Technically the second half of 2017 doesn’t start until July, but I’m still going to put some June releases up here as a reminder to myself to get on buying those as soon as they come out. I decided to put my standalones and first in a series up top, and all my sequels down below because of course I’m going to be invested in buying/reading voraciously all the sequels for books I know I already love, but I also don’t expect you my audience to be as excited about those unless you’ve read the first book or know the author. Still for your sake, I’m making you aware of the awesome! Truth be told, with my sequels and all my June releases, I have more than ten here but *shrugs* this is all about sharing and discussion anyways. : ) Just in case you didn’t know Top 10 Tuesday was created by Broke and Bookish so go check them out! ONWARDS to the list!
First in a Series / Stand Alones
Want by: Cindy Pon
Release date: June 13th, 2017
This is a sci-fi thriller that takes place in Taipei, Taiwan and concerns the very real problem of pollution. For those of you who don’t know, I live in Taiwan (albeit, not Taipei) and actually do have a pretty severe reaction to the air here. It’s a major reason why I’m moving to Japan next year. So yes, the fact that it is Taipei/Taiwan specifically does certainly increase my interest level in this, but I’m intrigued as well as it includes class divisions and people using their wealth to buy special suits that will buy them longer lives, as then they can be protected from pollution and viruses. That very concept reminds me a lot of the buying protection I saw in This Savage Song which I read earlier this year and loved. Like This Savage Song, the Taipei of Want also deals heavily with the idea of corruption. I requested this title from NetGalley, so I’ll just keep my fingers crossed and hope for the best!
The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by: Mackenzi Lee
Release Date: June 27, 2017
This seems to be a gay 18th century European romance roadtrip adventure, involving magic. Seems straight (or gay, oh harharhar) up my alley! ; )
Lost Boy: The True Story of Captain Hook by: Christina Henry
Release date: July 4th, 2017
For someone who pretty adamantly hates the original book Peter Pan by: J.M.Barry (I can’t stand the characters of Peter and Wendy in the book) I love spinoffs of the story, especially when they get dark and/or emotional or tell another side to the story or continuation of it.
The Girl with the Red Balloon by: Katherine Locke
Release date: September 1st, 2017
For this one I’m going to copy and paste the blurb, as it was what immediately drew me to this book:
When sixteen-year-old Ellie Baum accidentally time-travels via red balloon to 1988 East Berlin, she’s caught up in a conspiracy of history and magic. She meets members of an underground guild in East Berlin who use balloons and magic to help people escape over the Wall—but even to the balloon makers, Ellie’s time travel is a mystery. When it becomes clear that someone is using dark magic to change history, Ellie must risk everything—including her only way home—to stop the process.
Okay – let’s highlight a couple of key words and phrases:
time-travels via a red balloon, conspiracy, magic, uses balloons and magic to help people escape over the Wall, dark magic to change history, must risk everything
!!! Needless to say, these key phrases alone already have me gushing over my potential love for this book!
They Both Die at the End by: Adam Silvera
Release date: September 5th, 2017
I have the feeling that this book is going to fill me with feels. Basically two boys are told by a legit source that they are going to die at the end of the day. They know they need to get out there and make the most of their time. They fall in love with each other. The title is not a spoiler because they are literally both told that at the beginning of the story. GAH! ;__; Now normally I despise instalove but in a situation like this where you’re told, “you’re going to die” so you specifically go out there to make the most of everything, I can see it happening. This is a rather specific situation after all. Also this reminds me a lot of clocks that sometimes show up in fanfiction that count down until the end of someone’s life (how someone can basically predict when you die) creepy but intriguing.
Autoboyography by: Christina Lauren
Release date: September 12th, 2017 (can’t wait until September, so many prime releases!)
Two boys are in a writing class. One is from a progressive family and the other from a conservative religious family. They fall in love. It’s basically the kind of story that sounds like it’s very much my kinda thing.
27 Hours by: Tristina Wright
Release Date: October 3rd, 2017
Ok, let’s start with the fact that this is hella diverse, then follow it up with the fact that it looks exciting, action packed and intriguing. This is another one where I just feel like I’ve gotta hook you up with the blurb:
Rumor Mora fears two things: hellhounds too strong for him to kill, and failure. Jude Welton has two dreams: for humans to stop killing monsters, and for his strange abilities to vanish.
But in no reality should a boy raised to love monsters fall for a boy raised to kill them.
Nyx Llorca keeps two secrets: the moon speaks to her, and she’s in love with Dahlia, her best friend. Braeden Tennant wants two things: to get out from his mother’s shadow, and to unlearn Epsilon’s darkest secret.
They’ll both have to commit treason to find the truth.
During one twenty-seven-hour night, if they can’t stop the war between the colonies and the monsters from becoming a war of extinction, the things they wish for will never come true, and the things they fear will be all that’s left.
27 Hours is a sweeping, thrilling story featuring a stellar cast of queer teenagers battling to save their homes and possibly every human on Sahara as the clock ticks down to zero.
Queer, monsters, war of extinction? I just…can’t even…for the best possible reasons!
Forest of a Thousand Lanterns by: Julie C. Dao
Release date: October 10th, 2017
This is an East Asian reimagining of the Evil Queen Legend. Although I feel like retellings have mostly been beaten to death these days, ones that explore the other side (that of a villain), especially from a non-Western cultural standpoint are certainly something new! Plus all the reviews for this so far are amazing! PLUS who doesn’t like a good anti-hero story? (I certainly do!)
