Hello, hello awesome people and welcome back to another Saturday in the Victorious Blog-Land!
Things have gotten pretty hot around here, with my participation in Camp NaNo (about which you’ll get more details two weeks from now), the deadline for the completion of my first draft, the changes I’m planning to do on the blog later this year, and the dozens of posts I have to schedule, write and edit!
I hope you’re having fun up till now and I can promise you that I’ve got some super fun ideas up my sleeves for the future. All you have to do is stick around and stay tuned!
Yeah… that could be me. An older version of me, probably in the 1900s, if blogging existed back then. ‘Cause I swear I’d be writing even then; after doing the laundry and cooking and finishing my chores.
That’s not the reason why you came to read this post though, is it? On the contrary, you read this very promising title and said “Yeah, let’s go and see what this chick has to recommend for the second half of 2017 regarding YA novels”.
And here you are. So, I’m gonna reward you for that with some seriously exciting, promising and, more importantly, fresh ideas regarding what you could read till the end of 2017.
Let’s go then!
1. Wicked Like a Wildfire, by Lana Popović (Hibiscus Daughter series, Book #1)
“All the women in Iris and Malina’s family have the unique magical ability or “gleam” to manipulate beauty. Iris sees flowers as fractals and turns her kaleidoscope visions into glasswork, while Malina interprets moods as music. But their mother has strict rules to keep their gifts a secret, even in their secluded sea-side town. Iris and Malina are not allowed to share their magic with anyone, and above all, they are forbidden from falling in love.
But when their mother is mysteriously attacked, the sisters will have to unearth the truth behind the quiet lives their mother has built for them. They will discover a wicked curse that haunts their family line—but will they find that the very magic that bonds them together is destined to tear them apart forever?”
The expected publication date is August 15th 2017 and boy, this looks like something summer-ish I could read in a single day!
I really like the family bonds and the secrets, the magic and the beauty manipulation this book has to show, and I really think we should all give this a try; especially if you like reading series as much as I do!
2. The Rattled Bones, by S. M. Parker
“Unearthing years of buried secrets, Rilla Brae is haunted by ghostly visions tied to the tainted history of a mysterious island in this haunting novel from the author of The Girl Who Fell.
Maine-bred, independent Rilla Brae is no stranger to the deep. She knows the rhythms of hard work and harder seas. But when she experiences the sudden death of her father, the veil between the living and the dead blurs and she begins to be haunted by a girl on a nearby, uninhabited island. The girl floats a song over the waves, and it is as beautiful as it is terrifying. Familiar and distant.
Then Rilla meets Sam, a University of Southern Maine archeology student tasked with excavating the very island where the ghostly girl has appeared. Sam sifts the earth looking for the cultural remains of an island people who were forcibly evicted by the state nearly a hundred years ago. Sam tells Rilla the island has a history no locals talk about—if they know about it at all—due to the shame the events brought to the working waterfront community. All Rilla knows for sure is that the island has always been there—an eerie presence anchored in the stormy sea. Now Sam’s work and the ghostly girl’s song lure Rilla to the island’s shores.
As Rilla helps Sam to unearth the island’s many secrets, Rilla’s visions grow—until the two discover a tragedy kept silent for years. And it’s a tragedy that has everything to do with Rilla’s past.”
The expected publication is on August 22nd 2017, and all I can say is… WOW! It’s quite refreshing to read about something that reminds you a bit of “The Uninvited” movie, combined with “Lost”, because of the whole island thing. Plus, it’s a nice change to see that this novel addresses to the older young-adults, as well.
This book seems equally thrilling and frightening, and if you’re into those kinds of books, I think you should definitely give it a go!
3. They Both Die at the End, by Adam Silvera
“On September 5, a little after midnight, Death-Cast calls Mateo Torrez and Rufus Emeterio to give them some bad news: They’re going to die today. Mateo and Rufus are total strangers, but, for different reasons, they’re both looking to make a new friend on their End Day. The good news: There’s an app for that. It’s called the Last Friend, and through it, Rufus and Mateo are about to meet up for one last great adventure and to live a lifetime in a single day.”
