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Meet The TBR – Most Anticipated Releases For The Rest Of 2020

Sorry for disappearing yet again. I really want to say that I’m back but honestly it’s going to be another couple of weeks as I’m still stuck in this ridiculous reading slump. I majorly want to push passed it before blogging about books and to be honest I’m also feeling a little low lately. On the bright side I do have a lot of blogging inspiration so once I’m back I have a lot of ideas for future content dancing around in my head. So I will definitely be back fully soon. I just need another few weeks to shake off this mood and slump.

Anyway onto today’s post. I didn’t just want to write a paragraph saying I’d be disappearing so instead I thought I’d start off a new series about my TBR for now. Why? Because it gives me a chance to remind myself of why I wanted to read some of the books on it in the first place – something that will hopefully reignite my passion for reading. Plus it means I can hopefully bring some fantastic sounding books to your attention too.

These are ten of my most anticipated releases for the rest of 2020. (I was so heartbroken to see that Empire Of The Vampire has been pushed to 2021!) I decided to start it from July onwards as we’re almost at the end of June already.

Splinters Of Scarlet by Emily Bain Murphy

As soon as I saw this described as ‘Downton Abbey with magic’ it went straight onto my TBR. I mean honestly, what more could I ask for in a book? There’s also a mystery element, it’s set in 19th century Denmark and it states that ‘secrets can kill and magic is a deadly gift’. Plus I love the cover…
I may actually just have to go and pre-order this…

The Year Of The Witching by Alexis Henderson

Let’s be honest it was probably the title that first drew me to this book – we need more witch fiction! – but how could I possibly resist it with a blurb like that? Four dead witches, a land that sounds chilling, a secret journal and just… I Need This Book! Seriously. Plus I love the cover again… why is the UK version different?

The Notorious Virtues by Alwyn Hamilton

Magical competition, check. Mysterious death, check. A fortune up for grabs, check. Illegitimate daughter, check. Basically it’s magic, murder and a fascinating sounding world. I need this book. And here’s a little quote from the blurb:
‘Incredible tests, impossible choices and deadly odds await both girls. But there can only be one winner.’

Where Dreams Descend by Janella Angeles

Moulin Rogue & magicians. Need I say more? There’s unseen danger, a powerful showgirl, disappearing magicians, an enigmatic keeper and a brooding judge with a dark past. This book sounds dark, twisted, magical and just flat out incredible.

A Deadly Education by Naomi Novik

Speaking of incredible books… how did I not learn about this one sooner? It’s set in a school for the magically gifted where failure quite literally means death. There’s no escape until it’s students graduate. There are monsters lurking everywhere. And the main character has dark magic so powerful that it could kill everyone. Basically this went on my TBR as soon as I saw it described as a ‘dark, feminist Harry Potter’.

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

Ah this book. I’ve been waiting for it for what feels like forever! How could I resist a book about a girl who sells her soul for a chance to live forever, only to then be cursed to be forgotten by everyone she meets. Amazing. I. NEED. THIS. I better be back to my reading game when this releases as it’s one I intend to read as soon as humanly possible.

A Golden Fury by Samantha Cohoe

Is it bad that I was first drawn to this simply because it said the words ‘Philosopher’s Stone’? Yes I’m the girl who instantly thought of Harry Potter at that point. But seriously this sounds so, so amazing. It’s about a girl, Thea, who learns that creating said stone will lead to madness, but will she have to go ahead and sacrifice her sanity to save the people she loves?

Poisoned by Jennifer Donnelly

I know hardly anything about this book but after devouring Stepsister I must have it! I absolutely adored Jennifer Donnelly’s retelling of Cinderella so I simply can’t wait to see what her take on Snow White will be like. Will it involve Fate & Chance again? (please, please, be yes!) And will more follow? I hope so. Ugh, I literally can not wait.

Kingdom Of The Wicked by Kerri Maniscalco

Two sisters, a brutal murder, an intoxicating romance, witches, princes of Hell! and long forbidden dark magic. I’ve seen a couple of quotes from this book on Instagram and I need it. I may actually cry due to the wait (even if I am stuck in a slump right now) because it sounds absolutely phenomenal. I actually joined the author’s newsletter to get the prologue so I majorly hope that I wasn’t too late!!

The Wicked & The Dead by Melissa Marr

This one doesn’t have a Goodreads page yet so I’ve linked the title to the author’s page about the book instead.

Cover To Come.

From what I read in Melissa Marr’s email newsletters this is going to be her take on vampires after she was inspired to write about them following a nasty snake bite. And it sounds incredible. There’s murder, magic and a faery prince; and trust me, Melissa Marr really knows how to write addictive tales about the fae.

So there you have it, the ten books that release over the second half of 2020 that I’m most excited for. Has writing this helped spark up some more reading enthusiasm for me? Yes!! So fingers crossed that it stays. Obviously I can’t get on with any of these yet but I have plenty of other beautiful books waiting to be read that I’m also incredibly stoked for including The Ballad Of Songbirds And Snakes, The Beautiful, Blood Countess, Queen Of Nothing (how have I not read that yet?!?) House Of Blood And Earth, Chain Of Gold and Serpent & Dove to name a few. Plus the library stack that I mentioned in my previous post. So yeah, I definitely have lots of wonderful sounding books to keep me busy. And lots of other wonderful sounding ones releasing in the future.

