Anticipated Spring 2021 Book Releases!

Here are my anticipated releases for the next three months! This list probably has the least amount of fantasy I’ve ever included on a list! I have been reading pretty much only fantasy so far this year, so these will be some good options to break it up.

Here are my anticipated releases for the next three months! This list probably has the least amount of fantasy I’ve ever included on a list! I have been reading pretty much only fantasy so far this year, so these will be some good options to break it up.

APRIL

The Infinity Courts (The Infinity Courts #1) by Akemi Dawn Bowman

April 6th, 2021

Eighteen-year-old Nami Miyamoto is certain her life is just beginning. She has a great family, just graduated high school, and is on her way to a party where her entire class is waiting for her—including, most importantly, the boy she’s been in love with for years. The only problem? She’s murdered before she gets there.

When Nami wakes up, she learns she’s in a place called Infinity, where human consciousness goes when physical bodies die. She quickly discovers that Ophelia, a virtual assistant widely used by humans on Earth, has taken over the afterlife and is now posing as a queen, forcing humans into servitude the way she’d been forced to serve in the real world. Even worse, Ophelia is inching closer and closer to accomplishing her grand plans of eradicating human existence once and for all.

As Nami works with a team of rebels to bring down Ophelia and save the humans under her imprisonment, she is forced to reckon with her past, her future, and what it is that truly makes us human.

I adore Akemi’s books in general, but I am SO excited to see her first sci-fi/fantasy book! The premise sounds super interesting, and based of her other books, it sounds like it’ll be quite an emotional ride.

The Forest of Stolen Girls by June Hur

April 20th, 2021

Hwani’s family has never been the same since she and her younger sister went missing and were later found unconscious in the forest, near a gruesome crime scene. The only thing they remember: Their captor wore a painted-white mask.

To escape the haunting memories of this incident, the family flees their hometown. Years later, Detective Min—Hwani’s father—learns that thirteen girls have recently disappeared under similar circumstances, and so he returns to their hometown to investigate… only to vanish as well.

Determined to find her father and solve the case that tore their family apart, Hwani returns home to pick up the trail. As she digs into the secrets of the small village—and reconnects with her now estranged sister—Hwani comes to realize that the answer lies within her own buried memories of what happened in the forest all those years ago.

Although I didn’t love June Hur’s other book, The Silence of Bones, this sounds too interesting to pass up!

The Crown of Gilded Bones (Blood and Ash #3) by Jennifer L. Armentrout

April 20th, 2021

*Synopsis may contain spoilers for previous books in the series*

She’s been the victim and the survivor…

Poppy never dreamed she would find the love she’s found with Prince Casteel. She wants to revel in her happiness but first they must free his brother and find hers. It’s a dangerous mission and one with far-reaching consequences neither dreamed of. Because Poppy is the Chosen, the Blessed. The true ruler of Atlantia. She carries the blood of the King of Gods within her. By right the crown and the kingdom are hers.

The enemy and the warrior…

Poppy has only ever wanted to control her own life, not the lives of others, but now she must choose to either forsake her birthright or seize the gilded crown and become the Queen of Flesh and Fire. But as the kingdoms’ dark sins and blood-drenched secrets finally unravel, a long-forgotten power rises to pose a genuine threat. And they will stop at nothing to ensure that the crown never sits upon Poppy’s head.

A lover and heartmate…

But the greatest threat to them and to Atlantia is what awaits in the far west, where the Queen of Blood and Ash has her own plans, ones she has waited hundreds of years to carry out. Poppy and Casteel must consider the impossible—travel to the Lands of the Gods and wake the King himself. And as shocking secrets and the harshest betrayals come to light, and enemies emerge to threaten everything Poppy and Casteel have fought for, they will discover just how far they are willing to go for their people—and each other.

And now she will become Queen…

I am so excited for this book! This series has been so fun so far, so I’m expecting more of the same. There are some things I am curious about and some things that I am hoping will happen in this book.

MAY

Luck of the Titanic by Stacey Lee

May 4th, 2021

Southampton, 1912: Seventeen-year-old British-Chinese Valora Luck has quit her job and smuggled herself aboard the Titanic with two goals in mind: to reunite with her twin brother Jamie–her only family now that both their parents are dead–and to convince a part-owner of the Ringling Brothers Circus to take the twins on as acrobats. Quick-thinking Val talks her way into opulent firstclass accommodations and finds Jamie with a group of fellow Chinese laborers in third class. But in the rigidly stratified world of the luxury liner, Val’s ruse can only last so long, and after two long years apart, it’s unclear if Jamie even wants the life Val proposes. Then, one moonless night in the North Atlantic, the unthinkable happens–the supposedly unsinkable ship is dealt a fatal blow–and Val and her companions suddenly find themselves in a race to survive.

