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21 of My Most Awaited New Releases From the Second Half of 2021

21 of My Most Awaited New Releases From the Second Half of 2021

Hello friends, it’s Vera here today. Originally, I hadn’t been planning on making a post about my most awaited releases of the second half of 2021. I felt like I haven’t been keeping up with new releases in the past six months, so I thought I wouldn’t have anything to talk about. However, I was recently looking at my to-read list and realized that I actually have quite a lot of books that I can’t wait to hold in my hands. (Be that physically or digitally.) Thus, I decided to write today’s post at the last minute. Nonetheless, I hope you’ll enjoy it and I can’t wait to discuss what books you are excited to read. πŸ™‚

The Final Girl Support Group by Grady Hendrix
expected publication: July 13th

The Final Girl Support Group follows a group of final girls – in other words, survivors of horrifying crimes – who, about a decade ago, decide to form their own support group. While the group has been these women’s sanctuary, being a part of the group suddenly poses a threat to them when an outsider learns about the group and starts to take the women’s life apart. I have heard a lot about Hendrix and as I’m an avid fan of horror it’s probably time for me to finally give his books a chance, this one seems like the perfect opportunity to do just that.

The Taking of Jake Livingston by Ryan Douglas
expected publication: July 13th

The Taking of Jake Livingston is marketed as “Get Out meets Danielle Vega” which is honestly enough for me to be really-really excited to get my hands on this book. On a less important note, I love that cover to bits, which makes me look forward to seeing it on my shelves when it is published.

The last Guard by Nalini Singh
expected publication: July 20th

At this point, I’m fairly certain all of you who’ve been with us for a while know how much I adore Nalini Singh, in particular her Psy-Changeling series. The Last Guard is the newest addition to the spin-off of the Psy-Changeling series, so I am, of course, stoked to finally have the chance to read this.

Devil in Disguise by Lisa Kleypas
expected publication: July 27th

I was shocked (but happy!) when I saw that Lisa Kleypas was releasing another Ravenels novel, as the Ravenel family has already been all paired off. I really like that she’ll concentrate on a non-Ravenel – Merrit – that I had gotten to know in the series and that I’m excited to learn more about. Kleypas rarely disappoints, so this is going to be good, I can feel it.

Like a Love Song by gabriela Martins
expected publication: August 3rd

I don’t tend to seek out celebrity romances, but there is something about this YA Contemporary romance that is calling to me. Natalie, a Brazilian pop star, is pushed into a fake romance by her PR team after a disastrous break up. To her surprise, her fake boyfriend is incredibly sweet and is actually making her question how fake she wants their relationship to be…

Tidepool by Nicole Willson
expected publication: August 3rd

Tidepool follows Sorrow who is investigating her brother’s disappearance, visiting and asking around for information in the town he was last seen at. The reviewers describe it as a dark horror novel and I’ve seen it highlighted that both Sorrow and the supporting cast are superbly crafted. Long story short, Tidepool sounds right up my alley.

The Family Plot by Megan Collins
expected publication: August 17th

I’m too clumsy to properly describe The Family Plot, so I’ll include the tagline that originally caught my attention: “When a family obsessed with true crime gathers to bury their patriarch, horrifying secrets are exposed upon the discovery of another body in his grave.” Don’t you just love the sound of that?I certainly do.

Battle Royal by Lucy Parker
expected publication: August 17th

Lucy Parker is one of my favorite authors so I am, of course, incredibly excited for her newest romance, Battle Royal. Not only does this follow two bakers competing against each other in a baking competition, but the romance between them happens to utilize the enemies to lovers trope, aka one of my favorite romance tropes.

My Heart Is a Chainshow by Stephen Graham Jones
expected publication: August 31st

I’m not totally sure, but to me My Heart is a Chainshow sounds a bit like a slasher, which – to be honest – isn’t always my favorite genre. Nonetheless, I’m really excited for this novel because I was really impressed by The Only Good Indians, the author’s previous novel. I’m fairly certain this too will deliver, so I’m hoping to read it soon after its publication.

The Heart Priciple by Helen Hoang
expected publication: August 31st

I’ve been eagerly awaiting The Heart Principle for years at this point, because Helen Hoang is one of my all time favorite authors. Yes, she has only published two books so far, but both of them were so fantastic that she immediately joined the list of my favorite authors. Quan is someone we all know and love from the previous books, so I’m really stoked to see him get his own book.

It All Comes Back To You by Farah Naz Rishi
expected publication: September 14th

It All Comes Back to You follows Kiran and Deen, exes whose relationship ended when Deen ghosted Kiran. After four years, the two are thrown back together when Kiran’s sister and Deen’s brother fall in love and decide to get married. Even as these two are forced to spend some time together, Deen is adamant about not sharing why he left Kiran with such suddenness. Doesn’t this sounds like the perfect romance novel?

