most anticipated releases of 2020, part one

It’s been a long time since I’ve made a Top Ten Tuesday post, hasn’t it? It’s still being hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl, and you can find all the information on the weekly posts here. This week, everyone will be talking about their most anticipated releases for the first half of 2020. So, what are mine?

Dark and Deepest Red by Anna-Marie McLemore
I have never read an Anna-Marie McLemore book, but all of their novels are on my to-read list. Literally all I know about this book is that it has shoes that make you dance until you fall down dead. Sounds like an epic read to me… Plus, look at that cover! The covers for their books are always so gorgeous.

Release date: January 14

Nottingham: The True Story of Robyn Hood by Anna Burke
Nottingham is on today’s list because it’s an LGBTQ+ retelling of Robin Hood in which Robin is a woman. Does that not sound like everything you’ve ever wanted in life??

Release date: January 21

Ink in the Blood (Ink in the Blood #1) by Kim Smejkal
I first clicked on this book because of the cover. It just screams “tattoo” to me. Combined with the tagline “one performance can change your destiny”, my curiosity was piqued. Apparently, this book includes tattoo magic, faith, and eccentric theater. It’s also marked as an LGBTQ+ book, although I have no idea what the rep in this book will be.

Release date: February 11th

The City We Became by N.K. Jemisin
Any N.K. Jemisin book will make it on my most anticipated list, because she writes the most incredible SFF books. This novel is about 5 New Yorkers who must come together to defend their city. In this world, every city has a soul. NYC has got 5. And every city has a dark side… THIS SOUNDS SO GOOD. Give it to me already!

Release date: March 26th

Queen of Coins and Whispers by Helen Corcoran
Another fantasy novel, of course. This is my list, after all, and I make no excuses for choosing my favorite genre. Queen of Coins and Whispers follows a teenage queen who inherits her uncle’s bankrupt kingdom, and brings a new spymaster into the fold. Another LGBTQ+ novel on the list, and unless I’m sorely mistaken, another f/f read.

Release date: April 6th

The Silence of Bones by June Hur
To add some variety to this list, I added The Silence of Bones. This is a historical fiction and mystery novel, two genres I want to dive into more. It’s set in Joseon in 1800 (Korea), where a young girl needs to assist the police in the investigation of a politically charged murder of a noblewoman.

Release date: April 21st 

Fence: Rivals by C.S. Pacat
I’ve been waiting for the next Fences story for ages, so this one definitely makes the most anticipated list. If you haven’t read these graphic novels, I highly recommend them. It’s got friendships, competition, fencing, enemies to friends (to hopefully lovers), and everything you could ever need.

Release date: May 19th

Cemetery Boys by Aiden Thomas
The title and cover alone are enough to land this book on my to-read list. The synopsis is the reason it ended up on my most anticipated list though. “When his traditional Latinx family has problems accepting his gender, Yadriel becomes determined to prove himself a real brujo. With the help of his cousin and best friend Maritza, he performs the ritual himself, and then sets out to find the ghost of his murdered cousin and set it free.”

Release date: June 9th

The Gilded Ones (Deathless #1) by Namina Forna
I know I mention this constantly in this post, but this cover!! It’s so gorgeous. The Gilded Ones is a West-African inspired feminist fantasy, in which Deka goes through the blood ceremony that will determine whether she becomes part of her village or not. Only, her blood runs gold – the color of impurity. Then she becomes a warrior? I don’t know, it just sounds too good to be true.

Release date: May 26th

The Order of the Pure Moon Reflected in Water by Zen Cho
It’s kind of embarrassing of me to put a Zen Cho novel on this list if I’ve had one of her books for years and still haven’t read it, but I’m sticking with it. The synopsis got me with the first line: “A bandit walks into a coffeehouse, and it all goes downhill from there.” I’m in. I’ll buy a copy. Immediately. Then I saw it described as a found family wuxia fantasy, which truly solidified its place on my list.

Release date: June 23rd

These are 10 of my most anticipated reads for the first half of 2020! I’m definitely going to make a part 2 – and possibly 3 – of this. I had such a hard time narrowing it down to only 10 as there are so many exciting books being published!

Which books are you looking forward to?

most anticipated releases of the rest of 2019

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly post hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. This week, we’re all adding more books to each other’s to-read lists, because we’re talking about our most anticipated releases of the second half of 2019. Let’s talk about the books on my to-read list, shall we?

Wilder Girls by Rory Power – July 9
Wilder Girls is set at the Raxter School for Girls, which has been put under quarantine after the Tox hit and the teachers died one by one. As I’m preparing this list, I realize that there’s a lot of death mentioned in my most anticipated releases. I wonder what that says about me…

The Merciful Crow (The Merciful Crow #1) by Margaret Owen – July 30
I added this book to my to-read list because of Cait (Paper Fury) who described this book as “An undertaker girl is trying to haul away the prince’s body except he faked his death. And is still alive.”