I’ve recently discovered that I like YA historical fiction, not adult historical fiction, and after reading and loving The Downstairs Girl, I knew I had to check out more books by Stacey Lee! I love that she tells stories from the perspective of people that history forgets and that she can include important themes while still keeping things fun.

The Ones We’re Meant To Find by Joan He

May 4th, 2021

Cee awoke on an abandoned island three years ago. With no idea of how she was marooned, she only has a rickety house, an old android, and a single memory: she has a sister, and Cee needs to find her.

STEM prodigy Kasey wants escape from the science and home she once trusted. The eco-cities—Earth’s last unpolluted place—are meant to be sanctuary for those committed to planetary protection, but they’re populated by people willing to do anything for refuge, even lie. Now, she’ll have to decide if she’s ready to use science to help humanity, even though it failed the people who mattered most.

I didn’t even finish Joan He’s first book, but she’s another author I’m willing to give a second chance, especially because this book sounds so interesting! I really like stories with the kind of vibe that this description is giving.

Son of the Storm (The Nameless Republic #1) by Suyi Davies Okungbowa

May 11th, 2021

A young scholar’s ambition threatens to reshape an empire determined to retain its might in this epic tale of violent conquest, buried histories, and forbidden magic.

In the thriving city of Bassa, Danso is a clever but disillusioned scholar who longs for a life beyond the rigid family and political obligations expected of the city’s elite. A way out presents itself when Lilong, a skin-changing warrior, shows up wounded in his barn. She comes from the Nameless Islands–which, according to Bassa lore, don’t exist–and neither should the mythical magic of ibor she wields. Now swept into a conspiracy far beyond his understanding, Danso will have to set out on a journey that reveals histories violently suppressed and magic only found in lore.

I saw an early review of this and it sounds super interesting!

JUNE

Better Together by Christine Riccio

June 1st, 2021

From New York Times bestselling author and beloved booktuber Christine Riccio comes Better Together, a humorous and heartfelt story about two sisters trying to navigate their broken family life and the stresses of impending adulthood.

I enjoyed Christine’s first book, Again, but Better, waaay more than I was expecting, so I am tentatively excited about this one. Though after seeing how brutal the early reviews are on Goodreads, I should lower my expectations a bit. I actually won an ARC of this on Goodreads, so I will be getting to it.

The Roadtrip by Beth O’Leary

June 1st, 2021

Addie and her sister are about to embark on an epic road trip to a friend’s wedding in the north of Scotland. The playlist is all planned and the snacks are packed.

But, not long after setting off, a car slams into the back of theirs. The driver is none other than Addie’s ex, Dylan, who she’s avoided since their traumatic break-up two years earlier.

Dylan and his best mate are heading to the wedding too, and they’ve totalled their car, so Addie has no choice but to offer them a ride. The car is soon jam-packed full of luggage and secrets, and with three hundred miles ahead of them, Dylan and Addie can’t avoid confronting the very messy history of their relationship…

Will they make it to the wedding on time? And, more importantly… is this really the end of the road for Addie and Dylan?

At this point, I trust Beth O’Leary enough that I don’t necessarily need to read the synopsis of this in order to be excited. In fact, I don’t like second chance romances, but because I’ve loved the author’s past two books, I’ll give it a go!

One Last Stop by Casey McQuiston

June 1st, 2021

For cynical twenty-three-year-old August, moving to New York City is supposed to prove her right: that things like magic and cinematic love stories don’t exist, and the only smart way to go through life is alone. She can’t imagine how waiting tables at a 24-hour pancake diner and moving in with too many weird roommates could possibly change that. And there’s certainly no chance of her subway commute being anything more than a daily trudge through boredom and electrical failures.

But then, there’s this gorgeous girl on the train.

Jane. Dazzling, charming, mysterious, impossible Jane. Jane with her rough edges and swoopy hair and soft smile, showing up in a leather jacket to save August’s day when she needed it most. August’s subway crush becomes the best part of her day, but pretty soon, she discovers there’s one big problem: Jane doesn’t just look like an old school punk rocker. She’s literally displaced in time from the 1970s, and August is going to have to use everything she tried to leave in her own past to help her. Maybe it’s time to start believing in some things, after all.

I feel like I have been anticipating this book forever because I’ve been seeing the author talk about it on Twitter since Red, White, and Royal Blue came out!

