We’ve had Caraval by Stephanie Garber, Carve the Mark by Veronica Roth and Wayfarer by Alexandra Bracken (the much-anticipated sequel to Passenger ) already this year so it’s definitely set to be an interesting one for the YA genre and for reading in general. That being said if you spent all your bookish excitement on last years Harry Potter new releases (and this years’ January haul) or are just in one of those god-awful reading slumps here’s a few things that might get you hyped up all over again.
(1) American War By Omar El Akkad (April 4th)
Akkad’s first novel is a much-anticipated dystopian Sci-fi which should definitely be on your TBR. It’s supposed to be a bit more gritty than a lot of its contemporaries. Here’s its goodreads description:
Sarat Chestnut, born in Louisiana, is only six when the Second American Civil War breaks out in 2074. But even she knows that oil is outlawed, that Louisiana is half underwater, and that unmanned drones fill the sky. When her father is killed and her family is forced into Camp Patience for displaced persons, she begins to grow up shaped by her particular time and place. But not everyone at Camp Patience is who they claim to be.
Eventually Sarat is befriended by a mysterious functionary, under whose influence she is turned into a deadly instrument of war. The decisions that she makes will have tremendous consequences not just for Sarat but for her family and her country, rippling through generations of strangers and kin alike
(2) A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J. Maas (May 2)
Whether you’re new to Maas (like me) or a dedicated superfan you’ll probably hear a load about the third instalment of the A Court of Thorns and Roses series. This YA Fantasy series has a rapidly growing fan base and is sure to make a killing in sales this May. Here’s the summary:
Looming war threatens all Feyre holds dear in the third volume of the #1 New York Times bestselling A Court of Thorns and Roses series.
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.
In this thrilling third book in the #1 New York Times bestselling series from Sarah J. Maas, the earth will be painted red as mighty armies grapple for power over the one thing that could destroy them all.
(3) Men Without Women By Haruki Murakami (May 9)
Next up, for fans on Murakami’s other highly rated release (Norwegian Wood) Men Without Women is sure to be on your radar.
It’s a collection of short stories about men who, one way or another, find themselves alone. It’s rumoured to be as funny and as popular of many of his other works. The summary is as follows:
Across seven tales, Haruki Murakami brings his powers of observation to bear on the lives of men who, in their own ways, find themselves alone. Here are vanishing cats and smoky bars, lonely hearts and mysterious women, baseball and the Beatles, woven together to tell stories that speak to us all.
Marked by the same wry humor that has defined his entire body of work, in this collection Murakami has crafted another contemporary classic
(4) Lord of Shadows by Cassandra Clare (May 23rd)
A friend of mine read the first instalment of ‘The Dark Artifices’ series called Lady Midnight and absolutely went mad for it. You can read her review here. This sequel is something I’m sure she’s dying to get her hands on along with many other fans. If you haven’t read Lady Midnight don’t fret (I haven’t either!) You’ve still got 2 months of reading time left! Here’s the summary:
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.
(5) The Roanoke Girls by Amy Engel (July 12th)
The name of this one caught my eye completely by accident – it reminds me of the American Horror Story series. As it turns out this could be a really interesting read. I mean, how well do you actually know your own family?
I’ve not read any of Engel’s stuff but am sure to give this one a go when it comes out in July. Here’s the summary:
After her mother’s suicide, fifteen year-old Lane Roanoke came to live with her grandparents and fireball cousin, Allegra, on their vast estate in rural Kansas. Lane knew little of her mother’s mysterious family, but she quickly embraced life as one of the rich and beautiful Roanoke girls. But when she discovered the dark truth at the heart of the family, she ran fast and far away.
Eleven years later, Lane is adrift in Los Angeles when her grandfather calls to tell her Allegra has gone missing. Did she run too? Or something worse? Unable to resist his pleas, Lane returns to help search, and to ease her guilt at having left Allegra behind. Her homecoming may mean a second chance with the boyfriend whose heart she broke that long ago summer. But it also means facing the devastating secret that made her flee, one she may not be strong enough to run from again.
As it weaves between Lane s first Roanoke summer and her return, The Roanoke Girls shocks and tantalizes, twisting its way through revelation after mesmerizing revelation, exploring the secrets families keep and the fierce and terrible love that both binds them together and rips them apart
(6) The Book of Dust by Phillip Pullman (October 19th)
Pullman was a household name for many of us growing up and his newest addition, The Book of Dust is expected to add to that legacy. People are excited too for his new haircut. Pullman vowed not to cut his hair till The Book of Dust was completed!
He’s such a name in the bookish world that the goodreads summary is simply:
Philip Pullman returns to the world of His Dark Materials with this magnificent new novel, set ten years before Northern Lights and featuring his much-loved character, Lyra Belacqua.
I can’t wait to pick up a copy.
So that’s my list so far! Are you excited for any of these releases? or any not listed here? Let me know in the comments!
– Cat –