Shatter the Sky (Shatter the Sky #1) by Rebecca Kim Wells – July 30
I believe this book was summarized as ‘girl steals dragon to save her abducted girlfriend’ and that synopsis alone is enough to mark this as one of my most anticipated releases.

Gideon The Ninth (The Ninth House #1) by Tamsyn Muir – September 10
I’m not entirely sure what this story is about, but I do know it has queer necromancers which sounds absolutely epic. Some early reviewers have been mentioning this as a possible favorite of the year so I’m excited!

The Harp of Kings (Warrior Bards #1) by Juliet Marillier – September 3
Listen, it’s a given that any new Juliet Marillier book will end up on my most anticipated books list. I absolutely love her work! Then I discovered that the series is called ‘warrior bards’ which sounds like everything I ever want in a fantasy novel. It’s about a brother and sister who train to become part of an elite warrior band and are sent on a mission to retrieve a precious harp. If this harp isn’t found before the coronation of the new king and is played at the ceremony, the king won’t be accepted and the people will revolt.

The Gurkha and the Lord of Tuesday by Saad Z. Hossain – August 13
This sounds like such an interesting read! A djinn king wakes up after millennia of imprisoned slumber and wants to conquer the city state of Kathmandu. He discovers that the citizens don’t want for anything, or don’t want to revolt at all. There’s only one old soldier/mass murderer, one who is pursuing a 40-year-old vendetta, who wants to help the djinn king.

The Monster of Elendhaven by Jennifer Giesbrecht – September 24
I know literally nothing about this book (novella?) other than it being a dark fantasy published by Tor. That’s enough to want to pick it up though.

We Are the Dead by Mike Shackle – August 8
Gollancz describes this book as “a debut epic fantasy full of crunching revolutionary action, twisted magic, and hard choices in dark times.” Doesn’t that sound fantastic? The tagline is “The war is over. The enemy won. Now it’s time to fight back.” Mistborn is one of the series I love most, and it also has a ‘the Dark Lord won’ storyline. I’m hoping to love this one just as much!

The Never Tilting World (The Never Tilting World #1) by Rin Chupeco – October 15
I adore Rin Chupeco’s Bone Witch series, and will add any and all of her books to my to-read list. It’s set on a planet split in two because of a defied ancient prophecy: one part is cloaked in perpetual night, the other scorched by an unrelenting sun. It’s described as a duology “bursting with star-crossed romance, immortal heroines, and elemental magic”.

Ninth House (Alex Stern #1) by Leigh Bardugo – October 1£
This is about a girl called Alex who survived a multiple homicide and is able to attend one of the world’s most elite universities if she monitors the secret societies there. Listen, it’s written by Leigh Bardugo, and it sounds like it will have similar vibes to The Secret History, which is one of my all-time favorite books.

Are these books on your to-read list? Which books are you looking forward to?

Most anticipated releases for January – June 2019 | #TopTenTuesday

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly post hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. Today, we’re talking about anticipated releases! Books you can’t wait to read, but will only come out in the first half of 2019. I have to admit that I’m a little bit less up-to-date with new releases lately, because I’ve been focusing more on secondhand books, backlist ones, and translated works from foreign authors. Anyway, here are the books I’m excited to read.

The Girl King by Mimi Yu – January 8th, 2019
This is a YA fantasy about two sisters, one destined to become the first female ruler of the Empire, the other destined to live in her shadow. Until their father declares their male cousin as the heir instead. Lu is determined to take back her birthright, while Min has to deal with the powers that awaken inside her. Who’s going to take the throne? I AM SO EXCITED FOR THIS! I love everything about that synopsis, and I need to read it soon.

King of Scars (Nikolai #1) by Leigh Bardugo – January 29th, 2019
Who’s surprised this is on my list? Absolutely no one. It’s been a long time since I’ve read the Grisha trilogy in which Nikolai first appears, so maybe I’ll re-read that next year before picking this one up. Anyway, he was one of my favorite characters, so I’m happy he gets his own books now.

Courting Darkness (Courting Darkness #1) by Robin Lafevers – February 5th, 2019
I can’t tell you how excited I am to return to the women trained at the Convent of Saint Mortain. I read the His Fair Assassin series when I first got back into reading a few years ago, and absolutely loved it. Medieval times + nuns + assassins + court intrigue = happy readers. Now we’re returning with Sybella, and I’m so excited! This is another one in which I’ll probably have to re-read the first three books because it’s been so long.

