Wishlist Wednesday

Penguin Teen 2017 Releases

I am going to do something a little different this week. I am lucky enough to be in Melbourne for a few days and lo and behold, the Penguin Teen Australia showcase just happened to be on at the same time. So, I am going to give you my Top 5 Penguin Teen 2017 Books that are on my wishlist!

#1 Valentine by Jodi McAlister

Ok, so even though I have secured myself a pre-release copy of this gorgeous novel, it technically doesn’t come out until February, so it qualifies as being a wishlist item. This book is about four teenagers who are all born on the same Valentine’s Day start to disappear and bodies start piling up. Pearl has to figure out what’s going on at the same time as dealing with Finn, the most annoying boy she knows who she shares her Valentine’s birthday with. One of the four kids is a Seelie fairy – the Valentine – and now the Unseelie have come to kill them. I love books based around fairy folklore and so this is a book I am very keen to read!

#2 Wreck by Fleur Ferris

In the third book from Fleur Ferris, we meet Tamara. She has just finished high school and is planning her life at University with her best friend Relle. Things start to unravel when she arrives home to find her house has been broken into and ransacked, and her life put in danger. Fleur’s books always give me a chill and that’s because her stories and characters are so real and relatable. I’m really looking forward to this one! This book will be out in Australia in July.

#3 One of Us is Lying by Karen M. McManus

Pitched to us at the showcase as The Breakfast Club meets Pretty Little Liars, I am super keen for this book! It is the story of what happens when five kids walk into detention but only four make it out alive. They are all suspects and they all have secrets that they don’t want to share. This book will be out in Australia in June.

#4 This Mortal Coil by Emily Suvada

This is one for dystopian/fantasy fans and sounds very 5th Wave-esque. It tells the tale of the daughter of a leading geneticist. When he dies, she must take on the task of solving the mystery heleaves behind in order to save the world from a lethal plague. This book will be out in Australia in November.

#5 Troublemakers by Catherine Barter

A powerful over about activism, terrorism and family that is set in London. We meet Alena whose mother died when she was little. Raised by her older brother and his boyfriend, her life is about to be turned upside down when a bomber starts leaving explosives in supermarkets around East London. This book sounds extremely relevant and very emotional – a must read! This book will be out in Australia in July.

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Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor

This book will be the first in a new duology from best-selling author Laini Taylor. I absolutely ADORED her Daughter of Smoke and Bone series, so naturally I am very excited about new material from her.

One of the things I loved most about Laini Taylor’s Daughter of Smoke and Bone series was the way she writes and her use of language. It is so beautiful to read, and her descriptions are very vivid and very realistic (when it came to the real world locations!).

Much like The Song Rising, Strange the Dreamer had a delayed publication date. It was originally slated for a September 2016 release, but it then got pushed back to March 2017, the reasons for which are outlined here. Naturally, as soon as someone says I can have something and then makes me wait even longer for it, the more I want that item!

Mostly, I am putting this book on my wishlist because it has intrigued me. The title itself had grabbed me; Is ‘Strange’ a name? Is it just an artistic, incomplete sentence? What meaning does the title hold to the story? And then there is the plot summary on Goodreads:

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.


WELL! If that isn’t mysteriously tantalising enough to grab your interest, then I don’t know what is. Personally, the addition of a librarian just increased my interest! This sounds to me like more fabulous YA fantasy goodness!


The Australian publication date for Strange the Dreamer is 28th March 2017.

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The Song Rising by Samantha Shannon

The Song Rising, the third book in Samantha Shannon’s The Bone Season series, is without a doubt my most anticipated read of 2017.

I first read The Bone Season in 2015 and got completely ensnared by the world Scion London and the story of Paige Mahoney. Even though the story was SO GOOD that I didn’t want it to end, I raced through the book before promptly going out and buying the follow-up, The Mime Order. With the plans for this series to be seven books long, I recommend all of you who love a meaty sci-fi/dystopian series to get started on this one pronto!

I have mentioned before about books ticking all the boxes for me, and this one is no exception; strong, real and three-dimensional characters, excellent story and plotline, fantastic world building, and brilliant writing. These alone are reasons enough to have The Song Rising on my wishlist, but why is it my MOST anticipated read of the year?

Because I have been waiting in anticipation for this novel for two whole years!

Yeah, yeah. I hear all you George R.R. Martin fans laughing at me, but you have no idea the level of cliffhanger that The Mime Order ended on! In addition to this, Samantha Shannon originally wanted to have this book out in the world by mid-2016, but ultimately her publishers (for reasons Shannon outlines on her blog here) decided on a March 2017 publication date.

Maybe not twelve years of waiting, but it feels like it!

So, my body and mind are ready. Bring. It. On.

The Australian publication date for The Song Rising is 22nd February 2017.


P.S. If all of that isn’t enough to get you excited, check out the Spotify playlist that Samantha Shannon has created for The Song Rising (there are also playlists for her first two novels as well).