Hello bookworms! I’m about a week late in creating this post, thanks to school, but I really wanted to start off my year of blogging by mentioning some of the 2017 book releases that I’m looking forward to! A few of the books have already been released, but I since I haven’t actually read most of them yet, I’m gonna include them anyways.
After compiling a list of all the books on my to-buy list for the year, I realized that there were kiiiind of a lot. Like, “30-more-books-than-I-was-expecting” a lot. So I’ve decided to make this a two-part venture! This post (Part 1), is all the book releases in the first half of 2017 (January – June) that I’m excited for! Part 2 of the list (book releases from July-December) will be posted later in the year
if I haven’t become totally broke and homeless yet. Also as the year goes on, more book releases for the fall/winter season will be announced, so I’m sure my list wouldn’t be fully complete if I posted it all now.
Without further ado, here is The List (or half of it, at least):
Wayfarer by Alexandra Bracken: Jan. 3rd
Passenger was one of my first reads of 2016, and I absolutely loved it! So naturally I spent a year impatiently waiting for the sequel. It FINALLY showed up in my mailbox just this week, and I literally squealed and jumped like a maniac. Wayfarer is sooo gorgeous, I think this duology probably has some of my all-time favorite covers. Hopefully I can get around to reading it shortly, and finally see what happens to Etta and Nick after that crazy cliffhanger in Passenger!
Frostblood by Elly Blake: Jan. 10th
I just got this book yesterday, and I think I actually swooned upon holding it. Frostblood has been on my radar for quite some time (ever since I saw an ARC included in Fairyloot‘s July Box), and I’ve been dying to read it. I’ve always loved the fire v.s. ice trope, and this book seems like it takes that to a whole new level. I’m hoping it lives up to my expectations!
The Alchemists of Loom by Elise Kova: Jan. 10th
Okay, this book I have read. I received an ARC copy back in September, and let me tell you – it’s freakin’ AMAZING. If you haven’t already heard of her, Elise Kova is a totally underrated author that writes killer fantasy (<< pun intended). Please go check her out! The Alchemists of Loom is a steampunk, high-action fantasy that managed to make the list of my top favorite 2016 reads. If you want to know more, you can read my review here. Seeing this finally release on Tuesday was super fun! I loved reading everyone’s reviews and seeing their photos, and just experiencing all the hype!
Roseblood by A.G. Howard: Jan. 10th
Clearly January 10th was an amazing day for book releases
and a horrible day for my wallet. When I saw that this book was a Phantom of the Opera retelling, I immediately added it to my anticipated releases list. I’ve seen Phantom twice and it’s one of my favorite musicals, so I can’t wait to see how the author puts a spin on the original story! I ordered a certain subscription box this month (that shall remain nameless) and I’m preeetty sure this is gonna be the book they include.
History Is All You Left Me by Adam Silvera: Jan. 17th
One of my goals for this year is to read books with more diversity! So I’m incredibly excited for this #ownvoices novel featuring an LGBTQ+ protagonist. Between following Adam on Twitter and hearing all the hype for this book, I’m pretty sure my heart is gonna get crushed into tiny pieces. HIAYLM releases next week, and I’m already anticipating its arrival on my doorstep! I’m hoping to get Adam’s first book, More Happy Than Not, sometime soon as well!
Hummingbird by Sophia Elaine Hanson: Jan. 25th
This book is definitely the most unusual one I have on the list, and truthfully, I’m a little hesitant about it. It’s a book of poetry surrounding some of the author’s personal experiences, but since I’ve never read a poetry collection before I’m interested to see if I will like it! Along with reading diverse books, reading books from a diverse range of genres is one of my 2017 goals as well, and this definitely fits the bill. Sophia is also one of my favorite people to follow on Instagram, so any book of hers is one I don’t wanna miss out on!
Caraval by Stephanie Garber: Jan. 31st
So I’m pretty sure everyone and their cousin is excited for this book, and I am no exception. I was lucky enough to score an ARC of this gorgeous baby at YALLFest last year, but I’ve yet to get around to it. I keep hearing SO much hype for it though, so I plan on picking this up as soon as I finish my current read!
Empress of a Thousand Skies by Rhoda Belleza: Feb. 7th
Sci-fi is one of my favorite genres, yet I never feel like I read enough of it. So as soon as I saw the cover, I knew this book was for me. It supposedly has a diverse cast of characters set in the depths of space, so yeah, I’m excited to say the least! Plus – THAT COVER.
Wintersong by S. Jae-Jones: Feb. 7th
I first saw this book at YALLfest, when I spotted an ARC of it on a giveaway table (no, I didn’t get the ARC *sad face*). Then a few days later word of it started popping up on the Interwebs, and after reading a few positive reviews, I got really excited. This book is a retelling of the movie Labyrinth, starring David Bowie, which a lot of people seem to be really excited about! I’ve never seen the movie myself, but nevertheless I can’t wait for this dark, romantic fantasy!
The Valiant by Lesley Livingston: Feb. 14th
This is another book that I actually did manage to get an ARC of at YALLFest (if you can make it to YALLFest or YALLWest, I highly suggest going. It’s bookworm heaven). One of my book besties also read an ARC and really liked it, so I can’t wait to read this book myself! It’s a fantasy set in ancient Rome, surrounding female gladiators!
We Are Okay by Nina LaCour: Feb. 14th
To be honest, I really just love this one for the cover. The synopsis doesn’t give away too much information on what this is actually about, but I’ve heard praise from several different bloggers, so I can’t wait to experience this story for myself. I’ve also heard it deals with mental illness, so yay for more diversity!
