Upcoming Preorders That Spark Joy

You frequently hear authors talking about how preorders help them when their book is released. Their accumulated preorders leading up to the book’s release date all count toward sales during that first week which can help make or break that book’s performance or whether or not the author gets to continue writing that series or if they get a new contract with that publisher. Preorders are important to them and today I’d like to highlight some of the books that I currently have preordered for the remainder of 2021.

All publication dates listed correspond to the title’s US release

For the Wolf (Wilderwood #1) by Hannah F. Whitten – Ya’ll, the hype I’ve seen around this book is huge. While I’ve become more hesitant of hyped books I feel incredibly drawn in by this one. This adult fantasy fairytale retelling takes it’s inspiration from the classic Little Red Riding Hood story and Red, our lead character, is set to be sacrificed to the Wolf of the Woods. Except she finds that the Wolf is not a monster, he is a man, and that the magic that lives in her veins is a gift, not a curse. This book has become one of my most anticipated of the year and I cannot wait to get my hands on it. June 1

The Ever Cruel Kingdom (The Never Tilting World #2) by Rin Chupeco – This LGBT young adult fantasy is the second book in The Never Tilting World duology, the first having released in October of 2019. I have a feeling the release of the second book was highly impacted by the worldwide COVID shutdown but that is just an assumption. In this series we have goddesses, betrayal, sinister forces, and the fate of the world at stake. I am always here for an LGBT fantasy and can’t wait to read more of Chupeco’s engrossing writing. November 9

What We Devour by Linsey Miller – Here we have another LGBT young adult fantasy from author Linsey Miller who wrote Mask of Shadows, the first book I ever read featuring a non-binary character. In What We Devour we have a character that has the power of the gods, a bloody thirsty prince, and the risk of a destructive and world ending magic being set free upon the world. Miller has really hooked me in with this book’s synopsis and cover art. July 6

The Lights of Prague by Nicole Jarvis – The description for this book has so many buzz words that get me excited! Elite monster hunters, bloodthirsty vampiric creatures, castle hauntings by a lady ghost, mischievous siren-esque spirits, conspiracies, alchemical science…how could I pass up on this? The Lights of Prague is catalogued as an adult historical fantasy with LGBT themes and paranormal elements. I haven’t seen a lot of buzz around this title and I cannot fathom why. Between the fabulous description and the eye catching cover I just can’t look away. May 25

Vespertine by Margaret Rogerson – Rogerson’s first two books, An Enchantment of Ravens and Sorcery of Thorns, have been some of my favorite reads. I actually reread Enchantment fairly frequent as it is one of my “feel good” books that I turn to when I’m feeling down. In Vespertine we are promised sinister saints, dark magic, and an awakened ancient spirit whose knowledge and power are the only hope to save a doomed city. Honestly, the description could say, “they do the hokie pokie and eat cheesecake” and I’d still read it because Rogerson would make it shine. September 28

Once Upon a Broke Heart by Stephanie Garber – Garber is the author of the popular Caraval trilogy, a series of YA fantasy novels featuring magic, romance, and secrets set on the stage of a mysterious and highly sought after Carnaval. Her latest book pulls a much loved character from that trilogy, the Prince of Hearts, and tells his story. This book sounds like it will have secrets, magic, and more romance and perhaps some shadowy deals that will get the Prince of Hearts what he desires most. The cover shown above is the Barnes and Noble special edition. September 28

What books are you eyeing for preorder? Are there any coming out this year you think I should add to my list? Let me know!

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