Ideally I’m going to get reading over the next two to three weeks then return properly with a LOT of blogging and reading inspiration buzzing about inside of me. I’m planning to return with another of these lists, this time totally shaming myself with the books that have been on my physical TBR pile for the longer (*hides*). And then I’ll naturally also catch up on my other posts, features, tags and read all of your wonderful content too.

What are you most anticipated books for the rest of 2020? What have been your favourite reads of the year so far? Is there any particular category that you’d like to see for this series in the future?
Let me know everything in the comments.

Features · Literary Lists

Literacy Lists: Witches

Firstly fingers crossed that I’m back now. They do still seem to have people working on various things in the road on and off though so if I run into any further connectivity issues I’ll keep you all in the loop.

So it’s October and I couldn’t think of a better theme for this month than witches. Admittedly I could also have gone for vampires, especially as The Beautiful has just came out, or scary stories in general but I’m in the mood for a witchy list and am always on the lookout for new suggestions of stories that features them. Here’s ten of the ones that immediately spring to mind for me; if you know any others then I’d love to hear them.

Hex Life: Wicked New Tales Of Witchery by Various Authors

What better way to start off this list than with a collection of new witchy tales? These stories include works by authors that I’ve enjoyed in the past as well as others whose books are on my TBR. Plus the stories in it sound so intriguing. How could I not want to read a book that states that ‘Even the kind hostess with the candy cottage thought of herself as the hero of her own story. After all, a woman’s gotta eat.’

A Discovery Of Witches by Deborah Harkness

This book has been on my TBR forever so I’m determined to finally get on with it soon. I tried watching the show but couldn’t fully get into it but I found the characters and world interesting enough that, despite my experience, it only heightened my desire to pick up these books. Witches, vampires & daemons; how have I not read this already?

Witches Of East End by Melissa de la Cruz

I’m that terrible reader (at least lately) whose seen the show but not read the book in this case. I adored the television series however so obviously I want to pick up this book. With witches in it who can resurrect people from the dead, see the future and cure most any heartache this sounds like an interesting read even if the show hadn’t brought it to my attention however.

Serpent & Dove by Shelby Mahurin

I’ve wanted to read this book ever since I found this within it’s Goodreads description: ‘For her sixteenth birthday, Louise le Blanc’s mother gave her three things: a sacrificial altar, a ritual knife and a wicked scar.’ How could I not want to read it after that? A world where witches are hunted and burned though; where there’s an ancient war between the witches and the church; where a witch ends up married to a witch hunter… I need to read this!!

Dead Witch Walking by Kim Harrison

This sounds like such a thrilling book (and I own a copy of it, along with two others in the series). A world where a genetically engineered virus killed half of the world’s human population and exposed creatures of dreams and nightmares that had lived in secret until then. A witch whose used to confronting criminal vampires, dark witches and homicidal werewolves. A main character whose marked for death unless she can appease her former employers… I need to get on with this one soon!

Bitten by Kelley Armstrong

Okay so I don’t think this book actually contains witches but I’m pretty sure that they come into the series in later books. At least that’s what I’ve been led to conclude based on the show and, as I haven’t yet read book one, I felt that this had to be the one that I mentioned. If this series is anything like it’s television adaptation I’m just going to absolutely adore it’s witches. They left me addicted to the show and just… someone please tell me they’re similar whenever they appear?

Black Witch by Laurie Forest

This is another book that I own and still need to read! It sounds fantastic though and just like the sort of book that I could fall for. The granddaughter of a famous witch who saved her people is utterly devoid of power. It doesn’t take her long after being given the opportunity to attend a prestigious school to find out that it’s a very dangerous place for her. Just my sort of book! Plus the quote on the cover – what dark power is it in her veins? Another I need to pick up ASAP

The Witching Hour by Anne Rice

The time-span of this book sounds incredible; there’s such a range of times and places mentioned in the blurb and just… wow it sounds good. I need to know more about this creation that causes it’s creator’s own destruction and torments each of her descendants in turn. I fully intend to read this sometime; although I must confess that if Goodreads is correct then I find it’s size slightly daunting :L

The Witch’s Daughter by Paula Brackston

Part historical romance, part modern fantasy – I’m sure this book will be interesting to say the least. I love the sound of both timelines and can’t wait to learn more about Gideon. A warlock with the power to make someone immortal who then goes on to hunt her across time… simply put it sounds brilliant.

Harry Potter And The Philosopher’s Stone by J. K. Rowling

This book definitely has different witchy vibes than most here but I couldn’t make a book about witches without including this series, could I? It’s easily one of my all time favorite series and I love everything about it so much. The world, the characters, the magic, the danger… everything.

So those are some of the witchy books that I love the sound of. Hopefully I’ll get some of them read soon and naturally I’ve already read the Harry Potter series on numerous occasions. Have you read any of these books? Do you have any other suggestions of witchy reads for me? Or even shows and films… I generally end up enjoying most things featuring witches. Let me know in the comments section below (: