Tuesday 9 June 2015

Top Ten Most Anticipated Releases for the rest of 2015

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by the wonderful folks over at The Broke & The Bookish

There are so many fantastic books gracing our shelves this year that I've barely been able to contain my excitement. A brilliant mix of well loved authors and some stunning looking debut novels, these are the books that will be coming out during the remainder of the year that I cannot wait to get my hands on.

A Curious Beginning by Deanna Raybourn
Release Date: September 1st 2015
London, 1887. As the city prepares to celebrate Queen Victoria’s golden jubilee, Veronica Speedwell is marking a milestone of her own. After burying her spinster aunt, the orphaned Veronica is free to resume her world travels in pursuit of scientific inquiry—and the occasional romantic dalliance. As familiar with hunting butterflies as she is fending off admirers, Veronica wields her butterfly net and a sharpened hatpin with equal aplomb, and with her last connection to England now gone, she intends to embark upon the journey of a lifetime.
But fate has other plans, as Veronica discovers when she thwarts her own abduction with the help of an enigmatic German baron with ties to her mysterious past. Promising to reveal in time what he knows of the plot against her, the baron offers her temporary sanctuary in the care of his friend Stoker—a reclusive natural historian as intriguing as he is bad-tempered. But before the baron can deliver on his tantalizing vow to reveal the secrets he has concealed for decades, he is found murdered. Suddenly Veronica and Stoker are forced to go on the run from an elusive assailant, wary partners in search of the villainous truth.


My love for Deanna's books has been well documented on here, and this latest novel is no exception. It's Deanna, so I'd pick this up without any further information, but add to that the gorgeous cover, the blurb and the fact that we're back to a Victorian setting and I am insanely excited. September cannot come fast enough.
You can pre-order this book on Amazon here

Queen of Shadows by Sarah J Maas
Release Date: September 1st 2015

Everyone Celaena Sardothien loves has been taken from her. Now she returns to the empire - to confront the shadows of her past...Bloodthirsty for revenge on the two men responsible for destroying her life, and desperate to find out if the prince and his captain are safe, Celaena returns to Rifthold, the seat of so much evil. She has accepted her identity as Aelin Galathynius, Queen of Terrasen. But before she can reclaim her throne, there are dark truths to learn and debts to be paid. Aelin must stay hidden beneath her assassin's hood and draw on her mortal strength as Celaena to prevent the King of Adarlan from tearing her world apart. Only then can she fight for her people.
I love this series. I was skeptical when I first picked it up, but within the first couple of chapters I was hooked and I've never looked back. My only gripe? That I can't have all the books now and have to instead wait a year between installments. But I suppose that makes the anticipation even greater...
You can pre-order this book on Amazon here


The Next Together by Lauren James
Release Date: September 3rd 2015

A powerful and epic debut novel about fate and the timelessness of first love. Katherine and Matthew are destined to be born again and again. Each time their presence changes history for the better, and each time, they fall hopelessly in love, only to be tragically separated. How many times can you lose the person you love? For Matthew and Katherine it is again and again, over and over, century after century. But why do they keep coming back? How many times must they die to save the world? What else must they achieve before they can be left to live and love in peace? Maybe the next together will be different.


This idea and cover have had me intrigued ever since I first stumbled across them, and every time I go back and have another look I want to read it even more. I just hope it lives up to all the anticipation now! You can pre-order this book on Amazon here

Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo
Release Date: September 29th 2015

Ketterdam: a bustling hub of international trade where anything can be had for the right price - and no one knows that better than criminal prodigy, Kaz Brekker. Kaz is offered a chance at a deadly heist that could make him rich beyond his wildest dreams. But he can't pull it off alone.A convict with a thirst for revenge.A sharpshooter who can't walk away from a wager.A runaway with a privileged past.A spy known as the Wraith.A Heartrender using her magic to survive the slums.A thief with a gift for unlikely escapes.Six dangerous outcasts. One impossible heist. Kaz's crew is the only thing that might stand between the world and destruction - if they don't kill each other first.
I have a terrible confession to make... I have not yet read Leigh Bardugo's other books. I know, I know, stone me in the street. However, it is high on my to read pile and I'm determined to get to it well before this latest book hits the shelves because this one has me insanely excited, and I cannot wait to get on board the Bardugo bandwagon.
You can pre-order this book on Amazon here

The Weight of Feathers by Anna-Marie McLemore
Release Date: 15th September 2015
For twenty years, the Palomas and the Corbeaus have been rivals and enemies, locked in an escalating feud for over a generation. Both families make their living as traveling performers in competing shows—the Palomas swimming in mermaid exhibitions, the Corbeaus, former tightrope walkers, performing in the tallest trees they can find. 
Lace Paloma may be new to her family’s show, but she knows as well as anyone that the Corbeaus are pure magia negra, black magic from the devil himself. Simply touching one could mean death, and she's been taught from birth to keep away. But when disaster strikes the small town where both families are performing, it’s a Corbeau boy, Cluck, who saves Lace’s life. And his touch immerses her in the world of the Corbeaus, where falling for him could turn his own family against him, and one misstep can be just as dangerous on the ground as it is in the trees.


This one just has me thoroughly intrigued. The blurb reminds me just enough of The Night Circus whilst staying fresh and original. The closer we get to September the more excited I become to finally read this gorgeous looking book!
You can pre-order this book on Amazon here

A Study in Death by Anna Lee Huber
Release Date: July 7th 2015

Scotland, 1831. After a tumultuous courtship complicated by three deadly inquiries, Lady Kiera Darby is thrilled to have found both an investigative partner and a fiancé in Sebastian Gage. But with her well-meaning—and very pregnant—sister planning on making their wedding the event of the season, Kiera could use a respite from the impending madness.
Commissioned to paint the portrait of Lady Drummond, Kiera is saddened when she recognizes the pain in the baroness’s eyes. Lord Drummond is a brute, and his brusque treatment of his wife forces Kiera to think of the torment caused by her own late husband.
Kiera isn’t sure how to help, but when she finds Lady Drummond prostrate on the floor, things take a fatal turn. The physician called to the house and Lord Drummond appear satisfied to rule her death natural, but Kiera is convinced that poison is the real culprit.
Now, armed only with her knowledge of the macabre and her convictions, Kiera intends to discover the truth behind the baroness’s death—no matter what, or who, stands in her way…


I read Anna's first novel 'The Anatomist's Wife' at the start of the year based on this review by Angie. It got my reading year off to a truly fantastic start, and gave me a new series filled with all of the things I discovered I loved after reading Deanna Raybourn's 'Lady Julia' series. Kiera was such a wonderful heroine, the writing was quiet and raw and terrifying at points. I adored that book and have been in love with the series ever since. So with the fourth book gracing our shelves this year, it is of course one of my most anticipated. You can pre-order this book on Amazon here

The Invasion of the Tearling by Erika Johansen
Release Date: July 16th 2015
With each passing day, Kelsea Glynn is growing into her new responsibilities as Queen of the Tearling. By stopping the shipments of slaves to the neighbouring kingdom of Mortmesne, she crossed the Red Queen, a brutal ruler whose power derives from dark magic, who is sending her fearsome army into the Tearling to take what is hers. And nothing can stop the invasion.
But as the Mort army draws ever closer, Kelsea develops a mysterious connection to a time before the Crossing, and she finds herself relying on a strange and possibly dangerous ally: a woman named Lily, fighting for her life in a world where being female can feel like a crime. The fate of the Tearling – and that of Kelsea’s own soul – may rest with Lily and her story, but Kelsea may not have enough time to find out.
I absolutely adored 'The Queen of the Tearling' last year and I have been desperate to get my hands on the sequel ever since. It was an engrossing and fresh fantasy with a fantastic heroine at its heart, and exactly what I needed at the time. Now I'm just hoping the sequel lives up to my very high expectations! You can pre-order this book on Amazon here


One by Sarah Crossan
Release Date: August 27th 2015
Grace and Tippi are twins – conjoined twins.
And their lives are about to change.
No longer able to afford home-schooling, they must venture into the world – a world of stares, sneers and cruelty. Will they find more than that at school? Can they find real friends? And what about love?
But what neither Grace or Tippi realises is that a heart-wrenching decision lies ahead. A decision that could tear them apart. One that will change their lives even more than they ever imagined…
From Carnegie Medal shortlisted author Sarah Crossan, this moving and beautifully crafted novel about identity, sisterhood and love ultimately asks one question: what does it mean to want and have a soulmate?


