There are a lot of amazing books coming to a bookshop and library near you in 2017, and here are just a few that I’m excited about.
Continuing the story
Two series that release another installment this year are Alwyn Hamilton’s Traitor to the Throne (the second of a trilogy after the hugely successful Rebel of the Sands), and the long-awaited third novel in the Bone Season series, The Song Rising by Samantha Shannon.
Following a bloody battle against foes on every side, Paige Mahoney has risen to the dangerous position of Underqueen, ruling over London’s criminal population. But, having turned her back on Jaxon Hall and with vengeful enemies still at large, the task of stabilizing the fractured underworld has never seemed so challenging. Little does Paige know that her reign may be cut short by the introduction of Senshield, a deadly technology that spells doom for the clairvoyant community and the world as they know it.
Nearly a year has passed since Amani and the rebels won their epic battle at Fahali. Amani has come into both her powers and her reputation as the Blue-Eyed Bandit, and the Rebel Prince’s message has spread across the desert. But when a surprise encounter turns into a brutal kidnapping, Amani finds herself betrayed in the cruelest manner possible.
Completing the story
Stanly’s Ghost by Stefan Mohamed and The Scarecrow Queen by Melinda Salisbury are the final installments of trilogies ending in 2017. I’m expecting more drama and heartbreak from them both as their tales reach their conclusions.
Cynical, solitary Stanly Bird used to be a fairly typical teenager. Then came the superpowers. And the superpowered allies. And the mysterious enemies. And the terrifying monsters. And the stunning revelations. And the apocalypse. Now he’s not sure what he is. Or where he is. Or how exactly one is supposed to proceed after – hopefully – saving the world. All he knows is that his story isn’t finished. Not quite yet…
The final battle is coming…As the Sleeping Prince tightens his hold on Lormere and Tregellan, the net closes in on the ragged band of rebels trying desperately to defeat him. Twylla and Errin are separated, isolated, and running out of time. The final battle is coming, and Aurek will stop at nothing to keep the throne forever
And now for something completely different
After the brilliant Next Together and Last Beginning from Lauren James, she’s bringing out a whole new tale, The Loneliest Girl in the Universe, continuing the sci-fi tradition but different from her first two novels. This romance is set in space for one thing.
Romy Silvers is the loneliest girl in the universe until she hears about J. Romy and J are the only occupants of two spaceships, sent out on reconnaissance missions to find a new home for earth’s growing population. Their only communication with the outside world and with each other is through email – and, due to the distance between them, their messages take six months to reach each other. And yet they are falling in love. But what does Romy really know about J? Is he really who he says he is? Sometimes, there’s something worse than being alone
Possibly the most-anticipated book of 2017 (which is already on sale in some shops, shush, I’m totally counting it as 2017) is Wing Jones by Katherine Webber. I’ve had my pre-order in for a long time and I can’t wait to read this story.
With a grandmother from China and another from Ghana, fifteen-year-old Wing Jones is often caught between worlds. But when tragedy strikes, Wing discovers a talent for running she never knew she had. Wing’s speed could bring her family everything it needs. It could also stop Wing getting the one thing she wants.