Hallelu, guys, gals, and enby pals! Today I’m bringing to you my most anticipated releases for the third quarter of the year, a.k.a. July, August, and September! Used to be I hosted this particular section of my blog on Top Ten Tuesday, but I realized I didn’t like trying to squeeze out just ten most anticipated books, especially when there are usually so many upcoming releases that I’m excited about! So this little part of my blog is now going to be it’s very own section! Yay! 🎉
Do note though that these releases are arranged only by month, not by genre or age range. I read a wide variety of genres and age ranges, so I honestly just gave up on trying to categorize it that way.
By the way, my birthday is on August 27th so if you’d like to send me any of these books as a present, I’d much appreciate it! 😉
On with the show!
☕ Wilder Girls by Rory Power – When I read the synonpsis, my mind was like, ooh, boarding school plus zombie apocalypse. Which isn’t really a plot that I’ve seen explored yet, so I’m super excited for this!
☕ Gods of Jade and Shadow by Silvia Morena-Garcia – Mayan myths and legends featuring a Mexican heroine set during the Jazz Age? I am so there!
☕ The Merciful Crow by Margaret Owen – Somewhere in Ketterdam, Kaz Brekker is rubbing his chin at the title of this book and is nodding approvingly. (Also, slow-burn romance, a gay prince, and no love triangles. Yay!)
☕ My Sister the Serial Killer by Oyinkan Braithwaite – If you’re not the type of person to be intrigued by a tagline like, “a blackly comic novel about how blood is thicker – and more difficult to get out of the carpet – than water…”, then I don’t wanna talk to you.
☕ Spin the Dawn by Elizabeth Lim – I’m on the blog tour for this, so hallelujah! Described as Mulan crossed with Project Runway, this YA fantasy about a young girl who wants to be a court tailor is a book I’ve been looking forward to since the start of the year! (And I really need to get on reading my ARC…)
☕ My Fate According to the Butterfly by Gail D. Villanueva – I have to admit, I’m a little biased because Shealea, Cara, and I are hosting the tour for this amazing book! If you loved Patron Saints of Nothing, check out this book for a take on the same topic from someone who grew up here in the Philippines! (But don’t read both books one after the other, it can get…intense, shall we say.)
☕ Jade War by Fonda Lee – MAY ALL THE GODS ABOVE AND BELOW BLESS SHEALEA FOR PICKING ME TO JOIN THIS TOUR AAAHHH. I shrieked when my book (plus a letter and an Empire of Sand pin!) arrived from Fonda Lee and Orbit Books, and I can’t wait to finish this!
☕ The Downstairs Girl by Stacey Lee – I mentioned several times both on my booktube and Twitter that I want to read more historical novels featuring POC. I found out about The Downstairs Girl from Vicky and found it super interesting, so I added it to my TBR!
☕ The Dragon Republic by R.F. Kuang – I was soooo happy to have been approved for an ARC of The Dragon Republic on Edelweiss that I read it almost all at once! I definitely have to reread this before its launch! (Heed all the trigger warnings though.) Read my review of the first book, The Poppy War, by clicking the link!
☕ The Birthday Girl by Melissa de la Cruz – Let it be said that I’m not actually a big fan of Melissa de la Cruz’s YA books. However, I do love myself a good thriller, and the fact that this is adult fiction, plus that interesting synopsis, makes this one seem promising.
☕ House of Salt and Sorrows by Erin A. Craig – I really love dark, gloomy, atmospheric reads, so I’m looking forward to this one. Plus, this is also a retelling of The Twelve Dancing Princesses, which is one of my favourite fairy tales! (Although we all know the Barbie movie reigns supreme.)
☕ A House of Rage and Sorrow by Sangu Mandanna – Y’all now how much I loved the first book, A Spark of White Fire (read my review by clicking the link!), and how much the ending broke me. The sequel promises to be twice as painful, so you know I can’t wait for it!
☕ Kingdom of Souls by Rena Barron – I’m a big fan of the notion that not every book written by a black author has to be about discrimination or slavery or police brutality. Don’t get me wrong, I think those books are important. But a book written by a black author doesn’t have to be about black pain in order to be worthy of reading. Sometimes it can be just a good old good vs. evil fantasy, and Kingdom of Souls fills the bill really nicely. Big thanks by the way to Rena Barron and her publishers for sending out ARCs to POC reviewers! A traveling ARC is on its way to the Philippines and I’m so excited to read it!
☕ Gideon the Ninth by Tamsyn Muir – LESBIAN. NECROMANCERS.
What did you think?
☕ Any of these books on your list?
☕ Any of them you actually didn’t like?
☕ What are you looking forward to reading in the coming months?