2017 YA Book Releases to Look Forward To
One of the most exciting things I’ve done this year is to look up all of the new YA releases. As a reader, I really got into it this past year, in May 2016 when I started this blog. Before that, I had never really been “in the loop” with popular books. But this online bookish community has really helped me to see which series are popular. Plus, what new upcoming releases are in the future, and what people consider classics and auto-buy authors.
Now that I’ve got my foot into this community, I’ve had so much fun researching the upcoming releases for 2017 – and let me tell you, it’s going to be a big year. So, in no particular order, here are some of the books I’m looking forward to reading in 2017!
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A Court of Wings and Ruin
Release date: May 2, 2017
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 is the third and final installment in the A Court of Thorns and Roses trilogy – A Court of Wings and Ruin. Not to be a total crowd-follower, but I – like so many others – simply fell in love with this series this year. One of the biggest and most popular releases of 2016 in the YA Fantasy genre was Sarah J. Maas’s A Court of Mist and Fury – the second book in this series. I think we can all agree that we’re absolutely dying to get our hands on A Court of Wings and Ruin! This is the first series that SJM will have finished, and I think readers are especially nervous to see what her style is. Curious about SJM’s A Court of Thorns and Roses series? Read my spoiler-free reviews of A Court of Thorns and Roses and A Court of Mist and Fury!
Lord of Shadows
Release date: May 23, 2017
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?
And the faerie courts are not silent. The Unseelie King is tired of the Cold Peace, and will no longer concede to the Shadowhunters’ demands. Caught between the demands of faerie and the laws of the Clave, Emma, Julian, and Mark must find a way to come together to defend everything they hold dear—before it’s too late.
Why I’m Excited:
Cassandra Clare is definitely one of my auto-buy authors. She is arguably one of the main reasons for me getting into reading, especially this past year. I absolutely adore her series The Mortal Instruments, and also loved The Infernal Devices as well. Her newest series, The Dark Artifices, released its first book this past year, Lady Midnight. I read this book and really, really enjoyed it, though I will admit that I didn’t fall in love with it the way I did with TMI. Regardless, I am definitely looking forward to reading Lady Midnight‘s sequel, Lord of Shadows when it comes out this year. The first book left on an annoying cliffhanger, and I (shamefully) admit that I simply must know what happens! I highly recommend Cassandra Clare’s urban fantasy novels, and if you’re interested, check out my spoiler-free review of Lady Midnight.
Flame in the Mist
Release date: May 16, 2017
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.
Dressed as a peasant boy, Mariko sets out to infiltrate the ranks of the Black Clan, determined to track down the person responsible for the target on her back. But she’s quickly captured and taken to the Black Clan’s secret hideout, where she meets their leader, the rebel ronin Takeda Ranmaru, and his second-in-command, his best friend Okami. Still believing her to be a boy, Ranmaru and Okami eventually warm to Mariko, impressed by her intellect and ingenuity. As Mariko gets closer to the Black Clan, she uncovers a dark history of secrets, of betrayal and murder, which will force her to question everything she’s ever known.
Why I’m Excited:
Flame in the Mist is the first book in a new series by Renee Ahdieh, author of The Wrath & the Dawn and The Rose & the Dagger. I really enjoyed the first book in her duology, The Wrath & the Dawn, even though I wasn’t particularly keen on its sequel. Regardless, I enjoyed Ahdieh’s writing style and I am incredibly curious to read this new series by her! And man oh man, did you read that synopsis? I have yet to read a YA fantasy book set in pseudo-Japan, and I am all for it. I can’t wait to see how Ahdieh paints this world. Especially since it already appears so colorful to me in this summary. Have you read anything by Renee Ahdieh? Check out my spoiler-free reviews of The Wrath and the Dawn and The Rose and the Dagger.
Release date: January 31, 2017
Welcome, welcome to Caraval―Stephanie Garber’s sweeping tale of two sisters who escape their ruthless father when they enter the dangerous intrigue of a legendary game.
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.
But this year, Scarlett’s long-dreamt of invitation finally arrives. With the help of a mysterious sailor, Tella whisks Scarlett away to the show. Only, as soon as they arrive, Tella is kidnapped by Caraval’s mastermind organizer, Legend. It turns out that this season’s Caraval revolves around Tella, and whoever finds her first is the winner.
Scarlett has been told that everything that happens during Caraval is only an elaborate performance. But she nevertheless becomes enmeshed in a game of love, heartbreak, and magic 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:
I’ve never read anything by Stephanie Garber before, but I have seen pre-release copies of Caraval floating all over Bookstagram lately, and I am incredibly intrigued by this book! The cover alone is beautiful, and if that isn’t enough to draw you in, then the synopsis should. While I haven’t read it, this book reminds me a bit of The Night Circus. I think I am going to love reading all of these carnivalesque books in 2017. They seem so full of whimsy, magic, intrigue, mystery, darkness, and just ugh it sounds amazing! I cannot wait.
Our Dark Duet
Release date: June 13, 2017
Kate Harker is a girl who isn’t afraid of the dark. She’s a girl who hunts monsters. And she’s good at it. August Flynn is a monster who can never be human, no matter how much he once yearned for it. He’s a monster with a part to play. And he will play it, no matter the cost.
Nearly six months after Kate and August were first thrown together, the war between the monsters and the humans is terrifying reality. In Verity, August has become the leader he never wished to be, and in Prosperity, Kate has become the ruthless hunter she knew she could be. When a new monster emerges from the shadows—one who feeds on chaos and brings out its victim’s inner demons—it lures Kate home, where she finds more than she bargained for. She’ll face a monster she thought she killed, a boy she thought she knew, and a demon all her own.
