Hi everyone! I hope you’ve had a good week since I last did one of these, I’ve been working mostly but I’ve got this weekend off and I’m going to meet up with my friends so I’m super excited about that. I also have another riding lesson on Thursday which is always great.
Anyway it’s Tuesday which means another Top Ten Tuesday courtesy of Jana at That Artsy Reader Girl. This week’s topic is another one of our annual ones and it’s our Most Anticipated Releases For The Second Half of the year. I didn’t think I’d have as many for this as most of my anticipated releases for this year seemed to be in January-June, but it turns out I have exactly the same amount and it definitely goes over ten, so that’s always a nice feeling to find out that you are anticipating more books than you thought. So here we go, my most anticipated releases for June (I snuck in a couple that didn’t make the last post) to December of 2021. As always these are in release date order, so the numbers are not indicators of my level of excitement for the book (also all release dates are correct for the UK, so if you are US, you might want check yours as for some it may be earlier than listed here):
- Witchshadow (Witchlands #4)-Susan Dennard-Released 24th June
Okay so technically this book is already out but I wanted to include it because I didn’t include it in my first half of the year post and I’m really excited to read it. It’s Iseult’s book and there’s so much that I want to learn about her and her powers, so I’m hoping this book will provide at least a few of the answers.
2. This Poison Heart-Kalynn Bayron-Released TODAY!
This one releases today, so happy book birthday to Kalynn Bayron! I’m super excited for this because I loved her first book and this one sounds super cool and dark which I love. Also this cover is perhaps one of my favourites of all time, it’s so beautiful. Shoutout to cover artist Raymond Sebastien who did this most extraordinary of covers.
3. Six Crimson Cranes-Elizabeth Lim-Releases 8th July
Again, this cover is truly stunning, the pastel colours are so beautiful and the design is gorgeous, the designer is @_afterblossom_ on Twitter and they’ve done the UK covers for Elizabeth Lim’s Blood of The Stars duology as well. It also sounds brilliant, it’s a retelling of the fairytale The Wild Swans which is one I’ve never heard of before so I’m super excited as I love it when authors take on different fairytales (I love Beauty and The Beast as much as the next girl, but I need some variety!).
4. A Lesson In Vengeance-Victoria Lee-Releases 3rd August
Again this cover is gorgeous, I swear cover designers have been killing it this year (I mean they always do, but there are so many great ones this year). I’m also super happy that this is like a dark purply colour because purple is one of my favourite colours. But I digress, I’m super excited to read this because it sounds brilliant, a witchy, gay, dark academia? YES PLEASE.
4. As Good As Dead (A Good Girl’s Guide To Murder #3)-Holly Jackson-Releases 5th August
Okay, so technically I’ve not yet read Book 2, but I loved Book 1, so I’m pretty sure I’m going to love Book 2 and have already pre-ordered this one. It’s been a long time since I’ve been this invested in a murder mystery! This one sounds AMAZING and apparently it’s the darkest of the series, which of course is very up my street. I can’t wait to see how Pip’s story ends….and who makes it out alive.
5. The Fair Botanists-Sara Sheridan-Releases 5th August
This story sounds so different and interesting, I’m trying to get a bit more into adult historical as much as I love YA, I do like finding stories with characters closer to my age! It’s all about this rare plant that blooms once in every few decades and two women whose lives entwine in 19th century Edinburgh. This cover is SO GORGEOUS AS WELL, all the flowers are lovely and I especially love the illustration of Edinburgh Castle.
6. Endgame (Noughts and Crosses #6)-Malorie Blackman-Releases 16th September
No cover for this one yet I’m afraid! I’m not going to lie, the word endgame has kind of been ruined for me by far too much non-ironic use of it in teen dramas (I’m looking at you Riverdale and Glee) to refer to shipping, but I’m still super excited for this. I may not have loved Crossfire as much as I’d hoped, but the ending of the Noughts and Crosses series holds a lot of nostalgia for me, it was one of the very first YA books I read at around 11, and the final book will be releasing just after I turn 25 so it’s a nice little full circle moment for me and it’s so lovely for Malorie as well to have everything coming full circle like this in the year of the 20th anniversary of the first book.
