New Year Book Hype: 2016 [Literary Lists]

HOW IS IT 2016 ALREADY???!?!?

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I still forget that the 90s were not 15 years ago, but 20!!!!! Someone even complimented me for having a “vintage” iPod??? As in the ones that were black or white with a click wheel?!?? HOW IS THAT VINTAGE????!!!!!??!

SIGH. Anyway, I digress. Here’s a look at some of the books that are coming out this year that I’m super psyched for. SO EXCITING!!!

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🔹 Audacity [Melanie Crowder] X 
Audacity is inspired by the real-life story of Clara Lemlich, a spirited young woman who emigrated from Russia to New York at the turn of the twentieth century and fought tenaciously for equal rights. Bucking the norms of both her traditional Jewish family and societal conventions, Clara refuses to accept substandard working conditions in the factories on Manhattan’s Lower East Side. For years, Clara devotes herself to the labor fight, speaking up for those who suffer in silence. In time, Clara convinces the women in the factories to strike, organize, and unionize, culminating in the famous Uprising of the 20,000. – Jan 5th
🔸 I think this could be a really good and important book for me to read, seeing as it hits a lot of my interests. Jewish protag, early 20th century immigration in New York, inter-sectional feminism and activism. HEYOOOOO!!!

🔹 The Imposter Queen #1 [Sarah Fine] X
Sixteen-year-old Elli was a small child when the Elders of Kupari chose her to succeed the Valtia, the queen who wields infinitely powerful ice and fire magic. Since then, Elli has lived in the temple, surrounded by luxury and tutored by magical priests, as she prepares for the day when the Valtia perishes and the magic finds a new home in her. Elli is destined to be the most powerful Valtia to ever rule. – Jan 5th
🔸 This section of the blurb that I’ve put up doesn’t mention the selling point for me: – it’s hella gay. You say High Fantasy and I’ll be like, eh maybe. But if you say High Fantasy Queers, I’ll run through a glass door screeching like a banshee with excitement. 

🔹 Passenger #1 [Alexandra Bracken] X
In one devastating night, violin prodigy Etta Spencer loses everything she knows and loves. Thrust into an unfamiliar world by a stranger with a dangerous agenda, Etta is certain of only one thing: she has traveled not just miles but years from home. And she’s inherited a legacy she knows nothing about from a family whose existence she’s never heard of. Until now… Jan 5th
🔸 Everyone on the book internets is hella pumped for this or has already read it and is so into it, which gives me high hopes! The summary also just makes it sound like a fun lil’ read that could possibly be a nice ‘retreat’, if you catch my drift. Something to read in-between Srs Bsns books.

🔹 River of Ink [Paul M.M. Cooper] X
In thirteenth-century Sri Lanka, Asanka, poet to the king, lives a life of luxury, enjoying courtly life and a sweet, furtive love affair with a palace servant, a village girl he is teaching to write. But when Magha, a prince from the mainland, usurps the throne, Asanka’s role as court poet dramatically alters. Magha is a cruel and calculating king–and yet, a lover of poetry–and he commissions Asanka to translate a holy Sanskrit epic into the Tamil language spoken by his recently acquired subjects. The poem will be an olive branch–a symbol of unity between the two cultures. But in different languages, in different contexts, meaning can become slippery. First inadvertently, then deliberately and dangerously, Asanka’s version of the epic, centered on the killing of an unjust ruler, inspires and arouses the oppressed people of the land. Asanka must juggle the capricious demands of a king with the growing demands of his own political consciousness–and his heart–if he wishes to survive and imagine a future with the woman he loves. – Jan 26th
🔸 I am a sucker for historical fiction ESPECIALLY if it is diverse. Well to be honest I am more likely to be psyched to read a historical fiction story if it is diverse, EG: female lead or non western setting, written by a person of colour or featuring a main character that is a person of colour. This ticks every single one of those.