This one is slightly cheating because I have actually read it already, but it isn't due out until August and was such a stunningly beautiful book that I just want to get everyone reading it. I cannot wait for it to hit the shelves so I can talk about it properly, which is why it still makes it onto my list for most anticipated books.
You can pre-order this book on Amazon here

Legacy of Kings by Eleanor HermanRelease Date: 25th August 2015
Imagine a time when the gods turn a blind eye to the agony of men, when the last of the hellions roam the plains and evil stirs beyond the edges of the map. A time when cities burn, and in their ashes, empires rise.
Alexander, Macedonia’s sixteen-year-old heir, is on the brink of discovering his fated role in conquering the known world but finds himself drawn to newcomer Katerina, who must navigate the dark secrets of court life while hiding her own mission: kill the Queen. But Kat’s first love, Jacob, will go to unthinkable lengths to win her, even if it means competing for her heart with Hephaestion, a murderer sheltered by the prince. And far across the sea, Zofia, a Persian princess and Alexander’s unmet fiancée, wants to alter her destiny by seeking the famed and deadly Spirit Eaters.
Weaving fantasy with the salacious and fascinating details of real history, New York Times bestselling author Eleanor Herman reimagines the greatest emperor the world has ever known: Alexander the Great, in the first book of the Blood of Gods and Royals series.


This is one that I have been insanely excited about ever since it cropped up on Goodreads. Everything about this blurb has me intrigued - fantasy, politics, intrigue! - and I cannot wait to get my hands on it!
You can pre-order this book on Amazon here


Walk on Earth a Stranger by Rae Carson
Release Date: September 22nd 2015

Lee Westfall has a secret. She can sense the presence of gold in the world around her. Veins deep beneath the earth, pebbles in the river, nuggets dug up from the forest floor. The buzz of gold means warmth and life and home—until everything is ripped away by a man who wants to control her. Left with nothing, Lee disguises herself as a boy and takes to the trail across the country. Gold was discovered in California, and where else could such a magical girl find herself, find safety? Rae Carson, author of the acclaimed Girl of Fire and Thorns trilogy, dazzles with this new fantasy that subverts both our own history and familiar fantasy tropes.

I absolutely adored Rae Carson's Girl of Fire and Thorns trilogy. It was such an incredible story and that automatically puts anything Rae writers onto my must read list. Add to that the blurb and I am thoroughly intrigued! September cannot come soon enough!
You can pre-order this book on Amazon here


So those are my top ten books that I cannot wait to be released over the rest of the year. It looks like September is going to be a very busy (and expensive) month!
So have any of these made it onto your to read list for the year? And are there any that you think I've missed and need to get onto asap? Let me know in the comments below!

56 comments:

  1. You've got some intriguing choices there that I need to investigate further but I'm with you all the way with Six Of Crows!

    Thanks for visiting my blog, I appreciate it xx

    My TTT  - Thea @ Gizzimomo's Book Shelf

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    1. You're welcome! I always love seeing what your picks each week are! Six of Crows is going to be fantastic! I hope the investigating leads to some new favourites! :)

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  2. The Next Together is one I haven't heard of but sounds pretty awesome - Will definitely be adding to my TBR - Great list!

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    1. I came across it by accident and I'm so glad I did, it looks like it's going to be a wonderful debut. I hope you enjoy it too!

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  3. I've been seeing The Legacy of Kings a lot since last week. It looks very interesting!
    Great list.

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    1. It looks great doesn't it! I can't wait to read it! Thank you so much for stopping by!

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  4. I need to start with The Queen of Tearling. I have heard that the book is great. Nice list :).

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    1. It's a fantastic book, I really hope you enjoy it!

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  5. I am really excited about Six of Crows :-) I forgot to put it on my list! I hope you enjoy these releases when they come out. :-)

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    1. It looks like such a fantastic book! Thanks so much for stopping by!

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  6. I'll admit Tearling upset me a little, which ended in like a 3000 word rant, seriously, but I only ranted so much because I wanted to love it. There was so much amazing about it, but too many other things bothered me, but I am still looking forward to the second book. I'm one of the last people who to read the Maas books, meaning I still haven't read them yet. A Curious Beginning, The Weight of Feathers, and Walk on Earth a Stranger have definitely caught my eye. Heck, your whole list as caught my eye. I'll be looking into these.

