Howdy! The anticipated releases is one of our favourite compilations to post because we’re basically brimming with excitement for new releases. Summer is just around the corner, and whether you’re on the northern or the southern hemisphere, I hope the coming months entail sunshine, fruity cocktails, and lots of reading time – and who wouldn’t mind a bit of vacation, right? For this purpose, we’ve put together a list of our most anticipated releases of summer 2017 (summer being June, July, and August 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 entertained at the beach or wherever you’ll be!
Song of the Current by Sarah Tolcser
This book is all about the water elements: River gods and sea gods, pirates and dangerous journeys at sea. What first directed my attention to this debut was its title, and I just knew it’d be about something connected to rivers or seas. Song of the Current is set along the waterways of a magical world in which a determined heroine takes fate into her own hands. The first reviews seem promising enough, praising the book for its head-strong main character, its fast-paced plot, and its enchanting world-building which builds on a mythology-like concept of river gods and sea gods. Debuts are always a bit of a gamble; some are a gold mine, whereas others remain a bit clunky as early beginnings often do. The premise for this one, however, has me hoping for an enjoyable, adventurous read.
This book is out June 6th.
Our Dark Duet by Victoria Schwab
This one is for our fellow Schwablings. Unfortunately, Chantal and I were not very taken with the first instalment This Savage Song. It didn’t read like any of the previous Schwab books we had come to know and love, which was a bit disappointing as she is one of our favourite authors. Still, the potential could be recognized, even though its execution did not fully convince us – this is Schwab, after all. We’re really excited to see whether she can transform the raw potential we saw in the first book and step up her game with the second one. Judging by the premise, there will be a lot of hard choices, self-discovery, and new enemies on the line, which sounds pretty intriguing. The covers for this series are simply stunning with their intense hues, shapes of musical instruments, and protruding fonts.
This book is out June 13th.
Now I Rise by Kiersten White
Chantal and I devoured the first instalment And I Darken and absolutely loved it for its fierce heroine, its sibling dynamics, its setting in the Ottoman Empire, and its subtle feminist touch (and many other aspects but I do not want to digress). Hence, Now I Rise is without a doubt one of our most anticipated releases this year. We cannot await to be reunited with this historical world and its character and to see what political and personal schemes Lada and Radu Dracul get caught up in next. Now that they are not divergent paths, it’ll be interesting to see how the Dracul siblings fend for themselves – Lada on a rampage through Wallachia with the men loyal to her, Radu on a mission as a spy in Constantinople. If the sequel mirros the first book, this is going to be an epic read. Also, can we please take a moment to admire the beautiful cover of the American edition? Isn’t it just stunning in its beauty, force, and precision?
This book hits the shelves June 27th.
Daughter of the Burning City by Amanda Foody
So far, I’ve read one magic festival-inspired book which was an utter disappointment to me (*cough* Caraval *cough*) and I have yet to pick up the much beloved Night Circus which I’ve heard so much praise about. Daughter of the Burning City builds on the concept of a travelling magic circus, in which young Sorina Gomorrah possesses the ability to create illusions one can see and touch as part of the circus programme. Having hitherto believed that her illusions aren’t real, her world shatters when one of her creations is murdered. Sent on the hunt after the killer, this book promises intrigue, political turmoil, and a forbidden romance (and the love interest’s name is Luca, so how can I not love him already, am I right?). Also, it may just be me but based on Foody’s choice in names, I’m betting this is going to be a subtly Italian-inspired setting. Count me the fuck in.
This book is out July 25th.
Wicked Like a Wildfire by Lana Popović
First things first: Let’s all let our hungry eyes drink up the sight of this dazzling cover, shall we? This intriguing debut features a girl who sees flowers as fractals and turns her kaleidoschope visions into glasswork, her twin who interprets moods as music, and their mother who bakes scenery into decadent treats at her confectionery in Old Town Cattaro, Montenegro. Wicked Like A Wildfire begs to be read, because it screams strong female characters, unique and imaginative magic, and the unusual setting of a Eastern European country. Both Chantal and I love authors who implement European settings in their works, especially the Balkans, an area that is underrated in our opinion. Popović’s debut (a duology!) promises a wild, mystical ride featuring a family curse, sacrifice, and a strong sisterhood bond. You’d better send this flying onto your tbr.
This book hits the selves August 15th.
Wonder Woman: Warbringer by Leigh Bardugo
You can slam a name like Leigh Bardugo on a book’s cover and it’ll automatically wander onto our lists of releases to watch out for. Because Bardugo. Though Wonder Woman is one of the superheroes that has always interested me the least, I am perhaps all the more eager to see her brought to life by one of my favourite authors, and we all know Bardugo is capable of some seriously awesome shit. Wonder Woman: Warbringer is a coming-of-age tale about Diana, Princess of the Amazons and later known as Wonder Woman, one of the world’s greatest (female!) heroes. This novel sounds like it’s going to make a stand on friendship, sisterhood, feminism, and general ‘badassery’. The hype for this is huge, which is usually a source of scepticism for me, but seeing how much I enjoyed Bardugo’s previous work, I have no doubt this is going to be a splendid read. Chantal and I were lucky to receive a phyiscal ARC through the publisher, and we hope to dive into this read soon and put up a review for you guys.
This book is out August 29th.
We hope you enjoyed this post about our most anticipated releases for the summer (or winter) months and hope we’ve alerted you to the release of some promising upcoming novels! Do you have any exciting releases to add which we forgot or are unaware of but should keep on our radars? Please let us know in the comments! ?
If you’ve stuck with this babbling until now, you should probably get some juicy information as a reward: It’s my birthday today! 😉