The Raven Tower by Ann Leckie – February 14th, 2019
I have absolutely no idea what this is about. All I know is that this is what the Goodreads synopsis says,

Listen. A god is speaking.
My voice echoes through the stone of your master’s castle.
This castle where he finds his uncle on his father’s throne.
You want to help him. You cannot.
You are the only one who can hear me.
You will change the world.

The Shadow Glass (The Bone Witch #3) by Rin Chupeco – March 1st, 2019
I reread the first book in the series in 2018 so I could go into the second one with a fresh mind. Now, I can’t wait to read the third one! This series is so good. If you enjoy YA fantasy, especially ones with a slower pace that are character-driven, you’ll probably love this one.

A Place for Wolves by Kosoko Jackson – April 2nd, 2019
I don’t know much about this book other than it being an LGBTQ+ historical fiction novel. That’s really all I need to know to add this to my list. I guess I’ll find out more in April (or a few months later, because I never have my shit together like that).

Descendant of the Crane by Joan He – April 2nd, 2019
Descendant of the Crane is a Chinese-inspired fantasy about a princess who’s always shirked her responsibilities, until her father is murdered and she has to rule the kingdom. I also believe she does some illegal things to find out who killed her father!

Holy Sister (Book of the Ancestor #3) by Mark Lawrence – April 4th, 2019
This might be my most anticipated release of the year. I adore this series, and I’ve been dying to read the third book. If you don’t know, this series follows Nona who starts training at the Convent of Sweet Mercy. She wants to become a Red Sister (Sister of combat), but even as an 8-year-old she has managed to make some powerful enemies. The cast of characters consists of like 98% women, and it’s glorious.

The Tiger at Midnight by Swati Teerdhala – April 23rd, 2019
This story follows Esha, who moonlights as the rebels’ assassin called Viper. All she wants is revenge for what was taken from her during the royal coup. Her latest assignment? Taking down general Hotha. You all know I’m present when there’s a fantasy novel about revenge, assassins, and rebels.

We Hunt the Flame by Hafsah Faizal – May 14th, 2019
‘Zafira is the Hunter, disguising herself as a man when she braves the cursed forest of the Arz to feed her people. Nasir is the Prince of Death, assassinating those foolish enough to defy his autocratic father, the king.’ Remember what I just said about assassins and fantasy? I’m excited!

I can’t wait to read these 10 books. Someone hold me accountable and make sure I actually read these in 2019! I’m hoping to, because they all sound epic. What are your most anticipated reads for the first half of 2019?

Anticipated releases for the rest of 2018 | #T5W

I’m talking about 5 books that will be released in the coming months in this freebie Top 5 Wednesday topic today. Let’s take a look at the books!

Darius the Great Is Not Okay by Adib Khorram // August 28 // “Darius Kellner speaks better Klingon than Farsi, and he knows more about Hobbit social cues than Persian ones. He’s about to take his first-ever trip to Iran, and it’s pretty overwhelming–especially when he’s also dealing with clinical depression, a disapproving dad, and a chronically anemic social life.” This sounds so interesting!

Empress of All Seasons by Emiko Jean // November 6 // A competition is held to find the next empress, and all you have to do is survive the palace’s enchanted seasonal rooms -and marry the prince. The main character is a yōkai. She’s a supernatural person with the ability to transform into a terrifying monster. She’s participating in the competition, even though yōkai are not allowed to compete.

Girls of Paper and Fire by Natasha Ngan // November 6 // “Each year, eight beautiful girls are chosen as Paper Girls to serve the king. It’s the highest honor they could hope for…and the most cruel. But this year, there’s a ninth girl. And instead of paper, she’s made of fire.”  I think this is also an LGBT+ fantasy? YES!

The Dark Descent of Elizabeth Frankenstein by Kiersten White // September 25 // This is about Elizabeth who was given to the Frankenstein family, and who tries to survive while managing Victor Frankenstein’s temper and whims.

The Sisters of the Winter Wood by Rena Rossner // September 25 // This is the story of two sisters who grew up in a small village surrounded by the forest. They’ve lived a peaceful life, even if they’ve heard of troubling times for Jews elsewhere. It’s fantasy or magical realism about two sisters which sounds perfect to me.

Top Ten Tuesday: Anticipated Releases of the First Half of 2017

Top Ten Tuesday is a meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Each week I will make a list of 10 books, authors or other bookish things surrounding a certain topic. This week, it’s all about the releases you’re anticipating for the first half of 2017! 

The Thorn of Emberlain (Gentleman Bastard #4) by Scott Lynch // I’m not sure this will be released in the first half of 2017 to be honest. I hope it will, but it’s been pushed back a few times and doesn’t have an official release date yet. I NEED IT, OKAY?

