There are so many interesting books coming out in 2017 so just let me flail around with excitement for a bit. I don’t know if it’s making me more excited or stressed because there are so many books I want to read, series I need to finish and series i need to start. Just casually drowning in my TBR. So today I’m listing my 17 most anticipated releases of 2017 which are listed according to their release date.
(Since I’m a late pumpkin, some of the books have already been released. Please slow down.)
1. Poison’s Kiss by Breeana Shields
RELEASE DATE: 10th January 2017
This book has been on my TBR for the longest time and finally it’s out! I’ve heard mixed thoughts on this book. Although this book sounds sort of reminiscent of Taherah Mafi’s Shatter Me, I’m still excited because it sounds like it’s going to have a different tone. With YA filled with romance, killing with a kiss is an ability that surprisingly hasn’t been explored. I also believe it’s based on Indian folklore (correct me if I’m wrong) which is something I am not familiar with but I’m very interested.
Marinda has kissed dozens of boys. They all die afterward. It’s a miserable life, but being a visha kanya, a poison maiden, is what she was created to do. Marinda serves the Raja by dispatching his enemies with only her lips as a weapon…
2. A List of Cages by Robin Roe
RELEASE DATE: 10th January 2017
This is actually a new addition to my TBR but all the hype has gotten me so excited! I’ve heard NOTHING except good stiff about this novel and from what I’ve heard, there’s mental illness representation and it’s emotionally destroying. Happy times ahead!
When Adam Blake lands the best elective ever in his senior year, serving as an aide to the school psychologist, he thinks he’s got it made. Sure, it means a lot of sitting around, which isn’t easy for a guy with ADHD, but he can’t complain, since he gets to spend the period texting all his friends. Then the doctor asks him to track down the troubled freshman who keeps dodging her, and Adam discovers that the boy is Julian—the foster brother he hasn’t seen in five years…
3. Caraval by Stephanie Garber
RELEASE DATE: 31st January 2017
All I’ve heard about this book when it was released (and before) is how magical this is, how twisty and how enchanting it is. I don’t know too much about the plot itself and I would like to keep it that way. Just diving in and see how I like it. There is an immense amount of surrounding this book and I haven’t found anyone who has been disappointed about it *fingers crossed*.
Scarlett has never left the tiny island where she and her beloved sister, Tella, live with their powerful, and cruel, father. Now Scarlett’s father has arranged a marriage for her, and Scarlett thinks her dreams of seeing Caraval, the far-away, once-a-year performance where the audience participates in the show, are over…
4. The Dark Days Pact by Alison Goodman
RELEASE DATE: 31st January 2017
This is the second book of The Dark Days Club so if you haven’t read the first book, don’t read the synopsis below because MAJOR SPOILERS. Picture this: paranormal, regency England and tentacle demons. It’s been compared to The Infernal Devices series by Cassandra Clare which I think setting-wise is pretty accurate. There’s a surprising hilarious feel to the story which is unexpected but makes it really entertaining. I’m bitter about the cover change but let’s hope this is an equal or yet better follow up to this series!
June 1812. Just weeks after her catastrophic coming-out ball, Lady Helen Wrexhall—now disowned by her uncle—is a full member of the demon-hunting Dark Days Club. Her mentor, Lord Carlston, has arranged for Helen to spend the summer season in Brighton so that he can train her new Reclaimer powers.
RELEASING IN 2017
5. The Valiant by Lesley Livingston
RELEASE DATE: 14th February 2017
Keywords from the synopsis that make me burst from my seat:
– Celtic king
– Ruthless brigands
– Exclusive training school for female gladiators
Need need need.
The youngest daughter of a proud Celtic king, Fallon has always lived in the shadow of her older sister Sorcha’s legendary reputation as a warrior. But when Fallon was a young child, the armies of Julius Caesar invaded the island of Britain and her beloved older sister was killed in battle…
6. Daughter of the Pirate King by Tricia Levenseller
RELEASE DATE: 28th February 2017
When was the last time I heard about a YA pirate novel? 4923 years ago or never. Pirate focused books aren’t popular in YA fiction and me don’t understand because they’re so interesting. So thank you to the person who added this to their TBR thus drawing it to my attention via the Goodreads update feed. I saw title and I was excited. I read this; “A 17-year-old pirate captain intentionally allows herself to get captured by enemy pirates in this thrilling YA adventure” and I was squealing. By the end of the synopsis, I was hyperventilating. Please don’t let me down.
