Hello! This is probably one of my favourite things to post about – new releases! As much as adding to my TBR kind of stresses me out, because I cannot seem to ever catch up even slightly, new books are always super exciting!

I used to do it by month, but I think this time around I’ll organise them by genre. This way it’s easier for ye to skip over ones you’re definitely not interested in.

I’ll summarise every book as well as I can in a few sentences because, oh boy, there’s a lot of them, but if you want to find out more, the title will take you to each book’s Goodreads page.

Fantasy

IN A GARDEN BURNING GOLD – RORY POWER (April 5)

Rory Power is coming out with a new epic fantasy duology. It’s a familial saga following twins, who control the seasons, the stars and the tides, and help their father rule their kingdom. When the rival nations plan on attacking, the twins need to use their magic to protect their kingdom and family. It has me intrugued, though Rory Power’s books have been very hit or miss for me.

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THE DROWNING SUMMER – CHRISTINE LYNN HERMAN (April 12)

The Drowning Summer is a bit hard to summarise. It follows two teens, former friends, investigating a murder from six years prior, where three girls were found drowned. It involves mediums and ghosts and sounds atmospheric and dark, which is definitely up my alley.

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THE BLOOD TRIALS – N.E. DAVENPORT (April 14)

I love picking up debut novels, and this one, from N.E. Davenport is a first in a duology and blend of fantasy and sci-fi. It’s a story, following a young Black woman, Ikenna, who after her grandfather is murdered, decides to join the Republic’s deadly military force, who was behind the assassination, to get her revenge, with a secret power no one but her grandad knew about – blood magic. Sounds delicious, gimme.

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BRAVELY – MAGGIE STIEFVATER (May 3)

I will admit Bravely is only on my list because Maggie Stiefvater wrote it. It follows, as you might’ve guessed already, Merida and is set a few years after Brave. After growing bored with how stagnant her life became, Merida accidentally summons a demon who threatens to demolish her realm. With some help from the god of creation, Merida sets out on three journeys to save her family and the kingdom. I am curious to see where this goes, but a part of me is also hesitant.

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SPEAR – NICOLA GRIFFITH (May 24)

All I need to know about Spear is that it’s a queer retelling of the Arthurian legend. I believe we follow the female equivalent of Merlin, although again – I don’t know much about it. It’s a novella, just under 200 pages long and even though I haven’t had the best luck with Arthurian retellings, I have a feeling this is the one.

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WE ALL FALL DOWN – ROSE SZABO (June 7)

First in a dark fantasy duology – because it seems like those are very in right now – We All Fall Down follows four teens who are brought together to uncover a magical conspiracy. It’s set in a world where magic is fading, has a lot of queer rep and might possibly feature the found family trope, and that is exactly what I like to see in books, so count me in.

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A MIRROR MENDED – ALIX E. HARROW (June 14)

This time, we have a second in a duology – if you haven’t read A Spindle Splintered, I would highly recommend you do. Both of these play on the idea of your classic fairytales, the first featured Sleeping Beauty, and this one focuses on Snow White – or rather more interestingly – the Evil Queen. It’s a bite sized novella, but I love Harrow’s writing and I’m really looking forward to it. I honestly hoped it would be a longer series than a duology.

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IN THE SHADOW OF LIGHTNING – BRIAN MCCLELLAN (June 21)

Ooooh, better believe this one has me PUMPED. Blurbed by my favourite Brando Sando, with a tagline Magic is a final resource – and it’s running out. I mean, do I need to say more? Yes? Okay, add a ragtag group ouf outcasts who have to save the world from an invisible evil. It sounds perfect!

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Sci-fi

ALONE OUT HERE – RILEY REDGATE (April 7)

After a volcanic eruption, the world is ending and the only way for the humanity to survive is to get out. But the catastrophic events escalate quicker than expected and the only survivors are fifty-three teenagers who, at the time of the apocalypse, were touring the prototype spaceship. This book sounds amazing and will be my first Riley Redgate.

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THE WAY SPRING ARRIVES (April 12)

The Way Spring Arrives is an anthology of sci-fi and fantasy stories, with a few essays from the authors. What connects all stories is that they’re all from Chinese female and nonbinary authors, and have never, until now been translated to English. I have been meaning to read more translated fiction, and this seems like one that would be incredibly interesting and educational. I’m really looking forward to reading this one.

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SEA OF TRANQUILITY – EMILY ST. JOHN MANDEL (April 28)

I want to go into Sea of Tranquility mostly blindly, so I’ll tell you what I know without any detail – I know this book spans a few centuries, has to do with some kind of plague, and like Mandel’s other books, explores humanity. And it honestly sounds great.

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UNDER FORTUNATE STARS – REN HUTCHINGS (May 10)

Another debut on the list. This one is part time travel adventure, part space opera! Fleeing from the war, a broken down freighter is rescued by a research ship, Gallion, which claims to be from the future. Gallion’s head engineer recognises the freighter and one of its crew members as one of the Fortunate Five, who ended the war. But nothing other than the leader’s name and crew seems to match up with the historical event. Time travel is one of my buzz words and I am always in the mood for a space opera, so this one is definitely promising.

