Hi there! You might have realized that we’re not terribly consistent when it comes to shouting out/sharing our most awaited new releases. 🙈 But there are so many exciting titles coming out in the upcoming four months – can you believe that there are only four months left of 2020!? wtf – that we felt we needed to share them. So, we’ve compiled you an extensive list of all the novels we’re looking forward to. Hope you’ll enjoy!
NOT YOUR #LOVESTORY: is about Macy whose so-called meet cute with a boy goes viral, leading to people discovering her youtube channel. Macy is conflicted – she appreciates the success, but in reality, she’s into a cute, shy boy who may be scared away by her viral fame and fake relationship. Sonia Hartl’s debut, Have a Little Faith in Me, is one of the best books I’ve ever read, so I have massive expectations for this one.
NONE SHALL SLEEP is about a teenagers teaming up with the FBI to track down series killers, which sounds intriguing as is, but even better: it’s marketed as a combination of The Silence of the Lambs and Sadie. That’s a dark mixture of stories if I’ve ever seen one, so you can say I’m excited. On top of that, I really enjoyed the Every trilogy by Ellie Marney, so I’m hoping this will be another hit.
THE CEMETERY BOYS: Ahh, this book sounds absolutely incredible! It’s about Yadriel who, in an attempt to prove himself to his family, tries to accomplish a ritual with the help of his cousin. Unfortunately, they accidentally summon the school’s bad boy’s ghost, who won’t rest until he finds out what happened to him. I’ve heard nothing but fantastic things so far, so I’m 1000% convinced this will be one of my favorites of the fall.
IRON HEART: Nina Varela’s Crier’s War is one of my all time favorite novels, so it’s no surprise that Iron Heart is easily one of my most awaited novels of 2020. I highly recommend this duology for anyone looking for a slow-burn, enemies to lovers F/F romance that will continuously punch you in the feels. 🥺
WHEN VILLAINS RISE: Ah, another favorite series of mine is coming to an end this September. Without spoiling anything, all I can say is this: if you’ve ever wanted to read a novel about truly dark, morally gray characters, The Monsters of Market series is for you. I’m seriously not looking forward to uni, but I’m glad that the universe is compensating my pain with all these wonderful books.
THE ROOMMATE might have one of the ugliest covers I’ve seen all year – seriously, what the fuck is that background!? – but it sounds like a superb romance. It’s about Clara, a shy socialite and her new roommate, Josh, who – to Clara’s utter shock – is a porn star. Even though they don’t always get along, Clara and Josh agree about one thing: women deserve better sex. As for what they’re going to do about that? I have no clue! But I’m looking forward to finding it out.
WELL PLAYED brings us to another sequel I’m excited for! In this follow up to Well Met, we follow Stacey who is shocked when she receives a heartfelt, sweet message from her summer fling, a guy to whom she’s never felt an emotional connection. Predictably, they start to fall in love, until summer comes and Stacey realizes that she’s been talking to a man she barely knows.
MISS METEOR is written by two authors – Tehlor Kay Mejia and Anna-Marie McLemore – whose books I’ve wanted to try for ages. I guess the time has finally come, because this book sounds bloody incredible. It follows Chicky who, with the help of her ex-best friend, enters into the Miss Meteor beauty pageant in the hopes of showing that girls who look like her can be and are beauty queens.
WHEN NO ONE IS WATCHING is by Alyssa Cole, and I love her romances I’ve read, so I am excited to try out another genre from her! This book is a thriller about when “the gentrification of a Brooklyn neighbourhood takes on a sinister new meaning”. I also really love this cover which of course makes me want to pick it up even more.
THE BONE SHARD DAUGHTER is an adult high fantasy that sounds incredible. It, from what I can tell, features magically sustained bone animals and a revolution against the emperor. His daughter, Lin, is trying her best to master magic and become his heir and there are also a few other main characters. This is the first in a series, and I am sure I am going to love it!
LEGENDBORN not only looks amazing but it sounds amazing as well. It’s a YA urban fantasy that relates to Arthurian legend and follows Bree as she discovers magic, demons and a secret society. It sounds fast paced, mysterious and exciting, so I am eagerly anticipating picking it up!
WATCH OVER ME: We Are Okay was one of my favourite books I read last year and I also enjoyed Everything Leads to You, so I am really looking forward to getting my hands on this book by the same author! It’s about Mila, who has just graduated high school and aged out of foster care. She takes up a job at a remote farm on the coast, which sounds atmospheric as hell. It sounds like it will have some paranormal elements too, so honestly I couldn’t be more interested in this!
A DEADLY EDUCATION has got to be good! Naomi Novik’s standalones – Uprooted and Spinning Silver – are two of my favourite books, so my expectations were already pretty high, but then add in a magic school shrouded in mystery? I could scream because of how excited I am. Of course, I’m also really nervous about it because if I don’t like it it’s going to be devastating, lol.
BESTIARY by K-Ming Chang sounds so intriguing and unique and I absolutely have to read it. I’m just going to insert part of what Goodreads says because I couldn’t possibly put it better: “Three generations of Taiwanese American women are haunted by the myths of their homeland in this spellbinding, visceral debut about one family’s queer desires, violent impulses, and buried secrets.”
A CUBAN GIRL’S GUIDE TO TEA AND TOMORROW has one of the softest, cutest covers I’ve ever seen and – thankfully – its insides sound just as wonderful. Worried about her happiness and health, Lila’s family packs her up and sends her off to family in England despite her wishes. Despite missing her Miami roots, Lila unexpectedly finds herself falling for England and for the cute boy who’s been her lovely tour guide throughout her stay.
ROYAL CHRISTMAS QUANDARY: Samantha Hastings’ previous novel, The Last Word, was an adorable and fun ride, and this one looks to be one, as well. It follows Drina and George, who go on a mad chase to find a prince that’s been misplaced by George, a junior member of the Foreign Office and Drina’s crush.
THE BRIGHTEST NIGHT: With this one, JLA’s Origin series is coming to an end (I think??), and as this series has continuously kept me on my toes with its unexpected twists and turns, I’m obviously excited. For those who don’t know, this is a spin off of the Lux series, and while it certainly resembles that series in tone, it feels like a more mature, more developed version of that. (Why they made the already boring cover downright ugly, though?? I have no clue.)
CRAZY STUPID BROMANCE: While the Bromance Book Club won’t go down in history as my all time favorite romance series, it’s certainly been a fun, entertaining ride so far, and I can’t wait for this newest addition. Crazy Stupid Bromance follows Noah, a hacker, and his best friend/crush, Alexis, sexual assault survivor and cat café owner. My thoughts about this can be summed up as: has cats, sounds cute, I need it.
BLAZEWRATH GAMES is said to be set in an alternate contemporary world but with dragons and hearing that alone immediately made me want to read it. On top of that, it revolves around the World Cup of dragon-riding! I love books that feature competitions! The book specifically follows Lana Torres who wants to represent Puerto Rico in the contest and may just uncover an international conspiracy. It doesn’t get much better than that!
ONE WAY OR ANOTHER seems like it is going to be a really cute, relatable holiday romance. It follows Paige Collins who struggles with making decisions, constantly worrying about making the wrong choice – which turns out to be a big problem when she is faced with two different options for her Christmas vacation. However, she slips and bumps her head and experiences the possibilities of both ways her holiday could go – I think. I’m really hoping I’ll get to read this one around Christmas time!
WE WERE RESTLESS THINGS is described as an “atmospheric contemporary fantasy” – which is already intriguing – and it follows three teens after a boy is found drowned far away from any water – which is extra intriguing. The synopsis makes it sound very mysterious but also character-driven, so I am eager to get to this! (Also, look at that gorgeous cover!)
THE POPPY & THE ROSE: I couldn’t tell you where I first heard about this book, because no one I’m following on Goodreads has it added! As far as I can tell, this book follows two timelines and characters: one in 1912 on the Titanic and one in 2010 Oxford. There is a connection between these characters, but it’s all hidden under a huge family mystery. I am definitely looking forward to reading this one.
RENT A BOYFRIEND follows Chloe, who rents a “perfect” fake boyfriend in the hopes of changing her parents mind about pressuring her to marry the most eligible young bachelor in their tight-knit Asian-American community. What Chloe didn’t take into account was that she’d start to fall for her fake-boyfriend who, in reality, wouldn’t be up to her parents’ standards.
WRITTEN IN THE STARS is a fake-dating, f/f romance novel that follows Darcy and Ellen, who couldn’t be more different from each other if they tried. It’s said to be a mixture of Bridget Jones and Pride and Prejudice, and it sounds like a novel I’m going to adore. Also!! It’s published by Avon, and I want big publishers to publish more f/f romances, so!! Support this!!
THESE VIOLENT DELIGHTS is a Romeo and Juliet retelling that takes place in Shanghai in the 1920s. It centers around two rivaling gangs and their heirs, Roma and Juliet, who are forced to work together to stop a threat to their city. Not only have I heard incredible things about this one, but everything about it sounds right up my alley.
RUINSONG: The author, Julia Ember described this better than I ever could: “This book is a queer Phantom of the Opera retelling with music, magic and girls wearing pink ballgowns and ribbons while brutally destroying their enemies.” Doesn’t that sound marvelous to you? I sure hope so, because this looks like a book that deserves to be showered in love.
THE BETRAYALS by Bridget Collins is about an exclusive academy that trains its students for a mysterious old contest. It features characters who have “built their lives on lies”, violent tragedy and secrets, so I am highly interested.
THOSE WHO PREY sounds incredibly interesting and unsettling. It follows a college freshman who is welcomed into an on-campus group that promises the fulfilment of everything she hoped college would be. Unfortunately, it’s not the whole story and this group turns out to be a cult. I’m hoping this will be as good as it seems!
THIS IS NOT A GHOST STORY is about a girl that takes up housesitting a mansion for a summer job between high school and college. Despite the title, I think this is actually a ghost story, lol, and has paranormal/horror elements with a creepy house. I don’t want to read too many reviews, because it sounds like a book that would be good to go into not knowing too much about it. But the cover is lovely and it sounds spooky!
THE LOVE CURSE OF MELODY MCINTYRE: Stage manager Melody McIntyre has never been lucky in love – whenever she fell in love with someone both the relationship and the school show crumbled around her. This time around, Melody is determined to not commit the same mistake… even if the lead actress, Odile, is unbelievably sweet and funny.
HOW TO CATCH A QUEEN: First of all, can we just take a moment to appreciate how beautiful this cover is? Okay, now that that’s done I can scream about how excited I am for this novel. Alyssa Cole is one of my favorite authors – her romances always sweep me off my feet and make me unbelievable happy. I’m sure that this one – featuring an arranged marriage that turns disastrously wrong but is about to be righted – will be no exception.
A CURSE OF ROSES: Everything about this book screams for me to read it, from the gorgeous cover to the intriguing premise. This f/f YA historical fantasy is about a Portuguese princess who is cursed to turn food into flowers – two of my favourite things. It’s based on Portuguese legend and promises to be “an epic tale of mystery, magic, and making the impossible choice between love and duty”.
What are your most awaited releases for the rest of the year? Have you had the chance to read an ARC of any of these novels? What did you think?