Top 10 of 2016: Top 10 Books We're Looking Forward to in 2017

Friday, December 30th – Top 10 Books we are looking forward to in 2017. (This list should be comprised of books released ONLY in 2017)

We hope that everyone is enjoying this week whether your are at work or enjoying some much needed time off. We also hope that you also able to get a few more books read before the beginning of the new year. This is the time of year that we get to remissness over the books that we have read and look forward to the books of the upcoming year. 

So, here is to 2017 and the list of books that we want to dive into.

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Top 10 Books Nancy is Most Excited for

Hey!! It's Nancy and with all the lists we have this week this is the one I was most looking forward to. It took me a bit to compile this list because there are so many great books that are coming out next year, but I feel that these TEN upcoming reads are my definitive choices.

10. BAD ROMANCE by Heather Demetrios

Grace wants out. Out of her house, where her stepfather wields fear like a weapon and her mother makes her scrub imaginary dirt off the floors. Out of her California town, too small to contain her big city dreams. Out of her life, and into the role of Parisian artist, New York director—anything but scared and alone.

Enter Gavin: charming, talented, adored. Controlling. Dangerous. When Grace and Gavin fall in love, Grace is sure it's too good to be true. She has no idea their relationship will become a prison she's unable to escape. 

Deeply affecting and unflinchingly honest, this is a story about spiraling into darkness—and emerging into the light again.

I am a big fan of Heather Demetrios and everything she has written. BAD ROMANCE seems a bit darker than I am comfortable with but I cannot wait to see what she does with this subject matter.  

9. WORDS IN DEEP BLUE by Cath Crowley

Years ago, Rachel had a crush on Henry Jones. The day before she moved away, she tucked a love letter into his favorite book in his family’s bookshop. She waited. But Henry never came. 

Now Rachel has returned to the city—and to the bookshop—to work alongside the boy she’d rather not see, if at all possible, for the rest of her life. But Rachel needs the distraction. Her brother drowned months ago, and she can’t feel anything anymore. 

As Henry and Rachel work side by side—surrounded by books, watching love stories unfold, exchanging letters between the pages—they find hope in each other. Because life may be uncontrollable, even unbearable sometimes. But it’s possible that words, and love, and second chances are enough.

A Love Letter and a bookshop? SOLD!! you really don't need much more to get my undivided attention.

8. THE LOVE INTEREST by Cale Dietrich

There is a secret organization that cultivates teenage spies. The agents are called Love Interests because getting close to people destined for great power means getting valuable secrets.

Caden is a Nice: The boy next door, sculpted to physical perfection. Dylan is a Bad: The brooding, dark-souled guy, and dangerously handsome. The girl they are competing for is important to the organization, and each boy will pursue her. Will she choose a Nice or the Bad?

Both Caden and Dylan are living in the outside world for the first time. They are well-trained and at the top of their games. They have to be – whoever the girl doesn’t choose will die.

What the boys don’t expect are feelings that are outside of their training. Feelings that could kill them both.

Oooh oooh oh! The Love Interest sounds like all kinds of twisted. The type of dark read that you cannot help but devour in one sitting while looking for more.
7. COLD SUMMER by Gwen Cole

Kale Jackson has spent years trying to control his time-traveling ability but hasn’t had much luck. One day he lives in 1945, fighting in the war as a sharpshooter and helplessly watching soldiers—friends—die. Then the next day, he’s back in the present, where WWII has bled into his modern life in the form of PTSD, straining his relationship with his father and the few friends he has left. Every day it becomes harder to hide his battle wounds, both physical and mental, from the past.

When the ex-girl-next-door, Harper, moves back to town, thoughts of what could be if only he had a normal life begin to haunt him. Harper reminds him of the person he was before the PTSD, which helps anchor him to the present. With practice, maybe Kale could remain in the present permanently and never step foot on a battlefield again. Maybe he can have the normal life he craves.

But then Harper finds Kale’s name in a historical article—and he’s listed as a casualty of the war. Kale knows now that he must learn to control his time-traveling ability to save himself and his chance at a life with Harper. Otherwise, he’ll be killed in a time where he doesn’t belong by a bullet that was never meant for him. 

I have been waiting for Cold Summer for a while. It has all of the things that I like in a story. Romance, mystery and Time Traveling. It really cannot get much better than that.