🔹 The Abyss Surrounds Us #1 [Emily Skrutskie] X
For Cassandra Leung, bossing around sea monsters is just the family business. She’s been a Reckoner trainer-in-training ever since she could walk, raising the genetically-engineered beasts to defend ships as they cross the pirate-infested NeoPacific. But when the pirate queen Santa Elena swoops in on Cas’s first solo mission and snatches her from the bloodstained decks, Cas’s dream of being a full-time trainer seems dead in the water. There’s no time to mourn. Waiting for her on the pirate ship is an unhatched Reckoner pup. Santa Elena wants to take back the seas with a monster of her own, and she needs a proper trainer to do it. She orders Cas to raise the pup, make sure he imprints on her ship, and, when the time comes, teach him to fight for the pirates. If Cas fails, her blood will be the next to paint the sea. – Feb 8th
🔸 Queer pirates in a scifi dystopic future set in the Neo-Pacific ocean, with a woman of colour protag. Need I say more?

🔹 The Girl from Everywhere #1 [Heidi Heilig] X
Heidi Heilig’s debut teen fantasy sweeps from modern-day New York City to nineteenth-century Hawaii to places of myth and legend. Sixteen-year-old Nix has sailed across the globe and through centuries aboard her time-traveling father’s ship. But when he gambles with her very existence, it all may be about to end.Feb 16th
🔸 Time travel shenanigans!! Hawaii in the 1800s!!!! THIS SOUNDS SO FUN!!!!!

🔹 Into the Dim #1 [Janet B. Taylor] X
When fragile, sixteen-year-old Hope Walton loses her mom to an earthquake overseas, her secluded world crumbles. Agreeing to spend the summer in Scotland, Hope discovers that her mother was more than a brilliant academic, but also a member of a secret society of time travelers. Trapped in the twelfth century in the age of Eleanor of Aquitaine, Hope has seventy-two hours to rescue her mother and get back to their own time. Along the way, her path collides with that of a mysterious boy who could be vital to her mission . . . or the key to Hope’s undoing. – March 1st
🔸 So this is billed as like an Outlander for teens, but intentional. Like the time travel parts are intentional because in Outlander Claire goes back in time as a complete accident. I dunno man it sounds like it could be fun! I can see myself reading it in the second half of the year.

🔹 The Last Days of Magic [Mark Tompkins] X
An epic novel of magic and mysticism, Celts and faeries, mad kings and druids, and the goddess struggling to reign over magic’s last outpost on the Earth… What became of magic in the world? Who needed to do away with it, and for what reasons? Drawing on myth, legend, fairy tales, and Biblical mysteries, The Last Days of Magic brilliantly imagines answers to these questions, sweeping us back to a world where humans and magical beings co-exist as they had for centuries.March 1st
🔸 As sad as I get when I finish a stand-alone book, I do appreciate them because then it means I don’t have to stay in just one world for so long JUST so I can find out what happens at the end. I do love series though! It’s just nice to read a book where you know that you will likely get all the closure you want. Also this sounds totally awesome and I am not ashamed that my first thought was, I BET I’M GOING TO PICTURE ONE CHARACTER TO LOOK LIKE GETAFIX AREN’T I…. And also, I’M GOING TO LISTEN TO ELUVIETIE NON STOP WHILE READING THIS AREN’T I…. 

🔹 A Tyranny of Petticoats [Jessica Spotswood] X
Criss-cross America — on dogsleds and ships, stagecoaches and trains — from pirate ships off the coast of the Carolinas to the peace, love, and protests of 1960s Chicago. Join fifteen of today’s most talented writers of young adult literature on a thrill ride through history with American girls charting their own course. They are monsters and mediums, bodyguards and barkeeps, screenwriters and schoolteachers, heiresses and hobos. They’re making their own way in often-hostile lands, using every weapon in their arsenals, facing down murderers and marriage proposals. And they all have a story to tell.March 8th
🔸 This sounds like such a fun anthology!! I love short story anthology. They are such fun to read because you can just read them at your own pace, one every so often or just binge read several or the whole thing in a row, it’s up to you. They’re like the TV show of the book world and are always great ideas for gifts for casual readers!!

🔹 Rebel of the Sands #1 [Alwyn Hamilton] X
Mortals rule the desert nation of Miraji, but mystical beasts still roam the wild and barren wastes, and rumor has it that somewhere, djinni still practice their magic. But there’s nothing mystical or magical about Dustwalk, the dead-end town that Amani can’t wait to escape from. Destined to wind up “wed or dead,” Amani’s counting on her sharpshooting skills to get her out of Dustwalk. When she meets Jin, a mysterious and devastatingly handsome foreigner, in a shooting contest, she figures he’s the perfect escape route. But in all her years spent dreaming of leaving home, she never imagined she’d gallop away on a mythical horse, fleeing the murderous Sultan’s army, with a fugitive who’s wanted for treason. And she’d never have predicted she’d fall in love with him…or that he’d help her unlock the powerful truth of who she really is.March 8th
🔸 I love Golems and Djinni a lot and in my opinion, they are both so underused in fantasy. Especially because their usual settings and secondary/primary characters are often so diverse and fascinating. Djinni are starting to pop up more as of late, but I still don’t see many Golem. 😒 Still! This sounds fun and I think I’d like to pick it up eventually.

