Most Anticipated Releases of the Last Quarter of 2020

Hi! I can’t believe it’s that time of the year again. And by that time of the year, I mean the time for a most anticipated releases post. 2020 has simultaneously been the longest and shortest year of my life, don’t ask me how that’s possible – it just is.

Today I have 10 releases spread through the months of October, November and December – the dates correspond to UK release dates, and looking back at them most are hardbacks, which are not my preferred format. But we will deal.

The Devil and the Dark Water

Release date: October 1st

Stuart Turton, the author of The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle, is back with yet another historical mystery. This one is set on a ship, in the 17th century and sounds spooky and atmospheric, it is about the devil after all… or is it? I am expecting to love it as much as I loved Evelyn. I also think it’s going to be incredibly smart and mysterious. Can’t wait to pick it up!

Dear Justyce by Nic Stone

Release date: October 6th

A sequel to Dear Martin! Do I need to say more? In case you are clueless about these books, do yourself a favour and look them up. Both Dear Martin and Dear Justyce’s protagonists are Black teens. Both deal with police brutality, racism, racial profiling, prejudice. I already know that both are important reads, even though I have not read this one yet. I am glad so many more books about unfair treatment of minorities are being released as we all need to be more aware of what is happening in the world and how absolutely bullshit it is. Thanks for coming to my TED talk. Pick up Dear Justyce on October 6th!

The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue by V.E. Schwab

Release date: October 6th

A new book by Schwab about a girl who makes a deal with the devil and ends up immortal and NO ONE remembers her… Until someone does. I’m going to be real with you… it’s historical. I’ve heard it was slow paced. And also there is a romance at the forefront. So, overall it doesn’t sound like exactly my thing. Yet, Schwab is my queen so you know I’ll be picking it up and reading it asap. I just hope my extra high expectations, despite knowing it might not be my kind of book, won’t make me disappointed. I guess time will tell.

The Once and Future Witches by Alix E. Harrow

Release date: October 13th

Can we appreciate this gorgeous cover? As the title suggests, this one is about witches. It’s also historical – this fall seems to have nearly exclusive historical fiction blend releases. Honestly, I don’t know much about it, but I have an arc of this one so expect a review on the release date. I am excited because I read and loved The Ten Thousand Doors of January and just know this one will be as good if not better.

God Storm by Coco Ma

Release date: October 20th

Finally, a sequel to Shadow Frost! Coco Ma is a talented young writer and I am looking forward to returning to this fantasy world. The first book had a lot of potential, and I really enjoyed most parts of it and I’m curious to see how Ms. Coco matures with each and every book.

Kingdom of the Wicked by Kerri Maniscalco

Release date: October 27th

Another witchy, spooky story. You know I have a type. This one centers around twin sisters who are witches. When one of them is brutally murdered, the other decides to seek revenge. It sounds great. I’ve only read one book by Kerri Maniscalco, but I’m looking forward to reading more from her. I will be returning to the Stalking Jack the Ripper series eventually, but this seems more up my alley.

Rhythm of War by Brandon Sanderson

Release date: November 17th

Ooooh, I CANNOT wait for this one. I love Brandon Sanderson and so far every book in The Stormlight Archive was a huge hit for me. This one is a chunky one, as all his books, and I’m not gonna lie, it’s a bit intimidating, so I probably will be picking it up on audio. But I’ll definitely be reading it this year!

The Burning God by R.F. Kuang

Release date: November 17th

Big day for fantasy releases on November 17th! The Burning God, which I believe is the finale of the Poppy War trilogy, is out and I don’t expect it to be anything less than absolutely brutal, bloody and amazing. I’m currently in the middle of book 2 and really enjoying it. The magic system is fantastic, it’s edge-of-the-seat exciting and… brutal for the lack of a better word. If you’re a fantasy lover, give this one a go.

The Cousins by Karen M. McManus

Release date: December 3rd

While I didn’t LOVE LOVE LOVE Karen M. McManus’ other books, I think they are solid YA mystery/thrillers. This one sounds incredibly promising – it’s about family secrets and a group of cousins working at a mysterious estate of their grandmother’s. I’m really looking forward to reading it – I am taking part in The Write Reads Tour for The Cousins so I’ll definitely be reading and reviewing it around the release date!

A Sky Beyond the Storm by Sabaa Tahir

Release date: December 10th

And last but definitely not least – A Sky Beyond the Storm – the finale of An Ember in the Ashes series. It’s been a while since I read the first book and I think a reread is due before I pick up the last book, as I’m a bit rusty on the details. The first 3 books were very solid 4/5 stars and I’m impressed by the detailed world building and great character arcs. I can’t wait to find out how this all ends.

These are the 10 books I’m looking forward to the most in the last quarter of the year. Are any of these on your list, too? Did I miss any? Let me know!

Thank you for reading. I will talk to you all soon!

