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My Most Anticipated April Releases:

I honestly can’t believe that we’re almost in April already; where has the time gone? This month I definitely hope to return to my blog and get caught up with everything – including all of your posts which I look forward to reading. Initially I thought April was a quieter month than March book release wise but apparently I was wrong as there are a lot of books here, many of which I can’t wait to get my hands on. I believe May is quieter (although I’m probably wrong) but June is definitely going to be another top ten month as a LOT of the releases that I’m super excited for are coming out then.

The Lucky Ones by Liz Lawson

May is a survivor. But she doesn’t feel like one. She feels angry. And lost. And alone. Eleven months after the school shooting that killed her twin brother, May still doesn’t know why she was the only one to walk out of the band room that day. No one gets what she went through–no one saw and heard what she did. No one can possibly understand how it feels to be her.

Zach lost his old life when his mother decided to defend the shooter. His girlfriend dumped him, his friends bailed, and now he spends his time hanging out with his little sister…and the one faithful friend who stuck around. His best friend is needy and demanding, but he won’t let Zach disappear into himself. Which is how Zach ends up at band practice that night. The same night May goes with her best friend to audition for a new band.

Which is how May meets Zach. And how Zach meets May. And how both might figure out that surviving could be an option after all. 

Chosen Ones by Veronica Roth

A decade ago near Chicago, five teenagers defeated the otherworldly enemy known as the Dark One, whose reign of terror brought widespread destruction and death. The seemingly un-extraordinary teens—Sloane, Matt, Ines, Albie, and Esther—had been brought together by a clandestine government agency because one of them was fated to be the “Chosen One,” prophesized to save the world. With the goal achieved, humankind celebrated the victors and began to mourn their lost loved ones.

Ten years later, though the champions remain celebrities, the world has moved forward and a whole, younger generation doesn’t seem to recall the days of endless fear. But Sloane remembers. It’s impossible for her to forget when the paparazzi haunt her every step just as the Dark One still haunts her dreams. Unlike everyone else, she hasn’t moved on; she’s adrift—no direction, no goals, no purpose. On the eve of the Ten Year Celebration of Peace, a new trauma hits the Chosen: the death of one of their own. And when they gather for the funeral at the enshrined site of their triumph, they discover to their horror that the Dark One’s reign never really ended.

The Silence Of Bones by June Hur

I have a mouth, but I mustn’t speak;
Ears, but I mustn’t hear;
Eyes, but I mustn’t see.

1800, Joseon (Korea). Homesick and orphaned sixteen-year-old Seol is living out the ancient curse: “May you live in interesting times.” Indentured to the police bureau, she’s been tasked with assisting a well-respected young inspector with the investigation into the politically charged murder of a noblewoman.

As they delve deeper into the dead woman’s secrets, Seol forms an unlikely bond of friendship with the inspector. But her loyalty is tested when he becomes the prime suspect, and Seol may be the only one capable of discovering what truly happened on the night of the murder.

But in a land where silence and obedience are valued above all else, curiosity can be deadly.

Incendiary by Zoraida Córdova

I am Renata Convida.
I have lived a hundred stolen lives.
Now I live my own.

Renata Convida was only a child when she was kidnapped by the King’s Justice and brought to the luxurious palace of Andalucia. As a Robari, the rarest and most feared of the magical Moria, Renata’s ability to steal memories from royal enemies enabled the King’s Wrath, a siege that resulted in the deaths of thousands of her own people.

Now Renata is one of the Whispers, rebel spies working against the crown and helping the remaining Moria escape the kingdom bent on their destruction. The Whispers may have rescued Renata from the palace years ago, but she cannot escape their mistrust and hatred–or the overpowering memories of the hundreds of souls she turned “hollow” during her time in the palace.

