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My Most Anticipated January Releases

Hello and welcome to my most anticipated releases post for January. Already I struggled to pick a top five – and we’re only on the first month of the year! – as I fell in love with the blurbs of so many books. Fingers crossed that I actually get reading this year as I have a LOT on my TBR right now. Also Happy New Year to everyone for tomorrow (: I hope you all have a fantastic time!

Nameless Queen by Rebecca McLaughlin

Everyone expected the king’s daughter would inherit the throne. No one expected me.

It shouldn’t even be possible. I’m Nameless, a class of citizens so disrespected, we don’t even get names. Heck, dozens of us have been going missing for months and no one seems to care.

But there’s no denying the tattoo emblazoned on my arm. I am queen. In a palace where the corridors are more dangerous the streets, though, how could I possibly rule? And what will become of the Nameless if I don’t? 

Dark And Deepest Red by Anna-Marie McLemore

Summer, 1518. A strange sickness sweeps through Strasbourg: women dance in the streets, some until they fall down dead. As rumors of witchcraft spread, suspicion turns toward Lavinia and her family, and Lavinia may have to do the unimaginable to save herself and everyone she loves.

Five centuries later, a pair of red shoes seal to Rosella Oliva’s feet, making her dance uncontrollably. They draw her toward a boy who knows the dancing fever’s history better than anyone: Emil, whose family was blamed for the fever five hundred years ago. But there’s more to what happened in 1518 than even Emil knows, and discovering the truth may decide whether Rosella survives the red shoes.

The Will And The Wilds by Charlie N. Holmberg

Enna knows to fear the mystings that roam the wildwood near her home. When one tries to kill her to obtain an enchanted stone, Enna takes a huge risk: fighting back with a mysting of her own.

Maekallus’s help isn’t free. His price? A kiss. One with the power to steal her soul. But their deal leaves Maekallus bound to the mortal realm, which begins eating him alive. Only Enna’s kiss, given willingly, can save him from immediate destruction. It’s a temporary salvation for Maekallus and a lingering doom for Enna. Part of her soul now burns bright inside Maekallus, making him feel for the first time.

Enna shares Maekallus’s suffering, but her small sacrifice won’t last long. If she and Maekallus can’t break the spell binding him to the mortal realm, Maekallus will be consumed completely—and Enna’s soul with him.

Highfire by Eoin Colfer

In the days of yore, he flew the skies and scorched angry mobs—now he hides from swamp tour boats and rises only with the greatest reluctance from his Laz-Z-Boy recliner. Laying low in the bayou, this once-magnificent fire breather has been reduced to lighting Marlboros with nose sparks, swilling Absolut in a Flashdance T-shirt, and binging Netflix in a fishing shack. For centuries, he struck fear in hearts far and wide as Wyvern, Lord Highfire of the Highfire Eyrie—now he goes by Vern. However…he has survived, unlike the rest. He is the last of his kind, the last dragon. Still, no amount of vodka can drown the loneliness in his molten core. Vern’s glory days are long gone. Or are they?

A canny Cajun swamp rat, young Everett “Squib” Moreau does what he can to survive, trying not to break the heart of his saintly single mother. He’s finally decided to work for a shady smuggler—but on his first night, he witnesses his boss murdered by a crooked constable.

Regence Hooke is not just a dirty cop, he’s a despicable human being—who happens to want Squib’s momma in the worst way. When Hooke goes after his hidden witness with a grenade launcher, Squib finds himself airlifted from certain death by…a dragon?

The swamp can make strange bedfellows, and rather than be fried alive so the dragon can keep his secret, Squib strikes a deal with the scaly apex predator. He can act as his go-between (aka familiar)—fetch his vodka, keep him company, etc.—in exchange for protection from Hooke. Soon the three of them are careening headlong toward a combustible confrontation. There’s about to be a fiery reckoning, in which either dragons finally go extinct—or Vern’s glory days are back.

Diamond City by Francesca Flores

Good things don’t happen to girls who come from nothing…unless they risk everything.

Fierce and ambitious, Aina Solis is as sharp as her blade and as mysterious as the blood magic she protects. After the murder of her parents, Aina takes a job as an assassin to survive and finds a new family in those like her: the unwanted and forgotten.

Her boss is brutal and cold, with a questionable sense of morality, but he provides a place for people with nowhere else to go. And makes sure they stay there.

DIAMOND CITY: built by magic, ruled by tyrants, and in desperate need of saving. It is a world full of dark forces and hidden agendas, old rivalries and lethal new enemies.

To claim a future for herself in a world that doesn’t want her to survive, Aina will have to win a game of murder and conspiracy—and risk losing everything. 

January Sequels:

A Heart So Fierce And Broken by Brigid Kemmerer
Come Tumbling Down by Seanan McGuire
Shadowshaper: Legacy by Daniel José Older
City Of Stone And Silence by Django Wexler
The Night Country by Melissa Albert
Chosen by Kiersten White
One Of Us Is Next by Karen M. McManus
Lady Hotspur by Tessa Gratton
A Longer Fall by Charlaine Harris
The Conference Of The Birds by Ransom Riggs
Beyond The Shadowed Earth by Joanna Ruth Meyer
The Hand On The Wall by Maureen Johnson
Bitter Falls by Rachel Caine
Devil Darling Spy by Matt Killeen
This Vicious Cure by Emily Suvada
The Storm Of Life by Amy Rose Capetta

Other January Releases That I’m Looking Forward To:

Scavenge The Stars by Tara Sim
Woven In Moonlight by Isabel Ibañez
A Throne Of Swans by Katharine & Elizabeth Corr
Jane Anonymous by Laurie Faria Stolarz
Throw Like A Girl by Sarah Henning
Grace Is Gone by Emily Elgar
This Light Between Us by Andrew Fukuda
When Stars Are Bright by Amber R. Duell
We Used To Be Friends by Amy Spalding
You Were There Too by Colleen Oakley
The God Game by Danny Tobey
Moral Compass by Danielle Steel
All We Left Behind by Danielle R. Graham
The Perfect Mother by Caroline Mitchell
Infinity Son by Adam Silvera
The King’s Questioner by Nikki Katz
Race To The Sun by Rebecca Roanhorse
Lucky Caller by Emma Mills
All The Ways We Said Goodbye by Beatriz Williams, Lauren Willig & Karen White
Foul Is Fair by Hannah Capin
Wife After Wife by Olivia Hayfield 
Spellhacker by M. K. England
Ashlords by Scott Reintgen
Layoverland by Gabby Noone
Haven’t They Grown by Sophie Hannah
A Queen In Hiding by Sarah Kozloff
The Mystwick School Of Musicraft by Jessica Khoury
The Other People by C.J. Tudor
Follow Me by Kathleen Barber 
Cartier’s Hope by M.J. Rose
The Frost Eater by Carol Beth Anderson
The Two Lives Of Lydia Bird by Josie Silver

Remote Control by Nnedi Okorafor
Neverland by Meagan Spooner

Wow that’s a lot of books! And I can already say that March has a lot more! But anyway I’m only currently up to date with one of the series that I’ve mentioned here (fingers crossed I’ll catch up on most of them by the end of the year). Other than my top five I think I’m most excited for The God Game, Foul Is Fair and The Perfect Mother so, with any luck, I’ll be getting a few of these books read soon! I also don’t think that the last two will actually be out this month but I’ve included them just in case Goodreads has the correct dates.

What are your most anticipated January releases? Have you read any of them yet; if so which would you most recommend? Let me know and, of course, I hope you all enjoy your reading.

Please note I’m currently on a semi-hiatus but I’ll be back sometime in January. After doing a lot of blog post planning I needed a bit of a break. But I’ll try to check in with comments a couple of times a week (probably after the first week in January as I would like a total blogging break over Christmas) and try to read other people’s posts fairly regularly so that I don’t totally fall behind.

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My Most Anticipated December Releases:

Hello and welcome to my most anticipated releases of December. To start with this list was pretty small and I was honestly struggling to even get a top five. Then I looked up books coming out in December and it grew. Although let’s be fair, it’s still small compared to normal. If you’re interested in knowing, the two books that I’m most desperate to get my hands on are Blood Countess and Dangerous Alliance.

Dangerous Alliance by Jennieke Cohen

Lady Victoria Aston has always been just as comfortable in a pair of breeches stolen from her father as she has in satin ballgowns decked in lace. And though she is perfectly capable of minding her manners in polite society, she doesn’t much see the point. With an older sister happily wed and the future of her family estate secure, she is quite content to while her time away in the fields around her home.

However, Vicky’s comfortable, idyllic life is overturned in the course of one night. Her sister’s husband is a terrible cad and now Vicky must marry, or find herself and her family destitute. Armed only with the wisdom she has gained from her beloved novels by Jane Austen, she enters society’s season in a flutter of silks, dances, and pretty words.

But Miss Austen has little to say about Vicky’s particular circumstances: whether the gorgeous and roguish Mr. Carmichael is indeed a scoundrel, if her former best friend—the much-grown and very handsome Tom Sherborne—is out for her dowry or for her heart, or even how to fend off the attentions of the foppish Mr. Silby, he of the bright-orange waistcoat.

Most unfortunately of all, Vicky’s books are silent on the topic of the mysterious accidents cropping up around her. Accidents that have her wondering if there’s someone trying to prevent a match from being made…or prevent her from surviving until her wedding day

Reputation by Sara Shepard

Aldrich University is rocked to its core when a hacker dumps 40,000 people’s e-mails—the entire faculty, staff, students, alums—onto an easily searchable database. Rumors and affairs immediately leak, but things turn explosive when Kit Manning’s handsome husband, Dr. Greg Strasser, is found murdered. Kit’s sister, Willa, returns for the funeral, setting foot in a hometown she fled fifteen years ago, after a night she wishes she could forget. As an investigative reporter, Willa knows something isn’t right about the night Greg was killed, and she’s determined to find the truth. What she doesn’t expect is that everyone has something to hide. And with a killer on the loose, Willa and Kit must figure out who killed Greg before someone else is murdered.

