As Princess of Wonderland Palace and the future Queen of Hearts, Dinah’s days are an endless monotony of tea, tarts, and a stream of vicious humiliations at the hands of her father, the King of Hearts. The only highlight of her days is visiting Wardley, her childhood best friend, the future Knave of Hearts — and the love of her life.
When an enchanting stranger arrives at the Palace, Dinah watches as everything she’s ever wanted threatens to crumble. As her coronation date approaches, a series of suspicious and bloody events suggests that something sinister stirs in the whimsical halls of Wonderland. It’s up to Dinah to unravel the mysteries that lurk both inside and under the Palace before she loses her own head to a clever and faceless foe.
Part epic fantasy, part twisted fairy tale, this dazzling saga will have readers shivering as Dinah’s furious nature sweeps Wonderland up in the maelstrom of her wrath.
Familiar characters such as Cheshire, the White Rabbit, and the Mad Hatter make their appearance, enchanting readers with this new, dark take on Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland.
I am a super huge fan of pretty much everything to do with Alice in Wonderlandand this looks like a fantastic take on the Queen of Hearts’ story. And really, anything described as “part epic fantasy, part twisted fairy tale” is right up my alley!
The Union army may be full of bastards, but there’s only one who thinks he can save the day single-handed when the Gurkish come calling: the incomparable Colonel Sand dan Glokta.
Curnden Craw and his dozen are out to recover a mysterious item from beyond the Crinna. Only one small problem: no one seems to know what the item is.
Shevedieh, the self-styled best thief in Styria, lurches from disaster to catastrophe alongside her best friend and greatest enemy, Javre, Lioness of Hoskopp.
And after years of bloodshed, the idealistic chieftain Bethod is desperate to bring peace to the North. There’s only one obstacle left – his own lunatic champion, the most feared man in the North: the Bloody-Nine . . .
Sharp Ends combines previously published, award-winning tales with exclusive new short stories. Violence explodes, treachery abounds, and the words are as deadly as the weapons in this rogue’s gallery of side-shows, back-stories, and sharp endings from the world of the First Law.
Joe Abercrombie is one of my favourites and I love the First Law series, so I’m very very happy to be returning to that world!
Excommunicated cleric Saker returns from exile in the Spice Islands to find his homeland in chaos.
A dark sorcerer controls the ear of the King, turning him against his own son and heir, while a corrupted army gathers in the shadows.
With the illusionist Sorrel and islander Ardhi, armed with magic from Ardhi’s homeland, Saker now must stand between his city and the corruption that threatens to cripple it before it is too late . . .
The third and final novel in an epic fantasy trilogy from Glenda Larke, author of the Stormlord series – full of scheming, spying, action and adventure.
Look at this beautiful cover. I’m a smidge behind on this series, but I’m still very much looking forward to picking this up and cuddling reading it!
Trapped in a city no one knows exists, Squid lies dying as Nim fights for their lives. With every minute, their hope of getting the vaccine back to civilization is fading. From the brink of death and the edge of the world, Squid must once again conquer dangers even more sinister than the undead – the future of humankind depends on it.
But Squid’s efforts will be wasted if Lynn cannot keep the people of Alice safe until he returns, and Lynn is now a hostage of the Holy Order. Forced to face punishment at the hands of the High Priestess, Lynn is at the mercy of the mad cult, as beyond the wall the undead horde continues its relentless approach.
Caught between madness and mindlessness, the odds are stacked against Squid and Lynn. Will they triumph or do they already walk in a world of ash?
I confess I actually read this a couple of weeks ago, but I am waiting to hold it in my hot little hands so that definitely counts. If this blurb doesn’t convince you, hold tight for my review next week!
These books will all have their own WoW posts closer to their release dates but I can’t wait to share them! In fact, I am so excited about these books that I’ve created a whole new shelf for them.
Without any further ado and presented in (current) publish date., these are the 15 books that I am MOST excited about.
What if the most terrifying person you’d ever met was your ten-year old sister? A spine-chilling psychological thriller from one of Australia’s finest YA authors.
‘I promise,’ said Rosa. ‘I won’t kill and I won’t make anyone else kill.’
I can’t see the loophole. Since the guinea pig there’s been nothing. Months now without Rosa killing as much as a mosquito.
