My Top 10 Most Anticipated Books for the Second Half of 2017

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Top Ten Tuesday is a fun weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s topic is Top Ten Most Anticipated Books For The Second Half of 2017.  Okay, for the most part, this was an easy list to make because there are so many fantastic sounding books coming out during the last half of 2017.  The hardest part for me was actually narrowing down to just a top 10 list because there are literally dozens of upcoming releases that I need in my life!   As of today anyway, these are the ten I’m most looking forward to reading.

Top Ten Most Anticipated Books for the Second Half of 2017


1. EMMA IN THE NIGHT by Wendy Walker

(Publication Date:  August 8, 2017)

Goodreads Synopsis: From the bestselling author of All Is Not Forgotten comes a thriller about two missing sisters, a twisted family, and what happens when one girl comes back…

One night five years ago, the Tanner sisters disappeared: fifteen-year-old Cass and seventeen-year-old Emma. Three years later, Cass returns, without her sister Emma. Her story is one of kidnapping and betrayal, of a mysterious island where the two were held. But to forensic psychiatrist Dr. Abby Winter, something doesn’t add up. Looking deep within this dysfunctional family Dr. Winter uncovers a life where boundaries were violated and a narcissistic parent held sway. And where one sister’s return might just be the beginning of the crime.  (Read more…)

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(Publication Date:  June 27, 2017)

Goodreads Synopsis: 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.   (Read more…)

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3. HUNTING PRINCE DRACULA by Kerri Maniscalco 

(Publication Date:  September 19, 2017)

Goodreads Synopsis:  In this hotly anticipated sequel to the haunting #1 bestseller Stalking Jack the Ripper, bizarre murders are discovered in the castle of Prince Vlad the Impaler, otherwise known as Dracula. Could it be a copycat killer…or has the depraved prince been brought back to life?

Following the grief and horror of her discovery of Jack the Ripper’s true identity, Audrey Rose Wadsworth has no choice but to flee London and its memories. Together with the arrogant yet charming Thomas Cresswell, she journeys to the dark heart of Romania, home to one of Europe’s best schools of forensic medicine…and to another notorious killer, Vlad the Impaler, whose thirst for blood became legend.

But her life’s dream is soon tainted by blood-soaked discoveries in the halls of the school’s forbidding castle, and Audrey Rose is compelled to investigate the strangely familiar murders. What she finds brings all her terrifying fears to life once again.  (Read more…)

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4. THE LIBRARY OF FATES by Aditi Khorana

(Publication Date:  July 18, 2017)

Goodreads Synopsis:  A romantic coming-of-age fantasy tale steeped in Indian folklore, perfect for fans of The Star-Touched Queen and The Wrath and the Dawn

No one is entirely certain what brings the Emperor Sikander to Shalingar. Until now, the idyllic kingdom has been immune to his many violent conquests. To keep the visit friendly, Princess Amrita has offered herself as his bride, sacrificing everything—family, her childhood love, and her freedom—to save her people. But her offer isn’t enough.

The unthinkable happens, and Amrita finds herself a fugitive, utterly alone but for an oracle named Thala, who was kept by Sikander as a slave and managed to escape amid the chaos of a palace under siege. With nothing and no one else to turn to, Amrita and Thala are forced to rely on each other. But while Amrita feels responsible for her kingdom and sets out to warn her people, the newly free Thala has no such ties. She encourages Amrita to go on a quest to find the fabled Library of All Things, where it is possible for each of them to reverse their fates. To go back to before Sikander took everything from them.

Stripped of all that she loves, caught between her rosy past and an unknown future, will Amrita be able to restore what was lost, or does another life—and another love—await? (Read more…)

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5. DEAR MARTIN by Nic Stone

(Publication Date:  October 17, 2017)

Goodreads Synopsis:  Justyce McAllister is top of his class, captain of the debate team, and set for the Ivy League next year—but none of that matters to the police officer who just put him in handcuffs. He is eventually released without charges (or an apology), but the incident has Justyce spooked. Despite leaving his rough neighborhood, he can’t seem to escape the scorn of his former peers or the attitude of his prep school classmates. The only exception: Sarah Jane, Justyce’s gorgeous—and white—debate partner he wishes he didn’t have a thing for.

