Top Ten Most Anticipated Releases for the First Half of 2016


Looks like 2016’s going to be a jolly fun time…

1) The Rose and The Dagger – Renee Ahdieh

Release Date: May 3, 2016

In a land on the brink of war, Shahrzad has been torn from the love of her husband Khalid, the Caliph of Khorasan. She once believed him a monster, but his secrets revealed a man tormented by guilt and a powerful curse—one that might keep them apart forever. Reunited with her family, who have taken refuge with enemies of Khalid, and Tariq, her childhood sweetheart, she should be happy. But Tariq now commands forces set on destroying Khalid’s empire. Shahrzad is almost a prisoner caught between loyalties to people she loves.

I CAN’T WAIT for The Rose and The Dagger. I haven’t been exactly subtle for how much I love The Wrath and The Dawn; in fact, if it was socially acceptable to do so, I will throw flyers out of my apartment window begging people to read it. I hope it’s just as beautifully written, just as gripping as the first book.

2) Calamity – Brandon Sanderson

Release Date: February 16, 2016

When Calamity lit up the sky, the Epics were born. David’s fate has been tied to their villainy ever since that historic night. Steelheart killed his father. Firefight stole his heart. And now Regalia has turned his closest ally into a dangerous enemy.

So… Brandon Sanderson is the author who got me out of my three-year reading slump earlier this year. Calamity is the third and final book in the Reckoners series, a series that reminds me so much of X-Men, one of my favourite movie franchises of all time.

3) This is Where It Ends – Marieke Nijkamp

Release Date: January 5, 2016

Told over the span of 54 harrowing minutes from four different perspectives, terror reigns as one student’s calculated revenge turns into the ultimate game of survival.

This is Where It Ends looks at school shootings—a very real, very terrifying issue in the US—and I just can’t wait for my emotions to be wrecked.

4) A Study in Charlotte – Brittany Cavallaro

Release Date: March 1, 2016

The last thing sixteen-year-old Jamie Watson–writer and great-great-grandson of the John Watson–wants is a rugby scholarship to Sherringford, a Connecticut prep school just an hour away from his estranged father. But that’s not the only complication: Sherringford is also home to Charlotte Holmes, the famous detective’s enigmatic, fiercely independent great-great-granddaughter, who’s inherited not just his genius but also his vices, volatile temperament, and expertly hidden vulnerability. Charlotte has been the object of his fascination for as long as he can remember–but from the moment they meet, there’s a tense energy between them, and they seem more destined to be rivals than anything else.

Sherlock Holmes in YA-verse!

5) The Heir and The Spare – Emily Albright

Release Date: January 18, 2016

Family can be complicated. Especially when skeletons from the past pop up unexpectedly. For American Evie Gray, finding out her deceased mother had a secret identity, and not one of the caped crusader variety, was quite the surprise. Evie’s mom had a secret life before she was even born, one that involved tiaras.

This book feels like it’s going to be my guilty pleasure rather than anything else. 😛

6) The Unexpected Everything – Morgan Matson

Release Date: May 3, 2016

Andie had it all planned out. When you are a politician’s daughter who’s pretty much raised yourself, you learn everything can be planned or spun, or both. Especially your future. But that was before the scandal. Before having to be in the same house with her dad. Before walking an insane number of dogs. That was before Clark and those few months that might change her whole life. Because here’s the thing—if everything’s planned out, you can never find the unexpected.

Another YA novel with a politician daughter? Score! I read Matson’s Since You’ve Been Gone this year and I’m excited to read this one. 🙂

7) Burning Glass – Kathryn Purdie

Release Date: March 1, 2016

Sonya was born with the rare gift to feel what those around her feel—both physically and emotionally—a gift she’s kept hidden from the empire for seventeen long years. After a reckless mistake wipes out all the other girls with similar abilities, Sonya is hauled off to the palace and forced to serve the emperor as his sovereign Auraseer.

My interest in fantasy YA has been increasing at a steady rate, and this one is just up my alley. The good reviews make it impossible to wait. D:

8) Symptoms of Being Human – Jeff Garvin

Release Date: February 2, 2016

Riley Cavanaugh is many things: Punk rock. Snarky. Rebellious. And gender fluid. Some days Riley identifies as a boy, and others as a girl. The thing is . . . Riley isn’t exactly out yet. And between starting a new school and having a congressman father running for reelection in uber-conservative Orange County, the pressure—media and otherwise—is building up in Riley’s so-called “normal” life.

I feel very strongly about LGBTQ issues, and one of my resolves in 2016 is to read more of those books.

9) The Way I Used To Be – Amber Smith

Release Date: March 22, 2016

In the tradition of Speak, this extraordinary debut novel shares the unforgettable story of a young woman as she struggles to find strength in the aftermath of an assault. Eden was always good at being good. Starting high school didn’t change who she was. But the night her brother’s best friend rapes her, Eden’s world capsizes.

Sexual assault is terrifying, especially when it’s done by someone you should be able to trust. I’m hoping this book will churn my heart out and pretty much step on it until there’s nothing left of it.

10) The Way To Game The Walk of Shame – Jenn P. Nguyen

Release Date: June 7, 2016

Taylor Simmons is screwed.

Things were hard enough when her single-minded dedication to her studies earned her the reputation of being an Ice Queen, but after getting drunk at a party and waking up next to bad boy surfer Evan McKinley, the entire school seems intent on tearing Taylor down with mockery and gossip.

Desperate to salvage her reputation, Taylor persuades Evan to pretend they’re in a serious romantic relationship. After all, it’s better to be the girl who tames the wild surfer than just another notch on his surfboard.

Still not into the title (it’s an awkward mouthful), but pretend relationships have always been my guilty pleasure. Pretend relationships with so-called ‘bad boys’? I’M RIGHT THERE, BABY.

Are any of these books on your TTT? What else is on your list? Leave me a link in the comments. 🙂

22 thoughts on “Top Ten Most Anticipated Releases for the First Half of 2016

  1. I came across The Unexpected Everything a few days ago, and I completely forgot Matson had a new book coming out! I read Since You’ve Been Gone this year and loved it, so I’m excited to see how this one goes. (Her covers are always so summer-y, I love it!)


  2. The Way I Used To Be caught my attention because of the reference to Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson. I love ALL of Anderson’s works so yeah I wanna give The Way I Used To Be A Chance–we need more books on these squeamish topics to make people more aware.

    On a brighter note The Way To Game The Walk Of Shame (my goodness the title is looong! Did I get it right?) sounds like a really cliche but fun read so I’m looking forward to that one too!


    • Yes me too! I think I’ve read Speak–I can’t actually remember (whoops) but I’m quite familiar with Laurie Halse Anderson, and I like reading about emotionally tough, realistic topics.

      YES, The Way to Game The Walk of Shame does have a pretty long title! I think it’s supposed to be catchy, but as it is, it just felt too wordy to me. :/ I will read it, though–it sounds like so much fun!

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  3. Wow, you totally sold me on the X-Men thing. It’s one of my all-time movie series too! So. I’m sold. Adding the first book to my TBR – thanks Reg!

    Burning Glass has been on my TBR too, and I’m really excited about it. Seems a little like Red Queen with the superpowers/fantasy sort of thing, but HECK GIMME GIMME. I have suchhh a weakness for that stuff. Eeep!


    • RIGHT? I’m just really into the whole superpowers thing, haha. ❤

      I actually just started Red Queen yesterday–enjoying it so far but not sure how I feel about it yet. It is kind of superpower-oriented, though, so that part of the book really does make me giddy!


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