Most Anticipated Reads 2020

Most Anticipated Thrillers & Contemporary 2020

Hello and welcome to my third and final ‘most anticipated’ list for 2020 releases, this time featuring twelve of the thrillers and contemporary novels on my TBR. I ended up with so many books that I was desperate to read that I decided to include some thrillers and contemporary novels separately – particularly as they’re two genres that I want to read more of. It was going to be a top five for each but…well you can see how that went. So without further ado let’s get this list started.


The Perfect Mother by Caroline Mitchell

I honestly don’t know what to expect from this one but I’m seriously intrigued. When a young, penniless woman finds out she’s pregnant she decides to give her baby up for adoption. She can’t quite believe it when she finds out that a powerful celebrity couple want her baby. But when she arrives in their home things get a bit unsettling; and then she finds out there was another woman before her… one who hasn’t been seen since. How can you read a blurb involving such information and not immediately want to pick it up?

Eight Perfect Murders by Peter Swanson

This one features Mal who, years ago, compiled a list of the mystery genre’s most unsolvable murders only to discover that now someone is committing a series of murders that are eerily similar to those on his list. There’s mentions of famous mystery novels, secrets that Mal has kept from all those around him and a killer watching his every move. Basically it’s another book with a blurb that immediately made me think ‘I want it now!’

The Recovery Of Rose Gold by Stephanie Wrobel

Rose Gold spent years of her life believing she was seriously ill only to find out that actually the only issue was her mother’s ability to lie. After her mother spends five years in prison everybody is surprised when Rose Gold agrees to take her in. But she’s no longer ‘her weak little darling’ and has ‘waited such a long time for her mother to come home’. And now, with that information, I need to know why! I’ve got a feeling that this ones going to be incredibly dark and twisty.

You Are Not Alone by Greer Hendricks & Sarah Pekkanen

Shay is struggling to find love, stuck in a dead end job and isolated whilst the Moore sisters have an unbreakable circle of friends and live a glamorous life where they can get whatever they desire. So seeing Shay thinks she wants their life. But what they really want is hers on this book’s blurb instantly intrigued me. Why? Why do they want hers? I can’t wait to find out and see how this unfolds.

The Familiar Dark by Amy Engel

As I thought the author’s previous thriller was fantastic I immediately knew that I had to read this when I saw it. This ones about a mother who loses her daughter and goes on a search for answers over what really happened. It sounds like it’s got another twisted family dynamic at the center of it all too. So I’m pretty intrigued by this.

He Started It by Samantha Downing

When their wealthy grandfather dies Beth, Portia and Eddie are all brought together again for the first time in years to fulfill his final wish and receive their inheritance. This is one family with a lot of secrets though; a missing person, an act of revenge, a man following their car… and then at least one of them is a killer with a body in the trunk. How on earth could I read that and not want to know more?

His & Hers by Alice Feeney

There are two sides to every story: yours and mine, ours and theirs, His & Hers. Which means someone is always lying. Intrigued yet? This story follows Anna, a TV news presenter, and Jack, a detective. Both end up involved in a murder investigation but one knows much more than they’re letting on. Whose telling the truth? And what is truly happening? With two points of view – I’d imagine from that first line that they’re also contradictory of each other at times – this seems like it’ll be an incredibly interesting read. As well as one that’ll keep you guessing.

Deadly Waters by Dot Hutchison

When a male student’s remains are found in alligator infested waters the university warns students to stay away from the reptiles, then another body is found and the link between the two is undeniable; both belonged to a fraternity with a reputation for preying on women. With every passing day those that know Ellie become increasingly convinced that she’s the vigilante killer responsible. ‘But if she is, stopping her might not be in everyone’s best interest…’ Another fantastically compelling sounding thriller. Plus the book that I’ve read by the author so far was incredibly good and disturbingly dark.

Home Before Dark by Riley Sager

Every Riley Sager book is on my TBR right now and I can’t wait to finally start picking them up. This latest offering is about a woman returning to renovate the house that was made famous by her father’s bestselling horror memoir. The locals aren’t impressed by her father’s book and the house itself is fairly disturbing. Then the strange occurrences detailed in the book begin. Is the house truly haunted or ‘are there more earthbound—and dangerous—secrets hidden within its walls?’ I have a feeling that this one won’t just be incredibly compelling but probably pretty unnerving too.

