Anticipated Releases of 2021

Hi all! It’s been a hot minute. I’m not going to bore anyone with the details of my long absence (waves hand vaguely at 2020) but I’m back. I hope. My plan is to commit to blogging at least 3 times a week, with at least one of those being a review. But, for today, I am here to bring you my anticipated releases the first half of 2021!

January

The Wife Upstairs by Rachel Hawkins (1/5) This is a modern day retelling of Jane Eyre, a book I happen to really like, so this one caught my eye. It looks fun and exciting, and I love myself a good retelling.

Lore by Alexandra Bracken (1/5) Nine Greek gods are forced to walk the earth as punishment for a rebellion. And that’s basically all it took to get me interested in this book. I love Greek mythology and retellings. This one looks amazing.

The Strange Case of Eliza Doolittle by Timothy Miller (1/19) Sherlock Holmes is called upon to investigate if Dr. Henry Higgins really managed to turn a flower girl into a duchess or if there’s something more nefarious going on. My Fair Lady crossed over with Sherlock Holmes? Yes, please (doubly so since Holmes interacts with Freddy which, if you get, you get. If not, go watch the Audrey Hepburn My Fair Lady followed by the Granada Sherlock Holmes series).

A Vow so Bold and Deadly by Brigid Kemmerer (1/26) Y’all, I am so excited for this book. I have loved the Cursbreaker series so much. Beauty and Beast, court intrigue, politics, battles… this book has everything. I am so excited to see how things turn out between Rhen, Harper, Grey, and Lia Mara. I cannot wait.

February

Rebel Daughter by Lori Banov Kaufmann (2/9) Despite not having a religious bone in my body, I love Biblical retelling. I’m not familiar enough of the story of Esther to be 100% certain that this is a retelling of that, but it looks like, if not a retelling, it’s a solid historical fiction book that I’ll like.

Wonderstruck by Allie Therin (2/9) This is another book I’m super excited for. I have loved every moment of the Magic in Manhattan series and excitedly look forward to the last. If you love stories where the grumpy one loves the sunshiny one, this series is for you. Rory and Arthur are adorable together. I cannot wait to reread the first two books before delving into this one.

April

A Wicked Conceit by Anna Lee Huber (4/6) This book is one of my top 3 most anticipated releases this year. I love the Lady Darby series. They’re smart, funny, tense, and great mysteries with a solid romance between Lady Darby and her now-husband. I love that he’s supportive of her role as an investigator and encourages her to do it. I haven’t read the description for this book yet; the whole series is an auto-buy.

A Noblemans Guide to Scandal and Shipwrecks by Mackenzi Lee (4/27) I have thoroughly enjoyed all the Montague sibling’s adventures. They’re over the top, entertaining, and just plain fun. I look forward to learning more about Adrian Montague and follow his adventures to find his wayward siblings.

Ariande by Jennifer Saint (4/29) I just finished rereading Circe by Madeline Millar and I really loved the portrayal of Ariande in it. Plus, as I mentioned earlier, I love Greek myths and mythological retellings. This explores Ariande’s life on Crete, her decision of help Theseus, and the consequences of her decision. I think it sounds amazing.

may

An Unlikely Spy by Rebecca Starford (6/1) This book follows Evelyn Varley, who is recruited by MI5 to become a spy during World War II. I’m always interested in female spies and their adventures and misadventures. This looks like it’s not going to be an easy read, but a satisfying one.

One Last Stop by Casey McQuiston (6/8) This is another auto-buy. After reading and loving Red, White, and Royal Blue, I am ready to follow Casey where they lead. This is a queer retelling of Kate & Leopold. Now, that movie wasn’t my favorite, but a queer retelling sounds so interesting. I am there.

My Contrary Mary by Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, and Jodi Meadows (6/22) I love these authors. While I’ve not yet read My Calamity Jane, I am super excited for this one. I really liked Mary, Queen of Scotts in My Lady Jane and glad we’re going back to learn more about her.

Women of Troy by Pat Barker (9/29). Yes, another mythological retelling, but, y’all, this is about what happened to Briseis after Troy falls. After reading a million retellings of the Odyssey, I think this book is way overdue. Who cares about Odysseus? After Circe, I’m over him. But learning more about the women from Troy and what happened to them? I’m so there. I cannot wait.

I do technically have two more books on my list in July and September, but even though one of them is the third of my absolutely most anticipated books that I need to have right now, I’m going to save those for June.

What are some of the books you’re looking forward to reading this year?

Anticipated Releases of Fall 2019

It’s almost fall, and while I don’t want to rush summer out, I am looking forward to some aspects of fall. I like the crisp weather, I love the decorations, I like Halloween, but, mostly, I am excited for new releases! Here are my most anticipated releases of fall 2019.

I am super looking forward to The Tyrant’s Tomb by Rick Riordan. It’s the last in the Trials of Apollo series, which I have enjoyed very much. The last book ripped my heart out and stomped on it a bit, but that’s fine. *sniff* I’m okay. *sniff sniff*. But, yeah, I’m really looking forward to seeing how the series concludes.

Release Date: September 24

Wait, there’s more to Simon Snow and Baz’s story? Sign me up! I’ll admit, I was skeptical about Carry On by Rainbow Rowell. It’s an AU take on Harry Potter, and I wasn’t sure it’d be enjoyable on it’s own. But it really was. The world was so much fun, the characters were amazing, and I loved the relationship between Simon and Baz. I am so ready to read more.

