May Hopefuls

Hi. I’ve written a few TBR posts before but I haven’t really stuck to them at all. This month I’m being quite ambitious, though, and I thought what better way to keep myself accountable than with a TBR? So, here are my May “hopefuls” – books I’d like to get to, if possible.

First of all, I have a few NetGalley books I am planning to read.

I got approved for these three recently and I already made a dent in two, so I’m quite convinced I’ll read them soon. Spin the Dawn isn’t a new release and I’m not sure why it was on NetGalley, maybe because the second book is coming out this month and people will be more likely to request it and review it if they also get the first book – but I was smart and requested just one, in case I don’t enjoy it. I have a feeling I will, though.

It’s my birthday halfway through the month and I’m lucky to be getting MANY books. I picked a few I already own, and a few I’ll be receiving to read physically. It’s quite a big stack of books, but it’s the 2nd and I’m already halfway through one. Many of these are my most anticipated releases of this and last year and I think I’ll fly through them.

Audiobooks really boost my numbers every month, and I enjoy them immensely. I can journal, clean or shop AND read all at once! There are a few audiobooks on Spotify, which I’ll definitely be listening to.

And lastly, I’d like to continue with some series I have as ebooks. Luckily, all of these are novellas, rather than full length novels. Although I’d like to read all of them, I’d be happy with reading one of each.

That makes… 19 books. More than I’ve ever read in a month. If I read them all – perfect. If not, I’m positive I can read MOST of them.

Any books on here you’re looking forward to reading? Or maybe you’ve read them already? What did you think?

Thanks for reading. As always, talk soon!

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!

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!