The Chosen and The Beautiful by Nghi Vo

June 1st, 2021

Jordan Baker grows up in the most rarefied circles of 1920s American society―she has money, education, a killer golf handicap, and invitations to some of the most exclusive parties of the Jazz Age. She’s also queer, Asian, adopted, and treated as an exotic attraction by her peers, while the most important doors remain closed to her.

But the world is full of wonders: infernal pacts and dazzling illusions, lost ghosts and elemental mysteries. In all paper is fire, and Jordan can burn the cut paper heart out of a man. She just has to learn how.

The Great Gatsby-inspired books are a niche that I surprisingly love, and this one sounds so good! I actually didn’t realize it was a direct Gatsby retelling until right now.

The Jasmine Throne (Burning Kingdoms #1) by Tasha Suri

June 8th, 2021

Author of Empire of Sand and Realm of Ash Tasha Suri’s The Jasmine Throne, beginning a new trilogy set in a world inspired by the history and epics of India, in which a captive princess and a maidservant in possession of forbidden magic become unlikely allies on a dark journey to save their empire from the princess’s traitor brother.

Imprisoned by her dictator brother, Malini spends her days in isolation in the Hirana: an ancient temple that was once the source of the powerful, magical deathless waters — but is now little more than a decaying ruin.

Priya is a maidservant, one among several who make the treacherous journey to the top of the Hirana every night to clean Malini’s chambers. She is happy to be an anonymous drudge, so long as it keeps anyone from guessing the dangerous secret she hides.

But when Malini accidentally bears witness to Priya’s true nature, their destinies become irrevocably tangled. One is a vengeful princess seeking to depose her brother from his throne. The other is a priestess seeking to find her family. Together, they will change the fate of an empire.

And last but certainly not least, my most anticipated release of the year!! I have adored Tasha Suri’s other books, and this one sounds beyond amazing and exactly what I love. This can not come soon enough!


What releases are you looking forward to in the next few months?

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Upcoming 2021 Releases I Can’t Wait For!

It seems so strange to me that books I’ve had on my TBR with a distant 2021 release date are actually just around the corner now! These are books being released from January through March! (All synopses come from Goodreads, and some are sequels, so they may contain spoilers)

It seems so strange to me that books I’ve had on my TBR with a distant 2021 release date are actually just around the corner now! These are books being released from January through March! (All synopses come from Goodreads, and some are sequels, so they may contain spoilers)

Winterkeep (Graceling #4) by Kristin Cashore

January 19th, 2021

Four years after Bitterblue left off, a new land has been discovered to the east: Torla; and the closest nation to Monsea is Winterkeep. Winterkeep is a land of miracles, a democratic republic run by people who like each other, where people speak to telepathic sea creatures, adopt telepathic foxes as pets, and fly across the sky in ships attached to balloons.

But when Bitterblue’s envoys to Winterkeep drown under suspicious circumstances, she and Giddon and her half sister, Hava, set off to discover the truth–putting both Bitterblue’s life and Giddon’s heart to the test when Bitterbue is kidnapped. Giddon believes she has drowned, leaving him and Hava to solve the mystery of what’s wrong in Winterkeep.

Lovisa Cavenda is the teenage daughter of a powerful Scholar and Industrialist (the opposing governing parties) with a fire inside her that is always hungry, always just nearly about to make something happen. She is the key to everything, but only if she can figure out what’s going on before anyone else, and only if she’s willing to transcend the person she’s been all her life. 

I really enjoyed the Graceling books when I read them awhile back, so I’m definitely interested in reading this one! It’s been awhile since I read the first three and since they came out, so I’d definitely want to reread them first, so this isn’t a top priority for me, but I’m still looking forward to it.

Game Changer by Neal Shusterman

February 9th, 2021

All it takes is one hit on the football field, and suddenly Ash’s life doesn’t look quite the way he remembers it.

Impossible though it seems, he’s been hit into another dimension—and keeps on bouncing through worlds that are almost-but-not-really his own.

The changes start small, but they quickly spiral out of control as Ash slides into universes where he has everything he’s ever wanted, universes where society is stuck in the past…universes where he finds himself looking at life through entirely different eyes.

And if he isn’t careful, the world he’s learning to see more clearly could blink out of existence…

I’ve thoroughly enjoyed Neal Shusterman’s work in the past, so I’m definitely looking forward to this one!

The Bride Bet (Girl Meets Duke #4) by Tessa Dare

February 9th, 2021

How to lose a duke in ten years…without losing your heart.

Once upon a time, two sworn enemies – the bookish daughter of a scholar and the devilish heir to a duke – made a pact: If they were both still single in ten years, they would marry each other.

It was a joke, Nicola thought. A duchess? Her?

But when the Duke of Westleigh returns a decade later, he’s serious. He needs an heir, so he’s holding her to their marriage bargain—diamond ring, lavish gown, engagement ball, and more. Nothing Nicola says can dissuade him. When she calls him arrogant, he praises her honesty. When she makes social stumbles, he catches her fall. And when she gets exasperated, the duke can’t seem to get enough. For reasons she can’t fathom, he claims that no other woman will do.

He’s betting he can change her mind, with logic and passion.

She’s betting she can change his mind, just by being herself.

And as the clock ticks down to a wedding day, neither is counting on losing their heart.

Discovering this series was one of the best things about 2020 for me! This last book was supposed to be released months ago, but got delayed, so I’m extra excited!! I thoroughly recommend this series and the audiobooks are also superb, so hopefully I’ll be listening to this soon after it’s release.

The Galaxy, and the Ground Within (The Wayfarers #4) by Becky Chambers

February 16th, 2021

With no water, no air, and no native life, the planet Gora is unremarkable. The only thing it has going for it is a chance proximity to more popular worlds, making it a decent stopover for ships traveling between the wormholes that keep the Galactic Commons connected. If deep space is a highway, Gora is just your average truck stop.

At the Five-Hop One-Stop, long-haul spacers can stretch their legs (if they have legs, that is), and get fuel, transit permits, and assorted supplies. The Five-Hop is run by an enterprising alien and her sometimes helpful child, who work hard to provide a little piece of home to everyone passing through.

When a freak technological failure halts all traffic to and from Gora, three strangers—all different species with different aims—are thrown together at the Five-Hop. Grounded, with nothing to do but wait, the trio—an exiled artist with an appointment to keep, a cargo runner at a personal crossroads, and a mysterious individual doing her best to help those on the fringes—are compelled to confront where they’ve been, where they might go, and what they are, or could be, to each other.

While I didn’t love the third book, this series is exactly what I look for in science fiction! It’s never too technical and it has a huge focus on characters, a lot of which are aliens. I love everything about the world Becky Chambers is building!

A Court of Silver Flames (A Court of Thorns and Roses #4) by Sarah J. Maas

February 16th, 2021

Nesta Archeron has always been prickly-proud, swift to anger, and slow to forgive. And ever since being forced into the Cauldron and becoming High Fae against her will, she’s struggled to find a place for herself within the strange, deadly world she inhabits. Worse, she can’t seem to move past the horrors of the war with Hybern and all she lost in it.

The one person who ignites her temper more than any other is Cassian, the battle-scarred warrior whose position in Rhysand and Feyre’s Night Court keeps him constantly in Nesta’s orbit. But her temper isn’t the only thing Cassian ignites. The fire between them is undeniable, and only burns hotter as they are forced into close quarters with each other.

Meanwhile, the treacherous human queens who returned to the Continent during the last war have forged a dangerous new alliance, threatening the fragile peace that has settled over the realms. And the key to halting them might very well rely on Cassian and Nesta facing their haunting pasts.

Against the sweeping backdrop of a world seared by war and plagued with uncertainty, Nesta and Cassian battle monsters from within and without as they search for acceptance-and healing-in each other’s arms.

I kind of can’t believe this book is a little more than a month away! It’s been a few years since the last book was released (I’m not counting ACOFAS), so it still feels unbelievable to me that there’s more. Nesta was never a favorite of mine, but the more I think about this book, the more I think it could be really interesting.

Honey Girl by Morgan Rogers

February 23rd, 2021

A refreshingly timely and relatable debut novel about a young woman whose life plans fall apart when she meets her wife.

With her newly completed PhD in astronomy in hand, twenty-eight-year-old Grace Porter goes on a girls’ trip to Vegas to celebrate. She’s a straight A, work-through-the-summer certified high achiever. She is not the kind of person who goes to Vegas and gets drunkenly married to a woman whose name she doesn’t know…until she does exactly that.

This one moment of departure from her stern ex-military father’s plans for her life has Grace wondering why she doesn’t feel more fulfilled from completing her degree. Staggering under the weight of her father’s expectations, a struggling job market and feelings of burnout, Grace flees her home in Portland for a summer in New York with the wife she barely knows.

In New York, she’s able to ignore all the annoying questions about her future plans and falls hard for her creative and beautiful wife, Yuki Yamamoto. But when reality comes crashing in, Grace must face what she’s been running from all along—the fears that make us human, the family scars that need to heal and the longing for connection, especially when navigating the messiness of adulthood.

This sounds so cute, but also sounds like it deals with some heavier issues and I couldn’t be more excited! Any situation where characters have to fake a relationship or any sub-category of that is totally up my alley.

