US RELEASES – April BOOKS TO KEEP ON YOUR RADAR

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Hi bookies,

Keep your eyes peeled for these goodies! As always, I’ve linked the titles to my Goodreads reviews or to the actual book page.

 

Books I reviewed before release:

The Dark Game by Jonathan Janz; Apr 11 Horror, Mystery

A writers’ retreat. Mysterious deaths. A competition that brings your worst nightmares to life. I am almost done reading this book and am quite enjoying the novel. Lots of characters and lots of side stories to keep track off and Janz does a great job weaving them all together.

Little Darlings by Melanie Golding; Apr 30 Thriller, Mystery

Lauren’s twins are in danger; someone tried to kidnap them right out of the hospital. Or is everything just a figment of her imagination? This thriller keeps you guessing what is real and what isn’t right up until the end.

 

Books I am anticipating to read:

The Princess and the Fangirl by Ashley Poston; Apr 2  YA, Retellings, Romance

I recently read Geekerella and loved the nerdiness and nostalgia it brought. I am hoping this one will do the same. It seems like the perfect spring read.

The Strangers by Margaret Peterson Haddix; Apr 2 Middle Grade, Fantasy, Mystery

A few reviewers have alluded to this being a puzzle and I love puzzles. This being a middle-grade novel is an additional bonus.

Women Talking by Miriam Toews; Apr 3 Contemporary Lit, Feminism

Mennonite women make a stand. This one promises to be inspiring, suspenseful, and philosophical.

Descendant of the Crane by Joan He; Apr 9 YA, Fantasy

First of all, the cover is beautiful. Secondly, a plot synopsis involving a young queen, magic, and political enemies always grabs me right away. I read very positive reviews on this so far, so methinks, I should read it myself.

The Tiger at Midnight by Swati Teerdhala; Apr 23 YA, Fantasy

A book inspired by Hindu tales and ancient Indian believes sounds like a winner to me already. The dynamic of Esha and Kunal appears super intriguing. I am looking forward to this novel.

The Meaning of Birds by Jaye Robin Brown; Apr 26 YA, LGBTQA+

The cover is beautiful and the story sounds like it has potential. I am always looking for more inclusive plots and this one promises to tackle coming-of-age struggles by being just that – inclusive.

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US RELEASES – MARCH BOOKS TO KEEP ON YOUR RADAR

US releases

Hi bookies,

Keep your eyes peeled for these goodies! As always, I’ve linked the titles to my Goodreads reviews or to the actual book page.

 

Books I reviewed before release:

While You Sleep by Stephanie Merritt; Mar 8 Psychological Thriller, Horror

An unreliable narrator, gothic sexual dreams, demons, Scotland, a haunted house, and suspicious townies – I am here for this!

Will Haunt You by Brian Kirk; Mar 14 Horror

A book that will haunt you. Some of the weirdest chaos I’ve ever read. What is real? What is a dream? And will this really happen to me because I am reading this book?

 

Books I am anticipating to read:

What the Wind Knows by Amy Harmon; Mar 1 Historical Fiction, Romance

This one sounds a bit like Outlander but the reviews are great and it takes place in Ireland, so I decided to give it a try. I have this on my Kindle already.

Where the Forest Meets the Stars by Glendy Vanderah; Mar 1 Contemporary Lit

I’ve recently gotten into bird watching so was immediately drawn to the protagonist studying birds. The eeriness, the child that suddenly appears, the references to stars and the night sky all sound so lovely that I really want to check this story out.

Daisy Jones & The Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid; Mar 5 Historical Fiction

First off, I love the book cover. And secondly, a novel set in the 60s centering around a band and a girl – yes, please. This is my BOTM selection and I can’t wait to get my hands on it.

A Woman Is No Man by Etaf Rum; Mar 5 Historical Fiction

I think this is one of those important books we all should read. It’ll allow me to explore a new voice, a different perspective, a novel experience: Arab women living in America. I am looking forward to expanding my mind.

