Saturday, July 15, 2017

Most Anticipated YA Releases of August 2017

Most Anticipated YA Releases of August 2017!

           
It feels like this year has flown by! We're halfway through July, and there's been a ton of awesome releases this month, and there are a ton of incredible looking books coming out in August as well. I'm going to start a new series this month where I write a post of my featuring most anticipated reads of the upcoming month starting this month, so I hope you enjoy!

Wonder Woman: Warbringer By Leigh Bardugo
SynopsisShe will become one of the world’s greatest heroes: WONDER WOMAN. But first she is Diana, Princess of the Amazons. And her fight is just beginning. . . .

Diana longs to prove herself to her legendary warrior sisters. But when the opportunity finally comes, she throws away her chance at glory and breaks Amazon law—risking exile—to save a mere mortal. Even worse, Alia Keralis is no ordinary girl and with this single brave act, Diana may have doomed the world.

Alia just wanted to escape her overprotective brother with a semester at sea. She doesn’t know she is being hunted. When a bomb detonates aboard her ship, Alia is rescued by a mysterious girl of extraordinary strength and forced to confront a horrible truth: Alia is a Warbringer—a direct descendant of the infamous Helen of Troy, fated to bring about an age of bloodshed and misery.

Together, Diana and Alia will face an army of enemies—mortal and divine—determined to either destroy or possess the Warbringer. If they have any hope of saving both their worlds, they will have to stand side by side against the tide of war.

Reason why I'm looking forward to it: I absolutely adore Leigh Bardugo's writing, so I'd pick up any books she's involved in. Besides having Leigh Bardugo as the author, the Wonder Woman movie has had me craving more stories involving Diana since I saw it, and the synopsis of Warbringer has me hooked!


If you would like to pre-order Wonder Woman: Warbringer:
Kissing Max Holden by Katy Upperman
SynopsisKissing Max Holden was a terrible idea...

After his father has a life-altering stroke, Max Holden isn't himself. As his long-time friend, Jillian Eldridge only wants to help him, but she doesn't know how. When Max climbs through her window one night, Jill knows that she shouldn't let him kiss her. But she can't resist, and when they're caught in the act by her dad, Jill swears it'll never happen again. Because kissing Max Holden is a terrible idea.

With a new baby sibling on the way, her parents fighting all the time, and her dream of culinary school up in the air, Jill starts spending more and more time with Max. And even though her father disapproves and Max still has a girlfriend, not kissing Max is easier said than done. Will Jill follow her heart and allow their friendship to blossom into something more, or will she listen to her head and stop kissing Max Holden once and for all?

Reasons why I'm looking forward to it: I've already read and reviewed an ARC of Kissing Max Holden by Katy Upperman, and I love, love, LOVED it! (here's the link to my review) I can't wait for other people to get to read Max and Jill's story because it was such a fun, cute, contemporary read that I think everyone can enjoy

If you would like to pre-order Kissing Max Holden:
Zenith (Book #1 of the Andoma Saga) by Sasha Alsberg and Lindsay Cummings
SynopsisMost know Androma Racella as the Bloody Baroness, a powerful mercenary whose reign of terror stretches across the Mirabel Galaxy. To those aboard her glass starship, Marauder, however, she's just Andi, their friend and fearless leader.

But when a routine mission goes awry, the Marauder's all-girl crew is tested as they find themselves in a treacherous situationand at the mercy of a sadistic bounty hunter from Andi's past.

Meanwhile, across the galaxy, a ruthless ruler waits in the shadows of the planet Xen Ptera, biding her time to exact revenge for the destruction of her people. The pieces of her deadly plan are about to fall into place, unleashing a plot that will tear Mirabel in two.

Andi and her crew embark on a dangerous, soul-testing journey that could restore order to their shipor just as easily start a war that will devour worlds. As the Marauder hurtles toward the unknown, and Mirabel hangs in the balance, the only certainty is that in a galaxy run on lies and illusion, no one can be trusted.

