January 1, 2016

Top 10 Anticipated Book of 2016

Well I've been searching and digging through the upcoming books of 2016! I love finding out about exciting new books! It's been revealing. Looks like adult Urban Fantasy is slowing down, besides regular series it seem like not much is coming out. Paranormal Romance is slow as well, but is over powering UF. YA seems to still love cranking out the paranormal! which is great.

So what's on the rise? Looks like Science Fiction is making a pretty strong comeback in YA. It's not even hiding behind the title of Dystopian anymore! Yeah! High Fantasy in YA is definitely pulling through from 2015 to 2016. Steampunk doesn't seem to be as plentiful. I had also though young adult westerns where a new thing, but it doesn't seem to be so. However, a surprising turn has Time Travel picking up in the genre race. I personally think the love of Outlander is finally giving the genre the boost it needs.

Series with 2 releases in 2016 will not be repeated. There is no particular order to the list. As usual I'm sure I missed some good titles, and some books have been left off as I'm not cut up/reading the series right now.

The Cold Light of Day by Kelly Gay

cold light of dayGet it: Amazon | Goodreads
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Series: Charlie Madigan, book 5

Nothing Yet!! Ah!!!!!

So the author and Goodreads tentatively says 2016. Things are supposed to be smoothed out publication wise. This is a series I have been waiting for news on with baited breath. No really. I stalked any social medium dear Kelly Gay was attached to. So even the whisper of a promise that this book is REALLY coming out in 2016 is manna from the heavens.

Honestly I haven't been able to read book 3 after some doubt was cast on there not being more books in the series. I NEED this book to come out.


A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas

a-court-of-mist-and-furyGet it: Amazon | Goodreads
Genre: New Adult High Fantasy
Series: A Court of Thorns and Roses, book 2

Feyre survived Amarantha's clutches to return to the Spring Court--but at a steep cost. Though she now has the powers of the High Fae, her heart remains human, and it can't forget the terrible deeds she performed to save Tamlin's people.

Nor has Feyre forgotten her bargain with Rhysand, High Lord of the feared Night Court. As Feyre navigates its dark web of politics, passion, and dazzling power, a greater evil looms--and she might be key to stopping it. But only if she can harness her harrowing gifts, heal her fractured soul, and decide how she wishes to shape her future--and the future of a world cleaved in two.

With more than a million copies sold of her beloved Throne of Glass series, Sarah J. Maas's masterful storytelling brings this second book in her seductive and action-packed series to new heights.

I was excited about the first book A Court of Thorns and Roses (Amazon | Goodreads), but I had my doubts. The first book of the Throne of Glass series left me with very mixed feelings. But A Court of Thorns and Roses delivered! Boy did it deliver.

Fire Touched by Patricia Briggs

fire touchedGet it: Amazon | Goodreads
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Series: Mercy Thompson, book 9

Mercy Thompson has been hailed as “a heroine who continues to grow and yet always remains true to herself.”* Now she’s back, and she’ll soon discover that when the fae stalk the human world, it’s the children who suffer...

Tensions between the fae and humans are coming to a head. And when coyote shapeshifter Mercy and her Alpha werewolf mate, Adam, are called upon to stop a rampaging troll, they find themselves with something that could be used to make the fae back down and forestall out-and-out war: a human child stolen long ago by the fae.

Defying the most powerful werewolf in the country, the humans, and the fae, Mercy, Adam, and their pack choose to protect the boy no matter what the cost. But who will protect them from a boy who is fire touched?

Ah. The Mercy Thompson series is still one of my favorites. Even it's spin-off Alpha & Omega is a favorite. I've been doing a reread and catching up, and it just baffles me how amazing this series is. After many rereads and after each new book.

Hey, it might be predictable but this book earns its spot on this list.

Magic Binds by Ilona Andrews

magic bindsGet it: Amazon | Goodreads
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Series: Kate Daniels, book


Wow! When I read the first book, Magic Bites, I never could have predicted how much I would love this series. Especially since it took until book 3, Magic Strikes, to finally suck me fully into the verse. This series is why I sometimes push a series that I may not have been impressed with at the start.

Because now the Kate Daniels series is one of my favorites and I eagerly wait for each new book. Spin-offs and shorts. The world and cast of characters are all fabulous and that's a rare find.

