Most Anticipated Releases of the Third Quarter of 2021

Hi! It is that time of the year again… the second quarter of 2021 is coming to an end, which means it’s time for my new releases post. These are for the months of July, August and September, and although it’s not a complete list, meaning I’m probably missing some books, they’re all the ones I’m aware of and excited to read.

I think you’ll see a bit of a trend here, too.

A Psalm for the Wild-Built by Becky Chambers

Release date: July 13th

We’re kicking off the list with a sci-fi book from an author whose series I binge read at the start of the year. I love Becky Chambers’ writing and this one is a first in a new series about robots and monks!

The Final Girl Support Group by Grady Hendrix

Release date: July 13th

On the same day, we have The Final Girl Support Group, which is a thriller about, you guessed it… final girls (for clarification, final girls is a term to describe a sole survivor of a big massacre). I haven’t read anything from Grady Hendrix yet, but this seems (very) similar to Final Girls by Riley Sager and so it sounds just up my alley.

Not a Happy Family by Shari Lapena

Release date: July 27th

I’ve read a Shari Lapena before and it didn’t really work for me. But this one sounds really good, so I’m gonna give her another go. Not a Happy Family is a thriller about an older rich couple who gets murdered and it alludes to one of their kids being their murderer. I love a good domestic thriller.

The Dead and the Dark by Courtney Gould

Release date: August 3rd

Yet another mystery/thriller on the list (now, do you see the theme?). This one is set in a small town in Oregon and sounds dark and supernatural. Teens go missing, two ghost hunters come back into town… I’ve seen a lot of buzz already for this one, and I can’t wait to get to it.

All’s Well by Mona Awad

Release date: August 3rd

I’ll be honest with you. I don’t know much about this book, but I saw Mona Awad’s name and I was like… yup, gimme. All I know it has something to do with a Shakespeare play and… that’s all. I know I’m not selling it well to you, but I think it’s safe to say we can expect something unique and slightly weird.

(Me) Moth by Amber McBride

Release date: August 17th

(Me) Moth is a debut novel written in verse. I haven’t read many books written in verse, but the ones I have I quite enjoyed. It’s a coming of age novel about identity and first love and it sounds great.

The Inheritance of Orquídea Divina by Zoraida Córdova

Release date: September 7th

First adult novel by Zoraida – count me in. This is magical realism, if I’m not mistaken, about a family who inherit magical gifts. I don’t think I’m very good at pitching stuff, because this is very vague, but I know deep in my bones it’s going to be good. I just know it.

The Hawthorne Legacy by Jennifer Lynn Barnes

Release date: September 9th

Hawthorne Legacy is a sequel to The Inheritance Games, a book I reviewed last year as part of a blog tour and really enjoyed. It’s about a girl who inherits a big estate of a person she never knew, but before she can claim said inheritance, she has to live in a mansion for a year, with the late millionaire’s family and survive. Dun dun duuun… I thought the first book was great and I’m looking forward to continuing with the story.

All These Bodies by Kendare Blake

Release date: September 16th

I’m a bit torn. On one hand, I read Anna Dressed in Blood years ago and really disliked it. On the other hand, I loved loved LOVED Three Dark Crowns. This one seems more in the vein of Anna Dressed in Blood – it’s set in the 50s and about a 15 year old girl who’s accused of many murders and decides to confess to the sheriff’s son. I am keeping my hopes high, but staying weary.

Into the Dying Light by Katy Rose Pool

Release date: September 21st

Okay, I am getting ahead of myself, as this is book 3 in the series and I haven’t yet read book 2. I also don’t remember a great bit about book 1. What I do remember, though, is being surprised by how much I enjoyed it, though it had a few too many POVs. So before I dive into this one, I probably need a good refresher of There Will Come a Darkness. Ummm… I’m still keeping this on the list!

Summer Sons by Lee Mandelo

Release date: September 28th

I have seen so many people mention Ronan Lynch in their reviews of this book, and I think it might’ve swayed me slightly… Summer Sons is meant to be gothic, dark, queer and great. It deals with grief, academia and ghosts. That’s all I know, unsurprisingly. And I need it.

White Smoke by Tiffany D. Jackson

Release date: September 30th

Last, but not least, we have a new release from Tiffany D. Jackson, who is slowly becoming one of my favourite authors. It’s a bit different from what we’ve gotten from her before – it’s a psychological thriller with a haunted house! As you can see, I’m in a very specific mood this summer. This sounds great, and even better coming from Jackson.

And that is all. Are any of these on your tbr? Did I miss any exciting books? Let me know down below.

Thank you for reading, and as always I’ll speak to you soon!