I haven’t finished this year’s to-be-read list. Why am I even looking at next years list?! Does anyone have a Hogwarts Time Turner I can borrow? Anyway, there seems to be a lot of good fantasy books to look forward to in the upcoming year, so if you are a fan of light fantasy this just might be a good year for you.
1. The Sword of Summer (Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard #1)
by Rick Riordan
Remember the Olympians? Of course you do. Well, Magnus CHASE (Annabeth’s Boston cousin?) lives in Boston (wow) and finds out he’s the son of a Norse god! Surely by now you know I’m a fan Norse mythology (readingBIFROST). But this is still such a long wait! Next October. Anyone have a time machine I can borrow?
2. Never Never
by Colleen Hoover, Tarryn Fisher
Alright ladies! A book by Colleen Hoover AND Tarryn Fisher! Here’s all we know:
Best friends since they could walk.
In love by the age of fourteen. Dating for over four years.
She’ll do everything she can to never forget.
He’ll do everything he can to never remember.
Too bad it’s not up to them.
3. The Shadow Revolution (Crown & Key #1)
by Clay Griffith, Susan Griffith
A Victorian-era urban fantasy! My faves. This one includes werewolves, a playboy with magic, a ballroom dancing female alchemist, and a Scottish monster-hunter. That is one hard core fantasy lineup.
4. Trigger Warning: Short Fictions and Disturbances
by Neil Gaiman
Neil Gaiman. Short stories. Boo-ya! I love short stories; the more disturbing the better. This anthology includes several of his formerly publish works, a Doctor Who (Woot!) short story, a Sherlock story, and several stories written just for this work.
5. Shadow Study (Soulfinders #1)
by Maria V. Snyder
I refrained from adding this to last weeks list, but it was still there in spirit. Why isn’t this book out yet? Assassins are on the top of my “love” list, and on the top of that list is Valek. He’s such a mastermind assassin but not without his own flaws. Don’t even get me started on those would-be-clowns Ari and Janco! Those two better make the cut into this book!
6. BLACKGUARDS: Tales of Assassins, Mercenaries, and Rogues
by J.M. Martin
Here’s another anthology of short stories; this time one edited by J.M. Martin into a collection from indie authors and well as best sellers.
ROGUES. ASSASSINS. MERCENARIES.
Coin is their master, and their trade, more often than not, is blood. These are BLACKGUARDS.
Whether by coin or by blood…YOU WILL PAY.
7. Time Salvager
by Wesley Chu
It’s been awhile since I read a time-travel story (with the exception of Doctor Who novels) and this one sounded delightful. Typical dystopian future with criminals recruited for the dangerous job of traveling into the past to recover resources. James is nearing retirement when he saves a women on one of his missions… and brings her back to the future with him.
by Naomi Novik
This one looks like it’ll be a good fairytale/fantasy story. A wizard named Dragon (wha..?) protects a village from dark powers that surround it. BUT he demands a young woman from the village to serve him for ten years. I also have to mention how much I love this cover.
9. The Orphan Queen (The Orphan Queen #1)
by Jodi Meadows
The title is such a complete turn-off from this book, but reading the synopsis of the book it actually looks good. She’s a princess; she’s a spy; she’s a threat. That’s coming far from the title “orphan” queen.
10. Untitled (The Great Library #1)
by Rachel Caine
A book about the Library of Alexandria written by Rachel Caine? Yes, please! In this world you can have digital copies of information, but it’s illegal to own printed works in a private collection. The only other thing really known about about the book is a snippet about “a boy from a family of black market book smugglers and a girl who watched her city die.”
Maximum Ride Forever (Maximum Ride #9)
by James Patterson
…really? I don’t know if I’m going to read it or not, but I’m curious as to what is in this book. The last one (which was supposed to be the last one) was horrible. The FOREVER seems more like a threat than a title.