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Best Read New Releases So Far This Year 2016

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My Favorite New Releases So Far This Year 2016

Have I ever told you how much I love authors & publishers? A gigantic thank you to the authors & publishers who ensure bloggers have access to their books before or as they are published. Yes, they receive a public review in return, but this doesn’t always work in their favour. Book bloggers tell the truth. I promise. If we don’t no one would trust our reviews (and Cait’s dragons would devour us)

These are the new releases I think you should check out. Surprisingly there are a lot of historical fiction – a little out of my comfort zone…

I hope you discover a new book here to add to your reading list. Please let me know of any 2016 releases you recommend.


All the Missing Girls by Megan Miranda
Adult ThrillerNew releases

I haven’t written a review for this book simply because I am still suffering from book hangover, This book is the best I have read so far this year and the talented Megan Miranda has proved that she can master the transition from YA to adult fiction.
Read this book! This is my ONLY 5-star book so far this year!

Goodreads    Amazon.com   Amazon.co.uk    Book Depository   Loot.co.za

Recoil by Joanne MacgregorNew releases
YA Dystopia

Written by one of my favourite South African authors, Recoil is a new genre from her and I think it’s her best work ever. My review starts off with Recoil is an unpredictable, fast-paced, exhilarating ride… read more here

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The Smell of Other People’s Houses by Bonnie-Sue HitchcockNew releases
YA Historical Fiction

Unique and so readable. I loved this Alaskan story which in my review I called a beautifully written, enchanting novel that brings a breath of fresh air into the world of YA… read more here.

Amazon.com    Amazon.co.uk     Book Depository   Loot.co.za


The Unexpected Everything by Morgan MatsonNew releases
YA Contemporary

I just finished this book a couple of days ago. It’s just what you’d expect from Morgan Matson – fun & relatable – the perfect beach read. A book you’ll fly through while wishing it would never end.

Amazon.com  Amazon.co.uk   Book Depository    Loot.co.za


Nora & Kettle by Lauren Nicolle TaylorNew releases
YA Historical Fiction

Loosely based on Peter Pan, this book is a heartbreaking story of love, friendship, strength and survival. Bringing to light the racial prejudice Japanese Americans were subjected to after Pearl Harbour and encouraging tolerance. This book should be in all school libraries.

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The Summer Before the War by Helen SimonsonNew releases
Adult Historical Fiction

Reading this heartening, character-driven story felt like I was gliding gently, almost dreamily through the pages before jerking to a halt with the intrusion of the cruelty and brutality of the First World War.

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And I Darken by Kiersten WhiteNew releases
YA Historical Fiction

I initially chose And I Darken for its stunning cover and soon found out that it is much more. A deeply-layered, well-researched story set in the 15th century Ottman Empire and filled to the brim with treason, betrayal, murder, love, intrigue, jealousy and deceit. This book is good enough to eat!

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The Square Root of Summer by Harriet Reuter HapgoodNew releases
YA Contemporary

The Square Root of Summer is a weirdly absurd story and I think that’s why I liked it so much. Grief affects us all differently and this book got right in under my skin and took hold, even though the math was a beyond me!

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Alice and the Fly by James RiceNew releases
YA Contemporary

This début is a mixture of Eleanor and Park and The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time. Like The Curious Incident, the narrator is unreliable the real story is revealed slowly with unexpected twists. I felt like I was slightly detached from the story (but curiously in a good way), like watching a movie without sound.

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Lilac Girls by Martha Hall KellyNew releases
Adult Historical Fiction

I received a physical copy of this book from the author late last year in response to a post describing upcoming new releases. My review describes her soft, subtle, understated way of storytelling which spins a comforting and nostalgic cloak around the reader. But don’t be fooled into thinking this book doesn’t pack a punch, the tranquillity only emphasises the enormity the impact of war has on humanity. Read more here.

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  1. Oh my… I haven’t read any of your list! But so many are on my TBR like Nora & Kettle and The Unexpected Everything. Hopefully The Unexpected Everything reads fast for me; it’s so long and it’s one of the main reasons I haven’t picked it up yet!

    Thanks for stopping by Princessica of Books!

  2. I’ve heard about lots of these books, but I haven’t read any of them! I will be checking them out sometime though, they sound good!

  3. I love that cover of “The Summer Before the War”! That and “Lilac Girls” are both on my to-read list. I had no idea “The Smell of Other People’s Houses” takes place in Alaska! I will have to look it up… That’s one of my favorite settings!

