2017 UK Paperback Releases

Greetings!

How goes thee?

I love a pretty hardback book but Hardbacks are often clunky and difficult to carry and read on public transport so I usually have to read them at home. I have learnt to be patient and wait for the book to be released in paperback…a year later. Or sometimes I just buy the US version. Depends how desperate I am but I have been trying to buy more books in store than online.

 
Anyways, these are some of the books I’m excited about that will FINALLY be out this year in paperback. The problem with buzzworthy books is that sometimes the hype really isn’t worth it…but as with any art form, it’s subjective and I’ll only know once I try it. So I’m hoping I enjoy these books and they’re not overrated so look out for my reviews later on in the year!

Please note that publishers might push back release dates and change book covers but this is currently the correct information.

Truthwitch by Susan Dennard

UK Pub Date: 12th January 2017

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Cover: I definitely prefer the cover in the middle which is the UK Paperback cover!

Thoughts: Heard good things about this! I like fantasy, especially with badass female characters who are witches!

The Star-Touched Queen by Roshani Chokshi

UK Pub Date: 28th March 2017

Cover: I really like this cover apart from the person.

Thoughts: I’ve heard a lot about this book but it sounds like it could either be REALLY BAD or REALLY GOOD plus INDIAN MYTHOLOGY YES PLEASE. I know the sequel is out this year in the US and will be available in Hardback in the UK too, but I’m excited to read this!

What Lies Between Us by Nayomi Munaweera (Adult)

UK Pub Date: 4th April 2017

Cover: It’s not a bad cover despite the person…would prefer it if it was just the water.

Thoughts: A story about a girl from Sri Lanka who has to move to America. It sounds like a really heartbreakingly good novel.

The Wrath and the Dawn by Renée Ahdieh

UK Pub Date: 6th April 2017

The Wrath and the Dawn Book Covers

Cover: Of course I prefer the one in the middle which is the US Hardback cover but I actually don’t mind the first cover as the title covers her face and I really like her earrings lol

Thoughts: This has been in my TBR list for ages and heard a mix of things about it but hope I enjoy it! The sequel is out already in the US and will also be out in the UK in April. Check out Nuzaifa’s review here.

Chasing The Stars by Malorie Blackman

UK Pub Date: 6th April 2017

Chasing the Stars Book Covers

Cover: I obviously prefer the UK Paperback cover (right) as it doesn’t have a person on it but it’s also much prettier

Thoughts: Malorie Blackman is a National Treasure. She is an incredible British children’s author and one of the most prominent black children’s authors in the UK. Chasing the Stars is her latest novel which is a sci-fi retelling of Shakespeare’s Othello. A weird concept but I will give it a chance. 

 The Reader by Traci Chee

UK Pub Date: 1st August  2017

Cover: Another fantasy cover with a person on the front smh

Thoughts: a girl learning how to read AND swashbuckling pirates?! I am so ready for this book!

Labyrinth Lost by Zoraida Córdova

UK Pub Date: 1st August 2017

Cover: Even though it has a person on the cover i quite like it as it’s so different!

Thoughts: In an interview, the author said she wanted to write a ‘Latina version of charmed’ which I am up for since I LOVE CHARMED!  Heard good things about this. Check out Naz’s review!

Enter Title Here by Rahul Kanakia

UK Pub Date: 1st August 2017

Cover: I like this cover. I think it’s pretty cool. although the title seems a bit lazy tbh but I think it is relevant to the story

Thoughts: A BOOK WITHIN A BOOK? BROWN PROTAGONIST? It definitely has mixed reviews as the main character is more of an antihero but it sounds like something I might enjoy…

 

Which books are you definitely going to be reading in 2017? Do you prefer paperback or hardback or are you more of an e-book person?

 

Happy Reading!

 

PEACE. LOVE. BOOKS. =D

 

“In the winter she curls up around a good book and dreams away the cold.” — Ben Aaronovitch

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2017 Books To Be Excited About 

HELLO AND A VERY HAPPY NEW YEAR TO EVERYONE!

