Most Anticipated Releases! | 2021 pt 1

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by ThatArtsyReaderGirl, Top 5 Wednesday topics can be found here!

So both Top Ten Tuesday and Top 5 Wednesday apply to this post, so I’m just gonna combine them! The TTT post for this topic was technically in December of 2020 some time, I just wasn’t ready for it yet. the T5W topic for this is a retro one that I’m re-using! So here we go, it’s both!

These are all the books I’m looking forward to coming out in 2021 between January and June! And the typical reminder, these are the posted release dates as of today, and they may change. Dammit Jackie, I can’t control the weather.


The Frozen Crown (Warrior Witch, #1)Release date: Jan 12th

Genre: YA Fantasy

Goodreads synopsis: Askia became heir to the Frozen Crown of Seravesh because of her devotion to her people. But her realm is facing a threat she cannot defeat by sheer will alone. The mad emperor of the Roven Empire has unleashed a horde of invading soldiers to enslave her lands. For months, her warriors have waged a valiant, stealth battle, yet they cannot stop the enemy’s advancement. Running out of time, she sets sail for sun-drenched Vishir, the neighboring land to the south, to seek help from its ruler, Emperor Armaan.

A young woman raised in army camps, Askia is ill-equipped to navigate Vishir’s labyrinthine political games. Her every move sinks her deeper into court intrigues which bewilder and repel her, leaving her vulnerable not only to enemies gathering at Vishir’s gates, but to those behind the palace walls. 

And in this glittering court, where secrets are worth more than gold, Askia fears that one false step will expose her true nature. For Askia is a witch gifted with magical abilities—knowledge that could destroy not only her life but her people. As her adversaries draw closer, Askia is forced to make an impossible choice—and no matter what she decides, it may not be enough to prevent Seravesh’s fall.


The Forever Sea (The Forever Sea, #1)Release Date: Jan 19th

Genre: Fantasy

Goodreads synopsis: On the never-ending, miles-high expanse of prairie grasses known as the Forever Sea, Kindred Greyreach, hearthfire keeper and sailor aboard harvesting vessel The Errant, is just beginning to fit in with the crew of her new ship when she receives devastating news. Her grandmother–The Marchess, legendary captain and hearthfire keeper–has stepped from her vessel and disappeared into the sea.

But the note she leaves Kindred suggests this was not an act of suicide. Something waits in the depths, and the Marchess has set out to find it.

To follow in her grandmother’s footsteps, Kindred must embroil herself in conflicts bigger than she could imagine: a water war simmering below the surface of two cultures; the politics of a mythic pirate city floating beyond the edges of safe seas; battles against beasts of the deep, driven to the brink of madness; and the elusive promise of a world below the waves.

Kindred finds that she will sacrifice almost everything–ship, crew, and a life sailing in the sun–to discover the truth of the darkness that waits below the Forever Sea.
 


A ​Court of Silver Flames (A Court of Thorns and Roses, #4)Release date: Feb 16th

Genre: YA fantasy romance (New adult?)

Goodreads synopsis: Nesta Archeron has always been prickly-proud, swift to anger, and slow to forgive. And ever since being forced into the Cauldron and becoming High Fae against her will, she’s struggled to find a place for herself within the strange, deadly world she inhabits. Worse, she can’t seem to move past the horrors of the war with Hybern and all she lost in it.

The one person who ignites her temper more than any other is Cassian, the battle-scarred warrior whose position in Rhysand and Feyre’s Night Court keeps him constantly in Nesta’s orbit. But her temper isn’t the only thing Cassian ignites. The fire between them is undeniable, and only burns hotter as they are forced into close quarters with each other.

Meanwhile, the treacherous human queens who returned to the Continent during the last war have forged a dangerous new alliance, threatening the fragile peace that has settled over the realms. And the key to halting them might very well rely on Cassian and Nesta facing their haunting pasts.

Against the sweeping backdrop of a world seared by war and plagued with uncertainty, Nesta and Cassian battle monsters from within and without as they search for acceptance-and healing-in each other’s arms.


