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Top Ten Tuesday: Ten Books I’m Really Looking Forward To

Hello and welcome to another Top Ten Tuesday!

This week’s theme is “Top Ten Most Anticipated Books For The Second Half of 2017”. Top Ten Tuesday is a blogging meme created and  hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.

So after going through my “Want to Read” Shelf on goodreads, because I haven’t updated the google calendar I use to track new releases in a while (why hasn’t that thing just updated itself btw?), and then breaking it down to the books I actually remembered and am escited about I somehow ended up with exactly ten books on my list. I’m a little impressed to be honest.

I’m also sure I missed a few new releases on my complete list and will be very surprised when I realise they’re coming out already. Then again the world would be kinda boring without surprises, wouldn’t it?

Anyways, enough talk, more listing books. The titles link to the Goodreads pages, which is also where I got the synopsises (?) and covers from (unless indicated otherwise)

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V.E. Schwab, Our Dark Duet (Monsters of Verity, #2)

Release Date: 13 June

I like Schwab’s books and I liked This Savage Song, so i can’t wait for this! I’m so excited to see what she has in store for Kate and August!

Synopsis:

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.

Mackenzi Lee, The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue

Release Date: 27 June

I was already excited about this book when I heard about it, but then I read the sneak peek of the first 4 chapters on Epic Reads AND I’M EVEN MORE EXCITED NOW. Brb counting down the days until it’s released.

Synopsis:

An unforgettable tale of two friends on their Grand Tour of 18th-century Europe who stumble upon a magical artifact that leads them from Paris to Venice in a dangerous manhunt, fighting pirates, highwaymen, and their feelings for each other along the way.

Henry “Monty” Montague was born and bred to be a gentleman, but he was never one to be tamed. The finest boarding schools in England and the constant disapproval of his father haven’t been able to curb any of his roguish passions—not for gambling halls, late nights spent with a bottle of spirits, or waking up in the arms of women or men.

But as Monty embarks on his grand tour of Europe, his quest for a life filled with pleasure and vice is in danger of coming to an end. Not only does his father expect him to take over the family’s estate upon his return, but Monty is also nursing an impossible crush on his best friend and traveling companion, Percy.

Still it isn’t in Monty’s nature to give up. Even with his younger sister, Felicity, in tow, he vows to make this yearlong escapade one last hedonistic hurrah and flirt with Percy from Paris to Rome. But when one of Monty’s reckless decisions turns their trip abroad into a harrowing manhunt that spans across Europe, it calls into question everything he knows, including his relationship with the boy he adores.

Witty, romantic, and intriguing at every turn, The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue is a sumptuous romp that explores the undeniably fine lines between friendship and love.

Kiersten White, Now I Rise (The Conqueror’s Saga, #2)

Release Date: 27 June

I really really need Radu to be happy. And Lada to kick some ass. But mostly the bit about Radu. I really ship him with happiness. Also I hope he keeps being amazing. I just love him so much.

Synopsis:

Lada Dracul has no allies. No throne. All she has is what she’s always had: herself. After failing to secure the Wallachian throne, Lada is out to punish anyone who dares to cross her blood-strewn path. Filled with a white-hot rage, she storms the countryside with her men, accompanied by her childhood friend Bogdan, terrorizing the land. But brute force isn’t getting Lada what she wants. And thinking of Mehmed brings little comfort to her thorny heart. There’s no time to wonder whether he still thinks about her, even loves her. She left him before he could leave her.

What Lada needs is her younger brother Radu’s subtlety and skill. But Mehmed has sent him to Constantinople—and it’s no diplomatic mission. Mehmed wants control of the city, and Radu has earned an unwanted place as a double-crossing spy behind enemy lines. Radu longs for his sister’s fierce confidence—but for the first time in his life, he rejects her unexpected plea for help. Torn between loyalties to faith, to the Ottomans, and to Mehmed, he knows he owes Lada nothing. If she dies, he could never forgive himself—but if he fails in Constantinople, will Mehmed ever forgive him?

As nations fall around them, the Dracul siblings must decide: what will they sacrifice to fulfill their destinies? Empires will topple, thrones will be won . . . and souls will be lost.

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Melissa Grey, The Savage Dawn (The Girl at Midnight, #3)

Release Date: 11 July

I loved the first two books in this series, and I can’t wait to read the final book! Also everyone deserves some happiness. Especially Jasper and Dorian. They’re just my babies…

Synopsis:

The sides have been chosen and the battle lines drawn.