The Perfect Guests by Emma Rous

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When she was growing up Beth was invited to stay with Nina and had a wonderful time until she was asked ‘to play a very strange game – and nothing was the same again.’ Now Nina appears in her life once again, needing them to play one final game. What exactly is this ‘game’? I need to know thanks to the blurb and I just… I can’t figure it out. So I’ll definitely be picking this up once it comes out.

The Invisible Girl by Lisa Jewell

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This ones blurb mentions three people whose lives are about to collide in a ‘shocking and unimaginable way’. Kate whose daughter comes home terrified after a strange man follows her home and who later learns that someone she knows was violently assaulted nearby. Owen whose lost his job, never had a girlfriend and stumbles into an online world full of lonely men where he meets William; a man in a similar position with a horrifying solution. And Saffyre, a troubled child whose been a patient of Roan (a child psychologist whose also Kate’s husband) for nearly two years; she’s basically dependent on him, and knows things about him that he wouldn’t want anyone, especially his wife, to know. OMG I need to read this. It sounds dark, twisted, disturbing and yet I need answers already. How on earth is this all going to come together?

Those Who Prey by Jennifer Moffett

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College life is nothing like Emily expected until the Kingdom finds her. With them she finds acceptance, friends, a potential boyfriend and gets the chance to spend the summer in Italy on a mission trip. But once there everything goes wrong; the passports of those involved are taken along with their money, contact with people back home is cut off and the Kingdom’s practices become increasingly manipulative and dangerous…then someone ends up dead. Yes I need this too! I’m incredibly curious and need to know more. I know this will be dark but it sounds amazing too!!


What Kind Of Girl by Alyssa B. Sheinmel

I need this book! It’s about Mike Parker’s girlfriend showing up at school with a bruise on her face; a bruise she claims Mike gave her. But then why did she stay so long? And why go to the principal rather than the police? Sides are taken with some girls rallying around Mike and others crying out for his expulsion. ‘The only thing that the entire student body can agree on? Someone is lying. And the truth has to come out.’ And I need to know that truth now too! I have a feeling this is going to be one hell of a powerful book.

Moment Of Truth by Kasie West

Although I still need to read them – this year I’ll finally start! – Kasie West writes some absolutely stunning sounding books and this is no exception. It sounds like it could simultaneously be sweet and heart-wrenching as it’s central character Hadley starts learning some truths about herself. And the guy who crashes her swim meet sounds like an interesting puzzle to solve. Who is he? Why is he doing this? And, most importantly, will this be as cute as it sounds? Because, as I always say, I seriously need to start picking up more warm, fuzzy books!

The Lucky Ones by Liz Lawson

From sweet to harrowing. Seriously I’d be surprised if this one isn’t a hard read but it sounds so, so good. It’s about May who feels lost, alone and angry after the school shooting that killed her twin brother and Zach whose life fell apart when his mother decided to defend the shooter. One night they meet and from there maybe they’ll both ‘figure out that surviving could be an option after all.’

Meet Me At Midnight by Jessica Pennington

And we’re back to adorable! See I do like the sound of some upbeat reads too! Anyway this one’s about two star swimmers who spend every summer trying to find the ultimate way to prank one another. Their plans are ruined when their antics get their families kicked out of their beloved lake houses. Then Sidney gets a note and everything changes; instead of pranking each other they team up to get revenge on the woman who kicked them out. A growing attraction follows… see cute, potentially funny and romantic!

All Eyes On Her by Laurie Elizabeth Flynn

This is the story of a boy and a girl who went into the woods but only the girl came back. What truly happened that day? The theories are countless. That, in itself, is enough to intrigue me but this book is told from the perspective of everyone except from the girl in question. Her best friend, her sister, her enemy and her ex-boyfriend all have their say. But what’s really the truth? I know that I want to find out.

