Most Anticipated Releases (Jul-Sep 2019)

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Today I’m sharing my most anticipated releases for the next three months, some of which I have already read thanks to having received an ARC, some other ones knowing perfectly well that I won’t manage to make them a priority for now and that’s okay.

Usually these posts end up being very long for me but I feel like this summer is being slightly more quiet (after a few very hectic release months like May and June), with the exception of some September releases that have me vibrate in anticipation whenever I think of them.

July

9th

Wilder Girls by Rory Power

16th

The Rise of Kyoshi by F.C. Lee

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August

6th

A Little Light Mischief by Cat Sebastian | review

13th

The Last Hope by Krista Ritchie and Becca Ritchie

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September

3rd

Darkdawn by Jay Kristoff

10th

Gideon the Ninth by Tamsyn Muir

How to be Remy Cameron by Julian Winters | RTC

24th

The Tyrant’s Tomb by Rick Riordan

Wayward Son by Rainbow Rowell

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What are your most anticipated books for the next few months? Is there anything I forgot and/or you think I might not know about? Let me know!

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Most Anticipated Releases (Apr-Jun 2019)

It’s the start of a new trimester and that means I’m going to share my most anticipated releases for the next three months!

The reason I do this rather than a “most anticipated books for the first half of the year” or so is that books by smaller publishers or self published books aren’t often announced with such a huge notice, and I don’t want my posts to only have books by big publishers and/or already known authors.

Even so, something always gets announced after I’ve posted my list BUT for now this is all I’ve got. And that’s a lot! April and May are especially holding a knife at my throat while university is keeping me locked in the basement.

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What I’m saying is that I need a bookcation in which I read all day every day for a few months and then maybe I’ll be able to stay on top of my anticipated TBR. So without further ado, here’s what I’m looking forward to in April, May and June.

April

2nd

The Devouring Gray by Christine Lynn Herman

Wicked Saints by Emily A. Duncan

Defy Me by Tahereh Mafi

The Princess and the Fangirl by Ashley Poston

16th

➣ Starworld by Audrey Coulthurst and Paula Garner

30th

King of Fools by Amanda Foody

A Prince on Paper by Alyssa Cole

Belly Up by Eva Darrows

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May

1st

Chosen Champion by Elise Kova

6th

Reverb by Anna Zabo

7th

Middlegame by Seanan McGuire

Her Royal Highness by Rachel Hawkins

➣ Kings, Queens and In-Betweens by Tanya Boteju

14th

We Hunt the Flame by Hafsah Faizal

Red, White & Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston

➣ I Wish You All The Best by Mason Deaver

21st

➣ Going Off-Script by Jen Wilde

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June

4th

A Lady’s Guide to Celestial Mechanics by Olivia Waite

Wild and Crooked by Leah Thomas

11th

Tell Me How You Really Feel by Aminah Mae Safi

18th

All of Us With Wings by Michelle Ruiz Keil

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I included all of these although I’ve already read some (The Princess and the Fangirl, Red, White & Royal Blue) and I have ARCs for some other ones (Reverb, Starworld, King of Fools) because I want everyone to know about them.

Please let me know if you’re also anticipating some of these and tell me about books you’re looking forward to that aren’t on this list!

(For someone who complains about my TBR all the time I sure ask for book recommendations a lot, don’t I?)

Most Anticipated Releases (Jan-Mar 2019)

Happy New Year! I hope everyone had a great beginning of 2019 and is ready for the absolute blessing that this year is going to be, publishing-wise. I don’t know if I’m just more aware of how many great diverse books are coming out this year or if it’s really a huge step forward compared to 2018, but I feel like even if I decided to quit everything and stay home all day every day for the whole year I would still end up behind on all these books that are coming out (not to mention I’m still behind on my 2018 most anticipated releases…RIP).

This is also the perfect time for a Most Anticipated post. As always I know I’m not going to read everything right away because I won’t have enough time (and also I’m a mood reader), but I’ve highlighted in bold the books I’m most most most anticipating and that I hope to get to as soon as they come out.

