Top 5 Anticipated Releases of Summer 2016

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Hey guys! 😀

I apologize for my long and sudden absence from posting this past month or so. It became obvious to me that I needed to put some things in my life on pause and take a short mental health break to focus on getting my stress levels a bit more under control. But I have missed blogging and chatting with all of you so much, and I’m very excited to get going again! I’ll be slowly easing myself back into posting (and hopefully into maintaining a slightly better schedule as well) over these next few weeks. And what better way to start that off than with my usual, seasonal anticipated releases post!

1. And I Darken by Kiersten White (June 28th, 2016)

andidarkenNO ONE EXPECTS A PRINCESS TO BE BRUTAL.

And Lada Dragwlya likes it that way. Ever since she and her gentle younger brother, Radu, were wrenched from their homeland of Wallachia and abandoned by their father to be raised in the Ottoman courts, Lada has known that being ruthless is the key to survival. She and Radu are doomed to act as pawns in a vicious game, an unseen sword hovering over their every move. For the lineage that makes them special also makes them targets.

Lada despises the Ottomans and bides her time, planning her vengeance for the day when she can return to Wallachia and claim her birthright. Radu longs only for a place where he feels safe. And when they meet Mehmed, the defiant and lonely son of the sultan, who’s expected to rule a nation, Radu feels that he’s made a true friend—and Lada wonders if she’s finally found someone worthy of her passion.

But Mehmed is heir to the very empire that Lada has sworn to fight against—and that Radu now considers home. Together, Lada, Radu, and Mehmed form a toxic triangle that strains the bonds of love and loyalty to the breaking point.

2. This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab (July 5th, 2016)

thissavagesongThere’s no such thing as safe in a city at war, a city overrun with monsters. In this dark urban fantasy from author Victoria Schwab, a young woman and a young man must choose whether to become heroes or villains—and friends or enemies—with the future of their home at stake. The first of two books.

Kate Harker and August Flynn are the heirs to a divided city—a city where the violence has begun to breed actual monsters. All Kate wants is to be as ruthless as her father, who lets the monsters roam free and makes the humans pay for his protection. All August wants is to be human, as good-hearted as his own father, to play a bigger role in protecting the innocent—but he’s one of the monsters. One who can steal a soul with a simple strain of music. When the chance arises to keep an eye on Kate, who’s just been kicked out of her sixth boarding school and returned home, August jumps at it. But Kate discovers August’s secret, and after a failed assassination attempt the pair must flee for their lives.

3. Red Queen by Christina Henry (July 12th, 2016)

*Contains Spoilers for Book One: Alice*

redqueen2The land outside of the Old City was supposed to be green, lush, hopeful. A place where Alice could finally rest, no longer the plaything of the Rabbit, the pawn of Cheshire, or the prey of the Jabberwocky. But the verdant fields are nothing but ash—and hope is nowhere to be found.

Still, Alice and Hatcher are on a mission to find his daughter, a quest they will not forsake even as it takes them deep into the clutches of the mad White Queen and her goblin or into the realm of the twisted and cruel Black King.

The pieces are set and the game has already begun. Each move brings Alice closer to her destiny. But, to win, she will need to harness her newfound abilities and ally herself with someone even more powerful—the mysterious and vengeful Red Queen…

4. Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by J.K. Rowling (July 31st, 2016)

harrypotterandthecursedchildBased on an original new story by J.K. Rowling, Jack Thorne and John Tiffany, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, a new play by Jack Thorne, is the first official Harry Potter story to be presented on stage. It will receive its world premiere in London’s West End on 30th July 2016  

It was always difficult being Harry Potter and it isn’t much easier now that he is an overworked employee of the Ministry of Magic, a husband, and father of three school-age children. 

While Harry grapples with a past that refuses to stay where it belongs, his youngest son Albus must struggle with the weight of a family legacy he never wanted. As past and present fuse ominously, both father and son learn the uncomfortable truth: sometimes darkness comes from unexpected places.

5. Ghostly Echoes by William Ritter (August 23rd, 2016)

ghostlyechoesJenny Cavanaugh, the ghostly lady of 926 Augur Lane, has enlisted the investigative services of her fellow residents to solve a decade-old murder—her own. Abigail Rook and her eccentric employer, Detective R. F. Jackaby, dive into the cold case, starting with a search for Jenny’s fiancé, who went missing the night she died. But when a new, gruesome murder closely mirrors the events of ten years prior, Abigail and Jackaby realize that Jenny’s case isn’t so cold after all, and her killer may be far more dangerous than they suspected. 

Fantasy and folklore mix with mad science as Abigail’s race to unravel the mystery leads her across the cold cobblestones of nineteenth-century New England, down to the mythical underworld, and deep into her colleagues’ grim histories to battle the most deadly foe she has ever faced.

What new releases are you most looking forward to reading this summer? Let me know in the comments! 🙂

-Ariana

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10 thoughts on “Top 5 Anticipated Releases of Summer 2016

  1. Can’t wait for you to start posting more, I miss you! I love your whole list here and I REALLY need to read “Jackaby” so I can be excited for “Ghostly Echoes” as well, haha! I think it’s safe to say when Schwab’s new book comes out we NEED to get our hands on it too! I’m very excited for “Red Queen” I actually got an ARC via Netgalley and just started it but I saw some so-so reviews for it so far so hopefully it lives up to expectations! 🙂

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    • Thank you so much, Heather ❤ I can't wait to get back to chatting with you some more; I missed you too! You definitely need to give Jackaby a try! I will say, it's probably not everyone's cup of tea, but I thought it was just so much fun and it was hilarious. It's a good, silly, pick-me-up sort of story. I hope you enjoy it when you get to it! 🙂 Ahh I am beyond excited for more Schwab! I oddly enough haven't pre-ordered it yet, but I think I'm going to just end up going to the bookstore to see if they have it early. If not, then I will just sleep in the YA section until the shipment comes in…haha! 😀 I can't wait to hear what you think of Red Queen! It's thanks to you that I discovered and absolutely loved Alice (even though I've been such a slacker when it comes to getting my review up!). Hopefully Red Queen will turn out to be a great follow up!

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      • You’re recommendations have yet to fail me so I’m sure I will love Jackaby!
        I usually don’t pre order books for some reason, maybe because I’m a mood buyer I don’t know! But if you go camp out in the YA section then I’ll have to as well and update each other,haha. I think some versions of This Savage Song are out already which I find confusing?
        And while I’m very much looking forward to your review for Alice I’m happy just knowing you loved it! I’m already half way through and I’m kind of sad to say it isn’t as…horror-y as the first one but maybe the second half gets really good! *crosses fingers* 🙂

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  2. Happy to see you back and hope you figured some things out! 🙂

    I am definitely looking forward to The Cursed Child. There seem to be a lot of Alice in Wonderland King of Hearts re-tellings this year because that’s the 3rd I’ve seen. I hope they’ll do more “villain” POV books–what a great trend would that be?

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    • Thank you! 🙂 ❤ Things are slowly making progress I think. Still not in a great frame of mind, but I enjoy blogging so much, I definitely need it back in my life! I think it was helping a lot 🙂

      I've been noticing that a lot lately too; there are a few others that I've been interested in checking out. I can totally recommend the first book in this particular series. It's a very dark, twisted version of the typical story, very unique. I would LOVE to see more villain POV stories. Best trend ever! 😀

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