The expected publication is on September 5th 2017 (obviously) and I gotta admit, this is the book I mostly look forward to reading this fall! It’s less fantasy and more contemporary themed, but I think it’s such an innovative idea! It reminds me a lot of “The Brand New Testament” movie and I do believe it’s gonna be both hilarious and bittersweet!
I think this is gonna be the read of the month this September, especially considering the fact that the ARC reviewers have already freaked out, mumbling endlessly that this is Silvera’s best book! Highly recommended!
4. Girls Made of Snow and Glass, by Melissa Bashardoust
“Frozen meets The Bloody Chamber in this feminist fantasy reimagining of the Snow White fairytale
At sixteen, Mina’s mother is dead, her magician father is vicious, and her silent heart has never beat with love for anyone—has never beat at all, in fact, but she’d always thought that fact normal. She never guessed that her father cut out her heart and replaced it with one of glass. When she moves to Whitespring Castle and sees its king for the first time, Mina forms a plan: win the king’s heart with her beauty, become queen, and finally know love. The only catch is that she’ll have to become a stepmother.
Fifteen-year-old Lynet looks just like her late mother, and one day she discovers why: a magician created her out of snow in the dead queen’s image, at her father’s order. But despite being the dead queen made flesh, Lynet would rather be like her fierce and regal stepmother, Mina. She gets her wish when her father makes Lynet queen of the southern territories, displacing Mina. Now Mina is starting to look at Lynet with something like hatred, and Lynet must decide what to do—and who to be—to win back the only mother she’s ever known…or else defeat her once and for all.
Entwining the stories of both Lynet and Mina in the past and present, Girls Made of Snow and Glass traces the relationship of two young women doomed to be rivals from the start. Only one can win all, while the other must lose everything—unless both can find a way to reshape themselves and their story.”
The estimated publication date is September 5th 2017 and although I’ve read conflicted reviews so far, I think it’s gonna be a fun read. I’m not sure about the whole “girl-power” thing and whether it’s going to work out eventually or not, but I think this novel has a great advantage right from its start; it’s a retelling! And retellings were like a thing those past couple of years. Plus, people know the original story and if they’re into it, they’re willing to read something that looks like the original, yet it’s a completely new story!
5. That Inevitable Victorian Thing, by E. K. Johnston
“Set in a near-future world where the British Empire never fell and the United States never rose, That Inevitable Victorian Thing is a novel of love, duty, and the small moments that can change people and the world.
Victoria-Margaret is the crown princess of the empire, a direct descendent of Victoria I, the queen who changed the course of history two centuries earlier. The imperial practice of genetically arranged matchmaking will soon guide Margaret into a politically advantageous marriage like her mother before her, but before she does her duty, she’ll have one summer incognito in a far corner of empire.
In Toronto, she meets Helena Marcus, daughter of one of the empire’s greatest placement geneticists, and August Callaghan, the heir apparent to a powerful shipping firm currently besieged by American pirates. In a summer of high-society debutante balls, politically charged tea parties, and romantic country dances, Margaret, Helena, and August discover they share an unusual bond and maybe a one in a million chance to have what they want and to change the world in the process —just like the first Queen Victoria.”
The expected publication date is October 3rd 2017 and all I can say is that I’m already biased!
Dystopian fiction, plus, Victorian era references, plus genetically arranged matchmaking? Hell to the yeah!
All I hope is that it won’t turn out to be like “Matched” by Allie Condie or “Delirium” by Lauren Oliver; both really promising but lacking in that sparkle for some reason!
I’ll let you know when I read it! That’s for sure!
6. Turtles All The Way Down, by John Green
“It all begins with a fugitive billionaire and the promise of a cash reward.
Turtles All the Way Down is about lifelong friendship, the intimacy of an unexpected reunion, Star Wars fan fiction, and tuatara. But at its heart is Aza Holmes, a young woman navigating daily existence within the ever-tightening spiral of her own thoughts.
In his long-awaited return, John Green shares Aza’s story with shattering, unflinching clarity.”
The estimated publication is on October 10th 2017, and well… it’s John Green! The book is already popular!