When Dez, the commander of her unit, is taken captive by the notorious Sangrado Prince, Renata will do anything to save the boy whose love makes her place among the Whispers bearable. But a disastrous rescue attempt means Renata must return to the palace under cover and complete Dez’s top secret mission. Can Renata convince her former captors that she remains loyal, even as she burns for vengeance against the brutal, enigmatic prince? Her life and the fate of the Moria depend on it.

But returning to the palace stirs childhood memories long locked away. As Renata grows more deeply embedded in the politics of the royal court, she uncovers a secret in her past that could change the entire fate of the kingdom–and end the war that has cost her everything. 

He Started It by Samantha Downing

Beth, Portia, and Eddie Morgan haven’t all been together in years. And for very good reasons—we’ll get to those later. But when their wealthy grandfather dies and leaves a cryptic final message in his wake, the siblings and their respective partners must come together for a cross-country road trip to fulfill his final wish and—more importantly—secure their inheritance.

But time with your family can be tough. It is for everyone.

It’s even harder when you’re all keeping secrets and trying to forget a memory—a missing person, an act of revenge, the man in the black truck who won’t stop following your car—and especially when at least one of you is a killer and there’s a body in the trunk. Just to name a few reasons.

But money is a powerful motivator. It is for everyone.

April Sequels:

Ruthless Gods by Emily A. Duncan
The Empire Of Dreams by Rae Carson
Find Her Alive by Lisa Regan
Aru Shah And The Tree Of Wishes by Roshani Chokshi
Looking Glass by Christina Henry
The Seven Endless Forests by April Genevieve Tucholke
Venom by Bex Hogan
The Deck Of Omens by Christine Lynn Herman
The Cerulean Queen by Sarah Kozloff
The Eve Illusion by Giovanna & Tom Fletcher
Starbreaker by Amanda Bouchet
Good Girl, Bad Blood by Holly Jackson

Other April Releases That I’m Looking Forward To:

Deep Water by Sarah Epstein
Strangers by C.L. Taylor
A Werewolf In Riverdale by Caleb Roehrig
Little Disasters by Sarah Vaughan
Robin Hood by Robert Muchamore
The Loop by Ben Oliver
Sin Eater by Megan Campisi
Pretending by Holly Bourne
The Southern Book Club’s Guide To Slaying Vampires by Grady Hendrix
The Glass Magician by Caroline Stevermer
Meet Me At Midnight by Jessica Pennington
The Secrets They Left Behind by Lissa Marie Redmond
What I Like About You by Marisa Kanter
The German Heiress by Anika Scott
Kind Of Famous by Mary Ann Marlowe
The Best Laid Plans by Cameron Lund
Crave by Tracy Wolff

Bonds Of Brass by Emily Skrutskie
The Perfect Escape by Suzanne Park
It Sounded Better In My Head by Nina Kenwood
Batman: Gotham High by Melissa de la Cruz
A Bad Day For Sunshine by Darynda Jones
Something She’s Not Telling Us by Darcey Bell
The Book Of Lost Friends by Lisa Wingate
The Book Of Koli by M. R. Carey
Elysium Girls by Kate Pentecost
Girls Save The World In This One by Ash Parsons
The Lightness of Hands by Jeff Garvin
Redemption Prep by Samuel Miller
The New Husband by D. J. Palmer
Not That Kind Of Guy by Andie J. Christopher
The Switch by Beth O’Leary
Rules For Being A Girl by Candace Bushnell & Katie Cotugno
Race The Sands by Sarah Beth Durst
The Age Of Witches by Louisa Morgan
Little Secrets by Jennifer Hillier
Verona Comics by Jennifer Dugan
The Easy Part Of Impossible by Sarah Tomp
In The Role Of Brie Hutchens by Nicole Melleby
Time Of Our Lives by Emily Wibberley & Austin Siegemund-Broka
Queen Of Coin And Whispers by Helen Corcoran
Don’t Call The Wolf by Aleksandra Ross
Clique Bait by Ann Valett
The Apartment by K. L. Slater
Take Me Apart by Sara Sligar
The Girl And The Stars by Mark Lawrence
Q by Christina Dalcher

Firstly sequel wise I just want to mention Empress Of Flames by Mimi Yu; I didn’t include it above as it came out last month but I somehow missed it off of my March post (I had it listed as May so I’m guessing the date changed?). As I can’t wait to read book one I wanted to make sure to include it, especially in case others had also missed the change of date. Other than that I unsurprisingly need to start most of the series that I’ve included here. There are a fair few that I’m determined to pick up soon though (I’d say which but to be honest it’s about half of them).

