Tuesday, 26 April 2016

Grabby Hands #5 | May 2016

Grabby Hands is a monthly feature where I talk about all the books I'm excited for. April is coming to an end, we still don't really have true Spring time, but talking about May releases might help, right? There are so many books coming out in May, especially on May 3rd (apparently 30 young adult books will be published that day, but I don't want to read them all), so it might be a long post. 

                                                                              May 3rd                                                                       

A Court of Mist and Fury (A Court of Thorns and Roses #2) by Sarah J. Maas - I reread A Court of Thorns and Roses a few weeks ago and now I'm even more excited for this one. ACOMAF will be a retelling of Hades and Persephone, which makes me so happy, because it means we'll see more of Rhysand (but it was obvious). Also, I want to know what he saw before leaving (??). Sarah J. Maas is an author I love and she made me like faeries, before I found them kind of weird, but hers are fantastic. I haven't picked a team between Tamlin and Rhysand to be honest, *hides from the fangirls*, but I'm eager to see how it'll turn out.

The Hidden Oracle (The Trials of Apollo #1) by Rick Riordan - I wasn't surprised when Rick Riordan announced his new series, but I was a little disappointed it didn't focus on Roman demigods (probably next time though). It's interesting he chose to have Apollo as a main character and I'm curious to see how he'll be as a regular teenager. I really enjoy Riordan's books so of course I'll get to this one at some point.

Ruined (Ruined #1) by Amy Tintera - DID SOMEONE SAY HIGH FANTASY? Of course I added this one to my TBR! I haven't read Amy Tintera's duology (it was about zombies, right?) but I think I will if I love this one. I like that it's about revenge and infiltrating royalty because it could go horribly wrong (but of course she'll fall in love). 

The Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson - Morgan Matson is one of my favourite contemporary authors. I read all of her books and loved them, so of course I'm craving this one. My only complaint is that she only writes a book every two years, because I need more. But at the same time, they're so good that I can understand. While it doesn't matter what it's about (since it'll be amazing), I'm intrigued about the dogs.

Dream On (The Silver Trilogy #2) by Kerstin Gier - It's a German trilogy, finally translated in English! Actually, the second book is already out in French, but I don't care because the English cover is so much prettier, with this Alice in Wonderland's feeling to it. I loved the first book, because it was set in London, involved dreams and reminded me a little of The Raven Boys, because the main characters were a girl and four boys. I found the first book so cute and I'm excited for this one.

Warrior Witch (The Malediction Trilogy #3) by Danielle L. Jensen - I LOVE this trilogy. If you haven't read it, run away and go buy it. Then come back. Or keep on reading and then get it. Whatever. Hidden Huntress ended on a tough spot for the characters so I'm scared of what will happen. But at the same time I can't wait and I want C├ęcile and Tristan to have all the babies in the world (at least). If someone had told me I would love a fantasy series about trolls to death, I would have laughed to his nose. But I was wrong.

Traitor Angels by Anne Blankman - I loved Blankman's Prisoner of Night and Fog duology. She's a great historical fiction writer and I can't wait to get to this one. It is set in the 17th century and I don't need to know more, because Charles II lived more or less at the same time than Louis XIV of France (one of my faves) so yes, yes, yes. I need more 17th century novels in YA fiction, please auhors.

Summer of Sloane by Erin L. Schneider - Spring is finally here (more or less where I live but that's another story), which means I'm getting in the mood for contemporary novels again! What intrigued me about this one was the setting, because I don't think I've ever read a book set in Hawaii. Also, it's a debut novel and you should know by now that I've been excited by a lot of debut novels this year (it doesn't mean I enjoy them all but still!).

The Crown (The Selection #5) by Kiera Cass - I'm not a huge fan of the Selection series, but those books are quick, entertaining and easy to read, sometimes it's what one needs! If Eadlyn isn't a complete brat anymore and goes through character development, it should be fine!

