Most Anticipated Releases: First Half of 2017 (Part 1)


I was surprised that I hadn’t actually done one of these posts yet! Of course I’m trying to keep my mind off of new releases because I’m currently putting myself on a book buying ban, after my last book haul I have far too many books that already need to be read.

There are so many wonderful books being released in 2017 so this is my list of anticipated releases for the first half of the year meaning from January through June ( I just cut it right in half)! There are way more books on this list than anticipated so I’ll be breaking this down into 2 parts so for this post it will be releases for January through March and the next part will be April through June!

I’m going to be summing up all of these books shortly and to the best of my ability (so please excuse the crappy summaries). So I’m sorry but there are a lot of books and some of their real summaries are SUPER LONG I will also link up each book’s Goodreads page so you can read the full descriptions!

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The Book Jumper by Mechthild Glaser ( Jan. 3rd) – A girl named Amy finds out she is a Book Jumper who can enter the stories she reads and interact with the characters and worlds. She finds out someone has been stealing from one of the books and is determined to find out who.

Who doesn’t love books about books? I loved the “Inkheart” trilogy and this sounds reminiscent of that.

The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherin Areden ( Jan. 10th) – A Russian fairy tale type of book about a girl who must save her family from the negative effects of not performing rituals for the spirits.

Russian fairy tale/fantasy book? Sold.

Frostblood by Elly Blake ( Jan. 10th ) – A girl with fire magic (fireblood) tries to avenge the death of her mother by joining rebels with frost magic (frostbloods) to try and overthrow their king. She is then captured and forced to compete in a tournament against the frostbloods.

Not only do I love fantasy books with magic systems but also good old fashioned revenge stories.

Roseblood by A.G. Howard ( Jan. 10th ) – A Phantom of the Opera retelling, need I say more?


Caraval by Stephanie Garber ( Jan. 31st ) – Two sisters dream of seeing Caraval the once a year performance where the audience participates but when they get there one of them is kidnapped as a part of the game.

This is a super hyped book and it sounds awesome so hopefully it lives up to everyone’s expectations.

Carve The Mark ( Jan. 17th ) – Okay honestly I’m not even sure what this is supposed to be about other than it’s science fiction, they have some powers, and two groups of people feud with each other. That’s about all I got out of it, sorry! It sounds badass though and the cover is to die for .

*Quick, Last Minute Update* I’m actually not 100% sure about this book at all anymore, if I’m excited or even wanting to read it. There have been TONS of issues brought to light with it and I’m just not confident I want any part of it.

Empress of a Thousand Skies by Rhoda Belleza (Feb. 7th) – Rhee, heir to a dynasty, and Aly, a TV star accused of killing Rhee, are thrown together to face a nameless evil that threatens their galaxy.

I’m seriously just loving all of the new YA science fiction books and this one sounds awesome, I’m also curious about what/who the antagonist really is.

To Catch A Killer by Sheryl Scarborough (Feb. 7th) – Erin Blake survived for 3 days as a toddler alongside her murdered mother. 14 years later her biology teacher is murdered similarily and Erin decides to put her forensics hobby to good use and try and catch her mother’s killer.

I don’t know what it is about gruesome murder stories that always catch my attention but I swear I’m not a serial killer, I’m just kind of weird!


The Valiant by Lesley Livingston (Feb. 14th) – Fallon is the daughter of a Celtic king and when her sister is killed in battle by the invading armies of Julius Caesar she finally gets the chance to join the war band. However, she is captured and sold to a training school for female gladiators.

Okay first of all who doesn’t think this era is interesting? Also FEMALE GLADIATORS!

Beautiful Broken Girls by Kim Savage (Feb. 21st) – Two sisters commit suicide together and the lover of one sister gets a note from her that sends him on a quest to collect all of the notes she left behind for him.

Sounds interesting enough and I also have Kim Savage’s debut book as well….which I still haven’t finished…..

Long May She Reign by Rhiannon Thomas (Feb. 21st) – Freya, twenty third in line for the throne, suddenly finds herself the queen after the king and everyone close to him are poisoned. She must survive and find the murderers before she’s next.

I absolutely love YA fantasy especially when there’s a lot of political intrigue which this book sounds like it will have since Freya can trust no one and they all have their own agendas!

Daughter of the Pirate King by Tricia Levenseller (Feb. 28th) – A 17 year old pirate captain searching for a treasure map allows herself to be captured by enemy pirates in order to search their ship.

YA PIRATE BOOK!!!!!!!!!!! Pirates definitely need to be done more in literature especially YA literature so I’m 100% in for this book.


The Roanoke Girls by Amy Engel (Mar. 7th) – After her mother commits suicide, Lane, goes to live with her grandparents and cousin, Allegra. Eleven years later her grandfather calls to tell her Allegra has gone missing and Lane must return home to help them search for her.

I like mystery/thrillers especially when there’s family drama and secrets involved!