The Weight Of A Soul by Elizabeth Tammi

When Lena’s younger sister Fressa is found dead, their whole Viking clan mourns—but it is Lena alone who never recovers. Fressa is the sister that should’ve lived, and Lena cannot rest until she knows exactly what killed Fressa and why—and how to bring her back. She strikes a dark deal with Hela, the Norse goddess of death, and begins a new double life to save her sister.

But as Lena gets closer to bringing Fressa back, she dredges up dangerous discoveries about her own family, and finds herself in the middle of a devastating plan to spur Ragnarök –a deadly chain of events leading to total world destruction.

Still, with her sister’s life in the balance, Lena is willing to risk it all. She’s willing to kill. How far will she go before the darkness consumes her?

Meg & Jo by Virginia Kantra

The March sisters—reliable Meg, independent Jo, stylish Amy, and shy Beth—have grown up to pursue their separate dreams. When Jo followed her ambitions to New York City, she never thought her career in journalism would come crashing down, leaving her struggling to stay afloat in a gig economy as a prep cook and secret food blogger.

Meg appears to have the life she always planned—the handsome husband, the adorable toddlers, the house in a charming subdivision. But sometimes getting everything you’ve ever wanted isn’t all it’s cracked up to be.

When their mother’s illness forces the sisters home to North Carolina for the holidays, they’ll rediscover what really matters.

One thing’s for sure—they’ll need the strength of family and the power of sisterhood to remake their lives and reimagine their dreams.

Blood Countess by Lana Popović

In 17th century Hungary, Anna Darvulia has just begun working as a scullery maid for the young and glamorous Countess Elizabeth Báthory. When Elizabeth takes a liking to Anna, she’s vaulted to the dream role of chambermaid, a far cry from the filthy servants’ quarters below. She receives wages generous enough to provide for her family, and the Countess begins to groom Anna as her friend and confidante. It’s not long before Anna falls completely under the Countess’s spell—and the Countess takes full advantage. Isolated from her former friends, family, and fiancé, Anna realizes she’s not a friend but a prisoner of the increasingly cruel Elizabeth. Then come the murders, and Anna knows it’s only a matter of time before the Blood Countess turns on her, too.

December Sequels:

Cold Heart Creek by Lisa Regan
Children Of Virtue And Vengeance by Tomi Adeyemi
The Piper’s Pursuit by Melanie Dickerson
Diamond & Dawn by Lyra Selene
Daughter Of Chaos by Sarah Rees Brennan

Other November Releases That I’m Looking Forward To:

In The Dark by Loreth Anne White
The Penmaker’s Wife by Steve Robinson
This Will Kill That by Danielle K. Roux
Trace Of Evil by Alice Blanchard
Scared Little Rabbits by A. V. Geiger
Who Did You Tell? by Lesley Kara
Regretting You by Colleen Hoover
Spy by Danielle Steel
The Dead Girls Club by Damien Angelica Walters
Hearts, Strings And Other Breakable Things by Jacqueline Firkins
The Wives by Tarryn Fisher
Good Girls Lie by J.T. Ellison
The Dilemma by B.A. Paris
Reverie by Ryan La Sala

I can’t believe this is my last of these posts for the year! How are we nearly in 2020 already? As per usual I somehow haven’t read any of the previous books when it comes to the sequels listed here BUT I do plan to get on with Children Of Blood And Bone & the Sabrina books as soon as possible. I’m also pretty intrigued by In The Dark & Who Did You Tell? Both sound like pretty compulsive thrillers!

What are your most anticipated December releases? Have you read any of them yet; if so which would you most recommend? Let me know and, of course, I hope you all enjoy your reading.

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My Most Anticipated November Releases:

Hello and welcome to my most anticipated releases of November. I’m back to my usual top five this month after picking ten over the last two release heavy months.

Queen Of Nothing comes out soon and I literally can not wait for it! My top five are always the first books in new series or standalones but if that wasn’t the case it would definitely feature at the top of this page. I prefer to keep all sequels separate however. But anyway, on to this month’s book releases.

The Starless Sea by Erin Morgenstern

Zachary Ezra Rawlins is a graduate student in Vermont when he discovers a mysterious book hidden in the stacks. As he turns the pages, entranced by tales of lovelorn prisoners, key collectors, and nameless acolytes, he reads something strange: a story from his own childhood. Bewildered by this inexplicable book and desperate to make sense of how his own life came to be recorded, Zachary uncovers a series of clues–a bee, a key, and a sword–that lead him to a masquerade party in New York, to a secret club, and through a doorway to an ancient library, hidden far below the surface of the earth. What Zachary finds in this curious place is more than just a buried home for books and their guardians–it is a place of lost cities and seas, lovers who pass notes under doors and across time, and of stories whispered by the dead. Zachary learns of those who have sacrificed much to protect this realm, relinquishing their sight and their tongues to preserve this archive, and also those who are intent on its destruction. Together with Mirabel, a fierce, pink-haired protector of the place, and Dorian, a handsome, barefoot man with shifting alliances, Zachary travels the twisting tunnels, darkened stairwells, crowded ballrooms, and sweetly-soaked shores of this magical world, discovering his purpose–in both the mysterious book and in his own life.

Winterwood by Shea Ernshaw

Be careful of the dark, dark wood . . .

Especially the woods surrounding the town of Fir Haven. Some say these woods are magical. Haunted, even.

Rumored to be a witch, only Nora Walker knows the truth. She and the Walker women before her have always shared a special connection with the woods. And it’s this special connection that leads Nora to Oliver Huntsman—the same boy who disappeared from the Camp for Wayward Boys weeks ago—and in the middle of the worst snowstorm in years. He should be dead, but here he is alive, and left in the woods with no memory of the time he’d been missing.

But Nora can feel an uneasy shift in the woods at Oliver’s presence. And it’s not too long after that Nora realizes she has no choice but to unearth the truth behind how the boy she has come to care so deeply about survived his time in the forest, and what led him there in the first place. What Nora doesn’t know, though, is that Oliver has secrets of his own—secrets he’ll do anything to keep buried, because as it turns out, he wasn’t the only one to have gone missing on that fateful night all those weeks ago. 

The Guinevere Deception by Kiersten White

There was nothing in the world as magical and terrifying as a girl.

Princess Guinevere has come to Camelot to wed a stranger: the charismatic King Arthur. With magic clawing at the kingdom’s borders, the great wizard Merlin conjured a solution–send in Guinevere to be Arthur’s wife . . . and his protector from those who want to see the young king’s idyllic city fail. The catch? Guinevere’s real name–and her true identity–is a secret. She is a changeling, a girl who has given up everything to protect Camelot. 

To keep Arthur safe, Guinevere must navigate a court in which the old–including Arthur’s own family–demand things continue as they have been, and the new–those drawn by the dream of Camelot–fight for a better way to live. And always, in the green hearts of forests and the black depths of lakes, magic lies in wait to reclaim the land. Arthur’s knights believe they are strong enough to face any threat, but Guinevere knows it will take more than swords to keep Camelot free.

Deadly jousts, duplicitous knights, and forbidden romances are nothing compared to the greatest threat of all: the girl with the long black hair, riding on horseback through the dark woods toward Arthur. Because when your whole existence is a lie, how can you trust even yourself?

Queen Of The Conquered by Kacen Callender

Sigourney Rose is the only surviving daughter of a noble lineage on the islands of Hans Lollik. When she was a child, her family was murdered by the islands’ colonizers, who have massacred and enslaved generations of her people—and now, Sigourney is ready to exact her revenge.

When the childless king of the islands declares that he will choose his successor from amongst eligible noble families, Sigourney uses her ability to read and control minds to manipulate her way onto the royal island and into the ranks of the ruling colonizers. But when she arrives, prepared to fight for control of all the islands, Sigourney finds herself the target of a dangerous, unknown magic.

Someone is killing off the ruling families to clear a path to the throne. As the bodies pile up and all eyes regard her with suspicion, Sigourney must find allies among her prey and the murderer among her peers… lest she become the next victim.

The Blood Heir by Amélie Wen Zhao

In the Cyrilian Empire, Affinites are reviled. Their varied gifts to control the world around them are unnatural—dangerous. And Anastacya Mikhailov, the crown princess, has a terrifying secret. Her deadly Affinity to blood is her curse and the reason she has lived her life hidden behind palace walls.

When Ana’s father, the emperor, is murdered, her world is shattered. Framed as his killer, Ana must flee the palace to save her life. And to clear her name, she must find her father’s murderer on her own. But the Cyrilia beyond the palace walls is far different from the one she thought she knew. Corruption rules the land, and a greater conspiracy is at work—one that threatens the very balance of her world. And there is only one person corrupt enough to help Ana get to its core: Ramson Quicktongue

A cunning crime lord of the Cyrilian underworld, Ramson has sinister plans—though he might have met his match in Ana. Because in this story, the princess might be the most dangerous player of all.