Slewfoot by Brom
expected publication: September 21st

I heard about Slewfoot on a booktuber’s channel who reviews a lot of horror (The Shades of Orange) and it immediately caught my attention. It’s a historical horror that follows a woman who doesn’t want to follow the rules her Puritan society sets for women. Apparently, Brom’s books contain his artworks, which makes me even more excited for this novel.

To Break a Covenant by Alison Ames
expected publication: September 21st

To Break a Covenant is marketed as a fierce feminist thriller, so of course I want to get my hands on it as soon as I can. Not only does this have a sapphic main couple, but as far as I understand it’s also about friendship, which is something I love. All in all, I’m really looking forward to this.

Under the Whispering Door by T.J. Klune
expected publication: September 21st

I’ve only read one novel by Klune – The House in the Cerulean Sea – but that one has made really excited to try the author’s other novels. If I understand well, I can expect strong found family vibes from Under the Whispering Door, which just so happens to be one of my favorite tropes ever.

The Ghost Sequences by A.C. Wise
expected publication: October 19th

I’ve been seeing this brilliant cover around on twitter for a while, but for some reason it was only recently when I actually checked out what the novel is about. It’s a horror anthology collection that features a bunch of ghost stories by the author. I’m really excited for this and I appreciate that this will come out right in time for Halloween.

Nothing But Blackened Teeth by Cassandra Khaw
expected publication: October 19th

Nothing But Blackened Teeth is a Japanese haunted house novella that I heard about recently. I really love haunted house stories, so I’m always excited to discover new ones and I sure hope this one will live up to my expectations and be as thrilling as it seems. And again, this is going to be just in time for Halloween.

Well Matched by Jen DeLuca
expected publication: October 19th

I still have a lot of love for this series, even after the second book in it – one I was really excited for – ended up being utterly disappointing. I do really love the first novel, though, and the main characters in this one are super-promising, so I have high hopes.

All the Feels by Olivia Dade
expected publication: October 26th

Spoiler Alert was such a fun, entertaining romance that it was no question it would become one of my favorite books of 2020. I’m hoping that the follow up / companion to it, All the Feels, will be just as good as its predecessor. I don’t know what else to say… just read Spoiler Alert if you want to know why I’m so excited for this one.

The Hidden by Melanie Golding
expected publication: November 9th

I really-really loved Golding’s debut, Little Darlings, so ever since I’d read an ARC of that book I’ve been eagerly awaiting more novels by the author. (Fun fact: Sabrina and I started talking to each other to discuss Little Darlings.) Just like Little Darlings, I believe The Hidden also contains nods to folklore, which will hopefully make it as much of a captivating novel as the author’s debut is.

Jade Legacy by Fonda Lee
expected publication: November 30th

I can’t even describe how stoked I am to know that soon, I’ll get a closure for this wonderfully captivating series. I love these morally grey characters SO MUCH. I couldn’t be any more excited for Jade Legacy. In fact, Sabrina and I are already preparing to reread the first two books to be fully ready for the final addition to the series.

If This Gets Out by Sophie Gonzales and Cale Dietrich
expected publication: December 7th

If This Gets Out follows two members of a boy band who have fallen in love with each other. It sounds like the perfect contemporary novel to consume in December when I’m in the mood for something light as I prepare for Christmas. Also, so far, I’ve loved both Perfect on Paper and Only Mostly Devastated, so I’m kind of convinced Sophie Gonzales can only write excellent books.

Let’s chat!

What are your most awaited releases for the second half of the year? Do we share any? Have I convinced to make you add any of mine? Have you had the chance to read any of mine as ARCs?


22 thoughts on “21 of My Most Awaited New Releases From the Second Half of 2021

  1. Oooh, so I had to look for the magnified version of THE GHOST SEQUENCES cover, and it IS brilliant! Awesome! Also, ghosts? 🀩 I’m not a huge anthology fan though, so I’ll wait for more reviews before I decide if I want to read it.
    NOTHING BUT BLACKENED TEETH was one of my most anticipated books of the year too, until I managed to get my hands (so to speak) on an ARC of THE ALL-CONSUMING WORLD by the same author, and I couldn’t progress past Ch.1 (DNF review coming in August). It pains me to rain on a POC author’s parade, but I didn’t click with her writing style at all – too purple. From what I read, this one will be no different (*sighs*).

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    1. The Ghost Sequences looks SO BEAUTIFUL, glad you agree. 🀩 I’m really excited for it. Ugh, disappointing to hear that about The All-Consuming World (and Nothing nut Blackened Teeth).. I’m going to wait for more reviews to come and decide if I buy it after that.


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