January

8th

Once Ghosted, Twice Shy (Reluctant Royals #2.5) by Alyssa Cole – I’ve preordered this spin-off novella before even reading any book in this series. But seriously, this is a f/f romance about two Black women, and with that cover?? Phew, I’m in love. And after reading book one in this series I’m even more curious, because I loved Likotsi and I want her to be happy. Also, I’m seriously in love with the title, I don’t know why!

15th

The Gilded Wolves by Roshani Chokshi – I still haven’t read anything by the author, but this sounds too got not to be excited about it. A gang of six queer nerds with one impossible heist? I don’t know if anything has ever sounded more appealing ever, honestly. I doubt I’ll manage to get to it right away but that’s only because January will be one hell of a month and I prefer to read fantasy when I can truly enjoy it and binge it in as little time as possible, and I really want to read this in the best conditions for myself.

22nd

Song of the Dead (Reign of the Fallen #2) by Sarah Glenn Marsh – I’m a little conflicted about this because while I liked the first book, it didn’t really stay with me, although I do remember enough about it that I think I could read this sequel without a reread. It’s just not going to be a priority for me right now but I’ll stalk everyone’s thoughts once more reviews start to pop up on GR and blogs.

29th

King of Scars by Leigh Bardugo – okay, if I had to make a post about THE most anticipated release for the whole year, this would be it. I know I’m not the only one, but I will literally plan my whole week around this release and try to finish it the day it comes out.

The Severed Moon by Leigh Bardugo – a year-long journal by one of my favorite authors, with quotes and prompts from the Grishaverse? I never knew this is what I needed, but it’s what I needed. I hadn’t realized that this comes out the same day as KoS, but I’m going to look into preordering it as well.

February

5th

On The Come Up by Angie Thomas – it’s by Angie Thomas. That’s it, that’s the reason.

12th

Bloom by Kevin Panetta & Savanna Ganucheau – this is a queer graphic novel that I found out about on twitter a while ago, the art looks so nice and soothing (kind of à la Heartstopper)

19th

The Past and Other Things That Should Stay Buried by Shaun David Hutchinson – I loved the other books by SDH I’ve read so far, so I have high expectations and high hopes for this one.

March

1st

The Fever King by Victoria Lee – this is the only one of these that I’ve been lucky enough to have read as an ARC! I loved this and the review is coming out sometime closer to the release date. I think this is a very important book and a strong debut. I did have some issues with the writing but I think the story and characters more than make up for it!

The Last 8 by Laura Pohl – I added this for the aro rep and I wish I could read it right now. I’m going to have to be careful though because aliens give me a lot of anxiety (don’t ask) and depending on how big this element is in the story I might not be able to read it at all.

5th

You Asked for Perfect by Laura Silverman – this is about academic pressure and apparently it has a mm romance. I expect that I’ll buy or preorder this to keep in my kindle once I have more time and I’m in the mood for it

19th

The Weight of the Stars by K. Ancrum – I loved The Wicker King and while this is not a direct sequel, one of the MC is the child of three characters from TWK (they’re in a MMF polyam relationship). Their child becomes friends with a girl whose mom is an astronaut who left for a one-way trip to the edge of the solar system and this concept made me so incredibly melancholic the first time I read the blurb (before even reading TWK) that I just had to add the book to my TBR. It is also going to be an f/f romance so like, I don’t know how I could possibly ask for more.

The Perfect Assassin by K.A. Doore –  a fantasy murder mystery with ace and mlm rep, or, as I like to call it, “be gay, undo crime”.

26th

Miranda in Milan by Katharine Duckett – all I know is that it’s f/f and set in Italy. I’ve avoided books set in Italy by Americans authors in the past because they can go very, very wrong, but I’ll try to read this one. Maybe. Right now I’m excited for it but who knows what can happen in three months’ time.

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How has your 2019 been so far? Are you looking forward to any of these books? Have I missed any upcoming releases you’re looking forward to? Let me know!

Most Anticipated Releases (Oct-Dec 2018)

It’s already time for a new Anticipated Releases post! I feel like I just posted my July—September list but apparently it’s only three months until the end of the year – WOWOWOW this is absolutely fine ahahhahaah who’s panicking not me.

ANYWAY. I tried really hard to make this list as little disproportionate as possible but there’s just too many October releases that I’m excited about, only a few November ones and almost no December ones?? What is this sorcery, @ publishing industry explain this.

