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!

edited by Jessica Spotswood and Tess Sharpe


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