10 Upcoming Fantasy YA Books!

I always find it quite hard to keep up with upcoming releases I have my eye on, so this list is for me as much as it is for you! This is just a selection of some of the most interesting fantasy 2017/2018 releases. I’ve tried not too include too many ‘pitched’ idea (i.e. books without a proper synopsis) but some of these sounded too interesting to pass by!

Reign the Earth by A.C Gaughen

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Shalia is a proud daughter of the desert, but after years of devastating war with the adjoining kingdom, her people are desperate for peace. Willing to trade her freedom to ensure the safety of her family, Shalia becomes Queen of the Bonelands.

But she soon learns that her husband, Calix, is motivated only by his desire to exterminate the Elementae—mystical people who can control earth, wind, air, and fire. Even more unsettling are Shalia’s feelings for her husband’s brother, which unleash a power over the earth she never knew she possessed—a power that could get her killed. As rumors of a rebellion against Calix spread, Shalia must choose between the last chance for peace and her own future as an Elementae.

This intense, richly drawn high-fantasy by the author of Scarlet will hold readers spellbound.

I AM SO EXCITED FOR THIS BOOK, look how BEAUTIFUL IT IS! Written by A.C. Gaughen who also wrote Scarlet, a book following the story of the only female member of Robin Hood’s team of vigilantes, which I’ve only heard good things about!

This one is released on the 30th January 2018!

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Before she Ignites by Jodi Meadows

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Before

Mira Minkoba is the Hopebearer. Since the day she was born, she’s been told she’s special. Important. Perfect. She’s known across the Fallen Isles not just for her beauty, but for the Mira Treaty named after her, a peace agreement which united the seven islands against their enemies on the mainland.

But Mira has never felt as perfect as everyone says. She counts compulsively. She struggles with crippling anxiety. And she’s far too interested in dragons for a girl of her station.

After

Then Mira discovers an explosive secret that challenges everything she and the Treaty stand for. Betrayed by the very people she spent her life serving, Mira is sentenced to the Pit–the deadliest prison in the Fallen Isles. There, a cruel guard would do anything to discover the secret she would die to protect.

No longer beholden to those who betrayed her, Mira must learn to survive on her own and unearth the dark truths about the Fallen Isles–and herself–before her very world begins to collapse.

This one releases on September 12th 2017! ARCs have been going out recently, so I’m looking forward to hearing what people think!

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Black Rose by Bree Barton

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We don’t even have a cover for this one yet

Bree Barton’s BLACK ROSE trilogy, pitched as Graceling meets Pride and Prejudice, about a girl who, on the eve of her marriage to a prince, discovers she has dark, forbidden magic, magic that her powerful family’s sole purpose was to destroy.

Releases sometime in 2018 (but we don’t yet have a date!) I’ve been keeping an eye on this one for a while, and I can’t wait until we have some more info!

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Wicked like a Wildfire by Lana Popovic

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All the women in Iris and Malina’s family have the unique magical ability or “gleam” to manipulate beauty. Iris sees flowers as fractals and turns her kaleidoscope visions into glasswork, while Malina interprets moods as music. But their mother has strict rules to keep their gifts a secret, even in their secluded sea-side town. Iris and Malina are not allowed to share their magic with anyone, and above all, they are forbidden from falling in love.

But when their mother is mysteriously attacked, the sisters will have to unearth the truth behind the quiet lives their mother has built for them. They will discover a wicked curse that haunts their family line—but will they find that the very magic that bonds them together is destined to tear them apart forever?

This one is released on August 15th 2017, so not that long away at all! I’ve been hearing great things about this book for a while, so I’ll be looking out for the reviews when it’s released!

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These Rebel Waves by Sara Raasch

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Inspired by the Spanish Inquisition and the golden age of piracy, it follows three characters: a woman seeking justice, a tortured pirate looking for redemption, and an ambitious prince out for power.

