Monday, May 1, 2017

Most Anticipated Books of May 2017

It's May!
The time of pure bookish joy is finally - mercifully - upon us!
*tearing up*

There is not one, not two, not three, but FOUR books I've been anticipating for a year now (in bookish terms, it's like an eternity of waiting).
And two of those books are by two of my favorite authors of ALL TIMES and the universes surrounding them. 

I cannot contain myself any longer.
Shall we? 

The Dark Prophecy by Rick Riordan
Publication date: May 2, 2017

It's here, it's here, IT'S HERE!
To say I'm *excited* about it would be laughable.
I'm pretty much *dying* for it. 

And IT'S finally HERE.
The second book in the much-anticipated Trials of Apollo series 😍

Okay, I'm calm. So calm. Very calm.
All I can do right now is wait patiently for my copy to arrive all the way from the UK and try not to think what is going to happen after I finish this book and have to wait another year for the next one.
Yep, I'm super calm here. 

Note: for those of you who've been unconscious for the last couple of years, this series is a continuation/spin-off to the Percy Jackson books. It follows the god Apollo in his journey of reclaiming his immortality. I suppose it *could* be read before the Percy Jackson books but... it's not (and by the I mean highly not) recommended. And anyways, please do read the percy Jackson books if you haven't yet - they're amazing! And so easy to read, for those of you still pondering on the matter! 

Dreamfall by Amy Plum
Publication date: May 2, 2017

What if there was a way to cure Insomnia?
Wouldn't you, who suffer from it, jump at the opputnity - however farfetched it may seem?

That's exactly what Cata, who joins an experimental new procedure, gets herself into.
But then something terrible heppens, and all of the patients are plunged into a shared dreamworld where secrets and monsters come to life.
And if they don't fine their way out of there soon...
They might never wake up. 

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A looong loooong time ago I read Die For Me by Amy Plum (author of Dreamfall) and (according to this loooong looooong ago memory) I enjoyed it.
Okay, so I don't remember much, but I think it was a fun and easy read.
But even if I didn't have previous experience with this author I would have jumped at the opputirnity to read this very interesting looking novel ;)

Textrovert by Lindsey Summers
Publication date: May 2, 2017

I don't know what it is with me and stories about falling in love online / through emails / through texts but I'm obsessed with those.
I can never seem to resist them, nor do I want to so... (:

This seems to be a story that was first published on Wattpad and is now being published as a book.
Good for you, Lindsey Summers! :D
I'm very much looking forward to reading this one. 

That being said, this book continues to elude be by being 'currently unavailable' on my kindle. The only available copy is in Spanish and it's coming out this June.
I'm really confused here. 

Seeker by Veronica Rossi
Publication date: May 16, 2017

*happy dance*

Short history: last year, I read Riders (the first book of this doulogy) with no expectations whatsoever. What started that way turned into me immensly enjoying it, wondering why it's so underrated, and urging everyone to please read it. 

Getting back to present time, Seeker - the final book - is here!
*happy dance* :D

P.S: I actually also read Under the Never Sky & Through the Ever Night (both by Veronica Rossi) way before Riders came out (which is why I picked up Riders in the first place) - both very good books. 

Flame in the Mist by Renee Ahdieh
Publication date: May 16, 2017

I... I... I...
I was approved for an e-ARC of Flame in the Mist from Netgalley.
*shocked silence*

I mean... this is a HUGE deal for me.
This book is one of my most anticipated books of the year, and it's the first time I was ever approved for such an anticipated title.
I mean... this is... just wow.

Thank you so much Netgalley & publisher.
But of course, thank you Renee for this Mulan retelling.
I mean... it's a MULLAN RETELLING. By the author who wrote the amazing The Wrath & The Dawn!
Could I ask for anything more? 

I've never been angry to have been born a woman. There have been times I've been angry at how the world treats us, but I see being a woman as a challenge I must fight. Like being born under a stormy sky. Some people are lucky enough to be born on a bright summer's day. Maybe we were born under clouds. No wind. No rain. Just a mountain of clouds we must climb each morning so that we may see the sun.  
-- Flame in the Mist, Renee Ahdieh

The Love Interest by Cale Dietrich
Publication date: May 16, 2017

Can we just relish for a sec at how cool this title is?
And the cover?
And the summary?
And the plot? 