I’ve put the ones I’m most-most-most anticipating in bold (the ones I expect or hope I will get to read as soon as they come out and/or the ones I’ve pre-ordered).

 

October

 

 

2nd:

9 from the Nine Worlds by Rick Riordan – The Magnus Chase trilogy means so much to me, and this is the first time since I’ve started reading Riordan’s books that one of these extra books releases, so I can’t help but being extremely excited about reading more about these characters.
Will I read/pre-order it? Yes. I will try to pre-order the physical copy (and y’all know I’m an absolute e-book person) because I’m not sure if the ebook will even exist and because the cover is too pretty. I just need to figure out where it’s best to do it because when I tried to do it on amazon it said it would be delivered two weeks after the release date :/ But I’m confident that I will devour it as soon as I get my copy.

The Lady’s Guide to Petticoats and Piracy by Mackenzi Lee – I loved book one so I’m fairly excited about this spin-off/sequel which will focus on Felicity (Monty’s sister). She’s a truly badass aroace lady and I can’t wait to see what adventures she’ll find herself in.
Will I read/pre-order it? I don’t think I will pre-order it and I will read it when the time is right. As much as I’m excited for it, I’m just not in a mood for historical fiction and I also feel like having seeing ARCs of this everywhere in the online book community for months has made me less excited about it.

4th:

Nine Perfect Strangers by Liane Moriarty – I was apparently wrong to put it in my previous post but back then the release date seemed to be in September. Anyway, reading the synopsis and having read Moriarty’s Big Little Lies a few months ago I really feel like this is going to absolutely become a favorite of mine in its genre.
Will I read/pre-order it? Depending on the price (I still haven’t checked) I will probably not pre-order it, just because I won’t have time to read it as soon as it comes out. I will buy it as soon as I’m in the mood and/or I have some time to enjoy it, because I feel like it’s one of those books you have to binge. But I’m still super super excited for it.

9th:

Odd One Out by Nic Stone – I don’t know much about this except what the synopsis promises, plus I’m absolutely here for what seems to be a sort of love triangle among queer POC teens.
Will I read/pre-order it? I need to check the price! I might pre-order it.

What If It’s Us by Becky Albertalli and Adam Silvera – I still haven’t read any Silvera novel, which… yeah,  you can yell at me. But I love Becky and I know this will be good.
Will I read/pre-order it? I actually have an ARC of this that I started to read months ago and then put on hold. The reason for that is that one of the two MCs’ POV was initially very focused on an event he recently went through, the same event I had also recently gone through back when I tried to read it. It was just making me feel even sadder so I had to put it down for my sanity. It shouldn’t be a problem to read it now but I just haven’t gotten around to it yet.

Blanca & Roja by Anna-Marie McLemore – confession: I can’t seem to get into magical realism, and yet I keep trying. I’ve enjoyed McLemore’s short stories in two anthologies I’ve read so I’m hoping I will like this too.
Will I read/pre-order it? Probably won’t pre-order it but I’ll wait for more people to read and review it and then either read it or keep it in my TBR forever.

 

 

10th:

The Steel Prince #1 by V.E. Schwab – I’m so excited for this!!! If you don’t know, it’s a prequel to the Shades of Magic trilogy in comic format, and it’s about Maxim’s (Rhy’s dad) life before he became King. The art looks absolutely stunning and I can’t wait to see what Schwab can do in comic format.
Will I read/pre-order it? Yes and yes.

16th:

Pisces Hooks Taurus by Anyta Sunday – I love this series so much, it’s so much fun and it always makes smile.
Will I read/pre-order it? I’ve got an ARC and I’ve already read it and loved it! I gave it five stars, I just couldn’t stop smiling while reading it.

A Very Large Expanse of Sea by Tahereh Mafi – I’m almost more excited about what this book represents than about the book itself if that makes sense?? This is an ownvoices story about a Muslim girl only one year after 9/11 and I’m so proud of Mafi for writing this.
Will I read/pre-order it? Depending on the price I might pre-order it but read it when it feels right.

