Most Anticipated Releases of Autumn 2016


Hi everyone! Here are some of our most anticipated book releases for autumn 2016 (autumn being September, October, November where we live). We put them in order of publication date (as stated on Goodreads). Please note that many of these are anticipated by both Nina and me.

Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake 


From the author of Anna Dressed in Blood comes this first instalment in a fantasy series evolving around the duel for the crown between three royal sisters, each possessing magic of her own. At first glance, this sounds like every other average fantasy, yet with two sisters having faked their powers their whole life, I’m very excited for this original twist in a battle of magic. While this is not a priority purchase for me, I will definitely be keeping an eye out for this story of betrayal, revenge, and sibling rivalry. Three Dark Crowns is out September 20th. — Nina

Green but for a Season by C.S. Pacat


Green but for a Season is the first of a series of Captive Prince short stories, set during the events of the second instalment. Following the relationship between Jord and Aimeric, this 24-page short story is a must-read for anyone who adored the Captive Prince series and cannot wait to be reunited with its characters. It goes without saying that this is an auto-buy and my excitement levels are going through the roof. Green but for a Season is out September 20th. — Nina

Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo


With Crooked Kingdom comes the highly anticipated sequel to the critically acclaimed Six of Crows. Kaz Brekker and his crew, shattered in the aftermath of events in the first instalment, will be challenged anew by old rivals and new enemies in what promises to be a dark and gripping sequel. I’ve been looking forward to this book ever since reading Six of Crows, one of my favourite fantasy reads ever. Crooked Kingdom hits the shelves on September 22nd. — Nina

Swarm by Scott Westerfeld, Margo Lanagan and Deborah Biancotti


Swarm is the second instalment in an Urban Fantasy/Paranormal series featuring superheroes of a different kind. I read Zeroes last year and although it was a bit juvenile in parts, it still really intrigued me with its original premise and fresh take on the classic superhero story. This one won’t be top priority for me but I’m still excited for it. Swarm is released on September 27th. — Chantal

Like a River Glorious by Rae Carson


I’m putting this book on the list hesitantly. Though I adored Rae Carson’s The Girl of Fire and Thorns Trilogy, I was not a big fan of Walk on Earth a Stranger. The story follows a young girl who dresses up as a boy to track across America during the era of the gold rush, but what nobody knows is that she has the power to sense gold. Unfortunately, I found the first instalment to be quite boring and uneventful and none of the characters left a big impression on me, however, since I love Rae Carson as a writer and still see great potential for this series, I may pick up Like a River Glorious if the reviews are positive. The book will be out on September 27th. — Chantal

Blood for Blood by Ryan Graudin


I am SO excited for this book. I read Wolf by Wolf earlier this year and it has become one of my favourite books of 2016.  Taking place in an alternate universe where the Nazis won World War II, this series is an exploration of identity and trust but is also an action-packed, fast-paced YA novel about a motorcycle race through the desert. Needless to say the release date, October 6th, cannot come fast enough. — Chantal

The Weight of Zero by Karen Fortunati


Tassey-Walden Award finalist and Serendipity Literary Agency 2013 contest winner, this debut by Karen Fortunati promises to be a unique take on mental health with the personification of bipolar depression as Zero. The Weight of Zero is proclaimed a story of loss, grief, and hope, and tackles a young woman’s struggle with her mental illness. This one is high on my list of contemporaries this autumn. As a psychology graduate, I appreciate authors introducing mental health issues to YA readers and am hoping for a sensitive but realistic approach to a severe disorder. The Weight of Zero is out October 11th. — Nina

 Gemina by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff


Gemina is the highly anticipated sequel to the hyped Illuminae, which has hooked readers all over the world with its creative format. Once again diving into a futuristic world of spaceships, biochemical wars, and artificial intelligence, Gemina continues the storyline with a new setting, refreshing characters, and the familiar format consisting of classified files. I’ve actually already read this one and highly recommend it for its tons of heart-stopping action and suspense. Gemina is out October 18th. — Nina

Lost Gods by Brom


Not gonna lie, I have no idea what this book is about except that it has something to do with purgatory. However, the title, the cover and the fact that it is written and illustrated by Brom who wrote my beloved The Child Thief, has me intrigued. I love everything that has something to do with mythology and religions and it seems to me that all of Brom’s books have those aspects to them. Hopefully this won’t disappoint in comparison. Lost Gods is out on October 25th. — Chantal

Heartless by Marissa Meyer


With Marissa Meyer’s Heartless comes a different take on the tale of Alice in Wonderland, told from the perspective of the infamous Queen of Hearts. Shining its light on the girl who later becomes the terror of Wonderland, I’m immensely curious as to how the book will explore the backstory of a to-be villainess in a world of magic, madness, and monsters. As a fan of Meyer’s Lunar Chronicles, I will definitely be checking this one out. Heartless hits the shelves on November 8th. — Nina

Of Fire and Stars by Audrey Coulthurst


In line with the spirit of diversity the book community is spreading, I’m impatiently awaiting this auspicious fantasy debut in which the heroine doesn’t fall for the prince, but the princess. Playing the female leads’ duties against their hearts, Of Fire and Stars whispers sweet promises of magic, friendship, and forbidden love with a unique twist. I hope this book will be able to give diversity in YA fiction a new boost with a suspenseful f/f romance. Of Fire and Stars is out November 22nd. — Nina

What are your most anticipated releases of autumn? Are some of yours on this list? Have we missed any? Let us know in the comments!


