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44 of Sabrina’s Most Anticipated Book Releases of 2021

Hi everyone, it’s Sabrina! Last week, Vera shared some of her most anticipated book releases for the year, and today I am sharing mine! I decided not to include any that Vera had already talked about and yet, I have still got 44 books to mention here, so be prepared for a fairly long post! Because of this, I’ve decided to keep the discussion to a minimum and additionally I’ve assigned emojis to each book based on reasons I’m anticipating them (Caro does this in her wrap ups and I love it!) Here’s the key for that:

🥰 = I am in love with the cover
🤝 = I have read something(s) from the author before
🤞 = The synopsis sounds intriguing

I’ll also include the age group, genres and some information that covers more specific reasons I’m interested in the books, that will hopefully make you more interested in them too!


19th of January – Remote Control by Nnedi Okorafor
🤝 🤞 Adult SFF
I have mixed feelings about this cover because I love the idea behind it and the colour, but I don’t think I like whatever that thing is in the person’s head, lol. Still, I am really intrigued by this premise and the book sounds unique and mysterious!

21st of January – The Burning Girls by C.J. Tudor
🤝 Adult Mystery/Thriller, Horror
If you read enough mystery/thriller synopses, they all end up sounding the same, but I did enjoy The Other People by the same author, so I have high hopes for this.

26th of January – Possession/The Murder of Graham Catton by Katie Lowe
🤝 Adult Mystery/Thriller
Again, the main draw of this mystery for me is that I have enjoyed the author’s previous work! I’m also interested in the podcast aspect, though the synopsis does seem to imply that it’s not entirely told through dialogue. Either way, I’m hoping it will be good!

26th of January – The Girls I’ve Been by Tess Sharpe
🤝 🤞 Young Adult Mystery/Thriller
I know what I just said about mystery/thriller synopses, but this one does actually sound unique! It promises a “page-turner” about the daughter of a con artist who’s caught up in a bank heist, and yeah, I really want to see how that plays out.


2nd of February – A Taste For Love by Jennifer Yen
🤞 Young Adult Contemporary Romance
This book just sounds so darn cute and I also heard that it is a Pride and Prejudice retelling which makes me that much more interested. Plus, it involves a baking competition which is sure to be fun.

2nd of February – The Project by Courtney Summers
🤝 🤞 Young Adult Mystery Thriller
I don’t know much about this except that it is to do with a cult and a girl hoping to reunite with her sister. After reading Sadie, I’m sure this one will be good.

2nd of February – Winter’s Orbit by Everina Maxwell
🥰 🤞 Adult Sci-Fi, Romance
I believe this has the trope where an arranged marriage turns into a true romance, and also it looks like there is a murder plot to be solved? All set in space. Which sounds exactly like something I’d be into!

9th of February – Never Have I Ever by Isabel Yap
🥰 🤞 Adult Short Stories, Fantasy, Horror, Sci-Fi
I’m a simple girl: I see a book of speculative short stories with an extremely pretty and evocative cover and I add it to my TBR. I am super looking forward to this.

9th of February – The Gilded Ones by Namina Forna
🥰 Young Adult Fantasy
I am not ashamed to say I am mostly interested in reading this book because of the cover. Sure, the synopsis sounds good but I can’t tell much about the tone of the book from it. I hope I love it anyway!

16th of February – The Centaur’s Wife by Amanda Leduc
🤝 🤞 Adult Fantasy
This book promises to be “woven with fairy tales” and really, that’s all I need to know to be intrigued. I’m also excited to read a work of fiction from this author and I’m hoping I will love it as much as I loved Disfigured.

16th of February – The Wide Starlight by Nicole Lesperance
🥰 🤞 Young Adult Fabulism
The focus on The Northern Lights in this novel draws me in right away, but I also like the idea that it is an exploration of mental health and promises to be “dreamy and atmospheric”. It sounds like an emotional ride and I am ready for it.

