My most anticipated book releases of this summer

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Summer is here, so is the heat (at least in France, that is), and with that also comes so many new book releases! I haven’t dedicated any blog post to my most anticipated releases since last winter’s releases and I have missed it. Per usual, this list is mostly made of historical fiction, because that’s one of my favourite genres. It also features my second most anticipated release of the year, which I have been waiting for TWO YEARSI cannot wait to get to it, it is SO close now. Without further ado, let’s dive into this list!

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♡ Heartstopper: Volume 2 by Alice Oseman

Published: July 11th 2019 by Hodder Children’s Books

Genres: graphic novel, contemporary

I (finally) read all of Alice Oseman’s works last year and she quickly became one of my favourite authors.  I used to read Heartstopper as it updated as a webcomic online, but I decided to try to wait for every volume to be released as physical copies now, so I’m so excited to finally continue reading Nick and Charlie’s story, they are the cutest!

♡ The Downstairs Girl by Stacey Lee

Published: August 13th 2019 by Putnam

Genre: historical fiction

To be honest, I’m always there for YA historical fiction and this one seems amazing, it follows Jo Kuan, who works as a lady’s maid for a cruel woman by day and is the pseudonymous author of a newspaper advice column for the genteel Southern lady, “Dear Miss Sweetie” by night, which leads her to write about fixed ideas on race and gender. It’s also a coming-of-age story about a girl trying to figure out her past and to stop living in the shadows and I’m so excited about it!

♡ The Dragon Lady by Louisa Treger

Published: August 13th 2019 by Bloomsbury Caravel

Genre: historical fiction

I stumbled upon this book on Netgalley and stared at it for a minute, because I was so intrigued. It follows the fictionalized life of Virginia Courtauld from the 1920s to the 1950s, who is ostracized by society because she’s a divorcée at the time of Wallis Simpson. She rejected the submissive role women were expected to play and started a new life with her second husband in Rhodesia… Where someone shot her. WHAT? I’m already so curious about this novel, also why did she have a dragon tattooed on her leg? I’ve got to know.

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♡ The Harp of Kings by Juliet Marillier 

Published: September 3rd 2019 by Ace

Genres: fantasy, historical fiction

OKAY, so this book is my most anticipated read for the second half of the year, I waited for it for two years, it sounds absolutely perfect. In two words: warrior. bards.* That’s it, that’s all, that’s the name of the trilogy and I’ve been silently screaming about it for so long, but now it’s finally there! Juliet Marillier’s works are beautifully woven with folklore and it sure looks like it will be the case here, once again. It’s about two siblings who want to join a team of elite warriors and end up taking part in a mission to retrieve an ancient harp (!!), how exciting does it sound? I recently read Daughter of the Forest by the same author and adored it so much, so I cannot wait to get to The Harp of Kings (and in the meantime I can catch up on her other works).

*Fun fact: I haven’t played in forever, but my Dungeon & Dragons character is a bard with white hair and purple eyes (yes, she looks like Daenerys Targaryen), so you can imagine how much I need this!!

♡ Tunnel of Bones by Victoria Schwab 

Published: September 3rd 2019 by Scholastic Press

Genres: middle grade, paranormal

I don’t usually read middle grade novels, but I really enjoyed City of Ghosts and I’m looking forward to reading its sequel! Cassie’s parents go to Paris for their TV show, but Cassie ends up accidentally awakening a frighteningly strong spirit. I’m a little bit on the fence as it is set in France and it always scares me a little, but it’s Victoria Schwab and it features the Catacombs, which I’ve always been scared to go to, to be honest. I’ll probably wait until Halloween to get to it, it is the perfect time to do so!

♡ The Ten Thousand Doors of January by Alix E. Harrow

Published: September 10th 2019 by Redhook

Genres: historical fiction, fantasy

This debut novel is about January Scaller, who lives in a mansion with her guardian, when one day she finds a strange book, which tells a tale of secret doors, of love, adventure and danger. This book, set in the 1900s, has strange truths about the world within, as well as a story that seems to be intertwined with January. Truly, who doesn’t love a book about books? I’m always there for those. I am so intrigued by this novel and I adore the cover, so I cannot wait to get to it!

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♡ His Hideous Heart, edited by Dahlia Adler 

Published: September 10th 2019 by Flatiron Books

Genres: short stories, retellings, horror

Here’s another book I will probably saving up for Halloween! His Hideous Heart is a YA anthology edited by Dahlia Adler and is made of thirteen short stories which are retellings of Edgar Allan Poe’s works! Anthologies can be quite uneven, but I love that they help me discover more authors. Out of the thirteen contributors, I only read Kendare Blake’s works, so I’m quite excited to read her story and I’ll be able to discover the others’.

♡ The Testaments by Margaret Atwood 

Published: September 10th 2019 by Chatto & Windus

Genres: dystopia

I still can’t believe that Margaret Atwood is actually publishing a sequel to The Handmaid’s Tale? I’m not quite sure what will come of it, but I am so excited, especially since it gives me an excuse to reread it! The Testaments picks up fifteen years after the previous book, and I’m so curious to see what will happen!

♡ The Deathless Girls by Kiran Millwood Hargrave

Published: September 19th 2019 by Orion Children’s Books

Genres: fantasy, gothic, retelling

I didn’t know about this book until Samantha Shannon mentioned it on her Instagram, but wow, I need it now. To sum it up, this book is the untold story of the brides of Dracula, which is so intriguing, and once again… perfect around Halloween! I adore reading rather dark YA, so this one is right up my alley and apparently, two of the girls will fall for each other? How is in not in my hands already?