Loveless by Alice Oseman

I’ve heard so many fantastic things about Alice Oseman’s books so this year will definitely be the year that I finally get reading them. This one sounds just as fascinating as the rest and follows Georgia who loves romance but feels loveless herself. She’s never had a relationship or even a crush but after a disastrous summer she starts to discover that maybe she doesn’t like anyone in that way; and maybe it’s okay.

More Than Maybe by Erin Hahn

Another wonderfully sweet sounding offering that I can’t wait to get my hands on. It follows Luke who wants nothing to do with fame and hides his gift, secretly hoarding songs in his bedroom at night. He also co-hosts a locally popular podcast with his twin brother and has an un-requited crush on music blogger, Vada. Vada is incredibly ambitious and has everything planned out; nowhere in her plan is Luke and yet his music knowledge makes her dizzy and when she hears him sing about a mystery girl she really wishes it was her. See, cute! And it sounds fascinating too. I get the feeling that this is the sort of contemporary I could happily curl up with and devour swiftly.

Second First Impressions by Sally Thorne

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It’s another upbeat, warm-hearted sounding novel! And it’s by an author who I’ve heard fantastic things about. This is about Ruthie whose worked at the front desk of a retirement villa for six years and Teddy whose spent his time partying, sleeping in late and tattooing himself whilst bored. When his father sends him to work at the villa Ruthie hatches a plan to get rid of him – offering him up as the latest personal assistant for her two wealthiest and most eccentric residents. Nobody else has lasted a whole week but somehow Teddy succeeds. Then Ruthie finds out his father, a wealthy property developer, is planning to sell the complex, leading her to question everything. To me this whole story just sounds utterly charming and as if it has the potential to be seriously hilarious as well!

Wonderland by Juno Dawson
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Whenever I go in Waterstones lately I see books by Juno Dawson among their most popular YA offerings which has led me to seriously want to check them out soon. This one is said to be ‘a searing exploration of mental health, gender and privilege’ and from the blurb it sounds like a pretty unique take on Alice In Wonderland. The central character’s best friend goes missing and in her hunt for answers Alice finds a mysterious invitation to ‘the party to end all parties’. But once there Alice is alone, miles from home, without her essential medication and unable to trust anyone, not even herself. I’m so intrigued by this one. It sounds like nothing else that I’ve ever read!

Today Tonight Tomorrow by Rachel Lynn Solomon

Not only have I heard fantastic things about the author’s previous two books but I also adore the sound of them. So fingers crossed that I’ll read all three of them at some point in 2020. This one sounds like it could be the perfect contemporary YA novel for me. Firstly it’s enemies to lovers!! Which I absolutely adore. Secondly it focuses on two rival overachievers who are forced to team up when they learn that a bunch of seniors are out to get them during Howl. They plan to wait until they’re the only two left then destroy one another. It’s set over the course of one day and sounds amazing!

Influence by Sara Shepard & Lilia Buckingham

I love reading books by Sara Shepard, they tend to be so scandalous, gossipy and addictive. Once picked up I find them impossible to put down so naturally this is on my TBR. It’s also about influencers and the world of internet stars. It follows four such individuals as one of them is about to get seriously burned. I just know that I’ll love this.

The Assignment by Liza M. Wiemer

And the last book that I’m listing is another harrowing sounding one. But so, so important too. It’s the story of what happens when a favourite teacher gives out an assignment within which the students are asked to argue for ‘the final solution’ and two of them refuse to participate in the appalling debate. It shows what happens as the student body, parents and larger community are forced to deal with the issue. And I’m sure I heard that it’s based on a true story which is absolutely appalling; how could an assignment like this ever possibly be set?

If I was sure whether or not it’s out in 2020 then The Cousins would also definitely be included in this list because I’m seriously itching to get my hands on a copy of it. As I’ve seen conflicting informatiion concerning it’s release date I’ve left it off this list however.

So those are my most anticipated thrillers and contemporary novels of 2020. Are you looking forward to them? What other thrillers and contemporary novels are you counting down the days to? What genre would you like to read more of in 2020? Please do let me know in the comments section below as I’d love to hear from you.

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.