7. The Bronzed Beasts (The Gilded Wolves #3)-Roshani Chokshi-Releases 21st September
Can I just say before I start this what an AMAZING JOB this team have done on this whole series of covers? The Gilded Wolves trilogy has some of my favourite covers OF EVER and they are going to look so stunning together so hats off to the Kerri Resnick Books team. Also my autumn-loving heart is thrilled by the autumnal looking cover (I love that this series has such a seasonal feel in all its covers, if it was a four book series, there would definitely need to be a summery cover). Anyway, enough of my ramblings about the cover, which I could talk about all day. I’m SO SO EXCITED AND TERRIFIED FOR THIS BOOK. The second book ended on such a cliffhanger and I need to find out what happened to everyone, that everyone is okay and be reassured that Laila IS NOT GOING TO DIE. RIGHT? RIGHT?
8. Vespertine-Margaret Rogerson-Releases 28th September
I wasn’t the biggest fan of Margaret Rogerson’s debut An Enchantment of Ravens, but I am loving her second book, Sorcery of Thorns, so I’m excited to check out what comes next. It sounds fabulously dark, all about a nun-in-training whose job is to cleanse the bodies of the dead who gets more than she bargained for when she has to raise a malevolent revenant in order to save her convent from attack. Sounds good, no?
10. Once Upon A Broken Heart-Stephanie Garber-Releases 30th September
THAT COVER. I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE AN ILLUSTRATED COVER and Lisa Perrin did a magnificent job! I swear I do want to read these books for more than covers, I just have to swoon a little because they’re all so pretty. Anyway, massively excited for Stephanie’s new book, it’s set in the same world as Caraval but follows different characters (and is apparently the start of a new series according to Goodreads). This new book follows Evangeline Fox who makes a bargain with the Prince of Hearts (Jacks) in order to stop her true love from marrying someone else, and much as anyone who makes a deal with Jacks, it doesn’t go quite the way she intended!
11. Little Thieves-Margaret Owen-Releases 5th October
Again this cover! So beautiful and vibrant and if I’m being totally honest a lot of the draw of this book for me (look anyone who claimed that bookworms never judge a book by its cover clearly never met any of us). But the story does sound great too, I’m sure you all know by now that I’m a sucker for thieves, and this retelling of The Goose Girl (yay for another lesser retold fairytale) follows thief Vanja, who steals the life of her mistress Princess Gisele with enchanted pearls but is then cursed by a god for her greed. She is set to turn into jewels for her greed, unless she manages to break her curse within two weeks. I have a Netgalley e-ARC for this, so I’m hoping I can finally clear my huge backlog and get to it before release in October.
12. A Marvellous Light-Freya Marske-Releases 2nd November
A adult historical fantasy? Were you made for me? It’s like all my dreams come in one beautiful, colourful package! Also the cover has some of my favourite colours, which I love, fantasy books definitely have a tendency towards the dark and whilst that is also awesome, it’s so nice to see one with such a bright cover. It’s also a m/m romance, which is so great to see in a historical book. Historical gays for the win!
13. All of Us Villains-Amanda Foody and Christine Lynn Herman-Releases 11th November
I’m super excited for this one, I didn’t have the best first outing with Christine Lynn Herman, but I love Amanda Foody’s books and their co-writing debut sounds AMAZING. It’s been billed as a magical Hunger Games, the plot revolves around a magical tournament where the descendants of seven families in Ilvernath compete in a tournament to the death for control of the city’s magick supply. It sounds so amazing, and I’ve really enjoyed all of Amanda Foody’s books thus far, so I have high hopes!
14. The Nobleman’s Guide To Scandal and Shipwrecks-Releases 16th November
After many delays over the past year or so, this book is finally coming out! I’m super excited to see Adrian (the Goblin, Monty and Felicity’s younger brother from the first book) as a teenager, and of course Monty and Felicity as adults. This is such a fun series and I look forward to seeing how everything ends.
15. A Psalm of Storms and Silence-Roseanne A. Brown-Releases 21st November
I know this book was on my last list, but sadly it got pushed back. Anyway, I’m still super excited for it, the last book ended in a really exciting place and I can’t wait to see how Karina and Malik’s stories end!
So there we go, that was my bumper edition of anticipated releases for the second half of 2021 for you. There are so many AMAZING books coming out over the next few months, I really wish my bank account was large enough to support all of these authors! Anyway, do we share any? What books are you excited about coming out in the rest of 2021? Have you been lucky enough to read any of these already? Let me know in the comments!
I’ll be back next week for another Top Ten Tuesday, next week’s topic is Reasons Why I Love Reading but I actually already did that one as a twist on a old topic back in 2016, so I don’t want to do a rehash of that list. Instead I’m going to dig out a topic from the Broke and Bookish (previous hosts) archive, and I’ve decided to do Top Ten Most Unique Books I’ve Ever Read.