Top Ten Tuesday – May 30

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Welcome to this week’s installment of Top Ten Tuesday! This week’s the theme is to discuss your most anticipated releases for the second half of 2017. I admit, most of the books I had been anticipating for this year have already been released but there are still a few on the horizon that warrant some attention. (The books below are listed in no particular order)

 

– Wild Beauty by Anna-Marie McLemore  (October 3)
Love grows such strange things.

For nearly a century, the Nomeolvides women have tended the grounds of La Pradera, the lush estate gardens that enchant guests from around the world. They’ve also hidden a tragic legacy: if they fall in love too deeply, their lovers vanish. But then, after generations of vanishings, a strange boy appears in the gardens.

The boy is a mystery to Estrella, the Nomeolvides girl who finds him, and to her family, but he’s even more a mystery to himself; he knows nothing more about who he is or where he came from than his first name. As Estrella tries to help Fel piece together his unknown past, La Pradera leads them to secrets as dangerous as they are magical in this stunning exploration of love, loss, and family.

 

– Now I Rise (The Conqueror’s Saga #2) by Kiersten White (July 27)
Lada Dracul has no allies. No throne. All she has is what she’s always had: herself. After failing to secure the Wallachian throne, Lada is out to punish anyone who dares to cross her blood-strewn path. Filled with a white-hot rage, she storms the countryside with her men, accompanied by her childhood friend Bogdan, terrorizing the land. But brute force isn’t getting Lada what she wants. And thinking of Mehmed brings little comfort to her thorny heart. There’s no time to wonder whether he still thinks about her, even loves her. She left him before he could leave her.

What Lada needs is her younger brother Radu’s subtlety and skill. But Mehmed has sent him to Constantinople—and it’s no diplomatic mission. Mehmed wants control of the city, and Radu has earned an unwanted place as a double-crossing spy behind enemy lines. Radu longs for his sister’s fierce confidence—but for the first time in his life, he rejects her unexpected plea for help. Torn between loyalties to faith, to the Ottomans, and to Mehmed, he knows he owes Lada nothing. If she dies, he could never forgive himself—but if he fails in Constantinople, will Mehmed ever forgive him?

As nations fall around them, the Dracul siblings must decide: what will they sacrifice to fulfill their destinies? Empires will topple, thrones will be won . . . and souls will be lost.

 

– Mightier than the Sword by K.J. Parker (June)

World Fantasy Award winner K.J. Parker’s newest novella Mightier than the Sword presents itself as a translated oddity of a document called “Concerning the Monasteries”. But in true Parker style, this novella is instead a sprightly, riveting tale that reveals secret upon secret, building to an ending at once perfect and perfectly unpredictable.

An Imperial legate is called into see his aunt, who just happens to be the empress running the civilized world while her husband’s in his sick bed. After some chastisement, she dispatches her nephew to take care of the dreaded Land and Sea Raiders, pirates who’ve been attacking the realm’s monasteries.

So begins a possibly doomed tour of banished relatives and uppity royals put in charge of monasteries like Cort Doce and Cort Maleston, to name a few. While attempting to discover the truth of what the pirates might be after, the legate visits great libraries and halls in each varied locale and conducts a romance of which he knows – but doesn’t care – his aunt will not approve. With enough wit and derring-do (and luck), the narrator might just make it through his mission alive… or will he?

– Renegades by Marissa Meyer (November 7)

Secret Identities.
Extraordinary Powers.
She wants vengeance. He wants justice.

The Renegades are a syndicate of prodigies—humans with extraordinary abilities—who emerged from the ruins of a crumbled society and established peace and order where chaos reigned. As champions of justice, they remain a symbol of hope and courage to everyone…except the villains they once overthrew.

Nova has a reason to hate the Renegades, and she is on a mission for vengeance. As she gets closer to her target, she meets Adrian, a Renegade boy who believes in justice—and in Nova. But Nova’s allegiance is to a villain who has the power to end them both.

 

I know that this is a top ten list but I think I am going to stop here. Why? I love being surprised by new releases! I absolutely love stumbling across a new book propped up in all it’s glory on some display in a store. I love to log into Amazon and it give me a list of fabulous looking new releases in my recommendations. I like to be pleasantly surprised. Sure, there are some books (mostly ones as part of a series) that I know about in advance because I’m invested in the characters and story but for the most part I love just stumbling across a book. That is how I’ve found many of my favorite authors. I’ve just walked into a store and been pulled in by their cover or an artful display. The surprise makes it exciting!

What books are you looking forward to in the later half of 2017 or are you like me and like the surprise?

 

 

12 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday – May 30

  1. Renegades is popular today! I’ve added it to my TBR. I don’t know how I missed that Meyer has a new one coming out. I love her Lunar Chronicles.

    I haven’t read anything by Parker but Nighter than the Sword looks good. Adding it my TBR 😀

    Here’s my TTT.

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    1. I honestly haven’t read the first book of the Conquerors’ Saga yet (I’m picking it up from the library today). Can’t wait to read them. All the reviews seem to gush about the first book, the second one is bound to be a good read, too.

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      1. At the moment it’s a bit of a slow burn, but I think that’s because I’ve fallen into that ‘reading too many things at once and also audiobooks’ trap again…

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  2. I’m currently listening to And I Darken so I can finally read the sequel (as my deadline for the review is staring at me) and what I’ve heard so far definitely has me really excited for what is yet to come in both books! I LOVE the setting of the story (as I’ve never read anything set in that time period before), I love Lada as a character and the contrast in Radu and I love the diversity. I’m definitely ready and excited for Now I Rise!

    I’ve got Renegades on my list too! I can’t wait to see what Marissa Meyer does outside of her Lunar Chronicles and if I’ll still enjoy her books as much now that it’s something entirely new! The new VE Schwab book that’s releasing within the next two weeks (I think) is definitely high on my list too, even though I haven’t read the first book yet (time just ran away from me this month) and then also Sarah J. Maas’ next book in the Throne Of Glass series!

    Usually, I’ll keep up with new releases as best as I can since I write monthly posts about them but also because I live in Germany and don’t get to walk into a bookstore and see all those fun new releases. 🙂

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    1. I’m picking up And I Darken from the library today and can’t wait to read it. It has been sitting on my list for a long time. Long enough that I’m already excited for the sequel without having read the first book. Hah. Really hoping that Renegades is good. The description makes it sound amazing so I have my fingers crossed. Meyers is hit or miss with me.

      Can you believe I still haven’t read the Throne of Glass series? I loved the first two ACOTAR books so much I’m not sure why I’m dragging my heels about picking up Throne of Glass. I need to get to them, soon, I think.

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      1. As someone who has read all of the books that are released in the Throne Of Glass series, I think you might not enjoy it as much as ACOTAR. I definitely love ACOTAR a lot more! Also, a lot of people seem to be really conflicted when it comes to TOG! Some love only a few of the books and feel like the story went in a completely different direction at some point, etc. It seems to be a bit of a hit or miss situation too. But it’s definitely worth checking out and I would definitely recommend reading Crown Of Midnight too, even if you don’t enjoy Throne Of Glass as much. I started to really enjoy the series with the second book!

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