There are a lot of books that came incredibly close to being included in this month’s top five. The ones that I’m most curious about are The Southern Book Club, Pretending, Queen Of Coin And Whispers, Don’t Call The Wolf and Q (called Master Class in some places). Contemporary wise I’m very interested in Meet Me At Midnight and Clique Bait. And I’m incredibly curious about The Girl And The Stars but I’m not sure if I’d be better off reading Red Sister first (how have I not read that series yet?). So all in all it’s definitely another busy month for books.


What are your most anticipated April 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 March Releases:

Firstly sorry once again for my absence. I really do hope to be back soon and I look forward to catching up on all of your posts and comments. So please do know that I’m not ignoring anything. I’m only posting this now, whilst still on break, as I’m determined not to fall behind on these monthly release features.

Anyway onto March’s most anticipated releases and let’s just say that it’s an incredible month release wise. I had to pick a top ten – five would have been impossible! – and a rather alarming number of the books here are released on the third. I honestly can’t wait for all ten of the books that I’ve included the blurbs of – they all sound absolutely incredible!

House Of Earth And Blood by Sarah J. Maas

Bryce Quinlan had the perfect life—working hard all day and partying all night—until a demon murdered her closest friends, leaving her bereft, wounded, and alone. When the accused is behind bars but the crimes start up again, Bryce finds herself at the heart of the investigation. She’ll do whatever it takes to avenge their deaths.

Hunt Athalar is a notorious Fallen angel, now enslaved to the Archangels he once attempted to overthrow. His brutal skills and incredible strength have been set to one purpose—to assassinate his boss’s enemies, no questions asked. But with a demon wreaking havoc in the city, he’s offered an irresistible deal: help Bryce find the murderer, and his freedom will be within reach.

As Bryce and Hunt dig deep into Crescent City’s underbelly, they discover a dark power that threatens everything and everyone they hold dear, and they find, in each other, a blazing passion—one that could set them both free, if they’d only let it.

Kingdom Of Back by Marie Lu

Two siblings. Two brilliant talents. But only one Mozart.

Born with a gift for music, Nannerl Mozart has just one wish—to be remembered forever. But even as she delights audiences with her masterful playing, she has little hope she’ll ever become the acclaimed composer she longs to be. She is a young woman in 18th century Europe, and that means composing is forbidden to her. She will perform only until she reaches a marriageable age—her tyrannical father has made that much clear.

And as Nannerl’s hope grows dimmer with each passing year, the talents of her beloved younger brother, Wolfgang, only seem to shine brighter. His brilliance begins to eclipse her own, until one day a mysterious stranger from a magical land appears with an irresistible offer. He has the power to make her wish come true—but his help may cost her everything.

Chain Of Gold by Cassandra Clare

Welcome to Edwardian London, a time of electric lights and long shadows, the celebration of artistic beauty and the wild pursuit of pleasure, with demons waiting in the dark. For years there has been peace in the Shadowhunter world. James and Lucie Herondale, children of the famous Will and Tessa, have grown up in an idyll with their loving friends and family, listening to stories of good defeating evil and love conquering all. But everything changes when the Blackthorn and Carstairs families come to London…and so does a remorseless and inescapable plague.

James Herondale longs for a great love, and thinks he has found it in the beautiful, mysterious Grace Blackthorn. Cordelia Carstairs is desperate to become a hero, save her family from ruin, and keep her secret love for James hidden. When disaster strikes the Shadowhunters, James, Cordelia and their friends are plunged into a wild adventure which will reveal dark and incredible powers, and the true cruel price of being a hero…and falling in love.

The Midnight Lie by Marie Rutkoski

Where Nirrim lives, crime abounds, a harsh tribunal rules, and society’s pleasures are reserved for the High Kith. Life in the Ward is grim and punishing. People of her low status are forbidden from sampling sweets or wearing colors. You either follow the rules, or pay a tithe and suffer the consequences.

Nirrim keeps her head down and a dangerous secret close to her chest.

But then she encounters Sid, a rakish traveler from far away who whispers rumors that the High Caste possesses magic. Sid tempts Nirrim to seek that magic for herself. But to do that, Nirrim must surrender her old life. She must place her trust in this sly stranger who asks, above all, not to be trusted.

Wicked As You Wish by Rin Chupeco

Tala Warnock has little use for magic – as a descendant of Maria Makiling, the legendary Filipina heroine, she negates spells, often by accident. But her family’s old ties to the country of Avalon (frozen, bespelled, and unreachable for almost 12 years) soon finds them guarding its last prince from those who would use his kingdom’s magic for insidious ends.

And with the rise of dangerous spelltech in the Royal States of America; the appearance of the firebird, Avalon’s deadliest weapon, at her doorstep; and the re-emergence of the Snow Queen, powerful but long thought dead, who wants nothing more than to take the firebird’s magic for her own – Tala’s life is about to get even more complicated….

Moment Of Truth by Kasie West

At sixteen, Hadley Moore knows exactly who she is—a swimmer who will earn a scholarship to college. Totally worth all the hard work, even if her aching shoulders don’t agree. So when a guy dressed as Hollywood’s latest action hero, Heath Hall, crashes her swim meet, she isn’t amused. Instead, she’s determined to make sure he doesn’t bother her again. Only she’s not sure exactly who he is.

The swim meet isn’t the first event the imposter has interrupted, but a little digging turns up a surprising number of people who could be Heath Hall, including Hadley’s ex-boyfriend and her best friend’s crush. She soon finds herself getting caught up in the mysterious world of the fake Heath Hall.

As Hadley gets closer to uncovering the masked boy’s identity she also discovers some uncomfortable truths about herself—like she might resent the long shadow her late brother has cast over her family, that she isn’t as happy as she pretends to be with her life choices… and that she is falling for the last guy she ever thought she would like. 

The Vanishing Deep by Astrid Scholte

Seventeen-year-old Tempe was born into a world of water. When the Great Waves destroyed her planet, its people had to learn to survive living on the water, but the ruins of the cities below still called. Tempe dives daily, scavenging the ruins of a bygone era, searching for anything of value to trade for Notes. It isn’t food or clothing that she wants to buy, but her dead sister’s life. For a price, the research facility on the island of Palindromena will revive the dearly departed for twenty-four hours before returning them to death. It isn’t a heartfelt reunion that Tempe is after; she wants answers. Elysea died keeping a terrible secret, one that has ignited an unquenchable fury in Tempe: Her beloved sister was responsible for the death of their parents. Tempe wants to know why.

But once revived, Elysea has other plans. She doesn’t want to spend her last day in a cold room accounting for a crime she insists she didn’t commit. Elysea wants her freedom and one final glimpse at the life that was stolen from her. She persuades Tempe to break her out of the facility, and they embark on a dangerous journey to discover the truth about their parents’ death and mend their broken bond. But they’re pursued every step of the way by two Palindromena employees desperate to find them before Elysea’s time is up–and before the secret behind the revival process and the true cost of restored life is revealed. 

Bone Crier’s Moon by Kathryn Purdie

Bone ​Criers have a sacred duty. They alone can keep the dead from preying on the living. But their power to ferry the spirits of the dead into goddess Elara’s Night Heavens or Tyrus’s Underworld comes from sacrifice. The gods demand a promise of dedication. And that promise comes at the cost of the Bone Criers’ one true love.

