Hello again, everyone! Now that I’ve gone over my favorite reads of 2015 and my reading goals for the new year, I thought it would be appropriate to discuss my top 10 most anticipated releases of 2016! I think it’s safe to say that, for me, there hasn’t ever been a year where I’ve anticipated so many books. Usually, there will be about four or five maximum, but since I started a lot of series in 2015, I have plenty more books to look forward to! I even have more than 10 anticipated releases, but I though I’d narrow it down to the ones I’m really dying to get my hands on. I’ll name them off in order of their release dates.
1. Up to This Pointe by Jennifer Longo (January 19)
This isn’t a sequel, but something about the premise–dancing and adventures to Antarctica–sounded appealing to me. It’s also gotten great reviews from people who have received ARCs of it. I’ve never read anything by this author either. Plus, the cover just looks enticing.
2. Blackhearts by Nicole Castroman (February 9)
Again, this isn’t a sequel, and I’m almost positive it’s by a debut author, but it sounds great! A novel about the “origin” story of Blackbeard the pirate? Yes please. I haven’t really read many pirate novels, if any, but this seems like a good one to start with. I also like the simplistic cover.
3. The Winner’s Kiss by Marie Rutkoski (March 29)
This is the third and final book in the Winner’s Trilogy. I read the first two books back to back only a few months ago, and the first one, The Winner’s Curse, ended up on my favorites list for the year. I’m eager to see how everyone’s stories end, and I have no doubt that it’ll be a solid conclusion. Also, after all of the cover drama recently, I’m glad the publishers didn’t end up changing the covers before the final book’s release. I’m not a ginormous fan of these ones, but they’re certainly much better and more fitting than the ones they tried to change to. Yay for publishers listening to the readers!
4. Lady Renegades by Rahel Hawkins (April 5)
Lord, these covers are truly repulsive to someone who is turned off by girly, frilly book covers like myself. But don’t be fooled. Lady Renegades is the final book in the Rebel Belle Trilogy, the first book also making my favorites of the year list. I’ve been dying for this from the moment I finished the crazy cliffhanger of the second book! I have high hopes that I’m sure will be fulfilled.
5. The Raven King by Maggie Stiefvater (April 26)
And here it is, folks. My most anticipated book of the year by a landslide! This is the fourth and final book in the Raven Cycle. Let’s just take a moment to appreciate this glorious cover. I could cry at that cover. Remember how this was supposed to be released in February? Ha haha hahaha ha *weeps* Yesterday, the first excerpt of the novel was released (prologue and first chapter), and I don’t know how I’m going to survive this book if I could barely survive just that excerpt. This book will be the end of me. It was nice knowing you guys.
6. The Hidden Oracle by Rick Riordan (May 3)
Ahhhhh! When Rick Riordan announced he was going to be doing this Trials of Apollo series, I thought it was a joke at first. It seemed too good to be true! Apollo was always my favorite god in the PJO series, so getting an entire series about Apollo as a mortal is the best thing Riordan has given us since the Heroes of Olympus books. Not to mention, Percy! I am beyond excited for this. And, as usual, the cover is lovely.
7. The Crown’s Game by Evelyn Skye (May 17)
This is the first book in a new fantasy series, and it seems like it will be really hit or miss. However, because of the awesome-sounding premise, I’m really hoping it will be a hit. I also think this is going to have a lot of hype around its release, and I’m usually turned off by hype, but this seems too exciting to pass up. You guys know I’m always up for a good fantasy read!
8. Furthermore by Tahereh Mafi (August 30)
The cover for this is supposedly coming out very soon, but I didn’t want to wait to post this just for that reason. I’m sure it’s going to be lovely though because 1. The Shatter Me covers are lovely and 2. Middle grade covers are always so whimsical and appealing. Yep, this is the first book in Tahereh’s new middle grade series. The Shatter Me series, while dystopian, was mostly focused on the romance. I was okay with that going into them which is partially why I loved them (also because of the writing, but this being middle grade, the focus is going to be more of the actual plot. And oh my, does the plot just sound amazing. I can’t wait to embark on this adventure, told with Tahereh’s poetic writing.
9. Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo (September 27)
It’s still too early for this to have a cover yet since the first book, Six of Crows, only came out four months ago, but this is definitely my second most anticipated release of 2016. Six of Crows was a masterpiece. I have no other way to describe it. It was one of the best YA books I’ve ever read with some of the best characters and an amazing plot and beautiful writing. The wait for Crooked Kingdom is going to kill me, but I know without a doubt that it’ll be worth it.
10. The Hammer of Thor by Rick Riordan (October 4)
I’m so happy that Riordan is releasing two new books this year! While I’m more excited for The Hidden Oracle, I also can’t wait to see where he takes this series after The Sword of Summer. I thought Magnus Chase and his friends (and sword) were a great cast of characters, and I’m eager to return to their adventures in the Norse mythology world. I’m very much looking forward to a cover reveal for this as well.
That’s a wrap on my most anticipated books list! I know I’m missing a few big YA sequels, but I didn’t read some like An Ember in the Ashes, The Wrath and the Dawn, or A Court of Thorns and Roses. Maybe I’ll end up wanting to pick those titles up this year, but if not, that’s why their sequels aren’t on my list.
What are your most anticipated books of 2016? Do we have any in common? Let me know below!
Until next time, keep reading and writing! – Veronica