Hope 2017 is an amazing year full of wonderful books and lots of growth and learning and fun times!

2017 looks to be a good year for Diverse Literature and I am hoping to read more #OwnVoices books. You can follow the hashtag on Twitter to find out more about Own Voices but it’s basically books written by people from that culture/religion/ethnicity/disability/sexuality etc

Gonna TRY to buy more books in store rather than online…but books are usually cheaper online. 

However, my local Oxfam has an AMAZING selection of books so I’m lucky to have that option too.

If you can’t find a book in your local bookstore…ASK THEM TO ORDER IT FOR YOU. Also, make sure your library stocks these awesome books!

So here goes…it’s quite a long list and I am sure there are plenty more I will find out about later on so look out for more Waiting on Wednesday posts in 2017!

In no particular order…

Young Adult

City of Saints and Thieves by Natalie C. Anderson

Pub Date: 24th January 2017 (Hardback)

Cover: I like the colours and the cover apart from the person. I definitely prefer it without the person.

Thoughts: a YA murder mystery set in Kenya? Sounds amazing! 

You can read a sneak peek here!

American Street  by Ibi Zoboi

US Pub Date: 14th February 2017 (Hardback)

UK Pub Date: 23rd March 2017 (Hardback)

Cover:I really love this cover. it’s simplistic but also love the silhouette and the colours.

Thoughts: Fabiola moves from Haiti to the US and has to deal with her American cousins while dealing with school and other issues. It offers a different perspective on the ‘American Dream’ which can often be more of a nightmare and contains elements of magic realism.

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

UK vs US

US Pub Date: 28th February 2017 (Hardback)

UK Pub Date: 6th April 2017 (Paperback)

Covers: I really hate the UK cover because it has a person on it and I loathe book covers with real people on. sigh. I am tempted to just buy the US version which is WAY COOLER!

Thoughts: This is probably one of he most highly anticipated YA novels of 2017 because it is inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement! I remember when this book first got acquired I WAS SO EXCITED and now it if finally being published I AM READY FOR THE WORLD TO READ IT. It has also been optioned for a movie with Amandla Stenburg playing the lead role.

Pre-Order your copy now! Or like me…wait till it’s out in case Waterstones does a Buy One Get One Half Price Offer…

Ronit & Jamil by Pamela L. Laskin

US Pub Date: 21st February 2017 (Hardback)

UK Pub Date: 23rd March 2017 (Hardback)

Cover: It’s okay…I mean it’s a bit…cliche but I like the fact that the wall is included

Thoughts: UM HELLO IT IS A ROMEO & JULIET ESQUE STORY BUT ABOUT A PALESTINIAN AND ISRAELI OMG YES SIGN ME UP. 

Strange The Dreamer by Laini Taylor

Strange The Dreamer Book Covers

US and UK Pub Date: 28th March 2017 (Hardback)

UK Paperback: 7th September 2017

Covers: I prefer the UK one (right) and I have a feeling the cover will be really shiny too…

Thoughts: NEW LAINI TAYLOR BOOK YES PLEASE. LOOKS WEIRD AND CREEPY AND I NEED IT. Read a sneak peek here. I will probably end up buying the hardback…AND I AM HOPING THAT MAYBE JUST MAYBE THIS MEANS SHE WILL DO A UK TOUR! She is defo one of the authors I would love to meet.

The Gauntlet  by Karuna Riazi (Middle Grade)

US Pub Date: 28th March 2017 (Hardback)

UK Pub Date: 1st May 2017 (Hardback)

Cover: Not too keen on the cover but it does look like a typical MG fantasy cover

Thoughts: A GROUP OF FRIENDS FIND THEMSELVES TRAPPED INSIDE A BOARD GAME A LA JUMANJI STYLE BUT IT IS DIVERSE WITH A ‘MIDDLE-EASTERN FLAIR’ sounds great tbh. I REALLY HOPE IT’S GOOD AND DOES WELL AND ALL THE BOOKSELLERS AND LIBRARIANS SHOVE IT IN CHILDREN’S HANDS!