If I'm not going to love this book I'm going to be extremely disappointed.
Since I'm SO excited for this. As do most of the book community ;)

So what is it about?
Two teenage boys are in a race against the clock to pursue a certain high profiled girl.
The one who loses dies. It's as simple as that.
So then what happens when the two boys start having feelings for each other

The Best Kind of Magic by Crystal Cestari
Publication date: May 16, 2017

Amber Sand comes from a family of witches.
Only, somehow, Amber herself didn't hit the magical jackpot. The only magical thing about her is her ability to see another person's soulmate.
So when a boy comes calling for her help, and Amber finds herself falling for him... she must decide what to do next. Because, you see, if there's one thing she knows for certain it's that she's definitely not his soulmate. 

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Okay okay, so I'm very excited about this one.
It sounds cool, exciting, magical, funny, and wonderful.
I'm hoping for good things! (: 

Unfortunately, this book does not appear on my Kindle. I don't know whether it's just for me (some e-books aren't available in certain parts of the world, go figure) or for everyone, but... it doesn't even exist on my Kindle, so... unless I physically buy it I can't even read it.

Lord of Shadows by Cassandra Clare
Publication date: May 23, 2017

Deep breathe.
Calm down.
You've got this. 


And just when I was trying to be all cool and collected '^^
How can I though?!
It's LORD OF SHADOWS! And it's FINALLY HERE! The next Cassandra Clare book IS HERE!
*hyperventilation alert*

If you know me anyway at all, you know I'm obsessed with the shadowshunters world - and basically anything by Cassandra Clare.
It's been a year - actually, longer than 12 months - since Lady Midnight.
And now... now... :') 

My copy CANNOT come soon enough.
I'm feeling nostalgic, all of a sudden... since Lady Midnight was the first book I reviewed on this blog.
You can definitely expect a Lord of Shadows review - there is no way there isn't going to be one. 

Royal Bastards by Andrew Shvarts
Publication date: May 30, 2017

We all read a few dozen of stories about brave princes and princesses, haven't we?
But what about those who hide in the shadows, those who no one cares about, those called 'bastards'?
This is their story. 

At their head, there's Tilla, a girl cast aside by a father who never acknowledged her.
When a dangerous plot strikes, she and the other royal bastards must defend themselves - and the country - against threats. 

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Sounds pretty awesome, doesn't it?
I'm very much looking forward to this one! 

And again, I can't find this book on my Kindle at all. Not even as a pre-order or as 'currently unavailable' like Textrovert. I mean... what is going on with books I want to read this month that just aren't there?
*double sigh* 
I don't even know what to do. 

One of Us Is Lying by Karen M. McManus
Publication date: May 30, 2017

A murderous tale of The Breakfast Club?
A plot straight out of Pretty Little Liars?
Count me in. 

Who doesn't love a good murder-mystery story?
The brain, the beauty, the criminal and the athlete all had a motive for killing the outcast.
Now then, who did it?
And who's next on the list?

When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon
Publication date: May 30, 2017

Even if I haven't heard so many great things about it, I would have wanted to read this one.

It's not every day you read a book about modern-time arranged marriage for Indian-American teens.
Or when the rules are switched and the boy is the helpless romantic and the girl is... totally not. 
Cool, isn't it?
Interesting, right?
My thoughts exactly.

Some mentions: 

As you know, I can't include every single book coming out every month. 
Some, are just not for me. Others, definitely are. And the rest, are in some sort of gray area where I don't know what to do with them.
So instead of just deleting their existence, I decided to include them here under 'some mentions'. 

Seeking Mansfield by Kate Watson: I tried to read it (got an e-ARC - thanks, NetGalley!) but couldn't really get into it (sorry, Mansfield!). 

In a Perfect World & It Started With Goodbye & Dark Breaks Dawn: Those three seem interesting but they don't exactly scream "READ ME!" (at least not my way :O ). So... I am going to give them a try, but in the meantime let's leave them here.
Then again, the choice probably just flew out of my hands regarding Dark Breaks Dawn anyways, since I can't even find it on Kindle. 

Violet Grenade: I was intrigued by the summary and received an e-ARC of this book from NetGalley (thanks again, NetGalley! You've been taking care of me so wonderfully this month ;) ). I'm hoping to enjoy it (you'll be sure to hear about it if I do) (:

Cold Summer by Gwen Cole: I've been seeing this book on Goodreads for a while now and every time I was debating between "should I?" and "Should I not?". So... gray area it is ;)
And, of course, this book sounds very interesting (it wouldn't have piqued my interest if it wasn't). Time travel is involved! (although not the kind I usually jump up and down for). 

