I’ll admit, I’m surprised that I even have a list for this month. Usually, before I write these posts I have a vague idea of at least 2-3 books I want to include and then I look up the rest. Last month I was so preoccupied with uni and assignments that I didn’t have the chance to even think about the books being released. So when I looked them up I was pleasantly surprised to find quite a few books I was looking forward to getting my hands on.
Blood For Blood by Ryan Graudin
Synopsis of Wolf by Wolf, book one of this duology.
Her story begins on a train.
The year is 1956, and the Axis powers of the Third Reich and Imperial Japan rule. To commemorate their Great Victory, Hitler and Emperor Hirohito host the Axis Tour: an annual motorcycle race across their conjoined continents. The victor is awarded an audience with the highly reclusive Adolf Hitler at the Victor’s Ball in Tokyo.
Yael, a former death camp prisoner, has witnessed too much suffering, and the five wolves tattooed on her arm are a constant reminder of the loved ones she lost. The resistance has given Yael one goal: Win the race and kill Hitler. A survivor of painful human experimentation, Yael has the power to skinshift and must complete her mission by impersonating last year’s only female racer, Adele Wolfe. This deception becomes more difficult when Felix, Adele twin’s brother, and Luka, her former love interest, enter the race and watch Yael’s every move.
But as Yael grows closer to the other competitors, can she bring herself to be as ruthless as she needs to be to avoid discovery and complete her mission?
From the author of The Walled City comes a fast-paced and innovative novel that will leave you breathless.
I read the first book in this duology back in August and absolutely loved it. I’ve already written a full review on why I love it so if the synopsis alone doesn’t convince you to add this to your TBR then I’m sure my review will. The ending of the first book was so awful, and by awful I mean it had me wanting the sequel desperately. This was actually released in the UK Ocotber 6th, but because I was planning to get a hardback copy I had to wait until the book was released in the US.
This book was released on October 6th 2016 in the UK and November 1st 2016 in the US
Natasha: I’m a girl who believes in science and facts. Not fate. Not destiny. Or dreams that will never come true. I’m definitely not the kind of girl who meets a cute boy on a crowded New York City street and falls in love with him. Not when my family is twelve hours away from being deported to Jamaica. Falling in love with him won’t be my story.
Daniel: I’ve always been the good son, the good student, living up to my parents’ high expectations. Never the poet. Or the dreamer. But when I see her, I forget about all that. Something about Natasha makes me think that fate has something much more extraordinary in store—for both of us.
The Universe: Every moment in our lives has brought us to this single moment. A million futures lie before us. Which one will come true?
I read and enjoyed Yoon’s debut Everything, Everything in September, so I’m looking forward to see what she does in her next book. I’m not usually a huge contemporary fan but the premise of this one has piqued my attention. Also, this is a diverse book so naturally my excitement has doubled.
This book was released on November 1st 2016
No one knows what happened that morning at River Point. Five boys went hunting. Four came back. The boys won’t say who fired the shot that killed their friend; the evidence shows it could have been any one of them.
Kate Marino’s senior year internship at the District Attorney’s Office isn’t exactly glamorous—more like an excuse to leave school early that looks good on college applications. Then the DA hands her boss, Mr. Stone, the biggest case her small town of Belle Terre has ever seen. The River Point Boys are all anyone can talk about. Despite their damning toxicology reports the morning of the accident, the DA wants the boys’ case swept under the rug. He owes his political office to their powerful families.
Kate won’t let that happen. Digging up secrets without revealing her own is a dangerous line to walk; Kate has her own reasons for seeking justice for Grant. As she and Stone investigate—the ageing prosecutor relying on Kate to see and hear what he cannot—she realizes that nothing about the case—or the boys—is what it seems. Grant wasn’t who she thought he was, and neither is Stone’s prime suspect. As Kate gets dangerously close to the truth, it becomes clear that the early morning accident might not have been an accident at all—and if Kate doesn’t uncover the true killer, more than one life could be on the line…including her own.
I’m currently reading The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin and it’s made me want to read more mystery books/books with unreliable narrators. I remember seeing good reviews a while back for this book, so hopefully I can get a copy of this as soon as it comes out. Also, can we talk about that cover? It’s gorgeous.
This book will be released on November 15th 2016
Betrothed since childhood to the prince of Mynaria, Princess Dennaleia has always known what her future holds. Her marriage will seal the alliance between Mynaria and her homeland, protecting her people from other hostile lands. But Denna has a secret. She possesses an Affinity for fire—a dangerous gift for the future queen of a kingdom where magic is forbidden.
Now, Denna must learn the ways of her new home while trying to hide her growing magic. To make matters worse, she must learn to ride Mynaria’s formidable warhorses before her coronation—and her teacher is the person who intimidates her most, the prickly and unconventional Princess Amaranthine (called Mare), sister of her betrothed.
When a shocking assassination leaves the kingdom reeling, Mare and Denna reluctantly join forces to search for the culprit. As the two work together, each discovers there’s more to the other than she thought. Mare is surprised by Denna’s intelligence and bravery, while Denna is drawn to Mare’s independent streak. Soon their friendship is threatening to blossom into something more.
But with dangerous conflict brewing that makes the alliance more important than ever, acting on their feelings could be deadly. Forced to choose between their duty and their hearts, Mare and Denna must find a way to save their kingdoms—and each other.
I’ve already mentioned this book in a previous diversity spotlight post and it’s almost released! I have been seeing mixed-ish reviews for this recently but because the synopsis sounds really interesting and it’s also a diverse book I’m willing to give it a try anyway.
This book will be released on November 22nd 2016
In a world where disease has been eliminated, the only way to die is to be randomly killed (“gleaned”) by professional reapers (“scythes”). Citra and Rowan are teenagers who have been selected to be scythe’s apprentices, and—despite wanting nothing to do with the vocation—they must learn the art of killing and come to understand the necessity of what they do.
Only one of them will be chosen as a scythe’s apprentice. And when it becomes clear that the winning apprentice’s first task will be to glean the loser, Citra and Rowan are pitted against one another in a fight for their lives.
Does that synopsis not sound really interesting? I remember hearing about this a while back but then it fell off my radar. I’m really glad that I found this again because the synopsis sounds really interesting. I’m not a huge fan of dystopian anymore but I’m willing to give this one a shot.
This book will be released on November 22nd 2016
Have you read any of these books? What did you think of them? What books are you most anticipating this month? Tell me in the comments!
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