Books I’m excited for this winter/spring

There are so many awesome books coming out in the next few months! I don’t have the space to highlight all of them, but I thought I’d share a few that I’m really looking forward to. All descriptions are from Goodreads or

History is All You Left Me.History is All You Left Me by Adam Silvera (out January 17, 2017)

I loved Adam Silvera’s first novel, More Happy Than Not, and I’m so excited to read this one! I’m waiting until I’m in the mood for a good cry, though, because I’m sure I’ll be in tears by the end of this.

When Griffin’s first love and ex-boyfriend, Theo, dies in a drowning accident, his universe implodes. Even though Theo had moved to California for college and started seeing Jackson, Griffin never doubted Theo would come back to him when the time was right. But now, the future he’s been imagining for himself has gone far off course.

To make things worse, the only person who truly understands his heartache is Jackson. But no matter how much they open up to each other, Griffin’s downward spiral continues. He’s losing himself in his obsessive compulsions and destructive choices, and the secrets he’s been keeping are tearing him apart.

If Griffin is ever to rebuild his future, he must first confront his history, every last heartbreaking piece in the puzzle of his life.

A Conjuring of Light.A Conjuring of Light by V.E. Schwab (out February 21, 2017)

The final book in the Shades of Magic series! I’m a big fan of Schwab’s fast-paced fantasy thrillers, and am eager to see how this story ends.

London’s fall and kingdoms rise while darkness sweeps the Maresh Empire—and the fraught balance of magic blossoms into dangerous territory while heroes and foes struggle alike. The direct sequel to A Gathering of Shadows, and the final book in the Shades of Magic epic fantasy series, A Conjuring of Light sees Schwab reach a thrilling culmination concerning the fate of beloved protagonists—and old enemies.

The Hate U Give.The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas (out February 28, 2017)

I have been dying to read this book since I read the short blurb of it after it went to a thirteen-house auction a few years ago. This is one I know the teens at my library will devour, too!

Sixteen-year-old Starr Carter moves between two worlds: the poor neighborhood where she lives and the fancy suburban prep school she attends. The uneasy balance between these worlds is shattered when Starr witnesses the fatal shooting of her childhood best friend Khalil at the hands of a police officer. Khalil was unarmed.

Soon afterward, his death is a national headline. Some are calling him a thug, maybe even a drug dealer and a gangbanger. Protesters are taking to the streets in Khalil’s name. Some cops and the local drug lord try to intimidate Starr and her family. What everyone wants to know is: what really went down that night? And the only person alive who can answer that is Starr.

But what Starr does—or does not—say could upend her community. It could also endanger her life.

Blood Rose Rebellion.Blood Rose Rebellion by Rosalyn Eves (out March 28, 2017)

It may be cheating for me to mention this, since I’m reading an ARC of it right now, but I’ve been looking forward to this book since I read an early version of the first pages as part of a contest a few years ago. I’m more than half-way through and loving it so far!

Sixteen-year-old Anna Arden is barred from society by a defect of blood. Though her family is part of the Luminate, powerful users of magic, she is Barren, unable to perform the simplest spells. Anna would do anything to belong. But her fate takes another course when, after inadvertently breaking her sister’s debutante spell—an important chance for a highborn young woman to show her prowess with magic—Anna finds herself exiled to her family’s once powerful but now crumbling native Hungary.

Her life might well be over.

In Hungary, Anna discovers that nothing is quite as it seems. Not the people around her, from her aloof cousin Noémi to the fierce and handsome Romani Gábor. Not the society she’s known all her life, for discontent with the Luminate is sweeping the land. And not her lack of magic. Isolated from the only world she cares about, Anna still can’t seem to stop herself from breaking spells.

As rebellion spreads across the region, Anna’s unique ability becomes the catalyst everyone is seeking. In the company of nobles, revolutionaries, and Romani, Anna must choose: deny her unique power and cling to the life she’s always wanted, or embrace her ability and change that world forever.

Girl Out of Water.Girl Out of Water by Laura Silverman (out May 2, 2017)

This sounds like the perfect contemporary summer read for me, and it’s recommended for fans of Sarah Dessen, whose books I adore.

Ocean breeze in her hair and sand between her toes, Anise can’t wait to spend the summer before her senior year surfing and hanging out on the beach with friends. Santa Cruz is more than her home-it’s her heart. But when her aunt, a single mother, is in a serious car accident, Anise must say goodbye to California to help care for her three young cousins.

Landlocked Nebraska is the last place Anise wants to be. Sure, she loves her family, but it’s hard to put her past behind her when she’s living in the childhood house of the mother who abandoned her. And with every Instagram post, her friends back home feel further away.

Then she meets Lincoln, a charismatic, one-armed skater who challenges her to swap her surfboard for a skateboard. Because sometimes the only way to find your footing is to let go.

What books are you looking forward to this year?


2 thoughts on “Books I’m excited for this winter/spring

  1. Jasmine

    Love your list of books! I want to read all of them 🙂 I’m glad to know you love Adam Silvera’s first book. I still have yet to read. I have seen many positive reviews of this book too. Have you started on Blood Rose Rebellion?

    1. Liz Osisek Post author

      Thanks! I finished Blood Rose Rebellion a few weeks ago. I love the writing style, and the magic system is unique. I recommend that one, too.


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