Sunday, January 15, 2017

My 10 Most Anticipated New Releases of 2017

There are a lot of new releases coming in 2017, by both known and debut authors. This list is just a few of the books that I am mostly excited about for this year. I’ve previously done a post on ‘My 10 Most Anticipated Continuations of 2017’, which contains all the new installments to series that are continuing or are ending in 2017 - so go check that post!

I am sure there will be more books coming out during the year that aren’t on this list that I’ll be excited about, but as of right now these are the ones I’m currently anticipating.

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·         Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor   3/17
This peaks my interest! I’ve never read anything by Laini Taylor, but I do own all of her Daughter of Smoke and Bone series. Hopefully 2017 is the year where I finally read something by this author.

·         Warcross by Marie Lu   10/17
This sounds like such a cool concept! An online game, bounty hunting and tournaments! Sounds very anime inspired… I’m down for it!

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·         Frostblood by Elly Blake   1/17
I’m probably biased with this one as I’ve already read it, but it was initially on my most anticipated reads list for 2017 before I had read it - and it sure did not disappoint!

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·         Empress of a Thousand Skies by Rhoda Belleza   2/17
The summary for this one is marginally vague but I’m intrigued. And it’s sci-fi, which I really want to read more of.

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·         Roar by Cora Carmack   6/17
This one I have had my eye on since I first saw its cover months ago and it sounds like something I’d really enjoy. I simply just need it!

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·         The Valiant by Lesley Livingston   2/17
A female protagonist who is the daughter to a Celtic king, a school training females to become gladiators, and a historical figure thrown into the mix? I’m sold!

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·         The Freemason’s Daughter by Shelley Sackier   4/17
This one is being marketed as ‘Outlander for young adults’. I’m not too sure about the ‘Outlander’ comparison but the summary does sound good.

·         *Untitled by Sara Raasch (Stream Raiders #1)   Late 2017
I have yet to read Frost Like Night by Sara Raasch, but I do love the first two books in that series. I don’t think I have read a book yet that is set during the time of the Spanish inquisition. I do like history and would like to read more books set in the past. But honesty, what really piqued my interest for this one was that it sounds like an epic pirate adventure.

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·         Royal Bastards by Andrew Shvarts   6/17
This is another new release that I had stumbled upon recently. The synopsis for this one sound so good! A gang of royals and bastards thrown together after being  witness to something they weren’t meant to see and having to runaway to save their lives. OH, YES PLEASE!

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·         The Alchemists of Loom by Elise Kova   1/17
Another author I have not yet read anything by but hope to one day. This book sounds like a fantastical fantasy, with a dash of steampunk tossed in. I can’t resist, just look at that cover!

I may not get around to reading ALL of these when they are released or even in 2017, but one can still hope.

Is there any books that are or aren’t on this list that you’re also excited for?

Friday, January 13, 2017

My Review for 'FROSTBLOOD' by Elly Blake

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Frostblood by Elly Blake
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This debut novel by Elly Blake is about a girl born a Fireblood; her people are gifted with the magic to manipulate fire. In her world fire and ice are mortal enemies, and with the lands ruled by the Frostbloods, people like her are hunted for they are seen as dangerous. That’s the only insight I’m going to give for this story. But believe me, there is a lot packed inside this first book.

The magic race division in this story was a strong force throughout this book. And the history of how this world and the feud between the two races began was quite imaginative. I felt the hatred and prejudice people had towards our main character, Ruby, because of her Fireblood heritage. The fear and cruelty of this part of the world was apparent, and the longer time had passed that fear and cruelty turned more brutal. Even the mythology of the gods and their history was bitter and twisted.

Of course, no story about a world divided by an epic feud would be complete without a fated love story thrown in. And when the hesitant hero, Arcus, walks on to the page he’s not quite what I had imagined. He was mean, pig-headed, secretive and judgmental. Ruby and Arcus instantly despise each other, but eventually learn to tolerate one another’s presence. This made for some hilarious moments during their interactions. It also made for some sweet moments when they got to know each other better. Once everything about each other’s history and their feelings for one another where laid out there, I completely fell in love with these two. The slow burn of their relationship was a refreshing break from all the ‘instalove’ I usually see in young adult books as of late.

Ruby, our female protagonist, developed so much throughout this first book. When we first see her she is determined and curious to learn more about her Fireblood abilities, but then her life gets flipped upside down and she realizes she should have heeded her mother’s warnings and the true danger her uncontrolled magic can do. She learns the hard way and is forged into her fire, coming out as this powerful determined woman. Viewing everything from her perspective and not knowing who she could trust really put me on edge while reading, causing me to have doubts and be suspicious about certain characters. I really admired Ruby’s strength, both mentally and physically. She didn’t give up, even during the times when she felt like she should, she never did.