2020 Sequels & Prequels · Most Anticipated Reads 2020

Most Anticipated Sequels & Prequels 2020

Hello and welcome to my second ‘most anticipated’ list for 2020 releases. This time it’s all about the prequels and sequels that are coming out this year. I’m behind on most of these series – I need to start most of them sadly – but I didn’t want to put off mentioning sequels this year so I’ve decided to pick a top fifteen regardless in the hopes that I’ll actually get up to date with all of these series by the end of the year.

The Night Country by Melissa Albert

I loved book one so of course I want to read book two. I can’t wait to find out what happens next and I do adore the excuse to re-read book one soon. I’m also seriously excited for The Tales From The Hinterland book that’s in the works!

Heart Of Flames by Nicki PauPreto

Okay I still need to read Crown Of Feathers but I definitely plan to pick it up soon as it sounds amazing. A world ruled by warrior queens, a tangled web of lies, phoenix riders and more!

The King Of Crows by Libba Bray

Yep I still need to start this one too but I adore the sound of this series so, so much. What’s not to love about 1920s New York City when blended with an uncle who has a fascination with the occult and a girl who realizes her supernatural power could help her catch a serial killer? It sounds like a fantastic series and I’m definitely getting it read in 2020.

The Deck Of Omens by Christine Lynn Herman

Yet another that I still need to start. Actually to save repeating myself let me just say that unless I say otherwise the series is still new to me but I’m desperate enough to read it to include the sequels here anyway. This one sounds fascinating too with the ‘otherworldly destruction’ that the children of founding families can cause and the bodies that start appearing in the woods. It sounds creepy and addictive!

Ruthless Gods by Emily A. Duncan

A girl who can speak to the Gods, a prince in danger, a boy with a monstrous secret and a centuries long war all instantly made me want to read this. So how haven’t I yet? I will get up to date on this series this year.

The Bone Thief by Breeana Shields

Set in a world where bones are the source of all power this sounds like an incredibly interesting world. Plus it contains two potential paths for the central character; paths that she has to simultaneously live after a special set of bones are broken. So basically the first of these is one I need to pick up immediately.

The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes by Suzanne Collins

Yay one that I’m up to date with! And it’s one that basically made my brain go ‘new Hunger Games’ non stop! So I am seriously here for this! I can’t wait to see what this prequels like but I have high, high hopes for it.

The Damned by Renée Ahdieh

Ah how have I not started this series yet! The Beautiful is probably my most anticipated book of 2020 so naturally I’m already excited about it’s sequel. Vampires & New Orleans sound like a match made in heaven.

Cold Iron Heart by Melissa Marr

OMG I need this already! A prequel story about Irial in 1890s New Orleans! Yes, yes, yes! Plus let me just say that the start is stunning so I can’t wait to read the whole book. A Wicked Lovely re-read is definitely on the cards for 2020.

Unravel The Dusk by Elizabeth Lim

Spin The Dawn is another incredible sounding book that I can’t believe I haven’t read yet. Twelve tailors vying for a job amidst backstabbing, lies and a court magician?!? Naturally I need to read this. SOON.

The Burning Kingdoms by Sally Green
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I love the sound of the characters in this – a princess preparing for a loveless marriage, a servant seeking revenge on the prince who betrayed his people, a thief who drifts from town to town and a girl who plays bait for a gruff demon hunter. Plus it contains magic and war so I definitely need to get reading this series before the finale comes out.

As The Shadow Rises by Katy Rose Pool

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I still think this book sounds amazing! The mix of characters is incredible and the history with the seven disappearing prophets sounds fascinating too. Basically why haven’t I picked book one up yet?

Majesty by Katharine McGee

I love what I’ve read of Katharine McGee’s other series so why haven’t I started this one yet? I definitely will soon as I imagine it’s going to be a wonderfully addictive, scandal ridden book that I fly through thanks to my inability to put it down. Fingers crossed at least.

Blood & Honey by Shelby Mahurin

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I’ve heard such incredible things about Serpent & Dove, plus it’s about a witch whose forced to go undercover as a thief to survive and the witch hunter that she’s pushed into a marriage with. This book sounds dark, addictive and heartbreaking; so basically like it’s made for me.