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♡ Bone China by Laura Purcell

Published: September 19th 2019 by Raven Books

Genres: historical fiction, gothic

I read The Silent Companions by the same author last year and adored it, so now I have to read everything she writes. Bone China and follows Louise, who has moved into the house with her father, a doctor devoting himself to controversial medical trials, while she learns tales of fairies that hunt the land. Forty years later, Hester comes to work in the house as a nurse for Louise and discovers what happened there. I love the gothic atmosphere of Laura Purcell’s books, so I cannot wait to get back to her words and it’s set in Cornwall, which I’m always there for.

♡ The Confession by Jessie Burton

Published: September 24th 2019 by Picador

Genres: contemporary, historical fiction

I adore novels that follow perspectives in different timelines, which answer to each other, so of course, I cannot wait to get my hands on The Confession, plus I had adored The Muse! On one hand, this book is set in the 1980s, when Elise meets Constance, a successful author whose novel is being turned in a Hollywood movie. Elise follows her to LA and at a party, she makes a decision that will change her life. On the other hand, three decades later, a woman named Rose seeks answers about her mother who disappeared when she was a baby and Constance might be the one to hold it.

So that’s it, those books are my most anticipated releases for July, August and September! I hope I’ll be able to get to most of them as soon as possible, so many of them sound perfect for Autumn, so it looks like I’ll already have a TBR for that time of the year.

What about you? What are your most anticipated releases of this summer?

lots of love

Most anticipated releases of Winter 2019 | Grabby Hands


Hello, beautiful people!


Phew, can you believe this? It’s already time to get all excited about 2019 book releases and I find this astonishing. Didn’t 2018 start, like, yesterday? It was a really good year in terms of new releases, and I’m sure 2019 will be just like that as well. So, like I did in 2018, I’ll be talking about my most anticipated releases every three months so I don’t overwhelm you all at once! Anyhoo, it’s time to talk about the Winter 2019 releases I’m most anticipating (from January to March).


The Wicked King (The Folk of the Air, #2), by Holly Black
Published: January 8th 2019, by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Genres: young adult, fantasy

I am so excited to see how The Folk of the Air trilogy will continue in this second book. I adored The Cruel Prince so much, it was so addicting and the world-building was fascinating, so I cannot wait to read about Black’s cruel faeries once again. She proved once again that she was the queen of faeries and can we also scream at how stunning that cover is? Give it to me.

The Gilded Wolves, by Roshani Chokshi
Published: January 15th 2019, by Wednesday Books
Genres: young adult, fantasy, historical fiction

Roshani Chokshi weren’t off to a good start, because I did not finish The Star-Touched Queen a few years ago, but I’ve heard such good things about her writing that I am determined to try again and this one sounds really good! From what I’ve gathered, this book is set in 1889 Paris, at the time of the Exposition Universelle (the one the Eiffel Tower was built for!) and it’s about finding a mysterious artifact for an all-powerful organization, I am so intrigued! My standards are pretty hard for books set in Paris as I’m French and live there, so I hope I’ll love it! *hides*

The Kingdom of Copper (The Daevabad Trilogy, #2), by S.A. Chakraborty
Published: January 22nd 2019, by Harper Voyager
Genre: fantasy

The City of Brass was one of my favourite books of 2018 and one of the two books that caused my fantasy slump for most of the year, so of course I’m SO anticipating its sequel. If you haven’t read the first book yet, I’ll strongly urge you to, because it’s an amazing fantasy novel set in 18th century Cairo, the main character, Nahri, is a con woman and she accidentally summons a dark and mysterious djinn (!!). Honestly talking about sequels makes me want to reread so many first books in series, oops.



King of Scars, by Leigh Bardugo
Published: January 29th 2019, by Imprint
Genres: young adult, fantasy

Can we talk about how long we’ve been waiting for the Nikolai book? Can we? Okay so you might not know that, but I met Leigh Bardugo in Rotterdam in 2015 and she said that everyone was pressuring her to write a Nikolai Lantsov book and now we’re actually having a duology? We have so been blessed. I can’t really say much about this one because that would be spoilers for the Grisha trilogy, but I cannot wait to have Nikolai, my favourite character of the trilogy, back. I’ve waited long enough.


Courting Darkness, by Robin LaFevers
Published: February 5th 2019, by HMH Books for Young Readers
Genres: young adult, fantasy, historical fiction

I discovered the awesomeness that is the His Fair Assassin trilogy two years ago and I couldn’t get enough of it, so I was over the moon when I heard there would be a follow-up duology. The first series followed the path of three girls trained as assassins in a convent in 15th century Brittany and it was spectacular, the world was interesting, the plot full of court politics and action, the characters so fleshed-out that I still remember all of them… Those are definitely my kind of books. Courting Darkness will follow Sybella (whom we met in Dark Triumph) and a new character called Genevieve. I am beyond excited for that and it makes me want to reread the entire trilogy first, I mean, I do have an excuse now, right?

Bloodwitch (The Witchlands, #3) by Susan Dennard
Published: February 12th 2019, by Tor Teen
Genres: young adult, fantasy

Everyone can tell I’m over my fantasy slump because I’m excited for so many fantasy novels and it makes me so happy! I’ve loved Susan Dennard’s works even since I’ve started reading them (please read Something Strange and Deadly, it’s amazing!) and The Witchlands series is no exception. It’s a very complex fantasy world, full of elemental magic, but it’s really worth it once that you get everything and the characters have always intrigued me. Truly, this series has everything I love about fantasy. I really need to reread Truthwitch and Windwitch before this one though, as well as to read Sightwitch (a shorter prequel novel) to be all caught up, but I cannot wait to go back to this world, I had missed it!