Sara Raasch, the author of the acclaimed Snow like Ashes series, is back with These Rebel Waves! PIRATES GUYS! I need more Pirate books in my life!

This one is currently slated for a summer 2018 release!

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The Glass Spare by Lauren DeStefano

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A banished princess.
A deadly curse.
A kingdom at war.

Wil Heidle, the only daughter of the king of the world’s wealthiest nation, has grown up in the shadows. Kept hidden from the world in order to serve as a spy for her father—whose obsession with building his empire is causing a war—Wil wants nothing more than to explore the world beyond her kingdom, if only her father would give her the chance.

Until one night Wil is attacked, and she discovers a dangerous secret. Her touch turns people into gemstone. At first Wil is horrified—but as she tests its limits, she’s drawn more and more to the strange and volatile ability. When it leads to tragedy, Wil is forced to face the destructive power within her and finally leave her home to seek the truth and a cure.

But finding the key to her redemption puts her in the path of a cursed prince who has his own ideas for what to do with her power.

With a world on the brink of war and a power of ultimate destruction, can Wil find a way to help the kingdom that’s turned its back on her, or will she betray her past and her family forever?

This is one I’m really excited about- when a synopsis starts with short sentences, I am down for that.

This one is being released October 24th 2017!

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Beast: A Tale of Love and Revenge

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They say Château Beaumont is cursed. But servant-girl Lucie can’t believe such foolishness about handsome Jean-Loup Henri Christian LeNoir, Chevalier de Beaumont, master of the estate. The chevalier’s cruelty is soon revealed, however, and Lucie vows to see him suffer. A wisewoman grants her wish, with a spell that transforms Jean-Loup into monstrous-looking Beast, reflecting the monster he is inside.

But Beast is nothing like the chevalier. Jean-Loup would never patiently tend his roses; Jean-Loup would never attempt poetry; Jean-Loup would never express remorse for the wrong done to Lucie. Gradually, Lucie realizes that Beast is an entirely different creature from the handsome chevalier, with a heart more human than Jean-Loup’s ever was.

Lucie dares to hope that noble Beast has permanently replaced the cruel Jean-Loup — until an innocent beauty arrives at Beast’s château with the power to break the spell.

Lisa Jensen’s multilayered novel will make you question all you think you know about beauty, beastliness, and happily ever after.

I think this one might not be a YA, but I’m not too sure yet. Either way it’s still a Beauty and the Beast retelling, and I am HERE for that!

This one releases March 6th 2018.

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Ice Wolves by Amie Kaufman

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Everyone in Vallen knows that ice wolves and scorch dragons are sworn enemies who live deeply separate lives.

So when twelve-year-old orphan Anders takes one elemental form and his twin sister, Rayna, takes another, he has to question whether they are even related. Still, whether or not they’re family, Anders knows that Rayna is his best and only true friend. She’s nothing like the brutal, cruel dragons who claimed her as one of their own and stole her away.

To learn what he needs to rescue her, Anders will have to enlist at the foreboding Ulfar Academy, a school for young wolves that values loyalty to the pack above all else. But for Anders, loyalty is more complicated than blind obedience, and friendship is the most powerful shape-shifting force of all.

New York Times bestselling author Amie Kaufman delivers heart-pounding adventure and breathtaking magical inventions in this unforgettable story about finding one’s place in a sharply divided world.

Amie Kaufman is a phenomenal author, and I can’t wait to see what this book has in store for us all!

Releases March 27th 2018!

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Between the Blade and the Heart

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Valkyries have one great responsibility: to return immortals to the afterlife by slaying them. As a Valkyrie, Malin has always known that the balance of the world rests on her ability to carry out orders. But when Malin discovers that her mother spared the life of an immortal who was destined to die, her world is thrown into chaos.

Malin not only wrestles with the knowledge that her mother might not be who she thought—she’s also thrust into the path of a gorgeous blue eyed guy named Asher who needs her help slaying the rogue immortal who destroyed his family. The balance of the world is at stake. And, as Asher competes with Malin’s ex for her love and loyalty, so is her heart.