November Sequels:

Hero by Michael Grant
Song Of The Crimson Flower by Julie C. Dao
Tears Of Frost by Bree Barton
Girls Of Storm And Shadow by Natasha Ngan
Find Me Their Bones by Sara Wolf
Supernova by Marissa Meyer
Call Down The Hawk by Maggie Stiefvater
Deadly Little Scandals by Jennifer Lynn Barnes
The Toll by Neal Shusterman
Realm Of Ash by Tasha Suri
The Sky Weaver by Kristen Ciccarelli
The Queen Of Nothing by Holly Black
Starsight by Brandon Sanderson

Other November Releases That I’m Looking Forward To:

Sisters Of Shadow And Light by Sara B. Larson
Songs From The Deep by Kelly Powell
A Constellation Of Roses by Miranda Asebedo
Your Perfect Year by Charlotte Lucas
Poppy Redfern And The Midnight Murders by Tessa Arlen
Across A Broken Shore by Amy Trueblood
A Thousand Fires by Shannon Price
The How & The Why by Cynthia Hand
Every Stolen Breath by Kimberly Gabriel
Unnatural Magic by C.M. Waggoner
Crown Of Oblivion by Julie Eshbaugh
Coral by Sara Ella
Not The Girl You Marry by Andie J. Christopher
Day Zero by Kelly deVos
Now Entering Addamsville by Francesca Zappia
Eight Will Fall by Sarah Harian

As I said above Queen Of Nothing is the sequel that I’m most excited about and I can not wait to read it!!! Unfortunately that is the only series mentioned here that I’ve started so far. I do plan to read GOPAF soon though and, as I keep hearing about Scythe everywhere, hopefully I can get that series read fairly soon. I’d also love to start Julie C. Dao’s series too and… Well most of them tbh.

What are your most anticipated November releases? Have you read any of them yet; if so which would you most recommend? Let me know and, of course, I hope you all enjoy your reading.

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My Most Anticipated October Releases

This month I’m back with another top ten rather than the usual five but how could I limit myself in such a way when there are so many fantastic sounding book releases coming out this month? Next month I’m back to my usual top 5 though, and December will hopefully be the same… if I can find that many releases out that month. I’ve actually already read the first book listed here (you can find my review for it here), am already set on buying another of these and have another five on order at my local library. So basically this month I may actually get most of this top ten read (fingers crossed, anyway). Now onto the important stuff:

The Good Luck Girls by Charlotte Nicole Davis

Aster, the protector
Violet, the favorite
Tansy, the medic
Mallow, the fighter
Clementine, the catalyst


The country of Arketta calls them Good Luck Girls–they know their luck is anything but. Sold to a “welcome house” as children and branded with cursed markings. Trapped in a life they would never have chosen.

When Clementine accidentally murders a man, the girls risk a dangerous escape and harrowing journey to find freedom, justice, and revenge in a country that wants them to have none of those things. Pursued by Arketta’s most vicious and powerful forces, both human and inhuman, their only hope lies in a bedtime story passed from one Good Luck Girl to another, a story that only the youngest or most desperate would ever believe.

It’s going to take more than luck for them all to survive.

Angel Mage by Garth Nix

More than a century has passed since Liliath crept into the empty sarcophagus of Saint Marguerite, fleeing the Fall of Ystara. But she emerges from her magical sleep still beautiful, looking no more than nineteen, and once again renews her single-minded quest to be united with her lover, Palleniel, the archangel of Ystara.

A seemingly impossible quest, but Liliath is one of the greatest practitioners of angelic magic to have ever lived, summoning angels and forcing them to do her bidding.

Liliath knew that most of the inhabitants of Ystara died from the Ash Blood plague or were transformed into beastlings, and she herself led the survivors who fled into neighboring Sarance. Now she learns that angels shun the Ystaran’s descendants. If they are touched by angelic magic, their blood will turn to ash. They are known as Refusers, and can only live the most lowly lives.

But Liliath cares nothing for the descendants of her people, save how they can serve her. It is four young Sarancians who hold her interest: Simeon, a studious doctor-in-training; Henri, a dedicated fortune hunter; Agnez, an adventurous musketeer cadet; and Dorotea, an icon-maker and scholar of angelic magic. They are the key to her quest.

The four feel a strange kinship from the moment they meet, but do not know why, or suspect their importance. All become pawns in Liliath’s grand scheme to fulfill her destiny and be united with the love of her life. No matter the cost to everyone else. . . 

The Beautiful by Renee Ahdieh

In 1872, New Orleans is a city ruled by the dead. But to seventeen-year-old Celine Rousseau, New Orleans provides her a refuge after she’s forced to flee her life as a dressmaker in Paris. Taken in by the sisters of the Ursuline convent along with six other girls, Celine quickly becomes enamored with the vibrant city from the music to the food to the soirées and—especially—to the danger. She soon becomes embroiled in the city’s glitzy underworld, known as La Cour des Lions, after catching the eye of the group’s leader, the enigmatic Sébastien Saint Germain. When the body of one of the girls from the convent is found in the lair of La Cour des Lions, Celine battles her attraction to him and suspicions about Sébastien’s guilt along with the shame of her own horrible secret.

When more bodies are discovered, each crime more gruesome than the last, Celine and New Orleans become gripped by the terror of a serial killer on the loose—one Celine is sure has set her in his sights . . . and who may even be the young man who has stolen her heart. As the murders continue to go unsolved, Celine takes matters into her own hands and soon uncovers something even more shocking: an age-old feud from the darkest creatures of the underworld reveals a truth about Celine she always suspected simmered just beneath the surface.

Ninth House by Leigh Bardugo

Galaxy “Alex” Stern is the most unlikely member of Yale’s freshman class. Raised in the Los Angeles hinterlands by a hippie mom, Alex dropped out of school early and into a world of shady drug dealer boyfriends, dead-end jobs, and much, much worse. By age twenty, in fact, she is the sole survivor of a horrific, unsolved multiple homicide. Some might say she’s thrown her life away. But at her hospital bed, Alex is offered a second chance: to attend one of the world’s most elite universities on a full ride. What’s the catch, and why her?

Still searching for answers to this herself, Alex arrives in New Haven tasked by her mysterious benefactors with monitoring the activities of Yale’s secret societies. These eight windowless “tombs” are well-known to be haunts of the future rich and powerful, from high-ranking politicos to Wall Street and Hollywood’s biggest players. But their occult activities are revealed to be more sinister and more extraordinary than any paranoid imagination might conceive. 

Into The Crooked Place by Alexandra Christo

The streets of Creije are for the deadly and the dreamers, and four crooks in particular know just how much magic they need up their sleeve to survive.

Tavia, a busker ready to pack up her dark-magic wares and turn her back on Creije for good. She’ll do anything to put her crimes behind her.

Wesley, the closest thing Creije has to a gangster. After growing up on streets hungry enough to swallow the weak whole, he won’t stop until he has brought the entire realm to kneel before him.

Karam, a warrior who spends her days watching over the city’s worst criminals and her nights in the fighting rings, making a deadly name for herself.

And Saxony, a resistance fighter hiding from the very people who destroyed her family, and willing to do whatever it takes to get her revenge.

Everything in their lives is going to plan, until Tavia makes a crucial mistake: she delivers a vial of dark magic—a weapon she didn’t know she had—to someone she cares about, sparking the greatest conflict in decades. Now these four magical outsiders must come together to save their home and the world, before it’s too late. But with enemies at all sides, they can trust nobody. Least of all each other.

The Grace Year by Kim Liggett

Survive the year.

No one speaks of the grace year. It’s forbidden.

In Garner County, girls are told they have the power to lure grown men from their beds, to drive women mad with jealousy. They believe their very skin emits a powerful aphrodisiac, the potent essence of youth, of a girl on the edge of womanhood. That’s why they’re banished for their sixteenth year, to release their magic into the wild so they can return purified and ready for marriage. But not all of them will make it home alive.

Sixteen-year-old Tierney James dreams of a better life—a society that doesn’t pit friend against friend or woman against woman, but as her own grace year draws near, she quickly realizes that it’s not just the brutal elements they must fear. It’s not even the poachers in the woods, men who are waiting for a chance to grab one of the girls in order to make a fortune on the black market. Their greatest threat may very well be each other.

The Never Tilting World by Rin Chupeco

Generations of twin goddesses have long ruled Aeon. But seventeen years ago, one sister’s betrayal defied an ancient prophecy and split their world in two. The planet ceased to spin, and a Great Abyss now divides two realms: one cloaked in perpetual night, the other scorched by an unrelenting sun. 

While one sister rules Aranth—a frozen city surrounded by a storm-wracked sea —her twin inhabits the sand-locked Golden City. Each goddess has raised a daughter, and each keeps her own secrets about her sister’s betrayal. 

But when shadowy forces begin to call their daughters, Odessa and Haidee, back to the site of the Breaking, the two young goddesses —along with a powerful healer from Aranth, and a mouthy desert scavenger —set out on separate journeys across treacherous wastelands, desperate to heal their broken world. No matter the sacrifice it demands. 

Fireborne by Rosaria Munda

Annie and Lee were just children when a brutal revolution changed their world, giving everyone—even the lowborn—a chance to test into the governing class of dragonriders.

Now they are both rising stars in the new regime, despite backgrounds that couldn’t be more different. Annie’s lowborn family was executed by dragonfire, while Lee’s aristocratic family was murdered by revolutionaries. Growing up in the same orphanage forged their friendship, and seven years of training have made them rivals for the top position in the dragonriding fleet.

But everything changes when survivors from the old regime surface, bent on reclaiming the city.

With war on the horizon and his relationship with Annie changing fast, Lee must choose to kill the only family he has left or to betray everything he’s come to believe in. And Annie must decide whether to protect the boy she loves . . . or step up to be the champion her city needs.

Gravemaidens by Kelly Coon

In the walled city-state of Alu, Kammani wants nothing more than to become the accomplished healer her father used to be before her family was cast out of their privileged life in shame. 