Why I’m Excited:
Our Dark Duet is the sequel in the Monsters of Verity duology by Victoria Schwab which started with This Savage Song, a release in the summer of 2016. This was a book that I actually received in one of my Owlcrate packages. I thought that the plot of This Savage Song was pretty unique (at least to me!). There were a lot of interesting elements to the story that I really appreciated. There’s like a children’s rhyme in the story that I love – it was so creative! And it’s one of the few YA fiction books out there that doesn’t have a romantic element. Not that I don’t love romance – but sometimes it’s nice to switch things up every now and then. If you’re interested in checking out This Savage Song before Our Dark Duet is released this year, you can read my spoiler-free review here!
Now I Rise
Release date: June 27, 2017
Lada Dracul has no allies. No throne. All she has is what she’s always had: herself. After failing to secure the Wallachian throne, Lada is out to punish anyone who dares to cross her blood-strewn path. Filled with a white-hot rage, she storms the countryside with her men, accompanied by her childhood friend Bogdan, terrorizing the land. But brute force isn’t getting Lada what she wants. And thinking of Mehmed brings little comfort to her thorny heart. There’s no time to wonder whether he still thinks about her, even loves her. She left him before he could leave her.
What Lada needs is her younger brother Radu’s subtlety and skill. But Mehmed has sent him to Constantinople—and it’s no diplomatic mission. Mehmed wants control of the city, and Radu has earned an unwanted place as a double-crossing spy behind enemy lines. Radu longs for his sister’s fierce confidence—but for the first time in his life, he rejects her unexpected plea for help. Torn between loyalties to faith, to the Ottomans, and to Mehmed, he knows he owes Lada nothing. If she dies, he could never forgive himself—but if he fails in Constantinople, will Mehmed ever forgive him?
As nations fall around them, the Dracul siblings must decide: what will they sacrifice to fulfill their destinies? Empires will topple, thrones will be won . . . and souls will be lost.
Why I’m Excited:
Now I Rise is the sequel to Kiersten White’s And I Darken – a sort of quick, impulse buy that I read a few months ago and absolutely loved – way more than I thought I would. And I Darken is an incredibly written, highly diverse, and intriguing novel that took me by surprise. The cover is beautiful. But I had no idea what I was in for when I began reading that book! I quickly fell in love with the characters, and I cannot wait to see where White takes them in Now I Rise. Read my spoiler-free review of And I Darken before you check out Now I Rise this year!
Traitor to the Throne
Release date: March 7, 2017
Mere months ago, gunslinger Amani al’Hiza fled her dead-end hometown on the back of a mythical horse with the mysterious foreigner Jin, seeking only her own freedom. Now she’s fighting to liberate the entire desert nation of Miraji from a bloodthirsty sultan who slew his own father to capture the throne.
When Amani finds herself thrust into the epicenter of the regime—the Sultan’s palace—she’s determined to bring the tyrant down. Desperate to uncover the Sultan’s secrets by spying on his court, she tries to forget that Jin disappeared just as she was getting closest to him, and that she’s a prisoner of the enemy. But the longer she remains, the more she questions whether the Sultan is really the villain she’s been told he is, and who’s the real traitor to her sun-bleached, magic-filled homeland.
Forget everything you thought you knew about Miraji, about the rebellion, about djinni and Jin and the Blue-Eyed Bandit. InTraitor to the Throne, the only certainty is that everything will change.
Why I’m Excited:
I read Alwyn Hamilton’s Rebel of the Sands earlier this year around the time when I had been reading a lot of books that I felt had similar elements/feelings/settings/characters to their stories, and so at the time, I didn’t feel particularly blown-away by Rebel of the Sands (you can read my spoiler-free review here). However, I didn’t dislike the book, and I was curious to see where the story would go after the ending of the first one. Traitor to the Throne is the sequel to Rebel of the Sands, and I am definitely ready to find out more about this world and the magical djinni within it.
A Crown of Wishes
Release date: March 28, 2017
Gauri, the princess of Bharata, has been taken as a prisoner of war by her kingdom’s enemies. Faced with a future of exile and scorn, Gauri has nothing left to lose. Hope unexpectedly comes in the form of Vikram, the cunning prince of a neighboring land and her sworn enemy kingdom. Unsatisfied with becoming a mere puppet king, Vikram offers Gauri a chance to win back her kingdom in exchange for her battle prowess. Together, they’ll have to set aside their differences and team up to win the Tournament of Wishes—a competition held in a mythical city where the Lord of Wealth promises a wish to the victor.
Reaching the tournament is just the beginning. Once they arrive, danger takes on new shapes: poisonous courtesans and mischievous story birds, a feast of fears and twisted fairy revels.
Every which way they turn new trials will test their wit and strength. But what Gauri and Vikram will soon discover is that there’s nothing more dangerous than what they most desire.
Why I’m Excited:
Roshani Chokshi’s A Crown of Wishes is the sequel to The Star-Touched Queen, another book I read a few months ago. I did have some reservations about the novel. Such as a potential lack (or perhaps wandering) of the plot. But I will admit I was a sucker for Chokshi’s beautiful wordplay and imagery. While the story itself wasn’t fantastic to me, it sparked my imagination with its fantastic settings and descriptions. For that reason, I am very excited to read A Crown of Wishes this year. For more information, check out my spoiler-free review of The Star-Touched Queen.
Let’s talk about it
So that’s a wrap-up of 8 new YA novel releases coming out in 2017. Especially the ones that I am really looking forward to reading! What new releases are you looking forward to reading in 2017? Are any of these books on your list? Let me know in the comments below!