Something a little different from the norm, this post is about the upcoming books that I’m most excited for. Inspired by Breaking the Spine, this specific post is about my current top three reads that I’m looking forward to being published this year, and the thing they have in common is apparently … green in their cover art.
Frogkisser! – Garth Nix
‘Wise and wondrous’ – Holly Black
Garth Nix is on hilarious form as he spins his very own fairy tale, featuring Princess Anya, who, with her loyal dog, must embark on a terribly important (capital Q) Quest to acquire the ingredients for a reversal lip balm, the vital item needed to change a frog back to a prince . . . oh, and save her kingdom from her villainous step(step)father.
A brilliantly funny take on fairytales and quests for younger readers.
Is anyone surprised about this? I love Garth Nix, and cannot wait to read this fairytale, which I am sure will be infused with his usual wit and wisdom. Plus there’s a dog. Who would not want a dog? This publishes next month. I’m already impatient for it to arrive!
28th February 2017 – Piccadilly Press
A Court of Wings and Ruin – Sarah J Maas
Looming war threatens all Feyre holds dear in the third volume of the #1 New York Times bestselling A Court of Thorns and Roses series.
Feyre has returned to the Spring Court, determined to gather information on Tamlin’s maneuverings and the invading king threatening to bring Prythian to its knees. But to do so she must play a deadly game of deceit-and one slip may spell doom not only for Feyre, but for her world as well.
As war bears down upon them all, Feyre must decide who to trust amongst the dazzling and lethal High Lords-and hunt for allies in unexpected places.
In this thrilling third book in the #1 New York Times bestselling series from Sarah J. Maas, the earth will be painted red as mighty armies grapple for power over the one thing that could destroy them all.
Despite only actually starting the ACOTAR series last year, I read the first two instalments in quick succession and am now itching to see how things pan out for Feyre and Rhysand in the final installation of this fairytale trilogy.
2nd May 2017 – Bloomsbury Childrens Books
The Ship Beyond Time – Heidi Heilig
The breathtaking sequel to the acclaimed The Girl from Everywhere. Nix has escaped her past, but when the person she loves most is at risk, even the daughter of a time traveler may not be able to outrun her fate—no matter where she goes. Fans of Rae Carson, Alexandra Bracken, and Outlander will fall hard for Heidi Heilig’s sweeping fantasy.
Nix has spent her whole life journeying to places both real and imagined aboard her time-traveling father’s ship. And now it’s finally time for her to take the helm. Her father has given up his obsession to save her mother—and possibly erase Nix’s existence—and Nix’s future lies bright before her. Until she learns that she is destined to lose the one she loves. But her relationship with Kash—best friend, thief, charmer extraordinaire—is only just beginning. How can she bear to lose him? How can she bear to become as adrift and alone as her father?
Desperate to change her fate, Nix takes her crew to a mythical utopia to meet another Navigator who promises to teach her how to manipulate time. But everything in this utopia is constantly changing, and nothing is what it seems—not even her relationship with Kash. Nix must grapple with whether anyone can escape her destiny, her history, her choices. Heidi Heilig weaves fantasy, history, and romance together to tackle questions of free will, fate, and what it means to love another person. But at the center of this adventure are the extraordinary, multifaceted, and multicultural characters that leap off the page, and an intricate, recognizable world that has no bounds. The sequel—and conclusion—to the indie darling The Girl from Everywhere will be devoured by fans of Rachel Hartman and Maggie Stiefvater. Includes black-and-white maps.
I am so excited about this. I loved The Girl From Everywhere far more than I ever expected to, and I cannot wait for Nix’s story to continue as she takes the helm of her own ship!
March 23rd 2017, Hot Key Books
So those are my top three picks for books publishing in the next three months – any others I should be aware of and excited for?