Struggling to cope with it all, Justyce starts a journal to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. But do Dr. King’s teachings hold up in the modern world? Justyce isn’t so sure.

Then comes the day Justyce goes driving with his best friend, Manny, windows rolled down, music turned up. Way up. Much to the fury of the white off-duty cop beside them. Words fly. Shots are fired. And Justyce and Manny get caught in the crosshairs. In the media fallout, it’s Justyce who is under attack. The truth of what happened that night—some would kill to know. Justyce is dying to forget.  (Read more…)

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6. EVER THE BRAVE by Erin Summerill

(Publication Date:  December 5, 2017)

Goodsreads Synopsis:   Ever the Divided. Ever the Feared. Ever the Brave.

After saving King Aodren with her newfound Channeler powers, Britta only wants to live a peaceful life in her childhood home. Unfortunately, saving the King has created a tether between them she cannot sever, no matter how much she’d like to, and now he’s insisting on making her a noble lady. And there are those who want to use Britta’s power for evil designs. If Britta cannot find a way to harness her new magical ability, her life—as well as her country—may be lost.

The stakes are higher than ever in the sequel to Ever the Hunted, as Britta struggles to protect her kingdom and her heart. (Read more…)

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(Publication Date:  September 12, 2017)

Goodreads Synopsis:  In Shaker Heights, a placid, progressive suburb of Cleveland, everything is planned – from the layout of the winding roads, to the colors of the houses, to the successful lives its residents will go on to lead. And no one embodies this spirit more than Elena Richardson, whose guiding principle is playing by the rules.

Enter Mia Warren – an enigmatic artist and single mother – who arrives in this idyllic bubble with her teenaged daughter Pearl, and rents a house from the Richardsons. Soon Mia and Pearl become more than tenants: all four Richardson children are drawn to the mother-daughter pair. But Mia carries with her a mysterious past and a disregard for the status quo that threatens to upend this carefully ordered community.

When old family friends of the Richardsons attempt to adopt a Chinese-American baby, a custody battle erupts that dramatically divides the town–and puts Mia and Elena on opposing sides. Suspicious of Mia and her motives, Elena is determined to uncover the secrets in Mia’s past. But her obsession will come at unexpected and devastating costs.  (Read more…)

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(Publication Date:  August 29, 2017)

Goodreads Synopsis:    The highly anticipated coming-of-age story for the world’s greatest super hero: WONDER WOMAN by the # 1 New York Times bestselling author LEIGH BARDUGO.

She will become one of the world’s greatest heroes: WONDER WOMAN. But first she is Diana, Princess of the Amazons. And her fight is just beginning. . . .

Diana longs to prove herself to her legendary warrior sisters. But when the opportunity finally comes, she throws away her chance at glory and breaks Amazon law—risking exile—to save a mere mortal. Even worse, Alia Keralis is no ordinary girl and with this single brave act, Diana may have doomed the world.

Alia just wanted to escape her overprotective brother with a semester at sea. She doesn’t know she is being hunted. When a bomb detonates aboard her ship, Alia is rescued by a mysterious girl of extraordinary strength and forced to confront a horrible truth: Alia is a Warbringer—a direct descendant of the infamous Helen of Troy, fated to bring about an age of bloodshed and misery.

