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[GIVEAWAY] Dissecting Epic Reads/HarperCollins 2016 releases... all 133 books!!

A new year means new books!!!! This also means that publishers begin to release their pretties. BRING. IT. ON!


One of my favorite things about the YA bookish community is Epic Reads. So a few days ago they released an awesome infographic of all their 2016 releases. You can even download the PDF to print off and track your progress. It does however seem that this list is incomplete missing titles for the last quarter of the year. 

Let's break 'em down shall we.... 
(also if you're not much of a reader or just impatient, scroll down for the TL;DR)

By Genre
*Most of this information is from Goodreads and is subject to change. 

Historical Fiction

Front Lines by Michael Grant – YASS!!!! Love Michael Grant, love WWII, and love the premise of the first women in combat occurring in the 30s/40s vs. 2015. This will be book one in the Soldier Girl series. Expected publication: January 26, 2016.

Banished by Kimberley Griffiths Little – Book two in the Forbidden series. "After spending months traveling the harsh, unforgiving Mesopotamian desert, Jayden reunites with a broken, injured Kadesh. But their reunion is short-lived, as they learn Horeb is on their trail and determined to take back the girl he has claimed." I didn't read the first in this series but it seems to be well received with over a 4.5 Goodreads rating. Expected publication: February 2, 2016.
Traitor Angels by Anne Blankman –  I'm not much of a historical reader but this sounds interesting. Following the life of English poet John Milton's daughter, Elizabeth, who is part poet apprentice and part English ninja goes on an adventure after the King's men arrest her father. She also drags along the Italian scientist houseguest. Lets hope there're smooches. Seems like it'd be fun for those who are fans of DiVinci Code or National Treasure. Expected publication: May 3, 2016.

Ivory and Bone by Julie Eshbaugh – A debut author! A story about prehistoric clans fighting each other and mother nature. Also appears to be a love triangle in the making, betrayal and other shenanigans. I WILL be picking this up because... mammoths. Expected publication: June 14, 2016.

Dystopian

The Isle by Jordana Frankle – Part two in a duology about a female drag racer trying to save society and, more importantly, her sister from a futuristic flooded Manhattan. "Narrative distractions are overcome by action and character development in this duology closer." - Kirkus Review Expected publication: January 19, 2015.

The Capture by Tom Isbell – Book two in The Prey series. I read book one and liked it up until the last pages then I lost my *ish. I will be passing on this one... "Heroics, bravery, and action don’t compensate for serious implausibility issues." - Kirkus Review Expected publication: January 19, 2016.


The Crown by Kiera Cass – The Selection series book FIVE. I went to a B&N book event with Kiera Cass a few years ago and she was adamant there would be no more Selection books and then... The Heir came out. Now they are saying this will be the series finale. If you're into it let us know how it goes. I'm passing. Expected publication: May 3, 2016.

Spare and Found Parts by Sarah Maria Griffin – I'm IN! Sign me up now! Honestly, it doesn't sound like the thing I'd usually be into but this synopsis has me convinced. "In this YA debut, which draws inspiration from Frankenstein, the daughter of an inventor of biomechanical limbs finds a prosthetic hand on the shoreline of her ravaged city. It's the first boy's hand she's ever held, and it gives her an idea for her own great invention." Publication date unknown.

The Black Key by Amy Ewing – Book three in the Lone City series following The Jewel and The White Rose. Publication date unknown.

Endgame #3 by James Frey – Book number three in the Endgame series. Some thoughts on book two, Sky Key, "It feels all too much like a satire of dystopian teen lit crafted with little understanding of the genre beyond its surface conventions; worst of all, it doesn’t seem to care. Opportunistic, paint-by-numbers hackwork." - Kirkus ReviewExpected publication set for October 2016.

Horror

Shallow Graves by Kali Wallace – A debut author! A teenage girl wakes up a year after her death to find that she has supernatural abilities. I'm hoping less zombie and more who's the killer action. Adding to the TBR. "Constantly entertaining, intriguing, and suspenseful." - Kirkus ReviewExpected publication: January 26, 2016. 

Relic by Gretchen McNeil – This will be released on the newer Epic Reads Impulse imprint which is a digital first run. Nope, Nope... too scary for me. A group of high school graduates go to a creepy lake for their last big bash, run into a creepy stranger who warns them about a nearby creepy mine, and they go explore the mine. No thanks, I need to sleep at night. LOL! Expected publication: March 8, 2016.

A Drop of Night by Stefan Bachmann – I don't typically do weird-creepy-unknowns-in-the-depths-of-who-knows-what but I'm in. Mostly because I've actually walked through the catacombs of Paris. There's something about being surrounds by millions of bones that says I can empathize with these characters. A group of gifted teens assist on an excavation of secret safe rooms for royalty. Soon they find themselves in some twisted creepy game. "Bizarre and hugely suspenseful." - Kirkus ReviewExpected publication: March 15, 2016.

