30 December 2016

Top 10 Books I'm Looking Forward to in 2017

Welcome to the "Top 10 of 2016"! "Top 10 of 2016" is a fun-filled week where we look back at some of the best of all things books of 2016 and look ahead to what we can’t wait for in 2017. This event is hosted by Rachel of Fiktshun, Jaime of Two Chicks on Books, Nancy of Tales of a Ravenous Reader, and Bridget of Dark Faerie Tales!

Each day this week there was a new Top 10 list, today's being "Best Books I'm Looking Forward to in 2017". This was probably the easiest list for me to compile as there are just so many books that I'm looking forward to in the upcoming year!

Also, if you'd like to catch my Top 10 lists from the rest of this week, check out Best Books I've Read in 2016, Best Book Covers of 2016, Best Couples of 2016, and Best Book Boyfriends of 2016.

Title: Cold Summer
Author: Gwen Cole
Publication Date: May 2, 2017
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Today, he’s a high school dropout with no future.
Tomorrow, he’s a soldier in World War II.

Kale Jackson has spent years trying to control his time-traveling ability but hasn’t had much luck. One day he lives in 1945, fighting in the war as a sharpshooter and helplessly watching soldiers—friends—die. Then the next day, he’s back in the present, where WWII has bled into his modern life in the form of PTSD, straining his relationship with his father and the few friends he has left. Every day it becomes harder to hide his battle wounds, both physical and mental, from the past.

When the ex-girl-next-door, Harper, moves back to town, thoughts of what could be if only he had a normal life begin to haunt him. Harper reminds him of the person he was before the PTSD, which helps anchor him to the present. With practice, maybe Kale could remain in the present permanently and never step foot on a battlefield again. Maybe he can have the normal life he craves.

But then Harper finds Kale’s name in a historical article—and he’s listed as a casualty of the war. Kale knows now that he must learn to control his time-traveling ability to save himself and his chance at a life with Harper. Otherwise, he’ll be killed in a time where he doesn’t belong by a bullet that was never meant for him.
Why I'm Excited
Some of my most favorite books are time-traveler romances. From Gabaldon's Outlander series to Lisa T. Bergren's River or Time series; I love me a good time-travel romance. This also has elements of star-crossed love that will make even the most unromantic cynic yearn.

Title: Roar (Stealing Storms #1)
Author: Cora Carmack
Publication Date: June 13, 2017
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In a land ruled and shaped by violent magical storms, power lies with those who control them.

Aurora Pavan comes from one of the oldest Stormling families in existence. Long ago, the ungifted pledged fealty and service to her family in exchange for safe haven, and a kingdom was carved out from the wildlands and sustained by magic capable of repelling the world’s deadliest foes. As the sole heir of Pavan, Aurora’s been groomed to be the perfect queen. She’s intelligent and brave and honorable. But she’s yet to show any trace of the magic she’ll need to protect her people.

To keep her secret and save her crown, Aurora’s mother arranges for her to marry a dark and brooding Stormling prince from another kingdom. At first, the prince seems like the perfect solution to all her problems. He’ll guarantee her spot as the next queen and be the champion her people need to remain safe. But the more secrets Aurora uncovers about him, the more a future with him frightens her. When she dons a disguise and sneaks out of the palace one night to spy on him, she stumbles upon a black market dealing in the very thing she lacks—storm magic. And the people selling it? They’re not Stormlings. They’re storm hunters.

Legend says that her ancestors first gained their magic by facing a storm and stealing part of its essence. And when a handsome young storm hunter reveals he was born without magic, but possesses it now, Aurora realizes there’s a third option for her future besides ruin or marriage.

She might not have magic now, but she can steal it if she’s brave enough.

Challenge a tempest. Survive it. And you become its master.

Why I'm Excited
Royalty, magical storms, and a strong female character. What's not to love?

Title: Cold Summer
Author: Veronica Roth
Publication Date: Jan. 17, 2017
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On a planet where violence and vengeance rule, in a galaxy where some are favored by fate, everyone develops a currentgift, a unique power meant to shape the future. While most benefit from their currentgifts, Akos and Cyra do not — their gifts make them vulnerable to others’ control. Can they reclaim their gifts, their fates, and their lives, and reset the balance of power in this world?

Cyra is the sister of the brutal tyrant who rules the Shotet people. Cyra’s currentgift gives her pain and power — something her brother exploits, using her to torture his enemies. But Cyra is much more than just a blade in her brother’s hand: she is resilient, quick on her feet, and smarter than he knows.

