Monday, 20 June 2016

MOST ANTICIPATED SUMMER RELEASES OF 2016

Happy first-day-of-an-impending-literal-meltdown-otherwise-known-as-summer, lovelies!

Australia & co... think of us when we disintegrate.

As has become a routine here on the first day of each season, we are sharing our most anticipated bookish releases of said season. (And yes, summer does, in fact, include a large part of September. Don't take September away from us. Summer is a slow-enough season in publishing as it is - take September away and we don't even have enough for one sensible post.)

2015 seems to have been a year of endings and standalones. And, we won't lie, those are the scariest years to have. 2015 essentially snatched our comfort blanket away and left us here in the land of Scary New Things to try. So far, however, it's done a spectacular job of alleviating our concerns. And summer, slow though it may be, is no different: LOOK AT ALL THESE SHINY NEW TOYS WE'LL HAVE TO KEEP US COMPANY AS WE MELT IN THE SCORCHING HEAT OF OH-SO-IT-WAS-GLOBAL-WARMING-AFTER-ALL!

It'll be a glorious way to go.




This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab

Release date: July 5th, 2016
Series: Monsters of Verity #1

There’s no such thing as safe in a city at war, a city overrun with monsters. In this dark urban fantasy from author Victoria Schwaba young woman and a young man must choose whether to become heroes or villains—and friends or enemies—with the future of their home at stake. The first of two books.

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 arises 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.




And I Darken by Kiersten White

Release date: July 7th, 2016
Series: The Conquerors Saga #1

NO ONE EXPECTS A PRINCESS TO BE BRUTAL. 

And Lada Dragwlya likes it that way. Ever since she and her gentle younger brother, Radu, were wrenched from their homeland of Wallachia and abandoned by their father to be raised in the Ottoman courts, Lada has known that being ruthless is the key to survival. She and Radu are doomed to act as pawns in a vicious game, an unseen sword hovering over their every move. For the lineage that makes them special also makes them targets.

Lada despises the Ottomans and bides her time, planning her vengeance for the day when she can return to Wallachia and claim her birthright. Radu longs only for a place where he feels safe. And when they meet Mehmed, the defiant and lonely son of the sultan, who’s expected to rule a nation, Radu feels that he’s made a true friend—and Lada wonders if she’s finally found someone worthy of her passion.

But Mehmed is heir to the very empire that Lada has sworn to fight against—and that Radu now considers home. Together, Lada, Radu, and Mehmed form a toxic triangle that strains the bonds of love and loyalty to the breaking point.




The Cursed Child by J.K. Rowling

Release date: July 30th, 2016
Series: Harry Potter? Sort of.

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 

It was always difficult being Harry Potter and it isn’t much easier now that he is an overworked employee of the 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 ominously, both father and son learn the uncomfortable truth: sometimes darkness comes from unexpected places.




Nevernight by Jay Kristoff

Release date: August 9th, 2016
Series: The Nevernight Chronicle #1

Destined to destroy empires, Mia Covere is only ten years old when she is given her first lesson in death.

Six years later, the child raised in shadows takes her first steps towards keeping the promise she made on the day that she lost everything.

But the chance to strike against such powerful enemies will be fleeting, so if she is to have her revenge, Mia must become a weapon without equal. She must prove herself against the deadliest of friends and enemies, and survive the tutelage of murderers, liars and demons at the heart of a murder cult.

The Red Church is no Hogwarts, but Mia is no ordinary student.

The shadows love her. And they drink her fear.





The Architect of Song by A.G. Howard

Release date: August 15th, 2016
Series: Haunted Hearts Legacy #1

A lady imprisoned by deafness, an architect imprisoned by his past, and a ghost imprisoned within the petals of a flower - intertwine in this love story that transcends life and death. 

For most of her life, nineteen-year-old Juliet Emerline has subsisted – isolated by deafness – making hats in the solitude of her home. Now, she’s at risk to lose her sanctuary to Lord Nicolas Thornton, a twenty-seven-year-old mysterious and eccentric architect with designs on her humble estate. When she secretly witnesses him raging beside a grave, Juliet investigates, finding the name “Hawk” on the headstone and an unusual flower at the base. The moment Juliet touches the petals, a young English nobleman appears in ghostly form, singing a song only her deaf ears can hear. The ghost remembers nothing of his identity or death, other than the one name that haunts his afterlife: Thornton. 

To avenge her ghostly companion and save her estate, Juliet pushes aside her fear of society and travels to Lord Thornton’s secluded holiday resort, posing as a hat maker in one of his boutiques. There, she finds herself questioning who to trust: the architect of flesh and bones who can relate to her through romantic gestures, heartfelt notes, and sensual touches … or the specter who serenades her with beautiful songs and ardent words, touching her mind and soul like no other man ever can. As sinister truths behind Lord Thornton’s interest in her estate and his tie to Hawk come to light, Juliet is lured into a web of secrets. But it’s too late for escape, and the tragic love taking seed in her heart will alter her silent world forever.





Furthermore by Tahereh Mafi

Release date: August 30th, 2016
Series: N/A

There are only three things that matter to twelve-year-old Alice Alexis Queensmeadow: Mother, who wouldn’t miss her; magic and color, 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 land where nothing is as it seems, it will take all of Alice's wits (and every limb she's got) to find 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

Release date: August 30th, 2016
Series: An Ember in the Ashes #2

A Torch Against the Night takes readers into the heart of the Empire as 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.






Empire of Storms by Sarah J. Maas

Release date: September 6th, 2016
Series: Throne of Glass #5

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.

