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My last entry talked about my favourite books of 2015, so now it’s time to talk about my most anticipated books of 2016.

Passenger by Alexandra BrackenPassenger is the latest book by Alexandra Bracken.  it is the start of a new YA series and is billed as a YA treasure hunt through time.  I really loved Bracken’s Darkest Minds series, so this sounds like a real winner to me.  The publisher has released a sampler, which I encourage you to check out.  Passenger is officially released in just a few days on January 5th 2016.

Lady Midnight by Cassandra ClareThis is the first book in a new series by Mortal Instruments writer Cassandra Clare.  It is set in the same world of the Shadowhunters but the action takes place in Los Angeles.  At first, I’d been a little sceptical of the setting; the older cities of London and New York seemed a more natural fit for vampires and demons than sunny Los Angeles.  However, the last book in the Mortal Instruments series, City of Heavenly Fire, functioned as much as a setup for this new series, introducing characters, locations and possible plotlines in the new series, and I am 100% convinced now.  I will certainly be devouring Lady Midnight when it is released on March 8th 2016.

Yellow Brick War by Danielle PaigeYellow Brick War is the third and final book in the Dorothy Must Die series by Danielle Paige.  This series is set in the world of L Frank Baum’s Oz in which Dorothy has turned wicked.  While I loved the world and protagonist – Amy Gumm – is wonderfully kick ass, yet real and flawed – but I was unhappy with the pacing of the first book.  The second book, The Wicked Will Rise, fixed these issues and had such a fantastic cliffhanger ending that I can’t wait to see what happens next.  Yellow Brick War is released on March 15th 2016.

Paper and Fire by Rachel CainePaper and Fire is the second in Rachel Caine’s Great Library series. I was originally drawn to Ink and Bone because of the world – a world in which the Great Library of Alexandria survives and exercises complete control over all published work.  Our protagonist discovers a way to break the Library’s control and ends up in danger.  With this book I came for the concept and stayed for the characters.  They are both engaging and intriguing and I can’t wait to see what happens next.  Paper and Fire is released on July 5th.

The next book in Scott Lynch’s Gentlemen Bastards series, The Thorn of Emberlain is scheduled to be released on July 21st 2016.  At least that’s what Amazon tells me.  I’m not certain how official that date is – it has been put back several times.  In any case, this is one book I am very much looking forward to.  I love the characters, the world and the writing is so sharp and witty.  I look forward to what the future holds for Locke.

The final book I’d like to mention is Heartless by Marissa Meyer.  This is a new series set in the world of Alice in Wonderland in the same way that the Lunar Chronicles were a retelling of traditional fairytales.  Other than the brief synopsis, not much has been revealed about this book.  I look forward to picking it up on November 8th 2016.

One book that I am not holding my breath anticipating in 2016 is George R.R. Martin’s continuation of The Song of Ice and Fire, The Winds of Winter.  In a recent blog post, Martin confirmed what most of us had expected: Winds of Winter will not be published before the upcoming sixth season of HBO’s Game of Thrones.  While disappointing, this is not surprising.  However, the tone of Martin’s post suggests that he still has a lot of work to do, and that he cannot say when it will be completed.  I’ll be interested to see how that affects viewing of the series.  Personally, I’m going to watch it and treat it like any other book adaptation – I’ll enjoy watching David and Dan’s interpretation and then read the original whenever Martin publishes it.  I do have more faith in Martin’s handling of the characters though.

Reading through my preorders and my most anticipated list, I see that the vast majority of them are YA fantasy type books.  One of my goals for 2016 should be to expand my reading genres.  That may be tricky – there are just so many good YA books coming out and so little time to read.  I do have some historical fiction, some Outlander and some biographies to read.  I also see that all of them are by authors with whom I’m already familiar.  That is probably also something to work on in 2016.  Because not yet published books don’t have Kindle previews, I’m a little more reluctant to commit my money to an unknown.  

This year I have set my GoodReads reading challenge to 80 books.  I feel that should be doable, even if I do listen to more audiobooks.

One very exciting thing I’m really looking forward to this year is attending BEA in Chicago!  This will be my first visit to the book expo and I’m so excited at the opportunity to spend time with people who are as passionate about books as I am.  I look forward to seeing some of you there.

Most anticipated reads of 2016 and other news was originally published on Canadian eReader

Good evening dear readers!  I’m sorry I’ve not blogged for some while.  I’ve been busy adjusting to my new graveyard schedule, and that’s going to go on for some while, so I may not be blogging regularly for some while.  On the plus side, I did get through a few audiobooks – I will be publishing a reading roundup at some point soon in which I will discuss some of them.

In any case, here are my most anticipated upcoming releases.