When Alu’s ruler falls deathly ill, Kammani’s beautiful little sister, Nanaea, is chosen as one of three sacred maidens to join him in the afterlife. It’s an honor. A tradition. And Nanaea believes it is her chance to live an even grander life than the one that was stolen from her. 

But Kammani sees the selection for what it really is—a death sentence.

Desperate to save her sister, Kammani schemes her way into the palace to heal the ruler. There she discovers more danger lurking in the sand-stone corridors than she could have ever imagined and that her own life—and heart—are at stake. But Kammani will stop at nothing to dig up the palace’s buried secrets even if it means sacrificing everything…including herself.

A River of Royal Blood by Amanda Joy

Sixteen-year-old Eva is a princess, born with the magick of marrow and blood–a dark and terrible magick that hasn’t been seen for generations in the vibrant but fractured country of Myre. Its last known practitioner was Queen Raina, who toppled the native khimaer royalty and massacred thousands, including her own sister, eight generations ago, thus beginning the Rival Heir tradition. Living in Raina’s long and dark shadow, Eva must now face her older sister, Isa, in a battle to the death if she hopes to ascend to the Ivory Throne–because in the Queendom of Myre only the strongest, most ruthless rulers survive.

When Eva is attacked by an assassin just weeks before the battle with her sister, she discovers there is more to the attempt on her life than meets the eye–and it isn’t just her sister who wants to see her dead. As tensions escalate, Eva is forced to turn to a fey instructor of mythic proportions and a mysterious and handsome khimaer prince for help in growing her magick into something to fear. Because despite the love she still has for her sister, Eva will have to choose: Isa’s death or her own.

October Sequels

The Sinister Mystery Of The Mesmerizing Girl by Theodora Goss
Rebel by Marie Lu
Cilka’s Journey by Heather Morris
The Secret Commonwealth by Philip Pullman
A Kingdom For A Stage by Heidi Heilig
Crownbreaker by Sebastien de Castell
Christmas Shopaholic by Sophie Kinsella
The Name Of All Things by Jenn Lyons

Other October Releases That I’m Looking Forward To:

Crier’s War by Nina Varela
Hex Life: Wicked New Tales Of Witchery by Various Authors
Imaginary Friend by Stephen Chbosky
The Fountains Of Silence by Ruta Sepetys
Words On Fire by Jennifer A. Nielsen
Shadow Frost by Coco Ma
Cupid Match by Lauren Palphreyman
The Memory Thief by Lauren Mansy
Marrow Charm by Kristin Jacques
Glow Of The Fireflies by Lindsey Duga
Untitled by Paula Hawkins
^^ (I have no idea if this is still actually out as it’s still ‘Untitled’ yet listed on more than just Goodreads?) ^^
The World That We Knew by Alice Hoffman
The Giver Of Stars by JoJo Moyes
Scars Like Wings by Erin Stewart
Heart of The Moors by Holly Black
Evermore Academy: Winter by Audrey Grey
Tarnished Are The Stars by Rosiee Thor
The Dragon Warrior by Katie Zhao
War Girls by Tochi Onyebuchi
Our Wayward Fate by Gloria Chao
Rose Coffin by M. P. Kozlowsky
I Hope You Get This Message by Farah Naz Rishi
The House Of Brides by Jane Cockram
Twice In A Blue Moon by Christina Lauren
The Mermaid And The Bear by Ailish Sinclair
Supernova Era by Cixin Liu
Beyond The Black Door by A.M. Strickland
Light At The Bottom Of The World by London Shah
Black Canary Ignite by Meg Cabot

Once again I have some series catch up to do if I want to be able to get on and read this month’s sequels. I have read half of the Spellslinger series but ideally I’d like to re-read and refresh my memory before finishing the series off. I also want to re-read His Dark Materials before finally picking up The Book Of Dust.

Originally Poison For Breakfast by Lemony Snicket was on here but I’m not convinced that it’s out in October any longer. Does anybody know? I doubt I’ll get much from this second section read – I have so many books on my TBR right now – but at the very least I plan to pick up Hex Life (:

What are your most anticipated October releases? Have you read any of them yet; if so which would you most recommend? Let me know and, of course, I hope you all enjoy your reading.

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My Most Anticipated September Releases

So it’s September and I’ve got to say that this is one of the months that I’ve been anticipating most strongly this year. Firstly, and most obviously, because it’s my birthday month but also because there seem to be one hell of a lot of my most anticipated releases out this month. The timing of these releases couldn’t be better… although it has led to me cheating slightly with this list. Instead of the usual top five I’m doing a top ten for this (and next) month as there are just too many fantastic options to pick from. In November I’ll return to my usual top five however.

I also said that I’d give a rough guide as to which posts are coming as I catch up and, also, work on some new content too. So on the catch up side of things I have:

♥ Four tags (Spring Cleaning, Summer Bucket List, Blogging Firsts & 20 Questions)
♡ A summer reading (yes, incredibly late I know) literacy list.
♥ A series of posts on upcoming books to movies that I drafted but never got around to posting.
♡ This month’s list which is ready and not technically late yet.
♥ And, of course, several book reviews too.

I also have several plans for the future; some near, some far. These include a once a month post about some of the places that I’d most like to visit, a series of posts about fairytale retellings that I have been wanting to do since I fell in love with the new Aladdin film (this will come once I’ve had a chance to read a few of the retellings that I’m most desperate to but it will happen eventually) and (most likely) a post about my recent visit to Highclere Castle (the setting of Downton Abbey!) combined with details of the wonderful day out that has been planned for my birthday.

One day I also hope to have a Harry Potter month on my blog where I do a series of related posts and publish my reviews on here too. Originally I hoped to do this in October (with the Halloween feasts and involvement of magic Harry Potter screams October to me) but instead, as I want to do this whilst re-reading the series and I have so many other books that I long to read, I think maybe this will end up happening in January? At the moment that’s the plan anyway; there’s just something really appealing about bringing in the new year with a beloved favourite for me.

Anyway now that, that long – sorry – introduction is out of the way onto this months top ten:

Serpent & Dove by Shelby Mahurin

Bound as one to love, honor, or burn.

Two years ago, Louise le Blanc fled her coven and took shelter in the city of Cesarine, forsaking all magic and living off whatever she could steal. There, witches like Lou are hunted. They are feared. And they are burned.

Sworn to the Church as a Chasseur, Reid Diggory has lived his life by one principle: thou shalt not suffer a witch to live. His path was never meant to cross with Lou’s, but a wicked stunt forces them into an impossible union—holy matrimony.

The war between witches and Church is an ancient one, and Lou’s most dangerous enemies bring a fate worse than fire. Unable to ignore her growing feelings, yet powerless to change what she is, a choice must be made.

And love makes fools of us all.

Kingdom Of Souls by Rena Barron

Magic has a price—if you’re willing to pay.

Born into a family of powerful witchdoctors, Arrah yearns for magic of her own. But each year she fails to call forth her ancestral powers, while her ambitious mother watches with growing disapproval.

There’s only one thing Arrah hasn’t tried, a deadly last resort: trading years of her own life for scraps of magic. Until the Kingdom’s children begin to disappear, and Arrah is desperate to find the culprit.

She uncovers something worse. The long-imprisoned Demon King is stirring. And if he rises, his hunger for souls will bring the world to its knees… unless Arrah pays the price for the magic to stop him.

Caster by Elsie Chapman

If the magic doesn’t kill her, the truth just might.

Aza Wu knows that real magic is dangerous and illegal. After all, casting killed her sister, Shire. As with all magic, everything comes at a price. For Aza, it feels like everything in her life has some kind of cost attached to it. Her sister had been casting for money to pay off Saint Willow, the gang leader that oversees her sector of Lotusland. If you want to operate a business there, you have to pay your tribute. And now with Shire dead, Aza must step in to save the legacy of Wu Teas, the teahouse that has been in her family for centuries.

When Aza comes across a secret invitation, she decides she doesn’t have much else to lose. She quickly realizes that she’s entered herself into an underground casting tournament, and the stakes couldn’t be higher. Real magic, real consequences. As she competes, Aza fights for her life against some very strong and devious competitors.

When the facts about Shire’s death don’t add up, the police start to investigate. When the tributes to Saint Willow aren’t paid, the gang comes to collect. When Aza is caught sneaking around with fresh casting wounds, her parents are alarmed. As Aza’s dangerous web of lies continues to grow, she is caught between trying to find a way out and trapping herself permanently. 

The Lady Rogue by Jenn Bennett

Some legends never die…

Traveling with her treasure-hunting father has always been a dream for Theodora. She’s read every book in his library, has an impressive knowledge of the world’s most sought-after relics, and has all the ambition in the world. What she doesn’t have is her father’s permission. That honor goes to her father’s nineteen-year-old protégé—and once-upon-a-time love of Theodora’s life—Huck Gallagher, while Theodora is left to sit alone in her hotel in Istanbul.

Until Huck arrives from an expedition without her father and enlists Theodora’s help in rescuing him. Armed with her father’s travel journal, the reluctant duo learns that her father had been digging up information on a legendary and magical ring that once belonged to Vlad the Impaler—more widely known as Dracula—and that it just might be the key to finding him.

Journeying into Romania, Theodora and Huck embark on a captivating adventure through Gothic villages and dark castles in the misty Carpathian Mountains to recover the notorious ring. But they aren’t the only ones who are searching for it. A secretive and dangerous occult society with a powerful link to Vlad the Impaler himself is hunting for it, too. And they will go to any lengths—including murder—to possess it.

