Most Anticipated Releases of The Second Quarter of 2021

Hi! I can’t believe it’s already time for this post! March is quickly coming to an end and we’re about to enter the second quarter of 2021. Where did the time go? Here are some book releases for the months of April, May and June I’m looking forward to!

House of Hollow by Krystal Sutherland

Release date: April 6th

First of all, look at this COVER! I used to say I hate people and faces on the cover, but there’s been many lovely covers with faces and florals lately that I think I need to retract that statement. House of Hollow is a YA mystery with elements of magical realism, and it sounds bizarre and weird and like a lot of fun. The early reviewers seem to love it, and Melissa Albert is one of them, so I’m sold.

The Infinity Courts by Akemi Dawn Bowman

Release date: April 6th

Another gorgeous book on April 6th is this one. The author said she combined her love of robots, superpowers and Jane Austen to write this book and honestly I don’t think I need anything else. I’ve been loving sci-fi lately and I’m looking forward to this one, because it sounds exciting, unique and like just my kind of a book.

Near the Bone by Christina Henry

Release date: April 13th

Christina Henry is back with another book which, unsurprisingly is a blend of horror and fantasy. I’ve yet to catch up on her works, but Near the Bone sounds so good, I’m definitely bumping it up on my TBR. The blurb says “A woman trapped on a mountain attempts to survive more than one kind of a monster” and I am hooked already.

Witches Steeped in Gold by Ciannon Smart

Release date: April 20th

Also in April, we’re getting this fantasy debut which is Jamaican-inspired and about witches and revenge. I’ve been dying to pick up a rich and complex YA fantasy, because the genre has been disappointing me lately and I have really high hopes for this one.

Project Hail Mary by Andy Weir

Release date: May 4th

I haven’t read The Martian yet, but I’m still very excited for another book by Andy Weir. I know it might not make much sense… Anyway, sci-fi is one of my favourite genres and Project Hail Mary sounds like my kind of a book, because it’s part sci-fi and part mystery, and incredibly high stakes, too, according to the blurb.

Sorrowland by Rivers Solomon

Release date: May 6th

I’ll be honest with you, I don’t know much about this book at all. What I do know, though, makes me really interested in it. It’s a queer genre defying book about a pregnant teen that is meant to be a harrowing read. That ticks many boxes and sounds intriguing to me.

Illusionary by Zoraida Córdova

Release date: May 11th

This one is one of the three sequels I’m excited to get to, and they all release at around the same time, which is unlucky for me… Illusionary is the second installment in a fantasy series by Zoraida Córdova, inspired loosely by the Spanish Inquisition. I gave the first book 4 stars, and really enjoyed it, so I’m looking forward to continuing with the series.

The Serpent’s Curse by Lisa Maxwell

Release date: May 13th

Well, technically this releases on April 13th, but the paperback isn’t out until a month later which just so happens to be my birthday! And if that’s not a coincidence enough – it’s also the book I’m anticipating the most. I think The Last Magician series is super underrated for such a fantastic YA blend of fantasy and sci-fi. This is the second last book, I believe, and I am ITCHING to get my hands on it.

Son of the Storm by Suyi Davies Okungbowa

Release date: May 13th

Also on my birthday we’re getting this new Orbit fantasy release. It kind of gives me Strange the Dreamer vibes because it’s about a scholar trying to find an island that isn’t meant to exist. I’m expecting it to be less whimsical and more of a high fantasy, but either way, it sounds great!

Mister Impossible by Maggie Stiefvater

Release date: May 18th

Another highly anticipated sequel, this one to Call Down the Hawk. I love Maggie Stiefbater, I need me some more of Ronan Lynch but… this cover and title are atrocious! Sorry, not sorry.

Malibu Rising by Taylor Jenkins Reid

Release date: May 27th

This one is least like what I tend to read, a mix of historical fiction, contemporary and romance, but Jenkins Reid seem to be the exception to the rule for me. I’ve read her two most recent books and loved them both, so even though I know close to nothing about Malibu Rising, other than it follows 4 siblings and a party, I am really looking forward to picking it up and discovering what the story is about.

