I’ve been in a bit of a lull in terms of blog posts ideas, but I thought that it would be fun to compile a list of my most anticipated reads for 2017. I’ve seen a lot of bloggers doing this, and thought this would be a good way for me to give myself a record of books I was looking forward to this year (I have a birthday coming up soon and need to know what to put on my list 😉 ) I’m really excited about the novels listed below because some of my all-time favorite authors have new books coming out. There’s also a few authors on this list who I am unfamiliar with, but I’m really looking forward to the release of their novels.
Carve the Mark by Veronica Roth – This book actually came out the 17th of this month, but I haven’t had a chance to get ahold of it yet. I was a big fan of the Divergent series (although let’s not talk about Allegiant), so when I found out that Roth was writing a new series I knew I needed to look into it. I wouldn’t consider this novel to be the typical dystopian world that we are used to seeing from Roth–it’s definitely more of a science fiction read, but I’ve recently started to steer more towards this particular genre. This book has received a lot of criticism in terms of how it racially portrayed and described characters, but I’d still like to read it for myself so I can give an honest review that will not only address the story, but also these racial issues.
Caraval by Stephanie Garber – I’ve actually never heard of this author before, but I think Caraval might be her debut novel. I stumbled across this novel on Goodreads and after reading the summary, I was very much intrigued to say the least. This novel follows two sisters who live on an island with their father who doesn’t appear to be a very nice man. They escape, however, and seek to attend Caravel, a popular show that allows its audience to participate. It’s more of a fantasy novel, but it reminded me of dark and creepy carnivals, which is right up my alley/how it ended up on my TBR list. Plus, can we talk about this beautiful cover? To be published on January 31st.
Once and For All by Sarah Dessen – I HAVE BEEN WATING FOR A NEW SARAH DESSEN NOVEL FOR FOREVER. Okay, a little exaggeration, but seriously. Dessen is the Queen of YA Contemporary novels, at least in my opinion anyway. I’ve been reading her books since the eighth grade when I picked up Someone Like You for the first time and was introduced to one of the greatest best friend stories. I credit her for my love of contemporary novels, and she’s probably why I’m so picky when it comes to this particular genre because no one does it like Dessen. Period. Plus, Once and For All follows Louna, the daughter of a wedding planner, and what happens to her life when she meets a serial dater. Obviously there’s more to it (you can read the Goodreads summary here), but Dessen + weddings = all I needed to peak my interest. To be published on June 6th.
Daughter of the Pirate King by Tricia Levenseller – I discovered this novel months ago and immediately added it to my TBR list. Granted I am not 100% thrilled by the title, (it does not do the plot justice), I think this book has a chance at being very interesting. As someone who was a huge fan of the Pirates of the Caribbean films, I’ve always been underwhelmed in terms of how limited/sparse YA is in terms of books about pirates (and mermaids for that matter–someone write a good mermaid series). This book follows Alosa, who must allow herself to be captured by enemy pirates in hopes that an ancient map resides on board. It’s received decent reviews on Goodreads, as well. The average rating is 4.46 out of 5 stars. I have high hopes that this will be a good read. To be published on February 28th.
The Continent by Keira Drake – UGH. Most of you already know how I feel about this book. I received an ARC of this novel back in October and absolutely loved it. Similar to Carve the Mark, this novel has received a lot of criticism regarding racial stereotypes, which set back its original publication date, so I’m not 100% sure when it’ll be released. If you want to know more about this book, I posted a full review here and addressed not only the plot, but also the criticism it’s been receiving. I will be purchasing this book when it finally hits stores because I’m interested to see the types of changes that the author made to the original manuscript. Publication TBA.
The Whole Thing Together by Ann Brashares – I had NO idea that Ann Brashares was even writing a new novel. For those of you who aren’t familiar with this author, she wrote the popular series The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants! I remember reading this series when I was in middle school, and even now I think that it’s a really great series for young girls to read because of not only the friendship aspects to it, but also the various issues it covers that aren’t necessarily easy to talk about. This novel is about a blended family who must determine which side gets to keep their beloved beach house full of memories after their parents divorce. I haven’t read a book by Brashares in so long, so I’m excited to return to her writing and give this book a try. To be published on April 25th.
What books are you looking forward to in 2017? Did any of mine make your list? Leave a comment below and let me know 🙂