There Will Come A Darkness by Katy Rose Pool

The Age of Darkness approaches.
Five lives stand in its way.
Who will stop it… or unleash it? 

For generations, the Seven Prophets guided humanity. Using their visions of the future, they ended wars and united nations―until the day, one hundred years ago, when the Prophets disappeared.

All they left behind was one final, secret prophecy, foretelling an Age of Darkness and the birth of a new Prophet who could be the world’s salvation . . . or the cause of its destruction. As chaos takes hold, five souls are set on a collision course:

A prince exiled from his kingdom.
A ruthless killer known as the Pale Hand.
A once-faithful leader torn between his duty and his heart. 
A reckless gambler with the power to find anything or anyone.
And a dying girl on the verge of giving up.

One of them―or all of them―could break the world. Will they be savior or destroyer?

American Royals by Katharine McGee

Two princesses vying for the ultimate crown. 
Two girls vying for the prince’s heart. 
This is the story of the American royals.

When America won the Revolutionary War, its people offered General George Washington a crown. Two and a half centuries later, the House of Washington still sits on the throne. Like most royal families, the Washingtons have an heir and a spare. A future monarch and a backup battery. Each child knows exactly what is expected of them. But these aren’t just any royals. They’re American. And their country was born of rebellion.

As Princess Beatrice gets closer to becoming America’s first queen regnant, the duty she has embraced her entire life suddenly feels stifling. Nobody cares about the spare except when she’s breaking the rules, so Princess Samantha doesn’t care much about anything, either . . . except the one boy who is distinctly off-limits to her. And then there’s Samantha’s twin, Prince Jefferson. If he’d been born a generation earlier, he would have stood first in line for the throne, but the new laws of succession make him third. Most of America adores their devastatingly handsome prince . . . but two very different girls are vying to capture his heart.

Gideon The Ninth by Tamsyn Muir

The Emperor needs necromancers.
The Ninth Necromancer needs a swordswoman.
Gideon has a sword, some dirty magazines, and no more time for undead bullshit.

Brought up by unfriendly, ossifying nuns, ancient retainers, and countless skeletons, Gideon is ready to abandon a life of servitude and an afterlife as a reanimated corpse. She packs up her sword, her shoes, and her dirty magazines, and prepares to launch her daring escape. But her childhood nemesis won’t set her free without a service.

Harrowhark Nonagesimus, Reverend Daughter of the Ninth House and bone witch extraordinaire, has been summoned into action. The Emperor has invited the heirs to each of his loyal Houses to a deadly trial of wits and skill. If Harrowhark succeeds she will be become an immortal, all-powerful servant of the Resurrection, but no necromancer can ascend without their cavalier. Without Gideon’s sword, Harrow will fail, and the Ninth House will die.

Of course, some things are better left dead.

Stormrise by Jillian Boehme

If Rain weren’t a girl, she would be respected as a Neshu combat master. Instead, her gender dooms her to a colorless future. When an army of nomads invades her kingdom, and a draft forces every household to send one man to fight, Rain takes her chance to seize the life she wants.

Knowing she’ll be killed if she’s discovered, Rain purchases powder made from dragon magic that enables her to disguise herself as a boy. Then she hurries to the war camps, where she excels in her training—and wrestles with the voice that has taken shape inside her head. The voice of a dragon she never truly believed existed.

As war looms and Rain is enlisted into an elite, secret unit tasked with rescuing the High King, she begins to realize this dragon tincture may hold the key to her kingdom’s victory. For the dragons that once guarded her land have slumbered for centuries . . . and someone must awaken them to fight once more.

Bone China by Laura Purcell

Consumption has ravaged Louise Pinecroft’s family, leaving her and her father alone and heartbroken. But Dr Pinecroft has plans for a revolutionary experiment: convinced that sea air will prove to be the cure his wife and children needed, he arranges to house a group of prisoners suffering from the same disease in the cliffs beneath his new Cornish home. While he devotes himself to his controversial medical trials, Louise finds herself increasingly discomfited by the strange tales her new maid tells of the fairies that hunt the land, searching for those they can steal away to their realm.

Forty years later, Hester Why arrives at Morvoren House to take up a position as nurse to the now partially paralysed and almost entirely mute Miss Pinecroft. Hester has fled to Cornwall to try and escape her past, but surrounded by superstitious staff enacting bizarre rituals, she soon discovers that her new home may be just as dangerous as her last.

The Tenth Girl by Sara Faring

At the very southern tip of South America looms an isolated finishing school. Legend has it that the land will curse those who settle there. But for Mavi—a bold Buenos Aires native fleeing the military regime that took her mother—it offers an escape to a new life as a young teacher to Argentina’s elite girls.

Mavi tries to embrace the strangeness of the imposing house—despite warnings not to roam at night, threats from an enigmatic young man, and rumors of mysterious Others. But one of Mavi’s ten students is missing, and when students and teachers alike begin to behave as if possessed, the forces haunting this unholy cliff will no longer be ignored.

One of these spirits holds a secret that could unravel Mavi’s existence. In order to survive she must solve a cosmic mystery—and then fight for her life.

September Sequels:

The World Of Throne Of Glass by Sarah J. Maas
Only Ashes Remain by Rebecca Schaeffer
The Girl The Sea Gave Back by Adrienne Young
Eclipse The Skies by Maura Milan
Darkdawn by Jay Kristoff
Shatter City by Scott Westerfeld
Capturing The Devil by Kerri Maniscalco
When She Reigns by Jodi Meadows
The Testaments by Margaret Atwood
Steel Tide by Natalie C. Parker
Five Dark Fates by Kendare Blake
Sword And Pen by Rachel Caine
Bid My Soul Farewell by Beth Revis
A Dream So Dark by L.L. McKinney
Wayward Son by Rainbow Rowell
The Tyrant’s Tomb by Rick Riordan

Other September Releases That I’m Looking Forward To:

The Third Mrs. Durst by Ann Aguirre
Rated by Melissa Grey
Loki: Where Mischief Lies by Mackenzi Lee
Tiger Queen by Annie Sullivan
The Magnolia Sword by Sherry Thomas
A Treason Of Thorns by Laura E. Weymouth
The Institute by Stephen King
The Ten Thousand Doors Of January by Alix E. Harrow
Unspoken by Celia McMahon
What Happened That Night by  Deanna Cameron
His Hideous Heart by Various Authors
The Deathless Girls by Kiran Millwood Hargrave
The Babysitters Coven by Kate Williams
No Judgments by Meg Cabot
The Infinite Noise by Lauren Shippen
The Bone Houses by Emily Lloyd-Jones
Anya And The Dragon by Sofiya Pasternack
Verify by Joelle Charbonneau

As I said above there’s definitely a lot of books out this month! I honestly have no idea how I’ll ever find the time to read even a fraction of them but I love having these posts for future reference. Terribly I still have to start all of the above series except from one… BUT I am planning to treat myself to Stalking Jack The Ripper so I’ll hopefully start catching up on that series soon, I recently found a wonderful secondhand copy of Give The Dark My Love so that’s high on my TBR right now plus I’m determined to re-read and finish Throne Of Glass soon so I guess I’ll just have to wait and see how things go.

Just as a final note The Girl The Sea Gave Back is a companion novel, not a sequel, but I’ve listed it as such as I’d imagine it’s best to read the other book first?

What are your most anticipated September releases? Have you read any of them yet; if so which would you most recommend? Let me know and, of course, I hope you all enjoy your reading.

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My Most Anticipated August Releases

Firstly sorry that this post is so late – I took a much longer break from blogging than I originally expected to. As a result I’m going to be posting both August’s and September’s Anticipated Releases posts today but I’ll try to space the others out and catch up with them a little more gradually. I’ll also include a rough idea of exactly what these catch up includes within the September post in a moment.

August’s list struck me as a little unusual at first. There were still plenty of books that I was desperate to read on it – House Of Salt And Sorrows in particular – but it was actually the first time that thrillers had made it into my top five. I thoroughly enjoy reading thrillers so this isn’t exactly unexpected; it’s just slightly surprising as in previous months I’ve always had YA books that I’ve been waiting for most desperately. This list also seems to have more Middle Grade books than usual but anyway let’s just get on with this list now:

House Of Salt And Sorrows by Erin A. Craig

In a manor by the sea, twelve sisters are cursed.

Annaleigh lives a sheltered life at Highmoor, a manor by the sea, with her sisters, their father, and stepmother. Once they were twelve, but loneliness fills the grand halls now that four of the girls’ lives have been cut short. Each death was more tragic than the last—the plague, a plummeting fall, a drowning, a slippery plunge—and there are whispers throughout the surrounding villages that the family is cursed by the gods.

Disturbed by a series of ghostly visions, Annaleigh becomes increasingly suspicious that the deaths were no accidents. Her sisters have been sneaking out every night to attend glittering balls, dancing until dawn in silk gowns and shimmering slippers, and Annaleigh isn’t sure whether to try to stop them or to join their forbidden trysts. Because who—or what—are they really dancing with?

When Annaleigh’s involvement with a mysterious stranger who has secrets of his own intensifies, it’s a race to unravel the darkness that has fallen over her family—before it claims her next.

Remember Me by Chelsea Bobulski

Nell Martin is moving again, this time to the Winslow Grand Hotel, built in 1878. As Nell is settling in, strange things begin to happen. Doors lock of their own accord, writing appears on bathroom walls–and most horrifying of all–visions of a dead boy permeate her waking life. Thinking it was her mind playing tricks on her, she soon finds the past and the present colliding as she learns horrific details of a murder that happened at the hotel in 1905 involving a girl named Lea.

Nell and a mysterious bellboy must relive that day in hopes of finally breaking a curse that imprisons them both. And Nell discovers what truly links her to the history of the Winslow Grand Hotel.

