Our Dark Duet by Victoria Schwab:
Technically this one is not a second half of the year book, but I didn't read the first book in the series before I wrote my first Highly Anticipated post of the year, and it's definitely highly anticipated.
Lucky in Love by Kasie West:
If I'm completely honest, Kasie West's books have a lost a bit of their shine for me, but I'm still looking forward to reading this one. (Kasie West's other books here, here, here, here, here, and here.)
Arabella and the Battle of Venus by David D. Levine:
Arabella of Mars was such a fun steampunk space adventure. I'm looking forward to the second in the series.
The Dire King by William Ritter:
The conclusion of Will Ritter's marvelous debut series that began with Jackaby. I hate to see it end! (series featured here, here, and here.)
There's Someone Inside Your House by Stephanie Perkins:
I've loved all things Stephanie Perkins, and I'm curious to see how she tackles a new genre: horror. (Stephanie Perkins other books featured here, here, and here.)
Jane, Unlimited by Kristin Cashore:
A new Kristin Cashore!! I love the Graceling Trilogy with a fervor, and I feel like I've been waiting forever for Ms. Cashore's next book. So thrilled it's almost here. (Graceling featured here and here.)
One Dark Throne by Kendare Blake:
The sequel to the fantastic Three Dark Crowns.
The Empty Grave by Jonathan Stroud:
Of course the next Jonathan Stroud is on this list. I think it's the series finale. Sob. (The many mentions here.)
Among the Red Stars by Gwen C. Katz:
Another book about the Russian Night Witches! How lucky am I to get two in one year. (See here.)
That Inevitable Victorian Thing by E.K. Johnston:
Set in a near-future world where the British Empire never fell. I'm intrigued.
All the Crooked Saints by Maggie Stiefvater:
A new Maggie Stiefvater. And it's set in my home state of Colorado! (All my love for Maggie Stiefvater here. All my love for The Raven Cycle here.)
Far from the Tree by Robin Benway:
After the gloriousness of Emmy & Oliver, I am completely sold on anything by Robin Benway. (Emmy & Oliver here and here.)
The Ship of the Dead by Rick Riordan:
I adore the Magnus Chase series.
Renegades by Marissa Meyer:
A new Marissa Meyer with super heroes and secret identities. (All my love for the Lunar Chronicles here. Heartless here.)
Lock & Mori: Final Fall by Heather W. Petty
I flew through the second book in this trilogy. And this one's the final book in the series. (The rest in the series here and here.)