Ailesse has been prepared since birth to become the matriarch of the Bone Criers, a mysterious famille of women who use strengths drawn from animal bones to ferry dead souls. But first she must complete her rite of passage and kill the boy she’s also destined to love.

Bastien’s father was slain by a Bone Crier and he’s been seeking revenge ever since. Yet when he finally captures one, his vengeance will have to wait. Ailesse’s ritual has begun and now their fates are entwined—in life and in death.

Sabine has never had the stomach for the Bone Criers’ work. But when her best friend Ailesse is taken captive, Sabine will do whatever it takes to save her, even if it means defying their traditions—and their matriarch—to break the bond between Ailesse and Bastien. Before they all die. 

Havenfall by Sara Holland

Hidden deep in the mountains of Colorado lies the Inn at Havenfall, a sanctuary that connects ancient worlds–each with their own magic–together. For generations, the inn has protected all who seek refuge within its walls, and any who disrupt the peace can never return.

For Maddie Morrow, summers at the inn are more than a chance to experience this magic first-hand. Havenfall is an escape from reality, where her mother sits on death row accused of murdering Maddie’s brother. It’s where Maddie fell in love with handsome Fiorden soldier Brekken. And it’s where one day she hopes to inherit the role of Innkeeper from her beloved uncle.

But this summer, the impossible happens–a dead body is found, shattering everything the inn stands for. With Brekken missing, her uncle gravely injured, and a dangerous creature on the loose, Maddie suddenly finds herself responsible for the safety of everyone in Havenfall. She’ll do anything to uncover the truth, even if it means working together with an alluring new staffer Taya, who seems to know more than she’s letting on. As dark secrets are revealed about the inn itself, one thing becomes clear to Maddie–no one can be trusted, and no one is safe . . .

Sara Holland takes the lush fantasy that captured readers in Everless and Evermore and weaves it into the real world to create a wholly captivating new series where power and peril lurk behind every door.

All Your Twisted Secrets by Diana Urban

Welcome to dinner, and again, congratulations on being selected. Now you must do the selecting.


What do the queen bee, star athlete, valedictorian, stoner, loner, and music geek all have in common? They were all invited to a scholarship dinner, only to discover it’s a trap. Someone has locked them into a room with a bomb, a syringe filled with poison, and a note saying they have an hour to pick someone to kill … or else everyone dies.

Amber Prescott is determined to get her classmates and herself out of the room alive, but that might be easier said than done. No one knows how they’re all connected or who would want them dead. As they retrace the events over the past year that might have triggered their captor’s ultimatum, it becomes clear that everyone is hiding something. And with the clock ticking down, confusion turns into fear, and fear morphs into panic as they race to answer the biggest question: Who will they choose to die?

March Sequels:

The Alcazar by Amy Ewing
The First 7 by Laura Pohl
The Warrior’s Curse by Jennifer A. Nielsen
Defy The Sun by Jessika Fleck
Servant Of The Crown by Duncan M. Hamilton
The Survivor by Bridget Tyler
Crush The King by Jennifer Estep
Girls with Razor Hearts by Suzanne Young
Smoke Bitten by Patricia Briggs
The Electric Heir by Victoria Lee
Between Burning Worlds by Jessica Brody & Joanne Rendell
A Broken Queen by Sarah Kozloff
Imagine Me by Tahereh Mafi
Night Of The Dragon by Julie Kagawa
Endgame by Luke Jennings

Other March Releases That I’m Looking Forward To:

The Missing Sister by Elle Marr
The Other Mrs. by Mary Kubica
Eight Perfect Murders by Peter Swanson
The Shrike & The Shadows by Chantal Gadoury & A.M. Wright
When We Were Magic by Sarah Gailey
The Winter Duke by Claire Eliza Bartlett
Mermaid Moon by Susann Cokal
Otaku by Chris Kluwe
Witches Of Ash And Ruin by E. Latimer
The June Boys by Courtney C. Stevens
Blackbird Rising  by Keri Arthur
The Sea of Lost Girls by Carol Goodman
The Dragon Egg Princess by Ellen Oh
What the Other Three Don’t Know by Spencer Hyde
In Five Years by Rebecca Serle
If These Wings Could Fly by Kyrie McCauley
Confessions About Colton by Olivia Harvard
The Light In Hidden Places by Sharon Cameron
The Recovery Of Rose Gold by Stephanie Wrobel
You Are Not Alone by Greer Hendricks & Sarah Pekkanen
Hold Back The Tide by Melinda Salisbury
Only Mostly Devastated by Sophie Gonzales

The Numbers Game by Danielle Steel
The Love Hypothesis by Laura Steven
The Second Wife by Rebecca Fleet
Winterborne Home For Vengeance And Valor by Ally Carter
Siren by Michelle Zink
The Pottery Cottage Murders by Carol Ann Lee & Peter Howse
Strike Me Down by Mindy Mejia
The Raven And The Dove by Kaitlyn Davis
Harley In The Sky by Akemi Dawn Bowman
My Dark Vanessa by Kate Elizabeth Russell
Spindle And Dagger by J. Anderson Coats
When You Were Everything by Ashley Woodfolk
A Phoenix First Must Burn by Various Authors
A Good Neighborhood by Therese Anne Fowler
Cries from the Lost Island by Kathleen O’Neal Gear
Super Adjacent by Crystal Cestari
The Blackbird Girls by Anne Blankman
Before Familiar Woods by Ian Pisarcik
All The Pretty Things by Emily Arsenault
Frozen Beauty by Lexa Hillyer
Seven Deadly Shadows by Courtney Alameda & Valynne E. Maetani
The Honey-Don’t List by Christina Lauren
The Last Human by Zack Jordan
Hollow by Rhonda Parrish
The Empress Of Salt And Fortune by Nghi Vo
We Are The Wildcats by Siobhan Vivian
Music From Another World by Robin Talley
Code Name Hélène by Ariel Lawhon
The Familiar Dark by Amy Engel

I’ve still got to start all of the series that I’ve included but I definitely plan to get to a couple of them soon – especially the ones by Patricia Briggs, Jennifer Estep, Suzanne Young and Julie Kagawa. I’m hoping to get a few of the thrillers listed here read soon too as they sound incredible! I’m particularly excited about Darling Rose Gold (called The Recovery Of Rose Gold in the UK), Eight Perfect Murders (called Rules For Perfect Murders in the UK) and The Familiar Dark (because the authors first adult novel was amazing). I’m also pretty curious about The Pottery Cottage Murders (a true crime novel that I learnt about after watching a TV show based on another real life crime that the author had written about) and My Dark Vanessa which I have a feeling is going to be one of the majorly hyped books of the year. So basically March is a majorly busy book month!


What are your most anticipated March 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 February Releases

Hello and welcome to another ‘most anticipated releases’ feature. Firstly I just want to say that I’m sorry that this post is a couple of days late but I was determined to try and catch up a little with my comments (if I’ve missed any please do let me know) and your blog posts before adding the final touches to this post. Secondly I just want to say that I’ve decided to extend my absence for another couple of weeks. I’ve been reorganizing my TBR (note to future self…DON’T) and don’t really feel like I’ve had much of a break as a result. Plus I’m still not reading and I want to get started with that before blogging properly again. How can I book blog if my current 2020 total is 0? So I want to apologize but I am going to be absent for another couple of weeks. I’ve scheduled my Literacy List & TBR Thursday for this month and hope to be back soon. If anyone wants to contact me at all in the meantime feel free to send me a message on Instagram.

Anyway onto this month’s releases… and let’s just say there’s a lot of them. If you think this month is scary though just wait until you see March!