    Tiara @ Bibliosanctum

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    1. I really hope you enjoy any you pick up! I'm curious, I must go and find your rant! There were definitely problems with the first book, but I think it caught me at just the right time because I ended up loving it. I'm very curious about the second book though after some of the things I've heard...
      Thank you so much for reading!

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  7. I'm in the same boat with Leigh Bardugo. I have the first two books in the Grisha trilogy and plan on reading them soon. However, that doesn't stop me from being INSANELY excited about Six of Crows!
    Olivia @ Fluttering Pages

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    1. I am SO GLAD it's not just me! I've been meaning to read her books for so long, it just hasn't happened yet. But with how awesome Six of Crows is sounding I need to change this ASAP! I really hope you enjoy them when you read them too!

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  8. I love your list! This may be a completely random comment, but I like the UK cover for Queen of Shadows better than the US cover. I haven't read The Queen of the Tearling yet. I've heard so many good things about it though.
    Thanks for stopping by!

    Christina @ Books and Prejudice

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    1. I keep fluxing - I'll love the US cover for one book and then the UK cover for the next one in the Throne of Glass series. I love the red of the US cover, but I think this one is my favourite! I really hope you enjoy Queen of the Tearling!

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  9. A Curious Beginning sounds really great! I read The Girl of Fire and Thorns and enjoyed it, but didn't feel that compelled to carry on with the series, but everyone is really excited about her newest release and I'm getting more and more tempted to pick it up when it comes out!
    Thanks for stopping by the The Local Muse

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    1. Deanna Raybourn's books are so good, I highly recommend picking them up! The buzz and excitement around Carson's new book is incredible, I cannot wait to read it and see if it lives up to expectations!

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  10. Legacy of Kings...I've seen it on a few lists today. I'm going to have to find it! I have such a soft spot for historical fiction :) Great list! Lots of good books.

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    1. It's also on Netgalley at the moment if the wait becomes too much! It's wonderful seeing the excitement build for it as we get closer to the release date! I really hope you enjoy it!

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  11. I've seen The Next Together quite a lot today in the blogs and it sounds very interesting. Might have to check it out :) I hope you enjoy your anticipated books!

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    1. It looks like its going to be a fantastic debut novel! I'm so excited to read it! I hope you enjoy it if you pick it up! Thanks so much for reading.

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  12. I love the sound of 'A Curious Beginning', definitely adding that one to my to-read list! Thanks, Rosy! :)

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    1. It's by Deanna Raybourn so it's an automatic guarantee that it's going to be awesome ;) I really hope you enjoy it!

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  13. Amazing List, such beautiful covers! Six of Crows made my list too :) I received a copy of Invasion of the Tearling from Netgalley and promise, if you enjoyed book 1, you are going to LOVE book 2. The Next Together sounds good so I may have to check it out.

    Happy Reading
    Rachel @ Paein-and-ms4tune.co.uk

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    1. Eee! I have it on my kindle and I'm trying desperately to be patient (failing at it) whilst I work my way through the other books I need to read first. Soon! Thanks so much for reading!

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  14. Deanna Raybourn! I read my first book by her last year and just loved it. I need to read more by her.

    What a great list! I haven't read any of the other authors you mention, but some of those books sound really good (and I love the covers too!). Leigh Bardugo's books, especially.

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    1. She's one of my favourite books, I adore her writing! I really hope you enjoy more of her work, and any others that you pick up! Thank you so much for stopping by!

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  15. Walk on Earth a Stranger sounds fascinating. I'll have to check it out.

    And I'm so happy to see Legacy of Kings on a lot of lists. It's on my list as well. Happy reading!

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    1. I've loved Rae's other books, so this one should be incredible. She's a very talented writer. It's been so great to see Legacy of Kings popping up today! Thanks so much for reading!

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  16. Great picks -- The Weight of Feathers and The Next Together both sound awesome!!

    Thanks for stopping by My TTT!

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    1. I'm so excited for both of them, two very different books but they both sound incredible. Thank you so much for reading!

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  17. I've got ARC sof 'The Invasion of the Tearling' and 'Walk on Earth a Stranger' and I hope to read them soon. :) I forgot to add 'Queen of Shadows' to my list but can't wait for her too.
    Awesome list!

