Hello, friends! The first quarter of the year is finally over (and whoo boy, each of those three months felt like an entire year, huh). Unfortunately, the light at the end of the tunnel when it comes to COVID-19 doesn’t seem to be anywhere in sight yet.
But take heart, and have faith! We will get through this, but only if we have kindness and compassion for each other. (Which means – if you can, STAY INDOORS.)
To lighten the mood a bit, allow me to present to you my usual Most Anticipated Releases post. (Click the link to see the rest of them.) These are the books coming out in April, May, and June that I’m excited to read!
- Incendiary by Zoraida Cordova – Courtly political intrigue featuring magic that involves taking away memories, loosely based on 15th century Spain including a reimagining of the Inquisition. Excuse me while I sob at how perfect this book sounds.
- Queen of Coin and Whispers by Helen Corcoran – A teenage queen inheriting a bankrupt kingdom. Her spymaster, a young girl who takes the job to avenge her murdered father. F/F romance. My soft heart. Coming this April!
- The Southern Book Club’s Guide to Slaying Vampires by Grady Hendrix – This book is described as Steel Magnolias meets Dracula so of course it had me screaming. A book club of middle-aged southern women going up against a vampire? Sign me the heck up!
- Pretty Things by Janelle Brown – “Two wildly different women–one a grifter, the other an heiress–are brought together by the scam of a lifetime.” And with that, I decided I needed to read this book. Doesn’t this sound like a really great heist or con book?
- Goldilocks by Laura Lam – I’ve really been meaning to bring more science fiction into my life, and this one, featuring a team of female astronauts looking for a ‘Goldilocks planet’, sounds like it’s right up my alley!
- The Girl and The Stars by Mark Lawrence – Science fiction featuring a frozen planet and a young girl taking a stance against her people’s cruel eugenics-based way of survival. I love the sound of this!
- The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes by Suzanne Collins – The prequel to the Hunger Games trilogy caused quite a stir on Twitter. Mostly, people were disappointed that the protagonist would be President Snow. While I also admit a bit of disappoint myself, I have to admit – I’m also incredibly curious.
- Clap When You Land by Elizabeth Acevedo – From the acclaimed author of With the Fire on High (read my review here!) comes this new book told in verse about two Dominican girls discovering that they’re half sisters when their father dies in a plane crash. I fully expect this to be poignant, heartbreaking, and unapologetically Afro-Latinx.
- The Gilded Ones by Namina Forna – West African inspired fantasy which seems to imply a rejection of eugenics, an army of badass girls, and THAT COVER. I am so excited for this!
- The Henna Wars by Adiba Jaigirdar – OH. MY. GOODNESS. F/F romance featuring two rival henna artists caught in a competition while falling for each other? GIMME.
- Lobizona by Robina Garber – Urban fantasy with Argentinian characters, delving into the issue of immigration. This promises to be a compelling, thought-provoking read and I can’t wait for it!
- The Mermaid, The Witch, and The Sea by Maggie Tokuda-Hall – “In a world divided by colonialism and threaded with magic, a desperate orphan turned pirate and a rebellious imperial lady find a connection on the high seas.” And that’s all she has to say about that.
- The Deck of Omens by Christine Lynn Herman – To be honest, I didn’t much care for the first book, The Devouring Gray. I felt that it focused way too much on providing a spooky atmosphere rather than a coherent, sensible plot. But the way the book ended, I’m curious enough to pick up the sequel.
- Parachutes by Kelly Yang – Claire is a party girl from Shanghai. Dani is a studious Californian on the path to Yale. The two end up roommates and navigate life together. I’m super excited for this book because you see this trope of “party girl & studious girl become unlikely friends” but it’s usually white girls, so I’m super excited to seem POC on here!
- The Archer at Dawn by Swati Teerdhala – I read The Tiger at Midnight last year and absolutely loved it! (Read my review here.) I can’t wait to check out the sequel for more of this enemies-to-lover revolutionary goodness.
- Mexican Gothic by Silvia Moreno-Garcia – A classic gothic novel featuring a dark mansion, a murder mystery, and a glamorous debutante. This is exactly the sort of book I really want to read right now! A mid-20th century thriller starring a non-white protagonist! I’m so excited!
- Where Dreams Descend by Janella Angeles – So I’ve actually already read this book (thanks again to the author and her team for sending me an ARC!) and I absolutely freaking loved it so you know I have to get myself a finished copy! Moulin Rouge meets Phantom of the Opera with shades of The Night Circus, this book absolutely delivered.
- The Order of the Pure Moon Reflected in Water by Zen Cho – Old school martial arts movies plus a gang of thieves planning an elaborate heist? I am all over this like white on rice.
- The Damned by Renée Ahdhieh – I read The Beautiful last January (watch my review here!) and ended up really loving it! I know it’s probably not for everyone but the lush writing, slow pace, and gothic vibe of it really resonated with me. I can’t wait for the sequel!
- The Empire of Gold by S.A. Chakraborty – I first read City of Brass way back in 2018 and I’m super mad at myself that I still haven’t read Kingdom of Copper! I’m going to try to change that this month since Kingdom of Copper is on my April TBR and finish it before the last book in the trilogy comes out!
- Hunted by the Sky by Tanaz Bhathena – Women warriors! Revenge! Slowburn romance! This book has everything I look for in fantasy and I’m really eager to get my hands on it. Plus, look at that gorgeous cover!
- Cemetery Boys by Aiden Thomas – I first heard about this book on Twitter and was so excited at the synopsis! A trans boy proves he’s a true brujo by summoning the spirit of a hot guy + visibly brown bus
- Forest of Souls by Lori M. Lee – Okay. First of all. That cover? Wow. This lady could step on me and I would thank her. The author describes this as “Asians in fantasy” rather than “Asian fantasy” and says that it’s all her fave Western fantasy tropes except with Asian characters so basically – yes. Also, female friendships are a main theme!
- The Obsidian Tower by Melissa Caruso – A mysterious tower that must never be unsealed has its awful power unleashed when a princess accidentally kills a visiting dignitary. Doesn’t that sound ridiculously intriguing and compelling? Orbit does it again! (Yes, we stan Orbit in this house.)
- A Song of Wraiths and Ruin by Roseanne A. Brown – An African-inspired fantasy featuring enemies-to-lovers, an assassin, a princess, and a fight to the death. I’m super excited to read this one, mostly because I’m a sucker for enemies-to-lovers where the characters are on opposing sides of a war!
What did you think?
☕ Any of these books on your most-anticipated lists as well?
☕ Have you read any of these books? What did you think?
☕ Want to suggest an April, May, or June release to me?