In keeping with my ‘Anticipated’ series of posts I decided to do a post about series making their debut in 2016 that I have my eye on. Because of a number of factors I may not get around to reading any of these books, but you can be sure that I will be checking up on the reviews and general reception.
I had quite a few books in mind at first and I had a bit of a challenge narrowing it down to just five. Some of these books don’t have set release dates or covers so bear with me:
#5 Timekeeper (Timekeeper #1) by Tara Sim
Every city in the world is run by a clock tower. If one breaks, time stops. It’s a truth that seventeen-year-old Danny knows well; his father has been trapped in a town east of London for three years. Despite being a clock mechanic prodigy who can repair not only clockwork, but time itself, Danny has been unable to free his father.
Danny’s assigned to a damaged clock tower in the small town of Enfield. The boy he mistakes for his apprentice is odd, but that’s to be expected when he’s the clock spirit who controls Enfield’s time. Although Danny and the spirit are drawn to each other’s loneliness, falling in love with a clock spirit is forbidden, no matter how cute his smiles are.
But when someone plants bombs in nearby towers, cities are in danger of becoming trapped in time—and Enfield is one of them.
Danny must discover who’s stopping time and prevent it from happening to Enfield, or else he’ll lose not only his father, but the boy he loves, forever.
I don’t know about you but this sounds fantastic to me. I find the concept of time is an interesting one to deal with in stories and the queer protagonist has my diversity sensor going off. Even though it’s my #5 pick, I will definitely be keeping my ear out for news on Sim’s Timekeeper series.
Release date: 2016
#4 Ever the Hunted (Clash of Kingdoms #1) by Erin Summerhill
Seventeen year-old Britta Flannery is at ease only in the woods with her dagger and bow. She spends her days tracking criminals alongside her father, the legendary bounty hunter for the King of Malam—that is, until her father is murdered. Now outcast and alone and having no rights to her father’s land or inheritance, she seeks refuge where she feels most safe: the Ever Woods. When Britta is caught poaching by the royal guard, instead of facing the noose she is offered a deal: her freedom in exchange for her father’s killer.
However, it’s not so simple.
The alleged killer is none other than Cohen McKay, her father’s former apprentice. The only friend she’s ever known. The boy she once loved who broke her heart. She must go on a dangerous quest in a world of warring kingdoms, mad kings, and dark magic to find the real killer. But Britta wields more power than she knows. And soon she will learn what has always made her different will make her a daunting and dangerous force.
The cover is really what caught my attention on this one. The synopsis sounds very Hunger Games meets Throne of Glass, and I’m not the biggest fan of YA mashups but I have a soft spot for archers. And the cover is just so damn pretty.
Release date: December 27th 2016
#3 Three Dark Crowns (Untitled #1) by Kendare Blake
Three Dark Crowns tells the story of triplet sisters on a remote island ruled by powerful magic and ancient family lineages. Separated at birth, one of the sisters will grow up to be queen, but in order to ascend to the throne she must hone her magic for a dark purpose: assassinating her other two sisters before they kill her first. Book one is scheduled for release in fall 2016
I think this just sounds dark and wonderful. I have yet to read Blake’s Anna duology but there seems to be mostly positive feedback on it. Thus, I have high hopes for her sister versus sister versus sister story.
Release date: Fall 2016
#2 Burning Glass (Burning Glass #1) by Kathryn Purdie
Sonya was born with the rare gift to feel what those around her feel—both physically and emotionally—a gift she’s kept hidden from the empire for seventeen long years. After a reckless mistake wipes out all the other girls with similar abilities, Sonya is hauled off to the palace and forced to serve the emperor as his sovereign Auraseer.
Tasked with sensing the intentions of would-be assassins, Sonya is under constant pressure to protect the emperor. One mistake, one small failure, will cost her own life and the lives of the few people left in the world who still trust her.
But Sonya’s power is untamed and reckless, her feelings easily usurped, and she sometimes can’t decipher when other people’s impulses end and her own begin. In a palace full of warring emotions and looming darkness, Sonya fears that the biggest danger to the empire may be herself.
As she struggles to wrangle her abilities, Sonya seeks refuge in her tenuous alliances with the volatile Emperor Valko and his idealistic younger brother, Anton, the crown prince. But when threats of revolution pit the two brothers against each other, Sonya must choose which brother to trust—and which to betray.
I’ve talked about my studies as a psychology student so a book about seeing emotions has me sold immediately. Also the cover looks fantastic. I can’t convey my excitement for this book through text but it’s enough to make it my number two pick for anticipated series.
Release date: March 1st, 2016
#1 This Savage Song (The Monsters of Verity #1) by Victoria Schwab
The city of Verity has been overrun with monsters, born from the worst of human evil. In North Verity, the Corsai and the Malchai run free. Under the rule of Callum Harker, the monsters kill any human who has not paid for protection. In the South, Henry Flynn hunts the monsters who cross the border into his territory, aided by the most dangerous and darkest monsters of them all—the Sunai, dark creatures who use music to steal their victim’s souls.
As one of only three Sunai in existence, August Flynn has always wanted to play a bigger role in the war between the north and the south. When the chance arises to keep an eye on Kate Harker, daughter of the leader of North Verity, August jumps on it.
When Kate discovers August’s secret, the pair find themselves running for their lives and battling monsters from both sides of the wall. As the city dissolves into chaos, it’s up to them to foster a peace between monsters and humans.
If you didn’t see this coming: Hi, you must be new. Victoria Schwab is one of my favorite authors so naturally her new series will be at the top of this list. Plus it has monsters and music. What else could you want?
Release date: June 7th, 2016