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Upcoming Releases That I’d Sell My Soul For

I bet that as soon as you read the title of this blog post a book came to mind. Several come to my mind, but there’s a few in particular that are right at the forefront. While I do have a lot of anticipated releases in which the release date is a painful distance away in the future, and the wait is tense, there’s a couple in which I am dying to get my hands on as soon as possible and devour.

This first novel that I’m going to mention is obvious. If you know me at all, you know that The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller is one of my favourite books of all time. Yep. It’s so good that it’s been awarded that title. It’s truly phenomenal and I love it desperately. That’s why I cannot wait to get my hands on her latest release, Circe. As soon as I finished The Song of Achilles I looked for more novels from her and now, with a release date in sight, April 2018, I have one. But it’s just so far away! And with the publisher sending out copies of the novel, I. am. dying.

Just . . . just look at it!

 

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Beautiful, right? And that’s not even the final cover! I NEED THIS.

 

Now enough fangirling and freaking out about Circe. If I had another token to get any release right now, it would of course have to be Throne of Glass #7. Honestly . . . I want to be back with Aelin! And Dorian! And Aedion! And everyone else! I WANT TO KNOW WHAT HAPPENS AND I WANT TO KNOW NOW! Okay . . .  that sounds very bratty, but !!! THE ENDING OF EMPIRE OF STORMS JUST !!!

*breathes*

So yeah. They are they two books that I’d sell my soul to have right now.

What books what you sell you soul for?

 

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Anticipated Releases of 2017!

Hi bookish friends!

While we are half way through the year and it seems a bit too late to be doing this sort of post, there’s still many book releases for the remaining part of 2017 that I am so excited for.

Warcross – Marie Lu

This is being released in September and I am SO excited for it. I’ve loved everything I’ve read by Marie Lu, that’s both her trilogies, so I am very excited for what this one is going to bring.

Renegades – Marissa Meyer

Renegades is being published in November, and I cannot wait. The Lunar Chronicles is one of my favourite series ever, and while I was not keen on Heartless at all, I can’t wait for this. It seems so epic!

Wonder Woman – Leigh Bardugo

I wasn’t that excited for this until I saw the Wonder Woman film and now I just need this book in my hands! So much so I’ve pre-ordered a limited edition copy from Waterstones.

All the Crooked Saints – Maggie Stievfater

I really enjoyed The Raven Boys. While I wasn’t a fan of the Shiver books, it’s clear to me that Maggie’s writing and storytelling gets better and better as she goes on. Therefore, I can’t wait to see what this one holds and if it will be a hit or miss.

The Becoming of Noah Shaw – Michelle Hodkin

This is a continuation of the Unbecoming of Mara Dyer series, being published in November, but now instead of following Mara’s perspective, it will follow Noah’s. I can’t wait! Once again – I really enjoyed the Mara Dyer trilogy, and it’s so exciting to see that being developed more and continued on. While I’m not dying to get my hands on this book, I am still quite excited for it.

And how could I forget. . .

Tower of Dawn – Sarah J. Maas

Coming out in September, this is another instalment in the Throne of Glass universe. If you know me at all, then you’d know that there is no way in hell that I’d miss out on reading this. You can bet your buttons that it’s been pre-ordered.

 

 

So here’s all the books that I can think of being released in the latter half of 2017 that I am excited for. What books are you dying for?

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Empire Of Storms – Sarah J Maas (Throne of Glass, #5)

BE WARNED, THIS ISN’T REALLY A  REVIEW, MORE OF A SPLURGE OF THOUGHTS.

The long path to the throne has only just begun for Aelin Galathynius. Loyalties have been broken and bought, friends have been lost and gained, and those who possess magic find themselves at odds with those don’t.

As the kingdoms of Erilea fracture around her, enemies must become allies if Aelin is to keep those she loves from falling to the dark forces poised to claim her world. With war looming on all horizons, the only chance for salvation lies in a desperate quest that may mark the end of everything Aelin holds dear.

Aelin’s journey from assassin to queen has entranced millions across the globe, and this fifth installment will leave fans breathless. Will Aelin succeed in keeping her world from splintering, or will it all come crashing down?

