July 2019 Book Releases

Hey, everyone! I am soooo late with this, but things have been crazy for me since the July 4th holiday, but I’m still going to post this July book release list because it’s still relevant! Yay!

For this list, you can find books about crows, terrible wizards, and Mayan gods of death, but what book reigns supreme as my most anticipated choice  for July?

thrawn treason
Release Date: July 23 | Goodreads

“If I were to serve the Empire, you would command my allegiance.”

Such was the promise Grand Admiral Thrawn made to Emperor Palpatine at their first meeting. Since then, Thrawn has been one of the Empire’s most effective instruments, pursuing its enemies to the very edges of the known galaxy. But as keen a weapon as Thrawn has become, the Emperor dreams of something far more destructive.

Now, as Thrawn’s TIE defender program is halted in favor of Director Krennic’s secret Death Star project, he realizes that the balance of power in the Empire is measured by more than just military acumen or tactical efficiency. Even the greatest intellect can hardly compete with the power to annihilate entire planets.

As Thrawn works to secure his place in the Imperial hierarchy, his former protégé Eli Vanto returns with a dire warning about Thrawn’s homeworld. Thrawn’s mastery of strategy must guide him through an impossible choice: duty to the Chiss Ascendancy, or fealty to the Empire he has sworn to serve. Even if the right choice means committing treason.

Why I Want to Read This: It’s a Thrawn book! By Timothy Zahn! Thrawn’s allegiance with the Empire pitted against the allegiance with his people! I know I say this about every Thrawn book, but this might be my most horny adventure with my favorite alien strategist to date! I am beyond losing it for whatever Zahn is going to do to me!

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June 2019 Book Releases

Hey, there! Another month has come and gone, which means it’s time to talk next-month book releases. What’s coming out in June that’s caught my eye?

Turns out, not too much, which is abnormal for this time of year… But my wallet and TBR list are so happy. Finally, I can catch a break.

Let’s check out my number one June book release:

sorcery of thorns
Release Date: June 4 | Goodreads

All sorcerers are evil. Elisabeth has known that as long as she has known anything. Raised as a foundling in one of Austermeer’s Great Libraries, Elisabeth has grown up among the tools of sorcery—magical grimoires that whisper on shelves and rattle beneath iron chains. If provoked, they transform into grotesque monsters of ink and leather. She hopes to become a warden, charged with protecting the kingdom from their power.

Then an act of sabotage releases the library’s most dangerous grimoire. Elisabeth’s desperate intervention implicates her in the crime, and she is torn from her home to face justice in the capital. With no one to turn to but her sworn enemy, the sorcerer Nathaniel Thorn, and his mysterious demonic servant, she finds herself entangled in a centuries-old conspiracy. Not only could the Great Libraries go up in flames, but the world along with them.

As her alliance with Nathaniel grows stronger, Elisabeth starts to question everything she’s been taught—about sorcerers, about the libraries she loves, even about herself. For Elisabeth has a power she has never guessed, and a future she could never have imagined.

Why I Want to Read This: First of all, cover, gorgeous. But the thing that grabs me most about Sorcery of Thorns by Margaret Rogerson are these living books—grimoires—which possess some very real power. I’d be lying if I wasn’t also deeply intrigued by Nathaniel Thorn and his demonic servant; please let that relationship be utterly fascinating. Also, I do love when characters stumble upon a lie about their society and try to uncover the truth. I just hope that the whole “all sorcerers are evil” belief isn’t turned from being totally black to totally white. I like some gray areas with my world-building.

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may 2019 book releases

May 2019 Book Releases

Hooray, it’s May–and with it come my birthday and a new selection of my most anticipated book releases!

Even if you haven’t enjoyed all this pollen we’ve suffered for the May flowers everywhere (at least where I am), this month has so many good books in store to make up for it.

Including a new series by two of my favorite duo authors:

aurora rising
Release Date: May 7 | Goodreads

The year is 2380, and the graduating cadets of Aurora Academy are being assigned their first missions. Star pupil Tyler Jones is ready to recruit the squad of his dreams, but his own boneheaded heroism sees him stuck with the dregs nobody else in the Academy would touch…

A cocky diplomat with a black belt in sarcasm
A sociopath scientist with a fondness for shooting her bunkmates
A smart-ass techwiz with the galaxy’s biggest chip on his shoulder
An alien warrior with anger management issues
A tomboy pilot who’s totally not into him, in case you were wondering

And Ty’s squad isn’t even his biggest problem—that’d be Aurora Jie-Lin O’Malley, the girl he’s just rescued from interdimensional space. Trapped in cryo-sleep for two centuries, Auri is a girl out of time and out of her depth. But she could be the catalyst that starts a war millions of years in the making, and Tyler’s squad of losers, discipline-cases and misfits might just be the last hope for the entire galaxy.

They’re not the heroes we deserve. They’re just the ones we could find. Nobody panic.