Harmony House by Nic Sheff – After the death of her mother, Jen and her controlling father move to a new town that is hiding secrets with a haunted house. Sounds like a lighter version of Amityville Horror. I will be passing on
this. "Sheff writes solid suspense that recalls the classics: both Stephen King’s The Shining and Shirley Jackson’s The Haunting of Hill House, among others. A solid and quite frightening tale of the supernatural." - Kirkus Review. Expected publication: March 22, 2016.

Escape From Asylum by Madeline Roux – Prequel to the popular Asylum series. Expected publication: June 14, 2016. 

What The Dead Want by Norah Olson – Gretchen's mom has gone missing and now she has inherited the family's pre-Civil War mansion located in upstate New York. The mansion holds violent and racist secrets that Gretchen must unravel to understand her mom's disappearance.... wow, that sounds interesting. Loved Norah Olson's Twisted Fate but I think I'm going to have to pass on this one. Expected publication: July 19, 2016.

LGBTQIA


Symptoms of Being Human by Jeff Garvin – *Debut author! Riley wakes up somedays feeling more boy and others feeling more girl. Suffering from panic attacks and suicidal thoughts, Riley acts out a therapist's recommendation of starting a blog to express their gender fluidness anonymous. However... trolls. This is going in my maybe stack. Kirkus ReviewExpected publication: February 2, 2016.

Away We Go by Emil Ostrovski – A group of young teens with Peter Pan Virus (age reversal) attend a special school to live out their days. Noah, who has a girlfriend, meets a boy he may love and challenges his world. Story includes mixed media like documents, flyers and postcards. "Lovers of self-consciously witty nihilist profundities will be thrilled; alas that the snark is mired in the stale trope of tragic gay romance." - Kirkus ReviewExpected publication: April 5, 2016.

True Letters From A Fictional Life by Kenneth Logan – Popular "straight" athlete who has a girlfriend spends time writing letters he never intends to send revealing his true thoughts. One day the letters go public. Sounds like a take on Jenny Han's To All The Boys I've Loved Before. I'm going to pass. Expected publication: June 7, 2016.

Girl Mans Up by M-E Girard – *Debut author! "All Pen wants is to be the kind of girl she’s always been. So why does everyone have a problem with it? They think the way she looks and acts means she’s trying to be a boy—that she should quit trying to be something she’s not." I really despise the phrase "man up" but I'm intrigued. Adding it to the maybe pile. Expected publication: September 6, 2016.

Georgia Peaches and Other Forbidden Fruit by Jaye Robin Brown – No synopsis available. I like the name and I enjoyed Brown's debut, No Place To Fall. Looking forward to more info. Expected publication: November 15, 2016.

Of Fire and Stars by Audrey Coulthurst – OOOOhohohohoho... I'm in. Take my money. A fantasy with a magical princess who falls for her fiancé's sister. Let's do this! Expected publication: September 2016.

Sci-Fi


Bluescreen by Dan Wells – This is a new series from Wells focusing on Marisa in a sci-fi Los Angeles where everyone is chipped into the internet. Mari is skilled at manipulating the device including illegal shenanigans. Going on my maybe list because I really don't want to start a new series. "Wells’ first in a new science-fiction series is an action-packed, twisty thriller mystery set in an all-too-believable future. Complex, ethnically diverse characters and witty dialogue balance out the (slight) overabundance of tech-blather." - Kirkus ReviewExpected publication: February 16, 2016.

Dark Energy by Robison Wells – Five days ago, a massive UFO crashed in the Midwest. Since then, nothing—or no one—has come out. Alice is right in the middle of the action, but even she isn’t sure what to expect when the aliens finally emerge... Diverse, sci-fi standalone in less than 300 pages. No doubt it's fast paced but I'm concerned about some of the rest of it. Going on the maybe list. Expected publication: March 29, 2016.

Mr. Fahrenheit by T. Michael Martin – Benji and his friends shoot a UFO out of the midwestern sky. I'm gonna pass. Expected publication: April 19, 2016.

MILA 2.0: Redemption by Debra Driza – Book three and series ender for the MILA 2.0 series. I haven't read any of them but I know fans are dying to get their hands on this one! Expected publication: April 26, 2016.

The Countdown by Kimberly Derting – Book three in The Taking series. Not my cup of tea but for those following the series the end sounds tense! Expected publication: May 10, 2016.


The Hunt by Megan Shepard – Book two in The Cage series. "The former inhabitants of the Cage are threatened on all fronts—and maybe worst of all, one of the Hunt’s Kindred safari guests begins to play a twisted game of cat and mouse with Cora." Expected publication: May 24, 2016.

Change Places With Me by Lois Metzger – "Rose has changed. She still lives in the same neighborhood with her stepmother and goes to the same high school with the same group of kids, but when she woke up today, something was just a little different than it was before." Synopsis is vague, I'm gonna pass. Expected publication: June 14, 2016.


