With a new year comes a new batch of books ready to come into the world. Below I’m highlighting six 2017 releases that I’m really looking forward to! But this is far from an exhaustive list so expect a part two in the near future 😉
The Bedlam Stacks by Natasha Pulley (1st Aug 2017)
As someone who absolutely adored Natasha Pulley’s previous novel, The Watchmaker of Filigree Street, I am beyond excited to read Pulley’s next book. The characters she builds are just brilliant. From the blurb I can see this one is going to take readers on quite a magical adventure.
In 1859, ex-East India Company smuggler Merrick Tremayne is trapped at home in Cornwall after sustaining an injury that almost cost him his leg and something is wrong; a statue moves, his grandfather’s pines explode, and his brother accuses him of madness.
When the India Office recruits Merrick for an expedition to fetch quinine—essential for the treatment of malaria—from deep within Peru, he knows it’s a terrible idea. Nearly every able-bodied expeditionary who’s made the attempt has died, and he can barely walk. But Merrick is desperate to escape everything at home, so he sets off, against his better judgment, for a tiny mission colony on the edge of the Amazon where a salt line on the ground separates town from forest. Anyone who crosses is killed by something that watches from the trees, but somewhere beyond the salt are the quinine woods, and the way around is blocked.
Surrounded by local stories of lost time, cursed woods, and living rock, Merrick must separate truth from fairytale and find out what befell the last expeditions; why the villagers are forbidden to go into the forest; and what is happening to Raphael, the young priest who seems to have known Merrick’s grandfather, who visited Peru many decades before. The Bedlam Stacks is the story of a profound friendship that grows in a place that seems just this side of magical.
Tash Hearts Tolstoy by Kathryn Ormsbee (6th Jun 2017)
Random fact about me: once upon a time I spent a year studying 19th Century Russian lit in translation. Finding a book that promises me a main character who expresses her love of Tolstoy’s work through modern media is an absolute gift. Not to mention the fact that Tash is also asexual. Gosh do I need more asexual book characters in my life.
After a shout-out from one of the Internet’s superstar vloggers, Natasha “Tash” Zelenka finds herself and her obscure, amateur web series, Unhappy Families, thrust into the limelight: She’s gone viral.
Her show is a modern adaptation of Anna Karenina—written by Tash’s literary love Count Lev Nikolayevich “Leo” Tolstoy. Tash is a fan of the forty thousand new subscribers, their gushing tweets, and flashy Tumblr GIFs. Not so much the pressure to deliver the best web series ever.
And when Unhappy Families is nominated for a Golden Tuba award, Tash’s cyber-flirtation with Thom Causer, a fellow award nominee, suddenly has the potential to become something IRL—if she can figure out how to tell said crush that she’s romantic asexual.
Tash wants to enjoy her newfound fame, but will she lose her friends in her rise to the top? What would Tolstoy do?
The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzie Lee (20th Jun 2017)
A roguish gentleman in love with his best friend going on a Grand Tour of 18th Century Europe? I am a little bit overwhelmed by excitement, to be truthful. It almost feels criminal that this book is not yet on my shelf. June is way too far away >.<. But then again, this sounds like an amazing summer read so perhaps the release date is timed just right.
An unforgettable tale of two friends on their Grand Tour of 18th-century Europe who stumble upon a magical artifact that leads them from Paris to Venice in a dangerous manhunt, fighting pirates, highwaymen, and their feelings for each other along the way.
Henry “Monty” Montague was born and bred to be a gentleman, but he was never one to be tamed. The finest boarding schools in England and the constant disapproval of his father haven’t been able to curb any of his roguish passions—not for gambling halls, late nights spent with a bottle of spirits, or waking up in the arms of women or men.
But as Monty embarks on his grand tour of Europe, his quest for a life filled with pleasure and vice is in danger of coming to an end. Not only does his father expect him to take over the family’s estate upon his return, but Monty is also nursing an impossible crush on his best friend and traveling companion, Percy.
Still it isn’t in Monty’s nature to give up. Even with his younger sister, Felicity, in tow, he vows to make this yearlong escapade one last hedonistic hurrah and flirt with Percy from Paris to Rome. But when one of Monty’s reckless decisions turns their trip abroad into a harrowing manhunt that spans across Europe, it calls into question everything he knows, including his relationship with the boy he adores.
Witty, romantic, and intriguing at every turn, The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue is a sumptuous romp that explores the undeniably fine lines between friendship and love
The Love Interest by Cale Dietrich (16th May 2017)
I have always loved stories about teenage spies (Hi, Alex Rider!). All the subterfuge and high risk situations, I love it all. Add in a dash of a ‘Enemies to Lovers’ story line and I’m totally hooked.
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
Amberlough: A Novel by Lara Elena Donnelly (7th Feb 2017)
I can never have enough spies in my life.
Amberlough‘s plot seems pretty intense, and that’s putting it lightly. Love, politics, deception, double agents. I’m so ready for this fantasy thriller. Luckily there’s not much longer to wait and you can already read some excerpts on Tor’s website.
Le Carré meets Cabaret in this debut spy thriller as a gay double-agent schemes to protect his smuggler lover during the rise of a fascist government coup
Welcome to Amberlough City, the illustrious but corrupt cosmopolitan beacon of Gedda. The radical One State Party—nicknamed the Ospies—is gaining popular support to unite Gedda’s four municipal governments under an ironclad, socially conservative vision.
Not everyone agrees with the Ospies’ philosophy, including master spy Cyril DePaul and his lover Aristide Makricosta, smuggler and emcee at the popular Bumble Bee Cabaret. When Cyril’s cover is blown on a mission, however, he must become a turncoat in exchange for his life. Returning to Amberlough under the Ospies’ watchful eye, Cyril enters a complex game of deception. One of his concerns is safeguarding Aristide, who refuses to let anyone—the crooked city police or the homophobic Ospies—dictate his life.
Enter streetwise Cordelia Lehane, top dancer at the Bee and Aristide’s runner, who could be the key to Cyril’s plans—if she can be trusted. As the twinkling lights of nightclub marquees yield to the rising flames of a fascist revolution, these three will struggle to survive using whatever means—and people—necessary. Including each other.
Unconventional by Maggie Harcourt (1st Feb 2017)
My final selection is a contemporary novel taking place in a fandom rich convention setting. The reviews I’ve read so far for this have all been very positive about the romance in this novel. It sounds utterly adorable. I’m planning on going to London Comic Con in May this year and I think this will be the perfect read to get me in the mood for it.
Lexi Angelo is a Convention Kid – she’s got a clipboard and a walkie talkie to prove it.
Aidan Green is a messy-haired, annoyingly arrogant author and he’s disrupting her perfect planning.
In a flurry of awkward encounters, lost schedules and late-night conversations, Lexi discovers that some things can’t be planned… Things like falling in love.