American Street by Ibi Zoboi: Feb. 14th
This is probably the most diverse book I’ve added to the list. It tells the story of a Haitian immigrant that has to leave her mother behind at the US border, and navigate the city of Detroit by herself. Given the most recent issues with immigration in the US, I think this book is going to be an extremely important story with a valuable perspective that needs to be told.
Long May She Reign by Rhiannon Thomas: Feb. 21st
There’s really only two reasons I want to read this book: it’s a standalone fantasy (which I’ve never read or heard of before), and the pretty cover. You can tell it doesn’t take much to get me excited for a book!
The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas: Feb. 28th
Alright now this book I am REALLY anticipating. It’s inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement, and focuses on the story of Starr, an African-American teenage girl who loses her best friend to police brutality. It’s already sold the rights to be made into a movie, so I know this is gonna be a real game-changer. I hope it opens a lot of eyes to the racial injustice in our society, mine included.
Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor: March 28th
Several years ago I read Laini’s Daughter of Smoke and Bone trilogy, and to this day I don’t think I’ve read anything that’s as unique or descriptive as her writing. So when I heard she was publishing a new book, it was easy to get behind. Truthfully, I can’t recall much on what the story is actually about, but knowing Laini it’s probably something fanciful and atmospheric.
Blood Rose Rebellion by Rosalyn Eves: March 28th
Okay, I’m really not sure why this is on here. Probably a combination of the pretty cover, bookstagram photos, and maybe a few good reviews I came across. I think it’s sort of historical fantasy? Involving a girl that uses her lack of magical powers as a weapon against those with magical powers? I don’t know but it has a cool title and gorgeous cover so obviously I’m sold.
The Animal Under the Fur by E.J. Mellow: March 30th
This book seems like one that’s going to make me simultaneously die of laughter and heartbreak. After having read her previous Dreamland series, I already know E.J. Mellow has a gift for writing steamy, addictive romance. And this is a book surrounding two assassin/secret agent characters that go from hate-to-love in a way that I’m sure is gonna have me reading in fetal position because the feels are too much.
Done Dirt Cheap by Sarah Nicole Lemon: March ?
I’m actually not positive on when this releases, but I read somewhere that it’s in March? So I included it here but don’t take my word for it. Nevertheless, this seems like a totally crazy story about two biker chicks (which I’ve never seen in a YA novel before), and I’m pumped to read something totally different and unique.
The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli: April 11th
So when I originally published this post, I didn’t have any books releasing in April that I was excited for. Well, I found one, LOL. I can’t believe I forgot to include this! I’ve heard so many raving reviews, and it features a plus-size protagonist and a F/F romance!! I’ve yet to read Simon VS (soon my friends, soon) but I can already tell this one is gonna receive just as much praise!
Always and Forever, Lara Jean by Jenny Han: May 2nd
Hearing the announcement last year that Jenny Han was, in fact, writing a third Lara Jean book sent me through the roof, (along with two-thirds of the book community). Truth be told, I’m a little nervous that this book won’t live up to expectations, but I trust Jenny to complete Lara Jean’s story in the right way. And who couldn’t use a little more Peter K. in their lives??
The Seafarer’s Kiss by Julia Ember: May 4th
This is yet another late addition to my list, but I really wanted to include it since it’s a retelling of The Little Mermaid, which I don’t have too many of on my list! Also it has mermaids and a F/F romance, so this obviously couldn’t be missed.
Ramona Blue by Julie Murphy: May 9th
This is another really diverse book that I’m super excited for! (I know I’ve used the word “excited” 1297461280 times in this post but there really is no substitute for it. Clearly I am a great writer). Ramona Blue is an #ownvoices novel (I think) that features an LGBTQ+ main character! From my understanding of the synopsis, it sounds like it’s going to discuss a lot about the fluidity of gender and sexuality. It also seems pretty heartbreaking, but what would bookworms do if our feels weren’t constantly being crushed?
Flame in the Mist by Renée Ahdieh: May 16th
I’ve yet to read Renée’s first series (it’s buried under the mountain that is my TBR), but as soon as I heard this was a Mulan retelling I needed no other convincing! Also, THAT COVER.
Did you really expect me to say anything else at this point?
The Love Interest by Cale Dietrich: May 16th
This book actually seems like it’s gonna be the best thing ever. To my understanding, The Love Interest basically makes fun of overused YA tropes and puts a hilarious spin on cliché character types. For example, it features two guys that are each vying for the love of a girl (aka stereotypical love triangle), but in the process fall in love with each other. I’m SO excited to read how the author plays that out!
Everything All at Once by Katrina Leno: June 6th
Truth be told, I’m not that excited for this one, mainly because I haven’t heard much about it. I’m pretty sure it deals with mental illness though, and features a protagonist that goes on a grand adventure as she follows the directions left behind by her aunt in a series of letters. Based on the synopsis, it seems like it has a really crazy plot twist, and is a perfect summer read! Hopefully as we get closer to release day, I’ll be able to read some reviews and determine whether I really want to pick this up.
If you’ve actually made it all the way to the bottom of this post, then you’re officially one of my Favorite People Ever. You’re either seriously dedicated, or seriously bored, but either way I congratulate you! Reading that ridiculous list probably took just as long as it’s going to take me to actually read all those books.
What book releases are you looking forward to in 2017? Are you also excited for some of the books on this list? Do you have any reading goals for 2017? Comment all your bookish thoughts below!