Top 10 Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. You can find the prompts here.
Looking forward to a book is almost as good as getting it in your own hands, though not quite I’ll admit. Today’s prompt from Top 10 Tuesday is all about those books I’m looking forward to in the later half of this year, the rest of summer all the way through fall and into the holidays. There will probably be a list from me closer to the holidays of the Top 10 Books on my holiday wish list, but for now these are the books I’ve got my eye on the calendar for.
Leave it to the heroes to save the world–villains just want to rule the world.
In this unique YA anthology, thirteen acclaimed, bestselling authors team up with thirteen influential BookTubers to reimagine fairy tales from the oft-misunderstood villains’ points of view.
These fractured, unconventional spins on classics like “Medusa,” Sherlock Holmes, and “Jack and the Beanstalk” provide a behind-the-curtain look at villains’ acts of vengeance, defiance, and rage–and the pain, heartbreak, and sorrow that spurned them on. No fairy tale will ever seem quite the same again!
There are two reasons I want to check this out: 1) it’s all about re-imagined fairy tales from the villain’s perspective, something that sounds positively delicious, and 2) I’m curious to see what the work of famous authors and influential BookTubers will be like. How much will the BookTubers influence the writing of some of my favorite authors, like Renee Ahdieh or Adam Silvera?
Release date: 11 July 2017
Action-packed and wildly funny, this near-future sci-fi features three teens on an inter-dimensional mission to save the world.
Rosa and Eddie are among hundreds of teens applying to NASA’s mysterious Multi-World Agency. After rounds of crazy-competitive testing they are appointed to Team 3, along with an alternate, just in case Eddie screws up (as everyone expects he will). What they don’t expect is that aliens will arrive from another dimension, and look just like us. And no one could even imagine that Team 3 would be the only hope of saving our world from their Earth-destroying plans. The teens steal the spacecraft (it would be great if they knew how to fly it) and head to Earth2, where the aliens’ world and people are just like ours. With a few notable exceptions.
There, the teens will find more than their alternate selves: they’ll face existential questions and high-stakes adventure, with comedy that’s out of this world.
I loved Katie Kennedy’s sense of humor in her novel Learning to Swear in America, so of course I was jazzed to learn she’d have another book out this summer. This time, her super bright if somewhat downtrodden teens (poor Eddie!) are the only hope Earth has against an alien race with Earth-destroying plans. What sucks even more about these aliens? They’re just like us.
Release date: 18 July 2017
A romantic coming-of-age fantasy tale steeped in Indian folklore, perfect for fans of The Star-Touched Queen and The Wrath and the Dawn
No one is entirely certain what brings the Emperor Sikander to Shalingar. Until now, the idyllic kingdom has been immune to his many violent conquests. To keep the visit friendly, Princess Amrita has offered herself as his bride, sacrificing everything—family, her childhood love, and her freedom—to save her people. But her offer isn’t enough.
The unthinkable happens, and Amrita finds herself a fugitive, utterly alone but for an oracle named Thala, who was kept by Sikander as a slave and managed to escape amid the chaos of a palace under siege. With nothing and no one else to turn to, Amrita and Thala are forced to rely on each other. But while Amrita feels responsible for her kingdom and sets out to warn her people, the newly free Thala has no such ties. She encourages Amrita to go on a quest to find the fabled Library of All Things, where it is possible for each of them to reverse their fates. To go back to before Sikander took everything from them.
Stripped of all that she loves, caught between her rosy past and an unknown future, will Amrita be able to restore what was lost, or does another life—and another love—await?
Interesting point number one: it’s got “library” in the title, a legendary library where it is said to be possible to reverse one’s fate.
Interesting point number two: apparently the story is inspired by Indian folklore, which I don’t know much about. Getting to learn more about it should prove quite the experience.
Release date: 18 July 2017
Fans of Holly Black and Leigh Bardugo will be bewitched by Lana Popovic’s debut YA fantasy novel about a bargain that binds the fates—and hearts—of twin sisters to a force larger than life.
All the women in Iris and Malina’s family have the unique magical ability or “gleam” to manipulate beauty. Iris sees flowers as fractals and turns her kaleidoscope visions into glasswork, while Malina interprets moods as music. But their mother has strict rules to keep their gifts a secret, even in their secluded sea-side town. Iris and Malina are not allowed to share their magic with anyone, and above all, they are forbidden from falling in love.