The Familiars, by Stacey Halls
Published: February 19th, by Mira Books
Genres: historical fiction, paranormal


I was browsing through Netgalley (as one does) when I discovered The Familiars, which sounds like a spectacular debut! This novel is set during the Pendle Hill Witch Trials in the 17th century and it sounds so intriguing (and it’s probably gonna break my heart as it’s set during that time period). It follows a noblewoman who has been through several failed pregnancies, but as she’s with child again, she discovers that according to the doctor, she won’t survive another childbirth. By chance, she meets a midwife named Alice Grey, who promises to help her deliver a healthy baby. But Alice soon stands accused of witchcraft. It explores the rights of women in that time period, as well as the fact that witch-hunting mostly was women-hunting. I truly cannot wait to read that one and I’m super excited to have an early copy of it!

The Priory of the Orange Tree, by Samantha Shannon
Published: February 26th 2019, by Bloomsbury Publishing
Genre: fantasy

THIS. This. As I was writing this, I stumbled upon Samantha Shannon’s tweet on how big this book was and now I need even more. Am I living for really long fantasy books? The answer is yes, absolutely. This fantasy novel seems to be full of amazing female characters, it is set in a queendom and there are dragons? It sounds absolutely amazing and out of all the fantasy novels I’ve listed there, it’s the one I’m most excited about. I hope I’ll adore this one and that it’ll motivate me to pick up The Bone Season at long last!


Daisy Jones and the Six, by Taylor Jenkins Reid

Published: March 5th 2019, by Hutchinson
Genre: historical fiction

Now moving on, this one is my most anticipated winter 2019 release and that’s about it. The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo is my favourite book of the year (along with another one because I can’t choose *wink wink*), so I am eagerly awaiting Taylor Jenkins Reid’s next book. This book is about a fictional iconic 1970s rock band, which split up in 1979. This will be made of interviews, emails, transcripts and lyrics, which I am absolutely living for. I’ve been screaming quietly about how much I need it for months now and it’s getting closer every day. Taylor Jenkins Reid, I’m ready for anything you’re throwing at me/writing about (or not, can’t wait to sob again).


Published: March 5th 2019, by Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)
Genres: young adult, fantasy

The other book that got me into my great 2018 fantasy slump was… Children of Blood and Bone. So obviously, I need Children of Virtue and Vengeance. I’m a bit worried because we still don’t have a cover and it’s supposed to come out next March? I hope it hasn’t been pushed back? But anyway, I can’t wait to see the gang again and to finally know how the book will continue (that cliffhangerrrrr). Also if you haven’t read Children of Virtue and Vengeance, please do, it’s one of the best YA fantasy out there!


Queen’s Shadow by E.K. Johnston

Published: March 5th 2019 Disney Lucasfilm Press
Genres: science fiction

It’s no secret that I am a huge Star Wars fan and this year, I’ve started reading the canon novels (I’m still new at it, though) and I watched the animated TV series Star Wars: The Clone Wars, which was SO GOOD (I miss it, can’t wait for the new episodes next year!!). So basically, I’ve started to realise that I actually love the Republic era, because I discovered so much about it. Now, they keep announcing Republic era novels and I need them all. This one follows Padmé when she becomes the Naboo’s representative in the Galactic Senate and I am so ready for it. Give me all the books about female Star Wars characters, please and thank you.


The Bird King, by G. Willow Wilson
Published: March 12th 2019, by Grove Press
Genres: historical fiction, fantasy

I stumbled upon this one on Goodreads and the synopsis got me so intrigued. You *might* know G. Willow Wilson for the awesomeness that is Ms. Marvel (at least, that’s how I know her) and I’m so curious to read one of her novels. The Bird King tells the story of Fatima, a concubine in the royal court of Granada, the last emirate of Muslim Spain, and her dearest friend Hassan, the palace mapmaker. Her friend has a secret, for he can draw maps of places he has never seen and bend the shape of reality. The two of them have to escape when Hassan’s gift is seen as a threat to the newly formed Spanish monarchy, helped with a clever jinn. You had me at Muslim Spain (I studied it for an entire semester) and mapmaker. That’s it. I need it.

What are your most anticipated releases for this winter? Do we share any?

Lots of love,
Lucie

My most anticipated releases of the year (part 4) | Grabby Hands

Hello, beautiful people!


Today, I’m back with another of my Grabby Hands posts, where I talk about all of my most anticipated book releases. I am doing those every three months, so today I’m here to present to you my Fall 2018 edition, aka October to December* releases. Of course, it doesn’t include every single new release for those months or anything, those are, of course, the books I need to get my hands on like… RIGHT NOW.

*it feels weird to write that, but as winter only starts on December 21st in the Northern hemisphere and not at the beginning of the month like my brain might think… it’s how it’s supposed to be.
Muse of Nightmares (Strange the Dreamer #2) by Laini Taylor
Published: October 2nd 2018 by Little Brown Books for Young Readers
Genres: young adult, fantasy

A few years ago, I fell in love with Laini Taylor’s Daughter of Smoke and Bone trilogy, with her astonishing worlds and her beautiful writing. So of course, when Strange the Dreamer came out last year, I devoured it and it became one of my favourite books of the year. This duology follows Lazlo Strange, a librarian who has been dreaming of the mysterious and mythical city of Weep for his entire life and gets a chance to join an expedition that could answer all of his questions. It is such an excellent high fantasy so much – and I’ve become quite picky with those -, I cannot wait to see what will be in store for these characters and how their story will wrap up.

The Lady’s Guide to Petticoats and Piracy (Montague Silblings #2) by Mackenzi Lee

Published: October 2nd 2018 by Katherine Tegen Books
Genres: young adult, historical fiction

Mackenzi Lee is one of my favourite writers out there and I admire her so much, because I share her love for history and studied it as well, and she’s one of my biggest writing inspirations. I really loved The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue (even though not as much as This Monstrous Thing that you should read if you still haven’t!!) when I read it last year, especially Felicity, Monty’s sister, because she was so much fun. This historical novel, which is set in the first half of the 18th century, will follow Felicity, who wants to avoid a marriage proposal and enroll in medical school, she seems to get an opportunity, but also takes part in a perilous journey. 

