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LT&T’s Most Wanted in 2017!

While we are still early on in 2017, I wanted to share my MOST anticipated reads for 2017. There are so many incredible books that are up for publication this year. And at the time of this posting, one of my top ten has been bumped to 2018. (Oh the feelings! Ack!) These things happen though, and so it is no longer on my 2017 list… so maybe it’s best that I didn’t start this in January.

So here we go, starting with number…



Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor

Anticipated Release Date: March 28, 2017

If this is where #10 is… you know it was a hard decision for me. I love Laini Taylor and I loved Daughter of Smoke & Bone so much that I wanted to dye my hair blue and cosplay for the first time in my life. That book was so absorbing, and the trilogy was just… well, you know. It was amazing. I am so excited for her new series! Thankfully it is out next month, so the wait won’t be too much longer. Note: this is the UK cover.

The dream chooses the dreamer, not the other way around— and Lazlo Strange, war orphan and junior librarian, has always feared that his dream chose poorly. Since he was five years old he’s been obsessed with the mythic lost city of Weep, but it would take someone bolder than he to cross half the world in search of it. Then a stunning opportunity presents itself, in the person of a hero called the Godslayer and a band of legendary warriors, and he has to seize his chance to lose his dream forever.

What happened in Weep two hundred years ago to cut it off from the rest of the world? What exactly did the Godslayer slay that went by the name of god? And what is the mysterious problem he now seeks help in solving?

The answers await in Weep, but so do more mysteries—including the blue-skinned goddess who appears in Lazlo’s dreams. How did he dream her before he knew she existed? and if all the gods are dead, why does she seem so real?

In this sweeping and breathtaking new novel by National Book Award finalist Laini Taylor, author of the New York Times bestselling Daughter of Smoke & Bone trilogy, the shadow of the past is as real as the ghosts who haunt the citadel of murdered gods. Fall into a mythical world of dread and wonder, moths and nightmares, love and carnage.

Welcome to Weep.

(Blurb from Goodreads)



Our Dark Duet (Monsters of Verity #2) by Victoria Schwab

Anticipated Release Date: June 13, 2017

Book one in this series, This Savage Song, arrived last year in a subscription box. Victoria Schwab, I’m sorry to say, is an author I hadn’t read or heard of yet. But that is one of the many wonders of subscription boxes… you get books you never would have chosen for yourself! I absolutely loved This Savage Song. It has monsters and a total two-warring-families of Verona kinda vibe. This one is going to be awesome, I can feel it!

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.

(Blurb from Goodreads)



Traitor to the Throne (Rebel of the Sands #2) by Alwyn Hamilton

Anticipated Release Date: March 7, 2017

YESSSS! Amani is hands down one of my favorite heroines in YA lit. She is a force to be reckoned with and, I know I will say this a lot in this countdown, I cannot WAIT to see what comes next. This book was one of those impulse buys. I was on a long weekend break, traveling for my birthday, and of course that led to hours in a bookstore where upon I saw this and overheard two of the staff talking about it. So, obviously, I had to pick it up. And it was the BEST of the three purchases I made that day.

If you haven’t read Rebel of the Sands yet and you love fast-paced adventure with a gunslinging hero in the desert… you owe it to yourself to check it out.

Mere months ago, gunslinger Amani al’Hiza fled her dead-end hometown on the back of a mythical horse with the mysterious foreigner Jin, seeking only her own freedom. Now she’s fighting to liberate the entire desert nation of Miraji from a bloodthirsty sultan who slew his own father to capture the throne.

When Amani finds herself thrust into the epicenter of the regime—the Sultan’s palace—she’s determined to bring the tyrant down. Desperate to uncover the Sultan’s secrets by spying on his court, she tries to forget that Jin disappeared just as she was getting closest to him, and that she’s a prisoner of the enemy. But the longer she remains, the more she questions whether the Sultan is really the villain she’s been told he is, and who’s the real traitor to her sun-bleached, magic-filled homeland.

Forget everything you thought you knew about Miraji, about the rebellion, about djinni and Jin and the Blue-Eyed Bandit. In Traitor to the Throne, the only certainty is that everything will change.

(Blurb from Goodreads)



The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

Anticipated Release Date: February 28, 2017

I’m not quite sure how this is the only contemporary in my list, maybe because I’ve read many recently, but for now it is the only one and rightfully so. All of the buzz about this book is giving me goose bumps. I simply have to read it. Read the blurb, check out some early reviews online and see why.

Sixteen-year-old Starr lives in two worlds: the poor neighbourhood where she was born and raised and her posh high school in the suburbs. The uneasy balance between them is shattered when Starr is the only witness to the fatal shooting of her unarmed best friend, Khalil, by a police officer. Now what Starr says could destroy her community. It could also get her killed. Inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement, this is a powerful and gripping YA novel about one girl’s struggle for justice.

(Blurb from Goodreads)



Given to the Sea by Mindy McGinnis

Anticipated Release Date: April 11, 2017

This book is right up my alley. I have loved Mindy’s previous works, including last year’s The Female of the Species (which was forced on me by a friend, and thankfully so). It is also not her only book scheduled for release in 2017.