🔹 In the Labyrinth of Drakes #4 [Marie Brennan] X 
Even those who take no interest in the field of dragon naturalism have heard of Lady Trent’s expedition to the inhospitable deserts of Akhia. Her discoveries there are the stuff of romantic legend, catapulting her from scholarly obscurity to worldwide fame. The details of her personal life during that time are hardly less private, having provided fodder for gossips in several countries. As is so often the case in the career of this illustrious woman, the public story is far from complete. In this, the fourth volume of her memoirs, Lady Trent relates how she acquired her position with the Royal Scirling Army; how foreign saboteurs imperiled both her work and her well-being; and how her determined pursuit of knowledge took her into the deepest reaches of the Labyrinth of Drakes, where the chance action of a dragon set the stage for her greatest achievement yet.April 5th
🔸 aaHAHAHAHAahaHAHAaHAHA I AM SO EXCITED!!! I HAVE BEEN EXCITED SINCE THE LAST BOOK CAME OUT!!!!! I am seriously thinking about begging for an advance copy because I love this series so so so SO much… 

🔹 Every Heart is a Doorway #1 [Seanan McGuire] X 
Children have always disappeared under the right conditions; slipping through the shadows under a bed or at the back of a wardrobe, tumbling down rabbit holes and into old wells, and emerging somewhere… else. Nancy tumbled once, but now she’s back. The things she’s experienced… they change a person. The children under Miss West’s care understand all too well. And each of them is seeking a way back to their own fantasy world. But Nancy’s arrival marks a change at the Home. There’s a darkness just around each corner, and when tragedy strikes, it’s up to Nancy and her new-found schoolmates to get to the heart of the matter. No matter the cost.April 5th
🔸 I love Narnia. This is very Narnia. It is short. Why wouldn’t I read it????

🔹 A Fierce and Subtle Poison [Samantha Mabry] X
Seventeen-year-old Lucas lives on the mainland most of the year but spends summers with his hotel-developer father in Puerto Rico. He’s grown up hearing stories about the cursed girl, and he wants to believe in Isabel and her magic. When letters from Isabel begin mysteriously appearing in his room the same day his new girlfriend disappears, Lucas turns to Isabel for answers–and finds himself lured into her strange and enchanted world. But time is running out for the girl filled with poison, and the more entangled Lucas becomes with Isabel, the less certain he is of escaping with his own life.April 12th
🔸 My mum grew up in Puerto Rico and I need to read more magical realism. ALSO ALSO ALSO this sounds like it could be incredibly addicting. The cover is pretty gorgeous too. 

🔹 Saving Montgomery Sole [Mariko Tamaki] X
Montgomery Sole is a square peg in a small town, forced to go to a school full of jocks and girls who don’t even know what irony is. It would all be impossible if it weren’t for her best friends, Thomas and Naoki. The three are also the only members of Jefferson High’s Mystery Club, dedicated to exploring the weird and unexplained, from ESP and astrology to super powers and mysterious objects. Then there’s the Eye of Know, the possibly powerful crystal amulet Monty bought online. Will it help her predict the future or fight back against the ignorant jerks who make fun of Thomas for being gay or Monty for having two moms? Maybe the Eye is here just in time, because the newest resident of their small town is scarier than mothmen, poltergeists, or, you know, gym. – April 19th
🔸 I really loved This One Summer and Mariko Tamaki has such a lovely style of writing that feels very nostalgic, it’s strange to explain. I would have read this next book of hers anyway, but it’s very Scooby Gang Adventures with added Queer so I need to read it ASAP????!!!!!!?!?!?!?!?!!!