All the Murmuring BonesRelease date March 9th

Genre: Fantasy

Goodreads synopsis: Long ago Miren O’Malley’s family prospered due to a deal struck with the mer: safety for their ships in return for a child of each generation. But for many years the family have been unable to keep their side of the bargain and have fallen into decline. Miren’s grandmother is determined to restore their glory, even at the price of Miren’s freedom.

A spellbinding tale of dark family secrets, magic and witches, and creatures of myth and the sea; of strong women and the men who seek to control them.

 


Rule of Wolves (King of Scars Duology, #2)Release date: March 30th

Genre: YA Fantasy

Goodreads synopsis: (Potential spoilers for King of Scars) The Demon King. As Fjerda’s massive army prepares to invade, Nikolai Lantsov will summon every bit of his ingenuity and charm—and even the monster within—to win this fight. But a dark threat looms that cannot be defeated by a young king’s gift for the impossible.

The Stormwitch. Zoya Nazyalensky has lost too much to war. She saw her mentor die and her worst enemy resurrected, and she refuses to bury another friend. Now duty demands she embrace her powers to become the weapon her country needs. No matter the cost.

The Queen of Mourning. Deep undercover, Nina Zenik risks discovery and death as she wages war on Fjerda from inside its capital. But her desire for revenge may cost her country its chance at freedom and Nina the chance to heal her grieving heart.

King. General. Spy. Together they must find a way to forge a future in the darkness. Or watch a nation fall.


Project Hail MaryRelease date: May 4th

Genre: Sci-fi

Goodreads synopsis: Ryland Grace is the sole survivor on a desperate, last-chance mission–and if he fails, humanity and the earth itself will perish.

Except that right now, he doesn’t know that. He can’t even remember his own name, let alone the nature of his assignment or how to complete it.

All he knows is that he’s been asleep for a very, very long time. And he’s just been awakened to find himself millions of miles from home, with nothing but two corpses for company.

His crewmates dead, his memories fuzzily returning, he realizes that an impossible task now confronts him. Alone on this tiny ship that’s been cobbled together by every government and space agency on the planet and hurled into the depths of space, it’s up to him to conquer an extinction-level threat to our species.

And thanks to an unexpected ally, he just might have a chance.


For the Wolf (Wilderwood, #1)Release date: June 15th

Genre: Fantasy

Goodreads synopsis: The first daughter is for the Throne.
The second daughter is for the Wolf.


As the only Second Daughter born in centuries, Red has one purpose-to be sacrificed to the Wolf in the Wood in the hope he’ll return the world’s captured gods.

Red is almost relieved to go. Plagued by a dangerous power she can’t control, at least she knows that in the Wilderwood, she can’t hurt those she loves. Again.

But the legends lie. The Wolf is a man, not a monster. Her magic is a calling, not a curse. And if she doesn’t learn how to use it, the monsters the gods have become will swallow the Wilderwood-and her world-whole.
 


And that’s it! I’m particularly excited about this last one – I’ve been kinda stuck on Beauty and the Beast retellings lately, I don’t know what it is.

If you’re interested in any of the above, lemme know! Buddy reads are fun!

Top 5 Anticipated 2019 Releases

Blogmas 2018

Happy Hump Day! Today’s post will be 2019 releases I am most looking forward to. I plan to do a more fleshed out version of this post in January… but looking at my list now, I have exactly five titles, so I figured why not. If I come up with more later I’ll make another. If not, whatevs.

If you’d like to participate in T5W, you can do so here!


Fence volume 2 by C. S. Pacat

Fence Vol. 2

Expected release: Jan 15th

Goodreads Synopsis of vol 1: Nicholas, the illegitimate son of a retired fencing champion, is a scrappy fencing wunderkind, and dreams of getting the chance and the training to actually compete. After getting accepted to the prodigious Kings Row private school, Nicholas is thrust into a cut-throat world, and finds himself facing not only his golden-boy half-brother, but the unbeatable, mysterious Seiji Katayama…

Through clashes, rivalries, and romance between teammates, Nicholas and the boys of Kings Row will discover there’s much more to fencing than just foils and lunges.