23rd of February – A Dark and Hollow Star by Ashley Shuttleworth
🥰 🤞 Young Adult Fantasy
I might as well use the author’s own words about this book to explain to you why I am so excited about it: “queer faeries, sapphic + achillean idiots-to-lovers, trans/nonbinary/genderqueer rep, magical cities, sarcastic sword-lesbians, hot, dramatic villains”. I could not be more prepared to read this!


2nd of March – The Conductors by Nicole Glover
🥰 🤞 Adult, Historical Fiction, Fantasy, Mystery
I am trying to read more historical mysteries this year, and with fantasy also thrown into the mix, I am sure I am going to love this novel.

2nd of March – Firekeeper’s Daughter by Angeline Boulley
🥰 🤞 Young Adult Contemporary Mystery/Thriller
This book just sounds so good – I love the idea of a teen using her “knowledge of chemistry and traditional medicine” to help find criminals and keep her community safe.

2nd of March – I Think I Love You by Auriane Desombre
🤞 Young Adult Contemporary Romance
This one sounds like a really cute and funny rivals-to-lovers romance. I’m sure I will be up for this after some of the less lighthearted books on my list.

4th of March – A Trial of Sorcerers
🤞 Young Adult Fantasy, Romance
I was interested at “ice is in her blood” and invested at “she decides to step out and compete for a spot in the Tournament of Five Kingdoms”. I hope this book is fast paced and has a lot of action with this tournament!

23rd of March – Bruised by Tanya Boteju
🤞 Young Adult Contemporary
This is something you may not know about me, but I really love rollerskating (not that I do it so often anymore, sadly) so the cover alone makes me want to read this. It sounds like an emotional and ultimately hopeful book too though, and I tend to love those!

23rd of March – Lost in the Never Woods by Aiden Thomas
🥰 🤞 Young Adult, Fantasy, Mystery
This is the first Peter Pan retelling on my list, and it won’t be the last. I don’t really need much more information than that to be interested in this novel, but the synopsis sounds so mysterious that I have to know what happens.

30th of March – She’s Too Pretty To Burn by Wendy Heard
🥰 🤞 Young Adult Thriller
“Inspired by The Picture of Dorian Gray, this sexy psychological thriller explores the intersections of love, art, danger, and power.” Do you need any more information than that?! If you do, the entire synopsis is a wild ride, so I do actually recommend reading it, lol.


6th of April – House of Hollow by Krystal Sutherland
🥰 🤞 Young Adult Paranormal Thriller
Described as a modern fairytale, this is a story about three sisters with a mysterious past they’ve forgotten. It sounds dark, weird and mysterious, so I’m hoping I’ll get to read it soon.

13th of April – Victories Greater than Death by Charlie Jane Anders
🤞 Young Adult Sci-Fi
This is about a human clone of an alien commander, which already sounds great, but the synopsis also mentions that Tina (the clone) goes on an adventure with her best friend and a crew, all while an intergalactic war is going on. Hopefully it is fast paced and exciting!

20th of April – Witches Steeped in Gold by Ciannon Smart
🥰 🤞 Young Adult Fantasy
This might be my favourite cover of all those featured today. It’s absolutely stunning and the synopsis sounds just as unique. Two enemies teaming up to take down a third party is a favourite plot of mine, so I’m really looking forward to this.

20th of April – In Deeper Waters by F.T. Lukens
🥰 🤞 Young Adult Fantasy, Romance
Pirates? A mysterious stranger? A prince with a forbidden secret? I want to read this very badly, so if April could hurry up…

20th of April – The Forest of Stolen Girls by June Hur
🥰 🤞 Young Adult Historical Mystery
I heard a lot of great things about The Silence of the Bones last year which I am hoping to get to soon, so I have high hopes for this one as well. It apparently has a very moving sister relationship which also intrigues me.


4th of May – Blade of Secrets by Tricia Levenseller
🥰 🤝 🤞 Young Adult Fantasy
Though I have tragically been unable to read The Shadows Between Us yet, I enjoyed The Daughter of the Pirate King a lot. I’m also eager to read a fantasy that has a main character with social anxiety, as I experience that myself. The synopsis makes this books sound exciting, so I couldn’t be looking forward to it more.