The Other Black Girl by Zakiya Dalila Harris

Release date: June 1

It’s not a secret that I’ve been on a mystery/thriller kick for a while. This one is a debut, with a premise that is very real and I haven’t seen being written about – it follows two Black girls in publishing. Described as a mix of Get Out and The Devil Wears Prada, it sounds like my kind of a book!

Blackout Anthology

Release date: June 24th

Anthologies are usually a very mixed bag for me, and this is a romance one, but I have a feeling I’ll like it. I love Tiffany D. Jackson, Nic Stone and Angie Thomas, and I’ve read from Ashley Woodfolk, and have Dhonielle Clayton on my TBR, so it’s a very promising lineup. And it seems like it’ll be a great and quick summer read.

This Poison Heart by Kalynn Bayron

Release date: June 29th

Ms. Bayron is back with another retelling this June, and it’s one of The Secret Garden. Even though Cinderella is Dead wasn’t my absolute favourite, there was a lot of things I enjoyed about the book, and I want to give the author another chance. I loved The Secret Garden as a child. And… well. This cover is stunning!

Survive the Night by Riley Sager

Release date: June 29th

Last but not least we have another mystery/thriller which seems to be on many people’s radar, because Sager is a well known author. This one, I believe, is about a college student Charlie, and Josh, who may or may not be a serial killer, on a long drive together. Sounds great. I don’t need to know more.

Do you see any books already on your TBR?

As always, thank you for reading! Talk soon.

Most Anticipated Releases of The First Quarter of 2021

Hi! Happy Saturday!

I realise this post is about 3 weeks too late, but better late than never, right? A few of these books are out already, but I am still very excited to read them. Let’s go!

Concrete Rose by Angie Thomas

Release date: January 12

I will read EVERYTHING Angie Thomas decides to write. I absolutely love THUG and am dying to read about Maverick’s teen years. I’ll be getting my hands on this one as soon as my self imposed book buying ban ends (read: as soon as I’m not as broke as I am currently).

Across the Green Grass Fields by Seanan McGuire

Release date: January 12

I’ll be honest with you… I haven’t read past the first book in this series. The premise of it is very intriguing, though, and I liked Every Heart a Doorway, so I might do a mini readathon in February and fly the rest of the books since I own them all on Kindle…

Tales from the Hinterland by Melissa Albert

Release date: January 14

I loved The Hazel Wood and The Night Country and I just need this book right now in my hands! Is food really that important, or do I just order it?

The Mask of Mirrors by M.A. Carrick

Release date: January 21

I got very very lucky and approved for an ARC of this literally THE DAY it came out. So I’ll be starting it very shortly (possibly tomorrow) and I couldn’t be more excited. It has magic, con artists (if you don’t know that yet, it’s one of my buzz words!) and LGBTQA+ rep.

If I Disappear by Eliza Jane Brazier

Release Date: January 26

First and foremost – I really enjoy this cover trend! Whether it’s flowers emerging from an actual face, or this kind of a deal with the picture of the face being ripped and the botanicals underneath. *chef’s kiss* All I know here is that this one is a mystery with a podcast and big Sadie vibes, so of course I’m on board.

We Could Be Heroes by Mike Chen

Release date: January 26

Another January 26 release that I am DYING to read. We Could Be Heroes follows two characters with superpowers (another buzzword… maybe I should make a blog post about those?), and they come together, discover a threat and have to work together overcome it. I think. I’m not sure I’m understanding the synopsis, but either way it sounds right up my alley – it’s a weird sci-fi, and honestly sometimes that’s ALL I want to read!

