Friday, March 18, 2016

2016 New Releases

When I was a small human, I wasn’t very in tune with the publishing world. I didn’t follow many authors or pay attention to most new books as they were released, and I didn’t really try to get in the know. Until a couple years ago, the only authors whose work I kept up with were Ally Carter, Stefan Bachmann, Rick Riordan, and Marie Lu. One of the major reasons for this is because I’ve always had a long list of books I’ve wanted to read/buy, and I wasn’t interested in keeping up with most of the new stuff until I had caught up with the old stuff. I still have a list of classics as well as books from between 2011 and 2015 (specifically) that I want to get my hands on, and it’s an embarrassingly long list. But ever since I started blogging, I’ve realized how fun it can be to keep up with the publishing world. So I’ve compiled a list of 2016 releases I’m especially excited about. I’m planning to get some of these right when they come out, but I’ll just have to drool over the rest for the time being. (Click the covers for the Goodreads descriptions.) 

Also, just as a note: The release dates I give are for United States publication, and I can't vouch for when these books come out in other countries. Publication dates are also subject to change (which is why I'm only giving the month for most books). 


If you read my review for ILLUMINAE, you’ll know I loved it beyond all reason, and you can bet your brass buttons that I’ll be scrambling to get my hands on a copy as soon as it comes out in October. 


FIRSTS was published in January, and I won a copy courtesy of the publisher, St. Martin’s Griffin. I’ve already read it, and I have to say, it’s very good—just definitely not something I would recommend blindly. It deals honestly and openly with some sensitive subject material, which I really appreciated. I plan to share my full opinion on it soon. 


STARS ABOVE came out in February, and I just finished reading it yesterday. While I’m sad that we’re done with the Lunar Chronicles universe (unless Meyer decides to write a spin-off series), STARS ABOVE was a great way to bring that chapter of Marissa Meyer’s writing career to a close. 


I pre-ordered A DROP OF NIGHT before it was released on March 15, and now I’m just waiting for my copy to come in the mail. I’m also trying not to die of anticipation, so we’ll see how that goes. As I’ve mentioned before, I’m a huge fan of Stefan Bachmann, and I’ve kept up with his work ever since I stumbled across his blog in 2012 (a few months before his first book came out). His writing style is unique, rich, and textured, like a priceless tapestry. And I’m extra excited because this is the first full book he’s published in three years. 


I have an ARC of this one, and I read it a month or so ago, but I don’t plan on reviewing it until closer to its release date in June. Basically, VINEGAR GIRL is a fun and quirky modern retelling of Shakespeare’s THE TAMING OF THE SHREW


Okay, so I realize the hardcover copy of this came out last year, but since I own THE YOUNG ELITES in softcover (and since I like my series to match editions), I have to wait till the paperback comes out in September. While I wasn’t a massive fan of THE YOUNG ELITES, I do very much like the feel of the story, and I think it has a lot of potential. 


Two words: Marissa Meyer. ‘Nuff said. I guess HEARTLESS is about ALICE IN WONDERLAND’s the Queen of Hearts before she was evil. Also, if I’m not mistaken, I believe it’s a standalone, which is exciting because I don’t own enough standalones.  Now I just need to keep myself occupied until it comes out in November. 


While I’ve heard a lot of good things about this book, the main reason I want it in my life (aside from the gorgeous cover) is that it’s Russian fantasy, and that is my absolute favorite kind of fantasy. So, you know, this was obviously a match made in heaven. THE CROWN’S GAME comes out in May. 


I’m especially interested in this one, since the protagonist’s ten-year-old sister is a psychopath. In case I haven't mentioned it before, I have a thing for books featuring psychopaths, especially psychopathic children. So now you see why I need this book. MY SISTER ROSA is another November release. 



I read THRONE OF GLASS last year, and I haven’t had a chance to read any of the sequels yet. But I’m still excited for EMPIRE OF STORMS to come out because I want to catch up on buying and reading the series. EMPIRE OF STORMS comes out in September. 

Additionally, the paperback edition of QUEEN OF SHADOWS comes out in September, which is exciting since I'm collecting the series in paperback. 