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    1. Thanks so much for stopping by! I really hope you enjoy all of them - we're so lucky with so many incredible books being released this year!

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  18. The Weight of Feather and the Legacy of Kings just missed my list this week, but I'm super excited for them too. You are right, September looks amazing, everyone loves to publish books during that month. My poor bank account...

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    1. May and September seem to be the big months for crippling book buyers financially! Luckily there's just about enough time in between to try and save up... There are just so many incredible books gracing our shelves this year! Thanks so much for reading!

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  19. Oooooo, Walk on Earth a Stranger and The Invasion of the Tearling both look amazing (although I have to read the Queen of the Tearling first! ;) Can't wait for those, great picks! ALSO the cover for The Next Together is so interesting, I love it! Thanks for stopping by earlier and Happy Reading

    Erica @ Read It. Note It.
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    1. I am so crazily excited for all of them! Plus GORGEOUS COVERS, it's like they're taunting me with beautiful books in beautiful covers that aren't out yet! I adore the cover for 'The Last Together' it really grabs your interest. I really hope you enjoy Queen of the Tearling!

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  20. You have some picks that didn't make my list but that are definitely exciting. I've never heard of The Next Together. It sounds really intriguing!

    C.J.
    Sarcasm & Lemons

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    1. It's a debut novel from a UK author and the buzz surrounding it is getting stronger now the advance copies are going out. So far I've heard nothing but good things about it! I really hope you enjoy it if you pick it up!

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  21. Such gorgeous reads! I need to investigate The Next Together further. Can't wait for Queen of Shadows and The Weight of Feathers! Happy reading :)

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    1. There are so many incredible books out this year! I hope you enjoy The Next Together, it looks like it's going to be a spectacular debut!

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  22. So I'm guessing you like High Fantasy? (;
    Queen of Shadows is staring at me - guilt tripping me into continuing the series.
    Have fun getting your hands on all of these books!

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    1. Whatever gave you that idea?! :D
      Aw no, no guilt tripping, but I hope if you go pick it up that you really enjoy it!

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  23. The Next Together sounds really interesting, I'll have to investigate it further! Great list! I was lucky enough to get an ARC of The Invasion of the Tearling - it's good, different but really good! Hope you enjoy it too. :D x

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    1. I am SO excited for The Next Together, I really hope it lives up to it all now! Invasion of the Tearling is in my to read pile, I'm just having to be patient and read the books I have to read first... But I can't wait to get to it! Thanks so much for reading!

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  24. Six of Crows and Walk on Earth a Stranger both sound like amazing reads! They look like good ones to add to the bookshelf too, since their covers are so gorgeous. :)

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    1. There are so many gorgeous covers this year, I hope the insides live up to the outsides! I cannot wait for either of them, they both sound so good!

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  25. Oh, SUCH a great list! The Next Together I am so excited for, as well as Queen of Shadows, Walk on Earth a Stranger, and Six of Crows! And HOW did I forget to add One to my list?! I am really excited for that one too. Fabulous list, I really hope you enjoy them all when you get to read them :)

    Shannon @ It Starts At Midnight

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    1. We really are being spoiled with so many incredible books! I could have quite cheerfully made a top thirty with books I can't wait for in the next six months! Thanks so much for reading and I really hope you enjoy them when you read them too!

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  26. Great list! I'm looking forward to Invasion of the Tearling as well, hopefully it's just as good as the first one! This year has been a good one for new releases!

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    1. It's been a fantastic year for new releases! I really hope Invasion lives up to all these high expectations!

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  27. Queen of Shadows and Six of Crows! So much amazing fantasy coming out this fall :D

    - Kritika @ Snowflakes & Spider silk

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    1. It's an incredible year for new releases!

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  28. Wow, there are so many books on your list I've not heard of, how is this possible? I keep seeing the new Rae Carson book around, I've not read her other series so I might commit to reading this new book instead before deciding to pick those up. You've added a few more books to my already ridiculously huge to read list so thank you. There are some great different find on here.

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    1. Glad I could help add to the reading pile! I hope you enjoy any of them you pick up! Rae Carson's books are wonderful, her trilogy was incredible and I think this new release is going to be even better! Thanks so much for reading!

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