I was silly and missed Top Ten Tuesday this week. But since it’s New Year’s Eve I thought I would do it anyway.
Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme brought to us by The Broke and the Bookish! For this week’s topic I’m talking about my Top 10 Most Anticipated Releases for the First Half of 2016 (woah that’s a mouthful!) But really— have you checked out what books are coming out in the first half of 2016 alone?!? There’s a ton of them, and so many that look fantastic.
Here’s what books I’m most looking forward to!
10. Passenger by Alexandra Bracken- To Be Released January 5, 2016
Not only is this book going to be released within the first couple of days of 2016, it’s one of my most anticipated of the year. I’m not sure how I’ve never read anything by Alexandra Bracken, but this book involves time travel, so I’m sure I’ll love it and read all of her other books this year.
9. Truthwitch by Susan Dennard- to be released January 5, 2016
8. This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab- To be released June 7, 2016
I read her novel (written as V.E. Schwab) A Darker Shade of Magic in 2015 and loved her writing style. The concept of this novel looks thrilling and I’m really impatient about getting my hands on this one.
7. Bookishly Ever After by Isabel Bandeira- to be released January 12, 2016
6. Tell the Wind and Fire by Sarah Rees Brennan- to be released April 5, 2016
5. The Shadow Queen by C.J. Redwine- to be released February 16, 2016
4. The Last Star by Rick Yancey (The 5th Wave #3)- to be released May 24, 2016
3. Thief of Lies by Brenda Drake- to be released January 5, 2016
2. The Raven King by Maggie Stiefvater- to be released April 26, 2016
A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas- to be released May 3, 2016
The second installment in the A Court of Thorns and Roses series has been on my mind since I finished the first book! And since it comes out only two days after my birthday, I’m going to consider it an awesome birthday present!
It is freezing in the churchyard, even before the dead arrive.
Every year, Blue Sargent stands next to her clairvoyant mother as the soon-to-be dead walk past. Blue herself never sees them—not until this year, when a boy emerges from the dark and speaks directly to her.
His name is Gansey, and Blue soon discovers that he is a rich student at Aglionby, the local private school. Blue has a policy of staying away from Aglionby boys. Known as Raven Boys, they can only mean trouble.
But Blue is drawn to Gansey, in a way she can’t entirely explain. He has it all—family money, good looks, devoted friends—but he’s looking for much more than that. He is on a quest that has encompassed three other Raven Boys: Adam, the scholarship student who resents all the privilege around him; Ronan, the fierce soul who ranges from anger to despair; and Noah, the taciturn watcher of the four, who notices many things but says very little.
For as long as she can remember, Blue has been warned that she will cause her true love to die. She never thought this would be a problem. But now, as her life becomes caught up in the strange and sinister world of the Raven Boys, she’s not so sure anymore.
Stiefvater has written a world full of magic, wonder, and mystery that I had such a hard time getting out of when I finished the book that I immediately had to begin the second book in the series. Each of her characters is a complex and has many secrets and skeletons in their closets. I loved how each of the stories about the main characters, Blue and each of the Raven boys came together to create a story rich with detail that lead me on a treasure hunt right alongside them.
The only drawback was that I wanted more of Blue while I was reading. Her smart, no-nonsense attitude made her an awesome & strong female character. But I understood, as the novel was mostly about the “Raven” boys, Gansey, Adam, Ronan, & Noah.
The Raven Boys is one of the best YA Paranormal novels that I have read in a long time (and I read a lot of them). I was entranced by Stiefvater’s use of characterization, imagery, and language. And will wait very patiently (or not so patiently for Book 3).
Review of The Dream Thieves, book 2 of The Raven Cycle coming soon!