The Bone Witch by Rin Chupeco (Mar. 7th) – After Tea resurrects her brother she discovers she has the powers of necromancy making her a bone witch and is outcast from her community. An older bone witch then takes her and her brother in for training in an other land.

I have an ARC of this and I’m super excited to read it since it sounds amazing! I also really loved Chupeco’s other book “The Girl From The Well”.

The Beast Is An Animal by Peternelle van Arsdale (Mar. 7th) – A girl with a secret ability must save her village from the darkness that lurks in the forest.

There’s evil, darkness, soul eaters, a beast, and magic! It sounds dark and fantastical and the cover is so gorgeous.

Bad Blood by Demitria Lunetta (Mar. 14th) – Heather is sent to spend the summer with an aunt in Scotland to help her mental state. However, instead of having loads of fun she can’t stop dreaming about two girls who lived centuries ago….

First of all I like that the protagonist is named Heather (*cough* totally not full of myself *cough*) and I loved books set in Scotland, I’m interested to see what the plot is kind of all about if it’s paranormal or what!


Hunted by Meagan Spooner (Mar. 14th) – Yeva’s father goes missing in the forest and she sets out to find him by tracking the creature he was seeking. She follows the Beast back into his own cursed valley full of fairy tale creatures.

Of course this is a Beauty and the Beast retelling and it actually sounds like it may have a few really good, unique twists to it!

Shadow Run by Adrianne Strickland & Michael Miller (Mar. 21st) – Nev, a prince, joins a starship crew in order to get to it’s captain, Qole, who he believes holds the key to changing galactic civilization. She is then kidnapped by a rival royal family who is interested in her abilities and Nev finds himself trying to save her instead of use her himself.

Okay I’m a sucker for YA sci-fi especially with all of the great ones recently! Also it’s marketed as Firefly meets Dune and anything compared to Firefly, I must read.

Overturned by Lamar Giles (Mar.28th) – Nikki’s dad has been in prison on death row in Las Vegas for a crime he says he’s innocent of but all she cares about his raising enough money gambling to get out of town. Then her dad’s case is overturned and he’s determined to find out who framed him.

I really like Vegas themed stories, I have no idea why really I just do. I like the politics of the gangs/mafias that are usually involved and of course any heists (Ocean’s Eleven anyone?).

Nemesis by Brendan Reichs (Mar. 21st) – I’ll just have you read the actual description because this one is way too hard to sum up, there’s murders and an asteroid threatening Earth basically.

Sounds like a lot of weird stuff crammed together and I love weird.

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Strange The Dreamer by Laini Taylor (Mar. 28th) – Dreams, dreamers, a hero called the Godslayer, legendary warriors, a city cut off from the rest of the world (Weep), and a mysterious blue-skinned goddess.

How does this not sound fantastical and amazing? Plus it’s Laini Taylor so…come on.

Blood Rose Rebellion by Rosalyn Eves (Mar. 28th) – Anna lives in high society where everyone has a magical ability except her, one day she breaks a spell cast by her sister and is sent (in exile) to Hungary. Rebellion breaks out and suddenly everyone is seeking her unique ability of spell breaking.

1850’s Hungary and a magic system? I’m in, although I’m not expecting anything game-changing since this sounds like a lot of other YA fantasy books.

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So what books are on your radar for 2017?

Are you excited for any of these books as well?

Which ones do you think sound the best or have the most gorgeous covers?

Let me know in the comments!

The Sassy

25 thoughts on “Most Anticipated Releases: First Half of 2017 (Part 1)

  1. ashley January 19, 2017 / 9:53 am

    I would definitely read The Book Jumper, The Bear and the Nightingale, Caraval, Empress of a Thousand Skies, Strange the Dreamer and maybe The Hunted. I have yet to read a Beauty and the Beast retelling, and it is my favorite Disney movie of all time!

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    • thesassygeek January 30, 2017 / 1:36 pm

      It’s funny because now that you mention Beauty and the Beast retellings I’ve realized that I own about 3 and haven’t read them yet! Oops….
      I think those all are going to be excellent books though so I hope you enjoy them if you get your hands on any of them soon! 🙂


      • ashley January 30, 2017 / 1:41 pm

        I haven’t read any of the retellings I have either, I still need to read the originals.

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    • thesassygeek January 30, 2017 / 2:47 pm

      Thank you and there are just so many great releases coming out this year! 🙂

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  2. Books, Vertigo and Tea January 19, 2017 / 11:49 am

    I am definitely waiting to grab a copy of The Bear and The Nightingale. I should have already, but I have too much here I need to catch up on. Strange the Dreamer is also on my radar 🙂

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    • thesassygeek January 30, 2017 / 1:38 pm

      I definitely know how you feel! I wish I could go grabbing copies of all these new releases but I have so many other books that need to be read first, oh the problems of bookworms haha! 🙂

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  3. Nicole @ booksinked January 19, 2017 / 12:00 pm

    I already preordered Caraval for my Kindle, and I’m excited! I’m looking forward to Empress of a Thousand Skies, Blood Rose Rebellion, Strange The Dreamer, and Long May She Reign!