Unplugged by Donna Freitas – The first book in a new series, The Wired. Freitas' novel is compared to Feed and Uglies, where Skylar navigates the App World to return to the Real World in order to reunite with her family. Unfortunately the gates close and Skylar must take a risk to return to a world she thought she knew. Expected publication: June 21, 2015.

United As One by Pitticus Lore – The conclusion to the Lorien Legacies series with book seven. Expected publication: June 28, 2016.

Gamescape: Overworld by Emma Trevayne – Cannot find concrete info but... I think this was originally billed as The Nova Project on Goodreads. If so, it's pitched as Good Omens meets Ready Player One.

Replica by Lauren Oliver – The first book in a duology! "Replica, the first of the two books, tells the story of Lyra, known by the number 24, a replica – human model – who was born, raised, and observed in a clandestine research facility called the Haven Institute. When Lyra escapes from Haven and meets Gemma, a stranger on a quest of her own, earth-shattering secrets are revealed." Sounds familiar but I'm in. Expected publication: September 2016.

A Million Worlds With You by Claudia Gray – The third book in the amazing and excellent Firebird series. I have the worst cover lust for this series and heart the stories so hard. Book #1, A Thousand Pieces of You was my 2014 book of the year. I pushed it on everyone. :) There's no official release date but my guess will be November 2016 since the previous books released in November.

Retellings


Kingdom of Ashes by Rhiannon Thomas – Book two in the A Wicked Thing series. "Undemanding medieval-style fantasy entertainment." - Kirkus Review. I didn't read book one but it sounds very interesting because... dragons! Expected publication: February 23, 2016.

Yellow Brick War by Danielle Paige – Book three in the Dorothy Must Die series. Oz is probably one of my least favorite stories so this whole series has never appealed to me. Expected publication: March 15, 2016. 

Queen of Hearts by Colleen Oakes – "Wounded by a broken heart, Dinah wages an all-out war to defeat her evil father and reign over Wonderland as sole ruler. But will her humanity survive the fight?" I have not read the series but it is book three in the Queen of Heart series. Expected publication: May 3, 2016.

My Lady Jane by Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, and Jodi Meadows – "For fans of The Princess Bride comes the comical, fantastical, romantical, (not) entirely true story of Lady Jane Grey. Lady Jane Grey, sixteen, is about to be married to a total stranger—and caught up in an insidious plot to rob her cousin, King Edward, of his throne. But that’s the least of Jane’s problems. She’s about to become Queen of England. Like that could go wrong." I'm in! You had me at Princess Bride. I love a good laugh. Expected publication: June 7, 2016.

As I Descended by Robin Talley – A lesbian retelling of Macbeth in an all girls boarding school. Do I really need to say more? Let's do this! Expected publication: September 6, 2016. 

Bright Smoke, Cold Fire by Rosamund Hodge – A series pitched as Romeo and Juliet meets Sabriel. Throwing it in the maybe pile. I have enjoyed a previous novel by Hodge. Unknown release date.

The Shadow Queen by C.J. Redwine – A new retelling series, Ravenspire, loosely based on Snow White. "For the most part, the story is a full-bore fantasy fairy tale with magic slung around with abandon and battles aplenty." - Kirkus ReviewExpected publication: February 16, 2016.

The Great Hunt by Wendy Higgins – Kicking off a duology the great hunt is based on the Grimm Brothers' "The Singing Bone" tale. "An enjoyable-enough fantasy with a healthy sprinkling of romance." - Kirkus Review. I'm not familiar with this tale so I will be looking forward to it. Expected publication: March 8, 2016.

Rose and Thorn by Sarah Prineas – Companion novel to Ash and Bramble, Cinderella retelling, set 50 years after the first. Expected release September 2016.

Mystery/Thriller

Nothing Bad Is Going To Happen by Kathleen Hale – I will be passing on this sequel to No One Else Can Have You. "Now that her best friend’s killer, Ralph, is behind bars, Kippy can concentrate on having sex for the first time with Davey. There is much to consider, such as deciding which donut she should eat from around Davey’s penis." - Kirkus Review. Expected publication: January 5, 2016.

Shade Me by Jennifer Brown – Nikki Kill is called to the hospital to ID a Jane Doe. Jane turns out to be a classmate who had only one number in her cell phone, Nikki's. Nikki is able to "see" emotions via color in a rare phenomenon called "synesthesia". Seems like an interesting premiss but I'm already confused. First book in the Nikki Kill series. Expected publication: January 19, 2016.

The Mystery of Hollow Places by Rebecca Podos – *debut author! Imogene Scott's mom walked out of her life years ago. Now her dad, a successful crime author - like Bones, has gone missing. Imogene is convinced the two are tied together and starts her own search using her dad's books as a guide. Starred review from Kirkus Review, "This heartfelt and page-turning debut introduces readers to a whip-smart and wise heroine." Expected publication: January 26, 2016

Take The Fall by Emily Hainsworth – Sonia and Gretchen are attacked in the woods. Only Sonia survives along with the guilt. In the quest to prove Gretchen's ex Marcus is the killer Sonia is riddled with more questions than answers. "The story offers plenty of red herrings but falls short of thrilling." - Kirkus ReviewExpected publication: February 16, 2016.


