Book talk

Anticipated Reads 2017

Hiya everyone!

It’s a new year and to me it has started out great.
I hope it has been great so far for ya’ll as well 🙂

I already started blogging this year by writing about Shadowhunters episode one but I wanted to kick my booktalk off with my ANTICIPATED READS for the new year.
There are a lot of books that I want to read in 2017 including a heap of new releases but also a few sequels and a couple of endings to a series.

Without any further ado, here’s my list of anticipated reads for 2017:


Caraval – Stephanie Garber.

Caraval (Caraval, #1)

Welcome to Caraval, where nothing is quite what it seems.

Scarlett has never left the tiny isle of Trisda, pining from afar for the wonder of Caraval, a once-a-year week-long performance where the audience participates in the show.

Caraval is Magic. Mystery. Adventure. And for Scarlett and her beloved sister Tella it represents freedom and an escape from their ruthless, abusive father.

When the sisters’ long-awaited invitations to Caraval finally arrive, it seems their dreams have come true. But no sooner have they arrived than Tella vanishes, kidnapped by the show’s mastermind organiser, Legend.

Scarlett has been told that everything that happens during Caraval is only an elaborate performance. But nonetheless she quickly becomes enmeshed in a dangerous game of love, magic and heartbreak. And real or not, she must find Tella before the game is over, and her sister disappears forever.

I found this book on many bookbloggers amongst the 2017 reads and I was immediately drawn to it by its synopsis. It sounded kind of like Angelfall to me with a hint of Night Circus and I liked that mix. I’m currently hoping it’s in the January box over at Fairyloot and if it’s not there I’m ordering a copy of it asap because I need it right now.


Traitor To The Throne – Alwyn Hamilton.

Traitor to the Throne (Rebel of the Sands #2)

This is not about blood or love. This is about treason.

Nearly a year has passed since Amani and the rebels won their epic battle at Fahali. Amani has come into both her powers and her reputation as the Blue-Eyed Bandit, and the Rebel Prince’s message has spread across the desert – and some might say out of control. But when a surprise encounter turns into a brutal kidnapping, Amani finds herself betrayed in the cruellest manner possible.

Stripped of her powers and her identity, and torn from the man she loves, Amani must return to her desert-girl’s instinct for survival. For the Sultan’s palace is a dangerous one, and the harem is a viper’s nest of suspicion, fear and intrigue. Just the right place for a spy to thrive… But spying is a dangerous game, and when ghosts from Amani’s past emerge to haunt her, she begins to wonder if she can trust her own treacherous heart.

I’m very excited about this book. I fell in love with Rebel of the Sands last year and have been waiting for its sequel ever since. The synopsis makes me a little scared, though yet curious to find out what these new challenges will mean to Amani and how she’s going to deal with them.
The only thing I was upset about was that they changed the Hardback covers *cries* and now it won’t match the one I have *cries some more*


Carve The Mark – Veronica Roth.

Carve the Mark (Carve the Mark, #1)

On a planet where violence and vengeance rule, in a galaxy where some are favored by fate, everyone develops a currentgift, a unique power meant to shape the future. While most benefit from their currentgifts, Akos and Cyra do not—their gifts make them vulnerable to others’ control. Can they reclaim their gifts, their fates, and their lives, and reset the balance of power in this world?

Cyra is the sister of the brutal tyrant who rules the Shotet people. Cyra’s currentgift gives her pain and power—something her brother exploits, using her to torture his enemies. But Cyra is much more than just a blade in her brother’s hand: she is resilient, quick on her feet, and smarter than he knows.

Akos is from the peace-loving nation of Thuvhe, and his loyalty to his family is limitless. Though protected by his unusual currentgift, once Akos and his brother are captured by enemy Shotet soldiers, Akos is desperate to get his brother out alive—no matter what the cost. When Akos is thrust into Cyra’s world, the enmity between their countries and families seems insurmountable. They must decide to help each other to survive—or to destroy one another.

For a major Divergent geek like me, this is a book you shouldn’t be missing out on. Ever since this book became an idea I’ve been hearing more and more about it and getting more and more excited over it. Thankfully the release date is almost upon us and I’ll be having this book dropping onto my doorstep soon 🙂

OH! and for the ones who pre-ordered Carve The Mark… there’s a neat little extra story from Four’s POV in it for you ^^


Flame In The Mist – Renee Ahdieh.

Flame in the Mist (Flame in the Mist, #1)

The daughter of a prominent samurai, Mariko has long known her place—she may be an accomplished alchemist, whose cunning rivals that of her brother Kenshin, but because she is not a boy, her future has always been out of her hands. At just seventeen years old, Mariko is promised to Minamoto Raiden, the son of the emperor’s favorite consort—a political marriage that will elevate her family’s standing. But en route to the imperial city of Inako, Mariko narrowly escapes a bloody ambush by a dangerous gang of bandits known as the Black Clan, who she learns has been hired to kill her before she reaches the palace.

Dressed as a peasant boy, Mariko sets out to infiltrate the ranks of the Black Clan, determined to track down the person responsible for the target on her back. But she’s quickly captured and taken to the Black Clan’s secret hideout, where she meets their leader, the rebel ronin Takeda Ranmaru, and his second-in-command, his best friend Okami. Still believing her to be a boy, Ranmaru and Okami eventually warm to Mariko, impressed by her intellect and ingenuity. As Mariko gets closer to the Black Clan, she uncovers a dark history of secrets, of betrayal and murder, which will force her to question everything she’s ever known.