Akos is from the peace-loving nation of Thuve, and his loyalty to his family is limitless. Though protected by his unusual currentgift, once Akos and his brother are captured by enemy Shotet soldiers, Akos is desperate to get his brother out alive — no matter what the cost. When Akos is thrust into Cyra’s world, the enmity between their countries and families seems insurmountable. They must decide to help each other to survive — or to destroy one another.

Why I'm Excited
Some special powers and romance wrapped up in a big science fiction, young adult bow. And, I'll read anything by Veronica Roth.

Title: Caraval (Untitled #1)
Author: Stephanie Garber
Publication Date: Jan. 31, 2017
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Before you enter the world of Caraval, you must remember that it’s all a game . . .

Scarlett has never left the tiny island where she and her beloved sister, Tella, live with their ruthless father. Now Scarlett’s father has arranged a marriage for her, and Scarlett thinks her dreams of seeing Caraval, the legendary, once-a-year performance where the audience participates in the show, are over.

Then, Scarlett’s long-dreamt of invitation to Caraval finally arrives. So, Tella enlists a mysterious sailor’s help to whisk Scarlett away to this year’s show. But as soon as the trio arrives, Tella is kidnapped by Caraval’s mastermind organizer, Legend.

Scarlett has been told that everything that happens during Caraval is only an elaborate performance. But she nonetheless soon becomes enmeshed in a game of love, heartbreak, and magic with her sister, with Legend, and with the other players in the game. And whether Caraval is real or not, she must find Tella before the five nights of the game are over, a dangerous domino effect of consequences is set off, and her sister disappears forever.

Why I'm Excited
The whole idea of a place like Caraval is incredibly intriguing! And a young girl who has a chance to escape her unfortunate circumstances to find her place--just the kind of story I enjoy! The mystery surrounding Caraval is enticing! I can't wait for this one!

Title: Brave New Girl
Author: Rachel Vincent
Publication Date: May 9, 2017
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We have brown hair. Brown eyes. Fair skin.
We are healthy and strong and smart.
But only one of us has ever had a secret.

Dahlia 16 sees her face in every crowd. She's nothing special—just one of five thousand girls created from a single genome to work for the greater good of the city.
Meeting Trigger 17 changes everything. He thinks she’s interesting. Beautiful. Unique. Which means he must be flawed. When Dahlia can't stop thinking about him—when she can't resist looking for him, even though that means breaking the rules—she realizes she's flawed, too. But if she’s flawed, then so are all her identicals. And any genome found to be flawed will be recalled.
Getting caught with Trigger would seal not only Dahlia's fate, but that of all five thousand girls who share her face. But what if Trigger is right? What if Dahlia is different?
Suddenly the girl who always follows the rules is breaking them, one by one by one. . . .

Why I'm Excited
Dahlia is special. I'm not quite sure what makes her so special, yet, but I'm excited to read and find out! I always enjoy stories with a sci-fi premise. And it, of course, has my favorite; a love story!

Title: After the Fall
Author: Kate Hart
Publication Date: Jan. 24, 2017
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A YA debut about a teen girl who wrestles with rumors, reputation, and her relationships with two brothers.

Seventeen-year-old Raychel is sleeping with two boys: her overachieving best friend Matt…and his slacker brother, Andrew. Raychel sneaks into Matt’s bed after nightmares, but nothing ever happens. He doesn’t even seem to realize she’s a girl, except when he decides she needs rescuing. But Raychel doesn't want to be his girl anyway. She just needs his support as she deals with the classmate who assaulted her, the constant threat of her family’s eviction, and the dream of college slipping quickly out of reach. Matt tries to help, but he doesn’t really get it… and he’d never understand why she’s fallen into a secret relationship with his brother. The friendships are a precarious balance, and when tragedy strikes, everything falls apart. Raychel has to decide which pieces she can pick up – and which ones are worth putting back together.

Why I'm Excited
This one sounds like a real emotional-packed journey. I'm interested to learn what happened to Raychel to make her so damaged, and I'm curious as to where she'll land at the end of this story.

Title: Maybe in Paris
Author: Rebecca Christiansen
Publication Date: Jun. 6, 2017
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Keira Braidwood lands in Paris with her autistic brother, Levi, and high hopes. Levi has just survived a suicide attempt and months in the psych ward—he’s ready for a dose of the wider world. Unlike their helicopter mom and the doctors who hover over Levi, Keira doesn’t think Levi’s certifiable. He’s just . . . quirky. Always has been.

