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This week’s theme is all about anticipated 2020 releases, and I have a feeling 2020 is going to be a year of amazing books! So today I’m chatting about the 2020 releases being published between January-June that I can’t wait to read.
Dark and Deepest Red by Anna-Marie McLemore: This sounds right up my street. It has hints of witchcraft and honestly that’s all I need to know to pick up a book.
One of Us Is Next by Karen M. McManus: I didn’t expect to enjoy One of Us Is Lying as much as I did, but I had a lot of fun with it and I’m looking forward to this sequel following some different characters.
Spellhacker by M.K. England: A YA fantasy heist novel? Yes please! Also, just look at that gorgeous cover!
Foul is Fair by Hannah Capin: I received an eARC of Capin’s latest book through NetGalley, so I’d like to read it really soon. It’s a YA thriller, inspired by Macbeth, which follows a group of girls’ revenge after one of them is attacked by a group of golden boys. It sounds dark and delicious, and I love the cover.
The Mercies by Kiran Millwood Hargrave: This is a novel about 17th century witch trials and a sapphic romance. Naturally, I need it.
Deathless Divide by Justina Ireland: Yet another sequel for yet another novel I read and loved in 2019, Dread Nation. Turns out I really enjoy zombie stories, especially if they’re in a historic setting, and I’m so excited for more of Jane.
Meat Cute by Gail Carriger: This novelette is a prequel to Soulless, the first book in one of my favourite series, which finally tells the story of Alexia and Conall met, a.k.a. The hedgehog incident.
Untamed Shore by Silvia Moreno-Garcia: This is Moreno-Garcia’s first novel outside of speculative fiction, this time a thriller set in 1970s Mexico, and I’m really excited to check it out. I loved the noir vibes in Certain Dark Things, so I’m sure I’ll love this one too!
Upright Women Wanted by Sarah Gailey: You all know by now how much I love my fantasy westerns, but give me a fantasy western with a heroine who’s a queer librarian and I’m all over it.
The Unspoken Name by A.K. Larkwood: This fantasy debut not only has a queer heroine, but I believe she’s also an orc? This one’s already getting amazing reviews and I’m very intrigued.
The Empress of Salt and Fortune by Nghi Vo: An Asian-inspired fantasy Tor novella from the point of view of a lady-in-waiting who watches her empress’s rise to power. It sounds wonderful.
Conjure Women by Afia Atakora: This novel has a mother and daughter with a gift for healing, so I want it.
Livingston Girls by Briana Morgan: Witches + boarding school = yes please. One of my reading goals for 2020 is to read at least on self-published novel, so I definitely want to give this one a try!
When We Were Magic by Sarah Gailey: Sarah Gailey’s second appearance on my list this week! Give me witches and I will read it. I’m trash for witches and I’m not sorry.
Witches of Ash & Ruin by E. Latimer: This YA novel is set in Ireland and features witchcraft, Celtic mythology and a bi MC. I’d like it now, please.
When You Were Everything by Ashley Woodfolk: Friendships have always been more important to me than romantic relationships, so I’m loving the slow and steady rise of friendship break-up storylines in YA fiction.
A Phoenix First Must Burn: Sixteen Stories of Black Girl Magic, Resistance, and Hope ed. by Patrice Caldwell: This anthology sounds so good. I’d like it now please.
The House in the Cerulean Sea by T.J. Klune: This m/m fantasy novel featuring orphans and a found family sounds bonkers, and I really want to try it. It’s super expensive, though, so I’m not sure when I’m going to get my hands on it because my library’s rubbish.
The Southern Book Club’s Guide to Slaying Vampires by Grady Hendrix: A woman’s book club team up to defeat a vampire in the 1990s. What’s not to love about that premise?
In the Role of Brie Hutchens… by Nicole Melleby: I’ve yet to read a queer MG novel, and this contemporary about a young girl in a Catholic school who dreams of being an actress and is beginning to question her sexuality sounds wonderful.
Queen of Coin and Whispers by Helen Corcoran: Sapphic fantasy with a romance between a new queen and her spymaster. That’s all I need to know. Also this author is Irish, and I want to read more Irish authors in 2020!
Chosen Ones by Veronica Roth: I DNF’d Divergent and I wasn’t interested in Carve the Mark, but I really like the sound of Roth’s first adult novel; I love the rise in stories about what happens to the ‘chosen one’ after they’ve done what they were chosen to do.
The Life and (Medieval) Times of Kit Sweetly by Jamie Pacton: This YA contemporary follows a girl fighting the patriarchy in the medieval-themed restaurant she works at and it sounds like so much fun.
The Scapegracers by Hannah Abigail Clarke: Again, WITCHCRAFT. That’s all I need to know.
Something to Talk About by Meryl Wilsner: I really like the sound of this f/f romance!
Dangerous Remedy by Kat Dunn: I’m intrigued by this one, but I’m not as excited about it as I am some of the other books on this list purely because I often find books set in France or starring French protagonists that aren’t written by French authors kind of cringe-inducing? The French Revolution seems to be something of a trend in YA at the moment, though, and it’s a period of history I’d like to read more about.
Out Now: Queer We Go Again ed. by Saundra Mitchell: I still need to read Mitchell’s previous anthology, All Out, but there’s no way I’m not pre-ordering this one, too. Give ma all the LGBT+ content! This one’s particularly exciting as I believe there’s going to be some ace rep.
Mexican Gothic by Silvia Moreno-Garcia: 2020 is a blessed year for Moreno-Garcia fans such as myself, because Mexican Gothic is the second of two new novels from her in the first half of the year. I know very little about what this book is about, but I know I want it in my hands immediately. Also that cover is stunning.
The Order of the Pure Moon Reflected in Water by Zen Cho: I enjoyed two novelettes by Cho in 2019, If at First You Don’t Succeed, Try, Try Again and The Terracotta Bride, so I’m definitely interested in checking out this new novella featuring a band of thieves.
Cemetery Boys by Aiden Thomas: I want to read a lot more Latinx stories in 2020, and ever since I read and loved Silvia Moreno-Garcia’s Signal to Noise I’ve been to drawn to Latinx novels that feature witchcraft; this one sounds wonderful.
Dragon Unleashed by Grace Draven: I didn’t like Phoenix Unbound very much, but as this companion novel is following different characters I do want to give it a try! I love the banned/forbidden magic trope in fantasy stories, and I want more romantasy in my life after I read and loved Entreat Me.
A Song Below Water by Bethany C. Morrow: This book has a gorgeous cover and the premise is so interesting. It sounds like the perfect summer read!