When It’s Real by Erin Watt (★★★★☆½)
The dynamic writing duo known collectively a Erin Watt are back with another poor girl falls in love with rich guy romance. This time around, 17-year-old Vaughan Bennett is forced to save her struggling family by pretending to be the girlfriend of famous pop star Oakley Ford (a Justin Bieber type). Will their fake love turn into real love? Don’t be stupid, of course it will.
A Long Conversation by Cassandra Clare (★★★☆☆½)
Shenanigans abound in this short story set during the tail end of Cassandra Clare’s Lady Midnight. Watch as all your fan favorites act totally out of character and do incredibly rude things like propose during someone else’s engagement party. While not a necessary read, this short story does bridge the gap between events in Lady Midnight and Lord of Shadows, so at least there’s that.
Assassin’s Heart by Sarah Ahiers (★★★☆☆½)
Set in a world where murder is commonplace and gods are real, Sarah Ahiers debut novel starts off incredibly strong, but the world building goes a bit too far when literal ghosts are introduced. Not to mention that horse named Butters. While I ultimately enjoyed the story and any non-ghostly world building, the novel was too uneven for my tastes.
Universal Pictures is bringing classic monsters back from the dead and we do not want.
Dubbed the Dark Universe franchise, Russell Crowe (yuck) is slated to play Dr. Jekyll, Johnny Depp (double yuck) will tackle the role of the Invisible Man and Javier Bardem will play Frankenstein’s Monster.
They join Tom Cruise (triple yuck) and Sofia Boutella, who star in the upcoming — and completely unnecessary — Mummy remake.
Windwitch by Susan Dennard (★★★★☆)
Susan Dennard’s Witchland Series continues in Windwitch, and unlike most people, I enjoyed the second book in the series more than the first — mostly because of one additional POV that I fell in love with. Other POVs? Not so much. Here’s hoping book three finds a better balance between great characters and even better friendships! [WATCH BOOK CLUB DISCUSSION]
The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater (★★★★☆½)
As with many books my Spines with Wines compatriot Kristin begs me to read, I should have started The Raven Cycle long before I actually got around to it. From Welsh legends to mysterious boarding school boys, cryptic prophecies and one heck of a jaw-dropping twist, I definitely plan to finish this series sooner rather than later.
The Magician King by Lev Grossman (★★★★☆)
I heard from multiple sources that The Magician King was a much more enjoyable read than The Magicians, and everyone was 100% correct! In addition to finally revealing Julia’s tragic tale, the second book in the trilogy (while unable to make Quentin more bearable) does raise the stakes for the final book in the series.
Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly original feature created and hosted by The Broke and the Bookish that combines the fun of making lists with our love of books.
This week’s prompt was Top Ten Most Anticipated Releases For The First Half of 2017.
You can check out the 2017 January to June releases that we cannot wait to get our hands on (complete with official synopses) below!