Hey, everybody! I hope your summer’s been amazing so far! (Unless you’re in a part of the world where it isn’t summer, in which case… What’s that like? I would love to stop sweating when I walk outside.)
A new month is here, so you know what that means: new book releases. What does August have in store for us?
Some incredibly promising reads, if my top pick is any indication:
In the aftermath of the Third Poppy War, shaman and warrior Rin is on the run: haunted by the atrocity she committed to end the war, addicted to opium, and hiding from the murderous commands of her vengeful god, the fiery Phoenix. Her only reason for living is to get revenge on the traitorous Empress who sold out Nikan to their enemies.
With no other options, Rin joins forces with the powerful Dragon Warlord, who has a plan to conquer Nikan, unseat the Empress, and create a new Republic. Rin throws herself into his war. After all, making war is all she knows how to do.
But the Empress is a more powerful foe than she appears, and the Dragon Warlord’s motivations are not as democratic as they seem. The more Rin learns, the more she fears her love for Nikan will drive her away from every ally and lead her to rely more and more on the Phoenix’s deadly power. Because there is nothing she won’t sacrifice for her country and her vengeance.
The sequel to R.F. Kuang’s acclaimed debut THE POPPY WAR, THE DRAGON REPUBLIC combines the history of 20th-century China with a gripping world of gods and monsters, to devastating effect.
Why I Want to Read This: I read The Poppy War by R.F. Kuang last year, and it literally socked me in the face with how striking and visceral it was. I think about Rin all the time; she’s such a raw protagonist on the edge of villainy (or really, maybe no longer on the edge given how the last book ended), and I am so eager to continue her journey. Especially since I have no idea where we’re going.
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:
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 Thornsby 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.
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:
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???
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:
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]
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:
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.
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…
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!
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…
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
September is upon us, and with it comes a host of new book releases! There are so many books I’m looking forward to this month. I thought about trimming the list back, but I decided not to because all of these deserve a place to shine and be acknowledged. (After all, who knows when I’ll be able to read and review them?)
The top spot for this month goes to…
Vengeful by V.E. Schwab is the highly yearned for sequel to Villains, which was both a concept that paid tribute to superheroes and villains while also flipping the genre on its head. I’m in love with Victor, who has the ability to cause or deaden pain, and Eli can go jump off a bridge. Who’s the hero and who’s the villain? Well. I’m super excited for the additional cast members as well, both old and new. Congrats to Schwab for having my most highly anticipated book for the second month in a row! I can’t help it. That’s just how much I love her and look forward to her writing. Release date: September 25
Hey all! Back with another anticipated book release round, this time for August 2018. This year is just flying by, it seems, but at least the book releases have kept up.
I’m going to be doing the formatting for these a little differently, at least for now as I try new things out. But enough talking shop, let’s get to the books!
City of Ghosts by Victoria Schwab takes the top spot because frankly, I love Schwab and I trust her. After many successful YA and Adult series, she’s now bringing her talents to the Middle Grade genre. I haven’t read any Middle Grade books in a long time, so I’m excited to dive back in and meet Cassidy Blake and her ghost best friend, Jacob (and possibly a cat???) as they investigate Scotland for malevolent spirits who should’ve been sent beyond the Veil instead of being left to haunt her world. Sounds spooky and fun, I’m in! Release date: August 28
The first of June is here, and you know what that means: a new month for book releases!
What does the first month of summer have in store for us? Plenty, but these are the books I’m most interested in, and I hope you are, too!
I don’t normally gravitate to anthologies, but I shrieked with delight when I saw this one. Compiled by We Need Diverse Books, A Thousand Beginnings and Endings is a collection of mythology, fairy tale, and folklore stories by East and South Asian authors such as Roshani Chokshi, Cindy Pon, Julie Kagawa, and E. C. Myers. (Can I get an #OwnVoices, ya’ll?)
Being a Westerner myself, I recognize that Western storytelling has its own structure that gets tiring and predictable; Eastern storytelling structure is so different and refreshing by comparison. Can’t wait to read about all these trickster immortals, starcrossed lovers, and battles of wits.