The Corset by Laura Purcell 
Published: October 4th 2018 by Raven Books
Genres: historical fiction, mystery

I recently read The Silent Companions by Laura Purcell and it left me craving for more of her words. The Corset, a Victorian thriller follows Dorothea, a young lady whose charity work leads to a prison, where she will have the chance to explore her fascination with phrenology and test her hypothesis that the shape of a person’s skull can cast a light on their darkest crimes. But when she meets teenage seamstress Ruth, she is faced with another theory: that it is possible to kill with a needle and thread. For Ruth attributes her crimes to a supernatural power inherent in her stitches. Dorothea’s belief in rationality and the power of redemption, as she wonders whether Ruth is mad or a murderer, a victim or a villain.


What If It’s Us by Becky Albertalli and Adam Silvera
Published: October 9th 2018 by HarperTeen
Genres: young adult, contemporary, romance

I am beyond excited about this one, because two amazing YA contemporary authors, namely Becky Albertalli and Adam Silvera, are teaming up! I’ve loved every single one of Becky’s novels in the past and I really want to read Adam’s (I read More Happy Than Not, but didn’t like it, I hope this one will encourage me to try again  don’t be mad at me for this). It follows Arthur, a Broadway fan who is only in New York for the summer, and Ben, who recently broke up with his boyfriend. The two of them meet at the post office, then get reunited… But what if they can’t nail the first date? Or second? Or third? But what if it works out between them? I am beyond excited about this one! ALSO. The title is reminiscent of a Dear Evan Hansen song, so how do I not read this, I’m asking you?

Published: October 9th 2018 by Poppy
Genres: young adult, contemporary

Speaking of Broadway fans… A novel inspired by the amazing musical Dear Evan Hansen is coming out! If you don’t know this musical… Well first, please go listen to it, because what have you been doing all this time? Just kidding, but please listen to it. Then, second, it’s about Evan Hansen, a high school senior who is drawn into a family’s grief over the loss of their son and is believed to be his best friend, because of a letter that was never supposed to be seen. This is an amazing story about grief, mental health, authenticity and the struggle to belong anywhere. I have NO IDEA how it’ll be like, but considering how much I adore this musical, I have high hopes!
Archenemies (Renegades #2) by Marissa Meyer
Published: November 6th 2018 by Feiwel & Friends
Genres: young adult, fantasy

I adored Renegades so much, so I’m definitely anticipating its sequel! This trilogy is set in a world where some people have extraordinary abilities, which led society to go astray. Out of the ruins of that society emerged the Renegades, a syndicate of prodigies which established peace and order… But the villains they overthrew are still underground. It follows Nova, who hates the Renegades and wants revenge. As she gets closer to her target, she meets Adrian, a Renegade boy who believes in justice and in her. Renegades was the best YA book I had read in quite a while, so I’m definitely hoping the sequel will live up to it!

Pulp by Robin Talley
Published: November 13th 2018 by Harlequin Teen
Genres: young adult, historical fiction

After reading Lies We Tell Ourselves this summer, I needed more YA historical fiction with a f/f romance. I was beyond excited when I heard about Pulp, which is about Janet, who lives in 1955 Washington, D.C. and keeps the love she shares with her best friend a success. As she discovers novels telling the story of women falling in love with each other, she decides to write and publish her own story, even though she might risk her entire life. Sixty-two years later, Abby can’t stop thinking about her senior subject, which is about classic 1950s lesbian pulp fiction. She feels especially connected to an author who write under a pseudonym and becomes determined to track her down and discover her true identity. I feel like this one might become a favourite and certainly hope so, I cannot wait for November!

The Dark Days Deceit (Lady Helen #3) by Alison Goodman
Published: November 20th 2018 by Viking Books for Young Readers
Genres: young adult, historical fiction, fantasy

The number of sequels I’ve included is astonishing, considering how few of them I have read this year, but maybe it might motivate me? I hope so. I cannot wait to get my hands on The Dark Days Deceit, which is the final book in the Lady Helen trilogy. This trilogy is about Lady Helen, who is swept away in demon-hunting adventures in the first book and it is set during the Regency era (!!). In a way, it reminds me a little of The Infernal Devices and I adore this type of stories (*cough* Something Strange and Deadly *cough*). I’m so curious to see how Helen’s story will come to a close and it’s such a perfect Fall read!

Queen of Air and Darkness (The Dark Artifices #3) by Cassandra Clare
Published: December 4th 2018 by Margaret K. McElderry Books
Genres: young adult, fantasy

Last, but certainly not least… The last book in The Dark Artifices is finally coming. I don’t really need to present this one to you now, don’t I? I’m so happy it’s the very last book I’m excited about this year, because it means so much more, in a way. I have missed these characters so much and considering how it ended and how Cassie left us waiting for that long? I NEED IT ON RELEASE DAY. I hope I’ll be able to drop everything to just read it like for the previous two and if someone spoils me… Oh just don’t even try. (Yeah, I haven’t bothered with a summary, but you know… SHADOWHUNTERS).

What are your most anticipated releases from October to December? 
Are you excited for any of those?

Lots of love,
Lucie

My most anticipated releases of the year (part 3) // Grabby Hands

Hello, beautiful people!


Today, I’m back with another of my Grabby Hands posts, where I talk about all of my most anticipated book releases. I am doing those every three months, so today I’m here to present to you my Summer 2018 edition, aka July to September releases. Of course, it doesn’t include every single new release for those months or anything, those are, of course, the books I need to get my hands on like… RIGHT NOW.


