2017 promises to be a year in which we will have plenty of reading to look forward to. Especially in the fantasy YA section, there are a lot of new releases which have me ready to spend all my money. If you are looking for something new to read this year, then this list is your guide.
1. Caraval – Stephanie Garber (release 31st of January)
“Before you enter the world of Caraval, you must remember that its all a game . . .
Scarlett has never left the tiny island where she and her beloved sister, Tella, live with their ruthless father. Now Scarletts father has arranged a marriage for her, and Scarlett thinks her dreams of seeing Caraval, the legendary, once-a-year performance where the audience participates in the show, are over.
Then, Scarletts long-dreamt of invitation to Caraval finally arrives. So, Tella enlists a mysterious sailors help to whisk Scarlett away to this year’s show. But as soon as the trio arrives, Tella is kidnapped by Caravals mastermind organizer, Legend.
Scarlett has been told that everything that happens during Caraval is only an elaborate performance. But she nonetheless soon becomes enmeshed in a game of love, heartbreak, and magic with her sister, with Legend, and 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. ”
This book does look very promising. I am not familiar with the author or her work, but when I read the synopsis I was intrigued right away. Although the concept of a game that needs to be won or survived is not new, this feels different. Perhaps because it is a performance, or is it? I can’t wait to read this book in any case.
UPDATE: read our Caraval review here!
2. King’s Cage – Victoria Aveyard (release 7th of February)
“In this breathless third installment to Victoria Aveyard’s bestselling Red Queen series, allegiances are tested on every side. And when the Lightning Girl’s spark is gone, who will light the way for the rebellion?
Mare Barrow is a prisoner, powerless without her lightning, tormented by her lethal mistakes. She lives at the mercy of a boy she once loved, a boy made of lies and betrayal. Now a king, Maven Calore continues weaving his dead mother’s web in an attempt to maintain control over his country—and his prisoner.
As Mare bears the weight of Silent Stone in the palace, her once-ragtag band of newbloods and Reds continue organizing, training, and expanding. They prepare for war, no longer able to linger in the shadows. And Cal, the exiled prince with his own claim on Mare’s heart, will stop at nothing to bring her back.
When blood turns on blood, and ability on ability, there may be no one left to put out the fire—leaving Norta as Mare knows it to burn all the way down.”
I loved the first book in the Red Queen series as I thought it was well-written and a great take on the whole X-men phenomenon. However, I wasn’t a fan of the sequel Glass Sword and it took me a while to finish it. That said, the ending was quite enticing, so I am curious to read the third installment of the series.
3. Carve the Mark – Veronica Roth (release 17th of January)
“On a planet where violence and vengeance rule, in a galaxy where some are favored by fate, everyone develops a currentgift, a unique power meant to shape the future. While most benefit from their current gifts, Akos and Cyra do not—their gifts make them vulnerable to others’ control. Can they reclaim their gifts, their fates, and their lives, and reset the balance of power in this world?
Cyra is the sister of the brutal tyrant who rules the Shotet people. Cyra’s currentgift gives her pain and power—something her brother exploits, using her to torture his enemies. But Cyra is much more than just a blade in her brother’s hand: she is resilient, quick on her feet, and smarter than he knows.
Akos is from the peace-loving nation of Thuvhe, and his loyalty to his family is limitless. Though protected by his unusual currentgift, once Akos and his brother are captured by enemy Shotet soldiers, Akos is desperate to get his brother out alive—no matter what the cost. When Akos is thrust into Cyra’s world, the enmity between their countries and families seems insurmountable. They must decide to help each other to survive—or to destroy one another.“
From the author of the Divergent series comes a new duology. The whole concept does not feel unique as a lot of YA novels have protagonists with special powers. Yet early reviews are favourable and perhaps she will bring something very unique to the table. It’s not long before it will be released, so we’ll soon find out.
UPDATE: read our Carve the Mark review here!
4. Strange the Dreamer – Laini Taylor (28th of March)
“the aftermath of a war between gods and men
a mysterious city stripped of its name
a mythic hero with blood on his hands
a young librarian with a singular dream
a girl every bit as perilous as she is imperiled
alchemy and blood candy, nightmares and godspawn, moths and monsters, friendship and treachery, love and carnage.
Welcome to Weep.”
This is everything we know of this book. It was supposed to be released in September last year, but now it has a March release date. I was very intrigued by this blurb but it is frustrating not to know more. Still it’s on the to-read list!
UPDATE: read our Strange the Dreamer review here!
5. Wintersong – S. Jae-Jones (7th of February)
“All her life, nineteen-year-old Liesl has heard tales of the beautiful, mysterious Goblin King. He is the Lord of Mischief, the Ruler Underground, and the muse around which her music is composed. Yet, as Liesl helps shoulder the burden of running her family’s inn, her dreams of composition and childish fancies about the Goblin King must be set aside in favor of more practical concerns.
But when her sister Käthe is taken by the goblins, Liesl journeys to their realm to rescue her sister and return her to the world above. The Goblin King agrees to let Käthe go—for a price. The life of a maiden must be given to the land, in accordance with the old laws. A life for a life, he says. Without sacrifice, nothing good can grow. Without death, there can be no rebirth. In exchange for her sister’s freedom, Liesl offers her hand in marriage to the Goblin King. He accepts.
Down in the Underground, Liesl discovers that the Goblin King still inspires her—musically, physically, emotionally. Yet even as her talent blossoms, Liesl’s life is slowly fading away, the price she paid for becoming the Goblin King’s bride. As the two of them grow closer, they must learn just what it is they are each willing to sacrifice: her life, her music, or the end of the world.”
If the plot to Wintersong sounds familiar, it’s because it is. This is a retelling of the Labyrinth, yes the film that stars David Bowie. Now this can go two ways. It will either be really good or not very good at all. That’s the danger of taking a familiar tale and putting your own spin to it. Let’s hope it will be good!
Which books are you looking forward to?