Release Date: September 24

I. Cannot. Wait. for The Toll by Neal Shusterman. Thunderhead left off on such a huge cliffhanger, and I’m so eager to read what happens next. I’m buying and rereading the whole series when this book comes out, just so I can properly savor the ending to this trilogy.

Release Date: November 5

Can I anticpate a book when I haven’t read the whole series? Ah, whatever, I do. I loved Renegades by Marissa Meyer. It’s set in a universe where people have superpowers and one girl, Nova, has been raised to be a villain. She comes up with an idea to infiltrate the good guys. Along the way, she discovers the good guys aren’t as bad as she thought. When this book releases, I’ll probably get all three because they’re just that good.

Release Date: November 5

I love vampires, and I love vampire books. I have been trying for months to win a copy of this off GoodReads, but it looks like I’m going to have to wait until it’s released.

The Beautiful by Renee Ahdieh centers around Celine Rousseau, who has fled Paris to live in a convent in New Orleans. She catches the attention of Sebastian Saint Germain. When another girl is killed, Celine suspects Sebastian. As bodies pile up, she has to fight her attraction and for her life. It sounds like a wonderfully imagined world and I cannot wait to dive in.

Release Date: October 8

Rebel by Marie Lu is the continuing adventures of June, Day, and Day’s brother Eden. It looks like it will mostly center around Eden and his struggle to break free from the shadow of his brother. I don’t care who it’s about, I just want more of the world. I love the way Lu imagines her worlds and the way she integrates technology into her stories.

Release Date: October 1

Rage by Jonathan Maberry is the continuing story of Joe Ledge and his scrappy band of misfits he calls a squadron. When Jonathan Maberry announced that Deep Silence was the last Joe Ledger book, I was devestated. Not every book was a home run, but I love all the character and wasn’t ready to let them go. Luckily, he meant that that particular Joe Ledger series was over and that he was launching a new one where Ledger and his crew would be out on their own. I am so there for it. The political bullshit that they’ve been put through the last few books has been so enraging; I’m glad that they aren’t dealing with that any more. I can’t wait to see what happens next.

Release Date: November 5

Capturing the Devil by Kerri Maniscalco is another highly anticipated release. I’ve been meaning to read these books for years, but only got into them earlier this year when I found them at the library. I doubt the library will buy this right away, so I’ll probably get it on Kindle or something. I love Audrey Rose and Thomas Cresswell so much. Audrey Rose is a fascinating young woman, and I’ve loved her development through the series. I can’t wait to read this.

Release Date: September 10

I’m sure there are more books I’m anticipating, but I’m going to leave this list right there. It looks like I’ll have a lot to read this fall!

What books are you looking forward to. Drop a comment below and let me know!

Most Anticipated Releases of Spring 2019

Often, the anticipation of an event can heighten the experience of the event itself. There’s just something about waiting and wondering and imagining how good something is going to be. It wait can be torturous, but the payoff makes it worth the wait.

These are some of the books I’m most looking forward to being released this year. Some of them are sequels to books I’ve read, some are by authors I love, and some are books I stumbled across while making this list that I thought sounded fantastic. In order of release date, these are my most anticipated books.

An Artless Demise by Anna Lee Huber . This is probably my number one most anticipated book of the year. At one point, I was on a book buying ban and this was the only book I was going to allow myself this year (before I came to my senses and remembered that buying books make me happy.) Lady Kiera Darby is one of my favorite heroines in mystery and I can’t wait to read her next adventure.
(April 2)

The Princess and the Fangirl by Ashley Poston. In this sequel to Geekerella, Jessica Stone, the actress playing Princess Amara in the popular Starfield franchise, is ready for Amara to be killed off. Imogene Lovelace is a fangirl on a mission to save her favorite character. The two women look alike, and after a case of mistaken identity, they become enemies. But, then the Starfield script leaks and they must exchange places to uncover the truth. I am so excited for this book. I loved Geekerella so much; as a lifelong fangirl, it spoke to me on a spiritual level. I love all the references to geeky things, love the description of the con, and love how loving and respectful the book is to fans and fan culture. Add a f/f romance in, and I’m so there! (April 2)

Aru Sha and the Song of Death by Roshani Chokshi . This is the second in the Pandava Quartet and follows Aru Sha and the End of Time. I love Aru Sha so much. She’s a gifted liar and very brave in the face of danger. In this book, Aru is accused of stealing from the gods and must prove her innocence. She’ll team up with Mini once more along with some new friends to return the stolen item before she’s banned from the Otherworld.
(April 16)

King of Fools by Amanda Foody . This is the second in the Shadow Game series and a sequel to Ace of Shades. The books follow Enne Salta, who is trying to find her mother. She joins forces with a crime lord named Levi Glaisyer. I really liked Ace of Shades more than I was expecting and love Enne and her transformation from prim, proper lady to a strong confident woman in the first book. It’ll be interesting to see what the second brings.
(April 30)

We Hunt the Flames by Hafsah Faizal. I know nothing about this book other than what it says on Goodreads, but it has a woman who dresses as a man, a man known as the Prince of Death and a quest to save the kingdom. It sounds right up my alley.
(May 14)

Those are the books I’m looking forward to being released this spring. What are you anticipating? Do you know about any books you think I simply must read? Drop a comment below and let me know!