The New Year is looking to be full of exciting books for people who love to read! There are multiple things happening in the world of words in 2016, including the possibility that "A Song of Fire and Ice" author George R.R. Martin will finally release his latest novel for the series titled "The Winds of Winter."
Tons of highly-anticipated releases are scheduled throughout 2016. Author Cassandra Clare of the popular "The Mortal Instruments" and "The Infernal Devices" series will release the first book for her new series about Shadowhunters called "The Dark Artifacts." While new series are beginning, old favorites are sadly coming to an end. 2016 will also be the year that author Maggie Stiefvater releases the fourth and final installment in "The Raven Cycle" series and Rick Yancey will complete his "The 5th Wave" trilogy.
For someone who has a New Year resolution to read more, this list is perfect! Check out 10 of the most anticipated books of 2016!
"The Winds of Winter" - "A Song of Fire and Ice" series by George R.R. Martin (date unknown)
"The Winds of Winter" is possibly the most anticipated book on this list even though there has been no release date for the sixth novel in George R.R. Martin's extremely popular series "A Song of Fire and Ice." The books written by Martin are what HBO's Emmy Award-winning series "Game of Thrones" are based on and for the first time since the show premiered, the TV show is ahead of the book series.
The fifth novel in the series, "A Dance with Dragons" was released all the way back in 2011 and the sixth novel was supposed to be released in 2015, but Martin is a notoriously slow writer. The fifth installment of the fantasy series saw a number of cliffhangers, but Martin was said to resolve readers burning questions "very early" in "The Winds of Winter."
"Glass Sword" - "Red Queen" series by Victoria Aveyard (Feb. 9)
"Glass Sword" is the second book in the "Red Queen" series, which is about a world that is divided by blood-red and silver. Red is the color blood that commoners in the world have while the elite are blessed with silver blood and god-like superpowers. In the first book, Mare Barrow, a 17-year-old red girl goes to work at the silver palace where she find out she has powers despite her red blood.
Mare's power to control lightning has turned her into a weapon that the royal court and crown try to control. When she tries to escape, she uncovers something she did not know before: she is not the only one of her kind.
"The Shadow Queen" - "The Ravenspire" series by C.J. Redwine (Feb. 19)
"The Shadow Queen" is a dark fantasy novel from the author of the popular "Defiance" series. The new book is inspired by the tale of "Snow White" and tells the story of Lorelai Diederich - the crown princess who is also a fugitive. Lorelai had one mission, to kill the wicked queen who took her throne away and killed her father. Queen Irina is the most dangerous and sorceress that the realm of Ravenspire has ever seen and in order to defeat her, Lorelai needs to use one thing - magic.
In the neighboring kingdom of Eldr, Prince Kol's father and brother are killed forcing him to become the man in charge. In order to save his kingdom he makes a deal with Queen Irina to get his own magic, he becomes her huntsman and promises to bring the Queen Lorelai's heart.
"Lady Midnight" - "The Dark Artifacts" series by Cassandra Clare (March 8)
"Lady Midnight" is the first book in Cassandra Clare's third series about Shadowhunters called "The Dark Artifices," which is a sequel series to her internationally best selling "Mortal Instruments" series. This story takes places five years after the last "Mortal Instruments" series and introduces that character of Emma Carstairs and her fighting partner, known as a parabatai, Julian Blackthorn.
Years ago, the Shadowhunters were brought to the edge of extinction. Together, Emma and Julian investigate a demonic presence the stretches across the streets of Los Angeles and also come face to face with the Faeries. The Faeries want to find out who is murdering the kind and they need Emma and Julian's help to do it.
"The Winner's Kiss" - "The Winner's" trilogy by Marie Rutkoski (March 29)
"The Winner's" trilogy tells the story of Kestrel, a 17-year-old daughter of the general of a vast empire. In her world she has two choices, to either get married or join the military. One day she buys a slave at an auction named Arin, but something happens that Kestrel did not expect - she falls in love with him.
"The Winner's Kiss" is the third and final edition of Marie Rutkoski's "The Winner's" trilogy. In the third story, Arin has convince himself he no longer loves Kestrel, but he has not forgotten her. Kestrel became the type of person that Arin loathes, someone who cares more about the empire and not the lives of innocent people. Meanwhile, Krestel is a prisoner up north at a work camp where she is trying to escape. As the war intensifies, Kestrel and Arin both discover unexpected roles in the battle.
"The Raven King" - "The Raven Cycle" series by Maggie Stiefvater (April 26)
"The Raven King" is the fourth and final installment in The Raven Cycle series, which tells the story of a girl named Blue. All her life she had been warned that she would eventually cause her death of her true love. Blue does not believe in true love and never thought this warning would be a problem, until she gets caught up in the sinister world of the Raven Boys.
"The Unexpected Everything" by Morgan Matson (May 3)
"The Unexpected Everything" comes from author Morgan Matson who wrote the bestselling novel "Since You've Been Gone." This new book tells the story of Andie, who is the type of girl who always has a plan. Andie had her summer and her future all planned out, until a political scandal cost her a summer pre-med internship.
Now, Andie is forced to be in the same house as her father for the first time in years, and suddenly she has to do things that were not in her plans at all. "The Unexpected Everything" is a feel-good story about friendship, finding yourself, and all the joys that happen in life when one is not planning everything, according to Goodreads.
"The Crown" - "The Selection" series by Kiera Cass (May 3)
"The Crown" will bring author Kiera Cass' beloved series "The Selection" to a close. The fifth book picks up twenty years after America Singer and Prince Maxon fell in love during the selection and now it is their daughter to hold a selection of her own. Thirty five suitors are brought to the castle to fight for the affection of Princess Eadlyn and she must make a very important choice.
"The Last Star" - "The Fifth Wave" series by Rick Yancey (May 24)
"The Last Star" is be the final book in Rick Yancey's "The 5th Wave" trilogy. In the final days of Earth protagonist Cassie has been betrayed. Earth's final survivors must decide what is more important to save, themselves or what makes them human.
"Heartless" by Marissa Meyer (Nov. 8)
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"Heartless" is the newest novel from author Marissa Meyer, who wrote the best-selling series "The Lunar Chronicles." "Heartless" tells the story of the Queen of Hearts, before she became the figure that terrorized Wonderland. As a girl Catherine was one of the most desired girls in Wonderland and was the favorite of the King of Hearts. Cath though, has no desire to get married - she just wants to open a bakery with her best friend.
Her mother thinks this goal is unthinkable and forces Cath to attend a royal ball where she is expected to accept the King's marriage proposal. At the ball she meets Jest, the handsome and mysterious court jester, and is incredibly attracted to him. At the risk of upsetting her parents and making the King mad, Cath and Jest start a secret romance.