I meant to post this hyped book list awhile ago. Like, back in June awhile ago. Clearly, I didn’t, and there are a lot of reasons for that which boil down to:
- I didn’t want to do it.
- I was feeling kinda unimpressed with books this year (and still am lmao).
- My reading life has been in shambles.
- And I Super Didn’t Want to Do It.
Frankly, posts like this are a pain in the ass because they require a lot of work that gain very little traction. Worse, a fair amount of books on these lists wind up not being very good once I finally get to them for the amount of work and no traction I’ve put into the whole experience.
So I likely won’t be doing these next year or ever again. I mean, the month of October only has one book coming out this year that I’m interested in. One. I wouldn’t normally post something like this this late at all, except I am, unfortunately, a completionist.
Here we go then: the July through December books I’m hyped for in 2022, many of which have already been released.
The Darkening by Sunya Mara
In this thrilling and epic YA fantasy debut the only hope for a city trapped in the eye of a cursed storm lies with the daughter of failed revolutionaries and a prince terrified of his throne.
Vesper Vale is the daughter of revolutionaries. Failed revolutionaries. When her mother was caught by the queen’s soldiers, they gave her a choice: death by the hangman’s axe, or death by the Storm that surrounds the city and curses anyone it touches. She chose the Storm. And when the queen’s soldiers—led by a paranoid prince—catch up to Vesper’s father after twelve years on the run, Vesper will do whatever it takes to save him from sharing that fate.
Even arm herself with her father’s book of dangerous experimental magic.
Even infiltrate the prince’s elite squad of soldier-sorcerers.
Even cheat her way into his cold heart.
But when Vesper learns that there’s more to the story of her mother’s death, she’ll have to make a choice if she wants to save her city: trust the devious prince with her family’s secrets, or follow her mother’s footsteps into the Storm.
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