Reasons why I'm looking forward to it: SPACE PIRATES!!! Who wouldn't want to read about Space Pirates!?!? Hahahaha, besides Space Pirates, I'm really looking forward to this novel because I've been watching Sasha on her booktube channel, abookutopia, for about three years now, and I really enjoy all of the content she puts out, and I haven't read a good sci-fi book in a while now, so I'm hoping this is good!

If you would like to pre-order Zenith:
The Hearts We Sold by Emily Lloyd-Jones
SynopsisWhen Dee Moreno makes a deal with a demon—her heart in exchange for an escape from a disastrous home life—she finds the trade may have been more than she bargained for. And becoming “heartless” is only the beginning. What lies ahead is a nightmare far bigger, far more monstrous than anything she could have ever imagined.

With reality turned on its head, Dee has only a group of other deal-making teens to keep her grounded, including the charming but secretive James Lancer. And as something grows between them amid an otherworldy ordeal, Dee begins to wonder: Can she give someone her heart when it’s no longer hers to give?

Reasons why I'm looking forward to it: I can't really put my finger on why this book captured my attention, but it just does! I don't think I've read a book with a similar plot before, and I'm hooked by the synopsis. It sounds like a fun, romantic, fantasy novel that I'll be able to get through in one sitting.

If you would like to pre-order The Hearts We Sold:

Wicked Like a Wildfire (Hibiscus Daughter #1) by Lana Popović
SynopsisAll the women in Iris and Malina’s family have the unique magical ability or “gleam” to manipulate beauty. Iris sees flowers as fractals and turns her kaleidoscope visions into glasswork, while Malina interprets moods as music. But their mother has strict rules to keep their gifts a secret, even in their secluded sea-side town. Iris and Malina are not allowed to share their magic with anyone, and above all, they are forbidden from falling in love. 

But when their mother is mysteriously attacked, the sisters will have to unearth the truth behind the quiet lives their mother has built for them. They will discover a wicked curse that haunts their family line—but will they find that the very magic that bonds them together is destined to tear them apart forever?

Reasons why I'm looking forward to it: Wicked Like a Wildfire just seems like a truly beautiful book--and I'm not just talking about the cover. The synopsis is lovely, and a majority of the reviews I've read called Popović's writing some of the most beautiful writing they've ever read.

If you would like to pre-order Wicked Like Wildfire:

The Dazzling Heights (The Thousandth Floor #2) by Katharine McGee
SynopsisNew York City, 2118. A glittering vision of the future, where anything is possible – if you want it enough.

Manhattan is home to a thousand-story supertower, a beacon of futuristic glamour and high-tech luxury… and to millions of people living scandalous, secretive lives.

Leda is haunted by nightmares of what happened on the worst night of her life. She’s afraid the truth will get out – which is why she hires Watt, her very own hacker, to keep an eye on all of the witnesses for her. But what happens when their business relationship turns personal?

When Rylin receives a scholarship to an elite upper-floor school, her life transforms overnight. But being here also means seeing the boy she loves: the one whose heart she broke, and who broke hers in return.

Avery is grappling with the reality of her forbidden romance – is there anywhere in the world that’s safe for them to be together?

And then there’s Calliope, the mysterious, bohemian beauty who’s arrived in New York with a devious goal in mind – and too many secrets to count.

Here in the Tower, no one is safe – because someone is watching their every move, someone with revenge in mind. After all, in a world of such dazzling heights, you’re always only one step away from a devastating fall….

Reasons why I'm looking forward to it: I really enjoyed the first book in the series, The Thousandth Floor, and I hope I like this one just as much! Also, I've met Katharine twice now (once when she visited my creative writing class at school and once at Teen Book Con), and both times she's been so nice and fun to talk to which makes me want to have her books even more.

If you would like to pre-order The Dazzling Heights:

That's it for my most anticipated YA releases of August 2017! I'd love to know which books you're looking forward to down in the comments! Hope you have a great day! 
-CG