Together, Diana and Alia will face an army of enemies—mortal and divine—determined to either destroy or possess the Warbringer. If they have any hope of saving both their worlds, they will have to stand side by side against the tide of war.  (Read more…)

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9. ORIGIN by Dan Brown

(Publication Date:  October 3, 2017)

Goodreads Synopsis:  In keeping with his trademark style, Dan Brown, author of The Da Vinci Code and Inferno, interweaves codes, science, religion, history, art, and architecture into this new novel. Origin thrusts Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon into the dangerous intersection of humankind’s two most enduring questions, and the earthshaking discovery that will answer them.  (Read more…)

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10. LITTLE & LION by Brandy Colbert

(Publication Date:  August 8, 2017)

Goodreads Synopsis:  A stunning novel on love, loss, identity, and redemption, from Publishers Weekly Flying Start author Brandy Colbert

When Suzette comes home to Los Angeles from her boarding school in New England, she isn’t sure if she’ll ever want to go back. L.A. is where her friends and family are (along with her crush, Emil). And her stepbrother, Lionel, who has been diagnosed with bipolar disorder, needs her emotional support.

But as she settles into her old life, Suzette finds herself falling for someone new…the same girl her brother is in love with. When Lionel’s disorder spirals out of control, Suzette is forced to confront her past mistakes and find a way to help her brother before he hurts himself–or worse. (Read more…)

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Question:  What are your most anticipated reads for the second half of 2017?

31 replies
  1. Lindsey @ Lindsey Reads
    Lindsey @ Lindsey Reads says:

    Great list! I can’t believe I forgot to add The Gentleman’s Guide of Vice and Virtue to my list, it’s only my most anticipated read o the year 😉 Also looking forward to Wonder Woman and I’ve just been reminded to read Stalking Jack The Ripper so I can read Hunting Prince Dracula 🙂

    • Suzanne
      Suzanne says:

      That’s funny because I almost forgot The Gentleman’s Guide too. I could picture the cover in my head and couldn’t for the life of me remember what it was called for the longest time, haha!

    • Suzanne
      Suzanne says:

      I just found out about the new Dan Brown book a couple of days ago and got excited. I know a lot people say they’re over-hyped, but I still love that whole Robert Langdon series.

  2. Diana
    Diana says:

    All these are new to me but I really like the sound of Dear Martin. I hope that you will enjoy all these books if you get a chance to read them. Happy reading.

    • Suzanne
      Suzanne says:

      Yes, I think Dear Martin sounds like it’s going to be such a powerful read. Thanks, Happy Reading to You Too!

  3. Lori
    Lori says:

    The Gentleman’s Guide and Library of Fates sound so good! I’m excited about those too! Little & Lion is a new one for me. I’m adding it on GR right now!

    • Suzanne
      Suzanne says:

      I just heard about Little & Lion for the first time a couple of weeks ago and thought it sounded amazing 🙂

  4. Greg
    Greg says:

    Emma in the Night sounds great, love the suspenesful sound of it. Adding that one! I’m curious about the Bardugo Wonder Woman too, that could be good? The Library of Fates looks promising. And it has an awesome title… 🙂

    • Suzanne
      Suzanne says:

      I really hope the Wonder Woman book lives up to all of the hype. So far I’ve heard nothing but great things.

    • Suzanne
      Suzanne says:

      I’m usually a huge fan of Dan Brown’s works but Inferno was just an okay read for me, so I have really high hopes for Origin too.

  5. Brandy
    Brandy says:

    The cover of Hunting Prince Dracula is beautiful – I would read the book just because of that but throw in a story with a connection to Jack the Ripper and it goes on my TBR for sure. Great list – thanks for sharing!

  6. Di @ Book Reviews by Di
    Di @ Book Reviews by Di says:

    So many great books coming out in H2 this year! I’m also really looking forward to Wonder Womean and I’m interested in Ever the Brave too although I had some mixed feelings about Ever the Hunted and especially how it ended!

    The Library of Fates has a gorgeous cover!

    • Suzanne
      Suzanne says:

      I had mixed feelings about Ever the Hunted as well so hopefully we’ll both love the next book. The series definitely had a lot of potential.

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