23th:

Kingdom of Ash by Sarah J. Maas – I’m pissed at Maas for a lot of reasons and I think I won’t read any more of her books after this (except for my ironic buddy read of Catwoman with my friend Rin because we want to make fun of how many times she uses the word purr). BUT this series means so much for me and it’s sort of what got me really into reading full time again and got me into YA fantasy (so much that for almost two years all I could read was YA fantasy). I care so much about some of these characters (not you, Aelin) *cough* Manon Blackbeak *cough* and I just can’t not read the final installment, I just can’t.
Will I read/pre-order it? Ngggggghhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh. I want to read it the day it comes out but I don’t want to give Maas any money, do you feel me?

30th:

The Brilliant Death by Amy Rose Capetta 30th – so this is set in Italy and it seems to have a romance with a genderfluid person (I’m not exactly sure but they might actually be both genderfluid??) and I’m here for this. Am I a little worried about the mafia element in this? Absolutely. I’m still really excited.
Will I read/pre-order it? Depends on the price and how busy I am when it comes out.

This is Kind of an Epic Love Story by Kheryn Callender – this is marketed as rom-com and it’s hella queer, plus it features 1) a bi protagonist; 2) what seems to be a childhood-friends-to-enemies/estranged-to-lovers which is like, one of my favorite romantic tropes ever.
Will I read/pre-order it? I might! I’ll think about it closer to the release date, but it sounds like something cheerful that I’ll want to read to cheer me up (I don’t know about what but I’m always in need for something to cheer me up)

 

November

 

 

6th:

Girls of Paper and Fire by Natasha Ngan – this is another one of those books that I almost feel like it’s already been out for months because basically everyone and their mother has read an ARC of this already. Anyway all I know about this is that it’s Asian-inspired fantasy and it has a f/f romance? Or just queer girls? Probably romance but YEAH it just sounds amazing.
Will I read/pre-order it? I will definitely read it when I can but I might not preorder it if I’m not in a fantasy mood when it comes out. I…hate being such a mood reader but if I’m not feeling in a fantasy mood then it makes much more sense for me to postpone reading it. I also have no idea how my life will look like by the time this comes out so who knows!

Toxic by Lydia Kang – this sounds like it could be a really cool YA sci-fi (which is a genre I’m trying to read more).
Will I read/pre-order it? I have an ARC! I hope to read it before the release date but [see comment above about not knowing what my life will be like]

This is What it Feels Like by Rebecca Barrow – this is like, queer girls in a band and I’m here for it. I don’t know if there’s romance but I don’t care. Also look at the cover, doesn’t it make you want to smile and run through a sunflower field?
Will I read/pre-order it? I might preorder it, I will decide closer to the release date.

 

December

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18th:

The Disasters by M.K. England – this sounds so?? freaking amazing?? Heist in space and stuff. Also it’s marked as lgbt on goodreads and please I need it.
Will I read/pre-order it? I actually just requested an ARC while researching for this post ghsdkgh. Fingers crossed that I get it. If I don’t, I’m pretty sure I’ll pre-order it because by then I’ll probably have time to read it during the holidays.

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I hope this post was useful! I’m enjoying writing these posts because I feel like it’s the only way I can keep track of what’s coming out and when, and even if I miss something I can always go back and see all the releases I was excited about.

Are you excited about any of these? What’s your most anticipated book before the end of the year?

Most anticipated releases (Jan-Jun 2018)

Making this post took me forever because I had to go and rearrange all my shelves on goodreads just so I could KIND OF make some sense of what is about to be released when, but even so I know that I’m missing A LOT of books. Anyway, here are at least some of my most anticipated releases for the first part of the year!

January

The Cruel Prince by Holly Black 26032825

Summary: Of course I want to be like them. They’re beautiful as blades forged in some divine fire. They will live forever.

And Cardan is even more beautiful than the rest. I hate him more than all the others. I hate him so much that sometimes when I look at him, I can hardly breathe.

Jude was seven years old when her parents were murdered and she and her two sisters were stolen away to live in the treacherous High Court of Faerie. Ten years later, Jude wants nothing more than to belong there, despite her mortality. But many of the fey despise humans. Especially Prince Cardan, the youngest and wickedest son of the High King.

To win a place at the Court, she must defy him–and face the consequences.

In doing so, she becomes embroiled in palace intrigues and deceptions, discovering her own capacity for bloodshed. But as civil war threatens to drown the Courts of Faerie in violence, Jude will need to risk her life in a dangerous alliance to save her sisters, and Faerie itself.

Release date: Jan 2nd

Yes this was already released and it’s already on my Kindle but I promised myself I won’t read it until I’ve made a dent in my ARCs. Yikes. Anyway this is apparently in the same universe of The Darkest Part of the Forest which I absolutely adored last year so there is no way I’m missing out on it.

Rep: I think this has multiple mlm characters, not sure about wlw

 

Reign of the Fallen by Sarah Glenn Marsh 29906017

Summary: Odessa is one of Karthia’s master necromancers, catering to the kingdom’s ruling Dead. Whenever a noble dies, it’s Odessa’s job to raise them by retrieving their souls from a dreamy and dangerous shadow world called the Deadlands. But there is a cost to being raised–the Dead must remain shrouded, or risk transforming into zombie-like monsters known as Shades. If even a hint of flesh is exposed, the grotesque transformation will begin.

A dramatic uptick in Shade attacks raises suspicions and fears among Odessa’s necromancer community. Soon a crushing loss of one of their own reveals a disturbing conspiracy: someone is intentionally creating Shades by tearing shrouds from the Dead–and training them to attack. Odessa is faced with a terrifying question: What if her necromancer’s magic is the weapon that brings Karthia to its knees?

Release date: Jan 23rd

This sounds so great  I can’t believe I’m gonna have to wait until I am free of my ARCs but in the meantime I can’t wait to see what everyone thinks of it!

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February

All Out: The No-Longer-Secret Stories of Queer Teens Throughout the Ages (anthology by various authors) 35140599

Summary: Take a journey through time and genres and discover a past where queer figures live, love and shape the world around them. Seventeen of the best young adult authors across the queer spectrum have come together to create a collection of beautifully written diverse historical fiction for teens. 

From a retelling of Little Red Riding Hood set in war-torn 1870s Mexico featuring a transgender soldier, to two girls falling in love while mourning the death of Kurt Cobain, forbidden love in a sixteenth-century Spanish convent or an asexual girl discovering her identity amid the 1970s roller-disco scene, All Out tells a diverse range of stories across cultures, time periods and identities, shedding light on an area of history often ignored or forgotten. 

That’s all we need in 20gayteen thanx

Release date: Feb 27th

Rep: multiple characters on the lgbtq+ spectrum

 

The Apocalypse of Elena Mendoza by Shaun David Hutchinson 35297386

Summary: Sixteen-year-old Elena Mendoza is the product of a virgin birth.

This can be scientifically explained (it’s called parthenogenesis), but what can’t be explained is how Elena is able to heal Freddie, the girl she’s had a crush on for years, from a gunshot wound in a Starbucks parking lot. Or why the boy who shot Freddie, David Combs, disappeared from the same parking lot minutes later after getting sucked up into the clouds. What also can’t be explained are the talking girl on the front of a tampon box, or the reasons that David Combs shot Freddie in the first place.

As more unbelievable things occur, and Elena continues to perform miracles, the only remaining explanation is the least logical of all—that the world is actually coming to an end, and Elena is possibly the only one who can do something about it.

Release date: Feb 6th

I actually still haven’t read anything by SDH and it’s truly a shame. I don’t know if I’ll manage to make this my first read by the author but it sounds amazing so I just might.

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March

Obsidio by Amy Kaufman and Jay Kristoff 24909347

Summary: Kady, Ezra, Hanna, and Nik narrowly escaped with their lives from the attacks on Heimdall station and now find themselves crammed with 2,000 refugees on the container ship, Mao. With the jump station destroyed and their resources scarce, the only option is to return to Kerenza—but who knows what they’ll find seven months after the invasion?

Meanwhile, Kady’s cousin, Asha, survived the initial BeiTech assault and has joined Kerenza’s ragtag underground resistance. When Rhys—an old flame from Asha’s past—reappears on Kerenza, the two find themselves on opposite sides of the conflict.

With time running out, a final battle will be waged on land and in space, heros will fall, and hearts will be broken.

Release date: March 13th

I loved Illuminae and Gemina and I can’t wait for the conclusion to this series (although I’ll be really sad).

