As I was browsing YALit’s list of upcoming books, I found three I’m really excited about.
For some reason, recently, I’ve been obsessed with the Queen of Hearts from Alice in Wonderland. She’s not a particularly lovely character, but nonetheless.
So, I was super excited to learn Marissa Meyer has a book focused on the Queen of Hearts coming out later this year. (Heartless, November 8, 2016)
But, coming sooner…
Colleen Oakes’s Queen of Hearts from HarperCollins May 3, 2016.
From Barnes & Noble:
ONLY QUEENS WITH HEARTS CAN BLEED.
This is not the story of the Wonderland we know. Alice has not fallen down a rabbit hole. There is no all-knowing cat with a taunting smile. This is a Wonderland where beneath each smile lies a secret, each tart comes with a demand, and only prisoners tell the truth.
Dinah is the princess who will one day reign over Wonderland. She has not yet seen the dark depths of her kingdom; she longs only for her father’s approval and a future with the boy she loves. But when a betrayal breaks her heart and threatens her throne, she is launched into Wonderland’s dangerous political game. Dinah must stay one step ahead of her cunning enemies or she’ll lose not just the crown but her head.
Evil is brewing in Wonderland and maybe, most frighteningly, in Dinah herself.
The first novel in Colleen Oakes’s epic, imaginative series proves heroes can become villains and fairy tales can become nightmares.
This is not a story of happily ever after.
This is the story of the Queen of Hearts.
I mean — how cool does this sound? And it’s a first novel in a series. BRING THEM ON.
Another book I’m excited about is Margot Harrison’s The Killer in Me, but it’s not released until July 12, 2016.
From Barnes & Noble:
Hasn’t he lived long enough? Why not? I could take him like a thief in the night.
This is how the Thief thinks. He serves death, the vacuum, the unknown. He’s always waiting. Always there.
Seventeen-year-old Nina Barrows knows all about the Thief. She’s intimately familiar with his hunting methods: how he stalks and kills at random, how he disposes of his victims’ bodies in an abandoned
mine in the deepest, most desolate part of a desert.
Now, for the first time, Nina has the chance to do something about the serial killer that no one else knows exists. With the help of her former best friend, Warren, she tracks the Thief two thousand miles, to his home turf-the deserts of New Mexico.
But the man she meets there seems nothing like the brutal sociopath with whom she’s had a disturbing connection her whole life. To anyone else, Dylan Shadwell is exactly what he appears to be: a young veteran committed to his girlfriend and her young daughter. As Nina spends more time with him, she begins to doubt the truth she once held as certain: Dylan Shadwell is the Thief. She even starts to wonder . . . what if there is no Thief?
From debut author Margot Harrison comes a brilliantly twisted psychological thriller that asks which is more terrifying: the possibility that your nightmares are real . . . or the possibility that they begin and end with you?
I’ve been on a true crime kick, so this just looks pretty awesome. Plus, who doesn’t love a good story that includes a sociopath and murderer?
In the meantime, I’ll try to get through as many of the books on my TBR pile as I can…
What books are upcoming this year that you’re excited about? Share with us!