April Wrap Up

April has absolutely flown, hasn’t it? At least compared to March. I’ve taken advantage of the fact that I can’t go anywhere and see anyone and did a lot of online shopping… no, scratch that. What I was meant to say is that I did a lot of reading (and bought a crazy amount of stuff over the internet, too).

Let’s get into stats.

  • Number of books read: 14
  • Number of pages read: 5142
  • Average star rating: 4
  • DNFs: 1
  • TBR at the start of April: 61
  • Books added: 10
  • Books read: 8
  • Current TBR: 59 (yay for unhauling books!)

Final Girls by Riley Sager

I started the month with a fairly average but enjoyable thriller. The story follows a final girl (as the title suggests) – a sole survivor of a massacre, named by the media – Quincy Carpenter. The narrative alternates between current time and the past, giving us flashbacks from the night Quincy’s friends were murdered. I really enjoyed the latter parts, as what happened that night was a mystery that interested me more than the rest. Overall, although I hated all of the characters and found the ending disappointing, I still had fun reading the book.

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Incendiary by Zoraida Córdova

Incendiary was released 2 days ago but I got to read it early. I have a full review on here, if you want to know my thoughts.

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Stars Above by Marissa Meyer

Being back in The Lunar Chronicles’ world was an absolute delight. I missed those characters. Stars Above is a collection of short stories following our faves, and I loved all but one of them. It was a really fun and fast read, and if you enjoyed The Lunar Chronicles, but haven’t read this book, I’d highly recommend you do.

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Northline by Willy Vlautn

This one has been one of the first books I added to my TBR on Goodreads when I first made an account and I finally got to read it this month. Full review here, as I don’t want to sound redundant.

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.

The Wrongful Death by Kenneth B. Andersen

I’ve had lots of fun reading this series so far, and I will review this book in 2 days, when it’s my turn, as once again I’m on the tour for it with the lovely The Write Reads. Spoiler alert: I enjoyed it!

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Magic Study by Maria V Snyder

I’ve started the Study series years ago and never got around to reading anything past the first book. I finally decided to pick up Magic Study, as it’s been gathering dust on my shelves for forever, and it was a really fun and fast read. I needed to read a comprehensive synopsis of the first book, though, before diving into this one. I will say, altough since this was released, there are so many similar fantasy stories out there, I do think this one is worth a read.

Rating: 3 out of 5.

Clap When You Land by Elizabeth Acevedo

I was lucky enough to get approved for an eARC of Clap When You Land and I absolutely loved it. It’s a sad read, and I’ll be talking about it in depth on its release date on May 5th.

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Tangleweed and Brine by Deirdre Sullivan

To be perfectly honest with you, I expected more from this book. It’s a collection of 13 retellings of classic fairytales and I wanted to love it, but it turned out quite… meh. What bothered me the most, I think, was the narration style, as most of these were told in the second person. The tone of this book is quite dark, and maybe I wasn’t in the mindset to read that, either.

Rating: 3 out of 5.

Seven Endless Forests by April Genevieve Tucholke

My lowest rated book of the month. I got to read an early copy, and I was excited because Seven Endless Forests is marketed as a King Arthur retelling. Apart from 2 borrowed names and a magic sword, this was nothing like the legend, and the way the story was told didn’t work for me, either. It was slow and hard to get through, as it lacked plot. I will post a review for it at some point, I think.

Rating: 2.5 out of 5.

The Storm Keeper’s Island by Catherine Doyle

I started reading this book back in 2018 when it first came out and didn’t finish it until now. Why? God knows, because I loved it! I’ve raved about it here, so if you want to read my full thoughts you can head there, but to sum it up, it’s a great and atmospheric middle grade set in Ireland and it’s delightful.

Rating: 5 out of 5.

The Fifth Season by N.K. Jemisin

If you like complex fantasy, The Fifth Season is for you. I didn’t know much about it before I started it, just that it was a dystopian fantasy where the world was plagued with natural disasters. Honestly, after reading a short story by Jemisin and hearing all the rave about this series, I didn’t need convincing to pick it up. I can’t say much about it because the story is easy to spoil. I docked half a star for sex scenes, though, because there’s quite a few.

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.

Sadie by Courtney Summers

I listened to Sadie on audio because the way it’s done is an absolute masterpiece. It has a full cast and half of the story is told in a podcast form, which really works well in that format. The book deserves a separate reiew, so I’ll be posting one soon. I’m suprised how much I enjoyed it – some books get so overhyped, it’s crazy.

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Skyward by Brandon Sanderson

I love Sanderson but his introductions to new series are always so slow! It’s just his style and I understand it completely, I just wish it picked up from time to time. The snail’s pace was worth it, because we got a lot of info about the world the last 60 pages were wild. What I’m trying to say is… I enjoyed it a lot, I just wish it had a side plot or two at the start to tie it all together move a tiny bit faster. I’m not gonna summarise the plot because I bet ye already know what it’s about.