The Perfect Wife by JP Delaney

Abbie awakens in a daze with no memory of who she is or how she landed in this unsettling condition. The man by her side claims to be her husband. He’s a titan of the tech world, the founder of one of Silicon Valley’s most innovative start-ups. He tells Abbie that she is a gifted artist, an avid surfer, a loving mother to their young son, and the perfect wife. He says she had a terrible accident five years ago and that, through a huge technological breakthrough, she has been brought back from the abyss.

She is a miracle of science.

But as Abbie pieces together memories of her marriage, she begins questioning her husband’s motives–and his version of events. Can she trust him when he says he wants them to be together forever? And what really happened to Abbie half a decade ago

Beware the man who calls you . . .

A Dress For The Wicked by Autumn Krause

Nothing much happens in the sleepy town of Shy in Avon-upon-Kynt. And for eighteen years, Emmaline Watkins has feared that her future held just that: nothing.

But when the head of the most admired fashion house in the country opens her prestigious design competition to girls from outside the stylish capital city, Emmy’s dreams seem closer than they ever have before.

As the first “country girl” to compete, Emmy knows she’ll encounter extra hurdles on her way to the top. But as she navigates the twisted world of high fashion she starts to wonder: will she be able to tailor herself to fit into this dark, corrupted race? And at what cost?

The Turn Of The Key by Ruth Ware

When she stumbles across the ad, she’s looking for something else completely. But it seems like too good an opportunity to miss—a live-in nannying post, with a staggeringly generous salary. And when Rowan Caine arrives at Heatherbrae House, she is smitten—by the luxurious “smart” home fitted out with all modern conveniences, by the beautiful Scottish Highlands, and by this picture-perfect family.

What she doesn’t know is that she’s stepping into a nightmare—one that will end with a child dead and herself in prison awaiting trial for murder.

Writing to her lawyer from prison, she struggles to explain the unravelling events that led to her incarceration. It wasn’t just the constant surveillance from the cameras installed around the house, or the malfunctioning technology that woke the household with booming music, or turned the lights off at the worst possible time. It wasn’t just the girls, who turned out to be a far cry from the immaculately behaved model children she met at her interview. It wasn’t even the way she was left alone for weeks at a time, with no adults around apart from the enigmatic handyman, Jack Grant.

It was everything.

She knows she’s made mistakes. She admits that she lied to obtain the post, and that her behavior toward the children wasn’t always ideal. She’s not innocent, by any means. But, she maintains, she’s not guilty—at least not of murder. Which means someone else is.

August Sequels:

The Demon World by Sally Green
Vow of Thieves by Mary Pearson
Containment by Caryn Lix
Sea Witch Rising by Sarah Henning
The Dragon Republic by R. F. Kuang
D.O.G.S by M.A. Bennett
Crossfire by Malorie Blackman
Curse Breaker by Audrey Grey
Of Ice And Shadows by Audrey Coulthurst
Midnight Beauties by Megan Shepherd
These Divided Shores by Sara Raasch
Rage by Cora Carmack
Wild Savage Stars by Kristina Pérez 
From The Grave by Kresley Cole

Other August Releases That I’m Looking Forward To:

All The Bad Apples by Moïra Fowley-Doyle
Ever Alice by H. J. Ramsay
Hello Girls by Brittany Cavallaro & Emily Henry
The Birthday Girl by Melissa de la Cruz
Here There Are Monsters by Amelinda Bérubé 
The Bone Garden by Heather Kassner
The Gossamer Mage by Julie E. Czerneda
Beasts Of The Frozen Sun by Jill Criswell
Keeping Lucy by T. Greenwood
The Downstairs Girl by Stacey Lee
Color Me In by Natasha Diaz
Crown Of Sunlight by Payton Taylor
The First Girl Child by Amy Harmon
Crown Of Coral And Pearl by Mara Rutherford
Spinner Of Dreams by K. A. Reynolds

So once again there are a hell of a lot of sequels out this month. Yet, unsuprisingly, I still need to read most of the previous installments in those series too. A lot of these are incredibly high priority on my TBR though so hopefully I’ll get to them soon. Fingers crossed. I’m determined that by the end of the year I’ll have caught up considerably on previous installments of the series that I’m excited for.

What are were (as this is now a month late) your most anticipated August releases? Have you read any of them yet; if so which would you most recommend? Let me know in the comments, I’d love to hear from you.

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My Most Anticipated July Releases:

Hello and welcome to another ‘Most Anticipated Releases’. This month I ended up debating which five books were going to end up in my top five, struggling to pick between Season Of The Witch and Lock Every Door. I’ve yet to read a book by Riley Sager and the blurb for his latest book really captured my attention. Sometimes books based off of shows aren’t that amazing but I remember reading – and enjoying – The Demon’s Lexicon series in the past (another series that is due a re-read soon). In the end what decided it for me was remembering how excited I’d been when I first discovered that there was a Sabrina book out this year. Hopefully it lives up to my expectations. As a random side note I’d personally love another spin off book based around The Mandrake episode.

Season Of The Witch by Sarah Rees Brennan

It’s the summer before her sixteenth birthday, and Sabrina Spellman knows her world is about to change. She’s always studied magic and spells with her aunts, Hilda and Zelda. But she’s also lived a normal mortal life — attending Baxter High, hanging out with her friends Susie and Roz, and going to the movies with her boyfriend, Harvey Kinkle.

Now time is running out on her every day, normal world, and leaving behind Roz and Susie and Harvey is a lot harder than she thought it would be. Especially because Sabrina isn’t sure how Harvey feels about her. Her cousin Ambrose suggests performing a spell to discover Harvey’s true feelings. But when a mysterious wood spirit interferes, the spell backfires… in a big way.

Sabrina has always been attracted to the power of being a witch. But now she can’t help wondering if that power is leading her down the wrong path. Will she choose to forsake the path of light and follow the path of night?

Spin The Dawn by Elizabeth Lim

Maia Tamarin dreams of becoming the greatest tailor in the land, but as a girl, the best she can hope for is to marry well. When a royal messenger summons her ailing father, once a tailor of renown, to court, Maia poses as a boy and takes his place. She knows her life is forfeit if her secret is discovered, but she’ll take that risk to achieve her dream and save her family from ruin. There’s just one catch: Maia is one of twelve tailors vying for the job.

Backstabbing and lies run rampant as the tailors compete in challenges to prove their artistry and skill. Maia’s task is further complicated when she draws the attention of the court magician, Edan, whose piercing eyes seem to see straight through her disguise.

And nothing could have prepared her for the final challenge: to sew three magic gowns for the emperor’s reluctant bride-to-be, from the laughter of the sun, the tears of the moon, and the blood of stars. With this impossible task before her, she embarks on a journey to the far reaches of the kingdom, seeking the sun, the moon, and the stars, and finding more than she ever could have imagined.

The Storm Crow by Kalyn Josephson

In the tropical kingdom of Rhodaire, magical, elemental Crows are part of every aspect of life…until the Illucian empire invades, destroying everything.

That terrible night has thrown Princess Anthia into a deep depression. Her sister Caliza is busy running the kingdom after their mother’s death, but all Thia can do is think of all she has lost.

But when Caliza is forced to agree to a marriage between Thia and the crown prince of Illucia, Thia is finally spurred into action. And after stumbling upon a hidden Crow egg in the rubble of a rookery, she and her sister devise a dangerous plan to hatch the egg in secret and get back what was taken from them.

Wilder Girls by Rory Power

It’s been eighteen months since the Raxter School for Girls was put under quarantine. Since the Tox hit and pulled Hetty’s life out from under her.

It started slow. First the teachers died one by one. Then it began to infect the students, turning their bodies strange and foreign. Now, cut off from the rest of the world and left to fend for themselves on their island home, the girls don’t dare wander outside the school’s fence, where the Tox has made the woods wild and dangerous. They wait for the cure they were promised as the Tox seeps into everything.

But when Byatt goes missing, Hetty will do anything to find her, even if it means breaking quarantine and braving the horrors that lie beyond the fence. And when she does, Hetty learns that there’s more to their story, to their life at Raxter, than she could have ever thought true.

The Merciful Crow by Margaret Owen

A future chieftain

Fie abides by one rule: look after your own. Her Crow caste of undertakers and mercy-killers takes more abuse than coin, but when they’re called to collect royal dead, she’s hoping they’ll find the payout of a lifetime.

A fugitive prince

When Crown Prince Jasimir turns out to have faked his death, Fie’s ready to cut her losses—and perhaps his throat. But he offers a wager that she can’t refuse: protect him from a ruthless queen, and he’ll protect the Crows when he reigns.

A too-cunning bodyguard

Hawk warrior Tavin has always put Jas’s life before his, magically assuming the prince’s appearance and shadowing his every step. But what happens when Tavin begins to want something to call his own?

July Sequels:

Protect The Prince by Jennifer Estep
Immunity by Erin Bowman
The Traitor’s Kingdom by Erin Beaty
Queen Of Ruin by Tracy Banghart
Soul Of Stars by Ashley Poston
Dark Age by Pierce Brown

Other July Releases That I’m Looking Forward To:

Dragonslayer by Duncan M. Hamilton
Girls Like Us by Cristina Alger
Maybe This Time by Kasie West
Salvation Day by Kali Wallace
The Golden Hour by Beatriz Williams
The Lightest Object In The Universe by Kimi Eisele
Sophia, Princess Among Beasts by James Patterson & Emily Raymond
A Stranger On The Beach by Michele Campbell
Before I Disappear by Danielle Stinson
Lock Every Door by Riley Sager
Never Have I Ever by Joshilyn Jackson
The Arrangement by Robyn Harding
Shatter The Sky by Rebecca Kim Wells
The Book Charmer by Karen Hawkins

The Kingdom by Jess Rothenberg

The Kingdom is listed separately as I managed to miss it off the original list (I think I overlooked it as it’s UK release date is different from its Goodreads one),

So this is another month where I’ve spectacularly failed sequel wise. I need to read all of the previous books in these series! But I desperately want to get on with three of them and one of them I honestly should have read the original series to years ago.

