Most Anticipated Releases of Winter 2016/2017

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Greetings, everyone! The dark, cold, and (hopefully) snowy months are approaching, and, as a devoted bookworm, you cannot go through winter without the proper reading material. Luckily, we have some soon to be published books to look forward to in winter 2016/2017 (winter being December, January, and February where we live). Therefore, we’ve put together a list of our most anticipated releases for you guys. 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 terrific books to keep you cosy and – if you celebrate – maybe one or two or ten that’ll wander onto your Christmas wishlists? Regardless of whether you’ll be celebrating Christmas or Chanukah or the Chinese New Year, we wish everyone a beautiful winter with family, friends, and loads of books!

Spindle by E.K. Johnston

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Since we both enjoyed the enchanting and beautifully written A Thousand Nights so much, we’re looking forward where Johnston will take this One Thousand and One Nights-inspired story next. The second instalment will feature its predecessor’s heroine as an established ruler, so perhaps it classifies more as a companion novel than an actual sequel. We were captivated by the imaginative storytelling and the themes in A Thousand Nights and are now curious how Johnston will let these elements develop in her next book. Spindle is also going to be published under the title Kingdom of Sleep (UK) and is out December 6th. — Chantal & Nina

Ever the Hunted by Erin Summerill

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Ever The Hunted is one of two debut releases I am really excited for in the coming months. This fantasy debut features a girl on the quest to find her father’s killer in a realm of warring kingdoms, mad kings, and dark magic. Though I’m still interested in the book, the reviews I’ve seen so far haven’t exactly been stellar, and I can guess why. The synopsis already has me spotting several potential YA tropes, for example the possibility of a special snowflake for a heroine. For some reason, I’m curious nonetheless about Summerill’s first publication and will definitely keep this one on my bookish radar. Ever the Hunted hits the shelves on December 27th. — Nina

Windwitch by Susan Dennard

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Ever since reading the fast-paced and action-packed first instalment to the Witchlands series, I’ve been impatiently waiting for its sequel Windwitch. I won’t lie: Most of all, I’m excited to see where Dennard takes Iseult’s and Aeduan’s storylines because, if one is to trust the synopsis, these two are apparently teaming up and this fangirl senses a slow burn romance. I remember the first book having some bumps which I’m hoping the sequel will smoothen. In a nutshell, I’m excited for more intrigue, twists, magic, and hopefully some gruesome sea monsters, if Dennard’s Pinterest board is anything to go by. Windwitch is out January 10th. — Nina

Mafiosa by Catherine Doyle

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Mafiosa is hands down my most anticipated release of the winter season. The Blood for Blood series has been a rollercoaster of mafia intrigue and romance, and it will come full circle with this last instalment by Irish debut author Catherine Doyle. The first book Vendetta in the series hadn’t blown me away but the sequel Inferno made my fangirl hormones reach an unrivalled peak. Rarely have I seen a series take such a positive, exciting, and desired turn. I adore the dark setting, the nerve-wracking suspense, and I’m 100% certified Luca Falcone trash. I don’t really sport fictional boyfriend fantasies but this guy has me hanging on to his every word and move. Mafiosa is out January 5th. — Nina

Caraval by Stephanie Garber

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Caraval will forever stick in my memory as the book we all wanted at YALC 2016 but none of my group received. Pitched as being a mixture between The Night Circus and Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, this book has me highly intrigued, even though I know pretty much nothing about it. It has already been getting so many rave reviews, and that, plus this gorgeous cover is enough for me to want it in my hands right away. It sounds, ruthless and dangerous and really, that’s all I need to know. Caraval is out on January 31st. — Chantal

A Conjuring of Light by V.E. Schwab

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A Conjuring of Light is the third and final instalment in our beloved Darker Shade of Magic series, written by one of our favourite authors ever (FYI: Schwab is queen). We have been giddy for this book since the sequel’s gut-wrenching cliffhanger left our jaws hanging in disbelief roughly a year ago, and we literally cannot wait to hold this precious gem in our hands. If you haven’t started this series yet, it’s about bloody time! These books are the epitome of adorable but flawed characters, strong and imaginative world-building, and a shitload of suspense which will make you chew your nails off. A Conjuring of Light is out February 21st. — Chantal & Nina