Beasts Made of Night by: Tochi Onyebuchi
Release Date: October 31st, 2017
Firstly, this is a Nigerian influenced fantasy, which is something I’ve never come across before. Secondarily I’m intrigued because dark mages can draw the feelings of guilt from a sinner and create “sin beasts” and there are beings called aki who can destroy these monsters, but in turn they take the feelings of the sin/sinner into themselves. As a result most aki are driven mad. Suffice to say I’m super intrigued by this premise. Also a monster book released on Halloween? Seems appropriate / legit. 😀
The Afterlife of Holly Chase by: Cynthia Hand
Release Date: November 7th, 2017
On Christmas, five years ago Holly Chase was visited by three ghosts and was told to change her ways. She didn’t, then she died. Now she works for “Project Scrooge” to try and help the same kind of miserly person she was in life, stuck forever at age 17 while the rest of her family continues living their lives.
Ok, just so it is known I love the book A Christmas Carol. I love creepy things and the concept of this reminds me a bit of the Ju-Oh-Cho in the manga Decendents of Darkness / Yami no Matsuei, in the sense that those who die with unfinished business work for an organization that continues helping the living in some way, shape or form while all the while they look as death exactly as they did when they died. Also, supposedly the year this book takes place in everything changes for Holly, which makes me wonder what is different about this year as opposed to all the others.
Mature Content (Cyberlove #4) by: Santino Hassell and Megan Erickson
Release date: June 2nd, 2017
Soon you will be with me my pretty! I’ve been on such a role with consuming Santino Hassell books this month. For those of you who are not aware, he is a m/m adult gay romance author. The Cyberlove series revolves around men who get together via some kind of digital means (and I don’t mean Okcupid). The first story involves getting together via gaming/gaming livestream, the second involves Grindr, the third is mods on the gaming channel in the first book and this book is about two gay youtubers (one is super inspirational and the other is super cynical) who appear in book three.
Suffice to say. NEED!
Down Among the Sticks and Bones (Wayward Children #2, sequel to Every Heart a Doorway) by: Seanan McGuire
Release date: June 13th, 2017
This is a sequel to Every Heart a Doorway, but focuses on the twin pair of Jack and Jill, and it seems that it will be more focused on their adventures when they were in their alternate world. Given that the first book left me wanting for more (especially as it related to the various worlds the children went to) I can’t wait to delve into this book, and it’s coming out so soon!
Our Dark Duet (Monsters of Verity, sequel to This Savage Song) by: Victoria Schwab
Release date: June 13th, 2017
I’m actually really lucky that I read the first book back in April, so I have very little wait to get my hands on this baby. It’s a really good story about a city where sins can and do manifest themselves and monsters, and the divide that exists within the city and methods people use to try and protect themselves from monsters (or be at risk). It’s action, adventure, psychological and even deals with some politics. Also I absolutely adored August in the first book. *__* starry eyes!
The Long Winding Road (Bear, Otter and the Kid #4) by: T.J.Klune
Release date: August 2017 (no exact release date yet)
This book does not have a cover yet, hence the above picture. Honestly though, that picture is probably better than the covers this series has. The series is not exactly known for covers that inspire you wanting to read the series but trust me when I say it’s worth it if you want some good m/m romance containing drama and crack and some solid relationships when it comes to friends, family and romance. Honestly I love how this series can have me rolling on the floor laughing and then give me a twinge to the heart the next minute and then make me grin like a loony buffoon the next while d’awwing followed by a heavy dose of wtf-ery because of the character antics. Also Otter is AMAZING.
T.J has become a fast favourite of mine this year and I endeavor to read everything he comes out with. This was the first series of his that I read, and the first three books were the second to fourth books of his that I read. My love for this series cannot be expressed enough!
Scorpio Hates Virgo (Signs of Love #2) by: Anyta Sunday
Release date: September 1st, 2017
Earlier this year I was so lucky to get Leo Loves Aries from NetGalley, which I absolutely loved. It was very slow burn, often agonizingly so, but it had such good payoff. Since then I’ve wanted to not only read more Anyta Sunday generally, but continue with the series. This is a m/m adult romance series, with super sexy times, at least if I’m to judge by the first book!
Untitled (Five Boroughs #6) by: Santino Hassell
Release date: November 2017
So this book does not yet have a title, blurb or cover, but as the series is called Five Boroughs and refers to New York’s five boroughs, I thought the above picture would be appropriate. This is one that I know I’ll read pretty much no matter what. I’m so invested in continuing this series now. It’s another adult m/m romance series with sexy times. One of the things I love about all of Santino Hassell’s books (even though I don’t adore all of them this is the one constant), his characters are all well rounded and feel real. Also the characters improve each other somehow (encourage them to become their best versions) once they get into a relationship. So in other words, yes, I’m looking forward to this. I’m hoping it’s about Aiden/Jace/Chris but I think a Clive/Charles story would also be awesome. *__* swoony eyes!
I hope you found something new and awesome on this list.
What are your most anticipated books that are coming out in the second half of this year? Who knows maybe you’ll tell me about something else that’s new and amazing that I’ll struggle to find time to read but will want to read anyways. ; )