Texts from Mittens: A Cat Who Has an Unlimited Data Plan written by Mitten with help from Angie Bailey.  Strictly speaking, this isn’t an April release as it’s released on March 31 – deal with it.  For those of you who haven’t met Mittens, he’s a tuxedo cat who maintains close communication with his caregiver via text.  I follow Mittens on Facebook and he’s hilarious.  He’s publishing a book of his collected texts and it promises to be a fun read.  I preordered it on Kindle

William Shakespeare’s The Phantom of Menace.  One of my top reads of 2014 was Ian Doescher’s adaptation of George Lucas’ Star Wars into Shakespearean language.  Now it’s time for the prequels, the first of which, The Phantom Menace, is released on April 7th.  I’ll likely grab this in audiobook format – if it’s like the original trilogy Random House’s full cast production will be stellar.  Incidentally, if you preorder, you can get some cool swag from the publishers.  Now, I will admit to some misgivings; the original Star Wars trilogy had a strong narrative and timeless themes which made the adaptation to Shakespearean style work very well.  The same cannot be said of the prequels which had too much reliance on special effects for my taste.  However, I have faith in Doescher that he will come up with something memorable.  I’ve preordered this on Kindle.

The Black Reckoning (Books of Beginning Book 3) by John Stephens.  Published on April 7, this is the final book in Stephens’ middle grade trilogy.  I did enjoy the first two, and am happy to pick up the third.  The series is difficult to explain – kids having all kinds of adventures while trying to save the world – so best to check it out for yourself.  I preordered it on Kindle.

Dream a Little Dream (The Silver Trilogy).  Written by Kerstin Gier and translated from the German by Andrea Bell, this is the first in a new series from the author of the Ruby Red trilogy.  Amazon recently released the first five chapters free, so check it out. The first five chapters don’t really give away much about the world or the plot, but it’s enough to see that Gier (and Bell) have retained the witty, snarky style that was so charming in Ruby Red.  The audiobook is narrated by Marisa Calin who did such a fantastic job with the Ruby Red trilogy.  Dream a Little Dream is released on April 14th.

Rogue by Julie Kagawa.  This is the second in Kagawa’s YA series about dragons posing as modern day teens.  The first book was a lot of fun, so I will pick up the sequel in Kindle format. This is released on April 28,2015

Let me know in the comments if you’ll be picking up any of these.

Now that it’s 2015, I would like to share some of my most anticipated books of 2015.  Let’s get started!

The first of these is Fairest: The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer.  This is a prequel to the three books currently published and tells the backstory of series antagonist Queen Levana.  For those of you who don’t know the Lunar Chronicles, they are sci-fi retellings of classic fairytales.  The characters are kick ass, the world building is fantastic and they are a brilliant read.  I’m really looking forward to Fairest, which is released on January 27th 2015.  The final book in the series, Winter, is due for release in the autumn of 2015.

I’m also excited for A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab.   I loved Schwab’s Archived and the premise for this one sounds interesting – parallel universes, with certain people having the ability to travel between them.  Sign me up!  A Darker Shade of Magic is released on February 24th 2015.

One book I’m surprised I’ve not seen on more Most Anticipated lists is The Skull Throne, the four book in Peter V. Brett’s Demon Cycle.  I’ve loved the previous books in the series and find Brett’s world building wonderful.  I look forward to seeing how Arlen gets on fighting the Corelings.  The Skull Throne is released on March 31st 2015.

Later this year sees the release of a new book in Keira Cass’s Selection series.  It follows the next generation of Schreaves and new Selection.  I am looking forward to getting back into this world.  The Heir is released on May 5th 2015.

Next up is the continuation of Mark Lawrence’s Red Queen’s War series.  His Broken Empire series really sneaked up on me, and built up book after book, so although Prince of Fools, the first in the series, didn’t grab me as strongly, I’m still keen to see where it goes.  The Liar’s Key is released on June 2nd 2015.

2015 sees the start of a new Rick Riordan middle grade series, this time based on Norse gods.  For me, Riordan is one of the most engaging middle grade authors writing today and has appeal for both young people and adults.  I have the feeling that Loki, Thor and all could provide a lot of scope for Riordan’s trademark humour, so I’m really looking forward to this one.  Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard is released on October 6th 2015, which can’t come soon enough.

Also on October 6th we have Shadows of Self, which is a new novel by Brandon Sanderson set in his Mistborn world.  Geez, that guy is prolific!  I’m constantly amazed at his ability to maintain quality with the amount of books he releases.  We have not had a new novel in this specific universe for some years, and I’m really looking forward to it.  The Mistborn universe is one of my favourites of Sanderson’s.  Roll on October 6th.

The final book I wish to mention is Cassandra Clare’s Lady Midnight.  This is the first book in a new series set in Clare’s Shadowhunter world.  There was  a lot of setup for this book in the final book of the Mortal Instruments – City of Heavenly Fire – and I am so pumped for it.  I had been a little anxious about the LA setting, but CoHF laid my fears to rest.  At this point there is no specific release date for Lady Midnight – it is anticipated in the autumn of 2015.  I can’t wait.

What books are you looking forward to?  Let me know in the comments.