Friday Reads: 5 Novels We’re Anticipating This Year

Whether you're looking for the next contemporary, fairytale retelling, fantasy, or sci-fi read, there are so many fantastic new novels releasing this year with romantic elements. Here are five of those titles that we just can't stop talking about and are highly anticipating this year. Let's begin with a retelling of Aladdin...

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1. The Forbidden Wish by Jessica Khoury

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From the author who brought you Origin, which has been optioned for film, comes an Aladdin retelling like you've never seen before. One of the most highly anticipated retellings of the year. Get ready for this magical ride which kicks off February 23, 2016 from Razorbill.

2. You Know Me Well by David Levithan & Nina LaCour

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Told in alternating points of view, You Know Me Well follows the love stories of Mark and Kate, who have sat next to each other for an entire year but have never spoken...until their paths cross one day outside of those four walls. You Know Me Well is written by award-winning author, Nina LaCour and the best-selling author of Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist (co written by Rachel Cohn), David Levithan and releases June 7, 2016 from St. Martin's Griffin.

3. The Girl from Everywhere by Heidi Heilig

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From debut author, Heidi Heilig comes a time traveling fantasy that will take readers from modern day New York to 18th century Hawaii - the latter being where the author was raised. The Girl from Everywhere, which has been praised already for its brilliantly crafted characters, story, and romance, hits shelves February 16, 2016 from Greenwillow Books.

4. The Shadow Queen by C.J. Redwine

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If you enjoyed The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer, you'll want to check out The Shadow Queen which Redwine has said is "the first in a series of stand alone companion novels, each an epic fantasy fairy tale retelling set in adjoining kingdoms." The Shadow Queen releases February 16, 2016 from Balzer + Bray.

5. On the Edge of Gone by Corinne Duyvis

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January 29, 2035. That’s the day the comet is scheduled to hit—the big one. When the future of the human race is at stake, whose lives matter most?

If you're looking for a great story that prominently features diverse characters in regards to ethnicity, religion, sexuality, and disability, this sci-fi story set in the future is the book to pre-order. On the Edge of Gone releases March 8, 2016 from Amulet Books.

Notable Mention: The Siren by Kiera Cass

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Will she risk everything to follow her heart?

Want a light read that you can start and finish in one day? The Siren by New York Times bestselling author of The Selection series, Kiera Cass brings us an updated version of her once self published novel, now releasing from HarperTeen on January 26, 2016.

What are some books with romantic elements that you’re anticipating this year?

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