11th of May – Switch by A.S. King
🤝 🤞 Young Adult Fabulism
I have had such varied personal responses to A.S. King’s work that I am always curious to pick up her latest novels. Switch in particular sounds more on the surreal side of things, so it’s sure to be inventive at the least.

18th of May – In the Ravenous Dark by A.M. Strickland
🤞 Young Adult Fantasy
This book is so intriguing – the synopsis mentions bloodmages, magic, the underworld and secrets. It also looks like there is going to be a heavy romance plot. Definitely excited for this one!

27th of May – The Baby is Mine by Oyinkan Braithwaite
🤝 🤞 Adult Mystery/Thriller
Set during Lagos lockdown in the pandemic, this promises to be an interesting novella with a scary mystery. I’m sure it will be a great, quick read.


1st of June – The Witch King by H.E. Edgmon
🥰 🤞 Young Adult Fantasy
This book sounds fantastic! It’s about a trans witch, a fae king, secret kingdoms and a betrothal that doesn’t go exactly as planned – friends-to-enemies-to-lovers is how the author describes it. I love the cover and if the tone of the book matches it, I’m sure to love it too.

1st of June – An Emotion of Great Delight by Tahereh Mafi
🥰 🤝 🤞 Young Adult Romance
I read A Very Large Expanse of Sea last year and ultimately fell in love with it, so I am highly anticipating this book set in 2003 by the same author. It seems like it is going to be very hard-hitting, and I guess I’m looking forward to the emotional pain?

1st of June – The Chosen and the Beautiful by Nghi Vo
🥰 🤞 Adult Historical Fantasy
I have The Empress of Salt and Sorrow sat beside me as I write this, so I soon I may be anticipating this book, set in 1920s America, even more than I already am.

1st of June – The Maidens by Alex Michaelides
🥰 🤞 Adult Mystery/Thriller
I may be the only person who hasn’t yet read The Silent Patient, but this book appeals to me a lot more and I hope I get around to reading this one as soon as possible. I love this cover so much and the vibes it’s giving me make me almost certain I will enjoy this book.

8th of June – The Marvelous by Claire Kann
🤞 Young Adult Mystery/Thriller
This synopsis sounds really exciting – there are six teens stuck in a mansion competing for a huge amount of money – but it also promises that “money isn’t the only thing at stake.” I’m itching to pick this book up!

8th of June – The Wolf and the Woodsman by Ava Reid
🤞 Young Adult Fantasy
I’ve definitely run out of ways to say this by now, but this sounds really good. There’s a village near a forest and a girl that has (apparently) no magic, despite everyone else having it. There’s a journey and secrets uncovered.

10th of June – Ace of Spades by Faridah Àbíké-Íyímídé
🤞 Young Adult Contemporary Thriller
This is set in a private school and promises to be twisty and “delves deep into the heart of institutionalised racism”, which sounds tense and atmospheric. I have high hopes for it!

22nd of June – Darling by K. Ancrum
🤝 🤞 Young Adult Contemporary, Mystery/Thriller
This is the second of the Peter Pan retellings! I don’t know anything more about this book than that, and the fact that it is written by K. Ancrum, who wrote one of my favourite books I read last year: The Weight of the Stars. Super looking forward to this!


20th of July – She Who Became the Sun by Shelley Parker-Chan
🤞 Adult Historical Fantasy
This is described as Mulan meets The Song of Achilles, so obviously I want to read it. It’s apparently “a bold, queer, and lyrical reimagining of the rise of the founding emperor of the Ming Dynasty” and that sounds right up my alley!

27th of July – Small Favours by Erin A. Craig
🥰 🤞 Young Adult Fantasy, Horror
The synopsis has me not entirely sure what’s going on in this book, but that works in its favour. I am excited to get to read this intriguing book that apparently includes demon-infested woods.


