Greetings, everyone! Spring is almost upon us, which means it’s time to clean out our rooms, dust off our shelves, and put some shiny new books on them. There are so many exciting releases to look forward to in the coming season. For this purpose, we’ve put together a list of our most anticipated releases of spring 2017 (spring being March, April, and May 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. We hope you find some intriguing books to keep you entertained as we watch the snow melt away and the first flowers start to bloom – and if you were born in May, like the both of us, you might find some releases to put on your birthday wishlists!
You’re Welcome, Universe by Whitney Gardner
A deaf main character. A lesbian couple as parents. And a focus on a greatly undervalued form of art: Graffitis. Sign me the fuck up because Whitney Gardner’s debut You’re Welcome, Universe has “diversity” printed all over its forehead. The main character Julia paints and sprays everywhere and anytime she can, only to find her murals edited by another sprayer, which starts a full-blown graffiti war. This debut sounds extremely promising, possibly one of those light and cute reads that manages to pack a punch. Apparently, her book also features gorgeous illustrations of Julia’s artwork, which is absolutely fantastic. You’d better keep this debut on your radars, my friends, because it sounds amazing!
This book is out March 7th.
Etched in Bone by Anne Bishop
Albeit enjoying the first instalment of this series Written in Red, the following instalments could never quite level with the first one. Nonetheless, the series provided solid entertainment and the characters have grown on me. I’m curious about the conclusion to this dystopian/paranormal series, as to how Bishop will wrap up the turbulences of the earlier instalments. And can we finally – finally – get at least so much as a kiss between Meg and Simon? Please? Pretty please? They are such a big ship of mine but Bishop has basically tortured us with close to zero romantic development. Normally, I’d praise an author for not filling a book with cheesy romance, but this… I’ll even eat up all of my greens at dinner if we can just get the moment we’ve been waiting for during four very, very long books. Anyone with me on this?
This book hits the shelves on March 7th.
Traitor to the Throne by Alwyn Hamilton
Traitor to the Throne is the heart-racing sequel in the Rebel of the Sands trilogy. I have had the pleasure of already reading this one, and it delivers a ton of intrigue, scheming, action, and twists. While I gave it a slightly lower rating than the first book, I think Hamilton did a wonderful job with creating an atmosphere of tension, so this book is definitely not one to miss. I loved being reunited with Amani and the supporting protagonists. Jin was strangely absent for the most part, which was somewhat of a bummer. There were other things I wasn’t happy with, too, such as the info-dumps to bridge the gap between the instalments. What Hamilton excelled at was creating myths and legends within the story, which made for some exquisite story-telling, giving this book a touch of A Thousand and One Nights. If you enjoyed Rebel of the Sands, I’d definitely give Traitor to the Throne a go!
This book is out March 7th.
Hunted by Megan Spooner
For both Chantal and me, Beauty and the Beast was one of our favourite tales growing up . Retellings of this love story have a strange alluring effect on me, no different with this release. Hunted first caught my eye with its enchanting cover, and the premise promises a beautiful yet haunting story of loyalty, magic, and romance. Though the story contains aspects of the original tale, I have been told by other reviewers that Hunted weaves a unique element into the story: The inclusion of the Russian fairytale Ivan, the Firebird and the Gray Wolf. I absolutely adore myths and legends of foreign-to-us cultures in books, so this has just made me a hundred times more excited for this release! The reviews have been promising so far, so keep this one on your radars, lovely people!
This book is out March 14th.
Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor
I fell in love with Laini Taylor’s writing from the moment I first opened Daughter of Smoke and Bone years ago. I have since devoured the trilogy as well as her short story collection and she has become one of my favourite authors (and I know Nina feels the same). I have been avidly awaiting Strange the Dreamer for a very long time (especially since it was first scheduled to be released in September 2016) and can’t tell you how excited I am that the release is finally coming. Strangely (oh look a pun), nobody seems to know what this novel is actually about which makes me even more intrigued. What I gather from the very vague synopsis is: a city called Weep, a creature (person?) named Godslayer, a mythical world and, of course, dreams. That sure is enough to get me hooked!
This book hits the shelves on March 28th.
The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli
It’s no secret that both Nina and I are not the biggest fans of YA contemporary. Yet, by some miracle, we both thoroughly enjoyed Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda. In fact, I think as far as YA contemporaries go it is one of the best out there. Becky Albertalli’s writing is fantastic with no word or sentence too many and her sensitivity to different issues and deep understanding of young people’s psyche is wonderful. I loved Simon for its humour, its focus on friendship, for being diverse and making me feel happy and I expect similar things from The Upside of Unrequited and more. This book is about unrequited love which is something I have been saying for YEARS that I want more of in YA. It’s also about a MC who seems to struggle with her weight; again, something we don’t get enough of in YA. Overall, I just have a feeling I will love this book and I can’t wait for it to brighten up my day.
This book is out on April 11th.
Flame in the Mist by Renee Ahdieh
Both Chantal and I have fallen in love with Ahdieh’s brilliant and beautiful writing, so we’re both super-exicted for her next release, which wanders away from her familiar Arabian-inspired realm to the historical land of the rising sun. Set in feudal Japan and inspired by myths and legends, Flame in the Mist promises a heroine with a backbone of steel, the hardship of being a girl, action, and a spark of romance. In addition, it features one of my favourite plot devices: Girls infiltrating organisations disguised as boys. We’re hoping for the mesmerizing prose that is Ahdieh’s signature and an intriguing portrayal of Japanese culture, which would be a challenge for any writer. But if there’s anyone who can entrance us with faraway lands, strong-willed heroines, and unlikely love stories, it’s Renee Ahdieh! And have you seen the gorgeous cover? We are so ready for this book!
This book is out May 16th.
When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon
Praised as a heartfelt YA romantic comedy about two Indian-American teens whose parents have arranged for them to be married, When Dimple Met Rishi sounds like the perfect contemporary for spring. I cannot say how pumped I am for some diverse YA fiction by an author with Indian roots. It’s wonderful to have fresh new voices on the publishing market, especially if they know what they’re talking about with regard to diversity. In contrast to Aisha Saeed’s Written in the Stars, which focused on an arranged and forced marriage, I have a feeling that this debut will be a light read in spite of the prospect of an arranged marriage – one hint being the squishy bright cover. I’m curious as to how Sandhya Menon will wrap this sensitive topic into a gentle, light-hearted romance. Keep an eye out for this one, folks!
This book is out May 30th.
We hope you enjoyed this list of our most anticipated releases for the coming three months and hope you’ve found some promising new books! Do you have any exciting releases to add which we forgot about but should keep on our radars? Please let us know in the comments! 🙂