How is this not deliciously terrifying? I don’t read as much horror-type stuff as I used to, but this is a must-read.
She is the most powerful Jinni of all. He is a boy from the streets. Their love will shake the world…
When Aladdin discovers Zahra’s jinni lamp, Zahra is thrust back into a world she hasn’t seen in hundreds of years – a world where magic is forbidden and Zahra’s very existence is illegal. She must disguise herself to stay alive, using ancient shape-shifting magic, until her new master has selected his three wishes.
My love for Aladdin knows no bounds, and I am super excited for this retelling.
Isaac, Ryan, Harley and Miles aren’t four best friends, they’re three guys with the same best friend. When Isaac dies, they have to learn to fill the space he’s left in each other’s lives. And after so many years of being sidekicks, it’s harder being stars than they ever anticipated.
I am 100% a sucker for this kind of find-yourself-after-tragedy story, especially in the YA space, and this one looks fantastic.
As night fell, something stirred the darkness. Birds shrieked, rising into the air as the peace cracked and fell apart. Flashes of crimson uniform cut the smothering black of the woods. The smell of smoke lifted through the boughs and choked the leaves. A drum beat out a steady pulse as soldiers tore over the dead leaf matter, hacking their way through the web of forest.
The prisoner ran.
Continuing the #LoveOZYA trend is this little gem from Text Publishing. Waer won the Text Prize in 2013, and I want to read it right now.
England, 1882. Evelyn is bored with society and its expectations. So when her beloved sister, Rose, mysteriously vanishes, she ignores her parents and travels to London to find her, accompanied by the dashing Mr. Kent. But they’re not the only ones looking for Rose.
I’m not usually one for paranormal romance, and I often disregard overblown comparisons, but the blurb and “Jane Austen meets X-Men” has me all curious.
Parker Santé hasn’t spoken a word in five years. While his classmates plan for bright futures, he skips school to hang out in hotels, killing time by watching the guests. But when he meets a silver-haired girl named Zelda Toth, a girl who claims to be quite a bit older than she looks, he’ll discover there just might be a few things left worth living for.
I LOVED We All Looked Up, and if this is even half as good, then Tommy Wallach will have made me a fan for life.
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.
This is another djinni-centric novel, but I think no Aladdin in sight. It still looks pretty good though, and I’m very much looking forward to it.
Sorcerers, pirates, and thieves collide in this thrilling conclusion to Glenda Larke’s epic fantasy adventure series, The Forsaken Lands.
I only have two things to say about this one:
1. I have until April to read book two.
2. No booktopia, I did not mean “beaver adams”
A new chapter for Locke and Jean and finally the war that has been brewing in the Kingdom of the Marrows flares up and threatens to capture all in its flames.
There is nothing that I don’t love about the Gentleman Bastard Sequence. I demolished the first 3 books in 4 days, while parked on a beach in New Caledonia and cackling like a crazy lady and I predict a similar experience on a Melbourne beach next year.
Rounding out the list are a few that don’t have covers and/or blurbs yet, but I’m still super excited about:
A World of Ash by Justin Woolley – this marks the end of his Territory series, and if you haven’t read them yet, I strongly recommend you do. Zombies in outback Australia – what more can you want?
Time Catcher by Cheree Peters – I confess that when Cheree was up talking about her book at the Centre for Youth Literature event a couple of weeks ago, I was too busy having a breakdown at seeing Isobelle Carmody to give her my full attention, BUT what I did hear sounded pretty kick ass, enough that I scribbled a big circle around it (but no other notes, so not actually sure what it’s about).
Assassin’s Fate by Robin Hobb – another series I’m a little behind on, but I can’t wait to get stuck into book 2, hopefully before this one is out.
Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo – I haven’t actually read Six of Crows, or even finished the Grisha trilogy, BUT I WILL and then I will chomp Crooked Kingdom down like a ravenous beast.
The Secret Science of Magic by Melissa Keil – I read The Incredible Adventures of Cinnamon Girl and Life in Outer Space earlier this year and MY GOODNESS THEY ARE AMAZING. I’m also super chuffed that this is coming out just in time for my birthday (hint hint).