If you’ve been following this blog a bit lately, you know how much I obsess over The Wrath and the Dawn and Renee Ahdieh. Here writing is amazing, her stories are to die for and the setting she creates is breathtaking. Because of her stories I was introduced to this completely new mindset in books. I was launched into new cultures, distant countries and histories that I new little to nothing about. Because of Renee I got into reading more diverse stuff and I can’t thank her enough for that.
Coming to know that she’s working on a new project that will center around the tale of Mulan, I was immediately blown away. I couldn’t have clicked that Want To Read button faster if I tried.


A Court of Wing and Ruin – Sarah J Maas.

A Court of Wings and Ruin (A Court of Thorns and Roses, #3)

Feyre has returned to the Spring Court, determined to gather information on Tamlin’s maneuverings and the invading king threatening to bring Prythian to its knees. But to do so she must play a deadly game of deceit-and one slip may spell doom not only for Feyre, but for her world as well.

As war bears down upon them all, Feyre must decide who to trust amongst the dazzling and lethal High Lords-and hunt for allies in unexpected places.

Of course… OF COURSE Sarah J Maas is in this list and this isn’t the only book that’s on here. She’s one of the greatest authors of this time. Her books have turned my world upside down and have ruined me completely.

*I’m so not ready for this*


Throne of Glass Novella – Sarah J Maas.

Untitled Novella #1 (Throne of Glass, #5.1)

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 the glass castle shattered, since his men were slaughtered, since the King of Adarlan spared him from a killing blow, but left his body broken.

His only shot at recovery lies with the legendary healers of the Torre Cesme in Antica-the stronghold of the southern continent’s mighty empire. And with war looming over Dorian and Aelin back home, their survival might lie with Chaol and Nesryn convincing its rulers to ally with them.

But what they discover in Antica will change them both-and be more vital to saving Erilea than they could have imagined.

My bae getting his own book novella is one of the best things 2017 has to offer. After he was left out in EoS, I was pretty bumbed out BUT THIS IS GOING TO BE GREAT!! I can barely wait until this novella arrives. I’m beyond excitement. It’s insane. I just want to know how my baby is doing and what he’s up to and whether he can walk again.

My emotions are already running wild with this.

Is it June yet?


Untitled – Sarah J Maas.

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The final installment of the Throne of Glass series is set to be released in September this year but since there’s no title nor a synopsis yet, there’s not much to talk about yet except for the fact that whatever happened at the end of EoS is driving me insane and I need answers. Asap.


Our Dark Duet – V.E Schwab.

Our Dark Duet (Monsters of Verity #2)

Kate Harker is a girl who isn’t afraid of the dark. She’s a girl who hunts monsters. And she’s good at it. August Flynn is a monster who can never be human, no matter how much he once yearned for it. He’s a monster with a part to play. And he will play it, no matter the cost.

Nearly six months after Kate and August were first thrown together, the war between the monsters and the humans is terrifying reality. In Verity, August has become the leader he never wished to be, and in Prosperity, Kate has become the ruthless hunter she knew she could be. When a new monster emerges from the shadows—one who feeds on chaos and brings out its victim’s inner demons—it lures Kate home, where she finds more than she bargained for. She’ll face a monster she thought she killed, a boy she thought she knew, and a demon all her own.

This Savage Song was one of the top 10 fave reads from last year so I’m definitely curious to its sequel.


King’s Cage – Victoria Aveyard.

King's Cage (Red Queen, #3)

Mare Barrow is a prisoner, powerless without her lightning, tormented by her lethal mistakes. She lives at the mercy of a boy she once loved, a boy made of lies and betrayal. Now a king, Maven Calore continues weaving his dead mother’s web in an attempt to maintain control over his country—and his prisoner.

As Mare bears the weight of Silent Stone in the palace, her once-ragtag band of newbloods and Reds continue organizing, training, and expanding. They prepare for war, no longer able to linger in the shadows. And Cal, the exiled prince with his own claim on Mare’s heart, will stop at nothing to bring her back.

When blood turns on blood, and ability on ability, there may be no one left to put out the fire—leaving Norta as Mare knows it to burn all the way down.

I’ve been waiting a year for this to be released. When I closed the second book after reading it for the first time I was traumatized by the ending. I couldn’t deal with it so I drowned myself in fan-art and fanfiction. Thank God the third release is almost upon us.


Lord of Shadows – Cassandra Clare.

Lord of Shadows (The Dark Artifices, #2)

Emma Carstairs has finally avenged her parents. She thought she’d be at peace. But she is anything but calm. Torn between her desire for her parabatai Julian and her desire to protect him from the brutal consequences of parabatai relationships, she has begun dating his brother, Mark. But Mark has spent the past five years trapped in Faerie; can he ever truly be a Shadowhunter again?

And the faerie courts are not silent. The Unseelie King is tired of the Cold Peace, and will no longer concede to the Shadowhunters’ demands. Caught between the demands of faerie and the laws of the Clave, Emma, Julian, and Mark must find a way to come together to defend everything they hold dear—before it’s too late.

Obviously the new Shadowhunter book has to be on my list. I’ve been a major fan of Cassandra’s since City of Lost Souls was released and the fandom hasn’t let go of me ever since. I do have to admit… Lady Midnight wasn’t her best work but it’s still a masterpiece.


Untitled – Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff.

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The last installment of The Illuminae Files is also a very high ranking on my list. The two prequels have utterly destroyed me and left me in ruins so I’m expecting this book will do the same. Nonetheless, I still want to read it.


And there are probably loads more books out there that I want to read this year but these books above are my most anticipated reads. I can barely wait until I have either one of them and I’m sure I’m going to be a sad heap of emotions by the end of it.

With love,
Leanne

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