The Black Witch by Laurie Forest: Because... well, because of thisthisthis, and basically THIS. I'm not judging it - since I obviously haven't read it, and I refuse to judge books I haven't read or DNF - but you can't blame me for being scared away of reading it after seeing all that, huh? '^^ 

The Traitor's Kiss by Erin Beaty: The Traitor's Kiss got away from me for reasons similar to The Black Witch. It wasn't AS overwhelming as The Black Witch's case - not yet, anyway - but even from the beginning, I wasn't all that sure about it. So when I saw some of my Goodreads friends reviews... I decided to let it go. 

And that's it for my Most Anticipated Books of May!
A truly wonderful month, isn't it? :')
*tearing up again*
This is going to be awesome, I can already tell.
Shall we start with it, then? ;)
Until then...

"Evil is its own undoing." 
-- Veronica Rossi, Seeker


  1. Isn't May wonderful? There are just so many books that are coming out that I can't wait to read! I cannot cannot CANNOT wait to read Lord of Shadows and the Dark Prophecy. I only recently found out about Dreamfall, and it sounds absolutely AMAZING (I also read a free preview of the first two chapters, and it's pretty good! :D). Oooh, The Love Interest sounds really good--I'm definitely going to go add to my Goodreads right now!
    Congrats on being approved for A Flame in the Mist by Netgallery! That's really big and exciting!

    1. May sure is wonderful <3__<3 :'D
      Actually, I'm currently very much annoyed with book depository. You see... I pre-ordered my copy of The Dark Prophecy and IT'S STILL HASN'T BEEN SHIPPED. Despite the fact that it came out yesterday and has been available for a week now on book depository. *annoyance*. WHERE IS MY COPY?! Are they determined to kill me? :'( It's bad enough that I'm trying to contain myself from reading it on my kindle because I want to read it in its real copy like I did with The Hidden Oracle. Should I give up and read it no matter what? *choices*.
      If you happen to read Dreamfaal before I do, please tell me how it is (:
      The Love Interest is super hyped right now :D
      And thank you, I really feel like it has been such a great honor to be approved for that title ^__^


    I'm reading The Dark Prophecy right now and I love it so much, but tbh I don't love it quite as much as I loved The Hidden Oracle?? I'm only halfway through though, so it still has time :D

    I'm also super excited for Dreamfall and The Love Interest!!!

    1. Ahhhh, I know right?!
      I'm also currently reading The Dark Prophecy! :D
      And I know what you mean. I'm only 20% in, and while it's really funny - honestly, I already LOL(ed) and highlighted so many quotes :') - I'm still not *as* into it as I was with The Hidden Oracle. Rick Riordan can do no wrong, but even among his own books there will always be better and less better. But! As you said, there is still time ;)
      MY HEART!
      Let us survive this May in pure happiness 😍

    2. Ahh yes, I've laughed SO much. Reading about this world feels like being welcomed home. I think maybe the reason why I enjoyed THO more was because a lot of it was set at Camp Half Blood?

      Yesss ♥

  3. A part of me can't believe Lord of Shadows is coming out this month. I am soooo excited! Hopefully it's as good as book 1. :)

    1. I know... it's just... incomprehensible.
      I lost these books SO MUCH that I still can't believe Lord of Shadows it soon... so soon... going to be in my hands :')
      Ahhh, can't wait!
      It's going to be an amazing book. We're going to love it. I know we are! (:

  4. YES to Rick Riordan. Of COURSE!!!

    I desperately needto read that Veronica Rossi series. ESPECIALLY now the second book is out. I love duologies so I NEED THIS.

    I'm reading Flame right now so I can't get to your review just yet but I will be coming back to read it as soon as I'm done.

    The Love Interest I've seen mixed reviews for so I'm not sure about that one.

    Lord of Shadows - Squeee!!! TODAY!

    1. I'm actually reading Lord of Shadows RIGHT NOW and I feel like my heart is going to be broken into tiny little pieces and stepped upon.
      I can feel it.
      I can feel the darkness coming and it's TERRIFYING.
      And there was this things that just happened and I'm just... oh god.

      Sorry, I'm still freaked out, so I can't really focus on anything else *__*
      I know it's going to be Epic, I just don't know how heartbreaking it's going to be in the process. *flashback to Clockwork Princess*. I had a mental break down after reading that one.

      Thank you, Di!
      I hope you'll enjoy Flame in the Mist (: