Five Books I Bought Recently / Why I’m Excited to Read Them

Hey guys! I know it’s been a while since I last posted. These past few months, all of my time has been sucked up by school and work, making it very difficult to put together blog posts. But I’m finally finding the time to do so– Book blogging is something I love, and its recent absence from my life has been hard to cope with. I’ve missed it so incredibly much, and I’m happy to be back, especially with summer break right around the corner.

So, with that out of the way, let me update you on some of the recent book purchases I’ve made!

Working at a bookstore, it’s practically impossible to come home from a shift without a new book in my hands (more often than not, a FEW new books). But can you blame me for wanting to take advantage of that juicy employee discount? Exactly– you can’t. So, allow me to show you five of the exciting new books that I’ve purchased within the past few weeks!

I first caught wind of this one when it was announced as one of Barnes & Noble’s monthly book club picks. I read the synopsis, was delighted to discover that it sounded RIGHT up my alley, and quickly bought myself a copy. From what I gathered from the synopsis, it’s essentially an analysis of the sexist, misogynistic tropes present in Greek Mythology. The author unpacks various Greek myths and explains the ways in which female figures are pitted against one another and blamed for the actions of their male counterparts. As a long-time lover of Greek Mythology, this feminist twist sounds so intriguing! I’ll be sure to update you all on my thoughts once I dive into the book.

Her Body and Other Parties is a collection of short stories that encapsulate the dangers of being a woman in a world that caters to men (I’m just now realizing that it sounds very similar to Pandora’s Jar in that sense). The novel is shelved as horror, and it even has a spot on my coworker’s “Strange and Unsettling Stories” display… So, I have a feeling this might not be a great book to read once the sun goes down. But, nevertheless, I’m still very much looking forward to reading it and seeing how the author portrays the terrifying side of the female experience.

I know, I know. With the insane amount of social media hype it’s gotten, it’s crazy that I still haven’t read this book. But better late than never, right? While I’m not totally sure what It Ends With Us is about, I’ve heard that it explores the abuse and manipulation of a toxic relationship, and that many readers felt deeply moved after finishing it. I must confess, I’m more than a little apprehensive about this book because if it doesn’t live up to the hype, I’ll be crushed! But I’ve enjoyed Colleen Hoover’s work before (Verity has been one of my favorite reads of 2022 thus far!), so I have hope that I’ll love It Ends With Us as well.

Another social media sensation I’ve yet to read: The Love Hypothesis. I guess it’s finally time to give into the BookTok hype!

I’ve heard some interesting things about this one… Apparently it started out as a Reylo fan-fiction? Huh. Well, I’ve been longing for a light, fluffy romance for a while now, and I’ve read nothing but positive reviews for this book. A promising sign, I hope! I think I’ll pick it up at the end of May and read it between final exams… I’m going to need something fun and entertaining to help me cope with all that stress!

I absolutely LOVE reimaginings of female-focused Greek myths– Circe by Madeline Miller and Ariadne by Jennifer Saint are two of my favorites, and it is my hope that Helen of Troy, a retelling of the woman whose face “launched a thousand ships”, will join that list! I feel like Helen of Troy is really only remembered for her beauty, and thus her ability to drive men to violence. It’ll be interesting to see how Margaret George develops Helen’s character and (hopefully) makes her out to be more than just a beautiful prize sought after by men. Truthfully, I think Helen of Troy has the potential to give readers a complex, multi-faceted Greek heroine in the same ways Circe and Ariadne did… Let’s hope I’m right!

That’s it for now! But I’m sure I’ll be back with another book haul in no time. After all, I have absolutely no self-restraint when it comes to spending money on books.

If you’ve read any of the books listed above, please leave a comment letting me know what you thought of them! I’d love to hear from you!

Thank you for reading– Until next time,

Summer 2021 TBR

Summer’s almost here, and I’m SUPER excited since it’s my favorite season of the year! I love the warm weather, cool drinks, sun dresses, beach visits, and, most importantly, the endless time I have to read! Being on summer break is the best, because it’s the portion of the year where I have the most free time. This means that I can spend hours each day catching up on my reading, preferably by the pool or beach. 😉

There are so many great books I want to dive into this summer, and I can’t wait to share them all with you. Let’s go ahead and get started!

A majority of the books on my Summer ’21 TBR are romance novels, particularly rom-coms! Summer is arguably the best season for romance… What could be better than lounging by the pool with a fun romance book in one hand, and a tropical summery drink in the other? Out of all the romance novels presented below, I think the one’s I’m most excited to pick up are Kiss My Cupcake, People We Meet on Vacation, and Tweet Cute!

I also have a couple of great contemporaries lined up for the season ahead! One of them is An Emotion of Great Delight, written by Tahereh Mafi, one of my all time favorite authors! Tahereh’s writing has never disappointed me, so I can already tell that this book is going to become a new favorite of mine. Her previous contemporary novel, A Very Large Expanse of Sea, was SO powerful, and I have a feeling this one will be too! I was lucky enough to be sent a physical arc of it (CRAZY, right???), so I’m planning on starting it very soon!

Fantasy is easily my favorite genre, so you can bet that this summer will be full of many heart-pounding novels full of magic, royalty, mythical creatures, and more! In fact, I’ll probably end up reading many more fantasy books in addition to the ones listed below, since there are so many more I want to get my hands on! A few fantasy books (on this list) that I’m especially hyped for are Realm Breaker, These Hollow Vows, and A Touch of Darkness.

It’s been a LONG time since I’ve enjoyed a good ol’ mystery novel so I’m planning on reading quite a few of them within the next couple of months! The one I’m most looking forward to reading is definitely House of Hollow. I’ve heard that it also contains fantastical/mythical elements, and what could be better than a fantasy-mystery mash-up?

Here are a few other books I’m planning on reading this summer that didn’t fall into any of the categories listed above. They all sound super good, so I have high hopes for all of them!

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I’m not sure if I’ll pick up every single one of these books by the end of summer, but I’m going to try to get to as many of them as I can!

Have you read any of the books listed above? If so, let me know what you thought of them down below in the comment section!

I hope you all enjoy the rest of spring!

Until next time,

Upcoming Book Releases I Can’t Wait to Read

Hello fellow book lovers! I’ve realized that it’s been quite a while since I’ve compiled a “Most Anticipated Book Releases” list, and since there are so many great books coming out this year, it’s about time that I post one!

This list will contain all of my most anticipated book releases for the remainder of 2021. There are so many great books coming out this year, and I can’t wait to share them with you. Let’s go ahead and dive right in!

Realm Breaker by Victoria Aveyard

Realm Breaker by [Victoria Aveyard]

Synopsis:

A strange darkness grows in Allward.

Even Corayne an-Amarat can feel it, tucked away in her small town at the edge of the sea.

She soon discovers the truth: She is the last of an ancient lineage—and the last hope to save the world from destruction. But she won’t be alone. Even as darkness falls, she is joined by a band of unlikely companions:

  • A squire, forced to choose between home and honor.
  • An immortal, avenging a broken promise.
  • An assassin, exiled and bloodthirsty.
  • An ancient sorceress, whose riddles hide an eerie foresight.
  • A forger with a secret past.
  • A bounty hunter with a score to settle.

Together they stand against a vicious opponent, invincible and determined to burn all kingdoms to ash, and an army unlike anything the realm has ever witnessed.

Release Date: May 4th, 2021

Why I’m excited to read it: Ever since reading and falling in love with her Red Queen series, I’ve been hungry for more of Victoria Aveyard’s writing. When I found out that she was publishing a new fantasy series, I literally SCREAMED. I already know that I’m going to LOVE Realm Breaker! Will it be better than Red Queen? I’ll just have to wait and see!

Luck of the Titanic by Stacey Lee

Luck of the Titanic by [Stacey Lee]

Synopsis:

Valora Luck has two things: a ticket for the biggest and most luxurious ocean liner in the world, and a dream of leaving England behind and making a life for herself as a circus performer in New York. Much to her surprise though, she’s turned away at the gangway; apparently, Chinese aren’t allowed into America.

But Val has to get on that ship. Her twin brother Jamie, who has spent two long years at sea, is there, as is an influential circus owner, whom Val hopes to audition for. Thankfully, there’s not much a trained acrobat like Val can’t overcome when she puts her mind to it.

As a stowaway, Val should keep her head down and stay out of sight. But the clock is ticking and she has just seven days as the ship makes its way across the Atlantic to find Jamie, perform for the circus owner, and convince him to help get them both into America.

Then one night the unthinkable happens, and suddenly Val’s dreams of a new life are crushed under the weight of the only thing that matters: survival.

Release Date: May 4th, 2021

Why I’m excited to read it: I absolutely love anything and anything to do with Titanic. In case you didn’t know, Titanic is my favorite film of all time, so this book will definitely be right up my alley! I’m planning to pick it up next week as one of my reads for Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month, and I have a feeling it might end up being a five star read for me!

An Emotion of Great Delight by Tahereh Mafi

Synopsis:

It’s 2003, several months since the US officially declared war on Iraq, and the American political world has evolved. Tensions are high, hate crimes are on the rise, FBI agents are infiltrating local mosques, and the Muslim community is harassed and targeted more than ever. Shadi, who wears hijab, keeps her head down.

She’s too busy drowning in her own troubles to find the time to deal with bigots.

Shadi is named for joy, but she’s haunted by sorrow. Her brother is dead, her father is dying, her mother is falling apart, and her best friend has mysteriously dropped out of her life. And then, of course, there’s the small matter of her heart—

It’s broken.

Shadi tries to navigate her crumbling world by soldiering through, saying nothing. She devours her own pain, each day retreating farther and farther inside herself until finally, one day, everything changes.

She explodes.

An Emotion of Great Delight is a searing look into the world of a single Muslim family in the wake of 9/11. It’s about a child of immigrants forging a blurry identity, falling in love, and finding hope—in the midst of a modern war.

Release Date: June 1st, 2021

Why I’m excited to read it: Tahereh Mafi is one of my all time favorite authors. Her Shatter Me series might just be my favorite series EVER, and her stand-alone contemporary novel, A Very Large Expanse of Sea, is incredible as well. I love her writing so much, and I already know that I’m going to love this upcoming book of hers as well! I’m so excited to read it!

The Queen Will Betray You by Sarah Henning

Synopsis:

After a thousand years of political stability, the realm of The Sand and Sky is up for grabs. Four kingdoms, four rulers vying for the ultimate prize, sovereignty over the entire continent: A ruthless old king spinning webs, whose schemes encompass generations. A widowed queen whose only credo is all kings must die. A runaway queen whose unexpected return upends everyone’s plans. And a prince-in-waiting determined to wait no more.

Standing against them are a dispossessed princess and her stableboy love with a surprising claim of his own. Their only hope in the face of unspeakable betrayals, enemies hidden in the shadows, and insurmountable odds is the power of true love…

Release Date: July 6th, 2021

Why I’m excited to read it: I loved The Princess Will Save You, and I’m practically dying to dive into its sequel! I love the characters in this series, and after the massive cliffhanger The Princess Will Save You left us with, I can’t wait to see where their stories take us next. Also, can we just take a moment to appreciate how gorgeous The Queen Will Betray You’s cover is???? I LOVE IT.

Six Crimson Cranes by Elizabeth Lim

Six Crimson Cranes by [Elizabeth Lim]

Synopsis:

Shiori’anma, the only princess of Kiata, has a secret. Forbidden magic runs through her veins. Normally she conceals it well, but on the morning of her betrothal ceremony, Shiori loses control. At first, her mistake seems like a stroke of luck, forestalling the wedding she never wanted. But it also catches the attention of Raikama, her stepmother.

A sorceress in her own right, Raikama banishes the young princess, turning her brothers into cranes. She warns Shiori that she must speak of it to no one: for with every word that escapes her lips, one of her brothers will die.

Penniless, voiceless, and alone, Shiori searches for her brothers, and uncovers a dark conspiracy to seize the throne. Only Shiori can set the kingdom to rights, but to do so she must place her trust in a paper bird, a mercurial dragon, and the very boy she fought so hard not to marry. And she must embrace the magic she’s been taught all her life to forswear–no matter what the cost.

Release Date: July 6th, 2021

Why I’m excited to read it: Like many of the other books on this list, Six Crimson Cranes is one of my most anticipated releases because it’s written by an author I love: Elizabeth Lim! Last year, I fell in love with her Spin the Dawn duology, and ever since finishing it, I’ve been eager to get my hands on more of her work. This upcoming book of hers sounds phenomenal, and I can’t wait to read it! I’ve already got my copy pre-ordered!!

These Hollow Vows by Lexi Ryan

These Hollow Vows by Lexi Ryan

Synopsis:

Brie hates the Fae and refuses to have anything to do with them, even if that means starving on the street. But when her sister is sold to the sadistic king of the Unseelie court to pay a debt, she’ll do whatever it takes to get her back—including making a deal with the king himself to steal three magical relics from the Seelie court.

Gaining unfettered access to the Seelie court is easier said than done. Brie’s only choice is to pose as a potential bride for Prince Ronan, and she soon finds herself falling for him. Unwilling to let her heart distract her, she accepts help from a band of Unseelie misfits with their own secret agenda. As Brie spends time with their mysterious leader, Finn, she struggles to resist his seductive charm.

Caught between two dangerous courts, Brie must decide who to trust with her loyalty. And with her heart.

Release Date: July 20th, 2021

Why I’m excited to read it: These Hollow Vows is marketed as a mash-up of The Cruel Prince and A Court of Thorns and Roses, my two all time favorite fantasy novels. Comparing this upcoming book release to two MARVELOUS works of fiction is a pretty bold move, but I really, really hope the marketing is accurate for this one! I’ve been looking for a new fae series to obsess over for the longest time, and I have high hopes that These Hollow Vows will become a new favorite. I’m a little nervous to read it, because I don’t want to end up disappointed, but let’s pray it ends up being as wonderful as the synopsis makes it sound!

Gods & Monsters by Shelby Mahurin

Gods & Monsters (Serpent & Dove Book 3) by [Shelby Mahurin]

Synopsis:

Lou has spent her whole life running. Now, after a crushing blow from Morgane, the time has come to go home—and claim what is rightfully hers.

But this is no longer the Lou her friends knew. No longer the Lou who captured a chasseur’s heart. A darkness has settled over her, and this time it will take more than love to drive it out.

Release Date: July 27th, 2021

Why I’m excited to read it: I absolutely loved Serpent & Dove, and while I didn’t enjoy its sequel, Blood & Honey, nearly as much, I’m still eager to read the third and final book in this series: Gods & Monsters! I’m really hopeful that it’ll be an action packed, jaw dropping conclusion to this epic trilogy… I can’t wait to see how Lou and Reid’s story ends!

Once Upon a Broken Heart by Stephanie Garber

Once Upon a Broken Heart by [Stephanie Garber]

Synopsis:

For as long as she can remember, Evangeline Fox has believed in true love and happy endings…until she learns that the love of her life will marry another.

Desperate to stop the wedding and to heal her wounded heart, Evangeline strikes a deal with the charismatic, but wicked, Prince of Hearts. In exchange for his help, he asks for three kisses, to be given at the time and place of his choosing.

But after Evangeline’s first promised kiss, she learns that bargaining with an immortal is a dangerous game — and that the Prince of Hearts wants far more from her than she’d pledged. He has plans for Evangeline, plans that will either end in the greatest happily ever after, or the most exquisite tragedy…

Release Date: September 28th, 2021

Why I’m excited to read it: The Caraval trilogy is one of my all-time favorite fantasy series, so you can imagine how thrilled I was to discover that Stephanie Garber is writing a spin-off series set in the same world. I can’t wait to reunite with all of my favorite characters, but I’m even more excited to meet some new ones, like the mysterious Evangeline Fox! I have no doubt that Ms. Garber will blow all of my expectations out of the water with this new book of hers… Release Day can’t come soon enough!

Kingdom of the Cursed by Kerri Maniscalco

Synopsis:

After selling her soul to become Queen of the Wicked, Emilia travels to the Seven Circles with the enigmatic Prince of Wrath, where she’s introduced to a seductive world of vice.

She vows to do whatever it takes to avenge her beloved sister, Vittoria…even if that means accepting the hand of the Prince of Pride, the king of demons.

The first rule in the court of the Wicked? Trust no one. With back-stabbing princes, luxurious palaces, mysterious party invitations, and conflicting clues about who really killed her twin, Emilia finds herself more alone than ever before. Can she even trust Wrath, her one-time ally in the mortal world…or is he keeping dangerous secrets about his true nature? 

Emilia will be tested in every way as she seeks a series of magical objects that will unlock the clues of her past and the answers she craves…

Release Date: October 5th, 2021

Why I’m excited to read it: Kingdom of the Wicked was one of my favorite reads of 2020, and I can only hope that Kingdom of the Curse ends up being just as good! Kerri Maniscalco is such a fantastic author, so I doubt she’ll let me down!

Gilded by Marissa Meyer

Gilded by [Marissa Meyer]

Synopsis:

Long ago cursed by the god of lies, a poor miller’s daughter has developed a talent for spinning stories that are fantastical and spellbinding and entirely untrue.

Or so everyone believes.

When one of Serilda’s outlandish tales draws the attention of the sinister Erlking and his undead hunters, she finds herself swept away into a grim world where ghouls and phantoms prowl the earth and hollow-eyed ravens track her every move. The king orders Serilda to complete the impossible task of spinning straw into gold, or be killed for telling falsehoods. In her desperation, Serilda unwittingly summons a mysterious boy to her aid. He agrees to help her… for a price. Love isn’t meant to be part of the bargain.

Soon Serilda realizes that there is more than one secret hidden in the castle walls, including an ancient curse that must be broken if she hopes to end the tyranny of the king and his wild hunt forever.

Release Date: November 2nd, 2021

Why I’m excited to read it: Oh boy. You guys can’t even imagine how hyped I am for this book. A new fairy tale retelling from Queen Marissa Meyer herself? Say no more, and sign me up! Out of all the books on this list, Gilded might just be the one I’m most looking forward to reading. Marissa Meyer has been one of my favorite authors for years, and I’m beyond excited to see her take on the classic tale of Rumpelstiltskin!

You’ve Reached Sam by Dustin Thao

You've Reached Sam: A Novel by [Dustin Thao]

Synopsis:

How do you move forward when everything you love in on the line?

Seventeen-year-old Julie has her future all planned out—move out of her small town with her boyfriend Sam, attend college in the city, spend a summer in Japan. But then Sam dies. And everything changes. Desperate to hear his voice one more time, Julie calls Sam’s cellphone just to listen to his voicemail. And Sam picks up the phone.

What would you do if you had a second chance at goodbye?

Filled with a diverse cast of characters, the heartache of first love and loss, and the kind of friends that can get you through anything, plus a touch of magic, You’ve Reached Sam will make an instant connection with anyone looking for a big emotional romance of a read.

Release Date: November 2nd, 2021

Why I’m excited to read it: Oh gosh… I can already tell that this book is going to break my heart. But nevertheless, I’m still going to read it and put myself through the inevitable pain it’ll inflict upon me.

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I can’t wait to read these books!!!

Did you spot any of YOUR most anticipated book releases on this list? If so, let me know down below in the comment section! I’d love to gush about them with you!

Well, that’s it for now, everyone.

Until next time,

Sequels I Can’t Wait to Read

Happy Friday everyone! I hope you’ve all had a fantastic week.

As you might’ve gathered from the title of this post, today I’m going to gushing about all of the sequels that I’m DYING to read! I’ve been meaning to publish a sequels-related post for some time now, so trust me when I say that this list is long overdue.

One of my reading goals for 2021 is to stop leaving so many series unfinished, so naturally, there are quite a few sequels on my TBR. Some of these books are ones that will be coming out in the near future, while others are back-list books that I can’t wait to devour!

Let’s go ahead and dive right in!

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Dragonfly in Amber by Diana Gabaldon (Outlander, Series Book #2)

Dragonfly in Amber: A Novel (Outlander): Gabaldon, Diana: 9780440215622:  Amazon.com: Books

I finished Outlander last month, which was a big accomplishment for me… That beast of a book is over 800 pages long! But thankfully, the intimidating length ended up being nothing to worry about, since the novel was absolutely phenomenal! I’m very excited to see where Claire and Jamie Fraser’s story goes next in book two, Dragonfly in Amber (which is even LONGER than Outlander!). In preparation for Dragonfly in Amber, I’m currently watching Season 1 of the Outlander TV show, which I’m enjoying quite a lot so far. The show is beautifully filmed, and I’m finding that it follows the events of the book pretty closely, which is a big relief! Watching the show is getting me super eager to start Dragonfly in Amber; Hopefully I’ll be able to pick it up sometime next month!

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

The Crown of Gilded Bones - Jennifer L. Armentrout

The From Blood and Ash series has quickly become a new obsession of mine. I simply adore the characters, world-building, and romance, and I’m beyond excited to see how they’re further developed in book three of the series: The Crown of Gilded Bones. You can rest assured that I already have my copy of the book pre-ordered, and that I’ll be diving straight into it as soon as it arrives on my doorstep!

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Aurora Burning by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff (Aurora Cycle Trilogy, Book #2)

Amazon.com: Aurora Burning (The Aurora Cycle) (9781524720926): Kaufman,  Amie, Kristoff, Jay: Books

Ever since I flew through Aurora Rising last December, all I’ve wanted to do is devour its sequel, Aurora Burning. The only thing that’s kept me from doing so is the knowledge that the final book in the series won’t be coming out until November… Womp, womp, womp. I’ll probably have to wait a little while longer until I start this book, or else I’ll forget everything that happened in it by the time book three comes out! But on the bright side, the cover and title for Aurora Cycle #3 will be released on the authors’ Instagram accounts TODAY! And I can hardly wait! I’ll be refreshing my Instagram feed every five seconds until the cover/title reveal is posted, lol. Does anyone have any guesses for what the title will be and who will be on the cover? I myself haven’t come up with any great guesses… Maybe Aurora Shining? Or Aurora Blazing? Or… Aurora Colliding???? As for who will be on the cover… I feel like it’ll be Scarlett or Finian!

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Romancing Mister Bridgerton by Julia Quinn (Bridgerton Series, Book #4)

After hearing all the buzz about the Bridgerton TV show, I knew it was about time I read the book series! I finished The Duke and I, the first book in the series, a few weeks ago, and while it was a decent read, I personally didn’t think it was anything special. Then, about a week ago, I read The Viscount Who Loved Me, and let me tell you… IT WAS ABSOLUTELY FANTASTIC! The writing was quick and witty, and the two main characters, Kate and Anthony, were so much fun to read about. Now, I’m about halfway through book three, An Offer From a Gentleman, and I’m enjoying it a lot! As soon as I finish that, I’ll move onto book four: Romancing Mister Bridgerton. I’m especially excited to read this installment in the series because it focuses on Penelope Featherington, a character who I am very intrigued by! I’m just so glad that I didn’t give up on this series after finding The Duke and I somewhat mediocre… Books two and three have proven to be much better, so hopefully I’ll be able to say the same about book four!

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Bone Crier’s Dawn by Kathryn Purdie (Bone Grace Series, Book #2)

I buddy-read Bone Crier’s Moon with my friend a couple months ago, and we both really, really liked it. The magic system was so absorbing, and I loved the character dynamics! The sequel, Bone Crier’s Dawn, comes out at the end of the month, and it’s yet another book on this list that I have pre-ordered! After the jaw-dropping events of the last few chapters of Bone Crier’s Moon, I desperately need to know what will happen next! For that reason, I’ll definitely be diving into Bone Crier’s Dawn as soon as I possibly can. I’m counting down the days til March 30th… This book truly can’t come out soon enough!

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A Heart So Fierce and Broken by Brigid Kemmerer (Cursebreakers Series, Book #2)

I read A Curse So Dark and Lonely, the first book in this series, a pretty long time ago, so I’m probably due for a re-read before I pick up A Heart So Fierce and Broken. But regardless of that, I’m still very much looking forward to reading this sequel! From what I’ve gathered, it contains chapters written through the perspectives of not just Harper and Rhen, but Grey and Lia Mara as well! I absolutely love books written in multiple POVs, as long as the author is capable of juggling them all while still thoroughly developing each character. But I’m certain Brigid Kemmerer is up to the task! So far, her work has failed to disappoint me, so I’m sure A Heart So Fierce and Broken will be no exception!