Act Your Age, Eve Brown (The Brown Sisters #3) by Talia Hibbert

March 9th, 2021

In Act Your Age, Eve Brown the flightiest Brown sister crashes into the life of an uptight B&B owner and has him falling hard—literally.

Eve Brown is a certified hot mess. No matter how hard she strives to do right, her life always goes horribly wrong—so she’s given up trying. But when her personal brand of chaos ruins an expensive wedding (someone had to liberate those poor doves), her parents draw the line. It’s time for Eve to grow up and prove herself—even though she’s not entirely sure how…

Jacob Wayne is in control. Always. The bed and breakfast owner’s on a mission to dominate the hospitality industry—and he expects nothing less than perfection. So when a purple-haired tornado of a woman turns up out of the blue to interview for his open chef position, he tells her the brutal truth: not a chance in hell. Then she hits him with her car—supposedly by accident. Yeah, right.

Now his arm is broken, his B&B is understaffed, and the dangerously unpredictable Eve is fluttering around, trying to help. Before long, she’s infiltrated his work, his kitchen—and his spare bedroom. Jacob hates everything about it. Or rather, he should. Sunny, chaotic Eve is his natural-born nemesis, but the longer these two enemies spend in close quarters, the more their animosity turns into something else. Like Eve, the heat between them is impossible to ignore—and it’s melting Jacob’s frosty exterior. 

I loved the first two Brown sisters books and I now trust Talia Hibbert with my life. Enough said!

Flamefall (The Aurelian Cycle #2) by Rosaria Munda

March 23rd, 2021

After fleeing the revolution and settling into the craggy cliffs of New Pythos, the Dragonlords are eager to punish their usurpers–and reclaim their city. Their first order of business was destroying the Callipolan food supply. Now they’re coming for the Dragonriders.

Annie is Callipolis’s new Firstrider, and while her goal has always been to protect the people, being the government’s enforcer has turned her into public enemy number one.

Lee struggles to find his place after killing kin to prove himself to a leader who betrayed him. He can support Annie and the other Guardians . . . or join the radicals who look to topple the new regime.

Griff, a lowborn dragonrider who serves New Pythos, knows he has no future. And now that Julia, the Firstrider who had protected him, is dead, he is called on to sacrifice everything for the lords that oppress his people–or to forge a new path with the Callipolan Firstrider seeking his help.

With famine tearing Callipolis apart and the Pythians determined to take back what they lost, it will be up to Annie, Lee, and Griff to decide what to fight for–and who to love.

Fireborne was pretty much my favorite book I read in 2020, so I am beyond excited for this book!!

Rule of Wolves (King of Scars #2) by Leigh Bardugo

March 30th, 2021

The wolves are circling and a young king will face his greatest challenge in the explosive finale of the instant #1 New York Times-bestselling King of Scars Duology.

The Demon King. As Fjerda’s massive army prepares to invade, Nikolai Lantsov will summon every bit of his ingenuity and charm—and even the monster within—to win this fight. But a dark threat looms that cannot be defeated by a young king’s gift for the impossible.

The Stormwitch. Zoya Nazyalensky has lost too much to war. She saw her mentor die and her worst enemy resurrected, and she refuses to bury another friend. Now duty demands she embrace her powers to become the weapon her country needs. No matter the cost.

The Queen of Mourning. Deep undercover, Nina Zenik risks discovery and death as she wages war on Fjerda from inside its capital. But her desire for revenge may cost her country its chance at freedom and Nina the chance to heal her grieving heart.

King. General. Spy. Together they must find a way to forge a future in the darkness. Or watch a nation fall.

I had very mixed feelings about the first book, but I feel like I’m already so invested in this world, so of course I’m going to continue. It also comes out right before the Netflix show, so I think that’s kind of fun.


What books are you looking forward to in the beginning of 2021?

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Anticipated Fall 2020 Releases!

I used to only occasionally make anticipated releases posts, but I really like this 3-month chunk format, so I think I will continue doing it this way! My loose definitions for the seasons are:
– Fall (October -December)
-Winter (January-March)
-Spring (April-June)
-Summer (July-August)

I used to only occasionally make anticipated releases posts, but I really like this 3-month chunk format, so I think I will continue doing it this way! My loose definitions for the seasons are:
– Fall (October -December)
-Winter (January-March)
-Spring (April-June)
-Summer (July-August)

A Deadly Education (Scholomance #1) by Naomi Novik (September 29th)

I already put this on a previous list, but it hasn’t come out yet, so here it is again! I didn’t love Uprooted by this author, but the premise of this one sounds very cool!