Girl Out of Water by Laura Silverman

Pub Date: 2nd May 2017 (Paperback) 

Girl Out Of Water Book Cover

Cover: Not a huge fan of it because OF THE PERSON but i like the title font.

Thoughts: This sounds like a book that’s gonna be all happy and then BAM PAIIIIINNNNNNNN…I am looking forward to this. Unfortunately the author has suffered from terrible trolls on twitter being anti-Semitic smh how can people JUST DO THAT?! 

You can read a sneak peek here!

Release by Patrick Ness

UK Pub Date: 4th May 2017 (Hardback)

Thoughts: um…it’s Patrick Ness. Of course I will read it.  He said it’s his most personal novel yet! Cover yet to be revealed!

The Lines We Cross by Randa Abdel-Fattah

The Lines We Cross Book Covers

US Pub Date: 9th May 2017 (Hardback)

UK Pub Date: 4th May 2017 (Paperback)

Cover: I definitely prefer the Australian cover and title.

Thoughts: ANOTHER RANDA ABDEL- FATTAH BOOK? YES PLEASE. So it’s a love story but also about casual racism in Australia. CANNOT WAIT FOR THIS BOOK. I love how she always talks about hard hitting issues but with a touch of humour and relatable characters! You can read an interview about this book here.

That Thing We Call a Heart by Sheba Karim

Pub Date: 9th May 2017

That Thing We Call A Heart Book Cover

Cover: Don’t like the cover because it has a person on it but i like the title font!
Thoughts: This is about a Pakistani-American girl called Shabnam Qureshi and deals with issues like love, friendship, culture, religion and Partition! Sounds good! 

Ramona Blue by Julie Murphy

Ramona Blue Book Cover

US Pub Date: 9th May 2017 (Hardback)

UK Pub Date: 1st September 2017 (Paperback)

Cover: I really like this cover. it’s very simple but cute.

Thoughts: There has been a bit of a hoo-ha about this book due to it’s queer representation (Ramona is supposedly a lesbian but ends up falling for a boy…is she a lesbian? is she bisexual? WHO KNOWS…sexuality is fluid!!!) BUT I AM EXCITED because it sounds like a good book…I love a good love story but it’s MORE than that obviously.  You can read a sneak peek here!

Flame in the Mist by Renee

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US Pub Date: 16th May 2017 (Hardback)

UK Pub Date: 4th May 2017 (Paperback)

Cover: I like the dragon and flowers but the big fat title ruins it tbh

Thoughts: Kind of like Mulan but set in Japan…I haven’t read The Wrath and the Dawn yet so I don’t know if I like her writing style or anything but this looks promising! You can read an interview with the author here.

When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon 

 Pub Date: 30th May 2017 (Hardback)

When Dimple Met Rishi Book Cover

Cover: I actually like the cover even though it has a person on it… she seems so happy and i like the mehdni (henna)!

Thoughts: I just need this book in my life. When I first heard about it I knew I was gonna love it. like I haven’t even read it yet but it sounds so perfect to me BECAUSE IT IS ABOUT TWO BROWN PEOPLE WHO END UP FALLING IN LOVE AND HAS BOLLYWOOD REFERENCES IN IT AND I JUST NEED IT!  You can read a sneak peek here!

Saints, Misfits, Monsters, and Mayhem by Sajidah. K. Ali 

US Pub Date: 13th June 2017 (Hardback)

Thoughts:  I AM READY FOR IT BECAUSE IT’S BY A MUSLIM AUTHOR. Also this line: Except she knows a monster…one who happens to be parading around as a saint…Will she be the one to call him out on it? What will people in her tightknit Muslim community think of her then? More information to come later on in the year and cover is yet to be revealed!

