Since I was quite MIA from November through February because of that pesky morning sickness and general WTF-is-happening-with-my-body pregnancy feels, I didn’t really get a chance to talk about what books I was excited about for 2017 so I thought it might be fun, even months after the start of 2017, to share what new series I’m excited to start this year and think that you should be excited about too! Some have already come out and some are still upcoming!
1. Forest of A Thousand Lanterns by Julie C. Dao: “The Wrath and the Dawn meets Snow White and the Huntsman in this dark and mystical East Asian fantasy reimagining of The Evil Queen legend about one peasant girl’s quest to become Empress.”
2. Song of the Current by Sarah Tolcser: Epic fantasy + pirates + set on the sea
3. Strange The Dreamer by Laini Taylor: Dreams + gods + monsters + ghosts + war….all wrapped up in the gorgeous prose Laini Taylor is known for.
4. 27 Hours by Tristina Wright: War + monsters + space + romance
5. The Bone Witch by Rin Chupeco: “Memoirs of a Geisha meets The Name of the Wind” This dark fantasy series full of witches & necromancy looks awesome!
6. Devils & Thieves by Jennifer Rush: “A thrilling new urban fantasy filled with magic and motorcycle gangs” — sounds awesome right?
7. Wicked Like a Wildfire by Lana Popovic: Twin sisters + magical abilities + family curse
8. Caraval by Stephanie Garber: I’ve heard it compared to The Hunger Games meets The Night Circus. It sounds VERY intriguing!
9. Empress of A Thousand Skies by Rhoda Belleza: YAY! Another one set in space! Digging all this sci-fi coming out!
10. Flame in the Mist by Renee Ahdieh: Feudal Japan setting + genderbending goodness wherein the MC, after an attempted assassination on her life, disguises herself as a boy to infiltrate the dangerous gang who tried to kill her.
11. Even the Darkest Stars by Heather Fawcett: a fantasy inspired loosely by the early climbers of Mt. Everest? YES. So here for an explorer/adventure type story!
12. Roar by Cora Carmack: I’ve loved Cora’s romances so I’m excited to see what she cooks up in this incredible sounding fantasy series ruled by storms and the people who have the power to wield them.
13. Before She Ignites by Jodi Meadows: DRAGONS! Thank you. I’ve needed more dragons in my fantasy novels.
14. Warcross by Marie Lu: Another series from Marie Lu! THANK YOU BOOK GODS! Gaming + hacking + bounty hunting turns spying!
Thanks to the generosity of Little Brown I have a copy of Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor to get you started on this list of series to start this year!
One (1) winner receives:
- copy of Strange the Dreamer
- golden earbuds, eyeshadow, and writing pen set
Giveaway open to US addresses only.
Prizing and samples provided by Little, Brown & Co.
ABOUT THE BOOK
The dream chooses the dreamer, not the other way around–and Lazlo Strange, war orphan and junior librarian, has always feared that his dream chose poorly. Since he was five years old he’s been obsessed with the mythic lost city of Weep, but it would take someone bolder than he to cross half the world in search of it. Then a stunning opportunity presents itself, in the person of a hero called the Godslayer and a band of legendary warriors, and he has to seize his chance to lose his dream forever.
What happened in Weep two hundred years ago to cut it off from the rest of the world? What exactly did the Godslayer slay that went by the name of god? And what is the mysterious problem he now seeks help in solving?
The answers await in Weep, but so do more mysteries–including the blue-skinned goddess who appears in Lazlo’s dreams. How did he dream her before he knew she existed? and if all the gods are dead, why does she seem so real?
In this sweeping and breathtaking new novel by National Book Award finalist Laini Taylor, author of the New York Times bestselling Daughter of Smoke & Bone trilogy, the shadow of the past is as real as the ghosts who haunt the citadel of murdered gods. Fall into a mythical world of dread and wonder, moths and nightmares, love and carnage.
Welcome to Weep.
Loved this video of Laini talking about Strange the Dreamer and her inspiration!