Below by Alexandria Warwick

In the heart of the frigid North, there lives a demon known as the Face Stealer. Eyes, nose, mouth—nothing and no one is safe. Once he returns to his lair, or wherever it is he dwells, no one ever sees those faces again.

When tragedy strikes, Apaay embarks on a perilous journey to find her sister’s face—yet becomes trapped in a labyrinth ruled by a sinister girl named Yuki. The girl offers Apaay a deal: find her sister’s face hidden within the labyrinth, and she will be set free. But the labyrinth, and those who inhabit it, is not as it seems. Especially Numiak: darkly beautiful, powerful, whose motives are not yet clear.

With time slipping, Apaay is determined to escape the deadly labyrinth with her sister’s face in hand. But in Yuki’s harsh world, Apaay will need all her strength to survive.

Yuki only plays the games she wins.

All Stars And Teeth by Adalyn Grace

She will reign.

As princess of the island kingdom Visidia, Amora Montara has spent her entire life training to be High Animancer—the master of souls. The rest of the realm can choose their magic, but for Amora, it’s never been a choice. To secure her place as heir to the throne, she must prove her mastery of the monarchy’s dangerous soul magic.

When her demonstration goes awry, Amora is forced to flee. She strikes a deal with Bastian, a mysterious pirate: he’ll help her prove she’s fit to rule, if she’ll help him reclaim his stolen magic.

But sailing the kingdom holds more wonder—and more peril—than Amora anticipated. A destructive new magic is on the rise, and if Amora is to conquer it, she’ll need to face legendary monsters, cross paths with vengeful mermaids, and deal with a stow-away she never expected… or risk the fate of Visidia and lose the crown forever.

I am the right choice. The only choice. And I will protect my kingdom.

Night Spinner by Addie Thorley

Before the massacre at Nariin, Enebish was one of the greatest warriors in the Sky King’s Imperial Army: a rare and dangerous Night Spinner, blessed with the ability to control the threads of darkness. Now, she is known as Enebish the Destroyer―a monster and murderer, banished to a monastery for losing control of her power and annihilating a merchant caravan.

Guilt stricken and scarred, Enebish tries to be grateful for her sanctuary, until her adoptive sister, Imperial Army commander Ghoa, returns from the war front with a tantalizing offer. If Enebish can capture the notorious criminal, Temujin, whose band of rebels has been seizing army supply wagons, not only will her crimes be pardoned, she will be reinstated as a warrior.

Enebish eagerly accepts. But as she hunts Temujin across the tundra, she discovers the tides of war have shifted, and the supplies he’s stealing are the only thing keeping thousands of shepherds from starving. Torn between duty and conscience, Enebish must decide whether to put her trust in the charismatic rebel or her beloved sister. No matter who she chooses, an even greater enemy is advancing, ready to bring the empire to its knees.

Ink In The Blood by Kim Smejkal

Celia Sand and her best friend, Anya Burtoni, are inklings for the esteemed religion of Profeta. Using magic, they tattoo followers with beautiful images that represent the Divine’s will and guide the actions of the recipients. It’s considered a noble calling, but ten years into their servitude Celia and Anya know the truth: Profeta is built on lies, the tattooed orders strip away freedom, and the revered temple is actually a brutal, torturous prison.

Their opportunity to escape arrives with the Rabble Mob, a traveling theater troupe. Using their inkling abilities for performance instead of propaganda, Celia and Anya are content for the first time . . . until they realize who followed them. The Divine they never believed in is very real, very angry, and determined to use Celia, Anya, and the Rabble Mob’s now-infamous stage to spread her deceitful influence even further.

To protect their new family from the wrath of a malicious deity and the zealots who work in her name, Celia and Anya must unmask the biggest lie of all—Profeta itself. 

The Shadows Between Us by Tricia Levenseller

Alessandra is tired of being overlooked, but she has a plan to gain power:

1) Woo the Shadow King.
2) Marry him.
3) Kill him and take his kingdom for herself.