I’m not going to spare you all from my emotional fangirling. I’m sorry. So Amanda and me buddy read this one, somewhat awkwardly, but I’m so glad she was there on the other end for me to rant at, cry at, and vent at, at any and all times. While we’ve now both finished, the fangirling hasn’t ceased, and I doubt it ever will. (This just gives my iPod more chance to autocorrect names into capital letters, doesn’t it?). DO NOT CONTINUE TO READ IF YOU HAVEN’T READ IT. There will be spoilers. You’ve been warned! 😛

So I loved this. That was too be expected, considering the fact this this is one of my favourite series, and how much I love SJM’s writing. (I also brought 3 copies of this book, so no matter what, I was going to like it lol).

But this wasn’t my favourite. I don’t know why, but this one just fell a bit. . . flat to me. I still loved it, with old characters returning from the Assassins Blade, new relationships developing etc. (Elide and Lorcan, yaaaas). I loved seeing the merge between Celeana’s life and Aelin’s, and how they became one, not feeling so distant from each other.

Also, the mentions of Sam. Gosh dammit, breaks my heart. I love Sam Cortland, he’s my favourite character, and although Aelin doesn’t find herself blaming herself for Sam anymore, his name still strikes her. Ahhhhhhh.

I hate to say this…and I’m probably going to be lynched…but I’m not really a “Rowaelin” shipper. Go on, fight me (pls don’t). I don’t know, I just don’t really feel it. I don’t mind them together, but the whole “oh hey we’re mates,” and “oh yeah, and we got married,” just had me like re-aaaa-llll-yyyy. But I bet this pleases people that get pissy about Aelin having a new love interest every book. People scream about Rowaelin from the roof tops, but nah, not feeling it. I don’t mind it, don’t get me wrong, but I’m not the biggest cheerleader.

(Why does everyone have to have a love interest though? Can’t they just be happy and bad ass by themselves??)

Dorian, oh my beautiful, wonderful, Dorian. Dorian has always been one of my favourite characters, but in this one his character felt weird to me. Detached. I felt like he always got pushed to the side, always made irrelevant, and only brought back in when it was needed to bring up a plot point or to flirt with Manon. Besides that, and when he used his invisible hands, he wasn’t really there. Just off on the sidelines. Of course he’s going to be changed with the events of Queen of Shadows, but half the time he felt like a whole different character, and I couldn’t find it in me to sympathise with him or care, only telling myself that it was Dorian, over and over, made me stay interested. I’m sorry Dorian, I love you, I really do.

I’ve always liked Chaol, and somehow his absence in this book has made my heart grow fonder. (I’ve always never really been a massive Chaol/Aelin shipper but I somehow began to root deeper for that in this). While him not having any chapters didn’t make any of a difference, and them not being their allowed the story to flow great, it felt weird not having him there, as he’s already been a major character. Like with Dorian, although they’re still relevant and needed, as new characters come they keep getting pushed on the back burner.

ELIDE. Gosh, I love her. I love her growth in this book, and how cunning she is, and how smart, and brave. So many moments I was cheering her on, she’s amazing. And the reunion scene between her and Aelin, holy hell. I cried. And with Aedion. And with Manon.

I loved Aedion. Yep. I’m going to resist talking about every character because if not we’ll be here all day lmao…

(Let’s also high five Manon, because she really owned it in this book).

I feel like that because I read this over a few days, this effected how I felt about it. I’m going to give it a re-read and see if I love it even more.

But I did really like it, and that ending….
Like with the ending of ACOMAF….
We don’t talk about that.
No.
NO.
NOPE.
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(But Lysandra’s imitation of Aelin is too funny, like she’s ever that polite).

But still, despite all this, I really loved the book. I loved the character interactions, and how plot points from years and years ago, from the assassin days, became tied up. I liked seeing more about Elena, and everything that happened back then. Questions got answered, but more rose up, and I’m really excited for the next book. I wouldn’t call EOS a filler at all, but it really did tie up some loose ends while spring boarding everything for the big finale. The big finale in which I hope Meave rots in the deepest darkest pits of hell (although I must say I really do enjoy having a female villain).

For now, this shall be my dodgy review. I’ll probably come back and edit it later, with more thoughts and such.

Also,
Fenrys.
Sassy fae males are great.
The end.