Daughter of the Pirate King by Tricia Levenseller

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My attention has only just recently been drawn to this intriguing debut by Tricia Levenseller about the daughter of a pirate king who facilitates her own kidnapping to go after a treasure on an enemy ship. If that doesn’t sound like a heroine to root for, I don’t know what does. Let me just make something clear: I adore pirates. I love space pirates, I cheer for foul-mouthed pirates at sea, I adore privateers (Nikolai, anyone?). So naturally, you can throw a debut with the word “pirate” in its synopsis at me and I’ll leap for joy. The first reviews popping up in the blogger community seem promising, so I’ll just keep excitedly rubbing my hands for this book. Daughter of the Pirate King is available on February 28th. — Nina

What are your most anticipated releases of the winter season? Are any of those on our list on yours, too? Have we missed any we should be on the lookout for? Please let us know in the comments! 🙂

6 Comments

  1. Hey friends! Great list! I will definitely be adding some of those to my tbr.

    I need to jump on the Darker Shade of Magic Bandwagon asap. I’m so late to party already. I mean I love London. I love magic. What could possibly go wrong?

    Also, please tell me if I’m an idiot but I tried reading Truthwitch a few months ago and I got so confused with everything. I had to put it down. There are only three possible explanations:
    1. I’m a certified idiot.
    2. I wasn’t paying attention.
    3. The book is actually confusing.

    I only read the first 10% of it. Do you think I should give it another try or just move on with my life haha?

    • Hey Kimi! Thanks for checking in!

      Yes you have to! I absolutely love that series and V.E. Schwab is such an amazing writer. Great world-building, great characters, great writing, just overall a must-read.

      I actually haven’t read Truthwitch yet but from what I’ve heard and from what Nina tells me, the confusion is definitely normal! Every person I’ve heard talk about it said that it took them 100+ pages to get into the story and understand what’s going on. You definitely aren’t an idiot!! But Nina will be able to better answer that question (personally, I’m already dreading the confusion for when I pick it up, haha).

    • nina

      December 8, 2016 at 7:35 PM

      Thank you so much for commenting, Kimi! You’re our most devoted fan, it seems 😉 <3

      Naturally, I second Chantal. You must absolutely pick up Schwab's Darker Shade of Magic series, for this woman's books literally explode with imagination and feisty characters. If you decide to read it, let us know, so we can fangirl with you!

      As for Truthwitch, the problem definitely doesn't lie with you. The confusion is part of the Truthwitch experience, unfortunately. I didn't let the chaotic world-building hold me back, to be honest, and therefore enjoyed the overall plot, most of the characters, and the strong female friendship. However, now that I've read the chapter sampler of Windwitch, I've realized that I'm basically here for the ship mentioned in the post, so I'm not sure how strong the series will turn out altogether. I'd probably advise you to let the series run its course and if the responses to the sequels are positive, you can still give it another shot, knowing that something worthwile awaits after all the confusion 😛

      Do you have any releases you're looking forward to in the coming months?

  2. Omg I’m so honoured to be your biggest fan haha I just feel so happy when I get an email notification that you posted something new.

    You guys have convinced me. I think I might pick up A Darker Shade of Magic right after I finish Three Dark Crowns. Have you guys read it? I’ve only just started it but it sounds so good.

    My top 5 most anticipated books of 2017 are:
    -ACOWAR.
    -Whatever Colleen Hoover publishes next.
    -Flame in the Mist by Renee Ahdieh
    -Because You Love to Hate Me
    -Wonder woman by Leigh Bardugo

    • Ah, thank you Kimi <3<3 I haven't read Three Dark Crowns yet because of the mixed reviews but the premise sounds fantastic, so if you end up liking it, I might keep it on my TBR 🙂

      I am SO excited for Flame in the Mist and Because You Love to Hate Me (they will both definitely make an appearance on our next quarterly anticipated releases). They're definitely two of the ones I'm most excited for as well. Plus Now I Rise and Strange the Dreamer. So many great books in 2017! It's gonna be a good year :))

    • nina

      December 9, 2016 at 10:41 PM

      Omg you’re adorable ❤ And to hear that you might pick up A Darker Shade of Magic makes me extremely happy! I haven’t read TDC, for the same reasons as Chantal, but would gladly reconsider if you deem it worthy of our attention 🙂

      Definitely looking forward to Flame in the Mist and Wonder Woman by Leigh Bardugo, too. I’m not sure about ACOWAR, because even though I don’t value the series, I’m curious to see what SJM does with the last instalment (at least, featuring the current characters). Sooo, I’m kind of in a dilemma 😛

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