Shades of Magic, Vol 1 by V.E. Schwab; Mar 6 Graphic Novels, Fantasy

I loved Schwab’s Shades of Magic trilogy and I need more grey, red, and black London in my life.

US releases – February books to keep on your radar

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Hi bookies,

Keep your eyes peeled for these goodies! As always, I’ve linked the titles to my Goodreads reviews or to the actual book page.

 

Books I reviewed before release:

I reviewed no books that are released in February but I read several “ARCs” in January that I received after publication (so not technically ARCs anymore 😉 ). Here is a link to my reviews.

 

Books I am anticipating to read:

The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides; Feb 5 Thriller, Mystery

I was able to read this book early through my BOTM subscription. This is a fast-paced suspense novel with a fun plot twist at the end.

I Was Anastasia by Ariel Lawhon, Feb 5 Historical Fiction

I’ve always been intrigued by the mysteriousness of the disappearance of Anastasia.

The Little Grey Girl (Wild Magic Trilogy #2) by Celine Kiernan; Feb 15 Middle Grade, Fantasy

I reviewed the first book in this dark middle-grade fantasy series. I am really looking forward to the continuation of the story.

We Set the Dark on Fire by Tehlor Kay Mejia Feb 26 LGBTQA+, YA, Fantasy

The plot appearing so relevant, the setting seemingly dystopian (or is it?), and the story being spun as a fantasy novel make me really curious to check this book out.

Top Ten Tuesday – Most Anticipated Releases for the First Half of 2019

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New year, the same fun TTT time! As usual, if you’re curious about this, Jana over at That Artsy Reader Girl hosts these weekly challenges (so, see her blog for more info). Today’s theme is about my most anticipated January through June 2019 releases. I compiled my list by looking through the monthly Goodreads lists and seeing which one I had already marked as tbr. I also checked on series I knew should be coming to an end/should continue and authors whose ARCs I reviewed previously.


JANUARY

I’ve been feverishly waiting for book three to come out in the Winternight Trilogy. I had the pleasure to receive ARCs for the first two and thus it has been excruciatingly long for me. I’m also a fan of journaling and a little magick, so a 365-day magical journey sounds right up my alley.

 

 

The Winter Witch (Winternight Trilogy #3) by Katherine Arden

The Severed Moon by Leigh Bargudgo (a magical journal with prompts!)


FEBRUARY

Once in a while, I love me a good psychological thriller. The Silent Patient seems to fit that bill perfectly. I like the idea of diving into the psyche of a murderer. I’ve always loved the story of Anastasia, so I’m looking forward to this novel inspired by it. I reviewed the first book in the Wild Magic Trilogy and it was a rather dark middle-grade book. I don’t come across those often, so I’m curious about the second one.

 

 

The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides

I was Anastasia by Ariel Lawhon

The Little Grey Girl (Wild Magic Trilogy #2) by Celine Kiernan


MARCH

I devoured the Shades of Magic trilogy so seeing this story continue in graphic novel form is definitely a must for me.

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Shades of Magic, Vol 1 (Shades of Magic Universe, graphic novel series) by V.E. Schwab


APRIL

I reviewed the first book of The Inventors series and enjoyed the steampunk aspects. I also loved how the author incorporated actual historical scientists. Middle-grade literature needs more of that. I’ve heard some buzz about The Greystone Secrets and thus want to check out the first book in the series.

 

 

The Inventors and the Lost Island (The Inventors #2) by A.M. Morgen

The Strangers (The Greystone Secrets #1) by Margaret Peterson Haddix


MAY

I have yet to read any of the Caraval books but probably will wait now until the third one is out so I can binge all three. I only recently discovered Katherine Applegate and immediately fell in love with her books so I definitely want to read more of them.

