TOP TEN TUESDAY: 2021 Anticipated Releases (July-Dec)
Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by Jana at That Artsy Reader Girl.
As I mentioned during my January to June anticipated releases list at the start of the year, I won’t be featuring any of the books I mentioned in my most anticipated 2021 releases video because that gives me the excuse to talk about even more books!
Up All Night anthology – July 13th
I’m a sucker for anthologies, but I don’t read enough of them. That’s going to have to change with Up All Night. Featuring Karen M. McManus (who you might be seeing again later in this post…), Kathleen Glasgow and Marieke Nijkamp – as well as many other beloved authors – this anthology features a selection of YA stories set at night. This sounds like it’s going to be perfect for me.
As Good as Dead by Holly Jackson – August 5th
It’s almost time to join Pip Fitz-Amobi while she investigates her third and final mystery! I’ll be honest, I’m GUTTED that this series is only going to be a trilogy. Holly Jackson is quickly becoming one of my favourite authors, and if As Good As Dead sticks the landing it will cement the AGGGTM series as my favourite YA mystery series of all time. I’m EXCITED!
Defy the Night by Brigid Kemmerer – September 14th
I’ve read one of Brigid Kemmerer’s contemporary novels, and I really enjoyed her writing style. I’ve been meaning to read A Curse so Dark and Lonely since a few months before it came out, but for some reason I keep putting it off. However, I have a feeling that Defy the Night might be arriving in one of my book box subscriptions later in the year, so I’ll force myself to join in the readalong and finally read one of Kemmerer’s fantasy novels. This is about a prince holding together a corrupt kingdom and a girl aiming to overthrow it… I’m sold.
The Hawthorne Legacy by Jennifer Lynn Barnes – September 16th
I was lucky enough to take part in the blog tour for The Inheritance Games last year, and I’m chomping at the bit to see what happens next in Avery’s story. The Inheritance Games is about a girl who is bequeathed the fortune of a billionaire whom she seemingly had no prior connection to. Why did Tobias Hawthorne leave Avery his money? I can’t wait to find out.
Iron Widow by Xiran Jay Zhao – September 21st
Powerful women who can sacrifice men with their minds to power giant transforming robots?! How can you not want to read this! It sounds utterly unique. If that – and the gorgeous cover – aren’t enough to interest you, this has also been recommended by A.M. Strickland (author of In the Ravenous Dark) as another fantasy novel with a polyamorous relationship.
The Gilded Cage by Lynette Noni – October 12th
I had a fun time reading The Prison Healer, even though I didn’t *love* it. However, the rest of the series has a lot of potential. I can’t wait to see what happens to Kiva next. I’ve been lucky enough to have my NetGalley request for this book accepted, so I’ll be diving it well before its release date (and then eagerly anticipating the third book!).
Gilded by Marissa Meyer – November 2nd
I read Heartless at the beginning of this year, and I really enjoyed it. I’ve been planning on reading more Marissa Meyer books at some point, and this Rumpelstiltskin retelling is really intriguing me. Is it that gorgeous cover? Probably! But I’m hoping to get my hands on this one sooner rather than later.
Within These Wicked Walls by Lauren Blackwood – November 9th
I’m not a fan of Jane Eyre, but for some reason I constantly find myself drawn to Jane Eyre inspired stories. Within These Wicked Walls is Lauren Blackwood’s debut novel, and it’s an Ethiopian-inspired fantasy retelling of Jane Eyre. Doesn’t that sound perfect?
All of Us Villains by Amanda Foody & Christine Lynn Herman – November 9th
I’ve heard amazing things about both Amanda Foody and Christine Lynn Herman, but I’ve never picked up any of their books. This one has been interesting me since the cover got revealed, so this looks like as good a place as any to start. It sounds like it’s going to be quite Hunger Games-esque, with seven families naming a champion to compete in a tournament. The prize? Control over the city’s high magick supply. That’s definitely some high stakes!
You’ll Be the Death of Me by Karen M. McManus – November 30th
Do I know anything about this book? No. Do I need to? No. I read two Karen M. McManus books last year and really enjoyed both of them, and I’m still planning on picking up Two Can Keep a Secret and The Cousins at some point soon. I’ll definitely be getting hold of a copy of You’ll Be the Death of Me. Even if I don’t end up loving it, it’s bound to get my heart racing and keep me guessing until the very end!
Those are the ten July to December 2021 releases I’m most excited about. Are there any books you’re really excited about which aren’t on this list? Please let me know down in the comments so that I can check them out and add them to my TBR.
Thanks for reading, and I’ll see you tomorrow with a very exciting blog tour post,