ForbiddenWish_BOM.inddThe Forbidden Wish by Jessica Khoury

Release date: 23 February 2016

Publisher: Razorbill

Summary:

She is the most powerful Jinni of all. He is a boy from the streets. Their love will shake the world…


When Aladdin discovers Zahra’s jinni lamp, Zahra is thrust back into a world she hasn’t seen in hundreds of years – a world where magic is forbidden and Zahra’s very existence is illegal. She must disguise herself to stay alive, using ancient shape-shifting magic, until her new master has selected his three wishes.

But when the King of the Jinn offers Zahra a chance to be free of her lamp forever, she seizes the opportunity—only to discover she is falling in love with Aladdin. When saving herself means betraying him, Zahra must decide once and for all: is winning her freedom worth losing her heart?

As time unravels and her enemies close in, Zahra finds herself suspended between danger and desire in this dazzling retelling of Aladdin from acclaimed author Jessica Khoury.

I came across this book while browsing through the Goodreads Giveaways and was immediately taken by the blurb. I love retellings and this one just seems really interesting, plus I have a thing for middle-eastern and eastern tales. I think it has a lot to do with growing up in the Cape Malay Culture and the stories my parents told me when I was little. Also, I love the Arabian Nights. So I’ll be waiting patiently for this one.

Truthwitch by Susan Dennard

Release date: 5th January 201621414439

Publisher: Tor Teen

Summary: On a continent ruled by three empires, some are born with a “witchery”, a magical skill that sets them apart from others.

In the Witchlands, there are almost as many types of magic as there are ways to get in trouble—as two desperate young women know all too well.

Safiya is a Truthwitch, able to discern truth from lie. It’s a powerful magic that many would kill to have on their side, especially amongst the nobility to which Safi was born. So Safi must keep her gift hidden, lest she be used as a pawn in the struggle between empires.

Iseult, a Threadwitch, can see the invisible ties that bind and entangle the lives around her—but she cannot see the bonds that touch her own heart. Her unlikely friendship with Safi has taken her from life as an outcast into one of reckless adventure, where she is a cool, wary balance to Safi’s hotheaded impulsiveness.

Safi and Iseult just want to be free to live their own lives, but war is coming to the Witchlands. With the help of the cunning Prince Merik (a Windwitch and ship’s captain) and the hindrance of a Bloodwitch bent on revenge, the friends must fight emperors, princes, and mercenaries alike, who will stop at nothing to get their hands on a Truthwitch.

I’ve been so excited about the release of Truthwitch, and then it was released on the 5th everywhere else in the world but South Africa. So I am crossing fingers that Reader’s Warehouse willing be getting copies soon.

Passenger by Alexandra Braken

20983362 (1)Release date: 5th January 2016

Publisher: Disney-Hyperion

Summary:

passage, n.
i. A brief section of music composed of a series of notes and flourishes.
ii. A journey by water; a voyage.
iii. The transition from one place to another, across space and time.

In one devastating night, violin prodigy Etta Spencer loses everything she knows and loves. Thrust into an unfamiliar world by a stranger with a dangerous agenda, Etta is certain of only one thing: she has traveled not just miles but years from home. And she’s inherited a legacy she knows nothing about from a family whose existence she’s never heard of. Until now.

Nicholas Carter is content with his life at sea, free from the Ironwoods—a powerful family in the colonies—and the servitude he’s known at their hands. But with the arrival of an unusual passenger on his ship comes the insistent pull of the past that he can’t escape and the family that won’t let him go so easily. Now the Ironwoods are searching for a stolen object of untold value, one they believe only Etta, Nicholas’ passenger, can find. In order to protect her, he must ensure she brings it back to them— whether she wants to or not.

Together, Etta and Nicholas embark on a perilous journey across centuries and continents, piecing together clues left behind by the traveler who will do anything to keep the object out of the Ironwoods’ grasp. But as they get closer to the truth of their search, and the deadly game the Ironwoods are play­ing, treacherous forces threaten to sep­arate Etta not only from Nicholas but from her path home . . . forever

Yes, this was released on the 5th too but once again I have to wait until we get it in SA. 🙁 I’ve never read anything by Alexandra Bracken but I have heard so many good things about it. Sounds like a science-fiction/fantasy hybrid. And pirates. Who doesn’t like pirates?

Throne of Glass #528260587

Release date: 6th September 2016

Publisher: Bloomsbury

Summary:

The long path to the throne has only just begun for Aelin Galathynius. Loyalties have been broken and bought, friends have been lost and gained, and those who possess magic find themselves at odds with those don’t.

As the kingdoms of Erilea fracture around her, enemies must become allies if Aelin is to keep those she loves from falling to the dark forces poised to claim her world. With war looming on all horizons, the only chance for salvation lies in a desperate quest that may mark the end of everything Aelin holds dear.

Aelin’s journey from assassin to queen has entranced millions across the globe, and this fifth installment will leave fans breathless. Will Aelin succeed in keeping her world from splintering, or will it all come crashing down?

After reading Queen of Shadows, I can’t wait to find out what happens next. C’mon Sarah J. Maas. Reveal the cover already!

Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor28145767

Release date: September 2016

Publisher: Little, Brown Books

Summary:

Strange the Dreamer is the story of

the aftermath of a war between gods and men
a mysterious city stripped of its name
a mythic hero with blood on his hands
a young librarian with a singular dream
a girl every bit as perilous as she is imperiled
alchemy and blood candy, nightmares and godspawn, moths and monsters, friendship and treachery, love and carnage.

Welcome to Weep.

Finally Laini Taylor is releasing a new book. Her Daughter of Sm0ke and Bone Trilogy is one of my favourite Trilogies ever. Hopefully this will be just as epic.

Anticipated Reads 2016
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