Behold The Bones by Natalie C. Parker – Book two in the Beware The Wild series. The southern gothic swamp tale continues. "Shines with spooky Southern charm." - Kirkus ReviewExpected publication: February 23, 2016.

A Study In Charlotte by Brittany Cavallaro – A take on Sherlock Holmes and series starter. Please don't disappoint me. Pretty please. A starred review on Kirkus, "These sleuths may still be in school—and working out of a supply closet with smartphones—but Cavallaro’s crackling dialogue, well-drawn characters, and complicated relationships make this feel like a seamless and sharp renewal of Doyle’s series." Expected publication: March 1, 2016.

Trust Me by Romily Bernard – Book three in the Find Me series. "For die-hard fans of the first two books." - Kirkus ReviewExpected publication: March 22, 2016.

Night Speed by Chris Howard – A teenage girl uses sanctioned drugs to catch abusers of the same drugs. While undercover she meets a boy, battles her drug dependency and contemplates her future as time runs out. Expected publication: May 3, 2016.

The Blood Between Us by Zac Brewer – Adoptee Adriene and his sister Grace have lost their parents and as a result lose touch with each other. After years apart they are forced to reunite where questions emerge regarding Grace's knowledge of their parent's death. Expected publication: May 3, 2016. 

The Outliers by Kimberly McCrieght – After a fight Wylie hasn't heard from Cassie in a week and then she sends a text for help. The text messages are cryptic and unwanted help has arrived to help Wylie search for Cassie. Now Wylie has to decide if she's going to trust her gut, trust Cassie or will the worry of something wrong continue to grow? First in a series. Expected publication: May 3, 2016.

Unrivaled by Alyson Noël – The first book in the Beautiful Idols series explores a group of Hollywood hopefuls as they get tangled up in the disappearance of Hollywood starlet Madison Brooks. Expected publication: May 10, 2016. 

Please Don't Tell by Laura Tims – *debut author! A murder mystery highlighting a pair of twin sisters where one has killed to protect the other. Billed for fans of Pretty Little LiarsExpected publication: May 24, 2016. 

Out of My Mind by Lauren Sabel – Author of Vivian Devine is Dead brings us a psychic teen, Callie, who works with the government as a spy. Her world starts to get more complicated as a new psychic starts at the office and her visions start to hit closer to home. Expected publication: May 31, 2016.

The Stranger Game by Cylin Busby – I've got nothing! Busby's most notable work appears to be YA memoir, The Year We Disappeared. Since this is a mystery I'll be on the lookout for more info, I'm intrigued. Release date unknown.

Avenged by E.E. Cooper – Not on Goodreads yet. My best guess is this is book two in the Vanished series which was released in May 2015.


Realistic Fiction


Thicker Than Water by Kelly Fiore – CeCe is distraught by her brothers drug addiction and begins selling off his pills which comes with its own set of complications. Now Cecilia Price has been accused of her brother's murder. Adding to the TBR. Expected publication: January 5, 2016. 

Geek Girl: Picture Perfect by Holly Smale – Originally published in 2014 the third book in the Geek Girl series gets a cover makeover for its U.S. release. Expected publication: January 26, 2016.

The Word for Yes by Claire Needell – *debut author! After an incident at a party, three sisters struggle to come together in order to discover the truth and heal. Starred review from Kirkus, "An engrossing story proving the hard truth that it isn’t always strangers who hurt us the worst of all." I'm in, sign me up. Rings a little close to home so I'm sure I'll need tissues. Expected publication: February 16, 2016.

The Lifeboat Clique by Kathy Parks – Denver sneaks into a party when a tsunami hit California and she's forced into a lifeboat with her ex-BFF. Billed as Mean Girls meets Life of Pi. Expected publication: March 1, 2016.

Down With The Shine by Kate Karyus Quinn – I need this! Lennie is tasked with carrying on the family legacy of bootlegging... or so she thought. This moonshine grants wishes and after a night of partying things have gone array. Expected publication: April 26, 2016. 

Ask Me How I Got Here by Christine Heppermann – Addie makes the decision to have an abortion and struggles to find her place in the world afterwards. Told in verse the story explores her quest to heal. Expected publication: May 3, 2016. 

The Way Back To You by Michelle Andreani and Mindi Scott – *debut author! Cloudy's best friend died in a bike accident six months ago, now she's discovered who has received Ashlyn's organs. Hoping to find closure Cloudy teams up with Kyle, Ashlyn's boyfriend, for a road trip to meet the donor recipients... Adding this to the maybe pile. Don't know if I have enough tissues. Expected publication: May 3, 2016.

