Winter, my favourite time of the year. The air is cold, the snow is falling, and I am reading while snuggled in a blanket drinking hot chocolate. It’s the time of year when YA releases dry up after the Autumn splurge. However, luckily for us little book nerds, there are still some amazing books waiting to join our never-ending TBR piles. The following list is that of this winter’s most anticipated releases (that are all either, stand alone or the beginning of a brand new series).
From Sand and Ash by Amy Harmon – 01/12
Italy, 1943—Germany occupies much of the country, placing the Jewish population in grave danger during World War II.
As children, Eva Rosselli and Angelo Bianco were raised like family but divided by circumstance and religion. As the years go by, the two find themselves falling in love. But the church calls to Angelo and, despite his deep feelings for Eva, he chooses the priesthood.
This is definitely far from my typical reads, however, it never hurt to try a new genre, especially a historical romance.
This is the story of Ellery, a girl who learns how to live while waiting for the date she chose to die.
Ellery’s bought the gun, made arrangements for her funeral, and even picked the day. A Wednesday. Everything has fallen into place.
Now all she has to do is die. But, can someone change her mind?
A theme close to my heart, this story is definitely going to be a tear jerker.
Iceling by Sarah Stephenson – 13/12
Seventeen-year-old Lorna loves her adoptive sister, Callie. But Callie can’t say “I love you” back. In fact, Callie can’t say anything at all.
Because Callie is an Iceling—one of hundreds of teens who were discovered sixteen years ago on a remote Arctic island, all of them lacking the ability to speak or understand any known human language.
Mysterious and panicked events lead to the two sisters embarking on a journey to the north, and now Lorna starts to see that there’s a lot more to Callie’s origin story than she’d been led to believe.
I cannot wait to discover the mystery behind the Icelings, why they cannot speak, and how they came to be an a remote island in the Arctic.
Seventeen year-old Britta Flannery is at ease only in the woods with her dagger and bow. She spends her days tracking criminals alongside her father, the legendary bounty hunter for the King of Malam—that is, until her father is murdered. Now outcast and alone and having no rights to her father’s land or inheritance, she seeks refuge where she feels most safe: the Ever Woods.
When Britta is caught poaching by the royal guard, instead of facing the noose she is offered a deal: her freedom in exchange for her father’s killer.
Seemingly a tale of mystery and revenge, this story should be an action packed search for the truth. And for freedom, a theme that is prevalent throughout some of my favourite books, such as Throne of Glass.
Frostblood by Elly Blake – 10/01
Seventeen-year-old Ruby is a fireblood who must hide her powers of heat and flame from the cruel frostblood ruling class that wants to destroy all that are left of her kind. So when her mother is killed for protecting her and rebel frostbloods demand her help to kill their rampaging king, she agrees.
But Ruby’s powers are unpredictable, and she’s not sure she’s willing to let the rebels and an infuriating (yet irresistible) young man called Arcus use her as their weapon.
Carve the Mark by Veronica Roth – 17/01
On a planet where violence and vengeance rule, in a galaxy where some are favored by fate, everyone develops a currentgift, a unique power meant to shape the future. While most benefit from their currentgifts, Akos and Cyra do not—their gifts make them vulnerable to others’ control. Can they reclaim their gifts, their fates, and their lives, and reset the balance of power in this world?
Probably one of the most anticipated YA releases of January 2017, this is Roth’s first series following the success of the Divergent Saga. I adored Divergent (book #1), however, I was a little disappointed by how the series progressed. So, I hope this series makes me fall in love with Roth’s work once again.
Rhee, also known as Crown Princess Rhiannon Ta’an, is the sole surviving heir to a powerful dynasty. She’ll stop at nothing to avenge her family and claim her throne.
Aly has risen above his war refugee origins to find fame as the dashing star of a holo-vision show. But when he’s falsely accused of killing Rhee, he’s forced to prove his innocence to save his reputation—and his life.
With planets on the brink of war, Rhee and Aly are thrown together to confront a ruthless evil that threatens the fate of the entire galaxy.
Set to be an epic sci-fi story, the seemingly dual perspective will allow for some dramatic irony as we will likely know the answers to Aly’s situation before he does.
Gilded Cage by Vic James – 14/02
Not all are free. Not all are equal. Not all will be saved.
Our world belongs to the Equals — aristocrats with magical gifts — and all commoners must serve them for ten years. But behind the gates of England’s grandest estate lies a power that could break the world.
A girl thirsts for love and knowledge.
Abi is a servant to England’s most powerful family, but her spirit is free. So when she falls for one of the noble-born sons, Abi faces a terrible choice. Uncovering the family’s secrets might win her liberty, but will her heart pay the price?
A boy dreams of revolution.
Abi’s brother, Luke, is enslaved in a brutal factory town. Far from his family and cruelly oppressed, he makes friends whose ideals could cost him everything. Now Luke has discovered there may be a power even greater than magic: revolution.
And an aristocrat will remake the world with his dark gifts.
He is a shadow in the glittering world of the Equals, with mysterious powers no one else understands. But will he liberate—or destroy?
This is not just a fight between the classes, but also a fight between the powerful and the powerless. A fight for love, and a fight for what is right and wrong. Clearly a multi-strand narrative, hopefully this will offer a complicated story that will nicely introduce a whole new series.
What are your most anticipated releases of this Winter? Leave a comment down below!