Spinning Silver by Naomi Novik

Published: July 7th 2018 by Del Rey
Genres: adult, fantasy, retelling

At long last. I adored Naomi Novik’s Uprooted, which came out forever ago (and by that I mean: three years ago) and I had been wanting to read something else by her. Apparently, this one is inspired by Lithuanian/Russian folklore (from what I gathered from early reviews, I might be wrong) and follows Miryem, who comes from a family of moneylenders and is sent to collect money from villagers. For unknown reasons, she manages to change silver to gold, which leads her story to be tangled with creatures that haunt the wood and their king. *dramatic music* Spinning Silver sounds absolutely amazing and I cannot wait to devour it!


Sea Witch by Sarah Henning

Published: July 31st 2018 by Katherine Tegen Books
Genres: young adult, fantasy, retelling

Excuse me, but I’ve been waiting to read it forever, because it’s a villain origin story and I adore those so much. It’s about Evie, who has been casted out as a witch ever since her best friend Anna drowned. One day, she meets a girl with an uncanny resemblance to Anna and is convinced her best friend survived, even though the other girl denies it. Both of them meet charming princes and believe at a chance at their happily ever after, but Anna has secrets of her own and Evie would do anything to help her. The blurb says: “The rise of Hans Christian Andersen’s iconic villainess is a heart-wrenching story of friendship, betrayal, and a girl pushed beyond her limits—to become a monster.” and if it isn’t enough to convince you, I don’t know what will.


Bellewether by Susanna Kearsley

Published: August 7nd 2018 by Sourcebooks Landmark
Genres: historical fiction

If you don’t know, Susanna Kearsley is my favourite historical fiction writer as well as writing inspiration. Yup. No biggies. So of course, Bellewether has been one of my most anticipated reads of 2018 ever since I heard she was working on a new project. This one is set in 1759, in the North American colonies, during the Seven Years War which opposed France and Britain. When French officers are brought as prisoners to Long Island, it changes Lydia Wilde’s life, because she eventually develops feelings for a French-Canadian lieutenant. Centuries later, their story has become a local legend, that Charley, the new curator of the Wilde House Museum, is set on exploring to understand what happened. I actually got an ARC of it and am planning to read it in July, so I’ll be talking to you about it and fangirling about Susanna Kearley’s writing some more very soon on here!


These Rebel Waves (Stream Raiders #1) by Sara Raasch

Published: August 7th 2018 by Balzer + Bray
Genres: young adult, fantasy

You know you’ve been waiting for a book for a long time when you’ve been following the Pinterest inspiration board of it when it didn’t even have a title yet. Anyway, Sara Raasch is the author of the Snow Like Ashes‘ trilogy, which I really liked, and I’m so happy that she’s finally publishing more books, especially this one, which sounds like the book of my dreams or something. It has a) pirates b) a dichotomy between a magic land/a country driven by religion c) an island d) a black market e) conspiracies. It sounds absolutely amazing and I can’t wait to get my hands on it!


Dance of Thieves by Mary E. Pearson

Published: August 7th 2018 by Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)
Genres: young adult, fantasy

Another author whose previous trilogy I adore has a new book coming out. *throws confettis into the air* Dance of Thieves is the first book in a new duology set in the same world that The Remnant Chronicles (you know, The Kiss of Deception, The Heart of Betrayal and The Beauty of Darkness –> I want to reread them again), so of course, I need it. The main characters are a reformed thief and the young leader of an outlaw dynasty? Give it to me now. It’s gonna be so much fun and I have my fingers crossed that we’ll see some of the characters of The Remnant Chronicles again. Oh wait, I have a reason to reread them now. I have to, just in case.


City of Ghosts by Victoria Schwab

Published: August 28th 2018 by Scholastic
Genres: middle grade, fantasy

I mean, it’s a new Victoria Schwab novel, so, I don’t really have to explain why I need it so badly, right? It follows Cassidy, a young girl whose parents are a sort of (inept) ghost-hunting team, but she can actually see ghosts, her best friend Jacob is one. The family heads to Edinburgh, which is very haunted, and Cassidy meets another girl who can also see the dead and tells her that her job is to send ghosts permanently beyond the Veil. Cass isn’t quite so sure about it, but she joins a fight against the Red Raven, a sinister being who haunts the city. I am beyond excited to read this novel, it’s been some time since I last read middle grade and I’m so curious about the story, especially as it’s set in Edinburgh!

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Published: August 28th 2018 by Harlequin Teen
Genres: anthology, young adult, fantasy

I love YA anthologies so much, I mention some of them often enough in my most anticipated releases (as I’m typing this, I’ve been reading the All Out anthology, so, see?). This one has fifteen contemporary, historical, and futuristic stories featuring witchy heroines who are diverse in race, class, sexuality, religion, geography, and era. I don’t know that many of the authors who contributed, but I’ve read and loved Emery Lord’s novels, Robin Talley’s Lies We Tell Ourselves and previous short stories I’ve read from Anna-Marie McLemore and Jessica Spotswood. I’m so excited to discover even more YA authors, it always motivates me more to pick up some of their novels (I’ll be on the lookout for Elizabeth May and Zoraida Córdova the most).

As She Ascends by Jodi Meadows

Published: September 11th 2018 by Katherine Tegen Books
Genres: young adult, fantasy

I’ve had trouble with sequels this year. Either I just don’t pick them up, or they’ve been disappointing me (there are exceptions to this rule, but I can think of… one). Nevertheless, there are always authors I trust and Jodi Meadows is one of them. I adored the first book in the Fallen Isles trilogy, Before She Ignites, as well as everything she wrote, so I have faith it will put me back on tracks with sequels. This trilogy has dragons and secrets and a main character with anxiety, I devoured the first one and I can’t wait to know what happens next. Moreover, the truth is, I quite miss fantasy. I haven’t read a lot of it lately because I’ve been disappointed by some novels… But I miss it and a world I love will help.