Aelin's journey from assassin to queen has entranced millions across the globe, and this fifth installment will leave fans breathless. Will Aelin succeed in keeping her world from splintering, or will it all come crashing down?





The Reader by Traci Chee

Release date: September 13th, 2016
Series: Sea of Ink and Gold #1

Sefia knows what it means to survive. After her father is brutally murdered, she flees into the wilderness with her aunt Nin, who teaches her to hunt, track, and steal. But when Nin is kidnapped, leaving Sefia completely alone, none of her survival skills can help her discover where Nin’s been taken, or if she’s even alive. The only clue to both her aunt’s disappearance and her father’s murder is the odd rectangular object her father left behind, an object she comes to realize is a book—a marvelous item unheard of in her otherwise illiterate society. With the help of this book, and the aid of a mysterious stranger with dark secrets of his own, Sefia sets out to rescue her aunt and find out what really happened the day her father was killed—and punish the people responsible.





Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake

Release date: September 20th, 2016
Series: Untitled #1

Every generation on the island of Fennbirn, a set of triplets is born: three queens, all equal heirs to the crown and each possessor of a coveted magic. Mirabella is a fierce elemental, able to spark hungry flames or vicious storms at the snap of her fingers. Katharine is a poisoner, one who can ingest the deadliest poisons without so much as a stomachache. Arsinoe, a naturalist, is said to have the ability to bloom the reddest rose and control the fiercest of lions.

But becoming the Queen Crowned isn’t solely a matter of royal birth. Each sister has to fight for it. And it’s not just a game of win or lose…it’s life or death. The night the sisters turn sixteen, the battle begins. The last queen standing gets the crown.

If only it was that simple. Katharine is unable to tolerate the weakest poison, and Arsinoe, no matter how hard she tries, can’t make even a weed grow. The two queens have been shamefully faking their powers, taking care to keep each other, the island, and their powerful sister Mirabella none the wiser. But with alliances being formed, betrayals taking shape, and ruthless revenge haunting the queens’ every move, one thing is certain: the last queen standing might not be the strongest…but she may be the darkest.






Talk to us, lovelies! What are your most anticipated summer releases? As we've already mentioned, summer is one slow season for publishing - year in and year out. So we always welcome more recommendations.

Are you looking forward to any of the ones we've listed? We may or may not have read some of those as ARCs already, and they may or may not be glorious.

Stand by for exultant reviews - and we can't wait to see yours.



8 comments:

  1. Yes to most of these!!! And I Darken especially. It's really shot up to one of my most anticipated releases. I hope you get to read all of these and love them all!

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    1. And I Darken just sounds SO FASCINATING and it's SO CLOSE at this point! I'm glad the Middle Eastern and Arabian brand of fantasy is finally kicking off. That, frankly, adds to the appeal for me.

      I hope you enjoy them all as well! THEY'D BETTER NOT DISAPPOINT US! Summer's too hot for disappointment!

      - Lexie

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  2. Okay people need to stop making these posts because my TBR is GINORMOUS. It's absolutely ridiculous. Although these will be winter reads for me :) Possibly coupled with hot chocolate. ALSO I AM RIDICULOUSLY EXCITED FOR FURTHERMORE.

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    1. I KNOW, RIGHT?! Your post didn't help us any, either, Em! THE TBR... IT LEANS EVER PRECARIOUSLY OVER OUR HEADS!

      GAAAAAAH, CAN YOU ADOPT ME RIGHT NOW? BECAUSE, Y'KNOW, I DON'T ENVY YOU GUYS IN *YOUR* SUMMER, BUT RIGHT NOW I'D TRADE A LIMB FOR 20 DEGREES.

      FURTHERMORE HAS HONESTLY BEEN ATOP MY TBR FOR ABOUT TWO YEARS. It's insane to think we've finally drawn close to it. DON'T RUN AWAY, LITTLE FURTHERMORE! Come here so we can read you!

      - Lexie

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  3. OMG THIS LIST IS BEAUTIFUL. And I'm looking forward to like, um, a TON of them. *nods* Particularly And I Darken and The Reader and Three Dark Crowns and Nevernight and The Architect of Song. SO YEAH BASICALLY ALL OF THEM AHAHHAA. (Okay except Empire of Storms because I'm over that series.😂) Also I shall think briefly of you whilst I wither away and freeze in winter. XD hahah. I'm joking. Winter is being ridiculously warm right now. It's like averaging in the low 20C degrees?? That ain't super cold. *twirls around in the gloriousness that is Australia*

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    1. We are THE LAST BLOG ALIVE which is totally cool with Throne of Glass. We're aware. BUT HEY... *FLIPS HAIR ALL HIPSTER-LIKE* WE WEREN'T THE FIRST TO THE FANDOM, BUT NOW WE GET TO BE SOME SORT OF FANDOM HIPSTERS ANYWAY.

      But DUDE, GIVEN HOW SLOW OF A PUBLISHING SEASON SUMMER IS, ALL THESE RELEASES ARE JUST... ASDFGH!#%)!&#%!)*%. And that's my professional opinion.

      I'VE ALREADY PROPOSED THIS TO EMILY, BUT IN CASE IT FALLS THROUGH - PLEASE ADOPT ME. WE'RE HAVING AN AUSTRALIAN SUMMER IN THE SOUTH OF EUROPE RIGHT NOW AND I'D SO MUCH RATHER... NOT.

      - Lexie

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  4. I got my Harry Potter and the Cursed Child book today.
    I brought it from Amazon and they delivered it in just 2 days!
    Amazon link:
    Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Parts 1 & 2

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