking forward to all the baking and sweet romance. Release date: May 2

Noteworthy (Riley Redgate): Jordan Sun is determined to get fame and auditions for her school’s  all-male a cappella Sharpshooters. Release date: May 2

How to Make a Wish (Ashley Herring Blake): Escaping from a crappy life, Grace goes on midnight adventures and finds solace and unexpected feelings when she meets Eva. Release date: May 2

A Court of Wings and Ruin (Sarah J Maas): The third entry to the ACOTAR series. Feyre is in enemy territory to spy on Tamlin and his ally the King of Hybern as war is brewing. Release date: May 2

The Seafarer’s Kiss (Julia Ember): A F/F retelling of Little Mermaid with a bisexual mermaid as main character. Ersel rescues and befriends shieldmaiden Ragna, but is caught by her friend and suitor. Facing the consequences, Ersel seeks help and makes a deal with Loki, leading her to exile and learn to outsmart the god so she can be reunited with the human she has fallen for. Release date: May 4

Ramona Blue (Julie Murphy): With so many responsibilities, Ramona Blue aches for a bigger life outside of her home. When her childhood friend re-enters her life, she finds herself questioning her sexuality. Release date: May 9

Flame in the Mist (Renee Ahdieh): Set in feudal Japan, Mariko is ambushed and escapes from the Black Clan. She later sets out to infiltrate them to discover who’s responsible for the attack, but soon discovers more secrets which changes everything. Release date: May 16

The Crown’s Fate (Evelyn Skye): The sequel to The Crown’s Game. Vika is now the Imperial Enchanter but it’s not easy. A challenger steps forward, threatening her position and the Tsar Pasha’s kingdom. Release date: May 16

Lord of Shadows (Cassandra Clare): The sequel to Lady Midnight. Emma starts dating Mark to protect Julian from the consequences of falling in love with your parabatai. But the Unseelie King has enough of Shadowhunters’ laws which effects the Blackthorns. Release date: May 23

I Believe In a Thing Called Love (Maurene Goo): Straight A student Desi has never had a boyfriend. She’s terrible at romance but she tries to tackle her problems when she pursues the object of her affection Luca like he’s a school project. She learns romance through K-dramas but maybe love is more than that. Release date: May 30

 

When Dimple Met Rishi (Sandhya Menon): Dimple tries to break away from family/cultural traditions including finding the ideal husband and focus on her ambitions. Rishi is the opposite. He embraces tradition and wants his marriage to be arranged. Dimple and Rishi eventually clash… Release date: May 30

June

Tash Hearts Tolstoy (Kathryn Ormsbee): Tash is the creator of a web series, a modern adaptation of Anna Karenina which becomes nominated for an award. Her crush Thom is also a nominee – a window of opportunity to develop this crush into something more. That’s if she can tell him she’s asexual. Release date: June 6

Want (Cindy Pon): A refreshing dystopian novel where the rich are protected from disease via special suits and those who don’t have these suits suffer. Fed up with the injustice of it, Zhou infiltrates the wealthy in order to destroy the corporation behind the suits. Release date: June 13

Our Dark Duet (VE Schwab): The sequel to Our Savage Song. A new monster emerges, bringing monster hunter Kate back home. Release date: June 13

The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue (Mackenzi Lee): Two friends are on their grand tour of Europe and discover a magical artifact that leads to a manhunt across the continent. Release date: June 27

September

Throne of Glass #6 (untitled at the moment) (Sarah J Maas): My darling Chaol deserves his own books. He is sent to the healers in Antica. There he discovers something that will change everything and becomes more vital to saving Erilea (something that should’ve been in Empire of Storms in my opinion). Release date: September 5

One Dark Throne (Kendare Blake): The sequel to Three Dark Crowns where the three sister queens continue to battle each other. Release date: September 13

 

The Language of Thorns: Midnight Tales and Dangerous Magic (Leigh Bardugo): This is a collection of fairytales in the Grishverse and there will be illustrations by Sara Kipin! Release date: September 26

 

October

Warcross (Marie Lu): Two bounty hunters are hired to hunt down a hacker in a popular VR video game. Release date: October 3

27 Hours (Tristina Wright):  A group of teens fight for their homes and cultures against monsters, time and extiniction. Release date:

 

Forest of a Thousand Lanterns (Julie C. Dao): A Snow White retelling based on Asian mythology/folklore through the Evil Queen’s POV. Xifeng unleashes a sinister god on the world and her own vicious soul so she could become empress. Release date: October 10

 

 

 

 

November

Renegades (Marissa Meyer): This one comes out on my birthday! Renegades are a group of humans with special abilities and Nova hates them and wants revenge. Things take a drastic turn when she catches one of them Adrian’s attention. Release date: November 7

DecemBER

 

Immortal Reign (Morgan Rhodes): The sixth book in the Falling Kingdom series. Enemies become allies in order to save the world as two dangerous gods set out to destroy it. Release date: December 12

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Review: One Dark Throne

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Title: One Dark Throne

Author: Kendare Blake

Publisher: Pan Macmillan

Release date: September 26 2017

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The battle for the Crown has begun, but which of the three sisters will prevail?