The Serpent’s Curse by Lisa Maxwell

I’m not sure why but I wasn’t desperate to read The Last Magician at first but now I am. It involves magic, time travel and a mission back in time to 1902 to steal an ancient book containing the secrets of the Order before it can be destroyed. I definitely plan to get the first two read before the finale comes out.

I’m also incredibly interested in reading the Camelot Rising #2 book but I haven’t included it here as it doesn’t yet have a title. The same will hopefully also apply to Kingdom Of Souls #2 as I’m reading that one very soon; possibly even by the time that you’re reading this. And then there’s one final book that I absolutely have to mention and that’s Poisoned by Jennifer Donnelly but I’m not including it in this list as I’m not entirely sure whether or not it’s a sequel? As it’s a fairytale retelling once again I’m hoping that it’s linked to Stepsister but I honestly don’t know.

So those are the fifteen sequels and prequels of 2020 that I most want to read. What sequels or prequels are you particularly looking forward to? Let me know in the comments section below (:

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.

Most Anticipated Reads 2020

Most Anticipated Releases 2020

2020 looks like it’s set to be another incredible year for book releases and I thought that the start of the year was the perfect time to share the ones that I’m most excited for with you. Originally I was going to pick 25 but I caved and upped that number to 32 because there were just so many incredible sounding books out there! As there are some sequels that I’m looking forward to I have a list of those coming up in an hour, followed by the thrillers and contemporary novels that have caught my eye as I felt they all needed a mention too. So today is a very list packed day but I hope you at least find some books to add to your TBR because of them (:

Diamond City by Francesca Flores

Everything about this book sounds fantastic from its setting to its characters to its inclusion of magic. It’s central character is an assassin who finds a family in those like her – the unwanted and the forgotten. It’s city is ‘built by magic, ruled by tyrants, and in desperate need of saving.’ And if that wasn’t enough ‘Aina will have to win a game of murder and conspiracy—and risk losing everything.’ It’s definitely one book that I’ll have to pick up as soon as possible.

All Stars And Teeth by Adalyn Grace

This one follows princess Amora who has spent her whole life training to be High Animancerthe master of souls. When her demonstration goes wrong Amora is forced to flee and make a bargain with a pirate to help him find his stolen magic. There are legendary monsters, vengeful mermaids and surprising stowaways. Plus a destructive new magic is on the rise. Simply put it sounds amazing and its cover is gorgeous.

The Ninth Sorceress by Bonnie Wynne

I only found out about this one whilst looking up 2020 releases for my monthly release posts but oh boy does it sound good! It contains chained Gods, long buried truths, lost magic and a rising war. It follows Gwyn, a seventeen year old with no family and no past who is apprenticed to a half mad herbalist who hides her from the world like a dark secret. She discovers she’s being hunted by a Goddess. And, if all of that somehow isn’t enough, the blurb starts off with this utterly enticing beginning: In the blackest dungeon of the Clockwork City, a prisoner lies bound in silver shackles. Who is she? And why are the wizards so afraid of her?

The Shadows Between Us by Tricia Levenseller

I get the feeling that this book is going to have a pretty unique protagonist in Alessandra; after all she plans to gain power by marrying, then killing, the Shadow King so that she can steal his kingdom for herself. If that wasn’t an exciting enough plot by itself she then finds herself trying to keep him alive, amid other attempts on his life, for long enough for him to make her his queen. And she’s in danger of falling for him along the way because, as the book blurb says, ‘who better for a Shadow King than a cunning, villainous queen?’

House Of Earth And Blood by Sarah J. Maas

So I was sold at ‘new Sarah J. Mass’ but I’ll put a little more detail here. This book is set in a world filled with a vast array of magical creatures (which I can’t wait to learn all about) where humans struggle to survive. It’s a world on the brink of war and the heroine sounds as badass as I’d expect from the author. Simply put this sounds amazing.