The Library of Fates by Aditi Khorana

 Pub Date: 18th July 2017 (Hardback)

Cover: It’s a really pretty cover and you can already tell it’s gonna be about Indian Mythology!

Thoughts: A book about Indian Folklore? Yes please. Hope it does not disappoint. It is a love story but if it’s done well then double yay! 

Adult

Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi

Homegoing Book Covers

UK Pub Date: 5th January 2017 (Hardback)

Paperback: 7th June 2017

Cover: I prefer the UK cover (right). I like how you her dress is incorporated into the cover.

Thoughts: I have heard so much buzz about this book so I am curious to see what all the fuss is about. It sounds like a really rich novel that tacks the legacy of slavery through generations. Naz’s review makes it sound incredible!

The Secret Life of the Amir Sisters by Nadiya Hussain

Pub Date: 12th January 2017 (Hardback)

The Secret Lives of the Amir Sisters Book Cover

Cover: Not sure which is the final cover but i prefer the one with the cupcake because that looks like a ‘normal chick lit’ cover whereas the orange one is has some South Asian stuff on it…but it isn’t IN YOUR FACE. Although it does have a pic of the author on the front so people know it’s Nadiya’s book and will buy it (probs targeted for people who don’t normally read books…) Plus IT IS A BOOK WITH HIJABIS ON THE COVER THAT WHITE PEOPLE WILL ACTUALLY READ.

Thoughts: I was shocked to discover that Nadiya has written a book because she only won The Great British Bake Off LAST YEAR so idk when she had time to write a whole book since she already released TWO recipe books this year…maybe she just had an old manuscript lying about or it might be ghost written or maybe somehow she actually wrote a book in one year and managed to get it published (well…obviously…she’s famous…they probably ASKED her to write a book tbh) but I still want to read it because it’s about a group of Bangladeshi sisters in the UK. I can guarantee you this book will be available in all bookstores AND supermarkets in the UK as Nadiya Hussain is a national treasure.

Exit West: A Novel by Mohsin Hamid 

Exit West Book Covers

US Pub Date: 7th March 2017 (Hardback)

UK Pub Date: 2nd March 2017 (Hardback)

Cover: I definitely prefer the US cover because it is PURPLE and way cooler than the boring UK one. I’m hoping that isn’t the final UK cover.

Thoughts: A story about a young couple in an unnamed South Asian country that deals with issues of religion, identity and borders with elements of magic realism. Admittedly I haven’t read any of his previous novels (I hope to remedy that this year) but this sounds like something I might enjoy. Read an interview with the author here.

The Other Half of Happiness by Ayisha Malik

UK Pub Date: 6th April 2017

Cover: Love the cover. Think I prefer it so Sofia Khan is Not Obliged.

Thoughts: Really enjoyed laughing out loud at Sofia Khan is Not Obliged AND THAT ENDING KILLED ME so obviously I need the sequel and I hope it is full of laughter and cute moments and it’s just so great to read a book about a Muslim woman set in London that has nothing to do with terrorism or anything like that.

 

The Score by H.J.Golakai

UK Pub Date: 4th May 2017

33538678Cover: I hate this cover. the colour is so…bright…like I know the first book had some turquoise on it but this is just a bit too much…

Thoughts: sequel to The Lazarus Effect which I really enjoyed.  Looking forward to seeing Vee and Chloe again, especially Vee’s trademark sarcasm!

Non-Fiction 

Letters to a Young Muslim by Omar Saif Ghobash

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US Pub Date: 3rd January 2017 (Hardback)

UK Pub Date: 12th January 2017 (Hardback)

Cover: Of course it features a geometric pattern…It’s a nice cover though.

Thoughts: The author is the UAE ambassador to Russia and it’s a book written for his sons but also to all the young Muslims on what it’s like raising children post 9/11 etc. It sounds like an interesting read…it might actually be completely terrible and pander to Western audiences but we shall see. 

