Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish for sharing your favorite contenders in different book categories!
The wheel of time keeps turning, and the list of amazing-sounding books to drool over keeps growing. There are tons of books worth looking forward to in the second half of this year, and here are 10 that have found their way onto my TBR!
The Language of Thorns, by Leigh Bardugo
Having just recently devoured Six of Crows and Crooked Kingdom, I can’t wait to get another fix of Bardugo’s amazing storytelling.
Love speaks in flowers. Truth requires thorns.
Travel to a world of dark bargains struck by moonlight, of haunted towns and hungry woods, of talking beasts and gingerbread golems, where a young mermaid’s voice can summon deadly storms and where a river might do a lovestruck boy’s bidding but only for a terrible price.
Sasquatch, Love, and Other Imaginary Things, by Betsy Aldredge & Carrie DuBois-Shaw
I have always been a huge fan of “monster” shows (River Monsters, anyone?) but you don’t need to be a Sasquatch fan to be excited for this book! This has so many story elements I like: a sense of adventure, a wacky, fun family, love/hate romance. This sounds like so much fun, and I can’t wait for its release.
Hunting for monsters was never so awkward.
It’s bad enough that Samantha’s parents, charter members of the Northern Ohio Bigfoot Society, have dragged their daughter around forever, hunting for yetis. But now they’re doing it on national TV, and worse, in front of an aristocratic prep-school crew including a boy who disdains Samantha’s family.
But when he scorns her humble Ohio roots, she becomes determined to take him down. As they go to war, their friction and attraction almost distract them from the hint that Sasquatch may actually be out there somewhere…
Dress Codes for Small Towns, by Courtney C. Stevens
I was lucky enough to meet Courtney over the holiday weekend, and I was so impressed with her as a person and an artist! Her elevator pitch for her upcoming book was “sexually-fluid Footloose” and hearing all about the way she crafted the book has me eager to give it a try.
All the Crooked Saints, by Maggie Stiefvater
I saw an ARC of this book in-person over the weekend and literally gasped. I didn’t realize how badly I want to read this until it was right there and I couldn’t even lay a finger on it. Come on, October, get here already!
One Dark Throne, by Kendare Blake
Three Dark Crowns is one of those books that I didn’t thing was amazing while I was reading it, but that I can’t stop thinking about after the major cliffhanger/plot twist ending. I am way looking forward to seeing what kind of drama goes down in the next book!
A Poison Dark and Drowning, by Jessica Cluess
Cluess’s debut, A Shadow Bright and Burning, did not have me convinced during the beginning, but Cluess made some interesting choices and played with some standard fantasy tropes in really interesting ways. I think that her second book just might be really, really good.
An Enchantment of Ravens, by Margaret Rogerson
This late ’17 debut won me with the phenomenal cover, but the premise is a promising and innovative take on faerie stories. If this synopsis doesn’t totally sell you, I don’t know what will!
Isobel is a prodigy portrait artist with a dangerous set of clients: the sinister fair folk, immortal creatures who cannot bake bread, weave cloth, or put a pen to paper without crumbling to dust. They crave human Craft with a terrible thirst, and Isobel’s paintings are highly prized among them. But when she receives her first royal patron—Rook, the autumn prince—she makes a terrible mistake. She paints mortal sorrow in his eyes – a weakness that could cost him his life.
Furious and devastated, Rook spirits her away to the autumnlands to stand trial for her crime. Waylaid by the Wild Hunt’s ghostly hounds, the tainted influence of the Alder King, and hideous monsters risen from barrow mounds, Isobel and Rook depend on one another for survival. Their alliance blossoms into trust, then love, violating the fair folks’ ruthless Good Law. There’s only one way to save both their lives, Isobel must drink from the Green Well, whose water will transform her into a fair one—at the cost of her Craft, for immortality is as stagnant as it is timeless.
Isobel has a choice: she can sacrifice her art for a future, or arm herself with paint and canvas against the ancient power of the fairy courts. Because secretly, her Craft represents a threat the fair folk have never faced in all the millennia of their unchanging lives: for the first time, her portraits have the power to make them feel
Even the Darkest Stars, by Heather Fawcett
The premise of this debut promises adventures that take you to new heights–it’s a fantasy story about sisters, sibling rivalry, and mountain climbing. It definitely sounds like a stand-out because of its unique premise.
Kamzin has always dreamed of becoming one of the emperor’s royal explorers, the elite climbers tasked with mapping the wintry, mountainous Empire and spying on its enemies. She knows she could be the best in the world, if only someone would give her a chance.
But everything changes when the mysterious and eccentric River Shara, the greatest explorer every known, arrives in her village and demands to hire Kamzin—not her older sister, Lusha, as everyone had expected—for his next expedition. This is Kamzin’s chance to prove herself—even though River’s mission to retrieve a rare talisman for the emperor means cimbing Raksha, the tallest and deadliest mountain in the Aryas. Then, Lusha sets off on her own mission to Raksha with a rival explorer, and Kamzin must decide what’s most important to her: protecting her sister from the countless perils of the climb or beating her to the summit.
The Disappearances, by Emily Bain Murphy
Summer and Fall are my favorite times to read creepier books, and this upcoming book sounds exactly that!
What if the ordinary things in life suddenly…disappeared?
Aila Quinn’s mother, Juliet, has always been a mystery: vibrant yet guarded, she keeps her secrets beyond Aila’s reach. When Juliet dies, Aila and her younger brother Miles are sent to live in Sterling, a rural town far from home–and the place where Juliet grew up.
Sterling is a place with mysteries of its own. A place where the experiences that weave life together–scents of flowers and food, reflections from mirrors and lakes, even the ability to dream–vanish every seven years.
No one knows what caused these “Disappearances,” or what will slip away next. But Sterling always suspected that Juliet Quinn was somehow responsible–and Aila must bear the brunt of their blame while she follows the chain of literary clues her mother left behind.
The Changeling’s Journey, by Christine Spoors
Not only does this sound like an awesome indie fantasy, but as an added bonus, it is by one of our very own bookish community members! This is the first self-published book by Christine of Wee Reader, and I am so excited to read it!
Ailsa is dead. Leaving Morven the last surviving changeling in the village. Everyone knows it is only a matter of time before she too is dead. Desperate to find out why the fairies steal human babies, and to save her own life, she leaves her family behind, travelling north into the fairy kingdoms with her best friend.
They soon find that making their way through vast magical forests, across kelpie-ridden lochs and over seemingly endless mountain ranges is more than they were prepared for. Despite the countless evenings spent listening to stories about adventures, fairies and magic, they find themselves out of their depth. Fighting to stay alive.
Meanwhile in the fairy kingdoms, Princess Freya of Culhuinn struggles to cope with life now that her love has been taken from her. Whilst Queen Euna of Norbroch spends more time lost in her memories than she does ruling her kingdom.
One changeling’s journey to save her life will alter their world forever.
What about you?
Did you participate in this week’s Top Ten Tuesday? If so, feel free to drop me a link in the comments! I’m sure there are tons of upcoming releases that haven’t even hit my radar, so make sure I don’t miss out on anything epic!