The Kingdom Of Back by Marie Lu

This book sounds like the very definition of ‘be careful what you wish for’ and with a magical imp and an imaginary kingdom it sounds very ‘fae’ which I love. Bring it on so I can learn all about Nannerl’s terrible pact to always be remembered; because I’m very, very intrigued and can’t wait to see just how terribly she’s messed up with her desires. I really hope this is as beautifully dark and brutally intoxicating as Holly Black’s Elfhame novels!

Chain Of Gold by Cassandra Clare

More Shadowhunters? Yes please! Although I really should re-read The Infernal Devices before this comes out. I love how Cassandra Clare blends the mundane and magical world and I can’t wait to see her take on Edwardian London. I’m particularly interested in seeing how the plague affects the Shadowhunters and Downworlders. Bring on the Herondales, Blackthorns and Carstairs. Oh and that cover is gorgeous; I think I’m in love!

The Midnight Lie by Marie Rutkoski

This is set in the world of The Winner’s Trilogy but it sounds as if you can read it without picking the original series up first? Although, knowing me, I’ll probably still re-read the original trilogy before picking this up as my memories of it are pretty vague now. But anyway this book sounds amazing! It’s set in a world where ‘crime abounds, a harsh tribunal rules, and society’s pleasures are reserved for the High Kith’ and follows Nirrim, whose hiding a dangerous secret, as she puts her trust in a sly stranger in a search for magic. Ah; that’s me sold!

The Vanishing Deep by Astrid Scholte

As I adored the author’s debut I can’t wait to check this book out. It’s set in a world of water where the Great Waves destroyed a planet, forcing it’s people to live on the water. It’s a world where the dead can be temporarily raised…for a price. And one girl wants to bring back her sister for answers over their parents’ deaths. Instead, once reunited, they embark on a journey for the truth and to restore their bond as sisters. But they’re pursued every step of the way by those that want to make sure the truth about the revival process – including its true cost – don’t get out. Now I need answers!! 

Bone Crier’s Moon by Kathryn Purdie

Yet another incredible sounding book! This time it’s about some major star-crossed lovers. It’s about Bone Criersthose who have a scared duty to ferry the spirits of the dead and keep them from preying on the living. That in itself sounds amazing but then there’s the star crossed lovers part… Bone Criers have to kill the boy that their destined to love as a rite of passage. And Bastien, a boy whose father was slain by a Bone Crier, is seeking his revenge. Like I said, doesn’t this sound absolutely addictive?

Havenfall by Sara Holland

This sounds incredible and I really can’t wait for it to come out. Side note why are there so many releases on this single day? The past six all come out at the very same time as this one. But anyway this is about an inn that serves as a sanctuary and connects ancient worlds, each with their own magic. For Maddie it’s also an escape from reality where her mother is accused of murdering Maddie’s brother. Then a body is found and everything that the inn stands for is shattered… Need I say more really?

All Your Twisted Secrets by Diana Urban

OMG I need this book! Unlike the majority of this list it isn’t a fantasy novel but it sounds absolutely incredible. Six students find themselves invited to a dinner with a horrific twist – one of them must die. Trapped in a room with a bomb they must select one of their number to die…or they all will. Who would do this to them? And why? Apparently there are a lot of secrets to uncover and I just can not imagine how on earth this novel will end. This certainly sounds like it’ll be addictive to read.

Chosen Ones by Veronica Roth

This is Veronica Roth’s adult debut and although I still need to read her YA books – I do at least own them so I’ll make sure I finally get them read this year – I can’t wait for this. It sounds incredible. It’s set ten years after a group of seemingly un-extraordinary teenagers were brought together as one of them was prophesied to save the world. When one of their numbers die the remaining champions uncover a horrifying truth… that the Dark One’s reign never really ended!

The Notorious Virtues by Alwyn Hamilton

All I need is to read ‘magical competition of a lifetime’ to know that this book is 100% for me. Throw in a family that controls a whole country’s money and magic, a murder, an illegitimate daughter (who suddenly finds herself surrounded by family, most of whom want her dead) and danger on all sides and you have yourself another book to preorder!