Sacrificing humans to the sea reminds me of Clash of the Titans, so I am all for it and seeing what happens when someone resists their destiny. Do you think her family will be cool with it? I bet they just let it go…

Khosa is Given to the Sea, a girl born to be fed to the water, her flesh preventing a wave like the one that destroyed the Kingdom of Stille in days of old. But before she’s allowed to dance – an uncontrollable twitching of the limbs that will carry her to the shore in a frenzy – she must produce an heir. Yet the thought of human touch sends shudders down her spine that not even the sound of the tide can match.

Vincent is third in line to inherit his throne, royalty in a kingdom where the old linger and the young inherit only boredom. When Khosa arrives without an heir he knows his father will ensure she fulfills her duty, at whatever cost. Torn between protecting the throne he will someday fill, and the girl whose fate is tied to its very existence, Vincent’s loyalty is at odds with his heart.

Dara and Donil are the last of the Indiri, a native race whose dwindling magic grows weaker as the island country fades. Animals cease to bear young, creatures of the sea take to the land, and the Pietra – fierce fighters who destroyed the Indiri a generation before – are now marching from their stony shores for the twin’s adopted homeland, Stille.

Witt leads the Pietra, their army the only family he has ever known. The stone shores harbor a secret, a growing threat that will envelop the entire land – and he will conquer every speck of soil to ensure the survival of his people.

The tides are turning in Stille, where royals scheme, Pietrans march, and the rising sea calls for its Given.

(Blurb from Goodreads)



Flame in the Mist (Flame in the Mist #1) by Renee Ahdieh

Anticipated Release Date: May 16, 2017

(Breathes into a bag)… Seriously, this book… I read the first three chapters in a teaser, and I am just beside myself that I have to wait another 3 months to continue. This book is set in Japan during the time of the samurai. The opening is dark, atmospheric and brutal. And where I left off, on the outskirts of a famously haunting forest, with a girl being sent to an arranged marriage.

Well. Let me just say that breaking point was not fair, but also just right. Renee’s prior duology, The Wrath and the Dawn, was another favorite from 2016. If you haven’t had the pleasure, now is the time. Read it and fall in love with her writing before this new series releases!

The daughter of a prominent samurai, Mariko has long known her place—she may be an accomplished alchemist, whose cunning rivals that of her brother Kenshin, but because she is not a boy, her future has always been out of her hands. At just seventeen years old, Mariko is promised to Minamoto Raiden, the son of the emperor’s favorite consort—a political marriage that will elevate her family’s standing. But en route to the imperial city of Inako, Mariko narrowly escapes a bloody ambush by a dangerous gang of bandits known as the Black Clan, who she learns has been hired to kill her before she reaches the palace.

Dressed as a peasant boy, Mariko sets out to infiltrate the ranks of the Black Clan, determined to track down the person responsible for the target on her back. But she’s quickly captured and taken to the Black Clan’s secret hideout, where she meets their leader, the rebel ronin Takeda Ranmaru, and his second-in-command, his best friend Okami. Still believing her to be a boy, Ranmaru and Okami eventually warm to Mariko, impressed by her intellect and ingenuity. As Mariko gets closer to the Black Clan, she uncovers a dark history of secrets, of betrayal and murder, which will force her to question everything she’s ever known.

(Blurb from Goodreads)



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

Anticipated Release Date: September 26, 2017

Yes, Leigh Bardugo. Raise your hands to the sky because Leigh Bardugo is releasing a book this year. She’s actually releasing TWO books this year, one of them being a DC universe book around Wonder Woman (which I will also read), and this one which is newly announced and I could not be more beside myself.

As I am a huge fan of the Grishaverse, all of it, all of the characters, all of the books… the thought of anything else that Leigh has to write about just makes me happy. Though I will add that it is a good thing that I am not a part of the Grishaverse as things probably would’ve gone much differently if I were the Sun Summoner. Just saying, I know I shouldn’t have an obsession with the Darkling, but how do you know that his Ravka wouldn’t have worked out? Hahaha. Kidding. Sorta.

Anyway, this is part of the Grishaverse according to some sources, or maybe some of it is as it does say something about ‘familiar lands’… but it is a collection of short stories. The only short story collection in my list for this year. And the book has an illustrator, so it will likely be gorgeous. And it does NOT have a cover yet (as you can see). I will be eagerly stalking it. Thank you, Leigh Bardugo, for brightening my year with this book announcement.

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.

(Blurb from Goodreads)



Caraval (Caraval #1) by Stephanie Garber

Release Date: January 31, 2017

Yes, this one is in fact already out. I don’t have my copy yet, but it is somewhere on the way among all the blizzards and warehouses and trucks that are trying to deliver people’s packages.

So many of us have been hearing about this book for months. The cover is gorgeous, the summary is drool-worthy, and from all my friends that have read it so far… I am hearing that it really lives up to the hype as a quick heart-pounding read. I think I’m so excited, I am craving the second book without even having read the first one. Is that weird? Yes. But no. Book people get that, right?