  4. I am SO glad to see ‘Unexpected Everything’ on your list. That is one of my highly anticipated must reads. Also, “And I Darken” really intrigues me and I’ve seen ‘Square Root’ around. I’ll have to look that one up as the cover alone piques my interest. Great list – and thank you so much for visiting Finding Wonderland!

  5. I love the variety in your picks. I want to try Lilac Girls – I was looking at it at the library and it sounds good. 🙂

  6. That’s great that you are reading a little outside your comfort zone. 🙂 It’s always nice when that’s rewarded with great books. Several of these are on my to read list, but I haven’t read any of them yet, sad to say.

    The Smell of Other People’s Houses, Lilac Girls and And I Darken are among the ones I really want to read. I am glad to see you liked them so much!

  7. I’ve always wanted to read The Unexpected Everything but it’s SO long. I mean… usually contemporary books don’t need 500 pages right? I’m afraid it would be boring but I heard so many positive reviews about it!

  8. I really, really, REALLY need to read The Unexpected Everything. I’ve read her “Katie Finn” book of the year but haven’t read her Morgan Matson book yet, because I am stupid. And I Darken sounds amazing! I can’t wait to get my hands on it. Happy Reading! 🙂

    -Rekha @Million Book Mill

  9. I seriously need to read The Unexpected Everything ASAP because everyone seems to have it on their list! I love Morgan’s other books so I think I’ll love this one too. And I Darken sounds awesome too, can’t wait to read it!

  10. Jo

    I haven’t read any of these but I’m really looking forward to reading And I Darken! It sounds awesome.

  11. I do like the look of Alice and the Fly – thanks for that, will go and check it out further.
    Lynn 😀

  12. I just bought too many of these–but I want them all!!! I’m going to build a house with my unread but highly anticipated books.

  13. Mariela

    I haven’t read any of these. I haven’t read any 2016 release at all.I bought some but they are still in my bookshelves.

    My TTT.

  14. You’ve made me excited for All the Missing Girls! I still need to get to The Summer Before the War as well. Lilac Girls was definitely a book that left me thinking. Great list!

  15. Great list! I loved The Unexpected Everything and The Smell of Other People’s Houses too and included them on my list 🙂
    I bought The Square Root of Summer recently and I’m really looking forward to reading it this summer.

    Thanks for sharing these & HAPPY READING 🙂

  16. Great List! Nora & Kettle is one that I’m trying to get too so hopefully soon. All the Missing Girls and Lilac Girls are definitely getting added to my TBR.

  17. The Smell of Other People’s Houses sounds like a book for me! I’ve become a bit of a fanatic about books set in Alaska — I need to check this one out! I’m glad you enjoyed The Summer Before the War. I started it, but ended up DNFing at about 40%. I just couldn’t get into it, but maybe I’ll go back to it at some point. Great list!

  18. I’m seeing the Unexpected Everything and And I Darken everywhere! It’s like they’re following me, calling to me. I just know it. I’ll be checking them out.

  19. Omg, I haven’t read any of these, but some are on my TBR. And I Darken is actually the next book I am going to pick up and seeing it on your list definitely has my hopes up.

  20. Awesome list!! I have The Unexpected Everything on my list too. I have Nora &Kettle, All the Missing Girls and Lilac Girls to get to still. The Smell of Other People’s Houses and The Square root of Summer are both on my TBR and I really want to get. Great list!

  21. There are so many books on your list that I need to read! There are quite a few that I haven’t heard of before, like Nora & Kettle, which sounds really good. And I keep considering reading The Square Root of Summer – since I’m doing a maths degree, I’m very curious about the maths that comes up in the book!

  22. *pets dragons* It is nice to be known for being an honest blogger, right?! I LIKE IT. Although sometimes it backfires when you give low reviews a lot ahahhaah. *dies a little* AHEM.
    bUT OMG YAY FOR THE SMELL OF OTHER PEOPLE’S HOUSES! *hi fives* That’s on my list too. 😀 And I loved Alice and the Fly and I read that one last year. <3 It was so…twisty and sad and excellent. I also cannot WAIT to read Nora & Kettle! I have it on my TBR but, well, there are 39839 other books there too. XD SO I'm being a bit slow getting to it. hehh.
    Here’s my TTT!

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