Hello friends! It’s that time of the year again when people’s most anticipated releases come up. I love writing these posts (mostly because I can’t wait to buy these books like the trash bookish gremlin I am, lol) but often have difficulty because there’s just too many books in one year that I want to read and would need an intensely long-ass post. But at the same time, I felt like writing a most anticipated release post every month was just too much effort.
I solved that problem last year by deciding to write a most anticipated post every quarter. I fell by the wayside last year (what else is new?) but I’m reviving my quarterly most anticipated series once more, and I’m so excited to get to read these books this year!
Read on to find out what I’m eager to check out for January, February, and March 2020!
- Dark and Deepest Red by Anna-Marie Mclemore – A retelling of the fairy tale The Red Shoes from one of the best YA magical realism authors I’ve ever read. I’ve never seen anyone adapt The Red Shoes – which if I remember correctly was one of the more gruesome fairy tales (although they’re all pretty gruesome tbh) so I’m really looking forward to this one!
- Scavenge the Stars by Tara Sim – This book has been called a gender bent The Count of Monte Cristo, which basically means my “must have now” radar has been uncontrollably pinging. I love angry girls, and I love angry girls seeking revenge, so this book is right up my alley.
- Spellhacker by M.K. England – In this book, magic was a once plentiful resource that is now ruthlessly controlled and rationed by a greedy corporation, leading to a magical plague. Espionage? Corporate sabotage? Count me in. Follow the hashtag #SpellhackersInAsia to check out the Asian blog tour!
- Loveboat, Taipei by Abigail Hing Wen – So many people have been talking about this book! Asian kids going on summer study tours to take up their homeland language, but then getting exposed to night life and the possibility of getting your heart broken? Now I know there’s more than a few Asian kids out there for whom this sounds familiar!
- Woven in Moonlight by Isabel Ibañez – Revolution and revenge are two topics I’m always eager to read about in fantasy, and this Latinx debut promises to deliver on that. It also features a decoy bodyguard, one of my absolute most favourite tropes (blame The Phantom Menace, lol). Also, isn’t that the most gorgeous cover you’ve ever seen?
- Riot Baby by Tochi Onyebuchi – Racism against Black people in America is the overarching theme explored by this urban fantasy novel, which is all about siblings Ella and Kev who are born with magical abilities. So many people have described this book as heart-aching, gut-wrenching, and a much-needed read, so I’m super eager to finally get my hands on it.
- A Throne of Swans by Katharine and Elizabeth Corr – I’m normally wary of books written by two authors (I have yet to read a single one that I liked) but this was just too intriguing to ignore. A retelling of Swan Lake? Color me curious.
- The Wolf of Oren-Yaro by K.S. Villoso – I was fortunate enough to get an ARC of this book (read my review here) and I badly need everyone to know how fantastic it was. This book not only gives us a complex, multifaceted female character, it also challenges our notions of what being a strong female character actually entails. You will not go wrong with this book, trust me.
- All the Stars and Teeth by Adalyn Grace – Someone described this as “what if Furiosa from Mad Max was a mermaid and also captain of a pirate ship”. So, yeah, you know. I’m sold.
- Stormsong by C.L. Polk – The first bok, Witchmark, is actually on my #StartYourShelfathon TBR. So hopefully, having the sequel coming out soon will finally be that spark that lights a fire underneath my ass so I can finally get to reading it. Lol.
- Belle Révolte by Linsey Miller – Apparently, this book is super duper queer, and involves two girls rebelling against their society’s heteronormative expectations while simultaneously discovering who they are and what they want out of life. Sign me the hell up!
- We Unleash the Merciless Storm by Tehlor Kay Mejia – I AM SO READY TO READ ABOUT DANI AND CARMEN AGAIN! I have so many questions left unanswered and I need to know so many things. All the things! If you haven’t read the first book, We Set the Dark on Fire, please check out my review and then read it because it was just so amazing.
- The Unspoken Name by A.K. Larkwood – Two words: Lady. Orc.
- Ink in the Blood by Kim Smejkal – YA dark fantasy featuring tattoo magic and queer characters? Girl, you had me at hello.
- Wicked As You Wish by Rin Chupeco – Sometimes I feel like I’ve been waiting for this book for forever, in the best way possible. The main character is a descendant of Maria Makiling, and apparently the Katipunan have evolved into a modern-day society dedicated to the protection of magic. You could not make me more excited for this book if you tried.
- The Electric Heir by Victoria Lee – I read The Fever King in one sitting last year and found myself completely and utterly obsessed. Covering topics like revolution, immigration, and class difference, Victoria Lee’s books are must-haves for any reader who likes their fantasy with a dash of science fiction and social commentary.
- The City We Became by N.K. Jemisin – Receiving a boxed set of N.K. Jemisin’s Broken Earth trilogy for Christmas made me look more into her books, and they sound like absolute gems. This one particularly intrigues me because it’s all about cities having souls, in particular, the city so nice they named it twice: New York.
- Darling Rose Gold by Stephanie Wrobel – The victim of Munchausen’s by proxy, main character Rose Gold surprises everyone when she agrees to take in her abusive mother Patty after she gets out of prison. Of course, Rose Gold has other, less benign plans. This sounds like the sort of book where everyone is an asshole, which of course are some of my favorite books to read!
- Beneath the Rising by Premee Mohamed – Urban science fiction with a dash of Lovecraftian horror is not a thing I thought I’d ever write about a book, but you can bet I’m super excited. Genius Johnny Chambers and her best friend Nick Prasad invent a clean reactor that could eliminate the need for fossil fuels, which then awakens an ancient eldritch horror that begins to terrorize the world. Now tell me that didn’t just pique your interest!
- The Deep by Alma Katsu – I’m a sucker for ghost stories. I’m especially a sucker for historical ghost stories. There’s something about hauntings happening in the old days that just hits all my sweet spots. This book, about a ghost haunting The Titanic even before she sets sail, sounds like it’ll be a hair-raising read.
- Harley in the Sky by Akemi Dawn Bowman – An aspiring trapeze artist runs away from home and joins a circus, only to discover herself in a beautiful but cutthroat world. Toss in some family mysteries and a truth she must discover about herself and her past, and you have a book from acclaimed author Akemi Dawn Bowman that’s sure to be a hit.
- Docile by K.M. Szpara – Described as a science fiction parable about love and sex, wealth and debt, abuse and power, Docile tells the story of Elisha Wilder, who goes into servitude to pay off his family’s debts. However, in this dystopia, Dociles can be dosed (hah) with Dociline, which basically renders them locked inside their bodies and unable to recognize or recall later on what was done to their bodies during their period of servitude. The key tenet of this book seems to be thus: there is no consent under capitalism.
I wanna know what you think!
☕ What are you looking forward to reading in the coming quarter?
☕ Have you read any of these books?
☕ Have you written a most anticipated reads post? Link me in the comments!