Gates of Stone by Angus Macallan

Gates of Stone (Lord of the Islands, #1)

Expected release: Feb 19th

Goodreads Synopsis: AN EMPEROR’S DAUGHTER WHO WILL NOT BE DENIED
Just before her sixteenth birthday, Princess Katerina is refused her rightful place as heir to the Empire of the Ice-Bear–solely because of her sex. Determined to regain her inheritance, she murders the foreign lord she’s been ordered to marry and embarks on a perilous voyage to the lush, tropical islands of the Laut Besar in search of the vast wealth and power she needs to claim the Empire for herself.

A PRINCE FORCED TO TAKE A STAND
On a small island kingdom, Prince Arjun’s idyllic life is shattered when a malignant sorcerer invades, slaughters his people and steals the sacred sword of Jun’s ancestors. With his royal father dead and his palace in ruins, Jun reluctantly tracks the sorcerer and the magical blade far across the pirate-infested waters of the Laut Besar.

A SORCERER SEEKING TO DESTROY THE WORLD
Long ago the powerful relics known as the Seven Keys were used to safely lock away the terrifying evils of the Seven Hells. With Jun’s ancient sword in his grasp, the sorcerer Mangku has claimed the first Key, and begun his mission to unleash catastrophe upon the land.

As the destinies of these three entwine in the lawless islands of the Laut Besar, the fate of humanity hangs in the balance. For if the sorcerer cannot be stopped, the world itself will be unmade.

Ancestral Night by Elizabeth Bear

Ancestral Night (White Space, #1)

Expected release: March

Goodreads Synopsis: Haimey Dz thinks she knows what she wants.

She thinks she knows who she is.

She is wrong.

A routine salvage mission uncovers evidence of a terrible crime and relics of powerful ancient technology. Haimey and her small crew run afoul of pirates at the outer limits of the Milky Way, and find themselves on the run and in possession of universe-changing information.

When authorities prove corrupt, Haimey realizes that she is the only one who can protect her galaxy-spanning civilization from the implications of this ancient technology—and the revolutionaries who want to use it for terror and war. Her quest will take her careening from the event horizon of the supermassive black hole at the galaxy’s core to the infinite, empty spaces at its edge.

To save everything that matters, she will need to uncover the secrets of ancient intelligences lost to time—and her own lost secrets, which she will wish had remained hidden from her forever.

The Light Brigade by Kameron Hurley

The Light Brigade

Expected release: March 19th

Goodreads Synopsis: They said the war would turn us into light.
I wanted to be counted among the heroes who gave us this better world.

The Light Brigade: it’s what soldiers fighting the war against Mars call the ones who come back…different. Grunts in the corporate corps get busted down into light to travel to and from interplanetary battlefronts. Everyone is changed by what the corps must do in order to break them down into light. Those who survive learn to stick to the mission brief—no matter what actually happens during combat.

Dietz, a fresh recruit in the infantry, begins to experience combat drops that don’t sync up with the platoon’s. And Dietz’s bad drops tell a story of the war that’s not at all what the corporate brass want the soldiers to think is going on.

Is Dietz really experiencing the war differently, or is it combat madness? Trying to untangle memory from mission brief and survive with sanity intact, Dietz is ready to become a hero—or maybe a villain; in war it’s hard to tell the difference.

The Burning White by Brent Weeks

The Burning White (Lightbringer #5)

Expected release: September

Goodreads Synopsis of book 1: Guile is the Prism, the most powerful man in the world. He is high priest and emperor, a man whose power, wit, and charm are all that preserves a tenuous peace. Yet Prisms never last, and Guile knows exactly how long he has left to live.

When Guile discovers he has a son, born in a far kingdom after the war that put him in power, he must decide how much he’s willing to pay to protect a secret that could tear his world apart.


And that’s it! I feel like I should do a post on whether I actually end up reading anticipated releases. Sure I’m excited for a bunch, but I feel like my ratio of books wanted and books read is super skewed. Hm hm.

Happy reading!

Top 5 Wednesday: Most Anticipated Releases for the Rest of 2015

Technically, the title should be ‘pre-orders’ not ‘releases’ but who am I kidding. I have pre-ordered a total of one book my entire life and don’t see that habit changing. So these are books I’m excited about and if I really want them, will just go to the store to get them the day they come out (which is unlikely anyways because money) :”D Top 5 Wednesday was created by Lainey and here is the full list of posters if you’d like to add your name and participate too.

