There are literally so many good books scheduled for release this year, but somehow I managed to narrow down my top ten and thought I’d share them with you in case you want to watch out for them all too. But be aware, we all know that publishers just love to push back the release dates on books we absolutely need so the dates below are from Good Reads so be sure to check there to see if there’s any change.

Salt and Stone – Victoria Scott: expected Release – February 24th


This has been an anticipated read for me since I finished the first one last summer. I feel like I’ve been waiting years for it. I wont delve into it because it’s a sequel and SPOILERS! But I did a review on the first one so if your interested in finding out what its all about click the link!

Carry On – Rainbow Rowell: expected release – October 6th


Okay, everyone just breathe. I know okay, I know! Not gonna lied, I squealed a little bit when I found out about this! Yes – Rainbow Rowell is officially writing a Simon Snow book!! Now, this probably won’t mean much to you unless you’ve read Fangirl, but Simon Snow is the fictional series loved by the main character, Cathy. The small exerts and the FanFic written in Fangirl is amazing and know Rowell is putting it all into a book. Like an actual book you guy. That you’ll be able to hold in your actual hands. That’s also released on my birthday! Like can I have it now please?

An Ember in The Ashes – Sabaa Tahir: expected release – April 28th


YA Fantasy is going to fly high this year – most of the books I caught wind for release this year fall under that category. Not that I’m complaining. An Ember in The Ashes follows the story of two characters, Elias and Laia, who become entwined while both having different missions. Laia, an orphan fighting for her family and Elias, a solider fighting for his freedom. With Laia undercover and Elias partaking in a ruthless contest of sorts, the choices they make may change the future of their empire forever. It’s cool – I’ll give you a moment to process that. Sounds awesome, right?

A Darker Shade of Magic – V. E. Schwab: expected release – February 24th


Okay, this book sounds freaking amazing! Three words: magical parallel London’s. Right?! Kell is a traveller meaning he can choose a parallel world to visit, from what I can gather there are four parallel London’s to visit and Kell helps people move between them, leading to him being accused of treason and we see him flee from London to London trying to stay alive and meeting Delilah along the way who takes him to another world for a ‘proper adventure’. Can we just appreciate how brilliant this sounds?

Confess – Colleen Hoover: expected release – March 10th


This sounds like your typical New Adult Romance but its Colleen Hoover people, we know its gonna be a goodie. Auburn is the sort of person who has everything planned out in her life, but when she unexpectedly finds love in the form of Owen from the art studio, things have the potential to come crashing down. Owens keeping secrets and the only way to get life back on track is to let Owen go but neither one really wants that to happen but is Owen ready to confess his secrets?

City of Savages – Lee Kelly: expected release – February 3rd


From what I can gather there’s been an attack on New York and now Manhattan is a prisoner-of-war camp. To Skye Manhattan is a cage keeping her from the outside world, but for her sister Phee it’s a dangerous playground and the only home she wants. Together, after they find their mothers journal, they realize there is more to both Manhattan and their mother than they thought. To uncover the truth they, along with a group of Englishmen, decide to break free of Manhattan resulting in the death of a guard and being branded as outlaws. This sounds like the kind of dystopian that I could really sink my teeth into and will definitely be one of my first purchases this year!

Nimona – Noelle Stevenson: expected release – May 19th


A fantasy graphic novel involving a supervillain, Lord Ballister Blackheart, and a shapeshifter, Nimona, and a simple point to prove – good guys aren’t as good as they seem. Nimona is taken on as an apprentice but she has her own ideas of how to do things, most of which end up blowing up. Lord Ballister Blackheart has to teach her some restraint while trying to expose the dark dealings of those who claim to be protectors of the kingdom including former best friend, Ambrosius Goldenlion. I love a good Graphic Novel but truth be told I never get excited over them however that is all about to change. Both the artwork and the storyline excite me to no end here, is it may yet?

The Darkest Part of the Forest – Holly Black: expected release – January 13th


Would you guess, another YA fantasy! But this does sound incredible; it has a very strong fairy tale vibe with knights, magic and faerie’s being mentioned. Humans and Faeries live side by side in harmony in the small town of Fairfold, the Faerie’s harmless magic attracts tourists but Hazel, who lives with her brother Ben, knows how dangerous they could be and she knows how to stop them. At least she used to. There’s also a coffin in the middle of the woods containing, not a princess, but a boy with horns and pointed ears that has slept there for generations never waking, until one day he does. I’m a sucker for these types of books and I know I will have to get my hands on it soon or I might break down.

A Court of Thorns and Roses – Sarah J. Maas: expected release – May 5th


 From Sarah J. Mass comes a new series and despite having her last series I actually have yet to read it. However, I will most definitely be picking this up ASAP. Blending Beauty and the Beast with Faerie lore, it sounds like a book that I’ll absolutely adore. When 19-year-old huntress Feyre kills a wolf in the woods, a beat like creature demands retribution for it. Feyre discovers her captor is not an animal but in fact Tamlin – one of the lethal, immortal faerie who once ruled the world. When feeling being to turn from icy hatred to blossoming passion, Feyre must fid a way to stop the ancient, wicked shadow that grows over the faerie land or doom Tamlin and his world forever. Can I get a hell yeah?! Judging by Mass’ previous stuff, I assume Feyre is going to be 100% badass, which I can’t wait for.

The Sword of Summer – Rick Riordan: expected release – October 6th


Another birthday release that I’m hyped for! But first I have a slight confession to make; I haven’t actually read any of Rick Riordan’s stuff despite owning all the books in the Percy Jackson and the Hero’s of Olympus series’. But there is something about fantasy mythology books that just gets me going. (In a totally non-weird way!) So when I caught wind of this I knew I needed to have it in my life! I can’t even explain this and do it justice so I’m just gonna leave you with the synopsis, enjoy! ‘Magnus Chase has always been a troubled kid. Since his mother’s mysterious death, he’s lived alone on the streets of Boston, surviving by his wits, keeping one step ahead of the police and the truant officers. One day, he’s tracked down by an uncle he’s never met—a man his mother claimed was dangerous. His uncle tells him an impossible secret: Magnus is the son of a Norse god. The Viking myths are true. The gods of Asgard are preparing for war. Trolls, giants and worse monsters are stirring for doomsday. To prevent Ragnarok, Magnus must search the Nine Worlds for a weapon that has been lost for thousands of years. When an attack by fire giants forces him to choose between his own safety and the lives of hundreds of innocents, Magnus makes a fatal decision. Sometimes, the only way to start a new life is to die . . .’ Like what?

So there you have it, my 10 highly anticipated releases for this year, let me know down below which you’re looking forward to this year, or perhaps even the ones you’re not so looking forward to, I know I have a few. Happy reading!

Taylor-Louise Rowley


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