Most Anticipated Releases of September 2020

Last month, I really enjoyed creating my list for my most anticipated August releases, and people seemed to have fun reading it as well. So I thought: why not make it a monthly thing?

There are SO many incredible books coming out in September, several of which I have already pre-ordered! Some of my most anticipated releases of the whole YEAR are on this list, so brace yourself for total awesomeness. I’ve also decided to rate each book on my own personal excitement scale, so you guys have an idea of how hyped I am for each release.

You ready? Let’s dive right in!


Blood & Honey by Shelby Mahurin

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Synopsis:

The hotly anticipated sequel to the New York Times and IndieBound bestseller Serpent & Dove—packed with even steamier romance and darker magic—is perfect for fans of Sarah J. Maas.

After narrowly escaping death at the hands of the Dames Blanches, Lou, Reid, Coco, and Ansel are on the run from coven, kingdom, and church—fugitives with nowhere to hide.

To elude the scores of witches and throngs of chasseurs at their heels, Lou and Reid need allies. Strong ones. But protection comes at a price, and the group is forced to embark on separate quests to build their forces. As Lou and Reid try to close the widening rift between them, the dastardly Morgane baits them in a lethal game of cat and mouse that threatens to destroy something worth more than any coven.

Release Date: September 1st, 2020

Excitement Level: 10/10

Fable by Adrienne Young

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Synopsis:

Welcome to a world made dangerous by the sea and by those who wish to profit from it. Where a young girl must find her place and her family while trying to survive in a world built for men.

As the daughter of the most powerful trader in the Narrows, the sea is the only home seventeen-year-old Fable has ever known. It’s been four years since the night she watched her mother drown during an unforgiving storm. The next day her father abandoned her on a legendary island filled with thieves and little food. To survive she must keep to herself, learn to trust no one and rely on the unique skills her mother taught her. The only thing that keeps her going is the goal of getting off the island, finding her father and demanding her rightful place beside him and his crew. To do so Fable enlists the help of a young trader named West to get her off the island and across the Narrows to her father.

But her father’s rivalries and the dangers of his trading enterprise have only multiplied since she last saw him and Fable soon finds that West isn’t who he seems. Together, they will have to survive more than the treacherous storms that haunt the Narrows if they’re going to stay alive.

Release Date: September 1st, 2020

Excitement Level: 5/10

The Other Side Of the Sky by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner 

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Synopsis:

Prince North’s home is in the sky, in a gleaming city held aloft by intricate engines powered by technology. Nimh is the living goddess of her people on the surface, responsible for providing answers, direction—hope.

Linked by a terrifying prophecy and caught between duty and fate, they must choose between saving their people or succumbing to the bond that is forbidden between them.

Magnetic and gorgeously thematic, New York Times bestselling author duo Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner have crafted a gripping tale of magic and logic, fate and choice, and an impossible decision between an empty future and a deadly love. Perfect for fans of Claudia Gray and Laini Taylor.

Release Date: September 8th, 2020

Excitement Level: 10000/10

These Vengeful Hearts by Katherine Laurin

Synopsis:

Anyone can ask the Red Court for a favor…but every request comes at a cost. And once the deed is done, you’re forever in their debt.

Whenever something scandalous happens at Heller High, the Red Court is the name on everyone’s lips. Its members—the most elite female students in the school—deal out social ruin and favors in equal measure, their true identities a secret known only to their ruthless leader: the Queen of Hearts.

Sixteen-year-old Ember Williams has seen firsthand the damage the Red Court can do. Two years ago, they caused the accident that left her older sister paralyzed. Now, Ember is determined to hold them accountable…by taking the Red Court down from the inside.

But crossing enemy lines will mean crossing moral boundaries, too—ones Ember may never be able to come back from. She always knew taking on the Red Court would come at a price, but will the cost of revenge be more than she’s willing to sacrifice?

Release Date: September 8th, 2020

Excitement Level: 6/10

Legendborn by Tracy Deonn Walker 

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Synopsis:

Filled with mystery and an intriguingly rich magic system, Tracy Deonn’s YA contemporary fantasy Legendborn offers the dark allure of City of Bones with a modern-day twist on a classic legend and a lot of Southern Black Girl Magic.