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The Queen Will Betray You by Sarah Henning (Kingdoms of Sand and Sky Series, Book #2)

I was lucky enough to receive an ARC of The Princess Will Save You last year, and I absolutely loved it! Unfortunately, though, reading an early copy of the book has made the wait for the sequel all the more agonizing! I’ve now been anxiously anticipating the publication of The Queen Will Betray You since May of 2020, but thankfully, release day is almost upon us! 3.5 months isn’t that long of a wait… right?

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Are any of these sequels on your TBR as well?

If they are, let me know! And feel free to tell me what other sequels you’re looking forwarding to reading, too!

Well, I suppose that’s it for today! Thank you so much for reading this post!

Until next time,

My Least Favorite Reads of 2020

A few weeks ago, I published a list of my favorite reads of 2020, and I thought it’d be fun to do the same thing for my LEAST favorite reads of 2020! I know it’s already March, and that I should be leaving 2020 in the past (where it belongs), but venting about books I hated can be so cathartic… I couldn’t NOT post this list! While I didn’t read that many downright TERRIBLE books this year (which is a good thing), there were a couple that I really struggled to get through. And I’ve listed them all down below!

Please keep in mind that reading is completely subjective, and if a book you love is one of my least favorites, it’s totally okay! No one is “right” or “wrong” when it comes to reading, and that’s the beauty of it! We all have different tastes, and that should be celebrated!

So, with that being said, in no particular order, here are my least favorite reads of 2020!

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The Betrothed by Kiera Cass

The Betrothed by [Kiera Cass]

Like most people, I picked up The Betrothed because I loved The Selection, Kiera Cass’s most well known series. I was expecting a light, fluffy, and charmingly royal romance novel, but yikes… this book was simply horrible. The protagonist, Hollis, was about as interesting as stale bread, and the same thing can be said about literally every other character in the story. The plot was essentially non-existent, and the so called “romance” was very poorly developed. Such a let down from Kiera Cass!

Crave by Tracy Wolff

Crave (Crave Series Book 1) by [Tracy Wolff]

I was warned about how terrible this book is by many of my fellow readers, and oh, how I wish I had listened to them! Crave, in short, was a massive waste of time. It reads off like a sloppily put together Twilight fan fiction written by a thirteen year old. The main character is “not like other girls”, and her love interest is a grumpy, manipulative jerk… They both annoyed the heck out of me! I’ve heard that book two, Crush, is a lot better, but I doubt I’ll read it. If it’s even the slighest bit like Crave (and how could it not be?), I probably wouldn’t enjoy it. Maybe YA vampire fiction just isn’t for me!

Catherine House by Elisabeth Thomas

Catherine House: A Novel by [Elisabeth Thomas]

This is another book that just felt sloppy to me. The writing was all over the place, and I had a lot of difficulty connecting with the characters. The ending was annoyingly open ended, and while the author might’ve intended for it to feel thought-provoking and powerful, it was just confusing and odd!

Ink in the Blood Kim Smejkal

Ink in the Blood (Ink in the Blood Duology Book 1) by [Kim Smejkal]

I really, really loved the idea behind Ink in the Blood, but the execution failed to impress me. To be fair, I think this is a matter of personal taste. I found the writing style bland and boring, but I know that many people would disagree! And that’s okay! I’ll give credit where credit is due and say that I really enjoyed the magic system in this story, but sadly, that’s about it. The flat characters, slow pacing, and dull writing made Ink in the Blood beyond redemption for me.

Queen’s Peril by E.K. Johnston

Queen's Peril by [E. K. Johnston]

I’m a big Star Wars fan, so I was super excited to read this book! Unfortunately, though, it didn’t live up to my expectations. It’s supposed to be a prequel about Padmé’s backstory, but it didn’t add anything new or refreshing to her character arc! It was incredibly boring and uninteresting, which is such a shame, since I love Padmé! Fellow Star Wars lovers: I recommend sticking to the movies. This book isn’t worth the read!

An Enchantment of Ravens by Margaret Rogerson

An Enchantment of Ravens by [Margaret Rogerson]

An Enchantment of Ravens had the potential to be an incredible book, but it was ruined by a nasty case of insta-love! YUCK! The worst trope ever! There’s nothing worse than watching a seemingly intelligent female character completely lose her wits the second she meets her love interest. UGH. A lot of people compare this book to ACOTAR, and personally, I think that that’s an insult to Sarah J. Maas! ACOTAR is worlds better than this hot mess of a book!

The Hating Game by Sally Thorne

The Hating Game: A Novel by [Sally Thorne]

Meh. This book had a few enjoyable moments (most of which took place within the last 100 pages), but as a whole, it wasn’t my cup of tea. The main characters, Josh and Lucy, are both extremely toxic and unlikable, so I guess it makes sense that they’re attracted to each other? I don’t know. I feel like I’m missing something, because everyone else seems to love this book, and I just found it very cringey and underwhelming. Oh well, we can’t love ’em all!

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And, there you have it!

My least favorite reads of 2020! Please remember that this post is all in good fun, and that if you liked any of the books listed above, that’s perfectly fine! After all, we each have different tastes when it comes to reading. But… I’m sorry for roasting them so harshly 😂

Anyways, I hope you enjoyed this post, and if you did, feel free to stay tuned for more fun bookish content that will be coming your way soon!

That’s it for now!

Until next time,

My Favorite Reads of 2020

2020 is finally over (thank goodness), so you know what that means… It’s time for my annual Best Books of the Year list!

The thing is, I was in a really bad reading slump for the first few months of 2020. I honestly don’t think I picked up a book until the beginning of April! But thankfully, I still managed to bounce back and read tons of fantastic books in 2020! I devoured over 100 novels last year, so it’s difficult to narrow them down to a select few favorites, but I’m going to try! I’m not going to be including rereads, because that would defeat the whole purpose of this list, don’t you think? The following books are ones that I discovered this year and fell absolutely IN LOVE with. If you follow me on Bookstagram, you’ve probably seen me gush about them endlessly on my stories and posts! I’ve probably mentioned some of them here on my blog as well! But there are quite a few that I haven’t talked much about, which is why I’m so excited to be sharing this list with you all!

I’ll be listing these books in no particular order. As we all know, I’m an extremely indecisive person, and being forced to rank my favorite books is basically the worst form of torture I can think of. These books were all so good, and while I enjoyed some more than others, ranking them would be wayyyy too stressful. So let’s just… not???

Oh, and just to be clear, these are all books that I READ in 2020, not books that CAME OUT in 2020 (though some of them did)!

Now, with that out of the way… LET’S DIVE RIGHT IN!

Ladies, gents, and gentlefolk, allow me to introduce you to THE BEST BOOKS I READ IN 2020!!!!! Starting with…

The Unhoneymooners by Christina Lauren

The Unhoneymooners: Lauren, Christina: 9781501128035: Amazon.com: Books

I picked this book up on a whim with literally no expectations at all, since I’ve read hardly any rom-com novels. But I ended up absolutely LOVING it. Maui is probably my favorite place on the entire planet, so getting to visit the island alongside our main characters, Olive and Ethan, resurfaced so many happy, pre-pandemic memories. Olive and Ethan have such sizzling chemistry, and I’m pretty sure I shipped them from their very first interaction. Their witty banter was charming and hilarious, but Christina Lauren also did a fantastic job of showing us what a healthy relationship looks like through their romance. Olive and Ethan challenge each other in the best ways possible, and throughout the book, they have so many important yet difficult conversations with one another that you don’t often see in the rom-com genre. This meant SO much to me, because I love how we get to see the light hearted, playful side of their romance as well as the serious side. I’m not sure if I’ll ever find another rom-com novel as good as The Unhoneymooners, but it has definitely left me wanting to explore the genre more! As someone who mainly reads fantasy, I’m really happy that I took a leap outside of my comfort zone and decided to read this book! It was absolutely fantastic, and reading it was utter bliss!