The Fall of Butterflies by Andrea Portes – Willa Parker is shipped off to a Bourgeoisie prep school where she doesn't fit in. She meets a new mystical friend, Remy, who maybe the secret to her fitting in. Billed as a cross between We Were Liars and Looking for Alaska. Expected publication: May 10, 2016.

Incriminated by M. G. Reyes – Book to in the Emancipated series. "Packed with conspiracies, intrigue, and scandalous romance, this gripping sequel told from multiple perspectives will have readers suspecting them all." Expected publication: May 24, 2016.

Meet Me Here by Bryan Bliss – Thomas is scheduled to leave for the Army in the morning to continue the family legacy. Mallory invites him on one last night of shenanigans where he explores the truth about his brother's PTSD, his own fears of going to war, and more. Expected publication: May 31, 2016.

Frannie and Tru by Karen Hattrup – "When Frannie Little eavesdrops on her parents fighting she discovers that her cousin Truman is gay, and his parents are so upset they are sending him to live with her family for the summer. Together, they embark on a magical summer marked by slowly unraveling secrets." Expected publication: May 31, 2016.

How It Feels To Fly by Kathryn Holmes – Ballerina Samantha is sent to a treatment facility for emotional and mental obstacles after she feels her body is betraying her and derailing her dreams. Billed for fans of Center Stage and The Breakfast Club. Expected publication: June 14, 2016.

We Were Never Here by Jennifer Gilmore – Lizzie has suddenly fallen ill with a mysterious disease. While recovering in the hospital she meets volunteer Conner and his dog. They form a bond that helps Lizzie heal but might undo Conner. Expected publication: June 14, 2016. 

Winning by Lara Deloza – Alexandra is determined to become Homecoming Queen. So much so that she has engineered each interaction she has to make it so until... Erin. Erin moves to town and threatens the crown. No fear, Alexandria has a plan. Expected publication: June 28, 2016.

A Season for Fireflies by Rebecca Maizel – From geek to chic, former drama nerd Penny is now on the other side of the fence and her old friends and flame avoid her. Then a record number of fireflies descend on her town and she may be able to right her wrongs. Expected publication: June 28, 2016.

Shiny Broken Pieces: A Tiny Pretty Things Novel by Sona Charaipotra & Dhonielle Clayton – Book two in this series. "June, Bette, and Gigi have given their all to dance at Manhattan’s most elite ballet school. Now they are competing one final time for a spot at the prestigious American Ballet Company." Expected publication: July 12, 2016.

The Cat King of Havana by Tom Crosshill – No synopsis! Expected publication: September 6, 2016.

I'm Not Your Manic Pixie Dream Girl by Gretchen McNeil – Yep, sign me up!!!!! Bea has life after high school with valedictorian, M.I.T. and her boyfriend all planned out but while she's still there bullying is abound. In order to boost their social status she creates the perfect popularity formula. And it works! Until "Trixie", Bea's alter ego, starts messing stuff up. Expected publication: September 13, 2016.

The Boomerang Effect by Gordon Jack – *debut author "Pitched as a YA Jeeves and Wooster, about a floundering stoner and a Spock-like exchange student who must unmask a mysterious school vandal to clear their names." Expected publication: September 20, 2016.

Saving Red by Sonya Sones – No synopsis available. Author of What My Mother Doesn't Know series written in verse.

The Female of the Species by Mindy McGinnis – "A really dark contemporary." bought to us by the author of the Not A Drop To Drink series so I believe it. Expected publication: October 2016.

UK edition cover
Perfect Disasters by Amanda Maciel – Rosie Fuller is perceived as being the "easy" girl in town. Then Alex moves to town and is nonjudgy towards Rosie. After a disastrous party night Rosie is confronted with multiple realities about who she is and who she wants to be. Expected publication: May 6, 2016.

Pushing Perfect by Michelle Falkoff – no info available, author of Playlist for the Dead.

The Suicide Pack by Owen Matthews – no info available, author of How To Win at High School.

Girls in the Moon by Janet McNally – no info available.

Diplomatic Immunity by Brodi Ashton – "A standalone novel about a recent scholarship recipient who sets out to expose debauchery at her exclusive private school in Washington, D.C., only to find herself falling in love with the baddest boy of all."

Fantasy

Burn by Elissa Sussman – Companion novel to Four Sisters. "The thrilling companion to Elissa Sussman’s masterful and original fairy tale, Stray, that will appeal to readers of Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale and fans of Wicked, Into the Woods, and the Disney princess movies." Expected publication: January 19, 2016.

Sword and Verse by Kathy MacMillan – Raisa, is groomed to be a royal tutor in a land where reading and writing is forbidden for slaves. Approached by the Resistance, Raisa must determine her loyalties and her life. Book one in a series. Expected publication: January 19, 2016.


The Siren by Kiera Cass – "Standalone" fantasy, we'll see about that. The Ocean saved her, now Kahlen must repay her debt as a Siren slave. With a voice of death she suffers in solitude until she meets Akinli. Expected publication: January 26, 2016. 