But when their mother is mysteriously attacked, the sisters will have to unearth the truth behind the quiet lives their mother has built for them. They will discover a wicked curse that haunts their family line—but will they find that the very magic that bonds them together is destined to tear them apart forever?
Witches, of a sort, in a sea-side town that have to keep their powers a secret? Powers that allow them to manipulate beauty in different ways? This sounds like something I would have loved in high school and will love even now. I can’t wait to try this out and see what the mystery is behind the lives of the two sisters, Iris and Malina.
Release date: 15 August 2017
To save her sister’s life, Faris must smuggle magic into a plague-ridden neighboring kingdom in this exciting and dangerous start to a brand-new fantasy duology.
Faris grew up fighting to survive in the slums of Brindaigel while caring for her sister, Cadence. But when Cadence is caught trying to flee the kingdom and is sold into slavery, Faris reluctantly agrees to a lucrative scheme to buy her back, inadvertently binding herself to the power-hungry Princess Bryn, who wants to steal her father’s throne.
Now Faris must smuggle stolen magic into neighboring Avinea to incite its prince to alliance—magic that addicts in the war-torn country can sense in her blood and can steal with a touch. She and Bryn turn to a handsome traveling magician, North, who offers protection from Avinea’s many dangers, but he cannot save Faris from Bryn’s cruelty as she leverages Cadence’s freedom to force Faris to do anything—or kill anyone—she asks. Yet Faris is as fierce as Bryn, and even as she finds herself falling for North, she develops schemes of her own.
With the fate of kingdoms at stake, Faris, Bryn, and North maneuver through a dangerous game of magical and political machinations, where lives can be destroyed—or saved—with only a touch.
Usually I’m reading books about magic saturated worlds, but now here’s one where magic is forbidden? People are addicted to it? Smuggling’s involved and it sounds like there’s some strong political machinations going on. It sounds intensely exciting. 😀
Release date: 8 August 2017
Molly Mavity is not a normal teenage girl. For one thing, her father is a convicted murderer, and his execution date is fast approaching. For another, Molly refuses to believe that her mother is dead, and she waits for the day when they’ll be reunited . . . despite all evidence that this will never happen.
Pepper Yusef is not your average teenage boy. A Kuwaiti immigrant with epilepsy, serious girl problems, and the most useless seizure dog in existence, he has to write a series of essays over the summer . . . or fail out of school.
And Ava Dreyman—the brave and beautiful East German resistance fighter whose murder at seventeen led to the destruction of the Berlin Wall—is unlike anyone you’ve met before.
When Molly gets a package leading her to Pepper, they’re tasked with solving a decades-old mystery: find out who killed Ava, back in 1989. Using Ava’s diary for clues, Molly and Pepper realize there’s more to her life—and death—than meets the eye. Someone is lying to them. And someone out there is guiding them along, desperate for answers.
I’ve been meaning to read Stephanie Oakes’s other book, The Sacred Lies of Minnow Bly, because it had such a unique concept. This plot sounds no less interesting and the cover is eye catching as well. This book sounds like it’ll be chock full of secrets, maybe time travel? At the very least there’s a whopping big secret from the 80’s to be solved, not to mention the personal problems of the main characters (a girl with one parent due to be executed and a possibly dead mother, a boy with epilepsy and a useless but loveable service dog).
Release date: 22 August 2017
The highly anticipated coming-of-age story for the world’s greatest super hero: WONDER WOMAN by the # 1 New York Times bestselling author LEIGH BARDUGO.
She will become one of the world’s greatest heroes: WONDER WOMAN. But first she is Diana, Princess of the Amazons. And her fight is just beginning. . . .
Diana longs to prove herself to her legendary warrior sisters. But when the opportunity finally comes, she throws away her chance at glory and breaks Amazon law—risking exile—to save a mere mortal. Even worse, Alia Keralis is no ordinary girl and with this single brave act, Diana may have doomed the world.
Alia just wanted to escape her overprotective brother with a semester at sea. She doesn’t know she is being hunted. When a bomb detonates aboard her ship, Alia is rescued by a mysterious girl of extraordinary strength and forced to confront a horrible truth: Alia is a Warbringer—a direct descendant of the infamous Helen of Troy, fated to bring about an age of bloodshed and misery.
Together, Diana and Alia will face an army of enemies—mortal and divine—determined to either destroy or possess the Warbringer. If they have any hope of saving both their worlds, they will have to stand side by side against the tide of war.