House Of Dragons by Jessica Cluess

When the Emperor dies, the five royal houses of Etrusia attend the Call where one of their own will be selected to compete for the throne. It’s always the eldest, the one trained to compete in the Trial. But this year is different; this year a liar, a soldier, a servant, a thief and a murderer are called. And now I seriously need to see how this thing plays out because it sounds amazing!

Girl, Serpent, Thorn by Melissa Bashardoust

Say the word fairytale and I’m immediately interested. Throw in a princess who is poisonous to the touch, a demon in a dungeon and the question of who and what the princess is – human or demon, princess or monster – and I’m definitely going to read it. And, most likely, scream about it from the rooftops afterwards too.

The Gilded Ones by Namina Forna

Set in a fascinating sounding fantasy world where girls go through a ceremony to find out the colour of their blood, Deka is already an outcast thanks to her strange intuition. When her blood is found to be gold she faces ‘consequence worse than death’. She’s saved when a mysterious woman offers her a chance to fight with others like her for the emperor. But nothing is as it seems, including Deka herself. Yet another book that I can’t wait to get my hands on.  

Where Dreams Descend by Janella Angeles

As soon as I saw this compared to Moulin Rogue I knew that I had to read it. This does sound absolutely amazing though as not only does it contain elements of Moulin Rogue – and I’m so, so excited to find out how that works – but it also contains a competition between magicians… magicians who start mysteriously disappearing. Ah, I need this now!

I Killed Zoe Spanos by Kit Frick

Another non fantasy book and another that also sounds fantastically addictive. When Anna arrives in a small Hamptons village for a summer nanny job she finds herself inside of a community on edge after a local girl disappeared…a girl who looks eerily like Anna. Two months later  the girl’s body is found and Anna makes a confession. But her confession is riddled with holes. What’s the truth? What really happened? And why would Anna confess if she isn’t guilty? This sounds like it will be jam packed with twists and turns. I want answers already and that’s from the blurb alone!!

The Year Of The Witching by Alexis Henderson

Omg this one sounds amazing! It’s set in the lands of Bethel, where the Prophet’s word is law and follows Immanuelle whose very existence is considered to be blasphemy. If that didn’t sound fascinating enough it also contains the spirits of powerful witches, killed by the first Prophet, and a diary of Immanuelle’s mother – one that leads her to question everything.

A Song Of Wraiths And Ruin by Roseanne A. Brown

Another absolutely incredible sounding book! Seriously go and read the blurb if you haven’t heard of this one yet. It’s two main characters find themselves falling for each other whilst simultaneously plotting the other’s destruction. Why? Because one made a terrible bargain with a vengeful spirit to save his sister and the other needs the heart of a king to make use of some ancient resurrection magic. Hooked yet? Either way let me mention that it also contains a contest that one of our protagonists rigs his way into, a court that’s threatening mutiny and ancient evil. Need I say more?

A Court Of Miracles by Kester Grant

I’ve been waiting for this book for ages. And now, after seeing Les Misérables live on stage I’m even more desperate to devour this. I’m definitely curious about the pairing of Les Misérables and The Jungle Book. The setting of a dawning revolution including the city’s glittering court and dark underbelly sounds fascinating to say the least. Plus part of the people it’s listed for is…and anyone who knows that Eponine deserved so much more which hello, 100% So yeah, I need this book.

The Kinder Poison by Natalie Mae

Yes it’s another fantasy world to explore, this time the kingdom of Orkena where an ancient tradition called The Crossing takes place. The heirs of the kingdom take part in a death defying race that ends in the winner taking the life of a sacrifice. And poor Zahru finds herself chosen as that sacrifice. Now her survival depends on ‘somehow figuring out how to overcome the most powerful people in the world. ‘ I have a feeling this will be another epic debut.

Sisters Of Sword And Song by Rebecca Ross

Another fantasy – this time a standalone about the unbreakable bond between sisters. When Halcyon arrives early from her time serving in the queen’s army Evadne knows that something is terribly wrong. That something is that she’s on the run, hunted by her commander and charged with murder. During the trial Halcyon life is spared but her punishment is heavy, leading Eva to volunteer to serve part of the sentence herself, causing her to discover that some fates are much worse than death. Intriguing, right? I need to know what this punishment is; and also discover the truth behind Halcyon’s crimes.

