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,

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,

ARC Review: Seven Devils by Laura Lam and Elizabeth May

When Eris faked her death, she thought she had left her old life as the heir to the galaxy’s most ruthless empire behind. But her recruitment by the Novantaen Resistance, an organization opposed to the empire’s voracious expansion, throws her right back into the fray.

Eris has been assigned a new mission: to infiltrate a spaceship ferrying deadly cargo and return the intelligence gathered to the Resistance. But her partner for the mission, mechanic and hotshot pilot Cloelia, bears an old grudge against Eris, making an already difficult infiltration even more complicated.

When they find the ship, they discover more than they bargained for: three fugitives with firsthand knowledge of the corrupt empire’s inner workings.

Together, these women possess the knowledge and capabilities to bring the empire to its knees. But the clock is ticking: the new heir to the empire plans to disrupt a peace summit with the only remaining alien empire, ensuring the empire’s continued expansion. If they can find a way to stop him, they will save the galaxy. If they can’t, millions may die.

Wow. Apparently this is what it feels like to have your still beating heart ripped right out of your chest.

I only finished Seven Devils a couple nights ago, but I’ve been thinking about it ever since. Boy, oh, boy, was it a wild ride! Equal parts feminism, humor, and gritty sci-fi action, this book is all kinds of awesome.

This story is told from the perspectives of five main characters: Clo (the mechanic), Eris (the rebel princess), Nyx (the soldier), Rhea (the courtesan), and Ariadne (the engineer). I’m not always a fan of alternating POVs, because usually I find one or more of the perspectives boring, but that certainly wasn’t the case with Seven Devils. All five characters contributed something different to the story, and they each had such interesting perspectives of the book’s vast sci-fi universe dictated by a vicious Empire. With five core characters, you’d think it’d be easy for all of those personalities to blur together, but by the end of the book, I found myself loving, admiring, and rooting for each of the five women. They all had individual strengths and weaknesses, but their flaws were what resulted in me really connecting with them.

The female relationships in this book were complex and refreshing as well. I love how Eris and Clo’s relationship went from friends, to enemies, to sort-of-friends again. They had a lot of barriers between them, but they still cared about one another deeply and would risk their lives for each other at any costs. Nyx and Ariadne’s relationship was sweet as well, and I love how they kind of had a mother-daughter thing going on. It was so heartwarming! The romance between Clo and Rhea was one I could root for, but I love how the authors made sure it didn’t take away from the overall plot.

The story is told mostly in the present, but there are numerous flashbacks to the past that pop up every few chapters. I’m so glad that the authors took the approach of including flashbacks in the book, as they were expertly written and deeply absorbing. Learning about each character’s past made my reading experience THAT much better. I have to admit it, I especially enjoyed the flashback chapters that were in Princess Discordia’s perspective. Her past was so interesting to read about, and it really helped set the dark, patriarchal atmosphere of the story. Discordia was easily my favorite character, probably because she was so complex. She spent her whole life being forced to be ruthless, cruel, and emotionless, but that didn’t stop her from standing up against the Empire and risking her life to do so. I loved how intricate her relationships with her brothers were, and it was so fascinating to see how her past influenced the choices she made throughout the book. Discordia was such a compelling character to read about, and I can’t wait to see how the rest of her story unfolds in book two.

Beyond characters, the world-building in Seven Devils was excellent. A lot of information was dumped on us within the first few chapters, but I found the politics of the world so interesting that I didn’t really mind. What surprised me about this book were the startling connections that could be made between the Empire and our own society. Not only is the Empire ruled with an iron fist, but it also wipes out anything and everything in its way of achieving Galactic domination. In the book, the Empire has slaughtered sentient life forms native to many planets, only to claim said planets for itself in order to gain more power, wealth, and resources. This reminds me much of our own planet’s history in many ways, and whether it was the authors’ intention to shed light on that or not, I highly respect them for doing so.

I ALSO respect the authors for including so much diversity in this book! Trans, bi, ace, and autistic rep? Yes please! The noteworthy themes of feminism and female strength were very empowering as well, and they’re largely why I loved this book so much! #smashthepatriachyinspace

Even if sci-fi isn’t your go-to genre, I’d still consider picking up this book. With strong female characters, an action-driven plot, a thoughtfully crafted setting, and refreshing diversity, there’s something for everybody!

Unapologetically feminist and endlessly thrilling, Seven Devils is a phenomenal start to what I’m sure is bound to be a fantastic science fiction duology!

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Most Anticipated Releases of August 2020

HOW IS IT ALREADY AUGUST?

I swear, if it weren’t for this darn pandemic, we’d still be in April or May. At this point, with the current state of the world, all the weeks just blur together. But that’s not the point of this post!

What IS the point of this post, you might ask?

Well, if you read the heading above, that question will be answered! Presenting my most anticipated releases of August 2020! There are so many wonderful looking books coming out this month, and I’m so excited to share my top picks with you all. Starting with…


Set Fire to the Gods by Sara Raasch and Kristen Simmons 

Set Fire to the Gods (Set Fire to the Gods, #1) by Sara Raasch

Synopsis:

Ash is descended from a long line of gladiators, and she knows the brutal nature of war firsthand. But after her mother dies in an arena, she vows to avenge her by overthrowing her fire god, whose temper has stripped her country of its resources.

Madoc grew up fighting on the streets to pay his family’s taxes. But he hides a dangerous secret: he doesn’t have the earth god’s powers like his opponents. His elemental gift is something else—something that hasn’t been seen in centuries.

When an attempted revenge plot goes dangerously wrong, Ash inadvertently throws the fire and earth gods into a conflict that can only be settled by deadly, lavish gladiator games, throwing Madoc in Ash’s path. She realizes that his powers are the weapon her rebellion needs—but Madoc won’t jeopardize his family, regardless of how intrigued he is by the beautiful warrior.

But when the gods force Madoc’s hand, he and Ash uncover an ancient war that will threaten more than one immortal—it will unravel the world.

Release Date:

August 4, 2020


Seven Devils by Elizabeth May and Laura Lam 

Synopsis:

When Eris faked her death, she thought she had left her old life as the heir to the galaxy’s most ruthless empire behind. But her recruitment by the Novantaen Resistance, an organization opposed to the empire’s voracious expansion, throws her right back into the fray.

Eris has been assigned a new mission: to infiltrate a spaceship ferrying deadly cargo and return the intelligence gathered to the Resistance. But her partner for the mission, mechanic and hotshot pilot Cloelia, bears an old grudge against Eris, making an already difficult infiltration even more complicated.

When they find the ship, they discover more than they bargained for: three fugitives with firsthand knowledge of the corrupt empire’s inner workings.

Together, these women possess the knowledge and capabilities to bring the empire to its knees. But the clock is ticking: the new heir to the empire plans to disrupt a peace summit with the only remaining alien empire, ensuring the empire’s continued expansion. If they can find a way to stop him, they will save the galaxy. If they can’t, millions may die.

Release Date:

August 4, 2020


Cut Off by Adrianne Finlay

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Synopsis:

Each contestant has their own reasons—and their own secrets—for joining the new virtual reality show CUT/OFF that places a group of teenagers alone in the wilderness. It’s a simple premise: whoever lasts the longest without “tapping out” wins a cash prize. Not only that, new software creates a totally unprecedented television experience, allowing viewers to touch, see, and live everything along with the contestants. But what happens when “tapping out” doesn’t work and no one comes to save you? What happens when the whole world seemingly disappears while you’re stranded in the wild? Four teenagers must confront their greatest fears, their deepest secrets, and one another when they discover they are truly cut off from reality. Sci-fi, mystery, and romance converge in this high-stakes, fast-paced read that will leave you guessing to the very last moment.

Release Date:

August 11, 2020


Star Daughter by Shveta Thakrar 

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Synopsis:

The daughter of a star and a mortal, Sheetal is used to keeping secrets. Pretending to be “normal.” But when an accidental flare of her starfire puts her human father in the hospital, Sheetal needs a full star’s help to heal him. A star like her mother, who returned to the sky long ago.

Sheetal’s quest to save her father will take her to a celestial court of shining wonders and dark shadows, where she must take the stage as her family’s champion in a competition to decide the next ruling house of the heavens–and win, or risk never returning to Earth at all.

Release Date:

August 11, 2020


Where Dreams Descend by Janella Angeles 

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Synopsis:

In a city covered in ice and ruin, a group of magicians face off in a daring game of magical feats to find the next headliner of the Conquering Circus, only to find themselves under the threat of an unseen danger striking behind the scenes.

As each act becomes more and more risky and the number of missing magicians piles up, three are forced to reckon with their secrets before the darkness comes for them next.

The Star: Kallia, a powerful showgirl out to prove she’s the best no matter the cost

The Master: Jack, the enigmatic keeper of the club, and more than one lie told

The Magician: Demarco, the brooding judge with a dark past he can no longer hide

Release Date:

August 25, 2020

Your Turn!

What are your most anticipated August releases? Be sure to let me know down below!

Bye for now,