Welcome, welcome to Caraval―Stephanie Garber’s sweeping tale of two sisters who escape their ruthless father when they enter the dangerous intrigue of a legendary game.

Scarlett has never left the tiny island where she and her beloved sister, Tella, live with their powerful, and cruel, father. Now Scarlett’s father has arranged a marriage for her, and Scarlett thinks her dreams of seeing Caraval, the far-away, once-a-year performance where the audience participates in the show, are over.

But this year, Scarlett’s long-dreamt of invitation finally arrives. With the help of a mysterious sailor, Tella whisks Scarlett away to the show. Only, as soon as they arrive, Tella is kidnapped by Caraval’s mastermind organizer, Legend. It turns out that this season’s Caraval revolves around Tella, and whoever finds her first is the winner.

Scarlett has been told that everything that happens during Caraval is only an elaborate performance. But she nevertheless becomes enmeshed in a game of love, heartbreak, and magic with the other players in the game. And whether Caraval is real or not, she must find Tella before the five nights of the game are over, a dangerous domino effect of consequences is set off, and her sister disappears forever.

(Blurb from Goodreads)



Roar (Stealing Storms #1) by Cora Carmack

Anticipated Release Date: June 13, 2017

Roar. First off… the name is fun and the cover is beautiful. Secondly, and more importantly, I have read an excerpt. That excerpt moved this from a random ‘oh that looks interesting’ on my list to number TWO on my list. I have never read anything by Cora Carmack before, and apparently this is her first venture into this genre. I may have read the excerpt twice, just to be greedy with the words. I have so many feelings about the main character already.

It may also help that they call her a Stormling. Which reminds me of the Darkling from the Grishaverse, and the Princeling (which Manon calls Dorian in ToG), but either way, it is a tension filled world that Cora has created and full of magic and danger. I am sooo ready for this to release.

In a land ruled and shaped by violent magical storms, power lies with those who control them.

Aurora Pavan comes from one of the oldest Stormling families in existence. Long ago, the ungifted pledged fealty and service to her family in exchange for safe haven, and a kingdom was carved out from the wildlands and sustained by magic capable of repelling the world’s deadliest foes. As the sole heir of Pavan, Aurora’s been groomed to be the perfect queen. She’s intelligent and brave and honorable. But she’s yet to show any trace of the magic she’ll need to protect her people.

To keep her secret and save her crown, Aurora’s mother arranges for her to marry a dark and brooding Stormling prince from another kingdom. At first, the prince seems like the perfect solution to all her problems. He’ll guarantee her spot as the next queen and be the champion her people need to remain safe. But the more secrets Aurora uncovers about him, the more a future with him frightens her. When she dons a disguise and sneaks out of the palace one night to spy on him, she stumbles upon a black market dealing in the very thing she lacks—storm magic. And the people selling it? They’re not Stormlings. They’re storm hunters.

Legend says that her ancestors first gained their magic by facing a storm and stealing part of its essence. And when a handsome young storm hunter reveals he was born without magic, but possesses it now, Aurora realizes there’s a third option for her future besides ruin or marriage.

She might not have magic now, but she can steal it if she’s brave enough.

Challenge a tempest. Survive it. And you become its master.

(Blurb from Goodreads)



A Court of Wings and Ruin (A Court of Thorns and Roses #3) by Sarah J. Maas

Anticipated Release Date: May 2, 2017

This is YA with splashes of NA moments. At least, that is what I assume based on ACOTAR and ACOMAF, which were two of my favorite reads in 2016.

Why is this number one for 2017?
Because there isn’t anything higher than number one. (Ask a silly question, get a silly answer.)

I had the worst book hangover of my life after reading A Court of Mist and Fury. I cried for the first time in years while reading this book. Feyre has made such an incredible journey and can finally see her future and what she wants for herself, and if she doesn’t get a happy ending with her High Lord, there may be no consoling the multitude of fans.

Support group on May 3rd anyone?

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.

(Blurb from Goodreads)


THERE YOU HAVE IT! My top 10. It was so very very very very hard to narrow down the list. I have about 59 books saved to my ‘2017 must read releases’ shelf in Goodreads, and we are only in February… I just know that there are books missing. Ugh. And yay!

And yes, with SJM that high in the list, you all can guess that the ToG finale was in my top ten until it was announced that it has moved to 2018. I am excited for the Chaol novel too, but I feel like I may wait to read it until right before the finale. I don’t know. I’m conflicted. Obviously I have to read it, and I want to read it… and ugh. So much to think about.

Let’s all hold our breath for Aelin a little longer, and send our love to SJM as she completes her masterpiece.

What are your top anticipated reads for this year? Let’s chat it out in the comments. (I’m guessing Illuminae #3… someone is going to say that… and I’m going to be ashamed for not reading the series yet… but that’s okay, I’m okay, you’re okay, we’re all okay! Comment away!)

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