Anticipated Releases of Spring 2017

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! 🙂

8 Comments

  1. I am so excited for When Dimple Met Rishi, as well! It sounds amazing.
    another one I cannot wait to get my hands on is Cold Summer by Gwen Cole. I have a thing for time-travel novels, but I haven’t had luck with YA genre yet so hopefully Cold Summer will be it!

    • nina

      February 26, 2017 at 2:59 PM

      Thank you for commenting, Lucia! When Dimple Met Rishi sounds like a super cute, fluffy, and diverse read, addressing an important and controversial topic, and I’m so pumped for it! I’m not usually into contemporaries but this one I have my eyes on.

      I haven’t heard of Gwen Cole! So, it is an adult sci-fi/fantasy? Well, I haven’t had much luck with time-travel novels, either, so I’d be happy to be proven wrong about it 🙂

  2. Oh, you’ve got quite a nice list of Spring releases here, Nina! I’d add to them the last book in Sin eater’s daughter series, These ruthless deeds (These Vicious masks #2). And now after Simona read and loved Defy the Stars, this one became one of my most anticipated too :))

    • nina

      March 1, 2017 at 10:13 PM

      Thank you for commenting, Nastya! I wanted to pick up The Sin Eater’s Daughter when it came out but then the reviews were so mixed. But all of a sudden, it’s all the rage again, so I think I’ll give it a try, especially since both you and Simona liked it 🙂 I wasn’t impressed by Claudia Gray’s last works but Simona’s review of Defy the Stars has convinced me to pick that one up as well 😉

      • Yeah, definitely try the sin eater’s daughter, Nina! I liked both books almost equally, but objectively I do think the second one is better. Plus if you like the series, you wouldn’t have to wait for another year to read the next book: it’s out today 😉 Oh, I wasn’t a fan of Claudia Gray’s last work too, or more accurately wasn’t a fan of how she portrayed Russian culture in it, but the writing was pretty good, so I am ready to give her new series a chance 😀

        • nina

          March 2, 2017 at 10:24 PM

          Ha, that’s a very good point, Nastya! Well, I’m not competent enough to judge the Russian culture but I didn’t like that the romance overpowered the plot and, seriously, the science was a disaster, considering it was a SCIENCE fiction 😛 But I guess she deserves a second chance, so here we go! Let’s hope it’s good 🙂

          P.S. I just wish uni weren’t such a pain so I (Chantal too!) could read more…

          • Oh, how could I forger about the sci-fi element! Indeed, I remember it was quite a disappointment than the actual science. Yup, hopefully this time around sci-fi will be better 🙂

            Yeah, university takes a lot of time, I’d like to say the life after the university is easier but, honestly, sometimes I have even less time or strength for reading or anything than I had while I was studying #adulthoodsucks

          • nina

            March 7, 2017 at 9:42 AM

            The science in her previous books was a huge disappointment for me (not to forget the gaps in the logic), so I was quite apprehensive when I learned her new book was a sci-fi again. But Simona’s utter enjoyment of it has convinced me to overcome my doubts. As long as things make sense, I’m not even concerned with the science that much 😉

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