After her mother dies in an accident, sixteen-year-old Bree Matthews wants nothing to do with her previous life, family memories, or her childhood home. A residential program for bright high schoolers at a local university seems like the perfect escape—until Bree witnesses a magical attack her very first night on campus.

A flying demon feeding on human energies.

A secret society of so called “Legendborn” students that hunt the creatures down.

And a teenage mage who calls himself a “Merlin” and who attempts—and fails—to wipe Bree’s memory of everything she saw.

The mage’s failure reveals Bree’s own, unique magic and unlocks a buried memory with a hidden connection: the night her mother died, another Merlin was at the hospital. Now that she knows there’s more to her mother’s death than what’s on the police report, Bree will do whatever it takes to find out the truth, even if that means infiltrating the Legendborn by becoming one of their initiates. But when the Legendborn reveal themselves as the descendants of King Arthur and his knights and explain that a magical war is coming, Bree has to decide how far she’ll go for the truth and whether she should use her magic to take the society down—or join the fight.

Release Date: September 15th, 2020

Excitement Level: 7/10

Kingdom of the Wicked by Kerri Maniscalco 

Synopsis:

The #1 New York Times bestselling author Kerri Maniscalco introduces her next blockbuster series, in which a beautiful young witch, a troubled demon, and a lush 19th century Italian setting come together to create a dark, intoxicating romance for the ages.

Emilia and her twin sister Victoria are strega – witches who live secretly among humans, avoiding notice and persecution. One night, Victoria never shows up for dinner service at the family’s renowned Sicilian restaurant. Emilia soon finds the body of her beloved twin…desecrated beyond belief. Devastated, Emilia sets out to find out who did this, and to punish them.

Wrath was the outlier among the seven demon brethren, always choosing duty over pleasure. So when ordered to find out who was killing off the young women who were to be his master’s bride, he didn’t hesitate. But upon meeting the fierce, desperate Emilia, it was clear this disturbing mystery would take a bewitching turn…

Release Date: September 15th, 2020

Excitement Level: 6/10

Who I Was With Her by Nita Tyndall

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Synopsis:

There are two things that Corinne Parker knows to be true: that she is in love with Maggie Bailey, the captain of the rival high school’s cross-country team and her secret girlfriend of a year, and that she isn’t ready for anyone to know she’s bisexual.

But then Maggie dies, and Corinne quickly learns that the only thing worse than losing Maggie is being left heartbroken over a relationship no one knows existed. And to make things even more complicated, the only person she can turn to is Elissa — Maggie’s ex and the single person who understands how Corinne is feeling.

As Corinne struggles to make sense of her grief and what she truly wants out of life, she begins to have feelings for the last person she should fall for. But to move forward after losing Maggie, Corinne will have to learn to be honest with the people in her life…starting with herself.

Release Date: September 15th, 2020

Excitement Level: 7/10

Far From Normal by Becky Wallace 

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Synopsis:

From Stealing Home author Becky Wallace comes a Devil Wears Prada-inspired YA romance, in which “normal girl” Maddie must repair the image of Major League Soccer’s bad boy to ace her internship. A perfect read for fans of Morgan Matson and Miranda Kenneally.

Maddie McPherson is sick of Normal—both her hometown of Normal, Illinois and being the ‘normal’ sibling. But when she lands a summer internship with a sports marketing firm, she finally has a chance to crawl out of her genius brother’s shadow. Not to mention, a glowing letter of recommendation could secure her admission to her dream college.

But Maddie’s nickname is “CalaMaddie” for a reason, and when the company tasks her with repairing the image of teen soccer phenom Gabriel Fortunato, she wonders if she’s set herself up for embarrassment. Gabriel is a tabloid magnet, who’s best-known for flubbing Italy’s World Cup hopes. As Maddie works with him to develop “pleasant and friendly” content for social media, she also learns he’s thoughtful, multi-talented, and fiercely loyal—maybe even to a fault. Falling for a footballer is exactly how CalaMaddie would botch this internship, but with the firm pressuring her to get the job done, perhaps her heart is worth risking?

