Twenty – Seventeen.
Two Thousand and Seventeen.
There is a lot of pressure on this year to be great, and I feel like any small good thing that’ll happen will be considered a big victory. 2016, for me, when it came to books, was a little underwhelming. I read some fantastic books, but towards the end of the year, I struggled to complete my Goodreads challenge, and I DNF’d so many books. This year is gonna be different, because 2017 seems to be the year that all my faves are releasing new titles, and while my bank account is going to suffer, my reading habits will be back to being healthy!
Caraval by Stephanie Garber
Scarlett has never left the tiny island where she and her beloved sister, Tella, live with their powerful, and cruel, father. Now Scarlett’s father has arranged a marriage for her, and Scarlett thinks her dreams of seeing Caraval, the far-away, once-a-year performance where the audience participates in the show, are over.
But this year, Scarlett’s long-dreamt of invitation finally arrives. With the help of a mysterious sailor, Tella whisks Scarlett away to the show. Only, as soon as they arrive, Tella is kidnapped by Caraval’s mastermind organizer, Legend. It turns out that this season’s Caraval revolves around Tella, and whoever finds her first is the winner.
Scarlett has been told that everything that happens during Caraval is only an elaborate performance. But she nevertheless becomes enmeshed in a game of love, heartbreak, and magic with the other players in the game. And whether Caraval is real or not, she must find Tella before the five nights of the game are over, a dangerous domino effect of consequences is set off, and her sister disappears forever.
A Conjuring of Light by 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.
Now I Rise by Kiersten White
Without spoiling, this is the sequel to And I Darken, a historical fiction of the life of Vlad the Impaler, retold as if Vlad the Impaler were a woman.
Fall Boys & Dizzy in Paradise by Jandy Nelson
Nelson follows a trio of siblings—two boys and a girl—whose father disappeared years earlier under mysterious circumstances. The story takes off when, the publisher explained, “an enigmatic girl shows up and turns their lives into tumult.
The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli
Seventeen-year-old Molly Peskin-Suso knows all about unrequited love. No matter how many times her twin sister, Cassie, tells her to woman up, Molly can’t stomach the idea of rejection. So she’s careful. Fat girls always have to be careful.
Then a cute new girl enters Cassie’s orbit, and for the first time ever, Molly’s cynical twin is a lovesick mess. Meanwhile, Molly’s totally not dying of loneliness—except for the part where she is. Luckily, Cassie’s new girlfriend comes with a cute hipster-boy sidekick. If Molly can win him over, she’ll get her first kiss and she’ll get her twin back.
There’s only one problem: Molly’s coworker, Reid. He’s a chubby Tolkien superfan with a season pass to the Ren Faire, and there’s absolutely no way Molly could fall for him.
What are you looking forward to read this year?