A Snowfall of Silver by Laura Wood (October 1st)

Laura Wood writes the historical fiction I want to read, so I am so excited for this one! I’m not totally sure what it’s about, but I loved her previous two books, so I trust her.

Spoiler Alert by Olivia Dade (October 6th)

A cute romance about fanfiction and featuring a plus-sized lady on the cover? SIGN ME UP.

The Lives of Saints by Leigh Bardugo (October 6th)

I’m interested to see how this book will be, actually. Companion books like this generally aren’t my thing, but it looks gorgeous.

The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue by V.E. Schwab (October 6th)

I was purposefully avoiding this book because I really did not care for The Shades of Magic series, but after reading the synopsis…this book sounds very cool.

Lightbringer (The Empirium Trilogy #3) by Claire Legrand (October 13th)

This series is just so entertaining to me! It’s not my favorite or anything, but it’s addicting.

God Storm (Shadow Frost #2) by Coco Ma (October 20th)

I read Shadow Frost recently, and while I had mixed feelings, I did enjoy where it went in the end, so I would definitely be curious to read more from the series eventually.

The Tea Dragon Tapestry (Tea Dragon #3) by Katie O’Neill (October 27th)

Anything Katie O’Neill writes/illustrates, I will read. Her stories are so soft, inclusive, and meaningful!

Send Me Their Souls (Bring Me Their Hearts #3) by Sara Wolf (November 3rd)

I am a little peeved about the re-covers of this series, but I am still SOO excited for this conclusion! This is an underrrated favorite of mine.

The Camelot Betrayal (Camelot Rising #2) by Kiersten White (November 10th)

I thoroughly enjoyed The Guinevere Deception, so I am very much looking forward to this book! Arthurian retellings really hit the spot for me.

Rhythm of War (The Stormlight Archive #4) by Brandon Sanderson (November 17th)

Do I even need words for this one? I’m HYPED.

These Violent Delights (These Violent Delights #1) by Chloe Gong (November 17th)

I finally read the description for this one and it sounds GOOD, so onto the list it goes.

How the King of Elfhame Learned to Hate Stories (The Folk of Air #3.5) by Holly Black (November 24th)

I was reluctant about wanting to read this one because I was fine with the series being done, but I do love the series.

A Sky Beyond the Storm (An Ember in the Ashes #4) by Sabaa Tahir (December 1st)

Out of all the books on this list, I think that this one is going to hit me the most! I just care so much about these characters and I want them to be happy, but based on what Sabaa has said, who knows what will happen!

When the Tiger Came Down the Mountain (The Singing Hills Cycle #2) by Nghi Vo (December 8th)

I really enjoyed Nghi’s first book, so I am very curious to see what else she does in this world!


15 books in 3 months! I will definitely not be getting to all of these soon, which is sad because I am really excited for them all. At least having a lull in December releases means that I can at least catch up a little bit.

What books are you looking forward to for the rest of the year?

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Anticipated Summer 2020 Releases!

There are so many books coming out this summer that I want to read! A lot of them are sequels or by authors I already like, but some are completely new to me. Some of these have already had publication date changes due to COVID, so I’m hoping that doesn’t happen again to any of them.

There are so many books coming out this summer that I want to read! A lot of them are sequels or by authors I already like, but some are completely new to me. Some of these have already had publication date changes due to COVID, so I’m hoping that doesn’t happen again to any of them.

The Switch by Beth O’Leary (August 18th)

79 year-old Eileen is tired of her newly-single life in the countryside and her 20-something granddaughter Leena needs to get away from her job in the city for a while, so they switch places.

This book is actually already out in the UK (I believe) but I’m still really excited for it! The Flatshare was one of my absolute favorite books last year, so I’m hoping I will love this one as well.

Mexican Gothic by Silvia Moreno-Garcia (June 30th)

Set in the 1950’s, Noemí travels to the Mexican countryside to respond to her newly-married cousin’s plea for help, but the mysterious High Place, as well as her cousin’s new husband and his family are hiding secrets.

I’ve been getting a little bit more into scary books recently, and this one seems too creepy and atmospheric to pass up!

The Empire of Gold (The Daevabad Trilogy #3) by S.A. Chakraborty

In this final installment of The Daevabad Trilogy, the characters must face their pasts and fight against friends in order to remake the world.

Reading the synopsis for this book again has me scared! I love this series, especially the characters, so I am super nervous to find out what will happen to them. I highly recommend this series!

Forest of Souls by Lori M. Lee (June 23rd)

Sirscha brings her friend back from the dead, revealing herself as the first soulguide in living history. She must use this power to restrain the Dead Wood, or else war could break out.