Release Date: September 22nd

Excitement Level: 6/10

Skyhunter by Marie Lu

Synopsis:

Laced with adrenaline and nonstop action, #1 New York Times– bestselling author Marie Lu creates an immersive world broken by war where danger waits around every corner and loyalty is life.

The Karensa Federation has conquered a dozen kingdoms, leaving Mara as the only free nation left. Those who make it there escape a fate worse than death—enslavement as mutated war beasts known as Ghosts. The Strikers, a Maran elite force, are trained to stop them, but as the number of Ghosts grow, defeat becomes inevitable.

Still, one Striker refuses to give up hope.

Robbed of her voice and home, Talin knows the brutality of the Federation firsthand. Their cruelty forced her and her mother to seek asylum in a country that finds their people repugnant. After another vicious attack, Mara seems ready to fall, but when a mysterious prisoner is brought back from the warfront, Talin can sense there’s more to him than meets the eye. Could he be the weapon that will save them all?

Release Date: September 29th, 2020

Excitement Level: 8/10

Crownchasers by Rebecca Coffindaffer

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Synopsis:

A deadly competition for the throne will determine more than just the fate of the empire in this riveting duology opener, perfect for fans of The Hunger GamesAurora Rising, and Three Dark Crowns.

Alyssa Farshot has spent her whole life trying to outrun her family legacy. Her mother sacrificed everything to bring peace to the quadrant, and her uncle has successfully ruled as emperor for decades. But the last thing Alyssa wants is to follow in their footsteps as the next in line for the throne. Why would she choose to be trapped in a palace when she could be having wild adventures exploring a thousand-and-one planets in her own ship?

But when Alyssa’s uncle becomes gravely ill, his dying wish surprises the entire galaxy. Instead of naming her as his successor, he calls for a crownchase, the first in seven centuries. Representatives from each of the empire’s prime families—including Alyssa—are thrown into a race to find the royal seal, which has been hidden somewhere in the empire. The first to find the seal wins the throne.

Alyssa’s experience as an explorer makes her the favorite to win the crown she never wanted. And though she doesn’t want to be empress, her duty to her uncle compels her to participate in this one last epic adventure. But when the chase turns deadly, it’s clear that more than just the fate of the empire is at stake. Alyssa is on her most important quest yet—and only time will tell if she’ll survive it.

Release Date: September 29th

Excitement Level: 8/10

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Eek! Can it be September already?!

I’m just dying to get my hands on these wonderful books! Did any of the titles on this list catch your eye? What are YOUR most anticipated September releases? Make sure to let me know in the comments!

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Bye for now,

35 thoughts on “Most Anticipated Releases of September 2020

    • Octavia @ Mermaid Reads says:

      Thanks so much! I didn’t want to go rambling on about how excited I was for each book, so I thought that using a scale would be easier! I’m super excited for Fable too! The reason why I rated it 5/10 on the excitement scale was just because I wasn’t a huge fan of the author’s other books. But I have a feeling I’m going to like this one! Thanks for reading!

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  1. melbraxton says:

    I hadn’t heard of The Other Side of the Sky, but oh it looks and sounds breathtaking. Oooh….looks like my library’s ordered it, so that goes into my hold list.

    I’m really excited to hear the feedback on Blood and Honey, I haven’t picked up Serpent and Dove, but so many people are thrilled for this release. I hope it delivers!

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  2. R A I N says:

    Awww!! The way you have included your excitement level is soo adorable! AND I AM LOOKING FORWARD TO ALMOST ALL OF THESE!! Ahhhhh!! AND THE AMIE KAUFFMAN one’s SOO GORGEOUS! 😍😍😍

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  3. readingbystarlightblog says:

    AHHHHHHHH CAN SEPTEMBER JUST GET HERE ALREADY??? There are so many amazing books coming our way! I’m definitely predicting some five star reviews! 💙💙💙

    To be perfectly honest, I’m not sure which book I’m more excited for! We all know that Blood and Honey is going to DESTROY us [in the BEST way] but The Other Side of the Sky looks so atmospheric. I’m 100% getting Spyro vibes [if you’ve ever played A Hero’s Tail – it kind of gives off a Cloudy Domain vibe???]. Blending fantasy and science fiction is just pure genius!