🔹 The Raven King #4 [Maggie Stiefvater] X 
🔸 IT’S THE LAST RAVEN CYCLE BOOK!!!! DO I REALLY NEED A SUMMARY??????? – April 26th

🔹 The Star Touched Queen [Roshani Chokshi] X
Cursed with a horoscope that promises a marriage of Death and Destruction, sixteen-year-old Maya has only earned the scorn and fear of her father’s kingdom. Content to follow more scholarly pursuits, her world is upheaved when her father, the Raja, arranges a wedding of political convenience to quell outside rebellions. But when her wedding takes a fatal turn, Maya becomes the queen of Akaran and wife of Amar. Yet neither roles are what she expected. As Akaran’s queen, she finds her voice and power. As Amar’s wife, she finds friendship and warmth. But Akaran has its own secrets – thousands of locked doors, gardens of glass, and a tree that bears memories instead of fruit. Beneath Akaran’s magic, Maya begins to suspect her life is in danger. When she ignores Amar’s plea for patience, her discoveries put more than new love at risk – it threatens the balance of all realms, human and Otherworldly. Now, Maya must confront a secret that spans reincarnated lives and fight her way through the dangerous underbelly of the Otherworld if she wants to protect the people she loves.May 3rd
🔸 I’VE BEEN SO PUMPED FOR THIS SINCE HEARING ABOUT IT IN JULY 2015!!!!! WHY AREN’T THERE MORE BOOKS OUT BASED ON INDIAN MYTHOLOGY HUH????? IT’S SO DIVERSE AND EPIC!!!! YOU GUYS ARE MISSING OUT!!!!

🔹 The Giant Smugglers [ Solomon Matt & Chris Pauls] X
When thirteen year old Charlie Lawson discovers a giant (yes, a real GIANT) hiding in an abandoned warehouse, he’s finds himself smack in the middle of a doctor’s evil plot to capture these harmless, gentle creatures and harvest their growth hormones. On the other side of this fight, a small secret group of humans try to help the giants-Bruce, in particular–from being exposed. Charlie joins them to fight for what is right, but more than that, he just wants his friend Bruce to be free of being anyone’s guinea pig. – May 17th
🔸 I loved the BFG as a kid as well as the animated film, and I’m excited for the new live action film too! ANYWAY I DIGRESS, I want to read this mainly for that childhood love for The BFG. 

🔹 Outrun the Moon [Stacey Lee] X 
San Francisco, 1906: Fifteen-year-old Mercy Wong is determined to break from the poverty in Chinatown, and an education at St. Clare’s School for Girls is her best hope. Although St. Clare’s is off-limits to all but the wealthiest white girls, Mercy gains admittance through a mix of cunning and a little bribery, only to discover that getting in was the easiest part. Not to be undone by a bunch of spoiled heiresses, Mercy stands strong—until disaster strikes. On April 18, an historic earthquake rocks San Francisco, destroying Mercy’s home and school. With martial law in effect, she is forced to wait with her classmates for their families in a temporary park encampment. Mercy can’t sit by while they wait for the Army to bring help. Fires might rage, and the city may be in shambles, yet Mercy still has the ‘bossy’ cheeks that mark her as someone who gets things done. But what can one teenaged girl do to heal so many suffering in her broken city?May 24th
🔸 Early 20th century!!! Female author of colour!!! Asian female protagonist!!!! SIGN ME UP.

🔹 And I Darken #1 [Kiersten White] X 
NO ONE EXPECTS A PRINCESS TO BE BRUTAL. And Lada Dragwlya likes it that way. Ever since she and her gentle younger brother, Radu, were wrenched from their homeland of Wallachia and abandoned by their father to be raised in the Ottoman courts, Lada has known that being ruthless is the key to survival. She and Radu are doomed to act as pawns in a vicious game, an unseen sword hovering over their every move. For the lineage that makes them special also makes them targets. Lada despises the Ottomans and bides her time, planning her vengeance for the day when she can return to Wallachia and claim her birthright. Radu longs only for a place where he feels safe. And when they meet Mehmed, the defiant and lonely son of the sultan, who’s expected to rule a nation, Radu feels that he’s made a true friend—and Lada wonders if she’s finally found someone worthy of her passion. But Mehmed is heir to the very empire that Lada has sworn to fight against—and that Radu now considers home. Together, Lada, Radu, and Mehmed form a toxic triangle that strains the bonds of love and loyalty to the breaking point.  June 28th
🔸 So basically a Historical fiction novel where Vlad the Impaler is a woman and fights the Ottoman empire, like what happened in real life, except with a fantasy twist…???? This sounds so incredibly different that I just need to read it. I hope it doesn’t let me down. 

