When I was making my “Spring 2017” releases list, I had to stop at April. There are just so many exciting books coming out this May! This list covers only April and May – I’ll be releasing a new one sometime in May to cover summer releases.
April 4th – The End of Day by Claire North
I’ve been following Claire North/Kate Griffin/Catherine Webb for a while now. While I think some of the themes of her most recent books have been repetitive, I am planning on reading her newest release, The End of Day. The back blurb is pretty scanty, but it looks like the story’s about a man named Charlie who works for the four horsemen of the apocalypse. He’s sent out before them as either a warning or a courtesy, and apparently the end of everything is soon to arrive.
April 18th – The Edge of the Abyss by Emily Skrutskie
I read an ARC of The Abyss Surrounds Us back in 2014 and loved it so much. It’s an action packed tale complete with sea monsters, pirates and a f/f romance! Obviously, I was incredibly excited for the release of the sequel and final book in the duology, The Edge of the Abyss. I was able to snag an advanced copy and am happy to report that The Edge of the Abyss is as much fun as I had hoped. This duology is a real gem and I can’t recommend it enough. You can expect to see my review in early April, about two weeks before the release.
April 25th – Buffalo Soldier by Marius Broaddus
I’ve had a hit or miss experience with steampunk, but I still want to give Buffalo Soldier a go. I really liked a steampunk short story by Marius Broaddus, and while I think this is a different world, I still feel optimistic. In Buffalo Soldier, a Jamaican former espionage agent becomes a caretaker for a mysterious boy who’s being chased by a number of fractions intent on discovering what secrets he knows. I think the blurb sounds fun, plus it got a positive review from Max Gladstone! I really need to read this one.
May 2nd – A Tyranny of Queens by Foz Meadows
I enjoyed the heck out of An Accident of Stars, and I’m ready for book two! Queer feminist fantasy novels are my jam. Why can’t there be more fantasy books that put such thought into gender roles? Anyway, the ending of An Accident of Stars hinted at what the series long plot could be, and I’m super excited. Also, what’s up with Saffron, who’s been returned to our world? What’s the situation like in Kena? I need this book!
May 2nd – All Systems Red by Martha Wells
I’m a huge fan of Martha Wells’s fantasy work, and I’m eager to try this science fiction novella from her. I’ve been avoiding reading the available excerpt since I knew that it would just make the wait harder – and fellow bibliophiles have confirmed that this is true! It’s being described as Westworld meets the Culture novels. While I haven’t gotten into the Culture, I still think the description sounds intriguing. I’m so ready to read about murderous robots. Also, the Tor novella line up has generally been pretty amazing, and I expect this one to be amazing too.
May 2nd – The Boy on the Bridge by M.R. Carey
Literally all I know about this book is that it’s a prequel to The Girl with All the Gifts. But The Girl with All the Gifts was awesome, so I’m definitely down for this one. Presumably there’ll be a boy? Who’s on a bridge? Who knows! Going off of The Girl with All the Gifts, there will probably be zombies and I shouldn’t read it right before going to bed. Speaking of these books, I recently saw The Girl with All the Gifts movie! It was a faithful adaptation with a charismatic young actress.
May 4th – The Seafarer’s Kiss by Julia Ember
Queer ladies + beautiful cover = automatic interest for me. And hey, the advance reviews look generally positive! This one is a retelling of “The Little Mermaid” in a Scandinavian setting with a romance between two girls. In this YA fantasy novel, a young mermaid is bargains with Loki, determined to outsmart him, to save the life of the human shield maiden she’s fallen in love with. Can I also just point out that the cover is really really pretty? I know not to judge a book by its cover, but gosh this one is a stunner.
May 4th – City of Miracles by Robert Jackson Bennett
I’ve had an ARC of this one since January but I’ve been holding off on reading it until closer to the release date. Urgh, you’ve got know idea how difficult it’s been. I love this series! First world problems, am I right? Seriously, I have every confidence that this book will be amazing. The prior books in this series, City of Stairs and City of Blades, were both wonderful, full of great characterization and world building. Plus, a fellow book blogger I follow has already given it a positive review, and we tend to like the same sort of things.
May 16th – Thick as Thieves by Megan Whalen Turner
I’m lucky enough that I didn’t start reading this series until a few years ago. Long time fans have been waiting for this book for seven years! Thick as Thieves is the fifth novel in Megan Whalen Turner’s splendid YA fantasy series, The Queen’s Thief. The series starts with The Thief, but the books start getting really good in the second, Queen of Attolia. You can expect a world based on ancient Greece with brilliant characterization. My one complaint about this series is that it’s based on ancient Greece but everyone’s straight. Maybe now that it’s 2017 that can change? Fingers crossed.
May 23rd – River of Teeth by Sarah Gailey
This alternate history novels sounds simply fabulous! So apparently in the early 1900s, the United States was facing a meat shortage as well as a Mississippi river being overgrown with plant life. Someone in Congress then had a bright idea (this is one of the most terrifying phrases in the English language) to import hippos from Africa to be used for meat. Everyone thought this was absolutely brilliant until they were reminded that hippos were one of the most dangerous animals in Africa. So the vote to import hippos failed by one vote. But what if it hadn’t? This sounds hilarious and you should read Sarah Gailey’s twitter thread about it.