No one knows the extent of the freshly crowned Shadow King’s power. Some say he can command the shadows that swirl around him to do his bidding. Others say they speak to him, whispering the thoughts of his enemies. Regardless, Alessandra knows what she deserves, and she’s going to do everything within her power to get it.

But Alessandra’s not the only one trying to kill the king. As attempts on his life are made, she finds herself trying to keep him alive long enough for him to make her his queen—all while struggling not to lose her heart. After all, who better for a Shadow King than a cunning, villainous queen? 

February Sequels:

♥ The Rage Of Storms by P.C. Cast
Ember Queen by Laura Sebastian
♥ Alone In The Wild by Kelley Armstrong
Deathless Divide by Justina Ireland
♥ The King Of Crows by Libba Bray
Crown of Smoke by P.M. Freestone
♥ Scammed by Kristen Simmons
Heart Of Flames by Nicki PauPreto
♥ Cloak Of Night by Evelyn Skye
Sensational by Jodie Lynn Zdrok
♥ Uncaged by Celia McMahon
Storm From The East by Joanna Hathaway
♥ King Maker by Audrey Grey
Honor Lost by Rachel Caine & Ann Aguirre
The Life Below by Alexandra Monir
The Queen Of Raiders by Sarah Kozloff
♥ Twisted Fates by Danielle Rollins
We Unleash The Merciless Storm by Tehlor Kay Mejia
♥ Master Artificer by Justin Call

Other February Releases That I’m Looking Forward To:

Belle Révolte by Linsey Miller
♥ Upright Women Wanted by Sarah Gailey
The Stars We Steal by Alexa Donne
♥ Malice by Pintip Dunn
The Queen’s Assassin by Melissa De La Cruz
♥ Yes No Maybe So by Becky Albertalli & Aisha Saeed
Recipe For A Perfect Wife by Karma Brown
♥ Minor Dramas & Other Catastrophes by Kathleen West
What Kind Of Girl by Alyssa B. Sheinmel
♥ The Alibi Girl by C. J. Skuse
Wranglestone by Darren Charlton
♥ The Sisters Grimm by Menna Van Praag
The Good Hawk by Joseph Elliott
♥ In The Shadow Of The Sun by EM Castellan
The Mercies by Kiran Millwood Hargrave
♥ The Foundling by Stacey Hall
A Witch In Time by Constance Sayers
♥ Untamed Shore by Silvia Moreno-Garcia
If You Only Knew by Prerna Pickett
♥ The Unwilling by Kelly Braffet
The Ninth Sorceress by Bonnie Wynne
♥ I Am Dust by Louise Beech
Glitch Kingdom by Sheena Boekweg
♥ Of Curses And Kisses by Sandhya Menon
No Bad Deed by Heather Chavez
♥ The Seventh Sun by Lani Forbes
The Golden Key by Marian Womack
♥ The Sun Down Motel by Simone St. James
The Upside Of Falling by Alex Light
♥ The Unspoken Name by A.K. Larkwood
The Guest List by Lucy Foley
♥ Red Hood by Elana K. Arnold
Pretty As A Picture by Elizabeth Little
♥ The Sound Of Stars by Alechia Dow
Rebelwing by Andrea Tang
♥ The Unfairfolk by Sara Wolf

As per usual I’m completely behind with all of the series that I’ve shared. I don’t think I’ve started one yet. But I do seriously want to start playing catch up during my break. I’m also not convinced that Rage Of Storms is out as it doesn’t have a cover yet.

Besides the usual top five I’m most excited for Ninth Sorceress (which with a blurb like that should have been in it to be honest) and What Kind Of Girl (which sounds amazing!!). There are others listed that I absolutely adore the sound of too so if you want to know which they are just ask.


What are your most anticipated February 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 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 GOOD LUCK GIRLS

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 . . .
THE PERFECT WIFE

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?