Greetings, fellow bookworms! It’s been a year since we created this blog and wrote our first post on our most anticipated releases for the coming season, and it’s still one of our favourite posts to do. There’s just something exciting about browsing our TBRs on the lookout for upcoming releases. On the northern hemisphere, autumn is approaching fast, and you know what that means right? Lots of windy, rainy, and sunny days with golden leaves which makes for the perfect reading weather (naturally, if it’s turning spring where you live, that’s a lovely time to read as well). Now, we’re sure you have just as many physical or ebooks you already own which you should get around to reading, but what service would we do for the community if we didn’t point out more books to add to your never-ending TBR, am I right? Hence, we’ve put together a list of our most anticipated releases of autumn 2017 (autumn being September, October, and November where we live). The books are listed in order of publication date (as stated on Goodreads) and clicking on the titles will direct you to the respective Goodreads page (unless, of course, we were lucky enough to get an ARC and review it). We hope you find some intriguing books to keep you cosy with a cup of tea!
Warcross by Marie Lu
First, let us get passed the fact that this cover is hideous, though I can see what the point is supposed to be. Still, the cover is not exactly a selling point for physical copies. But the premise is. Warcross sounds like an Asian version of Ready Player One, and I’m so down for this nerdy stuff. This pre-release-hyped book involves gaming, hacking, illegal bets, glitches, an irresistible offer, and it promises a plot filled with angst and action. The aforementioned hype is huge and I’m scared I’m having expectations the book cannot meet, but then I see all those glowing reviews from reviewers who received ARCs, and all my doubts about this being epic are cast aside.
This book is out September 12th.
Before She Ignites by Jodi Meadows
The last work I read by Jodi Meadows – The Orphan Queen and The Mirror King – was a generic YA fantasy with only little spark. When I read the premise for Before She Ignites, I already wanted to click away. The premise reeked of special snowflake and boring politics. But then, several things caught my attention about this book. A POC main character. Suffering from anxiety and OCD. Involved in illegal dragon-trafficking. Well, say no more because I am in. Obviously, when mental illnesses are featured in books (especially fantasy), there are a million things that could go wrong, but mental health + fantasy is a combo I live for. The reviews for Before She Ignites are mixed so far but I think this has the potential to be amazing, so I’ll be keeping an eye out for this release.
This book hits the shelves September 12th.
The Language of Thorns: Midnight Tales and Dangerous Magic by Leigh Bardugo
I feel like this collection of short stories needs no caption. It’s written by Leigh Bardugo, one of our auto-buy authors, so naturally we’ll be checking out her work. The Language of Thorns has the most amazing premise, even though it’s “just” short stories.
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.
I mean, there is so much captivating imagination in this sentence alone, it makes me want to dive into this. I also miss the Grishaverse so much, so I can’t wait to inhale some Grisha air again.
This book is out September 26th.
Starfish by Akemi Dawn Bowman
If the story is as good as the cover is mesmerizing, then we’re in for a damn good YA contemporary. Starfish follows the story of Kiko who experiences difficulties with her mother and her Japanese heritage she doesn’t quite understand. This sounds like a beautiful coming-of-age story with a focus on biracial identity, mental health, and family-related themes, written by an #ownvoices author. Apparently, emotional and childhood sexual abuse are some of the hard topics Bowman addresses with her book, so be mindful if these are triggers that might affect you. The reviews for Starfish have been absolutely glowing so far which makes me hopeful that Starfish delivers what it promises.
This book hits the shelves September 26th.
An Enchantment of Ravens by Margaret Rogerson
I was very sceptical of An Enchantment of Ravens, at first, because several things about the premise reminded me of SJM’s A Court of Thorns and Roses series – a painter, faeries, trials, courts, autumn prince, forbidden love – which was not to my liking. The general storyline, as presented in the premise, sounds unremarkable but the fantasy elements related to painting caught my interest. The story follows Isobel, a prodigy portrait artist with many mythical creatures as clients, as she makes her first mistake and paints mortal sorrow into the eyes of a royal client. For this, she must stand trial. The fantasy involves a reluctant allies-to-lovers romance, which is not unique, yet I really love this trope. The praise, specifically for the writing and fantasy world, has been massive, so I’m not reluctant anymore to give this a fair chance.
This book is out September 26th.
The Last Namsara by Kristen Ciccarelli
Chantal and I were lucky to receive an electronic ARC of The Last Namsara which I devoured within hours. Normally, this might be a generic YA fantasy I wouldn’t spare a second glance, so I was taken by surprise by how much I enjoyed this. This world of dragons, gods of old, and powerful stories drew me in like a moth is drawn to the light. I was intrigued by the feisty yet troubled main character, the forbidden romance, and the gripping plot. The plot involves a lot of hunting dragons, fighting dragons, and learning to understand dragons for the precious, story-loving beasts they are. I definitely got some How To Train Your Dragon vibes from this due to the storyline and the setting. I loved the role the power of stories took up in this book. Though the story definitely has its kinks, such as a rather generic world-building, The Last Namsara had me turn those pages fast and kept me at the edge of my seat. For fans of YA fantasy or the aforementioned movie, this is a recommended read!