Why I Want to Read This: Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff were born to write stories together. I fell head over heels for the Illuminae Files, so I screamed when I saw they were doing Aurora Rising together. This time with more traditional storytelling featuring a colorful ensemble cast. I was going to try to predict who my favorite character is going to be, but I don’t think I can. They all sound so amazing, and I cannot wait to get to know them all (and suffer alongside them). Yeah, I know how these authors do. I’m already trying to connect the dots between the title, the Aurora Academy, and this girl Aurora that’s coming out of two centuries’ worth of cryo-sleep. What are y’all up to???

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April 2019 Book Releases

It’s the start of April, which means it’s time to talk about the book releases I’m most excited for this month! I swear, each month is getting faster, and I don’t like that, even if it is bringing me closer to some awesome books.

In fact, there’s so many books I’m looking forward to this month that it was beyond difficult to choose a most anticipated, but reading a certain ARC clenched it for me:

wicked saints
Release Date: April 2 | Goodreads

A girl who can speak to gods must save her people without destroying herself.

A prince in danger must decide who to trust.

A boy with a monstrous secret waits in the wings.

Together, they must assassinate the king and stop the war.

In a centuries-long war where beauty and brutality meet, their three paths entwine in a shadowy world of spilled blood and mysterious saints, where a forbidden romance threatens to tip the scales between dark and light. Wicked Saints is the thrilling start to Emily A. Duncan’s devastatingly Gothic Something Dark and Holy trilogy.

Why I Want to Read This: I love darker works of fiction; this is just a consistent thing about me. It’s thrilling at the same time it’s cathartic. I also love morally gray characters and seeing multiple sides of a situation. I love books with monsters and powerful gods that try to manipulate and play with humanity’s fate. I love when characters have their world views challenged while still trying to hold on to their morality. After being fortunate enough to read an ARC of Wicked Saints, I can say that Emily A. Duncan delivered on every account. I love this book, I already own a copy, and I’m excited for others to experience it, even if it’s not their brand. [Review]

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march 2019 book releases

March 2019 Book Releases

It’s time for another anticipated releases post, this time for March 2019 book releases! Sorry this one is a tad bit late. The end of February ran away from me, and March has been speeding ahead.

Hope all’s been well with you. Without further delay, let’s jump on in.

What’s the book I’m most looking forward to this month?

the waking forest
Release Date: March 12 | Goodreads

The waking forest has secrets. To Rhea, it appears like a mirage, dark and dense, at the very edge of her backyard. But when she reaches out to touch it, the forest vanishes. She’s desperate to know more—until she finds a peculiar boy who offers to reveal its secrets. If she plays a game.

To the Witch, the forest is her home, where she sits on her throne of carved bone, waiting for dreaming children to beg her to grant their wishes. One night, a mysterious visitor arrives and asks her what she wishes for, but the Witch sends him away. And then the uninvited guest returns.

The strangers are just the beginning. Something is stirring in the forest, and when Rhea’s and the Witch’s paths collide, a truth more treacherous and deadly than either could ever imagine surfaces. But how much are they willing to risk to survive?

Why I Want to Read This: Creepy, magical forests speak to me so consistently in a way that so few other things can. I’m looking forward to meet Rhea, and the fact that there’s a cool Witch and a mysterious boy who’s somehow affecting things only sweetens the deal.

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february 2019

February 2019 Book Releases

Welcome back to another post talking about the upcoming book releases I’m most excited for! This time, we’re covering February 2019. For being the shortest month of the year, February’s no slouch at bringing a plethora of releases, from a dark Cupid and Psyche myth retelling to a girl chasing her rap artist dreams in a new release from Angie Thomas.

It was really hard to choose my most anticipated February release, but here it is:

crown of feathers
Release Date: February 12 | Goodreads

I had a sister, once…

In a world ruled by fierce warrior queens, a grand empire was built upon the backs of Phoenix Riders—legendary heroes who soared through the sky on wings of fire—until a war between two sisters ripped it all apart.

I promised her the throne would not come between us.

Sixteen years later, Veronyka is a war orphan who dreams of becoming a Phoenix Rider from the stories of old. After a shocking betrayal from her controlling sister, Veronyka strikes out alone to find the Riders—even if that means disguising herself as a boy to join their ranks.

But it is a fact of life that one must kill or be killed. Rule or be ruled.

Just as Veronyka finally feels like she belongs, her sister turns up and reveals a tangled web of lies between them that will change everything. And meanwhile, the new empire has learned of the Riders’ return and intends to destroy them once and for all.

Sometimes the title of queen is given. Sometimes it must be taken.