I’m not completely convinced on this cover BUT it definitely sounds intriguing.

This releases on January 2nd 2018!

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The Sea Witch by Sarah Henning

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Pitched as the never-before-told origin story of the sea witch from Hans Christian Andersen’s “The Little Mermaid” told in the vein of Wicked – from the villainess’s point of view.

This sounds pretty amazing- I’m a big fan of wicked and the little mermaid, so I am totally ready for this one! I am slightly concerned that it won’t be on track for it’s May 2018 release, seeing as we don’t have a synopsis or a cover at all yet, but I will live in hope!

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Are there any 2017/18 releases you are dying to get your hands on?

I’ll be posting a upcoming sci-fi books list very soon, so keep an eye out for that!

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Waiting on Wednesday: Empress of a Thousand Skies by Rhoda Belleza

Some of my favourite things are badass female characters and space, so you can imagine my excitement when I read the synopsis for this one;

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Rhee, better known as Crown Princess Rhiannon Ta’an, is the sole surviving heir to a powerful dynasty. She’ll stop at nothing to avenge her family and claim her throne.

Fugitive
Aly has risen above his war refugee origins to find fame as the dashing star of a holo-vision show. But when he’s falsely accused of killing Rhee, he’s forced to prove his innocence to save his reputation – and his life.

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With planets on the brink of war, Rhee and Aly are thrown together to confront a ruthless evil that threatens the fate of the entire galaxy.

I also love the ‘thrown together to save the world’ trope (you can probably tell) so this book sounds right up my street. The publishers have likened it to the Lunar Chronicles and Red Rising, which is also very exciting.

I also seen some talk of diverse PoC characters, and the author is Filipino, so thats also something to look forward to!

This will be the first of two books, with the second hopefully published in 2018.

Also that cover is so amazingly beautiful!

This releases on;

7th February 2017

so not that long to wait in the scheme of things. I’m about to go and put this one on my never ending wishlist.

[Goodreads]

 

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Waiting On Wednesday: Royal Bastards by Andrew Shvarts

So I’ve been doing a little digging recently on Goodreads, trying to keep up with listing for Top Ten Tuesdays, and I found this book and was instantly hooked by the synopsis;

25752041Being a bastard blows. Tilla would know. Her father, Lord Kent of the Western Province, loved her as a child, but cast her aside as soon as he had trueborn children.

At sixteen, Tilla spends her days exploring long-forgotten tunnels beneath the castle with her stablehand half brother, Jax, and her nights drinking with the servants, passing out on Jax’s floor while her castle bedroom collects dust. Tilla secretly longs to sit by her father’s side, resplendent in a sparkling gown, enjoying feasts with the rest of the family. Instead, she sits with the other bastards, like Miles of House Hampstedt, an awkward scholar who’s been in love with Tilla since they were children.

Then, at a feast honoring the visiting princess Lyriana, the royal shocks everyone by choosing to sit at the Bastards’ Table. Before she knows it, Tilla is leading the sheltered princess on a late-night escapade. Along with Jax, Miles, and fellow bastard Zell, a Zitochi warrior from the north, they stumble upon a crime they were never meant to witness.

Rebellion is brewing in the west, and a brutal coup leaves Lyriana’s uncle, the Royal Archmagus, dead—with Lyriana next on the list. The group flees for their lives, relentlessly pursued by murderous mercenaries; their own parents have put a price on their heads to prevent the king and his powerful Royal Mages from discovering their treachery.

The bastards band together, realizing they alone have the power to prevent a civil war that will tear their kingdom apart—if they can warn the king in time. And if they can survive the journey . . .

If you know me, you’ll know that close friendship groups are kinda my thing, and this book definitely sounds like it has the ‘unseeming gang of friends thrown together by circumstances beyond their control, trying to save the world’ thing going on.