Wildcard by Marie Lu



Published: September 18th by G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers
Genres: young adult, science fiction

Warcross was amazing. I’m not really surprised because Marie Lu is such a talented author and I’ve always adored her books, but I’m so happy it was the case for Warcross as well. I don’t read a lot of science-fiction type of books, but I adored the world it was set in (reading about video games is the best) as well as the characters. It kept me on the edge of my seat until the very end (even though I had guessed part of the plot twist) and I’ve needed the sequel ever since then. September can’t come fast enough!

For a Muse of Fire by Heidi Heilig

Published: September 25th 2018  by Greenwillow Books
Genres: young adult, fantasy

I read Heidi Heilig’s debut, The Girl From Everywhere, when it came out a few years ago and really enjoyed it, so I was curious to know what the author would come up next, this one definitely sounds interesting! It follows Jetta, who comes from a troupe of shadow players, it seems like she’s moving puppets without string or stick. In truth, she is able to see the souls of people who recently passed away and bind them to puppets with her blood. However, practicing the old ways has been forbidden ever since the colonial army conquered Jetta’s country, but she manages to earn a spot aboard the royal ship where she’ll have to hide the truth on her powers. But as rebellion seethes and as Jetta meets a young smuggler, she will face truths and decisions that she never imagined—and safety will never seem so far away. This trilogy is set in a world inspired by Asian cultures and French colonialism, it has a bipolar heroine and the story is told through different formats. I really cannot wait to get my hands on this one. 


Published: September 25th 2018 by Delacorte Press
Genres: young adult, historical fiction, retelling

Kiersten White is an author I’ve been keeping my eyes on for the past few years, I read Illusions of Fate and And I Darken* by her, which I adored. Her stor
ies always intrigue me so much and The Dark Descent of Elizabeth Frankenstein is no exception. This one follows Elizabeth Lavenza, who has had a tough life and is on the verge of being thrown out into the streets, until she is brought to the home of Victor Frankenstein, a boy who has everything, except a friend. She becomes her friend and is taken in by his family, but as the years pass, her survival depends on managing Victor’s dangerous temper and entertaining his every whim. I am so excited about this one because the main character is a secondary character from Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein and I so trust Kiersten White with this. 

*I haven’t read Now I Rise, the second book in that trilogy, yet, but I’ve decided to binge-read it when I also get the third one! I cannot wait, the first novel was so promising.


Vengeful by V.E. Schwab

Published: September 25th 2018by Tor
Genres: adult, science fiction

I am beyond excited to have not only one, but TWO of Victoria Schwab’s novels to talk about in this post. I can’t believe that Vengeful is now a written novel and that we will get our hands on it in a few months. I am so curious to see where the story will go next, as for years, it wasn’t sure whether we would get Vengeful or not and that it got rewritten many times to make it as amazing as possible. It’s been quite a while since we got a new novel by Victoria Schwab, I can’t wait to drown in her words again and to be surprised by everything that goes down. Also, it gives me another reason to reread Vicious, so cheers to that! If you haven’t read Vicious yet, just go for it, don’t try to figure out what it’s about or anything, JUST READ IT.


Are you excited for any of these books? 
What are your most anticipated releases for July, August and September?


Lots of love,

Lucie

My most anticipated releases of 2018 (part 2) // Grabby Hands #10

Hello, beautiful people!

Back in December, I decided to revive my Grabby Hands feature where I talk about all of my most anticipated book releases. I am now doing those posts every three months, which is why today, I’m going to talk to you about my most anticipated releases from April to June; it’s the Spring edition, I guess. This isn’t the list of all the books I’m anticipating, because it would be too long, but the ones I really need to get my hands on like… Now.


Dread Nation by Justina Ireland – April 3rd

Genres: young adult, historical fiction, fantasy

Dread Nation is an alternate history novel set after the American Civil War… Except there are zombies. Because of the new laws, Afro-American and Native-American children are forced to attend combat schools to put down the dead and it follows a girl who attended one of those schools, returning home when she finds herself in the middle of a conspiracy. I know many people don’t like books with zombies and I thought it would be my case until I read Something Strange and Deadly by Susan Dennard (btw, READ IT), that was also historical fiction. I’ve always wanted to read more novels set during the American Civil War, so the time period interests me, even though it’s alternate history, and it seems to focus a lot on oppression as well. I’ve seen great things about this one, I cannot wait to read it.

Circe by Madeline Miller – April 10th
Genres: fantasy, historical fiction, retelling

Okay, I have to admit that I have yet to read The Song of Achilles, even though I’ve seen people on bookstagram raving about it. My only excuse is that I need to get the Bloomsbury Modern Classics edition and well… I’m not ready for this book to destroy me, like it did for everyone else. Anyway, I’m quite curious about Circe, which follows the Greek mythology character of the same name, a witch who was banished by Zeus to an island, where her path is intertwined with many important characters: Hermes, Daedalus or even Odysseus. I’ve heard so many great things about Madeline Miller’s writing, I’m so ready to jump into this one!

Last Shot: A Han and Lando Novel by Daniel José Older – April 17th
Genres: science-fiction

It’s no secret that I’ve been completely obsessed with Star Wars ever since Episode VIII came out last December (I already loved Star Wars, but it got so much worse). Last Shot is coming out right before Solo: A Star Wars story and I have to say that I’m really not excited about that movie*, but I added Last Shot on my TBR because I really want to read more Star Wars novels. Apparently, it follows different timelines and as I’ve always been curious about Han’s character, I knew that I wanted to read it, but I didn’t need it right this instant, you know? AND THEN. We got an excerpt involving a two years old Ben Solo. BEN SOLO. I adore him so much, he’s my ultimate weakness, I need every single piece of information on him. I need to know everything. I’m so obsessed. Maybe it’ll help me keep faith until Episode IX is released, but let’s be real, I’ll just cry every time they talk about him**.


