Most Anticipated Book Releases – May 2018

Wow, look at the time! Making my list for May’s most anticipated book releases almost got away from me, but I can’t be too upset about that. Not when I’m staring out at the ocean, hearing the waves crash and the seagulls call, drinking some peach vodka as I’m writing this.

I’m at such low stress right now, and these upcoming publications are only adding to my  contentedness.

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I became an instant fan of Jay Kristoff after reading his trilogy, The Lotus Wars. Now, he’s capturing my imagination with LIFEL1K3, a story about a scrapper girl named Eve and an android named Ezekiel, set in a harsh world of robotics and puritanical rulers.

Some things about the synopsis remind me of The Lotus Wars, like the radiation sky and the emphasis on metal versus flesh, so I’ll be interested to see how Kristoff has differentiated the two stories. I already want to meet Lemon Fresh, who sounds fun, and her robot conscience, Cricket, and how they’ll join Eve and Ezekiel on their quest to figure out what the hell is going on and how to save their loved ones from doom. Kristoff has grown so much as a descriptive storyteller over the years, so I’m sure reading about his world will be as mesmerizing as it is horrifying. He likes that kinda thing, and so do I!

Release date: May 29th

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Book Review: Amid Stars and Darkness

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Title: Amid Stars and Darkness
Author:
 Chani Lynn Feener
Genre: Sci-Fi, Young Adult
Version: Hardcover
Page Count: 368
Publisher: Swoon Reads
Synopsis: GoodReads
Notable Notables: A fresher take on the love-triangle trope
Recommended Readers: Do you like aliens? Alien bodyguards?? Evil alien princes??? Pretend relationships????
Rating: ★★★★★

Okay, I did not expect to love Amid Stars and Darkness as much as I did. Not because it sounded like a bad book or anything (it absolutely did not), but you know when you read what something’s going to be about and you get your hopes up for it, and then it fails to deliver? I was worried that’s what this book was going to do, especially since I hadn’t heard any major buzz about it.

Never have I been happier to be wrong because this book was a delight from start to finish. Also, fanfic writers, get your notebooks ready because the plot here is prime AU material for all your multi-ship needs!

Earth knows about aliens, but Delaney’s never had much interest in learning more about them; she has her own life to live. All that changes when she runs into alien princess Lissa Olena, who unknowingly to Delaney changes Delaney to look exactly like her. Turns out, after spending five years on Earth learning its customs, Olena is running from her responsibilities to return to her planet, take over the throne, and marry Zane Trystan, the terrifying heir apparent of another alien race. Now it’s Delaney’s problem.

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Most Anticipated Releases — April 2018

Another month approaches! How’s everyone doing? Been keeping up with your To-Read list so far? (Yeah, me neither. What a hilarious question.)

I don’t have many books on my list for April, but the ones that are on here, I am dying to come out! I’m actually thankful that this month’s releases aren’t as numerous as my past ones have been. I have too much to read from the first of the year alone lol

Without further ado, let’s talk book releases.

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Ever since I put down Defy the Stars, I’ve been desperate for its sequel, Defy the Worlds. Claudia Gray has gifted me with two wonderful protagonists, and I’m beside myself whenever I think about them. What is Abel getting up to? What’s become of Noemi? What’s going to happen next?

I won’t launch into what this sequel is about since it would spoil the first book, but just know that I am losing my mind over it! At least the wait’s almost over… It’s been rough. If you’ve been looking for a compelling, detailed mech/human romance, check this series out!

Not a fan of the new cover re-designs, I’ll admit. The cover for the first book was beautiful but simplistic, not to mention extremely symbolic of something within the world. These new ones look far too busy and “washed out,” and I do not like having random people’s faces on the cover that look nothing like Noemi and Abel. But I know the author has very little control over that, so I’ll just look forward to the no-doubt gorgeous and thoughtful story inside.

Release date: April 3rd

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Book Review: Defy the Stars

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Title: Defy the Stars
Author:
 Claudia Gray
Genre: Sci-Fi, Young Adult
Version: Hardcover
Page Count: 503
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Synopsis: GoodReads
Notable Notables: POC Protagonist
Recommended Readers: EVERYONE, especially fans of sci-fi and I, Robot
Rating: ★★★★★

The more of Claudia Gray’s work I read, the more I like her. I’ve read her Star Wars book, Lost Stars, and that was pretty good, especially since it dealt a lot with the Empire and what it means to fight for or against them.

Defy the Stars is an unrelated, original novel, and it is worlds above everything I’ve read of her so far in terms of characters, plot, and world building. I absolutely adored this book from the first page on, and once I started, I couldn’t put it down for long.

Noemi Vidal is a native soldier of the planet Genesis, which has been at war with Earth and its mechanized soldiers for decades. She’s willing to do anything, even die, to ensure her planet remains free, but secretly she wishes to explore the galaxy beyond the Genesis Gate.

