Here we are once again, time for another quarterly look at my most anticipated reads. I feel like I just finished writing the 2nd quarter post and 3rd quarter snuck up on me and smacked me right in the face. For a year, March 2020 – March 2021, it felt like the world was at an absolute stand still and time wasn’t passing in any way. It was a weird purgatory. Now, since COVID vaccines have rolled out, it seems as if the world has started moving again and it had an entire year to catch up on. Everything is moving so fast. Ya’ll, I’m tired.
But, you didn’t come here to hear me whinge. You came here to look at some books. As this is a book blog that makes sense, right? Well then, let’s take a peak at upcoming releases for the 3rd quarter of 2021 that have me excited!
All release dates listed correspond to their US release
- Small Favors by Erin A. Craig – I’m currently reading this book as an ARC and I have to say the writing is really pulling me in. Craig’s previous book, House of Salt and Sorrows, built upon the fantasy elements of the story slowly, adding them over time until it was a fully immersive fantasy tale and this book seems to be doing the same. There are whispers of fantasy elements at the moment and it has a vaguely spooky vibe. It is not my typical kind of book but something about it is pulling at me anyway and I am just enjoying the ride. July 27
- What We Devour by Linsey Miller – This will be Miller’s 5th book release but I have only read one of her books previously which was Mask of Shadows. When reading her debut you got the impression that there was a lot going on in the story that hadn’t hit the page or that Miller hadn’t figured out how to incorporate into the story but it was still a good debut. The bones of the story were solid, however, and I’m hoping that What We Devour shows her writing having grown and we get the story coming to life. July 6
- Half Sick of Shadows but Laura Sebastian – Here is another case of my reading the author’s debut series and wanting to see how their writing has grown. Half Sick of Shadows is Sebastian’s take on Arthurian mythology except told through the lense of Elaine, a woman with the ability to see glimpses of the future. Arthurian legends were not one of my childhood obsessions so I can’t say I know more than the average person about the mythos but I’m curious to see more about Elaine and how her ability changes or enhances the core story. July 6
- Vespertine (Vespertine #1) by Margaret Rogerson – Look, I will read anything by Rogerson. Her An Enchantment of Ravens is my ultimate comfort book. It just makes me feel good, you know what I mean? So I’ve already preordered Vespertine even though I know very little about it and quite frankly I want to go into it relatively blind. I think it will be fun and I cannot wait to read this one.
- Iron Widow (Iron Widow #1) by Kiran Jay Zhao – The plot to this book sounds bonkers. I like bonkers. This book has mech that is run by sacrificing woman who are compatible with the mech and those mechanical monstrosities are controlled, obviously, by men and they protect the realm. Of course, a bad ass woman throws that all on its head and is out for vengeance and ends up killing the controller of the mech she is supposed to be the sacrificial lamb to. I hope she burns it all down. September 21
- Once Upon a Broken Heart (Once Upon a Broken Heart #1) by Stephanie Garber – Look. I’m not proud of myself. At the beginning of the year I promised myself I would not get caught up in hype and false enthusiasm. But here I am, once again, with a Stephanie Garber book ready to have my hopes crushed. I can’t seem to help it. This book continues on from her Caraval series featuring the Prince of Hearts and his own convoluted story. Ya’ll, I didn’t even like Caraval or Finale (Legendary was fire) but here I am ready to crush my hopes and dreams once again. And yes, the cover featured is the special edition from Barnes & Noble which I have preordered because if I am going to make bad decisions I am going to commit to them fully. September 28
- The Bronzed Beasts (The Gilded Wolves #3) by Roshani Chokshi – If you haven’t figured it out by now, I’m a little chaotic. Am I excited or Bronzed Beasts? Oh, absolutely! Have I read the second book in the trilogy, Silvered Serpents, yet? Nope, sure haven’t. Am I going to buy this one anyway? You bet your bippy. Do I know what a bippy is? Nope. Look, I’ll get around to reading the whole series eventually, don’t judge me. September 21
- Defy the Night (Defy the Night #1) by Brigid Kemmerer – Of all the books on this list, this is the one I am wading into with the most trepidation. Why? Let me explain. I read A Curse so Dark and Lonely and absolutely fell in love. Then came A Heart so Fierce and Broken which was one of my favorite reads of 2020, it was absolutely spectacular. Then…then there was A Vow so Bold and Deadly, the concluding novel of the trilogy. Never in my life have I been more let down by a book. It was terrible. So, am I going to read Defy the Night? Absolutely, but I will go in with hesitant expectations. September 14
The third quarter has so many fabulous releases but these are the ones that most caught my eye. Of course, July-August I usually go through an epic reading slump but I’ll still get around to reading these this fall.
What books are you most looking forward to this time of year? 🖤