Most Anticipated New Releases for the First Half of 2017

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I have an embarrassingly large number of books on my to-read list for the upcoming year, but these are the ones I’m absolutely dying to read. Meaning, I either have them entered into my calendar, pre-ordered, and/or gaze longingly at their covers, dreaming of the day I get to read them.

I split this up into two sections. The first consists of new series and standalones, while the second is ongoing series.

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Book Review (ARC): The Alchemists of Loom (Loom Saga, #1) – Elise Kova

31549513The Alchemists of Loom

By: Elise Kova
Expected Publication Date: January 10, 2017 by Keymaster Press
Format: eARC courtesy of NetGalley
Pages: 380
Genres: Fantasy, Adult, Young Adult, Steampunk
Rating: ★★★½

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Summary:
Her vengeance. His vision.

Ari lost everything she once loved when the Five Guilds’ resistance fell to the Dragon King. Now, she uses her unparalleled gift for clockwork machinery in tandem with notoriously unscrupulous morals to contribute to a thriving underground organ market. There isn’t a place on Loom that is secure from the engineer turned thief, and her magical talents are sold to the highest bidder as long as the job defies their Dragon oppressors.

Cvareh would do anything to see his sister usurp the Dragon King and sit on the throne. His family’s house has endured the shame of being the lowest rung in the Dragons’ society for far too long. The Alchemist Guild, down on Loom, may just hold the key to putting his kin in power, if Cvareh can get to them before the Dragon King’s assassins.

When Ari stumbles upon a wounded Cvareh, she sees an opportunity to slaughter an enemy and make a profit off his corpse. But the Dragon sees an opportunity to navigate Loom with the best person to get him where he wants to go.

He offers her the one thing Ari can’t refuse: A wish of her greatest desire, if she brings him to the Alchemists of Loom.

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Book Review (ARC): Ever the Hunted (Clash of Kingdoms, #1) – Erin Summerill

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By: Erin Summerill
Expected Publication Date: December 27, 2016 by HMH Books for Young Readers
Format: eARC courtesy of NetGalley
Pages: 400
Genres: Fantasy,  Young Adult
Rating: ★★★

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Summary:

Seventeen year-old Britta Flannery is at ease only in the woods with her dagger and bow. She spends her days tracking criminals alongside her father, the legendary bounty hunter for the King of Malam—that is, until her father is murdered. Now outcast and alone and having no rights to her father’s land or inheritance, she seeks refuge where she feels most safe: the Ever Woods. When Britta is caught poaching by the royal guard, instead of facing the noose she is offered a deal: her freedom in exchange for her father’s killer.

However, it’s not so simple.

The alleged killer is none other than Cohen McKay, her father’s former apprentice. The only friend she’s ever known. The boy she once loved who broke her heart. She must go on a dangerous quest in a world of warring kingdoms, mad kings, and dark magic to find the real killer. But Britta wields more power than she knows. And soon she will learn what has always made her different will make her a daunting and dangerous force.

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