    I’m also super excited to finally get my hands on Where Dreams Descend. Even if ~technically~ it releases in August. 😉 [Give me those Phantom vibes!!!]. 😉

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    • Octavia @ Mermaid Reads says:

      Yup, just put me in a coma for the next six days and wake me up when it’s September! Hmmmmm… I think Blood and Honey and The Other Side of the Sky are my top two releases. I already know I’m going to love both of them. Plus, TOSOTS has a CAT in it! A CAT! That’s already reason enough to give it five stars. And you’re totally right– A fantasy/sci-fi blend is genius! Our girls Amie and Meagan never fail to amaze me with their talent and intelligence! Also (*shuffles around nervously*), would you perhaps be interested in buddy reading either or both of those releases? I’m soooo excited to read both of them, and I think the experience would be even more fun with you! I’ve already pre-ordered both books, I think I’m a littleeeee too excited. No worries if you’d rather read them independently though, I understand!

      Wait a minute… are you referring to The Phantom of the Opera, one of my all time favorite musicals EVER??? I’ve heard of WDD, but I had no idea it had Phantom vibes. The theatre geek in me is SCREAMING. I am adding it to my TBR NOW!!!

      Sorry for all of the annoyingly long responses today! Thanks so much for showing my posts tons of love!

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      • readingbystarlightblog says:

        YES, YES, YES TO A BUDDY READ! I’D BE HAPPY TO READ BOTH WITH YOU!

        I’ve pre-ordered my copies too but the only issue is that there has been some serious delays with shipping due to Melbourne’s lock down. Would it put you off if I don’t get my copies straight away??? You can bet that I’ll be obsessively checking my tracking numbers so I’ll let you know as soon as I have an indication when they’ll arrive!

        Right? I love pet side kicks in books so I can’t wait to see what Megan and Amie do! Like you said – they’ve never led us wrong!

        AND HOLD THE DANG PHONE – SINCE WHEN DID YOU LOVE PHANTOM?!?! IT’S ONLY MY FAVORITE THING EVER BESIDES TITANIC!!! LIKE, HOW DID WE NOT KNOW THIS??? I AM SHOOK!!! Like, you’re screaming? I’M screaming! 😱😱😱 [Also the whole same-person-thing is actually starting to get a little creepy… are you SURE we’re not actually sisters???]

        Have you seen the live performance with Sierra Boggess and Ramin Karimloo??? It’s my FAVORITE and I may or may not be 100% in love with Ramin’s phantom [and Ramin for that matter]. 💙💙💙

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      • Octavia @ Mermaid Reads says:

        OMG NO WAY!!! Phantom is the best! I love love LOVE Sierra and Ramin’s performance together! I watch it on youtube all the freakin time! Ramin’s voice is SOOOOO enchanting, it literally puts a spell on me! I swear, after this revelation, there’s no doubt that we’re long lost sisters.

        And no problem if your copies are a bit delayed! I’m actually planning on spending the first half of September binge rereading the ACOTAR series, so there’s no rush! Let me know what date works for you! AHHHHH I’M SO HYPED!

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      • readingbystarlightblog says:

        HAHAHA ME TOO – LITERALLY OBSESSED WITH RAMIN AND SIERRA. No doubt indeed! 😂 That moment when he appears in the mirror and the overture to Phantom of the Opera starts I get actual chills. I think that in terms of Phantoms, Ramin has the strongest stage presence. Like, WOW. #swoon.

        That’s perfect! I’ll let you know as soon as they ship so we can finish our current reads. BTW, a re-read of ACOTAR is ALWAYS the way to go! [THE HYPE IS REAL!!!] 💙💙💙

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  4. Gemma (abookishblether) says:

    I’d heard so many mixed reviews of Serpent & Dove I’ve been putting it off, so to hear someone so excited for the sequel makes me want to bump S&D up on my tbr. The second one looks so gorgeous! I was really hoping for a great fantasy romance enemies to lovers style.

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