 

 

Finale (Caraval #3) by Stephanie Garber

The First (Endling #2) by Katherine Applegate


JUNE

Whomp, whomp. I have no books marked (yet) for that month.


There are also a few books I want to be released ASAP but their actual dates for 2019 haven’t been announced, yet.

OTHERS IN 2019 WITHOUT SPECIFIC RELEASE DATES

Guardians of Dawn (Guardians of Dawn #1) by S. Jae-Jones

The War of the Givens (Silvers #3) by Daniel Price

Untitled (Six of Crows #3) by Leigh Bardugo

Glass Town by Isabel Greenberg


What books are you looking forward to this year?

Us releases – January books to keep on your radar

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Hi bookies,

Keep your eyes peeled for these goodies! As always, I’ve linked the titles to my Goodreads reviews or to the actual book page.

 

Books I reviewed before release:

Even If I Fall by Abigail Johnson; Jan 8 YA, Contemporary Lit

I am currently reading this one and so far the story has a lot of heart and some heartbreak. This promises to be more of a melancholic read.

 

Books I am anticipating to read:

The Courage to Be Disliked by Ishiro Kishimi: Jan 1 Nonfiction, Philosophy, Psychology

This one sounds interesting and I (as many) struggle with wanting to please everyone and wanting to be liked by everyone. So I think this book is worth exploring.

The Winter of the Witch by Katherine Arden; Jan 8 Historical Fiction, Fantasy

I CANNOT WAIT for this book to be delivered to my door! I loved the first two and I have been feverishly waiting for the last in this trilogy.

The Witches of St. Petersburg by Imogen Edwards-Jones; Jan 22, Historical Fiction, Fantasy

I love Russian folklore and tales about magic. This one seems right up my alley. Also, you guys, do you notice a January theme? Magic and Russian tales are perfect winter reads!

Once Upon a River by Diane Sutterfield; Jan 24 Historical Fiction

The publisher keeps pushing the publication back – it only creates more anticipation for me! I loved The Thirteenth Tale, so I am definitely on the lookout for new novels by Sutterfield. This one sounds so promising – suspenseful and heartfelt.

The Severed Moon by Leigh Bardugo; Jan 29 Nonfiction, Journal

I can’t even; a journal by Leigh Bardugo. I preordered that as soon as I found out.

Us releases – December books to keep on your radar

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Hi bookies,

Keep your eyes peeled for these goodies! As always, I’ve linked the titles to my Goodreads reviews or to the actual book page.

Books I reviewed before release:

I did not review any December books. But I have to submit I am super behind on reading one ARC, which came out at the end of October. :/

 

Books I am anticipating to read:

Once Upon a River by Diane Sutterfield; Dec 4 Historical Fiction

I loved The Thirteenth Tale, so I am definitely on the lookout for new novels by Sutterfield. This one sounds so promising – suspenseful and heartfelt.

Of Blood and Bone by Nora Roberts; Dec 4 Fantasy, Romance

The second book in her Chronicles of The One series sounds just as exciting as the first one, which I have yet to read. I might wait for her to complete that series first though, as I know myself, I can’t sit around and wait around for the next book.

Lumberjanes, Vol 10: Parents’ Day by Shannon Waters and Kat Leyh; Dec 4 YA, Graphic Novels, LGBTQ+

I’ve read the first five (?) stories and loved all of them. Eventually, I will catch up!

Us releases: November books to keep on your radar

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Hi bookies,

Keep your eyes peeled for these goodies! As always, I’ve linked the titles to my Goodreads reviews or to the actual book page.

Books I reviewed before release:

I did not review any November books.

 

Books I am anticipating to read:

Nine Perfect Strangers by Liane Moriarty; November 6 Contemporary Lit

This is my BOTM club pick. I am looking forward to reading another Moriarty book that promises suspense and relatable characters.

Daughters of the Lake by Wendy Webb; November 1 Mystery, Gothic, Thriller

The description of the story sounds so eerie and mysterious. I love the Gothic feels and I love a good historical arc. The main character promises to be lost and struggling with her current life while she encounters a century-old murder victim.