The Gilded Ones by Namina Forna

Release date: February 1

I love fantasy – it surprises no one. The Gilded Ones is meant to be a fantastic one, so of course it’s on my radar. All the people who were fortunate to get an early copy are raving about it. They say it’s great and full of representation, but also violent and graphic. That ticks most of the boxes for me. I am not sure about the plot, other than that it revolves around a girl who is being tested to become a member of her village, and fails the test, because her blood is gold and not red. I don’t need to know more, I’m sold already.

The Project by Courtney Summers

Release date: February 8

Another cover that is just… indescribably beautiful. And it so happens to be my most anticipated book of the year (I think, but maybe don’t quote me on it). If I had this book now, I would drop everything to read it. I fucking loved Sadie and Courtney Summers’ writing in it, and this one is also a mystery AND had to do with cults. Sign me up, I’m ready, I NEED IT!

Game Changer by Neal Schusterman

Release date: February 11

So, I have compiled this list in late December. I loved Schusterman’s Scythe trilogy, and got approved for this on NetGalley. I also finished it today. It’s about a guy who plays football, and after being hit on the field, the world around him changes and the reality is not quite how he remembers it. I’ll be posting a review for this one soon, and you’ll see if it deserved the spot on this list or not!

Bridge of Souls by Victoria Schwab

Release date: March 2

Lots of sequels on this list! This one is a MG paranormal fantasy series by Victoria Schwab. I’ve enjoyed the first two books, centering about Cassidy, who can see ghosts, and her parents, who host a TV show all about them, as they travel from one city to another, exploring their haunted past. This one should be a lot of fun.

The Accidental Apprentice by Amanda Foody

Release date: March 30

This cover gives me big Nevermoor vibes! So does the title. I am a sucker for a good magical middle grade fantasy. Amanda Foody is a writing goddess, and we need new books that kids can read instead of picking up HP. And by kids, I mean me. I’m kids.

Rule of Wolves by Leigh Bardugo

Release date: March 30

On the same day, by another writing goddess – Leigh Bardugo, we have Rule of Wolves. I need more Nikolai Lantsov in my life. I loved King of Scars and I expect to love this one just as much. And look how gorgeous it is!

And that is all. Of course, these are not ALL of the books on my radar, just the ones I’m looking forward to the most. Any of these on your list?

Thank you for reading, as always, I’ll talk to you soon. I hope you’re staying safe!

Most Anticipated Releases of the Third Quarter of 2020

Hi! This time I didn’t like when I said I’ll speak to you soon. July means we’re entering the third quarter of the year, which in turn means it’s time for my quarterly new releases post. These are my most anticipated releases for the months of July, August and September (for UK paperbacks mostly, which are my preferred editions).

Burn Our Bodies Down by Rory Power

Release date: July 7th

Burn Our Bodies Down is another queer mystery/thriller/horror from Rory Power. I really loved Wilder Girls, so I’m looking forward to picking this one up. It follows Margot, a girl who was raised by her mother alone, who decides to look for her family and ends up in her mother’s hometown, where she realises her mother left for a reason. What reason? No clue, but it sounds mysterious and a bit spooky and I’m all here for it.

The Ship of Shadows by Maria Kuzniar

Release date: July 16th

This beauty is a Middle Grade story about pirates, if you couldn’t tell by the cover. As a sidenote, can anyone explain to me how MG books are consistently so stunning? I don’t know exactly what the book is about other than it has female pirates, but honestly that alone is good enough for me. I will be reading it and reviewing it for you very soon, because I’m on a tour for it!

The Black Kids by Christina Hammonds Reeds

Release date: August 4th

Guess who got approved for an e-arc of this? I couldn’t be happier. It’s a coming of age story set during the Rodney King Riots in 1992 Los Angeles. I’m not going to pretend I know anything about that part of Black American history, but I’m looking forward to reading a book set during it and educating myself on the subject, too, and most importantly support a debut author.