Arcus was a wild card to me, I didn’t know if he was trustworthy. But as more of his personality developed and he warmed up more to Ruby, I saw how caring and protective he was. Even if he was a bit stand-offish and didn’t know how to show it, it was still there, underlying everything. He knew how to challenge Ruby enough to get her to focus on how to control her fire magic. It became a relationship of mutuality for both of them, as she was the spark he needed to melt his fears and learn to live again.

One of the best things I loved throughout Frostblood was the well-paced action. And when I say there was action, I mean of the brutal kind with blood, broken bones and graphic details. It’s probably horrible of me to state, but I loved it! It gave me strong Throne of Glass and Hunger Games vibes. The action was the metaphorical ‘cherry on top’ for me!

I think this Frostblood series could be a serious candidate in the new books being added to the young adult fantasy genre. I can’t wait to see what else Elly has installed for us after reading this captivating first installment. It gets five stars from me! Come on Elly Blake, what else do you have up your sleeve?

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Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton
Source: I received an ARC by the publisher inside the July Fairloot box in exchange for an honest review
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- FROSTBLOOD by Elly Blake

Saturday, January 7, 2017

My 10 Most Anticipated Continuations of 2017

These are not in any particular order. These are just 10 of MY most anticipated books to be released in 2017. There are many more I am looking forward to during the year, but these are sequels and continuations of series, or authors that I have read and loved, and can’t wait to read more of. There are so many continuations to series coming out and many more conclusions to a series as well. But that’s enough of me blabbering on; let’s get on with the list!

·         *Untitled (Throne of Glass #6)  9/17
I am sad that this series is coming to an end, or at least for Celaena’s story to end. I have been reading this series since back when book two, Crown of Midnight, was released, and have been obsessed with this series, its world and its characters that Sarah has created. After reading Throne of Glass I was completely hooked and have eagerly waited for each installment to be released, and waiting for this last one is just torture!

·         A Court of Wings and Ruin (A Court of Thorns and Roses #3)  5/17
Another book series of Sarah’s that is concluding in 2017. However, there is to be SIX books set in this world, and Sarah herself has stated that this is just the end of ONE storyline and that the next three are focused on different characters in this same world. But still, I don’t want Feyre’s story to end! Another torturous wait for us devoted fans!
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·         The Song Rising (The Bone Season #3)  3/17
At least this book isn’t a conclusion, but it is a long awaited sequel to a series that I had only recently discovered and devoured. It’s been a long wait for this third book – 2 year apparently – but I only got into it back in November last year and only have to wait until March for this third book. And the best part about this series is that there are going to be SEVEN books!
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·         Traitor to the Throne (Rebel of the Sands #2)  3/17
I read Rebel of the Sands last year and loved everything about it! But what I loved most was the vivid world building. Imagine run down Western towns and weapons, mixed in with Arabian cities and magic, and Voilà! You have the Rebel of the Sands world! This book was a huge surprise for me in 2016.
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P.S. I am not a fan of this cover change 😒

·         The Dark Calling (The Arcana Chronicles #6)  2017
Another conclusion to another great series. I have followed a long with this story for years, and was afraid for a time that it wouldn’t continue. But it did and now we are at the last book. At least – fingers crossed – everything and everyone will finally have closure, and no more of those heartbreaking cliffhangers!
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·         Breath of Fire (The Kingmaker Chronicles #2)  1/17
I read A Promise of Fire back in *August 2016, and completely fell in love with it! It was a great fantasy read packed with adventure, magic, laughter and romantic tension. And after finishing that first book, I hopped online and pre-ordered book two straight away, it should actually be arriving at my home fairly soon!
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·         The Hunt (Devil’s Isle #3)  9/17
Another book series I started reading last year and was hooked. But it was no surprise that I would love it, as I am a huge fan of another of the author’s series…

·         Blade Bound (Chicagoland Vampires #13)  4/17
I love Chloe’s writing; it’s always hilarious and witty. I’ve been reading this series for a long, long, long, LONG time; pretty much all the way back when it first started. This is the last book of Merit and Ethan’s story, but the series is apparently not over. There is to be a kind of spin-off series, set in the same world and city, involving some of the same characters, just not a Merit and Ethan story. I honestly don’t care; it’s by Chloe so I’ll read it!
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·         *Untitled (Guild Hunter #9)  2017
This series is like my guilty pleasure. So much action and chaos, sexy time and sexy characters, what more could you want? This just feeds my obsessive appetite. I literally DEVOUR these installments.

·         King’s Cage (Red Queen #3)  2/17
To be honest, I was not a huge fan of Red Queen. When Glass Sword came out I was contemplating not even reading it, but of course I did and I’m glad of it! Glass Sword was a HUGE improvement from Red Queen. I was shocked by how much I enjoyed it, and with how it ended. I just really need the last book, it’s killing me!
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Well, that’s the end of my most anticipated releases of continuing series in 2017. I’ll make a list of my most anticipated NEW releases of 2017 soon, because there are some I’m looking forward too! But I do hope you enjoyed my list!
What are your most anticipated 2017 releases? If you have any, or have made a post, just let me know down below in the comments. I’d love to see what everyone else’s is!