Dec 16, 2015 - Waiting on Wednesdays    No Comments

Waiting on Wednesday: 2016 Edition

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). 

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