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WALK THE VANISHED EARTH – ERIN SWAN (May 31)

Okay… this gives me big Station Eleven and Sea of Tranquility vibes, so of course I don’t know much about it. It’s a dystopian novel, following four different timeliness. It’s a story of the end of the world yet a start of something new. Sounds lovely and hopeful. Sign me up.

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Mystery/Thriller

FAMILY OF LIARS – E. LOCKHART (May 4)

A prequel to We Were Liars that no one expected. I believe it follows the parents, though I have no idea about the plot. I didn’t necessarily LOVE We Were Liars, but the book definitely made an impression on me and had me thinking about it for days after I finished it. So, I’m curious to see if Family of Liars will be the same or is it a cash grab because We Were Liars resurfaced on TikTok.

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THE AGATHAS – KATHLEEN GLASGOW, LIZ LAWSON (May 5)

Alice and Brooke have two things in common: they both dated Steve, and both went missing. But the only difference is, while Alice came back, Brooke didn’t. The police suspect Steve. Alice and her tutor, Iris, team up to solve the mystery and clear Steve’s name… but also for their own gains. Oh, and they do so with the help of Agatha Christie. This book could be great, or an absolute disaster. I am putting it on this list in hopes it’s not the latter.

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SUMMER’S EDGE – DANA MELE (May 31)

Summer’s Edge is a supernatural thriller following a group of estranged friends who come back to the rebuilt lake house the summer after it burnt down with one of their friends, Emily, in it. The whole group is on edge until the accusation that Emily’s death was not an accident. I read a lot of thrillers, but it’s the supernatural part that intrugues me here. Although I haven’t read many of them, I think vengeful spirit stories are my jam.

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VERY BAD PEOPLE – KIT FRICK (June 9)

I thought dark academia was losing its popularity. Maybe I was wrong. Calliope lost her mother six years ago. When she transfers to an elite boarding school which her mother also attended, she is invited to join a secret society, who fight for social justice. Soon she discovers there might be a connection between her mother’s death and the society. I’ve read one Kit Frick in the past and enjoyed it, so I’m hoping Very Bad People will be no different.

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THE WOMAN IN THE LIBRARY – SULARI GENTILL (June 7)

I am kind of over the title… We’ve had enough of “the woman in…”, but… Four strangers sit at the same table in the library when the quiet is shattered by a woman’s scream. Security instructs everyone to stay in their place, and so to pass the time, the four strike a conversation. It just so happens one of them is a killer. Dun, dun, duuuun… I don’t know about you, but I’m hooked.

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THE HOUSE ACROSS THE LAKE – RILEY SAGER (June 21)

Recently widowed actress Casey retreats to her secluded holiday home. She passes the time watching a couple from across the lake, Katherine and Tom, and gets invested in their life. Once, she saves the woman from drowning and they become friends. But after Katherine goes missing, Casey becomes obsessed with trying to find out what happened and uncovers eerie secrets. Sounds like your typical psychological thriller, but since those are my favourite, I’m looking forward to picking it up.

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Horror

AND THEN I WOKE UP – MALCOLM DEVLIN (April 12)

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HIDE – KIERSTEN WHITE (May 24)

This one sounds so amazing, let me tell you… it’s about a game of hide and seek in an abandoned amusement park! The prize is a lot of money. But the competition turns sinister when people start disappearing. I’m not sure if it’s horror, or just a supernatural thriller, but either way I’mexcited.

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WHEN OTHER PEOPLE SAW US, THEY SAW THE DEAD (May?)

This one is an anthology of dark and unsettling stories by BIPOC writers. I’m not sure what authors are included, or when it comes out in the UK, but I’m trying to read more horror this year and especially from diverse authors, so this one seems like exactly what I’ve been looking for.

I can’t find any pre-order listing for this one anywhere, so if you’re interested try searching for it closer to May.

HELL FOLLOWED WITH US – ANDREW JOSEPH WHITE (June 7)

Another debut, this one about a queer, trans boy from a queer, trans author! Sixteen year old protagonist runs away from a cult that raised him and finds a safe haven with an LGBTQ+ Center. The one condition is, he needs to control the monster within him, a power that could wipe the whole of humanity. Another book where I sense the found family trope and I’m here for it.

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AURORA – DAVID KOEPP (June 9)

I’m finding it hard to wrap my head around the synopsis. It’s pretty straightforward and yet… When a solar storm knocked out power, Aubrey assumes the role of her neighbourhood’s protector. Her estranged brother decides to wait it out in the bunker. How do those stories entwine? I don’t know. Do I want to? Absolutely. It sounds like a great read and it promises to be dark. All good things.

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OUR CROOKED HEARTS – MELISSA ALBERT (June 30)

Let’s do a happy dance for another book from Melissa Albert. I loved The Hazel Wood and Albert’s writing and I am beyond excited for this one because her name is attached to it. I don’t know and don’t want to know much about the story, but here’s a few tidbits that had me intrigued: it’s told from 2 different perspectives and timelines, one current day and one from the 90s. It’s set in Chicago. It features a haunted library and possibly witches. Yeah, I’m sold, say no more.

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This post has taken me hours and I’m not sure it is a complete list, although it’s a long one.

What are some of your most anticipated releases for the upcoming months? Any of them already on my list?

Thanks for reading.

Talk soon!

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