 

The Unbinding of Mary Reade by Miriam McNamara 32295460

Summary: A swashbuckling, smart novel based on the true story of a girl who disguised herself as a boy in order to sail with the infamous pirates Anne Bonny and Calico Jack.

There’s no place for a girl in Mary’s world. Not in the home of her mother, desperately drunk and poor. Not in the household of her wealthy granny, where a girl could never be named an heir. And certainly not in the arms of Nat, her childhood love who never knew her for who she was. As a hired sailor aboard a Caribbean merchant ship, Mary’s profession—and her safety—depend on her ability to disguise the fact that she’s a girl.

Leastways, that’s what she thinks is true. But then pirates attack the ship, and right in the middle of the swashbuckling crowd of bloodthirsty pirates, Mary spots something she never could have imagined: a girl pirate. The sight of a girl standing unafraid upon the deck, gun and sword in hand, changes everything. In a split-second decision, Mary turns her gun on her own captain and earns herself a spot among the pirates’ crew.

For the first time, Mary has a shot at freedom. But imagining living life as her true self is easier, it seems, than actually doing it. And when Mary finds herself falling for the captain’s mistress, she risks everything—her childhood love, her place among the crew, and even her life.

Release date: March 6th

If you know me then you also know that my most favorite thing in the world is pirate girls conquering the seas and falling in love with each other so how could this not be my #1 most anticipated release this year??

Rep: wlw

 

April

Circe by Madeline Miller 32454291

Summary: In the house of Helios, god of the sun and mightiest of the Titans, a daughter is born. But Circe is a strange child–not powerful, like her father, nor viciously alluring like her mother. Turning to the world of mortals for companionship, she discovers that she does possess power–the power of witchcraft, which can transform rivals into monsters and menace the gods themselves.

Threatened, Zeus banishes her to a deserted island, where she hones her occult craft, tames wild beasts and crosses paths with many of the most famous figures in all of mythology, including the Minotaur, Daedalus and his doomed son Icarus, the murderous Medea, and, of course, wily Odysseus.

But there is danger, too, for a woman who stands alone, and Circe unwittingly draws the wrath of both men and gods, ultimately finding herself pitted against one of the most terrifying and vengeful of the Olympians. To protect what she loves most, Circe must summon all her strength and choose, once and for all, whether she belongs with the gods she is born from, or the mortals she has come to love.

With unforgettably vivid characters, mesmerizing language and page-turning suspense, Circe is a triumph of storytelling, an intoxicating epic of family rivalry, palace intrigue, love and loss, as well as a celebration of indomitable female strength in a man’s world.

Release date: April 10th

Umm nothing to say here I just need it now

 

Leah on the Offbeat by Becky Arbetalli 31180248

Summary: Leah Burke—girl-band drummer, master of deadpan, and Simon Spier’s best friend from the award-winning Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda—takes center stage in this novel of first love and senior-year angst.

When it comes to drumming, Leah Burke is usually on beat—but real life isn’t always so rhythmic. An anomaly in her friend group, she’s the only child of a young, single mom, and her life is decidedly less privileged. She loves to draw but is too self-conscious to show it. And even though her mom knows she’s bisexual, she hasn’t mustered the courage to tell her friends—not even her openly gay BFF, Simon.

So Leah really doesn’t know what to do when her rock-solid friend group starts to fracture in unexpected ways. With prom and college on the horizon, tensions are running high. It’s hard for Leah to strike the right note while the people she loves are fighting—especially when she realizes she might love one of them more than she ever intended.

Release date: April 24th

YES PLEASE SIMON VS SPINOFF I’VE BEEN WAITING FOR THIS FOR TWO YEARS

Rep: wlw

 

May

The Brightsiders by Jen Wilde 35901105

Summary: As a rock star drummer in the hit band The Brightsiders, Emmy King’s life should be
perfect. But there’s nothing the paparazzi love more than watching a celebrity crash and burn. When a night of partying lands Emmy in hospital and her girlfriend in jail, she’s branded the latest tabloid train wreck.