*maybe it will not be as bad as I think? Maybe I’ll end up enjoying it? One shall live in hope.
** I’m so sorry, but I’m emotional about him 24/7, I can’t be calm when I talk about him, oops.


Leah on the Offbeat by Becky Albertalli – April 24th
Genres: young adult, contemporary

A new book by Becky Albertalli is always something to rejoice about. I really enjoyed Simon vs. the Homosapiens Agenda, her debut, but my personal favourite is The Upside of Unrequited. This one follows Leah, Simon’s best friend that we met in his novel and as a matter of fact, I don’t really know much about it, except that Leah is bisexual. Now that I think about it, if it has Becky’s name on the cover, it will most likely be amazing. I know she has sensitivity readers who loved this one, which means the representation must be good.

Sky in the Deep by Adrienne Young – April 24th
Genres: young adult, fantasy

Sky in the Deep is Adrienne Young’s debut novel and the premise sounds so exciting. It follows Eelyn, who was raised to be a warrior and fights alongside her clansmen in an ancient rivalry against another clan, until they face her brother who was supposed to have died on the battlefield. She is then forced to flee into the mountains, her clan is raided by a ruthless clan supposed to be a legend and to ally herself with someone she doesn’t think she can trust. This is a Viking-inspired fantasy novel, I’ve been looking for Vikings books my entire like. 

The Oddling Prince by Nancy Springer – May 15th
Genres: young adult, fantasy

So anyway, this one is set in Scotland. This is the main reason I need it. I
always need books set in Scotland. It involves dark secrets, faeries, royalty, brothers and from the summary, it says that it “
explores the darkness of the human heart as well as its unceasing capacity for love”, honestly it sounds so good? Now that I’ve read The Cruel Prince by Holly Black, I know that I need more ruthless faeries in my life (hopefully it’ll be like that). Nancy Springer also wrote the Enola Holmes series that I adored as a child, it followed Sherlock Holmes’ younger sister, she was one of my heroines, so I’m curious to read another of her novels.



On The Come Up by Angie Thomas – June 5th
Genres: young adult, contemporary

This is another case where seeing Angie Thomas’ name is more than enough to make me want to read this book. On The Come Up follows Bri, a young woman who wants to be one of the greatest rappers of all time, which comes with a lot of pressure considering her father was an underground rap legend who died before getting his big hit. When her mother unexpectedly loses her job and her family might become homeless, Bri no longer wants to make it, she has to make it. I cannot wait to read another book by Angie Thomas.

A Reaper at the Gates by Sabaa Tahir – June 12th 2018

The wait is almost over. Finally. The Ember series has been one of my favourite YA fantasy series for such a long time and I can’t believe we almost waited two years for the third book. It was for the best, I’m sure of that, but oh, it was excruciating. It’s my fault for reading A Torch Against the Night on its release week, because I have no restraint, but oh well. I can’t say much considering it’s the third book in a series, but I cannot wait to reunite with all the characters and see what will happen next.

A Thousand Beginnings and Endings, anthology edited by Ellen Oh and Elsie Chapman – June 26th 2018

A Thousand Beginnings and Endings is an anthology focusing on reimagining the folklore and mythology of East and South Asia. It has star-crossed lovers, meddling immortals, feigned identities, it involves fairy tales, myths and folklore. I don’t know all the authors who are contributing to this anthology, but reading an anthology is also about discovering new authors, right? I’m quite looking forward to reading stories by new-to-me authors, as well as to get some more out of the authors I already know, such as Renee Ahdieh or Julie Kagawa. I’ve come to really enjoy anthologies, so I hope I’ll love this one as well.



Are you excited for any of these books? 
What are your most anticipated releases for April, May and June?


Lots of love,
Lucie

My most anticipated releases of 2018 (part 1) // Grabby Hands #9


Hello, beautiful people!


Once upon a time, when I hadn’t lived the worst blogging slump of ever, I had this feature on my blog called Grabby Hands, where I talked to you about all the exciting releases I couldn’t wait to get my hands on for the next month. Now that I’ve been back for a while, I realised how much I missed writing those posts, which means that Grabby Hands is back! I’ll only do one every three months or so, this way I’ll talk about the books I’m the most excited about and that I’ll actually read at some point. When I saw that today’s topic for Top Ten Tuesday (which was created by The Broke and The Bookish) was Top Ten Books I’m Looking Forward To in 2018, I decided to use that prompt to talk about the ten books I’m most excited about for the first three months of 2018.


The Cruel Prince (The Folk of the Air #1) by Holly Black – January 2nd 2018

Genres: young adult, fantasy

As it’s Holly Black, you won’t be surprised that this book is about… *drum rolls* faeries. I’ve been anticipating this one since 2016, when it was first announced, so you can imagine how excited I am, considering it comes out in a week. Holly Black’s faeries quite intrigue me, because they’re apparently wicked, violent, and that’s what I want from a good faerie book… DARKNESS (and nothing else, if you know what I mean –> the shade). I had the chance to attend Cassandra Clare and Holly Black’s event in London back in August, so hearing them talk about The Cruel Prince made me even more excited and Holly was such a nice person. She was so happy when I made her sign my copy of The Spiderwick Chronicles and I was emotional, because I was so young when I read them. Anyhow, I’m going to scream that I’m excited way too many times in this post, be prepared.

The Mermaid and Mrs Hancock by Imogen Hermes Gowar – January 25th 2018
Genres: historical, fantasy

This book has been screaming my name for months, and I’m not even kidding. I once saw someone unbox an ARC of it on Instagram and instantaneously became jealous, considering how pretty the cover is. Then I read the summary and my envy got worse (haha). The Mermaid and Mrs Hancock is a historical fiction novel set in 1785 near the sea and this is the story of Mr Hancock who found a mermaid. Can you hear me screaming? I’m obsessed with the 18th century AND the sea. This book will take place near the docks, this is everything I want out of a book. It might be my most anticipated read at the moment.