Also, public service announcement because I’m a ding dong and didn’t realize this earlier (meaning there’s a chance that one other human on this planet didn’t either and will find this useful): If you go onto your goodreads ‘to-read’ list and order it by date published, you can see all the set unpublished books you already want to read. Just so you know. In case it helps. Because I’m a ding dong.

5. Lair of Dreams by Libba BrayLair of Dreams (The Diviners, #2)
This is the second book in Ms Bray’s Diviners series. I’m not sure how long it’s going to be exactly.. a trilogy? A eighty-book epic? No idea. But this is number two, and since I really enjoyed number one, I’m excited for this one. This series is a paranormal YA series set in New York in the 1920s. The main character, to me, is highly entertaining. She’s a young girl with the aspirations and attitude of a flapper, and finds herself mixed up in a murder mystery concerning demons and other entities. I’ve seen on goodreads, youtube and blogs that this book is pretty hit or miss for people. Either you love it or you can’t even finish it. Lucky for me, I loved it. And book two I hope will be just as good (though I can’t say I’m crazy about the cover change. WHY WHY WOULD YOU DO THAT ONE BOOK IN) Hopefully the spines at least will look the same.

Expected release: Aug 25

You're Never Weird on the Internet - Almost4. You’re Never Weird on the Internet – Almost by Felicia Day
Felicia Day has wormed her way into my heart. The first time I’d ever seen her, she was on Dr. Horrible’s Sing-along Blog, which that film on its own is hysterical. Then she showed up in Supernatural during season 7, playing a character who I’d come to adore, and theeeen I found her series called ‘The Guild’ which I’ve watched through probably five times now. It’s just so great (Clara’s my favorite). And now that I just looked that up on youtube, where it was posted originally (I watched it on Netflix) I see there are a lot of extra stuffs on there about it… well, I know what I’m doing for the rest of the day. Anyways. This books is by Felicia Day and that alone makes me want it.

Expected release: Aug 11

3. The Dinosaur Lords by Victor MilanThe Dinosaur Lords (The Dinosaur Lords, #1)
This book is set in an alternate universey kind of thing where people and dinosaurs co-exist. And I’m not talking nicey nice ones like in that new Disney movie. This book is set in the 14th century, and people have integrates dinosaurs into battle tactics. That’s right – battle on the backs of dinosaurs. How awesome (and cheesy) is that?! I want to read it I want it I want. I’m hoping the writing style of this is really technical, if that makes sense. When I read Naomi Novik’s Temeraire Series, it dealt with warfare on dragons, and the thing I loved best about it is the detail she went into when writing the tactics of the battle scenes. I hope this author breaks down just how everything is done. This looks to be the first in a series and goodreads has a second one listed – I’m not sure if that’s the final one or not.

Expected release: July 28

Illuminae (The Illuminae Files, #1)2. Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff
I’m such a sucker for interesting presentation. From what I’ve seen of this book, it reminds me of S. by JJ Abrams and House of Leaves by Mark Danielewski. I’m pretty sure none of these books are about the same thing, but the way they’re presented strike me as similar, I guess. It’s not a typical ‘turn the page, read the page, turn the page, read the page’ experience with this book. From what little I’ve seen of it from people who got early copies, this book is much more involved, and I’m so excited for it (this one I’ll probably grab in hardback – I tend to wait for paperbacks, but I think I’ll make an exception). This is a sci-fi novel set in 2575 about two people caught up in a war that is brought to their planet. The book is told through a series of documents and emails and military files and… it just sounds so cool. 😀 I’m so excited for this one.

Expected release: Oct 20

1. The Rest of Us Just Live Here by Patrick NessThe Rest of Us Just Live Here
After reading the Chaos Walking Trilogy by this guy, all of his books have wormed their way onto my to-read list, and this is the latest one. This is a fantasy-esque book about the chosen one’s best friend, the normal one. Yep, it’s about this guy and the rest of his town just trying to live their daily lives while the chosen one is constantly battling things and wrecking the city and carrying on. I feel like this will be really fun to read – I’ve always wondered about say… Harry Potter from Ron’s perspective and stuff like that. And like I said, it’s Patrick Ness… so I want it. Gimme. Gimme.

Expected release: Aug 27

Tada~ :”D What books are you looking forward to?