I’m particularly excited for Salvation Day! And still really need to read a Kasie West book sometime; they all sound amazing. How have I not picked up anything by her yet?

What are your most anticipated July releases? Have you read any of them yet; if so which would you most recommend?

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My Most Anticipated June Releases:

Hello and welcome to my third ‘Most Anticipated Releases’ feature which is actually being posted on time now that I’ve finally got this blog up and running (I just have a few Vampire Academy reviews to post sometime).  It’s another month with a lot of exciting new books coming out. Once again Blood Heir should have been in this month’s top five but from recent updates I’ve seen that it’s been moved to November now. I’m really looking forward to all of the books in my top five so hopefully this month I’ll get a couple of them done. At the very least I’m hoping to get a Sorcery Of Thorns read as I gave into temptation and pre-ordered a copy of it.

Sorcery Of Thorns by Margaret Rogerson

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.

Magic For Liars by Sarah Gailey

Ivy Gamble has never wanted to be magic. She is perfectly happy with her life—she has an almost-sustainable career as a private investigator, and an empty apartment, and a slight drinking problem. It’s a great life and she doesn’t wish she was like her estranged sister, the magically gifted professor Tabitha.

But when Ivy is hired to investigate the gruesome murder of a faculty member at Tabitha’s private academy, the stalwart detective starts to lose herself in the case, the life she could have had, and the answer to the mystery that seems just out of her reach.

The Rest Of The Story by Sarah Dessen

Emma Saylor doesn’t remember a lot about her mother, who died when she was ten. But she does remember the stories her mom told her about the big lake that went on forever, with cold, clear water and mossy trees at the edges.

Now it’s just Emma and her dad, and life is good, if a little predictable…until Emma is unexpectedly sent to spend the summer with her mother’s family—her grandmother and cousins she hasn’t seen since she was a little girl.

When Emma arrives at North Lake, she realizes there are actually two very different communities there. Her mother grew up in working class North Lake, while her dad spent summers in the wealthier Lake North resort. The more time Emma spends there, the more it starts to feel like she is divided into two people as well. To her father, she is Emma. But to her new family, she is Saylor, the name her mother always called her.

Then there’s Roo, the boy who was her very best friend when she was little. Roo holds the key to her family’s history, and slowly, he helps her put the pieces together about her past. It’s hard not to get caught up in the magic of North Lake—and Saylor finds herself falling under Roo’s spell as well.

For Saylor, it’s like a whole new world is opening up to her. But when it’s time to go back home, which side of her will win out?

Ghosts Of The Shadow Market by Cassandra Clare

The Shadow Market is a meeting point for faeries, werewolves, warlocks and vampires. There the Downworlders buy and sell magical objects, make dark bargains, and whisper secrets they do not want the Nephilim to know. Through two centuries, however, there has been a frequent visitor to the Shadow Market from the City of Bones, the very heart of the Shadowhunters. As a Silent Brother, Brother Zachariah is sworn keeper of the laws and lore of the Nephilim. But once he was a Shadowhunter called Jem Carstairs, and his love, then and always, is the warlock Tessa Gray.

Follow Brother Zachariah and see, against the backdrop of the Shadow Market’s dark dealings and festive celebrations, Anna Lightwood’s first romance, Matthew Fairchild’s great sin and Tessa Gray plunged into a world war. Valentine Morgenstern buys a soul at the Market and a young Jace Wayland’s soul finds safe harbor. In the Market is hidden a lost heir and a beloved ghost, and no one can save you once you have traded away your heart. Not even Brother Zachariah…

The Evil Queen by Gena Showalter

Welcome to the Forest of Good and Evil. A dream come true, and a living nightmare.

Evil isn’t born, it’s made. One thought and action at a time. Take a good look at what you’ve made.

Far, far away, in the realm of Enchantia, creatures of legend still exist, magic is the norm and fairy tales are real. Except, fairy tales aren’t based on myths and legends of the past—they are prophecies of the future.

Raised in the mortal realm, Everly Morrow has no idea she’s a real life fairy tale princess—until she manifests an ability to commune with mirrors.

Look. See… What will one peek hurt?

Soon, a horrifying truth is revealed. She is fated to be Snow White’s greatest enemy, the Evil Queen.

With powers beyond her imagination or control—and determined to change Fate itself—Everly returns to the land of her birth. There, she meets Roth Charmaine, the supposed Prince Charming. Their attraction is undeniable, but their relationship is doomed.

As bits and pieces of the prophecy unfold, Everly faces one betrayal after another, and giving in to her dark side proves more tempting every day. Can she resist, or will she become the queen—and villain—she was born to be?

June Sequels:

Escape From The Isle Of The Lost by Melissa de la Cruz
Rise by Ellen Goodlett
Shadow & Flame by Mindee Arnett
Chrysalis by Brendan Reichs
Soul Of The Sword by Julie Kagawa
DEV1AT3 by Jay Kristoff

Other June Releases That I’m Looking Forward To:

Before The Broken Star by Emily R. King
The Beholder by Anna Bright
The Chosen by Taran Matharu
Wild And Crooked by Leah Thomas
Storm And Fury by Jennifer L. Armentrout
Teeth In The Mist by Dawn Kurtagich
Stronger Than A Bronze Dragon by Mary Fan
All Eyes On Us by Kit Frick
Recursion by Blake Crouch
The Girl In Red by Christina Henry
Dear Wife by Kimberly Belle
Wherever She Goes by Kelley Armstrong
Wicked Fox by Kat Cho
The Virtue Of Sin by Shannon Schuren
Queen Of The Sea by Dylan Meconis
The Last House Guest by Megan Miranda

Once again I’ve got a lot of catch up to do sequel wise (I’m afraid to say that, despite being truly desperate to read a few of the books mentioned I still need to start all of the series which is rather frustrating).. Also I know that I included Chrysalis back in March but I’ve mentioned it again here as this month it will probably be a lot more widely available with both its Kindle and paperback release.

Storm And Fury is a spin off series from The Dark Elements so I’d imagine it’s probably best to read the original series first (which I have unread on my Kindle – but yes, I really am determined to start catching up now). I was also somewhat uncertain as to whether I should include Queen Of The Sea or not as it’s a graphic novel which, admittedly, I’ve never actually tried to read before. Since it’s inspired, however loosely, on Tudor Queens I thought I’d give it a chance though. And, truthfully, it’s probably about time that I start trying out some graphic novels and comics as A) quite a few series that I loved in novel form are also available as graphic novels and B) quite a lot of shows that I adore are either based on or continued in comics.

What are your most anticipated books of June? Feel free to let me know in the comments below. Also if you have any suggestions of graphic novels or comics that I should try out then they’d also be greatly appreciated – and I’ll hopefully try and get reading them soon.

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My Most Anticipated May Releases:

Hello and welcome to my second ever ‘Most Anticipated Releases’. Selecting my top five for the month was both easier and harder than I expected it to be this time around. Initially I was torn between two for the final book and struggling to pick between them; then I realized that Blood Heir wasn’t out this month any longer (or maybe it never was and I’d just written it down wrong) which simplified things a lot. Although, now that I’ve read Stepsister I can definitely say that it deserved a spot in my top five and that you should read it ASAP. Anyway, without further ado, here are my most anticipated books of May 2019:

All We Could Have Been by T.E. Carter

Five years ago, Lexie walked home from school after her older brother failed to pick her up. When she entered her house, her brother sat calmly, waiting for the police to come arrest him for the heinous crime he had just committed.

Treated like a criminal herself, Lexie now moves from school to school hiding who she is—who she’s related to. She struggles with loving her brother, the PTSD she now suffers from, and wanting to just live a normal life. But how can she be normal when she can’t even figure out how to just live?

We Hunt The Flame by Hafsah Faizal

People lived because she killed.
People died because he lived.

Zafira is the Hunter, disguising herself as a man when she braves the cursed forest of the Arz to feed her people. Nasir is the Prince of Death, assassinating those foolish enough to defy his autocratic father, the king. If Zafira was exposed as a girl, all of her achievements would be rejected; if Nasir displayed his compassion, his father would punish him in the most brutal of ways. 

Both are legends in the kingdom of Arawiya—but neither wants to be.

War is brewing, and the Arz sweeps closer with each passing day, engulfing the land in shadow. When Zafira embarks on a quest to uncover a lost artifact that can restore magic to her suffering world and stop the Arz, Nasir is sent by the king on a similar mission: retrieve the artifact and kill the Hunter. But an ancient evil stirs as their journey unfolds—and the prize they seek may pose a threat greater than either can imagine.

The Candle And The Flame by Nafiza Azad

Fatima lives in the city of Noor, a thriving stop along the Silk Road. There the music of myriad languages fills the air, and people of all faiths weave their lives together. However, the city bears scars of its recent past, when the chaotic tribe of Shayateen djinn slaughtered its entire population — except for Fatima and two other humans. Now ruled by a new maharajah, Noor is protected from the Shayateen by the Ifrit, djinn of order and reason, and by their commander, Zulfikar.

