The first quarter of 2022 gave us so many great new titles. We had The City of Dusk by Tara Sim, Electric Idol by Katee Robert, and This Woven Kingdom by Tahereh Mafi just to name a few. I’ve found that the books I’m most interested in typically seem to be published in the first and fourth quarters of the year (I wonder why?) but April-June are bringing some great titles this year! Let’s take a peak at the books that have caught my eye for the second quarter of 2022.
- Hotel Magnifique by Emily J. Taylor – This title has me excited! First of all, that cover art is superb and highly eye catching. Purple is my favorite color so maybe I am a little biased. This story has a magic hotel, dangerous secrets, and a vexingly handsome doorman. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, I love the word vex. If this cover wasn’t enough to catch my eye the fact that the description uses the word “vex” surely would. young adult, fantasy, historical mystery (April 5)
- Nettle & Bone by T. Kingfisher – So often I see works by T. Kingfisher popping up on my timeline but none have ever caught my attention quite like Nettle & Bone. This story promises a gravewitch, a knight, and a chicken possessed by a demon. How can I pass on a demon chicken? Of course there is a tyrannical ruler that needs offed and the dark path our protagonist must take to accomplish this impossible task. But really, demon chicken. adult, fantasy, horror (April 26)
- Elektra by Jennifer Saint – I read Saint’s previous work, Ariadne, earlier this year and was absolutely swept up in the retelling of the historical myth involving the minotaur. Elektra is another historical myth retelling featuring three sisters, a curse, and the fickle nature of gods and men. I have high hopes that the fickle and sure to be abusive men in this story get their comeuppance. adult, historical, mythology, retelling (April 28)
- Forging Silver into Stars (Forging Silver into Stars #1) by Brigid Kemmerer – Kemmerer announced that this trilogy is going to be set in the same world as her Cursebreakers trilogy. Now, I hated the last book of that trilogy (passionately) but the first two were very good so I’m going to give this one a go. This trilogy sounds like it is going to feature different characters but be set in the same world after the events of Cursebreakers and the fallout that was sure to happen from that political upheaval. young adult, fantasy, romance (May 3)
- Misrule (Malice Duology #2) by Heather Walter – Okay, so hear me out. I absolutely adored Walter’s Malice. It was one of my favorite books of 2021 and I talked about it to anyone who would listen. So, obviously, I was excited for Misrule. However…I did get an eARC of this title and, personally, I hated it. Be that as it may, I was pumped for this release and I know a lot of other people are too so, in the spirit of past me who hadn’t yet read Misrule and had her hopes crushed, I am adding this one to my list. Maybe the polished publication will be worlds better than the ARC. adult, fantasy, queer, retelling (May 10)
- The Stardust Thief (The Sandsea Trilogy #1) by Chelsea Abdullah – I love stories that have roots in middle eastern mythology and history. Jinn, sultans and sultanas, ghouls, and all of it laid against a high stakes journey with Loulie al-Nazari, her jinn bodyguard, and the sultan’s son. The more I look at the description for this book the more I want to read it. It just sounds like nearly everything I love in a story. adult, fantasy, retelling (May 17)
- For the Throne (Wilderwood #2) by Hannah Whitten – When I read For the Wolf in 2021 I was blown away. That story grabbed me and didn’t let me go. Now, this second book in the duology seems to focus more on the sister and her underworld journey with a god. There is a threat from ancient trapped kings and the evils that lurk trying to thwart Neve from accomplishing her goal. I already have this one preordered. Can’t wait. new adult, fantasy, romance (June 7)
- Wicked Beauty (Dark Olympus #3) by Katee Robert – The Wicked Beauty series is the best thing Katee Robert has written and, let me tell you, she has written a lot. Neon Gods was fantastic and I thought she’d never beat it and then Electric Idol blew me away. Absolutely devoured that book. This third installment is about Helen, Patroclus, and Achilles set in a modern adjacent world with organized crimes syndicates and the threat of violence. adult, fantasy, romance, erotic (June 7)
- A Taste of Gold and Iron by Alexandra Rowland – Give this to me, please! This book is set in a world inspired by the Ottoman Empire and promises political drama, queer romance, dangerous altercations, and the world hanging in the balance. This book just sounds amazing and I can’t wait to read something inspired directly by the Ottomans. fantasy, romance, LGBT (June 21)
- Ashton Hall by Lauren Belfer – While I am most often a fantasy reader I also very much enjoy a certain brand of mystery and this one sounds like it will fill that void for me. A woman and her child go to a historic manor house to care for an ailing relative. There, they find the skeleton remains of a woman walled up in a neglected part of the manor house. This leads Hannah, our leading lady, on an investigation in the history of the house and her family to see if she can solve the mystery. adult, mystery, historical (June 7)
As I mentioned, usually the first quarter brings me ALL OF THE BOOKS but second quarter is really looking like it is going to be fabulous this year as well! So many of these are just calling my name and Ashton Hall has been taking up a considerable amount of my brain space since I first noticed it. Bring me those spring reads! I can’t wait.
Happy reading! 🖤