Top Ten of 2016: Anticipated Reads of 2017

It’s that time of year again! Thanks to Rachel @ Fiktshun, Jaime @ Two Chicks on Books, Nancy @ Tales of a Ravenous Reader & Bridget @ Dark Faerie Tales for hosting the TOP TEN OF 2016!

So today’s topic is Anticipated Books of 2016! A new year means a ton of new books! Definitely excited! So in no particular order, here’s a bunch of books I can’t wait for!


(01) Hunted by Megan Spooner

Beauty and the Beast retelling? Sign me up!

Beauty knows the Beast’s forest in her bones—and in her blood. Though she grew up with the city’s highest aristocrats, far from her father’s old lodge, she knows that the forest holds secrets and that her father is the only hunter who’s ever come close to discovering them.

So when her father loses his fortune and moves Yeva and her sisters back to the outskirts of town, Yeva is secretly relieved. Out in the wilderness, there’s no pressure to make idle chatter with vapid baronessas…or to submit to marrying a wealthy gentleman. But Yeva’s father’s misfortune may have cost him his mind, and when he goes missing in the woods, Yeva sets her sights on one prey: the creature he’d been obsessively tracking just before his disappearance.

Deaf to her sisters’ protests, Yeva hunts this strange Beast back into his own territory—a cursed valley, a ruined castle, and a world of creatures that Yeva’s only heard about in fairy tales. A world that can bring her ruin or salvation. Who will survive: the Beauty, or the Beast?

(02) Wicked Like a Wildfire by Lana Popović

I would read this for the beautiful cover alone, but man, this fantasy read sounds amazing!

All the women in Iris and Malina’s family are born with a gleam—a unique way of manipulating beauty through magic. Seventeen-year-old Iris sees flowers as fractals and turns her kaleidoscope visions into glasswork, her twin sister Malina interprets moods as music, and their cold, distant mother Jasmina bakes scenery into decadent treats at her confectionery in Old Town Cattaro, Montenegro.

Jasmina forbids Iris and Malina to share their gleams with anyone, and above all, she forbids them to fall in love—being discovered could shatter the quiet lives they’ve built in their tucked-away, seaside town. But Iris and Malina are tired of abiding by their mother’s rules and rebel in secret whenever they can.

Yet when a mysterious, white-haired woman attacks their mother and leaves her hovering between life and death, the sisters unearth an ancient curse that haunts their line—a wicked bargain that masquerades as a blessing, and binds the twins’ fates—and hearts—to a force larger than life. To save each other, they must untangle a thousand years of lies and reveal their own hurtful secrets. But even the deepest sacrifice might not be enough.


(03) Pitch Dark by Courtney Alameda

How badass and cool is this book looking and sounding? Bring me all the sci-fi, muahahaha!

Tuck Durante is a shipraider, combing space for Earth artifacts from a war that ended 500 years ago. When his parents’ ship crashes in the dead zone and the crew goes missing, Tuck hires a ragtag rescue team.

Meanwhile, curator Lana Gray is fighting to keep the US PANAM John Muir—and the remnants of its crew—alive. Their space capsule housing Yosemite National Park was hijacked. The hijacking turned ninety-five percent of her crew into nightmarish creatures called mourners who flay, dismember, or decapitate with nothing more than sharp-pitched shrieks.

Now, despite their differences, Lana, Tuck, and their crews must work together to save the John Muir. In space, nobody can hear you scream…but on the John Muir, the screams are the last thing you’ll hear.

(!04) Empress of a Thousand Skies by Rhoda Belleza

Space! Vengeance! Diversity!

Rhee, also known as Crown Princess Rhiannon Ta’an, is the sole surviving heir to a powerful dynasty. She’ll stop at nothing to avenge her family and claim her throne.

Aly has risen above his war refugee origins to find fame as the dashing star of a DroneVision show. But when he’s falsely accused of killing Rhee, he’s forced to prove his innocence to save his reputation – and his life.

With planets on the brink of war, Rhee and Aly are thrown together to confront a ruthless evil that threatens the fate of the entire galaxy.

A saga of vengeance, warfare, and the true meaning of legacy.

(05)  A Conjuring of Light by V.E Schwab:

It’s the finale!! I’m beyond excited. Everyone always need more Kell, Lila, Rhys.

