Good morning, readers,
May is my birth month. Typically, it’s pretty quiet for me. I don’t do much, and this years, all I want to do is read and avoid the world. But the book community is buzzing with new books. And I haven’t been this excited for a month until I saw what is being released. I feel it now. May will be exceptional.
Now, I haven’t listed all the forthcoming titles. So this list isn’t complete. But here are my most anticipated releases:
Finale by Stephanie Garber
Young Adult, Fantasy
Welcome, welcome to Caraval…all games must come to an end.
It’s been two months since the last Caraval concluded, two months since the Fates have been freed from an enchanted deck of cards, two months since Tella has seen Legend, and two months since Legend claimed the empire’s throne as his own. Now, Legend is preparing for his official coronation and Tella is determined to stop it. She believes her own mother, who still remains in an enchanted sleep, is the rightful heir to the throne.
Meanwhile, Scarlett has started a game of her own. She’s challenged Julian and her former fiancé, Count Nicolas d’Arcy, to a competition where the winner will receive her hand in marriage. Finally, Scarlett feels as if she is in complete control over her life and future. She is unaware that her mother’s past has put her in the greatest danger of all.
Caraval is over, but perhaps the greatest game of all has begun―with lives, empires, and hearts all at stake. There are no spectators this time: only those who will win…and those who will lose everything.
I’m calm. I am calm. I. Am. Calm. No. No, I am most certainly not. I am not ready for the series to end. Stephanie throws you so many twists that you don’t know how to anticipate what will happen. I just want Dantella to survive.
But who else is thrilled to go back to Caraval one last time?
Aurora Rising by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff
Young Adult, Science Fiction, Space Opera
The year is 2380, and the graduating cadets of Aurora Academy are being assigned their first missions. Star pupil Tyler Jones is ready to recruit the squad of his dreams, but his own boneheaded heroism sees him stuck with the dregs nobody else in the Academy would touch…
A cocky diplomat with a black belt in sarcasm
A sociopath scientist with a fondness for shooting her bunkmates
A smart-ass techwiz with the galaxy’s biggest chip on his shoulder
An alien warrior with anger management issues
A tomboy pilot who’s totally not into him, in case you were wondering
And Ty’s squad isn’t even his biggest problem—that’d be Aurora Jie-Lin O’Malley, the girl he’s just rescued from interdimensional space. Trapped in cryo-sleep for two centuries, Auri is a girl out of time and out of her depth. But she could be the catalyst that starts a war millions of years in the making, and Tyler’s squad of losers, discipline-cases, and misfits might just be the last hope for the entire galaxy.
They’re not the heroes we deserve. They’re just the ones we could find. Nobody panic.
A few years ago, I never would have added a sci-fi title on this list. But here I am, freaking over this release. Okay, I haven’t read this duo’s work before (I know! I need to read the Illuminae Files), but I am a big fan of Kristoff though. How can I not? I enjoy suffering, crying, and (lightly) throwing down my book and mourn over characters. My hopes are high, too high, for the next space opera. I shouldn’t panic. Nope.
Broken Throne by Victoria Aveyard
Young Adult, Fantasy, LGBTQ+, Dystopia, Short Stories, Novella
Return once more to the deadly and dazzling world of Red Queen in Broken Throne, a beautifully designed, must-have companion to the chart-topping series from #1 New York Times bestselling author Victoria Aveyard.
The perfect addition to the #1 New York Times bestselling Red Queen series, this gorgeously designed package features three brand-new novellas, two previously published novellas, Steel Scars and Queen Song, and never-before-seen maps, flags, bonus scenes, journal entries, and much more exclusive content.
Fans will be delighted to catch up with beloved characters after the drama of War Storm and be excited to hear from brand-new voices as well. This stunning collection is not to be missed!
Ha, did you think this book would make it on my list? After the disappointing end in War Storm, I wasn’t sure if I’d invest any more time in the Red Queen universe. But like I expected, I need to know what happens, and the publisher knew how to bank on that. So of course, I need to read Broken Throne.