Muslim Girl: A Coming of Age by Amani Al-Khatahtbeh

UK Pub Date: 12th January 2017 (Hardback)

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Cover: the cover is okay. Kinda boring tbh but non-fiction books rarely have amazing covers tbh 

Thoughts: The creator of MuslimGirl website wrote a memoir so I am curious to see if it is any good…as in if I can relate to any of her struggles or if it panders to Western audiences. 

This is already available in the US.


Ah…so many books…so little time. I always have the problem of WANTING TO READ NEW BOOKS but not having read older books and it’s like hdgkjhdfgkjkdj I WANT TO READ ALL THE BOOKS! I hope I actually meet my goodreads goal this year!

A note on which books to avoid due to negative stereotyping…it’s important to educate ourselves on problematic representations and call people out…in a nice way…so they are AWARE of the damage they can cause from such representation because perpetuating negative stereotypes is not diversity.

 
So what books are you looking forward to in 2017? Hope I’ve put some new books on your radar! 


  Happy Reading!

 

PEACE. LOVE. BOOKS. =D

 

Why You Should Read Six of Crows

Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

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Blurb

Ketterdam: a bustling hub of international trade where anything can be had for the right price–and no one knows that better than criminal prodigy Kaz Brekker. Kaz is offered a chance at a deadly heist that could make him rich beyond his wildest dreams. But he can’t pull it off alone…

A convict with a thirst for revenge.

A sharpshooter who can’t walk away from a wager.

A runaway with a privileged past.

A spy known as the Wraith.

A Heartrender using her magic to survive the slums.

A thief with a gift for unlikely escapes.

Six dangerous outcasts. One impossible heist. Kaz’s crew is the only thing that might stand between the world and destruction—if they don’t kill each other first.

So what’s so great about this book?

  1. Diversity!!! Kaz is disabled. Inej IS A BROWN GIRL. Jesper is a gay black dude etc. GOOD STUFF.
  2. Banter. THE SARCASM. THE SASS. THE SAVAGE COMEBACKS. OH IT IS JUST SO SO GOOD.
  3. Camaraderie. I LIVE FOR STORIES WHERE THEY GO ON JOURNEYS AND HAVE BANTER AND WOULD DIE FOR EACH OTHER.
  4. Excellent writing and gripping plot. this book is a page turner. it’s one of those books that haunt you. like you want to find out what they get up to next AND YOU CAN’T STOP THINKING ABOUT THE CHARACTERS. they’re always up to no good but omg you just want them to be safe and happy.
  5. BACK STORIES. I love how Bardugo managed to weave the backstories with the narrative and it’s not like you want to skip it because you NEED to know why they are like this or what happened and it makes you love the characters even more.

So i love the characters and the plot and the humour and I just love this book so much I gave it 4.5 stars on goodreads BECAUSE OF THE ENDING.

When I finished the book I tweeted the author and SHE KNOWS WHAT SHE HAS DONE:

I’m just so happy that there is a character like Inej, a badass BROWN girl who SLAYS and takes crap from NO ONE!

No you don’t have to have read the Grisha Trilogy to read this although it is set in the world of Grisha. I didn’t really like the Grisha Trilogy but the premise is great and the Grisha powers are super cool.

I am so glad I decided to see what all the hype was about with this book AND I WAS NOT DISAPPOINTED!!!

Not so patiently waiting for Crooked Kingdom (27th September 2016)

I’m actually looking forward to Crooked Kingdom more than Empire of Storms (Throne of Glass 6) BECAUSE I NEED TO KNOW WHAT HAPPENS KJHSFKJDHGKJDFH.

Follow Leigh Bardugo on Twitter and Tumblr.

Happy Reading

You can thank me once you’ve read it! 😎

PEACE. LOVE. BOOKS. =D

“Kaz leaned back. “What’s the easiest way to steal a man’s wallet?”
“Knife to the throat?” asked Inej.
“Gun to the back?” said Jesper.
“Poison in his cup?” suggested Nina.
“You’re all horrible,” said Matthias.”
Leigh Bardugo, Six of Crows
“She’d laughed, and if he could have bottled the sound and gotten drunk on it every night, he would have. It terrified him.”  ― Leigh Bardugo, Six of Crows

 

Book Review: Dorothy Must Die

Hello!