I Killed Zoe Spanos by Kit Frick

Release date: August 5th

So… I included this in my last most anticipated releases post, but I think it got pushed back? All I know I can’t get it until August and it sucks because I really want to read it now. It’s a YA thriller, it has a podcast element (which I loved in Sadie, so I’m intrigued) and murder mystery element and honestly just sounds fantastic.

Fable by Adrienne Young

Release date: September 1st

I read Sky in the Deep by Adrienne Young and ever since, I know I want to read everything by her (don’t ask why I haven’t picked up her second book yet and don’t shame me further, please). Fable is a story about a girl trying to escape a dangerous island on which her father left her and taking her rightful place on her father’s crew. It sounds like a great YA fantasy, and the cover is to die for.

The Reckless Afterlife of Harriet Stoker by Lauren James

Release date: September 3rd

I’ll be honest with you, I don’t know much about it other than it’s a paranormal fantasy where all of the characters are ghosts with different powers? Doesn’t that sound fanfuckingtastic? It has (supposedly) the found family trope, which is one of my FAVOURITES! I’m pumped.

Legendborn by Tracy Deonn

Release date: September 15th

Another YA fantasy that sounds amazing! From what I know of it it’s a modern King Arthur retelling of sorts with heaps and heaps of representation, and… demons. The synopsis says it’s in the vein of City of Bones (and though I recognise it might not be a compliment for many and TMI is not a masterpiece of any sorts, I kind of understand what they mean, by marketing it as such), which lets me believe it’ll be addictive af. Also, the cover… what a stunning book!

That is all for this post. I’m sure there are many more terrific books being released in the next 3 months, so if you feel like sharing some of your most anticipated releases in the comments below, please do – my TBR might not need more books, but I certainly do.

Thanks for reading!

Most Anticipated Releases of the Second Quarter of 2020

Hi, everyone!

March is quickly coming to an end and that means we’re already a QUARTER into 2020. Madness! I like keeping up with new releases quarterly, because usually it’s a nice and manageable number and it doesn’t seem overwhelming. That being said, I’ve read none of the books I mentioned in my first post from this year, oopsie. I blame it on the 60+ books on my physical TBR – I’m sure you understand.

Anyway, enough with the rambling, here are my most anticipated new releases for the months April, May and June.

Incendiary by Zoraida Córdova

Incendiary is a YA fantasy about a girl who has the power to steal people’s memories and it’s inspired by the Spanish Inquisition. That is literally all I know, yet it’s enough to make me want to read it. I’ve never read anything by this author, but Labyrinth Lost has been on TBR since before it was published. I was lucky enough to get an ARC of this book through Net Galley, so I’ll be getting to it relatively soon and post a review before the release date on April 28.

Seven Endless Forests by April Tucholke

The release dates for this book vary so much, I honestly have no idea when it is out. Amazon UK says April 30th, Goodreads has 3 different dates (March 31st, April 16th and April 28th) and Net Galley has the pub date set on June 1st. Regardless of the date – Seven Endless Forests is a companion novel to The Boneless Mercies (which I haven’t read, but I’m 99% sure I don’t need to) and it’s a King Arthur retelling. Once again, I know very little about it, but I’ll be reading and reviewing it for you soon, as I got the ARC for this one, too!

Aurora Burning by Amy Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

More sci-fi greatness from Amy Kaufman and Jay Kristoff! My heart is happy. Aurora Burning is a sequel to Aurora Rising, which came out last year and I devoured and if you don’t know what it’s about… where have you been? It’s about this rag tag team of space cadets who “are not the heroes we deserve, the’re just the ones we could find” and you should read it. Vague? Yes, but also totally worth it. Trust me. After the ending of the first book I cannot wait to read book 2. Aurora Burning comes out on May 5th.

