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What am I looking forward to in the latter half of the year? Well. I can say that it’s not a ton of sequels because I’m shamefully behind on my series reading. So I’m not excited about Gemina because I haven’t even read Illuminae. But I do have some anticipatory book choices so off we go!

Most Anticipated Releases for 2016…

Truly, Madly, Guilty by Liane Moriarty

Truly, Madly, Guilty by Liane MoriartySix responsible adults. Three cute kids. One small dog. It’s just a normal weekend. What could possibly go wrong?

Sam and Clementine have a wonderful, albeit, busy life: they have two little girls, Sam has just started a new dream job, and Clementine, a cellist, is busy preparing for the audition of a lifetime. If there’s anything they can count on, it’s each other.

Clementine and Erika are each other’s oldest friends. A single look between them can convey an entire conversation. But theirs is a complicated relationship, so when Erika mentions a last minute invitation to a barbecue with her neighbors, Tiffany and Vid, Clementine and Sam don’t hesitate. Having Tiffany and Vid’s larger than life personalities there will be a welcome respite.

Two months later, it won’t stop raining, and Clementine and Sam can’t stop asking themselves the question: What if we hadn’t gone?

In Truly Madly Guilty, Liane Moriarty takes on the foundations of our lives: marriage, sex, parenthood, and friendship. She shows how guilt can expose the fault lines in the most seemingly strong relationships, how what we don’t say can be more powerful than what we do, and how sometimes it is the most innocent of moments that can do the greatest harm.

Why I’m Excited: Uhh it’s Liane Moriarty, duh. You may now be used to my obessive fangirling about this author but I’ve loved everything I’ve read from her. You can expect that this one will be a juicy as ever with that special combo of light and heavy subject matter that Moriarty balances like a boss.

Nevernight by Jay Kristoff

Nevernight by Jay KristoffIn a land where three suns almost never set, a fledgling killer joins a school of assassins, seeking vengeance against the powers who destroyed her family.

Daughter of an executed traitor, Mia Corvere is barely able to escape her father’s failed rebellion with her life. Alone and friendless, she hides in a city built from the bones of a dead god, hunted by the Senate and her father’s former comrades. But her gift for speaking with the shadows leads her to the door of a retired killer, and a future she never imagined.

Now, Mia is apprenticed to the deadliest flock of assassins in the entire Republic—the Red Church. If she bests her fellow students in contests of steel, poison and the subtle arts, she’ll be inducted among the Blades of the Lady of Blessed Murder, and one step closer to the vengeance she desires. But a killer is loose within the Church’s halls, the bloody secrets of Mia’s past return to haunt her, and a plot to bring down the entire congregation is unfolding in the shadows she so loves.

Will she even survive to initiation, let alone have her revenge?

Why I’m Excited: I wasn’t originally all that interested in this series, though I did love that cover. But I recently read a blog post by Aantee about all the cool stuff going down in this book and now I’m very interested. A sexier and stabbier version of Hogwarts, who wouldn’t want that? Who?

Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo

Crooked Kingdom by Leigh BardugoKaz Brekker and his crew have just pulled off a heist so daring even they didn’t think they’d survive. But instead of divvying up a fat reward, they’re right back to fighting for their lives. Double-crossed and left crippled by the kidnapping of a valuable team member, the crew is low on resources, allies, and hope. As powerful forces from around the world descend on Ketterdam to root out the secrets of the dangerous drug known as jurda parem, old rivals and new enemies emerge to challenge Kaz’s cunning and test the team’s fragile loyalties. A war will be waged on the city’s dark and twisting streets―a battle for revenge and redemption that will decide the fate of magic in the Grisha world.

Why I’m Excited: Do I even have to explain this? For some reason, I have no idea, I read Six of Crows but didn’t review it so I didn’t get to share my excessive fangirling with you all. But I am so excited to get into this sequel. I need some Kaz Brekker in my life. And the red pages! This is one of those rare occassions where I will definitely need a physical copy.

Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake

Three Dark Crowns by Kendare BlakeEvery generation on the island of Fennbirn, a set of triplets is born: three queens, all equal heirs to the crown and each possessor of a coveted magic. Mirabella is a fierce elemental, able to spark hungry flames or vicious storms at the snap of her fingers. Katharine is a poisoner, one who can ingest the deadliest poisons without so much as a stomachache. Arsinoe, a naturalist, is said to have the ability to bloom the reddest rose and control the fiercest of lions.

But becoming the Queen Crowned isn’t solely a matter of royal birth. Each sister has to fight for it. And it’s not just a game of win or lose…it’s life or death. The night the sisters turn sixteen, the battle begins. The last queen standing gets the crown.

If only it was that simple. Katharine is unable to tolerate the weakest poison, and Arsinoe, no matter how hard she tries, can’t make even a weed grow. The two queens have been shamefully faking their powers, taking care to keep each other, the island, and their powerful sister Mirabella none the wiser. But with alliances being formed, betrayals taking shape, and ruthless revenge haunting the queens’ every move, one thing is certain: the last queen standing might not be the strongest…but she may be the darkest.

Why I’m Excited: It’s like The Hunger Games, but with royalty, and siblings! Stabby stab stab. And magic! I’m clearly over-excited but I don’t even care. And I even don’t care that this is like the millionth royalty type book out. I want it. I want it now. Also one sister works with poison which is def how I would get shit done.

A Shadow Bright and Burning by Jessica Cluess

A Shadow Bright and Burning by Jessica CluessHenrietta Howel can burst into flames.
Forced to reveal her power to save a friend, she’s shocked when instead of being executed, she’s invited to train as one of Her Majesty’s royal sorcerers.

Thrust into the glamour of Victorian London, Henrietta is declared the chosen one, the girl who will defeat the Ancients, bloodthirsty demons terrorizing humanity. She also meets her fellow sorcerer trainees, handsome young men eager to test her power and her heart. One will challenge her. One will fight for her. One will betray her.

But Henrietta Howel is not the chosen one.
As she plays a dangerous game of deception, she discovers that the sorcerers have their own secrets to protect. With battle looming, what does it mean to not be the one? And how much will she risk to save the city–and the one she loves?

Exhilarating and gripping, Jessica Cluess’s spellbinding fantasy introduces Henrietta Howel, a powerful, unforgettable heroine, and an entertaining world filled with magic, monsters, and mayhem

Why I’m Excited: I know, more royalty stuff? Aren’t people tired of this? Not at all? Okay! I saw this on Netgalley and just about fainted looking at that cover. I can’t help but be excited for this. SPONTANEOUS COMBUSTION PEOPLE. If that doesn’t excite you then I don’t know what will.

What upcoming releases are you excited about?