6. SHIMMER AND BURN by Mary Taranta

Faris grew up fighting to survive in the slums of Brindaigel while caring for her sister, Cadence. But when Cadence is caught trying to flee the kingdom and is sold into slavery, Faris reluctantly agrees to a lucrative scheme to buy her back, inadvertently binding herself to the power-hungry Princess Bryn, who wants to steal her father’s throne.

Now Faris must smuggle stolen magic into neighboring Avinea to incite its prince to alliance—magic that addicts in the war-torn country can sense in her blood and can steal with a touch. She and Bryn turn to a handsome traveling magician, North, who offers protection from Avinea’s many dangers, but he cannot save Faris from Bryn’s cruelty as she leverages Cadence’s freedom to force Faris to do anything—or kill anyone—she asks. Yet Faris is as fierce as Bryn, and even as she finds herself falling for North, she develops schemes of her own.

With the fate of kingdoms at stake, Faris, Bryn, and North maneuver through a dangerous game of magical and political machinations, where lives can be destroyed—or saved—with only a touch.

As you may have noticed I have a thing for dark tales filled with romance and an evil villain. Shimmer and Burn seem to have all these qualities that I admire in a book and more.  I cannot wait for this book.

5. STARFALL by Melissa Landers

When Princess Cassia Rose fled her home world of Eturia to escape an arranged marriage, she had no idea her sudden departure would spark a war. Now after two years hiding as a ship hand, she is finally returning to her beloved home, but not in the way she imagined. Shackled by bounty hunters, she is violently dragged back to account for her crimes. Her only solace is that the Banshee crew managed to evade capture, including Kane Arric, her best friend...with occasional benefits.

Meanwhile, Kane and the rest of the crew of the Banshee plan a desperate rescue mission. But when they arrive on Eturia, Cassia isn't exactly in need of heroics—she's claimed her birthright as Eturia's queen, but has inherited a war-torn planet simmering with rebellion. Cassia must make alliances, and Kane, the bastard son of a merchant, isn't a choice that will earn her any friends. Kane knows he will never find someone to replace Cassia—and is certain she returns his feelings—but how can he throw away his own promising future waiting on a queen?

When the outer realm is threatened by the dangerous Zhang mafia, Cassia, Kane and the rest of the Banshee crew uncover a horrifying conspiracy that endangers the entire universe. In the face of unspeakable evil, Cassia must confront her own family's complicated legacy on Eturia and decide once and for all who her real family is.

STARFALL!!! Talk about a romance that I have been oh so eager to know more about. Cassie and Kane had my heart in Starflight and now we will get to read about their story. *le sigh*


A darkly irresistible new fantasy set in the infamous Gomorrah Festival, a traveling carnival of debauchery that caters to the strangest of dreams and desires.

Sixteen-year-old Sorina has spent most of her life within the smoldering borders of the Gomorrah Festival. Yet even among the many unusual members of the traveling circus-city, Sorina stands apart as the only illusion-worker born in hundreds of years. This rare talent allows her to create illusions that others can see, feel and touch, with personalities all their own. Her creations are her family, and together they make up the cast of the Festival’s Freak Show.

But no matter how lifelike they may seem, her illusions are still just that—illusions, and not truly real. Or so she always believed…until one of them is murdered.

Desperate to protect her family, Sorina must track down the culprit and determine how they killed a person who doesn’t actually exist. Her search for answers leads her to the self-proclaimed gossip-worker Luca, and their investigation sends them through a haze of political turmoil and forbidden romance, and into the most sinister corners of the Festival. But as the killer continues murdering Sorina’s illusions one by one, she must unravel the horrifying truth before all of her loved ones disappear.

Ok! Another dark story. Do you see the pattern here? My heart is always seeking to be rightly stomped on and put through the ringer and this novel seems like it will truly slay me.  

3. STRANGE THE DREAMER by Laini Taylor

Strange the Dreamer is the story of: 

the aftermath of a war between gods and men
a mysterious city stripped of its name
a mythic hero with blood on his hands
a young librarian with a singular dream
a girl every bit as perilous as she is imperiled
alchemy and blood candy, nightmares and godspawn, moths and monsters, friendship and treachery, love and carnage.

Welcome to Weep.

Laini's writing is reading music. It's cadence the beats to our hearts and the words the melody to our soul and I cannot wait to devour this story and have it enslave me.


The battle between four magical Londons comes to a head in this stunning finale to the New York Times bestselling Shades of Magic trilogy by rising star V. E. Schwab

London's fall and kingdoms rise while darkness sweeps the Maresh Empire—and the fraught balance of magic blossoms into dangerous territory while heroes and foes struggle alike. The direct sequel to A Gathering of Shadows, and the final book in the Shades of Magic epic fantasy series, A Conjuring of Light sees Schwab reach a thrilling culmination concerning the fate of beloved protagonists—and old enemies.