The Square Root of Summer by Harriet Reuter Hapgood - Here's another debut involving time travel! From what I gathered, the time traveling aspect is more similar to The Love That Split the World, because it's about different parts of the main character's life. I haven't heard anything about this one yet, so I'll go blind into it.

                                                                             May 17th                                                                      

The Crown's Game (The Crown's Game #1) by Evelyn Skye - This debut had stellar reviews, everyone is talking about it. I was already quite excited, because it's a historical fantasy set in Russia, where two magicians are competing against each other to work for the tsar. I think it must be one of my most anticipated releases of May.

Summer Days and Summer Nights: Twelve Love Stories by Stephanie Perkins - Stephanie Perkins is coming back with another anthology, but the stories will be set in summer this time (hence the title, Lucie...). Authors I loved have contributed to this one, like Cassandra Clare, Leigh Bardugo, Veronica Roth, Jennifer E. Smith and Libba Bray! I'm curious to read their stories.

Girl Against the Universe by Paula Stokes - I have yet to read a book by Paula Stokes, because I've heard amazing things about this author. I'm intrigued by this one, because the main character seems clumsy and unlucky, that's what I feel most of the time, so I think I will totally relate to her. Moreover, how many clumsy characters do we have, usually? I need people like me in fiction.

                                                                           May 24th                                                                        

Outrun the Moon by Stacey Lee - I read Stacey Lee's debut, Under a Painted Sky and while I wasn't its biggest fan, I found that it tackled down some important topics, mostly because the author choose to have persons of colours as main characters in a historical setting. Now that I think about it, I saw more diversity in YA historical novels than in YA urban fantasy novels lately, go figure. But anyway, I don't think I've read a historical novel set in San Francisco yet and I'm eager to see what the main character will do to help her city after a major earthquake.

Are you excited about any of these books? Have you read any of them yet? Which books are you most excited for in May?


  1. AHH. So many fabulous books are coming out this month! I just finished Ruined a few days ago and absolutely loved it, so I hope you end up enjoying it as much as I did. And I am so excited for Trials of Apollo, The Crown's Game and Outrun the Moon as well. Thanks for sharing Lucie and, as always, fabulous post! ♥

    1. I feel like ALL THE BOOKS are released this month and that it'll be calmer this summer! Yes, I just read your review for Ruined and it made me even more excited to read it! The Crown's Game is getting so much hype on Twitter these days, while I'm dying to get my hands on it, maybe I'll wait a little before reading it, because I'll want the hype to die down. Thanks, Zoe! ♥

  2. May is going to be such a good month! I can't wait. Although, I have no idea what I want to start with. How do we choose? I am particularly excited for The Square Root of Summer. I love anything to do with time travel, and I also want to go into this one blind. I'm excited to know that the time traveling aspect is similar to The Love That Split the World. I recently read that one and really enjoyed it. I just happened to come across your blog while browsing Bloglovin' in hopes of finding new people to follow. :D I look forward to more posts from you!

    Sarah | Kerosene Lit

    1. I feel exactly the same, I don't know how to choose between all the amazing books coming out this month (especially tomorrow actually). For the Square Root of Summer, I've just seen a four stars review on Goodreads, so now I'm even more excited. Moreover, I find it interesting to read a balance of contemporary and time travel, especially now that it's Spring (for me, it increases the number of contemporary I read!). Thanks Sarah! :D

  3. May is so exciting! I'm super pumped for The Hidden Oracle, even though I'm not up to date with Riordan yet. I still have to finish the final book in the Heroes of Olympus series! Otherwise, the other two I'm most excited for are The Unexpected Everything and Traitor Angels. I've never read any Morgan Matson, but I own a few of her books already—I've heard nothing but great things about her. Like you, I loved Anne Blankman's Prisoner of Night and Fog (though I haven't read the second)!

    1. Yes, I can't wait to be down with my finals so I can read all the new releases! I'm up to date with Riordan, but I don't know if the Hidden Oracle will be my priority out of so many releases. Good luck with finishing the Blood of Olympus then! I really hope you'll love The Unexpected Everything, because I love this author so much. :)