I was lucky enough to get sent an ARC of Dorothy Must Die by Danielle Paige from Harper360

so here is my review:

i like that the cover is nice and simple

i like that the cover is nice and simple

Synopsis:

I didn’t ask for any of this. I didn’t ask to be some kind of hero.

But when your whole life gets swept up by a tornado—taking you with it—you have no choice but to go along, you know?

Sure, I’ve read the books. I’ve seen the movies. I know the song about the rainbow and the happy little blue birds. But I never expected Oz to look like this. To be a place where Good Witches can’t be trusted, Wicked Witches may just be the good guys, and winged monkeys can be executed for acts of rebellion. There’s still the yellow brick road, though—but even that’s crumbling.

What happened?

Dorothy. They say she found a way to come back to Oz. They say she seized power and the power went to her head. And now no one is safe.

My name is Amy Gumm—and I’m the other girl from Kansas.

I’ve been recruited by the Revolutionary Order of the Wicked.

I’ve been trained to fight.

Dorothy Must Die is the debut YA novel from Danielle Paige. I have to be honest, The Wizard of Oz is really not my favourite musical and i have zero emotional attachment to the story. So it was refreshing to see a different, darker view of Oz and the familiar characters.

The heroine of the novel is of course Amy Gumm. What a name. She also has pink hair which is pretty cool. But she doesn’t consider herself special or extraordinary or anything really, she’s just trying to get by in school, stay away from the bullies and annoying girls like Madison Pendleton. Oh and she lives in a trailer park and her mum finds refuge in alcohol.

Yes she lives in Kansas and yes there is a storm and a tornado which sweeps her into the land of Oz…(however this still isn’t explained) yet it is obviously a mysterious force because Amy is from the Outside World ie Earth and non-magical and thus like Dorothy was. So she is supposedly the only one that can KILL DOROTHY.

Why kill Dorothy? Well since Dorothy returned she turned everything upside down. Dorothy was made a PRINCESS and the power and magic went straight to her head and she has become this evil tyrant, causing havoc and making everyone miserable and more importantly draining Oz of its magic!

there's no rainbow here

there’s no rainbow here

At least Amy has her mum’s pet rat Star for company but she soon befriends Indigo the Munchkin and Ollie the Wingless Monkey. But eventually she is alone and has to make her way to the Emerald City and find help. Then she meets the mysterious boy with the green eyes…and that is a MAJOR PLOT TWIST THAT I NEVER SAW COMING. Amy goes on an adventure to try and figure out why she’s in Oz and how to get back home but then circumstances require her to stay and she ends up getting trained to fight in order to kill Dorothy.

The story itself isn’t bad, it’s just the book is very slow and takes a while to get into. The first half of the book is pretty boring but it does pick up pace eventually. Amy is an alright character, i like her pink hair and she isn’t as annoying as some other characters but she does have her own issues to deal with etc. I’m glad there wasn’t such a focus on the love story or anything it’s mainly about friendship, doing what’s right, family love and finding oneself and discovering who you are. oh and trying to kill Dorothy. and yet, I’m not 100% sure whether that is the solution.

Anyways it is a trilogy so I’m sure the sequel will provide us with answers but even more questions!

There is also a prequel novella available as an ebook called No Place Like Oz

you can buy the book from Amazon or Waterstones. It’s already available in the US and is out in the UK on July 3rd.

you can watch the book trailer here

you can follow the author on twitter  and like the facebook page

Apparently it might be made into a TV show by The CW. so definitely read it before.

Follow Harper360 for upcoming book releases

Happy Reading!

=D

‘We’re off to see the Wizard, the wonderful Wizard of Oz!’

i wish

 

PEACE. LOVE. BOOKS. =D