Top Ten Tuesday – Top Ten 2016 Releases I Can’t Believe I Still Haven’t Read

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Each week they provide a topic, and you choose ten book related things to answer the topic. This week is a freebie week, and due to the fact that I have yet to read many of my most anticipated 2016 releases, I thought that this would be a great topic to do! I’m also cheating a little bit – top ten tuesday has turned into top eleven tuesday because I couldn’t cut this list down anymore!

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Top Ten Tuesday – Top Ten Most Anticipated Releases for the Second Half of the Year

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Each week they provide a topic, and you choose ten book related things to answer the topic. My top ten most anticipated books for the remainder of 2016 are;

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Zeroes – Scott Westerfeld, Margo Lanagan and Deborah Biancotti

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Title: Zeroes
Author: Scott Westerfeld, Margo Lanagan and Deborah Biancotti
Year Published: 2015
Publisher: Allen & Unwin
Format: Paperback, 485 Pages
ISBN: 9781925266955

Prior to reading this, the last book I read by Scott Westerfeld was Afterworlds, which was a book I hated (I know Westerfeld is only one of the three authors of this book, but as I have not read any of the other authors’ works, I can’t compare them). I was so incredibly wary in picking Zeroes up, but once I finally did I wish I had picked it up sooner, because Zeroes was much better than I had ever expected. In fact, I was enjoying it so much at the time that I managed to convince my friend to buy the book and read the book before I had even gotten to the end of it.

If you’re not aware, Zeroes is about six teenagers who all have different powers. Together they form the Zeroes. After one of their members accidentally gets involved in a bank robbery, the others are summoned to help get him out of trouble. But their rescue mission ends up spiraling out of control, as they end up facing even more dangerous criminals. As I’m writing this plot summary up, I’ve come to the conclusion that it’s actually a really difficult book to try and summarise. It may not sound like anything that interesting, but it really ended up going places I wasn’t expecting. I’m a fan of the tagline on the back of the book;

“One bag of stolen drug money. One bungled bank robbery. Six teenagers. Six unique powers. One action-packed week.”

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Conjuror (Orion Chronicles Book 1) – John & Carole E. Barrowman

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Title: Conjuror
Author: John & Carole E. Barrowman
Date Published: 23 May 2016
Publisher: HarperVoyager
Format: Paperback, 296 Pages
ISBN: 9781781856383

This book was honestly one of the most disappointing reads I’ve had in awhile. The concept sounds fantastic – incredibly unique and fascinating, however, I had many issues with the execution of this novel, and ultimately I was left feeling thrown into the deep end 90 percent of the time. There were so many unanswered questions, and realistically a reader shouldn’t be left feeling confused for the entire book. This is just the beginning of my issues with this book, so read on if you would like to know all the things that hindered me from getting behind this book.

If you’ve not aware of what this book is about, here is the blurb as from the back cover of my ARC:

Sixteen-year-old twins Matt and Em Calder are Animare: they can bring art to life, and travel in time through paintings. They work for Orion – the Animare MI5 – protecting the secrecy of their order and investigating crimes committed by their own kind. It’s dangerous work. But when they are sent to Edinburgh to find a teenage boy who can alter reality with his music, they are drawn into something more dangerous still. For this boy, Remy, is the Conjurer’s Son. And he carries something that could change humanity for ever…

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