Revenge and the Wild by Michelle Modesto – *debut author! Westie lost her arm years ago on the wagon trail when cannibals attacked her and killed her family. Now adopted by a popular inventor, she is determined to track down the killers who look a lot like her adopted dad's new investors. Teamed up with dad's assistant, Alistair, she tries to prove their guilt without getting her current loved ones killed...Adding this to my list! Expected publication: February 2, 2016.
Assassin's Heart by Sarah Ahiers – Series starter by debut author. Nine assassin family kill people for a price. Things take a dark turn for teenage clan member Lea when her family is murdered and home torched. The suspects? Her secret boyfriend's assassin family. Billed as Romeo and Juliet meets The Godfather. Expected publication: February 2, 2016.

Glass Sword by Victoria Aveyard – Book two to the amazing Red Queen series. I've been waiting impatiently for this! Betrayed by her friend, Maven, Mare sets out to find and recruit other Red-and-Silver fighters to join in the struggle against her oppressors. Expected publication: February 9, 2016.


Reign of Shadows by Sophie Jordan – I'm not a fan of this cover... After her royal parents are murdered, Luna is kept in a tower for 17 years to conceal her livelihood. Outside the tower is a mysterious archer, Fowler, who has caught her eye. Luna wants more than the tower life and flees with Fowler while dodging death along the way. "All the standard tropes and clichés, only ever-so-much more so." - Kirkus ReviewExpected publication: February 9, 2016.

The Girl from Everywhere by Heidi Heilig – *debut author and the first of a duology. Aboard her father's time-traveling ship Nix sails to lands real and fictional as long as there's a map. Now her dad has discovered the map from before Nix's birth and her mom's death. Nix struggles with reuniting her mom and dad, and preserving her own life... I'm in! Time travel please don't disappoint me. Expected publication: February 16, 2016.

Blood Passage by Heather Demetrios – Book two in the Dark Caravan Cycle series. "Here’s hoping the third book arrives faster than a jinni can manifest a glass of spiced Arjinnan wine." - Kirkus Review... may have to add this to the queue! Expected publication: March 1, 2016.

Seven Black Diamonds by Melissa Marr – A new Melissa Marr series!!!! There are fae involved!! Lilywhite is half-human and half-fae, shielded from her fae side, she is thrown into a whirlwind when she gets caught up in a fae society at school. Expected publication: March 1, 2016


Burning Glass by Kathryn Purdie – *debut author! Series starter with protagonist Sonya who has the power to sense people's feelings physically and emotionally. Captured for her powers she serves the emperor until she can form an alliance for her safety. "Unfortunately, this debut is just another first in an epic fantasy trilogy that relies on a love triangle to bring tension to the story. " - Kirkus ReviewExpected publication: March 1, 2016

The Mirror King by Jodi Meadows – Book two in the Orphan Queen series. "In this stunning conclusion to THE ORPHAN QUEEN, Jodi Meadows follows Wilhelmina’s breathtaking and brave journey from orphaned criminal on the streets to magic-wielding queen." Expected publication: April 5, 2016.

Forest of Ruin by Kelley Armstrong – Book three in the Age of Legends series. "In this breathtaking final book in her epic trilogy the Age of Legends, #1 New York Times bestselling author Kelley Armstrong blends fantasy, action, and romance to give readers the unforgettable ending they’ve been waiting for." Expected publication: April 5, 2016.

Flamecaster by Cinda Williams Chima – Book one in a 4-book series, Shattered Realms. This series will explore the next generation of the Seven Realms. A healer, Ash, is out for revenge against the King and Jenna, born with a mysterious mark, is on the run from the King. Their paths collide throwing life and death into a careful balance. Expected publication: April 5, 2016.

Ruined by Amy Tintera – Book one of an untitled new series. Em has no powers in a ruined village of those with powers, and no family after her parents are murdered and sister kidnapped. On a mission, she disguises herself as the prince's betrothed in hopes of saving her sister and her village. Expected publication: May 3, 2016.

The Crown's Game by Evelyn Skye – *debut author! Book one of the Crown's Game series. Vika and Nikolai are the last enchanters in Russia but the Tsar needs a protector so they must battle each other. One will win and murder the other.... Sounds like a mix of Hunger Games and illogic. Expected publication: May 17, 2016. 

This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab – Book one in the Monsters of Verity series. August Flynn aims for a larger part in a war between the North and South, armed with a secret ability, he volunteers to keep an eye on the North's daughter, Kate. On the run, the two dodge monsters and chaos. Expected publication: July 5, 2016.

The Marked Girl by Lindsey Klingele – Book one in the Marked Girl series. A magical portal connects a fantasy land, Caelum, and modern day L.A. Prince Cedric and his friends navigate a strange world, running into foster kid Liv and attempting to evade traitor Malquin. Expected publication: June 21, 2016. 