Echo awakened the Firebird. Now she is the only one with the power to face the darkness she unwittingly unleashed . . . right into the waiting hands of Tanith, the new Dragon Prince. Tanith has one goal in mind: destroy her enemies, raze their lands, and reign supreme in a new era where the Drakharin are almighty and the Avicen are nothing but a memory.

The war that has been brewing for centuries is finally imminent. But the scales are tipped. Echo might hold the power to face the darkness within the Dragon Prince, but she has far to go to master its overwhelming force. And now she’s plagued by uncertainty. With Caius no longer by her side, she doesn’t know if she can do it alone. Is she strong enough to save her home and the people she loves?

Whether Echo is ready to face this evil is not the question. The war has begun, and there is no looking back. There are only two outcomes possible: triumph or death.

Julia Ember, The Tiger’s Watch (Ashes of Gold, #1)

Release Date: 22 August

I loved Ember’s last novel The Seafarer’s Kiss, and this sounds really good. Also I am absolutely here for a genderfluid protagonist.

Synopsis:

Sixteen-year-old Tashi has spent their life training as a inhabitor, a soldier who spies and kills using a bonded animal. When the capital falls after a brutal siege, Tashi flees to a remote monastery to hide. But the invading army turns the monastery into a hospital, and Tashi catches the eye of Xian, the regiment’s fearless young commander.

Tashi spies on Xian’s every move. In front of his men, Xian seems dangerous, even sadistic, but Tashi discovers a more vulnerable side of the enemy commander—a side that draws them to Xian.

When their spying unveils that everything they’ve been taught is a lie, Tashi faces an impossible choice: save their country or the boy they’re growing to love. Though Tashi grapples with their decision, their volatile bonded tiger doesn’t question her allegiances. Katala slaughters Xian’s soldiers, leading the enemy to hunt her. But an inhabitor’s bond to their animal is for life—if Katala dies, so will Tashi.

Leigh Bardugo, Wonder Woman: Warbringer (DC Icons, #1)

Release Date: 29 August

All I know about Wonder Woman is stuff I read on tumblr (I usually tend more towards Marvel than DC), but she sounds awesome and I’m basically here for anything Leigh Bardugo writes.

Synopsis:

The highly anticipated coming-of-age story for the world’s greatest super hero: WONDER WOMAN by the # 1 New York Times bestselling author LEIGH BARDUGO.

She will become one of the world’s greatest heroes: WONDER WOMAN. But first she is Diana, Princess of the Amazons. And her fight is just beginning. . . .

Diana longs to prove herself to her legendary warrior sisters. But when the opportunity finally comes, she throws away her chance at glory and breaks Amazon law—risking exile—to save a mere mortal. Even worse, Alia Keralis is no ordinary girl and with this single brave act, Diana may have doomed the world.

Alia just wanted to escape her overprotective brother with a semester at sea. She doesn’t know she is being hunted. When a bomb detonates aboard her ship, Alia is rescued by a mysterious girl of extraordinary strength and forced to confront a horrible truth: Alia is a Warbringer—a direct descendant of the infamous Helen of Troy, fated to bring about an age of bloodshed and misery.

Together, Diana and Alia will face an army of enemies—mortal and divine—determined to either destroy or possess the Warbringer. If they have any hope of saving both their worlds, they will have to stand side by side against the tide of war.

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Trudi Canavan, Successor’s Promise (Millenium’s Rule, #3)

Release Date: 19 September

Trudi Canavan happens to be one of my favourite author’s ever and I love this trilogy so much. Also that cover looks really cool? I’ve basically been vibrating out of my skin for this since I read Angel of Storms when it was released. Give it to me! grabby hands

Synopsis:

International No.1 bestselling author Trudi Canavan returns with the final novel in the Millennium’s Rule series – her most powerful and thrilling adventure yet.

Five years have passed since the Rebels confronted the Raen. Five years, in which the boy Rielle rescued, Qall, has grown up among the Travellers, with no memory of the life that was stolen from him.
Five years of chaos, barely contained by Baluka and the Restorers. Worlds are at war, some overrun by deadly machines, some drained of magic by power-hungry sorcerers.
As Qall comes of age, and Rielle and Tyen’s hard-won peace is threatened, their loyalties are tested – and Qall’s very existence is at stake.
Because Dahli is still determined to restore Valhan to power, and he will stop at nothing to succeed.

Escape to a new world.
Discover the magic of Trudi Canavan.

Leigh Bardugo, The Language of Thorns: Midnight Tales and Dangerous Magic

Release Date: 26 September

Once again, Leigh Bardugo. I love the Grishaverse and I’m sure this is going to be absolutely stunning on top of just being very good.

Synopsis:

Love speaks in flowers. Truth requires thorns.