Why I Want to Read This: Well, let’s see. I love warrior queens, I love settings with oppressive Empires, and phoenixes are my favorite mythological creatures, even more so than dragons. It’s about time they get more of a spotlight outside of Harry Potter. I’m excited by how big these are going to be, given the whole Phoenix Riders thing, and I’m looking forward to how Nicki Pau Preto is going to redefine them. I’m honestly on board for the sister drama, too—how messy will it be? Also, the girl who disguises herself as a boy trope will never get old. Crown of Feathers seems to be everything I want.

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january 2019 books

January 2019 Book Releases

It’s official: 2019 is here and with it comes a brand new year of wonderful new books. I’m simultaneously geared up for and dreading what’s going to catch my eye this year, both because I’m easily obsessed and because my TBR list is out of control.

One of my goals this year is to trim that TBR list down, but in the spirit of breaking goals early, let’s talk about the books I’m eyeing coming out during January 2019.

My most anticipated read goes to…

the wicked king

You must be strong enough to strike and strike and strike again without tiring.

The first lesson is to make yourself strong.

After the jaw-dropping revelation that Oak is the heir to Faerie, Jude must keep her younger brother safe. To do so, she has bound the wicked king, Cardan, to her, and made herself the power behind the throne. Navigating the constantly shifting political alliances of Faerie would be difficult enough if Cardan were easy to control. But he does everything in his power to humiliate and undermine her even as his fascination with her remains undiminished.

When it becomes all too clear that someone close to Jude means to betray her, threatening her own life and the lives of everyone she loves, Jude must uncover the traitor and fight her own complicated feelings for Cardan to maintain control as a mortal in a Faerie world.

Release Date:
January 8 | Goodreads

Why I Want to Read This: Holly Black’s The Cruel Prince was my favorite read of 2018, so of course, I’ve got to see where its sequel, The Wicked King, goes. I’ve been dying for this book since January of last year. Jude’s my girl, and I need to know how she and Cardan are going to complicate everything the other is trying to accomplish. Plus, I’m excited to see what Locke and Madoc have up their sleeves, and ugh, I guess Taryn, too. Will I be able to hate her more? Or less? Make my day, Holly Black!

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Most Anticipated Book Releases – December 2018

Hey, folks! Welcome back to the last Most Anticipated Book Releases post of the year. This time, I’ve found the top books I’m most excited for that are being released in December 2018. While the pickings were slim this time thanks to December not being a publication-heavy month, I still managed to find a few books I’d like to keep an eye on.

The novel I’m looking forward to the most this month is…

december books 2018

The Disasters by M.K. England is an LGBT science fiction novel whose premise surprised me right away. Nax Hall is a hotshot pilot whose penchant for bad choices gets him kicked out of the elite Ellis Station Academy in less than a day. Nax and three other wash-outs are due to head back to Earth on a one-way ticket until a terrorist group attacks the Academy. Nax and the others barely make it out, the only witnesses to the crime as well as the perfect scapegoats. Now, Nax and this unlikely, ragtag group have to work together long enough to avoid capture, execute a dangerous heist to clear their names, and spread the truth about what happened. Release date: December 18th

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Most Anticipated Book Releases: November 2018

Another month, another Most Anticipated Book Releases post! This time features book releases for November 2018, and there’s a lot I’m excited for here. A lot of Asian culture-inspired fantasies, a lot of LGBT goodness, and even a memoir–I’m loving the diversity this month.

This time, the book I’m most excited for is…

november books 2018

Empire of Sand by Tasha Suri is a Mughal India-inspired fantasy, where Mehr is the illegitimate daughter of an Imperial governor and an exiled Amrithi mother. The Amrithi are nomads descended from desert spirits, hunted for the magic in their blood, and Mehr’s power has just come to the attention of the emperor’s most feared mystics. Now, she must use every ounce of will, cunning, and power she possesses to thwart their cruel agenda, and if she fails, even the gods themselves may awaken to seek vengeance. Release date: November 13th

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Most Anticipated Book Releases: October 2018

Guess who’s back (back again)?

Hey, everyone! I’m here with another most anticipated book releases post, this time for October 2018! There’s a lot of sequels coming out this month that I’m sad I can’t include on this list (like Muse of Nightmares) because I still haven’t read the first books. Gah! Mel, why are you this way?

Still, I managed to get together a good batch for this month, and I’m happy to announce my most anticipated book for October is…

books october 2018

An Assassin’s Guide to Love and Treason by Virginia Boecker just looks like a good time, honestly. When Lady Katherine’s father is killed for practicing Catholicism illegally, she vows to finish what he started, namely his treasonous involvement with a plot to assassinate Queen Elizabeth I. Disguising herself as a boy, Katherine travels to London and sees her best chance to kill the queen by infiltrating Shakespeare’s latest play, which will be performed before Her Majesty. In truth, Toby Ellis is the mastermind behind this play’s performance. As a spy for the queen, he is using it to root out insurrectionists and quash the rebellion forever. But when Katherine and Toby are cast as the play’s leads, the more precarious their own positions and resolves become. Release date: October 23

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