So, I’m determined to make this year less doom and gloom and allow myself to be excited for some of the book releases that are coming out this year. Some I’m already aware of and are on my Amazon wish list, but some I’ve only just discovered. Nevertheless, they’re going to be exciting to explore.
Kingdom of the Cursed | Kerri Maniscalco
Series: Kingdom of the Wicked
Genre: Fantasy, Young Adult, Historical, Historical Fiction, Romance, Magic, Paranormal, Mystery, Fiction
Release Date: 26th October 2021
The thrilling and devastating sequel to Kingdom of the Wicked, from the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Stalking Jack the Ripper.
Witches Steeped in Gold | Ciannon Smart
Series: Witches Steeped in Gold
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Paranormal, Witches, Fiction, Magic
Release Date: 20th April 2021
Iraya has spent her life in a cell, but every day brings her closer to freedom—and vengeance.
Jazmyne is the queen’s daughter, but unlike her sister before her, she has no intention of dying to strengthen her mother’s power.
Sworn enemies, these two witches enter a precarious alliance to take down a mutual threat. But revenge is a bloody pursuit, and nothing is certain—except the lengths they will go to win this game.
Deadly, fierce, magnetically addictive: this Jamaican-inspired fantasy debut is a thrilling journey where dangerous magic reigns supreme and betrayal lurks beneath every word.
All of Us Villains | Amanda Foody and Christine Lynn Herman
Series: All of Us Villains
Genre: Fantasy, Young Adult, LGBT, Queer, Science Fiction, High Fantasy, Paranormal, Fiction
Release Date: 2021
You Fell In Love With The Victors of The Hunger Games.
Now Prepare To Meet The Villains of The Blood Veil.
After the publication of a salacious tell-all book, the remote city of Ilvernath is thrust into worldwide spotlight. Tourists, protesters, and reporters flock to its spellshops and ruins to witness an ancient curse unfold: every generation, seven families name a champion among them to compete in a tournament to the death. The winner awards their family exclusive control over the city’s high magick supply, the most powerful resource in the world.
In the past, the villainous Lowes have won nearly every tournament, and their champion is prepared to continue his family’s reign. But this year, thanks to the influence of their newfound notoriety, each of the champions has a means to win. Or better yet–a chance to rewrite their story.
But this is a story that must be penned in blood.
Hani and Ishu’s Guide to Fake Dating | Adiba Jaigirdar
Genre: Contemporary, Romance, Young Adult, LGBT, Queer, Fiction, Realistic Fiction
Release Date: 25th May 2021
Everyone likes Humaira “Hani” Khan—she’s easy going and one of the most popular girls at school. But when she comes out to her friends as bisexual, they invalidate her identity, saying she can’t be bi if she’s only dated guys. Panicked, Hani blurts out that she’s in a relationship…with a girl her friends absolutely hate—Ishita “Ishu” Dey. Ishu is the complete opposite of Hani. She’s an academic overachiever who hopes that becoming head girl will set her on the right track for college. But Ishita agrees to help Hani, if Hani will help her become more popular so that she stands a chance of being elected head girl.
Despite their mutually beneficial pact, they start developing real feelings for each other. But relationships are complicated, and some people will do anything to stop two Bengali girls from achieving happily ever after.
You’re the One That I Want | Simon James Green
Genre: Contemporary, Young Adult, LGBT, Queer, Romance
Release Date: 3rd June 2021
Freddie has a reputation as a ‘nice guy’ – inoffensive, sweet, kind – and therefore completely un-dateable.
As he starts sixth form, Freddie decides that this nice guy isn’t going to finish last any more. No more missing out on parties because he’s got to do his homework. No more saying no when he really wants to say yes. And most of all no more lusting after unobtainable straight boys who enjoy the attention but ultimately break his heart.
Freddie embarks on a series of changes designed to transform his social and romantic life, and suddenly he’s a drama darling, getting invited to all the popular kids’ parties, and hot new boy Zach is showing an interest. Life couldn’t be better!
But the path to love is never smooth – and Freddie’s about to learn that changing everything about yourself isn’t necessarily a foolproof way of finding the right person…