6 of the most anticipated 2017 books

I am so looking forward to a number of books coming out this year – a lot of them are sequels but some debuts as well, and all of them look amazing! So here is one book for each month of the first half of the year that is highly anticipated (I’ve included two for February because that seems to be an AWESOME month for book releases and missed out April):



by Stephanie Garber, release date 31st

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King’s Cage

by Victoria Aveyard, release date 7th February

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A Conjuring of Light

by V E Schwab, release date 21st February

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A Crown of Wishes

by Roshani Chokshi, release date 28th March

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A Court of Wings and Ruin

by S J Maas, release date May 2nd

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Our Dark Duet

by V E Schwab, release date 13th June

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Are any of these on your can’t-wait-to-buy-freaking-out-because-I-need-them-right-now list? They’re certainly on mine!!


Jo β™₯

Top 3 books of 2016

Happy new year bookworms! I hope everyone had a brilliant year and 2017 is even better for you. I read so many amazing books last year and discovered a load of new amazing authors thanks to other book blogs I follow and bookstagram, so here are my top three books I read in 2016:

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My absolute favourite read of 2016 was, of course, A Court of Mist and Fury by S J Maas which was just a truly stunning book and I am so excited for the sequel this year! A Gathering of Shadows by V E Schwab was an awesome sequel as well (the sequels this year have been even better than the first books!) and What’s A Girl Gotta Do? by Holly Bourne was a brilliant end to its trilogy and so full of empowering feminism.

Each book was full to the brim of superb and inspirational writing – these authors are three of my favourite authors and I can’t wait to see what they do this year!

2016 was the year I started this book blog and I’m so grateful for all of you following – I hope you like what I post! I also started taking Goodreads seriously with my record-keeping of books I’ve read and I love this little summary they sent me of my year:


I’ve set my Goodreads reading challenge this year as 40 books since I’ve got a busy third year at uni so that’s less than one book a week so I should hopefully be able to reach it but we’ll see (I may have to lower it…). Did you see your little Goodreads summary for 2016? What was the shortest and longest book you read?

Sorry I’ve been a bit inactive – I’ve just seen that I only posted once in December! – but I plan to post at least once a week and I’ve changed the theme of my blog – what do you think?

Jo x

Author book events – S J Maas, Rainbow Rowell and Leigh Bardugo

(Sorry I was supposed to post this yesterday!)

So I met three authors last month – S J Maas on her Empire of Storms tour, and Rainbow Rowell and Leigh Bardugo on their Worlds Collide tour in the UK.

First, I met S J Maas and it was so surreal and weird I’m kind of like ‘did that even really happen?’. I’m so glad I got to meet her but unfortunately, my brain decided to stop and all I said to her was ‘how are you’ to which she replied and asked the same to me and I said ‘good thanks’ then basically moved on because she had finished signing my book – Β I’m always really aware of how long they have to be there for so I don’t want to take up their time. So yeah, not exactly how I imagined it – I wish I had asked her something like how does she come up with these brilliant book ideas or why did she do that to Aelin in Empire of Storms or justΒ something about her books. Oh well, I guess she hears it all the time about how much people love her books so I probably didn’t need to say it anyway!

On the plus side, I got to meet some really nice bookish people there and I even met Anissa from Fairyloot! The panel was really good and we got to hear from Maas about how she came about writing which was really interesting, as well as some funny little anecdotes. One annoying thing happened though – Maas said that she wasn’t going to spoil anything from Empire of Storms then one girl started asking a question and basically said something about the end with a couple of characters (I’ll never understand why some people find it physically impossibly to justΒ not say spoilers) but luckily most people didn’t hear it properly anyway.

I got my lovely Heir of Fire signed and my ACOTAR book stamped so I’m happy now and they’re going to sit on my bookshelf all proud that they’re signed πŸ™‚



Then a couple of weeks later I got to meet Rainbow Rowell and Leigh Bardugo on their Worlds Collide tour (in a church of all places!) which was so good! They talked about their books and did a dramatic reading of each others’ books before they answered some questions.