When the ruthless pirate king learns of a legendary treasure map hidden on an enemy ship, his daughter, Alosa, knows there’s only one pirate for the job—herself. Leaving behind her beloved ship and crew, Alosa deliberately facilitates her own kidnapping to ensure her passage on the ship, confident in her ability to overcome any obstacle…
7. The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
RELEASE DATE: 28th February 2017
This book has been hyped up so much, it’s hard to have missed the news about this one. The plot itself sounds like this is going to be a well-needed, honest and realistic book with a powerful and important message. Thus far, I’ve heard nothing but GREAT things from those able to snag ARCs and I believe that this will be extremely insightful. I cannot wait to get my hands on this!
Sixteen-year-old Starr lives in two worlds: the poor neighbourhood where she was born and raised and her posh high school in the suburbs. The uneasy balance between them is shattered when Starr is the only witness to the fatal shooting of her unarmed best friend, Khalil, by a police officer. Now what Starr says could destroy her community. It could also get her killed…
8. Red Sister by Mark Lawrence
RELEASE DATE: 4th April 2017
Assassin school for the kiddos. This sounds brutally violent. I don’t know why, but I have this feeling that it’s going to be complex and epic and awesome. We’re not deprived of assassin stories at the moment, but I have a good feeling about this.
At the Convent of Sweet Mercy young girls are raised to be killers. In a few the old bloods show, gifting talents rarely seen since the tribes beached their ships on Abeth. Sweet Mercy hones its novices’ skills to deadly effect: it takes ten years to educate a Red Sister in the ways of blade and fist…
9. The Traitor’s Kiss by Erin Beaty
RELEASE DATE: 9th May 2017
I hear spies and I come running. I hear enemy infiltration and I’m sprinting. And political alliances. All wrapped up in a fantasy novel. I feel that the synopsis is pretty vague and that’s perfectly fine with me. The title seems as though it’s going to make sense when you read the novel. Also I think this is a debut novel so we shall see how entertained I am and if my expectations are met!
With a sharp tongue and an unruly temper, Sage Fowler is not what they’d call a lady―which is perfectly fine with her. Deemed unfit for marriage, Sage is apprenticed to a matchmaker and tasked with wrangling other young ladies to be married off for political alliances. She spies on the girls―and on the soldiers escorting them…
10. Flame in the Mist by Renée Ahdieh
RELEASE DATE: 16th May 2017
Samurais. Alchemists. Bandits. Betrayal. Murder. And Mulan retelling/mashup. Doesn’t that sound like a whole lot of fun??? I actually haven’t read any Renée Ahdieh books but I need to get on that because the they sound amazing and culturally rich and the amount of food description is ridiculously delicious. I’m always there for the food.
The daughter of a prominent samurai, Mariko has long known her place—she may be an accomplished alchemist, whose cunning rivals that of her brother Kenshin, but because she is not a boy, her future has always been out of her hands. At just seventeen years old, Mariko is promised to Minamoto Raiden, the son of the emperor’s favorite consort—a political marriage that will elevate her family’s standing. But en route to the imperial city of Inako, Mariko narrowly escapes a bloody ambush by a dangerous gang of bandits known as the Black Clan, who she learns has been hired to kill her before she reaches the palace…
11. Lord of Shadows by Cassandra Clare
RELEASE DATE: 23rd May 2017
This is the sequel to Lady Midnight in The Dark Artifices series. Skip this little ramble and the synopsis below if you’re not up to date with the Shadowhunter chronicles (more so the main series rather than the short stories) and you care about being spoiled. I need to talk about the titles. Unlike previous Cassie Clare series, the individual book titles don’t have a common word with the series title and I find that very, very interesting. Also it’s off-putting. Lady Midnight was phenomenal and thrilling on a whole new level. Emma is an awesome protagonist and the Blackthorn family gives me such heartwarming feelings. The parabatai situation is tragic and I’m so excited as to how it’s going to progress in this book.