This is FAR from ALL the books though, and you can find the rest on goodreads. (Keep an eye out over the next few days as I continue trying to decipher my notes from 2016: The Year Ahead).
Librarian-spy Irene is working undercover in an alternative London when her assistant Kai goes missing. She discovers he’s been kidnapped by the fae faction and the repercussions could be fatal. Not just for Kai, but for whole worlds.
Kai’s dragon heritage means he has powerful allies, but also powerful enemies in the form of the fae. With this act of aggression, the fae are determined to trigger a war between their people – and the forces of order and chaos themselves.
Irene’s mission to save Kai and avert Armageddon will take her to a dark, alternate Venice where it’s always Carnival. Here Irene will be forced to blackmail, fast talk, and fight. Or face death.
I really am the worst at keeping up with books this year, The Invisible Library is another that has been waiting patiently on my shelf for some attention. BUT this still looks pretty great and I’m sure I’ll get to read it at some point this decade.
The Master Magician (The Paper Magician Book 3) – Charlie Holmberg book
Throughout her studies, Ceony Twill has harbored a secret, one she’s kept from even her mentor, Emery Thane. She’s discovered how to practice forms of magic other than her own — an
ability long thought impossible.While all seems set for Ceony to complete her apprenticeship and pass her upcoming final magician’s exam, life quickly becomes complicated. To avoid favoritism,
Emery sends her to another paper magician for testing, a Folder who despises Emery and cares even less for his apprentice. To make matters worse, a murderous criminal from Ceony’s past escapes
imprisonment. Now she must track the power-hungry convict across England before he can take his revenge. With her life and loved ones hanging in the balance, Ceony must face a criminal who wields the
one magic that she does not, and it may prove more powerful than all her skills combined.
This was actually released a few months ago, but apparently I missed making a note of the release date when reading books one and two. While it’s not the best series I’ve read this year, it has a really interesting premise and I’m still curious to
see how it all ends.
Tyen is teaching mechanical magic at a school respected throughout the worlds. News arrives that the formidable ruler of all worlds, long believed to be dead, is back and enforcing his old laws – including the one forbidding schools of magic. As teachers and students flee, Tyen is left with no home and no purpose… except the promise he made to Vella, the sorcerer imprisoned in a book. Tyen must decide what he is willing to do to free her.
After five years among the tapestry weavers of Schpeta, Rielle’s peaceful new life has been shattered by a local war. As defeat looms, the powerful Angel of Storms appears and invites Rielle to join the artisans of his celestial realm. But what will he require in return for this extraordinary offer?
I confess, I haven’t read book one yet, but it is sitting on the shelf waiting to go! Trudi Canavan is one of my all time favourite authors, and I have no doubt that this will be another kickass book.
After years spent struggling to balance her desires with her responsibilities, Elspeth Gordie has fully embraced her role as the Seeker. Battle-scarred and lovelorn, haunted by memories of her beloved Rushton, Elspeth is not prepared for what she finds at the end of the black road she travels: the Compound, a lost community with a startling secret. As Elspeth strives against her captors, she learns that Rushton and her friends have fallen into the hands of the deadly slavemasters that rule the Red Land. And worst of all, as Elspeth stumbles, the Destroyer creeps ever closer to his goal: awakening the cataclysmically destructive weaponmachines that Elspeth has been charged with stopping.
Has all her sacrifice been in vain?
I cannot even begin to describe how badly I need to read this book. I started this series ~17 years ago, and it has been a long (and sometimes painful) wait. This series was published a couple of years after I was born though, so some people have had a much longer wait than I have! Either way, it’s great to finally see the last book ready to go.
An exiled captain returns to help the son of the king who died under his protection in this rich and multi-layered first book in an action-packed new series.
Twenty two years have passed since Kellas, once Captain of the legendary Black Wolves, lost his King and with him his honor. With the King murdered and the Black Wolves disbanded, Kellas lives as an exile far from the palace he once guarded with his life.
Until Marshal Dannarah, sister to the dead King, comes to him with a plea-rejoin the palace guard and save her nephew, King Jehosh, before he meets his father’s fate.
I am a huge fan of Kate Elliott’s work, she has such a way with words and how she tells a story that I simply haven’t found anywhere else. It’s an understatement to say that I am really looking forward to this!