But when one of the most potent of the Ifrit dies, Fatima is changed in ways she cannot fathom, ways that scare even those who love her. Oud in hand, Fatima is drawn into the intrigues of the maharajah and his sister, the affairs of Zulfikar and the djinn, and the dangers of a magical battlefield.

The Bone Charmer by Breeana Shields

In Saskia’s world, bones are the source of all power. They tell the future, reveal the past, and expose secrets in the present. Each village has a designated seer who performs readings for the townsfolk, and in Midwood, the Bone Charmer is Saskia’s mother.

On the day of her kenning—a special bone reading that determines the apprenticeships of all seventeen-year-olds—Saskia’s worst fears come true. She receives an assignment to train as a Bone Charmer, like her mother, and even worse, a match-making reading that pairs her with Bram—a boy who has suspicious tattoos that hint of violence.

Saskia knows her mother saw multiple paths for her, yet chose one she knew Saskia wouldn’t want. Their argument leads to a fracture in one of the bones. Broken bones are always bad luck, but this particular set of bones have been infused with extra magic, and so the break has devastating consequences—Saskia’s future has split as well. Now she will live her two potential paths simultaneously. Only one future can survive. And Saskia’s life is in danger in both.

The Wise And The Wicked by Rebecca Podos

Ruby Chernyavsky has been told the stories since she was a child: The women in her family, once possessed of great magical abilities to remake lives and stave off death itself, were forced to flee their Russian home for America in order to escape the fearful men who sought to destroy them. Such has it always been, Ruby’s been told, for powerful women. Today, these stories seem no more real to Ruby than folktales, except for the smallest bit of power left in their blood: when each of them comes of age, she will have a vision of who she will be when she dies—a destiny as inescapable as it is inevitable. Ruby is no exception, and neither is her mother, although she ran from her fate years ago, abandoning Ruby and her sisters. It’s a fool’s errand, because they all know the truth: there is no escaping one’s Time.

Until Ruby’s great-aunt Polina passes away, and, for the first time, a Chernyavsky’s death does not match her vision. Suddenly, things Ruby never thought she’d be allowed to hope for—life, love, time—seem possible. But as she and her cousin Cece begin to dig into the family’s history to find out whether they, too, can change their fates, they learn that nothing comes without a cost. Especially not hope.

May Sequels:

Queenslayer by Sebastien de Castell
The Dragon Republic by R. F. Kuang
Nexus by Sasha Alsberg & Lindsay Cummings
Broken Throne by Victoria Aveyard
Finale by Stephanie Garber
There’s Something About Sweetie by Sandhya Menon
Anna Of Kleve: The Princess In The Portrait by Alison Weir
Kingsbane by Claire Legrand
The Exalted by Kaitlyn Sage Patterson
The Vanishing Season by Dot Hutchison
The Wickerlight by Mary Watson

Tales Of Folk & Fey by Melissa Marr

Other May Releases That I’m Looking Forward To:

The Furies by Katie Lowe
Nocturna by Maya Motayne
The Last Time I Saw You by Liv Constantine
Middlegame by Seanan McGuire
Aurora Rising by Jay Kristoff & Amie Kaufman
Dark Shores by Danielle L. Jensen
Romanov by Nadine Brandes
The Lovely And The Lost by Jennifer Lynn Barnes
Again But Better by Christine Riccio
The Seven Or Eight Deaths Of Stella Fortuna by Juliet Grames
Castle Of Lies by Kiersi Burkhart
The Unhoneymooners by Christina Lauren
Stepsister by Jennifer Donnelly
I Know Who You Are by Alice Feeney
The Missing Season by Gillian French
Happily And Madly by Alexis Bass
Bridal Boot Camp by Meg Cabot
These Witches Don’t Burn by Isabel Sterling

The Doll Factory by Elizabeth Macneal
If You Could Go Anywhere by Paige Toon

The Doll Factory and If You Could Go Anywhere are listed separately as I realized I’d somehow managed to forget them and had to add them in later, minus a cover. Tales Of Folk & Fey is also listed separately as I’ve only learnt about it (and the Wicked Lovely prequel novel that is in the works and I’m super excited for!) recently. I now have two reasons – along with my love of the books – to re-read the series ASAP.

Seeing all of the sequels that are out this month I’ve realized that I really need to try and catch up on my reading. Despite desperately wanting to read each of the above mentioned series I’ve only started on three and I’m behind on each of them /: Hopefully I’ll finally manage to start catching up a little over the next few months.

Anyway, even if I do have a lot of catch up to do, I’m still always on the lookout for more suggestions of good books; so feel free to let me know what your most anticipated books of the month are in the comments below.

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My Most Anticipated April Releases:

Hello and welcome to my first ‘Most Anticipated Releases’ feature. I think that the first thing that I should do is apologize for posting this in May rather than April (I started publishing my posts a lot later than I originally planned to) and secondly I’d just like to stress that when I write these features I am not planning to read all of the books in that particular month; I am not a robot. I don’t actually think it would be possible to get through all of them. Although maybe I’m wrong, who knows? These are just the books whose blurbs captured my attention most strongly this month and that I intend to read in the future, some of them hopefully as soon as they come out. Most of them are YA books but there are a couple of adult novels in there too.

Descendant Of The Crane by Joan He

Tyrants cut out hearts.
Rulers sacrifice their own.

Princess Hesina of Yan has always been eager to shirk the responsibilities of the crown, dreaming of an unremarkable life. But when her beloved father is found dead, she’s thrust into power, suddenly the queen of a surprisingly unstable kingdom. What’s more, Hesina believes that her father was murdered—and that the killer is someone close to her.

Hesina’s court is packed full of dissemblers and deceivers eager to use the king’s death for political gain, each as plausibly guilty as the next. Her advisers would like her to blame the neighboring kingdom of Kendi’a, whose ruler has been mustering for war. Determined to find her father’s actual killer, Hesina does something desperate: she enlists the aid of a soothsayer—a treasonous act, punishable by death, since magic was outlawed centuries ago.

Using the information provided by the sooth, and uncertain if she can trust her family, Hesina turns to Akira—a brilliant investigator who’s also a convicted criminal with secrets of his own. With the future of Yan at stake, can Hesina find justice for her father? Or will the cost be too high?

Wicked Saints by Emily A. Duncan

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.

The Red Scrolls Of Magic by Cassandra Clare

All Magnus Bane wanted was a vacation—a lavish trip across Europe with Alec Lightwood, the Shadowhunter who against all odds is finally his boyfriend. But as soon as the pair settles in Paris, an old friend arrives with news about a demon-worshipping cult called the Crimson Hand that is bent on causing chaos around the world. A cult that was apparently founded by Magnus himself. Years ago. As a joke.

Now Magnus and Alec must race across Europe to track down the Crimson Hand and its elusive new leader before the cult can cause any more damage. As if it wasn’t bad enough that their romantic getaway has been sidetracked, demons are now dogging their every step, and it is becoming harder to tell friend from foe. As their quest for answers becomes increasingly dire, Magnus and Alec will have to trust each other more than ever—even if it means revealing the secrets they’ve both been keeping.

All Our Broken Pieces by L.D. Crichton

“You can’t keep two people who are meant to be together apart for long…”

Lennon Davis doesn’t believe in much, but she does believe in the security of the number five. If she flicks the bedroom light switch five times, maybe her new L.A. school won’t suck. But that doesn’t feel right, so she flicks the switch again. And again. Ten more flicks of the switch and maybe her new step family will accept her. Twenty-five more flicks and maybe she won’t cause any more of her loved ones to die. Fifty times more and then she can finally go to sleep.

Kyler Benton witnesses this pattern of lights from the safety of his treehouse in the yard next door. It is only there, hidden from the unwanted stares of his peers, that Kyler can fill his notebooks with lyrics that reveal the true scars of the boy behind the oversized hoodies and caustic humor. But Kyler finds that descriptions of blonde hair, sad eyes, and tapping fingers are beginning to fill the pages of his notebooks. Lennon, the lonely girl next door his father has warned him about, infiltrates his mind. Even though he has enough to deal with without Lennon’s rumored tragic past in his life, Kyler can’t help but want to know the truth about his new muse.

Crown Of Feathers by Nicki Pau Preto

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.

April Sequels:

Defy The Fates by Claudia Gray
Wolfhunter River by Rachel Caine
King Of Fools by Amanda Foody

Other April Releases That I’m Looking Forward To:

You’d Be Mine by Erin Hahn
Sky In The Deep by Adrienne Young
We Rule The Night by Claire Eliza Bartlett
The Luminous Dead by Caitlin Starling
The Confessions Of Frannie Langton by Sara Collins
We Are Blood And Thunder by Kesia Lupo
Through The White Wood by Jessica Leake
Lost Roses by Martha Hall Kelly
The Sword And The Dagger by Robert Cochran
Upon A Burning Throne by Ashok K. Banker
The Devouring Gray by Christine Lynn Herman
Viper by Bex Hogan
The Mother In Law By Sally Hepworth
The Tiger At Midnight by Swati Teerdhala

The Mister by E.L. James

I’ve added The Mister here as, although I originally thought I wasn’t in a rush to read it, I ended up unable to avoid the temptation to buy it when I saw it in store so apparently I was wrong, which surely means it deserves to be included in this list.

Although Sky In The Deep came out last year I’ve included it as it has a UK paperback release this month and has previously been not all that widely available. Through The White Wood features two characters from Beyond A Darkened Shore (as answered by Jessica Leake on Goodreads) so I’d imagine it’s probably best to read the other novel first, although as I need to read both still I’m not entirely sure.

 What were your most anticipated books last month? Have you read any of them yet that you feel are particularly good? Whatever your recommendations or suggestions feel free to let me know in the comments.