I also love when an author chooses a unlikely narrator for their story, we have so many high fantasy books from the point of view of royalty or magic wielders, etc., it’s such a refreshing change to see what this book will be like from the point of view of someone who is on the fringes of high society, but is also an outcast.

Now I’ve got you all excited, here’s the release date;

6th June 2017

I’ll be awaiting the cover reveal in the mean time!

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Waiting on Wednesday: Beast by Brie Spangler

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Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Breaking the Spine in which we discuss our most anticipated YA releases!
 

I’m pretty excited about the release of Beast by Brie Spangler, a book which not only has elements of one of my favourite romance troupes (beauty and the beast is the best cheesy cliche) but also features a transgender character!

 

Synopsis taken from Goodreads

 

Tall, meaty, muscle-bound, and hairier than most throw rugs, Dylan doesn’t look like your average fifteen-year-old, so, naturally, high school has not been kind to him. To make matters worse, on the day his school bans hats (his preferred camouflage), Dylan goes up on his roof only to fall and wake up in the hospital with a broken leg—and a mandate to attend group therapy for self-harmers.

Dylan vows to say nothing and zones out at therapy—until he meets Jamie. She’s funny, smart, and so stunning, even his womanizing best friend, JP, would be jealous. She’s also the first person to ever call Dylan out on his self-pitying and superficiality. As Jamie’s humanity and wisdom begin to rub off on Dylan, they become more than just friends. But there is something Dylan doesn’t know about Jamie, something she shared with the group the day he wasn’t listening. Something that shouldn’t change a thing. She is who she’s always been—an amazing photographer and devoted friend, who also happens to be transgender. But will Dylan see it that way?

Sounds pretty amazing, right? It also has a pretty amazing cover, which is always a bonus.

And we don’t even have that long to wait;

Release date: October 11th 2016


 

Waiting on Wednesday: Meg Cabot’s BOY Series Returns!

So you may not know but Meg Cabot has recently been revisiting some of her old series, starting with The Princess Diaries last year (with Royal Wedding) and then onto The Mediator series (with Remembrance last November) and earlier this year Meg announced she would be returning to her Boy series this November with…

The Boy is Back

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Think of it as a standalone!

The Boy series always follows a new couple in each book, with occasional cameos from past characters scattered through the series so you don’t have had to read the rest of the series first. The whole boy series consists of cute romance stories, with mostly cliché storylines such as enemies to lovers, the boy next door and office romances, but are all brilliantly told with amazing humour and friendships.

Synopsis;

Reed Stewart thought he’d left all his small town troubles—including a broken heart—behind when he ditched tiny Bloomville, Indiana, ten years ago to become rich and famous on the professional golf circuit.  Then one tiny post on the Internet causes all of those troubles to return . . . with a vengeance.

Becky Flowers has worked hard to build her successful senior relocation business, but she’s worked even harder to forget Reed Stewart ever existed. She has absolutely no intention of seeing him when he returns—until his family hires her to save his parents.

Now Reed and Becky can’t avoid one another—or the memories of that one fateful night.  And soon everything they thought they knew about themselves (and each other) has been turned upside down, and they—and the entire town of Bloomville—might never be the same, all because The Boy Is Back.

Sounds pretty cute, right? I was also like the biggest Meg Cabot fan ever when I was younger- I actually made it my mission to own all the books ever published by her under the name Meg Cabot and I had achieved it (as of 2009 anyway, when I gave up). I still haven’t given any of them away, and I’m always excited when I hear she has new books out. (Also on a side-note THIS BOOK IS YELLOW and I always need more yellow books for my rainbow book shelves).

This is an adult book, as is the rest of the Boy series.

UK Release Date: 17th November 2016


 

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Breaking the Spine in which you discuss books you are highly anticipating. I’m going to try and post a Waiting on Wednesday post from now on, because I have a LOT of books I’m anticipating at the moment.

I’m currently writing my Cursed Child review, its incredibly hard to express how I feel about the play without spoiling it, which is why it’s taken so long. Hopefully it’ll be up before the end of the month!