My Sister, the Serial Killer by Oyinkan Braithwaite; November 20 Mystery, Thriller, Africa

This just sounds like such an interesting read. How would you deal with this situation were it to happen in your family?

Fantastic Beasts: the Crimes of Grindelwald by JK Rowling; November 16 Fantasy, Screenplay

Anything pertaining to the HP universe makes it onto my TBR.

Vita Nostra by Marina Dyachenko; November 1 Fantasy, Scifi, Ukraine

Dark and weird. Why would I not want to read this?

Killing Commendatore by Haruki Murakami; November 13 Magical Realism, Japan

Anything by Murakami is surrealist goodness. I’ve been meaning to read 1Q84 for forever, so this one had to make it onto this list.

US releases: October books to keep on your radar

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Hi bookies,

Keep your eyes peeled for these goodies! As always, I’ve linked the titles to my Goodreads reviews or to the actual book page.

Books I reviewed before release:

The Reckless Club by Beth Vrabel; October 2 Middle Grade, Contemporary Lit

A group of middle school misfits spending their detention at an assisted living facility learns that although we are all different we are also all the same. This book reminded me a little (or a lot) of The Breakfast Club.

Beyond the Green by Sharlee Mullins Glenn; October 2 Middle Grade, Historical Fiction

Stunning book. Amazing story. A story about learning what family means, even if it is an unusual composition.

Dr. Jo by Monica Kulling and Julianna Swaney; October 9 Children, Historical Fiction

A beautifully illustrated book introducing young readers to Dr. Josephiine Baker and her accomplishments.

Salt by Hannah Moskowitz; October 30 YA, Fantasy

An orphaned group of siblings fighting monsters at sea. So Odyssey!

 

Books I am anticipating to read:

Elevation by Stephen King; October 30  Short Stories, Horror

Stephen King being the prolific Stephen King he is. I am really looking forward to this short story. I already preordered my book in June!

US releases: September books to keep on your radar

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Hi bookies,

Keep your eyes peeled for these goodies! As always, I’ve linked the titles to my Goodreads reviews or to the actual book page.

Books I reviewed before release:

Trapped in Room 217 by Thomas Kingsley Troupe; September 1 Middle Grade, Horror, Paranormal

A horror novel for middle grade. Um, yes, please! This is part of a series and I highly recommend you’ll check it out.

Begone the Raggedy Witches by Celine Kiernan; September 11 Middle Grade, Fantasy

Dark and twisted. This is a bit on the more mature side for middle grade.

 

Books I am anticipating to read:

The Dark Descent of Elizabeth Frankenstein by Kiersten White; September 28 YA, Historical Fiction

A retelling of Frankenstein with a new perspective? Count me in!

US releases: August books to keep on your radar

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Hi bookies,

Keep your eyes peeled for these goodies! As always, I’ve linked the titles to my Goodreads reviews or to the actual book page.

Books I reviewed before release:

Awesome! by Craig Shuttlewood; August 1st Childrens, Picture Books

Story with an important message about friendship.

Sloth at the Zoom by Helaine Becker; August 15th Childrens, Picture Books

A hilarious mix-up of Sloth being delivered to the zoom (where everything is fast) instead of the zoo that ends in friendship and learning a new way of life.

Ghoulia by Barbara Cantini; August 28th Childrens, Picture Books

A future staple of Halloween books for children that teaches us that you can make friends being yourself.

 

Books I am anticipating to read:

Athena by Imogen and Isabel Greenberg;  August 9 Graphic Novels

Isabel Greenberg is a genius and she teams up with her sister in this book. I must read this ASAP.

The Looking Glass by Janet McNally; August 14th YA, Contemporary Lit

The synopsis hints at themes of Alice in Wonderland, so of course, I am intrigued.