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Anticipated Releases of 2016!

Right now we’re in May and there’s already been tons of books out this year that were highly anticipated by me. The Raven King, Lady Midnight, A Gathering of Shadows, A Court of Mist and Fury and some others like The Unexpected Everything, Thanks for The Trouble, Calamity and Lady Renegades. But there’s still 7 months of the year, and there’s still more books I can’t wait to be released! In no particular order:

EMPIRE OF STORMS BY SARAH J. MAAS

Oh, am I excited for this one!! While I said in no particular order, I think I’ll have to say this is my MOST anticipated release. I really love and adore the Throne of Glass Series, and I’m not over the euphoria of having Queen of Shadows delivered. So I absolutely can’t wait for this one to come out, it’s pre-ordered, and I’m itching with anticipation. Honestly, any time I hear the words “Throne of Glass” or something to do with it I go into meltdown mode because I can’t deal with my excitement.

I’m also very excited for the THRONE OF GLASS COLOURING BOOK (ahhhh?!?!?!?!) and that’s also been pre-ordered. 6th of September is a very expensive day for me. It’s fine. It’s worth it!

CROOKED KINGDOM BY LEIGH BARDUGO

If you’ve read Six of Crows, then this is most likely on your highly anticipated reads of 2016 too. I’m not too sure about the publication date of this one, but I think it could be on my birthday in some places (22nd of September!). And if so then that’s awesome, because what a great birthday present!! September really is the month of books for me, so please all pray for me pure sweet soul to make it through all the excitement and the feels.

I can already feel how badly this book is going to kick some ass. Give it to me, Leigh Bardugo, I am ready!

WITCH’S PYRE BY JOSEPHINE ANGELINI

I love this Worldwalker trilogy so much, and I recommend it to everyone! I feel like it’s seriously underrated. Once I finished the first book Trial by Fire, I couldn’t wait for the second one. Once I finished that, Firewalker, I’ve been dying for this one – for Witch’s Pyre. As you’ve probably guessed this is a story about WITCHES. But it’s not your average witch story. I don’t want to give too much away, as much like Lily, the main character, I think you’re better off diving in and discovering the world and it’s rules as she does.

Witch’s Pyre is also coming out in September (see what I mean, it’s all happening then!) and it is the last novel.

MIDNIGHT STAR BY MARIE LU

After reading her Legend trilogy, when I found out she was coming out with a new book called the Young Elites I couldn’t resist. Oh boy, I’m so glad I didn’t. This trilogy is dark, kickass, and for the life of me I can’t help but love it. Midnight Star is also the concluding novel, and I can’t wait. “Adelina Amouteru is done suffering.” AHHH. I don’t want to say too much because of spoilers, but this. Adelina is done suffering, and I can only imagine what that means for everyone around her. All supporting and surrounding characters in these books are also awesome, and the premise and plot is so intense. These books are heartbreaking (and heartbreakingly good) and if you haven’t read them, then what are you waiting for??? Go do it, before this book is released in October!

AND I DARKEN BY KIERSTEN WHITE

This is the first book in a saga and boy can’t I wait. Some people have received ARCS and the reviews they’ve given back are positive.  I don’t know much about this book, but from the description it’s promising a lot. If you want to read about it then go here.

HEARTLESS BY MARISSA MEYER

The Lunar Chronicles are some of my favourite books EVER. My dog is even called Luna. Marissa Meyer is great at fairytale re-tellings, and this one is about the Queen of Hearts. (I’m just hoping the Cheshire Cat doesn’t pop up anywhere, because he frightens me). I’m so excited for this book and to delve back into Marissa’s wonderful storytelling. The worlds that she creates wrap you up and immerse you and refuse to let you go, holding you captive. But I’m all right with that.

I believe this book is coming out in November.


So that’s it. There’s the most anticipated releases of 2016. While there are many other books I am excited for they either haven’t made the list because a) I’m not sure that they come out this year and b) they’re not books I will be putting on pre-order and sitting at the front door waiting for. This doesn’t mean I’m not excited for these books, it’s just they’re not books I need to have ASAP as soon as they’re released.

What books are you all highly anticipating for this year? What books have come out this year that you’d been waiting for forever?