This sounds like it has such a strong friendship at the core of it, as well as super creepy forest vibes, so I am definitely intrigued!

To Sleep in a Sea of Stars by Christopher Paolini (September 15th)

Kira is on a mission to do research on an uncolonized planet, but when she finds alien relics, her discovery changes everything.

I don’t know much about this book to be honest, but I am very curious to read Paolini’s first book outside of the Alagaesia. The Inheritance Cycle was my childhood, and even though I didn’t love it when I tried to reread it last time, I still have nostalgic feelings for it. I’m curious to see how he’ll do writing in sci-fi, as well as having a female protagonist.

Iron Heart (Crier’s War #2) by Nina Varela (September 8th)

In the wake of a new revolution, both Ayla and Crier set out to the same goal that would change the world.

Crier’s War was such an enjoyable read, so I am definitely looking forward to the conclusion of the duology! It is an interesting mix of sci-fi and fantasy.

A Deadly Education by Naomi Novik (September 29th)

Failure from Scholomance means death, and for El, who has no allies and dark magic, it would be easy for her to survive, only at the cost of the other students.

This sounds very intriguing to me. Uprooted is the only other book by Naomi Novik that I’ve read, and while I didn’t like it, I did like the atmosphere and I’m hoping this book will have a similar atmosphere.

Midnight Sun (Twilight #5) by Stephanie Meyer (August 4th)

This dark take on Edward’s perspective of Twilight explores his past.

Never in a million years did I think this book would happen, let alone be an anticipated release for me. This is another book I need to read for nostalgia’s sake. I was the biggest Twilight fangirl back in the day, and while I can recognize it’s flaws now, it’s still really entertaining and I have to give this book a shot.

Blood & Honey (Serpent & Dove #2) by Shelby Mahurin (September 1st)

Reid, Lou, Coco, and Ansel have become fugitives and must figure out a way to evade the Dame Blanches.

Serpent & Dove didn’t necessarily need a sequel, but I definitely thought it was entertaining, so I am hoping this one will be entertaining as well.

Star Daughter by Shveta Thakrar (August 11th)

After her human father’s life is threatened by her own powers, Sheetal must go on a quest to find her star mother and ask for her help in healing her father.

This premise sounds so cool and unique! The description mentions “celestial intrigue” and honestly, that sold me.

Girl, Serpent, Thorn by Melissa Bashardoust (July 7th)

Soraya is cursed with being poisonous to the touch, so she has been hidden away, but at her twin brother’s wedding, she must decide if she wants to become a princess or a demon.

I have heard only good things about this book so far and I really enjoyed Melissa Bashardoust’s other book, Girls Made of Snow and Glass, so I am definitely looking forward to this one. The publication date already got pushed back, so I’m hoping it doesn’t change again, because I can’t wait.

Vicious Spirits (Gumiho #2) by Kat Cho (August 18th)

After the events of Wicked Fox, Miyoung and Jihoon are attempting to pick up the broken pieces of their lives.

I loved Wicked Fox, partially because it kind of felt like a KDrama, but also because it was just a fun time.


Phew! That’s a lot of books! What books are you excited for this summer, on this list or otherwise?

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March Book Releases That I Can’t Wait For!

So far, March has the most new releases out of any month that I am looking forward to! Most of these books are by authors I know I love, but there are some new to me authors as well.

I noticed as I was putting this together that I really don’t know a lot about most of these! Either way, I’m excited.

So far, March has the most new releases out of any month this year that I am looking forward to! Most of these books are by authors I know I love, but there are some new to me authors as well.

I noticed as I was putting this together that I really don’t know a lot about most of these, but I’ve either heard lots of good reviews or what I do know is intriguing enough to check them out! Either way, I’m excited.

THE KINGDOM OF BACK BY MARIE LU

March 3rd, 2020

I loved Warcross by Marie Lu, and even though I didn’t love her older series, I consider her a favorite of mine. I believe this book is about Motzart’s sister. It is historical fiction, but there is definitely magic involved. The cover and the synopsis both have me very intrigued!

HOUSE OF EARTH AND BLOOD BY SARAH J. MAAS

March 3rd, 2020

To say that I am excited for this is an understatement! Sarah J. Maas is one of my top tier authors, and even though her writing definitely isn’t perfect, her stories always captivate me. I am excited to see if this book will be much different, since it is her first book published in the adult category, rather than young adult. I only know that it has something to do with investigating a murder, but I’m sure I will like it.

HARLEY IN THE SKY BY AKEMI DAWN BOWMAN

March 10th, 2020

Akemi Dawn Bowman is one of my favorite authors because I loved her first two books, Starfish and Summer Bird Blue. I know that this book has to do with the circus, but I know it will be relatable, emotional, and amazing, since it’s coming from Akemi.