The Mermaid, the Witch and the Sea by Maggie Tokuda-Hall

Also on May 5th we’re getting this stunning looking book about pirates and mermaids (and witches, duh). I might regret putting it here, because it’s a romance of sorts, but I have faith because it’s also a QUEER romance and we know those are ones I tend to enjoy most. I’m just really dying to read a good pirate book and I feel like it might be the one. Plus, I’m gonna repeat mysel – LOOK.AT.THIS.STUNNING.COVER

Clap When You Land by Elizabeth Acevedo

May 5th is a big release date apparently, because Clap When You Land by Elizabeth Acevedo also comes out on that day. It’s a story about estranged sisters whose father dies in a plane crash; about grief, family and forgiveness. As if that didn’t sound great, it’s also written in verse. There’s a theme to this blog post, you see… ya girl got approved for the ARC of this one, too, so she’ll be reporting back on how much this book broke her heart before May 5th!

I Killed Zoe Spanos by Kit Frick

We’re getting this amazing sounding YA mystery thriller on June 2nd and I can’t wait! Zoe Spanos wen’t missing on New Year’s Eve. Anna is the new girl in town and bears a close resemblance to the missing girl. Looking more into the disappearance of Zoe, Anna is convinced they’re connected somehow. But when Zoe’s body is found, she’s charged with manslaughter. Doesn’t this sound insanely good? I’ll be picking it up as soon as it is out, for sure.

Cemetery Boys by Aiden Thomas

Cemetery Boys comes out on June 9th. It’s an own voices novel with Latinx representation and a queer romance (another theme of this post?) full of magic and ghosts. I’ve read a few reviews of people who had the pleasure to read it early and honestly this sounds like a perfect mix of heart warming and heart breaking. Sign me up.

The Empire of Gold by S.A. Chakraborty

Last, but certainly not least, on June 11th we have The Empire of Gold – the third and final book in The Deavabad Trilogy. As of now, I still have only read the first book and yes, I’m ashamed of that, but hear me out… I’ve over 60 books on my physical TBR. City of Brass was easily one of the best books I’ve read last year and I really want to continue with the series. It’s a rich and intricate Middle Eastern inspired story full of magic. It’s well balanced and vibrant and just heaps of fun, and since it’s not a review, I’ll leave it at that.

Are you looking forward to reading any of these? Let me know in the comments down below.

I’ll chat with you very soon!

Most Anticipated Releases of the First Quarter of 2020

Hi! Today I would like to talk about some new books I’m excited to read. I decided, instead of one huge post with all my most anticipated releases of 2020, I’ll do four throughout the year, one for every season. It’s more manageable that way, and I still have time to find more books to include for later on this year.

So… there are quite a few books that are coming out (or, for a portion of these, have already came out) this winter I really want to get to this year. I might not be picking them up as soon as they are released, but nevertheless, I am excited to read all of them.

The Night Country by Melissa Albert

This one is already out – it came out on January 7th and it’s a sequel to The Hazel Wood. I read The Hazel Wood back in 2018, not too long after its release, and really enjoyed it. It was a great debut fantasy novel, very atmospheric, fast paced and whimsical. I read it in one day (it’s 360 pages long, so you decide if that means anything) and the ending got me crazy excited for the second book. Though the excitement died a bit over time, I’m still itching to pick up this sequel.

19 Love Songs by David Levithan

19 Love Songs also released on January 7th and managed to fly right under my radar until I saw it in the bookstore and FREAKED.OUT. I always make a point of saying how romance is not my genre and how much I hate it, but the truth is, I’m trash for Levithan. Give me all of the Levithan’s romance. This one is an anthology of short stories centred around Valentine’s Day and they feature some characters from his other books and I will definitely be getting to it in February.

A Queen in Hiding by Sarah Kozloff

I’m always up for fantasy, and always looking for adult fantasy specifically. This one sounds really good and gives me The Queen of the Tearling vibes (not sure if it’s the cover or the title), which I adore with all my heart. Also, the full quartet comes out this year – this book has been out for 4 days, and the 3 remaining ones are to follow one month apart. So, if I enjoy this one, I will definitely be reading the rest of the series.