Marked in Flesh by Anne Bishop

marked in fleshGet it: Amazon | Goodreads
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Series: The Others, book 4

For centuries, the Others and humans have lived side by side in uneasy peace. But when humankind oversteps its bounds, the Others will have to decide how much humanity they’re willing to tolerate—both within themselves and within their community...

Since the Others allied themselves with the cassandra sangue, the fragile yet powerful human blood prophets who were being exploited by their own kind, the delicate dynamic between humans and Others changed. Some, like Simon Wolfgard, wolf shifter and leader of the Lakeside Courtyard, and blood prophet Meg Corbyn, see the new, closer companionship as beneficial—both personally and practically.

But not everyone is convinced. A group of radical humans is seeking to usurp land through a series of violent attacks on the Others. What they don’t realize is that there are older and more dangerous forces than shifters and vampires protecting the land that belongs to the Others—and those forces are willing to do whatever is necessary to protect what is theirs…

OK, this series is awesome! It's one of the most unique Urban Fantasy worlds and stories. I mean humans are kind of the bad guys. How is that not kind of cool? But really no real race is the villain. Both sides have good, gray, and bad guys.

This has become one of my favorite series. When I finish each book I'm left with this since of utter disappointment that I have a full year to wait for the next. It's the perfect kind of torture to read books that good.

Nevernight by Jay Kristoff

nevernight jay kristoffGet it: Amazon | Goodreads
Genre: Young Adult Fantasy
Series: The Nevernight Chronicles, book 1

The first in an epic new fantasy series from the New York Times bestselling author.

In a land where three suns almost never set, a fledgling killer joins a school of assassins, seeking vengeance against the powers who destroyed her family.

Daughter of an executed traitor, Mia Corvere is barely able to escape her father’s failed rebellion with her life. Alone and friendless, she hides in a city built from the bones of a dead god, hunted by the Senate and her father’s former comrades. But her gift for speaking with the shadows leads her to the door of a retired killer, and a future she never imagined.

Now, a sixteen year old Mia is apprenticed to the deadliest flock of assassins in the entire Republic — the Red Church. Treachery and trials await her with the Church’s halls, and to fail is to die. But if she survives to initiation, Mia will be inducted among the chosen of the Lady of Blessed Murder, and one step closer to the only thing she desires.


Assassins. Revenge. Jay Kristoff. Assassins, revenge, and Jay Kristoff. Please and thank you

Nightstruck by Jenna Black

NightstruckGet it: Amazon | Goodreads
Genre: Pararnormal Young Adult
Series: N/A

The start of a spooky yet romantic dark paranormal horror series from Glimmerglass author Jenna Black

The night is the enemy, and the city of Philadelphia is its deadliest weapon.

Becket is an ordinary teenage girl, wrestling with the upheaval of her parents' divorce. Her biggest problems to date have been choosing which colleges to apply to, living up to her parents' ambitious expectations of her, and fighting her secret crush on her best friend's boyfriend. That all changes the night she tries to save an innocent life and everything goes horribly wrong.

Becket has been tricked into opening a door between worlds. As dark magic trickles into Philadelphia, strange creatures roam the streets and inanimate objects come to life, all of them bloodthirsty and terrifying. The city returns to normal when the sun rises each morning. The moment the sun sets, most citizens shut themselves in their houses and stay there no matter what they hear.

The magic is openly hostile to most mortals, but there are some it seems to covet, trying to lure them out into the night. While Becket struggles to protect her friends and family from predatory creatures of the night, she is constantly tempted to shrug off her responsibilities and join them.

Faeriewalker books where awesome for me. And in general Jenna Black is awesome. I always get happy book feels when a new series comes out from her. (Even though that means, usually, one of my latest favorite series from her got the axe.)

The Abyss Surrounds Us by Emily Skrutskie

The Abyss Surrounds UsGet it: Amazon | Goodreads
Genre: Paranormal Young Adult
Series: The Abyss Surrounds Us, book 1

For Cassandra Leung, bossing around sea monsters is just the family business. She’s been a Reckoner trainer-in-training ever since she could walk, raising the genetically-engineered beasts to defend ships as they cross the pirate-infested NeoPacific. But when the pirate queen Santa Elena swoops in on Cas’s first solo mission and snatches her from the bloodstained decks, Cas’s dream of being a full-time trainer seems dead in the water.

There’s no time to mourn. Waiting for her on the pirate ship is an unhatched Reckoner pup. Santa Elena wants to take back the seas with a monster of her own, and she needs a proper trainer to do it. She orders Cas to raise the pup, make sure he imprints on her ship, and, when the time comes, teach him to fight for the pirates. If Cas fails, her blood will be the next to paint the sea.