Those quirks quickly begin to spoil the trip. Keira wants to traipse all over Europe; Levi barely wants to leave their grubby hotel room. She wants to dine on the world’s cuisine; he only wants fast food. Levi is one giant temper tantrum, and Keira’s ready to pull out her own hair.

She finally finds the adventure she craves in Gable, a hot Scottish bass player, but while Keira flirts in the Paris Catacombs, Levi’s mental health breaks. He disappears from their hotel room and Keira realizes, too late, that her brother is sicker than she was willing to believe. To bring him home safe, Keira must tear down the wall that Levi’s sickness and her own guilt have built between them.

Why I'm Excited
Ummmm, a "Scottish bass player"?! Yeah. Also, I love stories that revolve around familial bonds. And this brother and sister tale, just sings of heartache and possible growth.

Title: The Last Thing You Said
Author: Sara Biren
Publication Date: April 4, 2017
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Last summer, Lucy’s and Ben’s lives changed in an instant. One moment, they were shyly flirting on a lake raft, finally about to admit their feelings to each other after years of yearning. In the next, Trixie—Lucy’s best friend and Ben’s sister—was gone, her heart giving out during a routine swim. And just like that, the idyllic world they knew turned upside down, and the would-be couple drifted apart, swallowed up by their grief. Now it’s a year later in their small lake town, and as the anniversary of Trixie’s death looms, Lucy and Ben’s undeniable connection pulls them back together. They can’t change what happened the day they lost Trixie, but the summer might finally bring them closer to healing—and to each other.

Why I'm Excited
I'm not usually one for anything suspenseful but this sounds SO good! There's sure to be some heartache and angst.

Title: A Court of Wings and Ruin (A Court of Thorns and Roses #3)
Author: Sarah J. Maas
Publication Date: May 2, 2017
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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.

Why I'm Excited
This should really go without saying. I mean, if you read the other two books in this series, then you wouldn't need me to tell you why I'm excited. But, if you haven't read this series, I'll give you a hint: Rhysand.

Title: Reunited (Reawakened #3)
Author: Colleen Houck
Publication Date: Aug. 8, 2017
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After surviving her otherworldly adventure, Lily wakes up on her nana’s farm having forgotten everything. Her sun prince, her travels to Egypt, and her journey to the Afterlife are all distant memories.

But Lily is not the girl she once was. Her body is now part human, part lion, and part fairy. And if that isn’t bad enough, she must now harness this power of three and become Wasret: a goddess destined to defeat the evil god Seth once and for all.

With the help of her old friend Dr. Hassan, Lily departs on her final voyage through the cosmos and across the plains of Egypt. On the journey, she will transform into the being she is destined to become.

Reunited is the heart-pounding conclusion to the Reawakened series.

It is time for Lily to find her sunset.

Why I'm Excited
If you've never read anything by Colleen Houck, then I can say you are truly missing out. She is a GENIUS! And I've read her Tiger Saga more times than I can count. I'm loving the Reawakened Series and can't wait for the end! Also, there'll be a novella for the series coming out in February.

Please let me know, in the comments, of the books YOU are eager for in 2017!


  1. ACOWAR is going to be fab, I hope! I wanted to add Cold Summer but it couldn't make the list because I already had ten I'm looking forward to. Nontheless, I'm still super excited to read that one! And the same goes for Caraval!

    My Top Ten!

  2. Great list. Caraval and ACOWAR are on my list too. I'd totally forgotten about that upcoming Cora Carmack book. I'm really looking forward to that one as well.

    1. Next year is going to be a great year for books!

  3. So many great books...love the cover on Cold Summer...and I just added Brave New Girl to my wishlist!

    1. Right?! I'm going to need to save my money--so many books to buy this coming year.

  4. ACOWAR and Roar made my list too! I am so excited for those two books!

  5. We are on the same page, in terms of Roar! OMG Christine, I loooooved Caraval! It was every bit worth the hype. I'm reading Carve the Mark next week, I think. Excellent list, Christine! =)

    Alyssa @ The Eater of Books!

    1. I'm so glad to hear that Caraval is as good as I was hoping!!! Thanks, Alyssa!! :)

  6. interesting choice! I only heard about some of this list. I think, too, by reading them