The Hazel Wood by Melissa Albert – January 30th 2018

Genres: young adult, fantasy


Once again, the cover of this book is absolutely stunning. The Hazel Wood is the story of a young girl whose grandmother, the author of a ‘cult-classic book of pitch-dark fairy tales’ passed away. When her mother is apparently stolen away to the Hinterland, the dark world where her grandmother’s stories took place, she has no choice but to venture in the dangerous Hazel Wood, then in the Hinterland, to understand what happened and save her mother. It sounds absolutely amazing, a bit dark (I’m really into that right now) and I can’t wait to get my hands on it.

Immortal Reign (Falling Kingdoms #6) by Morgan Rhodes – February 6th 2018
Genres: young adult, fantasy

This book was first supposed to come out in December (like every year), and then it got pushed back to February. *weeps* I understand though, because it is the last book in the Falling Kingdoms trilogy and it has to be perfect, but I still think about the ending of Crystal Storm once a week – or more – because I so need to know what happens next and whether or not my favourite characters will be okay (I’m sincerely scared). Anyway, Falling Kingdoms is a fantasy series that I absolutely love – I really fell head over heels for it in Frozen Tides, but I enjoyed it before! – and I’m so looking forward to knowing how it will end. I’m not ready to say goodbye to my favourite characters after several years together, but I want to know how their stories will wrap up (please Morgan Rhodes, don’t kill everyone).



Shadowsong (Wintersong #2) by S. Jae-Jones – February 6th 2018
Genres: young adult, historical, fantasy

I read Wintersong earlier this year and absolutely loved it. It is the story of Liesl, who has a talent for music, but always had to stay in the shadows of his brother, a musical prodigy. When her sister is taken away by the Goblin King, she has to go Underground to try to save her. *dum dum dum* It was set in 18th century Austria, the Mozart family was mentioned several times and Liesl is such a Nannerl, which is why I couldn’t help but fall in love with it. I can’t say much about Shadowsong, considering it’s a sequel, but I really want to know what will happen to Liesl next.

The Wicked Cometh by Laura Carlin – Febru
ary 8th 2018

Genres: historical

The Wicked Cometh is a historical novel set in 1831, at a time where London was a dark and unsafe place, where many people disappear from the street. Our main character is determined to get out of the slums and is thrown into the aristocratic world, where she’s under the tutelage of a mysterious woman. Soon, whispers about her past start to poison her new life, and the two women get involved in a sinister investigation. I have to say that this book isn’t set in the Victorian era, for once, are you proud? Okay, the Victorian era starts in 1837, but I’m trying here. Anyhow, The Wicked Cometh intrigues me so much and I cannot wait to dive into it and to figure everything out.


Sightwitch (The Witchlands #0.5) by Susan Dennard – February 13th 2018

Genres: young adult, fantasy

Sightwitch is a prequel novella to the Witchlands series by Susan Dennard – the first two books are Truthwitch and Windwitch – and it follows the last Sightwitch sister, who is trying to rescue her best friend by going underground. It is told in an original way, through journal entries, sketches, history sketchbooks and so on, I am so intrigued. It’s no secret that Susan Dennard is one of my favourite YA authors and she had written a novella for her debut series, which was absolutely excellent (by the way: read the Something Strange and Deadly trilogy). Because of all of this, I cannot wait to read Sightwitch, it’ll make the wait until the release Bloodwitch a little more bearable.


Bygone Badass Broads: 52 Forgotten Women Who Changed the World by Mackenzi Lee – March 6th 2018
Genres: non-fiction, history

Mackenzi Lee is another of my favourite YA authors and I will read anything this woman writes. Some time ago (I’d say last year, but I’m not sure?), she developed a feature on Twitter where she wrote a thread about an amazing and badass woman every Friday. It made me learn about so many amazing historical figures that are now forgotten. This book is the result of this feature and will tell the stories of these amazing women wrongly forgotten. I already know it will be empowering and full of potential new role models for me. I cannot wait to read their stories.


The Radical Element (A Tyranny of Petticoats #2) edited by Jessica Spotswood and written by awesome authors – March 13th 2018

Genres: young adult, historical, fantasy

Last year came out my favourite YA anthology, A Tyranny of Petticoats, which focused on historical fiction and fantasy, featuring a diverse array of heroines. When it was announced that a second anthology, in the same vibe, would be made, I was over the moon. The Radical Element features stories “of the girls of all colors and creeds standing up for themselves and their beliefs” by amazing authors, among whom Mackenzi Lee (yes, again), Erin Bowman, and I loved their historical fiction novels. It also involves many authors I want to read something by (like Anne-Marie McLemore), so I’m quite excited!

The Price Guide to the Occult by Leslye Walton – March 13th 2018
Genres: young adult, fantasy

Once upon a time, in 2014, a masterpiece called The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender came out, and after that… Leslye Walton only wrote a novella in A Tyranny of Petticoats. I was so scared we’d never get another book by her ever again, but the time has finally come. The Price Guide to the Occult tells the story of Nor Blackburn, an unexceptional witch whose family has been cursed many centuries ago. All she wants is an ordinary life, until she comes across a mysterious book which promises to cast any spells for the right price. Nor then knows that a storm is coming straight for her, on the island where she lives. I cannot wait to get drown in Leslye Walton’s words again and to discover her through another story.

If you hadn’t noticed, the key words in this post were darkness, historical fiction and fantasy. I’m excited for other books coming out this winter, but these ones win the cake and just by writing this post, I want to go and pre-order them all… If only money grew on trees. I’ll post a new Grabby Hands post at the end of February to talk to you about the books I’m most excited about for March, April and May, but until then…


What are your most anticipated releases of January, February and March 2018? Anything I missed? Are you excited to read any of the books I mentioned?


Lots of love,
Lucie