But Cas has fought pirates her entire life. And she's not about to stop.

This cover captured my heart! Oh! Just. Yes. Then this part just swept me off my book loving feet: "bossing around sea monsters is just the family business."

Then there's the monster training. Pirates and all this other stuff. I have HIGH-HIGH hopes for this new series. I want this new series to be the bees knees.

Untitled by Kresley Cole

the arcana chronicles book 4Get it: Amazon | Goodreads
Genre: Parnormal Dystopian Young Adult
Series: The Arcana Chronicles, book 4


Wow. This series. Wow. It's awesome. Each new book's cliffhanger is crazy and each new cliffhanger and twist is . . . agh! Freaking love and hate! The Arcana Chronicles are the perfect showcase of Cole's talents. The best part is she actually has to step outside of her romance formula. Yes it does follow some of her go to tropes, but it's brilliant.

It's probably why I want more-more-better out of her Immortals After Dark series. (Which with the last book has taken a much needed turn.)

Truthwitch by Susan Dennard

truthwitchGet it: Amazon | Goodreads
Genre: Young Adult HIgh Fantasy
Series: The Witchlands, book 1

On a continent ruled by three empires, some are born with a “witchery”, a magical skill that sets them apart from others.

In the Witchlands, there are almost as many types of magic as there are ways to get in trouble—as two desperate young women know all too well.

Safiya is a Truthwitch, able to discern truth from lie. It’s a powerful magic that many would kill to have on their side, especially amongst the nobility to which Safi was born. So Safi must keep her gift hidden, lest she be used as a pawn in the struggle between empires.

Iseult, a Threadwitch, can see the invisible ties that bind and entangle the lives around her—but she cannot see the bonds that touch her own heart. Her unlikely friendship with Safi has taken her from life as an outcast into one of reckless adventure, where she is a cool, wary balance to Safi’s hotheaded impulsiveness.

Safi and Iseult just want to be free to live their own lives, but war is coming to the Witchlands. With the help of the cunning Prince Merik (a Windwitch and ship’s captain) and the hindrance of a Bloodwitch bent on revenge, the friends must fight emperors, princes, and mercenaries alike, who will stop at nothing to get their hands on a Truthwitch.

I first wanted this book because I thought the pretty cover was a new cover for Morgan Rhodes Falling Kingdoms series. Once I realized that the author was different, and the series name was The Witchlands I was all in! Come on, you guys know I adore witches!!

I'm a little nervous that this Prince Merik (a Windwitch) is going to be a lover interest for Safi and Iseult. But it would be pretty cool to have both leading ladies as the sides of the love triangle.

Honorable Mentions

There are a lot of good books coming out in 2016! So my Honorable Mentions is a pretty big one this time. And that's after I tried to have some restraint!!! Sorry guys. Well not really.

And I Darken

Assassin's Heart

bitter bite

And I Darken
by Kiersten White
Goodreads | Amazon

Assassin's Heart
by Sarah Ahiers
Goodreads | Amazon

Bitter Bite
by Jennifer Estep
Goodreads | Amazon


bound by blood and sand

bright smoke, cold fire

by Dan Wells
Goodreads | Amazon

Bound by Blood and Sand
by Becky Allen
Goodreads | Amazon

Bright Smoke, Cold Fire
by Rosamund Hodge
Goodreads | Amazon

cal leandros 11



by Rob Thurman
Goodreads | Amazon

Daughters of Ruin
by K.D. Castner
Goodreads | Amazon

by Tobie Easton
Goodreads | Amazon




Ever the Hunted
by Erin Summerill
Goodreads | Amazon

by Marissa Meyer
Goodreads | Amazon

by Lish McBride
Goodreads | Amazon

reign pf shadows

ride the storm

shadowed blade

Reign of Shadows
by Sophie Jordan
Goodreads | Amazon

Ride the Storm
by Karen Chance
Goodreads | Amazon

Shadowed Blade
by J.C. Daniels
Goodreads | Amazon


The Voodoo Killings A Kincaid Strange Novel

by Melissa landers
Goodreads | Amazon

Voodoo Killings
by Kristi Charish
Goodreads | Amazon


It's a little startling how many Young Adult titles are on this list, because there weren't that many Adult titles to pick from. Hopefully more will reveal themselves as the year goes on.

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