Emma Carstairs has finally avenged her parents. She thought she’d be at peace. But she is anything but calm. Torn between her desire for her parabatai Julian and her desire to protect him from the brutal consequences of parabatai relationships, she has begun dating his brother, Mark. But Mark has spent the past five years trapped in Faerie; can he ever truly be a Shadowhunter again?
12. Wonder Woman: Warbringer by Leigh Bardugo
RELEASE DATE: 29th August 2017
As soon as it was announced that there would be 4 novels centred around teenage superheroes, I was could not word I was so excited. This could go epically awesome or flop and I hope it’s the former. I’ve only recently been more intrigued by the superhero universe so this sounds awesome and I’m also super thrilled to see the movie which sounds and looks so epic!
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…
13. Mask of Shadows by Linsey Miller
RELEASE DATE: 5th September 2017
We have a gender fluid fantasy protagonist!!! And the plot sounds so intriguing. From what I have gathered, the book has a revenge vibe (awesome), thief to assassin plot and plenty of court politics. Also, fight to the death yeaaaah. I’ve heard that the worldbuilding is excellent and the action and suspense is unreal. I can’t wait to pick this one up.
When Sal steals a flyer for an audition to become a member of The Left Hand―the Queen’s personal assassins, named after the rings she wears―Sal jumps at the chance to infiltrate the court and get revenge…
14. Warcross by Marie Lu
RELEASE DATE: 3rd October 2017
The plot sounds wicked. I have never heard of a bounty hunter protagonist in YA so that alone makes me uber excited. This concept of Warcross Championships sounds super fascinating and I’m excited to read about all the details of this competition.
For the millions who log in every day, Warcross isn’t just a game—it’s a way of life. The obsession started ten years ago and its fan base now spans the globe, some eager to escape from reality and others hoping to make a profit. Struggling to make ends meet, teenage hacker Emika Chen works as a bounty hunter, tracking down players who bet on the game illegally. But the bounty hunting world is a competitive one, and survival has not been easy. Needing to make some quick cash, Emika takes a risk and hacks into the opening game of the international Warcross Championships—only to accidentally glitch herself into the action and become an overnight sensation…
15. The Gatlon School for Vigilantes by Marissa Meyer
RELEASE DATE: 8th November 2017
- Rivalry schools
This sounds awesome and we don’t even have a cover yet. As I said before, I only recently really got into superheroes and all that jazz so let’s hope this will be an amazing book!
There are two rival schools in Gatlon City: the respected and exclusive Morris Academy that has turned many an evolved youth into celebrity superheroes, and the Gatlon School for the Gifted, which has a slightly less impressive reputation. Students of Gatlon tend to be relegated to minions, placeholders, or—at best—sidekicks. Clara has no interest in being a hero, but she does need answers. Her invisible, mischievous pet Thunderbird, Tondra, is dying, and she refuses to let him go without a fight. Unfortunately, there seems to be a lot more happening in Gatlon than just a sickly mythical bird…
16. The Unbinding of Mary Reade by Miriam McNamara
Classic girl disguised as boy. Infamous pirates (aye). And based on a true story. There’s only the main concept so far and I’m bursting with excitement.
The Unbinding of Mary Reade is based on the true story of a girl who disguised herself as a boy in order to sail with the infamous pirates Anne Bonny and “Calico” Jack Rackham. Publication is slated for fall 2017.
17. Cadaver and Queen by Alisa Kwitney
I didn’t need think I needed this until I read the synopsis. I love books set in the Victorian-era and being compared to Frankenstein makes it a whole lot better. I expected a lot from Frankenstein and unfortunately I was disappointed because the writing was so dense. I loved the concept way more than the actual reading. But this is YA and ~typically~ these novels are easier to read so we get the all the good stuff of Frankenstein but more accessible writing. I just hope it’s as gruesome as it sounds!
Harlequin Teen has bought North American rights to Cadaver and Queen by Alisa Kwitney, pitched as feminist Frankenstein meets Grey’s Anatomy, about the first female student at a Victorian-era medical school, who uncovers gruesome secrets that some professors would kill to hide, plus a sequel. Publication of the first book is scheduled for fall 2017.
There are so many good books to look forward to this year. Happy reading everyone! I’m sure this list will grow exponentially throughout 2017.
What books are you most looking forwards to in 2017? Which month has the most exciting releases for you? Comment below!