I hope it doesn’t solely focus on teenagers this time and, assuming from the summary above, I think we’re gonna read a quite promising, contemporary love story!
7. Renegades, by Marissa Meyer
She wants vengeance. He wants justice.
The Renegades are a syndicate of prodigies—humans with extraordinary abilities—who emerged from the ruins of a crumbled society and established peace and order where chaos reigned. As champions of justice, they remain a symbol of hope and courage to everyone…except the villains they once overthrew.
Nova has a reason to hate the Renegades, and she is on a mission for vengeance. As she gets closer to her target, she meets Adrian, a Renegade boy who believes in justice—and in Nova. But Nova’s allegiance is to a villain who has the power to end them both.”
The estimated publication date is on November 7th 2017 and again, we’ve got some dystopian fantasy novel to wait for!
I really like the fact that we get to know from the summary that the potential hero allies with the villain of the story. It makes me expect the plot twist; the love that’ll bloom! Because, come on, admit it! We all have certain expectations from YA fantasy novels. And judging from Marissa Meyer’s books so far, I think this is gonna be a quite interesting read!
8. No Saints in Kansas, by Amy Brashear
“A gripping reimagining of Truman Capote’s In Cold Blood and the brutal murders that inspired it
November is usually quiet in Holcomb, Kansas, but in 1959, the town is shattered by the quadruple murder of the Clutter family. Suspicion falls on Nancy Clutter’s boyfriend, Bobby Rupp, the last one to see them alive.
New Yorker Carly Fleming, new to the small Midwestern town, is an outsider. She tutored Nancy, and (in private, at least) they were close. Carly and Bobby were the only ones who saw that Nancy was always performing, and that she was cracking under the pressure of being Holcomb’s golden girl. The secret connected Carly and Bobby. Now that Bobby is an outsider, too, they’re bound closer than ever.
Determined to clear Bobby’s name, Carly dives into the murder investigation and ends up in trouble with the local authorities. But that’s nothing compared to the wrath she faces from Holcomb once the real perpetrators are caught. When her father is appointed to defend the killers of the Clutter family, the entire town labels the Flemings as traitors. Now Carly must fight for what she knows is right.”
The estimated publication is on November 14th 2017 and it seems like a very intriguing YA Murder Mystery; especially since it’s a sort of retelling of “In Cold Blood”. Nothing can go wrong where Truman Capote is involved!
This is one of the books that lays highest in my TBR list and I hope it’s gonna be as epic as it seems!
9. Prince in Disguise, by Stephanie Kate Strohm
“Life is real enough for Dylan—especially as the ordinary younger sister of Dusty, former Miss Mississippi and the most perfect, popular girl in Tupelo. But when Dusty wins the hand of the handsome Scottish laird-to-be Ronan on the TRC television network’s crown jewel, Prince in Disguise, Dylan has to face a different kind of reality: reality TV.
As the camera crew whisks them off to Scotland to film the lead-up to the wedding, camera-shy Dylan is front and center as Dusty’s maid of honor. The producers are full of surprises—including old family secrets, long-lost relatives, and a hostile future mother-in-law who thinks Dusty and Dylan’s family isn’t good enough for her only son. At least there’s Jamie, an adorably bookish groomsman who might just be the perfect antidote to all Dylan’s stress . . . if she just can keep TRC from turning her into the next reality show sensation.”
The estimated publication date is December 19th 2017.
This seems like a quite refreshing, sweet YA romantic comedy, that could fit perfectly to the Christmas season. Let’s just hope it won’t be cheesy as many contemporary novels tend to be nowadays. Fingers crossed!
Are you still reading this? If yes, that’s all for today!
As you may have figured out by now, I’m a bit picky on what comes to YA books, because I’m trying to write one, too. And when you have certain expectations from yourself while writing, you also expect the published authors to live up to what you expect from them.
Does that make any sense? Anyway…
I don’t wanna make you get bored, if you haven’t already, so I’m gonna leave the room; quietly.
Before that though, let me know which books you look forward to reading till the end of 2017!
Till next time… Toodles!