Welcome to Top Ten Tuesday! This weekly shared “meme” has a different theme each week and is shared by many blogs. Our ten books aren’t usually in any particular order.
Okay, last week I listed my favourite reads from 2016 so far, so this week I’m going to list the books I’m most looking forward to over the next six months. Are any of them on your to-read list?
(Release dates are sourced from Goodreads and may not be correct)
Top Ten Most Anticipated Releases For The Second Half Of The Year
1. Empire of Storms (Throne of Glass #5), Sarah J Maas (September)
The long path to the throne has only just begun for Aelin Galathynius. Loyalties have been broken and bought, friends have been lost and gained, and those who possess magic find themselves at odds with those don’t.
As the kingdoms of Erilea fracture around her, enemies must become allies if Aelin is to keep those she loves from falling to the dark forces poised to claim her world. With war looming on all horizons, the only chance for salvation lies in a desperate quest that may mark the end of everything Aelin holds dear.
If you need to ask why this one of the most (if not the most) anticipated books around here, then you probably haven’t been reading or listening to us for long! We are big SJM fans and can’t wait to see what’s next in this epic tale.
2. Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, JK Rowling, Jack Thorn and John Tiffany (July 31)
Based on an original new story by J.K. Rowling, Jack Thorne and John Tiffany, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, a new play by Jack Thorne, is the first official Harry Potter story to be presented on stage. It will receive its world premiere in London’s West End on 30th July 2016.
And the script will be released in book form on the 31st. I’ll be at the unboxing party at Dymocks in Brisbane, and I can’t wait! I have fond memories of midnight releases of the original books, but at least this one will be at 9am instead!
3. The Thorn of Emberlain (Gentleman Bastard #4), Scott Lynch (September)
With 50,000 copies sold of The Republic of Thieves and with praise from the likes of Joe Abercrombie and George RR Martin the saga of the Gentleman Bastard has become a favourite and key part of the fantasy landscape. And now Locke Lamora, thief, con-man, pirate, political deceiver must become a soldier.
A new chapter for Locke and Jean and finally the war that has been brewing in the Kingdom of the Marrows flares up and threatens to capture all in its flames.
I basically binge-read this series a couple of years ago, and have been waiting impatiently for this fourth book to be released. The release date keeps shifting – at the moment it’s September, so hopefully they won’t pull a Winds of Winter and delay it again…
4. Gemina (Illuminae files #2), Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff (October 18)
Moving to a space station at the edge of the galaxy was always going to be the death of Hanna’s social life. Nobody said it might actually get her killed.
The sci-fi saga that began with the breakout bestseller Illuminae continues on board the Jump Station Heimdall, where two new characters will confront the next wave of the BeiTech assault.
I can’t wait to hear what’s going on with this story next… and I can’t say more because I don’t want to spoil it for those who haven’t read Illuminae! Go read it.
5. Nevernight, Jay Kristoff (August 9)
In a land where three suns almost never set, a fledgling killer joins a school of assassins, seeking vengeance against the powers who destroyed her family.
Daughter of an executed traitor, Mia Corvere is barely able to escape her father’s failed rebellion with her life. Alone and friendless, she hides in a city built from the bones of a dead god, hunted by the Senate and her father’s former comrades. But her gift for speaking with the shadows leads her to the door of a retired killer, and a future she never imagined.
Speaking of Jay Kristoff, his new series sounds like it will be creepy, awesome and filled with all the nastiness that Jay likes to inflict on his characters. Can’t wait!
6. Strange the Dreamer, Laini Taylor (September 27)
Strange the Dreamer is the story of:
the aftermath of a war between gods and men
a mysterious city stripped of its name
a mythic hero with blood on his hands
a young librarian with a singular dream
a girl every bit as perilous as she is imperiled
alchemy and blood candy, nightmares and godspawn, moths and monsters, friendship and treachery, love and carnage.
No idea what to make of that blurb, but c’mon, it’s Laini Taylor. It’s going to be awesome, and creepy, and awesome.
7. Heartless, Marissa Meyer (November)
Long before she was the terror of Wonderland — the infamous Queen of Hearts — she was just a girl who wanted to fall in love.
Catherine may be one of the most desired girls in Wonderland, and a favorite of the yet-unmarried King of Hearts, but her interests lie elsewhere. A talented baker, all she wants is to open a shop with her best friend and supply the Kingdom of Hearts with delectable pastries and confections. But according to her mother, such a goal is unthinkable for the young woman who could be the next Queen.
The Queen of Hearts’ origin story? Yes please! It may not be cyborgs and dashing captains, but this sounds amazing nonetheless!
8. Paper and Fire (The Great Library #2), Rachel Caine (July 5)
With an iron fist, The Great Library controls the knowledge of the world, ruthlessly stamping out all rebellion, forbidding the personal ownership of books in the name of the greater good.
Jess Brightwell has survived his introduction to the sinister, seductive world of the Library, but serving in its army is nothing like he envisioned. His life and the lives of those he cares for have been altered forever. His best friend is lost, and Morgan, the girl he loves, is locked away in the Iron Tower and doomed to a life apart.
We loved Ink and Bone last year, and I’m really looking forward to seeing what the Library can throw at Jess and his friends next.
9. The Secret Science of Magic, Melissa Keil (September)
Meet Sophia: former child prodigy and 17-year-old maths mastermind. She’s been having panic attacks ever since she realised that a) high school is almost over, and b) after high school, former child prodigies tend to either cure cancer – or go crazy.
It’s a lot of pressure. So Sophia doesn’t have the patience for games right now, and she especially doesn’t have the patience to figure out why all these mysterious playing cards keep turning up inside her textbooks.
Meet Joshua: highly intelligent, cheerfully unambitious, and an amateur magician. He’s Sophia’s classmate, and he’s admired her for as long as he can remember.
He thinks the time is perfect to tell Sophia how he feels. And he doesn’t know how wrong he is …
I’m a new fan of Melissa’s after reading The Incredible Adventures of Cinnamon Girl, so I can’t wait to read her newest quirky romance.
10. Stealing Snow, Danielle Paige (October)
Seventeen-year-old Snow lives within the walls of the Whittaker Institute, a high security mental hospital in upstate New York. Deep down, she knows she doesn’t belong there, but she has no memory of life outside, except for the strangest dreams. And then a mysterious, handsome man, an orderly in the hospital, opens a door – and Snow knows that she has to leave.
She finds herself in icy Algid, her true home, with witches, thieves, and a strangely alluring boy named Kai. As secret after secret is revealed, Snow discovers that she is on the run from a royal lineage she’s destined to inherit, a father more powerful and ruthless than she could have imagined, and choices of the heart that could change everything. Heroine or villain, queen or broken girl, frozen heart or true love, Snow must choose her fate …
A retelling of the Snow Queen, described as “Maleficent and Frozen all grown up.” Where do I sign?