Goddess In The Machine by Lora Beth Johnson

I’ve got a sci fi offering on this list and oh boy does it sound interesting! This ones about Andra who wakes up from a cryonic sleep for a trip across the galaxy nine hundred years later than she was supposed to. Not only that but she finds out that the rest of the colonists are now dead and she’s constantly referred to as ‘Goddess’. Meanwhile Zhade is hoping that the ‘Goddess’ will be the key to taking his rightful place on his throne, although he’s keeping plenty to himself.

Burn Our Bodies Down by Rory Power

Firstly I was intrigued by this thanks to all of the wonderful things that I’ve heard about Wilder Girls; then I read the blurb and was utterly hooked. It’s always been just Margot and her mother; no relatives, no history, no answers. Then Margot finds a photograph and decides to get some answers for herself but it turns out there was a reason her mother left her hometown. Was it to protect Margot or to hide her past? I can’t wait to find out! Especially as ‘The only thing Margot knows for sure is there’s poison in their family tree, and their roots are dug so deeply into Phalene that now that she’s there, she might never escape.’

Splinters Of Scarlet by Emily Bain Murphy

As soon as I saw this described as ‘Downton Abbey with magic’ I added it to my TBR because, let’s face it, what could be better than that? It’s set in 19th-century Copenhagen and involves a mystery too as our central character strives to discover the truth behind her father’s mysterious death. How does she do that? By going to work for the same family that he was working for at the time of his death.

The Other Side Of The Sky by Meagan Spooner & Amie Kaufman

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And the fantasy worlds keep coming! This one has a ‘genre-bending romance’ and features the prince of a hi-tech city in the sky who falls into a goddess’s ancient land. And it sounds absolutely incredible. Hi tech cities in the sky and Miyazaki-inspired lands where prophecy and magicians rule. What more could you possibly ask for?

Empire Of The Vampire by Jay Kristoff
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Is it bad that I see the word ‘vampire’ and find myself instantly intrigued? Plus it’s by Jay Kristoff and I always hear such amazing things about his books. So this definitely had to go on my TBR. Plus the plot sounds absolutely amazing. Vampires? Check. A world without sunrises? Check. Forbidden love? Check. Humanity’s last hope of ending the eternal night shattered; yep that’s there too. So let’s be honest, this sounds amazing basically.

A Golden Fury by Samantha Cohoe
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Set in 1792 whilst Europe is in the throes of a revolution a teenage alchemist uncovers the secrets of how to make a Philosopher’s Stonesadly the cost may just be her mind. How amazing does that sound? I seriously need this book! There’s limited information at the moment so I could be mis-remembering the stone part but I’m sure that’s what was previously mentioned in it’s brief blurb. Either way I’m curious about this one. And I can’t wait to see what the final cover looks like.

Kingdom Of The Wicked by Kerri Maniscalco

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This book is set in 19th century Italy and follows a witch seeking answers in the murder of her beloved sister. If that wasn’t enough it also follows the demon prince who is tasked with finding a bride for his master. OMG that sounds amazing! I need this book. Witches, a demon prince, the search for a bride and who is this master? I must know more. Also, once again, I can’t wait to see the cover of this one as all of Kerri Maniscalco’s previous books have had gorgeous cover designs.

The Invisible Life Of Addie La Rue by V.E. Schwab

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How on earth could I not want to read this book when its described as a love story between the devil and a French girl who sells her soul for the chance to live forever, only to be cursed to be forgotten by everyone she meetsWow! It sounds absolutely amazing and I can not wait for this book to come out. I love, love, love the premise and hope it’s as deliciously dark as it sounds. Even now this is just too far away.

Wow picking just that many was hard. I just looked at my list again and there are still dozens of others that I could have included but I had to stop somewhere. That being said if you want to know of any others then feel free to ask.

So those are 32 of my most anticipated releases of 2020 and it’s kind of scary to think just how many more are out there. But anyway these all sound incredible and I can’t wait to read them all! What are your most anticipated reads of 2020? Are there any others that you think I should know about? Please do let me know in the comments section below.

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.