It just crossed my mind that I should revive this blog. And I’m doing it by translating 2016 in the language of bookworms. I just like books. I love them. I love being around them. I’m book-phile and book-sexual, because I’ve loved more fictional characters than real people, not to mention I’ve had more book-boyfriends than in real life. Ok. Now I’m losing my ‘cool reputation’. Okay, let’s calm down and I’m making a list of 2016 BOOK RELEASES that people have to check out.
I’m not including sequels, the third/fourth/x-th book in a series, just series beginnings and stand-alone novels. I’m not really looking over at the hype, nor at other book’s quality, but only at the fact whether I’m or not intrigued by the premise. Just enjoy this!
(THERE’S NO ORDER. LISTING THEM RANDOMLY!)
1. PASSENGER, by Alexandra Bracken
i. A brief section of music composed of a series of notes and flourishes.
ii. A journey by water; a voyage.
iii. The transition from one place to another, across space and time.
In one devastating night, violin prodigy Etta Spencer loses everything she knows and loves. Thrust into an unfamiliar world by a stranger with a dangerous agenda, Etta is certain of only one thing: she has traveled not just miles but years from home. And she’s inherited a legacy she knows nothing about from a family whose existence she’s never heard of. Until now.
Nicholas Carter is content with his life at sea, free from the Ironwoods—a powerful family in the colonies—and the servitude he’s known at their hands. But with the arrival of an unusual passenger on his ship comes the insistent pull of the past that he can’t escape and the family that won’t let him go so easily. Now the Ironwoods are searching for a stolen object of untold value, one they believe only Etta, Nicholas’ passenger, can find. In order to protect her, he must ensure she brings it back to them— whether she wants to or not.
Together, Etta and Nicholas embark on a perilous journey across centuries and continents, piecing together clues left behind by the traveler who will do anything to keep the object out of the Ironwoods’ grasp. But as they get closer to the truth of their search, and the deadly game the Ironwoods are playing, treacherous forces threaten to separate Etta not only from Nicholas but from her path home . . . forever
OPINION: Sounds interesting. The year’s trend is diversity and somehow seeing a more familiar face (Time-travel, S.F.) around might help. I might read it just to get some fresh air whenever diversity’s too much to handle.
The cover is breath-taking. (Yes’ I’m such a cover-judging person. Sue me!)
2. LADY MIDNIGHT, by CASSANDRA CLARE
Los Angeles. It’s been five years since the events of the Mortal Instruments when Nephilim stood poised on the brink of oblivion and Shadowhunter Emma Carstairs lost her parents. After the blood and violence she witnessed as a child, Emma has dedicated her life to to discovering exactly what it was that killed her parents and getting her revenge.
Raised in the Los Angeles Institute with the Blackthorn family, Emma is paired as a parabatai with her best friend, Julian Blackthorn. A series of murders in the city catch her attention — they seem to have the same characteristics as the deaths of her parents. Could the murderer be the same person? And her attention isn’t the only one caught: someone has been murdering Downworlders as well. The Fair Folk make a deal with the Institute: if the Blackthorns and Emma will investigate the killings, they’ll return Mark Blackthorn to his home. The catch: they have only two weeks to find the killers. Otherwise it’s open war between faeries and Nephilim.
The Shadowhunters of the Institute must race against time to catch the killers, even as they begin to suspect the involvement of those closest to them. At the same time, Emma is falling in love with the one person in the world she’s absolutely forbidden by Shadowhunter Law to love. Set against the glittering backdrop of present-day Los Angeles, Emma must learn to trust her head and her heart as she investigates a demonic plot that stretches from the warlock-run nightclubs of the Sunset Strip to the enchanted sea that pounds the beaches of Santa Monica.
OPINION: For me, this is the big thing of the year. I know the Shadowhunter Chronicles. The TV series has just debuted this week. It’s fabulous. And I can’t wait for the start of the third series in this Chronicles. SO YES, I’m freaking out about Lady Midnight.
Comparing the cover to others in the Chronicles, it’s not a very good one. Those in The Infernal Devices were the best.
3. THIS IS WHERE IT ENDS, MARIEKE NIJKAMP
The principal of Opportunity, Alabama’s high school finishes her speech, welcoming the entire student body to a new semester and encouraging them to excel and achieve.
The students get up to leave the auditorium for their next class.
The auditorium doors won’t open.
Someone starts shooting.
Told over the span of 54 harrowing minutes from four different perspectives, terror reigns as one student’s calculated revenge turns into the ultimate game of survival.
OPINION: It’s a book I’ve discovered today, but the premise was OUCHHHHH!!!! I mean it hit me in the face. I’ve never heard of a book to be about School shootings and get into details about them. I like it and it’s a must for me.
4. IN REAL LIFE, by Jessica Love
Hannah Cho and Nick Cooper have been best friends since 8th grade. They talk for hours on the phone, regularly shower each other with presents, and know everything there is to know about one another.
There’s just one problem: Hannah and Nick have never actually met.
Hannah has spent her entire life doing what she’s supposed to, but when her senior year spring break plans get ruined by a rule-breaker, she decides to break a rule or two herself. She impulsively decides to road trip to Las Vegas, her older sister and BFF in tow, to surprise Nick and finally declare her more-than-friend feelings for him.
Hannah’s surprise romantic gesture backfires when she gets to Vegas and finds out that Nick has been keeping some major secrets. Hannah knows the real Nick can’t be that different from the online Nick she knows and loves, but now she only has night in Sin City to figure out what her feelings for Nick really are, all while discovering how life can change when you break the rules every now and then.
OPINION: I’ve heard about this type of books before, in which we see the differences between living online and offline. It’s interesting however how profound and far can such a ‘HI!’ on some sort of social media can go, so that a girl travels half of the US to see a guy. And this guy might not be who he seemed. It’ll be sure, but I’m not having big expectations. It isn’t the kind of books that tops my pile.
5. THE GLITTERING COURT, by Richelle Mead
Big and sweeping, spanning the refined palaces of Osfrid to the gold dust and untamed forests of Adoria, The Glittering Court tells the story of Adelaide, an Osfridian countess who poses as her servant to escape an arranged marriage and start a new life in Adoria, the New World. But to do that, she must join the Glittering Court.
Both a school and a business venture, the Glittering Court is designed to transform impoverished girls into upper-class ladies capable of arranging powerful and wealthy marriages in the New World. Adelaide naturally excels in her training and even makes a few friends: the fiery former laundress Tamsin and the beautiful Sirminican refugee Mira. She manages to keep her true identity hidden from all but one: the intriguing Cedric Thorn, son of the wealthy proprietor of the Glittering Court.
When Adelaide discovers that Cedric is hiding a dangerous secret of his own, together, they hatch a scheme to make the best of Adelaide’s deception. Complications soon arise—first, as they cross the treacherous seas from Osfrid to Adoria, and later, when Adelaide catches the attention of a powerful governor.
But no complication will prove quite as daunting as the potent attraction simmering between Adelaide and Cedric. An attraction that, if acted on, would scandalize the Glittering Court and make them both outcasts in wild, vastly uncharted lands. . . .
OPINION: I’ve no idea what to say about this. I mean I’ve read stuff from Richelle Mead that I’ve loved (VA & Frostbite) and there was another thing (Shadow Kissed) that I just couldn’t get the hell out of it. Whenever I read something from her, I’m very cautious. But I’m hopeful. The premise doesn’t look mad. But comparing it to the other books and their premises, it can’t be my favorite.
I will certainly check it out, though.
This is my list for now. TTYL, XOXO!!!