Travel to a world of dark bargains struck by moonlight, of haunted towns and hungry woods, of talking beasts and gingerbread golems, where a young mermaid’s voice can summon deadly storms and where a river might do a lovestruck boy’s bidding but only for a terrible price.

Inspired by myth, fairy tale, and folklore, #1 New York Times–bestselling author Leigh Bardugo has crafted a deliciously atmospheric collection of short stories filled with betrayals, revenge, sacrifice, and love.

Perfect for new readers and dedicated fans, these tales will transport you to lands both familiar and strange—to a fully realized world of dangerous magic that millions have visited through the novels of the Grishaverse.

This collection of six stories includes three brand-new tales, all of them lavishly illustrated with art that changes with each turn of the page, culminating in six stunning full-spread illustrations as rich in detail as the stories themselves.

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Rick Riordan, Magnus Chase and the Ship of the Dead (Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard, #3)

Release Date: 03 October

First of all, yes that’s the British title and it links to the page for the British edition, but I took the cover and synopsis from the American edition. I just like being consistent and since I used to live in the UK all my Riordan books are UK editions, which we have neither cover nor synopsis for yet. Anyways, another favourite author! And the Magnus Chase series is just really good so far, I can’t wait to read the next adventure of Magnus and the gang!

Synopsis:

Magnus Chase, a once-homeless teen, is a resident of the Hotel Valhalla and one of Odin’s chosen warriors. As the son of Frey, the god of summer, fertility, and health, Magnus isn’t naturally inclined to fighting. But he has strong and steadfast friends, including Hearthstone the elf, Blitzen the dwarf, and Samirah the Valkyrie, and together they have achieved brave deeds, such as defeating Fenris Wolf and battling giants for Thor’s hammer, Mjolnir. Now Magnus and his crew must sail to the farthest borders of Jotunheim and Niflheim in pursuit of Asgard’s greatest threat. Will they succeed in their perilous journey, or is Ragnarok lurking on the horizon?

Julie C. Dao, Forest of a Thousand Lanterns (Rise of the Empress, #1)

Release Date: 10 October

Someone shared the excerpt of this on twitter and I immediately had to put it onto my “Want To Read” shelf and put the release date in my calendar because I love this premise AND THAT EXCERPT

Synopsis:

A Fall 2017 Junior Library Guild Selection!

“A richly developed fantasy world coupled with an ambitious anti-heroine of complex agency, this story shines and surprises at every turn.” Marie Lu, #1 New York Times bestselling author

An East Asian fantasy reimagining of The Evil Queen legend about one peasant girl’s quest to become Empress–and the darkness she must unleash to achieve her destiny.

Eighteen-year-old Xifeng is beautiful. The stars say she is destined for greatness, that she is meant to be Empress of Feng Lu. But only if she embraces the darkness within her. Growing up as a peasant in a forgotten village on the edge of the map, Xifeng longs to fulfill the destiny promised to her by her cruel aunt, the witch Guma, who has read the cards and seen glimmers of Xifeng’s majestic future. But is the price of the throne too high?

Because in order to achieve greatness, she must spurn the young man who loves her and exploit the callous magic that runs through her veins–sorcery fueled by eating the hearts of the recently killed. For the god who has sent her on this journey will not be satisfied until his power is absolute.

Do you see anything you’re looking forward to? Or is there anything missing that I should look forward to (feel free to link me to your Top 10 Tuesday posts)?

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11 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday: Ten Books I’m Really Looking Forward To

  1. Pingback: Top Ten Tuesday: Ten LGBTAIQ* Books That I’ve Recently Added To My TBR List | Alex Reads Books

  2. Great picks for this week. Yay for seeing The Savage Dawn on someone else’s list this week. That is a book, and a series, that needs more recognition. 🙂
    So many of these are books I can’t wait for as well. Our Dark Duet and Forest of a Thousand Lanterns are sure to be amazing. I managed to get an ARC of Now I Rise, I finished today and oh it’s so good. I’m sure you’ll really love it as well! 😀

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    • Thanks a lot!
      My copy of Our Dark Duet arrived already (I keep getting emails from my local bookshop because of preorders that arrive super early, it’s getting ridiculous tbh) but I’m not opening it yet. (I glimpsed. And there were good things in those glimpses I think). I am like super jealous right now, but i can wait that last month! MAYBE MY BOOKSHOP GETS MY PREORDER EARLY AGAIN (it’s possible I’m excited about Now I Rise)

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  3. I can’t believe I forgot about both The Gentleman’s Guide and Now I Rise. Radu being happy is definitely the most important thing that needs to happen in that series – I legit do not care about anything else apart from that!

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