In case you hadn’t already guessed, the title is what really grabbed me on this one.  (I'm not a huge fan of the cover, unfortunately.) KILL THE BOY BAND follows a group of fangirls who get carried away and end up kidnapping one of the members of their favorite boy band. It was released in February. 


While I’ve only read two books by Lauren Oliver, I’ve been wanting to get my hands on more of her work, and REPLICA is at the top of my priority list. REPLICA is a flip book with two versions of the same story told by separate narrators who each offer unique information essential to the plot. I’m really excited to see where that will go (although I'm slightly nervous as well). REPLICA is expected to come out in October. 

I could go on for pages and pages about the other 2016 releases I have my eyes on, but I’ll just show you the shiny covers for a few more and spare you the details. (This is by no means an exhaustive list, but I don't want to exhaust you, either.) 

Well, that’s it for today, little coffee beans. What are some 2016 releases you’re excited about? Who are some authors you follow?


  1. Firsts and Replica sound interesting :) So many of the books on your list I'm dying to read :)

    I CAN'T WAIT FOR EMPIRE OF STORMS. I want to pre order, but I also want a copy that matches the rest of the series I have?? The struggle is real.

    1. Firsts is quite good, and I'm super excited for Replica. :)

      ME TOO. I understand the struggle. *gives you coffee beans*

  2. REPLICA IS A NECESSITY IN MY FUTURE READING LIFE. Lauren Oliver, I love you, plain and simple.

    This is such a brilliant compilation of books that I just need to get my mitts on this year *adds all to TBR*. I'm really intrigued by HEARTLESS. For starters, it reminds me of the Florence+The Machine song heartlines which has been in my head non-stop recently. Secondly, THE COVER ART *praises*. Lastly, a standalone Alice in Wonderland twist. THIS IS A MUST.

    Thanks for sharing

    1. SAME.

      So many good books coming out this year. *sobs because how will I ever read them all* I know, HEARTLESS is so appealing in so many ways. *goes grabby hands*


    We have quite a few most-anticipated 2016 releases in common! Especially Heartless. I LOVE everything Alice in Wonderland, so this was a must-read from the moment I knew it existed. Some of mine that aren't on your list are A Tyranny of Petticoats(which I got yesterday - yay!), As I Descended, A Million Worlds With You, and Love, Lies & Spies.


      :D I love Alice in Wonderland too, so I am both super nervous and super excited about Heartless. I still need to read A Tyranny of Petticoats--I'll have to see if my library has it. And I haven't read any of the other titles you mentioned, but they all sound interesting so I will have to check them out.

  4. I am excited for SO MANY 2016 releases. THIS SAVAGE SONG. REBEL OF THE SANDS. and Gemina! I haven't decided whether to read it because while I enjoyed Illuminae I did not understand the ending at all??? And I don't like that! But at the same time I really want to find out what happens next, ahaha. Also thinking of reading Heartless -- I skipped The Lunar Chronicles because reviews said its portrayal of China was not so stellar (sorry, could not resist the celestial pun) but Alice in Wonderland? Standalone? Give it TO ME!

    1. SO MANY. TOO MANY. I hope you enjoy Heartless, and Gemina, if you decide to read it. :) And I can't speak for The Lunar Chronicles on that front because I am not too well-versed in Chinese culture and such, so I can't say if it portrayed it well or not.

  5. HEARTLESS! Marissa Meyer! *runs around screaming*


    Yeah, I might be a little excited about Heartless.

    1. *runs around screaming with you*

      I too am excited, so I am not judging you.

      *trips and falls over*

  6. I TOTALLY thought you said it was a good way to "bring Marissa Meyer’s writing career to a close" And I was like OHHHHH BURRRNNNNN but then you said something nice after all. XDD

    Young Elites was a DNF for me, but I look forward to Heartless and the Girl from Everywhere, and I also muchly enjoyed Beyond the Red!

    1. Oh goodness, that would be so awful if I had said that. :P I can't fault you since I misread that sentence the same way during my first round of edits. But I'm sneakily awful so I kept it in.

      Gah, I reaaaallly need to read Beyond the Red.