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J.K. Rowling

So, technically I still have around 30 pages left in the Goblet of Fire, BUT there is no doubt I’ll be finishing it the second I post this. I’ve decided to continue with my reread of the series this month. It’s crazy how many things I’ve forgotten. Needless to say – I loved it.

Rating: 5 out of 5.

And that is it for today.

How many books have you read this month? Any new favourites? Let me know in the comments below, I’d love to hear from you.

Thanks for reading, and as always, I’ll see you soon!

Highest rated books I’ve read

Hi! Happy Easter.

I’ve seen people a few people talk about the highest rated books on Goodreads that they’ve read, so I decided to do my own post about it. Ground rules before I get into it – if the same series pops up in the top 10, I’ll only count one book from it, as it can get pretty repetitive. Okay, let’s go.

My top 10 highest rated books on Goodreads:

The Way of Kings by Brandon Sanderson

Number one on the list, with a star rating of 4.79 is the first book in the Stormlight Archive series (though, part 2 of it) by Brandon Sanderson. Am I surprised? Not really. Actually, the whole top 5 is various books from that series, which is INSANE but also understandable. As you probably already know, I love Sanderson and his writing, and so I think this is a well deserved first spot.

My rating:

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.
Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo

In second place, with a 4.6 star rating, we have Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo. The Six of Crows duology is one of my absolute favourites, it has everything I love in fantasy and I’m not at all surprised it’s rated so high. It’s such a beloved series.

My rating:

Rating: 5 out of 5.
Clockwork Princess by Cassandra Clare

Clockwork Princess, the final book in The Infernal Devices trilogy, ranks at number 3 with a 4.58 star rating. I can honestly say The Infernal Devices is Clare’s best series (I thought maybe The Dark Artifices would beat it, but Queen of Air and Darkness ruined EVERYTHING) and I remember absolutely loving all the books in it. Though I’m not too clear on the details, I’m pretty sure I cried my eyes out reading this one.

My rating:

Rating: 5 out of 5.
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince by J.K. Rowling

I don’t think anyone is surprised that there’s a Harry Potter book on this list. Half-Blood Prince comes in at number 4 with a 4.57 star rating. Coincidentally, I think it’s actually my favourite Harry Potter book – it gives so much insight into the magical world and Voldemort’s life, while still keeping the school setting, which I adore. Not at all surprised it’s been rated this high.

My rating:

Rating: 5 out of 5.
Godsgrave by Jay Kristoff

Number five belongs to Godsgrave by Jay Kristoff – rated 4.56 stars. I’ve had some issues with the pacing of this one, and found it hard to get into the story at the very beginning. I also skipped over the smutty bits and I stopped reading the footnotes altogether. Nevernight is a well known and loved fantasy series and I get why, as it’s really well crafted. Some things in it work for me more than others, but overall I did enjoy this book.

My rating:

Rating: 4 out of 5.
Maus by Art Spiegelman

At number six and 4.55 star rating is Maus, a graphic novel. I read it back in 2015 and I didn’t love it as much as other people did. Maybe it was the mix of the format, the fact it is nonfiction and historical as well (though I used to enjoy historical books back then), but it just didn’t work for me.

My rating:

Rating: 3 out of 5.
The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss

Number seven shouldn’t surprise anyone. I read The Name of the Wind this year and really enjoyed it. It’s one of those books everyone loves, so I’m not surprised it’s rated 4.54 stars. It’s not quite my favourite fantasy, but it’s a great book and I think it deserves the spot on the list.

My rating:

Rating: 4 out of 5.
Obsidio by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

I couldn’t be more excited this series made it onto the list! Obsidio ranked at number eight, with a star rating of 4.54, but in my heart it deserves a whole universe of stars. The Illuminae Files is one of my favourite series in the world. Thinking about it now… I might reread it soon.

My rating:

Rating: 5 out of 5.
The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

The only contemporary on this list lands at number nine with a 4.51 star rating. I think it’s one of those books everyone should read. It explores a lot of important subjects and is a very poignant story. I loved it and I’m glad many people did, too.

My rating:

Rating: 5 out of 5.
Lord of Shadows by Cassandra Clare

Last, but not least, we have Lord of Shadows. Cassandra Clare managed to land another book on the list. It has a rating of 4.5 stars and I agree wholeheartedly. I loved this book, hence why I mentioned I thought this series had the potential to be better than the Infernal Devices. Clare’s writing improved in this one so much, the story was so complex and the ending killed me. Sadly, what followed was just a steaming pile of garbage.

My rating:

Rating: 5 out of 5.

As you can see, this list is 80% fantasy. It really reflects on my reading habits. It turns out I’ve mostly popular opinions on popular books.

I won’t ask if you’ve read any of these, because chances are you have, but do you agree with the ratings? Or did you rate these books lower? Let me know down below.

Thanks for reading.