The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli // I loved her previous book, Simon vs The Homo Sapiens Agenda, and will now read everything she writes. Plus, the description of this seems amazing.

The Inexplicable Logic of My Life by Benjamin Alire Sáenz // I will also read anything this man writes. I loved Aristotle and Dante, and I’m hoping for another great family/coming of age story. 

Etched in Bone (The Others #5) by Anne Bishop // I can’t believe it’s the ending of my favorite series already. How is that possible? I’m not ready to let Meg and Simon and Vlad and Tess and Henry (and so on) go yet!

Daughter of the Pirate King by Tricia Levenseller // Okay, a 17-year-old female pirate who lets herself get captured by the enemy. Sounds like a necessary buy. 

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas // This book was inspired by the #BlackLivesMatter movement, and it looks like a heartbreaking but amazing read. And an important one.

Wintersong by S. Jae-Jones // I’ve already heard really great things about this standalone (so far, at least) fantasy book. I think it’s got to do with goblins?

By Your Side by Kasie West // This is about a girl who gets locked in her library over the weekend with a guy. LOCKED IN A LIBRARY? YES PLEASE. 

The Valiant by Lesley Livingston // When I read the synopsis, this stood out to me: Julius Caesar, and female gladiators. That’s all I know. And also all I feel like I need to know.

A Conjuring of Light (Shade of Magic #3) by V.E. Schwab // I can’t wait for this book. I’m sorry, but that ending of the second one? Not okay, Schwab! 

So those are 10 books I can’t wait to read in 2017! Have you read an ARC of any of these? Are you excited about them too? Which books are you anticipating?

December ’15 New Releases I’m Excited to Read

Every month, I write a post about the new releases I can’t wait to read for said month. (Aside from last month, but I’ll just hope that no one actually noticed I forgot.) So today, it’s all about them December releases! 

The Death of Dulgath (Riyria Chronicles #3) by Michael J. Sullivan // December 1st // The ebook version was released last month, but the actual paperback will be released on December 1st. I absolutely love this author and his Riyria series (both of them). I really want to pick this one up soon because I loved the previous two books in the series. 

Gateway to Fourline (Fourline Trilogy #1) by Pam Brondos // December 1st // I have to be honest, I’d never heard of this before last week. But then I found it on Goodreads and read the synopsis. And you know what came to mind? ADULT NARNIA. I have no idea whether it’ll actually be like that… But one can hope: no? 

See How They Run (Embassy Row #2) by Ally Carter // December 22nd // Now, don’t kill me if I’m wrong here. I was a tad confused because sometimes it says the release date is in January, and sometimes it says December. And on Bookdepository, both are there too. So I’m guessing it’ll be released somewhere in December? Anyway, really enjoyed the first book in this trilogy (series?) so I’m hoping to like this one too. 

Misconduct by Penelope Douglas // December 1st // I have mixed feelings about this one. When I was in a huge new adult-kick last year, I really enjoyed her books Bully, Until You and Rival. Now, I do think that as I have read more since then, I’d maybe enjoy them a little bit less now? So I’m kind of excited about this one because I did enjoy some of her other books, but I’m scared too that my tastes and opinions will have changed a lot. 

So those are the December 2015 releases I really want to read soon! I also want to read Frozen Tides by Morgan Rhodes but I wasn’t super excited about it as I wrote this post so I didn’t include it. But yes, do want to read Frozen Tides. 

Which December releases are you looking forward to?

October New Releases I’m Excited to Read

I can’t believe it’s October already. I know I say that every month. But really, let’s think about it! In 3 months, it’ll be 2016. I can’t handle this knowledge. Anyway, a new month = a ton of new releases. So today, I’m showing you the ones I’m most excited about! 

 October 6th

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The Sword of Summer (Magnus Chase #1) by Rick Riordan // Carry On by Rainbow Rowell // An Inheritance of Ashes by Leah Bobet // Dreamstrider by Lindsay Smith // A Thousand Nights by E.K. Johnston

  october 15 new releases p2

A Madness So Discreet by Mindy McGinnis // Cleopatra’s Shadows by Emily Holleman // Wolf by Wolf (Wolf by Wolf #1) by Ryan Graudin // Nameless by Jennifer Jenkins

October 8th 

the amazing book is not on fire

The Amazing Book is Not on Fire by Dan and Phil

October 13th

first & then

First & Then by Emma Mills 

October 22nd


What We Left Behind by Robin Talley

October 27th

wake of vultures

Wake of Vultures (The Shadow #1) by Lila Bowen

So those are the books I’m excited to read being released this October! Have you read any of these? Are you excited to read any other books as well?