  1. This autumn’s new releases all seem so very exciting 😀 I’m definitely anticipating some of these too (can’t wait for Crooked Kingdom and Heartless!), and a few others as well. Special mentions to The Female of the Species for YA contemporary (out September 20th), because it has a very original concept that I can’t wait to read about, and to Scythe for fantasy (November 22nd), since I’m a big fan of Neal Shusterman.

    • chantal

      September 19, 2016 at 6:58 PM

      Definitely! Autumn is always such a good season for releases in general. I am so excited about Crooked Kingdom, can’t wait to see how the duology ends (though I fully trust Leigh Bardugo). I’m still patiently awaiting reviews for Heartless since I did not enjoy Cinder, but if reviews (and Nina) say it’s good I will pick it up. I have heard so much about The Female of the Species and it sounds amazing!! Have you read other books by Mindy McGinnis? Not a Drop to Drink seems really unique as well 🙂 I don’t know much about Scythe per se but have only heard the best things about Neal Shusterman (apparently he does a lot with mental health as well?). Do you have a book of his that you would recommend I start with?

      • I haven’t read anything by McGinnis, actually, but she seems to write that kind of unique contemporary that I always enjoy the most, which is why I’m expecting a lot from this book 🙂
        As for Shusterman, last year I’ve read Bruiser by him, and absolutely adored it. Deep and moving and with a touch of melancholy. I think he deals with mental health in Challenger Deep too, but I haven’t read this one yet. I’d definitely recommend Bruiser though, especially if you’re more interested in his introspective/magical realism novels!

        • chantal

          September 20, 2016 at 8:26 AM

          Thank you, Giulia! I’ll be adding that one to my TBR then 🙂 Curious to hear what you’ll think of McGinnis!

  2. Green but for a Season! When I found out that the promised series of novellas was about to start being published I nearly fainted ? Honestly I’m more excited for the next one, The Summer Palace, that will focus on Damen and Laurent. My heart can’t bear such happiness!
    And of course I could consider selling my soul for Crooked Kingdom and Heartless too. This week left until the release of Crooked Kingdom, especially, will be pure torture!
    I had never heard of Of Fire and Stars but man, it does sound interesting and, more importantly, refreshing. Definitely going to give it a shot!

    My personal additions are A Million Worlds With You by Claudia Gray and The Midnight Star by Marie Lu. They are the final installments of two series I adore -it will be tough ?

    • I have never before been so excited for a 24-page novella, I swear. Though touching Jord and Aimeric’s story may be, what I’m REALLY looking forward to is The Summer Palace, which – as you said – will focus on Damen and Laurent Ajdksnplskdhfjsqkxjlnsksdjdp

      I’m positive Crooked Kingdom will be mind-blowing and I’m really curious about Heartless, because the story seems to have such potential but it could go either way. Of Fire and Stars would be my first f/f romance ever and I’m pretty excited, though I will wait and see how the early reviews turn out. Get a feel of the general atmosphere 😉 If The Midnight Star is good, I will pick up The Young Elites. I’ve been hesitant because dystopians haven’t really been working for me lately, but I will listen to my brainsister!

  3. Three Dark Crowns sounds so good. I can’t even. I also remember loving Anna Dressed in Blood so It’s definitely on my list as well.

    I plan on devouring Crooked Kingdom as soon as I can get my hands on it 😀

    Ps: I’m Loving your blog so much <3
    -Your friend Kimi from Goodreads.

    • chantal

      September 21, 2016 at 4:59 PM

      Ah, Kimi!!! This honestly means so much to us that you took the time to stop by and comment. And I’m SO glad you like it 🙂 <3 <3
      The premise of Three Dark Crowns sounds amazing indeed. Unfortunately, I've heard some mixed things though so I'm a bit hesitant to pick it up. But in terms of concept and cover: A+ I haven't read Anna Dressed in Blood but I've heard some amazing things! Considering reading it if I feel like something spooky in October.
      Haha, same here! Unfortunately, I pretty much start university again right around the time CK comes out so it may take me longer to read than I would like. I just hope people keep spoilers under control on GR.

      • I hate it when a book has a great premise and then is poorly executed. You just keep thinking how it could have been so much better.
        I’m currently reading The Wrath and the Dawn, I’m a bit late to the party but I’m so glad I picked it up. It’s so great.
        I feel your pain. I’m working on my Masters dissertation this year which is a huge pain in the ass (sorry haha there’s just no other way to describe it) Good luck with your study and good luck with avoiding spoilers haha.

        • Hey Kimi, many thanks from me as well for stopping by and taking the time to comment on our post! I second Chantal: Three Dark Crowns sounds absolutely amazing but I have, unfortunately, heard mixed things as well. I’m also so glad you decided to pick up The Wrath and the Dawn because THAT BOOK. And I think we can all agree that the spoiler culture on GR has gotten out of hand last time (*cough* The Raven King *cough*) and I hope this won’t happen again. I’m starting my master thesis next February and I am NOT looking forward to the workload, so wishing you the best of luck for your thesis! <3

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