My Highly Anticipated 2017 Books

The new year is here and it’s time to talk about all the great things I’m excited about–namely, books.

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Here is my list of most anticipated (non-debut) books coming out in 2017!

I posted about my highly anticipated DEBUT books HERE.

(in order of expected publication)

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Flying Lessons and Other Stories

by Ellen Oh (Editor), Sherman Alexie, Jacqueline Woodson, Kwame Alexander, Walter Dean Myers, Meg Medina, Tim Tingle, Kelly J. Baptist , Soman Chainani,Matt de la Pena, Tim Federle, Grace Lin 

Expected publication: January 3rd 2017 by Crown Books for Young Readers

Whether it is basketball dreams, family fiascos, first crushes, or new neighborhoods, this bold anthology—written by the best children’s authors—celebrates the uniqueness and universality in all of us.

In a partnership with We Need Diverse Books, industry giants Kwame Alexander, Soman Chainani, Matt de la Peña, Tim Federle, Grace Lin, Meg Medina, Walter Dean Myers, Tim Tingle, and Jacqueline Woodson join newcomer Kelly J. Baptist in a story collection that is as humorous as it is heartfelt. This impressive group of authors has earned among them every major award in children’s publishing and popularity as New York Times bestsellers.

From these distinguished authors come ten distinct and vibrant stories.

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History Is All You Left Me

by Adam Silvera

Expected publication: January 17th 2017 by Soho Teen

When Griffin’s first love and ex-boyfriend, Theo, dies in a drowning accident, his universe implodes. Even though Theo had moved to California for college and started seeing Jackson, Griffin never doubted Theo would come back to him when the time was right. But now, the future he’s been imagining for himself has gone far off course.
To make things worse, the only person who truly understands his heartache is Jackson. But no matter how much they open up to each other, Griffin’s downward spiral continues. He’s losing himself in his obsessive compulsions and destructive choices, and the secrets he’s been keeping are tearing him apart.If Griffin is ever to rebuild his future, he must first confront his history, every last heartbreaking piece in the puzzle of his life.
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American Street

by Ibi Zoboi

Expected publication: February 14th 2017 by Balzer + Bray

On the corner of American Street and Joy Road, Fabiola Toussaint thought she would finally find une belle vie—a good life.
But after they leave Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Fabiola’s mother is detained by U.S. immigration, leaving Fabiola to navigate her loud American cousins, Chantal, Donna, and Princess; the grittiness of Detroit’s west side; a new school; and a surprising romance, all on her own.Just as she finds her footing in this strange new world, a dangerous proposition presents itself, and Fabiola soon realizes that freedom comes at a cost. Trapped at the crossroads of an impossible choice, will she pay the price for the American dream?

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Strange the Dreamer (Strange the Dreamer #1)

by Laini Taylor

Expected publication: March 28th 2017 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

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.

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Flame in the Mist (Flame in the Mist #1)

by Renee Ahdieh

Expected publication: May 16th 2017 by G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers

The daughter of a prominent samurai, Mariko has long known her place—she may be an accomplished alchemist, whose cunning rivals that of her brother Kenshin, but because she is not a boy, her future has always been out of her hands. At just seventeen years old, Mariko is promised to Minamoto Raiden, the son of the emperor’s favorite consort—a political marriage that will elevate her family’s standing. But en route to the imperial city of Inako, Mariko narrowly escapes a bloody ambush by a dangerous gang of bandits known as the Black Clan, who she learns has been hired to kill her before she reaches the palace.

Dressed as a peasant boy, Mariko sets out to infiltrate the ranks of the Black Clan, determined to track down the person responsible for the target on her back. But she’s quickly captured and taken to the Black Clan’s secret hideout, where she meets their leader, the rebel ronin Takeda Ranmaru, and his second-in-command, his best friend Okami. Still believing her to be a boy, Ranmaru and Okami eventually warm to Mariko, impressed by her intellect and ingenuity. As Mariko gets closer to the Black Clan, she uncovers a dark history of secrets, of betrayal and murder, which will force her to question everything she’s ever known.

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I Believe in a Thing Called Love

by Maurene Goo

Expected publication: May 30th 2017 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)

Desi Lee knows how carburetors work. She learned CPR at the age of five. As a high school senior, she has never missed a day of school and has never had a B in her entire life. She’s for sure going to Stanford. But—she’s never had a boyfriend. In fact, she’s a disaster in romance, a clumsy, stammering humiliation-magnet whose botched attempts at flirting have become legendary with her friends. So when the hottest human specimen to have ever lived walks into her life one day, Desi decides to tackle her flirting failures with the same zest she’s applied to everything else in her life. She finds her answer in the Korean dramas her father has been obsessively watching for years—where the hapless heroine always seems to end up in the arms of her true love by episode ten. It’s a simple formula, and Desi is a quick study. Armed with her “K Drama Rules for True Love,” Desi goes after the moody, elusive artist Luca Drakos—and boat rescues, love triangles, and fake car crashes ensue. But when the fun and games turn to true feels, Desi finds out that real love is about way more than just drama.
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Tash Hearts Tolstoy

by Kathryn Ormsbee

Expected publication: June 6th 2017 by Simon & Schuster

After a shout-out from one of the Internet’s superstar bloggers, Natasha “Tash” Zelenka finds herself and her obscure, amateur web series, Unhappy Families, thrust into the limelight: She’s gone viral.

Her show is a modern adaptation of Anna Karenina—written by Tash’s literary love Count Lev Nikolayevich “Leo” Tolstoy. Tash is a fan of the forty thousand new subscribers, their gushing tweets, and flashy Tumblr GIFs. Not so much the pressure to deliver the best web series ever.

And when Unhappy Families is nominated for a Golden Tuba award, Tash’s cyber-flirtation with Thom Causer, a fellow award nominee, suddenly has the potential to become something IRL—if she can figure out how to tell said crush that she’s romantic asexual.

Tash wants to enjoy her newfound fame, but will she lose her friends in her rise to the top? What would Tolstoy do?

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Want

by Cindy Pon

Expected publication: June 13th 2017 by Simon Pulse

Jason Zhou survives in a divided society where the elite use their wealth to buy longer lives. The rich wear special suits, protecting them from the pollution and viruses that plague the city, while those without suffer illness and early deaths. Frustrated by his city’s corruption and still grieving the loss of his mother who died as a result of it, Zhou is determined to change things, no matter the cost.

With the help of his friends, Zhou infiltrates the lives of the wealthy in hopes of destroying the international Jin Corporation from within. Jin Corp not only manufactures the special suits the rich rely on, but they may also be manufacturing the pollution that makes them necessary.

Yet the deeper Zhou delves into this new world of excess and wealth, the more muddled his plans become. And against his better judgment, Zhou finds himself falling for Daiyu, the daughter of Jin Corp’s CEO. Can Zhou save his city without compromising who he is, or destroying his own heart?

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Spirit Hunters

byEllen Oh

Expected publication: July 25, 2017 by HarperCollins

Harper Raine doesn’t like her new house from the moment she steps inside. It makes her skin crawl and her hair stand on end. There’s an energy to the house that just doesn’t feel right….

There are rumors that the Raine family’s new house is haunted. Unexplainable events and tragedy seem to have befallen every family who’s lived there before. Harper isn’t sure she believes those rumors until her younger brother, Michael, starts acting strangely.

The whole atmosphere gives Harper a sense of déjà vu, but she can’t remember why. Harper knows that the memories she’s blocking will help make sense of her brother’s behavior and the strange and dangerous sensations she feels in the house, but will she be able to put the pieces together in time?

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Warcross (Warcross #1)

by Marie Lu

Expected publication: 2017 by G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers

Two teenage bounty hunters are “hired by a young billionaire to catch a hacker in the world’s most phenomenally popular virtual reality video game.”

Pokemon GO Book Tag

So, if anyone follows me on Twitter (@KatCho), then you KNOW how obsessed I am with Pokemon GO. So when Katy Pool tagged me in her POST, I was like, “Yes please!”

It was started by ReadatMidnight and is a fun way to talk about books we love by comparing them to the Pokemon we’re catching in the game. I have to admit that even though I grew up during the 90s I did not get that into Pokemon. So, I’ve been doing some MAJOR catching up lately.

Okay, here we go!

No doubt, the book (series) that I first ever binge-read was Animorphs.

I want to say Mossflower. It’s one of the first books I wrote fanfiction about. So much adventure and food and bravery and amazingness!

I also want to say any book by Roald Dahl. I devoured those. They just made me believe in the fantastical.

Oh! Also, I loved Douglas Adams books. Some of the first books that made me laugh out loud.

Don’t laugh at me, but (probably because I don’t read horror) Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets terrified me.

SPOILER ALERT

(but I assume most people have read HP)

That basilisk travels IN THE WALLS! It can be ANYWHERE. It can be in your toilet! It can kill and/or petrify you by LOOKING AT YOUR FACE. I mean, come on, terrifying.

I adore Zuzana and Mik (from the Daughter of Smoke and Bone series. They’re the mains in Night of Cake and Puppets). I know that they’re not the main couple in the series but I don’t care. They are made for each other and they’re amazing!

I do also love Karou and Akiva from the Daughter of Smoke and Bone series. They are just my everything.

The Elemental series by Brigid Kemmerer is AMAZING and a good fast-paced read.

Also, anything by Jennifer L Armentrout.

The Percy Jackson series by Rick Riordan. That one spawned a WHOLE OTHER series and some side stories/novellas and joined forces with another series by Rick Riordan which took place in a different place in the same universe. But I devoured ALL OF THEM. I adore the Percy Jackson universe.

 UGH, there are too many!

The Gauntlet by Karuna Riazi 

Caraval by Stephanie Garber

The Amaterasu Project by Axie Oh

WinterSong by Sara Jae Jones

The Hate U Give by Angela Thomas

Swimming Lessons by Samira Ahmed

 

Nora Roberts, Laini Taylor, Alexandra Bracken

I don’t think “overhyped” is how I’d describe it, because it seems like the love of this series is very well-deserved. But I have the whole Grisha Trilogy by Leigh Bardugo and cannot wait to read it.

Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor

Want by Cindy Pon

Spirit Hunters by Ellen Oh

I just bought Monstress by Marjorie Liu and didn’t get it fast enough to buy the first edition cover (I have third). I kind of wish I had the first edition just because that series is epic.

Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien. Although, I own THREE copies of each of the trilogy and a copy of the Hobbit. They were Christmas/Birthday presents. Apparently, when you write SFF, you get LOTR for presents a lot.

I tag Claribel Ortega.

The Book Con 2016!

So, my reader/fan life and my writer life have collided (once again). I went with some writing friends to this year’s BEA/Book Con in Chicago.
It was such a fun time even though we only went to the Book Con part of it on Saturday.
One of the things I love about going to Book conventions is that the authors are so nice! They are always willing to talk, take pictures, sign books, let you cry on them (No! YOU cried after meeting Laini Taylor)
I couldn’t look Daniel Jose Older (@djolder )in the eye for the first five minutes I was talking to him. I mean Shadowshaper is on the New York Times Bestseller’s list! Woah! But he’s actually one of the nicest, coolest, funniest, and smartest people you can talk to about books and life in general.
There are not enough words in the English language for me to explain how awesome Anna Marie McLemore is (@LaAnnaMarie). She was not only epic on her panel but she’s just a great down-to-earth person and so sweet.
Everyone should put The Weight of Feathers on their TBR.
I cannot tell you how ridiculously surreal it was to actually hang out with authors like Sona Charaipotra (@sona_c), Dhonielle Clayton (@brownbookworm), and Anna Marie McLemore (Also, Zoraida Cordova who is not pictured because I’m the worst at asking for photos @zlikeinzorro so instead I’ll show the cover of the BEAUTIFUL Labyrinth Lost below).
I will say that having writers around when you’re writing your MS is SO cool! They are so supportive and will fan over your work whether they are your CP or an award winning author. So cool! (Also, I’m in love with Tiny Pretty Things by Sona and Dhonielle)
Read this book, it’s awesome!

Susan Dennard (@stdennard) is the nicest. She spent so long talking to us as fans and people and was so excited we’d be at future cons and events. Just a wonderful all around person (and of course, she writes great books. Truthwitch for the win!)

You get ARCs! and Samplers! And I Love Laini Taylor’s new book already. Squeal!
(Also, go see Janella Angeles @janella_angeles on the diversity panel at Leviosa Con in July! She’s the classy one scratching her nose)
So, I was really nervous to ask for this photo with Laini Taylor (@lainitaylor) because it wasn’t at a signing or panel. I just saw her walking through the convention and she stopped and I just seized the moment (with some prodding from my awesome friends). I couldn’t get a full sentence out. I asked for the photo. I think I bowed when I thanked her (I’ll blame that on my Korean upbringing).
And then I cried.
I did wait until I was away from her before I cried, but yes, I cried. Laini Taylor is my literary idol. If I had 1/100th of the talent she did then I’d feel accomplished as a writer.
Speaking of awesome writers that I look up to. Look! It’s Maggie Stiefvater (@mstiefvater)! She was surrounded by fans trying to get copies of The Raven King signed. This was at the very end of the day. So I was so tired I blame being a hot mess on that, but I think she’s probably used to fans being tongue tied in front of her. So I’m in good company. Hahaha.