The Day Before Forever by Anna Caltabiano – Book three in the Seventh Miss Hatfield series, to be released on the digital imprint Epic Reads Impulse.

Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake – Book one in an untitled series. "Three Dark Crowns tells the story of triplet sisters on a remote island ruled by powerful magic and ancient family lineages. Separated at birth, one of the sisters will grow up to be queen, but in order to ascend to the throne she must hone her magic for a dark purpose: assassinating her other two sisters before they kill her first." Expected publication: Fall 2016.

Like A River Glorious by Rae Carson – Follow up and second book, Walk on Earth a Stranger, in The Gold Seer Trilogy. Expected publication: 2016.

Aerie by Maria Dahvana Headley – No information available.

Frost Like Night by Sara Raasch – Book three in the Snow Like Ashes Series.

The Old Kingdom Book #5 by Garth Nix – Book five in the Abhorsen series. "According to Nix's author's note at the end of 'Clariel', this novel will be about Nicholas Sayre and Lirael following the events of the short story 'The Creature in the Case'."

The Dark Army by Joseph Delaney – Book two in The Starblade Chronicles. Expected U.S. publication unknown. Released in UK February 2016 with Bodley Head.


Contemporary Romance

The Distance From A to Z by Natalie Blitt – Abby is learning French to escape her Cubs baseball obsessed family. Her French partner and baseball fan, Zeke, is less than desirable in French but becomes more appealing in English. Expected publication: January 12, 2016.

The Leaving Season by Cat Jordan – As leaving season comes upon Maddie her perfect boyfriend Nate leaves for his Central American gap year before he comes back to her. Tragedy strikes and Maddie soon finds herself leaning on Nate's best friend, Lee, to heal. Expected publication: March 1, 2016. 



This Is Where The World Ends by Amy Zhang – Two friends with opposite personalities struggle to stay close after one experiences a life-changing incident. "Readers will be left to decide for themselves whether this is a tragic love story or a psychological thriller; regardless, this is most definitely a novel that will have fans talking." - Kirkus Review. Expected publication: March 22, 2016.

The Summer of Everything by Catherine Clark – "This bind-up features two repackaged fan-favorite novels that are sure to delight readers of Stephanie Perkins, Jennifer Echols, and, of course, Catherine Clark." Expected publication: April 5, 2016.

Dreamology by Lucy Keating – Alice dreams of a boy named Max. In her dreams they are perfect and have amazing adventures. As far as she knows he's just a dream until... he shows up in her class. Now a real boy, Max and Alice try getting to know each other in reality. Expected publication: April 12, 2016.

Eleven Things I Promised by Catherine Clark – "Frances has one week—while she’ll be away from home competing in a high school bike race—to do every single thing on the Fix-It List. Ten crazy, totally out-of-character ideas her best friend, Stella, came up with to make the bike ride unforgettable." Expected publication: April 5, 2016.

Lost In Love by Susane Colasanti – Book two in the City Love series. "In this second book of the City Love trilogy by bestselling author Susane Colasanti, three girls share a Manhattan apartment the summer before college begins. Lost in Love captures the essence of summer love, self-discovery, and sisterhood." Expected publication: May 3, 2016.

Unforgivable by Amy Reed – Book two in the Invincible series. "Unforgivable takes off where Invincible left us—with Evie drowning in San Francisco Bay. Marcus finds her just in time, but her survival is not the happy ending he was hoping for. Forbidden from seeing Evie by her parents and unable to reach her, Marcus learns of a pain that might break him completely." Expected publication: May 3, 2016.

Wanderlost by Jen Malone – Aubree idolizes her sister's worldly travels until Elizabeth needs her to join in on her adventures. Elizabeth asks Bree to take over her internship as her leading a European seniors tour. Paperback release expected: May 31, 2016. 

A Walk In The Sun by Michelle Zink – As a Southerner this book screams Strawberry Wine in full length. Hopefully not as sad. Rose returns to her family's farm and meets ranch hand Bohdi who plans to leave at the end of summer. Adding this to my TBR! Expected publication: May 3, 2016. 



The Season of You and Me by Robin Constantine – Cassidy is gearing up for an awesome summer with her boyfriend... until he dumps her. Now she's in New Jersey with her estranged father and a job as a camp counselor. Bryan is recovering from a paralyzing accident, excited to return to his position at Camp Manatee. Expected publication: May 10, 2016.

This Is My Brain on Boys by Sarah Strohmeyer – Addie is on a Harvard bound mission that involves discovering the equation for falling in love. But, her Harvard scholarship hopes might be derailed when a classmate discovers what she's up to. Expected publication: May 10, 2016.


Even If The Sky Falls by Mia Garcia – Julie ditches her youth group in New Orleans and heads to Mid-Summer Mardi Gras where she meets a boy. In a 24-hour romance the whirlwind is a hurricane headed their way. Expected publication: May 10, 2016.