The Mystwick School of Musicraft by Jessica Khuory

Also out already, since 21st of this month, a MG novel about a girl who goes to a music school to learn magic. It sounds amazing, fresh and like heaps of fun. MG stories are always great to read when I feel like an adventure story and this one reminds me of Nevermoor, which I loved.

Night Spinner by Addie Thorley

Some of ye might be getting Night Spinner in February, but anyone who is looking to purchase a paperback copy in Ireland or UK sadly needs to wait until March 1st. I’m not going to lie to you – I don’t know much about this book other than it’s a Hunchback of Notre Dame retelling and it’s full of magic. Sometimes that is all I need to be sold on a book (insert a shrug here). It’s meant to be light on the romance, too, which is always a plus (with the exception of David Levithan of course) as I feel all of YA fantasies in the last couple of years have had so much romance in them, it’s quite frankly nauseating.

All The Stars and Teeth by Adalyn Grace

Also out on March 1st is this stunning debut from Adalyn Grace about mermaids, pirates and blood magic. Tomi Adeyemi rated it 5 stars so it must be good, right?? I honestly need some YA fantasy to not suck and this has the biggest potential ever to be good and I can’t wait to pick it up and find out if it reached it.

The City We Became by N.K. Jemisin

I haven’t read anything by N.K. Jemisin yet, but this book sounds right up my alley and N.K. Jemisin is such a well loved author, I think I will really enjoy this. It’s an urban fantasy (adult one, too, which somehow seems more promising, though I am not shitting on YA) about New York city and her five souls! Evil is brewing, trying to destroy her five protectors. It sounds fantastic! It’s out on the 24th of March, so not too long to wait.

The Glass Hotel by Emily St. John Mandel

And last, but by no means, least (and also out on the 24th of March) is the long awaited novel by Emily St. John Mandel – The Glass Hotel. It’s been a good couple of years since her debut novel came out, and also a couple of years since I’ve read it, but I really enjoyed it (how many times can I say that in one post, honestly…), especially the writing style, and so I’m eager to read something else from her. This one is a literary fiction (I thought it was sci fi for the longest time) and I have avoided looking into what it is actually about – I feel like with some stories it’s just better not to know. You can still be very excited to read a book even if you don’t know what it is about, right?

That would be all for now. Today’s question is something I’d really appreciate your answer on and it is How do you find new releases? I try to look through Goodreads every now and then, but I don’t find it a very reliable source, I feel like lots of books slip under my radar.

I will talk to you soon!

Most Anticipated Releases for the Rest of 2019

Hi! It’s day 3 of Blogtober and I’m still here (I know that’s not a big achievement, but let me be happy about it). I wanted to talk about my most anticipated releases for the rest of the year, because there’s quite a few of them.

October 8th brings us:

Ninth House by Leigh Bardugo

Preorder: Hardback/Paperback

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J.K. Rowling, illustrated by Jim Kay

Preorder: Hardback

I love Leigh Bardugo so much, and I’m curious to read an adult fantasy from her. There is so much hype around Ninth House, I really hope it lives up to my expectations.

As for Harry Potter… I don’t think I need to explain.

On October 17th we have:

Jackpot by Nic Stone

Preorder: Paperback

I was lucky enough to be able to read this before the release date, and have a review up for it here, if you’re curious to hear my thoughts.

And lastly, big day for releases, November 5th comes out with:

The Starless Sea by Erin Morgenstern

Preorder: Paperback/Hardback

Call Down the Hawk by Maggie Stiefvater

Preorder: Paperback/Hardback

The Guinevere Deception by Kiersten White

Preorder: Paperback/Hardback

Three amazing books, by amazing authors with amazing covers.

As always, all of my preorder links are affiliate links, which means, if you order through them, while it doesn’t cost you any extra, I get a small commission. If you’re thinking about preordering any of these from BookDepository, I would be eternally grateful if you could do so through the links provided.

Are any of these on your list of your most anticipated books of the end of 2019?

I’ll talk to you tomorrow!