Defy Me by Tahereh Mafi

Amazon.com: Defy Me (Shatter Me Book 5) (9780062676405): Mafi, Tahereh:  Books

It’s impossible to put my love for this book into words… It took me completely by surprise! I was quite scared to pick up Defy Me, because I had heard from other fans of the Shatter Me series that it was a very disappointing installment in the series. But I ended up LOVING IT. The tone of Defy Me was far more emotional than the tone of the previous Shatter Me novels, and I think that’s why I loved it so much. There were so many scenes that had me tearing up, and I think that it’s truly incredible when a book is capable of drawing that much emotion out of a reader! Juliette, Warner, and Kenji continue to go through so much wonderful character development in this novel, and getting to read through all of their perspectives was a dream come true. They each have something valuable to contribute to the story, and I know that without a doubt, this book wouldn’t have been the same if it was only told through Juliette’s perspective (I love her, of course, but Warner and Kenji are amazing too)! These characters have my whole heart, and I can’t express how much I love and connect with them. I finished this book weeks ago, but Juliette, Warner, and Kenji are still constantly on my mind, and carry them in my heart everywhere I go. I’m not sure if I’ll ever read another series as beautiful and addictive as this one, and while I understand that it has it’s flaws, it will always be very special to me. I’ll definitely be reading it again in 2021… it’s left me with the WORST book hangover EVER!

One Way or Another by Kara McDowell

Amazon.com: One Way or Another eBook: McDowell, Kara: Kindle Store

I was lucky enough to receive this book as an ARC earlier in the year, and it ended up being one of my favorite books of 2020! With a relatable main character, a swoonworthy love interest, an adorable romance, and phenomenal mental health rep, One Way or Another was the YA contemporary novel of my DREAMS! And guess what? It’s also a Christmas book! What could be better than that? Pretty much nothing, if you ask me! I flew through One Way or Another in just one sitting, the endless fun, hilarity, and charm of the story giving it a sort of addictive quality. Paige, our protagonist, was someone I could really relate to, and it felt so good to see some of my own inner struggles mirrored through her. Overall, this book is simply fantastic, and I would recommend it to anyone and everyone, regardless of whether it’s the holiday season or not! Even though it’s a Christmas novel, One Way or Another is a book that can be enjoyed any time of year (I should know, I read it in August)!  Its heartwarming themes, fabulous mental health rep, and wholesome romance all make it an absolutely spectacular story. I truly cannot recommend it enough!

Everything I Thought I Knew by Shannon Takaoaka

Everything I Thought I Knew by Shannon Takaoka

Everything I Thought I Knew by Shannon Takaoaka is yet another 2020 release that I received as an ARC last year! And guess what? It was BREATHTAKING! I have only just begun to dip my toe into YA contemporary these past few months, but Everything I Thought I Knew showed me just how beautiful and heartbreaking the genre can be. It is a powerful and beguiling story of love, loss, hope, reality, and heartache, and every single second of it was wonderful. It captivated my imagination from the very first page, and before I knew it, I was done with it! I rarely read books in a single sitting, but this one easily made an exception! Shannon Takaoka’s writing is classically stunning, and her words just flow so smoothly across the pages. Not only that, but her characters were so easy to love and relate to, and it was a delight to see them develop throughout the novel. All in all, this book was simply fantastic, and whether you’re a contemporary reader or not, I HIGHLY encourage giving it a read!

The Winner’s Kiss by Marie Rutkoski

The Winner's Kiss (The Winner's Trilogy, #3) by Marie Rutkoski

The Winner’s trilogy really snuck up on me in 2020! I’d known about it for quite awhile, but for some reason, I never felt strongly about picking it up. What a fool I was, because this trilogy was FANTASTIC! It’s one of those series that just gets better and better every book, and that’s why the third book, The Winner’s Kiss, made it on this list! It was the perfect finale to this wonderful trilogy, though I will confess, there were times where I was FURIOUS at Marie Rutkoski for messing with my emotions so much! I didn’t realize how attached I’d become to our main characters, Kestrel and Arin, until they were forced to go through so much devastation in this novel. They’re easily two of my all time favorite characters, as they are both so thoughtfully written! I love them AND the Winner’s trilogy endlessly… I can definitely see myself rereading it in the future!

Aurora Rising by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

Amazon.com: Aurora Rising (The Aurora Cycle) (9781524720964): Kaufman,  Amie, Kristoff, Jay: Books

Wow! Just wow. Reading Aurora Rising reminded me how much I LOVE science fiction! It was my first Kaufman-Kristoff novel, and I couldn’t be more impressed by it! It’s one of those rare books that is equally plot-driven AND character-driven. The plot is fueled by constant action, suspense, and wild spaceship chases, making it nearly impossible to put the book down! And the characters??? Oh boy, where do I even start?! They were all so complex and interesting! I think my favorites have to be Kal and Scarlett, but I truly do love all of them. Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff are both incredibly talented authors, and I’m beyond excited to dive into more of their work in 2021. It’s only a matter of time before I start Aurora Rising’s sequel, Aurora Burning!

The Queen of Nothing by Holly Black

The Queen of Nothing was a sensational conclusion to the Folk of the Air trilogy! Jude and Cardan are some of my all-time favorite characters, and I love how even in this final installment, Holly Black never shied away from writing them out to be extremely morally grey. Characters that have a little (or a lot) of wickedness in them are always the ones I find most interesting, and that’s why I adore Jude and Cardan so much! This series has been quite a wild ride, and while I’m terribly said that it’s over, I know that I’ll definitely be re-reading it in the future! If you haven’t read it yet, you MUST! It’s such an enchanting, magical series that will leave you with the WORST book hangover once you finish it. Holly Black is a truly amazing author, and I can’t wait to see what she writes next!

The Shadows Between Us by Tricia Levenseller

The Shadows Between Us by Tricia Levenseller

The Shadows Between Us was such an entertaining read! It had a fast-moving plot, addictive romance, and fascinating characters. The protagonist, Alessandra, was downright EVIL, and I absolutely loved that. Like I mentioned before, I always find myself most drawn to characters who are morally grey, and that’s exactly was Alessandra was! She was calculating, selfish, and violent, but all the same, I was so intrigued by her character. Would I want to be friends with someone like Alessandra in real life? Well, probably not. But I LOVED getting to read through her perspective, as she was such a fun character to get to know! I highly recommend The Shadows Between Us if you’re looking for a short, captivating story that will have you hooked until the very last page!

All the Stars and Teeth by Adalyn Grace

Amazon.com: All the Stars and Teeth (All the Stars and Teeth Duology, 1)  (9781250307781): Grace, Adalyn: Books

All the Stars and Teeth is the fantasy novel I never knew I needed, for it contains ALL of my favorite fantastical elements. Princesses, mermaids, pirates, magic, sea monsters, curses… What’s not to love?! Nothing, if you ask me! I loved every single second of this book, and by the time I finished it, I felt so close with the four main characters: Amora, Vataea, Bastian, and Ferrick. They were all so different and complex, I couldn’t help but fall in love with them. I swear, if anything bad happens to them in the upcoming sequel, All the Tides of Fate, I WILL SCREAM!!

Stolen Songbird by Danielle L. Jensen

Stolen Songbird by Danielle L. Jensen

Danielle L. Jensen is one of the new authors I discovered in 2021, and I am simply in awe of her work! So far, my favorite book by her is Stolen Songbird. It took my breath away with its vivid world building, sizzling romance, and complex characters. Cecile and Tristan, our main characters, were both very easy to root for, and the chemistry they had with one another was so addictive! The magic system in this novel is spectacularly developed as well, as it completely debunks everything you think you know about certain mythical creatures. This was such a thoughtful and unique approach for Danielle L. Jensen to take, and it’s especially impressive since Stolen Songbird is her debut novel. In short, if you’re searching for a delightful fantasy novel that will allow you to escape reality for a few hours, Stolen Songbird is definitely the book for you!

What a wonderful reading year!

I know that as a whole, 2020 was an absolutely horrendous year, but I feel extremely lucky that I managed to find solace in so many wonderful books amidst all the confusion and chaos. It is my sincerest hope that you all were able to enjoy some fantastic reads last year too!

Cheers to a better 2021!

Top Ten Tuesday: 2021 Bookish Resolutions

Hello fellow book lovers! I know this past week has been stressful for many of us, but I hope you’re all staying safe and healthy!

Top Ten Tuesday (also known as T10T, TTT) is a weekly meme that was created by The Broke and the Bookish and is currently being hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl! I haven’t done a Top Ten Tuesday post in a lonnnnnng time, but today’s prompt sounded like a lot of fun, so I knew I had to participate!

If you haven’t already seen the title of this post, the topic of the day is 2021 Bookish Resolutions! I have so many fun bookish resolutions for this year, and I’m thrilled to be sharing them with you all! Let’s just dive right in!