This book hits the shelves October 5th.
A Skinful of Shadows by Frances Hardinge
This book has by far the weirdest title of all the books featured in this post, but it seems that its content is just as peculiar – but promising! I’ve read a chapter sampler of A Skinful of Shadows, and it was a delight to read. Set in a war-torn England, A Skinful of Shadows blends historical fiction with fantasy and follows the story of Makepeace, a girl possessed by the spirit of a bear. The sampler foreshadowed a a dark plot of hardship, pain, and a fight for survival, the introduction to the story had so much potential, especially the characterisation, the fantasy element, and the writing. If you love historical fantasy, then this might be an upcoming release to keep on your radar.
This book is out October 10th.
All The Crooked Saints by Maggie Stiefvater
Here is a thing everyone wants:
Here is a thing everyone fears:
What it takes to get one.
Let’s get real: Have you ever seen any book by Maggie Stiefvater that didn’t have a captivating premise? That didn’t steal your soul with the very idea of what the story is going to entail? No? No. All The Crooked Saints takes place in Colorado where the Soria family libes, with the ability to perform miracles. The premise tells you nothing more but what characters you’ll meet, which gives you a good idea of Maggie Stiefvater’s work. She doesn’t need to lure you in with a good story because her characters do the work for her. I loved The Raven Cycle‘s characters and their dynamics, and I think this will be a strong suit of All The Crooked Saints as well. There has been a controversy about Stiefvater writing Hispanic characters, and I cannot quite fathom why. I’m sure that, as with everything she does, Stiefvater will write with utmost respect for a minority group. I don’t need to tell you to put this on your list, as you likely already have.
This book hits the shelves October 10th.
Retribution Rails by Erin Bowman
I absolutely loved Bowman’s Vengeance Road – a thrilling YA Western set in historical Arizona – and so it was no question whether I’d be reading the companion novel Retribution Rails. The book follows two new protagonists – a boy unwillingly pulled into the fearsome Rose Riders gang and an aspiring journalist who’s trying to provide for her widowed mother – as they make their way across landscapes of dust and manipulate each other for their own ends. In Retribution Rails, past secrets are unearthed and a decade-old quest for revenge is revived. I honestly cannot wait to be reunited with Bowman’s Wild West. There are far too few YA Westerns out there, so I’ll make due with this beauty and damn well hope it’s as good as the previous novel.
This book is out November 7th.
Whichwood by Tahereh Mafi
Whichwood is a companion novel to Furthermore and is pitched as a Middle Grade Persian fantasy. I haven’t read Furthermore, though it certainly looked intriguing, but I feel like this premise spoke to me more. Mainly, I’m here for the story elements inspired by Persian folklore / mythology. Laylee is her village’s last mordeshoor, washing the bodies of the dead and preparing them for the afterlife, while her hands and hair slowly turn silver in the process. Whichwood follows Laylee as her world is turned upside down when a pair of familiar strangers appear, and she rediscovers colour, magic, and the healing power of friendship. Let’s be honest: This sounds absolutely adorable. If you like Mafi’s work or enjoy reading MG books, then this should be on your list.
This book hits the shelves November 14th.
The City of Brass by S.A. Chakraborty
Step into The City of Brass, the spellbinding debut from S. A. Chakraborty—an imaginative alchemy of The Golem and the Jinni, The Grace of Kings, and One Thousand and One Nights, in which the future of a magical Middle Eastern kingdom rests in the hands of a clever and defiant young con artist with miraculous healing gifts.
Why yes, thank you, I’ll step right in. Set in 18th century Cairo, The City of Brass combines historical fiction with urban and epic fantasy, and this is one of my absolutely favourite genre mash-ups. The main character Nahri lives on the streets and gets by with cons to swindle Ottoman nobles, but when she accidentally conjures a djinni during one of her cons, her story takes a very new interesting turn, or so the premise suggests. Praised by other #ownvoices authors, The City of Brass looks like a promising adult Middle Eastern fantasy, a package of engaging characters, beautiful world-building, and a gripping story of magic and survival.
This book is out November 14th.
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We hope you enjoyed this post on our most anticipated released for the coming months and that you may have stumbled across a few soon-to-be published books that intrigued you! Are you excited for any of the books we listed? Do you have any suggestions of your own for releases we should keep an eye out for? Please let us know in the comments! 🙂