The battle between four magical Londons comes to a head in this stunning finale to the New York Times bestselling Shades of Magic trilogy by rising star V. E. Schwab

London’s fall and kingdoms rise while darkness sweeps the Maresh Empire—and the fraught balance of magic blossoms into dangerous territory while heroes and foes struggle alike. The direct sequel to A Gathering of Shadows, and the final book in the Shades of Magic epic fantasy series, A Conjuring of Light sees Schwab reach a thrilling culmination concerning the fate of beloved protagonists—and old enemies.

(06) The Last Magician by Lisa Maxwell

Ergmahgawd, look how amazingly cool this cover is? Plus there’s a magicians and a thief! You just know it’s going to be awesome!

Stop the Magician.
Steal the book.
Save the future.

In modern day New York, magic is all but extinct. The remaining few who have an affinity for magic—the Mageus—live in the shadows, hiding who they are. Any Mageus who enters Manhattan becomes trapped by the Brink, a dark energy barrier that confines them to the island. Crossing it means losing their power—and often their lives.

Esta is a talented thief, and she’s been raised to steal magical artifacts from the sinister Order that created the Brink. With her innate ability to manipulate time, Esta can pilfer from the past, collecting these artifacts before the Order even realizes she’s there. And all of Esta’s training has been for one final job: traveling back to 1901 to steal an ancient book containing the secrets of the Order—and the Brink—before the Magician can destroy it and doom the Mageus to a hopeless future.

But Old New York is a dangerous world ruled by ruthless gangs and secret societies, a world where the very air crackles with magic. Nothing is as it seems, including the Magician himself. And for Esta to save her future, she may have to betray everyone in the past.

(07) Wires and Nerve by Marissa Meyer

I love that there’s going to more Lunar Chronicles universe, and not only that, but in comic form with Iko as the lead!!

In her first graphic novel, #1 New York Times and USA Today bestseller Marissa Meyer follows Iko, the beloved android from the Lunar Chronicles, on a dangerous and romantic new adventure — with a little help from Cinder and the Lunar team.

In her first graphic novel, bestselling author Marissa Meyer extends the world of the Lunar Chronicles with a brand-new, action-packed story about Iko, the android with a heart of (mechanized) gold. When rogue packs of wolf-hybrid soldiers threaten the tenuous peace alliance between Earth and Luna, Iko takes it upon herself to hunt down the soldiers’ leader. She is soon working with a handsome royal guard who forces her to question everything she knows about love, loyalty, and her own humanity. With appearances by Cinder and the rest of the Rampion crew, this is a must-have for fans of the bestselling series.

(08) The Dark Days Pact by Alison Goodman

A little disappointed with the cover change, but still super excited for more adventures with Helen!

June 1812. Just weeks after her catastrophic coming-out ball, Lady Helen Wrexhall—now disowned by her uncle—is a full member of the demon-hunting Dark Days Club. Her mentor, Lord Carlston, has arranged for Helen to spend the summer season in Brighton so that he can train her new Reclaimer powers. However, the long-term effects of Carlston’s Reclaimer work have taken hold, and his sanity is beginning to slip. At the same time, Carlston’s Dark Days Club colleague and nemesis will stop at nothing to bring Helen over to his side—and the Duke of Selburn is determined to marry her. The stakes are even higher for Helen as she struggles to become the warrior that everyone expects her to be.

(09) Devil in Spring by Lisa Kleypas:

My heart. I can’t wait for Pandora’s & Gabriel’s story and also Evie and St. Vincent cameo! Plus how pretty is this cover!

An eccentric wallflower…

Most debutantes dream of finding a husband. Lady Pandora Ravenel has different plans. The ambitious young beauty would much rather stay at home and plot out her new board game business than take part in the London Season. But one night at a glittering society ball, she’s ensnared in a scandal with a wickedly handsome stranger.

A cynical rake…

After years of evading marital traps with ease, Gabriel, Lord St. Vincent, has finally been caught-by a rebellious girl who couldn’t be less suitable. In fact, she wants nothing to do with him. But Gabriel finds the high-spirited Pandora irresistible. He’ll do whatever it takes to possess her, even if their marriage of convenience turns out to be the devil’s own bargain.

A perilous plot…

After succumbing to Gabriel’s skilled and sensuous persuasion, Pandora agrees to become his bride. But soon she discovers that her entrepreneurial endeavors have accidentally involved her in a dangerous conspiracy-and only her husband can keep her safe. As Gabriel protects her from their unknown adversaries, they realize their devil’s bargain may just turn out to be a match made in heaven…

(10) Traitor to the Throne by Alwyn Hamilton

Another one with a slightly disappointing change in the cover (though she does look badass on the cover), but so hella excited for more of this series!

