Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature run by the wonderful bloggers over at The Broke and the Bookish and this week, it is my first time participating so here goes! For more information regarding Top Ten Tuesday, please check out The Broke and the Bookish blog – they are amazing.
So this week’s top ten list would be on my most anticipated releases of the first half of 2016. Trust me, after scouring the Spring/Summer catalogues, I could hardly level my heartbeat (be still, my beating heart) because THEY ARE FUCKLOADS OF AMAZING BOOKS that will be releasing next year.
1. A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas
I am not being biased at all. This is Sarah J. Maas we’re talking about and her books are as awesome as crispy, golden nuggets. Bottom line is, they are amazing and I love them. So yes, A Court of Mist and Fury, which is the sequel to the spellbinding A Court of Thorns and Roses makes the list. I am not emotionally ready for the awesomeness that would entail in ACOMAF.
2. The Crown by Kiera Cass
I really enjoyed the first three books of The Selection series, but I wasn’t that impressed with The Heir but since I’ve already started on the series, I guess I’ll have to end it. And sadly, the cover of The Crown is my least favourite because there’s something seriously wrong with the girl’s eyebrows.
3. The Glittering Court by Richelle Mead
I loved the Vampire Academy series. Period. The cover of The Glittering Court could stop a heart and it sounds amazing. Richelle Mead is expanding her writing to fantasy and I love fantasy! Let’s see how this one goes!
4. Glass Sword by Victoria Aveyard
Red Queen was quite a good debut novel and I liked the heroine, Mare. It was well-written but it lacked a certain flair as I felt that there were certain “inspirations” from other best-selling books in the genre. But oh well, I would definitely read Glass Sword. Because I like the superpowers and the betrayal and bloody hell, the plot twist in Red Queen was a serious “are you shitting me?” moment. Looking forward to see what Victoria Aveyard has in store for us in Glass Sword.
5. Stars Above by Marissa Meyer
Stars above indeed. That’s what I would call Marissa Meyer’s gems. I adored Cinder and Scarlet and I’ve just started on Cress. Stars Above is a collection of short stories from The Lunar Chronicles and if the cover isn’t going to make you sigh and swoon, I think there’s possibly something wrong with you.
6. Passenger by Alexandra Bracken
I’ve never read any of Alexandra Bracken’s books but Sarah J. Maas recommends them. So I guess I’ll start with Passenger as it sounds incredibly riveting and I love the cover. Yes, I admit, I am a cover whore.
7. The Shadow Queen by C. J. Redwine
Can you please just take a look at the blurb of C. J. Redwine’s new book and tell me that you don’t want to read it? Please? Because I, for one, am going bonkers, waiting for it. Damn it, The Shadow Queen sounds amazing and it’s a fairytale retelling. Which I love. I am SO GLAD that I’ve started reading YA. The only downside is that it’s the first book of C. J. Redwine’s new series, Ravenspire. Imagine the torment I have to endure, just waiting for the next book!
8. Truthwitch by Susan Dennard
Another recommendation by the wonderful Sarah J. Maas and I am beginning to fall in love with the YA fantasy genre. Hello! It’s about magic, witches and kick-ass heroines. That’s already a winner for me. And it’s the first book of the Witchlands series, God will help me cope after I’ve finished Truthwitch, wouldn’t you, big man?
9. These Vicious Masks by Tarun Shanker and Kelly Zekas
HOW CAN I RESIST SUCH A STUNNING COVER? And the best thing is, the description of These Vicious Masks on Amazon is “Jane Austen meets X-Men“. Fuck me, take my money. I couldn’t help but fall in love with the seductive cover too. Damn, SO many good books out in the first half of 2016.
10. Assassin’s Heart by Sarah Ahiers
Another book that I am particularly excited about is Assassin’s Heart by debut novelist Sarah Ahiers. It’s description says that it’s Games of Thrones meets Romeo and Juliet but after reading the blurb, I detected a tinge of Throne of Glass. Therefore, Assassin’s Heart makes it on the list. Yay. And isn’t the cover cute? Yes.