BONE CRIER’S MOON BY KATHRYN PURDIE

March 10th, 2020

I have to say, this cover grabbed my attention. The artwork is done by Charlie Bowater, an absolute favorite artist of mine. I’ve picked up and loved other books she’s done the cover for (Skyward and An Enchantment of Ravens), so I figured I’d give it a shot again. It’s YA fantasy, so chances are that I will enjoy it.

THE HONEY DON’T LIST BY CHRISTINA LAUREN

March 10th, 2020

Christina Lauren is probably my favorite romance author, even though their books are hit or miss for me. I’m hoping that I will love this book, since I didn’t like their most recent release, Twice in a Blue Moon. I think this book has something to do with house flipping, which I love, but either way, Christina Lauren is an auto-buy author for me.

THE EMPRESS OF SALT AND FORTUNE BY NGHI VO

March 24th, 2020

This is an adult fantasy novella. Usually, I don’t love novellas, but this one sounds so intriguing. It is about a young woman in an arranged marriage who I believe falls for her handmaiden. I’m not sure where the fantasy comes in, but this sounds so good and the early reviews for it are amazing.


What books did I not include that you are looking forward to in March? I don’t want to say I’m looking for more new releases (since I have so many already), but there’s a definite possibility that I haven’t heard of something that sounds like it’ll be amazing!

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April Wrap Up & Anticipated May Releases

I definitely read less than normal this month, but it’s fine with me because I loved the majority of what I did read!

April Reads

I definitely read less than normal this month, but it’s fine with me because I loved the majority of what I did read!

1. The Hero of Ages (Mistborn #3) by Brandon Sanderson

I didn’t end up writing a review for this one because I felt like I couldn’t really talk about it without spoilers, but I really loved it! I thought it was such a great conclusion to this part of the Mistborn books. (5⭐)

2. The Priory of the Orange Tree by Samantha Shannon

Reading this book was my goal for April! I really loved it 🤩. I thought the plot was so unique and refreshing. (5⭐)

3. Maybe in Another Life by Taylor Jenkins Reid

Another amazing book! Taylor Jenkins Reid has this quality to her storytelling that makes everything so real, and it makes me feel so many things. I really love both of her books that I’ve read so far, so I have high hopes for the rest. (5⭐)

4. The Alloy of Law (Mistborn: Wax and Wayne #1) by Brandon Sanderson

I knew this was going to be different than the other Mistborn books, but I really wasn’t expecting this! I love the interesting cast of characters and I thought this book was genuinely funny, I usually never laugh out loud while reading, but this made me laugh multiple times. I think I am going to wait and review these as a series, since they are pretty short (comparatively). (5⭐)

5. A Conjuring of Light (Shades of Magic #3) by V.E. Schwab

I have a full review of this coming later this week, but I was disappointed to say the least. This series was just not for me. (3⭐)

April Haul

I’ll be the first to admit that I bought too many books.

  • The Alloy of Law, Shadows of Self, The Bands of Mourning, Elantris, and The Way of Kings by Brandon Sanderson
  • Mirror Sight and Firebrand by Kristen Britain
  • The City of Brass by S.A. Chakraborty
  • A Torch Against the Night by Sabaa Tahir
  • The Island of Sea Women by Lisa See
  • Summers at Castle Auburn by Sharon Shinn
  • The Night that Changed Everything by Laura Tait and Jimmy Rice
  • Love and Other Words by Christina Lauren
  • The Young Elites by Marie Lu
  • Maybe in Another Life by Taylor Jenkins Reid
  • A Conjuring of Light by V.E. Schwab
  • Uprooted by Naomi Novik (not pictured)

Anticipated May Releases

There are an alarming number of exciting releases in May!

  • Romanov by Nadine Brandes (May 7th)
  • Somewhere Only We Know by Maurene Goo (May 7th)
  • The Bride Test (The Kiss Quotient #2) by Helen Hoang (May 7th)
  • Red, White & Royal Blue by Casey McQuinston (May 14th)
  • The Unhoneymooners by Christina Lauren (May 14th)
  • Kingsbane (Empirium #2) by Claire Legrand (May 21st)

I’m super excited about all of these! I’ve been needing some good romance lately, and I think I’ll get it in May!

Reading Stats

All of the books I read this month are adult! Four of them are fantasy and one is contemporary. I read a total of 2,889 pages, which is over a thousand less than my monthly average. I read five books, which is half of my monthly average. However, my average rating this month was 4.6, where my average overall is 3.8.