We Hunt the Flame by Hafsah Faizal
Young Adult, Fantasy
People lived because she killed. People died because he lived.
Zafira is the Hunter, disguising herself as a man when she braves the cursed forest of the Arz to feed her people. Nasir is the Prince of Death, assassinating those foolish enough to defy his autocratic father, the king. If Zafira was exposed as a girl, all of her achievements would be rejected; if Nasir displayed his compassion, his father would punish him in the most brutal of ways. Both Zafira and Nasir are legends in the kingdom of Arawiya—but neither wants to be.
War is brewing in Arawiya, and the Arz sweeps closer with each passing day, engulfing the land in shadow. When Zafira embarks on a quest to uncover a lost artifact that can restore magic to her suffering world and stop the Arz, Nasir is sent by the king on a similar mission: retrieve the artifact and kill the Hunter. But an ancient evil stirs as their journey unfolds—and the prize they seek may pose a threat greater than either can imagine. Set in a richly detailed world inspired by ancient Arabia, We Hunt the Flame is a gripping debut of discovery, conquering fear, and taking identity into your own hands.
Another blogger has made it to stardom. And I can’t help but be happy for her. When I got wind of Hafsah’s debut novel, I knew I had to read it. And that blurb is just solidifying my decision.
Kingsbane by Claire Legrand
Young Adult, Fantasy
Rielle Dardenne has been anointed Sun Queen, but her trials are far from over. The Gate keeping the angels at bay is falling. To repair it, Rielle must collect the seven hidden castings of the saints. Meanwhile, to help her prince and love Audric protect Celdaria, Rielle must spy on the angel Corien—but his promises of freedom and power may prove too tempting to resist.
Centuries later, Eliana Ferracora grapples with her new reality: She is the Sun Queen, humanity’s long-awaited savior. But fear of corruption—fear of becoming another Rielle—keeps Eliana’s power dangerous and unpredictable. Hunted by all, racing against time to save her dying friend Navi, Eliana must decide how to wear a crown she never wanted—by embracing her mother’s power, or rejecting it forever.
I need to stop buying sequels of books I haven’t read yet. Honestly though. I need to stop the trend, or I’ll never get my TBR pile down. I’m still not sure if I’ll get to this series any time soon, so why is Kingsbane on my list? I’m a weakling for great covers. Please, someone, kick me.
DEV1AT3 by Jay Kristoff
Young Adult, Science Fiction
Lemon Fresh has seen better days.
After the climactic battle in Babel, she finds herself separated from Ezekiel and Cricket in the wastelands. Lemon’s abilities to manipulate electricity mark her as a deviate, and deadly corporate operatives are hunting her to use as a weapon in the war between BioMaas Incorporated and Daedelus Technologies. Instead, Lemon finds herself falling in with a group of fellow deviates—a band of teenagers with astonishing abilities, led by an enigmatic figure known as the Major, who may hold the secrets to Lemon’s past.
Meanwhile, Cricket finds himself in possession of the puritanical Brotherhood, a religious cult set for a head-on collision with the Major and his band. Searching for Lemon, Ezekiel finds a strange ally in an old enemy, and uncovers a plot that may see him reunited with his beloved Ana.
And inside Babel, a remade Eve hatches a plan to bring an end to the world.
As Enne and Levi walk a path of unimaginable wealth and opportunity, new relationships and deadly secrets could quickly lead them into ruin. And when unforeseen players enter the game, they must each make an impossible choice: To sacrifice everything they’ve earned in order to survive.
Two Kristoff books in one month? How have we lucked out?! I’ve been drooling over the sequel since I finished Lifel1k3. Damn you, Kristoff, for writing that plot twist and cliffhanger. I haven’t forgiven you, you bastard. But I love you.
I am so here for evil Eve. I am rooting for Ana and Ezekiel. And I want Lemon Fresh and Cricket to be safe. But who am I kidding? He’s going rip my heart out.