Luckily, Emmy has her friends and bandmates, including the super-swoonworthy Alfie, to help her pick up the pieces of her life. She knows hooking up with a band member is exactly the kind of trouble she should be avoiding, and yet Emmy and Alfie Just. Keep. Kissing.

Will the inevitable fallout turn her into a clickbait scandal (again)? Or will she find the strength to stand on her own?

Release date: May 22nd

After loving Queens of Geek I really can’t wait for this (also that cover is so preTY AND SO BI I LOVE)

Rep: wlw

 

June

I actually don’t have a super anticipated book that’s gonna release in June (or I haven’t found one yet at least) so if you know of one that I should look forward to (preferably lgbtq+) definitely let me know!

 

Have you already added any of these to your TBR? What are your most anticipated releases for the first half of this year? 

Cover reveal: Society of Wishes by Elise Kova & Lynn Larsh

Today I am excited to be part of the cover reveal for a new series by Elise Kova and Lynn Larsh. This sounds so interesting and so different from what Kova has published so far, so I’m definitely looking forward to see how she does in a different genre and in a collab with another writer (who I still haven’t had the pleasure to read anything by).

Summary:

BE CAREFUL WHAT YOU WISH FOR.

Josephina Espinosa makes her living as a hacker-for-hire in the Lone Star Republic, a remnant of the fractured U.S.A. That is, until the day she and her best friend are gunned down in a government raid.

With her dying breath, Jo uses magical lore passed down from her grandmother to summon a wish-granter. Her wish? To save her friend’s life. Except wishes have costs, and for Jo, the price is the erasure of her entire mortal existence.

Now, as the most recent addition to the mysterious Society of Wishes, Jo must form a new “life” alongside the seven other members, one of which being her savior himself. Living as an occupant of the Society’s lavish mansion should be quite the perk, but while it is furnished with everything its inhabitants could possibly need, it lacks one thing—freedom.

Her otherworldly identity crisis takes a backseat, however, when Jo learns that the friend she sacrificed everything for is headed down the same path to ruin. Jumping in head-first, Jo uses her newfound magical abilities to protect him, only to realize that the ripples of her actions have far-reaching consequences. When the Society’s aloof leader Snow decides to give her a taste of his own ancient magic, Jo discovers that there are threads woven into the tapestry of her new reality that reach far beyond the wishes she is now required to grant. Ones that, if tugged on, could mean the unraveling of her existence itself.

Publication Date: January 29, 2018

Genre(s): New-Adult, Urban Fantasy, Romance

I FREAKING LOVE THIS COVER and it only makes me more excited to read this book/series!

 

INTERVIEW WITH THE AUTHORS

E = Elise’s Answer
L = Lynn’s Answer

1) What made you want to start writing?
L: Is saying fan fiction too lame? Because it was definitely fan fiction.
2) What was your favorite part about working on this project?
L: Honestly, just being able to work with original characters and concepts was so exciting for me. And having someone so talented to collaborate with just made the whole experience that much more fun.
E: The collaboration was definitely an exciting and new element. Lynn really helped bring a fresh perspective to my writing and a new voice to draw from—especially regarding her personal heritage that really gave the character Jo so much more depth.
3) What part of the process did you find the hardest?
L: Everything was so new for me, but I probably had the hardest time keeping on myself to make sure I didn’t fall behind. I wasn’t used to working on a schedule, but I think I handled it well enough!
E: I really wanted to make sure that the work was divided evenly and it was our story. I’m so happy with the final product though. I really think it’s the perfect merger of both of our abilities.
4) Who is the character you relate to most and why?
L: Probably… Wayne? Because I’m charming and debonair and possibly, despite my heart of gold, most likely an annoyance to all. I also occasionally call people doll face.
E: Likely Nico. I was a studio art minor in college and was that girl who always had paint staining her fingers. Plus, even if I don’t always succeed, I really like making people smile.
5) Why the switch to new-adult, and urban fantasy?
E: I always want my work to be growing, changing, and evolving. I don’t want to be an author where people always know the story they’re going to get before they even pick up the book. Plus, it was really fun to write some super steamy romantic tension!
Links:
• Pre-Order on Amazon: http://getbook.at/sow

(NOTE: The book is FREE to Kindle Unlimited subscribers. Readers who don’t have a Kindle can send proof of purchase from Amazon to Elise.Kova.Author@gmail.com to get a “read anywhere” link when the book is out.)

• Elise’s Website: http://elisekova.com

• Lynn’s Website: https://www.lynnlarsh.com/

• Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/36698152-society-of-wishes

• Release Giveaway: http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/39698f6c24/?

FENCE by C.S. Pacat & Johanna the Mad – Why You Should Be Excited For It

Hello there! Let’s postpone The Talk about me technically still being on blog hiatus (it’ll end soon though, I promise!) for another time, because today I am so excited to talk about a new upcoming comic by quite literally my favorite author ever, C.S. Pacat, and Johanna the Mad, an amazing artist whose fanworks have always left me speechless.

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The cast of Fence. From left to right: Nicholas, Seiji, Harvard, Aiden, Jesse, Dante, Bobby

Particularly I want to talk about the importance it will have in the queer community. I fully believe that the comparison with Yuri!!! On Ice and other queer-positive works like Check, Please! is 100% accurate.

Why am I saying this with such confidence when I obviously haven’t read it yet, since it comes out in November? Two reasons:

⚔ I fully trust C.S. Pacat to stay true to her words and deliver

“something that’s very joyously and unabashedly queer. That’s very important to me.”
(source)


Knowing her and knowing her previous work and the other fictional works (like Y!!!OI) that she enjoys, I know that she isn’t just saying that in order to appeal to a certain audience. This is something that might have been scary to publish one year ago, when the queer world hadn’t been quite literally shaken by Yuri!!! On Ice yet. But now we know that the (queer and not queer) world is ready for something that doesn’t have to justify itself in order to exist. Not only won’t there be any queerbaiting, there won’t be “sad gays” either.

⚔ This premise brings me to my second point. A comic is something that will appeal to readers and non-readers alike. We in the bookish community sometimes tend to forget that there are many people who don’t read as much as we do, and that’s fine. Many of those people are teens that maybe are more into anime and manga, and they’ll be given access to something that might -might!- eventually draw them into the bookish world. Even more importantly, these are young people who more often than not are just coming to terms with their sexuality. These are teens and young adults who have been at best queerbaited by shows like Free! and Haikyuu!!, and at worse they’ve been shown that if you’re queer you are someone expendable, someone who will die before the straights can find a solution to a zombie-riddled world or you’re simply there to allow a straight narrative to reach its positive outcome, or you’re there to be the gay stereotype that the audience will laugh at.
This won’t happen with Fence. (Young) people will have a positive queer representation like they’ve had in Yuri!!! On Ice, and being queer won’t be the main subject of the work. They’ll be shown that you don’t have to only be your sexuality, you can be an athlete, you can be anything and be queer and be valid and if you don’t understand the importance of that then maybe it’s really time for you to think about your straight privilege.

Now, focusing on the rest of what we know so far, this story will have amazing characterization. Again, you ask, how do you know this? Because that’s what Pacat does. And if you haven’t read Captive Prince and you don’t trust me on my word, read this:

I’m working with a really great épée coach in Australia to choreograph all the fight scenes. And I’ve been working with him on the fencing characterization of each boy, so they’ll all have different strengths and weaknesses that will evolve throughout the narrative.


…in “Fence,” especially because I was so invested in the accuracy of the fencing, there’s no smudging allowed.
(source)


These are NOT the words of someone who doesn’t think their characters through. The characters’ personalities will reflect in the way they fence and act outside of fencing, like in all the best sports anime/manga/fiction.

This is already so clear from just a raw of one page alone:

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“But will it be diverse?” you ask. Yeah!

…having a diverse cast was very important to me. When you’re writing heroic narratives it’s very important to make sure that you have a story where everyone can feel as though they can be a hero.
(source)

 

Because this is a comic, obviously another really important thing to look forward to is the art. Johanna the Mad is an amazing artist (see pictures above) who has more than once impressed me (and many others, including C.S. Pacat) with her art.

Something else I find amazing is that both writer and artist come from the online world. They not only know the community they’re addressing, they’re fully part of it and that is one more reason to trust them.

So really the question is, what’s there NOT to look forward to? (the answer is: everything about this comic should make you as excited as I am)

And more importantly, is it November yet?