I read a lot of books. A LOT of books! And most of the time I'm playing catch up, but this year I'm attempting to tackle my 2016 releases as soon as they're available. Here is my anticipated list in no particular order:
"This is Where it Ends" by Marieke Nijkamp
The principal of Opportunity, Alabama's high school finishes her speech, welcoming the entire student body to a new semester and encouraging them to excel and achieve.
The students get up to leave the auditorium for their next class.
The auditorium doors won't open.
Someone starts shooting.
Told over the span of 54 harrowing minutes from four different perspectives, terror reigns as one student's calculated revenge turns into the ultimate game of survival.
"Rebel of the Sands" (Rebel of the Sands #1)
by Alwyn Hamilton
She’s more gunpowder than girl—and the fate of the desert lies in her hands.
Mortals rule the desert nation of Miraji, but mystical beasts still roam the wild and barren wastes, and rumor has it that somewhere, djinni still practice their magic. But there's nothing mystical or magical about Dustwalk, the dead-end town that Amani can't wait to escape from.
Destined to wind up "wed or dead," Amani’s counting on her sharpshooting skills to get her out of Dustwalk. When she meets Jin, a mysterious and devastatingly handsome foreigner, in a shooting contest, she figures he’s the perfect escape route. But in all her years spent dreaming of leaving home, she never imagined she'd gallop away on a mythical horse, fleeing the murderous Sultan's army, with a fugitive who's wanted for treason. And she'd never have predicted she'd fall in love with him...or that he'd help her unlock the powerful truth of who she really is.
"Age of Myth" (The Legends of the First Empire #1)
by Michael J. Sullivan
Since time immemorial, humans have worshipped the gods they call Fhrey, truly a race apart: invincible in battle, masters of magic, and seemingly immortal. But when a god falls to a human blade, the balance of power between men and those they thought were gods changes forever. Now, only a few stand between humankind and annihilation: Raithe, reluctant to embrace his destiny as the God Killer, Suri, a young seer burdened by signs of impending doom, and Persephone, who must overcome personal tragedy to lead her people. The Age of Myth is over; the time of rebellion has begun.
"Soldier" (Audian Forces #1)
by Kalcee Clornel
Athena had a promising future ahead of her at 17. A talent for dancing, a free ride to the best performing arts school in the country, and a crew of friends as close as family. Then she begins to see things that no one else can see.
During an attack that leaves several people dead, Athena is saved by AB-12. An elite military team from a city called Audens, a secret city, home to hundreds of people who do not belong in this universe. And Athena is one of them.
Charlie, a scientist, has finally found a place he belongs in AB-12. Even though the team is the family he never had, life in the field isn't easy. He can fight with the best of them, but he isn't a soldier. With skills that make him invaluable, not just to the military, but to the enemy, he can never escape the military life.
Rayne, daughter of the most famous Generals of Audens, has lived there her whole life, hiding her identity, even from her best friends, Willa and Killian. Her dreams to become a General herself one day are dying, despite her best efforts. She's used to life being tough, but always being the tough girl doesn't mean she's always strong, and somehow she always ends up alone.
Unfortunately for the three of them, they may be the key to ending a war that's been continuing for centuries and returning the Audian people to their home world.
"Riders" (Riders #1) by Veronica Rossi
Nothing but death can keep eighteen-year-old Gideon Blake from achieving his goal of becoming a U.S. Army Ranger. As it turns out, it does.
While recovering from the accident that most definitely killed him, Gideon finds himself with strange new powers and a bizarre cuff he can’t remove. His death has brought to life his real destiny. He has become War, one of the legendary four horsemen of the apocalypse.
Over the coming weeks, he and the other horsemen—Conquest, Famine, and Death—are brought together by a beautiful but frustratingly secretive girl to help save humanity from an ancient evil on the emergence.
Now—bound, bloodied, and drugged—Gideon is interrogated by the authorities about his role in a battle that has become an international incident. If he stands any chance of saving his friends and the girl he’s fallen for—not to mention all of humankind—he needs to convince the skeptical government officials the world is in imminent danger.
But will anyone believe him?