🔹 Mata Hari’s Last Dance [Michelle Moran] X 
Paris, 1917. The notorious dancer Mata Hari sits in a cold cell awaiting freedom…or death. Alone and despondent, Mata Hari is as confused as the rest of the world about the charges she’s been arrested on: treason leading to the deaths of thousands of French soldiers. As Mata Hari waits for her fate to be decided, she relays the story of her life to a reporter who is allowed to visit her in prison. Beginning with her carefree childhood, Mata Hari recounts her father’s cruel abandonment of her family as well her calamitous marriage to a military officer. Taken to the island of Java, Mata Hari refuses to be ruled by her abusive husband and instead learns to dance, paving the way to her stardom as Europe’s most infamous dancer. July 19th
🔸 I’ve heard SUCH good things about Michelle Moran and as is already obvious, I love historical fiction. Also Mata Hari is so #ICONIC that I’d be silly to not pick this up. 

🔹 Riverkeep [Martin Stewart] X 
Martin Stewart’s debut novel is an astonishing blend of the literary, the comedic, and the emotionally resonant. In a sentence, it’s The Wizard of Oz as told by Patrick Ness. It marks the beginning of a remarkable career. – July 26th
🔸 Wizard of Oz plus Neil Gaiman. YES PLEASE.

🔹 Of Fire and Stars [Audrey Coulthurst] X
A princess with a forbidden magical gift is shipped off to a neighboring kingdom to marry a prince, but she has to choose between her duty and her heart when she falls in love with his rogueish horse-training sister instead. Audrey Coulthurst’s Of Fire and Stars pitched as Malinda Lo meets Game of Thrones, about a future queen who falls in love with her fiancé’s sister. September ???
🔸 There’s not much about this other than what I’ve mention above, but it’s a future queen who falls for her future sister in law. ESCANDALO!!!! But of the queer kind. Which is what I like. 😏

🔹 Doll Soldiers #1 [Sarah Raughley] X
A superhero fantasy pitched as PACIFIC RIM meets the AVENGERS with a SAILOR MOON cast. – September ???
🔸 I heard about this a while ago and honestly it sounds like it has amazing potential, but also sounds like it could just be cheesey, silly fun, and I’m also totally into that. 

🔹 The Reader #1 [Tracy Chee] X 
Sefia knows what it means to survive. After her father is brutally murdered, she flees into the wilderness with her aunt Nin, who teaches her to hunt, track, and steal. But when Nin is kidnapped, leaving Sefia completely alone, none of her survival skills can help her discover where Nin’s been taken, or if she’s even alive. The only clue to both her aunt’s disappearance and her father’s murder is the odd rectangular object her father left behind, an object she comes to realize is a book—a marvelous item unheard of in her otherwise illiterate society. With the help of this book, and the aid of a mysterious stranger with dark secrets of his own, Sefia sets out to rescue her aunt and find out what really happened the day her father was killed—and punish the people responsible. Sept 13th
🔸 More Scifi pirates!!! I think Treasure Planet was such a slept on Disney film that I feel I’m always subconsciously making up for it by constantly being attracted to nautical space adventures. I mean, I’m a massive Star Trek fan so…. 

 🔹 The Book of Dust [Philip Pullman] X
The Book of Dust is an upcoming novel by Philip Pullman. It will be a companion novel to the His Dark Materials trilogy, and will feature Lyra Belacqua as a main character. Initially, Pullman said that the story will take place two years after the events of Lyra’s Oxford and will tie into that book, with Lyra being “about sixteen.” He has since said “it might be in two volumes and I think one might take place in the time before His Dark Materialsand the other might take place afterwards.” The book will also be “about Dust,” and will address the lack of positive portrayals of religion in the His Dark Materials books, although it will not be a continuation of the trilogy. – ??? 2016 ???
🔸 This has been in like development hell for aeons, but I actually only found out about this happening recently so I’m putting it down here seeing as The Allmighty Goodreads says it’s bound to come out sometime in 2016.. I WILL HOLD OUT HOPE THAT IT IS TRUE. 💘💘💘

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