2021 is turning out to be a year of spectacular book releases. The first quarter brought us reads such as The Mask Falling by Samantha Shannon, We Free the Stars by Hafsah Faizal, and A Court of Silver Flames by Sarah J Maas all of which were high up on my anticipated reads list. The second quarter looks like it will be filled with even more phenomenal releases! Here are some second quarter releases I am most looking forward to.
All release dates listed correspond to their US dates
Malice (Malice Duology #1) by Heather Walter – I was very lucky to receive an ARC of this book which completely sucked me in. What a wonderful debut from Walter! Malice is the villain origin story of Maleficent. Yes, that Maleficent. This LGBT adult fantasy retelling is everything I have ever wanted in a villain origin story. It pulls on your heart strings, makes you laugh, makes you cry, and in the end completely breaks your heart. I absolutely recommend this title to fantasy readers. UK cover shown. 4/5 April 13
The Crown of Gilded Bones (Blood and Ash #3) by Jennifer L. Armentrout – This book was my most anticipated release of 2021 and, as I am writing this post after its release (whoops), I have to say I was a bit disappointed. This third installment featuring Cas, Poppy, Kieran, and company was…dull. The male character’s personalities were completely stripped from them and they were simply used as props for Poppy’s continued development. Sure, some interesting things happened but what is the point if your characters can’t hold your focus? I will be reading the next book in the series but I sure hope it is better than this one. 3/5 April 20
A Touch of Malice (Hades & Persephone #3) by Scarlett St. Clair – This fantasy romance/erotica series has me hooked. These books are delightfully bingeable and while St. Clair does not skimp on the erotic scenes she also has crafted a story that gives these characters, which are familiar to us from antiquity, new life. I love that Hades is an epic grump with a big heart and then there is Hermes who is an LGBTQIA dream. This book is on my “read immediately” list. May 25
Ariadne by Jennifer Saint – I admit, I preordered this book without looking into it much because the idea of a story about Ariadne, the Minotaur, and Theseus absolutely fascinates me. Like many people I have had an interest in ancient history Greece for years. I remember first reading about it in 8th grade which was longer ago than I care to admit. I cannot wait to get my hands on this book. It is going to be an utter delight. UK cover shown. May 4
In the Ravenous Dark by A.M. Strickland – Earlier in the year I was lucky enough to get an ARC of this and while I was not terribly impressed I think this book will be high on a lot of people’s anticipated reading lists. Not to mention, the cover art is lovely. This book has some interesting concepts including undead spirits that are bound to people to protect them, LGBTQIA+ characters and relationships, and high stakes. The magic system is also fun to read about. 3/5 May 18
For the Wolf (Wilderwood #1) by Hannah Whitten – Adult. Fantasy. Retelling. Of Little Red Riding Hood. YES PLEASE. People have also use the phrase, “…gothic monster boyfriend…” when talking about this book and it just makes me more hyped to read it. And creepy. Look, I’m just super excited for this book. I want to read it immediately and have already preordered and copy and want it on my doorstep already. Please? June 15
The Jasmine Throne (Burning Kingdoms #1) by Tasha Suri – I am delighted to say that I am, as of this writing, currently reading an ARC of this book and very much enjoying it. The world feels so alive and vivid and that is something I am finding less and less of in books the last couple of years. Am I confused as fuck as to what is going on? Yes, absolutely, but I can’t stop reading it anyway. You ever come across a book that is just so readable? That is The Jasmine Throne. At some point I know the story will come together for me and make sense but until that point I’m just along for the vivid and lush ride. June 8
The Lights of Prague by Nicole Jarvis – I’ve not seen people talking about this book and I cannot fathom why. Otherworldly creatures lurking the shadows, elite monster hunters, vampiric creatures in the dark…oh, yes please! There is also supposed to be a haunting in a castle and a conspiracy! This book just seems to have everything and I am stoked to get my hands on it. May 18
Second quarter of 2021 looks like it is shaping up to be a great few months for reading! I typically hit a massive reading slump from June – August, something about being overly warm makes me not want to read, but maybe these fabulous books will help me overcome that.
Happy Reading! 🖤