So up here in Canada we just celebrated Thanksgiving. On the Filipino side of my family (fun fact: I’m half Filipino) we mark the occasion with lots – and lots and lots and lots – of food, and by drawing names for our Secret Santa. That’s right, people, I just referenced Christmas before Halloween has even happened. We’re in the home stretch now, folks – the end of 2016 is nigh! Soon we’ll be able to leave this horrid, horrid year behind and hopefully start 2017 off on a good note. Wouldn’t that be nice?
Before that can happen, however, a few books need to be released and clutched in my hands:
What Light by Jay Asher – October 18th
Sierra’s family runs a Christmas tree farm in Oregon—it’s a bucolic setting for a girl to grow up in, except that every year, they pack up and move to California to set up their Christmas tree lot for the season. So Sierra lives two lives: her life in Oregon and her life at Christmas. And leaving one always means missing the other.
Until this particular Christmas, when Sierra meets Caleb, and one life eclipses the other.
By reputation, Caleb is not your perfect guy: years ago, he made an enormous mistake and has been paying for it ever since. But Sierra sees beyond Caleb’s past and becomes determined to help him find forgiveness and, maybe, redemption. As disapproval, misconceptions, and suspicions swirl around them, Caleb and Sierra discover the one thing that transcends all else: true love.
This looks like the kind of book I’ll want to curl up under a blanket with at Christmas. I look forward to this cute love story – someone get me some hot chocolate!
The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon – November 1st
Natasha: I’m a girl who believes in science and facts. Not fate. Not destiny. Or dreams that will never come true. I’m definitely not the kind of girl who meets a cute boy on a crowded New York City street and falls in love with him. Not when my family is twelve hours away from being deported to Jamaica. Falling in love with him won’t be my story.
Daniel: I’ve always been the good son, the good student, living up to my parents’ high expectations. Never the poet. Or the dreamer. But when I see her, I forget about all that. Something about Natasha makes me think that fate has something much more extraordinary in store—for both of us.
The Universe: Every moment in our lives has brought us to this single moment. A million futures lie before us. Which one will come true?
I’ve heard so many wonderful things about this book, and honestly how can you not fall in love with that cover? At the Indigo Teen event I went to one of the ARCs they were giving away was for this book, but unfortunately I didn’t get it (a girl who already had the ARC did, though, so I’m a little salty about it). Now I have to wait for it to come out to read it!
A Million Worlds with You – November 1st
The fate of the multiverse rests in Marguerite Caine’s hands. Marguerite has been at the center of a cross-dimensional feud since she first traveled to another universe using her parents’ invention, the Firebird. Only now has she learned the true plans of the evil Triad Corporation—and that those plans could spell doom for dozens or hundreds of universes, each facing total annihilation.
Paul Markov has always been at Marguerite’s side, but Triad’s last attack has left him a changed man—angry and shadowed by tragedy. He struggles to overcome the damage done to him, but despite Marguerite’s efforts to help, Paul may never be the same again.
So it’s up to Marguerite alone to stop the destruction of the multiverse. Billions of lives are at stake. The risks have never been higher. And Triad has unleashed its ultimate weapon: another dimension’s Marguerite—wicked, psychologically twisted, and always one step ahead.
I still haven’t read the second book in the Firebird Trilogy, Ten Thousand Skies Above You, but you can bet that I want to get this book anyway. It’ll be nice to have the conclusion in my collected so I can just marathon them!
Crystal Storm by Morgan Rhodes – December 13th
MAGNUS and CLEO are forced to test the strength of their love when Gaius returns to Mytica claiming he’s no longer the King of Blood but a changed man seeking redemption.
LUCIA, pregnant with the child of a Watcher, has escaped the clutches of the unhinged fire god. Her powers are dwindling as she goes forth to fulfill a prophecy that will keep her baby safe . . . but could mean her demise.
JONAS treks back to Mytica with a plan to overtake Amara, but fate takes hold when he runs into the beautiful Princess Lucia and joins her on her perilous journey.
AMARA has taken the Mytican throne, but with no way to unleash the water magic trapped within her stolen crystal, she’ll never be able to seize glory and get sweet revenge.
And what kind of darkness will descend–and who will be safe–after Prince Ashur reveals the dangerous price he paid to cheat death?
Crystal Storm is the 5th book in one of my favourite series Falling Kingdoms. I’m really looking forward to this book just because of how the last one left off. I need to know what happens next!!! My babies!!!
Ever the Hunted by Erin Summerill – December 27th
Seventeen year-old Britta Flannery is at ease only in the woods with her dagger and bow. She spends her days tracking criminals alongside her father, the legendary bounty hunter for the King of Malam—that is, until her father is murdered. Now outcast and alone and having no rights to her father’s land or inheritance, she seeks refuge where she feels most safe: the Ever Woods. When Britta is caught poaching by the royal guard, instead of facing the noose she is offered a deal: her freedom in exchange for her father’s killer.
However, it’s not so simple.
The alleged killer is none other than Cohen McKay, her father’s former apprentice. The only friend she’s ever known. The boy she once loved who broke her heart. She must go on a dangerous quest in a world of warring kingdoms, mad kings, and dark magic to find the real killer. But Britta wields more power than she knows. And soon she will learn what has always made her different will make her a daunting and dangerous force.
I feel like I heard about this book soooooo long ago, and it’s still not even being released until December! The premise sounds interesting, and I love how intricate the cover is.
So, what are your most anticipated releases for the rest of the year?
Ciao for now!