TOP TEN TUESDAY: 2021 Anticipated Releases (Jan-June)

TOP TEN TUESDAY: 2021 Anticipated Releases (Jan-June)

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by Jana at That Artsy Reader Girl.

I’ve already made a video discussing ten of my most anticipated 2021 releases, but I’ve decided that I’m not going to mention any of them in this post so that I can shine a spotlight on ten more books that I’m excited about which are being released in the next six months!

This list is in order of publication rather than in order of excitement, because I can’t wait to get my hands on all of these.

Lore by Alexandra Bracken – January 5th

Lore is actually being released TODAY, which is probably why it was at the forefront of my mind when I was thinking of books to feature in this list.

I hadn’t heard much about Lore until about a month ago, when a few book boxes hinted towards the fact that they were featuring it in January. People got very excited very quickly and were raving about this book, and it got me intrigued.

This story is an urban fantasy following a Greek god called Lore who flees to New York to escape a brutal punishment called the Agon. Teaming up with Athena – the last of the original Greek gods – and a childhood friend who she believed was dead, Lore finds herself getting dragged back into the world that she thought she had escaped.

Embarrassingly, I have yet to read a single Alexandra Bracken novel. I know, I know, I’m a bad book blogger! However, I’ve heard great things about her writing, and I know I’ll have a copy in my hands before the end of the month, so it should be easy to squeeze this into my 2021 reading.

A Dark and Hollow Star by Ashley Shuttleworth – February 23rd

As soon as the cover for A Dark and Hollow Star was revealed, I was INTERESTED. Just… Wow. That is a cover that grabs your attention and screams for you to read the story inside.

Being marketed as City of Bones meets The Cruel Prince, I’m a little bit apprehensive about A Dark and Hollow Star, but I’m going to pick it up anyway. I really enjoyed The Cruel Prince the first time I read it, but didn’t enjoy it on a reread, and it has been absolutely YEARS since I read City of Bones (although I did love it at the time).

This certainly sounds as though it’s going to be on the darker side of the YA spectrum, featuring a series of ritualistic murders throughout Toronto and the Eight Courts of Folk who may be responsible. Colour me intrigued.

Yolk by Mary H.K. Choi – March 2nd

I have given both of Mary H.K. Choi’s novels (Emergency Contact and Permanent Record) five stars, so she’s well on her way to becoming a favourite author of mine.

Yolk sounds very different to Choi’s first two novels, which were romances toeing the line between YA and NA. However, Yolk is telling the story of two sisters who used to be the best of friends but have grown apart… Until one of them realises that she has uterine cancer, and they’re thrown back together.

I’ve been lucky enough to be approved for an advanced copy of Yolk via NetGalley, so I’m hoping to read this one within the next couple of weeks. It sounds like it’s going to be an absolute tearjerker.

Perfect on Paper by Sophie Gonzales – March 9th

I hadn’t heard of Perfect on Paper until I started researching for this post, but it’s catapulted straight to the top of my anticipated release list.

A bisexual girl has been offering anonymous relationship advice to her classmates, but when she gets caught she finds herself suddenly helping the hottest guy in school to win back his ex-girlfriend.

I’ve heard amazing things about Only Mostly Devastated but I haven’t had the chance to pick it up yet, but Perfect on Paper sounds like perfect contemporary for me… on paper, at least!

Mina and the Undead by Amy McCaw – April 1st

I’ve been following Amy McCaw’s blog – YA Under My Skin – for YEARS, so when it was announced that Amy was going to be releasing her debut novel I was ecstatic for her.

I’m excited for this book for so many reasons. Firstly, how gorgeous is the cover? I love the fact that it’s been designed to look like an old video tape, which I think perfectly complements the 90s setting.

Also, I’m a sucker for vampires. I got bored of them for a while, but they’re definitely coming back with a vengeance (Empire of the Vampire by Jay Kristoff would have been on this list if it wasn’t being released so late in the year!) so I can’t wait to read Amy’s twist on the vampire story.

The Mary Shelley Club by Goldy Moldavsky – April 13th

Confession time: I’m more interested in this book because of its title than anything else. Goldy Moldavsky gets some of the best book titles – Kill the Boy Band grabbed everyone’s attention as soon as they saw what it was called! – and The Mary Shelley Club deeply appeals to me.

This is being marketed as Scream meets Karen M. McManus – both things that I really like – and features a secret high school club focused on making truly terrifying pranks, which is something I’ve seen attempted many times in YA but never seems to pay off. Hopefully this book will finally get it right!

Kate in Waiting by Becky Albertalli – April 20th

I was torn over whether to include this book, because while I absolutely loved Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda I have heard mixed reviews about all of Becky Albertalli’s other novels and have yet to pick another one up myself.

However, there’s something about this one that really intrigues me. A girl and her best friend both have a long-distance crush on the same guy, but when he turns up at their school it throws their friendship into turmoil.

This story has so much potential – it could go terribly, but I also think it could be absolutely brilliant, especially if the focus is more on the friendship between Kate and Anderson than it is on the romance. Only time will tell.

Meet Cute Diary by Emery Lee – May 4th

Another book which I hadn’t heard of until I was making this list, another book which I now can’t wait to get my hands on.

Meet Cute Diary tells the story of a transgender teen called Noah who writes a blog spotlighting trans happily ever afters. Unfortunately, all of the stories are made up, and when the fictional nature of the blog is exposed Noah finds himself fake-dating a guy called Noah in the attempt to prove that trans happily ever afters can exist.

I love the fake dating trope when it’s done right, and Meet Cute Diary sounds like it’s going to tackle the trope very well. Also how gorgeous is that cover?!

Cool For the Summer by Dahlia Adler – May 11th

Another queer YA contemporary – 2021 is showing up for the gays!

Lara, our bisexual main character, has been lusting after Chase for years. When he finally starts flirting with her and she wins the guy of her dreams, things get complicated when Jasmine – the girl she spent a strangely perfect summer with, a summer that she’s still feeling confused about – walks in and shakes up what was supposed to be the start of Lara’s happily ever after.

I’ll be honest, I wasn’t a huge fan of this cover when it was first revealed, but it has grown on me and I’m now looking forward to having this book on my shelf.

The Box in the Woods by Maureen Johnson – June 15th

The Box in the Woods is the book on this list which I’m most conflicted about.

I wouldn’t say I hated The Hand on the Wall because hate is too strong of a word. I just felt ambivalent and disappointed and I think I disliked it more because of that than if I had actually actively hated it.

However, Maureen Johnson then announced that Stevie would be returning, and would be returning in an adventure set outside of Ellingham Academy and I got far more excited than I should have.

So, long story short: I’m going to pick this book up, I’m probably going to dislike it, and I have no one to blame but myself.

I hope you enjoyed this Top Ten Tuesday post! Which 2021 release are you the most excited about – one I’ve featured on this list, or one I haven’t mentioned?

See you tomorrow with my review of First Day of My Life by Lisa Williamson!