1. Read More Diversely

Until a few months ago, I’d never really been one to read a certain book based off of the race of its author. A book is a book, right? WRONG! 2020 taught me that reading books written by authors of color and LGBT+ authors is wildly important, because how else will we help their voices be heard? It is critical to take race into account when you pick up a book; reading stories written exclusively by straight, white authors limits you to experiencing a single group’s dominate perspective. Reading stories by groups who have been historically underrepresented in literature exposes you to NUMEROUS different perspectives, each of which will help you become more aware of the struggles others face due to their identities. In 2021, I definitely want to diversify my shelves and pick up more #OwnVoices stories. There are so many great ones out there, and I can’t wait to read them!

2. Buy Less, Borrow More

In 2020, I bought way too many books. I know it’s not great for my wallet or the environment, so in 2021, I want to borrow more books from my local library, rather than buying all of them. I love collecting books and displaying them on my bookshelves, so I know that this resolution will be a challenge for me… But I can do it! I’ve already put a couple of series on hold from the library, so I’m off to a good start. And these are series that I’d otherwise buy 😂 So far, so good, I guess!

3. Buy Fewer Books From Amazon

I’ve always purchased a majority of my books from Amazon, since that’s where they’re the cheapest. But until a few months ago, I’d never really thought about HOW or WHY books are so cheap there. A $20 hardcover from Barnes & Noble is only $14 on Amazon? It just doesn’t add up. That’s because Amazon completely rips off publishers and convinces us consumers that $14 for a hardcover is NORMAL. Guess what? It’s not. I know purchasing books from Amazon is cheap and convenient, and I have absolutely no judgement for anyone who isn’t financially secure enough to purchase books at higher prices from other retailers. But if you’re able to, maybe sacrifice those cheap prices and spend a few more bucks on a book that you know is coming from a more ethical source. Amazon is greatly harming the publishing industry, and smaller, indie bookshops need our support!

4. Don’t Fall Into a Reading Slump

I can never seem to get through a year without falling into some sort of reading slump. In 2020, I didn’t pick up a book until late MARCH, and by that time, nearly a fourth of my reading year had gone to waste. If I hadn’t been in a slump for those three months, I would’ve been able to read so many more books! That’s why this year, I’m going to try realllllllly hard not to fall into a slump. And thankfully, since I now have a lot of experience dealing with slumps, I know the best ways to get out of them. This, for me, is usually picking up an old favorite and rereading it. So, if I fall into a reading slump this year, I’ll just pick up a copy of The Cruel Prince, Cinder, The Selection, Shatter Me, or The Hunger Games, and hopefully that’ll help me get out of it!

5. Complete My Goodreads Challenge Goal of 125 Books

I read 100 books in 2020, and remember, I didn’t read my first book until late March. So unless I fall into another 3-month long slump in 2021, I think 125 books should be pretty manageable! To complete my reading goal, I’ll have to read 10 or 11 books each month… That doesn’t sound too bad to me!

6. Read What Makes Me Happy

In the past, I’ve made bookish New Year’s resolutions to explore genres outside of my comfort zone, like non-fiction and classics. But looking back on it now, I kind of regret doing so. While reading new types of literature can certainly be beneficial, there’s no reason to do so unless you have a really strong desire to. Genres like fantasy and science fiction are what make me happy, so I don’t want to force myself to try something new just for the sake of it. Reading is supposed to be fun and enjoyable, so I’m going to stick to reading the genres I love most! If I happen to pick up a classic or two this year, that’s great! But if not, that’s fine too.

7. Listen to More Audiobooks

Near the end of 2020, I started listening to audiobooks, and since then, they’ve helped me become a much more productive reader! You can listen to them while cooking, cleaning, getting ready, walking… the possibilities are endless! I want to continue listening to audiobooks this year, because they’ll definitely help me reach my Goodreads Reading Challenge goal faster!

8. Prioritize My TBR… Not Re-reads

This is probably the most difficult resolution on this list. What can I say, I LOVE rereading my favorite comfort books since I KNOW I’m going to enjoy them. Last year, my ratio of re-reads to new reads was about 1:4… and there’s nothing wrong with that! But in 2021, I really want to focus on discovering NEW favorites rather than constantly re-reading old favorites. I own so many unread books that I’ve been putting off reading for far too long, and there are also plenty of books I don’t own that I’d still love to read this year! It’s going to be a challenge to resist re-reading all of my favorite series, but my TBR comes first!

9. Get Better at Eliminating Distractions While Reading

When I read, I constantly get distracted. Usually, the distraction is my phone/social media. I open Instagram to simply respond to a DM, and the next thing I know, I’ve been on the app for half an hour! In order to get better at staying focused while I read, I want to keep my phone in another room where it won’t distract me! Hopefully that will help me get better at reading for long periods of time without getting distracted.

10. Continue to Expand My Bookstagram Account

In 2020, my bookstagram account (@the_book_mermaid) went through a lot of growth, and I’m hoping to continue that growth in 2021! Bookstagram is such a fun, positive place full of people who love reading just as much as I do, and because of that, it has a great impact of my mental health. Just being able to gush about my favorite series with other book nerds makes me so happy! That’s why I’m really looking forward to expanding my Bookstagram account more this year!

What about you?

Do you have any bookish resolutions for 2021? If so, let me know what they are down in the comment section!

Until next time,

Halloween Book Recommendations: Witches & Vampires & Ghosts, Oh My!

It’s no surprise that this year, Halloween season won’t be as fun as it usually is… for obvious reasons. Damn you, COVID! But that doesn’t mean we can’t embrace the holiday anyways by snuggling up with blankets, a piping hot fall beverage, and, of course, a book!

If you’re struggling to find the perfect Halloween read, don’t worry! I got you.

I’ve read many books that feature creatures that are popular during Halloween season… witches, ghosts, demons, vampires, you name it! And I’m thrilled to be sharing them with you all! These Halloween reads are sure to lift your spirits (get it… spirits? I know, I know, I’m hilarious). This is gonna be a long list, so buckle up, everyone!

Vampire Books:

The Immortal Rules by Julie Kagawa

The Immortal Rules (Blood of Eden Series #1) by Julie Kagawa, Paperback |  Barnes & Noble®

The Immortal Rules is a mash-up of dystopian and paranormal, making it quite different from other popular works of vampire fiction. It follows a morally grey heroine who will do anything to survive, even if it means becoming the thing she hates the most: a vampire. Suspenseful and eerie, The Immortal Rules is a book that will have you on the edge of your seat until the very last page!

Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead

Vampire Academy: Richelle Mead: 9781595141743: Amazon.com: Books

Vampire Academy is easily my favorite vampire book on this list! It’s fast-paced, entertaining, and just so much fun to read. The characters are great, and so is the setting! If you’re into books set at boarding schools, you’ll love Vampire Academy. It’s simply fang-tastic! (I’m sorry you guys. All of my vampire puns SUCK. *wink wink* Get it?).

The Coldest Girl in Cold Town by Holly Black

Amazon.com: The Coldest Girl in Coldtown (9780316213103): Black, Holly:  Books

Fae Queen Holly Black is most well known for her Folk of the Air series (which is incredible btw, go read it now if you haven’t), but very few people have read her vampire novel, The Coldest Girl in Cold Town. This book was so fantastic, and it sucks that no one talks about it. The atmosphere of the story was downright creepy, which I absolutely loved, and if you’re looking for a spooky Halloween read, this is the book for you!

Witch Books:

The Graces by Laure Eve

The Graces may be a lesser known book, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t a good one! This book is dark, mysterious, and downright disturbing at times… perfect for Halloween! The atmosphere is very eerie, and there is a very suspenseful air surrounding many of the characters in the story. If that sounds like something you’d enjoy, I encourage you to read this book!

Serpent & Dove by Shelby Mahurin

Serpent & Dove by [Shelby Mahurin]

Possibly my favorite witch book of all time, Serpent & Dove is a wild ride from start to finish! I’m sure you’ll see this book on literally every single Halloween book recommendations list, but trust me, the hype is well deserved! Full of charming characters, dark magic, and addictive romance, Serpent & Dove is a book that you simply MUST read this October!

Sea Witch by Sarah Henning

Sea Witch is an incredible Little Mermaid retelling told in the perspective of… you guessed it! The Sea Witch! I’m not exaggerating when I say that Sea Witch is one of the eeriest books I’ve ever read. The setting is deliciously creepy… A small, coastal town full of dark secrets? Sounds intriguing, doesn’t it? Well, I can tell you from personal experience that intriguing doesn’t even begin to describe this gem of a book! It’ll suck you in with its mystery and suspense, and I can promise that you’ll be captivated until the very end!