With the unforgettable events of the Quickening behind them and the Ascension Year underway, all bets are off. Katharine, once the weak and feeble sister, is stronger than ever before. Arsinoe, after discovering the truth about her powers, must figure out how to make her secret talent work in her favor without anyone finding out. And Mirabella, once thought to be the strongest sister of all and the certain Queen Crowned, faces attacks like never before—ones that put those around her in danger she can’t seem to prevent.

One Dark Throne was better than its predecessor Three Dark Crowns. There was more action, plotting, magic,  tension and my favourite: plot twists. We get to see more of the island setting, cultures and the relationship between the sisters which plays a part in their character development.

But they’re the ones who get more development than the rest of the cast. While I thought Jules, Arsinoe’s best friend, having the powerful and cursed war gift was cool, I didn’t warm up to her because there wasn’t much about her to care. The same goes to the love interests who are pretty boring and I also kept forgetting who was who because there were a lot of characters.

Overall, the book was an enjoyable read and a page turner.

Rating: 🌟🌟🌟

BiVisbility Spotlight

Happy BiVisbility Day! My current book recommendation for bi representation is The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee.

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The 18th century story goes: Monty, a rake, embarks on a Grand Tour around Europe with his best friend Percy whom he harbours feelings for and his sister Felicity. Through an unexpected encounter and theft, the trio are snared into a chase to get a precious heart that does wonders.

Expect to meet witty and hilarious Monty, very touristy and pretty places that don’t turn out to be touristy, dangerous nobles, pirates, romantic tensions between Monty and Percy, smart girls, and pretty good research and respectful bi, disabled and poc rep. But look out for ableism, racist characters and crappy stuff of the 18th century.

Happy reading xo

 

 

A Tower of Bittersweet Feelings: A Review on Tower of Dawn

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Title: Tower of Dawn (Throne of Glass #6)

Author: Sarah J Maas

Publisher: Bloomsbury

Release date: 5 September 2017


I was looking forward to Tower of Dawn, Chaol Westfall (who I love)’s book which centres on him and Nesryn on their journey to the Southern Continent during the last book Empire of Storms (in which they are absent), but I was also hesitant given Maas’ rep record hadn’t been great. With disabled people and poc in mind, I read it.

I ended up having mixed feelings. I don’t hate, but I don’t love it either. I like it and found it slightly better than Empire of Storms. I was annoyed, a little angry, sad, but also happy.

Spoilers ahead… Continue reading

A Review on Starswept

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Title: Starswept

Author: Mary Fan

Publisher: Snowy Wings Publishing

Release date: 29 August 2017

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Starswept swept me off my feet with its tale of a hardworking viola player Iris Lei who gains a patron from another planet called Adrye and freedom from the oppressive system of her world, but not before she encounters the mysterious Damiul, an Adryil (a local from Adrye) who is caught trespassing her school. She becomes curious and infatuated with him especially after he hints that their worlds might not be what she thought they were. Things don’t seem to add up once Iris arrives on Adrye to start her new life.

The writing is beautiful, reflecting a musical atmosphere, and the plot is a slow burner, built by suspense. There were times where I felt the story was heading aimlessly though. Iris does a lot of thinking. The book shows characters speaking the Adryil language. Finally, a sci-fi/fantasy book that doesn’t just have “they spoke in another language (but the author refuses to write words or even sentences in that language)”.

As for the characters, they were okay. I didn’t feel a strong attachment to them because, besides Iris, they were sort of underdeveloped and their role felt quite small, and Iris’ constant contemplation on Damiul got on my nerves (she isn’t really subtle with her emotions or thoughts either). I didn’t buy their romance. They barely know each other. Yet Iris is willing to give up everything and put herself in danger for him? A bit too much, don’t you think? Though Damiul being “re-educated” made me stay reading their scenes.

Despite the flaws, I did enjoy the book.

Rating: 🌟🌟🌟 1/2

Enchantedly Dark: A Review on Caraval

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Title: Caraval

Author: Stephanie Garber

Release date: January 2017

Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton

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TWs: parent-child abuse

I’m sucker for magical circuses and games, so I was sucked into the world of Caraval. The book centres on Scarlett who enters a magical game that involves her missing sister Tella. Together with Julian, the guy who helped them escape from their abusive father, Scarlett races against time to find Tella and win the game. That’s if she can guard her heart and mind from tricks and the Master (Legend) of the game himself…

The writing is magic itself. It sweeps you away and does envelop you like the game and fairytale-like setting. The characters are well developed – though Scarlett annoyed me every now and then – like she still doesn’t learn her mistakes after 300 pages? I found Tella annoying too but she showed her worth through her romantic but calculating ways. Much of their desperate motives (that eventually lead to disastrous results) are rooted in their desire to escape their father so that made me sympathise.

Julian was an interesting character and he has a secret – which he’s terrible at hiding – and of course that kept me turning the page. I liked how the Master of Caraval remains a mystery and an ominous presence in the end. There wasn’t enough of Aiko, a histographer who helps Scarlett every now and then. I want her journal.

The romance…was it necessary? I felt Scarlett and Julian were more platonic – and worked better that way. I’m sure friendships are enough to raise the emotional stakes when it comes to danger.

The book could’ve had a better ending. It felt choppy and a cop out especially after all the careful and brilliant twists and turns, and well, bloody stuff.

At times, it was hard to get through the book – in particular scenes involving Scarlett’s father, but it was an enjoyable read.

Rating: 🌟🌟🌟