The Last Time We Were Us by Leah Konen – "A passionate summer love story about a girl, her childhood best friend recently released from juvie, and the small-town lies that have kept them apart. A teen romance debut with a dark edge.".. Adding to my TBR! Sounds like there will be feels involved. Expected publication: May 10, 2016.


Girl Against The Universe by Paula Stokes – "Maguire knows she’s bad luck.  Like that time her brother, father, and uncle were all killed in a car crash—and Maguire walked away with barely a scratch. But then she meets Jordy, an aspiring tennis star, who wants to help Maguire break her unlucky streak. Maguire knows that the best thing she can do for Jordy is to stay away, but staying away may be harder than she thought." I shamefully have not read a Paula Stokes book but want to sooo bad! Expected publication: May 17, 2016.

Spark by Holly Schindler – Quin decides to rewrite a real-life tragic love story for her local theater and in doing so discovers the run-down theater is regaining its former glory. It's up to Quin to make sure she can save it all this time around. Expected publication: May 17, 2016.

Sing by Vivi Greene – "America’s most famous pop star flees the spotlight to recover from her latest break-up in Maine—only to fall for a local boy and be faced with an impossible choice at the end of the summer: her new guy, or her music." Expected publication: June 7, 2016.

What Happens Now by Jennifer Castle – Ari Logan is fighting her personal war on depression and a past suicide attempt. With summer coming up and everyone in her life preoccupied she meets Camden a sci-fi fanboy who comes with his own baggage. Expected publication: June 7, 2016.




Red Velvet Crush by Christina Meredith –  Teddy Lee is the dreaded middle child who yearns to be noticed so she starts a band with her younger sister. Will Teddy Lee get the attention she craves or will her sister get it and they boy? This story explores the complex relationship between sisters. Expected publication: June 14, 2016.

Autofocus by Lauren Gibaldi – Maude explores the meaning of family as she investigates her birth mother's life for a senior photography project. Traveling to visit her BFF at college, Treena, in hope of search assistance she finds a busy girl instead. Partnering with another college student, Bennett, she explores her past and future. Expected publication: June 14, 2016.

The Lost & Found by Katrina Leno – Frannie and Louise both have a tendency to lose things... or have them just disappear. After meeting online when they were younger they are now embarking on a road trip to Austin, Texas to find answers and each other. Expected publication: July 5, 2016.

Finding Abbey Road by Kevin Emerson – Book three in the Exile series. "Packed with mystery and music, Kevin Emerson’s final volume in the Exile series is the pitch-perfect ending to Summer’s journey of self-discovery and love, and an ode to music fans everywhere." Expected publication: August 2, 2016.


Be Good Be Real Be Crazy by Chelsey Philpot – no info available, Philpot is also the author of Even In Paradise (2014).

Catch a Falling Heart by Stacey Lee – Originally titled Touch Me Not, a 16-year-old aromateur with an extraordinary nose, the last in a long line of love witches, scrambles to reverse the effects of a love elixir after giving it to the wrong target – all while trying not to fall for the woman's attractive son. Stacey Lee is a founder of #WeNeedDiverseBooks.

TL;DR

What I've got on pre-order and am scavenging the earth for ARCs:

  • Front Lines by Michael Grant *series
  • Ivory and Bone *series
  • Shallow Graves
  • Of Fire and Stars by Audrey Coulthurst
  • Replica by Lauren Oliver *duology
  • A Million Worlds With You by Claudia Gray *series
  • My Lady Jane by Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, and Jodi Meadows
  • As I Descended by Robin Talley
  • The Great Hunt by Wendy Higgins
  • A Study In Charlotte by Brittany Cavallaro
  • Thicker Than Water by Kelly Fiore
  • The Word for Yes by Claire Needell
  • Down With The Shine by Kate Karyus Quinn
  • I'm Not Your Manic Pixie Dream Girl by Gretchen McNeil
  • Glass Sword by Victoria Aveyard
  • The Girl from Everywhere by Heidi Heilig
  • The Distance From A to Z by Natalie Blitt
  • A Walk In The Sun by Michelle Zink
  • Wanderlost by Jen Malone
  • Autofocus by Lauren Gibaldi 

What I could be interested in reading if I have time:

  • Symptoms of Being Human
  • Girl Mans Up
  • Bluescreen by Dan Wells *series
  • Dark Energy by Robison Wells
  • Bright Smoke, Cold Fire
  • The Way Back To You by Michelle Andreani and Mindi Scott
  • Meet Me Here by Bryan Bliss
  • Blood Passage by Heather Demetrios
  • Ruined by Amy Tintera
  • Girl Against The Universe by Paula Stokes 


Your choice of one pre-order mentioned in this post. Prize will be ordered via Amazon or Book Depository once available for pre-order. Open internationally as long as the Book Depository ships to your country for free. Contest closes January 15, 2016 at 11:59 p.m. eastern time. *This giveaway is not sponsored by HarperCollins or the authors. Just a girl writing for the world asking you to win/read a book.