Kingdom of the Wicked by Kerri Maniscalco

This book had me under a spell (yup, another shameless Halloween pun)! Not only does this book have witches, but it all contains demons! Very hot ones, might I add (bonus points for that 😏). If you liked Kerri Maniscalco’s Jack the Ripper series, you’ll love Kingdom of the Wicked, the first book in her newest series! It’s an enthralling murder mystery full of deadly romance, heart-stopping plot twists, and stunning world-building. The story is wired with Maniscalco’s Italian culture, so expect many HEAVENLY descriptions of Italian food in between all of the suspense, tension, and magical intrigue!

Stolen Songbird by Danielle L. Jensen

Stolen Songbird by Danielle L. Jensen

The witchy element of the Stolen Songbird trilogy doesn’t really come until the later books, but book one sets up all of the witchiness so well! It also contains trolls and fae… how awesome is that? Stolen Songbird is one of my all time favorite books, and its uniquely magical setting makes it perfect for Halloween. It’s actually set in an underground city… What could be more appropriate for the spookiest day of the year?

Bloodleaf by Crystal Smith

Bloodleaf is a dark and enchanting book that will have you hooked from the first page! It has a very captivating storyline that is full of magic, betrayal, action, and romance. There’s never a dull moment in this luscious tale, and it’ll keep you reading long into the night! I highly recommend this book, especially for Halloween!

Circe by Madeline Miller

This book is a gripping take on the myth of Circe, daughter of the god Helios. If you love Greek mythology like I do, you simply must pick up this beautiful novel. It is lush, enchanting, and magical, and it will make you feel every emotion, whether you want to or not. Grab your tissues, my friends, because this book will have you SOBBING by the time you finish it!

Ghost Books:

Storm and Fury by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Storm and Fury (The Harbinger Series Book 1) by [Jennifer L. Armentrout]

While Storm and Fury is fantastic, it should be noted that it is a spin-off book to JLA’s Dark Elements trilogy! I suggest you read that before starting this book. But getting back to the point, Storm & Fury is absolutely amazing, just like all of Jennifer L. Armentrout’s books are! The main character, Trinity, can see ghosts, so that’s were the Halloween-ish element of the story comes into play. Trinity narrates this book with so much wit, and because of that, it’s tons of fun to read!

Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake

Amazon.com: Anna Dressed in Blood (Anna, Book 1) (Anna Dressed in Blood  Series, 1) (9780765328670): Blake, Kendare: Books

All you need to do is look at the cover and title of this book to know that it is spooky as hell! It simply SCREAMS Halloween (that qualifies as a Halloween pun, right?)! One of the main characters is a GHOST, for crying out loud! If you’re searching for something dark, scary, and atmospheric to read this Halloween, look no further! Anna Dressed in Blood is the book for you.

Bone Crier’s Moon by Kathryn Purdie

Bone Crier's Moon by Kathryn Purdie, Hardcover | Barnes & Noble®

Bone Crier’s Moon is a very spooky YA fantasy novel that’s wonderful for Halloween! The undead beings in this book are never outright referred to as ghosts, but that’s basically what they are! The sequel to Bone Crier’s Moon comes out in March, and I’m already DYING to read it (I really crack myself up, you guys)!

Demon Books:

The Shadows Between Us by Tricia Levenseller

The Shadows Between Us by [Tricia Levenseller]

This book features a mysterious shadow king… I’m not exactly sure if he’s an actual demon, but close enough, right? Anyways, this book is simply amazing! It was plotted out so brilliantly, and it was filled with constant twists and turns that I never saw coming. The characters in this book are selfish, evil, and downright wicked… in the best way possible! Nothing says Halloween like a morally grey character! I highly recommend this one if you are looking for a quick read that will captivate you with its dark characters and dangerous romance.

Legendborn by Tracy Deonn

Legendborn by [Tracy Deonn]

Legendborn is an amazing fantasy novel that brings so much diversity to the genre! This book is full of demons, witchcraft, and, of course, tons of Black girl magic. The plot is so fascinating, and the magic system is simply incredible. This book is PERFECT for Halloween, so if you haven’t read it yet… what are you doing with your life???

Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge

Cruel Beauty (Cruel Beauty Universe Book 1) by [Rosamund Hodge]

I’m a huge fan of fairy tale retellings, and this reimagining of Beauty and the Beast is PEFECTION! Not only that, but it’s also a great book to read during spooky season. Cruel Beauty is dark, lush, and sexy, and I especially recommend it to fans of ACOTAR (imagine a darker, more sinister version of ACOTAR… that’s Cruel Beauty for ya!)

Others:

Burn Our Bodies Down by Rory Power

Burn Our Bodies Down by [Rory Power]

Burn Our Bodies Down was a wonderfully mysterious book that I was unable to put down! It’s not your typical “jump scare” horror novel… Its subtle creepiness is really what made my skin crawl while reading it. Something about the atmosphere had me unsettled and intrigued at the same time. Disturbing, heart-stopping, and mesmerizing, Burn Our Bodies Down is a book that you definitely won’t want to miss.

The Dark Descent of Elizabeth Frankenstein by Kiersten White

The Dark Descent of Elizabeth Frankenstein by [Kiersten White]

If you LOVE Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein like I do, you simply must pick up this book. It tells the story of Elizabeth Frankenstein, Victor Frankenstein’s childhood best friend and eventual wife. Elizabeth was such a compelling character to read about, and Kiersten White’s storytelling was refreshing, well paced, and original. I can’t recommend this book enough!

Heartless by Marissa Meyer

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Like any good villain origin story, this book is DARK. Like, really dark. And I loved every second of it! Marissa Meyer is one of my all-time favorite authors, making it hard to decide which book of hers is my favorite, but Heartless is definitely one of my top three. It’s such an incredibly crafted story, and its ending will literally rip your heart right out of your chest! If you’re planning on reading this book soon, GRAB YOUR TISSUES. You’ll need them!

Crimson Bound by Rosamund Hodge

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Yup, another Rosamund Hodge book! That woman is the QUEEN of deliciously dark fairy tale retellings that are super fun to read during spooky season. Like Cruel Beauty, Crimson Bound is an eerie, mysterious story full of dangerous magic and complicated characters. It’s one of my favorite fairy tale retellings of all time, and I highly recommend it!

House of Salt and Sorrows by Erin A. Craig

House of Salt and Sorrows by [Erin A. Craig]

I’m concluding this list with one of the spookiest books I’ve ever read… that book is House of Salt and Sorrows by Erin A. Craig! It’s yet another retelling, but it’s an especially unique one, as it is a reimagining of the story of the Twelve Dancing Princesses! That’s a fairy tale that you don’t see retold too often! This book has such a somber and eerie atmosphere that will literally send chills down your spine… I absolutely loved it!

And… There you have it!

All of my Halloween book recommendations!

Guys, I don’t think I’ve ever spent this much time on a post. I expected this list to be somewhat short, but now I’m realizing just how many spooky books I’ve read!

Have you read any of the books on this list? Or are any of them on your TBR? Let me know in the comments! I’d love to chat with you about all things spooky!

Even though it’ll be a little different this year, I hope you all still have a fabulous Halloween!

Until next time,

Most Anticipated Releases of October 2020

I’ve been creating most anticipated releases lists for the past few months, and honestly, I think I’m going to make them a monthly staple on my blog! They’re fun to make, and readers seem to enjoy them as well! So it’s a win-win!

There are quite a few exciting releases coming out this October, some of which I’ve been lucky enough to receive as arcs! On this list, you’ll see all of the October releases that I’m the most hyped for. I’ve also decided to rate each book on my own personal excitement scale (like I did on my September list), so you guys have an idea of how excited I am for each release.

Buckle up, everyone, because we’re diving right in!

Five Total Strangers by Natalie D. Richards

Synopsis:

Mira needs to get home for the holidays. Badly. But when an incoming blizzard results in a canceled connecting flight, it looks like she might get stuck at the airport indefinitely.

And then Harper, Mira’s glamorous seatmate from her initial flight, offers her a ride. Harper and her three friends can drop Mira off on their way home. But as they set off, Mira realizes fellow travelers are all total strangers. And every one of them is hiding something.

Soon, roads go from slippery to terrifying. People’s belongings are mysteriously disappearing. Someone in the car is clearly lying, and may even be sabotaging the trip―but why? And can Mira make it home alive, or will this nightmare drive turn fatal?

Release Date: October 6th, 2020

Excitement Level: 6/10

One Way or Another by Kara McDowell

(I am currently reading this book as an arc!)

Synopsis:

The average person makes 35,000 decisions every single day. That’s about 34,999 too many for Paige Collins, who lives in debilitating fear of making the wrong choice. The simple act of picking an art elective is enough to send her into a spiral of what-ifs. What if she’s destined to be a famous ceramicist but wastes her talent in drama club? What if there’s a carbon monoxide leak in the ceramics studio and everyone drops dead? (Grim, but possible!)

That’s why when Paige is presented with two last-minute options for Christmas vacation, she’s paralyzed by indecision. Should she go with her best friend (and longtime crush) Fitz to his family’s romantic mountain cabin? Or should she accompany her mom to New York, a city Paige has spent her whole life dreaming about?

Just when it seems like Paige will crack from the pressure of choosing, fate steps in — in the form of a slippery grocery store floor — and Paige’s life splits into two very different parallel paths. One path leads to New York where Paige falls for the city . . . and the charms of her unexpected tour guide. The other leads to the mountains where Paige might finally get her chance with Fitz . . . until her anxiety threatens to ruin everything.

However, before Paige gets her happy ending in either destiny, she’ll have to face the truth about her struggle with anxiety — and learn that you don’t have to be “perfect” to deserve true love.

Release Date: October 6th, 2020

Excitement Level: 7/10

The Mirror: Broken Wish by Julie C. Dao

Synopsis:

Sixteen-year-old Elva has a secret. She has visions and strange powers that she will do anything to hide. She knows the warnings about what happens to witches in their small village of Hanau. She’s heard the terrible things people say about the Witch of the North Woods, and the malicious hunts that follow.

But when Elva accidentally witnesses a devastating vision of the future, she decides she has to do everything she can to prevent it. Tapping into her powers for the first time, Elva discovers a magical mirror and its owner-none other than the Witch of the North Woods herself. As Elva learns more about her burgeoning magic, and the lines between hero and villain start to blur, she must find a way to right past wrongs before it’s too late.

Release Date: October 6th, 2020

Excitement Level: 7/10

Something Happened to Ali Greenleaf by Hayley Krischer

Synopsis:

Ali Greenleaf and Blythe Jensen couldn’t be more different.

Ali is sweet, bitingly funny, and just a little naive. Blythe is beautiful, terrifying, and the most popular girl in school. They’ve never even talked to each other, until a party when Ali decides she’ll finally make her move on Sean Nessel, her longtime crush and the soccer team’s superstar. But Sean pushes Ali farther than she wants to go. When she resists–he rapes her.

Blythe sees Ali when she runs from the party, everyone sees her. And Blythe knows something happened with Sean; she knows how he treats girls. Even so, she’s his best friend, his confidant. When he tells her it was a misunderstanding, she decides to help him make things right.

So Blythe befriends Ali, bringing her into a circle of ruthless popular girls, and sharing her own dark secrets. Despite the betrayal at the heart of their relationship, they see each other, in a way no one ever has before.

In her searing, empowering debut novel, Hayley Krischer tells the story of what happened that night, and how it shaped Ali and Blythe forever. Both girls are survivors in their own ways, and while their friendship might not be built to last, it’s one that empowers each of them to find justice on their own terms.

Release Date: October 6th, 2020

Excitement Level: 8/10

Everything I Thought I Knew by Shannon Takaoka

(I read this book as an arc, and I loved it!)

Synopsis:

Seventeen-year-old Chloe had a plan: work hard, get good grades, and attend a top-tier college. But after she collapses during cross-country practice and is told that she needs a new heart, all her careful preparations are laid to waste. Eight months after her transplant, everything is different. Stuck in summer school with the underachievers, all she wants to do now is grab her surfboard and hit the waves—which is strange, because she wasn’t interested in surfing before her transplant. (It doesn’t hurt that her instructor, Kai, is seriously good-looking.) And that’s not all that’s strange. There’s also the vivid recurring nightmare about crashing a motorcycle in a tunnel and memories of people and places she doesn’t recognize. Is there something wrong with her head now, too, or is there another explanation for what she’s experiencing? As she searches for answers, and as her attraction to Kai intensifies, what she learns will lead her to question everything she thought she knew—about life, death, love, identity, and the true nature of reality.

Release Date: October 13th, 2020

Excitement Level: 10/10

Beyond the Ruby Veil by Mara Fitzgerald

Synopsis:

Emanuela Ragno always gets what she wants. With her daring mind and socialite schemes, she refuses to be the demure young lady everyone wants her to be. In her most ambitious move yet, she’s about to marry Alessandro Morandi, her childhood best friend and the heir to the wealthiest house in Occhia. Emanuela doesn’t care that she and her groom are both gay, because she doesn’t want a love match. She wants power, and through Ale, she’ll have it all.
But Emanuela has a secret that could shatter her plans. In the city of Occhia, the only source of water is the watercrea, a mysterious being who uses magic to make water from blood. When their first bruise-like omen appears on their skin, all Occhians must surrender themselves to the watercrea to be drained of life. Everyone throughout history has given themselves up for the greater good. Everyone except Emanuela. She’s kept the tiny omen on her hip out of sight for years.
When the watercrea exposes Emanuela during her wedding ceremony and takes her to be sacrificed, Emanuela fights back…and kills her. Now Occhia has no one to make their water and no idea how to get more. In a race against time, Emanuela and Ale must travel through the mysterious, blood-red veil that surrounds their city to uncover the secrets of the watercrea’s magic and find a way to save their people-no matter what it takes.

Release Date: October 13th, 2020

Excitement Level: 8/10

Among the Beasts and Briars by Ashley Poston

Synopsis:

Cerys is safe in the Kingdom of Aloriya. Here there are no droughts, disease, or famine, and peace is everlasting. It has been this way for hundreds of years, since the first king made a bargain with the Lady who ruled the forest that borders the kingdom. But as Aloriya prospered, the woods grew dark, cursed, and forbidden.

Cerys knows this all too well: When she was young, she barely escaped as the woods killed her friends and her mother. Now Cerys carries a small bit of the curse—the magic—in her blood, a reminder of the day she lost everything.

As a new queen is crowned, however, things long hidden in the woods descend on the kingdom itself. Cerys is forced on the run, her only companions a small and irritating fox from the royal garden and the magic in her veins. It’s up to her to find the legendary Lady of the Wilds and beg for a way to save her home.

But the road is darker and more dangerous than she knows, and as secrets from the past are uncovered amid the teeth and roots of the forest, it’s going to take everything she has just to survive.

Release Date: October 20th, 2020

Excitement Level: 8/10

Nemesis and the Swan by Lindsay Bandy

Synopsis:

From her prison cell in revolutionary Paris, nineteen-year-old aristocrat Helene d’Aubign recalls the events that led her to choose between following in her parents’ unforgivable footsteps or abandoning the man she loves.

Despite her world of privilege, Helene is inspired early on by the radical ideas of her progressive governess. Though her family tries to intervene, the seeds of revolution have already been planted in Helene’s heart, as are the seeds of love from an unlikely friendship with a young jeweler’s apprentice. Helene’s determination to find true love is as revolutionary as her attempt to unravel the truth behind a concealed murder that tore her family apart.

As violence erupts in Paris, Helene is forced into hiding with her estranged family, where the tangled secrets of their past become entwined with her own. When she finally returns to the blood-stained streets of Paris, she finds everything — and everyone — very much changed. In a city where alliances shift overnight, no one knows whom to trust.

Faced with looming war, the mystery of her family’s past, and the man she loves near death, Helene will soon will find out if doing one wrong thing will make everything right, or if it will simply push her closer to the guillotine.

Release Date: October 27th, 2020

Excitement Level: 6/10

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October can’t come soon enough!

I’m just dying to get my hands on all of these books! Did any of the titles on this list catch your eye? What are YOUR most anticipated October releases? Make sure to let me know down below in the comments! I’d love to chat with you!

Bye for now,

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,