Books I Can’t Wait to Get My Hands On

Do you remember what it was like waiting for the next Harry Potter book to come out? Of course you do (because of course you’re a Harry Potter fanatic too). We all waited with baited breath, pre-ordered and literally counted down the days to book release. I even remember waiting in absurd lines with my mom just to snag the next title. Well, that feeling is still going strong as I impatiently wait for some new books from a few of my favorite series to hit the shelves. I don’t know about you, but patience is not my forte.

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A Map of Days from the Miss Peregrine series by Ransom Riggs

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(Photo: Dutton)

This is the fourth novel in this series and I have to say, I totally wasn’t expecting there to be another novel, but I am SO EXCITED that there is! When I started this series I absolutely could not put it down and finished one book just to start the next the very same day (I’ll have to write up a formal review for the series soon). I cannot wait to meet more Peculiars and see where Jacob’s journey takes him next–unfortunately, I’ll be waiting until October 2nd, 2018 before I get to find out. From what I’ve read, this book follows Jacob in his home town, present-day, rather than the European/time travel to the past setting we were accostomed to for the majority of the series. Also new to this book is the addition of full color photos rather than just the black and white/sepia vibe that we’re used to.

If you haven’t read this series and you’re into YA/fantasy novels, definitely pick it up. You’ll lose yourself in the world of the Peculiars. Prior books in the series include: Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, Hollow City, and Library of Souls.

Here’s a synopsis of the plot that you can find on Goodreads:

Having defeated the monstrous threat that nearly destroyed the peculiar world, Jacob Portman is back where his story began, in Florida. Except now Miss Peregrine, Emma, and their peculiar friends are with him, and doing their best to blend in. But carefree days of beach visits and normalling lessons are soon interrupted by a discovery—a subterranean bunker that belonged to Jacob’s grandfather, Abe.

Clues to Abe’s double-life as a peculiar operative start to emerge, secrets long hidden in plain sight. And Jacob begins to learn about the dangerous legacy he has inherited—truths that were part of him long before he walked into Miss Peregrine’s time loop.

Now, the stakes are higher than ever as Jacob and his friends are thrust into the untamed landscape of American peculiardom—a world with few ymbrynes, or rules—that none of them understand. New wonders, and dangers, await in this brilliant next chapter for Miss Peregrine’s peculiar children. Their story is again illustrated throughout by haunting vintage photographs, but with a striking addition for this all-new, multi-era American adventure—full color.

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The Blood Spell from the Ravenspire series by C.J. Redwine

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If you’ve been following the blog (it’s pretty new at the moment), it’s pretty apparent that I’m on a Ravenspire kick so this book is HIGHLY anticipated. This will be the fourth standalone novel (in a hopefully never-ending series…cough cough) that will take us to another magical kingdom on the intricate Ravenspire map, Balavata. One of my favorite things about these novels is the elaborate map and the beautiful covers with their brilliant color schemes. I think it’s pretty obvious from this gorgeous powder blue cover that this retelling follows the story of a tried and true classic, Cinderella. You can check out my most recent blog posts to get my opinion on the series so far but for a super brief overview of the novels: The Shadow Queen is a retelling of Snow White, The Wish Granter is the tale of Rumpelstiltskin, and the Traitor Prince is based on The Prince and the Pauper. I’m a little anxious, as I’m just now starting the third novel in this series, The Traitor Prince, with knowing that I won’t be able to dive into the fourth installment until February 12, 2019!! Honestly, what am I going to do?! (read more books, of course.)

Here’s a synopsis of the plot that you can find on Goodreads:

Blue de la Cour has her life planned: hide the magic in her blood and continue trying to turn metal into gold so she can help her city’s homeless. But when her father is murdered and a cruel but powerful woman claims custody of Blue and her property, one wrong move could expose her—and doom her once and for all. The only one who can help? The boy she’s loathed since childhood: Prince Kellan.

Kellan Renard, crown prince of Balavata, is walking a thin line between political success and devastating violence. Newly returned from boarding school, he must find a bride among the kingdom’s head families and announce his betrothal—but escalating tension among the families makes the search nearly impossible. He’s surprised to discover that the one person who makes him feel like he can breathe is Blue, the girl who once ruined all his best adventures.

When mysterious forces lead to disappearances throughout Balavata, Blue and Kellan must work together to find the truth. What they discover will lead them to the darkest reaches of the kingdom, and to the most painful moments of their pasts. When romance is forbidden and evil is rising, can Blue save those she loves, even if it costs her everything?

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What series are you anxiously anticipating a new book for? Even though I know the series is totally done, I’d still love to revisit the world of Harry Potter one last time (who wouldn’t?). I mean, can you honestly get too much Harry Potter? I don’t think so.

 

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