The sizzling, un-put-downable sequel to the bestselling Rebel of the Sands!

Mere months ago, gunslinger Amani al’Hiza fled her dead-end hometown on the back of a mythical horse with the mysterious foreigner Jin, seeking only her own freedom. Now she’s fighting to liberate the entire desert nation of Miraji from a bloodthirsty sultan who slew his own father to capture the throne.

When Amani finds herself thrust into the epicenter of the regime—the Sultan’s palace—she’s determined to bring the tyrant down. Desperate to uncover the Sultan’s secrets by spying on his court, she tries to forget that Jin disappeared just as she was getting closest to him, and that she’s a prisoner of the enemy. But the longer she remains, the more she questions whether the Sultan is really the villain she’s been told he is, and who’s the real traitor to her sun-bleached, magic-filled homeland.

Forget everything you thought you knew about Miraji, about the rebellion, about djinni and Jin and the Blue-Eyed Bandit. In Traitor to the Throne, the only certainty is that everything will change

Honourable Mentions;

A few untitled/no covers yet books that I’m hella excited for!

  1. Untitled Illuminae Files #3 by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff
  2. The Gatlon School for Vigilantes by Marissa Meyer
  3. The Duchess Deal by Tessa dare

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Author: Cyn

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21 Replies to “Top Ten of 2016: Anticipated Reads of 2017”

  1. Many of these books are on my TBR list for 2017 too! I have already pre-ordered Hunted!

  2. I haven’t heard of some of these! I’m going to have to look into them! 🙂

  3. I’m having cover love for Wicked Like a Wildfire and The Last Magician! 😀

    My Top Ten!

  4. I’m looking forward to Hunted and Wicked Like Wildfire too! I love Beauty and the Beast retellings! If Wicked like Wildfire is half as good as that cover it will be fantastic!

  5. Oh man the cover for Wicked Like a Wildfire is gorgeous. So need to add that one to my TBR now!!

  6. We have a few in common…and I so need to check out Pitch Dark! Sounds so good! Boo to cover changes though 🙁

    Great list… So many books to be excited for this coming year!!!

  7. So many reads here on my list as well for 2017!! I’m really excited about a book here I just discovered and sound like something I would love – Wicked like a Wildflower, so thanks! Hope you grab all these goodies up, Cyn. Enjoy 🙂

  8. Empress of a Thousand Skies and The Dark Days Pact are two of my highly anticipated reads as well! Somehow I still haven’t read ADSOM *hangs head in shame* so I’ve gotta catch up on the series before the third book comes out.

  9. Roar and Traitor to the Throne made my list too. Great list

  10. Ohhhh, such great choices! I am really looking forward to reading The Dark Days Pact, Traitor to the Throne, Empress of a Thousand Skies, A Conjuring of Light. I can’t believe I forgot to include some of those. o_o There are so many great books publishing in 2017. 😀 Excellent list, Cyn! =)

    Alyssa @ The Eater of Books!

  11. Oh yes to all of these. Looks like we are in for some good books coming in 2017!!

  12. Hunted looks good (love that cover) and Pitch Dark looks freaky! And I think Empress of a Thousand Skies is one i want to read too.

  13. I’m definitely anticipating A Conjuring of Light, but not ready for the series to end yet.

  14. We have a few in common and the rest are probably in my TBR list ! Amazing top then 🙂

  15. I can’t wait to get my hands on the new Lisa Kleypas book. I really need to get busy reading the Shades of Magic series as well. I hope you enjoy all of these!

  16. This is the first that I’ve heard of Wires and Nerve but it sounds so good! I hope you get these in 2017 and like them!
    Krystianna @ Downright Dystopian

  17. What is this Pitch Dark book? This sounds like exactly what I would love to read! Also Devil in Spring, Wires and Nerve, and Hunted!

    Awesome picks, Cyn!

  18. Those all look so good! I’m going to add them to my Goodreads TBR so I don’t forget about them! Thanks for sharing! ~Aleen

  19. *stomps around the floor in a circle* You. Are. Killing. My. TBR!!!!!!!!!!

    😉 Happy New Year, friend!!!

  20. I actually JUST read A darker shade of magic by VE Schwab. I need to read the rest of that series so much. The first one was really good.

  21. Wow what is that Traitor to the Throne cover? It’s so different to our one! I’m definitely looking forward to wires and nerve and empress and there’s heaps here for me to look into! Great list Cyn!

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