While I’m mostly a Marvel kind of person, I do like the DC female characters: Selina Kyle/Catwoman, Harley Quinn, and, of course, Diana/Wonder Woman. With the new series of YA novels about DC heroes and the new Wonder Woman film coming out, I knew this would be a great book to add to my list. I’d never be able to do half the things Diana can do, but I admire her as a character and can’t wait to see how Leigh Bardugo’s handles her story.
Release date: 29 August 2017
Mira Minkoba is the Hopebearer. Since the day she was born, she’s been told she’s special. Important. Perfect. She’s known across the Fallen Isles not just for her beauty, but for the Mira Treaty named after her, a peace agreement which united the seven islands against their enemies on the mainland.
But Mira has never felt as perfect as everyone says. She counts compulsively. She struggles with crippling anxiety. And she’s far too interested in dragons for a girl of her station.
Then Mira discovers an explosive secret that challenges everything she and the Treaty stand for. Betrayed by the very people she spent her life serving, Mira is sentenced to the Pit–the deadliest prison in the Fallen Isles. There, a cruel guard would do anything to discover the secret she would die to protect.
No longer beholden to those who betrayed her, Mira must learn to survive on her own and unearth the dark truths about the Fallen Isles–and herself–before her very world begins to collapse.
I fell in love with Jodi Meadows when I read her collaborative work, My Lady Jane, with Cynthia Hand and Brodi Ashton. Now I’ve never read any of her individual works, but this book also sounds like it’s got an intriguing plot. An overburdened Chosen One who gets betrayed? Hm, how’s that going to work out? I mean, odds are things will work out, but how’s she going to break out of “the deadliest prison” in her homeland? Who betrayed her in a time of peace and why? So many questions!
Release date: 12 September 2017
When Mateo receives the dreaded call from Death-Cast, informing him that today will be his last, he doesn’t know where to begin. Quiet and shy, Mateo is devastated at the thought of leaving behind his hospitalised father, and his best friend and her baby girl. But he knows that he has to make the most of this day, it’s his last chance to get out there and make an impression.
Rufus is busy beating up his ex-girlfriend’s new boyfriend when he gets the call. Having lost his entire family, Rufus is no stranger to Death-Cast. Not that it makes it any easier. With bridges to mend, the police searching for him and the angry new boyfriend on his tail, it’s time to run.
Isolated and scared, the boys reach out to each other, and what follows is a day of living life to the full. Though neither of them had expected that this would involve falling in love…
I have OwlCrate to thank for introducing me to Adam Silvera. While it was an introduction that has lead to a great many tears, it’s also one that lead to great books (More Happy Than Not especially). They Both Die at the End spells it right out for us in the title so I know this is going to hurt me, but Adam is such a good writer that I sort of trust my emotions in his hands, knowing I’m going to get a mess back at the end of his latest book.
Release date: 5 September 2017
From the author of Our Chemical Hearts comes the hilarious, reality-bending tale of two outsiders facing their greatest fears about life and love one debilitating phobia at a time.
Ever since Esther Solar’s grandfather was cursed by Death, everyone in her family has been doomed to suffer one great fear in their lifetime. Esther’s father is agoraphobic and hasn’t left the basement in six years, her twin brother can t be in the dark without a light on, and her mother is terrified of bad luck.
The Solars are consumed by their fears and, according to the legend of the curse, destined to die from them.
Esther doesn’t know what her great fear is yet (nor does she want to), a feat achieved by avoiding pretty much everything. Elevators, small spaces, and crowds are all off-limits. So are haircuts, spiders, dolls, mirrors and three dozen other phobias she keeps a record of in her semi-definitive list of worst nightmares.
Then Esther is pickpocketed by Jonah Smallwood, an old elementary school classmate. Along with her phone, money and a fruit roll-up she d been saving, Jonah also steals her list of fears. Despite the theft, Esther and Jonah become friends, and he sets a challenge for them: in an effort to break the curse that has crippled her family, they will meet every Sunday of senior year to work their way through the list, facing one terrifying fear at a time, including one that Esther hadn’t counted on: love.
This has the potential to be really great or really scary. I mean, it’s all about nightmares and phobias and a big family curse. Will Esther find out what her “fear” is? What will Jonah be to her and her family by the end?
Release date: 5 September 2017
These are just ten of the releases I’m looking forward to in the second half of 2017. Are any of them on your TBR? Are there some titles I might have missed? Let me know in the comment section down below.