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    • thesassygeek January 30, 2017 / 1:42 pm

      Can’t wait to read your review for Caraval, after all the hype I’m excited to see what it’s all about! 🙂

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      • Nicole @ booksinked January 30, 2017 / 2:40 pm

        I am too! 🙂

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  4. Evie January 19, 2017 / 1:49 pm

    I had not heard of Shadow Run before and now I must read it immediately! March is too far away!

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    • thesassygeek January 30, 2017 / 1:43 pm

      It sounds awesome! I have to say I was drawn in a lot by the mention of Firefly, haha! 🙂

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  5. Beth (Reading Every Night) January 19, 2017 / 4:34 pm

    Great picks for this topic Heather. A lot of these are books I am so beyond excited for as well.
    I have my copy of RoseBlood sitting on my bookshelves just waiting for me to get around to it soon, and I really really need to read The Bear and the Nightingale soon as well. I’ve been hearing so many amazing things about it.
    I thin both Hunted and Strange the Dreamer are two of my most eagerly anticipated releases for this year. Hopefully the books both live up to our expectations. 🙂

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    • thesassygeek January 30, 2017 / 1:46 pm

      Thanks Beth! There are definitely too may amazing books coming out, my book buying ban won’t like it!
      I’m definitely excited to see what you think of both Roseblood and The Bear and the Nightingale since they both sound super good, although I have heard mixed things on Roseblood so I am eager to see what you think!
      I also think it’ll be hard for Laini Taylor to disappoint but I hate to get my expectations really high! 🙂

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      • Beth (Reading Every Night) January 30, 2017 / 2:35 pm

        I think I’m going to have to give up on the idea of book buying bans this year. I just think I’ll be setting myself up for failure!
        RoseBlood is going to be a book I pick up next month for sure. Not sure when I’ll be able to get around to The Bear and the Nightingale but hopefully soon! 🙂

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      • thesassygeek February 1, 2017 / 12:44 pm

        I know it’s so hard but I have bought soooo many books and they need to start getting read before I buy more! I haven’t bought any new releases yet and I’m proud, haha!
        I can’t wait to hear your thoughts on both of those books especially Roseblood so I’m excited! 🙂

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      • Beth (Reading Every Night) February 1, 2017 / 4:23 pm

        I should probably do that myself. I went a little overboard with my January book haul so I guess I should get through all of those before buying anymore.
        RoseBlood is next on my to-read list actually, I can’t wait to get around to it either! 😀

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  6. readandseeksa January 19, 2017 / 11:27 pm

    I haven’t heard of most of these books so thanks for this post! I’ll add a few to my tbr and hopefully we’ll get around to ticking them off our list real soon 🙂

    Nihaad | Read & Seek


    • thesassygeek January 30, 2017 / 2:50 pm

      Glad you found some new books to add! And yes hopefully we will get a chance to read them soon! 🙂

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  7. brunettegirl27 January 20, 2017 / 4:37 am

    Between all of these I am with you with Caraval and Strange the Dreamer — I’ve already preorder the last one and I hope to find the first one in my Fairyloot box!
    I took off the list Carve The Mark few months ago because of its racism and I’m even more pissed off because the author never answered to all the complaints.

    Beside these I really can’t wait to read ‘History is all you left me’ by Adam Silvera and ‘A court of Wings and Ruin’ by Sarah J. Maas which is my guilty pleasure even if I’m aware of its problematics.
    I am definitely waiting for a bunch of other books since my pre-order list is endless but I think I’m going to wait a bit.

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    • thesassygeek January 30, 2017 / 2:21 pm

      Yeah I haven’t been following Carve the Mark extremely closely but I am aware of it, I didn’t know Veronica Roth hasn’t acknowledged the complaints yet though. I mean you’d think saying anything at all would be better than just outright ignoring it. I think my chances of reading the book are narrowing all the time.

      I actually have an Adam Silvera book on my TBR (More Happy Than Not) but I have yet to read it, but I’m excited to give him a try. I also have yet to read A Court of Thorns and Roses too, although I’m kind of leery since I wasn’t a big fan of Throne of Glass I am still curious to see what I’d think though! 🙂

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  8. amortalreader1 January 20, 2017 / 9:02 am

    I was lucky to receive an ARC for Caraval and it lived up to the hype for me. I adored it, I can’t wait for you to read it and see if you love it just as much. The description alone for me was exquisite.
    So many releases I need to also check out and add to my TBR on goodreads for this year!

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    • thesassygeek January 30, 2017 / 2:42 pm

      I’m definitely excited to read Caraval, it just might be a while for me to get a copy because I’m currently on a book buying ban (so many books!). Loved your review too for it, I’m really glad you enjoyed it!

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