Oh! sweet baby Jesus! A Conjuring of Light is my jam, my lady jam. I cannot wait until this jem is in my hands so that I can see what happens to my beloved Kell, Delilah, Rhy and Alucard!


Looming war threatens all Feyre holds dear in the third volume of the #1 New York Times bestselling A Court of Thorns and Roses series.

Feyre has returned to the Spring Court, determined to gather information on Tamlin's maneuverings and the invading king threatening to bring Prythian to its knees. But to do so she must play a deadly game of deceit-and one slip may spell doom not only for Feyre, but for her world as well.

As war bears down upon them all, Feyre must decide who to trust amongst the dazzling and lethal High Lords-and hunt for allies in unexpected places. 

In this thrilling third book in the #1 New York Times bestselling series from Sarah J. Maas, the earth will be painted red as mighty armies grapple for power over the one thing that could destroy them all.

THIS BOOK!!! THIS IS THE BOOK THAT I CANNOT BE WITHOUT! I need this book like now, right now! So that I can find out what happens to Feyre and my gorgeous Rhysand! 

Top 10 Books of 2017


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  1. I recently discovered Cold Summer and I think it will be amazing. Also can't wait to get my hands on ACOWAR, of course! :D

    My Top Ten!

  2. Christy - I JUST saw Marie Lu's Batman book and my eyes bugged out of my head. I wasn't sure if it was a "Disney" version or if it was going to be a "good" version ;) Great picks!!

    Nancy - You have SOOOOO many books I haven't even seen! How do you even find these????? And of course... Victoria Schwab!! LOVE HER!!!

    Thanks for hosting this year!!!

  3. Great list! I want to read almost all of those.

  4. I'm looking forward to:
    -Crown of Wishes
    -You Don't Know My Name
    -A Court of Wings and Ruin
    -Wonder Woman
    -Daughter of the Pirate King
    -Bear and the Nightingale
    -Red Rose Rebellion
    -Strange the Dreamer

  5. I still need to read a Court of Mist and Fury, as well as finishing the Laini Taylor series. Check out my top 10 HERE.

  6. I don't know that I have 10 official books that I'm looking forward to for 2017, but "My Sister Rosa" sounds like an intriguing read.

  7. Starfall and Strange the Dreamer made my lists as well! I am so so so so excited for Starfall - I've preordered the book! I am also looking forward to reading Bad Romance, though I am preparing myself to feel all the feels before reading it. Excellent list, ladies! =)

    Thank you for hosting! Happy New Year. <3

    Alyssa @ The Eater of Books!

  8. Ten anticipated reads for me, in no particular order:
    1. Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor
    2. Carve the Mark by Veronica Roth
    3. Perfect by Cecelia Ahern
    4. Goodbye Days by Jeff Zentner
    5. Our Dark Duet by Victoria Schwab
    6. Helix by Lauren Oliver
    7. One Dark Throne by Kendare Blake
    8. The Pants Project by Cat Clarke
    9. Without Merit by Colleen Hoover
    10. Love and First Sight by Josh Sundquist
    I wasn't sure I could even think of ten, but I actually thought of more! Thanks for the giveaway chance! :)


  9. You both have a great list! I added Shimmer and Burn to my TBR. Thank you for hosting the countdown!! Have a safe and Happy New Year!

    Kathy @ My Nook, Books & More
    My Top 10

  10. Yes! So excited for the finale of the Illuminae Files! And Words in Blue and A Conjuring of Light! Definitely need those ASAP. Great list, ladies!

    Here's my Top Ten (:

  11. My top 10 2017 releases are: Wayfarer (Bracken), Caraval (Garber), Strange the Dreamer (Taylor), History is All You Left Me (Silvera), The Upside of Unrequited (Albertalli), Legion (Kagawa), Seekers (Rossi), Daughter of the Pirate King (Levenseller), The Ship Beyond Time (Heilig), and Sad Perfect (Elliot).

  12. Alright, here goes!

    -Strange the Dreamer
    -Devil's Daughter
    -The Library of Fates
    -The Invisible Library
    -The Forgetting
    -A Paris Apartment
    -I, Lucifer
    -These Vicious Masks
    -Gilded Cage

    Just a few of the books that I am hoping to read in the coming year! :D


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