3rd of August – The Wild Ones by Nafiza Azad
🥰 🤞 Young Adult Fantasy
From the author’s own Goodreads review, I am expecting a hard-hitting book that is nonetheless hopeful and may perhaps include a found family? I can hope so anyway.

3rd of August – A Lesson in Vengeance by Victoria Lee
🤞 Young Adult, Contemporary, Fantasy, Thriller
I wouldn’t necessarily say I am a big fan of dark academia, but I am definitely drawn to those kinds of books and I am excited to read this one with its magical twist.

3rd of August – All’s Well by Mona Awad
🤞 Adult, Horror, Mystery/Thriller
I only tried a few pages of Bunny by the same author before returning it for a silly reason – the frequent use of one of my least favourite phrases: “like so much”. In this sort of context. This one sounds a bit more enticing to me, so hopefully I won’t give up so easily this time, lol.

3rd of August – The Dead and the Dark by Courtney Gould
🥰 🤞 Young Adult, Paranormal, Horror, Mystery
The synopsis says that this book is partly “about finding home in places―and people―you didn’t expect” which immediately makes me want to read this, but it’s also about famous TV ghost hunters so that is exciting too!


21st of September – Under the Whispering Door by T.J. Klune
🤝 Adult Contemporary Fantasy
The House In the Cerulean Sea was easily one of my top books of 2020, so I am really hoping I will love this book just as much. I don’t know if it’s possible, but we’ll see! It sounds like this one will be a bit more romance focused, but I am trusting that the similar cover will mean a similar tone.

12th of October (maybe) – What Monstrous Gods by Rosamund Hodge
🤝 Young Adult Fantasy
I don’t actually know when this book is supposed to be released, as the author’s Twitter does say 2022. Still, I can hope that it’s this year. I loved both Cruel Beauty and Crimson Bound by this author when I read them, they’re even on my favourites shelf, so of course I’m excited for the release of this book without knowing anything about it, lol.

What do you think?

Are you anticipating any of these books? What is your most anticipated release of 2021? And, what makes you most drawn to a book before you read it? Let me know!


19 thoughts on “44 of Sabrina’s Most Anticipated Book Releases of 2021

  1. “House of Hollow by Krystal Sutherland”
    This one calls to me sooo much! I tried requesting it on NG/EW to no avail, but I’m waiting for it to come out with great anticipation.

    “Switch by A.S. King”
    How on earth I didn’t know she had a new book out is beyond me. Thank you for the heads-up! I didn’t love her latest one, Dig (3.5/5), but I enjoy her brand of surrealism, and this one sounds outrageously awesome!

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    1. Ahh sorry you didn’t have any luck getting House of Hollow from NG or EW, but I hope you get to it when it is released!
      And I’m surprised you didn’t know about the new A.S. King book!! I’m happy to have been able to let you know about it 😀 3.5 isn’t bad! I think I have to try reading Dig again at some stage, I picked it up at a bad time and didn’t give it a fair chance.


  2. ahh.. there are quite a lot of books I hadn’t heard about here so I loved getting to read about them !! Winter’s Orbit, The Conductors and In The Ravenous Dark all sounds like amazing books !! They all sound very interesting so I can’t wait !!
    A Dark and Hollow Star and She Who Became The Sun are two of my very top anticipated reads so I can’t wait for them. They sound sooo good.
    I hope you are able to read all these and you love them as much as you are anticipating them !! 💕

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  3. I loved that you included emojis to talk about your favorites, that’s such a lovely idea! ❤ I’m trying to read more mystery/thriller this year so The Girls I’ve Been was immediately on my radar, it sounds intriguing 😄 I’m also very hyped for A Dark and Hollow Star, A Trial of Sorcerers, Blade of Secrets, The Witch King & Lost in the Never Woods – I need all the fantasy books 💕 But as for sci-fi Winter’s Orbit and Victories Greater than Death (that cover!!! 🥰) sound good!

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