The best bit was meeting the obviously and I’m so happy I’ve got my books signed by Rainbow Rowell but I was also really gladΒ to meet Leigh Bardugo – she’s so funny! I definitely need to read Six of Crows (I bought it this week) after hearing a snippet of Crooked Kingdom and I really hope Rainbow Rowell releases a new book soon – I need more Rainbow in my life!


I always get so nervous going to see authors (I had never met any before this year!) but I love getting my books signed and the chance to meet the brilliant people who write my favourite booksΒ β™₯

A Conjuring of Light cover reveal

Titan Books FINALLY revealed the UK cover for A Conjuring of Light, the third and final instalment of the A Darker Shade of Magic trilogy by V E Schwab and IT’S AWESOME!


I absolutely love the designs of the ADSOM books with the title of the book filling the silhouette of a figure and that person always walking between the worlds, but this cover has clever little hints too – the black background and the crumbling/fading away of Red London and a certain Black London emerging???? The cover is taunting us!

ADSOM is one of my favourite books I discovered this year (see my post on five reasons why you should read ADSOM) and I am so excited for this book, the cover is stunning but I just hope it isn’t foreshadowing anything awful that’s going to happen in the book – Black London can’t take over!

What are your thoughts of this cover? Are you as scared as I am for the fate of a certain few characters?

A Conjuring of Light is due to be released February 2017.

Empire of Storms excitement

I can’t be the only one excited for Empire of Storms to come out in September so here’s a post full of teasers I’ve found on various social media. I only just discovered the Throne of Glass series this year and who would have known that it would turn my life upside down? Sarah J Maas is one of my absolute favourite fantasy authors, her writing is beautiful and nothing like anything I have ever read.

I’m currently doing a reread of the series and I’ve just got about 100 pages of Heir of Fire (my fave) to finish, but with Empire of Storms due to be released in just two weeks, I am so excited! I’ve preordered it from WHSmith because the UK get given an exclusive short story (link here) which I’m both happy and annoyed about because while exclusive content gets everyone excited that can get their hands on it, it’s not fair to people who can’t reach it, but thank goodness people tend to upload it on social media so everyone can enjoy it! Hopefully they’ll be a book released with all the short stories/exclusive content in the future so everyone can access it.

Empire of Storms, the fifth instalment of a six-book series, is due to be released onΒ September 6th and my god have we been teased about it!

The cover was revealed to us a few months ago and it certainly got the fandom talking!

Not only does Aelin appear to have grown from when we saw her on the ToG cover, but she can be seen wielding an arc of fire and a sword is grasped in her hand (Damaris??) and the Eye of Elena is tied round her neck. The choice of outfit created a storm on social media, people loving it and speculating over what this outfit could hint to in the book. And also the background (on the US hardcover) is really dark and looks quite bleak – a hint as to the state of Erilea??

But to keep us on the edge of our seats, the World of Sarah J Maas tumblr blog (link here) and Bloomsbury Twitter page keeps throwing more teasing quotes at us!Β I’ve compiled them all (hopefully I haven’t missed any) on here so read on and enjoy some amazing quotes from EoS till it’s released!

No more, no more! I can’t take all this uncertainty!

Empire of Storms will be released in just under TWO WEEKS and I can’t wait any longer.

I’m loving my reread of the series (RowanΒ β™₯) and I am so excited to see how relationships develop in the next book, but I have a horrid feeling someone is going to die – Aedion? Or Chaol? STRESS. I NEED Empire of Storms now!!Β Who else is beyond excited?

Roll on 6th SeptemberΒ β™₯

New releases in 2016

There have been so many amazing books released in 2016 and there’s still loads more to come! Here are a few of the books that are going to be released in the second half of 2016 that I cannot wait to get my hands on:

#1 Empire of Storms


Empire of Storms by Sarah J Maas, release date 6th September. This is the fifth and penultimate instalment to the Throne of Glass series and promises a quest for Aelin Galathynius to prevent all of Erilea from breaking apart as those with magic are at odds with those without it.

Still currently rereading the Throne of Glass series in preparation for its release, this is, without a doubt, one of the most anticipated books of the year – this book cannot come sooner! As soon as this book is in my hands, I am going to devour it.

#2 Stealing Snow

Stealing Snow by Danielle Paige, release date 20th September. Snow has spent the majority of her life tucked away in a mental hospital but she knows she doesn’t belong there and a dream triggers her into escaping into a nearby wood. Here she finds her true home in the icy Algid and discovers she is destined to inherit a royal lineage.

This is the first volume in the Stealing Snow series and something I’m quite intrigued to purchase and read. It sounds so different from books around at the moment, but I might get it around Christmas in paperback since it has a snowy theme to it!

#3 …And A Happy New Year?

…And A Happy New Year?Β by Holly Bourne, release date 1st November. This is a Spinster Club special and will revisit all three girls in the trilogy as we see how their lives are after their eventful year.

I can’t wait for more feminism and the brilliant ‘Normal’ trio to be back in my life! I’ve loved each book in the trilogy and having read the last book in the series last month (What’s A Girl Gotta Do? see review here), I was gutted for the series to be over but when I turned the last page and saw THIS advertised, I was so happy to discover we’re going to get more of the Spinster trio! Holly Bourne’s writing never fails to give me hope that we are moving towards a more feminist future and I don’t know what I’d do without these little lifts throughout the year.

#4 Heartless

Heartless by Marissa Meyer, release date 8th November. A retelling of the Queen of Hearts from when she was young. Destined to be Queen, Catherine just wants to open a bakery and decide her life for herself. She’s set to marry the King of Hearts but falls in love with Jest, a court joker, and so enters into a secret courtship as she decides her future for herself.

I love Marissa Meyer’s writing and the Lunar Chronicles were a joy to read so I’m definitely going to be buying this stand alone novel.

#5 The Fate of the Tearling

The Fate of the Tearling by Erika Johansen, release date 1st December. This book concludes the Queen of the Tearling trilogy which sees Kelsea attempt to protect her kingdom from invasion.

I am yet to read the Invasion of the Tearling but I thought the Queen of the Tearling (link to book review here) was so cleverly written and left us with many questions so I’ll be buying the second in the trilogy first before buying the third and final book.


What new releases in 2016 are you highly anticipating? Let me know in the comments!
Have a fantastic dayΒ β™₯



V E Schwab event

This time last week I was meeting V E Schwab for the second time! So I met V E Schwab for the first time at YALC on Sunday 31st July but I met her AGAIN four days after as I went to her Birmingham stop on her UK tour! I was so nervous because I was going alone and (my nervousness taking over) I ended up tucking myself away at the back and this had its drawbacks because I couldn’t see V E Schwab at the front when she was answering questions and I was third to get my books signed so I didn’t get chance to talk to anyone in the queue or anything :/ I’ve realised that when I go to these events, I need to TALK to other people because, after all, they’re there to see the same author as you so you already have something in common!

She answered questions put to her on This Savage Song and her writing technique as well as coming up with the idea for the A Darker Shade of Magic series etc. I loved listening to her talk – she’s so positive and happy and never stopped smiling! She said that she grew up looking for the cracks in the world and wishing it were stranger, so this translated into her writing – she created worlds that were a little bit stranger, and invented characters that becameΒ people.

Next we had an Essen Tasch style quiz and I HAD PREPARED SO MUCH FOR THIS because I reread ADSOM and AGOS in anticipation for questions based on the books and it ended up being random questions on like what’s the biggest library in the world and questions on comic book characters. I was disappointed because I was so ready to answer questions on her books, but the quiz did ensue that I talked to other people there and had a lot of fun just chatting to fellow Schwablians πŸ™‚

After some Q & A with the author, she did some signings and because I was at the back, I was third in the queue so I left quite early! I was sad to leave and kind of wanted to be last so I could hang around and chat more to V E Schwab, but I did ask her how ACOL was going and I told her how I was worried she had killed someone off (she averted her eyes at this). I said I didn’t really mind if Holland died to which her publicist I think? gasped but come on, out of all the characters I do NOT want Kell, Lila, Rhy or Alucard to die so Holland it is.

V E Schwab was so inspiring to listen to as she talked about how she writes and comes up with ideas for further books and also how she views the world and this translates into her writing – it was just one of the best evenings and I’ve actually ordered Vicious so I can read more of V E Schwab’s amazing writing!