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Most Anticipated Releases – February 2018

Y’know, I didn’t realize how many books actually came out per month–and so many on the same day–until I started doing these release posts. Kinda glad I did because knowing is half the battle. (My wallet vehemently disagrees and begs me to reconsider.)

February’s book releases almost snuck up on me, but I managed to pull a little list together. As always, sorry if I didn’t include your most anticipated release on here. I just went with what caught my eye (and that I know about).

shadowsongSo Wintersong immediately caught me because it was a Labyrinth-esque, Goblin King romance, and who doesn’t love that? The experience of reading the book itself was so much more than that, though. I found myself being swept away into a dreamlike-world with unique characters from which I didn’t emerge until two days later, bleary-eyed and disoriented. And a little sad because the story was over, and I still craved more.

When S. Jae-Jones declared she was going to follow up Liesl and the Goblin King’s story with Shadowsong, I fell out; I was so beyond excited! Wintersong was haunting and beautiful and so very Fae, but I needed more closure than what it gave me. Here’s hoping that Liesl, Josef, and der Erlkönig get the ending they deserve. Also, I am loving this New Adult genre because it is bringing so much to the table. More of this, immediately.

Release Date: February 6th

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Book Review: Warcross

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Title: Warcross
Author:
 Marie Lu
Genre: Sci-Fi, Young Adult
Version: Hardback
Page Count: 353
Publisher: G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers
Synopsis: GoodReads
Notable Notables: Diverse Main Characters
Recommended Readers: Y’all like video games and action, right?
Rating: ★★★★★

I’ve only ever read Legend by Marie Lu, so I’m glad I gave her latest series a chance. I have a soft spot for virtual reality stories (thanks, Tron: Legacy), and Warcross promised to be in a similar vein.

Every day all around the globe, millions log in to Warcross, a virtual reality game that blends seamlessly with real life through special glasses technology. Emika Chen works as a bounty hunter in New York City, tracking down those who bet illegally on the official Warcross games. The job is the only thing keeping her from being evicted from her apartment, having lost her father and only parent. When the job goes awry and Emika needs some fast cash, she hacks into the opener of the international Warcross Championships out of desperation—but in doing so, she glitches herself into the game, something that should be impossible.

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Book Review: Batwoman, Vol. 1: The Many Arms of Death

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Title: Batwoman, Vol. 1: The Many Arms of Death
Author:
Marguerite Bennett, James Tynion IV, Steve Epting, Stephanie Hans, Renato Arlem
Genre: Comics, Graphic Novels, Superheroes
Version: ARC (eBook)
Page Count: 168
Publisher: DC Comics
Synopsis: GoodReads
Notable Notables: Gay, female-led superhero title
Recommended Readers: New and veteran comic fans
Rating: ★★★☆☆

Thank you, DC Comics and NetGalley, for providing me with an ARC of my first ever Batwoman comic in exchange for an honest review.

Kate Kane has intrigued me ever since I first learned of her a few years ago. Up until that point, I’d had no idea she was one of the first gay female superheroes, who was once a soldier, expelled from the army due to her sexuality and the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy. Her story and the reasons she put on the cowl instantly became memorable and important to me.

Other than the Batman: Bad Blood film and DC’s Bombshells run, I had not experienced that story in any kind of comic book form before, so I was delighted to begin her Rebirth origins, The Many Arms of Death. I was both relieved and pleased to see many of her origin details left not only intact but also emphasized here. I’m very much beginning to trust Marguerite Bennett, especially, for how she’s handling so many female superhero-led projects. She clearly knows what’s up!

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Most Anticipated Releases – January 2018

As the first of the year approaches, I thought I’d start a new post series talking about the books I’m most excited to be released each month. My plan is to do this for every month this year and hopefully have between 5-10 books to discuss for each.

This, of course, is in no way related to any insider publishing knowledge I possess (I have none), and I’m by no means pulling from an extensive list (I rely on Goodreads a lot for lists and information). So if you don’t see your fav listed here, it’s likely because I don’t know about it, so definitely drop me a comment! It may be right up my alley.

Without further ado, let’s get to it!

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I have been psyched for The Cruel Prince by Holly Black ever since I read that sweet, sweet synopsis on Goodreads. Anticipation for this book is actually what got me to read Holly Black’s other faerie novels, which I really enjoyed. In this one, Jude is a human who was stolen away as a child to live in the High Court of Faerie. Now she’s desperate to belong there, but most fey hate humans, especially Prince Cardan, the High King’s youngest son. Jude has to defy him if she wants a place in the Court–but doing so means consequences, for both her and her two sisters.

This book seems to feature all the things I love: court politics, a gutsy heroine, familial loyalty and drama, treachery, rich world-building, and, of course, problematic Fey love interests. A friend of mine actually found an ARC of this, and her hints have been most promising. I cannot wait for the new year and to have this book in my hands!

Release Date: January 2nd

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